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  • 20 Feb 2017 8:59 PM | Susan Tomlinson (Administrator)


    ICSS is seeking Board of Directors for the 2017 - 2019 term.  Additional Information and an application available here.

  • 13 Sep 2016 9:29 PM | Ellie James (Administrator)

    The Indiana Department of Education is beginning a listening tour to hear Hoosier input as they prepare to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Please consider attending the session nearest to you and asking where and how the social studies will be included in this plan. This process is in its beginning stages and this is the time to pose these important questions and be sure that social studies remains a part of Hoosier students' educational experience. You can read more about ESSA and the listening tour here: http://www.doe.in.gov/essa.

  • 04 Jun 2016 10:45 AM | Robert Brady (Administrator)

    Are computer apps going to take the place of textbooks?  Anything would be a welcome replacement for the wretched learning systems and their cousins the commercial websites provided at great expence to replace dying paper texts.


  • 02 May 2016 11:22 PM | Susan Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Global Connections, Engagement and Exchange:

    Internationalizing Experiences for

    Students, Educators, and the Community

    June 20, 2016, 8:30 – 1:30

    Covenant Christian High School, 7525 West 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46214

    $20 - ICSS members who renew their membership for the 201 - 2017 school year qualify for a $10 discount.  Registration now open at https://www.tfaforms.com/420397 

    Keynote Address: Connecting Your Classroom to the World

    Speaker: Matt Miller, Author, Ditch That Textbook


    Cultural Exchange via Technology International Exchange Experiences

    Building International Dialogue in Your School and Community

    Preparation for the Global Workplace

    Presentation Titles Include:

    Using Local Resources to Make Global Connections

    •Making Cultural Connections Exciting for All (Moldova, Spain, Slovenia, Brazil)

    •Connecting Students (Highlighting Elementary through High School Connections)

    •Connecting and Selecting Sister Cities - How to Manage Student Exchange Programs 

    •Preparing for the Global Workplace     •International Programs for Students

    •Building Sustainable Multi-Year Travel Experiences for Your School

    •International Exchange, International Travel, and Study Abroad Opportunities

    •Culture and Language Acquisition through International and Domestic Exchange

    •The Impact and Influences of Cultural and Academic Exchange, a Participant’s Perspective

    •Global Learning in Indiana (Internationalized Standards, Status of Global Learning in Indiana, Certificate of Multilingual Proficiency) 

    •Sister Cities Idea Exchange

    Hosted by:

    Indianapolis Sister Cities International Teacher and Student Outreach Committee

    Sponsors Include:

    Indiana Council for the Social Studies   Indiana Department of Education

    Longview Foundation       Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association

    Global Indiana     SagamoreInstitute     Covenant Christian High School

    PGP Points Certificate Available

    Contact Susan Tomlinson (susan.tomlinson.tasoc@gmail.com)

  • 05 Mar 2016 2:57 PM | Swisher Jeff (Administrator)

    Free Education Program Opportunity

    For middle and high school Social Studies teachers who teach or reside in Delaware, Jay, Randolph or Wayne counties.

    Download the flyer for more information

    Indiana Teachers Flyer.pdf

  • 17 Feb 2016 1:07 PM | Ellie James (Administrator)
    MBC and FC Brochure for Web.pdf

    The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) has created two lessons with videos on Indiana history as we prepare for the bicentennial. They are free for educators. Please see the attached flier for access information.

  • 16 Feb 2016 2:52 PM | Robert Brady (Administrator)

    The Chinese Education Connection can place you in a Chinese school for a one to three-week summer school experience.  The cost is less than that of your airfare to Asia.  Visas are an additional $240 for a total $840.



    A three-week camp at the University of Science and Technology of Beijing for high school teachers to teach Chinese university students.  This summer camp is for newly matriculating students who need practice in speaking English and in understanding spoken English.

    Zhejiang Province

    A one-week summer school with middle school students (grades 5-8) to provide practice in speaking and listening in English


    A one-week summer school for elementary students (grades 1-7) with beginning English skills.

    All teachers will have a full-time, bilingual Chinese teaching assistant.  For further details, contact Phil Boley, Director of Operations, Chinese Education Connection.  phil.boley@econnectionchina.org

  • 12 Feb 2016 9:41 AM | Ellie James (Administrator)
    The Every Student Succeeds Act is beginning to make its way through the legislative process and we need your help! Please consider sending your support for social studies funding to your legislator. You can find a form email and contact information on the Advocacy page of the ICSS website at http://indianacouncilforthesocialstudies.shuttlepod.org/Advocacy.

  • 09 Feb 2016 9:38 AM | Ellie James (Administrator)
    National Park Trust's annual Kids to Parks Day National School Contest empowers students to plan their own educational park experience. Open to all Title 1 schools for grades PreK through 12, this contest provides grants of up to $1,000 to cover transportation, park-related fees, stewardship supplies, or anything else students believe would enhance their experience. Our 2016 contest will be awarding 100 park grants to 100 schools nationwide. Deadline is March 4, 2016. Details can be found at www.kidstoparks.org.

    KTP Day School Contest Flyer 2016.pdf 

  • 15 Jan 2016 4:09 PM | Swisher Jeff (Administrator)

    Living on the Edge of Empire: Alliance, Conflict and Captivity is a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for K-12 teachers and librarians hosted by the Deerfield Teachers' Center of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA. The workshop will be presented the week of July 10 through July 15 and again the week of July 24 through July 29, 2016. The workshop places the Deerfield Raid of 1704 in the broader context of the history of Colonial New England. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2016. Go to http://edge-empire.deerfield-ma.org/for a description of the program and instructions on how to apply. NEH Summer Scholars who are chosen for these workshops will be awarded a $1200 stipend to help defray travel and accommodation costs.


    For a century from 1660 to 1760 the bucolic New England village of Deerfield was a crossroads where differing visions and ambitions of diverse Native American Nations and European colonial empires interacted peacefully and clashed violently. During a memorable three-hour span in the early 1700s, the town stood at the center of the struggle to control the continent. The 1704 Raid on Deerfield is a doorway to a fascinating and important part of American history. It was an event rooted in religious conflicts, personal and family retribution, alliance, and kinship ties. The Raid on Deerfield and the colonial world that produced it, helped to create a distinctive American identity and world view that became a backdrop for the American Revolution.


    Workshop Summer Scholars will explore global issues while also considering ways in which this history can offer a compelling entry point for teaching the complexities of the early American colonial period and the many cultural groups who comprised it – Native nations, enslaved Africans, and the French and English settlers.


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