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  • 12 Feb 2018 10:51 PM | Susan Tomlinson (Administrator)

    New Civics Game and Free Teacher Workshop

    The Indiana University Center on Representative Government is excited to share with you the latest news regarding our interactive civics game, Engaging Congress.  This FREE primary source-based digital game made its appearance in the App Store and Google Play in November.  We are happy to announce that it is now available for play on the Web.  The Web version will work on most laptop and desktop computers-including Chromebooks.  Please access the Web version via the Engaging Congress website www.engagingcongress.org.

    At www.engagingcongress.org you will also find a "How to play the game" video, a teacher toolkit, links to all of the primary sources used in the game, standalone links to the 5 videos produced for the game, and a form to request free giveaway items for your class.

    What is Engaging Congress?

    Engaging Congress is a fun, interactive game that uses primary source documents to explore the basic tenets of representative government and the challenges they face in contemporary society.

    Some ideas for using Engaging Congress in your classroom::

    • An interactive way to analyze primary sources individually or as a class
    • A fun way to review for end of course assessments or test
    • Use on eLearning days
    • A fun way to connect traditional content with digital gaming 

    Join us for a FREE Workshop

    Want to learn how to incorporate the game into your existing curriculum?  Attend a FREE teacher workshop on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 9-3 at the Center, 201. N. Indiana Ave, Bloomington, Indiana.  Sub pay, lunch and free parking are provided for the first 20 participants. For more information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn at eosborn@iu.edu or 317-370-5041.

    Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EC_March_2018

      Workshop Details:

    March 16, 2018: Indiana University Center on Representative Government (Bloomington Campus)

    What's included (first 20 participants):

     

    Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EC_March_2018

    Sessions will run from 9:00-3:00.  

    The workshop is open to all Indiana educators and administrative staff. 

    For more information about the game or other Center programs, please contact us at  corg@indiana.edu, or 812-856-4706. For more information about CORG, please visit our website at www.corg.indiana.edu


  • 29 Jan 2018 6:48 PM | Andrew Smith (Administrator)

    ICSS is seeking Board of Directors for the 2018 - 2020 term.  Additional Information and an application available here.

  • 13 Nov 2017 8:44 PM | Susan Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Andrew L. Smith is the President-Elect of the Indiana Council for the Social Studies, and The Gilder-Lehrman Institute’s 2017 Indiana State History Teacher of the Year. He received his BA in American History from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and his MA in History from George Mason University.  He has been a member of NCSS for the past 5 years, serving as a conference proposal reviewer, and Chair of the James M. Becker Award for Global Understanding. Mr. Smith currently teaches in west central Indiana, focusing on government, economics, geography, and computer science.

    Position Statement

    I firmly believe that the biggest challenge facing social studies educators today is the continued changes to state testing protocols. In the world of STEAM, social studies faces two distinct challenges, for some states, we see continued testing that changes too often and without proper notice, and for the balance of states, we see no testing and a de-emphasis of the social sciences. While two distinct problems, I believe that NCSS can play a role in working with state and regional councils to better address the challenges that each state faces. Given the reach of NCSS and our relationship with vendors and publishers, I believe that there is room to utilize those relationships to more quickly develop better resources for states to address the changing needs of teachers sooner. NCSS is also able to influence legislation, and through programs like the Legislative Leadership Institute trains state leaders to do the same. Expanding this program and establishing more connections to assist members in being proactive  should be priority. There is an opportunity to begin reversing the high stakes testing scenario, while keeping social studies in the curriculum, and NCSS should play a major role in that.


  • 26 Oct 2017 1:01 PM | Susan Tomlinson (Administrator)

    The ICSS Conference Registration and Exhibits open at 8:00.  The first session begins at 8:30.  Last session ends at 3:05 and is followed by the raffle.  Conference program grid is available on the Indiana Council for the Social Studies Facebook page.

  • 14 Sep 2017 8:05 AM | Anonymous

    Change: Challenges and Opportunities in an Evolving World

    Friday, November 3, 2017. St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Indianapolis



  • 07 Sep 2017 5:33 AM | Susan Tomlinson (Administrator)

    PUB PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 9/21, Understanding Islam

    The Indiana Council for the Social Studies and IU The Center on Representative Government invite you and your coworkers to participate in our next Pub P.D. Thursday, September 21st from 5:00 – 7:00 at The Oaken Barrel, Vista Village, 50 Airport Pkwy l, Greenwood, IN 46143 (not far from the I65/Main Street exit). Our topic of discussion for the evening will be Understanding Islam, and our guest speaker will be Dr. Edward Curtis IV Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts & Professor of Religious Studies at IUPUI. The format will include introductions, appetizers sponsored by the IU Center on Representative Government, and participants pay for their own beverages. Dr. Curtis will speak for 20 – 30 minutes, and then it will be open discussion. Participants will receive 2 Professional Growth Points for their participation. This is an opportunity for learning and socializing with educators from neighboring districts in a relaxed atmosphere. Please RSVP to susan.tomlinson.icss@gmail.com by September 19th so that we may make sufficient reservations.

    If you are not able to make this event, you can keep up to date on our professional development activities via our Facebook page: Indiana Council for the Social Studies, our website at www.indianasocialstudies.net, or Twitter @IndianaICSS.


  • 26 Aug 2017 10:52 AM | Susan Tomlinson (Administrator)
    Due to popular request -- The deadline has been extended to September 5th for ICSS Conference Presentation Proposals.  Download a form from the website under "Conferences." 
  • 10 Aug 2017 4:47 AM | Susan Tomlinson (Administrator)

    The Indiana Council for the Social Studies and the IU Center on Representative Government invite you and your coworkers to participate in our next Bloomington Pub Professional Development, Tuesday, August 22nd at Nick’s English Hut (upstairs in the Hoosier Room) from 5:00 – 7:00.   This will be a time for social studies teachers to discuss methods and techniques with educators from neighboring districts in a relaxed atmosphere. The discussion topic for this event is Activities for Promoting Active Citizenship to include: Engaging Congress, Constitution Day, Civil Rights and more.  Bring ideas to share or simply come to learn.  The Center for Representative Government will provide appetizers, and participants will be responsible for their own beverages.  Certificates for 2 Professional Growth Points will be awarded.  Please RSVP to Susan Tomlinson no later than Saturday, August 19th at susan.tomlinson.icss@gmail.com.  The first 10 teachers to sign up will receive a classroom set of pocket Constitution booklets.  All  participants will receive Preamble Challenge Tshirts.

    The Greenwood/Indy South Side Pub P.D. will be held Thursday, September 21st from 5:00 – 7:00 at The Oaken Barrel, Vista Village, 50 Airport Pkwy l, Greenwood, IN 46143 (not far from the I65/Main Street exit).  Our topic of discussion for the evening will be Understanding Islam, and our guest speaker will be Dr. Edward Curtis IV Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts & Professor of Religious Studies at IUPUI.  The format will include introductions, appetizers sponsored by ICSS, and participants pay for their own beverages.  Dr. Curtis will speak for 20 – 30 minutes, and then it will be open discussion.  Participants will receive 2 Professional Growth Points for their participation.  This is an opportunity for learning and socializing with educators from neighboring districts in a relaxed atmosphere.  Please RSVP to susan.tomlinson.icss@gmail.com by September 19th so that we may make sufficient reservations.


  • 30 Jul 2017 3:41 PM | Susan Tomlinson (Administrator)

         The Indiana Council for the Social Studies invites you and your coworkers to participate in our next Pub P.D. Thursday, September 21st from 5:00 – 7:00 at The Oaken Barrel, Vista Village, 50 Airport Pkwy l, Greenwood, IN 46143 (not far from the I65/Main Street exit).  Our topic of discussion for the evening will be Understanding Islam, and our guest speaker will be Dr. Edward Curtis IV Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts & Professor of Religious Studies at IUPUI.  The format will include introductions, appetizers sponsored by ICSS, and participants pay for their own beverages.  Dr. Curtis will speak for 20 – 30 minutes, and then it will be open discussion.  Participants will receive 2 Professional Growth Points for their participation.  This is an opportunity for learning and socializing with educators from neighboring districts in a relaxed atmosphere.  Please RSVP to susan.tomlinson.icss@gmail.com by September 19th so that we may make sufficient reservations.

         If you are not able to make this event, you can keep up to date on our professional development activities via our Facebook page:  Indiana Council for the Social Studies or Twitter @IndianaICSS

         Plans for a Pub PD in Bloomington and downtown Indy are also in the works.  Stay tuned for more info!


  • 26 Jun 2017 5:50 PM | Susan Tomlinson (Administrator)

    ICSS Annual Conference

    Friday, November 3, 2017

    St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Indy

    Theme -- Change: Challenges and Opportunities in an Evolving World

    Presentation Proposal forms and Exhibitor/Vendor Applications to be posted soon

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