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  • 11 Jun 2018 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    The conference proposal deadline has been extended to July 15th.  More information about presentations, and the proposal form can be found here.  

  • 04 Jun 2018 5:41 AM | Susan Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Ethnic Studies Course Standards - Open for public comment. High schools are required to offer this one semester course. Check out the standards that have been developed/drafted and add your two cents.


  • 16 May 2018 5:25 AM | Susan Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Thank you for your patience!  You may now renew your individual ICSS membership online.

  • 08 May 2018 4:17 PM | Susan Tomlinson (Administrator)

    ICSS is experiencing problems with our ability to process membership renewals online. Please be patient with us as we work to take care of this problem It may be a few days. Questions? susan.tomlinson.icss@gmail.com

  • 01 Apr 2018 12:37 PM | Anonymous

    The Program Committee of the Indiana Council for the Social Studies is now accepting proposals for individual sessions and workshops for the 2018 annual conference.  Our theme this year is Exploring Civil Liberties and Human Rights IN Social Studies.  Proposal forms can be found here, and are due June 15th.  

  • 28 Mar 2018 6:48 PM | Anonymous

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

  • 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

  • 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

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