• 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

  • 26 Jun 2017 5:49 PM | Susan Tomlinson (Administrator)

    News you can use -- @Indiana ICSS

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

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPLICATION 2017.docx


    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.

    http://www.teachthought.com/the-future-of-learning/are-apps-the-new-textbook/

  • 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

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    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)

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