Mission Statement

To engage in activities supporting educational work, which shall also include the coordination, promotion, development and maintenance of quality social studies programs at all levels of educational instruction in the State of Colorado.

Welcome to Colorado Council for the Social Studies


Sara Shackett, NCSS 2014 Secondary Teacher of the Year Award Recipient

CO Social Studies Current Newsletter:

Open and read the Winter CCSS Newsletter

History Colorado Educator Night at the Museum

Friday, February 27, 4 – 7 P.M.

Join us for a FREE educator open house to preview The 1968 Exhibit. Enjoy refreshments, classroom resources, entertainment and more! Great for K-12 educators who want to know more about what the History Colorado Center has to offer.

Reservations are required. Please call 303/866-2394 or go online for tickets. Feel free to bring a guest.

History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

The Choices Program at Brown University

invites you to Engaging Students in International Issues: The Choices Approach

The Middle East in Transition, July 13-17, 2015

For more information and an application: http://www.choices.edu/pd/institutes/institute-2015

Applications are due by Monday, March 16, 2015

The Choices Leadership Institute is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Choices Program’s award-winning curriculum materials and approach, and to plan strategies for introducing the Choices Program to your colleagues. Participants will examine strategies for engaging secondary students in the study of contested international issues, share best practices with other dedicated teachers, and explore methods for conducting effective professional development.

New Teacher Workshops for Spring

This spring, the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University is offering one-day seminars around the state of Colorado for social studies educators. These seminars will allow educators to develop content-knowledge which they can take back to their classroom. They can also earn hours towards their recertification goals. 

You can find out more information about our schedule and programs by going to the following link: http://teachingamericanhistory.org/rediscovering/colorado/one-day/ 

Michelle Murray
Programs and Development Coordinator
Ashbrook Center at Ashland University
(419) 289-5243 (direct line)
(419) 289-5425 (fax)


Archaeology & Pueblo Culture: 2015 NEH Summer Institute for Educators

Reminder: Apply by March 2!
This summer, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center will offer a three-week professional development opportunity for K–12 educators: From Mesa Verde to Santa Fe: Pueblo Identity in the Southwest. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and hosted by Crow Canyon, this NEH Summer Institute is an intensive study of Pueblo culture, history, and diversity.

Guided by Crow Canyon archaeologists, educators, and American Indian scholars, NEH Summer Institute scholars will examine the history of the ancestral Pueblo Indians who migrated from southwestern Colorado into the northern Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico. The institute will be based at Crow Canyon; scholars will spend several days each at Mesa Verde National Park and at historic Pueblo and Spanish colonial communities in northern New Mexico.

The institute takes place June 28–July 18, 2015. Crow Canyon will select 25 K–12 teachers (including three graduate students studying K–12 education) from throughout the United States to participate. We welcome applications from all interested participants; previous anthropology or archaeology experience is not required. Each NEH scholar receives a $2,700 stipend to help cover expenses. For program details and application instructions, visit our website. The application deadline is March 2, 2015 (postmark). For information about all 2015 NEH Summer Institutes and Workshops, visit the NEH website. Questions? E-mail us or call 800.422.8975, ext. 146.

NEH Forge of Innovation Summer Workshop in NE

Spread word about excellent, free ($1,200 stipend!) summer teacher workshops in beautiful Western New England. As a new NEH site, we are late getting word out. (Good news is, applicants have an excellent shot at a spot.) 

The "Forge of Innovation" NEH workshop is about so much more than guns. Teachers will plunge into a 19th Century cauldron of social, political, and economic change. Abolitionists, artists, and writers will take the stage as well as engineers, industrialists, millworkers, and soldiers. 

This summer makes ten years that our team of scholars and classroom teachers has delivered dynamic, relevant professional development. As the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program at CES, we will of course bring a wealth of primary sources into sessions, as well as extensive, practical experience putting them to use in the classroom. 

Learn more and register at http://EmergingAmerica.org/NEH

- Rich Cairn, Director, Emerging America

Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Monday, July 13–Friday, July 17, 2015
Monday, July 27–Friday, July 31, 2015

Be inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as you join colleagues from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts. Attend one of our week-long institutes in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Stay connected with your newfound colleagues and museum staff throughout the year.

Core subject teachers for grades 6-12 may apply as individuals or as part of a team. Priority will be given to social studies and English/language arts teachers.

Applications are due April 1, 2015.

Registration Fee: $200 per participant
For more information and the application please visit: http://americanart.si.edu/education/dev/institutes/
Graduate credits, scholarships, and low-cost housing accommodations are available. For more information, please contact us at AmericanArtInstitutes@si.edu


Colorado Close Up

2015 Schedule is now out. Read more here.

Teaching Geography in the 21st Century:  New Online 5 Week Course for Educators


Course description:

Two graduate credit hours available. If you are only needing continuing education units, those are provided at the end of the course

The cost for the graduate hours is an additional $110 paid to Adams State University. Register for that optional graduate credit any time during the course. The link will be provided once you enroll in the course.