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

2014 Colorado Council for the Social Studies conference was held on April 18th. Stay tuned for our announcement of the 2015 conference date.

Donna O'Brien, Educator of the Year   Donna O'rien, Educator of the Year

Standards & Assessments

Participate in Standard Setting for Colorado Measures of Academic Success and Colorado Alternate Assessments Science and Social Studies

Standard setting will be held this summer for Colorado Measures of Academic Success and Colorado Alternate Assessments science and social studies. This process will generate cut score recommendations for each of the performance levels. CDE seeks science content specialists from Colorado school districts who have worked with students in grades 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, social studies content specialists who have worked with students in grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, and individuals who are experienced in working with English learners and special education students. Superintendents are also encouraged to participate. 

Participants will be selected from educator names submitted to the educator database at http://educator.force.com/CO as well as from nominations. Nominations should be sent to Margo Allen atallen_m@cde.state.co.us with “CMAS standard setting nomination” in the subject line. 

Science and Social Studies Development

CMAS and CoAlt science and social studies item development is an ongoing process.  As such there is always a need for continuing to build the database of educators from Colorado to write, review, and align test items to the CAS.  This is a great chance to get involved in what students are begin tested on!!

There is a CMAS high school item/bias/sensitivity review on June 24-26 with invited educators selected from the Colorado educator database. Educators can submit their applications to participate in development activities at: http://educator.force.com/CO. 

More Information: The CDE website has in-depth information on the new science and social studies assessments including the practice environment.

Contact: For questions related to the science and social studies assessments, please contact Jason Clymer at clymer_j@cde.state.co.us or Sara Loerzel at Loerzel_s@cde.state.co.us.

The Ludlow Massacre:
Examining Labor Relations Through Primary Sources

This is an exceptional opportunity for educators to join in a learning experience that has many formats and possibilities in this summer and fall. The workshop discusses the Ludlow Massacre which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and includes access to leading scholars on the subject including Thomas Andrews author of Killing for Coal, BIll Convery, Dawn Di Prince, and Bob Butero from the United Mine Workers. Dr. Andrews will be with us during the series and attend the field study on October 11,2014 as well.

Teachers can :
1) Attend a workshop at History Colorado on July 22, 2014 for $25 which includes lunch and materials
2) Attend the field study to El Pueblo and the Ludlow site with meals and transportation for $50
3) Attend 4 google hangouts with scholars online.

This not only is one of the most inexpensive workshops we have offered but is collaborative with multiple partners, uses primary sources, and is interactive and will give teachers a hands-on look at this event which has continuing relevance in our communities.

Space is Limited -- Register Here:
Recertification & Graduate Credit Available

Deadline extended for Regional Environmental Education Leadership Councils

We are hoping to balance the make-up of our councils and are in need of a few dedicated classroom teachers to provide their perspectives, experiences, and guidance. Please consider applying-or passing this to someone you know! The commitment is very manageable.

Open and read the Winter CCSS Newsletter

Summer Institutes:



Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute

CDE releases high school test questions for Social Studies.  Click on link and check them out.