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


Applications Due by December 31st for Colonial Williamsburg's 2015 Teacher Institute

2015 Scholarships Available for the Teacher Institute in American History

Join us next summer on location in Williamsburg, VA and nearby historic sites.

Six-day summer sessions are available to meet elementary, middle, and high school American history and English/Language Arts curriculum standards.

• Elementary School sessions focus on the colonial and the early nation period, exploring content from 1607 through the end of the Revolutionary War
• Middle School sessions focus on the emerging American identity from 1607 to 1865
• High School sessions use a thematic approach to American history in which teachers explore content from 1607 to the Vietnam War and examine how issues in American history have been under constant debate

Fully-funded scholarships are available for all grade levels!

Scholarship applications are due 12/31/14

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

CO Social Studies Current Newsletter:

Open and read the Fall CCSS Newsletter

Colorado Humanities Teacher Workshop

Colorado Humanities is sponsoring a one-day workshop for teachers, in February, with national humanities scholar Charles Pace.  Learn how to help your students research, develop and present a first-person character portrayal and answer questions in and out of character.  The workshop title is “The Chautauqua Form of Public Humanities Presentation” and one half graduate credit will be offered from Adams State University.

Date:  February 23rd in Denver and February 26 in Grand Junction, from 9 to 4,
Location TBD.   Please contact Betty Jo Brenner at Brenner@coloradohumanities.org to register.  

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)


The Stock Market Experience

The Spring 2015 SME Session begins January 12th - register for training and participation TODAY!  

The Stock Market Experience™ is a FREE* interactive, hands-on, real life investment simulation that empowers student teams with their own virtual $100,000 investment portfolio for grade levels 3-12. Students work together to invest in stocks, mutual funds, bond, and commodities on US and international exchange over the course of a semester.

The Stock Market Experience supports the Colorado standards for Personal Financial Literacy and also helps students develop critical academic and 21st Century skills.

Session Dates 

Early Spring:    January 12th - April 3rd (Students are Eligible for Prize Recognition) 
Late Spring:     March 9th - May 15th 
(Students are NOT Eligible for Prize Recognition) 

Register to participate and for FREE Teacher training at www.stockmarketexperience.org  

2015 Fiscal Fitness Workshop January 30-31, 2015

Please join us for the 2015 Fiscal Fitness Workshop - Register Today!

This highly rated 2-day workshop is FREE for all eligible P-College Colorado educators to help you build knowledge about personal finance topics to reinforce your excitement and ability to bring the same knowledge to students. This workshop focuses on critical economic and personal finance topics to help you improve your own financial well-being. With better financial know-how you will have the tools to bring engaging discussions, lessons, and activities to your classroom.

For more information and to register ($50 refundable deposit required) visit www.cojumpstart.org

Engaging Students in International Issues: The Choices Approach

Saturday, February 21, 2015
8:30 am-3:30 pm
University of Colorado, Boulder

Workshop Leader: Choices Teaching Fellows Michelle Van Sickle and Rebekah Nesbitt. Both are local classroom teachers.

This is a participatory workshop, so come ready to be engaged and inspired!

During the workshop, you will:
• Be introduced to the Choices Program's award-winning resources and approach to teaching about contested international Issues;
• Examine and work with the Choices units China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.S. Response and U.S. Immigration Policy in an Unsettled World (provided);
• Network with exemplar colleagues from across the state.
Cost: $145.00 per person

The first 10 full-time classroom teachers to register will receive a subsidized price of $95, thanks to UC Boulder’s Program for Teaching East Asia and NCTA.

Who Should Attend: Civics, geography, government, history and other social studies educators will benefit. Materials are appropriate for grades 7-12. Humanities teachers often use our materials and are also invited to attend.

This event is co-sponsored by University of Colorado Boulder’s Program for Teaching East Asia and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA).

Register online

The National Council for History Education and The Fritz Fischer Scholarship Fund
are pleased to offer scholarships to attend the NCHE National Conference!

2015 NCHE Conference: Encounters in History

St. Augustine, Florida
Flagler College
March 19-21

What the Scholarships Provide:
Conference Registration (A $200 Value!)
Full Year of Membership in NCHE (A $50 Value!)
$50 towards Enrichment Excursions & Events

Who is Eligible: All K-12 History Teachers

Please Contact John Csepegi to learn how to apply
and what is required of scholarship recipients

john@nche.net or (240) 696-6612
The deadline to apply is December 15, 2014.

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.