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


2015 Colorado Social Studies Conference


visit the Conference page for more highlights.


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

CO Social Studies Current Newsletter:

Open and read the Winter CCSS Newsletter

High School Geography and Biology teachers needed!!

Over the past year, the content specialists in the Standards and Instructional Support office at the Colorado Department of Education have been working with educators across the state to create instructional units based on the curriculum overview samples published last year. These teacher-authored units include learning experiences, teacher and student resources, assessment ideas, and differentiation options.  Utilizing a Colorado-designed and refined template, the unit samples provide educators with examples of unit creation at every grade and content area of the Colorado Academic Standards.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), in collaboration with the Standards and Instructional Support Office at the Colorado Department of Education, will be conducting curricular workshops to build out three more Instructional Units based on the local environment August 4-6th, 2015 in Frisco. We are looking for some great high school biology and geography teachers or environmental educators with (former licensed teacher) classroom experience in these fields to create the biology and geography high school units. CPW will covering lodging and working meals, and teachers will be compensated $600 after the workshop for their work and travel expenses.

As voluntary resources for districts, these samples represent the work of teams of general education, special education, ELL, and gifted and talented educators/specialists to plan for the instruction of all students, and offer locally-created examples of instructional units that truly reflect the diversity of Colorado schools/districts. The Colorado Instructional Unit Samples were written by and for Colorado educators as a way to understand and translate the Colorado Academic Standards-based curriculum overviews into instructional units.

If you are interested in this experience and supporting fellow educators across the state, please send your resume to Tabbi Kinion, tabbi.kinion@state.co.us  by July 17th.

Thanks for considering –
Tabbi Kinion
Statewide Education Coordinator
Colorado Parks and Wildlife


Bosnia trip for teachers

Social Studies educator-colleagues - especially those interested in World History - learn more about our upcoming Summer 2015 2-week trip to Bosnia! Teachers get PD credit and a great experience. For more information, go to: https://ce.arizona.edu/bosnia 

Lisa Adeli, Director of Educational Outreach
University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies
(520) 621-7904

Special Program in Constitutional Studies, June 8-9

Announcing a special summer professional development program in Constitutional Studies for Colorado teachers, June 8-9, 2015:  

Controversial Issues and the Constitution:  Teaching about the Eighth Amendment
Does imposition of the death penalty constitute cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution? Although capital punishment is used in 32 states and its constitutionality has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, controversies over its use continue to make headlines in Colorado. Despite opinion polls showing that over 60% of Americans support its use, the death penalty continues to be a controversial public issue. 

The program will feature legal scholars and demonstrations of interactive lessons on the Eighth Amendment, including analysis of landmark Supreme Court decisions, comparative lessons, student deliberation activities, and a tour of the Colorado Judicial Learning Center. 

$100 registration fee.  Space is limited.  Please share with colleagues.  
Please register here: http://www.lawanddemocracy.org/2015.ConstitutionalStudies1.html
Location:  History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway.  Special rates for teachers traveling more than 60 miles. 

2015 STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators – Across the Salish Sea: Canada-US Connections in the Pacific Northwest

June 22-June 26, 2015 in Seattle, WA and Victoria, BC Canada

$600 Registration Cost – Ten $200 Travel Awards Available to Registrants

Visit: http://www.k12studycanada.org/scsi.html

Registration is now open to participate in "STUDY CANADA", a 3 quarter credit/40 clock hour professional development course offered by Western Washington University that provides teachers with an excellent foundation for teaching about our northern neighbor. For almost 40 years, teachers, librarians, social studies supervisors, and education faculty from across the U.S. have attended this renowned program to develop a better understanding of Canada, gain global perspectives of civic issues, and receive numerous resources for curriculum development.

The program’s subtitle reflects the workshop’s additional focus on trans-border issues in the Pacific Northwest. Participants will not only learn from distinguished faculty and government officials but also experience Canada’s culture, history and environment through unique activities not possible through regular tourism. The registration cost includes tuition for credits/clock hours (if needed), instruction, 4 nights’ hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, most course activities and one-way transportation from Seattle, WA to Victoria, BC on the Victoria Clipper ferry.

A draft 2015  agenda, detailed program guide and feedback as well as photos from previous workshops can be viewed online. To register, simply download the form and mail it with full payment to Western Washington University as instructed online. Payments by credit card can be faxed to a secure line. Check your eligibility for a $200 travel award and, once you have registered, apply separately to tina.storer@wwu.edu as instructed.  Also contact Tina Storer for a personal response to any program and financial support inquiries.

Note:  This professional development program has been offered since 1978.  The US Department of Education (USDOE) supports “STUDY CANADA” with funding from a Title VI grant to Western Washington University’s Center for Canadian-American Studies and the Canadian Studies Center at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.  The two centers jointly form one of two USDOE-designated National Resource Centers for Canada in the United States.

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)


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

Colorado Close Up

2015 Schedule is now out. Read more here.

Upcoming Facing History Programs: Calendar of Events

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.