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


State and Local Assessments Survey

Superintendents, Principals, and Teachers,

You are invited to participate in an online survey regarding state and local assessments used in your district and schools. The survey is being conducted by Augenblick, Palaich and Associates (APA) on behalf of the Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force which was established by the Colorado General Assembly (HB14-1202).

The intent of the survey is to gain valuable insight on the impact of assessments at the district, school and classroom level so the survey is differentiated and tailored based upon the respondent’s role. With that in mind, we ask that Superintendents please share this invitation with their school principals, including charter administrators, and that principals please share this invitation with their teachers, including specialist teachers (interventionists, special education and ELL teachers).

The online survey is available at: https://survey.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9tOEjKcVNJjGf8p
Due date: October 27, 2014.

You may leave and return to the survey at any time, but please note that you will only be able to submit your responses once.

The survey will ask the following questions about each assessment:

1. When results are available to district staff, school staff, and families and students;
2. Time spent by teachers to prepare for and administer assessments;
3. Time spent by students to prepare for and take assessments;
4. Other impacts of assessments, such as impacts due to on technology availability, logistics management, loss of support staff time, direct costs, and schedule interruption;
5. Benefits of assessments, such as instructional, measuring mastery of content standards, comparability for accountability, evaluation, and feedback for families and students;
6. Whether you feel that the benefits outweigh the impacts or not; and
7. Any changes that you would make to the state assessment system.

Additionally for local assessments, superintendents and principals will also be asked about: (1) the grades and subject areas the assessment is administered in; (2) the length of the assessment’s administration window; (3) how often the assessment is administered; and (4) when administration occurs. Principals will also be asked about their capacity to implement the state assessment system. The survey for teachers will be shorter and focused only on the assessments in which they are directly involved.

We sincerely thank you for your time and input on this important matter. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either: Amanda Brown, arb@apaconsulting.net or Abby McClelland, ajm@apaconsulting.net at APA.

Education for Citizenship--December 5--Register Now

Please join CELD for the 30th annual Eduicating for Citizenship Conference: Creating Democracy's Future , December 5, 2014,  Doubletree by Hilton Denver/Aurora Hotel,  13696 East Iliff Place, Aurora.  We are pleased that two national civic leaders who helped to launch CELD, Diana Hess, Vice President of the Spencer Foundation; and Lee Arbetman (Tentative), Executive Director, Street Law, will join us for this culminating event.  

Please register online at:  http://www.lawanddemocracy.org/2014.lawconfreg.html    Please help get the word out about this event by inviting your colleagues to join us on December 5.  Space is limited so register early.

Barbara Miller, Executive Director
Center for Education in Law and Democracy
531 Adams Street
Denver CO  80206
303-778-0756 - Phone
303-733-4791 - Fax

CO Social Studies Current Newsletter:

Open and read the Fall CCSS Newsletter

Bill of Rights Institute
First eLesson of the New School Year!

Current Events and the Constitution
The Significance of Federalist No. 1 eLesson

Documents of Freedom Has Arrived

6,800 educators have registered for Documents of Freedom, our new digital textbook accessible 24/7 from any device. Join them today

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.