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Colorado Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference Metropolitan State University Tivoli Student Union Denver April 8, 2016 Theme: The Social Studies Classroom: Back to our Roots

Register to attend our conference at 29th Annual CCSS Conference

  • Sessions
  • Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Break , and After Conference Gathering
  • Keynote: Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice, What Colorado Citizens and Students need to know about the Courts and Law
  • Civic Based Sessions from the Civic Canopy and the team that formally brought you the annual Education in Democracy Conference (CELD)
  • A mini Edcamp with collaborative discussion topics created and selected by conference participants (you’ll be contacted prior to the conference for your input)
  • Enterprising Teacher of the Year Award, Civic Educator of the Year Award,  and Outstanding Social Studies Educator Awards
  •  Exhibitors
  • Door Prizes
  • Adams State Credit .5 hours for $27.50


NCSS President to attend and speak at CCSS Conference

Kim O'Neil, NBCT

National Council for the Social Studies president Kim O'Neill (New York)

Teachers of Colorado History

Teaching with Primary Sources at Metropolitan State University of Denver (Library of Congress) and the Colorado Encyclopedia (Colorado Humanities) are offering 20 teachers the opportunity to extend their Colorado Council for Social Studies Conference experience.  Selected teachers will:

  • Attend a workshop on Friday afternoon (following the conference lunch and the keynote speaker) and all day Saturday at MSU Denver on April 9 on the Auraria Campus.
  • Receive reimbursement for the conference registration and a $100 stipend for developing an Annotated Resource Set related to Colorado History.
  • Explore and learn about the new Colorado Encyclopedia – a digital collection of “all things Colorado” – resources for teachers and students related to Colorado History.
  • Join, explore, and use the tools of the TPS Teachers Network, a nationwide social media network designed specifically to support teaching with Library of Congress primary sources.
  • Develop an “Annotated Resource Set” (ARS) of Colorado-themed resources that will be submitted to the Education Editorial Committee for inclusion in the Education Section of the Colorado Encyclopedia.

·         Participants will also receive TPS certification for 12 hours that can be used toward license renewal.

  • ·         To reserve a space in the TPS/Colorado Encyclopedia workshop, contact Cynthia Stout at ckstout@comcast.net.  Conference registration fees should be sent to CCSS.


Current News

High school students would face new civics test under bipartisan proposal

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Todd Engdahl on March 8, 2016

Colorado students would be required to pass a civics test used by the federal government to graduate from high school under a new bill promoted by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

The measure, House Bill 16-148, would increase statewide testing just a year after lawmakers cut back on assessments, including Colorado’s current social studies test.

Prime sponsor Sen. Owen Hill said he’s been working on the idea for three years because “civics education has been left by the wayside” due to the education system’s focus on language arts and math.

The Colorado Springs Republican said he finally found the “right avenue” in a testing proposal being pushed nationwide by two related Arizona nonprofits, the Civics Education Initiative and the


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NCSS President Kim O'Neill (c) awarding the Gold Star Council to CCSS president Anton Schulzki (r) and director Dorsee Johnson-Tucker (l) at the 2015 NCSS Annual Conference



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