What is TCSS all about?


The Texas Council for the Social Studies is a nonprofit organization serving all social studies educators and supporters across the state. Social studies is the study of social relationships and the functioning of society.  We are made up of history, government, economics, geography, civics, sociology, and anthropology specialist and professionals.

Membership in TCSS provides opportunities for professional growth, collaboration with other educators, and opportunities to be active citizens working for the advancement social studies education.

The Social Studies Texan is the official publication of the Texas Council for the Social Studies. This juried journal is published 3 times a year and includes professional articles relating to social studies education, lesson plans and activities that have been used successfully in the classrooms of Texas. The Texan also provides up-to-date information about TCSS and pertinent social studies information important to classroom teachers.

Texas Council for the Social Studies hosts an annual 3 day fall conference for Texas educators with presentations covering the range of social studies subjects and grade levels. The Texas Council honors outstanding elementary, middle and secondary teachers who become nominees for the NCSS Outstanding Teacher Awards. The NOVA Award is given to an outstanding first or second year teacher. The council also honors outstanding leadership and service through the presentation of the Billy Sills Distinguished Service and Betty Barringer Award.

TCSS Vision:

The vision of TCSS is for all students in Texas to receive a well rounded social studies education which will enhance their personal and professional lives.

TCSS Mission:

To provide Texas educators with professional learning, resources and support to strengthen social studies education and civic participation.