86th Texas Legislative Session - Learn more about the pieces of legislation impacting social studies education. ★★Update - 4/30 ★★
TCSS & TSSSA Joint position statement - The Texas Council for the Social Studies in conjunction with the Texas Social Studies Supervisors Association act as advocates for the core mission of public education as outlined in our Texas Education Code that states, the “primary purpose of the public school curriculum is to prepare thoughtful, active citizens who understand the importance of patriotism.” Read more
Become a leader in the oldest social studies organization in Texas! Immediately below, you will find a list of the various leadership opportunities available. Complete the TCSS Committee Preference form to express your interest in serving as a leader in TCSS.
TCSS Committee Responsibilities - Draft
President-Elect - This is a three-year commitment in which you would serve one year term as president-elect, one year term as president, and one year term as past president.
Vice President - One year term; shall preside in the absence of the President and shall serve as Chairperson of the Membership Committee.
Parliamentarian - The Parliamentarian shall advise the President and other officers, committees, and members of parliamentary procedure. The Parliamentarian shall serve as Chairperson of the Constitution Committee.
Members at Large - Elected to 2-year staggered terms; required to be a member of TCSS for 2 consecutive years prior to taking office in January of the year following election.
High School Representative - Required to be a current high school teacher in Texas.
Middle Level Representative - Required to be a current junior high school or middle school teacher in Texas.
Elementary Representative - Required to be a current elementary school teacher in Texas.
University Representative - Required to be a current college or university faculty member in Texas.
At-Large Representative - Required to be a member of TCSS prior to taking office in January of the year following election.
Description: The Conference Committee shall consist of a chairperson and a representative from each geographic region: North, Central, East, West, and South. This committee shall solicit bids for conference sites two to three years in advance from local councils in the designated regions on the rotation cycle. The Conference Committee will review bids and make recommendations on prospective convention sites at the fall meeting to the Executive Board.
Description:The Constitution Committee shall consist of the Parliamentarian, who shall serve as Chairperson, and at least four (4) members. This committee shall review the Constitution to determine whether revisions are necessary and shall make appropriate recommendations to the Executive Board.
Description:The Curriculum Committee has the responsibility of making recommendations to the Executive Board on matters relating to curriculum. The Curriculum Committee shall consist of a chair and a co-chair who will serve two-year overlapping terms, the TCSS President Elect, the Curriculum Liaison(s), and at least four (4) members. The Texas Education Agency’s Director and Assistant Director of Social Studies may be invited to be ex officio members without voting privileges.
Description:The Membership Committee shall consist of the Vice President as chairperson, the Director of Member Services, and local council representatives. This committee shall be responsible for promoting membership.
Nominations and Elections Committee
Description:The Nominations and Elections Committee shall consist of the Executive Secretary, the immediate Past President, and at least four (4) members. The Executive Secretary and immediate Past President may serve as the representative from his/her geographic area. The chairperson of the Nominations and Elections Committee shall be the immediate Past President. A co-chair from a geographic area different from that of the immediate Past President shall be selected from the committee membership by the President.
Description:The Publications Committee shall be responsible for the guidelines, printing, and dissemination of the Council's publications. The Publications Committee shall consist of the Director of Publications and the chairperson of the Editorial Board as co-chairs, and at least four (4) members. Additional duties may be assigned by the President and/or the Executive Board.
The scholarship committee consists of the chairperson and additional members as appointed by the president. The Treasurer of TCSS shall also be a member. The scholarship committee shall execute established procedures for bestowing scholarship funds upon two students who can be high school seniors or college students whose goal is to pursue a degree in social studies education: award grants to current TCSS members for materials or training that will enrich social studies education.
Special Awards Committee
Description:The Special Awards Committee shall consist of a chairperson and at least four members appointed by the President. The Special Awards Committee shall execute established procedures for bestowing merited honors on TCSS members who are selected to receive its annual awards.
Teacher Standards Committee
Description:The Teacher Standards Committee shall monitor the State Board of Educator Certification on teacher standards and report to the Executive Board. The Teacher Standards Committee shall consist of a chairperson and at least four (4) members. Whenever it is deemed advisable by the Executive Board, this Committee or its representatives may represent TCSS in matters affecting teaching standards.
Description:The Technology Committee shall consist of a chairperson, one co-chair, and at least four (4) members as appointed by the President. The committee shall research and keep the membership informed of the technological innovations in social studies and/or instruction, be open to increasing uses of technology in the classroom.
Textbook/Instructional Materials Review Committee
Description:The Textbook/Instructional Materials Review Committee shall participate when appropriate in all aspects of the state textbook adoption process for social studies. This committee shall consist of a chairperson; during adoption cycles at least four (4) members will be added. Criteria for membership of this committee shall include but not be limited to (1) expertise in the subject area for which textbooks/instructional materials may be adopted, (2) experience and/or expertise with the grade level(s) or which texts shall be adopted, (3) no conflict of interest (no paid involvement with a bidding publisher in the current adoption cycle within the last three years).