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  • 2 Jun 2023 12:43 PM | TXCSS (Administrator)

    Calling all US History teachers! The American Historical Association (“AHA”) has been partnering with the National Council for the Social Studies (“NCSS”) to learn about how US history is taught in your state. Recently, the AHA sent out a survey to US history teachers in your state - another opportunity to contribute to this important work.

    If you received a letter and/or an email about the survey, please complete the questionnaire about your experiences teaching US history as soon as possible. 

    After you follow the link in your letter and/or email and complete the 15-20-minute survey, you will receive a $10 gift card as a thank you for participating.

    For more information about the survey, please visit the survey website.

  • 1 May 2023 7:12 AM | TXCSS Evangeline


    May your school year end on a positive note. State testing is over & now what? Try these quick & easy strategies to engage your students to the end.

    1.Passion Projects - allow students to research a subject of their choice and create a presentation or create a project that shows their learning.

    2.Let The Students Teach - allow students to teach the class for part of a day or period.

    3.Reflection Time - take the time to let students reflect on their experiences in your classroom. Students often realize or notice things that you would never think about.

    4.Write A Letter -students write a letter to a teacher or professional in the school that has helped them throughout the school year. Letters can be distributed by students or put into teacher’s boxes for a great end of the year surprise.

    5.Theme Days - count down to the end of the year by creating a theme for each of the last days of school.

    6.Time capsule - create a time capsule of memories using a water bottle and colored strips of paper. Students can write down their favorite memories to keep and open in the years ahead.

    7.Survival Guide - allow students to create a video on the best tips for surviving the school year in your class. The videos can then be saved to create a great way to start the following school year with your new students.

    8.Celebrate Achievements - class rewards provide a way for a teacher to recognize student accomplishments that might go unnoticed in regular school assemblies but can highlight how far a student has grown in the year.

    9.Write About It - students create a six word memoir to describe their year. Check out more information on TechNotes from TCEA.

    10.Graffiti Wall - students sign a large piece of paper with their favorite memory of the school year. Allow students to take pictures or selfies in front of the wall to preserve their memories for years to come.

  • 7 Oct 2022 10:09 AM | TXCSS Past President

    I’m sure you have heard this from the TXCSS leadership several times, because we believe this to be true. We can’t all take the time to visit legislators or attend State Board of Education meetings. We don’t all have the time to track all the pending legislation, but taking the time to vote is easy. Educators make a powerful difference by voting together to support public education.

    Last year TXCSS entered into a partnership with Texas Educators Vote (TEV) to join in their efforts to create a culture of voting in Texas public schools. How can you help in these efforts?

    • Participate in Educators Voting Day by voting on Thursday, October, 27
    • Publicize Educators Voting Day to your colleagues
    • Check out the resources TEV has at

    One of their best resources is the “Who Does What?” guide. This concise brochure or “one-pager” details which elected officials make what decisions about public education. This resource could be used with students and parents.

    Not only is your voice your power, but our combined voices are more powerful. We look forward to seeing you at the polls on Educator Voting Day – October 27th.

  • 24 Aug 2022 11:36 AM | TXCSS Past President

    The sometimes complex and lengthy process for revising the social studies TEKS has reached a point at which many educators engage - reviewing the draft proposals. Please keep in mind that getting to these draft changes has taken a fair amount of time. In that process teachers have participated in survey sessions facilitated by the regional service centers and the TEA hosted sessions at the TXCSS conference last fall to solicit input from social studies educators. Content advisors were selected, met and made recommendations to the State Board of Education(SBOE). Work groups were selected with the appointment approval of SBOE members and those groups have met several times to produce the current drafts.

    The SBOE wants to hear from the teachers now.

    Please take the time to review the drafts for revising the social studies TEKS

    and email the SBOE with your thoughts, suggestions, concerns.

    Social Studies TEKS Review Work

    The most up to date K-8 draft is from Work Group F.

    Notable changes to the social studies TEKS include the following:

    • Introduction of a conceptual theme for K-2 to provide an overarching context for the content learned in those grades and allowing for the spiraling of this conceptual understanding to later grades. Kindergarten - Community; Grade 1-Culture, Grade 2- Migration
    • Economic, geographic, political, and cultural concepts are integrated into the historical narrative in Grades K-8, providing context for these TEKS.
    • Content related to culture, migration, and community in Texas is integrated K-2.
    • A chronological historical focus established starting at Grade 3 with the study of ancient civilizations. In Grade 4 the focus is on classical civilizations and in Grade 5 postclassical/medieval civilizations.
    • The basic tenets of five major world religions are presented in Grade 4 in the historical context of where and when these religious ideas were introduced. Sikhism is introduced in high school world history.
    • Content in Grades 3-5 focuses on the characteristics of civilizations that most relate to understanding the present, such as innovations, ideas, government systems, and economic patterns.
    • Grade 6, 7, 8 continue the chronological approach focusing on places, people, and events in North America from the 15th century through the latter 20th century. The content integrates the traditional study of Texas history with the study of U.S. History.
    • TEKS are organized into historical eras Grade 3-8 and in the high school history courses. This eliminates TEKS that would possibly cut across units in curricula.
    • Content for K-3 is significantly enhanced in order to support building background knowledge, which is supported by research about reading comprehension.
    • In Grade 7 the standards for study of The U.S. Constitution are significantly expanded from the current study, possibly because of the integration of Texas and US History in a three year study.
    • World History begins with the 13 century, allowing for more depth to be given to events in the modern age which have a more direct connection to present conditions. 
    • Significant content from Grade 6 - World Cultures has been integrated into other grade levels. 
    • The inclusion of multiple narratives is evident in the history courses. 
    TXCSS as an organization respects multiple narratives, so every teacher/member should advocate his/her position in regards to these changes. We learn more when we listen to each other. TXCSS applauds the hard work and dedication of those who have served on the work groups.

    The SBOE meets next August 30 - September 2 , so make your voice heard soon. 

  • 22 Nov 2021 9:52 AM | TXCSS President (Administrator)

    Thank you so much to our TEA partners for keeping us up to date on Social Studies related news.  

    Social Studies TEKS Review Survey

    As part of the State Board of Education’s process to review and revise the social studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is surveying educators to help inform the recommendations of the social studies TEKS review work groups. We encourage you to provide your feedback regarding the current social studies TEKS by completing the survey.

    Please note that survey will only be open for four weeks, so you are encouraged to complete the survey as soon as possible. The Social Studies TEKS Review Survey will close on December 10, 2021.

    The link to the Social Studies TEKS Review Survey is

     TEA UPDATE FALL 2021ppt

  • 10 Nov 2021 11:57 AM | TXCSS President (Administrator)

    If you:

    - Teach a civics-related subject (i.e. social studies, government, advocacy, etc.)

    - Teach within Texas

    - Teach students 13 years or older then you are eligible to participate!

    The study will focus on how you teach and think about civics. Participation involves a 45-minute Zoom interview with the researcher.


    or schedule an interview here

  • 13 Sep 2021 8:27 AM | TXCSS President (Administrator)

    Social Studies TEKS Review Work Group Application

    The State Board of Education (SBOE) will soon begin the review and revision of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for K-12 social studies. The SBOE’s TEKS review and revision process calls for multiple, separate work groups to make recommendations to the SBOE for revisions to the current standards. SBOE members nominate individuals, including educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers, to serve on TEKS review work groups.

    The SBOE is now accepting applications to serve on social studies TEKS review work groups. Applications received will be submitted to SBOE members for review throughout the process.

    Individuals selected will be asked to serve on one or more work groups. TEKS review work groups typically convene for two-day meetings and may include Saturdays. Additional days or meetings may be scheduled if needed. The Texas Education Agency is currently conducting TEKS review meetings virtually but is expected to return to face-to-face meetings later this year. The invitation to serve on a work group will include the format/location of the meeting.

    To access the application and for more information regarding the K-12 social studies TEKS review, please visit the Social Studies TEKS Review webpage at

    Questions regarding the application or TEKS review process may be sent via email to

  • 10 Sep 2021 1:30 PM | TXCSS President (Administrator)

    As of this writing SB 3 has been sent to the governor and with his signature will replace HB 3979. The TXCSS leadership is aware that many of you have questions about how this legislation affects your classrooms. Please be cognizant that much of the confusion surrounding this legislation is related to misinformation.

    SB3 reiterates that teachers are to teach the TEKS. TXCSS has provided these guidelines on SB3 in hopes of answering some of your questions. 

  • 4 Aug 2021 7:06 PM | TXCSS (Administrator)

    HB3979 Guidelines

    These guidelines were developed by the Texas Council for the Social Studies, teachers are urged to first consult with the leadership of your district regarding the local policies and interpretations of this bill.

  • 11 May 2021 4:14 PM | TXCSS President (Administrator)


    Our 2021-2022 Teacher Council Application Closes Saturday, May 15th.

    Teaching civics and U.S. history are increasingly difficult tasks. Civics, like our communities, continues to change, grow, and evolve. We are looking for teachers who want to expand the impact they have beyond their own classroom and be part of the national dialogue about the future of civics and history in our country. We want these teachers to apply for our Teacher Council and we still need applications from your state to ensure our Council has a diverse and national perspective. 

    The Council meets monthly and advises the Institute on strategic initiatives by providing feedback on classroom resources and best practices in student learning as well as regional civics initiatives. They assist the Institute with monthly projects including–but not limited to–writing projects, editing projects, and resource renewal projects.


    Apply Today


    Frequently Asked Questions:

    How long is the time commitment? August 1, 2021-July 31, 2022
    What is the compensation? $150/month
    What are the requirements to serve on the Council? At least 1 year of classroom experience and a current position in a 7-12 grade social studies classroom.
    What is required for the application? A profile questionnaire, a letter of recommendation, and a writing sample.

    I hope to receive your application!

    Laura Vlk
    Senior Manager, Teacher Services
    Bill of Rights Institute

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