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  • 24 Jun 2020 3:35 PM | TCSS President (Administrator)

    The CLASP Outreach Committee has put together an educator needs assessment meant to inform the K-12 and community college resources and professional development opportunities we will develop in the coming years. The survey is designed to show us national as well as regional data, so we hope to reach as many teachers as possible.

    CLASP Educator Needs Assessment: https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0Bel3FfpHRtcMcJ

    Target audience: K-12 and community college educators

    Survey deadline: July 1, 2020

    If you have any questions, please reach out to Molly Aufdermauer at mollyauf@stanford.edu.


  • 15 Jun 2020 1:23 PM | TCSS President (Administrator)

    Social studies education is designed to empower students to ask and answer profound questions about our ongoing fight for basic and equal civil and human rights, how violations of our human rights occur, and how we must all be prepared for a civic life in which the dignity of every individual is embraced, celebrated, and realized.

    NCSS presents the following articles published in our three main journals for K-12 teachers: Social Education, Middle Level Learning, and Social Studies and the Young Learner. These articles are grouped by topic for easy reference. We also included our recent current event responses which address racism and call for human rights education.

    Continue to take advantage of our resources and connect with diverse teachers throughout the country to build solutions within our Special Interest Communities on the topics of racism, injustice, oppression - and working toward social justice. 

    Access the Resources

  • 2 Jun 2020 5:58 PM | John Fernandez (Administrator)


    TCSS Executive Committee Statement

    June 2, 2020

     

    TCSS is an organization founded on advancing education in social studies through professional learning and growth of Texas educators.  We join many in condemning racist acts of violence and police brutality, including the recent senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless others who needlessly preceded them as victims of unjustified violence. Read more...


  • 28 May 2020 12:12 PM | TCSS President (Administrator)

    Annie Whitlock is a NCSS Board member and an elementary social studies professor at the University of Michigan-Flint. She and Dr. Kristy Brugar (University of Oklahoma) are conducting a study of historical fiction books 3rd-8th grade teachers use in their classrooms. The findings will contribute to educational research, specifically social studies teacher education. They are looking for teachers to complete a one-time survey which will take no more than 30 minutes. If you or other teachers are interested, please follow this link: https://ousurvey.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebtrtj3u4xhOHIN

    Consider adding to the #powerofcommunity and support social studies education research by completing the short survey.

  • 3 May 2020 1:55 PM | TCSS President (Administrator)

    We want you and your students to join us for the virtually revamped SXSW EDU panel - Pass the Mic: Students Discuss Equity in Civics on Thursday, May 7th, at 7pm, EST. 

    Two students from our Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship will share their insights into the need for relevant civic education and student engagement opportunities in schools.

    Are your students passionate about student voice, civic education, and community service? We hope they'll join us!

    Please share the link with your networks: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5278956941821871372

    Register Now


  • 23 Apr 2020 1:55 PM | TCSS President (Administrator)

    During these unprecedented times many may be searching for resources to support a less familiar or comfortable instructional design.  

    TEA has COVID-19 Resources by Region

    Education Service Centers have provided region-specific guidance and resources to support instructional continuity in schools.  Many of the service centers are organizing these resources based on content area.  Just click on your service center region on the map linked above to explore resources collated with teaching during Covid-19 closure in mind.

  • 23 Apr 2020 1:50 PM | TCSS President (Administrator)

    The Texas Education Agency (TEA) continues to work with the Office of the Governor, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to coordinate and plan the state’s response to COVID-19. TEA’s role in these efforts is to help coordinate the flow of information from the state to districts, help districts solve problems, and provide guidance that will aid in districts’ decision-making. TEA support resources are linked here.

    Most Popular Guidance and Resources

  • 24 Feb 2020 8:23 AM | John Fernandez (Administrator)

    New activities designed specifically for the 2019-2020 school year spotlight the 2020 Census and the importance of making sure everyone is counted, especially children. The decennial count impacts the federal funds that communities receive for special education, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school programs, school lunch assistance, and more.

    Use activities for pre-K through 12th grade today to help your students, school, and community.

    https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/2020census/2020-resources.html
  • 21 Feb 2020 7:55 PM | John Fernandez (Administrator)

    Download: Texas Social Studies Supervisors Association 

    TEA Update

    February 21, 2020


  • 7 Feb 2020 8:44 AM | TCSS President (Administrator)

    Hearts, flowers, and sweet treats -- must be time for TCSS's Spring Meet.  TCSS’s spring committee work session and executive board meeting will be held on Saturday February 22 in Austin at the Omni Southpark (4140 Governors Row Austin, Texas 78744).

    All TCSS committees will meet for breakfast at 7:30-8am and then collaborate in work sessions until around noon. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The Executive Board meeting will follow lunch in the afternoon.  Committee members should RSVP with their committee chair by Feb. 14th to ensure accurate meal counts.

    Executive Board members, committee chairs, and committee members should make their own travel arrangements.  Committee members may receive reimbursement for up to $50 of their travel expenses not covered by other sources per policy.  Complete reimbursement forms with receipts are required.

    Group discount available for Omni Southpark Austin Hotel reservations at https://tinyurl.com/yhjgsv2s  (phone: (512) 448-2222)  Note:  discount is through TSSSA conference block of rooms which they are working on increasing. 

    This work session is an important time for committees to set goals and collaborate on action items which support quality social studies instruction across Texas.  All TCSS members are invited to add their voice and talents to the process. Committees are examples of the Power of Community in TCSS

    If you are not currently a committee member but are interested in participating in the Spring Meeting, complete the TCSS Committee Preference form (also available at www.txcss.net on the advocacy page) and email the chair of the committee you are interested in joining to RSVP for the Spring Meeting Saturday Feb. 22.

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