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Welcome to the KCSS
As social studies educators, you are responsible for teaching students the content knowledge, discipline specific thinking skills, and civic values that are vital for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. Our task at the Kansas Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support to make your job easier.
So we've redesigned our site to highlight teacher resources such as lesson plans and web sites, membership information, annual conference information, and updated social studies news / announcements. We're also excited about our new KCSS blog and social media tools - our hope is that you will use all of these resources to connect with others and to improve social studies instruction in Kansas. We're looking forward to working with you.
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We are excited to announce the renewal of the KCSS Judy Cromwell Excellence in Teaching Awards. Judy Cromwell taught social studies in the Topeka area for over 38 years. She was a long-time member of KCSS and served on the board for 28 years. Judy was known for her strong support for classroom teachers, her delicious buffalo chip cookies, and for leading summer trips around the state with teachers. The Excellence in Teaching Award is named in her honor.
Intended to reward and encourage high quality instruction in the social studies, KCSS will select one Excellence in Teaching winner in each of the grade levels: elementary, middle, and high school. Winners will receive free Kansas social studies conference registration, framed certificate, and a $500 cash award. Winners will also be asked to attend the award ceremony at the state conference on November 7.
Nominations are now being accepted until October 30th. Nominees must be currently teaching social studies at least half-time and have three years teaching experience. Start the selection process by downloading the complete nomination packet. (Teachers are allowed to apply on their own behalf.)