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.

Have questions or comments? Let me know!

Glenn Wiebe
KCSS President

KCSS 2016 Mini-grant Winners

We’re proud to announce the 2016 Kansas Council for the Social Studies mini-grant winners. The elementary winner is Erica Rupe, first grade teacher at Clearwater Elementary West in Clearwater. Erica has taught at the elementary level for 10 years and is currently working to complete a Master’s degree with an emphasis in reading from Fort Hays.  The secondary winner is Jill Weber, middle school teacher at Cheney Middle School in Cheney. Jill has been at Cheney for 10 years where she discovered a “deep passion for making social studies fun and engaging.” Both Erica and Jill will receive a $500 grant to fund specific instructional activities.

Erica plans to use her award to buy a subscription to the First Grade Studies Weekly Core Social Studies Classroom magazine for every first grade student during the 2016-2017 school year with students receiving 24 weekly issues. This will allow for integrated reading of informational text as she teaches CCR-aligned Social Studies and Science content during their literacy block. 


Jill’s project will help engage middle school students in archeology projects focusing on early American History. Working in teams and using historical thinking skills, students will uncover artifacts Jill will bury in tubs, identify them, and figure out a common theme among the different items.  Eventually she will have one dig tub focusing on a major topic students will study throughout the year; Constitutional Convention, Lewis and Clark, Slavery, Native Americans/Indian Removal, Transcontinental Railroad, California Gold Rush, Homestead Act and the Civil War.

Congratulations to both Erica and Jill! Save the date of November 7 - our two winners will share at the state social studies conference how their project went and how you can apply for next year’s grant.