Social Studies Council of Alabama

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The Social Studies Council of Alabama is the state affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies. The Alabama Council for the Social Studies was formed in the 1960s to answer the growing need for organized curricular cooperation across the many disciplines commonly recognized as the “Social Studies.”

Classrooms seemed to be drawn away from the social studies by various legislative efforts that gave more attention to other curricular areas, the social studies began to suffer and the ACSS, in both membership and activity, saw a substantial decline. This was, however, in spite of a core group of dedicated professionals who struggled with competing demands and, in some cases, general apathy to the social studies across the country. Over the summer of 2007, several efforts were independently, but simultaneously underway to revitalize ACSS. These various efforts soon came together, and with the encouragement of both the former ACSS leadership and the National Council for the Social Studies, the Social Studies Council of Alabama was formed.

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Do you know of an excellent social studies educator that deserves recognition?

NCSS is now accepting nominations and applications for the:

Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year
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  • 3 awards- elementary, middle level and secondary
  • $2,500 cash prize
  • Up to $500 in 2012 NCSS Annual Conference travel expenses
  • 2014 Annual Conference presentation session
  • Complimentary 1 year NCSS membershipPlease

Please note:

Nomination and Support Letter instruction clarifications found by visiting: and scrolling down to #3.

Criteria — In addition, to highlighting how an applicant/nominee uses the ten NCSS Curriculum Strands National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, NCSS would like to receive nominations that highlight how the applicant/nominee integrates the four dimensions of inquiry outlined in the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History in their teaching.

Please keep in mind that nominations/applications will be evaluated with the following in mind:

  1. Creativity
  2. Knowledge of Students (Developmental and Cultural Relevance)
  3. Leadership/Professionalism
  4. Social Studies pedagogy
  5. Social studies content knowledge
  6. Incorporation of state and NCSS curriculum standards, and C3 Framework concepts.

We look forward to receiving your nominations.


Important news, everyone

Yesterday afternoon, the College Board announced that it will be redesigning the SAT® exam in 2016. Among the changes, the exam will now include civics-based reading and writing passages.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, our founder and Board Chair, spoke with the College Board about this exciting announcement.

Click here to watch the video of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

The new SAT® exam will require students to analyze documents from social science sources and support their answers with evidence. As the College Board explains, “Each exam will include a passage drawn from the Founding Documents of America or the Great Global Conversation they inspire.” We’re glad the College Board has shown this commitment to civics.

Learn more about the SAT® changes announced yesterday through this video featuring Justice O’Connor.

As always, iCivics will continue its mission to provide engaging and effective civic learning resources to students and teachers across the country.

Social Studies Research and Practice Call for Submissions
Winter 2015

Special Theme Issue: Early Childhood Social Studies

Social Studies Research and Practice is seeking manuscripts for a themed issueon Early Childhood Social Studies in November 2015. Dr. Lynn Kelley is serving as guest editor.  Inquiries and submissions can be sent to her at Please put SSRP Manuscript as the subject of the email.

The manuscript due date is: September 1, 2014.  Submissions should include an abstract, brief biographies of the author(s), and must follow the journal’s style. Go to for guidelines. Manuscripts will be peer reviewed.

Manuscripts in the following categories will be considered:

  • Research
  • Action Research
  • Practice
  • Features on Notable Trade Books, Social Justice, Technology Integration, and Interdisciplinary Education.


Greetings from the iCivics team in Washington, D.C.! We hope you’re having a great school year and are getting ready for a nice Thanksgiving.

As an early holiday gift, we are excited to tell you about our new partnership with EverFi, an education technology company with amazing, online learning content for students and teachers. EverFi is focused on helping students learn critical life skills, such as financial literacy, digital citizenship, and health and wellness.

Today, EverFi is announcing Commons: Digital Town Squarea new civic engagement course for middle and high school students that utilizes games, interactive content, and real-world engagement to encourage civic participation among young people.  The course integrates some of iCivics’ most popular games, including Executive Command and Represent Me. In addition to the iCivics games, you’ll get access to new content built by EverFi’s team, and assessments that gauge students’ retention of key concepts.

EverFi will deliver Commons: Digital Town Square to schoolsfree of charge and will partner with civically minded corporations and foundations to underwrite the cost of the course.

For more information about Commons: Digital Town Square and to sign up as an early user, click this link.

Course of Study

Download the new Alabama Course of Study for Social Studies {pdf}
OR Visit the Alabama State Department of Education website.

The Social Studies Council of Alabama now has a wiki which provides web sites, lesson plans, and other resources for all grade levels and content areas. Please check us out at and submit your own suggestions for the categories! Elementary resources are especially needed. Contact Susan Santoli,, with comments or questions.
Rho KappaNational Council for the Social Studies is proud to introduce Rho Kappa, the National Social Studies Honor Society. Rho Kappa provides national recognition and opportunities for exploration in the social studies. Rho Kappa is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of social studies. Any public or accredited private high school can apply for a local chapter, through which it may invite students to become a member of Rho Kappa based on academic achievement in social studies, and participation in community service. Prepare for the next school year by applying for a charter this spring. Schools charted after May 1 do not need to renew until June 2013. Learn more at

1964: Freedom Summer Project

The Wisconsin Historical Society has recently released a free online collection about the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer project at

Besides thousands of archival documents from COFO, CORE and SNCC and papers from dozens of individual activists, the site includes a downloadable Powerpoint about Freedom Summer and a PDF Source book of key documents for teachers. Although focused on 1964, the online archive also contains many items dating back into the 1950s and forward to the end of the 1960s, so it’s useful for general civil rights movement research, too.

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