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.
NEW CIVICS COURSE FROM OUR PARTNER EVERFI
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 Square, a 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.
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Course of Study
1964: Freedom Summer Project
The Wisconsin Historical Society has recently released a free online collection about the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer project at www.wisconsinhistory.org/freedomsummer
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.