Iowa Council for the Social Studies

Mission Statement
ICSS promotes, supports and provides leadership to improve social studies education

Vision Statement
​Our vision is to be the premier organization of Iowa Social Studies professionals, ensuring that all students have a high quality Social Studies education.

Keynote Address by Keith C. Barton and Li-Ching Ho

"Hope and Harmony: Preparing Students to Work Toward a Better World"

In a world torn apart by conflict, injustice, and environmental crises, schools must provide students with hope—a belief that they can take action to bring about more just social relations and nurture the bonds that tie together people, their communities, and the environment. 

Conference Session by Barton and Li-Ching Ho

"Collaborative Deliberation: An Alternative to Adversarial Discussion"

Asking students to “take sides” on difficult social issues often leads to unproductive and unnecessarily controversial debates. This workshop presents an alternative model of discussion—collaborative deliberation—that reframes social issues in terms of non-adversarial, joint problem-solving.

Keith Barton and Li-Ching Ho are co-authors of Curriculum for Justice and Harmony: Deliberation, Knowledge, and Action in Social and Civic Education (2022)which draws on Eastern and Western philosophies, as well as contemporary theory and research, to present a vision of education with relevance across international and cultural boundaries.

Why Join ICSS?

  • ICSS Newsletter shared electronically each month during the school year, provides timely information regarding ICSS, lesson ideas, tips and opportunities for Iowa social studies teachers.
  • ICSS Annual Conference provides professional development in Social Studies curriculum and instruction.
  • To represent the social studies profession.  
  • Advocacy tips
  • Questions?? Contact Kelsey Hudson at 
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   ICSS has been recognized as a Gold Star Council by the National Council for Social Studies

This recognition was based on the following criteria:

1. Have democratic procedures for the election of officers.
2. Have demonstrated professional activity, such as workshops, conferences, and generally, programs that promote the social studies within their region.
3. Have actively participated in NCSS programs, such as brokering, submitting nominations for NCSS awards, attendance at the Summer Leadership Institute and legislative networking .
4. Have actively participated in social studies legislative advocacy efforts at state and/or at Federal level by: responding to NCSS legislative advocacy calls, disseminating calls to council members, building relationships with legislators,
having an active legislative liaison, and developing a legislative advocacy plan.

5. Have contributed to NCSS fundraising efforts, such as the First Timer Scholarship Fund for the NCSS Annual Conference, the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education, or the Christa McAuliffe "Reach for the Stars" Award Fund
6. Have 100% NCSS membership of council officers.
7. Have a specific plan for increasing NCSS membership in their state and underrepresented groups in their council.
8. Have shown an increase in the number of joint members.
9. Submit affiliation materials by deadline.

Image left: ICSS Executive board members Catherine Mein and Todd Hospodarsky accept the Iowa Council for the Social Studies award as an NCSS Gold Star Council.

The Iowa Council for the Social Studies is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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