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.

The OER Project: The OER Conference for Social Studies

ICSS is partnering with the Iowa DOE in encouraging Iowa social studies teachers to virtually attend the OER Conference for Social Studies on August 5th, 6th and 7th. Check out the details on their website and in this file. License renewal credit will be available.

ICSS 2020 Annual Conference

Iowa Social Studies: A Whole New World

Virtual Conference

Tuesday nights in September

5:00-7:00 P.M.

2020 Virtual Conference Schedule and Program.pdf

Links to sessions will be located in the Members Only section of our website.



Join us Tuesday nights in September for our virtual 2020 ICSS conference.  

Each week, presenters will focus on a certain theme of social studies education.  The themes are as follows:

September 1st: Katy Swalwell, ISU
September 8th: Standards Implementation
September 15th: Inquiry
September 22nd: Evaluating sources/claims with evidence
September 29th: Communicating conclusions/ taking action

Sessions will be held from 5:00-6:00 P.M. and 6:00-7:00 P.M. via Zoom.

This virtual conference is available to members only so be sure that your ICSS membership is up to date!

Why Join ICSS?

  • ICSS Newsletter shared electronically each month during the school year, provides timely information regarding ICSS, lesson ideas, tips and opportunties 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 Chad Christopher at icssonline@gmail.com 
Join us



   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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