Iowa Council for the Social Studies


Advocacy Update (February 19, 2022)

2022 ICSS Conference Session Proposals Requested

This is a call for proposals for the 2022 Iowa Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference. The conference will be taking place October 3rd at Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona.

The theme for this year's conference is "Engage-Empower-Inspire: Citizens in the Making"

The Iowa Council for the Social Studies welcomes presentation proposals from educators at all levels and other related professionals addressing the teaching of social studies from a wide range of perspectives. Proposals will be accepted through June 1, 2022.  Please use this form to submit your proposal.

If your presentation is accepted you will be contacted in July 2022. If accepted, we will provide a projector and screen, but you will need to supply your laptop, connection dongles, and any other presentation materials.

Thank you for your willingness to support Social Studies instruction in Iowa. We look forward to reviewing your presentation!

Questions? Contact ICSS at icssonline@gmail.com.

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.

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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