Iowa Council for the Social Studies

Upcoming events

    • 21 Oct 2024
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Prairie Meadows Event Center, Altoona, IA 5009

    "The Future Begins with Social Studies"

    The 2024 ICSS Conference theme is "The Future Begins with Social Studies." Subthemes


    Assessing for Learning

    Social Studies Education for a Digital Age

    Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries

    Evaluating Sources and Using Evidence

    Best Practices for Today and Tomorrow

    Disciplinary Thinking Skills

    Building Skills for a Civic Society

    The Conference will also include over 25 concurrent sessions addressing the various social studies disciplines and pedagogical practices. Some sessions will specifically address teaching in an elementary classroom. 

    How will ICSS encourage participants to visit the exhibitors?

    • The exhibitor space is in the midst of all the breakout rooms.
    • All refreshments and snacks will be in the exhibitor area.
    • Exclusive time set aside in the AM and the PM for participants to visit the exhibitors.
    • If this completed contract is received by Sept. 1, ICSS will guarantee that your organization or business will appear in the conference program and on the ICSS website.

    Exhibitor Benefits:

    One exhibitor per booth may attend the conference sessions for free!

    If additional exhibitors would like to attend the conference, they get a discounted rate!

    Exhibitor Opportunity:

    Want to sponsor a strand of sessions on a particular theme in social studies?

    Check the appropriate box, and add the amount to your booth fee.

    We’ll contact you with details.

    Want to join the Iowa Council?

    Simply check the appropriate box and add $25 to your booth fee.

    The ICSS membership coordinator will contact you.

    Learn about the benefits of ICSS Membership at  


    Read the entire contract carefully and thoroughly.

    Some items have been changed and/or updated.

    Questions may be directed to:

    Daniel Jones, ICSS Exhibitor Coordinator


    Learn more about the conference on-line

    • 21 Oct 2024
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Prairie Meadows Conference Center

    Conference sub themes are

    • Assessing for learning
    • Evaluating sources and using evidence
    • Developing questions and planning inquiries
    • Social Studies for a Digital Age
    • Best practices for today and tomorrow
    • Disciplinary thinking skills
    • Buildings skills for a Civic Society

    Our keynote speakers will be Keith Barton and Li-Ching Ho, authors of Curriculum for Justice and Harmony: Deliberation, Knowledge, and Action in Social and Civic Education (2022).

    The conference will be

    Monday, October 21, 2022

    Prairie Meadows Conference Center

    Altoona, Iowa

    Pre-Conference Workshops will be offered on Sunday 20 October.

    License renewal credit will be available for teachers who attend two 1/2 day workshops and the conference on Monday 21 October.

    Analyzing First Amendment Rights with John Wheeler, Iowa Bar Association

    Teaching World History Workshop

    Teaching with Primary Sources: Using Inquiry to Create a Text Set

    On-site workshops at the Jordan House and Bennett School with the West Des Moines Historical Society

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

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