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  • 103rd NCSS Conference:
    Dec 1 – Dec 3, 2023
    Music City Center
    201 Rep. John Lewis Way S,
    Nashville, TN 37203 US

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NCSS Conference
NCSS 2022 in Philadelphia was a great success thanks in large measure to Jason Raia, PCSS President and NCSS Conference Co-Chair and PCSS President-Elect and NCSS Conference Local Arrangements Chair Georgette Hackman.

PCSS hopes it will not be 60 years before NCSS returns to the Keystone State (NCSS was last in Philadelphia in 1962). Now our eyes turn to Middle States February 24-25, 2023 in Wilmington. Look for details on PCSS programming in 2023 coming soon!

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Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies

PCSS promotes quality Social Studies education from kindergarten to higher learning by:

  1. Advocating the Social Studies at all levels of education in Pennsylvania.
  2. Promoting the analysis, dissemination and evaluation of Social Studies materials.
  3. Examining and recommending certification requirements for teachers.
  4. Assisting educators in organizing local Social Studies councils for professional development.
  5. Cooperating with schools, districts, intermediate units and other interested parties on Social Studies projects.


Latest News from PCSS

Winter 2023 issue of Social Studies Journal (SSJ)

We are excited to share the Winter 2023 issue of Social Studies Journal (SSJ), a publication of the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies.  

Celebrate Twos Day by Donating to PCSS!

We have an opportunity on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 when the clock strikes 2:22 (both a.m. and p.m.), for a special moment, 2:22 on 2/22/22. Looking for a great way to celebrate that moment? Donate to the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies (PCSS) It will be more than 11 years before we get to […]

Third Circuit to Host Essay Contest for 5th & 6th Grade Classes

The Courts, Community, and Rule of Law Committee of the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit announced today that it is hosting an essay contest for 5th and 6th grade classes focused on civics, citizenship, and the concept of the “Rule of Law.” The essay prompt is: “What does the Rule of Law mean to […]

2021/2022 Social Studies Journal

We are excited to share the 2021/2022 issue of Social Studies Journal (SSJ), a publication of the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies.

Middle States Council for Social Studies

Conference & Award Nominations Kevin Wagner, the program chair for 7-12 social studies at Carlisle Area High School, a past PCSS Board member, frequent conference presenter, and current board member of the Middle States Council for Social Studies, asked PCSS to share with our members two items that may be of interest to the PCSS […]

Twenty Years Later: September 11, 2001

The other day, I asked the children I was working with, not yet born twenty years ago on September 11, 2001, if they knew about the importance of today’s date, 9/11.  It was a mixed response with some humor as one child explained she had been taught from kindergarten to call 911 when there was an […]

The State of State Standards for Civics and U.S. History in 2021

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute just released a new report that evaluates what states expect K-12 students to learn in two key subjects: Civics and U.S. History. The in-depth standards reviews were conducted by a bipartisan team of veteran educators and subject-matter experts with deep knowledge of content standards in their respective fields, who assessed […]

Social Studies PLC Eblast

June is Immigrant Heritage Month. Established in June 2014, it gives people across the United States an opportunity to annually explore their own heritage and celebrate the shared diversity that forms the unique story of America. It celebrates immigrants across the United States and their contributions to their local communities and economy. The New York […]