#TXCSS2018: it's a wrap!
Thank you to all of the participants and volunteers who contributed to the success of this year's conference. We hope the opportunities to collaborate, connect, and network with other teachers from across the state serve to be invaluable to your career as a social studies educator. We encourage you to become involved with TCSS by selecting from a variety of opportunities like participating in your local council, serving on a committee, contributing to our digital and print publications, or by running for an office on the executive committee.
Once again, thank you to the over 900 conference attendees who support and advocate for social studies education. I look forward to seeing you at next year's combined TCSS/NCSS 2019 conference in Austin, Texas. Please stay tuned for more information.
Erika Lowery - President, TCSS
#TXCSS2018 Award Recipients
The Texas Council for the Social Studies is pleased to announce the following award recipients at our annual conference. If you would like to nominate a fellow colleague for a TCSS award, please visit the Awards and Grants page of our website.
- High School Teacher of the Year - Amanda Killough - Lewisville ISD
- Betty Barringer Middle School Teacher of the Year - William Waghorne - Round Rock ISD
- Elementary Teacher of the Year - Fredericka Jesus - Austin ISD
- NOVA Award - Traniece Brown-Warrens - Houston ISD
- Billy Sills Distinguished Service Award - Mary Smith - Cy-Fair ISD, Retired
Classrooms Across Texas
Thank you teachers for sharing your photographs and inspiring other teachers across Texas with ideas to use in their own classroom. Your willingness to share your experience and knowledge of the classroom gets at the very heart of the TCSS mission: to provide Texas educators with professional learning, resources and support to strengthen social studies education and civic participation.
Below, you will find a sample of the classroom photographs we received. Visit txcss.net/classrooms to check out the rest of the classrooms across Texas.
Abby Rosenthal - Grand Prairie ● Emily Dragoo - Richardson ● Rebecca Kidder - Belton ● Stephanie Sanders - Flower Mound ● Jordan Hinkle - Colleyville ● Anna Braudrick - Denton ● Nora Dearing - Bay City ● Susan Locklear - Pasadena ● Rebecca Richard - Forney ● Frances Rivera - Prosper ● Kristee Allen - Crowley ● Alyssa Jones - Manor ● Bethany Trevino - San Benito ● Elizabeth Howson - Belton ● Danielle Conner - Belton ● Kyle Cobern - Euless ● Trasa Cobern - Euless ● Bettie Saccardo - Covington
GET FEATURED in La Estrella - If you would like to share photos of your classroom, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, city, and photos of your classroom. Photos will be used on our website and social media channels - please make certain photos are of the classroom space only (no students, please).
Last date to submit classroom photos is 12/14/2018.
Membership in your local council provides opportunities for collaboration with professionals in related fields who care about the future of social studies education in Texas. We encourage you to become an active member of your local council. Find a local council in your area.
If you would like to organize a local council in your area, TCSS is here to help. Below you will find a list of items to consider when planning to create a local council. You can download this list to access more resources to get started. Email email@example.com for additional support.
- Resources - Local councils that have completed the affiliation process are eligible to receive a premium set of tools to assist with the development of a local council and the creation of an online presence. Please complete the following form to submit a formal request for the set of resources.
- Recruitment - Form a group of interested individuals; contact local private schools, colleges, and historical societies. Councils vary in size across the state from small university councils of 5–15 members to large urban and suburban councils of 50–75 members.
- Organization and Officers - Discuss council organization, elect officers, and outline responsibilities. Councils usually include a President, President-elect or Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, a Board Representative. The Board Rep. attends the TCSS Board Meeting at the fall conference and spring meeting.
- Membership and Dues - Decide on the amount of your local dues. The amount of local council dues are decided by your council and vary between $5.00–$15.00 around the state. State dues are currently $30.00.
- Constitution - Write a constitution. Download a copy of a sample constitution.
- Affiliation Process - Complete the TCSS Affiliation Form. Completing the affiliation process affords you access to a premium set of resources offered by TCSS.
- Website and Social Media - Create an online and social media presence for the local council and follow our social media channels : Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook
- Meetings and Activities - Decide on the number of meetings for your council. Some local councils have 1–2 meetings each semester, including special events and field trips. Begin planning activities and meetings for your council!
TCSS seeks individuals interested in advocating for and supporting social studies education by serving as a member of a committee in our organization. Individuals interested in learning more about the various committees, and important meeting dates should visit our Leadership page and complete the form to sign up for a particular committee.