Minnesota Council 
for the Social Studies

The mission of the National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.

The Minnesota Council for the Social Studies is an affiliate council of NCSS.

National Council for the Social Studies



MCSS board members Emma Ryan, Brian Traxler, Jessica Ellison and Jen Hansen with NCSS President Peggy Jackson (center), after being named a Gold Star Council.

The Annual NCSS Conference took place December 2-4, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Several MCSS board members were present, attending House of Delegates, networking with potential vendors, and meeting with NCSS staff and other council presidents.

Minnesota's representation in the national organization is even stronger this year, with Brian Traxler as the new chair of the NCSS Resolutions Committee, and Jen Hansen being elected to the NCSS Steering Committee. Scott Noet has served on the Sustainability Committee for a number of years. Voices for Minnesota social studies teachers are being heard!

Future NCSS Conferences:



2017: San Francisco (Nov. 17-19)
2018: Chicago (Nov. 30-Dec. 2)
2019: Austin, Texas (Nov. 22-24)
2020: Washington, D.C. (Dec. 4-6)
2021: Minneapolis (Nov. 19-21)
2022: Philadelphia (Dec. 2-4)
2024: Boston (Nov. 22-24)

Visit the NCSS website for more information.

Visit the MCSS page on the 2021 conference in Minneapolis.


Ron Hustvedt accepting his NCSS Middle Level Teacher of the Year Award at the President's Breakfast.

Emma Ryan with Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine, at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.


MCSS Board members: Jen Hansen, Scott Glew, Emma Ryan, Valerie Walker, Ron Hustvedt, Jessica Ellison, Scott Noet, and Brian Traxler at NCSS 2016.


Jessica Ellison co-presenting with Kenneth Davis, author of In the Shadow of Liberty and the Don't Know Much About series.


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