Minnesota Council 
for the Social Studies


  • 30 Aug 2013 9:53 AM | Anonymous
    MCSS is now accepting proposals for conference sessions. The conference theme is "Building Bridges Across the Disciplines." Sessions should relate to this theme, or focus on the social studies disciplines, teaching methods or strategies, or social studies/ELA standards. Minnesota is hosting the Great Lakes Conference this year as part of our annual conference, so presenters from the Great Lakes region are encouraged to submit proposals as well.

    Proposals are due Dec. 2, 2013. Submit a proposal online: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014mcssglproposals.
  • 25 Mar 2013 7:09 AM | Anonymous
    The revised Minnesota Social Studies Standards have been approved. An administrative law judge reviewed the standards, public comments, and MDE feedback before ruling that the standards will be implemented this fall. 

    The standards revision process began in fall 2010, with a committee, including more than 30 educators, convening in January 2011. The standards are set to be implemented in K-12 Minnesota classrooms in the 2013-2014 school year.

    For more information, see the Star Tribune article on the standards approval: http://www.startribune.com/local/south/199785231.html. 
  • 15 Feb 2013 9:26 AM | Anonymous

    MCSS has chosen the 2013 Teachers of the Year from a pool of excellent applicants. This year's honorees are:

    Elementary: Maria Singh, Pillsbury Elementary School, Minneapolis
    Middle: Jennifer Richason, Sartell Middle School, Sartell
    High: Alan Amdahl, Albany High School, Albany

    The 2013 Teachers of the Year will be honored at the gala on Sun., March 10. Congratulations to this year's winners!

  • 04 Feb 2013 8:34 AM | Anonymous
    MCSS has endorsed former MCSS president Michael Boucher in the upcoming NCSS elections. Boucher is running for vice-president. If you were an NCSS member in good standing as of December 31, 2012, you are eligible to vote in the NCSS elections online. Visit the NCSS website for more information: http://www.socialstudies.org/about/ncss_election_2013.
  • 14 Nov 2012 2:01 PM | Anonymous
    The Minnesota Department of Education is publishing the Dual Notice related to the Social Studies academic standards rules in the State Register on Monday, October 29, 2012. This notice provides information about how individuals can submit comments on the proposed rules and request a hearing. Please review the attached notice for more information on how to submit a comment or request a hearing. The current draft of the proposed social studies academic standards and the Dual Notice can be found on the department’s rulemaking website at:http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/Welcome/Rule/ActiveRule/SocStudies/index.html.
  • 14 Aug 2012 11:31 AM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota Council for the Social Studies board of directors has set the dates and locations for the 2013 conference.

    The annual conference will take place March 10-11, 2013 in St. Cloud. The evening gala and teacher awards banquet will be at the Hotel Le St. Germain in St. Cloud from 5-9 p.m., and the conference sessions and speakers will be once again at St. Cloud State University from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Stay tuned to the MCSS website for more details!

  • 24 Apr 2012 9:25 PM | Anonymous

    Curious about using Moot Court Simulations, sometimes called Mock Oral Arguments, in your classroom? Here is your chance to learn more.

    High school students will argue hypothetical court cases in front of a panel of Minnesota judges from the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. This simulation focuses on the application of the U.S. Constitution to real life situations.

    May 12, 1:15 pm - 2 pm
    U.S. Constitution Exhibit
    Minnesota History Center
  • 22 Feb 2012 9:03 AM | Anonymous
    The revised Minnesota K-12 Social Studies Standards have been posted on the Minnesota Department of Education website. 

    The posted document is the final draft of the proposed revision of the 2004 standards. This draft is currently proceeding through the administrative rule-making process. If adopted into rule, the 2011 standards must be implemented into schools no later than the 2013-2014 school year.

    At the MCSS conference, assistant commissioner Rose Chu will be presenting in the afternoon, focusing on the standards and the revision process.
  • 03 Feb 2012 9:42 AM | Anonymous
    The MCSS Board has chosen the 2012 Teachers of the Year, from a pool of outstanding applicants! The honorees are:

    Elementary: Kellie Friend. Turtle Lake Elementary School, Mounds View.
    Middle: Missy Klapperich. Cannon Falls Middle School, Cannon Falls.
    High: Mary Jo Merrick-Lockett. Anoka High School, Anoka.

    The Teachers of the Year will be honored at the gala and awards banquet on Sunday, March 4 at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn. Please join us at the gala to congratulate these excellent teachers of social studies!
  • 23 Jan 2012 4:13 PM | Anonymous
    Three keynote speakers have been confirmed for the MCSS annual conference.

    The keynote for the gala and awards banquet is Dr. Mark Schug, professor emeritus from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Schug has served as a national fellow for the National Council on Economic Education, and works as a consultant and economic and personal finance education, and urban education policy.

    At the annual conference, three keynotes have been confirmed: Mark Ritchie, the Minnesota Secretary of State; John Moore, president-elect for the National Council for Social Studies; and Rose Chu, the Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education. Ms. Chu will answer questions about the social studies standards revision. 
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