The NHCSS is dedicated to developing an active and informed citizenry by strengthening and supporting social studies education in New Hampshire through all parts of the social studies – civics, economics, geography, history, sociology, psychology, archaeology, anthropology and law. GOALS

  • To actively advocate for the social studies within the educational community, as well as within the framework of the New Hampshire governmental system.
  • To recognize excellence in social studies teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
  • To provide resources and professional development for current and future social studies teachers.
  • To provide a forum for social studies educators at all levels of instruction so that they can interact and learn from each other.

Save the Date* The Conference will be on Nov 3rd 2015, Manchester NH

   Keynote Speaker

Akhil Reed Amar
Sterling Professor of Law

Akhil-AmarAkhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School. He received his B.A, summa cum laude, in 1980 from Yale College, and his J.D. in 1984 from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Judge Stephen Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, Professor Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985. Along with Dean Paul Brest and Professors Sanford Levinson, Jack Balkin, and Reva Siegel, Professor Amar is the co-editor of a leading constitutional law casebook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking. He is also the author of several books, including The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles (Yale Univ. Press, 1997), The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction (Yale Univ. Press, 1998), America’s Constitution: A Biography (Random House, 2005), and most recently, America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (Basic Books, 2012).


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NHCSS table form 2015

NHCSS Exhibitor letter 2015

Calling all Elementary School Teachers!

Have you wanted to join state educator organizations but didn’t know which ones to join, and found that it was too expensive to join all of them? 

The state educator organizations of the four core discipline groups have come together to offer elementary teachers a special combined rate of $50.00 to join all four of the following state organizations; NHTM, NHCTE, NHCSS and NHSTA.

New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics (NHTM) www.nhmathteachers.org/

(who are acting as the agent for all four organizations) (Membership in NHJEM does not include membership in ATMNE)

New Hampshire Council of Teachers of English (NHCTE) www.nhcte.org/

New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies (NHCSS) www.nhcss.org/

New Hampshire Science Teachers Association (NHSTA) www.nhsta.net/

The benefits of a New Hampshire Joint Elementary Membership (NHJEM) are:
Newsletters from all four organizations, full of news, events, resources, activities, and classroom ideas; The opportunity to become involved with the organizations by serving on committees or the Boards of Directors;

Access to high-quality, content-rich professional development opportunities;
Connection with hundreds of other elementary as well as middle and high school teachers across the state; and member rates to selected workshops, conferences, and other activities for all four state organizations. (Please see the organization websites for details.)

Please note – you are joining the 4 New Hampshire STATE level organizations (not the national ones!!)

 Feel free to make suggestions, offer your expertise, or get answers to your questions.

NHJEM – $50.00 (USD) Subscription period: 1 year No recurring payments
New Joint Elementary Membership to Four Teaching OrganizationsFor more information, please contact our treasurer, Ron Adams, and please reference JEM on the subject line!

rhokappa-frontbannerRho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies. Any accredited public or private high school can apply for a local chapter, through which individuals will be inducted into Rho Kappa Honor Society.

Rho Kappa provides national recognition and opportunities for exploration in the social studies. Through its sponsorship of Rho Kappa, NCSS hopes to encourage an interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the social studies. <More>

Summer Webinars and more

National Issues Forums Institute: Free DVD The National Issues Forums Institute, in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation, is providing a free informational DVD to be used by civic and educational organizations interested in addressing public issues. The Agency for Instructional Technology is distributing these DVDs. Please share this link (http://www.ait.net/products/nifi_classroom/dvd/) with anyone that may benefit from using these materials. Feel free to contact us at info@ait.net if you have any questions ========================================================================== NCSS Affiliate Council Leaders Join us for a webinar presentation on ESEA social studies provisions and implications for state level policy changes. An update on ESEA conference proceedings will be provided, and critical next steps to keep up the pressure to include competitive funding in social studies will be laid out. When: Wednesday, July 29th at 4:30pm EDT   To register now for this free webinar click here. Please share with your member networks and colleagues. We look forward to your participation! ================================================ Professional Development from the National Council for the Social Studies Improving Historical Reading and Writing- MOOC June 22- September 9 Improving Historical Reading & Writing is a free Massive Online Open Course offered by NCSS through the Canvas Network (www.canvas.net). The course is designed to help history teachers improve their skills in teaching historical reading and writing. The MOOC will be organized into 15 online modules that will be open from June 22 – September 7, 2015. Each module will contain multiple resources, 3-5 short lecture videos, 2-3 readings, 2-4 online discussions and an online quiz. Course participants will be able to choose which modules to participate in and will have flexible deadlines when... read more

Free Professional Development for History, ELA, and Special Education Teachers

FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS OF HISTORY, ELA, AND SPECIAL EDUCATION July 24. Derry, New Hampshire. The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program of the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton, Massachusetts is offering a free workshop on Disability History helping students in grades 5-12 learn to read and write about primary sources. Scholars Laurie Block of the Disability History Museum, and Graham Warder, Keene State will present. Lunch provided. 10 professional development hours. (With some additional online activities to bring the total up to 10.) Further info and registration – due by June 15: http://www.collaborative.org/events-and-courses/veterans-workers-and-citizens — **************************************************************************** Rich Cairn, Program Director, Emerging America Library of Congress: Teaching with Primary Sources at CES 97 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060 http://emergingamerica.org rcairn@collaborative.org (413) 588-5936 (413) 586-2878 fax Emerging America Workshop Registration 2015 Forge of Innovation – NEH Landmarks – http://EmergingAmerica.org/NEH Twitter:... read more

Untold History Summer Institute

From July 10-12 in NYC, we will explore ways to engage multiple historical perspectives in the classroom. Historians, master teachers and curriculum specialists will lead intimate, interactive weekend-long workshopsout of which will come tangible curriculum designed for teaching some of the most controversial topics in recent history. Director Oliver Stone and Historian Peter Kuznick, co-writers of the Showtime documentary series Untold History of the United States and companion book, are scheduled to participate. Stone and Kuznick keynoted the 2013 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference in St. Louis, the 2013 conference of the American Library Association, and have spoken at more than 50 other engagements since the release of Untold History in 2012. We currently have space for 30 more teachers.... read more

Summer Institute:Scholarships for NH Teachers

JUNE 23 – 26 Join Flow of History in Grafton, Vermont, for 4 days of place-based investigations combining social studies, science, and the Common Core. Full scholarships are available for NH teachers! Visit... read more

When Opportunity Stops Knocking

New Hampshire’s Kids and the American Dream   Join a statewide conversation to share ideas with neighbors, hear the latest research, and inform the presidential primary campaigns about the increasing barriers our state’s children face in achieving their dreams. This May, New Hampshire Listens–part of the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH–is hosting twelve local conversations across the state that will engage residents in an important conversation about the increasing barriers our state’s children face in achieving their dreams. Research from the Carsey School and other sources will help frame the discussion. Attendees will learn about what the gaps are between the opportunities children have today compared with those of previous generations in our state. We invite you to join one of these conversations to weigh in with your experience and your perception of the opportunities, barriers, and prospects for future generations. Flyer  (pdf) Visit... read more

Free Summer Professional Development with Graduate Credit

2015 Medal of Honor Legacy Graduate Teacher Seminar June 28—July 3 « July 19—24 « July 26—31 Program features: « Living Medal of Honor Recipients and veterans panels discussing their experience. ¨ This year’s MOH participants are: General Patrick Brady, USA (Ret.), General James Livingston, USMC (Ret)., and Colonel Leo Thorsness, USAF (Ret.) « Five days of scholarly lectures on World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. ¨ Past faculty include: historian David Eisenhower, author Gary Williams (Seal of Honor and Guardian of Guadalcanal), Colonel Greggory Daddis (West Point), Professor Rogers Smith (UPENN), Professor Eric Davis (Rutgers), Dr. Nicholas Schlosser (Marine University), Major Kim Youngjun (National Defense University, Republic of Korea), and Professor David Barrett (Villanova). « Visits to Philadelphia historic sites at Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and National Constitution Center. « Training and materials for the Medal of Honor Character Development Program. « Visit the Freedoms Foundation Medal of Honor Grove and Archives in Valley Forge, PA. « Graduate credit from Immaculata University. Observations from last year’s evaluations:   100% of past participants would recommend this program to a colleague. 98% of participating teachers learned something new every day of the program. 94% of teachers said the course benefited them individually.   “This program is going to provide new life to my classroom curriculum. I feel recharged professionally! … I hope and pray that these values resonate within my classroom and beyond.”   “I enjoyed and welcomed the presentation from the Korean perspective. I believe that is an excellent way to learn.”   “Thank you for providing top notch historians and professors. I learned so much. My little notebook is filled with information, and... read more