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Texas Council for the Social Studies

Working to provide Texas educators with professional learning, resources and support to strengthen social studies education and civic participation.

LEADERSHIP

Become a leader in the oldest social studies organization in Texas! Immediately below, you will find a list of the various leadership opportunities available. Complete the TCSS Committee Preference form to express your interest in serving as a leader in TCSS.

Download the TCSS 2018 Policy Statements and review the Executive Committee of TCSS: Leadership Handbook


Executive Board 

President-Elect - This is a three-year commitment in which you would serve one year term as president-elect, one year term as president, and one year term as past president.

Vice President - One year term; shall preside in the absence of the President and shall serve as Chairperson of the Membership Committee.

Parliamentarian - The Parliamentarian shall advise the President and other officers, committees, and members of parliamentary procedure. The Parliamentarian shall serve as Chairperson of the Constitution Committee.

Members at Large - Elected to 2-year staggered terms; required to be a member of TCSS for 2 consecutive years prior to taking office in January of the year following election.

High School Representative - Required to be a current high school teacher in Texas.

Middle Level Representative - Required to be a current junior high school or middle school teacher in Texas.

Elementary Representative - Required to be a current elementary school teacher in Texas.

University Representative - Required to be a current college or university faculty member in Texas.

At-Large Representative - Required to be a member of TCSS for the two consecutive years prior to taking office in January of the year following election.


TCSS Committees

Conference Committee

Description: The Conference Committee shall consist of a chairperson and a representative from each geographic region: North, Central, East, West, and South. This committee shall solicit bids for conference sites two to three years in advance from local councils in the designated regions on the rotation cycle. The Conference Committee will review bids and make recommendations on prospective convention sites at the fall meeting to the Executive Board.

Constitution Committee

Description:The Constitution Committee shall consist of the Parliamentarian, who shall serve as Chairperson, and at least four (4) members. This committee shall review the Constitution to determine whether revisions are necessary and shall make appropriate recommendations to the Executive Board.

Curriculum Committee

Description:The Curriculum Committee has the responsibility of making recommendations to the Executive Board on matters relating to curriculum. The Curriculum Committee shall consist of a chair and a co-chair who will serve two-year overlapping terms, the TCSS President Elect, the Curriculum Liaison(s), and at least four (4) members. The Texas Education Agency’s Director and Assistant Director of Social Studies may be invited to be ex officio members without voting privileges.

Membership Committee

Description:The Membership Committee shall consist of the Vice President as chairperson, the Director of Member Services, and local council representatives. This committee shall be responsible for promoting membership.

Nominations and Elections Committee

Description:The Nominations and Elections Committee shall consist of the Executive Secretary, the immediate Past President, and at least four (4) members. The Executive Secretary and immediate Past President may serve as the representative from his/her geographic area. The chairperson of the Nominations and Elections Committee shall be the immediate Past President. A co-chair from a geographic area different from that of the immediate Past President shall be selected from the committee membership by the President.

Publications Committee

Description:The Publications Committee shall be responsible for the guidelines, printing, and dissemination of the Council's publications. The Publications Committee shall consist of the Director of Publications and the chairperson of the Editorial Board as co-chairs, and at least four (4) members. Additional duties may be assigned by the President and/or the Executive Board.

Scholarship Committee

Description:The Scholarship Committee shall consist of a chairperson and additional members as appointed by the President. The Treasurer of TCSS shall also be a member. The Scholarship Committee shall execute established procedures for bestowing scholarship funds upon two high school seniors each year; two TCSS members who may apply for and be selected to receive the Stalwart Mini-Grant awards; and one TCSS member who may apply for and be selected to receive the Jean Lantz Grant.

Special Awards Committee

Description:The Special Awards Committee shall consist of a chairperson and at least four members appointed by the President. The Special Awards Committee shall execute established procedures for bestowing merited honors on TCSS members who are selected to receive its annual awards.

Teacher Standards Committee

Description:The Teacher Standards Committee shall monitor the State Board of Educator Certification on teacher standards and report to the Executive Board. The Teacher Standards Committee shall consist of a chairperson and at least four (4) members. Whenever it is deemed advisable by the Executive Board, this Committee or its representatives may represent TCSS in matters affecting teaching standards.

Technology Committee

Description:The Technology Committee shall consist of a chairperson, one co-chair, and at least four (4) members as appointed by the President. The committee shall advocate the expanding use of technology in conference presentations and encourage its integration in social studies classrooms.

Textbook/Instructional Materials Review Committee

Description:The Textbook/Instructional Materials Review Committee shall participate when appropriate in all aspects of the state textbook adoption process for social studies. This committee shall consist of a chairperson; during adoption cycles at least four (4) members will be added. Criteria for membership of this committee shall include but not be limited to (1) expertise in the subject area for which textbooks/instructional materials may be adopted, (2) experience and/or expertise with the grade level(s) or which texts shall be adopted, (3) no conflict of interest (no paid involvement with a bidding publisher in the current adoption cycle within the last three years).


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