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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.

Follow the tags #TXCSS & #TXCSS2018 to stay connected!


  • 5 Jun 2018 10:15 AM | John Fernandez (Administrator)

    From Texas Education Agency - June 4, 2018

    "Feedback will be accepted in response to work group drafts throughout the streamlining process. Comments on the drafts will help to inform future work groups’ recommendations. If you provide specific comments and recommendations for a work group, please identify the work group, grade level, and, if applicable, the specific student expectation number that is included in the draft. (For example, grade 1 (1)(A))

    You may submit your comments to TEA at Please indicate “Social Studies TEKS Streamlining Work Group Feedback” in the subject line."

  • 6 Apr 2018 8:52 AM | John Fernandez (Administrator)

    Their mission statement reads "Empower learners of all ages to define their voices, share their voices, and respect the diverse voices of others."  That's a tall order if you ask me, but FlipGrid manages to do just that.

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    Flipgrid is a video discussion platform where participants respond, record, and reply to topics curated by a facilitator.  Facilitators use a device to create a grid (virtual classroom), and then adds topics to the grid.  After the topic has been created, the facilitator then invites participates, using a code, to access the grid using either computers or mobile devices.  What's great about FlipGrid is that each grid has customizable security and privacy settings.

    The good people at FlipGrid created a nice set of resources and an FAQ to help answer any additional questions. Checkout this two minute video about how to get started with FlipGrid.

    Setting up an account is FREE, and more than enough to get things going in your classroom.  Follow them on Twitter!

  • 23 Oct 2017 6:14 PM | John Fernandez (Administrator)
    Checkout our #TCSS2017 Attendance
  • 16 Jul 2017 11:01 PM | John Fernandez (Administrator)

     Presentation Proposals: Erika Lowery

    We are accepting presentation proposals for #TCSS2017.  Learn more about submitting a proposal by downloading our conference bulletin. There are two types of proposals: full presentation and poster presentation.  

    If you have any questions please contact Erika Lowery.

  • 16 May 2017 6:57 PM | John Fernandez (Administrator)

    As the school year winds down, I hope you will take this time to consider becoming more involved in the Texas Council for the Social Studies. We are excited to add 5 new members-at-large positions to our Executive Board: elementary, middle/junior high, high school, college/university, and a member-at-large. In addition, we will be voting for the positions of President Elect, Vice President of Membership, Treasurer, and Parliamentarian.

    I encourage you to consider becoming more involved in TCSS. We need your ideas and contributions in order to keep our organization strong and viable. 

    Download the application.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

    Have a good day,

    Amy Pokorney


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