Welcome to Indiana Council for the Social Studies

President Osborne

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father,Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Osborn, PhD

ICSS President

Center for Representative Government, Indiana University

Engaging Congress Webinar Tomorrow!


Tuesday, April 28, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern

Please join Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn, Education Director of IU Center on Representative Government, as she co-hosts a 30 minute webinar featuring the free civics and history interactive application, Engaging Congress.

Her co-hosts are PA classroom teachers Larry Dorenkamp and Joseph Welch. They plan to share hands-on activities showing how they make history and civics fun for their students.They will demonstrate Engaging Congress’ primary source analysis items, short content videos, interactive games and mini-assessments. Larry Dorenkamp is Pennsylvania’s 2019 James Madison Fellowship winner. Joseph Welch is the 2018 Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year and the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year.

Register below.

Nominations for the Board of Directors of the Indiana Council for the Social Studies Is Now Open

ICSS BOARD Application


The purpose of the Indiana Council for the Social Studies is to promote and improve the teaching of social studies in Indiana. The ICSS achieves this purpose by disseminating information electronically, coordinating an annual conference, and sponsoring and promoting professional development for social studies teachers. The ICSS serves as a network for social studies educators in publicizing events, activities, curricula, and news related to social studies education. The Indiana Council for the Social Studies is the state affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Board Members serve for a term of two years. Board of Directors’ meetings are held approximately four times a year usually at the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis. An additional meeting is held the evening prior to the State Conference. Board members assist in State Conference planning and in operations during the conference. Attendance at the conference is expected. Board members also have opportunities to be involved in a variety of committees. Additionally, a one-day summer advance is conducted to plan the calendar and events for the upcoming year. Board members are responsible for travel to meetings. Board members are expected to maintain membership in the National Council for the Social Studies. Because Board meeting dates are set with the approval of the Board, all members are expected to miss no more than one Board meeting annually. Members who cannot attend meetings will be asked to leave the Board.

Membership on the ICSS Board of Directors provides numerous opportunities to work with leaders in the field. Board members are pro-active, and networking opportunities abound. Many find service on the ICSS Board of Directors to be a chance to learn, grow, and build friendships that have a positive experience on professional and personal growth.
If you are interested in running for a position on the ICSS Board of Directors, please feel free to contact any of the current board members for further information.


If you are interested in running for a position on the ICSS Board of Directors, please provide the information requested and submit via email no later than April 1st to: brownijl@iu.edu . Please type “Nominations Committee” in the subject.



Download copy of ICS Board Duties in PDF.

Benefits of Membership

• Organizational connections
• Professional networking at local, state, regional, and national levels
• Opportunity to attend state conferences at reduced rates
• Announcements about national, regional, and local seminars, workshops, and
• Professional certification opportunities
• Website – dissemination of social studies and education resources • Connect with vendors and resource centers
• State awards and honors
• Seed grants for special projects
• Networking opportunities
• Professional development and PGP certificates
• Opportunities to develop leadership skills
• Regular professional development
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