Council of Social Studies
Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social
Studies has grown to be the largest association in the country devoted
solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators
in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all
50 states, the District of Columbia, and 69 foreign countries, NCSS
serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and
college teachers of history, geography, economics, political science,
sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education.
Education Agency, Curriculum and Professional Development for Social
The Social Studies Unit, in the Division of Curriculum and
Professional Development, provides direction and leadership to the
social studies program, Kindergarten-Grade 12. Unit staff assists
districts statewide with implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge
and Skills (TEKS) for social studies; oversees the work of the Social
Studies Center for Educator Development; collaborates with the Division
of Student Assessment regarding TAAS social studies assessments; and
assists the Textbook Division in overseeing the textbook adoption
process for K-12 social studies instructional materials.
Social Studies Center
The Social Studies Center, in conjunction and collaboration with Texas
Education Agency staff, provides a statewide coordinated system of
professional development for Texas social studies educators and campus
and district-level administrators.
Archives and Records Administration
The purpose of the NARA is to ensure ready access to the essential
evidence that documents the rights of American citizens, the actions
of Federal officials, and the national experience.
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution,
and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest
library in the world, with more than 126 million items on approximately
530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include nearly 19 million
books, 2.6 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million
maps, and 56 million manuscripts.
American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating
to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more
than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.
This site is designed to serve as a resource to those who are using
the WebQuest model to teach with the web.
This page is designed for K-12 social studies teachers and students.
It also has information and topics that are useful to pre-service
social studies instructors and students.
Sitesforteachers.com contains links to sites that contain teacher's
resource and educational material - the sites are ranked by popularity.
ERIC/ChESS is a component of ERIC (Educational Resources Information
C enter), the education information service supported by
the U. S. Department of Education , the Institute of Education Sciences
(IES) , and the National Library of Education.
Studies for K - 12 Teachers
The major purpose of this home page is to encourage the use of the
World Wide Web as a tool for learning and teaching and to provide
some help for K-12 classroom teachers in locating and using the resources
of the Internet in the classroom.
Council for the Social Studies
This site contains forms for various local, regional, state, and nationwide
TheHistoryNet delivers a broad collection of articles from leading
writers and historians, accessible to novices and students as well
This site, from the Library of Congress, is tailored mostly to children
and presents interesting facts about history.
Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing
curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include
the best sites for teaching and learning.
Planet's experienced educators and programmers are committed to delivering
powerful, easy to use web-based applications to K-12 teachers. Education
Planet's K-12 resource portal (educationplanet.com) also provides
teachers, students and parents with convenient access to quality,
teacher approved educational resources.
Education World provides a search engine for educational
Web sites only, a place where educators can find information without
searching the entire Internet; original content, including lesson
plans, practical information for educators, information on how to
integrate technology in the classroom, and articles written by education
experts; site reviews; daily features and columns;
teacher and principal profiles; Wire Side Chats with the important
names in education; and employment listings.
This comprehensive site provides a topic-by-topic breakdown
of the best sites on the World Wide Web for teachers.
National Council for Social Studies DataBank is a
repository of user-submitted resources and professional development
opportunities, searchable by content or by standards theme.
is a personalized Internet-based service providing education information
to teachers, librarians, counselors, administrators, parents, and
anyone interested in education throughout the United States and the
Since its founding in 1986, Rethinking Schools has
grown into a nationally prominent publisher of educational materials,
with subscribers in all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces, and
many other countries. While writing for a broad audience, Rethinking
Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues
The Rouge Forum is a group of educators, students, and parents seeking
a democratic society. Their site contains articles and references
to other like-minded sites.