Arizona Council for the Social Studies
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ACSS is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality instruction for students and support for Social Studies educators. We are part of the network of more than 110 affiliated state, local, and regional councils and associated groups with the National Council for the Social Studies. Our membership represents K-12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies.

Take advantage of discounted ACSS Membership for your School's entire Social Studies Department, or join today as an individual or student member! Membership includes discounted registration at the annual ACSS Conference!

ACSS Individual Annual Membership -- $20

ACSS Student Annual Membership -- $10
(Must be a full time student and submit copy of Student ID or class schedule)

ACSS School Department Annual Membership -- $100
(Full ACSS Membership for an unlimited number of teachers in your school's Social Studies Department)

The 2015 ACSS

Annual Fall Conference

Saturday - October 24, 2015

"Social Responsibility: Teaching Global Awareness and Citizenship"

César Chávez High School
3921 W. Baseline Road - Laveen Village
Phoenix, AZ 85239

Check out the 2014 Program

Proposal Submissions due Sept 10th...
Registration Opens on August 15th...

Register and Pay online via Paypal

Select Member or Student Discount



Arizona Council for History Education
Annual Conference

August 15, 2015

"Engage, Excite, Enrich: Making History Education Matter"

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Arizona Geographic Alliance

Arizona State GeoConference - October 3, 2015
Scottsdale Community College



Why Teach Geography? earth day
Because knowledge of the Earth's processes and its people allows for better understanding of the world and how informed decisions can benefit all.

The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education offers many resources for K-12 teachers in the area of teaching law and civics to students.

Law for Kids
Civics/American Government

Newly re-designed: OurCourts is now iCivics

It has an expanded mission to include more than just the judicial branch and it is a whole new redesigned site with more games and lots of other features. Visit at iCivics.


The Arizona Council on Economic Education is an organization of Arizona educators that promote economic education from kindergarten through college. For information on upcoming events, training, and resources visit their website at


The Robert J. Stahl Student Teacher Scholarship Award established in 2008 to support an Arizona pre-service student teacher who plans to enter the field of teaching K-12 social studies. This $1000.00 scholarship includes a year’s membership in both the ACSS and the NCSS and is intended to offset costs associated with the semester of student teaching. Applications available from ASU, U of A, and NAU social studies methods professors and adjunct instructors.

Congratulations to the 2014 Award Winner

JoLynne Voorhees
from Arizona State University - Tempe

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The 2016 Carolyn & Herb Nathan

Educators' Conference on the Holocaust

Monday - President's Day - February 15, 2016

Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus
12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Bureau of Jewish Education - Phoenix

Arizona State Department of Education
College and Career Ready Academic Standards

The Reference Library Database for Social Studies and Science Trade books is now available through IDEAL. A link to the Database is available on the Social Studies Resource Page.


Over fifty-five K-12 lessons/resources are new to the Learning Resource Manager. To access the new resources, log into IDEAL, go to Curriculum Resources, then go to the Learning Resource Manager.

These materials are part of the Content-Rich Support Materials created by ADE Content Specialists.


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The Arizona Humanities Council offers teachers many opportunities for professional development, learning opportunities, and speakers for the classroom throughout the year. Check them out, and by all means support them with your donations!

The Arizona Humanities Speakers Bureau delivers the best in humanities scholarship. Our diverse and engaging speakers cover a variety of topics, including film, history and heritage, archaeology, literature, gender and identity, and science and medicine. Speakers are carefully selected based on their expertise and ability to offer content and insight that inspires discussion with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

To reach as many Arizonans as possible, the Arizona Humanities Council works closely with a wide range of organizations, including public libraries, schools, museums, historical and archaeological societies, retirement homes, community centers and civic organizations. Best of all, these presentations are free to the public!

Visit their Events Calendar!