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This site is dedicated to Arkansas social studies educators.  Members of Arkansas Council for the Social Studies include elementary, middle and secondary, private and public, university professors and instructors, school administrators, and non-educational professionals who recognize the importance of a strong social studies background for our young citizens.

Arkansas Council for the Social Studies 

Register Here for the 2019 ACSS Summer Conference: Reading and Writing in the Social Studies!  July 10-11, 2019


 Reading and Writing in the Social Studies

Little Rock, July 10-11, 2019

Teachers will have opportunities to hear interesting presenters, practice hands-on teaching activities, and network with educators from around the state. Thanks to a grant from the Library of Congress, Midwest Region's Teaching with Primary Sources program, we can offer the conference at a very low cost! $50 for registration and ACSS membership! Sack lunch provided on Wednesday, and ACSS Awards Luncheon on Thursday included in the cost  for the first 60 registrants. The Clinton Center's restaurant will cater the meals, so we know the food will be special! 

Click the link below for more details 

ACSS Conference Flyer (4).pdf

we are currently accepting nominations for the following 2019 awards: 

*Deadline for all applications is April 19, 2019

congratulations to our ACSS 2017 Award Winners:

  • Marsha Coleman Award for Novice Teachers: Karen Shelton, Huntsville Middle School
  • K-8 Teacher of the Year 2016: Terri Chapman-Riverview School District
  • 9-12 Teacher of the Year 2016: Corey Thomas-Bentonville West High School
  • ACSS Teacher of the Year 2017: Wright Porter, Academies at Jonesboro, High School-Jonesboro School District 
  • University Educator of the Year: Dr. Cherisse Jones, Arkansas State University
  • Friend of Social Studies: Mark Smith, Cave City Middle School
  • Member of the Year: Georganne Sisco, Old State House Museum
  • Landreth-Blair Grants-$500
    • Wright Porter, Academies at Jonesboro, High School-Jonesboro School District
    • Dr. Cissy Dowdy, Southside High School, Batesville

Student Competition Announcement 


Arkansas Bar Association Law Related Education Committee is sponsoring two new competitions for high school students: an essay contest and a courtroom artist competition!! 

DEADLINES: Art Submissions- Feb. 18, 2019

Essay Submissions- March 2, 2019 

Click links below for more information!


*Entry Form - LRESC - Judge for a Day.pdf

*Spend a Day with a Judge Contest Rules Revised.pdf

Just Need to Find Curriculum? 

*Click HERE  to access Social Studies Curriculum reflecting the 2015 Arkansas Frameworks

*Don't forget to visit our Resources page to find more ideas and free resources to aid your teaching in  a variety of subject areas in social studies

Reinforce your students' understanding of the significance of the State of the Union address using C-SPAN Classroom's resources, including a lesson plan with handouts and videos of historic State of the Union speeches delivered by presidents dating back to Harry S. Truman.

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Membership Has Benefits!

  • Join other educators to advance social studies education in the state of Arkansas. 

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  • Stay Connected: Subscribe to the ACSS email Listserv to keep up to date with announced events and opportunities, as well as informative discussion with colleagues across the state of Arkansas. 

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Teaching African American History With Primary Sources

February is African American History Month.  

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity.  Check out these resources by clicking the link below. 

Summer Professional Development Opportunities


Street Law 

Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers, a six-day teacher professional development program focused on improving teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court. The Institute is co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society; located in Washington, D.C.

 Deadline for applications is March 11, 2019!

**Click the link below for more details and to apply



The Center for Civic Education has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a five-year series of Presidential Academies for teachers and Congressional Academies for high-need students. In the summers of 2019–2023, both Academies include a two-week institute. Participants will study constitutional history and principles following the intellectual framework of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum. 

 Deadline for applications is March 1, 2019!

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National History Day Travel Grant Program through The Department of Arkansas Heritage 

Why? to increase the ability of Arkansas students to participate in the National History Day National contest

Deadline: April 30, 2019

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