Founded in 1938, the New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS) is the statewide professional organization of social studies educators. Our members are committed to ensuring that all students graduate from high school and college ready for lifelong learning, engaging careers, and active civic life. Our members represent teachers, supervisors, curriculum developers, researchers, scholars, and administrators at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary (college and university) levels. Our members also represent educators in cultural institutions, publishers, and content creators. Membership is open to all persons who teach, supervise, develop curricula, engage in research, or are otherwise concerned with social studies education.

NYSCSS is a market-place of ideas – a forum and a showcase for instructional strategies, materials, and programs; teaching methods; and advocacy through service. NYSCSS is one of the largest and most active affiliates of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), and is a member of the New York State Council for Educational Association (NYSCEA).



The New York Social Studies Supervisory Association (NYS4A) was organized in 1973 to function autonomously within the framework of NYSCSS. It was formed through the efforts of a group of NYSCSS leaders – a group that included some NYSCSS officers.

Membership is open to those NYSCSS members with “responsibilities for social studies curriculum and instructional programs.” The formation of a separate leadership organization for social studies reflects a pattern found in many of the New York State subject area professional associations.

The NYS4A Constitution mandates a strong continuing liaison with NYSCSS in order to maintain communication. Over the years, the two social studies organizations have worked together toward their shared goals for social studies education in New York. The effect has been to double the voice and visibility of social studies educators in New York. The common objectives, but different perspectives, of the two organizations have proven to be particularly effective in promoting social studies.


  • To promote an understanding of social studies and the more effective teaching of social studies at all educational levels.
  • To maintain high professional standards and provide opportunities for professional growth.
  • To protect the academic rights of the profession.
  • To articulate views on issues of interest and concern to social studies educators.


  • Promote the status of social studies through the assurance of a quality social studies program of study at every level, pre-kindergarten through grade twelve and continuing education.
  • Open and maintain regular channels of communication among social studies leaders in New York State.
  • Articulate the voice of its membership in their relationship with the New York State Council for the Social Studies, New York State Education Department and all other related organizations.
  • Ensure quality leadership in social studies education in every school district in New York State.

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