This document, developed and introduced in 1985 and regularly revised, is an effort to meet the needs of a variety of people active in the New York State Council for the Social Studies and its Board of Directors. It is intended to identify and define responsibilities of various Board members so that new members can know what is expected of them and veterans can have reminders of what needs to be done.

        With that in mind, the Leadership Manual includes job descriptions for Committee Chairpersons, Liaisons, Presidents of Affiliated Councils and representatives of related groups. It also includes forms to be used for reports to the NYSCSS Board and for various Council activities and policies of the Board of Directors.

       Of course, change is an integral part of what we do, so we would hope that this document would be maintained and adapted as needed and that all of the people involved would be active in the process. If that is the case, the document would be useful for many years to come.

Revised Spring 2005

History and Goals

The Council


           The New York State Council for the Social Studies is a professional association of teachers and supervisors at the elementary, secondary, college and university levels.   Membership is open to all persons who teach, supervise, develop curricula, engage in research, or are otherwise concerned with social studies education.

The Goals

  • 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.
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