Mission Statement

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).


  • 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.

2023-2026 NYSCSS Strategic Plan

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