Contribute to Your Professional Community -- Get Involved!

Seek a Leadership Position

Members of the all-volunteer Board of Directors, made up of the President of NYSCSS, Vice President of Member Outreach, Vice-President of Policy & Administration, Treasurer, Secretary, and Past-President, serve the NYSCSS members and Board of Directors by guiding the organization's activities. 

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, click here

Join Your Local Council

Each local social studies council is affiliated with the New York State Council for the Social Studies. Please visit each local council’s website or contact their President for more information. If you are interested in starting a local council, please contact our Vice-President for more information.

ATSS/UFT Association of Teachers of Social Studies/United Federation of Teachers
President/Chair: Ollie Fields-Thacker

Capital District Council for the Social Studies
President: Tom Michalek

Central New York Council for the Social Studies
President: Carrie-Ann Ronalds

Mid-Hudson Social Studies Council
President: Dawn Vandervloed

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Join a Committee

The standing committees of NYSCSS provide an important service to social studies educators statewide. From leading statewide professional development programs (including our Annual Convention) to advising on all aspects of curriculum and instruction, our committees provide a chance for members to become active contributors to New York’s nationally-recognized social studies program. Explore the committees through the links below and contact the council at if you are interested in joining. 


Budget and Finance


Convention Planning

Cultural Education

Curriculum and Assessment: Elementary and High School

Higher Education

Human Rights





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