Every third Thursday of the month, the Virginia Council for Social Studies hosts a virtual meeting called "Scholars' Hour" in which teachers from around the state can gather to discuss social studies content, strategies, and technology.

​October: New Chapters, Including Diverse Chapters in VDOE Curriculum Updates.

Join VCSS board member Sam Futrell as she asks our panelists, Christonya Brown and Jeremy Nesoff, curated questions about teaching history in Virginia. Brown works as a Coordinator for the VDOE and will expertly address the significance and logistics of updates to the social studies curriculum for the 2021-2022 school year. As the Director of District Partnerships from Facing History (FH), Nesoff will share FH resources to help teachers implement the revised curriculum and foster inclusive social studies classrooms.

Virginia History Day

Content to Classroom Podcast

Advocacy Toolkit (NCSS)

Position Statements


Are you looking for resources on a certain subject? Our outreach committee is working to curate a list of resources that span a wide array of topics and applications. As with any tool, teachers will want to consult their own district regarding expectations and restrictions surrounding the use of online materials that require a log-in.  Additionally, prior to sharing a contest opportunity with your students, make sure that your principal or district leadership has reviewed and approved all components of the contest. 

Scholar's Hour

Contact our Outreach Committee Chairs below!

Sam Futrell: sfutrell@stmschool.net 

Kim Hammers: kimberly.hammers@cpschools.com

Partnership with CEUTTS @ VT

Virginia Council for the Social Studies 

The Virginia Council for Social Studies is excited to bring you our newest resource for social studies teachers across the state and country! Each episode of Content to Classroom provides expert analysis on a specific topic related to social studies and then supplements that analysis with guidance from master teachers on how to apply it in the classroom. The result is an engaging and authentic discussion that will leave teachers feeling empowered to try something new.

Interested in learning more about how to advocate for social studies at the local, state, and national level? NCSS has created an Advocacy Toolkit to help plan and execute your ideas! Check out the website here to learn more. 

Interested in participating in one of our events or have a suggestion for an upcoming episode? 

VCSS is excited about new and innovative opportunities we have with our partner CEUTTS at Virginia Tech. 

The Center for European Union, Transatlantic, and Transeuropean Space Studies (CEUTTSS) pursues outreach and engagement activities aiming to foster a dialogue between the academic world and policymakers, in particular with the goal of enhancing the EU’s relations with the United States. In addition, CEUTTSS seeks to play a key role in reaching out to students and educators associated with secondary education, students of continuing and professional education, lifelong learning, the institutions of civil society, and the general public at large.

Check out their current PD offerings here or check out their website to be added to their weekly distribution list. 

Teacher Resources

VMHC Virtual State of the Museum Just for Teachers! 

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 4:30PM

Teachers are invited to a special virtual event, where VMHC President & CEO, Jamie Bosket will discuss the construction happening at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, as well as what to expect with our Grand Reopening in Spring of 2022. VMHC’s Manager of Museum Programs Maggie Creech, and Manager of Digital Learning Hailey Fenner, will also be on hand to talk about their role in developing new student geared exhibits and exciting in person opportunities for the next school year.

Please note:

This program is free, but registration is required. 
A zoom link will be sent prior to the event.
One zoom link for connection is required.
Registration will close one hour prior to the event. 

VCSS has released a position statement about the Revisions to History and Social Sciences Standards and Curriculum Framework.
Click here to read the text.