2016 Teacher of the Year

The 2016 VCSS Teacher of the Year is Mr. Allen Ruliffson. He a world history teacher at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School in Broadway, VA,in Rockingham County. 

Teacher of the Year applicants must prove that they: (1) develop or use instructional materials creatively and effectively; (2) Incorporate innovative and verifiably effective instructional strategies and techniques; and (3) demonstrate an ability to foster the development of democratic beliefs and values, and the need for citizen participation appropriate to his or her students’ grade level in classroom, school, and community settings.

2016 Friend of Education

Each year VCSS also recognizes a Friend of Education. The VCSS Friend of Education can be an individual or an organization. This award is an honorary recognition, recognizing the nominees efforts in promoting social studies education throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond.

The 2016 VCSS Friend of Education is The Holocaust Commission of the Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Among those pictured is Holocaust survivor, Dana Cohen. . 

The globe was generously donated by Nystrom Education. In addition to the globe and the plague, he receives a $500 award to use in his classroom, an opportunity to present at the next VCSSE, one night free at a hotel for NCSS, and an honorary position on the VCSS Board of Directors. Type your paragraph here.

Call for Proposals Uncovering the Past to Empower the Future

The theme of this year's conference is "Uncovering the Past to Empower the Future." The Virginia Council for the Social Studies is seeking proposals that incorporate this theme into engaging and relevant presentations for educators. Through this theme, we hope to explore the following questions:
- How might uncovering content look and sound different than covering content in the classroom?
- How can we empower our students to be active citizens on the global stage?
- How can we as educators improve our practice to better serve our students?
- How can we shed light on understandings, skills, people, cultures, and events that are underrepresented in our standards?

The length of each session is 50 minutes.

Proposals are due by April 28, 2017.
Presenters will be notified of proposal status (accepted or declined) via email by June 1, 2017.

Click here to submit a proposal.


Virginia Council for the Social Studies