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VCSS Betsy Barton Teacher of the Year

SOL Revision Position Statement

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. Episode 1 is live and covers the topic of Addressing Elections & Equity in the Classroom. 

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Excellence in Teaching Award

Here is a list of ways you can participate in Professional Development while practicing social distancing:

Please visit the NCSS Page for an official list of approved resources. As a reminder, please check with your division before using any new electronic resources with students.​
​NCSS Resources for Navigating Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

  1. Video tutorials and daily webinars for teachers-Newsela PL Landing Page
  2. Virtual Virginia Statewide Webinar every Thursday at 4pm
  3. Seesaw Professional Development website
  4. Edsitement: Validating Sources
  5. Edsitement: Building an Argument
  6. ​March 25 Teaching American History: The Flu Epidemic of 1918 – Lessons from History
  7. Virginia Museum of History and culture has many opportunities:

Lectures and webinars
​Video Archive

See our position statement on the recently published SOL Revisions.

Scholars' Hour Recordings

Content to Classroom Podcast

The VCSS Betsy Barton Teacher of the year was honored at #VCSS19.  Kimberly Hammers received her award from John Barton, who gave a touching speech about Betsy before honoring our new teacher of the year. Of particular note was the fact that Ms. Hammers conceived of the idea and implemented the Guinness World Record activity in which Grassfield High School became nationally recognized for holding the largest in person politics lesson. But that is just one of the many spectacular things she does in the classroom for her students.

Friend of Education

The #VCSS19 Friend of Education this year was the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation for their continued efforts helping teachers in our schools and commitment to public history. Highlighted was the "Tenacity" and "Forgotten Soldier" exhibits that shared the struggles and contributions of many whose voices so often remain unheard. 

Our monthly Scholars' Hour explores a variety of social studies topic that are relevant and can be incorporated into your classroom. Our November episode focused on how to incorporate American Indian stories and culture all throughout the year. Check out the recording of the event below!


Virginia Council for the Social Studies 

Samantha Futrell, a middle school teacher at St. MIchael's Episcopal School was our #VCSS19 recipient of this award. She worked with her students to create podcasts on the UN Sustainable Goals. This involved student voice and choice, as well as agency.

Check out the podcast with co-teacher Rebekah O'Dell (Season 5) here.