Virginia Council for the Social Studies 

Teachers of the Year


Congratulations to Tracey Zaval Horvath and Jeannine Chewning for winning two of our Teacher of the Year awards.

Tracey is the VCSS Teacher of the Year for 2017. She teaches Civics at Midlothian Middle School. You can check out her website here. Tracey uses innovating techniques to engage her students and shared some of those strategies with teachers as the conference. She also has trained teachers across the state for the VDOE.

Jeannine is the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Excellence in Teaching Award winner for 2017.  This award recognizes and honors the accomplishments a teacher in the area of Civil Rights/Civil Liberties. Jeannine won for her efforts in teaching students about human trafficking and how they can be modern day abolitionists.

Vendors for #VCSSE18

We are thrilled to announce the 52nd annual Virginia Conference for Social Studies Educators at the Hotel Roanoke, November 2-3, 2018.

The theme for this dynamic conference is “Harmonizing the Human Experience."

Given the location, we expect to have a record number of attendees representing all facets and levels of social studies education. We continue to be so appreciative of our sponsors and exhibitors and we simply could not do this conference without you! 

There are a number of different ways to support the conference and reach teachers: 
Corporate Exhibitors: $600 per table 
Non-Profit Exhibitors: $300 per table 

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Keynote Speaker Sponsor (Friday or Saturday): $1000
Breakfast Sponsor (Friday or Saturday): $1000
Break Sponsorship (Friday or Saturday): $500
Luncheon Sponsor: $1000
Friday night reception $ 2000 

Have something more creative in mind? Contact Ellen Stick at with your ideas!

If you would like an exhibit, click here.

52nd VCSSE State Conference

Our next state conference will be held at the Hotel Roanoke on November 2 and 3, 2018.
Planning has begun! If you're interested in helping us plan, please email us.

The Annual Conference offers sessions for every K-12 teacher – from those beginning their
professional careers to seasoned veterans.

Our agenda is packed with new, exciting, and informative presentations. In order to 
 "Harmonize the Human Experience"

 There will be content specialists offering in-depth sessions in geography, citizenship, history and economics.

This broad theme will explore the following questions:

  • How can we weave the humanities and arts into our social studies instruction?
  • How do we guide students to see history through multiple perspectives?
  • How do we support and enrich learners at all levels with unique strengths and needs?
  • How are we integrating social studies into other content areas?
  • How do we teach both skills and content in a harmonious way?

​Your registration includes access to all general workshop sessions, the exhibition hall and vendor fair, continental breakfast Friday and Saturday, and lunch on Friday. Conference registration also includes membership in the Virginia Council for the Social Studies."

Pre-service teachers, student teachers, and teachers attending this conference for the first time may attend the conference for a reduced fee. See the fees page for information about our group discount!

Click here to register now!