Virginia Council for the Social Studies 

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.


For this year's conference, we have accepted over 100 exciting proposals.  Which means, the submission window is closed. In March 2018, we will be asking for submissions for the 2018 conference in Roanoke. Please visit the site then to submit your idea!

2017 Conference Co-Chairs:
Wesley Hedgepeth| & Ellen Stick|

Cost is $150 if you register before October 9 (changed from Oct. 1), and $175 afterwards.

Vendors: Tables are available for corporate and non-profit vendors.  Click here to see the pricing options for a table. This is a great way to reach Virginia Educators. 

Parking and Hotel Information for the Conference

Valet Parking is available at the Hotel. Hotel parking is $27/night.

5th & Marshall has a city owned garage and as of now here are the parking charges:

$8.00 for weekend days/nights

$17.00 for overnight parking

$10.00 for special event parking (They do this if there is a concert in town or other items)

You can find hotel information by clicking here.

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