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NCSS/NCGE/TCSS 2019 Volunteer Sign UP

As the Co-Located Conference of NCSS/TCSS/NCGE will be held in Austin, TX. Volunteers are needed to help facilitate the many different aspects of the conference. We are asking for your help and support in volunteering your time to help host a successful joint conference.

Why to consider volunteering bonus: NCSS offers a 1-to-1 match for all volunteer time. For example, volunteer for the full day on Thursday and you can attend the conference free for the full day on Friday. Volunteer for a half day on Saturday and attend the conference for the other half of Saturday. In addition, NCSS offers special discounted registration rates for conference volunteers to attend for days beyond the 1-to-1 match. The one-day volunteer rate is $129 and the two-day rate is $159.

Visit txcss.net to complete the NCSS Volunteer form. If you have any additional questions, please contact conference@ncss.org

Add these TXCSS events to your #NCSS2019 Schedule

Mark Your Schedule!

Saturday, Nov 23

7:00 am Texas Breakfast JW Marriott Lone Star Ballroom

8:00 am Committee Meetings JW Marriott Lone Star Ballroom

1:00 pm Board Meeting JW Marriott Rooms 303-304

3:00 pm General Business Meeting JW Marriott Lone Star Ballroom

For more information contact socialstudies@txcss.net.

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We want to share with our community a look inside the creative classroom spaces across the state. From recommended resources, unique themes, clever setups, and eye-catching displays – send photos of your classroom to laestrella@txcss.net.

Make certain to include the following in your email:

  • first and last name,
  • location: city (include school name, if you like),
  • social media handles: Twitter and/or Instagram, and
  • 2-3 landscape or portrait photographs of the empty classroom (no students), please no panoramic photos.

Photo tips: Lighting is a key factor in capturing all of the creative goodness found in your classroom. Control and manipulate the lights to get the best results.


Visit txcss.net/laestrella to view photos of previously featured classrooms to jump-start your set-up for the school year!

Featured Teachers

This collection features classrooms that include submissions from Spring 2019 and Fall 2019.

Cory Blake

Klein Oak High School

Spring, Texas

Michelle Neyrey

Houston, TX

Dueitt Middle School

Twitter: @michelle_neyrey

Craig Lira-Waguespack

Galena Park ISD

Woodland Acres Middle

8th grade U.S. History

Instagram @U.S.historygeek

Twitter @HistorygeekU

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Deerpark Middle

Round Rock ISD

Amber Bernard

Westlake, Texas
Twitter: @ajoytoteach

Julie Wooten

Melissa High School
Melissa, Tx

Elsa Gonzalez

US History

United South High School

Laredo, Texas

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It's A Puzzle And A Mystery!

Do you like to solve puzzles and read mystery novels? If yes, you are a perfect fit for the Finance Committee! (Don’t say you can’t do math, that’s why we use calculators.)

The job of the Treasurer and the Finance committee is not just about counting the nickels, balancing the checkbook, and paying TCSS bills. The job is to oversee the fiscal well being of The Organization by fitting the puzzle pieces together in order that social studies throughout the state will continue to be supported by TCSS efforts.

The budgets that are submitted by each committee become the planning guide. The Finance Committee reviews the budget for its reflection of the TCSS Constitution and Policy Statements. It is not the job of the Treasurer and the Finance Committee to decide how funds are spent but to aid TCSS with the most accurate information available to make the best fiscal decisions possible.

We also calculate the long-term costs of every decision made by the Executive Committee, Executive Board, and the Membership. We research the impact of hundreds of factors on the continued fiscal health of the Organization. We move the puzzle pieces around until they all fit together for the best outcome for TCSS.

The mystery in all this is how to make it work when each member’s dues are only $30.00 annually; funds are spent on an annual conference; TCSS offers grants, scholarships, and awards to students and educators; and TCSS does not sell anything for profit. To be successful the Finance Committee needs a few TCSS members to come and learn how the pieces can fit together.

You do not need a degree in accounting (we use QuickBooks). You do not need experience in budgeting (you are living on teaching salaries, so you already know how that works). You do not need to know the latest interest rate set by the Federal Reserve (that is what Google does). You do not need to live in a specific location (the internet and cell service connect us all easily). You will not be counting nickels in a backroom after a conference (most of our transactions are electronic).

You do need to join the Finance Committee to better understand how Texas Council for the Social Studies continues to support its mission and its teachers. Your willingness to serve and learn will be a great way to get to know few hard-working people just a bit better.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenae Hill, TXCSS Treasurer.

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Education in Action

Education in Action provides engaging and meaningful experiential learning opportunities for Texas students.

Lone Star Leadership Academy Summer Camps

Nominate your outstanding 4th-8th graders for the summer 2020 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps at www.educationinaction.org/nominate!

Participants spend a week experiencing numerous significant Texas sites with a focus on leadership. Nomination Deadline: January 31, 2020. @EIATexas

Discover Texas Field Trips

During the school year, Education in Action takes entire school grade levels (3rd, 4th, and 5th grades) on one-day, TEKS-based, Discover Texas Field Trips.

Follow Education in Action

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La Estrella de Tejas

La Estrella de Tejas (The Star of Texas) is the official e-newsletter of the Texas Council for the Social Studies. To ensure La Estrella is delivered to your mailbox, add laestrella@txcss.net to your contact list.

La Estrella is published four times a year to provide our community with timely information and opportunities related to social studies education in Texas. The contents of La Estrella are not copyrighted unless indicated. It is appropriate, however, to credit sources as well as La Estrella when reproducing items from this e-newsletter. Reproduction for profit is prohibited.