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February 2019

NCSS is partnering with the National Council for Geographic Education and the Texas Council for the Social Studies to create an expansive professional learning experience for social studies, social science, and geographic educators and stakeholders.


Make plans now to join us in Austin at the 99th NCSS Annual Conference, November 22-24, 2019.


Interested in presenting at NCSS/TXCSS 2019? Use the button below to navigate to the presentation proposal form.


99th NCSS Annual Conference

November 22-24, 2019

Austin Convention Center

500 E. Cesar Chavez Street

Austin, TX 78701

Submit a presentation proposal for NCSS 2019

Deadline for proposals is February 28, 2019

TCSS Advocacy - 86th Texas Legislature - Updates

Download background information about the various pieces of legislation impacting social studies education.

TCSS Call for Nominations

Looking for Leaders! Nominations for TCSS elected positions for 2020 are now open. Each nominee must currently be a member of TCSS in good standing. Nominate a fellow social studies educator or yourself. Nominations will close on March 1, 2019.

Submit a Nomination

*Update - Nominations close April 15

Educator Resources

We are looking for innovative social studies themed lessons to share with the TCSS community. Lessons will be used by TCSS on our website and digital newsletter. Submitting an idea indicates that your submission is not protected by copyright (published in a journal, newsletter, book, web site, etc).


Use the link below to navigate to the form and we will get in touch with you to discuss publishing your idea to our website. Thanks for your time and we appreciate your willingness to collaborate with and support social studies teachers.

Social Studies TEKS Streamline

The anxiously awaited changes associated with the streamlining of the social studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) is completed. So what has changed? First take note that the changes to the secondary social studies standards will be implemented in the coming 2019-2020 school year. Elementary changes will be implemented in 2020-2021. With that in mind, this article focuses on the secondary changes. More

Featured Classrooms

Thank you teachers for sharing your photographs and inspiring other teachers across Texas with ideas to use in their own classroom. Your willingness to share your experience and knowledge of the classroom gets at the very heart of the TCSS mission: to provide Texas educators with professional learning, resources and support to strengthen social studies education and civic participation. Visit our classroom page to check out this edition's featured classrooms.

● Leslie Barstow - Austin ● Danielle Caples - Friendswood ● Teckla Coven - Pasadena

● Harold Flynn - Deer Park ● Amanda Killough - Flower Mound ● Michelle Lux - Leander

● Ashton Moff - Corpus Christi ● Heather Solis - Austin ● Karen Rhodes - Caldwell

GET FEATURED in the next edition of La Estrella - If you would like to share photos of your classroom, please use the button below to navigate to our site. Make certain to include your name, city, and attach photos of your classroom. To make certain we display the best photo of your classroom, we recommend portrait or landscape orientations instead of panoramic photos.

Photos will be used on our website and social media channels, so please only submit photos of the classroom space (no students, please).

TCSS Local Councils

Membership in your local council provides opportunities for collaboration with professionals in related fields who care about the future of social studies education in Texas. We encourage you to become an active member of your local council.


If you would like to organize a local council in your area, TCSS is here to help. Download our local council checklist to learn more about getting started. Email TCSS with questions or for more information.

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.