History-Social Science Organizations
Professional organizations and school-based activities exist to allow educators and students to foster their interests and engage in high-level discussions about topics relevant to History and the Social Sciences.
Professional Organizations for Educators
- California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS)
is a non-profit professional organization serving both public and private school educators, and is the leading voice for quality social studies education in California. This organization is affiliated with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) (Outside Source). CCSS promotes and supports social studies education through service, advocacy, and leadership development. They are collectively committed to the strengthening and teaching of the social studies discipline though professional development, public awareness, and collaboration at local, stat, and national levels.
- California Council for History Education (CCHE)
is the California ally of the National Council for History Education (Outside Source). The CCHE was established in 2005 in order to advance the study and teaching of history in schools throughout California, provide a program of professional activities for history educators in California, and promote professional interaction among history educators in California.
- The California Council on Economic Education (CCEE)
was created to provide Californians with the knowledge, understanding, and skills to make informed economic decisions, and works to advance economic literacy among the people of California. CCEE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan consortium of education, business, government, and labor leaders dedicated to advancing economic literacy throughout the state. They are affiliated with the National Council on Economic Education in a nationwide network of state Councils and local Centers for Economic Education delivering Economics America® and other programs to kindergarten through grade twelve teachers.
- National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies has grown to be the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 69 foreign countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, civics, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education. Organized into a network of more than 110 affiliated state, local, and regional councils and associated groups, the NCSS membership represents K-12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies.
Organizations for Students
- National History Club Inc. (NHC)
inspires students and teachers to start history club chapters at high schools, middle schools, and within other student and community programs. Members of local history club chapters participate in local and national programs, and create their own projects and activities.