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The Michigan Council for the Social Studies  provides professional development opportunities for social studies educators throughout Michigan. The sessions and workshops are available to professionals seeking training, updated information on the new standards and leadership education.

Benefits of attending an MCSS Conference:

  1. Learn new ideas and strategies to use in the classroom.

  2. Visit the exhibit area for resources to implement new methods discovered at the conference.

  3. Network with colleagues.

  4. Gain information about Social Studies and state social studies assessments.

  5. Understand key issues at the national and state level.

Social Studies Olympiad

The Michigan Social Studies Olympiad is a state-wide competition for students in grades 3 through 12. MCSS sponsors this competition in order to increase student and teacher interest in social studies education and to provide opportunities for students and teachers to gain individual and team recognition for academic accomplishments. The chair of this committee is Sean McBrady, Social Studies Consultant for the Macomb ISD.  

The top priority of our committee is to expand this opportunity to more students and teachers throughout the state.  We are doing so by moving the Olympiad to different school locations throughout Michigan over the next few years and reaching out to MCSS members and other leaders in the social studies community to spread the word to their local schools and colleagues about this great event.  

There are several ways to get involved and support the Olympiad:

  1. You can apply to join our planning committee
  2. Apply to become an event coordinator or judge
  3. Coach a team of students from your own school or district
  4. Contact your local school district to volunteer to coach a team in your community
  5. Set up a Social Studies Olympiad Club at your school.  

If you are interested in more information about any of these ways to get involved, please email

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Michigan Council for the Social Studies

A 2022-23, 2023-24 Gold Star Affiliate of the  National Council for the Social Studies

13565 Port Sheldon St., Holland, MI 49424

Office Manager Mandy Laninga

Direct Line: 616-796-1502 

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