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  • MCSS provides a voice in statewide decision making through advocacy and legislative education.
  • MCSS testifies at educational hearings, maintains a representative in the Department of Education Committees and in the National Council for the Social Studies.
  • MCSS provides a voice in statewide decision making by interacting with and providing feedback to the State department of Education in such areas as educational guidelines, textbook reviews, proposals, and current educational legislation.


  • Opportunities for Teachers
  • Music CD's and Resources - Dave Kimber's national CD, Under the Red, White, and Blue: Songs and Lesson Plans of Core Democratic Values
  • MCSS exposes you to new materials, texts, and lesson ideas through the Journal+ and Website
  • MCSS helps with your textbook selection and evaluation process by bringing all the major publishers together at the Annual State Professional Development Conference
  • MCSS provides you and your students with the opportunity to participate in the annual Michigan Social Studies OLYMPIAD.


  • Annual Conference - provide members an opportunity to meet professionals from your own region.
  • Regional Workshops
  • Michigan Joint Education Conference


  • MCSS has the answers to your thorniest teaching or curriculum problems by putting you in contact with members who have experienced similar situations.
  • MCSS offers you social studies contacts across the state that give you the opportunity to meet professionals from your own region
  • MCSS advises, provides information about, and coordinates efforts with other professional organizations and student groups. One such organization of which MCSS is an active member is the Coalition of Subject Matter Organizations.


  • MCSS keeps you current and up-to-date on what's new in social studies education through our state quarterly newsletter, the MCSS Journal+ and monthly E-News blasts.
  • Members have an elected district representative whom they can contact to get or give information, register complaints or ask questions; through your district representative you have a direct line to the MCSS Executive Board.
  • MCSS notifies you of opportunities for professional grants, fellowships and conferences.

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If you are an elementary, secondary or college/university educator, university student or other social studies professional, then you should be a member of the Michigan Council for the Social Studies.

As a member, you will be able to share ideas and insights with your colleagues throughout the state, have access to new resource materials, and a wealth of useful services. You can develop and share ideas on the future of social studies in schools, especially the concerns of teacher preparation and innovative methodology.

Interested in Joining more organizations?

Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and now Reading! Joint membership subscription is an innovative method to enable educators to stay informed about the disciplines that are vital to the learning process in a way that is cost-effective! Joint membership options allow educators and schools/instructors to become members of six organizations, Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM), Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA), Michigan Council of Teachers of Social Studies (MCSS), Michigan Reading Association (MRA), Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM), and Metro Detroit Science Teachers Association (MDSTA) with a single application and one low payment.

Click here to visit MCTM's site to sign-up

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