Much of our outreach occurs through the work of committees.  All committees meet a minimum of two times per year; once in August and once in March. Individual committees meet to conduct business as needed during the rest of the year. All CCSS members are eligible to serve on a committee. Aside from the 2-3 face-to-face meetings, much of the committee business is conducted through email and/or collaboration software. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact us at and we will put you in touch with the appropriate committee chair.

Curriculum and Instruction Committee
  • Advises the Board of Directors of significant developments in curriculum and instruction;
  • Advises the Board of Directors of strategies to promote the implementation of high quality social studies education in California schools;
  • Encourages and promotes participation of CCSS members on state bodies developing standards, frameworks, instructional materials, and other documents and programs of the social studies; and 
  • Serves as a clearinghouse for educational information and resources to support the implementation of the California history-social science standards and Framework. 
Diversity and Social Justice Committee
  • Supports diversity and social justice in the classroom, school community, and curriculum; 
  • Provides resources and best practices to help educators integrate diversity and social justice into the classroom and school; 
  • Evaluates and selects History Day in California award for Diversity and Social Justice; 
  • Ensures that diversity and social justice issues are represented at the annual CCSS conference.

Governmental Relations Committee
  • Develops and recommends strategies and procedures by which CCSS can influence policy;
  • Advises and assists the CCSS Board of Directors on issues related to legislation and public policy impacting social studies education;
  • Establishes, enhances, maintains, and supports the dissemination of legislative information to the CCSS membership; 
  • Plans the Legislative Breakfast during the annual conference; 
  • Selects a recipient for the public policy leadership award recognizing the actions by a government leader having a positive impact on social studies education.

Membership and Outreach Committee
  • Designs and implements strategies for the recruitment and retention of CCSS members; 
  • Monitors membership trends and local council membership; 
  • Coordinates and collaborates with local council leadership and CCSS committees to increase membership and outreach; 
  • Promotes communication with other social studies organizations in California;
  • Informs the public of the benefits and privileges of CCSS membership for professionals in the field of social studies education.

Professional Standards and Awards Committee
  • Advises the Board of Directors of significant developments in the preparation requirements and/or working conditions of social studies teachers which may require response or action by the Council; 
  • Advises the Board of Directors of strategies to enhance the recruitment and training of outstanding social studies educators in California; 
  • Identifies and disseminates research pertinent to improving social studies education;
  • Administers the CCSS awards program in conformity with NCSS regulations and the processes and procedures outlined in CCSS Standing Rules; and
  • Makes recommendations to the CCSS Board of Directors for improvement of the Awards program.

Publications and Technology Committee
  • Selects topics, guest editors, and contributors for each of the CCSS publications; including the Sunburst,  Social Studies Review, Occasional Papers, and the CCSS website; 
  • Advises, assists, and oversees the work of the editors of each CCSS publication;
  • Develops and coordinates publication policies and profiles;
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of publications within CCSS membership; 
  • Participates in the development of job descriptions, expectations, and responsibilities, and in the hiring of publication editors.
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