Minnesota Council 
for the Social Studies

The mission of the National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.

The Minnesota Council for the Social Studies is an affiliate council of NCSS.

National Council for the Social Studies



MCSS board members Brian Traxler, Emma Ryan, Jessica Ellison and Jen Hansen with NCSS President Terry Cherry (center), after being named a Gold Star Council.

The Annual NCSS Conference took place November 17-19, 2017 in San Francisco. Several MCSS board members were present, attending House of Delegates, networking with potential vendors, and meeting with NCSS staff and other council presidents.

Minnesota's representation in the national organization is even stronger this year, with Brian Traxler as the chair of the NCSS Resolutions Committee, and Jen Hansen on the NCSS Steering Committee. Scott Noet was elected to the Assignments Committee this year, and Emma Ryan serves on the planning committee for Chicago 2018. Voices for Minnesota social studies teachers are being heard!

Future NCSS Conferences:


2018: Chicago (Nov. 30-Dec. 2)
2019: Austin, Texas (Nov. 22-24)
2020: Washington, D.C. (Dec. 4-6)
2021: Minneapolis (Nov. 19-21)
2022: Philadelphia (Dec. 2-4)
2023: Nashville (Dec. 1-3)
2024: Boston (Nov. 22-24)

Visit the NCSS website for more information.

Visit the MCSS page on the 2021 conference in Minneapolis.


Board members Emma Ryan, Jen Hansen and Scott Noet with NCSS Director of Meetings and Exhibits, David Bailor, excited about Minneapolis 2021!


Board members at Alcatraz Island while in San Francisco. 


MCSS Board member Jessica Ellison presenting a session with Dashka Slater, author of The 57 Bus.

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