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Welcome to the KCSS
As social studies educators, you are responsible for teaching students the content knowledge, discipline specific thinking skills, and civic values that are vital for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. Our task at the Kansas Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support to make your job easier.
So we've redesigned our site to highlight teacher resources such as lesson plans and web sites, membership information, annual conference information, and updated social studies news / announcements. We're also excited about our new KCSS blog and social media tools - our hope is that you will use all of these resources to connect with others and to improve social studies instruction in Kansas. We're looking forward to working with you.
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2015 Judy Cromwell Teachers of the Year
The Judy Cromwell Excellence in Teaching Award is intended to reward and encourage high quality instruction in the social studies. Winners of the award exhibit innovative and effective instructional strategies, utilize state and national standards, foster a spirit of inquiry, develop democratic beliefs and values, and participate in professional organizations. The Kansas Council for the Social Studies is honored to present the 2015 Judy Cromwell Excellence in Teaching Award to Dave McIntire and Susan Sittenauer.
Dave, in his 11th year at The Independent School in Wichita, teaches seventh-grade world history and eighth-grade American history. He uses a project-based approach that integrates art, primary sources, and historical artifacts in a lively and engaging way.He has a distinguished record of supporting the discipline through presentations at state and national social studies and history conferences, participation in a wide variety of professional development opportunities including gilder Lehrman and National Endowment of the Arts summer institutes, and He also coaches the middle school Scholar’s Bowl team and has been a Ford’s Theater National Oratory Fellow since 2012.
Susan currently teaches AP US History and Civil & Criminal Rights classes at Topeka Seaman High School, where she has been since 1985. She encourages high levels in her classroom through the use of creative projects and connections to real life. Susan’s talent for creating high quality and engaging lessons has led to countless honors including being named the Law Related National teacher of the Year, a Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heros Fellow, the Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding History Teacher for Kansas, and the Seaman High School teacher of the Year. She has helped hundreds of students qualify for Kansas State History Day and over 80 qualify for National History Day.
Dave and Susan will receive free Kansas social studies conference registration, a framed certificate, and a $500 cash award.