Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies
Resources for January
Today we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Check out some of the resources below to help your students learn more about Dr. King and also find access to Professional Development opportunities.

2024 Lunar New Year Lesson Plans K-5 from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Do you want to find more lesson plans and resources for teaching about Asian history and culture?


WCSS Sched is available!!!
Check out the WCSS 2024 Sched here

We have an outstanding lineup of session for Wisconsin Social Studies professionals! Take a look at the Sched for all our offerings and grab a peak at our Elementary strand below:
Get support implementing the new recommended K-12 Civics Scope & Sequence for Wisconsin at WCSS 2024!

After some impressive collaboration by social studies professionals across the state, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction proudly published a new, robust, and powerful framework for civics education. Check out the press release here, and take a look at the framework for Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, and High School learners and teacher.

We will have multiple presentations about the Civics Scope & Sequence and resources to support civics education at our WCSS24 conference.

Teacher Question of the Month:
Q: What is happening with a bill to require Civics education in Wisconsin?

There is a bill in the assembly- PUBLIC HEARINGS scheduled 1/17/2-24:
In late 2023 a bill was introduced in the Wisconsin Senate that would require students to take a semester of civics to graduate from high school. A companion bill was also introduced in the Assembly (read the text here:  AB 898). On Wednesday (1/17/24) a public hearing for the bill is scheduled in the Assembly Committee on Education.

How can I have my voice heard about this bill?
You can submit testimony that speaks to the importance of non-partisan civics education, and the need to invest in civic learning.  

In preparing your comments, you are welcome and encouraged to draw on the following resources:

There are three ways that you can make your voice heard:

1)Testify in-person on Wednesday, January 17th at 9:30am: You will register to testify in person when you arrive at the hearing. If you have never testified at a public hearing see this six page so you know what to expect: How to testify at a public hearing (from the Legislative Council). The hearing will be held in the North Hearing Room (2nd Floor North).  

2) Submit written comments to the committee before the hearing:  If you are not able to attend, you may submit written comments to the Assembly Education Committee by emailing the clerk, Bob Delaporte <Bob.Delaporte@legis.wisconsin.gov>. The Wisconsin Civic Learning Coalition asks that you please copy <wicivics@gmail.com> so we have a record. You can submit comments as an individual or on behalf of an organization that you represent.  Be sure to request that your comments be distributed to the committee members, and included in the Legislative Council materials for the bill.  (see this sample of testimony submitted on the recent bill as an example of the record created)

3) Contact members of the committee directly: If you live in the district of any of the representatives on the Education Committee (see list below) consider calling or emailing them directly as a constituent. The Wisconsin Civic Learning Coalition encourages you to copy <wicivics@gmail.com> so they can track your contacts.

Still not sure or have questions? Contact WCSS President Sarah Kopplin or one of your WCSS Board of Directors representatives or the WCLS Coordinator and Co-Chair Kate Ullman.

Sarah Kopplin
WCSS President

Kate Ullman
WCLC Coordinator and Co-Chair
Lookin Ahead
Advocate for Wisconsin History

Join us for the 7th annual History Advocacy Day in Wisconsin! 

This year’s event will be held on April 17, 2024, at the new History Maker Space on Capitol Square in downtown Madison. Early-bird registration is now open – just follow the link below to sign up.

After a welcome from the Society's Director of Government Relations in our new History Maker Space in Madison, you will share the importance of history with your local legislators in our beautiful State Capitol. Round out your day with an informative Lunch & Learn presentation and celebratory reception with colleagues and history lovers from around the state. 

Don’t wait! Register during early-bird registration by February 20th to receive perks:
  • Reserved seating at the Lunch & Learn presentation 
  • An exclusive invitation to an online class with Society Director of Government Relations Kate Easton on “How to Be an Advocate” 
For more information, check out https://wihist.org/advocate or email us at advocacy_day@wisconsinhistory.org

We look forward to seeing you on April 17th

From, The WHS Advocacy Day Team 

Abby Pfisterer 
Director of PK-12 Education 
Wisconsin Historical Society 
816 State Street 
Madison, WI 53706
Cell: 608.572.2656
Summer Social Studies PD!
Summer Professional Development Opportunities in Social Studies!

Check out this comprehensive list!

Kris McDaniel
Department of Public Instruction Social Studies Consultant