“History is a relentless master.  It has no present, just the past rushing into the future.  To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”
-Abraham Lincoln


Highlights of the 39th Annual LICSS Conference

Critical Thinking and Civil Responsibility

Friday, October 25, 2019

Melville Marriott

What is the Long Island Council for the Social Studies?

Click the link below to sign the LICSS position statement advocating for the importance of social studies in New York State.


Long Island Council for the Social Studies

The Long Island Council for the Social Studies is the professional organization of teachers and supervisors at the elementary, secondary, college and university levels who work in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Membership is open to all persons who teach, supervise, develop curricula, engage in research, or are otherwise concerned with social studies.

The council is a marketplace of ideas, a showcase for new materials, teaching methods, strategies, programs and personalities.

Founded in the early 1950’s, the Long Island Council has been for years one of the largest, if not the largest, and most active councils affiliated with the National Council for the Social Studies and the New York State Council for the Social Studies.


•To promote an understanding of the social studies and the more effective teaching of social studies at all educational levels;
•To maintain high professional standards and provide opportunities for professional growth;
•To protect the academic rights of the profession;
•To articulate enlightened views on issues of interest and concern to social studies educators
•To advise and advocate for rigorous social studies content and assessment tools
•To maintain an active role in advising the state education department on social studies issues

New York State Education Department

  • The Structure and Development of the New United States History and Government Exam
  • Training on the CRQ on the Global History and Geography and the United States
  • History and Government Exam CRQ
  • The Civic Literacy Diploma Designation

Visual Analysis Strategies

Advanced Placement:

  • US History
  • World History
  • AP Government

Strategies for ENL and Special Education Social Studies Classes

Technology in the Classroom

Music and Art in the Social Studies Classroom

Teaching about the Holocaust

Global Issues