Introduction to SJVCSS

Intro to SJVCSS

This video was taken at Casa de Tamales on Olive Street in Fresno, CA during an SJVCSS planned event.

Social Studies is defined as "the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence."  The four recognized areas of concentration K-12 are History, Economics, Geography, and Civic Education. The San Joaquin Council for the Social Studies (SJVCSS) wants to be YOUR the local voice for History-Social Science education in Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Tulare and Kings Counties. We invite administrators, teachers, and professors at all educational levels from kindergarten through university to join this professional organization.   The value for experienced and new teachers is the opportunity to network and share resources, both local and state, in order to improve the quality of education they provide for Central Valley students.

SJVCSS Vision: Your professional social studies organization provides a time and place, both online and in person, for teachers to network and share resources to improve history-social studies education in the Central Valley.


SJVCSS Mission: The San Joaquin Valley Council for the Social Studies promotes and supports quality Social Studies education through service, advocacy, and leadership development. We are collectively committed to strengthening the teaching of the social studies disciplines through providing and promoting professional development opportunities, public awareness and collaboration at local, state and national levels. By joining SJVCSS, you automatically join California Council with all of their resources, including a professional advocate for the discipline.


SJVCSS Purposes:

  • To advocate the importance of quality Social Studies education at the state, county and local levels
  • To assist and encourage teachers to provide quality instruction in history, geography, and the social science related fields
  • To advocate and promote History-Social Science education as an essential foundation in developing citizens for a democratic and humane society
  • To identify quality resources for the improvement of Social Studies programs and instruction


Benefits of Membership:

  • Annual CCSS (California Council for the Social Studies) Conference - Members may participate in the statewide annual meeting at a reduced registration fee, usually about $100.
  • Annual SJVCSS Awards Banquet – Members receive a reduced rate to attend the annual dinner honoring exemplary elementary, middle and secondary History-Social Studies teachers throughout the region.
  • Publications – All SJVCSS members receive as part of their membership a professional journal the Social Studies Review with articles and teaching ideas by leading scholars and practitioners in the field. The quarterly newsletter, the Sunburst, provides current and critical information as well as an opportunity to submit articles and lesson plans.
  • Leadership Opportunities – SJVCSS members are encouraged to participate on the board of directors’ meetings to discuss issues relating to Curriculum & Instruction, Diversity and Social Justice, Governmental Relations, Membership, Professional Standards and Awards, and Publications.
  • Legislative Representation – SJVCSS members are encouraged to advocate for Social Studies to the State Board of Education, members of the legislature, and to other civic and educational organizations, such as The Center for Civic Education and the Constitutional Rights Foundation, sponsors of History Day and Mock Trial.

SJVCSS Serves the Profession and the Membership Through: 

  • advocacy for expanded quality Social Studies education programs for all K-12 students.
  • visibility and communication of a strengthened History-Social Science discipline in California schools.
  • the development of a standards-based education practice and standards implementation in an effort to advance Social Studies education.
  • enhanced capacity of Social Studies programs to serve diverse student needs.
  • effective staff development and pre-service training programs to prepare Social Studies teachers for quality classroom instruction.
  • the development, promotion and distribution of effective learning resources and current technology, advocacy and leadership in the Social Studies classroom.

SJVCSS Values:

As Social Studies professionals, CCSS and the membership value practices for promoting and supporting quality Social Studies education instruction and strategies including methods that:

  • engage students in active learning.
  • relate classroom instruction to real world issues and conditions.
  • prepare students to act with civility in an increasingly diverse society.
  • help students become ethical problem solvers and reasoned decision-makers.
  • prepare students with essential critical thinking skills to live in a rapidly changing world.
  • prepare youth for productive and cooperative activity at work and in communities.
  • value diversity and promote cultural respect and understanding.
  • address controversial issues in a systematic and objective manner, presenting multiple views and perspectives.
  • help students develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.

The cost to join CCSS is $60 per year for credentialed teachers, $35 for students and retirees.  This fee also includes a membership in the SJVCSS.