News and Events

News and events happening in the Palmetto State and around the nation. To post an event send an email notice to, Attn: News and Events. All events are vetted and are posted at the discretion of the organization. 
  • August 08, 2018 5:12 PM | Connie Blyther (Administrator)



    If you or someone you know has a knack for writing grants, we'd love to meet them.  Send us the name, email and phone number of your recommendation or pass this email along.



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    OFFICE: +1 (803) 386-7457, ADDRESS: PO Box 7774, Columbia | 29223

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  • August 08, 2018 5:10 PM | Connie Blyther (Administrator)

    SCCAAS is Looking for a Web Developer

    If you or someone you know might be interested, we'd love to hear from you.

    Tell a little about yourself by completing this form.

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  • August 08, 2018 4:57 PM | Connie Blyther (Administrator)
    Robinson Joins NCSS BOD

    Q: Congratulations, Chanda Robinson, on being elected to the NCSS Board of Directors. When did you first hear about NCSS, and what drew you to join the association?

    In 2001, the social studies consultant of Richland One, Jane Eason, suggested to me as a young social studies teacher to join South Carolina Council of Social Studies and present at the annual conference. This was my first reference to SCCSS and NCSS, since then I have been an avid member. In 2006, I became a member of the Council of State Social Studies Specialists (CS4), an NCSS Associated Group.

    Q: Is there a person that inspired you to enter the field of education and/or social studies? If so, please tell us about that.

    My maternal grandmother and countless other teachers, church members and friends influence my decision to enter the field of education and social studies. Grandma made my sister and I watched the local and national evening news with Walter Cronkite and later Dan Rather every night until I graduated from high school. Every Sunday evening it was mandatory to watch 60 minutes, my grandmother’s voice would ring-out, “Chanda and Kim it is time to get your lesson…60 minutes is coming on…come sit down and watch.”

    Q: What is the most significant issue currently confronting social studies education and how would you address this issue?

    The most significant issue currently confronting social studies education is the merging of federal and state accountability systems that are eliminating social studies accountability and state-wide assessments. The overall perception of the importance of ELA and mathematics has overshadowed the social studies. Since the standardized tests focus exclusively on English and math, and those scores determine the bulk of a school’s federal funding, schools have been forced to increase time and resources in these subjects at the expense of all others, including social studies. We must as the national organization for social studies increase our lobbying efforts at the state and national level, sounding the alarm for the revitalization of social studies as the CORE subject.

    Through social studies, we not only allow for students to learn the content of history, economics, political science, geography, etc., but we explore and explicitly teach the skills necessary for students to read, write, speak, listen and view in each of the aforementioned disciplines.  Disciplinary literacy, understanding bias and perspective, and providing a climate of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication to flourish are also important characteristics of the social studies classroom. Finally, social studies allows for students to build their life and career characteristics through the use of inquiry, current events that affect our nation and world, and the human story as one of perseverance.

    Chanda Robinson's Biography

    Chanda is a social studies educator with over 20 years of experience who has sought to empower teachers and students through historical, geographic, civic and economical thinking. A graduate of the University of South Carolina undergraduate 1995 and graduate studies 1999, Chanda's teaching career begin in Prince George's County School District in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. After one school year she returned to Columbia, SC., where she was employed by Richland School District One as a social studies teacher at W.J. Keenan High School. Chanda also worked as an adjunct professor of African American Studies at Benedict College from 2003-2006. She worked at the South Carolina Department of Education as the Education Associate of Social Studies and African American Studies from 2006-2012. She was very instrumental in the state receiving an A letter rating on the state’s academic standards for social studies and an A letter rating for the inclusion on African American Studies and the Civil Rights Movement beginning in the 1950’s.  She is currently employed as the secondary social studies curriculum consultant for Richland County School District One Columbia, South Carolina. Chanda is currently developing social studies curriculum documents that focus on the Inquiry Design Model and Understanding by Design (Jay McTighe).

    Chanda Williams Robinson is married to Troy Robinson and they have one daughter, Jaidyn Simone. 

  • August 08, 2018 12:00 PM | Urica Floyd (Administrator)

    Dept. of Education Funding Opportunity for Social Studies, Deadline August 23
    The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), a division within the U.S. Department of Education, has a new funding opportunity for research and development and evaluation in the field of social studies. 
    Apply now!

  • August 08, 2018 10:00 AM | Urica Floyd (Administrator)

    Jubilee at 40! Now in its 40th year, this free outdoor festival brings musician, artisans, dancers and storytellers together to celebrate South Carolina’s black history and culture on the grounds of the Mann-Simons Site, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located at 1403 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201. WEBSITE

    Throughout the day, guests are invited to take house tours of the Mann-Simons Site and the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House for $1 and take the African American Historic Sites Bus Tour for $2. In addition, there will be a variety of outdoor vendors selling food and beverages.

  • August 08, 2018 9:00 AM | Urica Floyd (Administrator)
    South Carolina Council for the Social Studies Conference, September 20 - 22 

    Social Studies: Every Student, Every Day!

    Conference Information:

    • Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Airport Hotel & Convention Center
    • 5055 International Boulevard
    • North Charleston, South Carolina, 29418
    • September 20-22, 2018
    • Register now
  • July 28, 2018 10:00 AM | Urica Floyd (Administrator)

    Interested in becoming a teacher? Meet with an American Board Representative to learn how you can become a certified teacher in South Carolina without debt or downtime. The information session is FREE and open to the public.

    Sat, July 28, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Richland Library - North Main Networking Center, 5306 North Main Street, Columbia, SC 29203. REGISTRATION AND MORE INFO

    Attendees will:

    • Meet with a South Carolina Representative of American Board
    • Walk through how the program works in South Carolina and ask questions
    • Receive exclusive savings on enrollment in the American Board program

    American Board certifies for the following subject areas in South Carolina: Biology, 9-12; Chemistry, 9-12; English Language Arts, 6-12; General Science, 6-12; Mathematics, 6-12; Physics, 6-12.

  • July 14, 2018 12:00 PM | Urica Floyd (Administrator)
    African Day Celebration, July 13 & 14

    The First Annual African Cultural Festival will be held at Allen University at the corner of Harden and Taylor Streets in Columbia, SC on July 13 and 14, 2018. The Festival is co-sponsored by the South Carolina Organization of African Unity and the Columbia City Council.

    Friday July 13 (at 6:00 PM) is free and will consist of two short lectures on the history and future of Africa followed. Saturday July 14 (12:00 noon to 5 PM) will be a festival of culture involving music, dancing, drumming, food and vendors from all over Afrika and the Diaspora. Advance adult tickets are $15 ($20 at the door); children under 12 are $5. Advance tickets can be obtained at Eventbrite and other information is available at scoau8@gmail.comTickets.

  • May 06, 2018 9:05 PM | brian day (Administrator)

    From Elizabeth King, SC Social Studies Education Associate:

    Please see the memo below announcing the development of instructional units to highlight the 2019 African American History Calendar. Please consider applying or share this with interested people.

    The application deadline is May 28, 2018.

  • March 19, 2018 11:03 AM | brian day (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 5-8pm at the USC School of Law, W. Lewis Burke, distinguished professor emeritus of USC School of Law and author, for a special talk about his recently published book, All for Civil Rights: Black Lawyers in South Carolina, 1868-1968. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

    Before or after the lecture, guests are invited to see an exhibit (located on the second floor of the law library) on Richard Greener, the first African American professor at USC, serving during the Reconstruction Era from 1873 through 1877. 

    For more information and to preregister, go to

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