Welcome to the Rhode Island Council for the Social Studies!

The Rhode Island Council for the Social Studies is Rhode Island’s professional organization for elementary, secondary, and college educators of history and the social sciences. We are an affiliate of NCSS.

Become a Member Today!

All K-16 Rhode Island Social Studies educators are welcomed and encouraged to join RICSS. Members have access to information and advocacy pertaining to our profession as well as networking, employment and professional development opportunities. All high schools are automatically enrolled in Rhode Island Model Legislature!

Click the Join tab and join up!

Get Involved: Building Our Team!

The Rhode Island Council for the Social Studies is looking for passionate K-16 educators of History and the Social Studies to join our Social Media, Newsblast, and Professional Development Teams! Contact us at general@risocialstudies.org if you are interested!

Student-Centered Civics: Rhode Island Model Legislature

RICSS proudly sponsors the Rhode Island Model Legislature (RIML). This student-centered program, established in 1947, is the oldest legislative simulation in the United States. Students from public, private and charter schools across the state work together simulate the democratic, political and legislative processes to write, debate and pass (or fail) legislation that they themselves wrote. Students role-play committee hearings, procedural votes, making motions, and adding amendments — just like the Rhode Island General Assembly!

In addition, in 2020 our pen-and-paper program transitioned to Model Legislature 2.0, a fully digital platform that has been several years in the making. A number of program elements have been streamlined to make RIML easier for both students and school advisors to participate. Training videos on our YouTube channel explain how the entire program works!

To learn more about bringing Model Legislature to your school, visit our website  at rimodellegislature.com.

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Model Legislature 2.0 was made possible with the help of planning grants from the RI Council for the Humanities.