Welcome to the Rhode Island Council for the Social Studies!

The Rhode Island Council for the Social Studies (“RICSS”; formerly the Rhode Island Social Studies Association or RISSA) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and providing the tools, resources, and programs relating to civics education in Rhode Island for students and educators alike.

Meet the Team

RICSS is made up of dedicated, all-volunteer staff to run its main functions and sublet programs. To view a detailed list of the administrative members, please see the following:

  • For RICSS: risocialstudies.org > About > The Team.
  • For Rhode Island Model Legislature: rimodellegislature.com > About > Contact Us.

Get Involved: Become a Member Today!

All Rhode Island Social Studies Teachers are welcomed and encouraged to join RICSS. This can be done by using our online web-store, by navigating to risocialstudies.org > About > Membership.

The Rhode Island Model Legislature

RICSS is proud to continue to offer the Rhode Island Model Legislature: America’s Oldest Legislative Simulation, Since 1947. This annual program allows Rhode Island students to simulate the General Assembly in the State, along with the democratic, legislative processes that come with it (such as committee hearings, procedural votes, making motions, adding amendments, and much more).

To learn more, please visit the Model Legislature website by browsing to risocialstudies.org > Programs > Model Legislature, or, you can directly visit the website at rimodellegislature.com.