Why Join?

The Rhode Island Council for the Social Studies (RICSS) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit educational organization. It is a network of social studies educators who work at every level of schooling. Through our organization, history and social studies educators communicate with each other through publications and meetings. We broaden our ability to advance social studies and history education by working with related professional associations, government, and private agencies, and promoting positive changes to curriculum and education policy. Our membership dues support and advance all the events we so sincerely wish to see expand: “We the People” competitions, History Day, the Geography Bee, students’ registering to vote, RI Law Day, Rhode Island Model Legislature, Mock Trial, Generation Citizen initiatives, and civics projects, to name a few. Our members enjoy reduced rates to the New England Regional Conference (NERC) and regularly receive news from NCSS and state and local sources. Member organizations can promote events and programs on our calendar notices.

New Members please fill out this form!

RICSS Membership Fees

RICSS memberships run from September 1 to August 31

Group Memberships
  • District Membership (includes all educators K-12) $130 / year
  • Institution/Organization $130 / year
  • Please print this Google form to apply for District or Intuitional membership (or for individuals who wish to pay by mail)
Individual RICSS Membership
  • $30 / year or $45 for 2 years
RICSS Student/Retired Membership
  • $20 / year  $45 for 3 years

Joint NCSS/MCSS Membership

  • $75 / year – regular
  • Please use the Google form form to apply for joint NCSS-RICSS membership


All high schools that join the RI Council for the Social Studies this year automatically have a delegation in Rhode Island Model Legislature — no separate Model Leg. fee if your school belongs to the RI Council!

Thank you to our advisors for all that you do to keep Rhode Island Model Legislature growing and for your tireless commitment to your students!