Framework to Prepare Students for College, Career and Citizenship Released in Time for Constitution Day


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information:
Ana Post
301.588.1800, Ext. 114
apost@ncss.org

Silver Spring, Md., September 16, 2010

The nation's foremost social studies organization will release its much anticipated revised national standards, National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, on September 17, 2010, Constitution Day.
"The revised curriculum standards are an essential tool that teachers, schools, districts and states, as well as parents and families, colleges and universities, textbook publishers, curriculum writers, community agencies, and policymakers can use to teach social studies every day to every student to help students build content knowledge, develop civic competency, improve academic literacy and other 21st century skills," said Steve Goldberg, President of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and social studies department chair at New Rochelle High School, NY. "This is one of the best frameworks for preparing your students to be college, career and citizenship ready."

Intended as a companion to content standards, the social studies curriculum standards are an indispensable framework for the implementation of content standards. The revised standards continue to be structured around the ten themes of social studies, but offer new sections that provide a sharper focus on:

  • Purposes
  • Questions for Exploration
  • Knowledge: what learners need to understand
  • Processes: what learners will be capable of doing; and
  • Products: how learners demonstrate understanding.

These new sections serve as a valuable professional stimulant for discussion with examples of current research-based practices and updated principles that will aid teachers in selecting and organizing content to support the teaching of students as active participants in the learning process.

The following special sessions at the 90th NCSS Annual Conference in Denver, CO November 12-14, 2010 will focus on how the new curriculum standards can be used to meet state standards and mandated literacy goals, and integrate the intersections of various social studies disciplines (history, economics, geography, civics, etc.) and content areas (English Language Arts, Science, Mathematics) in a variety of educational contexts:

  • The National Social Studies Supervisors Association (NSSSA), an associated group of NCSS will be presenting on their Thursday, November 11th program, a session titled: "Using the Revised NCSS Social Studies Standards to Achieve 21st Century Skills, Improve Literacy and Meet State Standards," Thursday, Nov. 11, 9:30-10:30 am

On Friday, November 12, 2010, there will be standards-related presentations in the Colorado Convention Center, Room 106, at the times indicated below:

  • "Teaching Reading with the Social Studies Standards," 11:30 am.
  • "Using the Revised Social Studies Standards in the Elementary Grades," 2:30 pm.
  • "21st Century Teaching and the Newly Revised NCSS Curriculum Standards," 3:45 pm.
  • "Using the Revised Social Studies Standards in the Secondary Grades," 5:00 pm.

An advance copy of National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment is available for media use and quotation upon request. Advance orders from educators are being taken at 1-800-683-0812 (refer to publication title and item number 100111). To take a look at articles recently published in Social Education regarding the use of the revised standards, please access www.socialstudies.org/standards. Working credentialed members of the media can register to attend this year's conference in Denver, Colorado, "Vistas, Visions & Voices" (November 12-14, 2010) at www.socialstudies.org/about/media For other general conference information visit: http://www.socialstudies.org/conference.

National Council for the Social Studies was founded in 1921. Its members include K-16 classroom teachers, curriculum supervisors and specialists, curriculum writers and designers, and teacher educators. NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for teachers of civics, history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology and law-related education. Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.
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