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Get to Know NCSS' New Staff Members

NCSS is pleased to welcome two new to our staff: Ashanté Horton and Jordan Grote! Ashanté is Program Manager, Conference Services and Education succeeding Daniela Jaramillo who left NCSS in the spring to return to Equador. Jordan is Program Manager, External Relations and Council Communications filling the position previously held by Kristen Pekarek who left NCSS to join the staff of ASCD.

Ashanté Horton

A Washingtonian in the truest sense of the word, I was born and raised in D.C. and am a huge Redskins fan, despite their losses. I received an excellent educational foundation from the D.C. public school system before attending Trinity College where I earned a B.A. in English literature, as well as an M.B.A. I’m fortunate to work at NCSS where I can merge my love for education (there’s a strong tradition of teaching on my mother’s side of the family) and meetings by providing you with great conference experiences and excellent professional development opportunities. I look forward to seeing you in Seattle!

Ashanté Horton, Program Manager, Conference Services and Education, can be reached at 301-588-1800 ext. 108. E-mail:

Jordan Grote

I graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management with a B.S.B in Marketing in 2011. I love music, TV, and sports; particularly college basketball—Go Gophers!! While in college, I worked at a library, as a teaching assistant and as director of my hometown’s soccer league referees. I moved to the Washington, D.C. area in September 2011, where I was a shift supervisor at Caribou Coffee while considering graduate school before deciding to pursue a job at NCSS. I am excited to contribute to the NCCS effort to raise the profile of social studies at the local, state, and special interest level. I look forward to working with all of you, and will see you in Seattle!

Jordan Grote, Program Manager, External Relations and Council
Communications, can be reached at 301-588-1800 ext. 107. E-mail:

NCSS Constitution (bylaws)

1. Articles of Incorporation and Constitution

National Council for the Social Studies will promote the full and active participation in the social studies profession of men and women from all levels of education, all ethnic groups, and all geographic areas, urban, rural, and suburban. In all policies and activities, every effort will be made to achieve this goal. Additionally, as the NCSS mission statement affirms our commitment to engaging and supporting educators as they strengthen and advocate social studies, every effort will be made to

HOD 2011 Information for Affiliate Councils

The 55th House of Delegates Assembly will take place Friday, December 2, 2011 and Saturday, December 3, 2011.

Quick HOD Background for New Leaders:

2010 House of Delegates Resolutions

Resolution 10-1-1
Promoting Citizenship through Philanthropy

SPONSOR: Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies

COSPONSOR: The Association of Teachers of Social Studies / United Federation of Teachers – New York City (ATSS/UFT), New York State Council for the Social Studies

2009 NCSS House of Delegates Resolutions

RESOLUTION # 09-01-1

Sponsored by: OHIO CSS
Co-sponsored by: Georgia CSS, New Mexico CSS, Kansas CSS, Tennessee CSS, ATSS/UFT, North Carolina CSS, South Carolina CSS, New York CSS, Alabama CSS, Mississippi, California, Missouri

NCSS House of Delegates

The NCSS House of Delegates (HOD) is composed of representatives of NCSS affiliated councils, associated groups and communities. The sessions of the House of Delegates held in connection with the major annual meeting constitutes the annual business meeting of the House of Delegates.

NCSS Strategic Plan


In the fall of 2000, conducted a series of in-depth qualitative telephone interviews with representatives of various NCSS key constituencies to gain insight into professional issues and challenges as well as the perception of NCSS and its current structure. This provided a base of information for the strategic thinking sessions.

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