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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.

NCSS Committees

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Serve on an NCSS Operations Committee

Operations committees carry out board-mandated operations, duties, and policies, as well as many of the necessary business and organizational functions of NCSS. Operations committees relate their work to Board directives, the long-range plan of NCSS, and the leadership theme of the year set by the Board. They make recommendations to the board and provide advice.

NCSS Board of Directors


Peggy Jackson
Moriarity High School, Moriarity, NM

Terry Cherry 
Naaman Forest High School, Garland, TX

India Meissel
Vice President
Lakeland High School, Suffolk, VA

Board of Directors

Linda Bennett
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO (2017)

Leslie Parks
Myrtle Beach High School, Myrtle Beach, SC (2017)

Endorsements and Collaborations

Frequently, NCSS is invited to participate with others in a variety of projects, services, or endorsements. NCSS reviews requests for involvement or endorsement three-times per year. Requests received after the submission date are considered at the next scheduled meeting.


Contact Us

National Council for the Social Studies
8555 Sixteenth Street
Suite 500
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Telephone: 301 588-1800
Fax: 301 588-2049

NCSS Headquarters is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm, Eastern time.


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Director of Publications
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About National Council for the Social Studies

Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.


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