The Robert H. Jackson Center and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) are pleased to announce a partnership to offer the Robert H. Jackson Center Award for Teaching Justice. The award was created to honor an educator who teaches the concept of justice in creative, inspiring ways, which may include teaching about civil liberties, human rights, international humanitarian law, the Holocaust, genocide studies, or local issues of justice.
NCSS Advocacy Webinar: Cultivating a Civic Culture of Learning
Web Hutchins, the founder of Civics for All, will share how he is engaging students in local communities to support civic learning. In addition, Catriona Macdonald, NCSS lobbyist and President of Linchpin Strategies, LLC, will also join us to brief us on the latest developments on the ESEA reauthorization front.
Wednesday, April 22
Cultivating a Civic Culture of Learning
Web Hutchins, the founder of Civics for All, will share how he is engaging students in local communities to support civic learning. In addition, Catriona Macdonald, NCSS lobbyist and President of Linchpin Strategies, LLC, will also join us to brief us on the latest developments on the ESEA reauthorization front. Register for this free webinar at: https://ncss.adobeconnect.com/april22advocacy/event/registration.html
Wednesday, July 22
On April 7, U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray unveiled their long-anticipated compromise measure to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka NCLB or ESEA.) The social studies were not 'left behind' in the Senators' bill.
Terry Cherry, teacher at Naaman Forest High School in Garland, TX has been elected as vice-president of National Council for the Social Studies and is line to assume the NCSS presidency 2017-2018. Terry has previously served a term on the NCSS board of directors. He has also served on the boards of the Texas Council for the Social Studies and Garland Garland Council for the Social Studies, including terms as president of each.
Also elected to three-year terms on the NCSS Board of Directors are:
Events around the world increasingly demand informed, engaged, critical thinkers and problem solvers – knowledge and skills found in the teaching of the civics, economics, geography, history, psychology, sociology, philosophy and the humanities.
We have an important opportunity to support funding for the social studies this year, since civic education champion Congressman Cole has now become subcommittee chairman. But he needs our help - he needs other Representatives to submit requests to fund the social studies.
Catriona Macdonald, President of Linchpin Strategies and NCSS's Congressional expert, discusses the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Act) Reauthorization, as well as how to most effectively communicate about ESEA with Members of Congress directly and via the Appropriations process.
NCSS needs your responses to the Teacher Practice Networks Annual Survey. The Teacher Practice Networks Annual Survey is designed to learn from teachers about the types of supports that are helping them implement new state standards, which may be referred to as the Common Core, College and Career Readiness Standards, or something else specific to your state or district. Your feedback will help National Council for the Social Studies in further defining teacher needs as it moves forward in developing College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework professional learning initiatives.