Social Studies News and Advocacy

Be a Social Studies Advocate

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What can you do now?

Visit your U.S. House of Representative and State Senators during their district or state “home work periods “and reinforce the NCSS ESEA reauthorization message, view detailed information on NCSS key advocacy points and tips on scheduling your appointments below, and illustrate with your own personal examples.

In Summary, NCSS ESEA reauthorization recommendations are:

-Current ESEA law be revised to explicitly state in its basic program requirements that each of the core disciplines: English/Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies (civics, economics, geography and history) are key to a well-rounded education.

-ESEA recognize that proficiency in each of these subjects is needed for US students to be prepared for college, career, and citizenship in the complex and globally interdependent world.

-The narrowing of the curriculum and the civic achievement gap be addressed by including provisions for social studies assessment and professional development in the reauthorization of ESEA that require states to outline plans to address social studies as key to the K-12 curriculum, as well as plans to invest some portion of their professional development funds in social studies educators.

-New accountability rubrics in the law are as inclusive of the “multiple measures” approach considered in draft legislation in 2007 and move toward the use of growth models.

-Any revision or consolidation of the structure of ESEA Title II programs (i.e. Teaching American History Grants, Academies for American History and Civics, National History Day, Close-Up Fellowships, Excellence in Economic Education, etc.) results in an increase in resources for front-line social studies teachers.

-At least $2.00 per student, or $100 million per year invested in civic education, as an important first step in restoring the civic mission of our schools.

-The structure and plans of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) be modified such that social studies be a component of the two-year testing cycle that reading and mathematics are

-NAEP history, civics, geography, and economics, be conducted, one each year, such that each discipline area would be tested every four years with a sample size large enough to yield disaggregated data.

Use the follow resources to help set up your at home Congressional Visits!

Useful Links:

District and State Work Period Calendars:

Useful NCSS Advocacy Resources

NCSS Advocacy Toolkit

Our toolkit will help you advocate for social studies education in your school, your community, and your nation.
Advocacy Toolkit

NCSS Advocacy Checklist

If you can check 4 or more items on this list, then you get an A+ as an advocate for social studies education! Advocacy Checklist

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Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

staranim-big.gif National Council for the Social Studies is pleased to be part of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools--a coalition of 40 organizations committed to improving the quality and quantity of civic learning in American schools. The Campaign's goal is to increase and improve civic learning in grades K-12 by working for policies that implement the recommendations of the Civic Mission of Schools report.

Civic Mission of Schools Website


Legislative Updates and News

Please help! National Board for Professional Teaching Standards -Early Adolescence: Social Studies Field Test


The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is seeking help to make 2015 a successful year for the redesigned Early Adolescence: Social Studies certification. The National Board needs social studies educators teaching students ages 11-15 to take a 90 minute field test. The results of the field test will help them select items for inclusion on the revised assessment. In order to have this certificate as an option next year, it is essential that enough educators complete the field test so that there is enough data.   --> read more »

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September issue of TSSP is now online!


The September 2014 issue of The Social Studies Professional, the newsletter for members of National Council for the Social Studies, is ready to download!

In this issue…

  • Advocacy! NCSS Members "Weigh In!"
  • 94th NCSS Annual Conference: Boston
  • Gates Foundation Grant Awarded to NCSS
  • President's Message
  • News Around the Nation
  • Standards Update
  • State and Regional Meetings
  • Teaching Resources
  • NCSS Webinars
  • Professional Development
  • Each One, Reach One
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Gates Foundation Grant Awarded to NCSS


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p>National Council for the Social Studies has been awarded $205,000 as part of a robust, multi-network effort to support teachers as they implement the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms.   --> read more »

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Social studies and Boston Public Schools


This week, news circulated that Boston Public Schools was planning a restructuring that would eliminate history and social studies departments and place the subjects under a broader "humanities" rubric. This afternoon, Boston Public Schools posted a statement from Interim Superintendent John McDonough that clarifies their plans. McDonough states that history and social studies are not being folded into English language arts, but will remain as a single department.   --> read more »

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