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

2013 NCSS Award and Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the 2013 NCSS Award and Grant Recipients. Please join us in recognizing these educators for their outstanding accomplishments in social studies education. NCSS Award and Grant recipients were formally recognized during the NCSS Annual Conference in St. Louis, Washington in November, where they will also present sessions on their outstanding work.

Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year


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Susan Griffin and Steve Armstrong on BlogTalkRadio October 23


NCSS President Stephen Armstrong and Executive Director Susan Griffin appeared on the EduTalk program on BlogTalkRadio on October 23 and discussed the importance for civic education as well as the upcoming NCSS Annual Conference this November in St. Louis.

Hear Susan and Steve on the Show Archive at BlogTalk Radio.

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Become a Reviewer for CAEP Social Studies Program Reports


NCSS seeks members to serve as reviewers of university social studies teacher education programs for the Council for the Accreditation of
Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE).

How does it work?
Teams of reviewers examine program reports and conduct reviews over the Internet. One member of each team, designated the “lead reviewer,” receives program reviews from the other team members and compiles the review report. An audit committee at NCSS checks the reviews and sends them to CAEP for distribution to the submitting institution.

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Today’s Social Studies…Creating Effective Citizens.

That’s what we do, and our task is essential to maintaining an effective democracy. However, not everyone understands this. When this message is understood, students will benefit, schools will have greater support, and social studies teachers and other educators will find their job more rewarding.   --> read more »

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