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

NCSS Board and Officer Election Begins February 3


The 2014 NCSS Board of Directors and Officer Election begins Fabruary 3. NCSS individual members in good standing as of December 31, 2013 are eligible to vote.

NCSS is working with Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS), an election services company, to administer the 2014 election. Beginning February 3, SBS will send an email to eligible members that includes instructions on how access the online ballot and vote. Each member has unique login credentials assigned for this election to ensure the security of the vote. Be on the lookout for this email to arrive February 3-4.   --> read more »

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NCHE, C3 and the Importance of History in the Schools


Fritz Fischer, History Professor and Director History Education at University of Northern Colorado, and long-time board leader of National Council for History Education (NCHE), authored the lead article in the December issue of History Matters.   --> read more »

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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.

When does this happen?   --> read more »

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