Social Studies News and Advocacy

Be a Social Studies Advocate

Join the NCSS Advocacy Conversation. Join our Social Studies Advocacy Group on the NCSS Connected Site! http://connected.socialstudies.org/SOCIALSTUDIES/SOCIALSTUDIES/Directory...

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

2015 NCSS Election Results


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:    --> read more »

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Message to Congress: Don’t Leave Social Studies Behind


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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.    --> read more »

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We need 15 minutes of your time this week to support funding for the social studies


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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.    --> read more »

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January 2015 Legislative Webinar- ESEA Reauthorization


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.

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