NCSS Blogs from Connected

American Immigration Council Announces 2014-2015 Teacher Grant Recipients--Sara Burnett

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:05pm
The American Immigration Council’s Education Department is proud to announce the winners of the 2014-2015 Teacher Grant Program. The award and grant program is an Education Department initiative to provide educators with the resources they need to implement a successful immigration curriculum or community-based project. This year’s winners come from all around the country and provide a breadth of knowledge and ideas to teach students and educators about the importance of immigration in --> Read More

Leg Advocacy Webinar - January 28--Michelle Herczog

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:22pm
Mark your calendars and spread the word - NCSS' first legislative advocacy webinar of 2015 will be Wednesday, January 28th at 3:00 p.m. East Coast Time Catriona Macdonald, President of Linchpin Strategies and NCSS' Congressional expert, will touch on the new congressional landscape context, and in an exciting turn of events, she will also provide information about the conversation taking place on the Hill about ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Act)! In light of this critical new development, --> Read More

Responding to Alan Singer--Michelle Herczog

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 6:42pm
In blog posts in the Huffington Post ("Koch Brothers Do Common Core", January 5) and History News Network (How the NCSS Sold Out Social Studies and History, December 16) , Alan Singer, Professor at Hoftstra University, states that NCSS has "sold out" social studies and history. He bases this on inaccurate perceptions of our position on the Common Core State Standards, and an exaggeration of our relationships with "conservative" organizations. Dr. Diane Ravitch reposted much of Singer's Huffington --> Read More

Secondary School Principals weigh in on Value Added--Susan Griffin

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 1:22pm
Many of you may be interested to see this Draft Statement from NASSP--they are accepting comments until January 7, 2015. Seeking Comment re. NASSP Draft Statement Rejecting Value-Added Measurement (VAM) in Teacher Evaluation The Board of Directors of NASSP ( National Association of Secondary School Principals ) has given preliminary approval to a statement that rejects the use of Value-Added Measurement (VAM) systems to make decisions about retention, --> Read More

Canada Community 2014 Annual Meeting minutes--Betsy Arntzen

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:12pm
Canada Community Meeting . Friday November 21, 2014 Present: Ruth Writer, Betsy Arntzen, Jennifer Dawson, Dr. Paul Bennett, Charles Vaughan AGENDA Introducing Charles Vaughan, board liaison, Welcome Charles!Discussed his questions under the heading: What is the Canada Community Doing? Education/knowledge – Big Canada presence at NCSS every year, printed page of all the workshops and events, Canada Community Showcase table, Community Scholar Advocacy – Community members --> Read More

Award and Grant Selection Committees--Jordan Grote

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 12:38pm
If you are an NCSS Member with the desire to be more involved with the organization, consider applying to serve on one of the NCSS Award and Grant Selection Committees! These committees select the winners for the NCSS Awards/Grants: including the Outstanding Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Awards, the Award for Global Understanding, and the Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy! Appointments will be made in the spring for the committees. For --> Read More

Women's History at the Core, NCSS 2014--Mary Ledbetter

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 6:26pm
Visit my UTES Social Studies blog for a link to our presentation! http://sites.utexas.edu/utes_socialstudies/2014/11/21/ncss-2014-presentation-link/ Peace, ml

Pedagogy and Practice of Human Rights Education--Christopher Buckley

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 9:48pm
Welcome to the NCSS Annual Conference! Wrap up your Saturday experience at the Annual Conference with a conversation on the ways to use the principals of Human Rights Education in you classrooms! Sponsored by the RFK Center for Human Rights and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, we will look at some of the core documents to Human Rights Education as well resources and lessons currently being used in classrooms. By the end, you will walk away with ideas and resources --> Read More

Geography Community Sponsored Sessions--Paul Nagel

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Sun, 11/16/2014 - 2:21pm
Join us in Boston for two special sessions: 1. Friday November 21, 10:05 a.m., Hynes Center 301 for "Islands and Conflicting Territorial Claims in the Asian Pacific." Asian Pacific islands have increasingly become the source of territorial tensions and conflicting claims. Students use web based historical maps and documents as evidence tosubstantiate country positions on claims. 2. Saturday November 22, 2:30 p.m., Hynes Center 311 for The Geographic Lens within the C3 Framework's Inquiry --> Read More

Come Meet General Sherman in Boston!--David Kendrick

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 9:31pm
Hello NCSS, Today is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of William T. Sherman's March to the Sea in my home state of Georgia. The General has agreed to make an appearance in Boston at the NCSS annual convention! He will be in Boylston Hallway, Third Level, Hynes Convention Center from 3:35-4:30 pm on Saturday, November 22. Hope to see you there!

Reminder for NCSS Awards Workshop--David Kendrick

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 9:17pm
Hello NCSS members! My name is David Kendrick and I am the recently appointed Awards Committee Chair. Do you know of an educator, researcher, or program deserving of national recognition for innovation and achievement? Here is your chance to learn about the many awards and grants offered each year by NCSS! This informative workshop will deliver the opportunity to discover general information about the different awards and grants offered, tips and guidelines to nominate colleagues (or how --> Read More

2014 Conference Asia Sessions and Asia Community Meeting Information--Anne Prescott

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:14pm
Below is a list of all the Asia-focused sessions at NCSS as of Nov. 1. Updated copies of this information will be available at the NCTA booth (#218) at the conference. The Asia Community will meet on Sat., Nov. 22, 11:45-1:00 at Wagamama (in the Prudential Center). Please RSVP to Anne Prescott (aprescott@fivecolleges.edu) by Friday, Nov. 21, 5pm so we can make reservation. A link to the Wagamama website can be found below in the schedule.We hope you can join us! Asia-Focused Sessions --> Read More

Liaison from NCSS Board--Linda Bennett

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 5:39pm
I am the Geography liaison from the NCSS Board and would like to connect with the group at the NCSS Conference. Let me know if you are holding a meeting, event or want to visit. I look forward to hearing from you. Email me at lb@missouri.edu All the best and see you soon, Lind

Sharing the New NCSS Position Statement on Human Rights Education -- Planning for Boston--Rosemary Blanchard

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:07am
Hello NCSS friends i nspired by Howard Zinn and supportive of Human Rights Education : I am delighted to share with the members of the Human Rights Education Community and the other Communities, Assemblies and Associated Groups within NCSS the very positive news that the Board of Directors of the National Council for the Social Studies has approved a position statement on Human Rights Education at its September meeting, and that the editing necessary before sharing the Position Statement is now --> Read More

Recognize Excellence!--David Kendrick

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:37pm
Hello NCSS members! My name is David Kendrick and I am the recently appointed Awards Committee Chair. Do you know of an educator, researcher, or program deserving of national recognition for innovation and achievement? Here is your chance to learn about the many awards and grants offered each year by NCSS! This informative workshop will deliver the opportunity to discover general information about the different awards and grants offered, tips and guidelines to nominate colleagues (or how to nominate --> Read More
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