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For Elementary Teachers
Read Social Studies and the Young Learner
|Get "Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People" Each Year
All members of NCSS receive this year's Notables list in the May/June issue of Social Education and can access it in the online Archive. Previous years' lists (back to 2000) are available free to the public. Here is where you find excellent language arts/social studies content. (Subscribers to SSYL also receive the September and May/June issues of Social Education, which is the flagship journal.)
|Get Middle Level Learning
This online-only magazine features grade 5-8 classroom activities written for middle school educators of all stripes, but especially social studies teachers who see their classroom as a place to integrate all of the disciplines. MLL is published three times a year as a 16-page, color-illustrated PDF. Read about the current issue, download a free issue, or access the current and back issues at the online members-only Archive.
|Access the U.S. History Collection
This is your shortcut to lesson ideas — an online set of classroom activities, teaching ideas, and articles from our journals. Browse the collection, or search by historical period and grade level. Brief abstracts are available to all. Only NCSS members can access the full articles. Search ALL journal articles, using any key word, at the Publications Archives, http://www.socialstudies.org/publications/archives.
|Collaborate with Colleagues
Most of the 50 states have a state council for the social studies. Scroll down the main page to see links to all the councils. Many of them give an annual State Social Studies Teacher of the Year award, and they advocate for your profession.
|Apply for an Award (or Nominate a Colleague)
The Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award is given at the NCSS Annual Conference, which has been held in various U.S. cities over the years since 1920. We also celebrate excellence in social studies teaching with the Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award, the Award for Global Understanding given in honor of James M. Becker, as well as the Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy.
Connected, the new NCSS online networking community, connects social studies professionals from across the country. Like Facebook, and other popular networking sites, Connected lets members share their experiences and knowledge with colleagues through blogs, e-group discussions and resource document sharing.
|Get Professional Development
NCSS Annual Conference with its many sessions are places where teachers teach each other about content and methods. Conference sessions led by professor-teacher teams are increasingly popular. You don't know what professional development is all about until you've attended one of these events. Summer Workshops, and state council meetings are also places where teachers get training.
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