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Social Studies and Exceptional Learners

Social Studies and Exceptional LearnersThe newest Bulletin from NCSS Publications. Authors Darren Minarik and Timothy Lintner bring together the latest research in special education and social studies in this easy-to-use guide for educators at all levels from elementary through high school. Minarik and Lintner offer carefully designed lesson plans for teaching economics, geography, history, and civics to exceptional learners at each of the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The lessons are aligned with the national social studies standards and the C3 Framework for social studies state standards.
August 3, 2016 to August 5, 2016

Both the Common Core and NCSS's C3 (College, Career, and Civic Life) Framework call for instructional shifts in the teaching of social studies: the inquiry arc, disciplinary literacy tools, writing for understanding, evaluating sources and evidence, and critical thinking. Central to this institute will be the art of developing the right question to stimulate curiosity driven inquiry and strategies for exploring those questions. Instructors will model and teach dozens of practical engaging teaching strategies and tools to help your students meet the expectations of both C3 and the Common Core.

University of Wisconsin, School of Continuing Education Conference Center
Milwaukee, WI
July 12, 2016 - 7:00pm to July 26, 2016 - 8:00pm

false During this webinar series, participants will analyze background information, policy and position statements, and current political trends that will provide them with the necessary information and resources to teach the 2016 presidential and congressional elections. Voting trends from previous elections, national and statewide demographic changes, and party/candidate differences on critical issues will all be carefully discussed. We will determine what the "best" sources are to find out information on the elections and on electoral processes. Participants will also be encouraged to utilize a "case study" approach and to study and prepare curriculum materials to teach one specific congressional election in their own state.


2017 NCSS Board and Officer Election Results

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The votes are in! Click to see the results of the 2017 NCSS Board and Officer Elections.

Tina Heafner a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has been elected Vice President of National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). See the full results at!

In the fall of 2016, social studies educators were invited to lead an activity in the classroom encouraging students to register for the MyCollegeOptions® College Planning Program.

Remember to Cast Your Vote!

The 2017 NCSS Board and Officer Elections closes Monday, January 16 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Individual NCSS members in good standing as of October 15, 2016 are eligible to vote. NCSS has engaged Election-America to conduct the online election. Eligible voters have received instructions and unique login credentials to access the online ballot.  You can see information on candidates at 

Submit a Proposal to Present at the 2017 NCSS Annual Conference

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We are now soliciting proposals to present at the 2017 conference. Submission deadline is February 27, 2017.
We are now soliciting proposals to present at the 2017 conference. Submission deadline is February 27, 2017.
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Getting Social - The New Blog from Larry Paska

From New Year’s Resolutions to New Year’s Priorities

Many of us write a set of resolutions to help us plan for our start to the new year.  This year I had a little help in writing my resolutions: our new NCSS Strategic Plan.  The Strategic Plan identifies five Priorities – Collaboration, Communication, Innovation, Inclusiveness, and Influence & Leadership – which speak strongly to me as more than just a pledge for our organization’s future.  They frame my professional and personal commitment to social studies education in 2017.



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