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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.


Position Statement on the Executive Order Regarding Immigration From Select Countries, January 27, 2017

Issued by:
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
The College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA)
The International Assembly (IA)
The National Social Studies Supervisors Association (NSSSA)
The Social Science Educational Consortium (SSEC)

Our social studies community was thrilled when the Every Student Succeeds Act created multiple new competitive grants to support high-quality instruction in civics, economics, geography, and history.  We were even more excited when Chairman Tom Cole of Oklahoma provided funding for those grants in his appropriations bill, even though that work still has not been finished by Congress.  Now, we need to ask Congress to provide funding for those grants in both the FY 2017 and FY 2018 bills - and we seek your help to do it!

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). Tina served on the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies (NCCSS) board of directors, is a past president of the North Carolina Professors of Social Studies Education (NCPSSE), and has led state advocacy initiatives to promote K-12 social studies teaching and quality curriculum.  For NCSS, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Citizenship Committee, and has been an officer of the Teacher Education Community. Tina is past chair of the executive board of NCSS’s College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA), and she actively publishes on policy and curriculum issues in social studies, online learning, and disciplinary literacies. For example, Tina has conducted research documenting the marginalization of social studies in elementary curricula.

 Tina's term as Vice President begins July 1, 2017, and in that role she is in line to be president beginning July 2019. 

NCSS members also elected four members to

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. As part of that process, students and educators provided their attitudes and interests related to social studies, as well as their involvement with NCSS. The data analysis and research findings resulting from this process are shared in this report. Over 52,000 students and 800 educators participated in the survey. Students shared their attitudes, perceptions and interests related to social studies. Educators shared information about their social studies classroom environments and professional learning needs. 

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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