Higher Education

Become a Reviewer for CAEP Social Studies Program Reports

NCSS seeks members to serve as reviewers of university social studies teacher education programs for the Council for the Accreditation of
Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE).

How does it work?
Teams of reviewers examine program reports and conduct reviews over the Internet. One member of each team, designated the “lead reviewer,” receives program reviews from the other team members and compiles the review report. An audit committee at NCSS checks the reviews and sends them to CAEP for distribution to the submitting institution.

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NCTA/ Georgetown Asia Days Professional Development Seminar

ASIA DAYS 2013 - 2014
National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) Professional Development Seminar for K-14 Teachers

This Fall/ Winter, Georgetown University's East Asia National Resource Center will be hosting a NCTA professional development seminar, “Asia Days 2013 – 2014,” for K-14 teachers interested in expanding their knowledge and educational resources on East Asia. Seminar sessions will be held every other Saturday from 9AM – 12PM on Georgetown’s main campus in Washington, D.C. starting from September 28, 2013.   --> read more »


Beyond the Bubble: A New Generation of History Assessments

Beyond the Bubble features new kinds of history assessments that allow teachers to gauge whether students have mastered key historical thinking skills. These innovative assessments, called History Assessments of Thinking (HATs), prompt students to answer questions about historical sources and to justify their reasoning in two or three sentences.
Most HATs can be completed in ten minutes, some in less than five. HATs allow teachers to get a quick sense of what students do and don’t know. Teachers can use this information to adjust instruction to meet the needs of their students.

Web Link to Resource: 


Stanford History Education Group
Organization website: 
Sam Wineburg
Contact email: 


485 Lasuen Mall Stanford Graduate School of Education
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Radio Days in the Classroom

--Dan Schuchat
A radio drama project helps students learn about the 1920s and 30s as well as the important role that technology plays in our lives. Handouts include "Early Radio in the U.S." and "Bandwidth Problems ca. 1912: The Need for Federal Regulation."

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/23/MLL23.pdf


Keynesian, Monetarist and Supply-Side Policies: An Old Debate Gets New Life

By M. Scott Niederjohn and William C. Wood
Keynesian fiscal policy—out of fashion with economists and policymakers for decades—has enjoyed a revival under President Obama’s new economic policy team, but competing approaches also have their advocates.


The Crash of 2008: Causes and Fed Response

By James D. Gwartney and Joseph Connors
The current economic crisis is primarily a story about unintended consequences and what happens when the incentive structure is damaged by unsound institutions and policies.


Robert E. Lee’s Demand for the Surrender of John Brown

--Daniel F. Rulii
John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry—considered treasonous by some and heroic by others—helped strengthen the anti-slavery movement. Students can gain a deeper understanding of this event by studying General Lee's demand for Brown's surrender.


FASSE/CUFA Inquiry Grant

Social Studies Inquiry Grant Request for Proposals

Sponsored by:
Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education
College and University Faculty Assembly
National Council for the Social Studies    --> read more »


NCSS Research Awards

National Council for the Social Studies presents three research awards designed to recognize substantive scholarly inquiry in social studies education.   --> read more »

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