NCSS Offices Closed- Thursday, February 13

NCSS Offices are closed today, February 13 because of the winter storm in the Washington area. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Diplomacy in Action Online Conference Series


NCSS Board and Officer Election Begins February 3

The 2014 NCSS Board of Directors and Officer Election begins Fabruary 3. NCSS individual members in good standing as of December 31, 2013 are eligible to vote.

NCSS is working with Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS), an election services company, to administer the 2014 election. Beginning February 3, SBS will send an email to eligible members that includes instructions on how access the online ballot and vote. Each member has unique login credentials assigned for this election to ensure the security of the vote. Be on the lookout for this email to arrive February 3-4.   --> read more »


2014 NCSS Board of Directors Candidate Statements

Vice President

Michael Boucher (Indiana)


2013 NCSS Award and Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the 2013 NCSS Award and Grant Recipients. Please join us in recognizing these educators for their outstanding accomplishments in social studies education. NCSS Award and Grant recipients were formally recognized during the NCSS Annual Conference in St. Louis, Washington in November, where they will also present sessions on their outstanding work.

Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year

Sponsored by Farmers Insurance   --> read more »


Susan Griffin and Steve Armstrong on BlogTalkRadio October 23

NCSS President Stephen Armstrong and Executive Director Susan Griffin appeared on the EduTalk program on BlogTalkRadio on October 23 and discussed the importance for civic education as well as the upcoming NCSS Annual Conference this November in St. Louis.

Hear Susan and Steve on the Show Archive at BlogTalk Radio.


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.

When does this happen?   --> read more »


C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards Update

After three years of work, The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards will be published this fall. The C3 Framework will be available at no cost on the NCSS website, and for purchase in print.   --> read more »


An Advocacy Victory in Ohio

Below is an update from the Ohio Council for the Social Studies.

"The Ohio Council for the Social Studies is celebrating an advocacy victory. Governor Kasich has signed the biennium budget and the Ohio Department of Education has confirmed that new Social Studies assessments will be administered to 4th and 6th grade students beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. These assessments will be electronic, grade-level specific and be aligned to Ohio’s New Learning Standards for the Social Studies.   --> read more »


Susan Griffin on Blog Talk Radio June 5

NCSS Executive Director Susan Griffin appeared on Blog Talk Radio June 5 to talk about the central role of social studies in preparing students for College, Career and Civic Life.

Listen to the interview (

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