National Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for History Education are working together to gather information on the state of world history education, and have developed a brief survey. NCSS and NCHE will use the information gathered in this survey to help us determine the needs of world history teachers. --> read more »
With NCSS' "CONNECTED"--a new online network for members of NCSS.
The new site includes improved websites for NCSS Communities; allow members to meet and communicate with one another online through discussion e-groups; and allow conference attendees to stay connected during and after the meeting. As an NCSS member, you will be able to use the site to: --> read more »
NCSS President-Elect on News Segment Regarding Texas Board of Education revisions of TEKS for Social StudiesSubmitted by Ana Post on Mon, 04/12/2010 - 1:56pm
Over the weekend NCSS President-Elect Steven Goldberg was reached for comment and taped on a Channel One News segment regarding the Texas Board of Education revisions to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for social studies. --> read more »
John Moore, Associate Professor in the School of Teacher Education at Western Kentucky University has been elected vice president of National Council for the Social Studies. Dr. Moore will begin his term July 1, 2010 and is in line to serve as president of NCSS in 2012. --> read more »
The APA National Standards Working Group has posted the revised National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula (Draft, 2010) for review and comment. --> read more »
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Education have teamed up to launch the National Financial Capability Challenge for 2010.
The Challenge is an initiative designed to engage educators in the teaching of personal finance, and to increase the financial knowledge and capability of high school aged youth across the United States so they can take control over their financial futures. All high school teachers (and other educators) are encouraged to sign up, prepare their students, and administer the voluntary online exam to help reach the goal of 1 million high school students taking the Challenge this year. Educators and top-scoring students in each school will earn personalized award certificates and states with the highest participation rates will also be recognized.
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Historian Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States and keynote speaker at the 2008 NCSS Annual Conference, died this week at the age of 87. Following are obituaries from several sources.
"The Constitution is the most important document in our nation's history. It continues to guide and protect each of us in our daily lives more than 200 years after it was drafted. When you freely express or publish your opinions, when you write to your elected officials, when you worship at the church of your choice or when you exercise your right to bear arms, you can do so because of the protections afforded by the Constitution and our founding fathers. As a teacher and lifelong student of government, I believe it is vital for all American students to understand and appreciate the meaning of the Constitution as the foundation for our nation and our government."
A special message to social studies teachers from U.S. Rep. Harry E. Mitchell
Congressional District 5, Arizona
Former Government Teacher, Tempe High School
Our dear friend and colleague, Marcia Gerran passed away July 12, 2009. Marcia worked in the NCSS membership department since 1990 and along with processing almost every membership application sent to NCSS, answered thousands of member phone calls and emails each year. She was often the first personal contact with NCSS for many of our members and her sunny, calm professionalism and sense of humor never failed to create a positive impression. Each fall, many of those whom Marcia helped would seek her out at the NCSS Conference to meet her. As a way of honoring Marcia and remembering her bright presence at the conference, Marcia's colleagues at NCSS have contributed in her name to the NCSS Conference Scholarship Fund, a program set up to assist young social studies professionals to attend the annual conference.
Marcia's contribution to NCSS went far beyond her work with our members. Her kindness, generosity, and ability to find humor in any situation brightened our office and made even our busiest days easier. She seemed always to have a smile on her face, a kind word on her lips, and a laugh close by. The lives of those of us who were privileged to know and work with Marcia are richer because of it, and we miss her greatly.
NCSS is seeking candidates for Vice-President, and the Board of Directors. Nominees are also needed for the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education (FASSE) board. You may nominate yourself, or recommend a colleague member who has experience as an affiliate council or associated group leader. Recommendations may be sent to any member of the nominations committee. --> read more »