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NCSS Executive Director Dr. Lawrence Paska was a special guest on Education Talk Radio on Wednesday, January 4 to discuss "The State of Social Studies in 2017". 

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Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.


Human Rights Education: A Necessity for Effective Social and Civic Learning (NCSS Position Statement)

Larry Paska

Dear NCSS Community,

I'm Larry Paska, and I'm writing to formally introduce myself as the new NCSS Executive Director. I look forward to learning from you and working together in support of a quality social studies education!

Congress Investigates: Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Congressional Hearing Exhibits

Studying the two featured documents in this article will illustrate for students the importance of Congress’s power to investigate as part of a system of checks and balances established by the Founders. A free article by Christine Blackerby from Social Education, September 2011.


The NCSS Board of Directors has approved the following slate of candidates for the 2016-2017 Board of Directors and Officer elections. The election ballot will open December 5, 2016 and close January 16, 2017. NCSS members in good standing as of October 31 will receive instructions and credentials for accessing the online ballots. 

Larry PaskaNational Council for the Social Studies is pleased to announce the selection of Lawrence Paska, Ph.D., as its new Executive Director. Dr. Paska will fill the vacancy created after the September departure of long-time Executive Director Susan Griffin.

The National Council for the Social Studies National Standards for the Preparation of Social Studies Teachers are intended to provide guidance for a number of different audiences who are either responsible for assuring the competence of social studies teaching professionals (e.g., institutions of higher education, NCATE/CAEP reviewers, state agencies that approve teacher education programs, state licensure offices, testing organizations) or in need of such assurance as they decide which teacher preparation institution to attend or which prospective teachers to employ (e.g., prospective soci

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