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Become a Reviewer for NCSS/NCATE Social Studies Program Reports

NCSS seeks members to serve as reviewers of university social studies teacher education programs for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (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 NCATE for distribution to the submitting institution.

When does this happen?
Reviews take place primarily in October/November and March/April. Usually each reviewer is assigned no more than three reviews per cycle, and can expect to spend 8–10 hours per review.

How do I prepare?
NCSS training takes place at the annual conference (this year in Seattle, Washington) and is a two-part process. Trainees are asked to attend the all-day institutional training clinic on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. (There is no charge for trainees to attend the clinic, but we do expect that you will commit to review for at least three years.) You also attend a “How to Review” session on Friday, November 16, at 9:00am until noon, followed by a workshop, 1:00–3:00pm, that includes experienced reviewers.

If you are interested in becoming an NCATE reviewer, contact Leah Engelhardt, Coordinator of NCATE Program Review, at

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