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Get to Know NCSS' New Staff Members

NCSS is pleased to welcome two new to our staff: Ashanté Horton and Jordan Grote! Ashanté is Program Manager, Conference Services and Education succeeding Daniela Jaramillo who left NCSS in the spring to return to Equador. Jordan is Program Manager, External Relations and Council Communications filling the position previously held by Kristen Pekarek who left NCSS to join the staff of ASCD.

Ashanté Horton

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A Washingtonian in the truest sense of the word, I was born and raised in D.C. and am a huge Redskins fan, despite their losses. I received an excellent educational foundation from the D.C. public school system before attending Trinity College where I earned a B.A. in English literature, as well as an M.B.A. I’m fortunate to work at NCSS where I can merge my love for education (there’s a strong tradition of teaching on my mother’s side of the family) and meetings by providing you with great conference experiences and excellent professional development opportunities. I look forward to seeing you in Seattle!

Ashanté Horton, Program Manager, Conference Services and Education, can be reached at 301-588-1800 ext. 108. E-mail: ashante@ncss.org

Jordan Grote

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I graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management with a B.S.B in Marketing in 2011. I love music, TV, and sports; particularly college basketball—Go Gophers!! While in college, I worked at a library, as a teaching assistant and as director of my hometown’s soccer league referees. I moved to the Washington, D.C. area in September 2011, where I was a shift supervisor at Caribou Coffee while considering graduate school before deciding to pursue a job at NCSS. I am excited to contribute to the NCCS effort to raise the profile of social studies at the local, state, and special interest level. I look forward to working with all of you, and will see you in Seattle!

Jordan Grote, Program Manager, External Relations and Council
Communications, can be reached at 301-588-1800 ext. 107. E-mail: jordan@ncss.org

Get to Know NCSS' New Staff Members

NCSS is pleased to welcome two new to our staff: Ashanté Horton and Jordan Grote! Ashanté is Program Manager, Conference Services and Education succeeding Daniela Jaramillo who left NCSS in the spring to return to Equador. Jordan is Program Manager, External Relations and Council Communications filling the position previously held by Kristen Pekarek who left NCSS to join the staff of ASCD.

Ashanté Horton

ashantehorton_2.jpg
A Washingtonian in the truest sense of the word, I was born and raised in D.C. and am a huge Redskins fan, despite their losses. I received an excellent educational foundation from the D.C. public school system before attending Trinity College where I earned a B.A. in English literature, as well as an M.B.A. I’m fortunate to work at NCSS where I can merge my love for education (there’s a strong tradition of teaching on my mother’s side of the family) and meetings by providing you with great conference experiences and excellent professional development opportunities. I look forward to seeing you in Seattle!

Ashanté Horton, Program Manager, Conference Services and Education, can be reached at 301-588-1800 ext. 108. E-mail: ashante@ncss.org

Jordan Grote

jordangrote_1.jpg
I graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management with a B.S.B in Marketing in 2011. I love music, TV, and sports; particularly college basketball—Go Gophers!! While in college, I worked at a library, as a teaching assistant and as director of my hometown’s soccer league referees. I moved to the Washington, D.C. area in September 2011, where I was a shift supervisor at Caribou Coffee while considering graduate school before deciding to pursue a job at NCSS. I am excited to contribute to the NCCS effort to raise the profile of social studies at the local, state, and special interest level. I look forward to working with all of you, and will see you in Seattle!

Jordan Grote, Program Manager, External Relations and Council
Communications, can be reached at 301-588-1800 ext. 107. E-mail: jordan@ncss.org

Free Resources for University Social Studies Methods Classes

We would like your assistance in introducing your students to their professional organization, National Council for the Social Studies. Membership recruitment of new professionals is extremely important to NCSS both to ensure that we are reaching them with our professional resources and to have their input on professional concerns and new approaches to social studies instruction. To facilitate this effort, we are offering to send sample copies of Social Education, Social Studies and the Young Leaner and membership applications, to you for distribution. This offer stands as long as supplies last!

Remember: If you sign your students’ membership applications as the sponsor, you are eligible for the “Each One Reach One” drawing in mid-April. Your name goes into the drawing for each student who lists you as the sponsor.

  • Recruit 11 or more: you could win two free roundtrip tickets anywhere in the continental United States.
  • Recruit 1-10: you could receive an Annual Conference registration and Hotel Reservation!

  • Better Still. All professors who recruit 25 or more students will receive a free NCSS Regular Individual Membership

In addition, if your students join now as comprehensive members they will receive the revised standards published in September 2010 free of charge as a complimentary benefit.

Some items may come from our warehouse and some will come from the office.
Send your request to:
Angel Robertson in the Membership Department: arobertson@ncss.org.

Free Resources for University Social Studies Methods Classes

We would like your assistance in introducing your students to their professional organization, National Council for the Social Studies. Membership recruitment of new professionals is extremely important to NCSS both to ensure that we are reaching them with our professional resources and to have their input on professional concerns and new approaches to social studies instruction. To facilitate this effort, we are offering to send sample copies of Social Education, Social Studies and the Young Leaner and membership applications, to you for distribution. This offer stands as long as supplies last!

Remember: If you sign your students’ membership applications as the sponsor, you are eligible for the “Each One Reach One” drawing in mid-April. Your name goes into the drawing for each student who lists you as the sponsor.

  • Recruit 11 or more: you could win two free roundtrip tickets anywhere in the continental United States.
  • Recruit 1-10: you could receive an Annual Conference registration and Hotel Reservation!

  • Better Still. All professors who recruit 25 or more students will receive a free NCSS Regular Individual Membership

In addition, if your students join now as comprehensive members they will receive the revised standards published in September 2010 free of charge as a complimentary benefit.

Some items may come from our warehouse and some will come from the office.
Send your request to:
Angel Robertson in the Membership Department: arobertson@ncss.org.

Support for Civics and History Funding- Action Needed by July 18

The United States Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to pass its funding bill for health and education programs for next year but once again, the bill included no federal support for teaching history, civics, geography or economics. It's not too late to show your support for funding teaching in the social studies.

The House subcommittee making decisions about education and health funding will consider its bill July 18. This gives us a short period of time to push legislators to include funding for the social studies in their version of the FY 2013 funding bill. But if we want to be successful, it is absolutely vital that Members of the House hear loud and clear from large numbers of constituents letting them know that funding for the social studies is a priority. Representatives can also cosponsor the Sandra Day O'Connor Civic Learning Act, which will send a message about the importance of funding innovative programs in civic education.

How you can help

So, what can you do? Take five minutes to make one important phone call. Then, ask your colleagues, friends, neighbors and family to do the same thing!

  1. If you don't know your Representative's name, go to www.house.gov and look him or her up by entering your zip code.
  2. Call the DC office for your Representative at the number listed on the Member's website, or call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121 and ask to be connected to that Representative’s office.
  3. Ask whoever answers the phone in your Representative’s office to connect you to the Legislative Assistant who handles education issues.
  4. When you talk to the assistant (or leave a message) identify yourself as a constituent. Ask if your Representative would please do two things:
    • Call Chairman Rehberg and ask for competitive grants for civics and for history in the
    • Sign on as a cosponsor of H.R. 3464, The Sandra Day O’Connor Civic Learning Act.

History, civics, economics and geography is well represented in DC, and NCSS leadership has been working hard in concert with other organizations in our community to carry our wins in the Senate ESEA reauthorization bill over to the funding bill. But we need more voices, more boots on the ground. And we need them in a hurry. It us up to us to ensure that students are gaining the critical skills and knowledge required to be informed citizens in our deliberative democracy.

Support for Civics and History Funding- Action Needed by July 18

The United States Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to pass its funding bill for health and education programs for next year but once again, the bill included no federal support for teaching history, civics, geography or economics. It's not too late to show your support for funding teaching in the social studies.

The House subcommittee making decisions about education and health funding will consider its bill July 18. This gives us a short period of time to push legislators to include funding for the social studies in their version of the FY 2013 funding bill. But if we want to be successful, it is absolutely vital that Members of the House hear loud and clear from large numbers of constituents letting them know that funding for the social studies is a priority. Representatives can also cosponsor the Sandra Day O'Connor Civic Learning Act, which will send a message about the importance of funding innovative programs in civic education.

How you can help

So, what can you do? Take five minutes to make one important phone call. Then, ask your colleagues, friends, neighbors and family to do the same thing!

  1. If you don't know your Representative's name, go to www.house.gov and look him or her up by entering your zip code.
  2. Call the DC office for your Representative at the number listed on the Member's website, or call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121 and ask to be connected to that Representative’s office.
  3. Ask whoever answers the phone in your Representative’s office to connect you to the Legislative Assistant who handles education issues.
  4. When you talk to the assistant (or leave a message) identify yourself as a constituent. Ask if your Representative would please do two things:
    • Call Chairman Rehberg and ask for competitive grants for civics and for history in the
    • Sign on as a cosponsor of H.R. 3464, The Sandra Day O’Connor Civic Learning Act.

History, civics, economics and geography is well represented in DC, and NCSS leadership has been working hard in concert with other organizations in our community to carry our wins in the Senate ESEA reauthorization bill over to the funding bill. But we need more voices, more boots on the ground. And we need them in a hurry. It us up to us to ensure that students are gaining the critical skills and knowledge required to be informed citizens in our deliberative democracy.

International Social Studies Conference call for proposals

NCSS is accepting proposals for presentation at "Education for Democracy and the Arab World", an International Social Studies Conference in Fez, Morocco, June 25-July 1, 2013. The conference will feature speakers from the Middle East, expert panels, breakout sessions, tours of world heritage sites, school visits, cultural activities, and networking opportunities.
Read more about how to submit a proposal (http://www.socialstudies.org/intlconference)

International Social Studies Conference call for proposals

NCSS is accepting proposals for presentation at "Education for Democracy and the Arab World", an International Social Studies Conference in Fez, Morocco, June 25-July 1, 2013. The conference will feature speakers from the Middle East, expert panels, breakout sessions, tours of world heritage sites, school visits, cultural activities, and networking opportunities.
Read more about how to submit a proposal (http://www.socialstudies.org/intlconference)

Marian Desrosiers Wins Humanities Scholar Grant

Marian Desrosiers, a member of the NCSS Board of Directors and an adjunct professor of history at Salve Regina University, has been awarded a $2,000 Rhode Island Council on the Humanities (RICH) Scholar Grant. Marian, who taught for two decades in public secondary schools, submitted the win- ning proposal, “Private Lives and Public Spaces: John Banister and Rhode Island’s Colonial Consumers.” This autumn, NCSS will post online several classroom lessons based on Marian’s research.

The focus of Marian’s study, John Banister (1707–1767), was a wealthy merchant of colonial Newport, Rhode Island, whose role in history may be interpreted through his account books. Marian’s research will consider: (1) the types and quantities of products traded; (2) the details of building and outfit- ting of ships; (3) the importance of European and Asian textiles in the English colonies prior to the Industrial Revolution; (4) the costs and types of family expenses dictated by need and status; and (5) income comparisons of merchants, captains, sailors, craftsmen, and laborers. The analysis will include “Negroes” and other laborers who worked on his wharf or in maintaining his ships, as well as women seamstresses from whom he bought suits.

By summarizing and analyzing the account books and correspondence, Marian’s study will expand our understanding of how globalization and technology reshaped private lives in the eighteenth century.

Marian Desrosiers Wins Humanities Scholar Grant

Marian Desrosiers, a member of the NCSS Board of Directors and an adjunct professor of history at Salve Regina University, has been awarded a $2,000 Rhode Island Council on the Humanities (RICH) Scholar Grant. Marian, who taught for two decades in public secondary schools, submitted the win- ning proposal, “Private Lives and Public Spaces: John Banister and Rhode Island’s Colonial Consumers.” This autumn, NCSS will post online several classroom lessons based on Marian’s research.

The focus of Marian’s study, John Banister (1707–1767), was a wealthy merchant of colonial Newport, Rhode Island, whose role in history may be interpreted through his account books. Marian’s research will consider: (1) the types and quantities of products traded; (2) the details of building and outfit- ting of ships; (3) the importance of European and Asian textiles in the English colonies prior to the Industrial Revolution; (4) the costs and types of family expenses dictated by need and status; and (5) income comparisons of merchants, captains, sailors, craftsmen, and laborers. The analysis will include “Negroes” and other laborers who worked on his wharf or in maintaining his ships, as well as women seamstresses from whom he bought suits.

By summarizing and analyzing the account books and correspondence, Marian’s study will expand our understanding of how globalization and technology reshaped private lives in the eighteenth century.

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