News and Advocacy
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 »
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 (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/edutalk/2013/06/05/citizenship-and-the-soci...)
Kim O'Neil from Liverpool, New York has been elected vice-president of National Council for the Social Studies and is line to assume the NCSS presidency 2015-2016. Kim is currently serving her second term on the Board as the elementary representative. --> read more »
It is time to contact your Members of Congress asking them to support social studies education by including funding for civic learning and history in their appropriations requests.
Attached you will find a sample letter that you can use.
You can find your Members of Congress at:
US House -- http://www.house.gov/representatives/
US Senate -- http://www.senate.gov/
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. --> read more »
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. --> read more »
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. --> read more »
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. --> read more »