News and Advocacy
The 2014 NCSS Board of Directors and Officer Election begins Fabruary 3. NCSS individual members in good standing as of December 31, 2013 are eligible to vote.
NCSS is working with Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS), an election services company, to administer the 2014 election. Beginning February 3, SBS will send an email to eligible members that includes instructions on how access the online ballot and vote. Each member has unique login credentials assigned for this election to ensure the security of the vote. Be on the lookout for this email to arrive February 3-4. --> read more »
Fritz Fischer, History Professor and Director History Education at University of Northern Colorado, and long-time board leader of National Council for History Education (NCHE), authored the lead article in the December issue of History Matters. --> read more »
NCSS President Stephen Armstrong and Executive Director Susan Griffin appeared on the EduTalk program on BlogTalkRadio on October 23 and discussed the importance for civic education as well as the upcoming NCSS Annual Conference this November in St. Louis.
Hear Susan and Steve on the Show Archive at BlogTalk Radio.
NCSS seeks members to serve as reviewers of university social studies teacher education programs for the Council for the Accreditation of
Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly 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 CAEP for distribution to the submitting institution.
When does this happen? --> read more »
After three years of work, The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards will be published this fall. The C3 Framework will be available at no cost on the NCSS website, and for purchase in print. --> read more »
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/