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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 »

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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.   --> read more »

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Take Action! Social Studies Appropriations Update-June 2012


The United States Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to pass its funding bill for health and education programs for next year. Budget cuts forced difficult tradeoffs and even cuts to popular programs. However, it is disappointing that once again, the bill included no federal support for teaching history, civics, geography or economics.   --> read more »

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Surveying the Social Studies Landscape


Running for a position on the NCSS Board of Directors is such a personal thing. Although each elected individual will serve as a representative for the organization, their reasons for running vary widely. For some, there is the desire to give back to the organization for years of excellent conferences and stellar journals; for others, it is to bring a voice to a specific constituency.   --> read more »

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Council on Foreign Relations Survey


The Council on Foreign Relations is in the process of developing several new education initiatives on international relations and U.S. foreign policy and a Model National Security Council program, both of which will be targeted to students in the 16-22 year old range, and their teachers.   --> read more »

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The 2012 NCSS Election Results Are In!


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Joint Statement in Opposition to Book Censorship in the Tucson Unified School District


January 30, 2012

The undersigned organizations are committed to protecting free speech and intellectual freedom. We write to express our deep concern about the removal of books used in the Mexican-American Studies Program in the Tucson Unified School District.   --> read more »

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A Window of Opportunity


Over the next few weeks, states around our nation can join Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Tennessee in submitting waivers to the requirements of the federal education law No Child Left Behind (NCLB).   --> read more »

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Rho Kappa National Honor Society for High School Students


Rho Kappa National Honor Society for High School Students was launched during the 2011 NCSS Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

NCSS is now accepting Rho Kappa charter applications! Rho Kappa is the National Social Studies Honor Society for High School Students. Visit the Rho Kappa website to learn more about the Honor Society and to download an application.   --> read more »

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NCSS Letter to Hawaii DOE-2011


The attached letter was written on behalf of social studies educators in Hawaii to the HI DOE. Educators in Hawaii alerted the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) that they were considerin reducing the number of social studies credits for high school graduation from four to three credits. We urged them not do so.   --> read more »

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