Silver Spring, Md. – September 6, 2010 – Steven A. Goldberg, a high school teacher and department chairman at New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York, is the new President of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the nation’s largest professional organization for social studies educators. He began his one-year term July 1, 2010.
Goldberg believes that without national recognition of the importance of a strong social studies program, students will not acquire the habits of mind to preserve the democratic institutions and values, which continue to be under attack. In his new role as President, he looks forward to continuing to promote social studies education as the cornerstone of citizenship education.
A proactive member of the local, state, and national social studies councils for more than two decades, Goldberg is past president of the NYSCSS, the Westchester-Lower Hudson Council for the Social Studies (WLHCSS), and the New York State Social Studies Supervisory Association (NYS4A) and has previously served on the NCSS Board of Directors, as NCSS House of Delegates steering committee chair and on several NCSS.
A consultant to the New York State Education Department, Goldberg has served on numerous Regents Examination Committees, as well as the design team for the revision of the mandated Global History and Geography course. He sits on the Westchester Holocaust and Human Rights Education Committee. He has received the WCSS Distinguished Social Studies Educator Award, the NYSCSS Distinguished Service Award and the NYS4A Leadership Award, among others. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Long Island University-Westchester Graduate Campus (Purchase, NY). Goldberg is an author of two world history texts:The Human Legacy (Holt) and Brief Review of Global History & Geography (Pearson) and is currently developing curricular materials on teaching contemporary Germany for the Goethe Institut.
Goldberg received his B.A. in history from the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY), M.A. in East Asian studies from Yale University (New Haven, CT), and an administrator’s certificate from Teachers College, Columbia University (New York, NY). In addition, he has been a Fulbright Fellow to The Netherlands, studied at Sophia University in Tokyo, and traveled to Germany with the Goethe Institut.
Other NCSS officers beginning their one-year term as of July 1, 2010, are Sue Blanchette (Dallas, TX), President-Elect, and John Moore (Bowling Green, KY), Vice President. In addition, four newly elected NCSS board members will begin three-year terms on July 1: Melissa Collum (Clemson, SC), At-Large Representative; Peggy Jackson (Sandia Park, NM) Secondary Classroom Teacher Representative; Kim O’Neil (Liverpool, NY), Elementary Classroom Teacher Representative; Marian Mathison Desrosiers (West Barnstable, MA), K-12 Classroom Teacher-at-large Representative.
Founded in 1921, the National Council for the Social Studies has approximately 18,000 members including K-16 classroom teachers, curriculum supervisors and specialists, curriculum writers and designers, and teacher educators, and serves as an umbrella organization for teachers of civics, history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology and law-related education. Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. The theme for this year’s annual conference in Denver, Colorado, November 12-14, 2010 is “Vistas, Visions & Voices,” see: http://www.socialstudies.org/conference.
A photograph of Goldberg is available at http://www.socialstudies.org/media_photos
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