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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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9-11 Commemoration Resources

2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. NCSS has collected resources from its journals Social Education, Social Studies and the Young Learner, and Middle Level Learning that teachers can use when preparing to teach about 9-11 and acknowledge the upcoming anniversary. Also listed are several additional online resources.    --> read more »

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ASCD Express on "Why Social Studies Matters"


The August 4 issue of _ASCD EXPRESS_ examines the importance of social studies and civic learning in schools, and includes an article by NCSS President Sue Blanchette.   --> read more »

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NAEP U.S. History Release Webinar June 14


Please join the National Assessment Governing Board on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 11 a.m. EDT for a live webinar to release the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) U.S. History 2010, Grades, 4, 8, and 12.   --> read more »

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2011 Board of Directors Election Results


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Goldberg Begins President Term at NCSS


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.   --> read more »

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