News and Advocacy
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 »
Silver Spring, Md. – September 8, 2010 – Susan (Sue) J. Blanchette, a former high school teacher in Dallas, Texas, is the new President-elect of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the nation’s largest professional organization for social studies educators. Blanchette began her 20010-11 term on July 1, 2010. She is in line to become NCSS President in 2011-12. --> read more »
Silver Spring, Md. – September 2, 2010 – John Moore, an associate professor of middle level and secondary social studies education at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky., is the new Vice 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 »
Andrea Libresco and Jeannette Balantic have been chosen to be co-editors of Social Studies and the Young Learner for a five-year term beginning with the September/October 2011 issue. --> read more »
National Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for History Education are working together to gather information on the state of world history education, and have developed a brief survey. NCSS and NCHE will use the information gathered in this survey to help us determine the needs of world history teachers. --> read more »
With NCSS' "CONNECTED"--a new online network for members of NCSS.
The new site includes improved websites for NCSS Communities; allow members to meet and communicate with one another online through discussion e-groups; and allow conference attendees to stay connected during and after the meeting. As an NCSS member, you will be able to use the site to: --> read more »
Principles for Learning is a joint statement developed by National Council for the Social Studies in cooperation with six other organizations representing 250,000 content-area teachers, administrators, educational technology specialists and other educators. --> read more »
On July 29 at a policy briefing on Capitol Hill, National Council for the Social Studies joined ASCD and other education organizations in presenting "Consensus Recommendations for a Well-Rounded Education." The recommendations are a response to the continuing prioritization of reading and math over other subjects in the No Child Left Behind Act and in the Obama administration’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) blueprint and FY11 budget request. --> read more »
The Maryland Social Studies Task Force has released a report on social studies education in Maryland. Acknowledging the challenges faced by social studies over the past decade, including the unintended marginalization of social studies disciplines caused by NCLB, the social studies task force made nine recommendations in its report that are "intended to reverse social studies’ decline." Key recommendations include establishing standards governing instructional time; administering a statewide social studies assessment in elementary and middle school; increasing social studies course requirements for prospective teachers; and launching a campaign to gain public support for more and better social studies instruction.
Related: NCSS Position Statement Social Studies in the Era of No Child Left Behind