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Call for Public Comment: National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula


The APA National Standards Working Group has posted the revised National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula (Draft, 2010) for review and comment.   --> read more »

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Historian Howard Zinn Dies at 87


Historian Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States and keynote speaker at the 2008 NCSS Annual Conference, died this week at the age of 87. Following are obituaries from several sources.

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Introducing the NCSS Online Teachers' Library


The NCSS Online Teachers’ Library U.S. History Collection is a new benefit created by your professional organization, NCSS, in response to members’ requests.    --> read more »

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Constitution Day


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"The Constitution is the most important document in our nation's history. It continues to guide and protect each of us in our daily lives more than 200 years after it was drafted. When you freely express or publish your opinions, when you write to your elected officials, when you worship at the church of your choice or when you exercise your right to bear arms, you can do so because of the protections afforded by the Constitution and our founding fathers. As a teacher and lifelong student of government, I believe it is vital for all American students to understand and appreciate the meaning of the Constitution as the foundation for our nation and our government."

A special message to social studies teachers from U.S. Rep. Harry E. Mitchell
Congressional District 5, Arizona
Former Government Teacher, Tempe High School

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July 2009 Legislative Update Webinar


Marcia's contribution to NCSS went far beyond her work with our members. Her kindness, generosity, and ability to find humor in any situation brightened our office and made even our busiest days easier. She seemed always to have a smile on her face, a kind word on her lips, and a laugh close by. The lives of those of us who were privileged to know and work with Marcia are richer because of it, and we miss her greatly.


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NBPTS announces its public review period for the Social Studies-History Standards


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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) announces its public review period for the Social Studies-History Standards. The standards were developed by a committee of educators from the social studies/history field. Practicing classroom teachers fill a majority of seats on standards committees with other members representing districts, states and higher education.

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Background on Obama's Selection for Education Secretary


Please see the attached background sketch from Washington Partners of President-elect Obama's selection for Secretary of Education--the current Superintendent of Chicago public schools Arne Duncan.

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NCSS Supports the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act


NCSS was recently contacted by the National Geographic Society regarding the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act, HR 1228.  This is a bill that NCSS has promoted on Capitol Hill and for which NCSS has helped secure many co-sponsors. The act would ensure federal support for geography comparable to the eight other core academic subjects identified by the No Child Left Behind Act.   --> read more »

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Education Report: August 8, 2008


The Education Report, a weekly publication of WPLLC, provides an executive summary
of public policy issues affecting American education. After selecting the attachment, you may navigate the report based on the areas of interest below:

  1. Budget and Appropriations
  2. In Brief
  3. New Publications
  4. In the News
  5. About WPLLC
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