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NGA and CCSSO Draft of the “Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science"


Last week, in a last minute effort NCSS contacted its state affiliate, associated group, community and listservs with an urgent request to submit feedback at http://www.corestandards.org/ regarding National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers’ draft of the “Common Core State Standards for English Laguage Arts (ELA) and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science   --> read more »

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Social Studies and NCLB Op-Ed in Atlanta Journal Constitution


The Atlanta Journal Constitution published an Op-Ed in the April 7 issue on NCLB and the importance of social studies in the classroom.

http://www.ajc.com/opinion/put-history-back-in-444328.html

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On the Development of State Social Studies Standards


The revision of the Texas social studies standards is generating hot debate and strong opinions, and this is no surprise. Because the subjects that compose social studies touch upon cultural, societal and political topics, social studies generates the most controversy when decisions are made regarding what is taught to students. It is important, therefore, that the development of standards for social studies relies on strong scholarship rather than politics.   --> read more »

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Historians speak out against proposed Texas textbook changes


Education Brief, Washington Post
March, 18. 2010

Historians speak out against proposed Texas textbook changes
By Michael Birnbaum

Historians on Tuesday criticized proposed revisions to the Texas social studies curriculum, saying that many of the changes are historically inaccurate and that they would affect textbooks and classrooms far beyond the state's borders.   --> read more »

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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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