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In Memoriam


Our dear friend and colleague, Marcia Gerran passed away July 12, 2009. Marcia worked in the NCSS membership department since 1990 and along with processing almost every membership application sent to NCSS, answered thousands of member phone calls and emails each year. She was often the first personal contact with NCSS for many of our members and her sunny, calm professionalism and sense of humor never failed to create a positive impression. Each fall, many of those whom Marcia helped would seek her out at the NCSS Conference to meet her. As a way of honoring Marcia and remembering her bright presence at the conference, Marcia's colleagues at NCSS have contributed in her name to the NCSS Conference Scholarship Fund, a program set up to assist young social studies professionals to attend the annual conference.

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.


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

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.


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 »


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

Social Education Wins Ed Press Award

SEMayJune07cover.jpg The Association of Educational Publishers (also known as EdPress) has named "From Banished to Brother Outsider, Miss Navajo to An Inconvenient Truth: Documentary Films as Perspective-Laden Narratives" best article in the learned category published in an educational periodical.   --> read more »


Christian Science Monitor Editorial on Science Education

An editorial appearing in The Christian Science Monitor speaks to our NCSS mission eloquently. "Do Graduates Understand Citizenship?" posits this title question while reminding readers of the fragile nature of our democracy. Read this article by Diane Cameron. click here.


NCSS Curriculum Standards for Social Studies Revision

The NCSS Standards Revision Task Force is continuing it's work on updating the NCSS Curriculum Standards for Social Studies and needs your input. Please see for an update on the work of the task force, drafts of updates, and to provide feedback and comments to the task force.


Social Studies: Is it "History"?

NCSS President Gayle Thieman and Past President Peggy Altoff articulate the devastating impact of NCLB on social studies teaching in an article published in the District Administration March 2008 issue.   --> read more »


Legislative Updates

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