News and Advocacy
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.
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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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 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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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 »
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.
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 http://communities.ncss.org/standardsrevision for an update on the work of the task force, drafts of updates, and to provide feedback and comments to the task force.
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 »
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Thu, 07/11/2013 - 12:10pm
Below is an update from the Ohio Council for the Social Studies.
"The Ohio Council for the Social Studies is celebrating an advocacy victory. Governor Kasich has signed the biennium budget and the Ohio Department of Education has confirmed that new Social Studies assessments will be administered to 4th and 6th grade students beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. These assessments will be electronic, grade-level specific and be aligned to Ohio’s New Learning Standards for the Social Studies. --> read more »
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 5:44pm
It is time to contact your Members of Congress asking them to support social studies education by including funding for civic learning and history in their appropriations requests.
Attached you will find a sample letter that you can use.
You can find your Members of Congress at:
US House -- http://www.house.gov/representatives/
US Senate -- http://www.senate.gov/
- Submitted by TimDaly on Fri, 06/22/2012 - 2:32pm
The United States Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to pass its funding bill for health and education programs for next year. Budget cuts forced difficult tradeoffs and even cuts to popular programs. However, it is disappointing that once again, the bill included no federal support for teaching history, civics, geography or economics. --> read more »
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Tue, 04/24/2012 - 3:06pm
Please contact your member of the US House of Reps and urge that they support HR3464, the 'Sandra Day O'Connor Civic Learning Act!' More info at www.civicmissionofschools.org
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Tue, 02/28/2012 - 5:23pm
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- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Mon, 02/27/2012 - 3:22pm
Below is a copy of the NCSS letter written to the Virginia House to help urge Virginia to continue their 3rd Grade Socials Studies and Science SOL assessments.
January 27, 2012
Honorable Mark L. Dudenhefer Chairman,
Committee on Education
Virginia House of Delegates
Dear Mr. Dudenhefer:
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- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Tue, 02/14/2012 - 4:14pm
The Obama Administration's Fact Sheet on the FY2013 Budget, as well as a link to the briefing that took place on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at the US Department of Education is posted on the NCSS Connected Home page.
Please view Ana Post's blog below to visit these links. --> read more »
- Submitted by TimDaly on Thu, 01/19/2012 - 4:39pm
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 »
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Fri, 10/14/2011 - 1:07pm
LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT: October 14, 2011
Dear NCSS Members:
Earlier this week, Senate HELP Committee Chairman Harkin (IA) released his draft re-write of No Child Left Behind. We expect it to be voted on in committee on Tuesday, October 18th. We understa nd that there may be an opportunity to elevate the social studies in the legislation, but we have to act fast. --> read more »
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Fri, 09/16/2011 - 4:51pm
Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's Op-Ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the importance of civic education.
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Fri, 09/16/2011 - 3:19pm
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 »
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 3:43pm
National Test Shows Little Progress in Grasping Democracy, U.S. Role in World
By Stephanie Banchero
Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2011
WSJ's Stephanie Banchero has details of a National Assessment of Educational Progress study showing students at the fourth, eighth and twelfth grade levels struggle with basic history questions. --> read more »
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Tue, 06/14/2011 - 11:10am
The NAEP U.S. History results released today are a clear indication that we do not regard U.S. History as crucial to preparing our students for college, career, and citizenship. NCSS Executive Director Susan Griffin said: “the poor 12th grade results indicate that the next cohort of new voters are not well grounded in U.S. History, this is a disservice to our democracy.” --> read more »