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July 2009 Legislative Update Webinar

Webinar-Legislative Update & Next Steps

  • 11:00 am Overview of Webinar Tools
  • 11:15 am Welcome Remarks
  • 11:25 am The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 – federal expectations and state realities, what can you do to stay informed
  • 11:30 am Questions
  • 11:35 am NCLB/ESEA Update—current status, pending bills, and NCSS action
  • 11:45 am Questions
  • 11:50 am State-led national standards
  • 11:55 am Questions
  • 12:00 pm Building and maintaining a long-lasting relationship with your legislators
  • 12:05 pm Overview of reference materials to assist you in reaching out to your representatives and Senators at home.
  • 12:10 pm Questions
  • 12:15 pm Closing

Background Documents


Common Standards

Legislative Visits

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.

NBPTS Standards reflect the Five Core Propositions that are the foundation of National Board Certification; identify specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes that support accomplished practice, while emphasizing the holistic nature of teaching; illustrate how a teacher’s professional judgment is reflected in action; and describe how the standards come to life in different settings.

The Social Studies-History Standards will be available for public review July 27-August 9, 2009.  The standards can be accessed at

Please visit the NBPTS website for information on standards development. For assistance or additional information about the public review process, please contact NBPTS at

Take Action! Be an Advocate for Social Studies

Be a Social Studies Advocate

Join the NCSS Advocacy Conversation. Join our Social Studies Advocacy Group on the NCSS Connected Site!

What can you do now?

Visit your U.S. House of Representative and State Senators during their district or state “home work periods “and reinforce the NCSS ESEA reauthorization message, view detailed information on NCSS key advocacy points and tips on scheduling your appointments below, and illustrate with your own personal examples.

In Summary, NCSS ESEA reauthorization recommendations are:

-Current ESEA law be revised to explicitly state in its basic program requirements that each of the core disciplines: English/Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies (civics, economics, geography and history) are key to a well-rounded education.

-ESEA recognize that proficiency in each of these subjects is needed for US students to be prepared for college, career, and citizenship in the complex and globally interdependent world.

-The narrowing of the curriculum and the civic achievement gap be addressed by including provisions for social studies assessment and professional development in the reauthorization of ESEA that require states to outline plans to address social studies as key to the K-12 curriculum, as well as plans to invest some portion of their professional development funds in social studies educators.

-New accountability rubrics in the law are as inclusive of the “multiple measures” approach considered in draft legislation in 2007 and move toward the use of growth models.

-Any revision or consolidation of the structure of ESEA Title II programs (i.e. Teaching American History Grants, Academies for American History and Civics, National History Day, Close-Up Fellowships, Excellence in Economic Education, etc.) results in an increase in resources for front-line social studies teachers.

-At least $2.00 per student, or $100 million per year invested in civic education, as an important first step in restoring the civic mission of our schools.

-The structure and plans of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) be modified such that social studies be a component of the two-year testing cycle that reading and mathematics are

-NAEP history, civics, geography, and economics, be conducted, one each year, such that each discipline area would be tested every four years with a sample size large enough to yield disaggregated data.

Use the follow resources to help set up your at home Congressional Visits!

Useful Links:

District and State Work Period Calendars:

Useful NCSS Advocacy Resources

NCSS Advocacy Toolkit

Our toolkit will help you advocate for social studies education in your school, your community, and your nation.
Advocacy Toolkit

NCSS Advocacy Checklist

If you can check 4 or more items on this list, then you get an A+ as an advocate for social studies education! Advocacy Checklist

Join the NCSS Advocacy Conversation. Join our Social Studies Advocacy Group on the NCSS Connected Site!

Advocacy Links:

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

staranim-big.gif National Council for the Social Studies is pleased to be part of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools--a coalition of 40 organizations committed to improving the quality and quantity of civic learning in American schools. The Campaign's goal is to increase and improve civic learning in grades K-12 by working for policies that implement the recommendations of the Civic Mission of Schools report.

Civic Mission of Schools Website

Legislative Updates and News

Be a Social Studies Advocate!

National Council for the Social Studies supports and advocates social studies education with the goal of creating effective citizens in an interdependent world.

Legislative Updates


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