Goldberg to Begin President-elect Term at NCSS

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Silver Spring, Md. – July 1, 2009– Steven A. Goldberg, a high school teacher and department chairman at New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York, has been elected President-Elect of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the nation’s largest professional organization for social studies educators. Goldberg will begin his 2009-10 term effective July 1, 2009. He will be NCSS President in 2010-11.

Goldberg believes that without national recognition of the importance of a strong social studies program, students will not acquire the habits of mind to preserve the democratic institutions and values, which continue to be under attack. In his new role as President-elect, he looks forward to continuing to promote social studies education as the cornerstone of citizenship education.

A proactive member of the local, state, and national social studies councils for more than two decades, Goldberg is currently president of the Westchester-Lower Hudson Council for the Social Studies (WLHCSS), and chairs the New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS) conference exhibits committee; he is past president of the NYSCSS and the New York State Social Studies Supervisory Association (NYS4A); and at the national level, he is completing his term as vice president of NCSS and has previously served on the NCSS Board of Directors, as NCSS House of Delegates steering committee chair and on several NCSS committees.

A consultant to the New York State Education Department, Goldberg has served on numerous Regents Examination Committees, as well as the design team for the revision of the mandated Global History and Geography course. He sits on the Westchester Holocaust and Human Rights Education Committee and is Associate Director of the Westchester Center on Economic Education. He has received the WCSS Distinguished Social Studies Educator Award, the NYSCSS Distinguished Service Award and the NYS4A Leadership Award, among others. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Long Island University-Westchester Graduate Campus (Purchase, NY).

Goldberg received his B.A. in history from the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY), M.A. in east asian studies from Yale University (New Haven, CT), and an administrator’s certificate from Teachers College, Columbia University (New York, NY). In addition, he has been a Fulbright Fellow to The Netherlands, studied at Sophia University in Tokyo, and traveled to Germany with the Goethe Institut.

Other NCSS officers beginning their one-year term as of July 1, 2009, are Syd Golston (Scottsdale, AZ), President and Sue Blanchette (Dallas, TX), Vice President. In addition, four newly elected NCSS board members will begin three-year terms on July 1: Karen Burgard (Blue Springs, MO), Secondary Teacher Representative; Roxanna Mechem (Union, MO), Supervisor Representative; Jack Wilson (Eureka, MO), K-12 Classroom Teacher-at-large Representative; and Michelle Herczog (Culver City, CA), At-large Representative. Donald Gilmore (Denver, CO), was elected to the board of the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education (FASSE).

Founded in 1921, the National Council for the Social Studies has approximately 20,000 members in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and 69 foreign countries. Membership includes K-16 classroom teachers, curriculum supervisors and specialists, curriculum writers and designers, and teacher educators. The NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for K – 16 teachers of civics, history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology and law-related education. Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. The theme for this year’s annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia, November 13-15, 20089 is “Dreams and Deeds: The Civic Mission of Schools.”

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