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Golston to Begin Term as NCSS President

Silver Spring – July 1, 2009 – The National Council for the Social Studies is pleased to announce that Sydele E. (Syd) Golston, an Arizona school administrator and former classroom teacher at the secondary and post-secondary level for over 30 years, will begin a 12-month term as President of NCSS on July 1.

Golston believes that it is a special moment to be the President of NCSS. Hard times have brought back to the forefront the vital role of citizenship and mutual dependence in American life. “We think more about we instead of about me, and it is the social studies teacher’s task to help young people to understand and to deal with the crises we face together,” says Golston. “This responsibility comprises a covenant social studies professionals make with our society, a mission to which we are committed.”

Under Golston’s leadership, the 89th National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference will be held in Atlanta, Ga., November 13-15 with the theme, “Dreams and Deeds: The Civic Mission of Schools.” Golston is focusing the more than 400 clinics, sessions, workshops, speeches and events on highlighting how the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities—social studies—prepares students to become effective and productive citizens in an ever-changing world. The conference will highlight teaching for social justice and the economic crisis, along with best practices in all social science classrooms.
Other NCSS officers beginning their one-year term as of July 1, 2009 are, Steven Goldberg (Hasting-on-Hudson), President-elect 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. For more information about NCSS please visit

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