Social Studies Educator Elected to Board of Directors of National Education Organization

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Silver Spring, MD – July 1, 2009 – Michelle Herczog, the History-Social Science Consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Downey, California, has been elected to serve a three-year term as the at-large representative on the Board of Directors of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the nation’s largest professional organization for social studies educators.

Herczog believes that social studies educators must dedicate their efforts to closing the access and equity gap that is eroding our democracy, and adds, “we can do this by engaging the general public, working closely with the Civic Mission of Schools Campaign and strengthening alliances with content area organizations such as Geography, Economics, History and Civics, that seek to reinstate social studies for all students.”

A passionate coalition builder and advocate for education that engages students in meaningful, relevant learning experiences to prepare them to become informed, responsible citizens, Herczog’s career in education, first as an elementary teacher and then in various administration and supervisory positions, spans more than 19 years. Her professional leadership positions have included, Member of the 2008 Planning Committee Instructional Materials Advisory Panel (IMAP) for the California Department of Education; Chair of the Practices Committee of the California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools; and Director of Teaching American History Grants at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. At the state and local level Herczog served as president of the California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS) in 2006-07 and president of the Southern California Social Science Association (SCSSA) in 2001-02. Between 1995 and 2008, she has developed more than 18 curriculum programs.

Herczog received a B.A. in history from University of California, Los Angeles (1974), a M.A. of arts, education and reading improvement from California State University, Northridge (1980), and an Ed.D. from University of California, Los Angeles (2003).

Officers beginning their one-year term as of July 1, 2009, are Syd Golston (Scottsdale, AZ), President; Steven Goldberg (Hasting-on-Hudson), President-elect; and Sue Blanchette (Dallas, TX), Vice President. In addition, three other newly elected board members will begin three-year terms on July 1: Karen Burgard (Blue Springs, MO), Secondary Teacher Representative; Roxanna Mechem (Union, MO), Supervisor Representative; and Jack Wilson (Eureka, MO), K-12 Classroom Teacher-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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