Silver Spring, Md. – September 2, 2010 – John Moore, an associate professor of middle level and secondary social studies education at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky., is the new Vice President of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the nation’s largest professional organization for social studies educators. He began his one-year term July 1, 2010. He is in line to become NCSS President in 2012-13.
Moore is committed to assisting NCSS in continuing its implementation of professional growth opportunities, and strongly believes that as social studies educators, it is our responsibility to remain abreast of innovative ways to prepare students for civic competence, and that “in spite of the economic difficulties that have confronted our school systems, institutions, and our professional organization, it is imperative that we continue to advocate the ideals and purposes of social studies education,… and continue our efforts of engagement in effective social studies teaching and learning in a way that will argue against the perceived insignificance of the social studies curriculum to the general public.”
A veteran social studies educator with 29 years of experience, Moore has served as a faculty member for the last 19 years and has taught middle level social studies in Lexington, Kentucky and high school social studies in North Dakota. He has also been active at the state level as secretary, vice president, and president of the Kentucky Council for the Social Studies, as well as at the national level as a NCSS House of Delegates Steering Committee member during 2002-2005; member of the NCSS Board of Directors 2006-2009; member of two NCSS Annual Conference Planning Committees; and continues to serve as Chair of the NCSS Task Force for the Recruitment of Underrepresented Groups.
An active social studies professional, Moore has presented for the National Council for the Social Studies, National Middle School Association, and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. He has submitted and published social studies education related articles in Kentucky Middle School Journal, The Social Studies, and for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He is a member of the Praxis Test Development Standing Committee: Middle School Social Studies (2009-2011); the PRAXIS National Advisory Committee for Middle Level Social Studies Assessment (2007-present); and an NCATE reviewer for Social Studies Teacher Education (2005-present).
Moore received his B.A. in History and Government from Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, Ky.), an M.A. in Secondary Education and an Ed.D in Curriculum, Instruction & Administration from University of Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.).
Other NCSS officers beginning their one-year term as of July 1, 2010, are Steven Goldberg (Hasting-on-Hudson, NY), President, and Sue Blanchette (Dallas, TX), President-Elect. In addition, four newly elected NCSS board members began their three-year terms on July 1: Melissa Collum (Clemson, SC), At-Large Representative; Peggy Jackson (Sandia Park, NM) Secondary Classroom Teacher Representative; Kim O’Neil (Liverpool, NY), Elementary Classroom Teacher Representative; Marian Mathison Desrosiers (West Barnstable, MA), K-12 Classroom Teacher-at-large Representative.
Founded in 1921, the National Council for the Social Studies has approximately 18,000 members that include K-16 classroom teachers, curriculum supervisors and specialists, curriculum writers and designers, and teacher educators, and serves as an umbrella organization for 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 Denver, Colorado, November 12-14, 2010 is “Vistas, Visions & Voices.” For more information visit: http://www.socialstudies.org/conference 
A photograph of Moore is available at http://www.socialstudies.org/media_photos 
For more information contact:
301.588.1800, Ext. 114