Silver Spring, Md. – September 8, 2010 – Susan (Sue) J. Blanchette, a former high school teacher in Dallas, Texas, is the new President-elect of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the nation’s largest professional organization for social studies educators. Blanchette began her 20010-11 term on July 1, 2010. She is in line to become NCSS President in 2011-12.
Blanchette is an advocate for the inclusion of social studies education at all levels. She believes that “all students are part of a larger community and must learn the history and skills necessary to exist in that community.” According to Blanchette, the role of NCSS is to put the importance of social studies education at the forefront of curriculum planning, standards revision and legislation to ensure that the students of today are ready to assume leadership roles in business and government and education tomorrow.
A veteran educator for more than 32 years, Blanchette brings to NCSS a wealth of experience. She taught both middle school and high school in the Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD), sponsored Mock Trial teams for 15 years, wrote curriculum for staff development in Dallas ISD, and participated on the school’s Faculty Advisory Committee. An active member of the local, state, and national social studies councils for more than two decades, she has served as president of the Dallas Council for the Social Studies (DCSS) in 1993, 1997, and 2005, and as president of Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS) in 2005. She has served as co-chair of the NCSS Nominations Committee and as a member of the NCSS Board of Directors (2007-09). Her teaching has earned her several awards, including the Texas Excellence Award given by the University of Texas and the TCSS and NCSS Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award in 1999 and 2000 respectively.
Proactive in seeking opportunities to further enrich her knowledge and skills, Blanchette participated in a teacher exchange in Kyrgyzstan, was awarded two William Robertson Coe Fellowships, and most recently was a Fulbright-Hays Fellow in India.
Blanchette received a B.S. in history from Central Connecticut State University (1973), a MLA from Southern Methodist University (1989), and successfully completed her Texas Master Teacher Exam in 1990. In addition, she has done post-graduate studies at State University of New York at Stonybrook (1992 and 1993), and at Virginia Commonwealth University (1995).
Other NCSS officers beginning their one-year term as of July 1, 2010, are Steven Goldberg (Hasting-on-Hudson, NY), President, and John Moore (Bowling Green, KY), Vice President. 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 Blanchette is available at http://www.socialstudies.org/media_photos 
For more information contact:
301.588.1800, Ext. 114