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2016 NCSS Election Results

India MeisselIndia Meissel, teacher at Lakeland High School in Suffolk has been elected vice president of National Council for the Social Studies and is in line to become NCSS President 2018-2019. India served on the NCSS Board of Directors 2012-2015, and currently serves on the board of the Virginia Council for the Social Studies.

Also elected, and India on the board starting July 1, for three year terms are:

Kim Heckart, Prairie Ridge Elementary, Cedar Rapids, IA
Marjorie Hunter, West Memphis High School, West Memphis, AR
Rhonda Watton, Templeton Middle School, Sussex, WI
Andy Mink, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, Chapel Hill, NC

Presidents of NCSS

  • A.E. McKinley - 1921
  • L.C. Marshall - 1922
  • W.H. Hathaway - 1923
  • T.J. McCormack - 1924
  • H.C. Hill - 1925
  • Bessie L. Pierce - 1926
  • J. Montgomery Gambrill - 1927
  • A.C. Kray - 1928-1929
  • Edgar Dawson - 1930
  • Kimmel, W.G. - 1931
  • R.M. Tryon - 1931
  • D.S. Morgan - 1932
  • Howard E. Wilson - 1934
  • Edgar G. Wesley - 1935
  • R.O. Hughes - 1936
  • Elmer Ellis - 1937
  • C.C. Barnes - 1938
  • Ruth West - 1939
  • Howard R. Anderson - 1940

NCSS Board Listening Sessions at the Annual Conference

Please join the NCSS Board of Directors for its "Listening Tour" about NCSS. The board cares deeply about the voices of NCSS members and wants to intentionlly listen.   At the Listening Tour Sessions, you will have an opportunity to share your hopes and dreams for the future of National Council for the Social Studies, as well as your concerns. The board sessions are held in Exhibit Hall B, behind Classroom "A".  


  • 9:00-10:00am
  • 11:00am-12:00pm
  • 12:00-1:00pm
  • 12:30-1:30pm
  • 1:30-2:30pm 


  • 10:00-11:00am
  • 12:30-1:30pm


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Press Room

Media Relations Staff

Ana Post is NCSS Director of External Relations and Council Com­munications. She can be reached by phone at 301­588­1800 ext. 114, and by e­mail at

Position Statements

Professional concerns and controversial topics in the field of social studies education are addressed in these statements, which have been approved by the NCSS Board of Directors over the years.

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Get to Know NCSS' New Staff Members

NCSS is pleased to welcome two new to our staff: Ashanté Horton and Jordan Grote! Ashanté is Program Manager, Conference Services and Education succeeding Daniela Jaramillo who left NCSS in the spring to return to Equador. Jordan is Program Manager, External Relations and Council Communications filling the position previously held by Kristen Pekarek who left NCSS to join the staff of ASCD.

Ashanté Horton

A Washingtonian in the truest sense of the word, I was born and raised in D.C. and am a huge Redskins fan, despite their losses. I received an excellent educational foundation from the D.C. public school system before attending Trinity College where I earned a B.A. in English literature, as well as an M.B.A. I’m fortunate to work at NCSS where I can merge my love for education (there’s a strong tradition of teaching on my mother’s side of the family) and meetings by providing you with great conference experiences and excellent professional development opportunities. I look forward to seeing you in Seattle!

Ashanté Horton, Program Manager, Conference Services and Education, can be reached at 301-588-1800 ext. 108. E-mail:

Jordan Grote

I graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management with a B.S.B in Marketing in 2011. I love music, TV, and sports; particularly college basketball—Go Gophers!! While in college, I worked at a library, as a teaching assistant and as director of my hometown’s soccer league referees. I moved to the Washington, D.C. area in September 2011, where I was a shift supervisor at Caribou Coffee while considering graduate school before deciding to pursue a job at NCSS. I am excited to contribute to the NCCS effort to raise the profile of social studies at the local, state, and special interest level. I look forward to working with all of you, and will see you in Seattle!

Jordan Grote, Program Manager, External Relations and Council
Communications, can be reached at 301-588-1800 ext. 107. E-mail:


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