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Leaders' Webinar: Social Studies and a Well-Rounded Education, Demystifying the Guidance

This webinar provides an open discussion forum about the non-regulatory guidance entitled: "Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants Guidance" released in October by the U.S. Department of Education. Key aspects of this guidance and its recommendations to leverage Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) grant funding for social studies programs are unpacked. Presenters: NCSS Executive Director Lawrence Paska and Linchpin Strategies President Catriona Macdonald.

 

2016 NCSS Legislative Priorities

Please take a moment today, Thursday, Dec. 1, to virtually advocate for Social Studies education during the 2016 NCSS Legislative Day.

WHEN:  Thursday, Dec. 1 between 12:00 PM and 3:30 PM

HOW: Visit http://www.socialstudies.org/advocacy/actioncenter and Find your Members’ Twitter, FaceBook and other helpful information by:

2016 Talking Points for your Hill Visits

Introduce yourself:

  • Who are you and why do you care about teaching subjects essential to citizenship development?  (Note: in many offices, it is better to talk about “civics, economics, geography and history” than to use the term “social studies” when describing the academic content.  Many offices aren’t certain what “social studies” means, or have negative associations with the term.)

Explain the importance of teaching civics, economics, geography, history, and what is happening in these subjects in your state:

2016 NCSS Legislative Day


In light of the recent re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and pending appropriations legislation, NCSS announces Thursday, December 1 as an all­-day Legislative Day event that provides a unique opportunity for social studies educators to reach out directly to members of Congress about the issues that are important to our profession.

The US Senate Elementary & Secondary Education Act re-authorization Bill (ESEA...'Every Child Achieves Act") contains important provisions benefiting American History, Civics, Economics and Geography, including competitive grant funding for these subjects. The House and Senate Bills now go to a Conference (after Labor Day) to iron out the differences in the two Chamber's ESEA re-authorization Bills.The House ESEA re-authorization Bill (HR 5) does not contain any provisions for these critical subjects.

On April 7, U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray unveiled their long-anticipated compromise measure to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka NCLB or ESEA.) The social studies were not 'left behind' in the Senators' bill.

Over the next few weeks, states around our nation can join Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Tennessee in submitting waivers to the requirements of the federal education law No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

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