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In the fall of 2016, social studies educators were invited to lead an activity in the classroom encouraging students to register for the MyCollegeOptions® College Planning Program.

Remember to Cast Your Vote!

The 2017 NCSS Board and Officer Elections closes Monday, January 16 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Individual NCSS members in good standing as of October 15, 2016 are eligible to vote. NCSS has engaged Election-America to conduct the online election. Eligible voters have received instructions and unique login credentials to access the online ballot.  You can see information on candidates at www.socialstudies.org/ncsselection2016. 

The Board of Directors of National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) approved a new Strategic Plan at their November 30, 2016 meeting, held during the NCSS 96th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Social Studies Social Justice Research Grant

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Sponsored by: Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education and College and University Faculty Assembly

 

Request for Proposals

Deadline: August 15, 2016

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.

Terry Cherry, teacher at Naaman Forest High School in Garland, TX has been elected as vice-president of National Council for the Social Studies and is line to assume the NCSS presidency 2017-2018. Terry has previously served a term on the NCSS board of directors. He has also served on the boards of the Texas Council for the Social Studies and Garland Garland Council for the Social Studies, including terms as president of each.

Also elected to three-year terms on the NCSS Board of Directors are:

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Events around the world increasingly demand informed, engaged, critical thinkers and problem solvers – knowledge and skills found in the teaching of the civics, economics, geography, history, psychology, sociology, philosophy and the humanities.

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We have an important opportunity to support funding for the social studies this year, since civic education champion Congressman Cole has now become subcommittee chairman. But he needs our help - he needs other Representatives to submit requests to fund the social studies.

Catriona Macdonald, President of Linchpin Strategies and NCSS's Congressional expert, discusses the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Act) Reauthorization, as well as how to most effectively communicate about ESEA with Members of Congress directly and via the Appropriations process.

Fritz Fischer, History Professor and Director History Education at University of Northern Colorado, and long-time board leader of National Council for History Education (NCHE), authored the lead article in the December issue of History Matters.

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