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New NCSS-Jackson Center Award Nominations Due August 9th!

The Robert H. Jackson Center and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) are pleased to announce a partnership to offer the Robert H. Jackson Center Award for Teaching Justice. The award was created to honor an educator who teaches the concept of justice in creative, inspiring ways, which may include teaching about civil liberties, human rights, international humanitarian law, the Holocaust, genocide studies, or local issues of justice.

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New NCSS-Jackson Center Award Nominations Due August 9th!

The Robert H. Jackson Center and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) are pleased to announce a partnership to offer the Robert H. Jackson Center Award for Teaching Justice. The award was created to honor an educator who teaches the concept of justice in creative, inspiring ways, which may include teaching about civil liberties, human rights, international humanitarian law, the Holocaust, genocide studies, or local issues of justice.

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Senate Passes ESEA

NCSS lobbyist Catriona Macdonald has informed us that Senator Peters’ amendment to allow parent engagement funds to also be used to support financial literacy activities was adopted by voice vote and added to the ESEA bill today on the Senate floor.  This means that, for the first time since 2011, there is a real possibility of continuous, dedicated federal funding for all four of the social studies disciplines. The Senate subsequently moved to final passage, and passed the bill with 81 bipartisan votes.

Social Studies not 'Left Behind' in Senate ESEA Bill

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.

2015 NCSS Election Results

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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Message to Congress: Don’t Leave Social Studies Behind

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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.

We need 15 minutes of your time this week to support funding for the social studies

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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.

January 2015 Legislative Webinar- ESEA Reauthorization

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.

Teacher Practice Networks Annual Survey

NCSS needs your responses to the Teacher Practice Networks Annual Survey. The Teacher Practice Networks Annual Survey is designed to learn from teachers about the types of supports that are helping them implement new state standards, which may be referred to as the Common Core, College and Career Readiness Standards, or something else specific to your state or district. Your feedback will help National Council for the Social Studies in further defining teacher needs as it moves forward in developing College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework professional learning initiatives.

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Please help! National Board for Professional Teaching Standards -Early Adolescence: Social Studies Field Test

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is seeking help to make 2015 a successful year for the redesigned Early Adolescence: Social Studies certification. The National Board needs social studies educators teaching students ages 11-15 to take a 90 minute field test. The results of the field test will help them select items for inclusion on the revised assessment. In order to have this certificate as an option next year, it is essential that enough educators complete the field test so that there is enough data.

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