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International Assembly

The International Assembly provides a forum for collaboration and interchange of ideas among NCSS members from the United States and foreign countries. The Assembly promotes linkages among NCSS educators to enhance professional development, to enrich social studies learning, and to share research, learning activities, and teaching methods with global perspectives. The Assembly conducts its own program and business meeting during the NCSS Annual Conference. (NCSS membership is required to be a member of Associated Groups, including International Assembly.)

College University Faculty Assembly (CUFA)

College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) is an affiliate group of the National Council for the Social Studies. CUFA consists of higher education faculty members, graduate students, K-12 teachers, and others interested in a diversity of ideas and issues associated with social studies education. In addition it is an advocacy organization for social studies education. CUFA conducts its own program and business meeting during the NCSS Annual Conference.

National Social Studies Supervisors Association (NSSSA)

NSSSA promotes the common interest of social studies supervisors in instruction, curriculum materials, research, teacher training, and social action. Based on the belief that interaction between teachers and students is the most vital element of an education system, NSSSA encourages and assists in the development of social studies instruction. It extends its services and assistance to supervisors at state and local levels in their efforts to initiate similar organizations. NSSSA conducts its own program and meeting at the NCSS Annual Conference. Regular Member $40.

General Duties of NCSS Board Members and Officers

Serving on the NCSS Board of Directors is an honor but comes with a responsibility to to embrace active commitment and engagement throughout the term.

Affiliated State and Local Councils

Affiliation with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) is open to groups with similar purposes and goals as NCSS. NCSS does not encourage duplication of state or local councils within the same geographic region.

Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research Award

The Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research Award recognizes professionals who have made extensive contributions to knowledge concerning significant areas of social studies education through meritorious research.

NCSS Exemplary Research Award

The Exemplary Research Award recognizes scholarship with the potential to significantly impact and/or transform social studies education research and practice.

Deadline Extended :  May 22, 2016

The committee will consider any research that has been published within the last year. This research can be published in book or journal article format.
If the nominated piece is a journal article, it should be published in a nationally or internationally ranked journal that can be found at:

Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award

The Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding research completed in pursuit of the doctoral degree. Award recipients receive: commemorative gift; an opportunity to present a session at the NCSS Annual Conference on their research.

Deadline Extended:  May 22, 2016

note: If there are an insufficient number of applicants for the award in a given year, the applications received will be held over for consideration next year.

Middle Level Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year

Discovery Education LogoThe annual NCSS Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards recognize exceptional classroom social studies teachers for grades 5-8.

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