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U.S. Department of Education Webinar Series - Increasing Capacity Through ESSA Student Support & Academic Enrichment Grants

U.S. Department of Education

Webinar Series

Non-Regulatory Guidance

Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


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 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.

4 Steps to Scheduling Your Meetings with Congressional Offices


If you don’t already know who your Senators and Representatives are, go to the Senate and House websites:

  • Senate -- look up your Senators by state
  • House  -- enter your zip code to find your Representative.


Contact your Congressional offices to find out the name and e-mail address of the legislative assistant who handles education policy issues.

How to Prepare for Your Meeting

Tips on Preparing for your Meeting

In preparation for your meeting, collect a few facts, figures and anecdotes that are specific to your state or the local schools, or a few stories as examples to use in your meetings. These could include but aren’t limited to:

We were all thrilled when the Every Student Succeeds Act created multiple new competitive grants to support high quality instruction in civics, economics, geography and history.  And we were disappointed that when the President’s budget request came out on February 9th, it did not include requests for some of the new social studies grants.  Now, we need to have Congress provide funding for those grants – and we need your help!

What's in the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for Social Studies? View this webinar to find out in greater detail the social studies provisions included in ESSA and what we need to do next to secure that funding and enable social studies educators to apply.


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