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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


National Council for the Social Studies 

2016 Hill Visit Talking Points

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Introduce yourself:

2016 NCSS Legislative Day

Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
11:00am to 5:00pm

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.

Will Congress Support Social Studies? Only if You Take Action Now!

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.

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.


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