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Social Studies in the Every Student Succeeds Act: Where do we go from here? (Recorded Webinar)

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.

Once you receive additional information regarding the 2016 Appropriations timeline and asks, you will want to review the attached slides titled: "Making your Appropriations Requests Presentation Slides" in preparation for making your requests. Please focus on the process conveyed rather than any specific information provided about dates, amounts or configuration of the ask listed on those slides. Deadlines for appropriations outreach to your members of Congress will depend on deadlines still being determined by Congressional Offices. Our approach and specific ask amounts this year will be defined according to the context offered by this particular year's appropriations process and political climate.

To learn more about the authorization and appropriation processes, strategies for engaging with your Members of Congress, or, in general, the trajectory of NCSS advocacy efforts, please visit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoNAqOGEXdBku_xBOzGolXJk1pRHuYMxW. Again, please disregard any specifics about previous ask amounts or configurations.

 

Support for Civics and History Funding- Action Needed by July 18

The United States Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to pass its funding bill for health and education programs for next year but once again, the bill included no federal support for teaching history, civics, geography or economics. It's not too late to show your support for funding teaching in the social studies.

The House subcommittee making decisions about education and health funding will consider its bill July 18. This gives us a short period of time to push legislators to include funding for the social studies in their version of the FY 2013 funding bill. But if we want to be successful, it is absolutely vital that Members of the House hear loud and clear from large numbers of constituents letting them know that funding for the social studies is a priority. Representatives can also cosponsor the Sandra Day O'Connor Civic Learning Act, which will send a message about the importance of funding innovative programs in civic education.

How you can help

So, what can you do? Take five minutes to make one important phone call. Then, ask your colleagues, friends, neighbors and family to do the same thing!

  1. If you don't know your Representative's name, go to www.house.gov and look him or her up by entering your zip code.
  2. Call the DC office for your Representative at the number listed on the Member's website, or call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121 and ask to be connected to that Representative’s office.
  3. Ask whoever answers the phone in your Representative’s office to connect you to the Legislative Assistant who handles education issues.
  4. When you talk to the assistant (or leave a message) identify yourself as a constituent. Ask if your Representative would please do two things:
    • Call Chairman Rehberg and ask for competitive grants for civics and for history in the
    • Sign on as a cosponsor of H.R. 3464, The Sandra Day O’Connor Civic Learning Act.

History, civics, economics and geography is well represented in DC, and NCSS leadership has been working hard in concert with other organizations in our community to carry our wins in the Senate ESEA reauthorization bill over to the funding bill. But we need more voices, more boots on the ground. And we need them in a hurry. It us up to us to ensure that students are gaining the critical skills and knowledge required to be informed citizens in our deliberative democracy.

Support for Civics and History Funding- Action Needed by July 18

The United States Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to pass its funding bill for health and education programs for next year but once again, the bill included no federal support for teaching history, civics, geography or economics. It's not too late to show your support for funding teaching in the social studies.

The House subcommittee making decisions about education and health funding will consider its bill July 18. This gives us a short period of time to push legislators to include funding for the social studies in their version of the FY 2013 funding bill. But if we want to be successful, it is absolutely vital that Members of the House hear loud and clear from large numbers of constituents letting them know that funding for the social studies is a priority. Representatives can also cosponsor the Sandra Day O'Connor Civic Learning Act, which will send a message about the importance of funding innovative programs in civic education.

How you can help

So, what can you do? Take five minutes to make one important phone call. Then, ask your colleagues, friends, neighbors and family to do the same thing!

  1. If you don't know your Representative's name, go to www.house.gov and look him or her up by entering your zip code.
  2. Call the DC office for your Representative at the number listed on the Member's website, or call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121 and ask to be connected to that Representative’s office.
  3. Ask whoever answers the phone in your Representative’s office to connect you to the Legislative Assistant who handles education issues.
  4. When you talk to the assistant (or leave a message) identify yourself as a constituent. Ask if your Representative would please do two things:
    • Call Chairman Rehberg and ask for competitive grants for civics and for history in the
    • Sign on as a cosponsor of H.R. 3464, The Sandra Day O’Connor Civic Learning Act.

History, civics, economics and geography is well represented in DC, and NCSS leadership has been working hard in concert with other organizations in our community to carry our wins in the Senate ESEA reauthorization bill over to the funding bill. But we need more voices, more boots on the ground. And we need them in a hurry. It us up to us to ensure that students are gaining the critical skills and knowledge required to be informed citizens in our deliberative democracy.

NCSS Letter to Hawaii DOE-2011

The attached letter was written on behalf of social studies educators in Hawaii to the HI DOE. Educators in Hawaii alerted the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) that they were considerin reducing the number of social studies credits for high school graduation from four to three credits. We urged them not do so.

Honolulu Civil Beat on 9/15/2011 titled "Hawaii Ed Department Drops Plan to Cut Social Studies Requirements." Click here to view the full article:http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2011/09/15/12860-hawaii-ed-department-...

Social Studies in the Era of No Child Left Behind

A Position Statement of National Council for the Social Studies

"A primary object...should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing...than...communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country."
--George Washington

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