Silver Spring, Md. – June 30, 2009 – Susan (Sue) J. Blanchette, a high school teacher at Hillcrest High School in Dallas, Texas, has been elected Vice President of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the nation’s largest professional organization for social studies educators. Blanchette will begin her 2009-10 term effective July 1, 2009. She is in line to become NCSS President in 2011-12.
Blanchette believes that the biggest challenge as social studies educators is demonstrating the pressing need for the content, critical thinking skills and civic dispositions that social studies education provides. In addition, she strongly believes that “by defining success through statistics only, we are using an incomplete picture of student success in learning. As social studies educators we must strive to provide policy makers with a picture of learning accomplishment that takes into account a variety of learning facets and therefore is a more accurate measure of success.”
A veteran teacher with 30 years of experience, Blanchette has taught both middle school and high school in the Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD), has sponsored Mock Trial teams for 15 years, written curriculum for staff development in Dallas ISD, and is on the school’s Faculty Advisory Committee. An active member of the local, state, and national social studies councils for more than two decades, she has served as president of the Dallas Council for the Social Studies (DCSS) in 1993, 1997, and 2005, and as president of Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS) in 2005. She has served as co-chair of the NCSS Nominations Committee and is currently finishing her three-year term on the NCSS Board of Directors. Her teaching has earned her several awards, including the Texas Excellence Award given by the University of Texas and the TCSS and NCSS Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award in 1999 and 2000 respectively
Proactive in seeking opportunities to further enrich her content knowledge and teaching skills, Blanchette participated in a teacher exchange in Kyrgyzstan, was awarded two William Robertson Coe Fellowships, and most recently was a Fullbright Fellow in India. Blanchette received a B.S. in history from Central Connecticut State university (1973), a MLA from Southern Methodist University (1989), and successfully completed her Texas Master Teacher Exam in 1990. In addition, she has done post-graduate studies at State University of New York at Stonybrook (1992 and 1993), and at Virginia Commonwealth University (1995).
Other NCSS officers beginning their one-year term as of July 1, 2009, are Syd Golston (Scottsdale, AZ), President and Steven Goldberg (Hasting-on-Hudson), President-elect. In addition, four newly elected NCSS board members will begin three-year terms on July 1: Karen Burgard (Blue Springs, MO), Secondary Teacher Representative; Roxanna Mechem (Union, MO), Supervisor Representative; Jack Wilson (Eureka, MO), K-12 Classroom Teacher-at-large Representative; and Michelle Herczog (Culver City, CA), At-large Representative. Donald Gilmore (Denver, CO), was elected to the board of the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education (FASSE).
Founded in 1921, the National Council for the Social Studies has approximately 20,000 members in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and 69 foreign countries. Membership includes K-16 classroom teachers, curriculum supervisors and specialists, curriculum writers and designers, and teacher educators. The NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for K – 16 teachers of civics, history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology and law-related education. Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. The theme for this year’s annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia, November 13-15, 20089 is “Dreams and Deeds: The Civic Mission of Schools.”
A photograph of Blanchette is available at http://www.socialstudies.org/media_photos