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Programs and Projects Endorsed by NCSS

"A Path Appears" Curricula Collection

In March 2015 NCSS endorsed a new curricula collection, A Path Appears, that uses content drawn from the issues presented in the documentary by the same name produced by Independent Television Service (ITVS), which aired in the Emmy Award-winning PBS broadcast series Independent Lens. The documentary is inspired by the recently published book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The A Path Appears standards-aligned curriculum collection illuminates pressing issues facing women and girls both in the U.S., explores and contextualizes the six main topics covered in the documentary series: sex trafficking, early childhood intervention, teen pregnancy, forced child labor, girl's education, gender-based violence and domestic violence with a clear focus on providing deeper knowledge of the roots of these issues, highlighting innovative programs and leaders who have developed new approaches to solutions and are creating measurable impact in their communities, and connecting students to resources for further study and action. The curriculum collection also illustrates the relevance of gender equity for boys and men, and the correlation between promoting women's progress and improving the health and prosperity of communities as a whole.
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Generation Global (formerly Face to Faith)

NCSS endorsed Face to Faith, a student-centered approach to learning that reflects best teaching practices. The program promotes cross-cultural understanding, equipping young people with key 21st century competencies needed to live in a world of diverse faiths and beliefs. Teachers participating in Face to Faith become part of a global educational community that helps them grow and develop as professionals. Tony Blair Faith Foundation .

My Mother's Voice

NCSS endorsed, My Mother’s Voice a 25-minute (DVD) documentary based on the true story of a 14-year-old girl orphaned during the Armenian genocide and how she found her way to America to marry a man she knew only from a photograph. Her story brings an epic chapter in Armenian history to life. There is no charge to teachers if the digitalized film and the online teacher’s guide with handouts are requested through the Filmmaker’s website, Stories by Dr. Kay.

Newseum "Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less

NCSS endorsed Newseum "Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less which is the First Amendment and the Women’s Suffrage Movement” Digital Classroom learning module. Newseum Education.

iBook: 1812: Who Won the War

NCSS endorsed iBook; 1812: Who Won the War? an interactive resource designed to create a dynamic and engaging experience in American and Canadian classrooms. This exceptional digital tool enhances the study of a war that shaped the future of the United States and Canada. 1812: Who Won the War? encourages teachers to make the study of history a verb; that is, for students to “do history” in the same way that students “do science.” It meshes with mandated social studies curricula in all 50 U.S. states and 10 Canadian provinces. Extensive field-testing demonstrated that the iBook’s interactive characteristics allow a broad range of students – Grades 6 to 12 - to successfully use 1812: Who Won the War? 21st Century Toolbox: History of Canadian-American Relations . On itunes

Newseum Making a Change: The First Amendment and the Civil Rights Movement

NCSS endorsed "Making a Change" The First Amendment and the Civil Rights Movement. At its heart, “Making a Change” is about the role of individuals and groups in a democracy: their rights and responsibilities, and how those rights and responsibilities can be leveraged as tools to change society for the better. The resources and activities in this module catalyze student engagement with this content, their communities and their peers across the country. “Making a Change,” a free resource on the online Newseum Digital Classroom for teachers and students, is organized by our three learning lenses of Historical Connections, Media Literacy and Civics & Citizenship .

Syria Deeply

NCSS endorsed Syria Deeply, co-authored by Andrew Beiter and Joseph Karb, the 2012 NCSS Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year, Syria Deeply created an interactive curriculum around the Syria crisis geared towards middle and high school students. The Teach Syria educational toolkit is designed by teachers for teachers, and allows educators to feel comfortable teaching about Syria without having to feel like they are an expert. These ready-to-use, Common Core-friendly materials will help to bring in-depth foreign policy education to the classroom, highlighting history in action via a contemporary global and humanitarian issue, allowing students to learn in a new interactive way geared towards a millennial audience. News Deeply.

C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations

NCSS endorsed C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations, a free membership service dedicated to providing teachers with resources such as primary source video clips, newspaper articles, current events lesson plans, and deliberation strategies that make it easy to engage students in classroom discussions about current issues being debated within the U.S. Government. The goal of C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations is to provide a free resource of high scholarly merit for educators nationwide. Deliberations offers primary source materials on key issues being debated within the U.S. Government and requires students to research and analyze the issue in order to develop and defend an informed position. C-SPAN Classroom.

C-SPAN in the Classroom’s resources for the network’s American Writers series

NCSS endorsed C-SPAN in the Classroom’s resources for the network’s American Writers series. Deliberations designed to engage students in classroom discussions about current issues being debated within the U.S. Government. The webpage includes a carefully selected set of C-SPAN primary source video clips and newspaper articles that concisely present the leading positions on a new issue each month. Teachers will find handouts, current events lesson plans, and deliberation strategies that make it easy to engage students in the issues. C-SPAN Classroom .

Mary Tinker Tour

NCSS endorsed Mary Tinker Tour.To promote civics education and student voices, a Tinker Tour was planned to be for part of the school year carriculum. This platiform was used to talk with students about Mary Tinker case, the Constitution and civic involvement. Also the Tinker Tour listened to how students are keeping the Constitution alive by using it in their lives and communities. .

Rock and Roll: An American Story curriculum project

NCSS endorsed Rock and Roll: An American Story curriculum project and named Steve Armstrong to serve as the formal Advisor on the program advisory committtee: An American Story curriculum project, is an online curriculum project that through its interdisciplinary and interactive approach invites teachers and students to engage in critical thinking about social studies and music, and what they mean together. Rock and Roll Forever Foundation.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

NCSS endorsed Half the Sky a pillar program of ITVS's national public media campaign called Women and Girls Lead - a multi-year, multi-platform campaign that uses documentary films to showcase extraordinary women and girls who are changing the world. In collaboration with NGOs, public television, and media partners, the campaign seeks to engage audiences and spark activities that promote leadership development, violence prevention, and economic empowerment. ITVS curricula for PBS.

Auteur Productions study guide of the documentary The Asian and Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter in America

NCSS endorsed and named NCSS member Marian Desrosier to serve as formal advisor on the project.The Asian and Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter in America, a study guide that explores the beliefs, practices and rituals of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism. It examines the similarities and differences with the Abrahamic religions, how they perceive each other, confront prejudice and stereotypes and how they can understand and respect one another. In a world where religion plays so central a role in social, political, and economic events, as well as in the lives of communities and individuals, there is a critical need for ongoing reflection upon and understanding of religious traditions, issues, questions, and values. Auteur Productions Ltd. ml

Generation Citizen Civics Curriculum

NCSS endorsed Generation Citizen Civics Curriculum. This program places and trains college student volunteers (or “college mentors”) in high school classrooms for a semester-long interactive course in civic education. College mentors work with secondary teachers to implement an action- oriented civic engagement program, tailored to the particular class and the community of which the students are residents. Mentors are chosen through a rigorous selection process based on their prior mentoring experience and expertise in community organizing and civic engagement. They receive substantial training before entering the high school classroom, and ongoing support throughout the semester. The training is conducted by University professors, educators, and other civics experts. Generation Citizen—Civics Curriculum.

National Education for Sustainability K-12 Student Learning Standards

NCSS endorsed National Education for Sustainability K-12 Student Learning Standards. This program defines what K-12 students should know and be able to do to be sustainability literate. National Education for Sustainability K-12 Student Learning Standards includes are three overarching student learning standards or essential understandings followed by a summary chart (Table 1) of Education for Sustainability (EfS) concepts by K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 grade bands. Grade band concepts are organized by components which are directly connected to the three learning standards. US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development.

The Skyhook Foundation—‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ Interactive Teachers Study Guide

NCSS endorsed The Skyhook Foundation—‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ Interactive Teachers Study Guide. The Skyhook Foundation was started in February 2010. Its mission is to utilize a global sports Icon (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to reach out to high school students nationwide and be an inspiration to be more than athlete. The Skyhook Foundation believes that there are common attributes underlying both academic and athletic excellence. These common values include discipline, leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship and conflict resolution. The Skyhook Foundation B.E.S.T. (Building Education and Sports Together) program harnesses these common attributes into a program that instills confidence and purpose into students’ lives. As Kareem states, “"I can do more than stuff a ball through a hoop; my greatest asset is my mind." The Skyhook Foundation—‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ Interactive Teachers Study Guide .

The History Uncovered Competition

NCSS endorsed ABC-CLIO'S annual competition, History Uncovered, for middle and high school age students. History Uncovered is a unique opportunity for teams of secondary school students, coached by their social studies teachers and school library-media specialists, to participate in a meaningful competitive endeavor that emphasizes research skills along with historical and critical thinking. ABC-CLIO--History Uncovered Competition.

The Legacy Essay Contest

NCSS endorsed the Legacy Essay contest on the lessons and legacy of the Civil Rights Movement for high school students. The essay contest was created in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the National Education Association (NEA), and it included a lesson plan. The essay contest was intended for high school juniors and seniors only. .

Project Archaeology

NCSS endorsed Project Archaeology a national education program for teachers and their students in grades 3 through 8. Project Archaeology designs supplementary social studies and science curricula (Smith et al., 1996; Letts & Moe, 2007) to show how archaeology is used in constructing the past and why it is important to protect archaeological sites for the scientific data they contain. Since 1990, Project Archaeology curricular materials have been distributed to over 7,000 educators in 27 states Project Archaeology at Montana State University—curriculum guide Projec:tArchaeology: Investigating Shelter .

Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

NCSS endorsed Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam which was broadcast on over two hundred public television stations nationwide. The program compares similarities and differences in religious beliefs and practices that Islam has with Christianity and Judaism. It also examines how people of goodwill in the Abrahamic faith communities are coming to terms with historical conflicts that impact their lives today, the crisis of the fundamentalist approach to religious pluralism, and tearing down barriers to understanding & respect. Auteur Productions Ltd..

We the People Programs: The Citizen and the Constitution and Project Citizen

NCSS endorsed We the People Programs: The Citizen and the Constitution and Project Citizen.The primary goal of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s elementary and secondary students. What makes the program so successful is the design of its instructional program, including its innovative culminating activity.

The instructional program enhances students understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy. At the same time, students discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students "testify" before a panel of judges. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities

NGS Campaign “My Wonderful World” Campaign

NCSS endorsed NGS Campaign “My Wonderful World” Campaign, as a response to research that too many students lack basic geographic knowledge skills that will be needed for them to become better and effective citizens in today’s world – a goal shared by both NGS and NCSS, National Geographic Society (NGS) launched the “My Wonderful World” Campaign through its Education Foundation as a direct initiative to reverse this trend. NCSS is one of several organizations that form a coalition that supports this Campaign. The campaign seeks to: show parents how to help their children learn about the world; increase geographic offerings and resources in the schools; increase the number of students who take geography-related courses and engage in related activities at school; generate local support for geography education in schools; and increase the number of community organizations that engage young people in geography-related activities.

NGS is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that reaches more than 330 million people each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and four other magazines.;

NGS Campaign.

Pen or Pencil

NCSS endorsed PEN OR PENCIL: FREEDOM OF CHOICE an academic service learning program of the National Alliance of Faith and Justice (NAFJ) that targets grades 5-8. On behalf of the Corporation for National and Community Service, NAFJ is providing community- and faith-based organizations with grants to implement the program which emphasizes that the lack of education can lead to incarceration, but that making the right choices and having the strength to endure extreme hardship, as well known and less well known Civil Rights movement leaders and activists did, can yield immesurable success.

The mission of the National Alliance of Faith and Justice is to promote the value of the inclusion of faith in addressing consequences and resolutions of crime with emphasis upon its impact on African Americans and other people of color in society. NAFJ is committed to raising consciousness and developing strategies to train and motivate the collaboration of faith and justice in addressing some of society’s most pressing public safety needs. For more information visit and National Alliance of Faith and Justice . and

APA National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula

NCSS endorsed APA National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula. The American Psychological Association (APA) – through its high school teacher affiliate committee, Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) – requested that the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) endorse the APA National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula for its members to use to develop high school psychology curricula that are consistent with both APA’s vision of quality psychology instruction and NCSS’s vision of quality social studies instruction. Endorsement was approved by the board.

Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide American Psychological Association (APA) .

National & Global Youth Service Day

NCSS endorsed and was a National Partner in Youth Service America’s (YSA) 18th Annual National & Global Youth Service Day (NGYSD) that will be celebrated April 21-23, 2006. As a National Partner, NCSS will provide support for the goals of NGYSD to: MOBILIZE youth to identify and address the needs of their communities through service; SUPPORT youth on a life-long path of service and civic engagement; and EDUCATE the public, the media, and policymakers about the year-round contributions of young people as community leaders. National Youth Service Day will highlight the amazing contributions that young people make to their communities 365 days a year. Young people will design and lead service-learning projects in areas ranging from literacy and the environment, to healthcare, hunger, and help for the elderly.

YSA's mission is to strengthen the effectiveness, sustainability, and scale of the youth service and service-learning fields in order to create healthy communities and foster citizenship, knowledge, and the personal development of young people Youth Service America.

People to People

NCSS endorsed People to People Ambassador Programs which develops delegations that visit countries around the world to promote international goodwill through professional, technical, and educational exchanges. In order to expand the base of individuals who have access to our education delegations, they are proposing a co-sponsorship collaboration with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). NCSS agreed to endorse and collaborate as agreed to on the notification letter.

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Jamestown 2007 and the Jamestown 2007 Teach-In

NCSS endorsed Jamestown 2007 and the Jamestown 2007 Teach-In, a two-year national commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the first permanent English settlement, Jamestown, through a variety of entertaining and educational “Signature Events and Programs.” The Jamestown 2007 Teach-In was designed to reach all 54 million students in more than 90,000 schools nationwide. The “Teach-In” was a 60-90 minute live broadcast produced onsite at Jamestown Settlement (or adjacent Historic Jamestowne Island). Plans were made to broadcast the event national wide on major television networks, in late October through mid-November, 2006, leading into the celebrations in 2007. Jamestown 2007 (Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation).

Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey

NCSS endorsed Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey a documentary film that was screened at the NCSS Conference in San Antonio. The film takes an indepth look at Nobel Prize Laureate Ralph Bunche – His life and legacy: his work in conflict resolution, international peace, justice and intergroup harmony. Educational materials have been developed to help teachers incorporate the film into their school’s curriculum (companion web site, comprehensive high school teacher’s guide, college level instructor’s notes, and a color poster) see and

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NCSS endorsed Art:21 which featured visual artists who offered compelling role models for creative thinking and problem solving across the disciplines. Feedback from educators across the country demonstrated that the concepts of contemporary artists and the techniques used by them to achieve their goals inspire students to formulate questions, engage in new ideas, and rethink the familiar. Art21 offered teachers and general audiences access to exhibitions and artworks far from their homes, as well as the opportunity to explore contemporary ideas and issues presented by a diverse range of emerging and established artists. Art in the 21st Century.

C-SPAN in the Classroom’s resources for the network’s American Writers series

NCSS endorsed C-SPAN in the Classroom’s resources for the network’s American Writers series. The American Writers series looked at the lives and works of selected American writers who chronicled, reflected upon, or influenced the course of our nation. During a ten-month period (beginning in March 2001) C-SPAN broadcasted live from one historic site associated with a writer, covering over ten months, US hisotry (from its founding to the Vietnam War). C-SPAN Classroom .

Capital Experience: Close Up Washington Middle School Program

NCSS endorsed Close Up’s Middle School Programs which are designed to give students hands-on opportunities to interact with government and history in Washington, DC. Close Up Foundation.

Congress in the Classroom®

NCSS endorsed Congress in the Classroom® a ten year-old national program dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information on teaching about Congress. Each year thirty-five teachers from across the country gather to share best practices and listen to subject matter experts on various Congress-related topics. The Dirksen Congressional Center is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization in Pekin, Illinois that seeks to improve civic engagement by promoting a better understanding of Congress and its leaders through archival, research, and educational programs. The Dirksen Congressional Center.

Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy

NCSS endorsed Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy which seeks to improve the personal financial literacy of young adults. It’s purpose is to evaluate the financial literacy of young adults; develop, disseminate, and encourage the use of standards for grades K-12; and promote the teaching of personal finance. The Jump$tart Coalition believes that all young adults need to have the financial literacy necessary to make informed financial decisions. For more information see Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.

Learning to Give

NCSS endorsed Learning to Give video series. During the course of FY 2003 (October 1, 2002-September 30, 2003), the Department of State produced and distributed a series of videos with related curriculum materials in the Doors to Diplomacy series. A special committee of social studies educators (“the special committee”), selected by the NCSS, assisted with topic selection, served in an advisory capacity, and produced the accompanying curriculum materials in keeping with accepted educational standards. The completed video packages were released at four-month intervals during the course of the fiscal year. K-12 Education in Philandthropy.

NewsHour Extra

NCSS endorsed News Hour Extra an award-winning, current events site for teenagers (grades 9-12) where teens can explore issues in the news, make connections to larger issues, ask questions, write an article for publication and gain a deeper understanding of the world. The web site features teaching tools (maps, definitions, vocabulary, timelines, and interactive quizzes), and a Forum section where students that have gained an understanding of a complex policy debate can ask experts and newsmakers questions. Online NewsHour.

A Biography of America Film

NCSS agreed to endorse A Biography of America, a 26-part television video series produced by WGBH Boston with funding from Annenberg/CPB. In its first year college-level American history survey course brought historical events alive by connecting the viewer to individuals’ personal stories as well as by using a thought-provoking approach that introduced cooperating but differing intellectual stances from distinguished history scholars. A web site, special high school teacher guides, and a series of video workshops on how to teach history will accompany the series. The series premiered on the Annenberg/CPB Channel July 2000. National PBS broadcast of the series began September, 2000. Look these up on (web). Annenberg/CPB.

A Force More Powerful

NCSS endorsed and participated in education outreach activities for the WETA-TV documentary series, A Force More Powerful, which aired on PBS in the fall of 2000. The series examines the use of nonviolent protest by a number of popular movements. WETA-TV provided one-year off-air recording rights and distribute 50,000 poster/study guides and viewing guides. Community grants will enabled outreach directors in 25 public television markets to work with the most significant partners in their communities. To encourage long-term use in the high schools three lessons were written by NCSS member and curriculum writer Christine A. Allen. See: WETA-TV, PBS.

America's Legislators Back to School Day

NCSS endorsed America's Legislators Back to School Day this civic education initiative. This effort is geared toward building closer links between legislators and the schools and offering opportunities for legislators to see schools in action firsthand. Every year, on the third Friday of September, legislators all across the country go to schools to talk about what it is like to be a legislator—the processes, pressures, debate, negotiation and compromise that are the essence of the American system of democracy. For more information, contact The National Conference of State Legislators, 444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 515, Washington, DC 20001; 202-624-5400 (phone), 202-737-1069 (fax) or National Conference of State Legislatures.

Campaign for Economic Literacy

NCSS agreed to endorse the National Council of Economic Education’s (NCEE) Campaign for Economic Literacy, which was a five year public awareness effort which focused in communicating the importance of economic education and providing local and national demonstration models of what can be done to improve economic and financial literacy. The goal of the campaign was to have better prepared and better assisted teachers, with improved print and electronic materials based on national content standards, to give students a better grounding in decision-making skills based on sound economics. For more information, contact NCEE, 1140 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036; 212-730-7007 (telephone); 212-730-1793 (fax); or (web). National Council on Economic Education.

Children’s Democracy Project

NCSS endorsed this project resulting from a collaboration between The Media Center of Judge Baker Children’s Center and Family Communications, Inc. The project featured six short video programs and a teacher’s guide designed to help first through third grade students explore the fundamental principles of democracy. NCSS member Sherry Field served as the NCSS representative on the project advisory board, which helped focus project content, suggest teachers to help design and pilot the teacher’s guide, review scripts, and suggest funding sources. .

Civil War Explorer Project

NCSS endorsed and publicized this Civil War Trust project, an interactive, multimedia computer program to facilitate teaching and learning about the Civil War. In addition, NCSS served as a member of the steering committee. See .

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Education Outreach Programs

NCSS agreed to endorse the Foundation’s education outreach programs, which aim to make history come alive in the classroom through exciting curriculum-based, inquiry oriented, hands-on activities. The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is an educational institution of the Commonwealth of Virginia that administers two accredited living history museums, Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. For more information, contact Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, P.O. Box 1607, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1607; 757-253-4838 (phone); 757-253-5299 (fax); or (web). Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

Jazz in America: The National Jazz Curriculum

NCSS endorsed Jazz in America: The National Jazz Curriculum. Developed by the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz, this unique program will integrate the development of jazz during the 1900’s with the socio-political development of American culture. Major cities that were influenced by jazz, the role of women in the development of music, and the impact of jazz in other aspects of society will be highlighted. The curriculum is available at no cost to teachers and students in the fifth, eighth, and eleventh grades nationwide at: .

People of America Foundation’s Education Initiative

NCSS endorsed People of America Foundation’s Education Initiative which sought to promote the understanding of the social and economic benefits created by America’s diversity. The initiative was implemented in four stages: distribution (in print and electronic format) of existing comparative historical information about various population groups that helped build the United States; funding the development of state-specific resource materials in the areas of social history and diversity; manufacturing and distributing the state-specific materials to schools within each state and consolidation of state materials for the Foundation’s web site; and providing support for the next ten years by funding statewide staff development programs and a national communication network. NCSS is represented on the advisory council by Susan Griffin. .

Schools for Global Citizenship Through Technology (former title: Schools for Democracy and Citizenship)

NCSS endorsed Institute of International Education's (IIE) Schools for Global Citizenship Through Technology (former title: Schools for Democracy and Citizenship) program, which aims to establish working partnerships between secondary schools in the United States and abroad. IIE promotes excellence in international education exchange and forges partnerships between public and private sectors to design and implement international programs, some of which have an emphasis on promoting a global perspective in U.S. education and strengthening civil society. NCSS member Christine Allen will be participating in various activities of this project. For more information, contact IIE, 1400 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005-2403; 202-898-0600 (phone); or (web). Institute of International Education.

The American Promise

NCSS endorsed this PBS series on participatory democracy and has become extremely involved in the training of social studies teachers in incorporating the series into their teaching. See Farmers.

Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz curriculum

NCSS endorsed the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz curriculum.The curriculum is available at no cost to teachers and students in the fifth, eighth, and eleventh grades nationwide at This unique program integrates the development of jazz during the 1900’s with the socio-political development of American culture. Major cities that were influenced by jazz, the role of women in the development of the music, and the impact of jazz in other aspects of society will be highlighted. For more information contact the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz, 5225 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 605, Washington, DC 20015; 202-364-7272 (phone), 202-364-0176 (fax), or .

Conscience of Congress Project

NCSS endorsed this one-time project of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and Time Life Education, Inc. to produce and distribute 300,000 copies of Conscience of Congress to middle schools. This publication is designed to introduce students to the work of the Congressional Black Caucus. The project was made possible by corporate donations from Time Warner, the Coca Cola Company, Sara Lee Corporation, Eastman Kodak Company, and the Walt Disney Company. NCSS was the only educational organization that was approached for endorsement. Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and Time Life Education, Inc..

Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) Advisory List of International Educational Travel and Exchange Programs

NCSS endorsed Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) Advisory List of International Educational Travel and Exchange Programs. Each year, CSIET publishes its Advisory List of International Educational Travel and Exchange Programs, which lists those exchange programs deemed to be in compliance with CSIET’s standards on educational perspective, organizational profile, financial responsibility, promotion, student selection and orientation, student placement, operations, student insurance, and adherence to government relations. The report is distributed to all U.S. high schools, as well as many educators, parents, and youth upon request. NCSS endorsed the CSIET advisory list and directed the NCSS Executive Director to pursue membership in CSIET. .

The American President

In 1999 NCSS endorsed this ten-part PBS series that examines the story of the forty-one U.S. presidencies. The series premiered April 9, 2000. Presidential history teaching resources are available at PBS.

The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) Curriculum

NCSS endorsed ATLA a broad-based, international coalition of attorneys, judges, law professors, paralegals, and law students (60,000 members). ATLA describes itself as promoting justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguarding victims' rights -- particularly the right to trial by jury -- and strengthening the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. NCSS has endorsed the concept of developing a curriculum, contingent upon a focus on civic education principles and working with the NCSS Curriculum Standards. American Association for Justice.

The Bible and Public Schools: A First Amendment Guide

Endorsed by the NCSS Board of Directors September 1999. The goal of this publication is to provide educators, administrators, parents, and students with a clear and cogent guide to the appropriate use of the Bible in public school classrooms. The guide is also in agreement with the National Council for the Social Studies Position Statement and Guidelines and Study About Religions in the Social Studies Curriculum. .

The Forgotten Fourteen: The Story of the Battle of New Market Heights

NCSS endorsed The Forgotten Fourteen: The Story of the Battle of New Market Heights. It is a 28-minute documentary videotape that tells the story of the Battle of New Market Heights, a long-ignored Civil War battle in which 14 African-American soldiers won the Medal of Honor (out of a total of 16 Medals of Honor awarded to black soldiers during the entire Civil War). Whereas the soldiers depicted in the film Glory were free blacks from the North, most of these Union soldiers were former slaves. This was the first major battle in U.S. history in which an attacking force of primarily African-American soldiers won a victory for the U.S. Army. The documentary utilizes footage of Civil War reenactments as well as period photographs, maps and drawings. It also includes footage from of an interview with Col. William A. Shields, president of the Black Military History Institute of America, and quotations from eye-witness accounts. The videotape includes background information on the Civil War and describes the lower pay, inferior weapons, sub-standard hospital care, lack of African American officers, and the threat of execution if captured by the Confederate Army. The Forgotten Fourteen is the result of a cooperative effort among four men from the Richmond, Virginia area: Kenneth Brown, a historian and teacher who coordinated the research and is a Civil War reenactor featured in the documentary; Ben Cleary, a writer and educator who wrote the script; Keith Wallace, a school principal and musician who composed the original music; and Richard Groover, a documentary filmaker and owner of Jackson Associates, the distributor of the documentary. It received favorable reviews in Video Librarian and MC Journal: the Journal of Academic Media Librarianship. .

2nd Annual China-U.S. Conference on Education (July 14-18, 1998),

NCSS endorsed and publicized the 2nd Annual China-U.S. Conference on Education (July 14-18, 1998), a cooperative effort between the China Association for Science and Technology and Global Interactions, Inc. The China Association for Science and Technology and Global Interactions, Inc. .

Africans in America Program

NCSS endorsed the educational initiative that supports the four-part, six-hour public television series, Africans in America (aired in October 1998). Africans in America was broadcast nationally on PBS in the fall of 1998. From the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 to the start of the Civil War in 1861, the series tells the story of a common history for early America. It illuminates how both Europeans and Africans struggled to define freedom and created a new nation. Central to this story is how slavery impacted Americans, both black and white, and how issues of race have historically impeded a shared sense of nationhood. The series challenges the idea that African Americans were passive figures in early American history. It explores the myriad forms of active resistance and leadership undertaken by blacks as they challenged America to live up to its promise of democracy. Africans in America will offer students an opportunity to learn about fundamental principles such as liberty and equality from multiple perspectives and to grapple with what it means to be a citizen in a multicultural society. In October 1998, NCSS publicized the initiative in TSSP and published a special section in Social Education relating to the program and its subject matter. NCSS helped recruit teachers for the National Lead Teacher Initiative and hosted training workshops for these teachers at the 78th NCSS Annual Conference in Anaheim. WGBH- PBS.

Census 2000

NCSS endorsed Census 2000 and Making Sense of Census 2000, an initiative to encourage activities that increased awareness and participation in Census 2000. NCSS publicized endorsement and promoted the project in NCSS publications; offerred time on the annual conference agenda for Census Bureau staff to address the membership; published adapted lessons from "Making Sense of Census 2000" or other content pieces on the census in NCSS journals and newsletters (Census Bureau staff and other content specialists will provide articles). The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of the Census .

Disney American Teacher Awards

NCSS endorsed the American Teacher Awards Program, that promotes national recognition and respect for the teaching profession by selecting and showcasing exemplary elementary and secondary school teachers whose classes and students represent the diversity of the American public and private school systems. .

Network to Freedom Interpretive Studies Program

NCSS endorsed this project and named NCSS member W. Chris Stewart to serve as NCSS representative on the program advisory committee. The Network to Freedom Interpretive Studies Program is a comprehensive three-phase program which allows youth to study the Underground Railroad, race relations, the Civil Rights Movement, and human rights in South Africa. A comprehensive three-phase program which will allow youth to study the Underground Railroad, race relations, the Civil Rights Movement and human rights in South Africa. Phase I offers an opportunity for public and private schools to enter into partnership with the International Network Freedom Association for a four-week interpretive study of the underground railroad and race relations. Phase I includes sites in seven regions: I—NE, IA, KS, MO; II—NC, SC, VA, DC; III—PA; V—OH; VI—DE, MD, WV; VII—FL, GA. Students successfully completing Phase I are eligible for participation in Phase II. Phase III provides alumni of Phase II an opportunity to participate in a two-week international study in South Africa. The International Network to Freedom Association.

People Power

NCSS endorsed and agreed to participate in education outreach activities for a new WETA-TV documentary series People Power, to be aired on PBS in Fall 1999. People Power will examine how a number of popular movements used nonviolent sanctions. WETA-TV will provide one-year off-air recording rights and distribute 50,000 poster/study guides and viewing guides. Community grants will enable outreach directors in 25 public television markets to work with the most significant partners in their communities. To encourage long-term use in the high schools, a task force of teachers will select the stories that most readily meet curriculum needs and develop NCSS standards-based teaching modules. Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

The Cold War

NCSS endorsed this project of Turner Learning and Time Warner. It is a twelve-week, 24-hour television series that aired on CNN beginning in September 1998 and continued throughout the school year. The framework of the series is the confrontation, military and ideological, differences between two great powers. The series will provide interviews from both sides of the Iron Curtain, with statesmen whose policies determined the course of global events, and ordinary men and women whose lives were threatened or safeguarded by these policies. In September of the same year, the Cold War Educator guide CD-ROM were mailed to more than 10,000 middle and high school teachers throughout the country, and identical materials are available on the Web site. Included on the CD-ROM were Curriculum Connections, a matrix that links each episode to the appropriate themes identified by NCSS and the National Council for History Education. A Cold War session was also held at the 1998 NCSS Annual Meeting in Anaheim. Turner Learning and Time Warner.

Young Americans Vietnam War Era Studies Project

NCSS endorsed this project of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to distribute educational materials portraying the impact of the Vietnam War and its era to each high school in the United States. The curriculum project is slated to provide each school with a variety of replicable materials including information about items left at the memorial, documents from the era, video clips, and an instructional guide on how to bring veterans of the era into the classroom to share their experiences. Martharose Laffey serves on the Advisory Board. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund .

Fed Challenge

NCSS endorsed the Federal Reserve Bank’s Fed Challenge, a student competition based on the role of the Federal Reserve in setting monetary policy. The board endorsed the project’s stated goals: to “increase teachers’, students’, and the public’s awareness and understanding of the unique role of the Federal Reserve in the economy; promote greater interest in economics as a subject for undergraduate and postgraduate study, and as the basis for a future career; develop students’ research, cooperation, presentation and critical thinking skills; develop a closer relationship between schools and the Federal Reserve Banks; and support the objectives of the social studies/economics/business curricula of local school districts and promote effective teaching practices.” Federal Reserve Bank.

American Association of School Librarians (AASL) - Statement on Information Literacy

NCSS endorsed the American Association of School Librarians Policy Statement on Information Literacy. NCSS continues to be actively involved with the National Forum on Information Literacy, which meets on a quarterly basis. In September, 2009 NCSS further endorsed American Association for State and Local History’s (AASLH) Coalition for the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The Coalition for the Civil War Sesquicentenniali was an ad hoc group of national organizations devoted to advancing the public’s appreciation and understanding of the Civil War and its meaning for today’s America. The Coalition promoted the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of America’s Civil War that was national in scope, inclusive of varying points of view, and grounded in the best available scholarship; the intention was to empower America’s communities of public and academic historians, elementary and secondary school teachers, preservationists, librarians, and archivists to promote scholarship and present educational activities for children and adults alike at museums and historical societies, historic sites, libraries, colleges and universities, in our nation’s classrooms, in print media, and on television, radio, and the Internet. American Association of School Librarians..

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