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Guidelines on Resolutions from the House of Delegates Manual

Article X. Resolutions

Section 1.

Resolutions represent the principles, beliefs, and actions that the general membership of the NCSS, as represented in the HOD, recommends to the NCSS Board of Directors. Resolutions may be introduced by NCSS members, the Steering Committee, the HOD, other HOD committees, NCSS Committees, Communities, Affiliated Councils, or Associated Groups. The NCSS Board of Directors will acknowledge and respond to resolutions passed by the HOD. The Board may refer these resolutions to appropriate committees for development into position statements or other appropriate actions. HOD resolutions may be reaffirmed, edited, amended, or withdrawn annually by the House upon the review and recommendation of the Resolutions Committee.

Section 2.

Resolutions will be divided into five categories based on the intention of the proposed resolution:

  • Resolutions on current or future business operations of NCSS.
  • Resolutions on the nature of social studies education.
  • Resolutions on issues in the fields of history and social science inquiry.
  • Resolutions on social and political issues which are of concern to social studies educators but do not have direct impact on the nature of social studies education.
  • Resolutions of courtesy and commendation.

 

Section 3.

HOD business will be considered in the following order:

  1. Constitutional amendments.
  2. Resolutions.
    1. 01-1.   on current or future business operations of NCSS.
    2. 02-1.   on the nature of social studies education.
    3. 03-1.   on issues in the fields of history and social science inquiry.
    4. 04-1.   on social and political issues which are of concern to social studies educators but do not have a direct impact on the nature of social studies education.
    5. 05-1.   of courtesy and commendation.

 

Section 4.

Proposed resolutions will be submitted electronically to NCSS by August 31.

These proposals will be sent to affiliates prior to the Annual Conference and forwarded to the Chairs of the Steering and Resolutions Committees.

  1. The originators and authors of resolutions are identified as sponsors. Sponsors include individual NCSS members and/or member organizations as identified in Article X, Section 1a. Sponsors will be acknowledged for each proposed resolution.
  2. Co-sponsors are Affiliated Councils, Associated Groups, and/or Communities who desire to formally support a resolution. Co-sponsorship must be submitted in writing by one of the following procedures:
  3. electronically by the date identified for submission of resolutions in Article X, Section 4; or
  4. in person at the annual conference meetings and/or open hearings of the Resolutions.

Section 5.

Proposed resolutions shall contain:

  1. A rationale for bringing the resolution to the attention of the HOD and a statement of action.
  2. A statement, which relates the resolution to the goals and purposes of NCSS.
  3. A statement, which relates the resolution to the professional interests of NCSS.

Section 6.

The HOD may adopt resolutions, but such resolutions are advisory in nature and because of the Articles of Incorporation for NCSS these resolutions may not bind nor become the official action of the NCSS unless the Board of Directors concurs. The Board of Directors is the legal body of NCSS.

Section 7.

Tabled resolutions may be considered from year to year if the procedures from Article X, Section 1 is followed.

 

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