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New Guidance on Leveraging Federal Grant Funds

The U.S. Department of Education just released under Title IV, Part A Non-Regulatory Guidance: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (pdf) to help states, districts and schools access the various sources of federal funding that can be used to support a well-rounded education, including teaching of the social studies. 

This guidance document was first suggested by NCSS to the U.S. Department of Education as an expansion of similar guidance issued previously on the use of federal funds to support STEM education. We are grateful to Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. for his partnership and support of this new guidance document that encourages the use of federal funds to support high-quality social studies teaching and learning in classrooms throughout the country.

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Secretary of Education John B. King Speech to National Press Club

Secretary King discussed the important role of civic engagement in the social studies in a speech to the National Press Club on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. 

What's in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for Social Studies?

NCSS lobbyist Catriona Macdonald shares information about 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.