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The NCSS Board of Directors approved the following resolutions at its March 2017 meeting:

  • 16-01-1 Representation of Associated Groups

  • 16-02-1 NCSS to Encourage Education on the Issue of DC Statehood

Dear [choose Senator or Representative] [Last Name]:

I am writing as a constituent to ask for your support for federal funding to help local schools improve the teaching of civics, economics, geography and history.  Specifically, I am requesting that the FY 2017 and FY 2018 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations bills fund the following programs authorized in the Every Student Succeeds Act at the level of Chairman Cole’s FY 2017 House mark:

Leaders' Webinar: Social Studies and a Well-Rounded Education, Demystifying the Guidance

This webinar provides an open discussion forum about the non-regulatory guidance entitled: "Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants Guidance" released in October by the U.S. Department of Education. Key aspects of this guidance and its recommendations to leverage Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) grant funding for social studies programs are unpacked. Presenters: NCSS Executive Director Lawrence Paska and Linchpin Strategies President Catriona Macdonald.


Please take a moment today, Thursday, Dec. 1, to virtually advocate for Social Studies education during the 2016 NCSS Legislative Day.

WHEN:  Thursday, Dec. 1 between 12:00 PM and 3:30 PM

HOW: Visit and Find your Members’ Twitter, FaceBook and other helpful information by:

2016 Talking Points for your Hill Visits

Introduce yourself:

  • Who are you and why do you care about teaching subjects essential to citizenship development?  (Note: in many offices, it is better to talk about “civics, economics, geography and history” than to use the term “social studies” when describing the academic content.  Many offices aren’t certain what “social studies” means, or have negative associations with the term.)

Explain the importance of teaching civics, economics, geography, history, and what is happening in these subjects in your state:

2016 NCSS Legislative Day

In light of the recent re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and pending appropriations legislation, NCSS announces Thursday, December 1 as an all­-day Legislative Day event that provides a unique opportunity for social studies educators to reach out directly to members of Congress about the issues that are important to our profession.

How to Prepare for Your Meeting

Tips on Preparing for your Meeting

In preparation for your meeting, collect a few facts, figures and anecdotes that are specific to your state or the local schools, or a few stories as examples to use in your meetings. These could include but aren’t limited to:


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