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Executive Director's Message

The Season for Campaigns and Conferences

Just as our country is gearing up to vote in mid-term elections later this fall, our association is also preparing to elect its future leaders. We are pleased to announce our slate of candidates for the 2019–2020 Board of Directors. This year, 21 members answered the call to lead our association—and to build our future for social studies education. Now is the time to learn all about our candidates.

Headed for the Future

Throughout my career, professional associations have been my lifeline to a world of colleagues, connections, and learning beyond my classroom and office. As we begin “a new year” at NCSS, our Annual Conference theme—Building the Future of Social Studies—is both our mission and our promise to each member in our social studies community. I owe my success to our social studies professional associations at every level.

The Civic Life of Social Studies

Each year, National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) participates in a nationwide survey for high school seniors and social studies teachers through My College Options. Included in this survey are several questions for students about their social studies school experience, and other questions for teachers about their social studies programs and general professional learning needs. I am starting to share our 2017-18 survey results, following up on my “State of Social Studies in 2017” presentations to Affiliated Councils and other groups last year.

Changing the World

To all our members and readers who are part of our profoundly vital profession: THANK YOU! Thank you for opening our minds to explore new places, distant times, and bold futures. Thank you for helping us to stake a claim on ideas and carry them forward. Thank you for teaching us the rights and responsibilities we are afforded as citizens and participants in our communities. You change the world for us!

A New Professional

Welcome to the inaugural issue of a new TSSP! We are pleased to update one of our valued member resources. TSSP—The Social Studies Professional—enjoys a long tradition of serving you with timely and important information to keep you current on social studies news and help your professional practice stay on top. Our team wants to keep making TSSP your “go-to” resource for the most up-to-date information from our social studies community.

A Time to Lead

One of the biggest learning needs we hear from our members is the need to cultivate a personal leadership style as a social studies educator. Whether you are teaching students about leadership traits and habits, taking a personal leadership role within a team or department, or preparing for a professional move into an administrative role, leadership development is a critical area for social studies educators. It is also an area that is arguably overlooked.

Building the Future

Happy New Year!

Many of us took an extended holiday week off to spend time with friends and family, perhaps travel, and most certainly unwind and refresh. As 2018 begins, we look ahead to all that is possible in our new year, and reflect on the past year’s achievements. (Do any of us take out our 2017 New Year’s resolutions for comparison?)

Giving the Gift of Social Studies

I think we all agree that one of the highest priorities of a well-rounded education is to ensure that our students have the tools they need for active civic engagement. Regardless of our political beliefs, we collectively work hard so that our students are prepared for college, career, and civic life. That work is so important to our organization that it headlines the main page of our web site.

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