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Celebrating the Professional

Spotlight interviews with NCSS members. A podcast on teaching racial literacy and controversial issues. A statement celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. An archived lesson plan on baseball in the World War I era. What do these four things have in common? They are the content of our “Top 10” most-read articles in The Social Studies Professional over the past year!

If you’re like me, you want to know what interested our readers the most. In this special edition of TSSP, we showcase these articles to share the deep talents, wide interests, and vital impact of our members on the social studies profession. While our Top 10 list is presented in a random order to “mix it up,” I am happy to reveal that the most-read article in the past year was the CivXNow Impact Report (TSSP No. 299)!

Social studies education is on the move, and NCSS has spent the past year bringing you more news and information on professional learning programs, classroom-ready content, advocacy efforts, and highlights of our members in action. Our refreshed TSSP design has aimed to provide you with the information, strategies, and updates you need to support your practice. Now is a great time to get engaged in NCSS events, renew your membership, and share our resources with a colleague. You can start by sharing your social studies information with us—just add @NCSSNetwork to your next social media post so we can begin a conversation together.

Beyond our most-read articles, NCSS has had a number of achievements this year—and the year isn’t even over!

  • Our 98th Annual Conference in Chicago (November 30–December 2, 2018) was honored as one of Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 by growing total attendance nationwide! Learn more about this incredible honor at
  • Our Board of Directors created a bold vision and mission to fully embed the C3 Framework into the fabric of our work to provide leadership, service, and support to educators.
  • Our Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society increased its chapters by nearly 12 percent—we have nearly 700 chapters nationwide and keep growing.

We invite you to attend our upcoming events this year that are also destined to reach new heights. For example:

  • Our 99th Annual Conference in Austin (November 17–19, 2019) is co-located with the annual conferences of our affiliated council, the Texas Council for the Social Studies, and the National Council for Geographic Education. Registration information is now posted and opens soon.
  • Our Professional Learning Program includes 5 summer institutes and expanded webinars focused on implementing the C3 Framework.
  • Junior Rho Kappa chapter registration opens in Summer 2019, expanding this popular student program to the middle level.

Please continue to give us feedback on TSSP as we continue to make it stronger. Drop us a note anytime at Connect with us, share with us, and grow with us. And as always, we celebrate you, our social studies professional, without whom none of these articles, achievements, and celebrations happen! Thank you for your continued membership and leadership in our social studies community.