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National Council for the Social Studies is pleased to announce that India S. Meissel, a social studies department chair and teacher at Lakeland High School in Suffolk, Virginia, began a one-year term as president of the NCSS Board of Directors on July 1, 2018. Tina L. Heafner, a professor at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina, began a one-year term as president-elect, and is in line to be president beginning in July 2019. Stefanie R. Wager, a social studies consultant at the Iowa Department of Education in Des Moines, Iowa, began a one-year term as vice-president, and is in line to be president beginning in July 2020. Terry L. Cherry, a social studies consultant in Mesquite, Texas, assumed the role of past-president

Q: Congratulations on being elected as the 2018-2019 NCSS President. What was your path to the NCSS Presidency? 

A Joint Statement by NCSS President Terry L. Cherry and NCSS Executive Director Lawrence M. Paska

Application deadline is extended to June 27, 2018.  for K-12 Classroom Teacher At-Large and Elementary Classroom Teacher Categories

NCSS seeks candidates for Board of Directors in the At-Large K-12 classroom teacher and elementary classroom teacher categories. You may nominate yourself, or recommend a colleague member who has experience as an NCSS Associated Group or Affiliated Council leader. Recommendations may be sent to the Nominations and Elections Committee. NCSS encourages all members to recommend possible candidates.

Proposed resolutions are now being accepted for discussion by the 62nd House of Delegates Assembly at the NCSS Annual Conference in Chicago. We welcome proposed resolutions based on the submission guidelines and categories listed below. We also invite all sponsors to include any resources you would like to develop to raise the profile and impact of your proposed resolution. Please remember to get approval from your Board or group leaders (as appropriate) on any proposed resolution prior to submission.

All proposed resolutions are due by Friday, August 31, 2018

NCSS Executive Director Larry Paska, with Board member Mary Ellen Daneels and Utah Social Studies educator Robert Austin discuss the state of social studies on the "Education Talk Radio PreK-20" podcast on May 31.



The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has approved the position statement Toward Responsibility: Social Studies Education that Respects and Affirms Indigenous Peoples and Nations. The statement affirms the long-term NCSS commitment and responsibility to support social studies education that recognizes and integrates meaningful in-depth perspectives and analyses of Indigenous Peoples and Nations.

The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Board of Directors has approved a position statement Affirming Support for Alternatives to the USCIS Naturalization Test as a Measure of the Civic Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions of Students. This statement calls on local and state level education decision-makers, as well as teachers, to choose from the many existing quality civics assessments aligned with quality instruction and to utilize them, instead of the USCIS Naturalization

President Trump signed the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill on Friday, March 23. This spending bill will fund the government for the remaining six months of the 2018 fiscal year ending September 30, and includes billions more than reflected in the President’s FY 2018 Budget Request released last May. 

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Immediate Past President Peggy Jackson was honored at Moriarty High School in Moriarty Edgewood School District, New Mexico, at a surprise ceremony that announced that she is one of five teachers to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2018 on June 22 in Emporia, Kansas.