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1. Could you tell us about your involvement with NCSS and International Assembly (IA)?

I have been an NCSS member for a number of years and have recently come to work with IA. As a language arts teacher, my presentations for NCSS have included integrated curriculum with the 6th grade social studies teacher at my school, a model that has worked well for us as we try to broaden and deepen skills and understanding across these subject areas. When I submitted proposals to NCSS this year for the annual conference, our curriculum around immigration and book groups was accepted for presentation in the general conference, and I was excited when reviewers passed my proposal to present on my Fulbright research over to IA for their consideration. I will be presenting “Decolonizing Our Schools with Difficult History: Fulbright Research in Aotearoa/New Zealand “ at a roundtable discussion for IA on Friday, November 22 at 1:30. 

2. You were a Fulbright Scholar. What is it like and what did you research?

1. Could you tell us about your involvement with CUFA, NCSS, and TRSE?
I have been an NCSS member since my days as a preservice teacher at James Madison University! I became a member of CUFA in 2008 while I was working on my Ph.D. in social studies education, and since then, I have been a regular attendee of both the CUFA and NCSS annual conferences, and I have served in leadership positions in both organizations. In 2014, I was tapped to serve as an associate editor of TRSE, and in 2016, I was selected to be the editor. I was recently reappointed by the CUFA Executive Board to serve a second three-year term, so I will serve as editor until 2022.

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding from the Library of Congress as part of the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program.

Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) is the largest professional association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 35 countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, civics, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education. The NCSS membership represents K-12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies. Membership in the National Council for the Social Studies is open to any person or institution interested in the social studies.

On Wednesday, July 24, 2019, the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) issued a press release on its updated schedule for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The updated schedule includes changes to the NAEP Civics and U.S. History assessment frameworks and administration, and the elimination of the NAEP Economics and Geography assessments. There are five changes affecting social studies education:

Approved August 16, 2019 by the NCSS Board of Directors

As people gathered for a festival in Gilroy, California, for shopping in El Paso, Texas, and for entertainment in Dayton, Ohio, they were gunned down by young men in seemingly isolated incidents. Two of these shootings occurred within thirteen hours of each other, forcing the nation to direct its grief towards multiple communities concurrently. Unfortunately, this is nothing new. Communities across the United States—from Newton to Orlando to Parkland and so many more—still mourn their losses from recent mass shootings. The media and nation often ignore the pleas of communities of color to confront the systemic issues associated with gun violence. The mass shootings constitute new incarnations of systemic issues that plague the United States. The severity and prevalence of the crisis in the United States is beyond compare. Yet, policy solutions—including those with overwhelming support from the public—have been thwarted by a narrow group of lobbyists and politicians. As of now, there is little hope that mass shootings will subside. This is America today.

1. Thanks for taking the time to interview with us! Tell us how the NCSS technology community got started.

The Tech Community has been around for a long while. Some of our members like to recall the times when the community was discussing the advent of the ballpoint pen as a particularly ingenious invention, though obviously our work these days is focused on digital tools. 

We really picked up steam at the conference in Boston in 2014. There were about a dozen people at the community business meeting that year and many of us had attended prior meetings (some for many years). We decided then and there that we’d stop the cycle of meeting once a year to talk about what could be done with little action otherwise. Our first step was to start meeting monthly online, which allowed us to discuss possibilities and start implementing some programming throughout the year and at the annual conference.

1. What is KidCitizen, and why did you start it? 

Summer Leadership Collaborative a Success

The National Council for the Social Studies recently hosted the 2019 Summer Leadership Collaborative. NCSS President Tina Heafner hosted a successful institute which featured civic discussions, learning, and more. Check out these highlights from the event.

Social Studies educators gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina to explore leadership, diversity, civic education, and more.

Dear NCSS Community,

Recently, we became aware of a new bill introduced in the United States Senate, S.2024, the USA Civics Act of 2019. This bill was introduced by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and John Cornyn (R-TX). It is intended to update an American history and civics grant program under the Higher Education Act. Here are a few resources:

  • Senators Coons and Cornyn issued a press release summarizing the proposed legislation.
  • The complete bill text is found at Congress.gov.

I am writing to urge you to contact the education aides of your U.S. Senators. Ask them to encourage your Senators to become co-sponsors of S.2024.