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Call for Expertise

Social Studies and the Young Learner Editor Selection Committee

Call for Applications Editor of Social Studies and the Young Learner

NCSS: Thank you for taking the time to interview with us. Could you tell us about your involvement with NCSS over the years?

Shakealia: I first learned of NCSS in 2007 while working as a high school economics teacher. The organization provided me with a community of social studies teachers from across the U.S. who could help me navigate my way through the curriculum as a new teacher. I attended the annual conferences as a way to connect with other social studies educators and find resources for the classroom. My connection with fellow social studies educators and attendance at the conference led to my becoming involved with the African American Educators Community. 

NCSS: What inspired you to become an educator?

Democracy demands wisdom of the average man. Without the exercise of wisdom free institutions and personal liberty are inevitably imperiled. To know the best that has been thought and said in former times can make us wiser than we otherwise might be, and in this respect the humanities are not merely our, but the world’s best hope.

Commission on the Humanities, 1964

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) invites you to share digital images, artifacts, and/or personal anecdotes (500-word maximum) for a special 100th Anniversary commemorative publication to be released at our 100th Annual Conference in Washington, DC this December 2020.

Make It Personal!

We welcome personal stories and reflections about your NCSS membership experience over the years.

  • What has being a part of NCSS meant to you?
  • What future actions could NCSS take as we begin our second century of leadership, service, and support to all educators?

Make It Document-Based!

We welcome digital copies of images or artifacts from your collection from NCSS's past 100 years! Submissions could include photographs from past NCSS events, copies of previous NCSS publications or programs, and/or any other graphics. Identify the names and affiliations of participants, time frame, and location of any photograph shared - and gather appropriate consent to publish when possible.

Questions? Contact Andrew Oglander, Digital Marketing Manager, at

In the fall of 2018, the NCSS Board of Directors created a new vision for the association, A world in which all students are educated and inspired for lifelong inquiry and informed civic action. To achieve this vision, it is imperative that we consider our shifting educational context.  In an era of activist voters, rising fear, anger, and isolation, issues-focus advocacy, purpose-driven engagement, digital civic spaces, and globally diverse interests, the ecology of social studies is changing. In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, civility, diversity, equality, inclusion, and justice, we must recognize the critical role social studies educators need to embrace in humanizing the curriculum, educating for empathy and action, and empowering children and youth agency, advocacy, and activism.