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San Jose Sikh Gurdwara to Host Social Studies Conference Opening Reception

SILVER SPRING, Md. (Nov. 2, 2017) – In a notable collaboration, National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) and Kaur Foundation (KF) are hosting the opening reception of the NCSS 97th Annual Conference, “Expanding Visions-Bridging Traditions,” at the San Jose Sikh Gurdwara on Nov. 16 at 6:00pm.

The San Jose Sikh Gurdwara is a religious and cultural hub for the Sikh-American community in the Bay Area, and this unique event will provide teachers and educators from all over the US an opportunity to meet the local Sikh community and learn about their traditions first hand. Langar, a traditional vegetarian meal will be served to all the guests; a heritage walk will showcase ancient Sikh instruments played by talented musicians, the 100 year old advent of Sikh immigrants to the US, and other significant events from Sikh history.

“I can’t think of a more appropriate way to begin the NCSS 97th Annual Conference, Expanding Visions/Bridging Traditions,” said Terry Cherry, NCSS President. “What a wonderful opportunity for teachers to experience first-hand the rich culture and history of the Sikh community and to bring those new cultural understandings, so essential to expanding our vision and bridging our traditions, home to their students.”

“We are so pleased to be collaborating on an event which permits us to share the diversity of our community in a meaningful way, especially during November, Sikh Awareness & Appreciation Month in California,” said Mirin Kaur, Executive Director, Kaur Foundation.

“We are excited to collaborate with the Kaur Foundation and the Sikh community in bringing this unique, impactful cultural exchange experience to the many social studies educators and community members that will attend,” said Dr. Lawrence Paska, NCSS Executive Director.

This event is free of charge and open to NCSS Annual Conference participants and the general public. For details visit: Members of the media are welcome, to receive a media press pass by visiting:  

Kaur Foundation is a national non-profit devoted to supporting diversity education in the K-12 years.  The Foundation brings a balance of theoretical content and pedagogy by providing teacher training and educational resources about the Sikh community settled in the United States since the late 1880’s.

The NCSS Annual Conference is the largest and most comprehensive social studies professional development conference where social studies educators share, interact, develop ideas, and enhance their skills. This year’s theme: ”Expanding Visions-Bridging Traditions” will offer more than 900 content-rich sessions covering all subjects and grade levels, a lineup of renowned speakers and education experts, and numerous exhibiting organizations displaying the latest in educational resources. For more information visit:

Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies is the largest professional association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators. 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.

NCSS regards social studies as the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.

For more information contact:

Pritpal Kaur Ahluwalia
Director of Education
Kaur Foundation

Ana Post
Director of Communications
National Council for the Social Studies