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Call For Expertise: Collaborate with NCSS on Social Studies Educator Preparedness

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.

NCSS is proud to join the Library of Congress' Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium. The TPS Consortium is comprised of national, state, and regional education organizations supported by funding from the Library of Congress to develop and disseminate learning programs and resources using the Library's vast primary source collections.

With the support of the grant, NCSS will create two online method texts, Elementary (K-6) and Secondary (6-12), with turnkey professional development for faculty teaching in college and university departments of education. These texts will combine Library of Congress resources with the C3 Framework, which emphasizes an inquiry approach to teaching social studies. To accomplish this goal, a writing team of six (6) per methods text will be assembled: three (3) college and university faculty and three (3) pre-service teacher mentors in K-12 classrooms with experience in elementary (Grades K-6) or secondary (Grades 6-12) methods instruction.

Under the general direction of a Project Editor, the cohort of writers will be tasked with the research and writing of individual online methods text sections on teaching social studies with primary sources from the Library of Congress. Drafting of methods text begins in December 2019 through Summer 2020 for field-testing at a regional summer institute and the NCSS Annual Conference in December 2020. Each writing team will further develop method text based on field-testing in the 2020-2021 school year, for further field-testing in Summer and Fall 2021. A final version of each text will be completed by Fall 2022 and posted on the NCSS website. Writing team members also have the option to facilitate professional development webinars, Annual Conference sessions, and regional summer institutes under the direction of a Lead Coach.  

Writing team members will be paid an honorarium and reimbursed for all travel expenses. If selected, you must be available to attend two in-person meetings and conduct all other work online. The first meeting is an orientation and initial work session in the Washington, DC area at the Library of Congress and NCSS offices for three (3) days between December 9-11, 2019. A second meeting is planned for three (3) days during the week of March 30, 2020 (exact dates to be confirmed).

If you are interested in joining our writing team, please complete the NCSS TPS Writing Team Application.

The application deadline is Friday, November 1, 2019. All applicants will be notified the week of November 4, 2019.

Your completed application must include the following information:

  • A brief bio (1-2 paragraphs), to be used in the project’s promotional material.
  • A statement of relevant experience in designing curriculum, authoring chapters or complete texts for social studies methods instruction, supervising pre-service teachers in a K-12 classroom, and providing professional development or instruction on social studies methods to pre-service teachers.
  • Demonstrated understanding of NCSS, the C3 Framework, and the National Standards for the Preparation of Social Studies Teachers.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to use primary source documents in social studies curriculum development, instruction, assessment, and professional development.
  • Strong knowledge of and pedagogical experience with the primary source collections available from the Library of Congress’ digital library.
  • A statement of interest in facilitating one or more professional development for turn-key training on the online methods texts during one of three NCSS programs: a regional summer institute (August 2020 in Orlando, Summer 2021 TBD, Summer 2022 TBD), webinars (2020-21 school year), and/or the NCSS Annual Conference (December 2020 in Washington, DC; November 2021 in Minneapolis; December 2022 in Philadelphia).
  • A current CV or résumé outlining professional experiences related to this project (max. 2-3 pages).
  • A published work such as a writing sample or social studies lesson plan for one or more grades, K-12, that includes primary sources and inquiry-based learning aligned to the C3 Framework. 
  • A proposed title and abstract for a chapter in either the elementary (grades K-6) or secondary (grades 6-12) online methods text (max. 1 page).

Writing team participants considered will be those who raise the voices of all social studies professionals in an organization whose culture is inclusive and where all voices are encouraged, supported and celebrated. If selected, you must be a current NCSS member. College and university faculty writers are also required to be current member of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA), an NCSS Associated Group. Pre-service teacher mentor writers are encouraged to be current members of the National Social Studies Supervisors Association (NSSSA), an NCSS Associated Group.

For any questions, please contact Dr. Lawrence Paska, NCSS Executive Director and TPS Project Director, at or 301-850-7451.

TPS Writing Team Application


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