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2019 NCSS Summer Leadership Collaborative

July 15, 2019 to July 18, 2019

National Council for the Social Studies is hosting the 2019 Summer Leadership Collaborative (SLC) from July 15-18, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. SLC aims to synergistically define advocacy priorities and to advance organizational capacity to lead social studies in troubling times, and discuss the role social studies can play in safeguarding democracy, bridging partisan divides, encouraging critical inquiry, promoting civil discourse, and inspiring civic action.

Who should attend:

  • Leading educators, administrators, academics, researchers, policymakers
  • Leaders of NCSS Affiliated Councils, Communities, and Committees
  • NCSS Associated Groups (CS4, CUFA, IA, and NSSSA)
  • Other professional organizations and policy advocates

This event is open to all (NCSS members & non-members) with a common interest in social studies, leadership, and examining social studies education in developing informed civic engagement. The mission of NCSS is to advocate and build capacity for high-quality social studies by providing leadership, services, and support to educators.

SLC offers attendees opportunities to:

  1. Learn to frame leadership initiatives around the right questions that promote democratic habits of mind;
  2. Connect with leaders who have had success locally and nationally in heightening the importance of social studies and civic education; and
  3. Collectively develop leadership strategies to respond to educational issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Event cost:

$499 per person (NCSS Members)/$629 per person (NCSS Non-member)
Nonmembers may join or renew during registration to be eligible for the member rate.

*Additional charge for SLC Ticketed Networking Event at the Biltmore Estate.

Questions? Email:


SLC Agenda and Objectives

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These questions drive the four-day program of the NCSS 2019 Summer Leadership Collaborative: 

  • What compelling questions, authentic problems, and critical issues might guide the collective and informed action in achieving this mission?
  • What might social studies leaders do together to create a world in which all students are educated and inspired for lifelong inquiry and informed civic action?
  • What policy and advocacy efforts are needed to elevate the importance of social studies and civic education? How might leaders leverage social studies to promote diversity, equity and inclusion?  
  • How might NCSS and its Affiliated Councils be state and national leaders on race in education? 

SLC Ticketed Networking Event at the Biltmore Estate

NCSS invites SLC attendees to join us for a trip to Biltmore Estate in Asheville on Friday, July 19th.  This is an optional excursion and does involve an additional cost.  Bus transportation, house tour entry ticket, and lunch are included in the cost of this add-on social connection adventure. Estimate price from $150–$300 depending on sign-up. $50 refundable deposit required.

Hotel Information

Hilton Charlotte City Center
222 East Third Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Rate ends: July 5, 2019


Holiday Inn and Suites Charlotte/University
6200 University Pointe Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28262

Rate ends: July 15, 2019
Breakfast Included


Group Code: NCS


The following presenters are confirmed:

  • Dave Buchanan, Director of Field Analysis and Research, iCivics
  • Chris Busey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Curriculum, University of Florida
  • Bettie Ray Butler, Ph.D.,Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Alexander Cuenca, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Indiana University
  • Mary Ellen Daneels, M.S.Ed, NBCT, McCormick Foundation
  • Kenneth C. Davis, New York Times bestselling author
  • Richard Hartshorne, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, and Department Chair, University of Central Florida
  • Tina L. Heafner, Ph.D., Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Wayne Journell, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Stephen Masyada, Ph.D., Director, Florida Joint Center for Citizenship, University of Central Florida’s Lou Frey Institute
  • Dan Rothstein Ph.D., Co-Director, The Right Question Institute
  • Rebecca Valbuena, M.Ed., Educational Consultant, Glendora (CA) Unified School District
  • Stefanie Wager, M.Ed., MEDL, Social Studies Consultant, Iowa Department of Education


Institute Location

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Cato College of Education
9201 University Rd
Charlotte, NC 28262