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Updated Position Statement on Elementary Social Studies Excellence

Social studies must be an essential part of the curriculum in each of the elementary years. What are the characteristics of high quality social studies education? The NCSS Board of Directors approved a revision of the Position Statement, “Powerful and Purposeful Pedagogy in Elementary School Social Studies.” Read the revision at


The photo at right shows a detail from the cover of Social Studies and the Young Learner (November/December 2015), which featured students and administrators at Strawberry Knoll Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA.