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To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-12), we’ve invited Immediate NCSS Past President Peggy Jackson to distill the wisdom of a career in education into a short essay. Peggy is one of five teachers to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame on June 22, 2018, in Emporia, Kansas. As the New Mexico State Teacher of the Year (2010), she

Congratulations, Stefanie Wager, on being elected as Vice President of NCSS. You are line to be president 2020–2021, and thus co-chair of the 100th NCSS Annual Conference in 2020. Tell us where you work, what you focus on at work, and about your background in education.

I currently serve as the social studies consultant at the Iowa Department of Education. In this capacity, I work in a variety of areas in order to improve the teaching and learning of social studies across the state.

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Deadline April 15, 2018.

NCSS seeks candidates for Vice-President and for members of its Board of Directors. You may nominate yourself, or recommend a colleague member who has experience as an NCSS Associated Group or Affiliated Council leader. Recommendations may be sent to the Nominations and Elections Committee. NCSS encourages all members to recommend possible candidates. 

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Q: Congratulations on being elected as a member of the NCSS Board of Directors, where your term will begin on July 1, 2018. Tell us where you work, what you focus on at work, and what your background in education is.

A: I have been an educator for nine years, with experience teaching in both public and private high schools. I received both my Bachelor and Master’s degrees from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and maintain a Postgraduate Professional Teaching License from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Currently, I teach IB Global Politics and Contemporary World History Honors at Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to teaching, I coordinate our Global Engagement Program, both planning and leading international exchanges. I also coordinate our Model United Nations Program, preparing students for multiple conferences each year, as well as hosting our own annual conference.

To honor and celebrate 19-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass during the bicentennial of his birth, American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center has teamed up with Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) on a special project. Throughout the year, 200 people whose modern-day work best reflects Douglass’ legacy will be named and honored as part of “The FD200.” Honorees will fall into oneof seven categories reflecting the immense character of Frederick Douglass: abolitionist, writer, politician, feminist, educator, entrepreneur, and diplomat. Nominations are open through April, FDFI and the center are soliciting nominations for names for those who should be named and honored. On Juneteenth (June 19, 2018), FDFI and the center will begin announcements of those names. Read more about The FD200.

On February 14, 2018, at the launch of The FD200 at American University in Washington, D.C., Nettie Washington Douglass (center in the snapshot) greeted NCSS Executive Director Lawrence Paska and NCSS Meetings and Education Program Manager Ashanté Horton. Douglass is the great-great-granddaughter of Frederick Douglass and also the great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington. 

The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) recently released Where are the Women? A Report on the Status of Women in the United States examining the status of women's history in state-level social studies standards. ... “The current standards represent an opportunity for thoughtful dialog around women’s history in K-12 public education, and more in-depth explorations of how U.S. state standards present women’s history,” said Catherine Allgor, president of the Massachusetts Historical Society and member of the NWHM’s board of directors. “We hope this report inspires teachers, scholars, students and parents to examine

In Education Week commentary on January 19, 2018, NCSS member and frequent Social Education author Diana E. Hess urges scholars to make voices heard. “The Problem with Calling Scholars ‘Too Political.’” describes the importance of education scholars speaking up and participating in public debates about their issues of expertise. Diana frames partaking in political debate as a responsibility and a way to give back to the community and the universities that support them. “Of course, specialized experts are not the only voices that should be taken seriously in public discourse,” she writes. “But to eschew expertise is to rob the public of what we know it takes to develop high-quality answers to nuanced and important problems.”

An article titled “Should Schools Teach Students to Vote? YES!” is among many pieces Diana has published in Social Education (see the

Clair Keller, a “pioneer in social studies education,” passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease in Ames, Iowa.  Clair came to Iowa State University (ISU) in 1968 where he received a dual appointment in the Education and History Departments. Clair taught at ISU until his retirement in 2002.

The 2017 Social Studies Teachers of the Year are Kathryn A. Hunter (Outstanding Elementary Teacher), Erin Glenn (Outstanding Middle Level Teacher), and Ryan New (Outstanding Secondary Teacher), as heralded by Executive Director Larry Paska at

In this issue of TSSP, we interview Ms. Hunter. (Read the winners’ biographies at

Q: Congratulations on winning the 2017 Elementary Teacher of the Year Award from NCSS. Tell us where you teach, what subjects you typically teach, and what your student population is like?

A: I have the privilege of teaching fifth grade, which includes all subjects, at Minnesauke Elementary School in East Setauket, New York, which is on Long Island. Additionally, I teach professional development workshops in tolerance and diversity and Responsive Classroom. I also conduct summer workshops through the One Clip Organization and the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove, New York. My classroom population typically consists of about 25 students with varying educational interests and abilities. The socioeconomic background of my students varies greatly but is predominantly middle class. There is some diversity of race, religion and culture.