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Call for Nominations

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. 

Q: Congratulations on being elected as the 2018-2019 NCSS President. What was your path to the NCSS Presidency? 

Joe Feinberg, recently elected to the NCSS Board of Directors, attended his first NCSS Annual Conference in San Antonio in 2001. "I vividly recall hearing Gerta Wessman Klein speak about surviving the Holocaust," he says. He hasn't missed an Annual Conference in 18 years since.

R. Eugene Earsom serves as the Chair of the NCSS Resolutions Committee and shares the importance of resolutions, how you can participate in preparing a resolution for consideration by the NCSS House of Delegates. 

Alexander Cuenca, Ph.D. leads the charge as Chair of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA). NCSS sits down with the Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at Indiana University to discuss CUFA's goals, pre-service teaching, and challenges for today's social studies teachers.

Tracy Middleton was elected to the NCSS Board of Directors for a term starting July 2018. Tracy was kind enough to answer some questions from TSSP so members can get to know her a little more. 

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

Wesley Hedgepeth

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.

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.

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.