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NCSS President's Message

President Heafner's Farewell Message: "Dear Social Studies Educators, Where do we go from here? Onward."

Anonymous-June 2020

Dear Social Studies Educators, 

We are at a critical juncture in history and we are on the frontlines of change. Adults, youth, and children are turning to history, geography, economics, and civics to cope with the complexities of our human experience and to seek answers to the questions that govern our daily lives. There is no time in our contemporary lives in which the study of social studies has been more critical and central to understanding and action. 

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President Heafner's Message: "Understanding the NAEP 2018 Grade 8 Assessment Results in Civics, Geography, and U.S. History and the Implications for Social Studies Education"

Anonymous-May 2020

On Thursday, April 23, 2020, results were released from the 2018 administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Grade 8 Assessments in Civics, Geography, and U.S. History. On Monday, April 27, 2020, NCSS offered a public response to the released NAEP results.

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President Heafner's Message: "NCSS Leads in Time of Crisis: An Ongoing Response to COVID-19"

Anonymous-April 2020

“What is true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well.  It helps men to rise above themselves.” -- Albert Camus, The Plague (1947)

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President Heafner's Message: "NCSS's Position on an Inclusive Curriculum"

Anonymous-March 2020

If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end. -- Bayard Rustin

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President Heafner's Message: "How Might NCSS Lead in Achieving the Aims of the National Summit on Religion and Education?"

Tina Heafner-February 2020

In early 2020, the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute in Washington, DC, and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) released a white paper from the September 27, 2019 convening of a National Summit on Religion and Education.

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President Heafner's Message: "Social Studies Educators as the Voice of Democracy: A Call to Action"

Tina Heafner-November 2019

As President of National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), I have the honor of speaking to social studies teachers across the country. Attending state conferences of Affiliated Councils affords the opportunity to meet countless exceptional social studies educators who passionately share the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of history, geography, civics, economics, and the humanities with students in their PK-16 classrooms.

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Welcome to 99th Annual NCSS/NCGE/TCSS Conference A4 | Informed Action: Agency, Advocacy, Activism

Tina Heafner-November 2019

Social studies colleagues, it is with great anticipation that I welcome you to Austin, TX next week for the 99th Annual Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies. Thirty years ago, I attended my first social studies conference as a preservice teacher. I remember feeling both excited and overwhelmed by the experience. Navigating the numerous choices and figuring out which sessions aligned with my early career goals was challenging. Luckily, I had a wonderful methods professor, Dr. John Litcher, who helped me plan out my conference experience so that I could take full advantage of the many professional learning opportunities available. John also touted the benefits of being a member of a professional organization in one’s content expertise. He knew first-hand the merits of attending the Annual Conference and engaging with likeminded colleagues in exchanging knowledge and sharing pedagogical ideas. With John’s guidance, not only did I enjoy my first national conference experience, but I also became deeply involved in the various service components of the National Council for the Social Studies. 

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NCSS Wins Grant and NCSS Responds to NAEP Changes

Tina Heafner-October 2019

The last week of September and the beginning of October were filled with newsworthy activity for National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).  NCSS announced its successful funding award from the Library of Congress (LOC) and also issued a response to the National Assessment Governing Board’s (NAGB) changes in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing schedule.  In my president’s message for this issue of TSSP, I highlight the importance of each newsworthy event for NCSS members and the broader social studies community.  I also lift these up as examples of NCSS’s leadership efforts to advocate and build capacity for high-quality social studies by providing leadership, services, and support to educators.

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President Heafner's Message: A Mission of Advocacy and Remembrance

Tina Heafner-September 2019

As an elected officer of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), I am frequently approached by colleagues and community members who articulate a need for NCSS to speak out on contemporary issues that affect the professional and personal lives of social studies educators. This call to action was embraced by the NCSS Board of Directors in 2018 when we established a new mission statement to advocate and build capacity for high-quality social studies by providing leadership, services, and support to educators. We were deliberate in placing advocacy first. As the largest professional organization of PK-16 social studies educators and social studies professionals, NCSS has taken up the mantel in leading conversations regarding hard history, difficult social, political, and economic issues, and the root causes of these. Let me offer a specific example of how NCSS is putting advocacy into our organizational practice. 

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President Heafner's Message: The Journey Ahead

Tina Heafner-August 2019

Across the country, educators are preparing for the academic year. Schools will be filled with energy as new and familiar faces return to our classrooms. The start of the school year brings much excitement and anticipation for the educational journey ahead. Likewise, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) kicks off its fiscal year with newly elected officers and board members. I am pleased to welcome Georgette Hackman, June Morris, Rebecca Valbuena, Annie Whitlock, and Jennifer Hansen (Ex-Officio, HOD Steering Committee Chair).

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