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Read Social Education
Our award-winning journal includes techniques for using materials in the classroom, information on the latest instructional technology, reviews of educational media, research on significant social studies-related topics, and lesson plans. Read about the current issue or download a free sample article. Members can access the online Publications Archive, with issues going back to 1993. Learn How to Submit a Manuscript —and as you prepare course materials, or recall your best lessons, read about Desk Copies and Copyright Requirements.

connect Get Connected
Connected, the new NCSS online networking community connects social studies professionals from across the country. Like Facebook, and other popular networking sites, Connected lets members share their experiences and knowledge with colleagues through blogs, e-group discussions and resource document sharing.

The College and University Faculty Assembly or (CUFA) is an NCSS Associated Group consisting of higher education faculty members and graduate students. It provides a forum for professional educators who examine social studies from a theoretical and research perspective. CUFA conducts its own program and business meeting during the NCSS Annual Conference. It has its own membership rates and journal, Theory and Research in Social Education. Read about CUFA, state councils for the social studies, and other Associated Groups.


Apply for an Award (or Nominate a Colleague)
Awards and Grants of special interest to university educators are presented at the NCSS Conference (first held in 1920). These awards include: Exemplary Research; Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation; Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research in Social Studies; the Award for Global Understanding given in Honor of James M. Becker and the Social Studies Inquiry Grant and International Understanding Grant. We also celebrate excellence with the Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award and the Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy.


Serve Your Profession
NCSS Members are part of a professional association that asserts the voice of social studies teachers in our national life.
Membership Benefits | National Curriculum Standards | NCSS Position Statements | Serving on Awards or Operating committees | Teacher Standards | C3 Framework

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This is your shortcut to lesson ideas — an online set of classroom activities, teaching ideas, and articles from our journals. Browse the collection, or search by historical period and grade level. Brief abstracts are available to all. Only NCSS members can access the full articles. Search ALL journal articles, using any key word, at the Publications Archives,

Get Professional Development
NCSS Annual Conference with its many sessions are places where teachers teach each other about content and methods. Conference sessions led by professor-teacher teams are increasingly popular. You don't know what professional development is all about until you've attended one of these events. Summer Workshops, and state council meetings are also places where teachers get training.

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Stay Informed with the Newsletter
The Social Studies Professional is our official online newsletter, featuring the latest news, new resource and professional development listings, summer travel and study, and important updates from state and regional councils for the social studies.

Read Books and Bulletins
NCSS Bulletins, published twice-yearly in book form, provide an in-depth focus on specific disciplines within social studies. Bulletins and other special books are included in a Comprehensive membership. They can also be purchased through the list of NCSS publications. Download the PDF of the list of NCSS publications or shop at the NCSS Online Store to view some of the most recent items.


Get Middle Level Learning
This online-only magazine features grade 5-8 classroom activities written for middle school educators of all stripes, but especially social studies teachers who see their classroom as a place to integrate all of the disciplines. MLL is published three times a year as a 16-page, color-illustrated PDF. Read about the current issue, download a free issue, or access the current and back issues at the online members-only Archive.

Read Social Studies and the Young Learner
SSYL features teaching ideas, lesson plans, and handouts written by and for K-6 elementary educators. This colorful, peer-reviewed, 32-page, journal is published four times a year. Read about the current issue, download a free article, or access the current and back issues at the online members-only Archive. Visit the SSYL webpages where you can read about how to become an author or view Power Point slides from Elementary Best Practices sessions at recent Annual Conferences.

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