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Many of us write a set of resolutions to help us plan for our start to the new year. This year I had a little help in writing my resolutions: our new NCSS Strategic Plan . The Strategic Plan identifies five Priorities – Collaboration, Communication, Innovation, Inclusiveness, and Influence & Leadership – which speak strongly to me as more than just a pledge for our organization’s future. They frame my professional and personal commitment to social studies education in 2017. Our Board of Directors approved the new multi-year Strategic Plan during our 96th Annual Conference in Washington, DC last month. After the conference, I spent...
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For all those FRIENDS of NCSS Community members in DC. Two events are scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2016. Our exhibit in the Communities Showcase will take place in the Poster Session area of the Exhibit hall from 11:45-1:15. Please stop by the table, identify yourself, and share some thoughts with conference attendees about ways to increase our membership numbers and especially support our first time conference attendees and the 50 newcomers who received a scholarship to attend the conference. Our annual business meeting will take place in the Woodley Park Room at the Mariott Marquis from 3:50 - 4:50. My proposed agenda follows:...
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Friends of NCSS Bylaws

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Community Bylaws: (Community name) Community FRIENDS OF NCSS 1.1 Composition 1.1.2 Open to any interested NCSS members 1.2 Time of Meeting 1.2.1 Annual Meeting 1.2.2 Mid-Year Conference Call 1.2.3 Sub-Committee Meetings (as needed) 1.3 Community (Name) Purposes and Duties 1.3.1 To investigate, consider, and propose ways of defining, promoting, and enhancing effective use and appropriate role of technology within NCSS, the profession, school settings, and society at large as these may be affected by social studies educators. These efforts...
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For all those FRIENDS of NCSS Community members in DC. Two events are scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2016. Our exhibit in the Communities Showcase will take place in the Poster Session area of the Exhibit hall from 11:45-1:15. Please stop by the table, identify yourself, and share some thoughts with conference attendees about ways to increase our membership numbers and especially support our first time conference attendees and the 50 newcomers who received a scholarship to attend the conference. Our annual business meeting will take place in the Woodley Park Room at the Mariott Marquis from 3:50 - 4:50. My proposed agenda follows:...
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Below is the information on Asia-related sessions at NCSS 2016. Print copies will be available at the NCTA exhibit booth. Stop by and pick up a copy! Asia and Asian-American Sessions National Council for the Social Studies December 2-4, 2016 Friday, December 2 8:45am – 9:45am Through Chinatown's Eyes: Racial Identity during Washington, DC's 1968 Riots Room: 103A Filmmaker Penny Lee's documentary reveals how Chinese Americans, neither black nor white, saw their lives and neighborhoods threatened and transformed by rioting that rocked Chinatown following Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Presenters:...
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Please join us for the Asia Community meeting at NCSS! We welcome anyone, so please bring a colleague, an old friend, or a new friend! We hope to see you there. Friday, December 2 10:00-11:00am Capitol Room, Marriott
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The following was shared by Civic Mission of School Executive Director Ted McConnell. Secretary of Education John King just finished addressing the National Press Club here in Washington on the topic of Civic Education. His talk was entitled "Hand in Hand: Well rounded Education and Civic Engagement." Here are excerpts of his talk: More and better civics education helps kids become the type of citizens who will work against inequality in their communities that impact things like law enforcement, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. said at the National Press Club Wednesday . Overall, schools and colleges should take preparing...
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Today, Secretary John King delivered remarks to the National Press Club in Washington, DC. regarding the importance of civics as part of a well-rounded education. He also discussed civic engagement as a cornerstone of democracy and the role of schools in preparing students to be active citizens. Below is a press release with excerpts from his speech. A link to the archived video will be made available as soon as one is shared by the U.S. department of Education. U.S. Department of Education Office of Communications & Outreach, Press Office 400 Maryland Ave., S.W. Washington, D.C. 20202 FOR RELEASE: EMBARGOED...
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As the campaign cycle continues, make the most of presidential election teachable moments by using the following resources and engaging your students in: evaluating analyzing synthesizing drawing conclusions Teaching about the presidential debates? Then take a look at the following Social Education resources found at: http://www.socialstudies.org/resources/teaching-about-elections : (Not so) Unprecedented: Media Analysis of the 2016 Presidential Race and Its Historical Precedents Memorandum about the First Nixon-Kennedy Debate Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns...
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SOURCES Annual Conference http:///www.sourcesconference.com University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida Saturday, January 14, 2017 The Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the University of Central Florida (TPS-UCF) is pleased to announce a call for proposals to present at the SOURCES Annual Conference at the University of Central Florida to be held on January 14, 2017. The SOURCES Annual Conference Program Committee welcomes proposals that focus on presenting strategies for using primary sources to help K-12 students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills, and build content knowledge, specifically in one or more...
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NCSS AWARDS

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Good afternoon, My name is David Kendrick and I am the Awards Committee Chair for the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). Each year, we honor deserving teachers, educators, and members of the research communities at the annual conference and this year we will be in Washington, DC! We have many awards: Exemplary Research Award Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research Award NCSS Award for Global Understanding Given in Honor of James M. Becker NCSS Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year NCSS Outstanding Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year ...
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The Global Human Rights Education and Training Center at www.hrea.org , offers state of the art online courses for human rights educators, NGO staff and advocates. Courses can be taken either for credit or for audit (a substantial saving). Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) has just extended its Early Bird registration deadline for e-learning courses offered in the second quarter of 2016 until March 1. Courses for May-June 2016 include: May - June 2016 - Children's Rights (Foundation Course) - Child Safeguarding - Gender and Human Rights (Foundation Course) - Data Collection and...
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The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) invite proposals for scholarship to be presented at its Annual Meeting, which will be held on November 30-December 2, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year's conference is “Civic Learning and Cultural Inquiry in a Changing World”. CUFA's program will include individual paper sessions, symposia, contemporary issue dialogues, invited speakers, as well as CUFA/NCSS co-sponsored Research in to Practice (RIP) sessions. Accepted proposals will be linked to the presentations through the open conference system. Authors will have the option of...
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The CUFA Executive Board is pleased to announce the new Theory and Research in Social Education, TRSE , editorial team: Wayne Journell, Editor, University of North Carolina–Greensboro Anthony Brown, Associate Editor, University of Texas-Austin Paul Fitchett, Associate Editor, University of North Carolina-Charlotte Brooke Blevins, Book Review Editor, Baylor University Wayne Journell will assume editorship of TRSE July 1, 2016. Congratulations to Wayne and his editorial team.
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Happy December and Congratulations on another successful CS4 conference in New Orleans! The Newseum has outstanding resources and we love "free." · Get free access to the Newseum’s collection and educational resources · NewseumED.org gives teachers and students free access to curated, standards-aligned content from the museum’s vast collection of more than 35,000 historic newspapers, videos and other artifacts. Optimized for mobile devices and tablets, the revamped website includes lesson plans, interactive tools, and content to keep your students engaged while they learn about First Amendment freedoms...
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Got to http://connected.socialstudies.org/viewdocument/?DocumentKey=ba80f3b0-b264-4fab-950b-39bb508385d6 . Click on the Attachment PDF and you will be able to download the list of Human Rights Related sessions at NCSS 2015. Thanks to Dr. Glenn Mitoma of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut and his students for putting this guide together for us
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Dear Friends of Human Rights Education, I hope many of you will be able to join the HRE Community for the NCSS Annual Conference in New Orleans November 13 – 15. Human Rights is a theme of the NCSS Conference this year and there will be many exciting opportunities to learn from HRE practitioners -- teachers, researchers, dreamers. The HRE Community has some special events planned for New Orleans: Friday, November 13, from 2:15 to 3:05 HRE Community Business Meeting in the Julia Room at the Marriott Hotel. Plan for the growth of our HRE Community Friday 12:00-2:00 and Saturday 12:05-2:15: HRE Community exhibit...
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Recently, the NCHE shared their "History’s Habits of Mind" articulating a distinctive approach to historical thinking, one that leads towards engaging with and understanding the contemporary world. The aim is to lay the foundation for lifelong, productive learning and active citizenship. HSTRY's team of historians and educators seek to develop these habits of mind in all learners through their social studies content. HSTRY has therefore created interactive content for practicing each of the ten History Habits of Mind. View the Habit's of Mind with paired resources today: https://www.hstry. co/timelines/history-s-habits- of-mind
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The Friends of NCSS Community would like to welcome all newcomers to the field and/or the conference! Even if you've been to an NCSS conference in the past, and would just like to share your experiences and love of social studies! The sole function of the Friends Community is to welcome and share our excitement about NCSS in particular and Social Studies Education in general. There are 2 opportunities to meet and greet other Social Studies educators new to the process. Our breakfast is Saturday from 7:00 - 8:00 am in the Natchez Room at the Marriott at the Convention Center. (This is a ticketed event). Our workshop...
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Everyone I know is working hard to get their Members of Congress to sign on to the Cicillane/Ross "Dear Colleague Letter" to make sure social studies is NOT left behind again! In case you hadn't heard - the deadline for Members to sign has been extended to Friday, September 18. It's all hands on deck! Check the NCSS home page to find the information and links. And be sure to follow up, follow up, follow up with phone calls to your Member's office to make sure he/she actually signs on before the deadline. Let's do this! -Michelle Herczog Immediate Past President, NCSS
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