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Mid Summer/ Winter Greetings and News from the International Assembly

  • 1.  Mid Summer/ Winter Greetings and News from the International Assembly

    Posted 07-04-2016 06:59:00 PM

    Dear Colleagues,

    Hopefully the number of emails in your "in" folder is down because of the holidays/ summer semester etc., so this seems like the ideal time to get some news to you that might be read before your computer screen is full of others.

    1)     Congratulations to Journal of International Social Studies Editor Ruth Reynolds and her team for publishing another outstanding volume.

    Another great volume- take a look – the latest research in social studies education.

    2)      Congratulations to Anatoli Rapoport, who is the Incoming Editor. He will work with Ruth on the next edition then take over 100% in 2017. Thanks to all who applied for the position. We are fortunate to have wonderful, talented colleagues willing to commit their time and skills for the benefit of our community.

    3)      VP Ashley Lucas and her team of reviewers is working hard to get responses to your conference proposals back to you so you can make plans for DC in December.

    4)      After Roundtable II on Friday afternoon there will be a meeting of people interested in participating in a new project around iterative curriculum development for global civic understanding.  Encourage your thoughtful NCSS CUFA NSSSA CS4 colleagues to join us. I had a fabulous conversation with Eleanor Goldstein the other day. We are going to work on a new project on Friday afternoon then electronically / in real life, during 2017 - 2018.

    The idea is to discuss and agree upon some international collaborations from C20 that global citizens should know about/understand when making civic decisions now. A little like ED Hirsch but with crowd-sourcing of ideas and resources. So, the more diverse the voices the better. We want you and your voice and your ideas there so please plan for it.

    In this time when George Orwell's doublespeak is a reality of our media-saturated lives it is nice to go back to some age-old sayings. This one is from Africa but the spirit is found around the world:

    If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful summer/winter,


    Carolyn O'Mahony
    President, International Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies
    Associate Professor
    Oakland University, Rochester Hills MI