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Number 268 November/December 2016

NCSS Annual Conference 
Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader’s address on Sunday, December 4, will be followed by a “Vital Issues Session.” Ruth Marcus and Michael Gerson of the Washington Post will debrief the elections and preview the civic challenges ahead. Veteran journalist Ray Suarez will serve as moderator.

President’s Message
Each state or region presents unique programming at its annual meeting, and the Texas Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference was no exception. NCSS President Peggy Jackson and new Executive Director Dr. Lawrence Paska attended and were inspired by both keynote speakers and attendees.

Lawrence Paska: A Reflection on Transitions 
NCSS’s new executive director discusses the transition period—“a complicated time in which a highly visible individual establishes the ground rules for how business will be conducted going forward” in an association, a company, or a nation after an election.

Advocacy: Be Vigilant and Get Involved
Here are resources to help you get grants and strengthen social studies in your school. The moment is right! Secretary of Education John B. King discussed the important role of civic engagement in the social studies in a recent speech to the National Press Club.

Award and Grant Winners
The annual NCSS Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards recognize exceptional social studies teachers. Other NCSS awards and grants promote teaching and research in the various areas of our professional discipline. “Celebrate Excellence” this December 2-4 at the NCSS Annual Conference.

News, Views, and Who’s Who
Q & A with Warren Zanes, Executive Director of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation and an upcoming Annual Conference speaker. Educators in New York State find multiple uses for the C3 Framework. Our members call for papers, seek co-editors, and publish books.

Teaching Elections and Voting
Teaching resources from NCSS and from our colleagues are listed here. Find classroom activities in this election season that best fit your grade level and student population.

Teaching Resources
Read about classroom resources and online offerings from many sources. And of course, the latest journals and books from NCSS are announced here.

Professional Development – NCSS
Discover the webinars, workshops, and conferences of NCSS and local, state, and regional councils. Increase your content knowledge and improve your teaching practices with these professional learning opportunities.

Professional Development – Our Colleagues
National and state agencies, as well as museums and other organizations, offer professional development opportunities. We help you discover events of interest to social studies educators.

Awards, Grants, and Contests
Celebrate excellence in your profession by nominating a colleague or yourself. Invite your students to showcase their work.

TV Plus
Get a head’s up on television programs that focus on history, civics, geography, economics, and/or current issues. Many are accompanied by educational websites.


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