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The National Council for the Social Studies provides opportunities for teachers and students to
become a social studies advocate

  • The National Council for the Social Studies’ Tool Kit outlines the council’s objectives for an advocacy campaign and numerous sample materials social studies educators can use to promote social studies education. An awareness campaign works best with a grassroots approach. Using this kit, educators can influence key audiences locally. A partnership between the national office and local affiliates is the most effective way to deliver the council’s important message.
  • Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society chapter -- The National Council for Social Studies’ is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of social studies. Any accredited public or private high school can apply for a local chapter, through which individuals will be inducted into the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society.
  • The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS) and National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) are holding the largest annual gathering of K-12 social studies classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, district and state social studies supervisors, international educators and social studies discipline leaders Nov. 22-24 in Austin, TX.  This year’s theme is Informed Action: Agency, Advocacy, Activism. Join more than 3,000 social studies educators to share the most current knowledge, ideas, research and expertise in social studies education through session workshops, intensive clinics, regional tours and special events. Pre-Conference Clinics will be offered Nov.21.

9/11 Memorial Museum Anniversary in the Schools Webinar

Join students and teachers from around the world to commemorate the 18th anniversary of 9/11 by registering for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s free Anniversary in the Schools webinar. Connect with museum staff and guest speakers to hear first-person stories about the attacks and recognize the importance of commemoration during this 35-minute program. For more information, visit the webinar website or contact Education Programs staff at: anniversaryintheschools@911memorial.org.

The U.S. Census Bureau provides program to increase awareness of the 2020 Census

Statistics in Schools (SIS) is a U.S. Census Bureau program that uses census statistics to create classroom materials for grades pre-K through 12. Teachers and subject matter experts nationwide helped develop each Statistics in Schools activity to increase awareness of, and overall public response to, the decennial census. The Statistics in Schools program includes more than 200 activities and resources that enhance learning in a variety of subjects and engages administrators, teachers, students and their parents/guardians in public conversations about the census. These include lesson plans, data tools, fun facts and more.

The 2020 NCHE Conference is coming to Cleveland

The 2020 NCHE Conference is coming to Cleveland on March 19-21. The conference theme is Past, Present, and Future: NCHE at 30. Early Bird Registrations are now being accepted. The registration fee increases Nov. 1. The conference is offering eight Enrichment Excursions to Historic Sites and workshops, along with Friday night at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Call for Proposals has been issued and proposals are being accepted for Breakout, Mini and Poster Sessions. The deadline to submit a proposal is Sept. 23. 

The National Consortium for Teaching About Asia offers course

The National Consortium for Teaching About Asia is offering an online seminar on Cracking the Samurai Code: Separating Fact from Fiction from Sept. 29 - Nov. 23. High school teachers of history receive preference. Additional audiences include secondary teachers of social studies, Japanese and literature. This seminar is offered as a history course exploring current scholarship and primary sources, with discussion of teaching strategies for use in history courses. Four asynchronous online modules consist of readings, video lectures and discussions moderated by a specialist on the topic. The modules explore samurai from the Medieval through the Tokugawa periods. The final module focuses on teaching critical thinking through samurai-related content. Participants can earn 20 contact hours and a stipend for materials. The deadline to apply is Sept. 20.

National Archives sponsoring Youth Art Competition celebrating 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage

The National Archives Foundation is celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage by sponsoring an art competition for students in grades 4-6. The competition, dubbed Rightfully Hers, will highlight historical achievements in women’s history while promoting the significance of the 19th Amendment. The grand prize includes a free trip to the National Archives. For more information or to register, please visit the link provided. The deadline to enter is Nov. 5, 2019.