Minutes of the 35th Delegate Assembly

Washington, D.C., November 23–24, 1991

Editor’s note: The following is a summary of the tape-recorded minutes of the 35th House of Delegates meeting prepared by Dawn Marie Warfle, Director of Member Services, NCSS.

 

Credentials Committee

Christine Brockman, Chair of the Credentials Committee, reported that there were 280 registered delegates as of November 23, 1991.

 

Adoption of Agenda

The agenda presented by President Margit McGuire was moved, seconded, and adopted with one correction and one change. Item IX. B.2 should read “Article II, Section VII.” Item IX. B.2 should read, “Introduction of a proposed amendment.”

 

Approval of the Minutes of the 1990 House of Delegates

The minutes of the 34th House of Delegates were approved as presented.

 

Introductions by President Margit McGuire

McGuire introduced Tom McGowan, timekeeper, Arizona; Jean Hutt, parliamentarian, Michigan; Fran Haley, Executive Director, NCSS; Taddie Hamilton, Chair of the Steering Committee, Texas; Charlotte Anderson, NCSS President-Elect, Illinois.

 

Call for Written Nominations for House of Delegates Committees

Hamilton asked delegates to use the nominations form provided to each delegate to nominate members for three House of Delegates committees: Steering (2); Resolutions (2); and Nominations (2).

 

State of the Council Addresses

McGuire highlighted several council activities including the development of standards for advanced certification of social studies teachers. She noted the leadership of Linda Biemer and the five teachers who were certified in 1991. She then discussed the revision of the multiethnic guidelines completed by Jim Banks that are under review by the Curriculum and Equity committees. The work of Charlotte and Lee Anderson in the development of the Columbian Quincentenary statement that is being distributed worldwide was recognized as a significant achievement. McGuire referred to the ongoing work of the Teaching and Learning Task Force, whose final document will give special emphasis to instruction in the social studies, and the leadership of Fred Risinger in the formative stages of the Capital Development Fund. Finally, the report recognized the success of the 1991 international conference in Miami under the leadership of Jan Tucker and his colleagues. Anderson discussed the 1992 North American Social Studies Conference that is cosponsored by NCSS and the Canadian Association for the Social Studies. She encouraged delegates to submit presentation proposals as teams in which teachers, supervisors, and university faculty work together. Anderson noted that thü 1992 theme, “The Contemporary Relevance of 1492,” offers an opportunity to implement the NCSS Columbian Quincentenary statement, and encouraged delegates to talk about further work. After commenting on the newly rejuvenated Cobo Hall in Detroit as an exciting site for the 1992 annual meeting, Anderson referred to the council long-range plan, asking delegates to be prepared to discuss their perspectives on the plan during the second session of the House.

Haley referred to the well-attended state meetings in the fall, and acknowledged the many activities of state and local councils on behalf of social studies education. She thanked the NCSS staff for their work. Noting the high attendance at the Washington meeting, she thanked the delegates for their efforts. Referring to reduced advertising revenues, she discussed the expansion of the publications department. Other matters noted included the work of the Conference committee in choosing a site for 1997, the due diligence of the Canadian Association for the Social Studies and the Michigan CSS as they work on the North American meeting, and the addition of a Council Relations Coordinator to the NCSS staff. Finally, she advised delegates to see the Seeds of Change exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and to stop by the Addison-Wesley booth to see the first of two books that NCSS produced with a grant from the National Potato Board. McGuire introduced the NCSS Board of Directors: Charlotte Anderson, President-Elect, Illinois; Denny Schillings, Vice President, Illinois; Susan Adler, Missouri; Jim Barth, Indiana; Elizabeth Cummins, New Mexico; Frances Davis, Georgia; Richard Diem, Texas; Barbara Easley, Missouri; Leslie Handley, Missouri; Tarry Lindquist, Washington; Mary McFarland, Missouri; Gail Riley, Texas; Angie Rinaldo, Colorado; Fred Risinger, Indiana; Patricia King Robeson, Maryland; Judy Wooster, New York; Michael Young, Nebraska; and Taddie Hamilton, representing the Steering Committee of the House of Delegates, Texas. Rick Theisen, Minnesota, was unable to attend the entire conference due to illness.

There were no questions from the floor. The presented and written reports were accepted.

 

Recognition of Gold and Silver Star Councils

Haley presented the 1991 gold and silver star award certificates. There are five criteria for receiving these awards. Silver Star Councils meet four of the criteria; Gold Star, five. Recognized as Silver Star Councils were: Alaska, Association of Teachers of Social Studies/United Federation of Teachers (New York City), El Paso (Texas), Fayette County (Kentucky), Georgia, Kentucky, Lancaster-Lebanon (Pennsylvania), New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Texas. Recognized as Gold Star Councils were: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Houston (Texas), Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington.

 

Candidate Forum

Nannette McGee, Chair of the Nominations Committee, Georgia, introduced the candidates for vice president: Jesús Garcia, Indiana, and Robert J. Stahl, Arizona, both of whom made opening statements concerning their respective visions for the social studies. The candidates were asked to respond to questions from the floor about strategies for expanding NCSS membership, and the appropriate NCSS response to America 2000. McGee introduced the elementary candidates: Carole J. Bigelow, Delaware, and Barbara G. Jackson, South Carolina. After opening statements, both candidates responded to a question from the floor about giving early childhood educators a voice within NCSS  The The secondary candidates were introduced: Mounir Farah, Connecticut; James W. Lane, Ohio; Richard G. Moulden, Washington; and Leo R. West, Pennsylvania. Following opening statements, each candidate was asked to provide evidence of his or her administrative skill and to list the four units of high school social studies now being recommended by NCSS. McGee introduced the two candidates representing college and university faculty: Cecilia Adams Gross, Massachusetts, and William W. Wilen, Ohio. Both made opening statements and responded to a question from the floor about identifying the biggest weakness of NCSS and how it might be addressed. Finally, Shirley Mead-Mezzetta, California, was introduced as the candidate in the “other professional” category. Following her opening remarks, she was asked to discuss how she has supported classroom-based research with classroom teachers. The other candidate, Bruce Rineholt, New York, was not in attendance.

 

New Business—Nominations for HOD Committees

Nominated for Resolutions Committee were Alice Jurica, Illinois; Deena Fleck, Oklahoma; and Sophia Atkins, Memphis CSS.

Nominated for Nominations Committee were Rosemarie Koontz, Indiana; Carolyn Goebel, Texas; and Bert Cieslak, Virginia.

Nominated for Steering Committee were Peggy Altoff, Maryland; Pat Nickell, Kentucky; Madeline Schmidt, Missouri; and Roni Wattman, New York.

 

New Business—Constitutional Amendments

McGuire asked for and received motions to place the proposed amendments to Article I, Section II, and Article II, Section VII; on the spring ballot for a vote by the NCSS membership. The motions were seconded and approved. McGuire asked for a motion to introduce the proposed amendment to Article II, Section VI, to be voted upon by the 1992 Delegate Assembly. After floor discussion on the definition of “middle school,” the motion to submit the amendment to be voted upon by the 1992 Delegate Assembly was accepted.

 

November 24, 1991

Introduction of Candidates and Election of HOD Committees

Hamilton explained the balloting procedure while the Steering Committee handed out ballots.

 

New Business—Long-Range Plan

Anderson discussed how the previous long-range plan and the results of the 1991 member survey provided a significant source of input for drafting the current plan. She highlighted the results of the survey that helped to formulate the six goals of the plan, particularly noting the concerns expressed by survey respondents about balancing our cultural heritage and that of ethnic cultures, and the lack of a commonly agreed upon social studies curriculum.

 

Presentation and Action on Resolutions

McGuire introduced Jeff Passe, Chair of the Resolutions Committee, North Carolina. Passe introduced members of the Resolutions Committee: Ruben Zepeda, California; Michael Zahs, Iowa; Steve Waldman, New York; and Richard Moulden, Washington. A lengthy discussion on Resolution 91-01 was followed by a vote on the motion which failed 92 to 139. Resolution 91-02 and 91-03 were discussed and voted upon. Resolutions 91-04 through 91-12 were voted upon without discussion.

 

91-01 RESOLUTION CONCERNING REPRESENTATION IN THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES, submitted by the Ohio Council for the Social Studies

WHEREAS, according to the 1990 House of Delegates Manual, Article 1, the House of Delegates was established “to provide a means whereby the members of the National Council for the Social Studies may participate in the development of policies of the organization”; and

WHEREAS, according to the NCSS Constitution, Article II, Sec. 7, the House of Delegates is to be “composed of representatives of affiliated councils”; and

WHEREAS, members of NCSS may belong to more than one affiliated council; and

WHEREAS, members of NCSS may be counted for representation in the House of Delegates by more than one affiliated council; and

WHEREAS the current procedure for determining representation in the House of Delegates violates basic democratic principles;

BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Delegates affirm the principle of one member one vote in the House of Delegates; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that members of NCSS be required to designate which affiliated council they wish to have represent them in the House of Delegates.

NOT PASSED

 

91-02 RESOLUTION ON NATIONAL EDUCATION GOALS, submitted by the Indiana Council for the Social Studies

WHEREAS, the areas of emphasis defined in the National Education Goals (advanced by President Bush and the National Association of Governors) include the following statement (Goal 3):

By the year 2000, American students will leave Grades 4, 8, and 12 having demonstrated competency in challenging subject matter including English, mathematics, science, history and geography; and every school in America will ensure that all students will learn to use their minds well so they may be prepared for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment in our modern economy; and

WHEREAS, the Education Council Act of 1991 creates the National Council on Education Standards and Testing which is to determine the desirability and feasibility of national standards and testing in education; and

WHEREAS, a national testing program, if implemented, may, in all likelihood, minimize the role of the states in education. The existence of national standards and national tests may lead directly to a national curriculum that mitigates against local decision making in education; and

WHEREAS, these actions narrow the basis for the preparation of citizens to the fields of history and geography; and

WHEREAS, these actions ignore an integrated conception of social studies that would emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to the study of controversial public issues that draws upon many fields of knowledge, including, but not limited to, the social sciences (anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology), the humanities, the arts, and such relevant areas as law, journalism, and ethics;

BE IT RESOLVED that the National Council for the Social Studies, working with other professional education associations, assumes a highly visible and active role in advancing the integrity of the social studies field in all possible ways available to it:

1. by heightening the awareness level of social studies professionals by addressing these conditions and their ramifications in Social Education, The Social Studies Professional, and Social Studies and the Young Learner;

2. by developing a brief, hard-hitting position paper that focuses on the goal of preparing citizens (social studies broadly defined) and on the negative implications of national testing. Distribution of this paper should include Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, the nation’s governors, the chief state school officers, the social studies community, and major newspapers;

3. by using the above position paper as a base for connecting with other appropriate organizations with the purpose of creating a collectively sponsored position statement and a collective strategy for responding to these recent initiatives in education;

4. by suggesting that the NCSS Annual Meeting, and state and regional meetings address these issues as part of their general sessions; and

5. by recommending these issues be articulated by the NCSS President and Executive Director at state, regional, and national meetings.

PASSED

 

91-03 RESOLUTION COMMENDING JANE LOWRIE-BACON, submitted by the New Mexico Council for the Social Studies, Texas Council for the Social Studies, Indiana Council for the Social Studies, and Colorado Council for the Social Studies

WHEREAS, Jane Lowrie-Bacon has recognized the importance of professionalism and has for more than two decades taken leadership roles in NCSS and its affiliate councils in New Mexico, Texas, Indiana, and Colorado; and

WHEREAS, her work has furthered the understanding of social studies concepts endorsed by NCSS through presentations, publications, and active involvement in promotion of better communication of effective social studies methods K-12; and

WHEREAS, her persistent efforts improved professional attitudes and increased participation and membership in local and state social studies councils;

BE IT RESOLVED that Jane Lowrie-Bacon, a dedicated professional educator of national renown, receive our sincere thanks and appreciation for her tireless efforts in the cause of promoting quality teaching and learning in social studies education.

PASSED

 

91-04 RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND STAFF OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES, submitted by the House of Delegates Resolutions Committee

WHEREAS, Fran Haley and the NCSS staff are an important part of the National Council for the Social Studies; and

WHEREAS, NCSS has achieved many of its goals during the past year through the efforts of these people;

BE IT RESOLVED, that the House of Delegates of the National Council for the Social Studies extend its appreciation and thanks to Fran Haley and the entire staff of NCSS for their service to social studies education.

PASSED

 

91-05 RESOLUTION COMMENDING DAWN MARIE WARFLE FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE, submitted by the House of Delegates Steering Committee

WHEREAS, the Director of Member Services has become an increasingly vital position on the National Council for the Social Studies professional staff, linking all elements of the Council and encouraging the Council’s visibility and growth; and

WHEREAS, Dawn Marie Warfle has been instrumental in developing and fulfilling new duties and expectations as Director of Member Services; and

WHEREAS, Dawn Marie Warfle, in her role as Director of Member Services, has facilitated the efficient operation of the House of Delegates in a most professional and collegial manner;

BE IT RESOLVED that Dawn Marie Warfle receive the sincere appreciation of the National Council for the Social Studies House of Delegates for her exceptional work.

PASSED

91-06 RESOLUTION COMMENDING TADDIE HAMILTON, submitted by the HOD Steering Committee

WHEREAS, the chair of the HOD Steering Committee plays a central role in the governance of the National Council for the Social Studies, both in ensuring the smooth operations of the House of Delegates and as the House of Delegates’ ex officio member of the NCSS Board of Directors; and

WHEREAS, Taddie Hamilton has served as Chair of the House of Delegates Steering Committee in a most dedicated, organized, and enthusiastic manner;

BE IT RESOLVED that Taddie Hamilton receive the sincere appreciation of the National Council for the Social Studies House of Delegates for her exemplary service.

PASSED

 

91-07 RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE, submitted by the HOD Steering Committee

WHEREAS, the members of the Credentials Committee have significantly contributed to the productive and proper operation of the House of Delegates, by ensuring that delegates have been accredited and candidates have been elected quickly and efficiently; and

WHEREAS, the volunteer members of the Credentials Committee have relinquished the opportunity to serve as delegates to assume the duties and responsibilities of committee membership;

BE IT RESOLVED that the National Council for the Social Studies House of Delegates extend its appreciation for the outstanding service rendered by Linda Johnson, George Chilcoat, David Depew, Bob Lombard, and Chair Christine Brockman as members of the Credentials Committee.

PASSED

 

91-08 RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE, submitted by the House of Delegates Resolutions Committee

WHEREAS, the Nominations Committee and its chair, Nanette McGee, have worked long and hard to prepare a slate of candidates for the NCSS Board of Directors and Vice President;

BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Delegates express its appreciation to Nanette McGee and her committee for the good work.

PASSED

 

91-09 RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS COMMITTEE FOR THE 71ST ANNUAL MEETING, submitted by the House of Delegates Resolutions Committee

WHEREAS, the local arrangements for the 71st Annual Meeting have been well organized and highly successful; and

WHEREAS, the Local Arrangements Committee has done a superb job that has required long hours;

BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Delegates of the 1991 Annual Meeting express its appreciation for a job well done to Ron and Pat Robeson and all of the Local Arrangements Committee members.

PASSED

 

91-10 RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE PROGRAM PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR THE 71ST ANNUAL MEETING, submitted by the House of Delegates Resolutions Committee

WHEREAS, the program for the 71st Annual Meeting has been well organized and highly successful; and

WHEREAS, the Program Planning Committee has done an excellent job requiring great diligence and foresight;

BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Delegates express its appreciation for such fine work to Cochairs Margit McGuire, Dawn Thomas, Frances Powell, Charles White, and the rest of the Program Planning Committee.

PASSED

 

91-11 RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES STEERING COMMITTEE, submitted by the House of Delegates Resolutions Committee

WHEREAS, the House of Delegates Steering Committee has done an excellent job of preparing the business of this House of Delegates meeting; and

WHEREAS, the House of Delegates Steering Committee has provided guidance for NCSS;

BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Delegates express its appreciation for a job well done to all of the committee members.

PASSED

 

91-12 RESOLUTION COMMENDING MARGIT MCGUIRE, submitted by the House of Delegates Resolutions Committee

WHEREAS, Margit McGuire has provided the National Council for the Social Studies with exemplary leadership as President; and

WHEREAS, Margit McGuire has acted as an able spokesperson and advocate for the National Council for the Social Studies and has worked to foster its goals and values; and

WHEREAS, Margit McGuire has served the social studies profession and the National Council for the Social Studies with zeal, scholarship, and commitment in her office as President; and

WHEREAS, Margit McGuire exemplifies professionalism at its highest level;

BE IT RESOLVED that Margit McGuire receive the sincere appreciation of the House of Delegates for her devoted dedication to the National Council for the Social Studies and to the profession itself.

PASSED

 

Announcement of election results

 

Resolutions Committee: Atkins and Fleck

Nominations Committee: Cieslak and Goebel

Steering Committee: Altoff and Nickell

 

35th Delegate Assembly adjourned

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