National Council for the Social Studies 45th Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates

November 16-17, 2001 Washington, D.C.

Session 1

Friday, November 16, 2001

 

Call to Order

Adrian Davis, President: Welcome to the 45th House of Delegates. I want to begin by introducing the persons on stage with me this afternoon. Jacqueline Schillings is parliamentarian; Kim Hess, Steering Chair; Sharon Ryan, Technology; Susan Griffin, Executive Director; Stephen Johnson, President-Elect; and Denee Mattioli, Vice President.

I just want to remind you that the minutes of the 44th House of Delegates are in the House of Delegates Manual. And I also want to remind you that the minutes were approved by the Steering Committee since the 44th House of Delegates is not the same body as the 45th.

Will you please stand and join me in a pledge of allegiance to the flag? ?I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.?

And now I'd like to observe a moment of silence for our fallen colleagues, friends, and teachers who were aboard the American Airline flight.

Thank you.

 

Adoption of the Agenda

Now we'll move to the adoption of the agenda. You'll find the agenda located on page 5 of the House of Delegates Manual. And I will need a motion to adopt. Do I hear a motion for adoption of the agenda? Second? All in favor signify by saying aye. Thank you. The agenda is adopted.

Adrian Davis: It's been moved and seconded that we adopt the agenda for the 45th House of Delegates. All in favor say aye. All opposed. Okay, the agenda is adopted.

I just want to remind you of the purpose of the House of Delegates, and you can find the purpose listed in the House of Delegates Manual on page 15. The House of Delegates provides a means whereby members of NCSS may participate in the development of the policies of the organization and serve as a forum for issues related to the profession and the organization of the council. Now I am going to turn this over now to Kim.

Kim Kozbial Hess, Steering Committee Chair: At this time, I would like to have a report of the Credentials Committee.

 

Credentials Committee Report

Ron Robeson, Chair, Credentials Committee: As chair of the Credentials Committee, I am pleased to report that 168 delegates are registered and certified to vote in the House of Delegates as of four o'clock today, Friday, November 16th. As directed by the Credentials Committee, I move the adoption of the Credentials report just read.

The motion to accept the report was accepted by vote.

 

Kim Kozbial Hess, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you, Adrian. Good afternoon. My name is Kim Kozbial Hess from Ohio. I am chair of the Steering Committee. On behalf of my committee, I would like to welcome you to the 45th session of the House of Delegates here in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. I would especially like to welcome our first-time delegates and hope that these sessions will enrich your participation in the conference.

It is my honor to introduce those who have worked with me on the Steering Committee this year. Pat Gillory from Georgia. If you just want to stand, Pat. Thank you. Sharon Kimble from Mississippi. Sharon. And Sharon is going to be our timekeeper. So she is going to be watching carefully so that everyone takes the right amount of time. Nancy Cope from North Carolina. Steve Goldberg from New York. Steve is unable to be with us this year. And last, Ed Pfeiffer from Idaho. Ed is the Vice Chair, and he has been very helpful to me every step of the way. Thank you. Thanks to all the committee members. In the absence of Steve for this year's conference, my friend Sharon Ryan also from Ohio, stand, wave Sharon, has offered to assist with the technology aspect of the program. Join me in extending my heartfelt thanks to this committee for the hard work they have done to ensure the success of the delegate sessions.

Over the past few years, there have been many changes to these House of Delegates sessions. This year is no exception. Your suggestions will continue to be very helpful. This year, our emphasis is on increased dialogue about substantive issues. In addition to the resolutions that Summer Leadership participants wrote and submitted, the additional resolutions written, we are providing an opportunity for you, the delegates, to help shape the direction of this organization in the future.

On today's agenda, working closely together with the Governance Task Force and assistance from Tecker Consultants, the Steering Committee is pleased to provide an opportunity during our session to enlist your help in this process. We continue to provide technology in our sessions. The Steering Committee has worked to implement your suggestions at this meeting. Please be sure to submit your evaluations at the end of tomorrow's session. Again, we welcome your thoughtful suggestions in hopes of improving future meetings and the delegates. Thank you.

Kim Kozbial then described procedures for making nominations for HOD Committees.

 

State of the Council Addresses

Adrian Davis: Well, first of all, I'd like to welcome you to the 45th NCSS House of Delegates. Here we are, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, and we're in the world's largest social studies classroom, Washington, D.C. I hope that, while you're here this weekend, your spirit will be awakened and that your commitment to social studies education will be renewed.

The tragedy of September 11th touched the lives of millions one at a time. Even those of us who were not in harm's way are discovering that we have also suffered a loss. We are all saddened by the loss of our members and friends, whose lives were devoted to bettering our world through education. We have always drawn upon collective resources to do what we could not do alone. Let us not forget that such tragic events have traditionally served to strengthen, as I told you this morning, not to sever our idealism, our unity, and our commitment to democracy.

NCSS. So what's been happening? Under the leadership of Tedd Levy and Rick Theisen, the idea was born that perhaps we should do some strategic planning. And it received the approval of the NCSS Board of Directors. And we began thinking about this about this time last year. The Governance Task Force. Carol, are you here? It is chaired by Carol Marquis from California. She is currently on the NCSS Board of Directors. The Governance Task Force began what we call an organization-wide survey, an education undertaking to find out really who are we here at NCSS. What does NCSS want to be? And what is NCSS going to look like in a few years?

The NCSS membership has been engaged in developing a series of assumptions that could be likely to have significant and relevant influence on NCSS's future. We didn't just go off and do this in a vacuum somewhere in a backroom and didn't include you. And we found out some relevant and some significant assumptions about what the world might be like in five or ten years in terms of demographics, social values, technology, legislation, regulation, and the Council. All of these things are being taken into consideration, are being developed, and they form a framework for most of our discussions.

There was one major discussion that took place this past summer in Washington D.C. Many of you were there at the Summer Leadership Institute. For the House of Delegates, what does this mean for me? Well, this is an effort that will bring clarity to your role here in the House. This in turn can increase the value of your work. Your time is valuable and we know that. And we want you to be able to spend it well. We want NCSS to be a stronger organization working towards meeting the needs of social studies now and in the future.

We hope that as a result of the work of this task force, members and nonmembers will be clear about who we are and what we do. We also hope the work of the task force will continue to bring the perception that NCSS is a leader in the field and of significant value to social studies education.

In addition to the Governance Task Force study, NCSS is involved in several other exciting and significant activities that are helping move this organization forward. There is a public relations campaign that Susan Adler, who was President last year, told you about. That PR campaign is designed to increase public awareness of the meaning and importance of social studies. And it has proven to be quite successful. We are reaching the media, parents, educators, and policymakers. They, in turn, are seeking us out as experts on various topics. Then, of course, there is another project, the WGBH project, which is funded by the Annenberg foundation. This project, once completed, will result in a social studies video library.

There will be twenty-four videotapes featuring social studies teachers utilizing the NCSS curriculum standards. This project is in its final stages, and the videotapes are expected to be released some time next year. Once available, the videotapes will be an excellent tool to assist not only the next generation of social studies teachers but also veteran social studies teachers, teacher educators, supervisors, and those responsible for professional development, in analyzing effective social studies teaching and learning.

Another initiative NCSS has undertaken is the Task Force to Revitalize Citizenship Education. This task force was formed in response to a House of Delegates resolution that was passed in 1999. And you think we don't listen. The task force completed its work back in the spring of this year. However, the work of the task force and what they were doing was too important. So the NCSS Board of Directors extended the term of that task force for another three years. And what they are currently doing is undertaking a three-year campaign, which is something called the Education for Democracy Campaign. This is aimed at changing education policies and practices in citizenship education, which are quite badly needed, especially after September 11th and its aftermath. To facilitate this work, we are actively seeking foundation support for a series of civic education initiatives that will be extremely helpful to social studies teachers across this country.

This spring, NCSS became more active at the national legislative level. We worked with Senator Paul Wellstone from Minnesota, and for the first time, we were able to help to introduce legislation on the Senate floor. This is the first time that NCSS has actually initiated legislation. This deals with professional development for social studies teachers, specifically. No other disciplines are involved in this. We did this because it is high time that we learned to practice as an organization what we teach in our classrooms.

We are in the initial stages of two curriculum collaborations. One is with the United States Department of State. The other is with the United Nations Division of Global Teaching and Learning. Both of these projects are in their early phases of development.

Do you know that NCSS headquarters has moved? After nineteen years in our old office, we are now located in Silver Spring, Maryland. This move took place in July of this year. And it was time. We had actually outgrown our old space a very long time ago. And when you are in town, get on the Metro red line and stop by. I'm quite sure the staff will be pleased to see you.

My own goals for this organization are focused on forming a more perfect union within the organizational structure as well as outside the organization. Members of NCSS represent a variety of constituencies including but not limited to educators from pre-K to 16-plus settings. It also includes those new to the profession, supervisors from the district level to the state level to the national level, those who work with other organizations, writers, consultants, and those who are just interested in social studies education. We don't always agree. But we do share an interest in effective social studies education.

Forming a more perfect union means thinking outside of the box. It means not being afraid to try something new just because it has never been done before or because it looks strange. Or because someone who is perceived as different suggested it. You and your state and local councils are essential to the success of this effort. In order to form a more perfect union, we should freely exchange ideas among ourselves, stop playing the blame game, sit down at the table with those holding different perspectives from our own, and engage in what we call real collegial discourse. It means forming collaborative partnerships with other organizations and going out into the real world and educating the public, policymakers, and others about what social studies is?as well as what it is not. There is much to be done and there is very little time in which to accomplish it.

I want to let you know that NCSS is alive and well as an organization. We are becoming a leader in the field and of significant value to social studies education all around this country and world. This is because we have a hard-working staff, dedicated board members who take their duties and their responsibilities very seriously, a great affiliate network, and a House of Delegates who are devoted members of this organization. I look forward to your continued support and your enthusiasm and energy now and in the future. Thank you.

 

Susan Griffin, Executive Director: Good afternoon everyone. Of course I'm glad to see you all here. As you might have expected, we've been concerned about people's interest in getting on airplanes and coming to Washington D.C., a city that we are very proud of. And we're very, very happy that you have joined us here. So we just want to welcome you all to our home and say that we're glad that you joined us for this fantastic meeting.

You have in your packet my annual report. And it's number 11. So I won't bore you with giving you information that you can read for yourselves. Some of the highlights Adrian has already referred to: our Governance Task Force, our Citizenship Education Task Force, and the big change in our lives, which was the move during July. And I have to tell you that I am ever so glad that's over and very pleased that we have a ten-year lease.

People are gesturing to me from the background. We're going to interrupt our program for some other announcements, since Kathryn Robinson has started that process. Congratulations Kathryn.

Adrian Davis, President: Kathryn, we were waiting for you. Also, there's another person who just notified me that she achieved national board certification. Barbara Hairfield from South Carolina, please stand up. Jody Marcella from Alaska also received it. Ann Kennedy from Oklahoma. And I'm quite sure this evening at the reception there will be others. But many of these persons went through the National Council for the Social Studies/National Geographic/National Board Partnership to support certification candidates. This was the first cohort from last year. They stepped up to the plate last year when we offered to the two organizations to partner and support teachers through National Board Certification. We have our second cohort who are now going through the process. So I congratulate all of them. Thank you.

Susan Griffin, Executive Director: We might mention at this point that that was one of the wonderful programs that we worked on with National Geographic?and with Joe Ferguson. I am sure that he's as pleased as all of us are that you succeeded, because he was very interested in supporting that program, and he took all of you into his heart. So congratulations.

I'd like to draw your attention to the National Council for the Social Studies staff because they do a lot for all of you. They work very hard, and they take their jobs very seriously. I know that Adrian mentioned the public relations plan and our foray into government relations as well. In large part, that's due to the very hard work of Al Frascella. Al Frascella has been on the staff since a year ago September and he's doing an excellent job. He will give you as much or more information than you ever needed about what's going on legislatively. But more important, he has assembled a list of experts that has really helped increase our visibility. And he's always looking for more. So if you have a particular area of expertise, we're trying to get people from all around the country that we can refer reporters to. That has been a very effective way of increasing visibility of our profession and NCSS. So thank Al very much.

Working in our finance department is Arthur Ganta, and he replaces Tim McGettigan, whom many of you knew. Tim actually helped us a lot with the transitions in the finance office. And Arthur is doing an excellent job. This is his first NCSS meeting, and it's nice to have pictures of these people because you always talk to us on the phone and you don't know how lovely we really are in person.

Ana Post does our recognition programs and does a fine job with that and also does special projects.

Sandy Roberts is in the membership department. She is the Director of Membership and works with marketing as well as processing membership.

Carol Tell we snuck away from ASCD; she used to work on Educational Leadership and now she is doing a fine job on Social Education.

Gene Cowan is just a very, very talented person who has done a lot with our website. He does production and design on our publications, and he is a very multitalented person. He worked with Adrian on putting that beautiful video presentation together for her address this morning.

Kami Price is one of our newest people, who also does web and production. And we are very excited to have her, another talented young person.

Katrina Wright works with Robin on our conferences. And she also does exhibit coordination.

Margaret Black works with Arthur in the finance office, and she's been with NCSS for more than ten years. We're really glad she's here with us at the conference.

Marcia Gerran is the one who processes every membership, new membership, and renewal. She talks to you on the phone when we don't get your name right, when we don't put the dot in the right place. So Marcia and Sandy are in the NCSS booth. Please stop by and say hello to them.

Mildred McBee, aka Peaches, has been holding us all together for so long she must be really tired, but she never looks it. So we thank Peaches for all the work she does with our councils. Really, she is a linchpin in our staff. She helps out wherever we need her and she does an outstanding job.

Michael Simpson has done an absolutely wonderful job in leading the publications department. You know, when the events of September 11th happened, we of course wanted to do as much as possible to help teachers deal with it. Michael revamped the October and November/ December issues to address these very important events. He lined up authors mostly by not telling them when the deadlines were. Then he was able to put together some very strong issues that we're very proud of. So we thank Michael for leading a wonderful staff.

Robin Hayes is the one who worked with Adrian in putting all these remarkable number of details together here to put on at this wonderful conference. And we thank Robin very much for her hard work. She's working about 24-plus hours a day.

Sharlon is our newest staff member. She's a working with Sandy in the membership department and is also the receptionist.

Steve works most of the time on Social Studies and the Young Learner, but he also does whatever we need him to do, including pitching in on Social Education and other publications as well.

Terri Ackerman is the editor of The Social Studies Professional. We're very, very glad that she is with us. She is one of our most on-time people at the NCSS office. And that's really something we appreciate very much.

Tim Daly is the Director of Administration, and he does a fine job on keeping us all straight to the extent that that's possible. I mean, it doesn't work too well all the time but at least he gives it a good try.

So I want you to know that you have an absolutely tremendous group of people working for you. And I'd also like to acknowledge a wonderful change that has happened. We like some changes and don't like other changes. Two of our delegates here at National Council for the Social Studies got married on November 4th. And I'd like to congratulate Bernie and Carolyn. I would like to call your attention to an error that I made: In your packet, number 8 B.1., where we list the candidates for NCSS offices. The President Elect is Denee Mattioli, not Steven Johnson, because he just told me he's not going to be President Elect again. So he's pretty much over that. But Denee Mattioli is the candidate for President Elect in our February ballot. Thanks very much.

Adrian Davis: I'd like to introduce to you the members of the NCSS Board of Directors. Now I know all of them are not here, so I am just going to go down the list. Susan Adler, NCSS Immediate Past President, Missouri; Peggy Altoff, other representative from the state of Maryland; William Amburn, the middle level representative from Oklahoma; Phyllis Bowie, secondary representative from Alaska; Susie Burroughs, the college and university representative from the state of Mississippi; Jill Ehlen, elementary representative from Minnesota; Betsy Fitzgerald, secondary representative from Maine; Debbie Gallagher, elementary representative from Florida; Kay Knowles, middle Level representative from Virginia. I've already introduced you Kim. Ken Mareski, secondary representative from Michigan; Carol Marquis, the other representative from California; Merry Merryfield, the college and university representative from Ohio; Sally Jo Michalko, elementary representative from Wisconsin; Leo Radakovich, secondary representative from Michigan; Paul Robinson, university representative from Arizona. We met Kathryn earlier. Kathryn Robinson, secondary representative from Maryland. She is probably out helping at registration now. Richard Theisen is not here; he is Past President from Minnesota; Gayle Thieman, another professional representative from Washington; Bruce Wendt, secondary representative from Montana; and Michael Yell, middle level representative from Wisconsin.

Kim Kozbial Hess, Steering Committee Chair, asked if there were questions from the floor. No questions were asked.

 

Report of the Assignment Committee

Suzie Fogarty, Chair, Assignment Committee: We did not rehearse this, obviously. This may or may not be in the order that it appears on the screen. So I apologize for that. First of all, I'd like to introduce my committee. I had the high privilege to serve with eight other very fine individuals: Margo Byerly from Indiana; Dr. Shelly Singer from Illinois; Cynthia Ledbetter from Missouri; Barbara Schindler, Oklahoma; Mark Tesenair, South Carolina; Taddie Hamilton, Texas; Jeannie Brousseau, Michigan; Jacqueline Purdy, California. Thank you all so much for the hard work that you did. We even finished early yesterday on our job. Yes, give them a hand. Now, before I read off these names, I do want to say that this is my third year serving on this committee, and I've never seen a finer bunch of applicants, so many outstanding individuals who have served social studies for many, many years. It was really hard making a choice, and we did the best that we could giving you first choices. We had to go then to second and third in some cases. And bless you all who put ?will serve where needed.? That was really a plus.

These were the appointments of the Assignment Committee for Academic Freedom: Tracy Faulconer, Oregon; Aaron Trummer, New York. For the Assessment Committee: Dr. Susan Passe, South Carolina; Anne Pooler, Maine. For Archives: Trinia Walker, Texas. Awards Committee: Beth Cerullo, Pennsylvania; Carol Schlenk, Texas. For the Conference Committee: Mary Mason, Georgia; Ronald Morris, Texas. Curriculum Committee: Chris Van Slooten, Virginia; Frances Warren, Pennsylvania. Instruction Committee: Brent Heath, California; Steven Hinch, Missouri. International Activities: Susan Dupree, Florida; Andrew Johnsrud, Minnesota. Membership: Dr. Eula Fresh, Rhode Island; Alexander Tryceicky, South Carolina. Government Relations: Anastasia Martin, Connecticut; James Sheehan, Ohio. Publications Committee: Renee Scott, Michigan; Bradley Segal, New Jersey. Public Relations Committee: Mark Kruzynski, New York; Laurie Blaylock, Maryland. Research Committee: Mimi Coughlin, Rhode Island; Mary Webeck, Texas. Teacher Education: Kristen Alvarez, New Hampshire; Linda Plevyak, Ohio. And that concludes my report.

Kim Kozbial Hess, Steering Committee Chair: Thank you, Suzie. The Steering Committee is still roaming around, and they are picking up forms, and we hope to see more of you running for these committees. At this time I'd like to call on James Bryan for brief statement about this year's Resolutions. James.

 

Introduction of Resolutions

James Bryan, Chair, Resolutions Committee: I'd like to first recognize the committee for their work: Dora Bradley from Arkansas; and if they'll stand, Dora; Patricia Hughes, Virginia; Margaret Sanford, Texas; James Meadows (Jim), Washington; and Dr. Renee Scott, Missouri. Excuse me, I found out about a month ago, it's time to get reading glasses. Contacts are just not doing it anymore. I'd like to thank them for their hard work especially over the last two days. They put in a lot of hours trying to get these resolutions ready for the House of Delegates. You should have two sets of resolutions. The newest set was handed out to you beginning with A-1 Orientation Booklet. A-1 is Orientation Booklet, A-2 State Officer Training, A-3 is Image and Marketability, and please make a change. There was a mistake at this time; Image and Marketability does not have support from any delegation. So if you will remove Maine's name from that list. If this resolution fails to receive support from any delegation, then it will be removed from the final list in voting tomorrow.

James Bryan then read the list of remaining resolutions.

These will be the resolutions that we'll be discussing tomorrow and voting on to send to the Board of Directors. There has been a lot of work put into these resolutions, especially coming from Summer Leadership. I want to encourage every delegation to send members to the Summer Leadership training. A lot of resolutions and a lot of business is conducted by your representatives there at Summer Leadership. And many of these come from that Summer Institute. And we also encourage each of the delegations, as you see changes that need to be made for the improvement of our organization, to place resolutions before the House of Delegates. Thank you.

 

Call for Nominations for House Committees

Kim Kozbial Hess, Steering Committee Chair, received nominations for HOD Committees.

Assignment Committee: Gayle Thieman, WA; Kathy Wright, GA

Nominations & Elections Committee: Merrell Frankel, CA; Tony Iannone, NC; Fred Isele, IL; Nan Jones, SC.

Steering Committee: Susie Fogarty, FL; Kay Knowles, VA; Leah Renzi, MD

Resolutions Committee: Linda Bennett, MO; Frank de Varona, FL; Douglas Lynch, PA.

Kim Kozbial Hess, Steering Committee Chair: Thank you. All right, we have one person moving from one committee to Assignment Committee, and we still need another person for the Assignment Committee to run. So if anyone is interested in that position please submit that to a Steering Committee member.

At this time I would like to introduce Ray Wicks, Chair of the Nominations Committee.

 

Candidates Forum

Ray Wicks, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee: Thank you, Kim. Good afternoon. The work of any committee is a shared responsibility. Allow me to introduce the members of the Nominations Committee: David Golden from New York, who is Vice Chair and will become Chair next year; Valerie Degnan from Massachusetts; Terry Harper from Kentucky; Ann Kennedy from Oklahoma; Edson Lott from Hawaii; Tom McGowan from Arizona; and Carol Moakley from Connecticut. The Board of Directors Liaison to the Nominations Committee is Kay Knowles from Virginia.

The committee met in July to review the candidate applications for NCSS Vice President, the Board of Directors, and the FASSE Board. Committee members took their responsibility very seriously and engaged in thoughtful and thorough discussions of candidates' qualifications, giving consideration to geographic, gender, and ethnic representation, as well as the candidates' experience with this organization at the local, state, and national levels and the appropriateness of their professional background for the position they sought. Unfortunately, at this time, when NCSS is pointing to its role in creating effective citizens, the number seeking to become leaders in this organization is not great. I believe it is the responsibility of every member of this House and the Board, and those who serve in other leadership positions, to identify qualified colleagues, especially K-12 classroom teachers, and invite them to place their names in nomination.

Today we introduced to you an incomplete slate of candidates. Other candidates are currently being considered and will appear on the ballot. But I would encourage you to please bring to my attention by the end of this conference any potential candidates for the elementary and secondary classroom teacher categories, as well as for the FASSE Board. The Candidates Forum provides an opportunity for the candidates to be introduced to the members of this organization. At this time, it's my pleasure to introduce the candidates to the House of Delegates. First, you will hear from the two Vice Presidential candidates. They will have five minutes to present their positions to you. Candidates for the other positions will have one minute to introduce themselves to you. And in the packet of materials that you have, we do have one correction. Lynda Wagner is from the state of Rhode Island, not Georgia, and she asked whether I would extend her apologies to Georgia. At this time, we would like to introduce the first Vice Presidential candidate Jesus Garcia from Kentucky.

 

Jesus Garcia, KY: Good afternoon. Madame President, members of the House, and NCSS members, I am honored to have been selected by the Nominations Committee to run for election for Vice President of NCSS. This is deja vu all over again. Approximately ten years ago I stood before the House of Delegates, and I was running for Vice President of NCSS. The election took place and unfortunately I didn't win. Bob Stahl was elected and performed an outstanding job. Today I stand before you because once again I am running for Vice President, and similar to last election, I am running against a formidable opponent, Margaret Laughlin. This time, however, I hope the outcome will be different.

Who am I? I am the son of parents who immigrated to the United States to escape the Mexican Revolution. I grew up in California in the Bay Area, where I began my career as a high school U.S. history teacher in Fremont and a fifth-grade teacher in San Jose. In the 1970s, successful teaching experiences led to graduate school at the University of California and a career as a teacher educator with a specialization in social studies. Through the years, I have held faculty positions at Texas A&M University, Indiana University, University of Illinois, and currently I'm Coordinator of the University of Kentucky secondary teacher education program. My research and writing have led to coauthoring an elementary and middle school social studies methods book and serving as senior editor of a middle school U.S. history textbook.

My contributions to the organization have been numerous. In states where I taught, I have been active in state councils. I have been a member of NCSS for well over twenty-five years. Some of the highlights of my contributions include being selected by the late Jan Tucker to chair the task force on Membership and Participation of Ethnic Minorities in NCSS and being elected to the Board of Directors in 1988. These experiences have provided me with the opportunity to become aware of the many ways the organization carries out its missions. They have also provided me the opportunity to interact with NCSS leaders and general membership. Together we have identified challenges and worked together addressing them. My commitment to collaboration also extends to the organization's associated groups. We are all committed to the same goal. The key, in my opinion, is communication, informing others of our individual and group efforts.

What challenges does NCSS face? First, as a result of events that have occurred this fall, this organization may need to reflect on how to come together as a group. Obviously, annual meetings are important because they provide the membership with an opportunity to share ideas, to discuss issues, and to reflect on the organization's accomplishments. But annual meetings are also important because they generate revenue. Well-attended annual meetings provide the organization with the resources to continue supporting existing programs and to generate new ones. If attendance is down this year, as I suspect it is, NCSS may need to look at other ways of bringing social studies educators together.

A second challenge is increasing member participation in the workings of NCSS. We need to find creative ways of doing this.

Last, I think the organization needs to continue strengthening its ties to state councils; such efforts as Each One Reach One have been successful and should be continued. Nationally, as a result of events this fall, the public is raising questions about the role of social studies in the K-12 curriculum. We need to speak in one voice. We can do this by continuing using NCSS publications such as Curriculum Standards for Social Studies and embracing the recently published Goals of the Task Force for Revitalizing Citizenship Education. We also need to continue informing the public and our constituencies about NCSS, and to offer guidance and support to districts, schools, and teachers to develop their own individual social studies programs. I remain a strong supporter of the NCSS standards, but I see them as benchmarks. Their purpose is to guide the education community in developing social studies curriculum. They were not put together for the purpose of developing tests that purport to measure all social studies learning. They also were not developed to direct those educators and politicians who are bent on moving toward a national curriculum.

I think the organization will need to play a more aggressive role to ensure that in the time of assessment and accountability, social studies teachers are able to carry on with their educational responsibilities. We must be ever so vigilant that curricular and assessment decisions are not wrested away from the classroom teacher. NCSS is an international organization, and as a result of September 11th, will be asked to respond to the world on a number of issues. I believe I have the academic preparation and the experiences to lead NCSS in this unsettled time. Thank you.

 

Margaret Laughlin: Thank you very much. Good afternoon and thank you for the opportunity to share some thoughts with you, some ideas with you about NCSS and our professional organization. It is truly a pleasure to be nominated as a candidate for the office of Vice President of National Council for Social Studies. And it's also a wonderful opportunity to serve the social studies community at large, both nationally and internationally. As I look out at the delegates, it's nice to see many friendly faces of so many NCSS educators who are giving their time and expertise to our professional organization. I believe it's important that the social studies community is led by social studies educators. Throughout all of my professional life, I have been active in two state councils: one, the California Council when I was out there; and two, the Wisconsin Council where I am now serving. And in both cases, I've served in various elected and leadership positions, as well as within NCSS itself. In the coming years, it's most important that the NCSS leadership consult with both experienced veteran social studies educators and also solicit ideas from the new and beginning members in the profession of the social studies. These people, both the veteran teachers and the newly minted social studies teachers, offer many good ideas and sage advice to NCSS, the Board, leadership, and can serve a variety of capacities.

As I reflect on the future of NCSS, it seems to me that one of the things we need to do is to have NCSS in the forefront of providing leadership and taking initiative regarding our profession. For example, this requires a continued and ongoing commitment to citizenship, civic action, initiatives that are already underway within NCSS and elsewhere. It seems also that the newly approved strategic plan needs to be implemented, and we also need to continue to work with the NCSS Governance Committee, which has made an excellent report of recommendations as to how best to serve the organization. The NCSS also, as indicated, should continue to work with state and local councils in order to serve the entire NCSS membership.

It seems to require some major initiatives in these next three years. One would be to continue to encourage inclusive communication among the members. Another point would be to respond appropriately to these challenges. And then to give thoughtful responses to the resolutions proposed and passed by the House of Delegates, and to accept and consider seriously recommendations from state and local councils, as well as from individual members. I strongly believe that the membership concerns need to be addressed, including and especially at the elementary level. I believe that they are an underrepresented group. It's in the best interest of social studies for us to collaborate, to cooperate with classroom teachers, with teacher educators, and with other groups and agencies. This seems to me to be imperative.

The slogan that has come before us, United We Stand, has become more and more important to our nation, especially to our members. Curriculum content in our schools must begin with social studies and not from other academic disciplines, however important they may be. From my perspective, and it's a slogan that my school and university and state hear quite regularly, social studies is the heart and soul of the curriculum. Therefore, preparing young people for citizenship responsibilities is critical. NCSS, from my perspective, must be integral, must be integrated, must have a dialogue not only within the profession but with others as well. And I thank you very much.

 

Kim Kozbial Hess, OH: Hello, my name is Kim Kozbial Hess. I'm from Ohio and a candidate for the elementary school position on the Board. I'm a classroom teacher of grades four, five, and six social studies this year. I have been teaching for 21 years in an urban setting. The problems and challenges in urban schools are many. They are a challenge to me as an educator and I'm committed to that. Serving on the Board this past year as Steering Chair and participating in the work of strategic planning have offered me more insight into this organization. I'm concerned about the needs and involvement of elementary teachers. I ask for your support in this category.

 

Chris Pratt Consoletti, GA: Hello, I'm Chris Pratt Consoletti from Georgia, and I'm running for the position of middle schools on the Board of Directors. On September 11th, the events that occurred changed our world. It is our responsibility as social studies educators to guide our students and ourselves to create positive avenues for change by emphasizing tolerance and respect, not only for our similarities, but for our differences, and to safeguard our rights. With the leadership of National Council for the Social Studies and its publications and conferences, we believe that we can realize this goal. Thank you for your support.

 

Ernestina Koranda, NM: Hello, my name is Ernestina Koranda. I am from Harley, New Mexico. I have been teaching for fifteen years in a middle school. I have been involved with the New Mexico Council for the Social Studies for the past nine years. I have been involved in writing curriculum. I have been involved in writing the New Mexico Standards for the Social Studies and I am now involved in aligning the curriculum to the standards in New Mexico. If I am elected I will do a good job. Thank you.

 

Lynda Wagner, RI: Good afternoon. My name is Lynda Wagner and I am from the state of Rhode Island. And I have to tell you I am extremely proud to be a teacher at this time in history. Since September 11th, I believe our role as teachers has changed significantly. We must now guide our students and their attitudes. We must guide our students' thinking. And we must guide them to be more than observers and to take on the role of active citizenship. As a member of the Board I make the commitment to you to work vigorously to make sure that the membership's voice is always in the forefront. Thank you very much.

 

 

Ruben Zepeda: Good afternoon. My name is Ruben Zepeda. I'm running for secondary representative on the Board. For the last twelve years I have sat in this House of Delegates and served on a number of task forces and committees at NCSS. It has been a privilege and an honor to do so.

I have two things to say about what I'd like to see happen at NCSS. One is, I think we should support, maintain, and actually increase support for our membership in the field and for the work we do on a daily basis. We need to aggressively inform policymakers, business leaders, and the general public of the value of a high quality social studies education. We need to stop the marginalization of our practice. Today I ask for your support and your vote so that I might serve you, our membership, and our students. Thank you.

 

Joseph Braun, IL: I'm Joseph Braun from Illinois State University, and I consider it an honor to have been nominated by the committee to be an applicant for the Board as a college/university representative. When I graduated from Santa Clara University thirty years ago with a degree in history, I became a Vista volunteer for year, where I was trained as a community organizer. It was there I learned how to network. And in my eight years as a public school teacher and in my twenty-two years as a teacher-educator, I have used those skills to help people solve problems and to achieve their goals. I would like to serve on the Board and assist the Council with three changes that are thrust upon us. One, the great number of retirements that will be taking place in the next five years. Two, the changes in the students whom we are teaching. And three, the changes in technology that is coming to our classrooms, which we are still trying to understand. I appreciate your support. Thank you.

 

Lee Morganette, IN: Hi, my name is Lee Morganette. I am a member of the Indiana Council for the Social Studies. I have held various positions in the Indiana Council. I have also been active in the Great Lakes Conference and served on the Planning Committee. And I have held a number of positions in the NCSS. In fact, I've been a member of NCSS for more than thirty years. I started when I was ten. I guess the main thing I would like to see NCSS do is strengthen its relationship with the state and regional councils and the conferences. I think there is more that NCSS could do to strengthen those relationships. And I would like to try to do that. Thank you very much. Bye.

 

James Bryan, SC: Hello, I am James Bryan from South Carolina. I have been a teacher for 22 years. Two years ago, they asked me to take the leadership role in the state as the State Social Studies Coordinator. It is interesting to be able to see it from a different side and hopefully be able to make a difference from both sides. In one case, making a difference with students on a day-to-day basis, and in another case, being able to help support teachers all across my state so that they can make a difference. It is very important for us over the next few years to encourage social studies teaching at all grade levels. And hopefully by serving on the Board, I can help with all the teachers in improving social studies education and our image across the United States. Thank you.

 

Judy Parsons, MO: Hello I'm Judy Parsons from Missouri and I'm happy to be here to represent the Missouri Council for the Social Studies and to bring a K-12 perspective to the Board if I were to be elected. I have spent my professional life in the junior high classroom and then as a District Administrator Coordinator for social studies for a school district in the middle of the state. I have been active in my state council, and I have attended the NCSS meetings for a number of years. I have a strong commitment and a real desire to be proactive in terms of teacher recruitment because I see the kind of numbers that are going to be leaving the profession. I am very excited about those who are entering, but I'm also concerned about the quality. I would appreciate your support in terms of working towards this end for social studies education. Thank you.

 

Mert Martens, CO: Good evening, I'm Mert Martens from Littleton, Colorado and Oklahoma. The Okies would never forgive me if I left that out. And that's extremely important. You all can read. I'm proud to be in a room full of teachers who I know can read and digest information. And so I'm not going to give you my biography. I will tell you, in a real short sentence, that I think the FASSE Board is extremely important because as social studies continue to get moved to the back, and back, and back, and back burners, almost to the point where we're off the stove, I think it's important that we not only fund awards for our own kind, but that we support them in the field. Thank you.

 

Sandy Senior Dauer, CT: Good afternoon. I am Sandy Senior Dauer from Connecticut. I have to put on my glasses because I'm going blind slowly. I would hope to serve NCSS by serving on the FASSE Board. FASSE represents the very best that social studies offers and the NCSS offers. And it supports excellence in not only research but also teaching practices. And we can see the results of the people we choose for these awards because we can see the products that they produce. FASSE also puts the social in studies social. I think it's just fun to see the showcase of various products that the states bring. And you might get lucky and go home with some Christmas presents. FASSE is working hard to increase its visibility and increase its funding. I would very much like to be a part of that. Thank you.

 

Ray Wicks, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee: Thank you, candidates, for your willingness to serve this organization. I am sure you realize the commitment that those of you who will be elected are making. Now our job as citizens of NCSS is to inform ourselves about these candidates and to cast our votes, and to encourage our colleagues to do the same. You have two opportunities to meet and talk with these candidates. They will be available immediately following this session at the rear of the room to speak with you for a few minutes. And then tomorrow, they will also be available at the NCSS Arena in the Exhibit area from twelve to one o'clock. I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to get to know your candidates so you can make an informed selection. Again, I thank you very much.

 

Kim Kozbial Hess, Steering Committee Chair: Thank you, Ray and candidates. At this time, if you look on your agenda, there is an item related to the Governance Task Force. And I would like to introduce the Chair of the Governance Task Force at this time, Carol Marquis.

 

Governance Task Force

Carol Marquis, CA: Well, I would like to thank Kim and the Steering Committee for giving us some time to pick your brains. I know that I had my first House of Delegates experience years ago. It was a great introduction to NCSS. I learned a lot about the organization. It is a policymaking group that shares its particular points of view and makes them known to the NCSS Board and officers. As you might imagine, the Governance Task Force has been looking at a number of different entities. And I hope I don't throw our person off by doing this in a slightly different order. So if you wouldn't mind putting the entities up, that would be great.

We've been working, as Adrian has said. We've talked to lots of people. We were especially appreciative last summer of having a chance to meet with many of you in the Summer Leadership Institute. We've met over and over again. We have had e-dialogues online to try and figure out if there is a way to overcome the fact that we don't meet nearly often enough. So, it's a hard-working and committed group, and I'll introduce them to you later on when I explain why those tents are on the tables with the As, Bs, and Cs. These are the governance groups that we have been looking at. I'm going to make an effort to cut short my comments about the work of the task force. I do want to point out to you a letter that Peaches very kindly did for us. It is listed as No. 5. at the top of your packet. It talks about our work, our purpose, and gives you an idea of some of the things that have happened over the last year. Last year at this time, we mentioned that there was research going on, there were telephone interviews, as I mentioned, we went to the Summer Institute and talked to people. And throughout this meeting, we have been meeting, we've been trying to go to group meetings and talk with the different entities about what we're trying to do and to get feedback. People in this room are leaders of NCSS. This is an organization you care about deeply, as do those of us on the task force. And we're excited about having this opportunity to talk with you and to get your feedback in small groups.

The scope of our study, listed on the back of that particular letter, sometimes feels overwhelming. But for me it has allowed all of us to get deeper into the organization to figure out how it works and doesn't work. You have all been very good at telling us about what you love about NCSS, and those things that don't work as well.

We are continuing that discussion now. We have organized delegates into groups A, B,C, and D, and the tables are also color-coded. Please move to the group indicated by the colored dot on your packet. Groups C and D are downstairs. A and B, yellow are upstairs. Our orange person is James Leming. He'll be working with you at those tables towards the back. Dorothy Dobson, who also worked on all of this and said what a wonderful opportunity you'd have to get to know other people in other delegations, is working in the blue section. And then Don Schneider is going to be using some of these tables. Where is Don? There is Don. If you would find Don, he will set up those in that area. So, in just a minute, we will ask you to find your group. We want to give you not nearly as much time as we would like to discuss this. But it looks like it will be at least fifteen minutes, if not more, after you get in your group. If one person would take responsibility for making sure the work gets done, and another for recording your responses on a sheet of paper that's there. There are two sheets of paper on your table that have the questions. So you can all at least take a look at it. But we only need one of them back at the end of that time. If I am correct, and Kim can correct me on this, we are going to give you at least fifteen minutes. We'll stop at that time and then there are some important announcements before adjournment. And our goal is to make sure that you will be able to leave here at six o'clock.

Adrian Davis, President: Thank you for providing the Governance Task Force with critical feedback on their work. This concludes the 1st Session of the 45th House of Delegates. We will see you tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

 

Session Two

Saturday, November 17, 2001

Adrian Davis, President: The 45th House of Delegates will come to order. Good morning. They say I'm supposed to give some welcoming remarks. We've already been welcomed. We had a fabulous time yesterday. We'll have an even better time today. And a lot of people are afraid to be around me because there is a photographer around. I'm telling you now if you haven't done so, smile, because there is also a videographer traveling around, too. And that person is taking clips, pictures, videotape of this conference, which will be shown tomorrow afternoon at the closing session. So those of you who are frightened to be close to me with the photographer, beware the videographer is close by.

At this time, I would like to introduce the House of Delegates committee candidates. If you are a candidate for a House committee, would you please go to one of the mikes, give your name and committee only. Now there are also ballots. Each one of you should have a ballot that lists each, for each candidate and committee at your table. The candidates.

Kim Kozbial Hess, Steering Committee Chair, introduced the candidates for House Committees.

 

Adrian Davis, President: The next order of business is the report of the Credentials Committee, which will be given by Ron Robeson.

 

Credentials Committee Report

Ron Robeson, Chair, Credentials Committee: Good morning, as Chair of the Credentials Committee I am pleased to report that 184 delegates are registered and certified to vote in the House of Delegates as of eight o'clock this morning, Saturday, November 17th. As directed by the Credentials Committee, I move the adoption of the Credentials report just read.

The motion was seconded and the report was adopted. Kim will conduct the election of the House of Delegates committees.

Kim Kozbial Hess, Steering Committee Chair, provided instructions for voting for HOD Committees. Ballots were distributed and collected.

 

Report From Carol Marquis, Chair, Governance Task Force

One group discussed using technology in a different way. And that was to aid your councils perhaps centrally. There might be some services that could be managed at NCSS headquarters, where you didn't have to worry about things like the financial side. Or there might be a membership database that you could share, and so on.

You also dealt with the Board of Directors. And I think there is a lot of concern about that question because you were worried that we were saying that we wanted to get rid of constituency-based representation. I think I should assure you that was never our question. We decided we probably needed to have reworded that one. People seem interested in finding other ways, though, to bring other voices to the Board of Directors, which we thought was interesting. But you never wanted to lose the fact that we have good representation of the groups that are presently there. All right.

Number five dealt with the HOD, which is near-and-dear to all of our hearts. I think people expressed some concern that the chance for this kind of interaction might go away and wanted to make sure that, if anything, there was more of an opportunity to talk to each other, more of an opportunity to share your concerns with the Board. Over all, what I and other members of the task force saw was a need for clear communication, more quickly getting word back to people, and so on. There was also the idea of you wanting to have more background so that you could be more prepared when you came to the House of Delegates.

And then finally, number six, dealt with the committee structure. Over and over, there seemed to be concern about dealing with issues that were meaningful. There were some questions about the present format. There was even someone in one of the groups who brought up the idea that perhaps committees shouldn't exist unless they had meaningful work to do. And brought up the idea of the use of task forces, maybe fewer committees, and maybe more SIGs. But there were many good ideas, which I can't highlight for you right now. But you can count on the fact that we'll be using all of these ideas as we try to come up with different models. And I want to thank you very much for providing all of this information. Thank you.

Adrian Davis, President: We will now have the report of the Citizenship Task Force. Diane Hart will deliver that report, and she is co-chair of that task force.

Diane Hart, Co-Chair, Citizenship Task Force: Hi, I am trying to learn to do better microphone management. But my challenge is in speaking to groups. I am Diane Hart from California. Two years ago, California brought to this group a resolution asking for the creation of a task force on revitalizing citizenship education. It grew out of a concern that we had in California, but it is certainly nationwide, that the job of preparing students to be active, engaged, participatory citizens was central to our discipline, but not one that was highly valued in the educational context in which many of us work.

Last year I came back to you as a co-chair of that task force and reported that our work was underway. I gave you a survey asking for input from all of you, ideas, suggestions, reflections on what you thought the task force might be doing for the next year. And we got a lot of response. And I want to thank you for that, because it was enormously useful as we moved forward. It was also affirming. It told us that you were interested in our work and you thought it was important.

From that, over the last year, the task force has completed its first mandate that was given to us by this group. The first part of that mandate was to create a new position statement on citizenship education reflecting the ideas of NCSS. And I've passed that out to you. You should have it in front of you. If not, I will be glad to give you a copy at the end of this meeting. It's called Creating Effective Citizens. It's short. It's direct. It's very positive in what it puts forward. It's designed to be read on a computer screen as well as on one page in an issue of Social Education. Many of you may have seen it in the September issue. And it sets forth two lists?one of the lists is what we believe the characteristics of a good or an effective citizen are. And it begins with something that I think we can all embrace. It embraces core democratic values. It strives to live by them. But just as challenging, we have the characteristics of an effective citizenship education program, which begins with something that doesn't exist in the schools in my community I know, and that's where civic knowledge, skills, values are taught explicitly and systematically at every grade level. That's the beginning of the challenge we have in front of us. And the list goes on. As you read through it, you'll find that there's a belief reflected there by our organization that civic education is a core mission of public schools, but it is also a core mission of communities, that we as social studies teachers are central to this mission, but it is not our responsibility alone. We need support. We need help. And we need to collaborate with the communities around us to do this job well. So that's out there. And it's our blueprint for moving forward.

Our second job was to come to the Board of Directors and to this House of Delegates with a set of recommendations of the activities, the projects, the proposals that we thought could help put NCSS at the forefront of a growing mission to reclaim or revive the civic mission in our schools. And that's the second sheet I brought for you. In the tiny print, because I wanted it all on one page, is a set of recommendations that the task force is making in moving forward. Some of these things are underway. Some of them are only dreams in our hearts at this point. But I wanted to highlight just a few of them.

The first is the Citizenship Central website. We believe that NCSS should be the place for people to come when they're seeking information about citizenship education. And we've launched that website. If you go to the cyber caf\xE9, it is a homepage, the first page that you will encounter as you bring up the web. It is just at its beginning. We've only had a month to work on it. We were amazed we actually got something up. That was pretty phenomenal given all the work that goes into putting a conference together. But we would be very interested in your comments, suggestions, links that you think that we ought to highlight, proposals, plans, activities, models, things you've done in your schools, or your state, or your community that you think other people should know about. This is the point of the website, it's to start to share things that are going on all around the country with one another. We're reaching out not only to the teachers but to the parents, the students, the policymakers, to administrators. We're hoping to get the word out really quite broadly. So the website will live insofar as we all help make it happen.

The next thing we're looking at is how to use the publications that we already put out at NCSS to further this mission of civic education. We have some ideas here. But my guess is that every one of you has another idea that you'd like to add to this mix, and in a moment I'll tell you how you can get to us about that.

Third, in the area of professional development, we made a start this summer by hosting the Summer Institute, Fresno, CA, on this issue of how to revitalize or revive the civic mission of schools. We're hoping to repeat that. We're planning to repeat that institute this summer and to develop it. But we're also hoping that this will become a model that we can start taking out to other states, to regional conferences. So stay tuned, because we're hoping to come to you, not just ask you to come to us.

And finally, we've been working with other organizations and legislators to build a coalition around this idea of reviving or reclaiming the civic mission of our schools. We've done some work now with the Education Commission of the States who are here at our conference because of that work; with the National Conference of State Legislators, who are also here at our conference because of this outreach. And, of course, more familiar friends like the Close Up Foundation, the Center for Civic Education, Street Law?groups that have always been very supportive of NCSS and vice versa. We're all united in this effort.

One of the most tangible things to come out of this is the Hubert H. Humphrey Civic Education Enhancement Bill, which has been introduced by Senator Wellstone. At your place you should also find some information on that bill, as well as how to start lobbying for it in your home district. It was introduced too late this year to get into this year's legislation. So that's next year's challenge. And the fundamental mission or idea behind the bill is to put some money out there for professional development for teachers to enhance civic education. This was done twenty, thirty years ago, and fell off the truck the same way that the interest and attention to social studies education fell off the truck as we all got focused on math and science. We're coming back, gang. We've got legislation to champion this point and we can make it happen if we all work again in our home states with our home senators and representatives. Say, this is out there, watch for it, we want you to sponsor it. And we do need sponsorship in the House of Representatives. So if you have a friendly representative, go knock on that person's door.

Finally, I just want to invite all of you to the task force's open forum, which will be at eleven o'clock today in room 8224. I'm hoping that there are so many of us there that we'll be complaining they didn't give us a large enough room. That's my report. If you have any thoughts, ideas, complaints, suggestions, brainstorms, please come and share them with us. We need your input. We're a small group and we're gathering all the good ideas and all the good energy from all of you. So this is an open process. Come and be part of it. Thank you very much.

Adrian Davis, President: We will now have a consideration of the resolutions. James.

 

Presentations of Resolutions

James Bryan, Chair, Resolutions Committee: Good morning everyone. This is the time that we consider the resolutions that were brought before you yesterday. The procedure is that we will look at each resolution individually. We must first have a voice vote to consider the resolution. At that point, once we have voted to consider the resolution, we will take pro and con support for or against the resolution. In previous years, we've always had a pro-mike, a con-mike, but this year, you may speak pro or con at either mike, whichever one is most convenient for you. It takes a three-fourths majority to consider a resolution. If by voice vote we do not feel we have a three-fourths majority, we will not consider the resolution. For the resolution to pass, it takes a simple majority. And we will vote by standing for the amendment or against the amendment. We have people in the back who are going to count for us, should we need a division of the house. After we have considered all of the resolutions that are before you, we will accept resolutions from the floor if there are any. Please remember that if you are bringing a resolution from the floor, you must have three hundred copies to distribute to each of the members here. A resolution will not be considered unless you have followed those procedures.

Everyone take a look at A-1. Just another point, when you are speaking, you will have two minutes. We do have a timer.

 

Resolution 01-A1: Orientation Booklet.

Supported by Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas.

WHEREAS attendees at the NCSS functions, such as HOD and Summer Leadership, are unfamiliar with the NCSS structure and terminology, and

WHEREAS active participation at these meetings is encouraged,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS investigate the possibility of developing and distributing a brief orientation handout containing items, such as organizational flow chart, glossary of terms, acronyms, calendar of events, and fact sheet.

Passed.

 

Resolution 01-A2

WHEREAS many state officers may not be familiar with the structural organization of NCSS, its goals, the way it conducts business, and its relationship with affiliate councils,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS explore the creation of training session for new state or other experienced officers who might benefit from the training at the annual conference.

Passed.

 

Resolution 01-A3: Image and Marketability.

James Bryan, Chair, Resolutions Committee: Before we consider this, we are asking, does any delegation wish to support this? And Maine was removed as a support for this resolution. Seeing no delegation, this particular resolution is tabled.

 

Resolution 01-A4: FASSE Support

Supported by Maine, Florida, Missouri, and South Carolina.

WHEREAS FASSE represents an effort to support major projects for research and development in social studies education, and

WHEREAS FASSE is a fund developed by NCSS to support social studies research, encourage classroom application projects, foster enlightening citizenship and improve civic education,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT states demonstrate
support for FASSE by donating one dollar per joint NCSS state local council membership in order to be eligible for recognition for a Gold, Silver Star Council Award.

Discussion followed with arguments offered both for and against the resolution. An amendment was offered and approved: ?BE IT RESOLVED THAT states and local councils are encouraged to demonstrate support for FASSE by donating annually one dollar per joint member.? Continued discussion supporting and opposing the amended resolution followed. Resolution failed.

 

Resolution 01-A5: Affiliated Councils
Development

Supported by Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, NEHTA, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas.

WHEREAS the annual NCSS leadership workshop has demonstrated the value of training the affiliate leadership, and

WHEREAS many affiliates have leadership structures and tasks which parallel those of NCSS,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS conference committee schedule a job like session for affiliate council leaders lead by NCSS staff or identified experts in the areas of presidents, memberships, chairs, executive directors, conference planners, newsletter and journal editors, and financial planning developers.

Passed.

 

Resolution 01-A6: Investment Fund

Supported by Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, and Maine.

WHEREAS the volume of funds have been acquired by affiliate councils, and

WHEREAS for tax, legal, or lack of investment skills these funds do not provide the maximum return on their potential,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS explore the establishment of a joint investment fund in which affiliate councils can deposit reserve funds and maximize returns. The funds' policies for deposits, withdrawals, and risk shall be governed by committees composed of NCSS staff, a member of the Board of Directors, and three members nominated by the House of Delegates.

Failed after discussion.

 

Resolution 01-A7: Committee Structures

Supported by Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas

WHEREAS many capable and interested members cannot attend the annual conference on a regular basis, and

WHEREAS current committees function primarily at meetings, and

WHEREAS modern technology has improved quality and reduced the cost for effective long distance communication,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the NCSS Board of Directors explore the possibility of restructuring all NCSS committees to include active and corresponding members, with the corresponding members participating via electronic and print correspondence in the deliberation and conduct of committee tasks.

Passed after supporters and challengers spoke.

 

 

Resolution 01-A8: Fund for Excellent
Presentation

Supported by Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, and Utah.

WHEREAS the quality of presentations are important to the conference, and

WHEREAS costs may limit the number of quality presentations submitted, and

WHEREAS the value of the NCSS conference is related to the quality of the conference presentations,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS explore the establishment of a fund to help defray costs to selected presenters at the NCSS conference.

Failed after discussion.

 

Resolution 01-A9: Social Studies Best
Practices

Supported by Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington.

WHEREAS social studies instruction is an essential professional development topic, and

WHEREAS educators need support in this area, and

WHEREAS best practices is defined as the sharing of effective lesson plans and ideas consistent with NCSS vision for excellent social studies instruction,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS explore the possibility of adding a best practices section to the NCSS website and report its findings and actions to the membership.

Passed.

 

Resolution 01-A10: Creation of a Social Studies Assessment Study

Supported by Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, New York, and South Carolina

WHEREAS NCSS recognizes the complexity of school reform in the role of assessment in improving schools, and

WHEREAS competency in social studies requires critical thinking as well as the acquisition of content knowledge,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the NCSS Board of Directors support the creation of a task force charged with researching the relative effectiveness of existing high stakes testing and alternate measures of student achievement.

Defeated after discussion.

 

Resolution 01-A11: Committee Leadership

Supported by Connecticut, Florida, Maine, and North Carolina.

WHEREAS committees currently meet only in person once a year at the national conference, and

WHEREAS committee communication and planning are essential to the committee's progress, and

WHEREAS committee officers need time to plan and be clear as to their role and the committee's charge,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the NCSS committee officers be invited, encouraged to attend the NCSS Summer Leadership Institute. Officers will be given time to meet and training as needed.

Passed.

 

Resolution 01-A12: Placement of SIGs in the NCSS Conference Program

WHEREAS Special Interest Groups are effective in promoting the membership in NCSS, and

WHEREAS SIGs bring people of common interest together to improve the level of discourse in social studies education,

WHEREAS SIGs are usually listed in front of the conference program separate from the daily schedule, and

WHEREAS SIG attendance suffers because of program placement,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT SIG programs be listed in the daily schedule of the conference program as well as the special SIG page.

Passed.

 

Resolution 01-A13: Publicizing Special Conference Events and Sessions

Supported by Arizona

WHEREAS the unique mission of citizenship educators to serve young people in these extraordinary times is widely acknowledged, and

WHEREAS the Phoenix 2002 Local Arrangements and Program Planning Committees are working to provide special opportunities and sessions to aid social studies educators as they teach the Islamic world, citizenship in time of crisis and critical and controversial issues such as terrorism,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the NCSS publicize and support the content of the 2002 conference program, highlighting the aforementioned sessions in preview materials which shall be sent in a timely manner, not only to members and current recipients but to a wider network of targeted school districts and colleges of education.

Changed by author to read: ?Whereas the Phoenix 2002 Local Arrangements and Program Planning Committees are working to provide special opportunities and sessions to aid social studies educators as they teach about citizenship in time of crisis and critical and controversial issues and terrorism.? Passed.

 

Resolution 01-A14: Retired Educators Position on the Board of Directors

Supported by Barbara Schindler, Jackie Purdey, Taddie Hamilton, Cynthia Leadbetter, and Susan Fogerty

WHEREAS the number or retired educators will increase dramatically during the next few years, and

WHEREAS retired or retiring educators present a pool of experienced people whose involvement in NCSS is important to the organization, and

WHEREAS the needs of the retirees can be better served by their direct involvement in the governance of NCSS,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board investigates the creation of a new position on the Board of Directors which would provide direct representation retired educators.

Passed.

 

Resolution 01-B1: Support of Consumer
Education

Supported by Illinois, Maine, New York, and South Carolina

WHEREAS many teachers have limited knowledge of economics, and

WHEREAS many teachers have limited knowledge of consumer economics in the area of financial literacy, and

WHEREAS students are expected to be effective citizens and economic decision makers, and

WHEREAS quality economic resources and professional development opportunities are available,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS investigate the dissemination of consumer education information to teachers in the area of financial literacy,

Be it further resolved that NCSS encourage teachers to use available consumer education resources to take advantage of professional development opportunities in consumer education.

Amendment was offered: ?BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS investigate the dissemination of economic and consumer education information to teachers in the area of financial literacy, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT NCSS encourage teachers to use available economic and consumer economic education resources and to take advantage of professional development opportunities and consumer ...

 

Resolution 01-B2: Social Studies Assessment

Supported by Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, and South Carolina.

WHEREAS NCSS recognizes the importance of assessing social studies learning,

WHEREAS high stakes testing alone is insufficient to demonstrate competency,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS support the position that multiple and varied measures of student achievement is encouraged at the local, state and national levels.

Passed.

 

Resolution 01-B3: Social Studies Education Legislative Fellowship

Supported by Arizona, ATSS/UFT, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, excuse, Oklahoma, Oregon, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

WHEREAS social studies educators committed to creating effective citizens,

WHEREAS social studies educators possess expertise in many areas,

WHEREAS the interaction between educators and legislators should prove mutually beneficially,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS explore the possibility of creating in partnership with other organizations a summer fellowship program for social studies educators K-12 to work in the District of Columbia offices for members of the U.S. Congress.

Passed.

 

Resolution 01-B4: Terrorist Attacks

Supported by Connecticut, Florida, New York, and North Carolina.

WHEREAS the terrorists attacks of September 11th on the World Trade Center and Pentagon have had a devastating effect on the lives of our citizens,

WHEREAS the terrorists attacks of September 11th have redefined our concepts of war, peace and security,

WHEREAS the terrorists attacks of September 11th have had a significant impact on our local, national and global economy,

WHEREAS the terrorist attacks of September 11th have created challenges to our traditional concepts and civil liberties,

Where the terrorist attacks of September 11th have reinvigorated our concept of national unity, common purpose and common resolve,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Directors of NCSS issue a statement of concern and response to the September 11th crisis, and

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Directors of NCSS take action to incorporate the concept and impact of terrorism throughout the social studies curriculum.

Passed.

 

Resolution 01-B5: Mutual Importance of
International Education

Supported by Connecticut

WHEREAS there exists an increasing need for all citizens to become more knowledgeable about the diversity of the peoples of the world, especially in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, and

WHEREAS the goal of social studies education is to promote this awareness,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS encourage each state to promote international education in order to encourage a better understanding of and appreciation for global diversity through national and affiliated council publications and workshops.

Passed.

 

Resolution 01-D1: Communicating Legislative Education

Supported by Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas.

WHEREAS legislation effecting social studies education at the national and state levels is generated on a regular basis,

WHEREAS social studies educators need to be aware of pending legislation,

WHEREAS social studies educators who model for active citizenship need to be knowledgeable of such legislation, and

WHEREAS it is the role of NCSS and state and local councils to disseminate information concerning pending legislation,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT each state, local, council is encouraged to designate a legislative contact person who will receive and disseminate information regarding legislation affecting social studies education,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this contact person will be the liaison between the local state local council and the NCSS Director of Public Relations.

Passed.

 

Resolution 01-E1: Recognition of NCSS
Teachers of Excellence

Supported by Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas

WHEREAS time and dedication to the profession from teachers of excellence is greatly valued and appreciated,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS wishes to thank and honor Teachers of the Year for exemplary service and contributions to the social studies at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Amended to include: ?BE FURTHER RESOLVED to recognize Michelle Foreman, Vermont Social Studies Educators and NCSS member from Middlebury, Vermont, who was selected as the United States Teacher of the Year.? Passed as amended.

 

Resolution 01-E3: Note of Commendation to the Greater Metropolitan New York City Area

WHEREAS the attacks of September 11, 2001 profoundly impacted the lives of children, families, school communities in New York City and its surrounding communities,

WHEREAS the attacks of September 11, 2001 created a unique responsibility for the educators of New York City and the surrounding communities, and

WHEREAS the educators of New York City and its surrounding communities responded with the highest ideals of our profession, and

WHEREAS the educators of New York City and its surrounding communities exposed the patriotism that we all hold dear,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the House of Delegates, the Board of Directors and the staff of NCSS express their highest commendation to the dedication, professionalism, patriotism, and commitments to children shown during the recent months by the educators of the greater metropolitan area of New York City.

Passed unanimously.

 

Resolution 01-E3: Note of Commendation to the Educators of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia

Supported by NCSS House of Delegates Resolutions Committee

WHEREAS the attacks of September 11, 2001 profoundly impacted the lives and the children, families and school communities of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, and

WHEREAS the attacks of September 11, 2001 created a unique responsibility for the educators of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, and

WHEREAS the educators of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia responded with the highest ideals of our profession,

WHEREAS the educators of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia exposed the patriotism that we all hold dear,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the House of Delegates, the Board of Directors and the staff of NCSS express their highest commendation for the dedication, professionalism, patriotism, commitments to children shown during the recent months by the educators in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

Passed unanimously.

 

Resolution 01-E3: Note of Commendation to Social Studies Educators

Supported by the NCSS House of Delegates Resolution Committee

WHEREAS the attacks of September 11, 2001 profoundly impacted the lives of children and families, and

WHEREAS the attacks of September 11, 2001 created a unique responsibility for all educators, and

WHEREAS social studies educators responded with the highest ideals of our profession, and

WHEREAS the social studies educators exposed the patriotism that we all hold dear,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the House of Delegates, the Board of Directors and the staff of NCSS express their highest commendation to the dedication, professionalism, patriotism, and commitments to children shown during the recent months by social studies educators in the United States.

 

Resolution 01-E4

WHEREAS the local arrangements for the 81st Annual Meeting have been well organized and highly successful,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the House of Delegates of the 2002 Annual Meeting expresses appreciation for a job well done to the NCSS staff, the NCSS Board of Directors, Adrian Davis, Kim Kozbial Hess, and Susan Griffin.

 

Adrian Davis, President: Is there any discussion?

 

Stephen Johnson, President-Elect, NCSS: Madame President, I'm Stephen Johnson, President-Elect of NCSS and I have sat here for this whole thing and not said a word. So it's now time I said something. I've been waiting my time. I would like to add a friendly amendment with this one, to add James Bryan, Chair of the Resolutions Committee, Suzie Fogerty, Chair of the Assignment Committee, and Ron Robeson for the Chair of the Credentials Committee to this list of people.

Adrian Davis, President: Is there a second? We need to vote. Is there any more discussion on the amendment?

Stephen Johnson, President-Elect, NCSS: I'm sorry, I have some more to add. I make them up as I go along. Ray Wicks with the Nominations and Elections Committee, the HOD Steering Committee, and also the outstanding Local Arrangements and Program Committees.

Adrian Davis, President: Question has been called. All in favor of calling the question, please say aye. All opposed. We're going to call the question on the amendment. All in favor of the amendment, please say aye. All opposed. Is there any discussion now for the resolution? Seeing no further discussion, all in favor of the resolution, please say aye. All opposed? Resolution passes.

Male Speaker: Point of order.

Adrian Davis, President: Yes.

Male Speaker: I think it was appropriate to commend all of the people, but (this isn't a resolution) I would like to simply have us give Adrian a round of applause for running a good meeting and doing a good job at the conference [inaudible].

Adrian Davis, President: Are there any additional resolution from the floor? Kim.

Kim Kozbial Hess, Steering Committee Chair: Thank you and thank you everyone who did stay for the rest of the resolutions. I have the election results from the House of Delegates Committees. And would those people please meet briefly with their committee in the front of the room after the session.

For the Assignment Committee: Gayle Thieman and Kathy Wright.

For the Nominations and Elections Committee: Tony Iannone and Fred Isele.

For the Steering Committee: Suzie Fogarty and Kay Knowles.

For the Resolution Committee: Linda Bennett and Douglas Lynch.

And I just have a couple of announcements. One is that the T.C. Williams is going to be in the Virginia Room from eight to eleven o'clock p.m. This is the Titans band from Alexandria. Also, please do not leave the room without giving your evaluations to the Steering Committee members. And Gail is back there flashing tickets for FASSE. Thank you.

We have another announcement. Yes.

Adrian Davis, President: We have a representative from the U.S. Census Bureau who is here.

Female Speaker: Good morning. On behalf of the United States Census Bureau, I would like to present this plaque to National Council for the Social Studies. You all, we partner with you to promote Census 2000 and with your help we made this the best Census ever taken. So we're here to just say thank you, thank you, thank you.

Adrian Davis, President: Are there any further announcements?

Male Speaker: Yes, I have an announcement. Adrian, I'd like you to take back, particularly to the publications Board and the Board of Directors, our thanks for what work they had to do to get those timely publications of Social Education out, which dealt with aspects of the terrorism. It was a marvelous job. And because they put off the things that they were going to publish, they need to be thanked by all of us.

Adrian Davis, President: I will take that message back to them.

I've been asked to remind you to complete your evaluation forms. I need a motion to adjourn. I need a second. It has been moved and seconded that this, that the meeting of the 45th House of Delegates, be adjourned. All in favor, please say aye. All opposed. The meeting is officially adjourned. G

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