National Council for the Social Studies

47th Annual Meeting - House of Delegates

November 14-15, 2003

Chicago, IL

Session 1

Friday, November 14, 2003

Call to order

Denee Mattioli, President: Will the 47th House of Delegates of NCSS please come to order? Thank you. My name is Denee Mattioli. I am president of the National Council for the Social Studies, and welcome to this the 47th Annual House of Delegates at the 83rd Annual Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies.

I would like to introduce the people on the platform. Starting with my far right is Jesus Garcia, our president-elect who will be in this place next year in Baltimore. The next person is Betsy Fitzgerald. She is the parliamentarian for this evening. Jeff Passe, NCSS vice president, gearing up for Kansas City. And to my far left is Paul Horne. Something he's never been called before, I understand is tech person. But that is what he is for us today. And Susan Griffin, the Executive Director of NCSS. And to my immediate left is Steve Goldberg, the Steering Committee Chair and in that capacity he has served on the board of directors for the last year.

Would you please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance? 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.

I am going to request that all of you with cell phones in your pocket take them out now and turn them off so that we, in the next couple of hours, can get our work done without interruption. And I also want to remind you that for those of you, especially for those of you who weren't in the House of Delegates last year, last year in Phoenix we had a failure in the AV system in the House of Delegates sessions. So the minutes of those proceedings do not appear in your House of Delegates Manual that you received. Only the text of submitted resolutions appear. And the minutes were approved by the Steering Committee since the 47th House of Delegates is not the same body as the 46th House of Delegates. Did I make that clear? Do you all understand that? Okay.

Adoption of the Agenda

Denee Mattioli: Okay. The first thing on our agenda is the adoption of the agenda. And I want to remind you as delegates that the agenda is printed in your Manual on page five. The adoption of the agenda needs a motion. Yes. Thank you Jason. Is there a second? Thank you Fred. All those in favor? [Aye.] Opposed? Abstentions? Okay, we have an agenda.

It is customary for the president, or for me, to review for all of you, the delegates, the purpose of the House of Delegates. And so, while this may be redundant for many of you, and for those of you who are first time delegates, you came to the new timers session this afternoon. You probably were filled in. But briefly, we have four purposes here today. To provide a means whereby the members of the National Council for the Social Studies may participate in the development of policies of our organization. Second, the House of Delegates is to serve as a forum for issues relating to the profession and the organization of the council. And three, to serve as the business meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies. And fourth, to provide a means whereby the president gives a state of the council address.

At this time, I would like to introduce Robert Nimtz. He is chair of the Credentials Committee and he will read the committee report and introduce members of the Credentials Committee.

Credentials Committee Report Robert Nimtz, Chair Credentials Committee: Thank you Madam President. As chair of the Credentials Committee, I am pleased to report there are one hundred seventy three delegates registered and certified to vote in the House of Delegates as of 4:10pm today, Friday, November 14th. As directed by the Credentials Committee, I move the adoption of the Credentials report just read.

The motion to approve the report was affirmed by vote.

Steve Goldberg, Chair, Steering Committee: Good afternoon everyone. My name is Steve Goldberg. I'm the chair of the Steering Committee of the House of Delegates this year. I am from the Empire State, New York, and more specifically I work in the small city of New Rochelle, a city that many of you may or may not be familiar with. So I just thought I'd take a second and give you a little bit about the city I work in. It's where Tom Paine had his home. It's where Susan B. Anthony had her first teaching job. It's where Norman Rockwell and Frederick Remington had studios for many years. It's where recently deceased Ilea Chazzan graduated from high school in 1926, where Henry Heimlich of the famous Heimlich Maneuver graduated in 1937. It's also the place where in the 1960's Dick van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore had their fictional home. And I could go on, and on, and on. But it's a kind of neat little city on the Long Island Sound and I am delighted to be here in the great city of Chicago to welcome you to the 47th session of the House of Delegates. I especially want to welcome our first timers and hope that these sessions will enrich your participation in this conference.

It's also my honor to introduce my colleagues who have worked very hard this year on the Steering Committee. Denee already mentioned and introduced Paul Horne from South Carolina who is doing tech for you this afternoon and tomorrow. John Moore. John were are you? Back there. From Kentucky. He is going to keep proceedings orderly. Suzie Fogarty from Florida. Suzie? There she is, is also our timekeeper for today. She's going to make sure everyone takes the right amount of time and keeps the proceedings going. Kaye Knowles from Virginia, unfortunately was unable to be with us. And we hope that she will be able to return next year in Baltimore. And last but certainly not least going off the Steering Committee this year with me is Nancy Cope from North Carolina, and she worked very ably with our new delegates earlier today. Ladies and gentlemen please join me in extending a real thank you to this very hard working committee.

The past three chairs of the HOD have done an excellent job in streamlining procedures. It's our committee's goal to maintain that same level of efficiency this year. Your continuous suggestions made on evaluation forms last year were taken very very seriously. And we have attempted to do a couple of changes. The first you may notice. You're no longer seated in alphabetical order. One of the things that we felt based on the evaluations was to improve the seating and to foster greater communications within large delegations. So instead of a large delegation being strung across the entire row, we've now done it more in sections. But also we hope that this will encourage delegates from many states to interact and dialogue with one another. So we are really interested in knowing this year's evaluations what you think about the change in seating.

We also share with you the desire to have more time for discussion of substantive issues through resolutions and have worked with the Summer Leadership Institute to frame important resolutions which you'll hear about a little later this afternoon and have, hopefully, plenty of time to discuss tomorrow.

And finally, we have created several new forms. We have improved the evaluation form and we will be reminded many times tomorrow to make sure you turn that in before you leave. And also we have created a new resolution kind of amendment form so that if there are resolutions that will come from the floor tomorrow or any amendments to those resolutions, they can now be completed in triplicate and we don't have lots of small pieces of paper and resolutions on napkins and so forth being submitted. So we're going to try to keep this a little bit more orderly. But again, all of these improvements, we hope improvements, are the result of the evaluations from previous years.

On behalf of our committee, I'd like to thank Susan Griffin and Mildred McBee, Tim Daly, Gene Cowan and Ella McDowell from the staff of NCSS for their help in getting us ready for today. It takes a lot of coordinated effort to make this go smoothly. So please find the time to participate. We encourage you to do that and again to fill out the evaluations. We welcome your thoughtful suggestions in hope of improving future meetings.

Steve Goldberg then described the procedures for making nominating and electing persons to HOD Committees

State of the Council Address

Denee Mattioli: Well, what I am supposed to do right now is take five minutes and tell you what the state of social studies is. However as I look out over this room, I feel that everyone in here knows just about as well as I do what the state of social studies is. But I would like to highlight some conditions and situations that we all are facing right now.

Right now, as I said this morning at the presidential breakfast, I do feel that many people in the United States, and among them educators, have lost sight of the important mission of public schools, the original important mission, and that is citizenship education. And for people on our NCSS board who have talked to policy makers in Washington, DC in the last two weeks, we're finding that it's difficult to find anyone on either side of the aisle who feels that citizenship education is as important as reading and writing. So knowing that full well. And we're not saying that citizenship and social studies is more important, because it is very difficult to be an effective citizen if you are illiterate. Reading and writing is important. But reading and writing with purpose as an effective participating citizen is equally important.

In my travels as president around the country this last year, I find more than ever since I have belonged to this organization, and the staff supports this as well, that people are turning to NCSS for guidance, direction. What's the position of your organization? How can you help us approach our board, our school board? What should we do to help persuade our state legislators? On a weekly basis, and in some cases on a daily basis or multiple times a day. Al Frascella and Susan Griffin will get calls from the press and then send those calls to officers, members of the board of directors. And now there is an NCSS to respond to. So the press, school districts, state departments of education are looking to NCSS in a leadership capacity in ways that they haven't done at least in the strength that they are doing it now.

We all know that education is being used as a political football. And we do know that we are being asked questions that are something like, When did you quit beating your wife? type questions when we are asked about war in Iraq and the Pledge of Allegiance. In other words, some of the questions we're asked are kind of set ups. But I'm not telling you anything that you don't already know there.

Early this fall there was a book put out by the Fordham Foundation, Chester Finn's foundation. And it was a collection of opinion essays. It took issue with many of the things that we do. On the other hand, there were some very valid points made in those essays, all of which NCSS is already addressing and working on. And at this time I would really like to thank Rick Theisen. And Rick, if you would stand. I think everybody knows who you are. But just in case they don't. I would like to personally thank you and thank you on behalf of the board and the members of NCSS for representing us at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC on a panel with William Bennett, Lamar Alexander and others who challenged what NCSS does. And for those of you who didn't get the e-mails, or who didn't read this response, he represented us extremely well, with a great deal of confidence, and took the sting out of much of the argument. I am in complete belief that Rick is unflappable. Thank you very much Rick.

NCSS has continued to build relationships and bridges with other organizations. Other content organizations like the anthropology, history, English people. But we are also building relationships and bridges with other organizations that aren't like ours but have similar missions and goals. A year ago, or three years ago I said that I think we need to build partners of power. And indeed that's what I think we are beginning to do. And in fact, there are other organizations who are coming to us wanting the same thing and seeing us with the power to get something done and make some achievements in our field.

Serving in the House of Delegates is an opportunity to impact policy and change, make recommendations to the board of directors, and to make a difference. And as we go through the resolutions this evening, I would like for you to keep that in mind because I know that the topics are all near and dear to our hearts and we all love a good argument. We really do. And, but remember that this isn't as enjoyable as it may be. It is not just fun and games. What we pass as resolutions this evening and, or today and tomorrow will help guide the board of directors in making policy and in taking action to move social studies forward and advance our goals and missions.

I think now, more than ever, national and state policy is impacting what each of us do when we go into the classroom and close the door. It behooves us not to sit back and ring our hands, but to take action and do what we teach our students to do, participate and become active in the solution.

Well, we have the highest standards ever set for teachers today and we're in classrooms that are larger and more diverse than ever before. We have a big job ahead of us. We have together in the National Council for the Social Studies support in doing what our, what we need to do on a daily basis. Thank you.

Steve Goldberg: Does anyone have any questions that they would like to ask Madam President? No, no questions? Okay. At that point, I'd like to introduce our immediate past president, Stephen Johnson, who will give us an update on the Governance Task Force Report from. Oh, come on Steven, you don't have to be that formal. And will share with us the next steps.

NCSS Governance Transition Team Report

Steven Johnson, Immediate Past President: My apologies, I read something else in the program before it was my turn, so I wasn't quite ready. The Governance Task Force Report was presented to the board of directors in February. That report was accepted as a report. The suggested that the president, the president-elect and the vice president were charged with setting up a transition team and were to take the report and to work with it. The team was selected by geography, size of state, locations, ethnicity, age and participation. The team is made up of the following group that has been selected: Gene Alameda from California; Deborah Gallagher. If you are in the room would you please stand so they may see who you are? Deborah Gallagher from Florida; Jesus Garcia from Kentucky; Steven Goldberg from New York; Patricia Guillory from Georgia; Mary Ellen Sorensen from Massachusetts; Dan Langen from Ohio; Denee Mattioli from Tennessee; Mark Previte from Pennsylvania; Michael Yocum from Michigan and myself. This group will meet for the very first time during this conference and they will look at report and make suggestions and looking at the suggestions or instructions that the board of directors gave them from their meeting this past week. So that is our report right now. Thank you.

Steve Goldberg, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you Stephen. It has been my pleasure to introduce Jacqueline Purdy who chaired the Assignment Committee to give her report.

Report of the Assignment Committee

Jacqueline Purdy, Chair, Assignment Committee: Before I begin, I'd like to have the house recognize the hard work of the following members of the committee: Jeanie Brusow from Michigan. If you're in the House, please stand. Taddie Hamilton from Texas. Taddie, okay. Daniel Langen from Ohio; Leslie Lee from Florida; Dr. Shelly Singer from Illinois; Gayle Thieman from Washington; and Kathy Wright from Georgia. These were a very hard working, dedicated group. We got a lot done in the timeframe given to us.

The Assignment Committee has made the final, the following selections for Academic Freedom. Lynn Bartz of Ohio; Marlow Ediger from Kansas. For the committee Archives: James Sheehan of Ohio; John Walsh of Rhode Island. For the Assessment Committee: Timothy Coates of Alberta, Canada; Lynn Romano of New York. For Awards: Stacey Feith of Colorado. Conference: Lisa Petrey-Kirk of Kentucky; John West of Kansas. Curriculum: Jarrett Stallone of California; Caroline Starbird of Colorado. Government Relations: Jacqueline Lichter of Maryland and Jason Garner of New York. Instruction: Mark Stephens from Pennsylvania; Leslie Skinner from South Carolina. International Activities: Todd Kennrich from Maryland; James Sheehan from Ohio. Membership: Lauren Cerne of Illinois; Laura Segna of Ohio. Public Relations: Emily Rubenfield of Pennsylvania; Andy Preston of Georgia. Publications: Paula Greene from Arizona; Liza Wilson of Alabama. Research: Joseph Feinberg of North Carolina; Leonard Lancette from Georgia. And for Teacher Ed and Professional Development: Cynthia Sunal of Alabama and Mark Montgomery of Colorado. Thank you.

Steve Goldberg: We just found out that there has been a little mess in the terms on the Assignment Committee so we will be sorting that out, but it appears as if we will be electing five members to that committee but they will have some staggered terms in there. It appears that someone who had been elected did not show up for the committee for two years, was therefore dropped, and that kind of threw everything off, so. We'll straighten that out and just keep nominating people.

Good news, we are actually ahead of schedule, which is very nice. So we have plenty of time, don't rush. It's now my pleasure to introduce the chair of a very very significant committee that has worked very hard these last two days. And that is the Resolutions Committee. I'd like to introduce Dr. Renay Scott who will share with you the resolutions.

Report of the Resolutions Committee

Dr. Renay Scott, MI, Chair, Resolutions Committee: Good evening. I would like to take a moment just to have the House of Delegates recognize the hard work of the folks on our committee. So I'd like to take a moment to introduce them. I do want to make one correction. I am not from the state of Missouri. Though I've enjoyed visiting your state often, I am from the state of Michigan. And I just happen to enjoy snow. So I wanted to point that out as well.

Besides myself who is on the committee, I'd like to introduce, and if these members are present if you could just stand. Patsy Brooks, Tennessee. Thank you Patsy. Frank DeVarona from Florida. Than you Frank. Dwight "Doc:"Holliday from Kentucky. Thank you. Douglas Lynch from Pennsylvania. In the back. And James Meadows from Washington. And I believe he had to leave this evening but will be back tomorrow.

The work of our committee has been a delight. As I finish up my three years here, I've watched several things change over the course of three years. And each year, it's been a wonderful experience. But this year was particularly an enjoyable experience because of the rich discussions. But primarily as well because of the work of the Summer Leadership Institute. Over the course of the three years this is the first year that, as the resolutions have come to our committee, they in fact have come fairly synthesized. We rarely had this year any overlap in resolutions where the committee had to really wrestle with trying to synthesize two very similar resolutions together. So I want to commend the work of the Summer Leadership Institute and all of the members and the folks of the various delegations that were involved in writing those resolutions. They came very clean. And for that I am very grateful. So I'd like to thank you as well.

Now I'd like to take a moment and to read the resolutions into the record. I will be reading through the title. In your packet you will find that the resolutions are present in your packet. Also the members of my committee, I believe, will be distributing two additional resolutions that were brought to our committee last evening. And I do believe there should be copies available this evening.

Renay Scott then read the list of resolutions

I'd like to take a moment to remind the delegations to have some time this evening to review the full text of the resolutions as they will be considered tomorrow. And also just reminding you again as Steven had mentioned that you should have been handed a three part form if there were any additional resolutions being submitted. I'd like to thank you for your time this evening.

Steve Goldberg, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you Renay. We skipped something in the agenda which we need to do and that is after Jackie Purdy presented the slate of the Assignment Committee we need as a body to accept that slate. So I need a motion for anyone to accept the slate of the Assignment Committee. A second? John Roy. Okay. All in favor? [Aye] Opposed? Okay. Thank you very much. The slate was accepted by vote

This is an amazing thing. We are so far ahead of schedule that we're going to have to now go to, because I can't collect those nominations until five o'clock. And it's only twenty of five. So we're going to. Fred is, are you ready, is your group ready? We don't know. Let's hope so. Okay, I'd like to turn the mic now to the co-chairs of the Election Committee, Fred Isele and Steven Johnson. Oh you're not coming up Steven? Okay. Just Fred.

Candidates Forum

Fred Isele, Co-Chair, Election Committee: Good evening. It's great to see all of you. I'd like to say thank you to those on the committee. Could these people stand and be recognized? Stephen Johnson, Lubbock, Texas; Susan Fogarty, Florida; Anne Kennedy from Oklahoma; Tom McGowan from Nebraska; Carol Moakley from Connecticut; Susan Blanchett from Texas; Barbara Stern from Virginia; and Debbie Gallagher our board liaison from the board of directors. Could all of you recognize them please? Thank you.

And with that, in our Dallas, Texas meeting in August, here are the candidates for the 2004 board of directors election. Okay let me start at the top. President-Elect: Jeff Passe from North Carolina; Vice President: Peggy Altoff, Colorado; Gayle Thieman from Washington. For Elementary and Early Childhood Classroom Teacher position: Tony Iannone from North Carolina; Kelly Palmer from Oklahoma. Our Middle Level Classroom Teacher position on the board: Betty Barringer from Texas; Michael Korren from Wisconsin. Secondary Classroom Teacher: David Faerber from Louisiana; Shelly Singer from Illinois; and Carol Wolfe from Texas. Our College and University position: Linda Bennett from Missouri; and Lynn Boyle-Baise from Indiana. Other Related Professionals represented by Diane Hart from California and Dan Langen from Ohio. And finally on FASSE Board: Phyllis Henry from the great state of Illinois.

With that let's go ahead and have the candidates please move towards Steven Johnson, Tom McGowan are standing please. And the order of procedure, we'll start with Peggy Altoff. The candidates at the vice presidential position are allowed five minutes to speak. All other positions are allowed one minute. And since we'll go in the order printed on the ballot, we'll start with Peggy Altoff from Colorado. Is the timer ready? Okay.

Peggy Altoff, Colorado: Imagine talking into a microphone after Fred. Good evening. That's kind of great to be back in Chicago since it's been eight years since we were here last. Anybody here who was here in Chicago? Good memories I'll bet. It was 1995 when Michael Hartoonian, master of Armenian proverbs, was our president then. It was my first year as an elected member of the board of directors. And some of you may remember that it snowed that weekend. It's cold now and it snowed then. And then there was the trouble with the elevator. If you don't remember that ask Katie Lapp from Colorado. She's got a few claustrophobic stories for you. On behalf of the Membership Committee, Gayle Thieman reported that one member from Texas Lynn Burlbaw recruited ninety new members. We passed a resolution adding a five dollar surcharge to the registration fee to share with the host council and the councils from which the attendees come to the conference. The board then passed that and it is still in effect. We also commended the Oklahoma social studies teachers for their outstanding service following the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma. It's kind of good to remember the accomplishments of our past especially considering the significant challenges to social studies and NCSS today.

It's 2003 and we have NCLB: No Child Left Behind. No teacher left standing. No school left untouched. And in some centers, no CEO left un-promoted. There are major concerns and issues that we have to deal with as a result of that law. First, No Child Left Behind in its testing mandates for math, reading, and science. This legislation has led to the elimination of assessments of established social studies standards in some states and to the shifting of time, resources and teachers away from social studies in nearly all states. The result, as Carol Vogler from North Carolina recently observed in the Raleigh Press, 'we find a lot of ground work that was laid in elementary schools is no longer provided.' In Colorado when a high school principal in Littleton says to the department chair Martin that, 'Cuts will occur first in social studies because it doesn't count,' we know we're in trouble. With our nation's increased role in world affairs, these changes in curriculum and assessment may deprive students of instruction in the very content that they need for the understanding of problems, issues and decisions involved. Thus the cumulative neglect of social studies could lead to a generation woefully unprepared to assume its civics responsibilities.

The second major issue involves NCLB's complex requirements related to poor academic subjects and highly qualified teachers. With fall implementation scheduled for 2005-2006 the anxiety level of many in this audience and many social studies educators including mine is rising. I am certified as a teacher of social studies. But in some states' interpretations of the law, I am not highly qualified in history, geography, economics or civics. I am sure that many of you find yourselves in similar situations. In some states we run the risk of having highly competent teachers who are not deemed highly qualified. So we have to consider what we can do about these issues now. We must invoke the power of one as well as the power of many and cannot wait for the outcome of the NCSS election to do so. Let's get started in these specific ways.

The first involves personal commitment. And I know I'm preaching to the choir. As a morning person, because you would not be here if you weren't already committed, so I am asking you to do this: please renew that commitment. Please resolve not to let it slip in the face of the many challenges that we face. Please resolve as well to persuade someone whose commitment might be slipping because of changes in assignments, because of concern with the emphasis on testing, whatever the reason, to remain with us and stay involved. Please emulate that recruiter from Texas. Recruit one new member and mentor that person so that our students can be better prepared for their civic responsibilities.

We also have to get more politically active. In your next council meeting, pick an issue that you can impact most. Pick fifteen people cause that's how many it takes to influence a legislator. Pick your politician. Pick your week and pick up your phones. Let those in power know who we are and the power that we have.

Finally, speak social studies. Many of us have been involved in contentious conversations. Some professionals urge a greater emphasis on a specific content area. We have to speak about social studies.

And I've been told that my time is out, and I can hardly believe the five minutes have gone by. Let us all harness the power of one in the ways that I have outlined for the benefit of the many. Thank you very much.

Gayle Thieman, Washington: Good evening. Over the years I've stood before the House of Delegates in various roles. As a first time delegate from Alaska in 1986 proposing a resolution. As a delegate from Washington. As chair of the Membership Committee. Applauding your recruitment of new teachers in the Each One, Reach One campaign. And inviting you to join me at the First Timer's Session. I've stood before you as a member of the board of directors and executive committee, and most recently as Chair of FASSE exhorting you to contribute to the fund.

Now I stand before you as a candidate for vice president, a dream I have nurtured in the corner of my heart since I've watched my friend and colleague Margit McGuire serve as president. My passion for social studies has kept me energized through twenty years as a classroom teacher, administrator and social studies leader at the local, state and national level. Now I teach and supervise social studies teachers and educational administrators. And I work with classroom teachers in several states.

Leadership is the art of visioning the impossible and working collaboratively with individuals and organizations to help them achieve more than they thought possible. I'm known for my inclusive style, collaborative leadership and ability to transform ideas into action. As vice president I will bring leadership skills in these areas.

Organizational ability--I am able to see the big picture, task analyze what needs to happen and work with others to get the job done.

Collaboration--I recognize the special talents and interests of colleagues and I actively involve them. My diverse professional experiences enable me to understand the work life and challenges and network with different constituencies within NCSS.

Communication--Commitment to diversity, council development. Having been council president in two states, I understand the needs of state councils in many areas.

The sixth area of leadership is membership development. As NCSS membership chair, I helped establish and achieve membership goals for the organization, particularly in the area of underrepresented groups.

Another area of leadership is in fundraising. As FASSE chair, I helped set a goal of $100,000. And I worked with all of you. Since the fundraising campaign began two and a half years ago, we've increased the fund by over 60% and we will reach our $100,000 goal in June.

Leadership--As previous NCSS board member and a long time member of the House of Delegates, I understand the history and needs of NCSS.

Today's social studies educators face many challenges. Among them are demographic shifts in our teachers as well as our students, reduced resources and greatly increased accountability, marginalization of our profession as social studies teachers and disciplines are being squeezed out of the curriculum, loss of new teachers who leave the profession disheartened. We also face a challenge of bridging the digital divide incorporating technology as a tool for learning for all students. Both the NCSS Strategic Plan and the report of the Governance Task Force respond to these challenges with a bold vision. And I want to transform these ideas into action.

My vision for NCSS is that it will be recognized as an essential partner for creating engaged effective citizens. It will become a more responsive and flexible organization. It will attract many new faces representing our diverse future around the world. That NCSS will create more partnerships with professional organizations and academic disciplines. That we will advocate for social studies, lobby for resources and be viewed as a respected source for credible information, expertise and research. To accomplish this vision as vice president, I will work to expand professional development opportunities and communicate to policy makers at all levels the vital role of social studies in preparing tomorrow's citizens.

NCSS must provide a forum for dialogue, to channel the standards and testing movement into constructive improvement for education not a burden for teachers and schools. We must increase services and collaboration with affiliated councils and associate groups. To fund these endeavors, NCSS must continue expanding membership recruitment and retention, and continue wise financial stewardship. The creation of an NCSS endowment would provide a secure foundation. We should capitalize on our outstanding publications and award-winning website to be the premiere voice for social studies around the world.

I love NCSS. As vice president, I would work tirelessly, enthusiastically and collaboratively to help achieve this vision. Thank you for your support.

Tony Iannone, North Carolina: My name is Anthony Iannone. I live in Charlotte, North Carolina where I teach forth grade. I also serve on the board of directors for the state's social studies council where I'm in charge of securing vendors for our annual conference. Making sure that social studies is taught every day in elementary education classrooms is a goal and a challenge that I work for each day. By conducting Socratic seminars and engaging my students in global projects with countries like Australia, I fight for that goal daily in my classroom. It's been a goal of mine since joining this organization to serve and make a difference. If elected, I feel that I will. Thank you.

Kelly Palmer, Oklahoma: Good evening. My name is Kelly Palmer. I am from Turner, Oklahoma where I teach in a small rural school. I have been a teacher for twenty one years. And it is my goal to teach social studies every day as well as Tony's I believe that not all children will grow up to be mathematicians or scientists, but we will all grow up to be participating citizens, or that is my goal. I hope that you will, in. This is very humbling, very. You're not my students out there. But I would meet the challenge. I have been encouraged to run by my fellow Oklahoma Council delegates. And I believe I can meet up to the challenge and I would be very honored for your support.

Betty Barringer, Texas: My name is Betty Barringer and I've been teaching social studies in middle school for twenty seven years in Dallas. And I am running for the Middle position of the NCSS Board. Middle School students are special. They are in their own worlds. Their moods go up. They go down. They have short attention spans and they're really kind of squirrelly. But those of us who love them, we really feel excited and challenged with working with them and we try to guide them through this really crucial period in their lives to their potential. But sometimes middle school teachers feel like forgotten warriors. And we feel like in this focus of No Child Left Behind that no teacher should be left behind either. And we want NCSS to continue to recruit middle school teachers and encourage middle school teachers to be more active and especially through very practical top notch staff development that is offered. So as the Middle School Representative, I would hope to be one voice for the middle school teachers. Thank you.

Michael Koren, Wisconsin: Good evening. My name is Mike Koren. I've taught social studies at Maple Dale School for the past twenty two years. This is my twenty fourth year as a teacher. Right from the beginning of my teaching career. I have been involved at the state level with Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies. At first I gave, I've been giving presentations and sessions basically every year. About a dozen years ago I joined the executive board. Currently I am the treasurer of WCSS. With my publications, books, supplemental books for teachers, the workshops that I have given, one of the things that I believe is in great demand for teachers would be workshops that give teachers lesson plans, activities and ideas to use in the classroom. As a member of the national board of directors, if elected I would certainly pursue that goal to help teachers throughout the country have available to them lessons and ideas that they could use in their classroom.

It is very humbling to stand here before you following in the tradition of many many great people from the state of Wisconsin, some who are no longer with us, many who are in this room, many who are back in the state to be nominated for this position. I would work for all teachers throughout the country. I thank you very much and look for your support.

David Faerber, Louisiana: I'm David Faerber. I'm a free enterprise teacher at Glen Oaks High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I'm also serving as past president of Louisiana Council for the Social Studies. I've worked as a consultant with the Louisiana Council for Economic Education for the past five or six year. And also I am working with the Louisiana Public Broadcasting as a master teacher. I'm honored and I'm excited to be nominated for this position. And as you all know, NCSS must continue to promote social studies and let everyone else know that like we know how important social studies is. And I pledge to do that as a board member. And I also pledge to make sure that and try to work with NCSS and other organizations such as the economics group, geography group, civics group to make sure that social studies is not left out of the No Child Left Behind legislation. Thank you.

Shelly Singer, Illinois: It has been a great honor for me to serve this organization and be selected as a candidate for the Secondary vacancy. I feel so very fortunate to have been able to work with and know so many outstanding and talented educators. NCSS needs to take the following actions. Continue to communicate its mission to a variety of audiences in a variety of venues, be more active politically, get the word out. The children who'll be left behind are those who have little knowledge of the world. They will be unable to fulfill the duties of citizenship because they are ignorant of their responsibilities due to the lack of training in the area of social studies education. Thirdly, an additional critical issue is the necessity to recruit young teachers into this organization. NCSS needs to develop student groups at the university level. We need to reach out to them, assist them, and we need to capture the enthusiasm and their passion they have and blend these with our experienced teachers. If NCSS is to grow, this is paramount. In closing, I want to thank each and every one of you for attending this conference. You understand the power of one. You are making a difference. Thank you.

Carol Wolfe, Texas: I'm Carol Wolfe from Lubbock, Texas and I've been a classroom teacher for the last thirty nine years. That kind of puts me in a different class. Teaching is my passion. It is something that I do because I enjoy it. I've had the privilege to serve as a social studies teacher representative on the state, local, national and international level and it has brought a great deal of pleasure to me. It would be both an honor and a privilege to represent you on the board. Thank you.

Linda Bennett, Missouri: I'm Linda Bennett from the University of Missouri-Columbia. And I'm an elementary social studies education professor. Within the College of Education, our mission is stated on the t-shirt behind me, this way. It is: Change Missouri and the nation one infant, one child and one adult at a time, Teach. May I teach and serve you as a power of one on the NCSS Board? Thank you.

Lynne Boyle-Baise, Indiana: Good afternoon, my name is Lynn Boyle-Baise and I'm an associate professor at Indiana University-Bloomington. I coordinate the social studies programs at the university and I teach undergraduate and graduate courses there in social studies as well. Each week, in addition to my college teaching, I teach at a local high school. I'm part of a community service learning project to reconstruct the history of a once segregated school in our town. Now when accountability is the watchword of the day, community service learning projects like this one are at risk. I work with a lot of teachers who feel that their freedom and their power to teach wonderful social studies is at risk too. In this atmosphere it is important for schools of education and for social studies faculty like me to reach out to teachers more, to learn from them and to support them. It's also important for faculty to take a critical stance towards state standards and to their translation in standardized tests. I want to serve NCSS to address these issues and to advocate for social studies educators and for social studies as a field. Thank you.

Diane Hart, California: Several years ago when I first ran for the board of directors, I stood and looked out at this group and I said the first words that came to my mind. We do the most important work in the world. We create effective citizens. Over the past, really I think, troubled year I've thought a lot about the truth of that when I witnessed our fighting forces at war in Iraq. And then I've also looked carefully and sometimes been part of the group of very active citizens who've opposed that war. All of those wonderful Americans are our students and we should be really proud of our work with them. In my first term on the board of directors I worked with this group, the support of this group to establish the NCSS Task Force on Revitalizing Citizenship Education. And in the four years that that task force has been working, I think it's done an awful lot to move this organization from the sidelines to the forefront of a now growing national campaign to revive and redefine the civic mission of our schools. My goal in running for this position again is to move that work forward through the board. Thank you.

Dan Langen, Ohio: Good afternoon. I'm Dan Langen from the great state of Ohio where I've had the pleasure and opportunity to serve the last twenty years in the field of education, in social studies education. Eleven of those, my very Catholic parents are convinced, the middle school years, are for penance of my own childhood. I'm not convinced that it's not. I have had the pleasure also of growing professionally through the Ohio Council for Social Studies where I serve as past president, have served two year term as president. And also I've worked in the NCSS on the 1997 program committee and local arrangements for the national convention as well as last year's program committee. I currently serve on two committees in NCSS. You've allowed me to grow professionally. I'm hoping you'll allow me to serve you now as a member of the board of directors where I can help us through this transition period and help us focus on the membership services, especially to those that we need to provide, our classroom teachers at this time. Thank you.

Phyllis Henry, Illinois: Good evening and welcome to Chicago. For those of you that don't know me, maybe you recognize me because there's a raffle basket sitting by my spot over there. I have twenty seven years experience as a social studies educator and a supervisor. Currently, I'm an administrator with the Chicago Public Schools and I teach at Northeastern Illinois University for graduates and undergraduates from the College of Ed. My current capacity in the Illinois Council is I'm vice president elect. And I have served in the capacity as presenter, regional board member, executive board member. And in 1995 I volunteered for FASSE in Chicago and I volunteered again this year. And it was overwhelming this summer when I was part of the leadership conference in Washington, DC when we lobbied Congress not only for funding but for prominence of social studies in the curriculum. And as FASSE Board member, I would pledge to be resourceful, diligent and proactive to secure funding for the scholarship and education of young people and teachers. Thank you.

*Steve Goldberg: Thank you very much Fred. It is actually ten after five but we did not want to interrupt the proceedings in order to make the announcement that the nomination forms are now due. If you have any nomination forms please just hold them up and one of the members of the committee will come by.

I just wanted to announce so everyone knows, we are going to have five positions on the Assignment Committee. And the way they are going to work is three of them will be for three years, one will be for a two year term and one will be for a one year term. So we need five nominees or five candidates, or five winners for the Assignment Committee. We need two for Steering and two for Resolutions. And we will, as soon as we collect the rest of them, we will call you up. Are there any more nominees out there? Okay. Any others? Okay.

Well we have a very interesting situation here right now and that is, we have four people who have been nominated for Assignment, four for Resolutions and two for Steering. So if there is anyone on the Resolutions Committee who would like to run for the Assignment Committee, then we will be in the very unique and wonderful position of allowing all these wonderful people to serve, and then we don't have to go through the elaborate position procedure of actually having a contested election. Is there anyone who has been nominated for Resolutions who might want to be, might want to consider switching to the Assignment Committee? You don't have to think about it right now. Think about it but we'll go right ahead.

Steve Golberg received nominations for HOD Committees.

Assignments Committee: Steven Armstrong, Massachusetts; Judy Harrelson North Carolina; Tara Sides, South Carolina; Binta Jalloh, New York.

Steering Committee: Renay Scott, Michigan; Bonnie Hyde, Tennessee.

Resolutions Committee: Lois Wolfe, Georgia; Jim Lane, Ohio; Michele Herczog, California; Wendell Borne, Massachussetts.Massachusetts

Steve Goldberg:...That were going on and the California delegation raised a point many of you may have noticed that there was one previous committee of the HOD that has been eliminated from election. That was the Nominations and Election Committee. And to provide an explanation of why this has happened, I'd like to call on once again past president of NCSS, Stephen Johnson.

Stephen Johnson: To make this very brief and to the point, we will talk about that. In February when the Governance Task Force presented their report to the board the board looked over the Task Force. One of the things that the board felt like that could immediately be done was the process that the nomination, to look at the Nominations and Elections Committee, that that would be an appointed committee. And they acted on that in May and that's where they approved in the Policy Manual that it would be an appointed committee.

Steve Goldberg: Anyone have any questions for Steven on that particular issue? Okay. Thank you.

At this point I'd like to introduce the chair of the FASSE Board. Is Bill around? There he is. We could not possibly conclude today's proceedings without FASSE's announcement. And we'll wait for Bill to come up.

Bill Amburn, Chair, FASSE Board: Delegates, I would like to thank each of you and your states for the participation in the fundraising efforts we have for FASSE. Obviously we're all trying to go the same direction. We're trying to raise the funds so that we can promote social studies education through the Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award which is a $1,000 grant that will go to teachers that are looking for that money for that special project they want to do, to research grants so that we can find the best teaching practices in social studies education. I brought one of the items with me. This is from Florida and by the way thank each of the. I want to thank each of the councils and individuals who have brought prizes for the FASSE raffle. I don't know if you've seen all of the prizes that are there. Top prize is free registration for next year's NCSS Annual Meeting and a one night, one night of the stay paid for by NCSS or actually by FASSE. Anyway, thank you for, you know, all the support.

And try to have those fun things out there like. I don't know if you've heard of the lobster dinner for two delivered to your home. That's not a bad one. Omaha Steaks. What I have in front of me is the basket from Florida which is a wonderful prize in itself. By the way Colonial Williamsburg has donated as well as TCI or History Alive have donated. We've got a lot of outstanding donations out there. Now this particular basket from Florida. Oh, they've done a wonderful job. I would like to take it home myself to tell you the truth but that's not exactly kosher. It has all kinds of products from Florida and then this little note that says there's a seventy five dollar gift certificate that's in here for fruit from Indian River Citrus. And obviously a lot of other items.

Now Steven invited me to come up and make the announcement. Part of that announcement, and let me get my sheet to let you know how we've done so far during the course of the meeting. And we've been keeping a running tab. At this point seems that we have through donations by the councils as well as contributions for the FASSE raffle and contributions by individuals raised at the conference to this point just over $1,900. That's a wonderful sum. Thank you very much.

I have a note here that Tennessee has actually given a donation as a council to FASSE. I believe Florida has as well. I know my state of Oklahoma had better have already sent theirs in. I know. They look at me and say okay quit twisting our arms. But thank you very much for that. Now. Question. Steve brought up the idea that perhaps we could raffle this basket off to the House of Delegates. Would you like to have that raffled off just for the House of Delegates? And the remainder of tickets would go into the regular raffle. What is your pleasure? Do I hear yes. [Yes] No's? Okay. Oh, what do you mean? I had yes on the no's. All right we will raffle this off.

We're going to be adjourning here just a moment. I'm going to leave the basket and tomorrow morning we will come around and hey, if everyone in this House of Delegates were to just buy one raffle ticket we would be raising how much money. Several hundred dollars? That would just be for the one raffle ticket, by everyone buying one. Now there are a few covetous people out here are looking at this and wanting to buy more than one and that's possible. One ticket is $2.00, three for $5.00. We will be taking the money in the morning rather than now since we are going to be adjourning shortly. We will raffle it off tomorrow. Ladies and gentlemen, we're moving the same direction raising the funds. And by the way, short term goal is $100,000 by the end of June. We have just established a goal by 2007 we want $250,000 in the FASSE Fund and then an additional $250,000, so a $500,000 by 2010. Ladies and gentlemen thank you very much.

Steve Goldberg: Thank you Bill. So if anyone is interested in purchasing raffles now. Members of the FASSE sales people are out amongst you and we will resume tomorrow morning and will do the raffle first thing tomorrow morning.

It's now my pleasure to turn the podium back over to Denee Mattioli.

Denee Mattioli: I do just have a couple of announcements in the way of a reminder that the House of Delegates will open promptly, the second session, tomorrow morning at 8:00am. There will be coffee provided by the Population and the Environment SIG. So be sure and thank those folks. And I think you got a packet of material from them when you registered for the House of Delegates today.

Remember that when we do vote the doors are closed. So be here at 8:00 sharp. Voting will take place at 8:35. And my notes here tell me that we're going to adjust our watches to President Mattioli's time. So if we look at this. I now have 5:35, so we'll be, meet here at 8:00 in the morning.

Are there other announcements from the floor or from the dais? We are adjourned till 8:00 in the morning.

Session Two

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Denee Mattioli: The House of Delegates is now in session. Good morning. I realize the coffee arrived a bit late so as we begin if you want to scoot back and get a cup of coffee and return to your seat that would be fine. But we are a little bit behind schedule and we want to get back on schedule.

A reminder to all of the delegates that you need to turn in your House of Delegates evaluations form at the end of today's session, and you're going to give those to your delegation chair. Is there a delegation chair anywhere who does not know what you're supposed to do with those evaluation forms? The Committee will come and pick them up.

Okay. I would now like to call Bill Amburn to the podium, this is your last chance if you want to buy raffle tickets, trip him on the way up.

Bill Amburn: Ladies and gentlemen thank you for the wonderful contributions you're making to FASSE. The Florida basket is over here to the side. There is a $75 gift certificate for citrus from Florida, fresh citrus from Florida, as well as all kinds of items in it. I understand that the basket is worth well over $200. And that's what someone in the House of Delegates will receive this morning. Now, the question has come up "what about the other tickets?" And they are one for $2; three for $5; six for $10. So what happens with the other tickets? We're going to take them to the rest of the FASSE Raffle and at 4:30 in the Grand Ballroom if you did not win the basket, the Florida basket, I know you're going to be disappointed. But if you did not win you may be able to win the other prizes. All right, so they will go in, some people were concerned about that. No, you still will have other opportunities. If you cannot be at the raffle, give your tickets to someone and let them come to the raffle and represent you so that if you do win somebody can grab something for you. All right? That will be helpful in itself.

Also, as far as the raffle itself is concerned, we will be coming around. Some of you are concerned. I can see some concern that you haven't had an opportunity. We'll come around. We're not going to try to twist any arms, but we will come around and offer to sell these to you so that we can continue raising money for the FASSE Raffle.

Now, Missouri, the show-me-state donated a check to FASSE for how much? One hundred and fifty dollars and yesterday they looked at me and they said, "You didn't tell the House of Delegates that we had donated the one hundred and fifty dollars." Connecticut, Connecticut donated a check for. Connecticut, where are you? One hundred dollars. What others? Yes. Congratulations. Thank you. All right, who else? Any others? South Carolina for how much? Two hundred fifty dollars. All right. Does anyone else? All right, two hundred twenty one dollars donated by Florida, thank you very much. All right.

Ladies and gentlemen this is such a wonderful group to work with. We will come around and not. Oh, any time I can take money it's a wonderful group. We will come around. We're not going to twist arms, but we will offer the opportunity to purchase the tickets and if you would like to we will be there. And, we will do the raffle at the end, just before we leave, that way everyone has the opportunity to purchase. Ladies and gentlemen thank you for your generosity.

Denee Mattioli: I'd like to introduce to you now our Executive Director, Susan Griffin. I would like to tell you as a House of Delegates, you know that we have a very strong and committed and hard working staff. I knew that but I didn't know really how hard they work on our behalf until this year, and in the last few months. As president and president-elect, I work on one conference, they do this every year. I would send e-mails to Susan, to Tim Daly, to Ella, to Anna at ten o'clock at night thinking, well, they'll get it first thing in the morning and I'll get a response. I sent one at ten o'clock on Saturday night thinking, well, it'll be there and I'll get a response on Monday morning. I got a response thirty minutes later. And I think it is wonderful that not only do we have a hard working staff that is dedicated to good work, but they are also dedicated to the mission and the goals of NCSS. And that whole staff is directed and lead by a very strong executive director, Susan.

Executive Director's Report

Susan Griffin, Executive Director: Good morning everybody. I'm here to give you a report on the last year at NCSS and it was a very challenging year. We had an extremely successful meeting in Phoenix. The people who attended that meeting had a very wonderful time and an enriching experience. Unfortunately, we expected 3,500 people and only 3,100 attended. So that was, obviously had an effect on our financial situation. We have two main sources of revenue - that is our annual conference and membership. And membership revenues were down about fourteen percent. So between those two things it really put our bottom line in a rather precarious situation. So we ended the year about $144,000 below what we had anticipated.

And the good news is that's the rather sobering news; we took some, we made some hard decisions, we made some staff cuts. And luckily we have a wonderful staff and we've been able to pitch in and try to cover some of the places that were left under-covered by the staff reductions. But we also have a very wonderful leadership and Denee has been able to do a lot of the traveling this year. The Counsel Services person was one of the positions that we had to eliminate, and she's been a very good-will ambassador and we appreciate your efforts there.

Some other good things that happened last year, we had an extremely successful conference with the American Historical Association and the Organization for American Historians. So that happened last summer, it was our first effort with these two groups to have a joint conference and the evaluations were very, very good. So I anticipate that we will be doing that again.

We're also part of a group of organizations that are submitting a proposal to the Carnegie Corporation of New York to try to revitalize the civic mission of schools. I think a lot of you received the Civic Mission of Schools Report that was a joint report by Circle and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. And they had six recommendations for policy-makers and educators on how to revitalize the civic mission of schools. And we are part of that group and I have to tell you that it's the hard work of the Citizenship Task Force that put us in that position. One of the, I think, most helpful things that they've done is to outline, kind of, what our strategy should be in terms of aligning ourselves and creating partnerships with other organizations so that we can become a bigger group that's working to get our part of the curriculum the status that it deserves.

Let me see. The membership statistics that are a part of this report, we can actually update those a little bit. We have a thousand more members than we had in September, so we're very pleased about that. I'd also like to report that we have four hundred seventy one on-site registrants at this conference, and we came here with four thousand. So I think we're going to make a very big step in the right direction of erasing the deficit that we ended last year with. So, I'm very, very pleased about that and I'd like to thank the Illinois Council for the Social Studies because they have a huge group of people that came here and a wonderful group of people who've been working very hard to make this conference a success.

So, at this point I'd entertain any questions.

Nance Purcell, Minnesota: I'm Nance Purcell, I'm from Minnesota. I'm really interested in your partnership with, looking for partnerships and I'm wondering what we can do at the state level to also develop partnerships to broaden our effectiveness at the state and national level?

Susan Griffin: Great, that's a wonderful question. Actually, we've made a start with that. This past September the first Congressional Conference on Civic Education brought state delegations. And actually Rick Theisen was the head of your state delegation. And the idea behind that effort is to create these state coalitions. I don't know if any of you are familiar with what's going on in North Carolina, but they've already built that kind of a work group, so I think if you talk to them about how that was done. But, I think, our hope is that state by state we will have a group of educators, policy-makers, parents, civic leaders who will work together to make sure that the people who are making decisions about what happens in schools and curriculum will understand that there is a civic mission of schools.

I have some very sad news and those of you who attended the Summer Leadership Institute for the last few years know that Farmer's Insurance and the American Promise have been very generous with their support of NCSS and the American Promise program. And they've sponsored a wonderful dinner for the attendees at the Summer Leadership Institute and they've also supported a number of sessions and social events at our affiliate council. A couple of weeks before our meeting Angela Easton, who was our contact with Farmer's Insurance, died of breast cancer and we're very sad. But we wanted to acknowledge all the contributions that Angela personally made to help build that network for the American Promise and I just think maybe we should have a moment of good thoughts. Thank you very much.

One of the reasons that we've been able to jump back, in terms of membership is the Each One, Reach One campaign. This is where our own NCSS members recruit their colleagues and it was something that was started several years ago by the Membership Committee. I think Gayle Thieman was one of the people that got this off the ground. And I want to tell you that this year was our most successful Each One, Reach One campaign. I'm just listing the people there. We had two hundred fourteen people who recruited five hundred six members for NCSS. And if by some chance your name isn't up there, I think maybe you should go back to your institution and shake hands with a colleague in the next room who may not be a member of NCSS. Or if you're a methods teacher, handing out NCSS publications, which we will supply to you for your method students. And make sure that you write your name on the bottom of each of those applications and your name could be there next year.

Last year, we do a drawing each spring, and last year Melvin Garrison, from Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies won the trip, he gets two tickets, round-trip tickets anywhere in the continental United States. I have to say that because everyone jumps to the far reaches. And this year we'll be doing that again and everyone who's on this list will be in that drawing. So if your name isn't up there, maybe you should recruit for NCSS, so thank you very much.

I think we're going to go right to [inaudible]. Part of my responsibilities as Executive Director is to go to the dance every year and I did that last night. But one of the things I've been unsuccessful at is trying to get the coffee here in the morning for the House of Delegates on time. And, it didn't work this year either, so I'm still working on that. I've got the dance thing going but. And the Population and Environment Special Interest Group supplied us with this coffee so thank them very much.

One of the significant strengths of National Council for the Social Studies is our affiliate network. And without the hard work and the dedication of the people at the local, state and regional level this organization would not be nearly as strong as it is, so every year we honor the Silver and Gold Councils, and I'd like to make those announcements now. Steve Goldberg will be handing out the certificates and then I'd like anybody to shake Denee Mattioli's hand. You know Denee Mattioli has done quite a bit for strengthening our affiliate network. She's moved around from state to state and everywhere she goes she's been part of a vibrant state council.

All right, the Silver Councils. The first one is the Association of Teacher's of Social Studies/United Federation of Teachers in New York City. California Council for the Social Studies, congratulations, Silver Star. Georgia Council for the Social Studies is a Silver Star. Our host council, Illinois Council for the Social Studies, congratulations. The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies is a Silver Star Council, congratulations. Photo opportunities aren't as easy as they look. Congratulations to the Middle States Council for the Social Studies, a Silver Star. The "Show Me" state, Missouri Council for the Social Studies is a Silver Star Council. Steven Johnson's state of Texas is a Silver Star. Denee and I had the pleasure of experiencing Friday night football in Texas, in Lubbock, Texas. I'll tell you it is quite an experience. Now the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies is a Silver Star.

Now, as many of you know, one of the main criteria that's different in the Gold Star and the Silver Star is membership recruitment and the number of joint members. It's a very difficult hurdle to get by, but we do have some Gold Star Councils, that were able to make that hurdle. The first one is Indiana Council for the Social Studies, Gold Star. Iowa Council for the Social Studies, Gold Star Council. And congratulations to Michigan Council for the Social Studies, you're a Gold Star Council. We had some wonderful presentations at the Summer Leadership Institute by Kelli Sweet, the Executive Director of Michigan Council for the Social Studies. And if you want any information about how to be an advocate for your profession, talk to the Michigan Council and Kelli Sweet. They're doing a wonderful job there.

Now I think we were discussing the Gold Star criteria last night with some of the people from the Ohio Council for the Social Studies and they did get it. Congratulations, Ohio. A very well-behaved group, I might say. I'm very proud to say that someone in our neighborhood, Prince Georges County for the Social Studies is a Gold Star Council. I think one of the things we're going to have to do at next year's Summer Leadership is a photography workshop. And now the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies, congratulations! They've been doing a wonderful job and increasing not only membership but their attendance at conferences. They're doing a wonderful job. Thank you very much for all that you're doing.

There seems to be a pattern here, Denee, with some of these states that are getting. Tennessee Council for the Social Studies has a Gold Star. Congratulations, Tennessee. And, from the great state of Texas, the State Plains Council for the Social Studies. Come on Carol. No, no, he's been up here enough I think. They were the hosts of that wonderful Texas Council for the Social Studies conference in October. And at the end of the alphabet, but dear to our hearts, is Washington Council for the Social Studies, a Gold Star Council.

I want to thank you for all of your hard work. As I said, this affiliate network is one of the things that makes National Council for the Social Studies the success that it is. So I appreciate your good work, thank you.

Crenditals Committee Report

Steve Goldberg: Okay, I'd like to call on Robert Nimtz, the Chair of the Credentials Committee to inform us of who's here.

Robert Nimtz, Chair, Credentials Committee: Thank you, Madam Chair and President. As Chair of the Credentials Committee I am pleased to report that one hundred eighty three delegates are registered and certified to vote in the House of Delegates as of 8:15 this morning, Saturday, November 15. As directed by the Credentials Committee, I move the adoption of the Credentials report just read. Thank you.

The motion was seconded, and the report adopted

Steve Goldberg: We're now at the point of our proceedings for the election of the House of Delegate committees. We were very fortunate that at the very close of the meeting yesterday, we had one additional nominee for the Assignment Committee which was great because we needed another nominee. So I'd just like, well we're going to introduce all of them right now. So, would all of those people who are running for office please go to one of the microphones and we'll have the opportunity. Just ignore what's up there. There was a little mistake before, that's fine. Okay, those of you who are running for office, could you please go up to one of the microphones, so we can have you identify yourselves and the House of Delegate committee that you are running for. So could those of you doing that please do so now. They're not here, they're sleeping in.

The candidates for house committees were introduced. Steve Goldberg, Steering Committtee Chair, provided instructions for voting for HOD committees. Ballots were distributed and collected.

Report from NCSS Task Force to Revitalize Citizenship Education

Diane Hart, Co-Chair, Citizenship Education Task Force: Good morning, since I'm a historian by training, I'm going to start with a little bit of history of the Citizenship Education Task Force, because it began in this body. Four years ago California brought a resolution to this group, asking that NCSS establish a task force on revitalizing citizenship education. This body approved that resolution. It went to the board of directors, which immediately said, "Yes, let's go with this project." So a task force was formed with two primary mandates: The first was to create a position paper for NCSS which put forth our beliefs about what an effective citizen is and what an effective citizenship education program looks like. And this was done in the first year of operation of the task force. That's been posted on our website, publicized in our journals. But what's been interesting to me is to see the afterlife of a position paper like this. People still come up to me, they hold it in front of my face, it shows up at meetings I'm at. It's powerful. When you take a strong position on something, it's powerful and we have had power just through that document. It's has been a lesson for me in the power of taking a stand and moving forward with it.

The second mandate of the task force is one that has taken longer to accomplish and that was to move NCSS from what was then the sideline. We were at the sidelines of a fledgling, national groundswell of feeling about revitalizing or reviving the civic mission of schools and our task was to move NCSS to the center of that enterprise. And that's been hard work. We've worked over the last three years at reaching out to other organizations, building coalitions, convening small groups of people working on thinking through how we do this. We've put together a fund-raising document, you've heard a little bit from Susan today about how she's been working to bring more funding into this whole enterprise we call civic education.

But what I can say with great enthusiasm, I guess, is that that little fledgling movement is now becoming a groundswell. There is activity going on all across this nation, NCSS is a part of this activity, in part because not only this body, the task force, the board of directors, and the leadership of NCSS are working together behind this single vision and single goal of why we do social studies education. So in that sense I think the task force has been remarkably effective, much more than I anticipated when we began.

Just last week I was in a meeting in Denver with the Education Commission of the States and I was just invited to come to this thing called a Professional Judgment Group. I had no idea what that meant, but it sounded interesting. And I arrived and I found five other members from NCSS at that meeting and our task was to inform this group, which is a policy-making group for state governors, legislators and boards and superintendents of education about how to bring more civic education into schools. And you can bet your bottom dollar, our first recommendation was a) it is K-12; and b) it is social studies standards-based. And that message was heard very loudly by not only ECS but by the legislators who they had brought in to talk with us as educators.

These kinds of conversations are happening in all kinds of places and NCSS is in these conversations and is often looked to as the group that brings the reality of how we bring ideas, how we bring content, how we bring values into civic education. I think these opportunities are going to increase over the next, I hope, century. But I'll just go for the next few years because there just is more and more attention being brought into this area.

The last thing I want to report on is our website. Last year we debuted at this meeting Citizenship Central, which is NCSS's first effort at creating sort of a special content website, I hope there are going to be more over time. So far we're kind of just bootstrapping this with volunteer labor and that's always a long process. However, the board of directors is so supportive of this enterprise that they have approved the creation of a position of a part-time paid webmaster to kind of spearhead this effort. This last year we did not have the budget organizationally after our Phoenix conference to fund that and move it forward. I'm looking around, I saw a whole lot of people at this conference, so I'm hoping this year we will have that funding and that we will be able to post that position in the TSSP relatively soon. So if you are interested in a job like that or you know somebody who might be, please keep your eyes open because I'm hoping by next June when our new budget cycle begins, that position will be in place and that person will be on-board in terms of moving that part of our work forward.

Finally, I just want to invite all of you to the task force. (I lisped as a child, and it's really hard when I hit these double s's, I still have to get that tongue back behind the teeth and make it, make it behave). Anyway the task force is having an open forum this afternoon from 4 to 5 o'clock. It's in Grand Ballroom D. This is open to all of you to come. And if you do come you will hear more about Susan's adventures in fund-raising in a little greater detail. And I think that has been an adventure and maybe an education. You'll hear more from Ted McConnell about the first, but we hope not the last Congressional Conference on Civic Education and how that is being used to launch a nationwide state level campaign to bring more civic education into our schools. You'll hear from Annenberg CPB which is putting a lot of money and energy into civic education in terms of developing not only content pieces but professional development pieces to help all of us do a better job. And we'd like them to know that a) we appreciate that; b) we're going to use their tools; and, c) we need more. We'll hear about the work at the Education Commission of the States which I've just alluded to in brief, but sort of a bigger picture. So there's a lot of stuff going on, I invite you to come and join us. If you forget about everything else, we're at the very last of the committee agenda in your program. So you can go back and find committees. You'll find the task force at the very bottom. We're last but we're certainly not least. So I invite you to come and I thank you enormously for your support over four years and for making this begin and happen.

NCSS Constutional Amendment-First Reading

Steve Goldberg: Okay, we're going to be introducing an amendment to the constitution. And let me just review what the amendment procedures are and then we'll go over this amendment which is a very small thing on there. The procedure for adopting an amendment to the constitution is that it must be. Today is what we call the first reading approval to get the process moving. So, we're going to introduce this amendment, if approved by this body today, it will then be re-introduced next year in Baltimore and upon approval there would then be sent out to the general membership in the ballot in the winter of 2005 for approval. This is section VI of the Constitution which deals with the composition of the board of directors. And the amendment is indicated on the third line regarding the immediate past president of the board of directors who shall serve a term of not two but one year. If you want to read it, it is in the HOD Manual on page 27, but basically the amendment calls for the reduction of the term of the immediate past president from two years to one year, so that the person would serve on the board as vice president, then president-elect, then president, and then one year as immediate past president rather than two years. So that is the amendment that is being proposed. And are there any questions regarding this? Does anyone have any questions regarding this? Yes.

Steven: What was the rationale?

Adrian Davis: Steven, to answer your question, I had the rare opportunity to sit on the NCSS Board of Directors for three years. I immediately I missed, I would say I missed two board meetings. I then turned around and I ran for vice president. That gave me three additional years, one for each year as an officer. I'm spending my last year on the board. That has been a chunk of, basically, eight consecutive years out of my life, that I basically donated to this organization. For classroom teachers, that is an awful lot of time to commit. One of the things that we'd like to have is teachers as leaders and that's a big demand. And in today's climate it is very, very hard for them to even get out to come to this meeting, let alone.

And one of the things that we'd like to see are teachers to become leaders of this organization. So by cutting off that year, hopefully, we may have more teachers running for this position. Are there?

Steve Goldberg, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you very much Adrian. Does anyone else have any questions on this?

Male Speaker: I have a concern that number one, we have a governance task force that a resolution proposed and accepted last year to add an affiliate member to the board was postponed and assigned to the Task Force Transition Committee. I'm wondering why we're moving forward with this amendment but we did not move forward with that, when we could have either combined both amendments at one time or this amendment could have been assigned to the Transition Task Force as well.

Steve Goldberg, Chair, Steering Committee: Okay. I can address that. You are correct that part of this may be seen in the context of the proposal by the task force which does include a certain streamlining of the board of directors. However, because of the process, that is a two-year process, in order to move more quickly on this one, which we feel can be done without going through the major restructuring, because we're not certain exactly how that restructuring is actually going to look. This was something that we could attend to now. The other thing that I think we have to realize, and it goes back to Susan's report regarding our fiscal situation, by reducing the term of the past president it also becomes a money saver for the organization because there's a lot of transportation and expenditure involved. So I think it would seem right now, as an expediency to move this amendment before we begin looking at a much larger restructuring. Jeff?

Jeff Passe, Vice President: I'm Jeff Passe, vice president. I would also like to add that the change regarded by the board is a no brainer. It's just something that's so obvious and uncontroversial, except for the few questions we had here today, that let's get this going right ahead because it's not the major changes that we're looking at in terms of the transition.

Steve Goldberg, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you. Are there any other questions or comments? Okay. At this point, though, I just want to repeat, this is simply a first reading approval to get the process of the amendment underway. It will then be re-introduced a year from now in Baltimore. So I'd like to take a vote on this, we need two-thirds majority of the House in order for this to move forward. All those in favor, please say, aye. [Aye.] Any opposed? Okay. Thank you very much, so we get this going. I'd like to now turn the podium over to Denee.

The first reading of the amendment was approved by vote.

Denee Mattioli: Okay. We will now be looking at the resolutions that you received yesterday. You should have those in front of you. I'm sure you all read them last night between receptions and the dance and dinner. So, I want to remind you again that knowledgeable participation is really important here and that we have a chance here in the resolutions, to direct the board of directors or suggest to the board of directors which direction we want them to move and how we would like for them to continue to make an impact for social studies education. I would now like to introduce Renay Scott, who is Chair of the Resolutions Committee.

Presentation of Resolutions

Renay Scott, Chair, Resolutions Committee: Thank you and good morning. Diane's report is a wonderful example of how a resolution can have an impact on this organization. I think as we consider the resolutions before us this morning, the Resolutions Committee wants to make just a couple of strong suggestions. As we anticipate the work of the Resolutions Committee for next year at the Baltimore conference, acknowledging the wonderful work from the Summer Leadership Institute, and the fact that the resolutions came before us this year in very good form. They were well synthesized and well written. The Resolutions Committee would find it extremely helpful and expedient if those specific resolutions were actually presented to the Resolutions Committee by one or more of the sponsoring organizations who drafted those resolutions. Oftentimes questions come up at the Resolutions Committee regarding what the intent of that particular resolution was. And if sponsors come and present those resolutions many of the questions can be cleared up very quickly, and again can further expedite the process. So, the Resolutions Committee usually meets the morning of the second day of the conference, setting aside typically nine till noon on the second day of the conference. And we strongly encourage the states or representatives of the states bringing forth resolutions to formally present them to the Resolutions Committee next year as you anticipate the Baltimore conference.

Having said that, also, there are resolution forms, in triplicate, in your packet. Should additional resolutions be brought to the floor today, I encourage any states to be involved in that, to bring those forward as we begin to proceed through those resolutions. Keep one copy for yourself, one copy for myself and I believe one for Paul. Okay, let me clarify that, that is for amendments only to the resolutions being presented today. Thank you, Susan. All right, let's begin our process.

Resolution One 03-01: Social Studies and No Child Left Behind. Supported by California, Georgia, Ohio, New Mexico, Missouri, New York, Kentucky, Illinois, New Hampshire, Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee, Texas, the ATSS/UFT Council.

Rationale: NCLB requires that secondary teachers be highly qualified in a core academic area which does not currently include social studies.

WHEREAS the NCSS definition of social studies is: social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence;

WHERAS NCLB requires that secondary teachers be highly qualified in core academic area;

WHEREAS some states and districts are interpreting the NCLB to exclude social studies certification experience in or acquired expertise;

WHEREAS NCATE standards for the accreditation of teacher education programs specifically include NCSS content standards;

BE IT RESOLVED that 1) NCSS publications should summarize NCLB requirements and communicate the implications of NCLB to NCSS members in state and national educational policy makers; 2) NCSS work to assure that NCLB is interpreted to include social studies as a core academic area; and, 3) NCSS work to ensure that the states' definition of highly qualified social studies teachers include those who have been licensed and certified through NCATE/NCSS accredited programs.


Resolution 03-02: Publication of Governance Task Force Report. Supported by Oregon, Illinois, Iowa, Colorado and Connecticut.

Rationale: The Governance Task Force final report needs to be published so that the NCSS members can read and discuss the Reports' recommendation.

WHERAS the NCSS Board of Directors voted in May of 2003 to accept the final report of the Governance Task Force and use it as the basis for restructuring NCSS;

WHEREAS a transition team is being appointed to evaluate the recommendations of the Governance Task Force Report;

WHEREAS the transition team will make recommendations to the board of directors regarding a timeline for implementing selected suggestions in the Governance Task Force Report;

WHEREAS NCSS members should be able to communicate openly with the transition team and the board of directors regarding implementing of the Governance Task Force Report;

BE IT RESOLVED that the entire report of the Governance Task Force be published electronically and in print along with the board of director motions accepting the Report in the names of the transition team members.

An amendment to change the resolution to publish the report electronically was discussed and defeated.


Resolution 03-03: Social Studies Scope and Sequence. Supported by Pennsylvania, the Middle States Council, ATSS/UFT.

Rationale: The divide among history educators, advocates of geography and other disciplines and those who argue for the Social Studies is growing.

WHEREAS many states and school districts are struggling with the development of scope and sequences and standards to provide the best possible instruction in our field;

WHEREAS states are developing a wide variety of standards, often including more items than reasonably can be taught in twelve years of primary and secondary education;

WHEREAS due to the inability of Social Studies educators to agree on common curriculum or scope and sequence, social studies is receiving less attention on the national, state and local levels;

BE IT RESOLVED that 1) NCSS establish a panel to examine social studies scope and sequences and recommend one or more viable scope and sequences for grades K through 12; 2) the panel be composed of classroom practitioners in the K-12 field as well as academic experts in the fields and representatives of all the key organizations within the social studies; 3) NCSS seek corporate, governmental or foundation funding to allow the panel to meet, study and make recommendations by July, 2005; 4) NCSS select a nationally known educational leader to chair this panel; 5) this panel carefully review the core content of history, civics government, economics, geography and the behavioral sciences and make realistic recommendations regarding content and time on task for each of these disciplines within the confines of allocated time for social studies; 6) NCSS work with one or more of the national testing organizations/corporations to develop a reasonable, high quality, national social studies exam for high school students based upon the work of this panel.

Amendments to insert "representatives of the Curriculum Committee" after "composed" and to delete "or more" were discussed and defeated An amendment to change "twelve" to "thirteen" in the second "whereas" statement was discussed and approved

Resolution Failed

Resolution 03-04: Reinforce State Level Monitoring of NCLB and Promoting an Exchange of Information Between state councils and NCSS. Supported by California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and the ATSS/UFT.

Rationale: The ramifications of NCLB have the potential to negatively impact social studies education at the state and national level.

WHEREAS NCLB has an impact on assessment, certification, preferential treatment and prioritization of curriculum;

WHEREAS state councils need to network for legislative lobbying for grass roots as well as professional support;

WHEREAS social studies education is a critical component in maintaining and supporting a democratic society of civic participation in responsibility;

WHEREAS the federal government requires each state education agency to formulate policy to meet the demands of NCLB;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS and state councils take a sustained pro-active role in monitoring and disseminating information regarding NCLB;

Be it further resolved that each state council provide NCSS with annual updates regarding legislation, policy implementation and advocacy regarding NCLB in their states for analysis and dissemination by the NCSS;

Be it further resolved that NCSS provide a forum at the National Convention for the discussion of these issues and an annual report from NCSS regarding the federal impact and status of NCLB for social studies.


Resolution 03-05: Legislative Advocacy for Training to Promote Social Studies Education. Supported by California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Middle States Council, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York and South Carolina.

Rationale: Social studies is being minimized through legislative mandates and local councils need to play a greater role in the legislative process.

WHEREAS schools in this country were established to produce a literate citizenry prepared to function in a predictatory democracy, a participatory democracy;

WHEREAS social studies is being minimized in recent federal, state and local mandates;

WHEREAS some state governments are eliminating social studies instruction from the core curriculum;

WHEREAS educators are advocates for their profession and for their students;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS provide legislative advocacy training through presentations at state/local affiliate and national conferences;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT NCSS provide training materials on the web;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT NCSS increase such training at Summer Leadership Institutes.

An amendment was introduced and approved to change the first resolved to "BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS provide legislative advocacy training through presentations at state/local affiliate and regional and national conferences"


Resolution 03-06: Social Studies Assessments and Instructional Time. Supported by Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Middle States Council, Nebraska and South Carolina.

Rationale: All states need to address student achievement in social studies at the elementary, middle and high school levels and appropriate instructional time and resources for social studies must be provided to prepare students for these assessments.

WHEREAS social studies is an important part of every student's education towards developing into an effective citizen in a modern democratic society;

WHEREAS states are at varying levels in implementation of social studies assessment;

WHEREAS NCLB makes no reference to social studies as a core academic curriculum subject and many states have followed NCLB by omitting or removing social studies instruction and assessment in the elementary and middle grades as they adopt only those state assessments mandated by NCLB;

WHEREAS social studies education should involve all students in grades K-12 to instill civic responsibility and teach cultural heritage;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT [editorial change here] the president and executive board [executive capitalized] of NCSS write a letter to all appropriate government officials in each of the states endorsing statewide assessments in social studies at the elementary, middle and high school levels;

BE IT further RESOLVED THAT this letter should also address adequate instructional time and resources in social studies at all grade levels to prepare students for those assessments.


Resolution 03-07: Afghan, Iraqi Educational Support. Supported by Florida.

Rationale: Afghan and Iraqi educators need support to infuse democratic ideals and principles into the curriculum in their nations and provide a base for future democratic societies.

WHEREAS the United States conducted wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to eliminate terrorism and despotic governments and promote opportunities for democratic government;

WHEREAS educators in these countries have a limited training and experience in teaching democratic principles and practices;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS encourage all educators, educational organizations, institutions and providers of educational materials to support the teachers and students of Afghanistan and Iraq in an initiative to develop democratic citizenship education.

The following amendment was introduced and approved "Delete the first whereas and the second whereas and replace them with the following: WHEREAS NCSS members have had a vast experience in teaching principles and practices of democracy; WHEREAS many NCSS members have had valuable experience in working with educators from other cultures and nationalities;


Resolution 03-08: NAEP Social Studies. Supported by Florida and Georgia.

Rationale: Assessment of social studies content areas has been postponed by the U.S. Department of Education and Congress. A regularly scheduled program on social studies assessments needs to be maintained.

WHEREAS many states do not conduct assessment in social studies content;

WHEREAS assessment is the means of determining the effectiveness of curriculum and instruction;

WHEREAS research has shown that what is tested on high stakes tests gets taught;

BE IT RESOLVED the U.S. Department of Education frequently schedule social studies content assessment as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) program.


Resolution 03-09: Support of Public Education. Supported by California, Florida, and Texas.

Rationale: National, state and local governmental agencies have promoted support for private and charter schools which serve a limited clientele and limited purpose at the expense of financial support for public education.

WHEREAS many state and local governmental agencies have provided public funding to private and public charter schools;

WHEREAS many state and local governmental agencies have provided vouchers for students to participate in private educational programs;

WHEREAS many state and local governmental agencies have given tax credits to private and public charter schools and educational programs thereby diverting financial support from public to private educational institutions;

WHEREAS the national system of public education represents the best venue for a broad based educated citizenry in a democratic society;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS call upon all states and local educational agencies to reaffirm that public education for all children is the first and foremost priority for funding and other institutional support.


Resolution 03-10: FASSE Support. Supported by California and Florida.

Rationale: The Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education needs a solid sustainable financial base of operation.

WHEREAS the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education (FASSE) provides a mechanism for NCSS to shape the future of social studies education;

WHEREAS the purpose of FASSE is to support research and classroom projects to improve social students education and promote engaged, effective citizenship;

WHEREAS an adequate financial mechanism to effectively support FASSE initiatives is needed;

WHEREAS past efforts in House of Delegate resolutions to develop adequate funding for FASSE have not been implemented by the NCSS Board of Directors;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS Board of Directors develop a mechanism for providing stable and adequate funding for FASSE.


Renay Scott, Chair, Resolutions Committee: At this time I need to inform the House of Delegates that there were two resolutions brought to the Resolutions Committee on Wednesday night, Thursday night. The days are blending now. It was requested of the individuals bringing forth those resolutions to provide this body copies for each of you. Because those copies were not provided, both of those resolutions are withdrawn. I will inform you of what those were. 0311 was a resolution urging repeal of the U.S.A. Patriot Act. That is now withdrawn. 0312 a resolution urging critical analysis of war talk has also been withdrawn.

Resolution 03-C1 Recognition of NCSS Member Margaret McLaughlin, Margaret Laughlin.
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies.

WHEREAS Margaret Laughlin had devoted over thirty years to the social studies education; and

WHEREAS through her writings, consulting and lecturing, Margaret has worked tirelessly to advance social studies education in the states as well as in Europe; and

WHEREAS she has written and edited several books that have become standards in the field; and

WHEREAS her articles on curriculum design and national standards are used in teacher preparation programs nationally and internationally; and

WHEREAS her leadership skills have been instrumental in the development of curriculum designs not only for Wisconsin but through her publications for the National Council for the Social Studies, also for the whole nation; and

WHEREAS she has served as a mentor, friend and colleague to hundreds of her students who continue to teach social studies in every corner of the world; and

WHEREAS she has served both the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies in numerous positions and has served the National Council for the Social Studies in leadership positions including serving as a member of the board of directors; and

WHEREAS the respect for Margaret's scholarship, leadership and friendship in the social studies community is widely known;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the National Council for the Social Studies formally recognizes Margaret Laughlin and her unconditional service and love and her value to the social studies community.


Resolution 03-C2: Recognition and Appreciation to the NCSS Conference Planners Submitted by Ruben Zepeda, The California Council for the Social Studies.

WHEREAS the NCSS Annual Conference provides social studies professionals high quality professional development opportunities to network with dedicated advocates of the social studies and a place to address critical issues confronting our field; and

WHEREAS the success of the NCSS Annual Conference depends on the hard work, dedication and competence of the NCSS elected officers, NCSS local affiliate councils and volunteers and the NCSS staff;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the House of Delegates recognize and thank conference chair Denee Mattioli, all of the members of the Local Arrangements and Program Planning committees, the NCSS Executive Director, Susan Griffin, and all of the NCSS staff for an amazingly successful conference.


**Resolution 03-C3.

WHEREAS the Local Arrangements for the 83rd Annual Conference have been well organized and highly successful, be it resolved that the House of Delegates of the 47th Annual Meeting express appreciation for a job well done to the NCSS staff, the NCSS Board of Directors, the NCSS President, Denee Mattioli, the Steering Committee and its chair Steven Goldberg, the NCSS Executive Director, Susan Griffin.


Steve Goldberg: It's now my privilege to announce the results of this morning's election. To reiterate, the Steering Committee for next year will be adding on Bonnie Hunt, Bonnie Hyde and Renay Scott. Bonnie Hunt Wright. Okay, Resolutions Committee, the two additional members will be Wendell Borne of Massachusetts and Michelle Herczog of California. For the Assignment Committee, joining the committee with three year terms are Steven Armstrong, Judy Harrelson and Tara Sides. The two year term: Laurie Graham and the one year term Benta Jallo. Congratulations to everyone.

Denee Mattioli: Yes, Taddie.

Taddie Hamilton, Texas: Hi, I'm Taddie Hamilton from Texas. And the Texas Council for the Social Studies is very proud to introduce one of our own who was elected to the Texas State Board of Education. Pat Hardy is a strong, intelligent advocate for social studies in Texas where we already have a scope and sequence and standards that include social studies K-12. Three years of social studies are required at the high school level. And because of our state testing, most districts require four years. All of this is a result of the Texas Council teachers who served untiringly and diligently on state committees to ensure that social studies is an integral part of public education in Texas K-12. And now we go forth with Pat Hardy who makes sure that social studies will never be forgotten in Texas.

Pat Hardy, Texas: I thank you very much for that introduction. Taddie also happened to be my campaign manager. So this is an extension. But it is a wonderful opportunity. And when we were talking in the resolutions about having a greater voice on the No Child Left Behind and having a greater voice...

...very difficult to do both--teach and do that. And it would be most of the people who are heading towards retirement who could afford to do it. But it is very meaningful. And everyone says, you know, they have a certain agenda, and I'm very forthright with my agenda is the teaching of social studies. Thank you.

Denee Mattioli: I do have three very brief announcements before Bill Amburn comes up and we discover who wins all the good stuff from Florida. Cathy Wright and Gayle Thieman, the co-chairs of the Assignment Committee requests that the newly elected members and returning members meet immediately following in the back of the room rather than in Skyway as listed.

Alberta Dougan would you please stand just so everybody can see you because the announcement I am going to give says go see her, and I want to make sure you all know who she is. Alberta Duggan is our liaison and our representative with NCATE. We are working with ETS, with Praxis and we are looking for ten secondary 9-12 social studies teachers in their first seven years of teaching. And if you are, and that's how ETS is defining new teacher. So if you are a secondary social studies teacher in your first seven years of teaching and would like to help in the process of norming the social studies Praxis test, please come and see Alberta. This is an important way that we can make a difference. It's too important to leave it up to a commercial testing company to do this.

Jim Adams, Wisconsin: I would like to make a quick announcement. I'm Jim Adams from the Wisconsin Council of Social Studies and I'd like to invite everybody to the Badger State for the spring National Council Great Lakes Regional. It will be held March 21st, 22nd, 23rd. That's Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. We have some great sessions planned. We've got Colonel Tim Laurie who was one of the planners for Colin Powell in Desert Storm and he'll be speaking on nation building. We have Herman Viola coming who will be speaking, he's from the Smithsonian. We have a website: I have some stickers here if any of you would like stickers with our website address. You can get the registration forms and everything you need. Looking forward to seeing you in Wisconsin in March. Thank you.

Stephen Johnson: I'm Stephen Johnson, past president of NCSS and a member of the House of Delegates. And it has been a long-standing tradition as a past president, we honor Denee Mattioli. I know we've done resolutions for a very efficiently run House of Delegates. We thank you Denee very much. Thank you.

Denee Mattioli: It has been and continues to be a privilege.

Doug Lynch, Pennsylvania: My name is Doug Lynch and I'm from Pennsylvania. I will be the chair of the Resolutions Committee for next year and so I'd like to meet with the entire Resolutions Committee in the back of the room once we adjourn.

Bill Amburn, FASSE Board Chair: Tennessee reminded me a while ago, they have contributed $100 as well from their state council. I would also like to mention with the FASSE Board meeting yesterday, we are changing the amount of the Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award. It has been $1000. We are increasing it to a $1,500 award. Which, let's face it, we need it. Also, this next year, if we have appropriate candidates for the award, California has been very very generous and collected sufficient funds to give two Christa McAuliffe Awards for this next year. One contributed by California in memory of Carol Marquis, member of the House of Delegates, member of the board of directors and Restructuring Task Force who passed away a couple of days after last year's NCSS Annual Conference.

Denee Mattioli: Do I hear a motion to adjourn? A second? All in favor say aye. Adjourned.

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