48th Annual Meeting NCSS House of Delegates

November 19-20, 2004

Baltimore, MD

Session I.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Susan Griffin is supposed to be here.

Susan Griffin: I\x92m here.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: She is here? Yours truly and Mike Swift, who is the Parliamentarian. And now would you please rise for the Pledge of Allegiance?

All: 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.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: You may be seated.

The minutes of the 47th House of Delegates, Delegate assembly were approved by the Steering Committee since the 48th House of Delegates is not the same body as the 47th. Those minutes are available on the NCSS website: www.socialstudies.org. Now I would like to introduce Bruce Damasio, chair of the Credentials Committee. Here he comes.

Female Speaker: We don\x92t have a count yet.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Oh. Should I sing a song?

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Okay. I\x92m going to go ahead and give my report while we\x92re waiting for the Credentials. Here he comes.

Bruce Damasio, Chair, Credentials Committee, MD: Good afternoon. Sorry for the delay, but the computer is down so we\x92re using toes and fingers. And I\x92m proud to report they got all the socks and shoes correctly back on.

At this particular time there are 152 delegates whose credentials are verified attending the House of Delegates meeting today. Thank you for your patience.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Okay. I\x92d now like to turn the session over to Susan Fogarty, Chair of the Steering Committee.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Good afternoon. A brief report. It is a privilege and honor to welcome you to the 48th session of the delegates, House of Delegates here in the historic city of Baltimore. Hasn\x92t this been a wonderful place? I hail from not as famous a place, but I come from Martin County Florida through which two hurricane eyes passed. One named Jean, which was my mother\x92s name, and the other Frances, my sister\x92s name. We\x92re just so glad they never get to the s\x92s. I'm going to introduce my committee: Kay Knowles from Virginia; Paul Horne in the back from South Carolina; John Moore from Kentucky. Where is she? Bonnie Hyde from South Carolina and Renee Lynch from Michigan.

Anyway, we met in May and worked very hard looking over the evaluations that you turned in last year and we have made every effort to refine our process. For example, we\x92ve moved this session, which is originally scheduled at 3:30 up to 3:00 so that you could have time to hear Gary Wills if you so choose to do that. We kept, even though there were complaints about it, we kept the Saturday morning session early because that gives you more time to have sessions through the rest of the day. And so we really urge you to take the time to fill out those evaluations because we do pay attention to what they say.

I also would like to say that all of the changes that we\x92ve made including trying to streamline the time so that we would have plenty of time for resolutions are made by the HOD Steering Committee. But the actual implementation of most of it falls to the staff. And so I would like to say that Susan Griffin and her staff are among the most competent, wonderful people that I\x92ve ever known. And so I really would like to give them a round of applause for all of their hard work. And I would like to say that if you experience any problems throughout the day, if you will just contact one of the members of the Steering Committee, they\x92ll do everything they can to make sure that that gets resolved. Thank you.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: May I have a motion to adopt the agenda please? Second? All in favor of the motion to adopt the agenda say aye. Opposed? Abstentions? All right.

Okay. Now we\x92ll move over to item 5. Overview of the HOD Nominations Process.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: One of the important things that we do here in this body is to elect members to HOD committees. And one of them is the Assignment Committee. One is the Resolutions Committee and one, of course, is the Steering Committee. And so I would like to point out that in your Manual, I think this has been a very well prepared Manual, back on page 25, especially sections 4 and 5 give you some of the guidelines for making nominations. We\x92re going to guide you through that process, but just a reminder that no committee may have members from the same state. There can\x92t be two people from one state. In other words, I\x92m leaving the Steering Committee this year, so another person from Florida could not come on to the Steering Committee. Okay? So those are the important ones.

In your packets that you received today you have a form that looks like this and it\x92s in triplicate. This is the form on which you would nominate someone from your state. I encourage you to do this. I am just a regular person, classroom teacher, and here I am standing in front of you. This too could be your fate should you choose it. So it doesn\x92t take any special qualifications is all I\x92m saying. It\x92s a good experience for leadership. The people that you will work with are marvelous. You get a chance to know people better from all the states, even if they do change states and don\x92t tell you. So, anyway, I want you to please be mindful that these nomination forms are going to be due at 3:55. All right. Please work on those nominations, but also pay attention to the President as he gives his little talk.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: I guess my report can start with the conference and just say I hope you are enjoying the conference, the speakers, the sessions. The latest figures I have with respect to the conference is that we are over 3,900. And that\x92s real good news because we budgeted for 3500 and so we\x92re well beyond our projected numbers. And with Saturday still coming we are anticipating something close to 4300. And that\x92s real, real good. That means with Chicago being a success and Baltimore being a success that makes NCSS that much more flexible in terms of dealing with issues.

Over the past couple of years we\x92ve had staff reductions and we need to address that. And certainly we\x92re thinking of putting money away, as Ruben said, for a rainy day. And as you heard in my Presidential Address, I\x92m very much concerned about what is happening out there in our society. A nation divided, as I said, and social studies being reduced, and I\x92d like to see NCSS as a body really come together a little bit more cohesively and deal with the question of the diminished status of social studies. We need to work as a team.

I think Susan is doing a marvelous job as Executive Director. I think the board understands that we need to push further into these areas and remain very active as we do that. And the other issue which I brought up, which I think is important, is we need to make our organization much more inclusive. There are a number of people who are retiring from our ranks and we are always in need of more elementary teachers and middle school teachers and we just need to work extra hard. I think the enthusiasm for those things are there. I think people are committed. They realize we need to do those things and we just need to work a little bit harder on those.

I\x92m happy to serve as President of NCSS and go out to the state councils and meet with you folks on a one-on-one basis and talk with you about social studies. I\x92m learning a lot about your organizations and how well you folks do in the various states. As I said, I\x92ve been to three different states and I\x92ve had nothing but wonderful things to talk about as I\x92ve gone from state to state. And I see a lot of ways in which we can address our problems by turning to the state local, and regional councils.

And as I said, the major thing is that we remain active and move forward in social studies and toot our own horns. We need to tell people the good things that we do as an organization and the good things that we do in our schools. And at conferences such as this we need to showcase the good news and bring the press in and bring the legislators in and everybody else. Having Nancy Grasmick here, for example, is very important so she can see how large our organization is, what we\x92re doing and the many initiatives in which NCSS is involved. I\x92d like continue to pursue those during the next twelve months. Thank you.

And I need to introduce Susan Griffin our Executive Director who helps me a lot.

Susan Griffin: Hello everyone. Actually Jesus needs very little help. And he\x92s pretty good at giving instructions too. So. Of course, we\x92re very pleased to have all of you here in Baltimore with us. We\x92re excited. This is our first time in Baltimore and we really couldn\x92t be happier. We\x92re pleased about coming up Interstate 95 and enjoying all the fruits of this wonderful city. And we\x92re pleased that you\x92re here with us to enjoy it.

I have the great pleasure this year of giving a report that says we\x92re in the black financially. We have had some very difficult times. Basically, you know, we get the lion's share of our revenuesthrough our annual conference and membership. And the last couple of years, those two sources of revenue have been challenged somewhat. But we had an extremely successful conference in Chicago that we were very, very happy about. Thank you Illinois.

And we did have to make some staff cuts. And the staff has done a remarkable job doing more with less. And I want you to know, I assure you that you have a very high quality group of people in Silver Spring working for you. Sometimes I go through the whole list of them. And I\x92m not going to do that today. But I want you to know that they are just really, really fine hard working people that not only enjoy what they do but they enjoy very much doing it for National Council for the Social Studies. And I think that\x92s something that we all share. We feel that they organization is doing something extremely worthwhile and we are proud to be part of it.

I want you to know about a couple of initiatives that NCSS is part of. We\x92re part of the Civic Mission of Schools Campaign. And there is going to be a presentation tomorrow which you will not be able to go to because you will be in here. But, just to say that there are grants around the country and coalitions that have come together. And it\x92s interesting because that effort is also going very nicely with something called the Alliance for Representative Democracy that the Center for Civic Education is leading up. They are going to be having their second congressional conference on civic education in December. So with the Civic Mission of Schools doing all of this very, very good work out in the states. The Civic Mission of Schools Campaign has two main thrusts of the campaign. One is to look at identifying and developing excellent materials in civic education. The other is to work at the policy level to make sure that the policies are in place so that once we have all these wonderful materials, and actually we have quite a few of them now, that we\x92re actually able to use them because there\x92s time in the curriculum for social studies. So we feel that that is a very, very important piece of work that we\x92re doing.

And the Alliance for Representative Democracy, the Center for Civic Education, those state organizations are also part of what\x92s going on in the campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. So we\x92re very pleased that although social studies is really in some ways facing great challenges, there\x92s also a lot of interest in what we\x92re doing, and recognition that there is a civic mission for schools.

And then finally, I\x92d like to let you know about something that we\x92re doing with the International Reading Association and the other discipline area groups: National Science Teachers Association, National Council for the Teachers of Math and National Council of Teachers of English. And we have two projects that are going on with those groups. One is literacy coaches. And we have two very fine board members who are participating in that group. They\x92re trying to set standards for literacy coaching in the content areas. Since there seems to be a lot of interest in literacy, we think there should be a lot of interest in the content that that literacy is making possible. So Chris Pratt-Consoletti and Peggy Altoff are representatives in that group and we\x92re very pleased with the work that they\x92ve been doing.

And then finally, that same group plus the National Association of Elementary School Principals is looking at the issue around i effective use of instruction time. So it\x92s a recognition that the curriculum seems to be shrinking a bit and is becoming too focused on a couple of areas of the curriculum to the detriment of our children's education. So the other discipline area groups and NCSS are sitting down to look at that. Jesus Garcia is on the Steering Committee and Jeff Passe will be part of a research group that will look at that problem.

So anyway, I think all in all things are going pretty well. We have a lot of challenges ahead of us. But I think we\x92re meeting them. And thanks to all of you for being here.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Are there any questions for either Susan or Jesus? Okay, hearing none. Oh, you do?

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Because I don\x92t want to get deposed as President, I need to introduce the Officers and the board. I forgot to do that. And I would like to keep my job. First, I\x92d like to introduce to you Jeff Passe, President-Elect. And Peggy Altoff, Vice President. And I\x92ll mention the names of the board of directors, and if you\x92re here would you stand and we can clap once I\x92m finished with the names. Dennis Banks from New York, Lynn Boyle-Baise from Indiana, Joseph Braun from California, Bruce Damasio from Maryland, David Faerber from Louisiana, Mark Finchum from Tennessee, Susan Fogarty from the great state of Florida and Syd Golston from Arizona, Diane Hart from California, Stephen Johnson from the great state of Texas, Michael Koren from Wisconsin, and Denee Mattioli from Tennessee, and Kelly Palmer from the great state of Oklahoma, Judy Parsons from Missouri, Chris Pratt Consoletti from Georgia, Eileen Sheehy from Billings, Montana, Shelly Singer from Illinois, Lynda Wagner from Rhode Island, Carol Warren from Arizona, Marsha Yoder from Florida, and Ruben Zepeda from the great state of California. Thank you.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Okay, before I introduce the next speaker, I just want to say that we\x92re running a little ahead of schedule. So when I told you that nominations would be due at 3:55, they\x92re actually going to be due a little sooner than that if that\x92s your pleasure. I don\x92t think anybody will mind getting out of here early. You object? No. I just wanted to alert that you that it\x92s going to be a little sooner than 3:55. Okay?

Next I would like to introduce the person who is in charge of the Governance Transition Team, Mr. Stephen Johnson who is the Past President of this organization and did a fine job, I might add. And he\x92s going to bring us up to speed on the progress of this committee.

Stephen Johnson, Past President: Good afternoon. This is indeed a great pleasure to be a Past President. Denee Mattioli and I have been grinning from ear to ear for quite some time and it is awesome. And Jesus is doing a wonderful job and we are very proud of him. So, we hope that you will give him full support in everything that he does and help him out and tell him that he\x92s doing a great job for us.

In the late 90s, a governance task force was formed to take a look at the organization and see what we need to do to remain an organization that meets the needs of those who are involved in social studies education. That task force met for roughly about three to four years with the members working very, very hard. That report was presented to the board of directors in February of 2003. At that time, the board accepted their report. Now listen to my wording carefully. They accepted the report. They didn\x92t necessarily say they would do everything in the report. At the same time they also suggested that we create a Governance Transition Team to see how we may be able to implement some of their suggestions.

We started this work nearly a year ago by looking at some changes that they suggested to see how the organization could improve and what we needed to do to keep up with the times and be progressive.

So at that time, we appointed a Transition Team. Some of these members are with us this afternoon. And if you would stand so that everyone in the room may see who you are. And remain standing for just a moment. The committee is made up of Gene Alameda from California Jesus Garcia, Steve Goldberg from New York. Susan Griffin was at the meeting with us. Pat Gillory is from Georgia. Myself, Dan Langden from Ohio, Jeff Passe from North Carolina, Mark Previte from Pennsylvania. Unfortunately Mark has had a death in his family and is not able to be with us this week. Denee Mattioli from Tennessee, Mary Ellen Sorenson from Massachusetts, and Michael Yocum from Michigan. Oh, and Debbie Gallagher, I\x92m sorry. Debbie Gallagher, I was kidding Debbie. Debbie was on the committee but unfortunately, as Suzie said, in September when we met, there were a few hurricanes flying around. So Debbie was not able to be with us, but we kept in contact with her by phone and we met as best that we could. I would like for you to thank these people for giving their time because they\x92ve spent a tremendous amount of effort and time.

The committee met, Washington, DC for a weekend. We were able to budget that into this year. Up until this point, we had done many things from the last time we worked on-line. That we were able to work and communicate that way and tossed around lots of ideas and many ideas were expressed. So I want you to know we were doing some things but there were some things we could not do until we actually met face to face.

One of the items that was done was a survey that went out to the membership. And that survey was asking about whether we needed an associated group for classroom teachers. This was one of the suggestions from the Governance Task Force. Michael Yocum had served on the Governance Task Force also is on the Transition Team to bring some information to us. He is a great asset to this team because he was able to explain some of the thinking behind the task force recommendations.

We looked at probably three major issues for that when we met in September. One of those was the suggestion for a Classroom Teachers Assembly. We had to think out of the box.

We did not have an overwhelming response to the surveys, but they gave the committee some information to work with. There was an interest in a Classroom Teachers Assembly with like disciplines being able to get together. However, when we looked at the results, it was clear that people were not willing to just step up and take a leadership role. The team began to think about how might organize something like this.

One ideas was that the Classroom Teacher Assembly would be an opportunity for disciplines to come together and share some common interests and concerns. It may be viewed in the beginning stages similar to a SIG. We considered how they would be able to communicate. that was the suggestion that we have come up with here. We also considered having opportunities for virtual discussions on the Internet, through chat rooms or blackboards. So that was one of the suggestions came from the the Transition Team. This may give teachers a voice and the opportunity to be heard by the board. The Governance Transition Team will continue to discuss this so called Classroom Teachers Assembly.

The second issue that was discussed with the Transition Team was the composition of the board of directors. After many hours of discussion the team came up with the following plan for a structure for the board of directors. The committee would recommend the following decision: that there would be four officers--a vice president, a president-elect, a president and a past president. There would also be four classroom teachers on the committee: one elementary, one middle and two secondary, one college, one supervisor, and six at large positions making the total of sixteen positions. We would also add one more slot for the House of Delegates Steering Committee Chair. We felt like that the HOD Steering Committee Chair was a very important position.

The rationale for going with that configuration is that research on orgaqnizations such as NCSS states that boards of directors becoming smaller in size in order to be more effective and efficient. It has also become more difficult to fill all positions each year. This plan allows for positions to be filled on a rotating basis, provides more efficient use of board members and their expertise. A smaller group allows for better mentoring of new board members. At-large positions would open to a variety of membership sub-groups including content area specialists, state department members and retirees and also allows for more physical responsibility.

The third issue that will be considered by the Transition Team is the House of Delegates. And I would like to say this very clearly so that everybody in this room understands and hears me please. That we understood that what the rumors were and thatrumors were flying. There will be a House of Delegates. It will not be done away with. There will be a House of Delegates. So we want to make sure that was clear.

The committee began to examine the role of the House of Delegates. Currently, the role has been to serve as the annual business meeting of NCSS, to celebrate awards being presented, to provide an opportunity to share social studies issues, and to elect members to committees and to confirm resolutions. The Governance Transition Team considering dividing the House into two separate sessions, considering different business in each session. Day one, for example, affiliate councils would have discussions on issues accecting their organizations similar to the agenda of the Summer Leadership Instutite. It could also host the forum for candidates have.

There may also eb an opportunity in this meeting for the board of directors to answer questions presented by the House of Delegates. Often it seems that we do not have that two way street where the board of directors are able to answer questions that the House may have. This could create more communication between the two bodies. Delegates would discuss issues and resolutions. The idea would be that people would be able to come, they would be able to talk about issues that were important, current social studies strategies, things that were of grave importance to this organization. It also allows for the board of directors and the Steering Committee to identify issues of national importance to social studies.

Day two, could be the business of the organization. We are required by our charter to t have a business meeting and day two were serve this function.

The structure of the House of Delegates is also being considered. The idea would be that we not only have just the people that are representing councils, but also include opportunities for SIGS, Committees and associated groups. It would broaden the opportunity for people to have a voice within the organization and to be heard. So it would give more voice to the various constituencies withing the organization by expanding the membership of the House of Delegates.

Our rationale is that board of directors would have an opportunity to answer questions from the House of Delegates thus creating closer relationship between the two groups. It would allow for more in-depth discussion of current issues among the membership, and by enlarging the number of participants, more voices might be heard. And it also works within the strategic plan of National Council for Social Studies.

Structure of the National Council for the Social Studies committees, which would be what I would say is number, is number four were not discussed because President Jesus Garcia asked the committees to make suggestions. We wanted to hear from the committees first before the team discussed this issue and provided information about whether they saw needs for structural changes, and what they saw as the strengths of their committees.

So those were the basically four things that we discussed. There was lots of discussion. The Governance Transition Team will be meeting on Saturday afternoon. We wanted to meet after that second House of Delegates from 2:00 - 5:00 in the St. George Room in the Renaissance Hotel. It is on the sixth floor. That again is from 2:00 - 5:00 Saturday afternoon at the St. George Room in the Renaissance Hotel and it\x92s on the sixth floor. If you have questions we\x92ll be more than happy to answer those questions for you at that time. Thank you.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: I believe that the Nominations Committee would like to see the candidates outside at this point. So if you could excuse yourselves for that. And I\x92m going to introduce Gail Thieman who is the chairperson of the Assignment Committee to give her report. This committee is one of the important things that we do. People apply to serve on the various committees of the entire organization, not our committees. But this committee\x92s job is to place those candidates hopefully in the positions that they want, but try to balance it geographically, by job title and so forth. And when you see the, when you see the report, what you will see is that there are some blank spots there. So if you see an area that says vacant and it\x92s something that you would like to do, I would urge you to contact President Garcia who would now at this point have to make an appointment to that committee to fill that slot. So if Gail is here.

Gail Thieman, Chair, Assignment Committee: First of all, I want to thank all of the members of the Assignments Committee who worked very collaboratively and very efficiently to choose these nominations for your consideration. And I do want to say again that we did not have enough applicants to fill all of the positions. So we really need to go back to our states and encourage people to apply. We also tried very hard to make sure that all of the nominations fit with the applicants requests. Sometimes a person didn\x92t get their first choice because we had a variety of people all choosing the same committee. But we wanted to make sure it was your first or second choice. And we also looked at the strengths of the applicants.

For Awards Committee, Terry Ritchey from Virginia. For Conference Committee Jane Brailsford, South Carolina, and Lee Morganette from Indiana. Curriculum Committee: Kenneth DiMasi from Arizona, Minerva Caples from Washington state. Government Relations: David Chapel from California and Clifford R.P. Hong from New York. Instruction Committee: John Larmer from California, Neil Deason from Colorado. International Activities: Ifikhar Ahmad from New York and John Schembar from New Jersey. Membership Committee: Brandy Reazor from Maryland. Publications Committee: Ely Lesser from Pennsylvania. Research Committee: Elizabeth Ten Dyke from New York. Teacher Education: Kim Creasy from Pennsylvania. And thank you very much.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: I\x92m going to ask Kay to go back through these slides for you because I want you to be able to see which ones commmittees have vacancies vacant in case you would like to apply for any of those. We have vacancies in Academic Freedom, Archives, Assessment, Awards, Membership. And you can see that Membership is very important. That\x92s part of the lifeblood of this organization. Public Relations, Publications, Research and Teacher Ed. So I would really encourage you if you have any interest at all, submit your name. Just as in our government, committees are what make things happen. And so we really would like you to be a part of that.

Now, at this point I would like you, if you have nominations to submit, just give them to us. Is that correct? You should keep one of the copies because the person that\x92s, we get two, okay and you get one. You need the one so that the person that\x92s going to speak about you will have something to speak from. So the committee members are going to be collecting those. One more reminder, what we\x92re doing right now is collecting nominations for the House of Delegates Committees. You keep the pink form, we take the white and the yellow form. If you need a member of the Steering Committee to come to you just raise your hand.

Our parliamentarian has pointed out to us that we need to formally accept the slate that the Assignment Committee presented to us. So if I could have a vote of aye for all those who accept. Their report is the motion. And because it comes from a committee it doesn\x92t need a second. But we need all in favor of this report? Opposed? Abstention? Thank you.

Okay at this point, I would like to introduce to you the chairman of the Resolutions Committee, Doug Lynch. I believe that they have passed out the latest version. Is that what was being done? And he will talk to you about that.

Doug Lynch, Chair, Resolutions Committee: If you don\x92t have a copy of the resolutions there are a few more up here.

The protocol is that today I will read the resolve part of the resolutions and then tomorrow we will discuss the resolutions. If one desires to either submit a resolution from the floor, or to make an amendment to any of these resolutions, then you need to use the form. There are some blank forms around so that we can edit them up here. So no, no new resolutions may be submitted unless they are in writing. And no amendments may be made unless they are in writing.

Okay, the first one, the title is Teaching American History Grant Funding.

Be it resolved that NCSS board of directors advocate that the U.S. Congress continue funding professional development grant opportunities for not only the teaching American History grants but also to develop other grant programs to address other areas within the social sciences and humanities and that this funding become a permanent item under federal education funding.

Second one, NAEP Social Studies Testing.

BE IT RESOLVED if not already completed:

1) NCSS encourage all state councils to request that the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) include twelfth grade assessments in social studies content areas that include desegregated data.

2) NCSS notify the Secretary of Education and related officials of the U.S. Department of Education concerning the NCSS position on this issue.

3) NCSS contact the members of the Senate and House Education Committees and notify them of their position.

4) NCSS notify other organizations including but not limited to NCHE, CCE, OAH, AHA of this position.

5) And NCSS be encouraged to contact appropriate media outlets regarding its position on national social studies testing.

NCLB Date Gathering Survey Resolution.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS should provide opportunities for state councils to collect anecdotes and statistics for the 2005 NCSS Summer Leadership Institute to deliver to legislators and request their support for the inclusion of the social studies as a core academic area in NCLB.

The resolution: End the Occupation Now.

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As in dock workers or school worker and student strikes against the war.

And then The Commendation for the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies and It\x92s Political Partners.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the members of the HOD, the NCSS board of directors, and the NCSS officers commend the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies for its act of participation in the legislative process leading to changes in the social studies standards.

So tomorrow is when we discuss these. And as I said, any changes need to be in writing. And as the mics are set up here, initially one person speaks in favor of the resolution and then a person speaks against it. And there are some rules that are written in your HOD Manual as far as procedure. Thank you.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you very much Doug.

Now it\x92s time for the fun part. It\x92s time for you to introduce yourselves as candidates and for you to be spoken for by your nominators. You\x92re going to just line up at the microphones with the nominator and the nominee. And I want you to please identify yourself, the nominator, and be very clear what position you are seeking and what state you\x92re from. Please. So if you would come up to the microphones at this point. This is just an introduction. This is not a full fledged speech.

Male Speaker: Which committees are submitting nominees for the House of Delegates?

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Yes, these are the ones that you just passed in to the Steering Committee. I am sorry. Yes. This is not the candidates that are running for the national offices. These are the House committees for Assignment, Steering and Resolutions.

Okay, what we\x92ll do is we\x92ll just rotate back and forth from each microphone. So since I am right-handed we\x92ll start on this side.

Steve Goldberg, NY: Hi, I\x92m Steve Goldberg, past president of the New York State Council. It\x92s my pleasure to nominate Bob Dytell from New York for the Steering Committee.

Steve Goldberg, NY: Okay. Bob is the current president of the New York State Council and past president of ATSS/UFT which is the New York City Local. He is also chairman of the Greater Metropolitan New York Social Studies Conference. He\x92s been a resident here of HOD for six years. He serves as a consultant for the New York City board of Education, having also been a social studies teacher and supervisor for thirty years, and an adjunct in social studies methods. And we encourage your election to the Steering Committee. Bob Dytel.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you. Thank you.

Chris Pratt-Consoletti, GA: Hi, I\x92m Chris Pratt-Consoletti. I\x92m on the board of directors and I am also on the Georgia Council for Social Studies. And it is my great pleasure to nominate Lois Wolfe for the Resolutions Committee. Lois is past president of the Georgia Leadership Association for Social Studies. She is the president-elect for the Georgia Council of Social Studies. This is her second year on the House of Delegates. She is on the State Curriculum Advisory board in Georgia. She\x92s on the Georgia Geographic Alliance Steering board. And she\x92s also Georgia Economics Coordinator. She is very eager to serve on the Resolutions Committee and she hopes to have a positive effect in changing social studies, putting it back in its rightful place. Georgia, excuse me, Lois received a million dollar grant for her Henry County for Teaching American History Grant. She is a Fulbright Scholar. She is a Ph.D. in social studies education. She is Social Studies Coordinator for K-12 in the Metro Atlanta area. She is working with Carole Hahn on the IEA Civic Project. She is currently working in social studies research on Brown vs. Board: An Oral History. And she\x92s thirty one years in social studies. Thank you.

Mark Finchum, TN: I\x92m Mark Finchum. I\x92m on the board of directors for the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies as well as the National Council for the Social Studies. I\x92d like to introduce to you Gloria McElroy from Tennessee. She is a member of our state council and serving as our treasurer at this time. And she has presented on the state level numerous times. She has been a member of NCSS since 1995. She has served on the Professional Development Committee and is currently serving on the Conference Committee. She has been a House of Delegates member for three years and she has presented at NCSS eight times. She has her EDS from the University of Tennessee and has participated in the NEH Summer Institute and the Guilder Layman Summer Institute. She currently teaches AP Economics and Government and CP Economics and Government. Gloria McElroy.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Which committee?

Mark Finchum, TN I\x92m sorry. That is for the Assignment Committee.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you.

Christine Allen, OR: I\x92m Christine Allen from Oregon and I would like to nominate Greg Timmons from the Oregon Council for the Resolutions Committee. And Greg is a board member for Oregon Council. He has contributed to the development and editing of the web byte as well as the new Oregon Council website. He has participated in the Summer Leadership, NCSS Summer Leadership Institute, helped to craft one of the resolutions that has been presented. He is a new delegate. He has twenty five years experience in the classroom teaching, serving on professional committees in the district and in the state. He is the executive director of a non-profit organization organizing national institutes and workshops. Greg Timmons.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you.

Sharon, Pope, TX: My name is Sharon Pope. I\x92m president-elect of the Texas Council for the Social Studies. It\x92s with great pride that my colleagues and I from the front rows of the Texas Delegation introduce for the Steering Committee, our president Linda Massey. She\x92s president of the Texas Council. She has served in other officer positions with our council as well as masterfully chairing some very, very difficult committee assignments that we\x92ve experienced in our state including Textbooks and Membership. She has served as a delegate to the House of Delegates and has been a familiar face to all of you in NCSS since the early nineties. Linda is a classroom teacher. She has been teaching for thirty three years in both middle school and high school. Currently teaching high school U.S. History. She\x92s been awarded the outstanding Texas American History Teacher Award and she\x92s been active in the Dallas Council for the Social Studies in Texas. Please consider for the Steering Committee our president Linda Massey.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you.

Greg Timmons, OR: My name is Greg Timmons. I\x92m Oregon Council for the Social Studies board member. I\x92m here to nominate Christine Allen on the Assignment Committee. Christine has been an active educator for thirty six years, president of the Williamette Valley Council, member of the OCSS board of directors, exhibits chair for OCSS Fall Conference, member of the Website and the Membership Committees. She\x92s been in the House of Delegates since 1978, thirty two years as a classroom teacher, curriculum developer, and educational consultant, has been the program director for the Oregon, excuse me, the Oregon High School Model U.N. Association. So it is with great pride that I nominate my colleague, Christine Allen for the Assignment Committee.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you very much. Fred.

Fred Isele, Illinois: Hello, Fred Isele from the Illinois Council. I am proud to present for your consideration Margo Byerly for the Steering Committee. Margo, this is her thirtieth year as an NCSS member and professional educator. She\x92s been an elementary teacher. She\x92s been on the board of directors for the Illinois and the Indiana Councils for the Social Studies. She\x92s been our newsletter editor in Indiana and in Illinois. And also, she\x92s been a faculty member at Ball State and is now with me at Western Illinois University. So I\x92d be honored if you could vote for Margo Byerly for Steering Committee. Thank you.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you.

Roger West, Nevada: Good afternoon. My name is Roger West and I am the president-elect for the Southern Nevada Council for the Social Studies and it is my great pleasure to welcome Jesus Garcia our president from UNLV. But also all three of us from Nevada this year are first year delegates. And so it is, it is because of that it is my pleasure to nominate a comrade from the north. I grew up in the north part of Nevada. And she is part of a great thing.

We look up there and we see all these blanks for assignment members. And Susan Davis was part of a founding committee last year that took, if you know the geography of Nevada, which I know you all do, we have eight hours of sage brush between Las Vegas and Reno. And we were just facing a lot of problems with communication and just getting, getting things done. And we decided last year that we needed two councils. And Susan Davis headed up the committee to make that happen. And so I can\x92t think of a better person to, to be part of the Assignment Committee. Her twenty five years in the classroom, starting an AP Program at her high school. She is now the project director for, and she received and wrote the Teaching American History grant for Wasso County School District. Please think of her when you\x92re thinking of the Assignment Committee. I think she has shown herself to be the type of person that can not only choose good people but also get good people to be involved. Thank you.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you.

Female Speaker: Good afternoon. It is my extreme pleasure and honor as first vice president of California Council for the Social Studies to nominate Sandra Burdette for the Steering Committee. Sandra\x92s been very busy in California. She\x92s been on our board of directors for eight years. She\x92s been Membership and Government Relations chair, annual conference chair and she has served as president of our state council not once but twice when our VP had to step down for some personal reasons. Sandra has really carried the ball for us in California in a big way. She has attended the NCSS Summer Leadership Institute three times, so she\x92s ready. She\x92s more than ready. And she\x92s been a middle school teacher/educator for thirty seven years. Of course, and wonderful expertise in that area. And now works for the California Department of Education. We are very honored and welcome your support for Sandra Burdette for Steering Committee.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you.

Dorsee Johnson Tucker, CO: I\x92m Dorsee Johnson Tucker from the state of Colorado and I\x92m very pleased to introduce to you Peggy Jackson from the New Mexico Council. She would like to be on the Steering Committee. Peg has been very active in the State Council of New Mexico serving on the board for five years, having been president and also council chair for their two state conferences and since I also dothat I understand how busy that can make a person. She comes to you with having gone to the Leadership Institute in \x9203 and she is a nationally certified teacher. One of the few in the Western United States. And she hopes to promote that for more teachers. She also is working on her second Masters degree, being a James Madison Fellow. She is eager to serve and I hope you will give her the opportunity.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you.

Shelly Singer, IL: I\x92m Shelly Singer, board member and member of the Illinois Council and I would like to put, place Roslyn Fishman\x92s name in nomination for the Resolutions Committee. Roslyn is a board member of the Indiana Council. She is president of the Indiana Council. She\x92s done numerous presentations at NCSS annual conference. She\x92s been a consultant to the World Bank, C-Span, Carnegie Institute on Choices, Congressional Educator of the Year, Hoosier Educator of the Year, and helped to write the Indiana Social Studies Standards. Thank you.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you. Well, I think I should change jobs and become a salesperson because look at that slate of candidates folks. Give them a big hand. This is exciting. Okay.

Next, we are going to introduce to you the candidates who are going to run for NCSSVice President and board of directors. And so to take care of that business, I\x92m going to introduce you to Sue Blanchett and someone who doesn\x92t need any introduction, Denee Mattioli who were the co-chairs of the Nominations Committee. Thank you.

Sue Blanchett, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee: Well obviously I\x92m Sue Blanchett because you all know who Denee is. I am past president of Texas Council and the current Co-Chair for Nominations. We are delighted that, to present to you a full slate of candidates. The Nominations Committee met in Chicago in August and debated and discussed and went through a list of candidates that is spectacular. And we hope that you will be as pleased and impressed with them as we were.

Before we do that I would like to introduce and thank the members of the committee. Those of you that are here if you could stand and wave as I call your name. Co-chair for this committee Denee Mattioli, over there. Sari Bennett, she\x92s downstairs, thank you. Suzie Burroughs, Jonah Flores. Fred Isle. And Barbara Slater Stern. .

As I\x92m sure all of you know by now, this committee is no longer nominated by the House of Delegates. It is appointed by the President of NCSS. And one of the things that was done was to reduce it in size to make it a little bit more workable. The immediate Past President of NCSS, Denee is the Co-Chair and then the committee elects a second co-chair to handle this. One of the charges I would give to this group for next year is to start now looking at your state councils, your local councils and let\x92s start lining up the candidates for next year because we have a sterling group this year and we want another sterling group next year.

There are a couple of changes from, if you\x92ve gotten your Social Studies Professional you saw the list of candidates. And there are a couple of changes from that list. In the elementary school, David Hale had to drop because he changed jobs and was no longer eligible. And so we\x92ve added Linda Krause. And on the secondary we also have a drop and Dorsee Johnson Tucker has been added.

The rules for this engagement are thus: The vice presidential candidates each get five minutes and over here we have the time keeper and he will wave a one minute notice for them. And at five minutes, I don\x92t know will you throw yourself in front of them or something? He\x92s going to throw the signs at him okay. He\x92s going to yell "time." Okay. And we would request on all of you that when he yells time, you may finish your sentence, and then smile sweetly, say thank you, and go away.

Okay, we\x92re going to start with the vice presidential candidates in alphabetical order. From Washington, Gail Thieman.

Gail Thieman, WA:

Good afternoon. Over the years I\x92ve 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 state speaking to issues; as chair of the Membership Committee; applauding your recruitment of new members in the Each One, Reach One campaign and inviting you to join me at the first timer\x92s session. I\x92ve stood before you as a member of the board of directors and the Executive Committee and most recently as chair of FASSE exhorting you to support the fund. Now I stand before you once again, as a candidate for Vice President, a dream I have nurtured in the corner of my heart for many years.

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 levels. Now at Portland State University I teach social studies teachers and I lead cohorts of pre-service teachers, and I also write grants to fund my work in the public schools. Leadership is the art of visioning the impossible and working collaboratively to help individuals and organizations achieve more than they thought possible. In my work on NCSS committees, I am known for my conclusive style, collaborative leadership and ability to transform ideas into action. As NCSS 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 my colleagues and I work to help, I work actively to involve them. My diverse experiences as a classroom teacher, administrator, consultant, and now assistant professor enable me to understand the work life and challenges and network with different constituencies in NCSS.

Communication. I will share my energy and enthusiasm for social studies and be a strong advocate for NCSS.

Commitment to diversity. I celebrate the increasing diversity of our nation and the need to build on the strengths of our diverse student population.

Council development. Having been council president in two states, I understand the needs of state councils in program development, membership, marketing and publications.

Membership development. As Membership Committee chair I helped establish goals for NCSS and for underrepresented groups within our organization.

Fundraising. As FASSE chair I helped set a goal of a hundred thousand dollars and worked collaboratively with all of you. And I\x92m pleased to report that over the three and a half years of the campaign we\x92ve increased the fund by over sixty percent and we awarded a ten thousand dollar grant for social studies research in collaboration with CUFA this year.

And finally, leadership. As a previous NCSS board and Executive Committee member and long time HOD delegate, I understand the history and needs of NCSS.

Today\x92s social studies educators face many challenges. Demographic shifts among K-12 students that we teach and within the teaching force itself; reduced resources and increased accountability; marginalization of our profession as social studies disciplines are being squeezed out in elementary and middle school and restricted to a few core subjects in many high schools; loss of new teachers who leave the profession; and the challenge of bridging the digital divide and incorporating technology as a tool of learning for all students.

Both the NCSS Strategic Plan and the report of the Governance Task Forcerespond 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 as an organization and as a nation; create partnerships with professionals at all grade levels and academic disciplines; advocate for social studies as a core subject for all students; lobby for resources and professional development; and be viewed as a respected source for credible information and expertise.

To accomplish this vision as NCSS Vice President, I will work to expand professional development opportunities and communicate to policymakers at all levels the vital role that social studies plays in creating tomorrow\x92s citizens. In an era of standards and high-stakes testing, NCSS must provide a forum for dialog to channel testing into constructive improvement so that it does not burden teachers. It\x92s essential to pre-services and collaboration, collaborate with affiliate councils and associated groups. We should capitalize on outstanding publications and award-wining web site to be the premiere voice for social studies and for teachers. As Vice President I would work tirelessly, enthusiastically, and collaboratively to achieve this vision.

Sue Blanchett, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee: From Wisconsin, Michael Yell.

Michael Yell, WI: Good afternoon. My name is Michael Yell and when the doors of the Hudson Middle School reopen this coming August, to usher in the 2005-2006 school year, I\x92ll be ushering in my thirtieth year in education. Although, for the past eight years I\x92ve been happily hanging with my little peeps, the seventh graders, teaching them history. In the pay, my past experience includes teaching every social science discipline plus numerous history, geography, interdisciplinary courses in every grade. In 1998 I was, I received the NCSS Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award, Middle Level. And last year I received my National Board Certification.

When I first entered NCSS as a young teacher, I realized that this was a place that would help me grow in what I do. And since that time I\x92ve increased my involvement in terms of writing for both the National Council and Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies. In terms of writing, I do the state newsletter, numerous publications for the state, articles for Social Education, the newest bulletin, and this I\x92m pretty proud of, from NCSS. Rush down to the bookstore.

And in my classroom experience, I came to the realization that teaching social studies well was to embrace inquiry that never ends. NCSS will be the vehicle for all social studies teachers to get, to have the resources, and the opportunities, and the tools, and the ideas to embrace that inquiry on their own. NCSS can be the vehicle, will be the vehicle to make certain that all our students receive a social studies education that broadens their horizons, deepens their understanding of the past and the present, and readies them for the challenges of the new millennium.

If I am fortunate to be elected to this position, I\x92ll charge myself in working with the staff, working with governance, and working with the membership to realize this vision in a number of ways. First of all, I think to explore new ways to bring more teachers, particularly new teachers and underrepresented groups into NCSS and to let them know that NCSS, they have a home. They have community in which they can grow.

Secondly, to strengthen our already powerful publications with the addition and the launching of a middle school journal and a new series of teacher resource guides for the new people coming into our profession similar to what us oldies but goodies remember as the How-To-Do-It Series.

Three, to expand learning opportunities for all teachers, for all our social studies teachers in a number of ways: through our publications, by looking at our workshops, possibly expanding our workshops to online communities, through learning communities within the organization.

And finally, by working to bridge a gap between theory and practice, between the university and the classroom. I feel that the wisdom of practice and the wisdom of theory and research must go hand-in-hand. And, finally, to work to improve the dialog in what is sometimes a fractured social studies community. To bring us together I think under the one thing that can unify us all, and that\x92s a better education for our students.

NCSS has been my professional home and if I am fortunate to get this position, I would work to have it become a professional home of all social studies teachers because these are our people and this is where they belong. Thank you very much.

Sue Blanchett, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee: From California, Ruben Zepeda.

Ruben Zepeda, CA: Good afternoon. My name is Ruben Zepeda and I am running for the office of NCSS Vice President. And I am asking each and everyone of you for your vote and for your help so that I may continue to serve you and the members of NCSS as I have on numerous committees, the NCSS board of directors and on the NCSS Executive Committee. For the last twenty years my professional life has been shaped by my experiences as a social studies teacher at the middle school and high school levels, as a professor and teacher of social studies methods classes, as an author, as a doctoral student, and currently as an instructional advisory director of a Teaching American History grant, Cirrus Learning and the Civic Mission of Schools initiatives in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

In each of these capacities no institution or group of people have played a greater role in supporting me or in helping me become the social studies professional that I am today. But I have to say that what I have learned, I\x92ve learned from my professional home in the Southern California Social Science Association, the California Council for Social Studies, and of course the National Council for Social Studies.

Now as in the past fifteen years in this House of Delegates I appreciate the opportunity to share with you my thoughts and my priorities and the perspectives I have worked for and I will continue to promote if I am elected. I, like you, share a passion and conviction to ensure that every student in urban, suburban and rural schools across the United States receives a high quality and engaging social studies education in an effort to help us educate for an informed citizenry. This is our mission and NCSS must continue to make this its number one priority.

You and I know that current policies promoting a basic education, test scores and an unreasonable accountability systems are misguided when they exclude the social studies and when they exclude the voices of teachers and social studies professionals. We must work together to create better policy decisions. We have two great examples of this, of what we can accomplish when we organize for this effort. The first can be found in the political success in the great state of Minnesota where extremist views were defeated on issues of public policy, political appointment and standard adoption. The second is found in the great state of Florida, also to my right, where support for strengthening the NAEP has captured the attention of congressional leaders and NAGBE, the board responsible for NAEP. We should take heart that the principles of representative democracy will work for us as we plan for the future if we remain vigilant.

We should also continue to improve the programs of NCSS so that they support our commitment to multiple perspectives, diversity, equity and social justice. I ask you today, what can be do to close the achievement gap among various student groups? Between the wealthy and our economically distressed students? Between those who speak English as their home language and those that speak non-standard dialects of English or those who are English language learners? I ask you today, how can we draw upon the expertise of our colleagues at college and university scholars especially our CUFA members? We need the research and the data that informs us and others as to the best instructional practices that our teachers can implement, use and build upon as they teach our students the knowledge, dispositions and participatory skills required to live in a free society.

We also need to build stronger partnerships with those with whom work on the Civic Mission of Schools. We are stronger and more effective when we join forces with our friends in disciplines of social sciences and the humanities and civic education and with our colleagues in the field of teacher education.

In closing, I want you to know that it\x92s been an honor and privilege to serve you. Thank you.

Sue Blanchett, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee: As you can see, we have three very strong candidates. Unfortunately, you can only vote for one of them. Okay. Now we\x92re going to introduce the elementary school candidates for the board of directors. The first one from Texas, Linda Krause.

Linda Krause, TX: I\x92m one of those folks that this is my first time to be here at the House of Delegates. I see some old friends from different national seminars that I\x92ve been to, We The People. And that\x92s the great part about, our group here is that you do get to make friends. I\x92ve been an elementary teacher for twenty eight years in Lewisville, TX which is north of the Dallas Fort Worth Airport. And there just aren\x92t many elementary people getting involved because we teach everything. So I\x92ve always loved social studies. So when I heard that there was actually a council a few years back, I joined. And when I joined my local council and found out we had a Texas Council and when they said, Hey would you like to do something, well I did. And I served on the Textbook Committee which sounded easy at the time but it wasn\x92t. And then after we got our textbooks adopted then I decided I would go to something else. And we were, this year I\x92m on the Teacher Standards, another one with a few elementary teachers. Thank you.

Sue Blanchett, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee: From Wisconsin, Sally Jo Michalko.

Sally Jo Michalko, WI: Hi, I\x92m a first grade teacher from Waukesha, Wisconsin. And I have also served as executive director of the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies as well as on the NCSS Awards Committee and the Carter G. Woodson Book Selection Committee.

Social studies has always been the heart and soul of this elementary curriculum. Unfortunately, No Child Left Behind legislation has driven school districts to target financial resources and professional development opportunities in the areas of reading and math while social studies has been on the back burner. NCSS has an important role to play here. I am honored to have been nominated and I\x92d be proud to provide another elementary voice to the board. Thank you.

Sue Blanchett, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee: And from those two fine ladies, you get to pick one. Middle School level from South Carolina, Barbara Hairfield.

Barbara Hairfield, SC: Good afternoon. I\x92m Barbara Hairfield from Charleston, South Carolina. I\x92ve been a middle school teacher for twenty one years and I would like to tell you that my involvement in social studies education outside of my classroom has been just as important as my involvement with social studies instruction inside my classroom. I\x92ve been active on the county level with teacher development, on the state level as a curriculum leader in social studies, and with local colleges, with teacher preparation programs. I would be proud to serve as a strong voice and an advocate for the special issues in middle level education. Thank you.

Sue Blanchett, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee: From Tennessee, Rickey Laviano.

Rickey Laviano, TN: Good afternoon. I am Rickey Laviano and I\x92d like to thank you for this opportunity to run for the board of directors. I hold a Masters degree in social science education and a Bachelor\x92s degree in theater with a minor in sociology. So as you can tell I chose to go into social studies after having experienced another field. I feel that it is imperative for promoting our culture and raising responsible citizens. Due to increasing standards and testing , we need to ensure that social studies is not left out of the curriculum. Therefore, I\x92ve taken on leadership roles that emphasize and revitalize our field. One example of this was last year when I restructured the entire social studies curriculum for all middle school educators in my school system.

I believe that I have a lot to offer NCSS since I am part of the current middle school environment and am quite aware of the issues facing our schools today. In addition, I will contribute a young fresh perspective to the board of directors as well as bring passion, vitality, and creativity to the position. Again, I thank you for this opportunity.

Sue Blanchett, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee: And from these two ladies, you get to choose one also. On the secondary level, Stephen Armstrong from Connecticut is not here. He became ill, had to cancel out his presentations, and could not even make it down here. But he will be here also. From Colorado, we have Dorsee Johnson Tucker.

Dorsee Johnson Tucker, CO: Good afternoon. I think we are all in the same frame of mind about the attack on the social studies curriculum. Social studies has been my passion for my entire teaching career. And I have served at the state level and the district level. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve on the National Council board as we continue to provide the leadership to save social studies curriculum in our schools. Thank you.

Sue Blanchett, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee: From Texas, Carol Wolfe.

Carol Wolfe, TX: I\x92m Carol Wolfe and I\x92ve been a classroom teacher for thirty nine years, having served from the Texas Council for Social Studies board for fifteen or sixteen years and various NCSS committees. I would love the opportunity to serve you and return to NCSS some of the valuable things that I have gained from them. Thank you.

Sue Blanchett, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee: And we will be electing two secondary people from this group. College and University, from Louisiana, Paul Nagel.

Paul Nagel, LA: I want to thank the committee for nominating me. I have worked hard, both in Texas and in Louisiana attracting new and young members to the Council. As a college and university faculty member I have seen a rise in alternative certification. And we are now faced with inexperienced, alternative certified teachers in our classroom. NCSS needs to work hard at providing the guidance and the leadership for these alternative certified teachers. As college faculty on the board of directors, I will strive to make inroads to provide that support that these alternative certified teachers need. Thank you.

Sue Blanchett, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee: From Nevada, Cathy Obenchain.

Cathy Obenchain, NV: Hi, I\x92m Cathy Obenchain and I thank you for your nomination. I\x92m an associate professor at the University of Nevada-Reno working with pre-service and in-service social studies teachers. Prior to that I was a secondary social studies teacher for several years in Logansport, Indiana.

As you\x92ve heard, we continue to need to make the case for social studies in our nation\x92s schools. And in a heightened era of high-stakes tests and accountability, we must provide evidence that social studies matters in the lives of kids. Much of my research is based in elementary and secondary social studies classroom with teachers and kids. And these projects have been designed in collaboration with classroom teachers. One of my goals is to promote this collaborative research as one powerful way to provide that evidence. Thank you.

Sue Blanchett, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee: And there will be one person elected from the college and university group. In the other professional category, from New York, Steve Goldberg.

Steve Goldberg, NY: Good afternoon. I guess I never considered myself an other. I wasn\x92t quite certain what that really means. I\x92ve been a social studies educator in New York for thirty-four years as a high school teacher, as a K-12 district coordinator, as a consultant to our state education department, and as an adjunct in social studies ed, past president of the New York State Council. I\x92ve served on numerous NCSS committees. And last year, many of you may remember, I chaired these proceedings at the House of Delegates in Chicago. And I\x92m currently a member of the Governance Transition Team.

The lack of national recognition of the priority of a strong social studies programs is perhaps our most significant issue. Without social studies, students will not comprehend the meaning of the Brown decision, or the genocide currently taking place in the Sudan. They will not acquire the habits of mind to preserve the democratic institutions and values which are currently under global attack. The implied relegation of social studies as a secondary subject under NCLB has impacted state legislation, budgets and so forth. Thank you very much and give me the chance to work for you as a voice for social studies nationally. Thank you.

Sue Blanchett, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee: From South Carolina, Leslie Skinner.

Leslie Skinner, SC: Good afternoon. I\x92m Leslie Wallace Skinner and I hold a Masters degree in secondary ed-social studies and a Ph.D. in American History. And I\x92m honored to be a candidate for the category of other. It kind of describes my life in social studies as a matter of fact. I\x92m delighted to be in that category because that really describes the kinds of things that I have found myself doing in social studies.

If you look at my biography, it\x92s not really a resume, but it\x92s a summary, I think, of the issues that concern us all. That would be content, curriculum, instruction, teacher education, professional development, and the area through which the public determines our validity, that would be assessment. With a long history of and a current involvement in all of these areas, I feel I would represent all of our diverse interests and our common concerns well. And I would appreciate your support. Thank you.

Sue Blanchett, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee: And in this category as well, only one gets to be elected. Finally, we have the FASSE board. From Wisconsin, Walt Hersher.

Walt Hersher, WI: Good afternoon. I taught for quite a few years before semi-officially retiring. Since retirement I\x92ve also been teaching adjunct in various colleges, etc. Essentially trying to say you don\x92t quit being a social studies teacher. I\x92ve been involved in both state and national committees like Sally. I\x92m executive director for WCSS.

Sue Blanchett, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee: Renay Scott from Michigan.

Renay Stott, MI: It is a great privilege to serve the Michigan CSS as its president. However, I\x92m interested in running for the FASSE board because I believe that I can bring experience and ideas from the private in the business sector regarding endowments, estates, and fundraising with the goal of strengthening the fund and expanding opportunities in education and research in the area of social studies.

My experience as a treasurer of various professional organizations, my responsibilities in running a five million dollar annual teacher education department budget, but most importantly, my desire to advance excellent programming and research in social studies education has led me to be interested in being part of the FASSE board and I\x92d like to ask you for your vote. Thank you.

Sue Blanchett, Co-Chair, Nominations Committee: Again, don\x92t we have a wonderful slate of candidates? Please give them all a hand. All of the candidates will be doing a receiving line, for lack of a better term, in the foyer after the House of Delegates finishes today so that you can meet and greet and talk to them personally. Please avail yourself of that opportunity and please vote and get everybody else to vote too. Thank you very much.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Oh, I\x92d really like to thank Sue and Denee for the marvelous job, and their whole committee, for the great job that they have done.

Okay, we\x92re almost done but we have a couple of housekeeping things yet to do. I\x92d like Paul Horne to come up and talk a little bit about the nominations. Now these are nominations for the House of Delegates committees.

Paul Horne, HOD Steering Committee" At the end of this session I would like to ask the following folks to meet up here with me please. Gloria McElroy from Tennessee, Linda Massey from Texas, Sandra Burdette from California, Peggy Jackson from New Mexico, and Margo Byerly from Illinois. If they would come up and their nominators after this session is over to meet with me, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: And one last pitch, remember if you are filling those evaluation forms out as we go along, then there won\x92t be a big push to do it at the end. So I\x92m going to nag you about that because we really do care how you\x92re feeling about the process. Let me turn it over to our wonderful president.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: To finish this up here.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Reminder to delegates that the second session of the House of Delegates will be at 8:00pm, 8:00am sorry, 8:00am, am here in this room. There will be coffee served but no food. So leave yourself some time to grab some food before you come to the meeting.

Voting will take place at 8:22am. Why? I don\x92t know. All right? Are there any other issues to come to the House? Hearing none, I adjourn \x91til tomorrow at 8:00am. Thank you.

One last announcement, don\x92t forget, we have our keynote speaker at 5:00 Gary Wills, Pulitzer Prize Historian in the ballroom. Thank you.

--++Session II, November 2004 Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Good morning, good morning. I\x92d like to call the House to order and begin by having a moment of silence for three distinguished social studies educators that we lost this year and also for the tragedy in the Denny Schillings family. As many of you know, this year we lost Jack Allen, Bernie Cohen, Richard Gross, and Denny Schillings lost his daughter and his future son-in-law. And let\x92s have a moment of silence please. Thank you.

Delegates should turn in their evaluation forms at the end of today\x92s session to your delegation chair. And we\x92d like to begin now with Each One, Reach One. And I\x92ll turn things over to Susan Fogarty, Suzie.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Good morning. I\x92m certainly glad to see such a nice turn out. I want to remind you that we\x92re going to be taking the vote at 8:22. So everybody needs to be inside because at that time the doors will be closed.

We would like to recognize those members of NCSS who have been very instrumental in bringing in new members. The program Each One, Reach One recognizes those people and for each member, new member that you bring in, your name is put into a drawing for a free plane ticket anywhere in the continental United States. So we have some slides showing the names of those people and how many members they brought in. Pretty impressive I would say. And thank you all for your hard work.

Next, we would like to recognize those councils that are Gold and Silver Councils. We\x92re going to begin with the Silver Councils. President Garcia is going to hand out these awards. We\x92re going to ask that you wait for picture taking until after the session. He\x92s willing to remain here and you can have as many pictures as you want. But we would like, this is one of the ways that we are attempting to make sure that things have nice flow and that we don\x92t get behind time. So when we call your name, if someone from your council would please come up and accept this award. This award is based on joint membership. I mean there are a lot of criteria, but essentially, it\x92s joint membership between your affiliate and NCSS and showing an increase in that number.

Okay, starting with the Silver Star Councils: Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, New York state, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and finally Wisconsin.

Gosh, I feel like I\x92m reading out names in a beauty pageant. You\x92re Miss Wisconsin, that\x92s right. Okay. Let\x92s have a hand for the Silver Star Councils.

Okay, for the highest honor, we have the Gold Star Councils. Now let me see if I can get this out. The Association of Teachers of Social Studies/United Federation of Teachers New York City (How did I do on that?), California, (dear to my heart) Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Middle States, Missouri, North Carolina, Prince Georges County, and last but not least South Carolina. And there we have it ladies and gentlemen, the Gold Star Councils. You too should be striving for this recognition.

And now I would like to call Bruce Damasio, the Chairperson of the Credentials Committee forward to give us his report.

Bruce Damasio, Chair, Credentials Committee, MD: Good morning. Once again, welcome to Baltimore from the Maryland Council and from Prince Georges County. We welcome you to our state and our city. It\x92s my privilege to make the announcement at the moment as chair of the Credentials Committee. The current number as of 8:15 this morning, November 20th is 179 recognized credentials have been accepted by NCSS to vote today in the House of Delegates. I move for the adoption of the credentials report.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: All in favor, aye. Opposed? Abstention?

Bruce Damasio, Chair, Credentials Committee, MD: Thank you.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Now it\x92s not 8:22 yet which was the previously announced time for the vote. So I think we need to leave those doors open until 8:22. Where are my Steering Committee members? What time do you have President Garcia?

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: I have 8:15.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: 8:15. So we\x92ll take five more minutes. In the meantime, let\x92s pass those. Can we pass the ballots out? Not yet. So why don\x92t you take this time to get some coffee or tea if you would like some coffee or tea or some water. Ask how last night went. Make some plans for after the meeting today cause I want to make sure we do this correctly. 8:22 is the time we announced.

Okay, can I ask you all to get back to your seat so that the Steering Committee members can make sure that each person gets a ballot please? You can keep talking, but just go back to your seat.

While we\x92re waiting there has been a request for us to remind you of the vacancies that were left by the Assignment Committee. So, if madam technician over here. She\x92s going to show you where the vacancies are. I actually have a list of them and can read them for you.

Okay, Academic Freedom had two openings. These are, these are positions that if you would like to serve on these committees, you would give President Garcia your name and it would probably be nice to put where you\x92re from and like an address so that you can be contacted. Archives has two openings. Assessment, two. Awards, one. Membership, one. Public Relations, two. Publications, one. Research, one. Teacher Ed, excuse me, one. Let\x92s just leave those up here a minute.

Because by our previously established schedule, the voting is to take place between 8:22 and 8:30. We can close the doors at 8:22. We\x92ve got how many more minutes until that? Two minutes until 8:22. And then as soon as you all are finished voting, we can collect those ballots and carry on.

Okay, the doors are officially closed. Make your votes please. May I ask you please to just fold your ballot one time? Okay, the Steering Committee is picking up the ballots. If yours has not been picked up, please hold your hand up. Oh man, look at that.

Okay, one more time, is there anyone who has not completed their ballot? Or has not, I should say, has not had their ballot picked up? Yes? We\x92re not trying to hurry you. You still have officially four more minutes. But if you\x92re done, no need to sit around. Any ballots left to pick up? Any ballots left to pick up? Okay, we\x92re going to move on in the agenda. I\x92m going to turn the floor back over to President Garcia.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Okay, it was brought to my attention that someone else in our ranks also passed away this past May. Her name is Sarah Smith Beatty, former board of directors member. So if we could have just a minute of silence please. Thank you.

I want to remind you the resolution that we passed last year changing the appointment of the past president on the board from two years to one year. It needs a two-thirds vote by the House today. We voted on it last year, but by our Constitution we need a two-thirds again this year to make it final. So I would like to have the House. I\x92ll give you a minute to look at it. I\x92m sorry. This is an amendment to the Constitution. Okay. And if you vote yes, it will go on the ballot in February. Okay? Can we vote on the resolution? All in favor? Opposed? We do have a two-thirds. Thank you.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you. Now next on the agenda is consideration of the resolutions that were given out to you yesterday. And I would like to reintroduce to you Doug Lynch, the chairperson of the Resolutions Committee, who will conduct this portion of the meeting. Doug. I\x92ll remind you that there are ten minutes allotted for each resolution.

Doug Lynch, Chair, Resolutions Committee: I have a few more copies of the resolutions if anyone needs them. I want to remind you again that if you would like to make any amendments to the, to any of the resolutions, those amendments need to be written and there are forms throughout the room in triplicate that you need to write and bring up here. So my understanding is that what I do is I read the entire resolution and then we can divide let\x92s say the people in favor of the resolution would line up over here if you would like to speak and the people against can line up over here.

So the first resolution is Teaching American History Grant Funding.

Supported by Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Northern Nevada, Southern Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Prince Georges County and Texas.

Rationale: The Teaching American History Grants have provided the first step in funding quality professional development opportunities for social studies educators across our nation.

WHEREAS each LEA grant recipient has utilized Teaching American History Grant funding to provide continuous quality professional development for teachers of American History;

WHEREAS many states and school districts continue to struggle with the financial burden of providing quality professional development for all social studies professionals;

WHEREAS NCSS is committed to providing avenues of continual professional growth that result in the creation of effective citizens;

WHEREAS NCSS recognizes that student achievement is positively affected by the presence of highly qualified teachers who engage in continuous professional development;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS board of directors advocate that the U.S. Congress continue funding professional development grant opportunities for not only for the Teaching American History Grants, but also to develop other grant programs to address other areas within the social sciences and humanities and that this funding become a permanent item under federal educational funding.

There should be one positive or one negative for. The question has been called but there is a speaker here, so the body needs to vote on whether to call the question, which means there is no discussion, or and of course if you turn that down, then the gentleman can speak. So all in favor of calling the question? All opposed? Sounds like the ayes have it. So, I guess all in favor of Teaching American History Grant Funding say aye. Opposed?

Okay, the second one, NAEP Social Studies Testing.

Supported by Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, Southern Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. And ATSS/UTF should be added to that list. Did I read that wrong? UFT.

Rationale: Assessments of social studies content areas have been postponed by the U.S. Department of Education, National Assessment Governing board (NAGB) and current NAGB recommendations are to assess social studies disciplines in grade twelve only if resources permit. In order for each state to maintain high quality social studies education programs, a regularly scheduled program of social studies assessments needs to be maintained.

WHEREAS many states do not conduct assessments in social studies;

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

WHEREAS current NAEP social studies assessments do not include disaggregated data that allow states to compare their students\x92 performance to a national standard;

BE IT RESOLVED if not already completed:

1) NCSS encourage all state councils to request that the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) include twelfth grade assessments in social studies content areas that include disaggregated data;

2) NCSS notify the Secretary of Education and related officials of the state Department of Education concerning the NCSS position on this issue;

3) NCSS contact the members of the Senate and House Education Committees and notify them of their position;

4) NCSS notify other organizations including, but not limited to NCHE, CCE, OAH, AHA of this position and NCSS be encouraged to contact appropriate media outlets regarding its position on the national socials studies testing.

Would anyone like to speak to this motion or to this resolution?

Roslyn Fishman, IN: Do I need to say my name and state? My name is Roslyn Fishman, Indiana. I just have a point of clarification on part four. I know everyone, most people know what the different acronyms are, but could we add the full names of the organizations?

Doug Lynch, Chair, Resolutions Committee: I don\x92t know what all those mean either.

Roslyn Fishman, IN: Okay, thank you.

Doug Lynch, Chair, Resolutions Committee: About to clarify that.

Michelle Herzog, CA: My name is Michelle Herzog from California. My best understanding is that NCHE is the National Council for History Education. CCE, the Center for Civic Education. OAH, The Organization of American Historians. And AHA, American Historical Association.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you.

Doug Lynch, Chair, Resolutions Committee: Thank you. That was helpful.

Fred Isele, IL: Fred Isele, Illinois Council. I would just say that I think NCSS should, in supporting this resolution, just also say something about Jesus and those of you that are in the Executive board getting on the phones with the Bush administration trying to get social studies back on the curriculum. I\x92m just noticing all my undergraduate and graduate educators coming back and reporting in how social studies is not even in their K-8 day. All I can say is the testing that\x92s going on with No Child Left Behind is just crushing social studies out of the curriculum. And besides this, I would say put a spear point to NCSS lobbying efforts.

Christine Allen, OR: Christine Allen, Oregon Council for the Social Studies. It seems to me if we\x92re going to list organizations, there ought to be other ones as well, such as the Council on Economic Education, Geography and so on. This is a good starting point, but I think we are limiting ourselves. I understand that. I know it says included but not limited to. But if we\x92re going to limit, or specifically name, you know, specific organizations, we ought to name other specific organizations that are a part of our discipline.

Doug Lynch, Chair, Resolutions Committee: You will need to. I mean that may be a good idea, but to change it you need to have an amendment written down.

Joe MacDonald, Middle States: Joe MacDonald from Middle States. That discussion about listing the individual organizations is exactly why we got left behind with No Child Left Behind. Social studies has been fragmented into the individual disciplines and so because we could not reach any kind of agreement as an organization, we got left out. I think if we\x92re going to change that, we need to change it so that it addresses all of the organizations, brings us all together and shows a unified front.

Doug Lynch, Chair, Resolutions Committee: Would anyone like to call the question? The question has been called. All in favor?

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: All in favor of the resolution say aye. Opposed? Abstentions? Thank you. The resolution passes.

Doug Lynch, Chair, Resolutions Committee: NCLB Data Gathering Survey Resolution.

Supported by Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Southern Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and ATSS/UFT.

Rationale: Social studies should be added as a core academic area to NCLB.

WHEREAS NCLB is up for reauthorization in 2006;

WHEREAS federal legislatures visited by state council members of NCSS in the summer of 2004 requested accurate data to validate their support for the inclusion of social studies as a core academic area of NCLB;

WHEREAS there has been a significant reduction in resources in instructional time for social studies in the elementary and middle schools across the country;

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS should provide opportunities for state councils to collect anecdotes and statistics for the 2005 NCSS Summer Leadership Institute to deliver to legislators and request their support for the inclusion of the social studies as a core academic area in NCLB.

Do you want to speak?

Greg Timmons, OR: Yes. I\x92m Greg Timmons, board member of the Oregon Council. Through some work and frantic scrambling, last minute, last night, we proposed an amendment to this resolution, which is going to be put up here pretty soon. And I\x92d like to kind of review some of the reasons for that. We were looking at last year\x92s resolution which called for kind of a partnership between the state councils and the National Council to gather information and share it back and forth between each other. But our experience at last year\x92s Leadership Institute, Summer Leadership Institute, as we went around to different legislative congressional people, we kept getting the information back from them that they needed hard statistics. They needed hard data saying well how much really is the social studies being affected. Where do you see any change since NCLB? Everybody could come up with anecdotes. Nobody could come up with some hard statistics because nobody had done a survey.

So we proposed this as a survey to be done with the leadership of NCSS. And this has been echoed through many of the candidates. I think over three-quarters of the candidates\x92 speeches and statements that they made, the written down statements that they made, address this that the social studies needs to be included as a core curriculum and it needs to be basically put in the same status as reading, mathematics, and I guess soon to be science.

I just wanted to cite a survey. In fact, it was done by the Council for Basic Education that was also presented at last year\x92s, or last summer\x92s Summer Leadership Conference, that showed. It was a survey that was actually assessing how NCLB has affected areas of the liberal arts. And they could statistically show that less and less time was being, being offered for social studies education, specifically, in the elementary grades and even more specifically, in the areas of, urban areas and with minority groups.

So with all of that said, we are proposing this new language, which isn\x92t quite up there yet. I know. I can read it off.

Doug Lynch, Chair, Resolutions Committee: Yes, go ahead. Please do.

Greg Timmons, OR: BE IT RESOLVED THAT NCSS will explore with CUFA and other relevant organizations mechanisms to develop, distribute, collect, analyze, and disseminate findings to support the inclusion of the social studies as a core academic area in NCLB. This data will be made available at, excuse me, this data will be made available at the 2005 Summer Institutes, all one sentence, to be delivered to legislators and request their support for the inclusion of the social studies as a core academic area in the 2006 NCLB reauthorization.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Okay. The amendment has been moved and seconded. Would someone else like to speak?

Gail Thieman, WA: Gail Thieman, Washington Council for Social Studies and I will be speaking to the amendment at this point, just to simply add Washington state to those who are supporting the amendment as well as the resolution. Washington Council for Social Studies has developed an assertive advocacy and public relations program in the state of Washington, reaching out to legislators and information. And it\x92s very important that NCSS take a lead in this area. It\x92s fine for each individual state to be doing its own advocacy. And we\x92ll need to gather the data from the states, but we\x92ll need an organized consistent data collection method so that we have, in addition to powerful anecdotes, we have hard data to present to Congress this coming year. So we support the amendment as well as the resolution.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Is there anyone else that would like to speak? Go ahead.

Nance Purcell, MN: I\x92m Nance Purcell. I\x92m president of the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies. Certainly in light of our previous resolution, this would be a valuable next step. The concern of the Minnesota Council, in spite of the definite need to support reason with data, reasons for including social studies. Our concern is that we are buying into a flawed system and that possibly a more complete response in light of the detriment that NCLB has caused in core academic areas might be a good idea. Just a comment.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Call for the question. We\x92ll first vote on amending the resolution. And then we\x92ll vote on the resolution. So, first vote would be amending the resolution. All in favor of amending the resolution, please say aye. Opposed? Okay, the resolution is amended. Now we\x92ll have our second vote. All in favor of. Ruben?

Reben Zepeda, CA: I\x92d like to now speak to the main motion.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Go ahead.

Ruben Zepeda, CA: Okay.

[inaudible]

Male Speaker: The reason why English and math are really important in people\x92s minds and social studies isn\x92t isn\x92t the question of citizenship and becoming informed citizens. Everybody will agree that it\x92s important to do that. But the question is how does our field close the achievement gap, provide opportunities for students to go to college, provide students opportunities to become economically viable citizens? How does this help kids provide a more productive life in addition to the citizenship part? So collecting data and analyzing it also has to help carry the message that social studies is essential in closing the achievement gap because when schools focus on English and only math, the kids that don\x92t get social studies are the kids that aren\x92t doing well in English and math. And that\x92s why social studies is being excluded from the curriculum. It\x92s not being framed in a manner that other people understand. So I speak in favor of the motion but I would also want to bring to light that when this motion comes before the board if it\x92s passed, I want to carry forth that idea that social studies is an essential piece of closing the achievement gap and I\x92d like the research to eventually show that as well. Thank you.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: I think we\x92re going to call for the question on the resolution. All in favor of the resolution please say aye. Opposed? Resolution passes as amended.

Doug Lynch, Chair, Resolutions Committee: The resolution, End the Occupation Now.

WHEREAS the war on Iraq is failing catastrophically and must continue to fail as the transparent U.S. interest in oil and domination contradict the interest of the Iraqi people; and

WHEREAS the U.S. has cobbled together something called sovereignty which is really serial puppet regime reminiscent of the many shifts of marionettes in Viet Nam, sovereignty which will not be recognized by Iraqis who recognize massacres that are paraded as democracy building; and

WHEREAS the last twelve months brought open armed resistance which grew more coordinated with hundreds of U.S. troops and well over ten thousand Iraqi civilians killed and untold thousands were wounded; and

WHEREAS the Iraq invasion has not halted terrorists but organized them since foreign occupation breeds resistance, turns the citizens into real or imagined enemies, unleashes the torturers, creates terrorists; and

WHEREAS the U.S. troops are nowhere safe, giving up on controlling whole cities, and the best way to support the troops everywhere is to bring them home; and

WHEREAS the series of nooses is being employed against the working class youth who are targeted to fight the imperial war, from extending existing enlistments indefinitely, to mobilizing unwilling National Guard troops, to snaring youth in high schools via the lies of military recruiters and the restrictions of the NCLB demanding the identities of potential military bodies; and

WHEREAS many voices now decry the torture of prisoners, the racist contempt for Iraq culture, the slaughter of civilians fueled in part by that contempt, the military disasters, the diplomatic blunders; and

WHEREAS U.S. leaders fabricated an Iraqi threat to the U.S. and trumpeted their righteous shock over Baathist rule, once a favorite of the U.S. in order to advance a project designed long before 9/11, that is control of oil reserves and pipelines, military bases that dominate Iraq and the whole region, docile governments in Arab countries a clear path for [inaudible] Israel to shut Palestinians up in Bantustans forever, in short to buttress the hegemony of the U.S. government and its multinatural corporate sponsors with tough, mean, old fashioned, direct military imperialism; and

WHEREAS the more people in the U.S. participate in the war the more they enslave themselves as their civil liberties are eradicated; and

WHEREAS the cost of the war will demolish what remains of the U.S. social safety net as well as life on the job where health benefits are under steady attack by an economy going to ruin, the schools stripped of resources, yet the curricula and teaching methods regimented by a society dedicated to perpetual war; and

WHEREAS the falsified reasons for engaging this war set the stage for a shift in formal U.S. policy to preemptive war which teaches every local dictator of the need for a nuclear weapon; and

WHEREAS the invasion of Iraq has encouraged some top U.S. leaders to seriously consider an evasion of Iran which would speed World War III by forcing action from both Russia and China, both equally in need of the region\x92s oil; and

WHEREAS Iraqi teachers and students and teachers and students in the U.S. have more in common with each other than they do with their nations leaders;

BE IT RESOLVED that we demand the U.S. get out of Iraq now. We support resistance inside the military as in troop refusals, resistance in the schools, as in test boycotts and refusals to submit to military recruiters, and resistance on the job, as in dock workers or school worker and student strikes against the war.

Signed by Rich Gibson, E. Wayne Ross, Perry Marker, Amber Gosley, Greg Queen, Katie Queen, Bill Boyer, Bo Bennett, Sergio Tanasesque.

Would anyone like to speak to this?

My name is Sue Blanchett, TX: My name is Sue Blanchett. I\x92m past president of Texas Council. While I am personally opposed to this war, I am concerned about the partisan nature of this resolution. We are a national organization and our reviews reflect a multitude of diversity. And as it is currently written, it does not reflect that. And I think it will do more alienating than persuading. And I would urge you to vote against it.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Thank you.

Eileen Wilkinson, Middle States Council: [inaudible] We\x92re social studies educators. We need to focus on teaching youth. This resolution does not do that. And we\x92re only taking one side. It\x92s more important and more appropriate to teach multiple perspectives and the civic process to lead our students to make their own informed decisions rather than ram one point of view down their throats. Thank you.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Mike.

Mike Staas, PA: I\x92m Mike Staas from Pennsylvania Council and I\x92d like to offer a friendly amendment to abolish the IRS and free Saddam Hussein.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Bruce.

Bruce Damasio, MD: Good morning, Bruce Damasio of Maryland Council. As a social studies educator I respect the right of the First Amendment for people to express their opinions. I also respect the right of the National Council to represent social studies as an advocate for all grades, K-12 and college and university. If the First Amendment truly exists, then the appropriate place for this view is an op ed page, not a resolution from this Council.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Call for the question. All in favor of the resolution please say aye. Opposed? The nays have it. The resolution is not passed.

Doug Lynch, Chair, Resolutions Committee: On this, the next resolution is the commendation but we\x92d like to give a special thanks to Michael Boucher, president elect of Minnesota Council as a major force behind what this resolution is all about, this commendation is all about.

Commendation for the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies and its Political Partners.

Supported by Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and ATSS/UFT.

Rationale: The challenges faced by states related to the development and revision of social studies standards require the entire participation and involvement of state social studies councils, their members and their political partners.

WHEREAS the appointed Commissioner of Education in Minnesota selected a citizens committee to draft social studies standards in 2003;

WHEREAS a second group of Minnesota citizens and members of MCSS found the draft standards lacking in academic integrity and accuracy;

WHEREAS members of MCSS became fully engaged in the struggles to reject the draft standards and replace them with a revised set of content standards;

WHEREAS the statewide efforts to replace draft standards with social studies content standards that were more accurate succeeded in the final hours of the 2004 Minnesota legislative session;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the members of the HOD, the NCSS board of directors and NCSS Officers commend the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies for its active participation in the legislative process leading to changes in the Social Studies Standards.

Gayle Thieman, WA: Gayle Thieman, Washington Council for the Social Studies. I would like to ask that the Washington Council also be added as a list of supporters and to also explain that Peggy Altoff would like to have been here to speak to the resolution that she and I helped to draft. She is currently introducing another speaker. But we want to talk about how important it is that we not only speak about the importance of advocacy but that we follow up with action and tremendous effort and time and to read about the riveting story of the Minnesota Council\x92s experience in Social Ed, November/December 2004 will give you additional background. I think this resolution probably has overwhelming support. But it\x92s the details behind the tremendous effort it took to achieve this victory. It\x92s the details that inspire us and can let other councils know the work that we have cut out for us. I speak in behalf of this resolution.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Thank you. Would anyone else like to speak?

Greg Timmons, OR: Greg Timmons with the Oregon Council. I\x92d like to also have this state that Oregon also supported this resolution. I was at the Summer Leadership Conference last year and I heard the story and I was spellbound, not just because the presentation was well done but because of the force that was coming at all of these teachers. We had an experience something like that, similar in Oregon. They went through legislative action and the initiative process to try and stop anything they could with education, including funding. And this was, this was a direct attack on the Minnesota\x92s educational system and specifically, the social studies. I strongly support this resolution and hope that everybody else here does too. Not only is it important that this kind of thing be recognized but that everybody be made aware of this kind of story because it can really happen anywhere. So, thank you.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Okay, go ahead.

Andy Preston, GA: My name is Andy Preston. I\x92m with the Georgia Council for the Social Studies past president. I\x92d like to ask that Georgia also be included in that resolution as well. And once again, I was at the Summer Institute and was very inspired by Minnesota and commend them for their efforts. And also, we got our standards through with much less fanfare.

Paul Gold, NY: Good morning. Paul Gold, vice president, New York State Council for the Social Studies as I would also like to congratulate the Minnesota state council on being agents of positive change and add our state to the list supporting this resolution. Thank you.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Thank you.

Michael Boucher, MN: I\x92m Michael Boxer, president elect of the Minnesota Council. And we just wanted to express our overwhelming gratitude and we\x92re humbled by your support for us and for our efforts. And we promise to continue to make sure that we have excellent standards in Minnesota.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: All those in favor of the resolution please say aye. Opposed? Resolution passes.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: They\x92re having a little difficulties with the election. So I don\x92t know what\x92s happening. Oh, I\x92d like to recognize the President-Elect, Jeff and have him say a few words about Kansas City while we have this little time.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: I would like to ask the candidates for the Steering Committee race to please see Paul Horne in the back. Candidates for the Steering Committee.

Jeff Passe, President-Elect, NC: Good morning everybody. I\x92m Jeff Passe, President-Elect. And I\x92m planning the Kansas City conference. And I want to tell you we\x92re in for a treat. I did not know that much about the attractions of Kansas City before I went there and I was dazzled. First of all let me tell you, I fly into the airport and there is no gate less than fifty yards from the baggage claim and out the door onto the street. It takes two minutes from when you get off your plane to get, \x91til the time you\x92re out of there. I\x92ve never been in an airport that efficient. The convention center is in a square surrounded by hotels, very short walking distance to get from your hotel to the convention center, shorter than even here. The hotels are extremely attractive and affordable. I was amazed that some of the conference rates will be under a hundred dollars a night. So. And Ella McDowell, our conference person for NCSS, arranged a free Internet service at many of the hotels. So you won\x92t have to pay that ten dollars a day to hook up on-line, wireless. So we have all kinds of little benefits there.

Thereare fabulous museums. A Museum of Jazz, Museum of Negro Baseball Leagues. We\x92re going to arrange trips to the Truman Library. The Truman Library is going to be a major player. They have so many fantastic events and activities. We have a trip to the Brown vs. Board of Education site in Topeka. And we\x92re going to bring people from that. It\x92s going to be a fantastic conference. Very, very affordable. So you could bring some people with you who might not have been before because, as we all know, once we attend a conference we keep coming back year after year. So let me know if I can help you at all in preparing for your attendance at that conference. And I look forward to seeing you a year from now. Thank you.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: What you see in front of you is, I guess, what we call a courtesy resolution for the Local Arrangements Committee and I guess I\x92m going to speak in favor of the resolution. They, all I can say is they\x92ve done a wonderful job. And from what I\x92ve heard from you folks, that\x92s true. They have done a wonderful job and I\x92d like to have this resolution placed on the record. So all in favor of the resolution? Aye. It\x92s adopted. Thank you.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: We are having some election issues right now. So I would like to ask the FASSE person, I have Bill Amburn in my notes. But is it Bill or someone else that\x92s going to talk about FASSE tickets? Renee who are you pointing to? Gail? Okay. Somebody has FASSE tickets here that they are wanting to sell you, so.

Gayle Thieman: Good morning. As you know, the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education is a powerful advocacy for teachers. At K-12 levels as well as at the university level. This is our way of supporting our colleagues as they develop effective, exciting practices, and as they do research. The only money that we have to support these efforts at a national level comes through FASSE. And the raffle is only one of several ways that you can contribute. Many state councils do additional fundraising efforts in their states and they send the money to NCSS. And so we\x92re very excited about that. Last year there was a letter to all past presidents of NCSS and that resulted in thousands of dollars in contributions to the fund. There are many ways to get involved. We hope at each state we\x92ll have a representative for the FASSE campaign. And we hope that in this House of Delegates you will all contribute generously. And at any point that our President says we can do it we\x92ve got lots of raffle tickets. Renee, Walt, Sandra and so on. So we\x92re delighted to be here. And the raffle is today at noon. So this is your last chance to get those tickets.

Denee Mattioli, TN: Mr. President, could I be recognized?

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Yes.

Denee Mattioli, TN: I\x92d like to add something to this. I\x92m Denee Mattioli, past president of the National Council. And this last year I traveled all over the country. And my presidency was defined by advocacy. And I came very quickly to understand that we can no longer afford to respond to our critics with testimonials of islands of excellence around the country. We need solid research to show what we all know to be promising and best practices in social studies education. The FASSE Fund is what we have to support and initiate some of that research. We just passed a resolution to have the board do something about that. We need to do something about that. We need a huge pot of money to get really good quality research. And it\x92s also the Christa McAuliffe Award and also some other things. But we\x92ve got to have the money to make that research happen.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Thanks Denee.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: We will be announcing the results or a run off momentarily here. This is what happens when you whip up such fervor. Yes. I\x92ve always liked to set precedents. We\x92re going to give you five minutes to do this and then I\x92m going to announce the election results.

One more important thing that you might be doing right now is finishing up your evaluations please. We had an excellent response last year in terms of the numbers of evaluations. Our suggestion is to please give them to your head delegate and then we can pick them up from the head delegate. Or if you\x92re comfortable with passing them down to the end of the row like we do in the classroom, that would be good too. You can fold them or not fold them. But if you\x92re going to fold them, just do it one time please.

Steering Committee members could, if the delegates are done with there evaluation, pick those up. Folks we\x92re almost out of here and look at the time, 9:18. I assure you that Mr. Horne will be equally as efficient.

While you\x92re finishing up this task and buying your FASSE tickets, I just want to remind you that at any time you can make contributions to the FASSE Fund. I will remind you of what Florida does, which is, we contribute each year to the FASSE Fund one dollar for each joint member that we have. We tried to pass that as a resolution last year and kind of got shot down. But we continue to do that as an individual council. And I would encourage you all as individual councils if you have the means to make that contribution in a systematic way. Make it a line item for us.

Are you all ready? Are there any more evaluations? If there are, just go ahead and pass them down to the end of the row if you would please. Gayle, there\x92s some over here.

Okay, we are ready for the announcement of the election results. Before we post these on the screen and read them out, I would like to remind you that democracy is a wonderful thing, but when you have a lot of candidates somebody\x92s going to be not a winner. So, but you\x92re all winners for putting your names in, is what I am trying to say. And remember that you have opportunities in the other committees or I had to try out for cheerleading three times before I made it. Okay? I persisted. If you want it, go for it again next year. Your name will be remembered.

So here we are. Steering Committee: We have Robert Dytell from New York, Peggy Jackson from New Mexico. Assignment Committee: this is a surprise, Christine Allen from Oregon and Susan Davis from Nevada. And it was Northern Nevada. Well is it pecan or pecan. I don\x92t know. And then for the Resolutions Committee we have Greg Timmons from Oregon, Oregon and Lois Wolfe from Georgia. I know how to say that one.

Well, I\x92m going to turn it over to President Garcia to bid us adieu.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Well, before we do it, we need to give Susie Fogerty a big round of applause for the great job.

Announcements, any final? Okay.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: I\x92m sorry, I forgot to announce this. The new members, well actually all of the Resolutions Committee people need to meet let\x92s say over in this corner. The Assignment Committee people need to meet over in this corner. Did I say Resolutions? Assignment. And Steering Committee people need to come up here. Because what we need to do in those is to make sure we know who the chair for next year and the vice chair are going to be so that we can have a continuity of this process. So that\x92s just immediately following this meeting.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: I don\x92t have any other announcements. Denee? Yes.

Denee Mattioli, TN: Yes I do have one announcement.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Yes.

Denee Mattioli, TN: And I would like for all of us to recognize the huge success of this conference. We have over four thousand social studies teachers in Baltimore. And yes the Local Arrangements and co- chair did a fabulous job. And we had a resolution for them. But beyond a resolution. I would like for all of us to recognize Jesus and his leadership in bringing about this.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Thank you, thank you. With this kind of a treatment I\x92m going to run, get my makeup and be ready for pictures right over here. I do thank you very much. And as I said, it\x92s a group work, and everybody\x92s been involved and the numbers just reflect I think the interest in social studies and just a lot of hard work in getting the social studies people out.

We\x92ve done the evaluations form so we\x92re ready to adjourn. Okay. One more announcement.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: I\x92m sorry to be a pain here, but I would like to thank our parliamentarian, Mike Swift for the advice that he\x92s been giving us throughout this. It\x92s actually been a little bit of a challenge. And I, especially my Steering Committee members, They have done an outstanding job. John Moore on the, as a timekeeper. You did an excellent job. And please thank them because this is really quite a, quite a big job.

Jesus Garcia, NCSS President: Okay. Hearing no other business, I move that we adjourn.

Susan Fogarty, Chair, Steering Committee: Also, if you want to come and have your picture made with the President as a Gold Council or Silver Council, reminder that you can come up here to the front of the room. He will stay here as long as you want to snap away.

-- TimDaly - 14 Nov 2005

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