National Council for the Social Studies

House of Delegates

50th Annual Meeting

December 1-2, 2006 Washington, DC

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Ladies and gentlemen. Hi, I'm Peggy Altoff. I'm the President of the National Council for the Social Studies and I am delighted to welcome you to the 50th Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates, fifty years--that's phenomenal--and the 86th Annual National Council for the Social Studies meeting.

I'd like to introduce to you the people that are on the platform. Our esteemed parliamentarian, this is Sigrid Crain, please welcome her. On my left we have Renay Scott who is Chair of the Steering Committee. Next to her our esteemed Executive Director, Susan Griffin. And to her left is Tina Heafner, also of the Steering Committee and this year's technology guru.

I'd also like to remind you that in your House of Delegates Manual you have the agenda printed, and you can get to that agenda because we're going to have to approve it in a moment. The minutes from the last House of Delegates are not approved by this body but rather by the Steering Committee because we aren't, the same people are not in this House that were in the forty-ninth House. So it's the Steering Committee that approves the minutes.

So, I would like to entertain a motion that the agenda, as printed on page five, be adopted. Can I have a second? Thank you. Any discussion? Would all of, would those of you in favor of approving the agenda please signify by saying aye. Opposed? Abstentions? Thank you very much. We've just concluded our first official act of business.

This body is so very important and I'm so glad to be looking out over an almost full House of Delegates. This is our means for our members to participate in the development of policies for the entire organization, therefore your presence here is exceedingly important to the building of those policies. As you well know, it also serves as a forum for issues relating to the profession and to the organization of the Council. It is also the required business meeting for the organization and it gives the President an opportunity to give the State of the Council address. The Steering Committee is going to distribute resolutions. You will get an opportunity to read those. They will be introduced to you tonight and we will discuss them tomorrow.

I don't think the Credentials Committee, is probably not ready. So it gives me great pleasure, at this time, to turn over this to Renay Scott. There you go.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Good afternoon. And on behalf of the House of Delegates Steering Committee, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the city of Washington, DC and also to the 50th Annual House of Delegates meeting. I find it fun and ironic that I get to have fun at the fiftieth meeting of the House of Delegates here for National Council after just completing the fiftieth anniversary for the Michigan Council for Social Studies and being able to preside over that as the President. The irony of fifty, and I haven't seen that yet. It's close.

Each year, and soon I will introduce to you my colleagues, but each year the House of Delegates Steering Committee meets roughly in April. We take a look at the evaluations from the year before and we carefully plan out this year's meeting. In your packet you will see, usually it's document fifteen or very much at the end of your packet, a yellowish, goldenrod form which is the evaluations. And I want to stress the importance of those evaluation forms. The committees look very carefully at those. We attempt to take your concerns and questions seriously and make adjustments as appropriately. And we've attempted to do that as well this year. So I'd like you to be aware of that.

It is my pleasure to introduce to you the members of the Steering Committee. They are busily working. I'd like to introduce Bonnie Hyde from Tennessee, Robert Dytell from New York, Peggy Jackson from New Mexico, Laurie Graham from Indiana and Tina Heafner up here in technology from North Carolina. Could you please thank them through a round of applause?

One of the important processes in the House of Delegates is to elect members to House of Delegate committees. There are three House of Delegate committees: the Assignment Committee, the Resolutions Committee, and the House of Delegates Steering Committee. Your packet contains the information for that. I'd like to take a moment to review that with you. In the packet that you received in the mail, or perhaps picked up today, items number five and six are the ones that I'll be referring to. Number five is a three part form and number six, kind of more of a salmon, orange-ish color form, that's in there number five and number six that you'll need for this. Each year the Assignment Committee, the Resolutions Committee and the Steering Committee need two people elected to the committee to do the work of the House of Delegates. In order to be nominated for one of these committees you need to complete the three part form. At roughly 3:**50 in the afternoon we will call for nominations to be closed. So while we are doing the next little bit of business you are actually able to complete these forms. At which time, then we will ask if you want to be nominated for a committee to have someone come up and nominate you. We will ask you to come up to the mic, have one of your colleagues nominate you, and also you be there with your colleague so that they can introduce you to the House of Delegates. And then tomorrow morning we'll be voting on the membership of those particular committees.

I hope that you do seriously consider running for those committees. The Steering Committee is involved in planning this particular meeting. The Resolutions Committee is involved with organizing, planning and helping to write and work with people to write resolutions that are presented to this body. And the Assignment Committee works with the president to help make assignments for various committees both within the House of Delegates and through the organization. Most all of those committees meet at the annual meeting and so I encourage you to consider running.

The salmon color packet talks a little bit about the criteria for running for those committees. First, no affiliate delegation may have more than one representative elected by the House on any one committee. No one from an affiliate delegation should succeed a person from that delegation on any one committee even if that person was appointed. So, for example, Michigan could not have someone to run for the Steering Committee. Now I know it said I was from Ohio, but I'm from both great states cause I live in the Toledo Strip. We'll get into that. Candidates must be then listed and seated as one of their members of the delegation. Within this packet each state has listed their, the number of nominees that they are eligible to be running for one of these three committees. And then next to it the committees that you are eligible to run for. If you have any questions along the way, if you see a Steering Committee member, most of them are standing, or with white badges, we'll be more than happy to answer those questions for you. So I encourage you to begin looking at those particular nominations. At roughly 3:50, we will call for nominations at that particular time. And I'll give you more instruction as to how to place people in nomination.

Now it is my great pleasure to be able to reintroduce to you again Peggy Altoff, the President of the National Council for the Social Studies to deliver her state of the Council address. Please join me in welcoming President Altoff.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: One very important thing before that report is the report of the Credentials Committee and Tracy Dussia from Virginia will be presenting that report. Long-time member of NCSS and past Board member.

Tracy Dussia, VA: Good afternoon. It's my pleasure to report from the Credentials Committee that we have seated 172 delegates in this House of Delegates session.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: We need a motion to adopt the Credentials report. Okay. Second? Alright. All in favor signify by saying aye. Opposed? Abstentions? Thank you. We've accomplished our second piece of business this afternoon.

How many of you were at the breakfast this morning? Alright. So you're going to hear a few things again, but we'll try to give them a different twist. I want to report to you on the major initiatives of the, of NCSS Board of Directors and Administration during the course of this year. And I think it's exceedingly important that we all be informed and that we are all able to inform our councils. There are five goals that we have.

The first is an education and knowledge goal. And under that we're looking to expand the technology and the use of technology in the organization. We are now beginning to offer website connections through NCSS. And the first state is online and that is Tennessee. And we are so glad that that has happened. And the second state to go online soon with their own website through NCSS is Wisconsin and we are thrilled about that as well. There are a few others that will be coming up as we are able to test this out and improve it. We will be able to offer this to more and more councils. Not, it will always be an option. This is not a requirement and it is a service to those councils that request it.

Our second goal is an advocacy and visibility goal and we've been very busy this year. Most of you know that there was a summit held in September that involved all of the major organizations, the discipline organizations: National Council for History Education, National Council for Geographic Education, American Historical Association, and I'm sorry, I just can't remember them all. But there were about ten or twelve. Every major organization was represented and this was phenomenal because everyone has recognized the need to work together during the reauthorization of NCLB. We crafted a mission statement to increase the recognition of social studies disciplines including history, economics, geography and civics during the reauthorization process.

We held a meeting of those organizations yesterday. And we are continuing to explore ways of doing that. We will craft a document that we will all use in our efforts for advocacy on the hill during the upcoming legislative session. And that is huge, has not been done in ages. We are grateful to Junior Achievement, who sponsored the initial meeting. And with any kind of luck we will be able to have another face to face meeting, not only to finalize that document, but to explore ways of implementing it and to continue cooperation among the groups. And we will definitely keep you informed on the progress of that.

In October, the Center for Educational Policy called a meeting on the highly qualified requirements of NCLB. And we were the only content organization represented there. Susan and I were pleased to be there. We talked about recruitment and retention issues, focusing on the idea of recruiting teachers by giving them more money to work in poorly performing schools where there is then a failure to provide support and training. You get more money but you work in the worse conditions and you have very little support. And so we're asking through that process for that kind of support and training.

A second meeting was held this week, the same day as our Board of Directors, and they spoke about the definition of highly qualified. There was support among organizations such as the NEA and AFT for the inclusion of social studies in the definition of highly qualified. We, as an organization, will be pursuing that.

Our third goal is membership. There is an increase in regular membership this year, which is really good. Conversely, there is a decrease in comprehensive membership. And I am hoping Susan will address that to a greater extent tomorrow. I made a plea this morning. I make a plea to each of you. I do think one on one. Some of us have been able to talk to folks and get them to join and that's how it happens. So I'd ask each of you to work to get one new member. We have 175 people here. That means we'd have 175 new members if everybody went back and invited one person to join.

We also have a working group on outreach to underrepresented groups. John Moore from Kentucky is chairing that committee. They are meeting at this conference and will be exploring additional ways of focusing on outreach to underrepresented groups.

Our fourth goal is a citizenry goal. I think that the Summit helped us to fulfill or is helping us to fulfill that goal. In addition, we were represented by Susan and by Past President Jeff Passe at the Fourth Annual Congressional Conference on Civic Education, November 18-20th of this year, just a couple of weeks ago. And a session was presented on civic education at the elementary level.

In terms of the social studies excellence goal, which is the fifth and final goal, there are a couple of things that are happening. First of all, we are undertaking a standards review. Susan Adler who is here is heading that effort. There is a hearing. I'm sorry I don't know the time. Can you tell us when it is? 9:15 tomorrow morning. Okay. Please check your programs. I am sure that Susan and her committee would welcome input from every state that is here in terms of our standards review. It does not mean that we are going to change them. It doesn't mean that we're not going to change them. It means that the committee is undertaking the review and will present options and recommendations to the Board at its February meeting.

We also have a Scope and Sequence Committee working under Steve Thornton's leadership. And Steve is from Florida. We have six or eight members on that. They are also holding a hearing actually at this time I believe. And there is another one tomorrow. So please check your programs again. The last Scope and Sequence came from a 1989 document. We think it's time to update the research and to update the recommendations for curricular scope and sequence.

When the Board met the other day, a big issue that arose was the issue of our archives. The NCSS archives which are now being housed at Teachers College at Columbia University. Because they are going out of the archival business, we have to find a new home for those archives. And we are hoping also to find a way of digitizing those archives. So that is going to be a major goal of ours and the Archives Committee over the next year. If you know of anyone who may be interested in housing those archives. I think there's about six hundred boxes, three hundred cubic square feet is about what we need. And we don't want to put them in a simple storage facility. That's for sure. It'll take about a hundred thousand dollars to archive, to digitalize those archives as well. So we are searching for options and for opportunities. And if any of you have a clue or an idea, please talk to one of the Board members or e-mail me or Susan because this is really going to be important.

With that, I will close. I do want to have the Board of Directors stand. They are sitting with their state delegations. Please do stand so that you may be recognized. And if folks want to talk to you, they know you're here. And I will turn this back to Renay. Thank you for being an attentive audience.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Are there any questions for Peggy? Okay, hearing none, then Peggy's report is accepted as presented here to the House of Delegates.

I would like to take a moment to remind you that nominations for the House of Delegates committees, the Assignment, Resolution and Steering, are due in approximately fifteen minutes, more specifically, after the next two reports. The next report is from the Assignment Committee, and then the resolutions are read into record. Just to give you a sense of when those nominations are due. At this time. The report of Assignment Committee, I'd like to call up the chair of the Committee, Tara Sides from the great state of South Carolina. Welcome Tara.

Tara Sides, Chair, Assignment Committee, SC: Hi. I just want to start out saying what a privilege it has been to serve the past three years on the Assignment Committee. I've learned so much about how NCSS operates and it's really been a privilege for me to serve on the national level. I want to start off by saying first that this year we had a really easy job. But this shouldn't be an easy job. It was an easy job because we had so few applications and we handled our work over e-mail this year. So, what I want to charge all y'all is to go back to your Council and encourage, all y'all, so go back to your Council and encourage people to apply to serve on committees. That this is really important work, our communities now, that this is really important work for NCSS and it's a great way for your membership to get involved. So if you know some great people, please encourage them to apply so our job won't be so easy.

Right now I'd like to recognize our committee members, if they would please stand. It has been great to serve with them. Judy Harrelson from North Carolina, Christine Allen from Salem, Oregon, Susan Davis from Nevada, Dwight Holiday from Kentucky, and Gloria McElroy from Tennessee, if all are here.

And then these are the assignments that we chose to make, that we recommend. For Archives: Michael Lovorn and Kit McCormick. For Awards: Kristy Johnson and Ken Hack. For Conference: Megan McGlinn Manfra and Thereon Trimble. For Government Relations: Raymond Chung and Anthony Price. For Membership: Allen Guidry and Deborah Byrnes. And for Publications: John Broome and Jennifer James.

And finally, next year our chair will be Christine Allen. And if she would like to stand so y'all can see her. And I know she's going to do an awesome, awesome job. Thank you.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Thank you Tara. Thank you Assignment Committee for your work on making assignments to communities. We appreciate that.

One of the other important jobs of the House of Delegates involves resolutions and it is now my great privilege to introduce to you Michelle Herczog, the co-chair of the Resolutions Committee from the great state of California. Welcome Michelle.

Michelle Herczog, CA, Co-chair Resolutions Committee: Good afternoon. It's been an honor and a privilege to serve on the Resolutions Committee for three years and I would encourage all of you to sign up and participate in that if you're interested. Let me introduce my colleagues from the Resolutions Committee. Rosalind Fishman was, is co-chair. Greg Timmons from Oregon. The very talented Lois Wolff from Georgia. Our friend Michael Benefield from Middle States and Margo Byerly from Illinois. Thank you. It's been an honor and a privilege to work with you.

It is my task now to read into public record the numbers/titles of each of the resolutions to be presented before you and the be it resolved mentioned at the end. I believe those were passed out to you, so you're free to follow along. Let me read into record.

06-01: Resolution to Increase Membership Through Online Registration

Be it resolved that the NCSS Board explore contracting centralized online membership registration for interested affiliates where affiliates receive direct deposit of funds.

06-02: NCSS Enabling Local, Regional or State Councils in Hosting National Conferences

Be it resolved NCSS will actively negotiate with convention bureaus, chambers of commerce and other pertinent entities to support the financial well-being and survival of the local, state and regional councils.

06-03: Historical Resources Access

Be it resolved that NCSS pursue legislative action to restore adequate funding for national, state and local archives.

06-04: Professional Development Funding for Social Studies Education

Be it resolved NCSS provides an endorsement to local and state councils conveying the importance of present and future funding for professional development opportunities for social studies education.

06-05: Reciprocal State Membership and Conference Registration

Be it resolved that NCSS encourage state councils to offer reciprocal, complimentary state conference registrations and reduced state member fees.

06-06: Maintaining Equitable HOD Representation

Be it resolved that the formula establishing the numerical qualifications for affiliated council's delegates as stated on pages 14-15 of the House of Delegate Manual, Article IV, Section 3.D. be adjusted to maintain the current percentage effectiveness. The formula shall be calculated at one new delegate for every seventy-five members over four hundred.

06-07: State Social Studies Alliance

Be it resolved that NCSS will encourage and support state councils to take leadership roles in forging social studies alliances with other state and local social studies content organizations.

06-08: National Social Studies Alliance

Be it resolved that NCSS will take a leadership role to form alliances and partnerships with other content organizations.

06-09: Conference Director Help From NCSS

Be it resolved that NCSS will share the expertise of the NCSS Conference Director with state and regional conference directors at the Summer Leadership Institute, Annual Conference, or other such functions.

06-10: Intelligent Design, Creationism in Social Studies Curriculum

Be it resolved that the National Council for the Social Studies Board of Directors take all appropriate measures to aid social studies teachers, school administrators, and local school boards in resisting efforts to include instruction in alternatives to evolutionary theory within social studies programs, and

Be it further resolved that the National Council for the Social Studies disseminates a clear, concise rationale for not including instruction in alternatives to evolutionary theory within social studies programs, and

Be it further resolved that the National Council for the Social Studies endorses the study of controversies surrounding the teaching of evolution, creationism and intelligent design in the context of courses addressing public policy issues, comparative religious beliefs, or other similar topics.

06-11: War Resolution

Be it resolved the National Council for the Social Studies urges its members and associated groups through publication of this resolution, Social Education, "The Social Studies Professional" and other appropriate outlets, including the NCSS website, 1) to take a public stand as citizens on behalf of the values and goals taught in social studies and is necessary to the practice of our profession, and 2) to do whatever they can to bring the Iraq war to a speedy conclusion.

I believe this concludes the public reading of the resolutions. Thank you very much for your time.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: The resolutions that follow are ones of commendation and are not read into the record until tomorrow. Are there any resolutions being presented from the floor? Okay. Michelle, thank you. Thank your committee again for all of the hard work over the past couple of days as they've received some of the resolutions.

In a moment here we are going to begin the nomination process, but let me take care of a couple of things first. First, for those of you who are running for the Board offices or Vice President, those offices, would you please move to the back to meet Jeff Passe? He would like to get you organized as you will be doing some presentation here shortly. So if you're running for one of the Board offices or Board positions, please move to the back to meet Jeff Passe. Thank you.

At this time nominations for the House of Delegates committees are due and this is the way I would like to enter them into nomination. I'm going to call those up by committee. First I'm going to call up those that are being nominated for the Assignment Committee. If you're being nominated to the Assignment Committee, if you will come to the front mic which we are going to turn around so you can face the House of Delegates, please come up as a nominee and the person nominating you. Come to the front mic please so that we can enter your name into nomination for the House of Delegates Assignment Committee. We're going to do this by assignment. Once you've nominated the person for the committee, we would like you to present the three part form up here to Susan Griffin. So, who is our first nominee for the Assignment Committee?

Female speaker: I would like to nominate Marjorie Hunter from the Arkansas Council. She has served the past six years on the Board of Directors representing the eastern area of her state, which is chronically underrepresented. And she serves as the newsletter editor currently and for the past five years. Her NCSS experience is, this is her second year as a HOD delegate for Arkansas and she's a presenter at this year's conference. She also has seven years as a teacher in Arkansas and has presented at the Arkansas Conference on Teaching for six years. She's also on her state's Frameworks Committee. Marjorie Hunter.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Thank you. The next candidate for the Assignment Committee?

Fred Isele, IL: Fred Isele, Illinois Council for the Social Studies. These mics are so small. I'd like to nominate Bob Nimtz. Bob is currently our Executive Director and probably one of our best Executive Directors that we've had at the Illinois Council for the Social Studies. Bob does it all. He's the buffet line. He sets it all up and we just hand him the football and he takes it from there. He's finishing up his doctorate at Southern Illinois University and implore you for his vote. Thank you.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Thank you. Another nomination for the Assignment Committee?

Female speaker: Hi, I'd like to place the name in, Merrell Frankel, into nomination. Merrell's from the great state of California. I agree with that characterization. She was honored a year ago as NCSS Middle School Teacher of the Year. And besides that she is a tireless worker and organizer on behalf of California Council for the Social Studies. She's run conferences, she's, she's done it all, all the hard work that makes an organization survive and grow and blossom. And she'd be a great asset to this part of NCSS.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Thank you. Now I'd like to call out those being nominated for the Resolutions Committee. If you and your nominator will come forward. This is for Resolutions. Thank you. Okay Peggy.

Peggy Jackson, NM: Good afternoon. My name is Peggy Jackson from New Mexico. It is my privilege today to place into nomination for Resolutions, the president-elect of the Texas Council, Terry Cherry. I met Terry and Ned Moss, the president of the Texas Council, at leadership in July. Anyway, it's exciting to get to know each of these individuals. Terry has served on the Board at TCSS. He has been vice president, now president-elect. He'll be serving as president next year. One of the interesting things about Terry is that he has participated in presenting in Texas Council. He's presenting in the regional Twelve State, Rocky Mountain, Great Plains Regional in Albuquerque in April.

One of the other things I think that's interesting is that Terry was named Middle Teacher of the Year by TCSS in 2004. He is a panelist for the Dallas Morning News. He is an innovative educator in the classroom. He is a leader. He has been a recipient of the CETA grant to study the founding fathers. He teaches the Constitution in an exciting way. The other thing I think about Terry Cherry is that he has a vision for doing new things in new ways, and particularly a vision of regional work within Texas and other states in the southwest. Terry Cherry has the willing heart to serve on the Resolutions Committee. And it's exciting for me to tell you today that he is the nomination that I bring to you. Thank you.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Thank you.

Female speaker: I am very pleased to nominate Patsy Brooks. Patsy has been in education for the past thirty-two years. She has, for the Tennessee Council, she has served on the Board of Directors for the past thirteen years. She has served as awards chair. She has also served as the president of TCSS. At her local school, she has served as the department chair and the Textbook Committee chair. Here on the national level, she has served on the Resolutions Committee, and she has served as a delegate in the House of Delegates many times since 1993. It's my honor to nominate Patsy Brooks.

Male speaker: Good afternoon. It's my pleasure to present to you Mary Duffin as we in New York nominate her for the Resolutions Committee. Mary is the current secretary for the New York State Council for Social Studies and is also a successful officer in her local organization, the Central New York Council for the Social Studies. She's been a member of the National Council since 1996. This is her third visit to the House of Delegates here in Washington, DC. She's been an elementary school teacher for a number of years and has been a presenter at both the New York State Council and her local council's annual conferences. In addition to that, she has been awarded the Elementary School Teacher of the Year for both her local and the New York State Council. She is also a consultant for the New York State Education Department for Assessments and Curriculum. We couldn't do what we do in New York without her and that's why we are proud of New York to nominate Mary Duffin for a national committee. Thank you.

William Weir, MI: Hello, I'm William Weir from the Michigan Council for Social Studies. It's my very great pleasure to nominate Jackie Reynolds for the Resolution Committee. Jackie is currently president-elect for the Michigan Council of Social studies. Excuse me. She is our Award Committee chairperson. She attended the Summer Leadership Conference and has lobbied Congress for social studies. Currently she is a middle school social studies teacher. She is the social studies department chairperson. She is a teacher consultant with the Michigan Geographic Alliance. She is also a member of the Michigan, a member of the Civil War Re-enactment for the 102nd Colored Regiment. She has just begun a doctoral, excuse me, education doctoral program with Weldon University. And again, it is my great honor to nominate Jackie Reynolds for the Resolutions Committee

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: At this time I'd like to call up those being nominated and those nominating people for the House of Delegates Steering Committee. So the nominees and nominators for the House of Delegates Steering Committee. Really it's not that difficult. I stand here in front of you showing I can live through that. It's possible. Gotcha.

Female speaker: Good afternoon. I would like to present my colleague and very dear friend, Tara Sides, as a nominee for the Steering Committee. Tara has served as our past president of the South Carolina Council for Social Studies. She has served as vendor chair. She has served five years in the House of Delegates and past chair of the Assignment Committee, still on the Assignment Committee. She is a nationally board certified teacher and currently serving as a master teacher for social studies and language arts and has been a presenter at state and national conferences on a variety of levels related to social studies. I'm very proud to present Tara Sides.

Female speaker: See I have the opposite problem Fred. It is my great pleasure to nominate Sara Justice from the Colorado Council for the Social Studies for the Steering Committee. Although Sara has only been teaching for seven years, she jumped in immediately with getting active. She presented at the National GT conference within her first two years of teaching, has served on the Colorado Council Board for five years, secretary and now vice president. And what she'll bring to the Steering Committee is enthusiasm, organizational skills and a willingness to openly dialogue but never afraid to make a decision when it is time to make one. I think it's important that we allow the next generation to be a part of the process. It is a great pleasure to nominate Sara.

Male speaker: I am honored to nominate today, Keith Dauer. Keith Dauer is currently very actively involved in the New England History Teachers Association, an association which is a celebrating its 110th birthday this year, the oldest professional organization for history teaching in the country. Keith has also been the treasurer of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies. He has been exhibit chair at NERC, the Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies. He's been on countless committees for the National Council for the Social Studies as a House of Delegate since '88, on the Publications Committee, the Conference Committee, and the International Committee.

In addition, he's a highly, highly successful and very, very diligent guy who works really hard to get things done on a regular basis. That's evidenced by the fact that he was Connecticut Teacher of the Year and also the Kidrow Award winner for history teacher, best history teacher in New England. It is a great honor to nominate my good friend Keith Dauer.

Dan Langen, OH: Dan Langen from the great state of Ohio and the great state of Ohio may be willing to negotiate on the Toledo Corridor.

Female speaker: I'll give you the UP.

Dan Langen, OH: Works for us. Alright.

It is my distinct pleasure to present to you Jim Lane for this committee assignment. Jim is a thirty-five year member of Ohio Council for Social Studies, which officially makes his tenure there two years longer than the age of our current president. He has been OCSS Teacher of the Year. He is a past president of OCSS. Jim is a wonderful teacher. He is someone who inspires students every day. He is one of the most well traveled individuals I know. He has taught social studies in both Lithuania and Cambodia. He is an adjunct professor at John Carroll University, a trainer for Red Cross's Exploring Humanitarian Law Curriculum. He has, lost my place there. He has been involved in NCSS over those years as well, over twenty presentations at NCSS meetings. He has served on the Religion and Schools Committee, Membership Committee for two terms and the NCSS Board of Directors. He may take this as another cut on his age, but it's not meant that way. When I grow up Jim is the teacher I want to become. I hope that you can make Jim a part of this committee.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: While I am asking the candidates for the Board position to come forward as they are about to give their speech, please come forward candidates who are about to give your speeches, I'd like to remind you that tomorrow morning in the House of Delegates we will be voting on both the committees and also the resolutions. So tonight as you're enjoying some down time and meeting with your colleagues from various states to discuss the resolutions, keep in mind that we will be voting on committees also tomorrow in the House of Delegates, tomorrow morning to be precise with that.

At this time it is my pleasure to introduce to you the past president of the National Council for Social Studies and the chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, Jeff Passe, who will introduce for you the various candidates running for the different Board positions for this coming year. Jeff, please come. Thank you.

Jeff Passe, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee, NC: Good afternoon. It's nice to be back up here. We have a fantastic slate of candidates who are eager to share their views. You will note that a change from the past, now that we have fewer slots to fill because of the governance transition changes that have been implemented, we have increased the amount of time that each candidate will address you. The vice presidential candidates will each have five minutes as usual. But the other candidates will have three minutes each. So you'll probably learn a lot more about them. And we will begin with Syd Golston from Arizona, candidate for vice president. And as we know the candidates, the election for vice president, that person becomes president-elect and then finally becomes president, and then becomes past president and then becomes a has been. No, I'm just kidding.

Syd Golston, AZ: I'm Syd Golston. I served two terms on the Board of Directors, chaired and worked on many committees, and published articles in Social Education. Some of the projects I've supervised for NCSS involved training and travel to your states. Notably, the fabulous week at the Mountain Institute in the Appalachians. This weekend I will give the 43rd and 44th sessions I have presented at annual conferences. So I should be a familiar face. It's a lot of experience, twenty some years of it as a classroom teacher, experience which leads me clearly to the positions I would take as your officer.

I will fight for the restoration of the civic mission of schools, the critical role that social studies must play in the education of an American. This role has faded to the background in the deafening buzz of No Child Left Behind, adequate yearly progress, the scores, always the scores. We have lost sight of the power of social studies to transform lives. There isn't time, we hear, there is only the test.

Still some promising avenues are reopening for social studies and I would champion these if I were elected. First of all, the campaign for the civic mission of schools itself, with its state level coalitions, is producing exciting effects on local and national legislators. I have worked with its authors and in our Arizona civics coalition and I see the promise of this movement. The campaign names specific approaches we can all applaud from dynamic instruction in history and government to service learning. The campaign is already bringing congressional attention back to social studies.

Secondly, leaders of our sister social science organizations in history, civics, geography and economics met with NCSS last September and two days ago as a Social Studies Summit. The plan is to unite under one banner. And with a single voice we will surely be heard better by policy makers. We've waited a long time for this move toward cooperation, and we must put our energy and leadership skills toward maintaining it.

Next, social studies can be in the vanguard of the technology revolution in schools. We use the Internet more, we blog, and PowerPoint and videoconference in our classrooms. This summer I collaborated with a team of NCSS technology leaders who created a social studies literacy map for the partnership for 21st century skills. Please read the literacy map. You'll be excited at what you see in it. With our new NCSS interest communities we can share such lessons and techniques for all comers instantly online.

Finally, there is the obvious way to make hay where the sun is shining in the world of No Child Left Behind. The bonds between literacy and social science should deepen. Our NCSS collaborations with the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association make excellent sense. If we had an NCSS community called literacy and social studies just imagine the activities, the booklets, the units we could circulate among all the teachers in the United States.

There is much for us to build upon as we approach policy makers. In my own state I think of the projects I have judged in National History Day competitions and of the teachers to whom I have given Arizona Council for the Social Studies awards. I think of Tim Rocky, the government teacher in Phoenix who tells his students, I'm going teacher you how to, teach you the rules and then we're going to play the game. His students printed a voter's guide so powerful that congressional candidates spoke in his classroom. I think of the history of the Tucson Bayou written and published by middle school students. And I think of the fourth grade Arizona history teachers of the small town of Mayer, Arizona who hold Disaster Day, a mine collapse or perhaps a railroad derailment where every child is meshed with a real first responder. When these children grow up to be adults and the community needs crisis volunteers, they will respond.

As a school administrator, I visit and evaluate teachers in many fields. And I don't have to tell you that there's nothing like walking into the classroom of a social studies teacher who's got all his lights on. Watch a teacher who's involved her class in a role play or a debate and then you'll see what education is like when truly no child is left behind. I want us to bring experiences like these back into the educational forefront and I hope to lead NCSS in doing so.

Caesar Chavez said, the aim of all education must surely be service to others. My great colleague, Paul Horne and I feel privileged to offer you our service as leaders of the council. Thank you for that honor.

Jeff Passe, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee, NC: The next vice presidential candidate will be Paul Horne of South Carolina.

Paul Horne, SC: Madam President, members of the House of Delegates, members of the staff of NCSS and fellow candidates. My name is Paul Horne and I am a candidate for vice president. Presently I serve as the curriculum and program review director for the Education Oversight Committee in South Carolina, which is the state accountability agency. While I'm standing up here, please do not throw things at me because I work in accountability. I am also the executive director of the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies and have been so for about ten years. Since 1989 I have been a member of NCSS and active in NCSS conferences and on NCSS committees. I served as the chair of Steering Committee, the chair of the Curriculum Committee and on the Board of Directors. I have presented several times and I have served on several conference planning committees.

I believe I am uniquely qualified to serve as vice president of NCSS. I have served at all levels of education, been a high school classroom teacher, a social studies supervisor, I've been a school administrator, I teach teachers in how to improve instruction with diverse students and I work for a state level agency that deals with state policy. I have a Ph.D. in History, which makes me unique in that I am a historian who looks at historians and says history is not the most important, history is one aspect of social studies.

I've been fortunate to serve on committees that have developed state standards. And I've also been fortunate in developing curriculum materials and writing state history textbooks. I've conducted numerous professional development activities over the term, some connected with NCSS, some with sponsors or exhibitors for NCSS.

If elected, I will focus on three priorities. First, I would continue the efforts that have begun with the Social Studies Summit for social disciplines to improve the prominence in social studies in educational, political and social circles. The most significant issue facing social studies education is the lack of respect given social studies by politicians, practitioners of disciplines that are part of the social studies and the general public. Historians, geographers, economists, anthropologists, etc. often malign social studies educators though social studies is the vehicle through which history, geography, etc. are delivered to students. Social studies educators prepare students to be participating citizens in our democratic process. And social studies is the discipline that incorporates reading, writing and mathematics as well as science. We are those educators.

The second area I would focus on would be professional development. NCSS has a rich group of individuals who could provide additional professional development activities throughout the nation. NCSS at this point, has a limited field in professional development. In South Carolina we have teamed with the state department of education to offer summer institutes and other entities in which we have improved social studies instruction. Social studies, NCSS also needs to develop a bank of individuals to assist states with the development of standards and assessments as we move forward and as we work to be included where necessary in No Child Left Behind.

Third, I want to see NCSS work to help its affiliates to get the expertise in places like Florida, which has a great financial situation and help other state delegations. From South Carolina, which is a small state with a fourteen hundred member council. From Michigan and Minnesota, which have great political activists background. We need to spread that throughout the nation and throughout our affiliates.

Finally, you'll get a ballot sometime in February and I would just encourage you to vote. We are the group that teaches democracy and participating citizenship. Whether you vote for me, which I hope you will, or you vote for my, for Syd, I would encourage you to vote because you represent this organization and you should be making the decisions and large numbers should be making the decisions for who leads this organization over the next several years. Thank you.

Jeff Passe, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee, NC: We have, excuse me, we have two candidates for the Early Childhood Elementary Classroom Teacher. The first one will be Rorie Measure from New Mexico.

Rorie Measure, NM: I'm Rorie Measure running for the Elementary Education position on the Board of Directors. I'd like to start by saying thank you. As a small town classroom teacher from Las Cruses, New Mexico where border issues are our every day issues, and as a small town teacher, I can testify to the contributions you make, whether under the name of this organization or We The People, Endowment for the Humanities, National Geographic Alliance and many more, you help me bring powerful educational experiences to students who live far from here.

NCSS contributes to my professional growth as well. I've been president of the New Mexico Council. I've learned to present workshops, facilitate in-service training, and host a state conference. I've lobbied congressmen in Washington and worked at the Second Congressional Conference for Civic Education. I'm a founder of the New Mexico Coalition for Civic Education, which has produced legislation.

This year my job description changed from classroom teacher to professional development teacher. From my new perspective I am disturbed by a lack of social studies in literacy education. Elementary teachers are asked to slide history and geography out of their daily lessons in a misguided attempt to increase standardized test scores. As members of the premiere, professional social studies organization, we are challenged to explain that social studies skills and content are the foundation of literate citizens. Education is how each generation protects the next one. Constitution Day is a start, but it isn't nearly enough. To truly influence young citizens, social studies educators need more time than that.

The National Council for the Social Studies must continue influencing public policy. We must think ever more creatively about reframing the national conversation. I propose taking our message directly into people's homes by strengthening out ties to the media, embedding our skills across the curriculum by working with publishers and educating school district administrators. We must find new ways to do what we have always done, support teachers in their classrooms.

I close with an invitation. On April 12th New Mexico hosts the Rocky Mountain Great Plains Regional Conference. Please continue this conversation in Albuquerque as we create new opportunities for the National Council for the Social Studies. I'm Rorie Measure, candidate for the Elementary Education seat on the Board. I appreciate your help.

Jeff Passe, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee, NC: The next candidate for the Early Childhood Elementary position will be Kim O'Neil from New York.

Kim O'Neil, NY: Good afternoon. I'm Kim O'Neil from Liverpool near Syracuse, which is in Central New York. I've been an elementary teacher throughout my career and am currently a sixth grade teacher in a K-6 building. I have a masters degree in library science and a degree in elementary administration, but yet I've always returned to the classroom. I've always been actively involved in professional organizations that promote the teaching and learning of social studies. I've been a president of my local council. I'm currently the president-elect of New York State Council and their convention chair. I am teacher liaison for Syracuse University, their Center for European Studies and South Asian Society. I am a Fellow in a [inaudible] year of the Girda Institute's Transatlantic Outreach Program. And I'm currently a member of the Book Review Committee for the Notable Trade Books for Social Studies that's in sponsorship, co-sponsorship with NCSS and the Children's Book Council.

In the years that I've taught Washington, what went on in Washington really had little, if any, impact on what happened in my classroom. And then 2002 hit, the NCLB right there, it affected everything in the elementary world. I began to see social studies virtually disappear from the classroom. It's my goal to continue to work with the NCSS Board to promote the social studies program to return in a vibrancy to the elementary world.

For my fear is if we don't have that, these are the citizens will have. These are my top ten fears. If you'll indulge me. Ten, a citizen who is only helpful to himself. Nine, a citizen who cannot explain the meaning behind the national holidays other than they make for long weekends. Eight, a citizen who cannot locate the fifty states, let alone Iraq, on a map. Seven, a citizen who feels that nature's resources are unlimited. Six, a citizen who believes a survivor is a simulation of democracy. Five, a citizen that the world thinks, or should think like he thinks. Four, a citizen who does not concern himself with the responsibilities of voting. Three, a citizen who does not understand other cultures and finds little value in participating in a global society. Two, a citizen who does not comprehend propaganda and who believes all that he sees and hears regardless of what newspaper, television pundit or politician says it. Number one, no citizen at all.

So with these thoughts in mind, I urge you to think about what we can all do to keep social studies education in the forefront of elementary schools. Thank you.

Jeff Passe, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee, NC: We have three candidates for Secondary Classroom Teacher and the first one of those will be Karen Burgard from Missouri.

Karen Burgard, MO: Hello there. My name is Karen Burgard. I'm from Kansas City, Missouri. Some of you may remember me from last year's NCSS national conference. I was the one holding conference bags or directing traffic saying, the twelve hundred hall is that way. I have gained so much from NCSS and I'm so proud to be a member. From professional colleagues to share ideas and information with, to traveling to wonderful new cities rich with culture and history, to gaining lifelong friends, NCSS has enriched my life both professionally and personally and I care a great deal about the future of this organization.

My experience with NCSS, my professional bio, and my educational philosophy will all be in the candidate packet. But I did want to take a moment to share just a few things with you. From the local Kansas City level up to the national level, I've been active in advocating the teaching of social studies for several years. I learned so much from being a former Missouri Council for the Social Studies president and that experience was so rewarding. In being a co-chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for Kansas City last year was an incredible experience as well. I was also on the Membership Committee and its chair when the organization saw an impressive increase in its membership. This year, I'm the vice-chair of the Conference Committee and I presented at both the Missouri state and national conference levels, and I've been a member of the House of Delegates for several years.

In the classroom, possibly the thing I love most about teaching, is that social studies can be applied to my students' life every day. I love it when my students say to me, hey Ms. B., I heard on the news the other day what we talked about in class. Or when they say, hey Ms. B., did you know such and such about some negative historical information that they learned the night before because they stayed up all night watching the history channel. Those moments are priceless to me.

I've been a social studies educator for twelve years. It's in my family blood. My mom taught social studies. My aunt taught social studies. My cousin just recently graduated with a social studies education degree. So I love the teaching of social studies. But it always seems that almost every time I tell someone what I do for a living they scrunch up their face and then they gasp and they say, oh I'm sorry as if I drew the short straw in the career choices lot game. That always made me a little sad. But just yesterday, when I was waiting at KCI Airport for my plane to be de-iced, someone asked me what I did for a living. When I told him, he said, oh that's so cool. I bet that's a great job. And that made me smile because you know what, this is a great job. And if elected, I promise to work diligently to keep promoting and advocating our profession and this organization so we and our students can continue to thrive in this great job. Thank you.

Jeff Passe, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee, NC: The next candidate will be Nan Jones from South Carolina.

Nan Jones, SC: Good afternoon. I'm Nan Jones. I'm from South Carolina. I bring to you diversity just like Jeff. I was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in New Jersey and then moved to New York State. Then when I got really cold, I went south to college in North Carolina to a little tiny school called Wake Forest. Then I taught in Kentucky, but I lived in Ohio. And then we moved, after I had my son in a blizzard, we moved to South Carolina where I've been for twenty years, teaching for twenty years. I have thirty years in the classroom.

I believe passionately that history and social studies is a vital part of our lives. A wise person said this morning, by the name of Peggy, that we need to prepare our students for the twenty-first century and that's my job. I'm the last, I teach eleventh grade U.S. History. I'm one of the last steps they see before they go out. My job, I hope is to prepare them to be an informed voter like Ms. B. said, they come back and say, Ms. Jones you know I actually know what they were talking about on the presidential election and why those numbers are so important. And I thought, hallelujah I finally got through to them.

I've been very involved at NCSS. I'm a rather outspoken person. I think that we need to join together. We need to form relationships. Our current president, Charles Vaughan, said, one of the most important things is to take a step and you'll have done it. And that step is to become a part of an organization, whether it's a local council, whether it's your state council, or whether it's the national council. All of these are important. This is a crucial time. I guess we don't even need to say that. Almost like preaching to the choir. You guys all know that. And we need to step forward.

Social studies, in my point of view, is the glue that holds everything together. I was telling a friend of mine who is a vendor and she just started. She said, teach about democracy Nan. Tell these kids what it's about, why it's important. Why do we do that? We teach them reading skills, we teach them literacy. We teach them civic responsibility. We teach them to draw conclusions and hopefully not listen to propaganda, and do a good job on that. So our job is very, very important. And right now, we're at the crossroads. We want social studies to be a core subject. It's critical. We want those kids. You don't realize. I teach seventeen and eighteen year old kids. They're going to be voting in the next presidential election and I sure hope they know what they're doing. And that's important. Thank you. I hope you remember me. My name is Nan Jones. I bring diversity.

The other thing I forgot to tell you is that I taught in five or six different states. I've taught in schools that had less than three hundred and I've taught in Charlotte in Winston Salem, large area. So I have a wide variety of background, which I hope can be put to use. Thank you.

Jeff Passe, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee, NC: The third candidate will be Mert Martens from Colorado.

Mert Martens, CO: Hi I'm Mert Martens and I'm from the states of Colorado and Oklahoma because both of them still have my heart. I stand before you and look out and know that there are lots of people out here that I know. And so I ask some of you what should I say. Person number one, and what I found out from all of you is you know me too well. Person number one said, don't forget to breathe. Person number two said, keep it short and simple. Person number three said, remember you're teaching to the choir. And person number four said, say something so that everyone will remember what you said. And I thought about that advice and I thought, what can someone running for the Board of Directors of the National Council for the Social Studies say to a room full of people who are hot, tired, know that there is free stuff downstairs, looking at their watches saying, forty-five minutes and I can get a free drink, that they will remember, oh, Mert said that.

So I'm going to stand before you and say something that no candidate in the history of NCSS has ever said. I stand before you suggesting that we need to get rid of the social studies. And the room was quiet. Why? Because if we don't get on the forefront of that bandwagon, it's, the bus is gone without us folks. Reality is that's what's happening in many, many of our schools. Am I serious about being on the front of that bus? Absolutely not. I'm serious about being in front of that bus, and saying to school board members, and members of congress, and members of state legislators, and members of groups within the social studies who think that American History is more important than any other discipline, or economics is more important than any other discipline, or civics or government is more important than any other discipline, and each of them. I'm saying we need to stand in front of that bus and say, wait a minute. Social studies is the heart and soul of the curriculum. We can have great scientists, and if they are in Nazi Germany it doesn't make any difference for the rest of the world how good they are.

I have thirty seconds left. Whomever you choose to vote for, exercise your power to vote. Vote for the NCSS Board of Directors and then support the Board of Directors in making social studies the most important thing in the curriculum in every school in the United States. Thank you.

Jeff Passe, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee, NC: You'll notice that while we have a new category for our elections, and we have two at-large slots and the first one is a K-12 Classroom Teacher At-Large. And the first one, speaker, candidate for that will be Gene Almeida from California.

Gene Almeida, CA: Good afternoon. My name is Gene Almeida. I have taught at the middle school level. I teach right now in high school. I serve as the social studies department chair and I sit on the governing board of our local college Child Development Center and I am also a room parent for my daughter's elementary grade level classroom.

I would first like to thank my local council, the Southern California Social Science Association for getting me involved in professional organizations, which has led me here tonight, and involvement with the National Council for Social Studies. It is specifically the issue of governance that interests me most. As the NCSS Board of Directors looked into changing its structure, a committee was formed to develop a specific plan to do just that and I am grateful, and I was honored to work with outstanding professionals in that committee. For three years we met and many of those ideas are just now being put forth into action.

With your support, I would like to continue that work. In that capacity, I look forward to sharing our professional experiences to see how this organization can both grow and meet the needs of its constituencies. I am committed to that vision of growing our organization virtually through our NCSS website, through our communities, through our conferences and through the accumulated leadership of all of us in this room.

Indeed it is my goal to work with all of our parts so that our dedication to our profession and to this discipline of social studies can meet the goals outlined by our president, Dr. Altoff, and also to earn the respect of everyone out there. It is incumbent upon us together to change the trends and perceptions of education on a national level, in our states, and in our local school districts. I see one day that we can feel confident and secure that all student clearly understand the importance of receiving a quality education where citizenship values and a comprehensive social studies curriculum is both honored and valued. That day will come and it will through your hard work and commitment.

I appreciate your votes on the Board. We can make that happen. But most of all I'd like to thank you for your dedication as professionals and allowing me to address you here tonight because I am confident that your continued efforts to educate America's future leaders will be sustained through your excellent work. Together, through the National Council for Social Studies we can bring us all closer to achieving that vision. Thank you.

Jeff Passe, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee, NC: The second candidate for K-12 Classroom Teacher At-Large will be Michael Koren from Wisconsin.

Michael Koren, WI: Good afternoon. My name is Mike Koren from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Just who is Mike Koren? I have taught for twenty-seven years. This is my twenty-seventh year in teaching. Twenty-five of them in a suburban Milwaukee school district called Maple Dale School. I teach seventh and eighth grade U.S. History. I've been very involved at all levels of the social studies locally, statewide and nationally.

At the state level, I've been on the executive board of the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies for approximately fifteen years and have served as the treasurer of that association for the past six and a half years. I have great understanding of financial issues as Wisconsin has gone through all different situations in the past six years.

At the national level, I am currently on the Board of Directors with my term ending June 2007. I have served on numerous committees including the Scope and Sequence Committee, which is right now at this very moment presenting a plan for a national scope and sequence. I've been on the Archives Committee, the Membership Committee, which is a current committee that I am on, as well as the Teacher Education Committee. I've given numerous sessions at the state level almost every year for the past fifteen or twenty years. And I've given five or six sessions here at NCSS.

The question that we need to look at, what issues face this organization? And I see three issues. One of those issues is No Child Left Behind. It's not okay that in some states social studies is no longer being taught at the elementary level, or barely being taught at the elementary level. The current issue of Cable in the Classroom deals with how do you squeeze in social studies if it's not being taught. There are some quotes in there by myself and a few other people. But that is not okay and we must address that.

In addition, we need to continue to provide in-services for teachers. When I give in-services or workshops at state conferences or at national conferences, the ones that are best attended, in my opinion, are the ones where teachers can take lesson plans and materials that they can use in class the next day that they go back.

And we also need to grow our membership. NCSS must increase its membership. How do we do these things? One, we need to continue to work with Washington partners. They are a vital involvement for us politically, which is another thing we must do, be involved politically. We also need to continue to provide our quality in-service programs and expand those so more teachers can get in-service training. And we must continue to advocate for social studies. And I will continue to do that. I've done that the last three years on the Board. I will continue to do that.

I would be remiss if I stood up here and didn't acknowledge all those people in my past twenty-seven years, some no longer with us, some with us, who have helped me get to where I am today. To them, as to with everybody, I am very, very grateful. Thank you very much.

Jeff Passe, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee, NC: The next category is the overall at large candidate. And the first candidate to speak will be Bruce Damasio from Maryland.

Bruce Damasio, MD: Silence. Silence is what you get if you don't have communication, the input, the insight and the advice from the members. This room represents the heart of NCSS. But it's not the body of NCSS. The body of NCSS is out there. And all those members who didn't come to Washington, or who may come to San Diego, or Atlanta, or Houston in the future. At-Large, it beats a medium or a small, but it speaks great deal about the responsibilities of this position. At-Large means you're an advocate for all members, whether they are K-12, whether they're CUFA, CSSS or any other acronym I could just blow right up here at the moment. But the idea is that At-Large represents the entire body of National Council for the Social Studies.

As a coach, the acronym, TEAM is used often to describe a group of people coming together for a common goal. It's also the bumper sticker that says, Together Everyone Achieves More. That's the role of an At-Large delegate. Together Everyone Achieves More. The heart of social studies at NCSS may be in this room, but the message must go out to the entire body. As a previous member of the Board, I was asked as my term closed, what was the best thing you remember about your time? And I will quote that moment again from the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. When Sean Connery is asked what he learned, he says, illumination. The role of an At-Large member is to illuminate the heart of NCSS, the House of Delegates about the body and its concerns and then take the message from the heart and share it to the body of its members. As an At-Large member, I'd be honored to have that responsibility again and I thank you for your consideration for me for that role.

Jeff Passe, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee, NC: The next candidate for the At-Large position will be Eric Groce from North Carolina.

Eric Groce, NC: Good afternoon. I'd like to thank you for the opportunity and for this to visit with you today, and also take a few moments to introduce myself, as well as tell you why I am interested in running for the NCSS Board of Directors. First of all, I'd like to detail my involvement in social studies up to this point. Between my years as an elementary school teacher, I taught grades one, two, three, four and five different years as well as my service at the university. I taught social studies for about twenty years, served on the state boards in Mississippi as well as in North Carolina, on the editorial board for Social Studies and the Young Learner as well as chairing the Notables Committee and being the incoming chair for the Carter G. Woodson Committee. In my current position in Appalachian State University, I'm involved in writing, and reading, and researching about social studies, but also in working with teachers to better social studies.

My reason for running is the concern that's been echoed through the other people that have come before me. Social studies is being squeezed to the back burner. It's being pushed out of the curriculum. And the testing, I know, is dominating this, and the language arts and math are at the forefront of this parade. But this segmented lockstep curriculum where everybody is on page seventy-four at the same time on the same day is going to get us into trouble. I heard from teachers over and over again that they're having to fight to integrate social studies within the school day. And this doesn't make sense to me. I understand teaching kids about chronology, teaching kids about the effects of, about cause an effect and about implicit reasoning. But don't you need a context for that? Social studies is the context. Social studies is life.

I often, when I'm teaching, when we get to a point in the road and I say, so what. What if, so what if this doesn't take place? If we as social studies professionals, if we are supposed to be producing informed and effective citizens and our hands are tied behind our back, how can this take place? Secondary teachers are already looking down the hall and saying, my kids are not showing up with what they need to the elementary school teachers. So we're all in this rowboat together, secondary, university, and elementary as well. And they can't look to the end and say, hey you need to keep that leak at your end of the boat. So we need to band together in this, in this effort.

This week on Tuesday, two colleagues and I went to nine different congressional offices and visited with people about our concerns. In one office we met with a senior staffer at a senator's office and a gentleman said, could you give me any data or any examples about social studies curriculum matching up with life-skills? And I wanted to say, are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? So quickly we talked about critical thought processes, and comprehending, and analysis, and interpreting current events, about allocation of global resources, about immigration, things along this line. And I think after a few minutes, he figured out what I wanted you to see today in my few minutes here, that I am passionate about social studies. I'm concerned about its future, and if elected I would be persistent and proactive in putting it back in its rightful place. Thank you.

Jeff Passe, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee, NC: The third candidate for At-Large will be Nancy Patterson from Ohio.

Nancy Patterson, OH: You may have heard of my illustrious political career. I indeed ran for and won the office of vice president of the second grade. My campaign slogan, very clever, Nancy for Vice. It just didn't fit on that button from the little button kit, so I shortened it. A few short years later, I mean about the twenty-seventh grade, standing before you as an educational researcher and teacher advocate.

I grew up in a rural community in southern Ohio. Daughter of a school nurse and a southern Baptist preacher. Very active in their communities and teachers both of them. I was always excited about school and stayed in school for three degrees and a teaching license in secondary social studies. Sandwiched in between degrees, I've traveled and taught. My most dynamic teaching experience being overseas in Taiwan.

Five years ago I returned to Ohio as a professor of secondary social studies education, helping prepare social studies teachers, and we do prepare seventy to eighty. In fact, I prepare seventy to eighty students a year. It's only a small part of what I do at Bowling Green State University in northern Ohio.

I've had numerous opportunities to work closely with teachers and schools. For one, working in a local urban high school on a long range comprehensive small schools reform effort. It's been very exciting and dynamic for all of us. And for another, collaborating on two TAH grants, Teaching American History grants. So I've been working with fourth grade to twelfth grade teachers on the use of primary source documents in teaching history effectively. Keeping my feet on the grounds in schools is very important to me. It gets me out of the ivory tower, makes me a better professor and a better teacher.

Another important piece of my growth as a social studies educator has been my increasing involvement with NCSS. Recent services chair of the Academic Freedom Committee has been transformative. The committee has been very active in the conversion to community. Our committee was chosen as a model for that proposed transformation.

Two issues of high priority for me, I think this year we might get something done about the place of elementary social studies in the curriculum. So that's on my agenda. I can help with collaboration of research and data collection. I could collaborate across states to conduct an expand research that would allow us to fight for that place.

Also, the notion of academic freedom and getting contract language in public documents, in contracts that protects academic freedom is a priority. In other words, not Nancy for Vice but Nancy for a permanent place and powerful practice in social studies.

Jeff Passe, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee, NC: The final category is the FASSE Governing Board, that's the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education. And the first candidate for that is Steven Seto from Massachusetts.

Steven Seto, MA: Hi, Steve Seto from Boston, Massachusetts. The question they asked me was the most significant issue facing social studies teachers. That's just the wrong question for running for the FASSE Board. You should have said, hey Steve, how you guys gonna raise money? I've been a model U.N. Advisor. I've been the Senior Class Advisor. I've been a Boy Scout leader. All I've ever done is raise money. I know how to do it. Now, it's the FASSE Board. It's Christa McAuliffe. How hard can it be? It's not the Edie Amin Society right? It's Christa McAuliffe. Who doesn't like Christa McAuliffe? So there should be a lot more fund raising. We should be giving out ten thousand dollar awards. We can do it. It's a good cause.

My significant other said to me, sure another committee. There are at least four weekends in a month, in the year you're not doing anything. Let's fill those up. So if there is one thing, when you get the ballot in the mail and you open it and you see Steve Seto for FASSE Board. You say, you know, if he wins I'm sending this guy to San Diego cause my boss, when you see that administrative looking guy standing next to me tonight at the Nystrom dance, come up to me and say, you know you ought to go to San Diego. Alright? Just [inaudible].

I have some really great ideas, first of all, you know. And they just, you know, said to me, you have two minutes left. I don't even need two minutes. All you gotta know is this. I know how to raise money and I'm gonna work hard. And talking bout working hard. Talking about working hard. Somebody said to me today, a number of people, tell them you're gonna work hard. Regardless of how hard I work, I have a sign in my room, think of how hard Harriet Tubman worked and it doesn't seem so hard anymore right. I will try as hard as I can. Thanks.

Jeff Passe, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee, NC: The second candidate for FASSE Governing Board will be Terry Trimble from Florida.

Terry Trimble, FL: After that I say, vote for Steve. Last year at the conference I received an award for service to social studies. I warned people at that time that doesn't mean I'm going away. Got a second breath. Want to do something new and Gayle led us into a belief in the value of the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education. There's two aspects of it: one, raising money, and two, having a vision for what it should be about.

There are so many needs and so few resources out there for everyone. We must a) have a plan to raise it, b) we must have a plan on what it is to promote. We must visualize. We must create initiatives. We must promote advocacy through this fund. We must make this a fund that is recognized for the contributions it makes. It is not just something that sits there.

Every distinguished organization that many of you belong to are known for their endowments, for their funds that support worthwhile endeavors. And I don't mean endeavors just to buy out coaches contracts. I mean endeavors to further the goals of the organization. This is the purpose of the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education. We will be known for our contributions and the status of this fund. If we do not believe in ourselves enough to build this into the status it should be, why should anyone else believe in it? We've got to step forward. We've got to make this a priority. This has got to be a flagship program that helps us reach the next level as a professional organization. Thank you.

Jeff Passe, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee, NC: If you consider it difficult to decide between Steven and Terry for that position, rest assured. There are two slots to fill and they are running unopposed. So we can have them both. But you will have to vote and choose between the others. And I know it will be difficult choices. Please spread the word about your experience here. Not everybody has gotten the opportunity to hear these candidates speak. Share some of your perceptions and remind people to vote. It's easy to forget. And thank you.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Jeff, I want to thank you and your committee for the fine slate of candidates that will be running for the National Council for the Social Studies Board. Please remember to vote in February and thank you for being involved.

Several years ago the National Council of Social Studies began to take on the endeavor of changing some of the governance structure, reducing the size of the Board. At that point in time, the Governance Transition Committee was put together to help the organization make the transition from that Board to the newly configured Board. At this time, I would like to introduce Stephen Johnson and Steven Goldberg who are giving us an update about the transition of the governance structure of NCSS. So, Stephen and Steven, welcome and thank you.

Stephen Johnson, TX: I guess we can call this Stephen and Steven show up here when we get through. Good afternoon. I know it is late in the day and we want to move through some things, but I do want to take my first congratulations to Washington, DC for the past three days of the most beautiful weather I have seen in a long time. I thought I was in Houston, it was so hot and humid. And understand where I live, we're very dry. For the past two days my school has been, has had two late starts. I live in Texas and we've had over four inches of snow and ice. I don't know what we're having up here. This morning the news said that we were going to have sixty mile and hour winds this afternoon. I don't know what you call that. Where I live we call it a breeze. So, only thing different was we have no trees and there are lots of leaves flying around and I had a hard time understanding what those were.

Three years ago in February of 2003, the Governance Task Force which had been appointed several years before that went through and looked at some governance items and rearranging, or making recommendations to a way to improve our organization to help make it more efficient and to make the process more, well more efficient to the needs of social studies educators. So with that, the Governance Task Force presented a report to the national Board of, NCSS Board of Directors. The whole report was accepted and the Board indicated that it would act upon recommendations as they deemed appropriate.

The Governance, the Governance Task Force also recommended a creation of a transition team to evaluate the reports suggestions and provide an implementation plan. At that time, the Board approved to put in place what we called a Governance Transition Team, was created in the spring of 2003 and has served until the summer of 2006. We were extended over through this conference so that we could make a final report and present that final report to the Board of Directors in February of, the Board meeting in 2007.

First, I would like to recognize the people who have served for three years, timeless effort. Many of those people are not in the room today because they are doing presentations and are involved in other things. So I want to recognize everyone and thank them for the hard work they have done. We had two face to face meetings outside of the conference.

We made at every conference at least once or twice, we had open discussions with many of the membership. And at this time the conference, the committee, the Transition Team was very open to all of the suggestions that we took in place. One thing that the Transition Team wanted to make sure that everyone in the membership understood, we wanted to have a two way communication throughout the organization and we were able to do that. Every step that we took, we took the time, we discussed it, we opened it up. We sent messages to the Board of Directors. We allowed discussion at the Summer Leadership Institutes. We had discussions with the Board. We broke up into sessions. We had opportunities after the second House of Delegates every year where we had a time to meet and we had people to come in and ask questions and give their advice, point of view. And we took all of those things into consideration.

Some of these changes have been made throughout the time period of the three years. And some of these changes are still being made. And some of them involved Constitutional amendments. So with that, it has taken a while to make some of the changes so that we can make our organization more efficient and more effective for social studies education.

Let me introduce our committee. Gene Almeida from California, if you will stand. Debbie Gallagher from Florida. Jesus Garcia from Nevada. Steve Goldberg from New York. Pat Guillory from Georgia. Dan Langen from Ohio. Jeff Passe from North Carolina. Mark Previte from Pennsylvania. Denee Mattioli from Tennessee. Mary Ellen Sorenson from Massachusetts. And Michael Yocum, who was on the Governance Task Force from Michigan, also served with this. Would you give these people a round of applause for all their hard work? Thank you.

I would also like to recognize one other person because when you're on a transition team or you are beginning to work and you're doing so much writing and so many ideas are going through your head and you're trying to compose it into a report, you want it where everyone will understand it. Well of course the twelve people on the team always understood the report because we had written the report.

We want to take just a moment and thank kind of an ex officio member. And that would be Diane Hart in California. We sent our reports to her and she did some editorializing for us to help us. So if there were questions sometimes she caught things and was able to send those back to us and like, this really makes no sense Stephen. What in the world are you writing? And she was able to help us. So we thank you for your help. And that was a great asset to us because sometimes when you're working you think things are so clear when you do the process and then you realize that, you know, it really didn't make any sense Stephen. What were you talking about? So we appreciate that.

When the Transition Team was put into place, the Board of Directors set forth a list of priorities for the Transition Team to look at. And we took that list and that's what we worked from. We had to alter some of their, their ideas, alter some of their lists around so that it worked in an order that we felt would work and benefit the organization. So we took those and we placed them in order and then we began to work. And again we spent many, many hours and lots of e-mail. And for those of you that know me, e-mail is not my thing but I learned how to operate very, very well.

So with that, I'm going to ask Steve to help us. And one of the changes that the Board did make, and that was one that you have just seen, was that we move the position to help in the nomination and elections process because some of the, some of the changes will affect Board of Directors and did affect Board of Directors. We made some changes, and with that the Board of Directors reacted quickly to this one and that was moving the past president and making the past president chair or co-chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee. And as you have seen the past two year, that went into effect.

Also one of the things that the Board did put into place with it is that we did reduce the term of the president's term in office. Rather than serving a what we knew as five year term, person was elected as a vice president, the president-elect, president, past president and then past past president. By the fifth term your family has no idea who you are. And we visited with every past president of the organization and they said, thank you, thank you, thank you. Why didn't we do this years ago? So that was one of the changes that was taken. And of course, everybody was notified about that. The House was notified about that. We opened it up for discussion. But those were two things that did go into place quickly. At this time, I'm going to let Steve go over some things with you that we also have put into place.

Steven Goldberg, NY: Thank you Stephen. Before you leave, I think we really should thank Stephen for a super job in pulling this all together. He kept us all on task and we did, I think, a pretty good job. And I think that the, one part I want to just mention, we saw it today for the first time, and that was the restructuring of the entire nominations process with the recomposition of the Board of Directors, reducing the number and changing around how, which positions are available each year. And I think that it's going to work very well for us as we continue this process.

The beauty of the At-Large positions, even though we might have this year, elementary and secondary, the two At-Large positions enabled other people who may not have fallen exactly into those two categories who still are interested in running for the Board to have that opportunity. Next year, we'll be focusing on middle and college and two At-Large and the following year, secondary and supervisor and two At-Large. The supervisor position is a new position on the Board of Directors. That's part of the change that we made.

We are in the process now of just following this initial step, but now we're into a much more exciting period. And I don't think we're going to deal with that today. Tomorrow. And that's Jeff is going to talk about something that many of you may be first hand involved with, and that is the morphing, we'll use that term, of some of our committees and our SIGs into a new entity know as a community. And Jeff will talk about that tomorrow. So we wanted to give you an update as to where we stand. This is a, of all the committees I've worked on over the years, this was by far one of the more dynamic groups. We worked very hard in limited amount of time together and I think we are very proud of what we've done and I hope you feel that same way. Thank you very much.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: One of the beauties of the United States Constitution is the fact that it has a, a process in which it can change. With this report, one of the beauties that we've seen of this organization is that it has a process by which it can change and can respond to the changes that occur societally and also within the organization itself. There is another way that that can be done as well, and that is through the amending of the constitution. In your packet, you have a green sheet labeled eight, a green sheet labeled eight. It is my task at this time to read into the record two proposed amendments that the House of Delegates will vote on tomorrow morning. Green sheet, labeled eight. Tomorrow just before the consideration of the resolutions, the two amendments will be considered. At this time I will read them into record. Tomorrow each of the amendments will be considered separately. The amendment again will be read into the record and there is ten minutes set aside for debate and discussion. Using Robert's Rules of Order, there will be a call for a vote. The second amendment will then be presented. It'll be ten minutes of discussion and debate and then a vote. Just to give you an idea of the process. It is at this time then that I will read these into record.

The first proposed amendment is entitled: Section One. This is how it appears in the By-laws. The change is the strikethrough. Let me read.

The elected elective officers of the National Council shall be chosen from the membership according to a schedule and in the manner to be prescribed by the Board of Directors. They shall include a president, a president-elect and a vice president. They shall assume office on July first following their election and shall hold their respective offices for the term of one year. There shall also be a secretary of the corporation and an executive director and treasurer appointed by the Board of Directors.

The strikethrough is technically what is being voted upon tomorrow. It'll be time for debate and discussion then.

The second amendment is: Section Seven. In this particular amendment, the highlighted words in yellow in the screen and in black on the green sheet are the proposed amendment change. It reads thus.

A House of Delegates composed of representatives of all affiliate councils, associated groups and communities shall be established by the Board of Directors of the National Council of the Social Studies. This House of Delegates shall advise and consult with the officers of the National Council for Social Studies and in addition shall perform those functions as described in Section Five of Article Three.

For your reference, section Five, Article Three is in italics below. Those are the two amendments that will be before you tomorrow for consideration.

Now it is my honor to present Susan Griffin, the Executive Director for the National Council of Social Studies to recognize Gold and Silver Councils. Susan.

Susan Griffin, Executive Director, NCSS: Good afternoon everyone. Of course it's a pleasure to be here in my home town, D.C. and we're very pleased to have the District of Columbia seated in the House of Delegates again. Welcome. And it's my, also my great pleasure to tell you that this, we came into this conference with our highest pre-registration ever, forty-two hundred people. So thank you all for coming to the party that Peggy and Siri organized.

Our councils are actually the glue that holds us together. And it's from our councils that we get our leadership, our great ideas. And they bring services and professionalism to our membership certainly closer to home. So we'd like to recognize your contributions with our Gold and Silver Star Councils. Our first Silver Star Council is Arizona. Congratulations Arizona. Would someone please come up and get their certificate? Arizona? Our next Silver Star Council is California. Congratulations. The site of our next conference. Happy to say congratulations to Maryland who worked so hard on this wonderful conference. Thank you Maryland. Silver Star. And Prince George's County which is a local council here in Maryland, they are absolutely fabulous of this wonderful awards evening that is just beyond compare. Michigan Council for the Social Studies, one of our stars for ever and ever. Silver Star. Could someone come up and get the? They are always teaching us something at Summer Leadership. A perennial award winner is the Association of Teachers of Social Studies/United Federation of Teachers, New York City (ATSS/UFT). Congratulations Silver Star. Now I wasn't really sure what was going on with the negotiation of geographic areas of Ohio and Michigan, but Ohio, whatever part of it is left, is a Silver Star winner. Congratulations Ohio. And I'd also like to recognize the great work in Tennessee. Tennessee Council for the Social Studies, congratulations you have a Silver Star Council.

Gold Stars. Guess what the first council is? Colorado Council for the Social Studies. Congratulations. Connecticut. Nice going Connecticut. Gold Star Council. Nice going. Georgia Council for the Social Studies. Congratulations. Illinois, moving up to the upper mid-west where all that snow is, Gold Star Council. Thank you very much. And one of our favorites and former hosts for this conference, Missouri Council for the Social Studies. Congratulations. New York State Council for the Social Studies. Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies. You are wonderful. You're a Gold Star. Congratulations. South Carolina Council for the Social Studies. Excellent work. Congratulations. Never least. I think you're the lone star state, aren't you? Yeah, something like that. Texas Council for the Social Studies. Congratulations everyone and thank you for all your hard work.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: To close our meeting for this, this evening, before we meet tomorrow morning, have you caught that theme yet? We meet tomorrow morning. I'd like to reintroduce you to Peggy Altoff.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Just a personal note, normally the home council for the president sits up front. And this year we have two councils sitting up front because I did spend fifteen years on the Maryland Council for the Social Studies and so I asked that they be seated here as well. And of course my own home council, Colorado, who is the Gold Star winner this evening. Thank you to all of you. Maryland is a little light tonight because they've been working from dawn to dusk for the last several days.

A reminder again, 8:*00 tomorrow. There will be coffee service. But if you want food, you better bring it yourself. Voting takes place at 8:*17 a.m. We're supposed to go by my watch which says about two minutes after five. So going by this watch which will be on this wrist we're at 8:17. Any announcements for the good of the group? Tomorrow morning, proves to be a very exciting, seems like it's going to be a very exciting time. So please be sure to return on time. Thank you for being here.

Second Session, Saturday, December 2, 2007

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the second session of the 50th Annual House of Delegates. A couple of announcements this morning. First of all, we have in fact broke the record as announced at the reception last night. There are forty-seven hundred people registered at this conference. Al Frascella is hoping for fifty more so he can say to the press, nearly five thousand.

Secondly, we have clickers in the House this morning. I hope you all picked up the equipment. We were, we were hoping to announce this yesterday but Dustin Frank, who has joined us on the podium was still trying to get here while we were in session, and arrived at 2:30 this morning. So it won't be to the greatest extent that we were hoping but we will be using technology in the House for some voting procedures and that will be explained shortly.

Thirdly, I'm hoping that many of you will be staying around tomorrow morning for the closing keynote session which is John Stossel. Please no groaning. We, some of us have seen his program, Stupid in America and we really considered alternatives for that session tomorrow and instead decided to alter it. So he will not be appearing solo. Jeff Passe, our past president will be monitoring a kind of a, I can't think of the word I'm looking for but, a small group discussion. So two of our members, Cynthia Theisen, whom many of you know from CUFA and Rick Theisen who is past president will be joining John Stossel on stage. My concern is that some of our members will be there for the wrong reasons. And I think that we need to serve, those of use who are there, as models of civic discourse. We don't want to prove the man right in any way since, you know, any way, shape, or form. So if you are there, you know, please encourage you colleagues to participate in the discussion. Jeff will also speak to this point when he begins that session tomorrow morning. I think it could be a very productive conversation with him. But again, I urge everyone who is there to show him what we can do as an organization. Thank you.

And now, Susan Griffin, our Executive Director.

Let's get the report from the Credentials first because Tracy Dussia from Virginia has that report for us.

Tracy Dussia, VA: Good morning. Madam President, Madam Chairman, the Credentials Committee would like to report that we have seated at the 50th House of Delegates one hundred eighty three delegates this morning.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: That's even better. A motion to adopt the Credentials report. Second? All in favor? Opposed? Abstentions? Thank you very much. Now, our esteemed Executive Director, Susan Griffin.

Susan Griffin, Executive Director, NCSS: Good morning. And you look rather bright and cheery for this hour, so I'm really glad to see that. As you saw the report in the House of Delegates packet, NCSS is doing very well but we're still struggling in a couple of places and membership is one of them. And one of the things that we'll talk about this morning is our Each One, Reach One. We have people who recruit every year colleagues in their schools or students in their methods classes to become members of NCSS. And it's much more meaningful recruitment. I mean, we do, we have a major direct mail campaign every year. We do two major mailings and three smaller mailings to our lapsed members. But membership is something which this organization depends. The two main sources of revenue are our annual conference and membership. So it's critical for us to bring more and more people into this organization. And it's not just the revenue factor actually.

Another critical factor is to increase our voice as advocates for our profession. And that's more important than it's ever been. So, I'd like you to think about if everybody in this room, as Peggy pointed out yesterday, could recruit one person. You know, of course we could just like that have, I don't know what the math is. But you, roughly four hundred more people in the organization. So we really appreciate that if you can consider the new people in your department, the students in your class, methods classes because one of the, you know, I'm rather getting old myself and there are other people in the room that are getting old as well and some of them are even thinking about retirement. So we need to have for our organization to thrive, bring in the new professionals to NCSS. So I'm counting on all of you to help with that.

Peggy pointed out a number of wonderful things that happened this year so far, Social Studies Summit and a absolutely wonderful Summer Leadership Institute. We also had an initiative, the 21st Century Skills ICT Map and that was put together in very short time by our Technology Committee. And I just wanted to thank them publicly for the work that they did on that. Linda Unger, Roy Sovis, Zora Warren, Joe O'Brien and our Board Liaison Syd Golston. So I really appreciate the work that they've done and also just to acknowledge that this is a critical initiative because we have to be seen as an organization who's part of the 21st century and ready for it, and ready to provide our students with those skills as well. I think that the 21st Century Skills group is, outlines very specifically some very important social studies skills. And it's a way for us, with key education groups, with organizations, with policy makers, and with the business community to explain ourselves, that we have critical role to play in preparing citizens and professionals. So we're very happy about that.

This has been a tough year for the National Council for Social Studies. We lost some very important people, some leaders in our organization. And I just want to acknowledge a few of them this morning and others will be acknowledged later in the resolution process. Roy Erickson, our dear, dear friend. Sam Natoli, our former editor. Neil Deason, Colorado Council for the Social Studies president, who was also very instrumental in getting the Social Studies Summit and Junior Achievement to work with us on that. And our dear, dear friend Mel Miller. So I'd like to just have a moment to remember those people.

Thank you very much. And I'd be happy to entertain any questions. On to technology.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Good morning again and welcome to the second session of the House of Delegates and I welcome you on behalf of the Steering Committee. I do want to take a reminder, if you haven't done so already, to take a moment and either turn off or silence your cell phone. I'm auditioning for a career in a movie theater.

Several years ago, when I chaired the Resolutions Committee a resolution came before the floor that talked about increasing the use and asking the Board of Directors at NCSS to explore a variety of uses of technology. The amendment passed, or the resolution passed here. The Board, that February, considered the resolution and I believe that resolution had passed.

I point that out because today we will have the opportunity to use one element of technology that I'll talk about in a moment. And also with the communities, we'll have that opportunity to expand the uses of technology as an organization. I think that's important to remember because as we consider resolutions today, I just want to illustrate that those resolutions are often taken very seriously and considered by the Board of Directors and then acted upon by this organization.

Prior to moving forward, I would like to introduce to you Gayle Thieman, the Vice President of the National Council for the Social Studies, President-elect of the National Council for the Social Studies. And Gayle, would you like to stand and wave and say good morning?

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: I just want to say that I've been a member of the House of Delegates from two states, three states since 1986. This is my favorite place to come.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Excellent. At this time I would ask that the doors be closed for the conducting of the vote for the House of Delegates. In a moment we, we will begin the process of voting on in three different ways. First, voting on members to fill the House of Delegates committees. Those will be done by paper ballot. We will then consider two proposed amendments to the change of the National Council for the Social Studies Constitution. And then we'll consider the resolutions. For the last two, for voting on the amendments and then voting on the resolutions, this year we have clickers in the house. And in a moment here I'm going to introduce Dustin, who will give us a short and brief training session of those.

So Dustin, you may want to switch over to your slide. It is with great privilege that I get to introduce Dustin Franks from E-Instruction, who has provided for us this technology and these clickers to use to help conduct the business of the House of Delegates. So would you please welcome Dustin from a long day or two of travel from E-Instruction?

Dustin Franks, E-Instruction, Denton, TX: Thank you very much. First of all, I want to say thanks for giving us the opportunity to come and share our technology with you. I had intended to be here bright and early Thursday morning but, God had snow plans for me so. We did make it in. So that's all that matters. If that's the worse thing that happens, I'll live a great life, so.

First thing we're going to do is I'm going to walk you through just basically how these clickers work. Our company is called E-Instruction. We were founded in 1981 by Darryl Ward. We're located in Denton, Texas. And today what we're going to be doing is showing you a program called the Classroom Performance System, which we refer to as CPS. There'll be two others here doing that, myself and then also Mickey John. Mickey is back here in the middle. Mickey hold up you hand there. So when you turn your remote on, if you push the power button on there and it doesn't come on, then you need to raise your hand so Mickey can get another one to you. We shipped these directly from the company so, like I said I'm praying that everything works great here today.

We are the world's largest provider of student response pad systems. We have about 2.1 million remotes nationwide or worldwide. Just kind of a general idea of who's using our product, basically, we have tremendous amount of schools using it in the K-12 market. We have over seven hundred colleges and universities. We have OSHA training facilities, the Red Cross, anybody basically that does typical training or benchmark assessing of any kind. So what I'm going to do is walk you through basically how your remote works. Does anybody have a numbered remote higher than number 200? If you'll turn your remote on, it should be in the upper left. Or if you look on the front of it, there should be a number. I don't think we've passed out anything higher than 200. So I turned on 200 remotes to start. Okay.

There are two different types of remotes that we have. We will be using what's called the radio frequency model, RF. So when you hear me refer to RF or IR that's what I'll be referring to. The reason we use RF is it was developed for larger venues of this sort. As to where the IR is for smaller classrooms, maybe forty or fifty students. Both of them do primarily the same types of activities as far as how to assess, but this one will work hopefully in much larger range so.

I'm going to come down and actually turn on the first question just to give you an idea of how they work. So it says, how are you feeling today about your experience here in D.C.? That may be a picture of me last night about 9:30 when they said all flights to Washington, D.C. are cancelled, so. Got to get a car and drive down. So that's probably a picture of me. But you'll see some people are answering down there. Those blue boxes indicate to that particular person that you have responded to my question. So if your box is not blue, I have not heard you yet. My computer does not hear you. Okay. So as you fill in those answers, you just simply press the letter representing how you feel and they'll be filling in as we're answering there.

Is everybody's number lighting up okay? You'll notice the bottom is scrolling. So we'll kind of use this to make sure that everybody's remote is working properly and if not we'll get you one. So when we vote. A hundred and eighty three. No one raising their hand? If your remote is not working here on this first one, you need to raise your hand so we can get everybody up and operating. We've got one over here to the right Mickey. Looks like his is not operating or maybe he doesn't have a remote.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Remember we had a credentials report of a hundred and eighty three people. So our elections are going to be based on a hundred and eighty three people. We have a hundred and fifty six that are in there. It is now a hundred and eighty four. So someone hasn't turned on their remotes.

Dustin Franks, E-Instruction, Denton, TX: Okay. Okay.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Alright.

Dustin Franks, E-Instruction, Denton, TX: Here is how the software works actually, or the program. If you'll see here, here's the idea behind what we're wanting to do today. As a teacher in the classroom, I was high school math teacher myself for nine years, and using this program I was able to do some formative assessment in my class. I took this information. I looked at it and if this were a right or wrong answer I would say, okay guys do you understand what I'm talking about? And typically the ones that aren't drooling from taking notes for ten minutes are, ah ha, okay. So that's kind of how we're going to be using this today. I'll be switching back and forth.

Here's a question kind of about some of the things I pulled off of your website in preparation for this, but. Which of these speakers is an editor for the Newsweek? There is a right or wrong answer to this. You will be graded and scores will be given to the committee up here. No, I'm just kidding. You'll notice that this remote you have is a little more advanced than what we're doing. The reason we use this one is because the math and science teachers do like it. And I taught math. So it does have numbers. So you can do numerical entry as well as just objective. The infrared remote I referred to earlier is purely objective. It's got to be A, B, C, D. Some of them are refraining, I believe. Very good. The correct answer there was C.

You'll notice along the bottom we have a running total there. So in the classroom a K-12 teacher, or whoever, can keep track of how they're doing. If you have a goal for your class, or a benchmark within the district that you're trying to keep up with, you can always monitor that as a teacher.

So let's go back to the PowerPoint here. You'll notice this PowerPoint slide has a stop light. The reason I put the stop light up there is because when you're voting today there are four colors that you need to know what they mean. And if you know what a stop light means, then you'll be okay. Now I live in a town of nine hundred so we don't have stop lights, but I've seen them. I saw a bunch of them on the way here. The blue is the hot color. The blue tells you you've responded. So when your remote is blue up there, your box, you're good to go. If maybe you changed your mind, there are three colors you need to be aware of. Green is simply a confirmation because green is good. So if you tell me I picked A, then I picked A, A, A, your box is going to go blue, and then green, green, green, green as many times as you push A. Because my computer up here is going to talk to you and say, I hear you, you're good to go, you're alright. Green is good. If you see yellow, yellow is not a bad thing. It's border line because what does yellow mean at a stop light? Slow down. Hurry up, right. That would be me pointing to number seventy-four going, no just kidding. The yellow means you've changed your mind so slow down. Maybe you say, I'm a yes, no I want to abstain. So when you pick the yes, you'll get the blue box. The abstain would then change it to a yellow saying that's not what you told me the first time. Caution. If you pick an abstain a second time, then you'll get the green box saying, yes that's what I have on record for you. But your results will be changed on the first time you change your mind. Okay. And then the red obviously means stop. So it's going to be yes, no, abstain, A, B, C. So those of you that pick F, it's going to say stop, you can't answer that. That's not a choice.

So let's try another question so you can kind of play with that just real quickly. This is a numerical question, excuse me. So this time you won't get the red X. You don't have that as an option. This time you have to actually punch in the buttons and they're numbers. Okay. I told you before, I have been giving you choices but on this one there are no choices. So when you push the A, it's now a 1. When you push the C it's now 3. So according to the NCSS website in what year was NCSS founded? History right? On the, yes, on numerical you do have to hit send. That's correct, I apologize. On the alphabetic ones it automatically sends. I have it set up just to automatically. But on numerical you must send it because if you wanted to type in like 1921 and if it sent after the number 1, then it wouldn't work very good. Go ahead and send it. Again this isn't for a grade so. Sixty-three of you were correct. The correct answer was, for example, 1921. So I did see a few yellow boxes up there? Very good, so. Some of you had that science background, aware of your surroundings and.

But let's look at the red, yellow, green here. Here's one. Where is the 2007 NCSS national conference scheduled to be held? So this is one where you can change your mind. You should see the yellows and the greens and the reds flashing up there now. In the typical classroom, no offense gentlemen, but this is typically a fifteen year old male in a freshman class going green, green, green, green, green, green, green, green, green, green, green. And him and his buddy have a contest to see how many times they can get it to green or how many times they can giggle, so. So very good, it is scheduled to be in San Diego next year. So that's a little bit about how the software works and what we'll be doing today. That last one will be more representative of what we're doing.

Some things that happened with CPS in the classroom, just to kind of talk about the remotes a little bit is, it does require the students to become involved a little bit more. And I think that's the idea behind or philosophy is getting kids involved, keeping their attention span. Mickey there is a question over here I believe. Is it for me or for your remote, sorry? Okay. The idea meaning, if, I taught math, so teaching and lecturing, taking notes, if students are doing that for forty-five minutes, we've all see the studies about what happens to kids. With the remote, every five or six minutes you have to grab it, pay attention so. Obviously they are going to pay attention more so hopefully they'll score better.

Anonymous participation: some of the things that you'll be experiencing today will be exactly that. I have no idea of who you are. I just assigned you a generic name as student 64, so there won't be any repercussions as far as how you vote. In the classroom that can be very, very powerful if you're talking about some situations. In a science class, it could be abortion. In social studies, it could be the war. It could just be a general idea of do you understand the topic today? So in doing that you do get an accurate perception of what the kids are thinking. And how do you use that details in the classroom?

The things that I'm doing right now, talking about verbal questioning. We can do PowerPoints. We'll be doing surveys and polls and notice PowerPoint is blended into the software. They are running simultaneously.

TMA, which is what we call our formative assessment tool is what we'll be using this for. That means Teacher Managed. So I am pretending to be a teacher right now. I'm kind of leading the discussion. We can also do Student Managed. And Student Managed is where the K-12 market is really taken on to CPS because it allows you to pass out a paper test and do your test on paper but have it scored and linked to state standards and cumulatively assessed throughout the entire district using the clicker. So it can save a tremendous amount of time.

In doing that we have a program called Reap. And this is for our larger districts, for example, San Antonio Public Schools, or Houston, or Wichita, Kansas. They have ninety buildings, sixty-five elementary buildings that all have to give a fourth grade benchmark assessment. So they have to, first of all, distribute the test, deliver it and then accumulate all the data and disaggregate it. Well that's kind of what we do behind the scenes for them. We do all that through one simple location. They pass out the test, use the little clickers in class and all that data is done for you, broken down by male, female, ethnicity, all different types of breakdowns for us. That's kind of been a huge program here with the emphasis on benchmark assessing.

Again there is some contact information. We do have a booth out there. If you're interested in stopping by, it's booth 116 over on the left hand side. That's my contact information. And if you're interested in your local state representative or organization doing something similar, please get in touch with us. We'd be more than happy to help out. We have reps just about in every state across the United States. So if you get in touch with me, I will find the right rep and we can set something up or you can actually do something similar to this at your convention if you're interested but. I appreciate the opportunity to come up and share this with you. And if there's any questions at all, I'll. Everybody's remote working okay? Okay. Then I'll turn it back over. Again, thanks for the opportunity today.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: As I'm giving through these next set of instructions I'd ask the Steering Committee to pass out the paper ballots for the voting on the committees so that they are in front of you. At this time, we are going to vote for members of the committee. And this is how the process will go. I'm going to first call up each committee or each member running for a committee by committee and ask them just to come to the front mic, turn and face you and introduce themselves, and just simply say your name and the state you're from.

So now I would ask as the ballots are being passed out, those running for the Assignment Committee, if you'll please approach the front microphone and you can introduce yourselves in any order. But those running for the Assignment Committee, if you'll please come up? This will give members of the House of Delegates an opportunity to put a name and a face together before they vote. Okay. We would like to go, if you don't mind in the order on the screen. I love the moments of the adjustment. So Merrell if you'll introduce yourself.

Merrell Frankle, CA: Hi Merrell Frankle from California.

Marjorie Hunter, AR: Marjorie Hunter from Arkansas.

Bob Nimtz, IL: Bob Nimtz from Illinois.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Thank you. Will members of the Resolutions Committee, those running for the Resolutions Committee please approach the front mic? And again please introduce yourself in the order on the screen. Thank you.

Patsy Brooks, TN: I'm Patsy Brooks from Tennessee.

Terry Cherry, TX: Terry Cherry from Texas.

Mary Duffin, NY: Mary Duffin from New York.

Jacqueline Reynolds, MI: Jacqueline Reynolds from Michigan.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Thank you. Will those running for the Steering Committee please approach the front mic? And again, introduce yourselves based on the order that appears on the screen.

Keith Dauer, CT: I'm Keith Dauer from New England History Teacher Association.

Sara Justice, CO: I'm Sara Justice from Colorado.

Jim Lane, OH: Good morning, I'm Jim Lane from Ohio.

Female speaker: As you know from yesterday, I am not Tara Sides from South Carolina. She was the cute girl you saw a couple of times, her red jacket. And her dad is having triple bypass surgery so she had to leave. Just wanted you to know that.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Thank you. You have a paper ballot in front of you. Please take a moment and vote for two members of each committee. Two moments. Can I, people who, anyone who needs a paper ballot, if you'll please raise your hand. Our members of the Steering Committee, we also need a couple up front. Once you complete your ballot, if you'd like to fold them in half, just once, and have the leader of your delegation collect those, the members of the Steering Committee will collect those.

Okay if we can come back to order. If any of you at this time has a ballot that the Steering Committee needs to pick up, if you'll just raise your hand. We'll move on to the next portion of the business. But if you have a ballot that still needs to be collected by a member of the Steering Committee, please just raise your hand. The outcome of the committee election will be announced later in the House of Delegates after we conclude some of the other business of the time.

At this time, we are moving to vote upon the two proposed amendments to the National Council for the Social Studies. If you would like to refer to them, they are the green sheet of paper that was in your original packet, probably mailed to you. It is exhibit number eight. Green sheet. Exhibit number eight. The procedure for voting on the two amendments will follow in this order. The first amendment, and Dustin will switch over to the first amendment which is Section 1. You'll have the opportunity to now use your clickers for voting.

To review for you the procedures with respect to that, this amendment is being voted on by the House of Delegates and its acceptance by a two-thirds majority of those voting will then mean that this amendment will appear on the ballot in February. At this time then, we will vote on the first amendment. The second amendment will be voted on after there's a presentation on the nature of the amendment. The amendment will first be read into the record. Then there will be a time, ten minute time allotted for discussion and questions. If you are going to speak for the particular amendment, please come to the front mic. You can turn around and face your colleagues in the House of Delegates. If you're speaking against the amendment, please go to the back mic. That way we alternate calling on people both for and against. Anyone speaking for or against the amendment will have two minutes. The timekeepers are in the front.

The first amendment reads as such. And keep in mind we're really only voting on the strike out. We are really only voting on the strikeout. The amendment reads as such:* Section 1:* The elective officers of the National Council shall be chose from the membership according to a schedule in any manner to be prescribed by the broad, or by the Board of Directors. They shall include a president. You know something? Can someone give me coffee with caffeine in it? They shall include a president, a president-elect and a vice president. They shall assume office on July 1st following their election and shall hold their respective offices for the term of one year. There shall also be a secretary of the corporation, and executive director, and a treasurer appointed by the Board of Directors. I now turn this over to Peggy to conduct the vote.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: I'd like to begin the discussion. The reason for the amendment, and this actually came from reports from the state about a year and a half ago, is to allow for electronic voting. That's the sole purpose of the amendment. We've also heard through state, the Board of Director contacts with states, that there is some concern that it'll take time for this. And this is not going to be, okay this year it's paper, next year it's electronic because we realize that not everyone is at that point. We have to train Stephen Johnson first so that he can do it. It's so nice to be able to get him back for the times that he was up here and did this to me. So that is the purpose of the amendment. And, and, should it be approved here and approved obviously on this year's paper ballot, then this allows us to change other portions of the Policy Manual that deal with the election procedures as well. The sole purpose is to allow for electronic voting.

Discussion? You have to come to the microphone. Sure, come right up here. Speak in the microphone and identify yourself please. Yeah, I know I have that problem too.

Carol Anderson, DE: My name's Carol Anderson from Delaware. I was just wondering if this meant that it would then be exclusive electronic voting or just an option.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: It's an option.

Carol Anderson, DE: Okay.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: It would be. And all of those procedures would need to be worked out. Just allows us to begin working them out. It's just like registration for the conference. You now have the option to do it electronically. Whereas two or three years ago that option was not available.

Ladies and gentlemen, man your clickers. And there it is. Yes, no, or abstained. Isn't this cool? Ten seconds. I thank you ladies and gentlemen. And the results are. This is cool.

The other thing that I wanted to mention before turning this back. It seemed ironic that we were trained on the clickers and then used a paper ballot. I'm sure, that kind of registered with some of you as well. We had hoped to do everything using this method. But because of the snow and Justin arriving at 2:30 this morning, there's only so much we could expect of [inaudible] at this time of day. So if we continue with this, hopefully all voting would be by electronically next year. Thank you.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: At this time I'd like to introduce Jeff Passe, Past President of the National Council for the Social Studies to talk a little bit about communities and give you the framework for the next amendment. Jeff.

Jeff Passe, Past President, NCSS, NC: Good morning. Some of you might remember from last year, I took a little bit of teasing because the President of NCSS showed up without a belt. And I went through the whole conference without a belt and the Board of Directors bought me a belt as a going away present last year. Here it is. It's a very nice belt. You might be wondering why I'm not wearing a suit. Well, I usually wear a suit to the House of Delegates but when I went to get dressed this morning I had my jacket, but I didn't have any pants. So anybody wants to get me a going away present, size thirty-six.

I'm here to talk about the governors transition. I was on the committee that Stephen headed, Stephen Johnson headed over the last three years. And we were building on the recommendations of the task force from six years ago that's began six years, then we had surveys and consultation and so forth to find out what we need. And the four big, four big issues for NCSS were membership. That's attracting membership, retention of members. I think we all understand that. Second was representation. The third was effectiveness of governance. And we took those recommendations and we as a task force put together a plan for governance involving communities. And the idea behind the communities is as our president illustriously stated, it's all about relationships. That through building relationships online and in person we will attract members, we will retain members. By building communities we will create better representation from the members of the Council so that people will feel involved and through creating communities we will increase the effectiveness of our decisions because we'll be hearing from multiple perspectives all throughout the year. And we'll be doing business all throughout the year.

So if you'll look at the screen. We have some of the frequently asked questions regarding the implementation of NCSS governance. And I'm not going to read it to you. I think you can do that yourselves, but I will comment on a couple of things. And as you can see, you know a community is about developing bonds. People say why isn't it a SIG? It's more than a SIG. It's an opportunity for grassroots initiatives. Our vision is that when somebody goes to the website they will see on the left hand side a menu of communities. And if you're interested in geography or AP American History, or current events, or African American educators, or teaching about the American Indian, you can click on that. It'll bring you to a website. That website will have information about the work of the community. We'll invite you to join. We'll have a discussion chat group, a [inaudible] discussion perhaps, where people can ask questions. I would like an idea for a lesson plan. Or what's a good resource? And people will respond to them and welcome them. And people will then feel that they have, they are part of a community.

One of my firm beliefs about organizations is that you need multiple ties to retain members. We're very fortunate. We have forty-seven hundred people here. But that means twenty thousand members of NCSS are not here. What do we do to retain them? All we really have, and it's a good thing that we have it, is a fantastic publication program with Social Education, TSSP and _Social Studies and the Young Learner. But if somebody doesn't read it often enough, they might say, you know, I'm not really getting anything out of this. We've got to give them more. We've got to give them increased ties. And that's where the community concept comes in.

So if we can go to the third question. Go to number two actually. That's a good one. The new configuration allows people to join online. It used to be to join a committee or to join a SIG you really had to come to the conference. And you had to come regularly to the conference in order to participate. And you had to come, many times, a day before. This shuts out a lot of potential members of our communities, of our SIGS who would like to be involved, who would like to participate but they have no opportunity to.

This is especially crucial for our younger members who, as many of you know, only do things electronically. And if you can't do it electronically, they don't want any part of it. Well now twenty-four, seven, three sixty-five they can join one of our groups and probably join our organization and stay members of our organization. We can't run, as an organization, doing our work one day a year. All of our enemies and all of our allies are working a lot more harder than that. And we shouldn't let the limitations of an old fashioned governance prevent that, prevent us from competing.

Okay, if you'll go to the next one. Number three. Nine of the committees are now communities. And they're, as you can see, Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and so on. They're, there's a good reason for it.

And if you'll go down to the next one. Why aren't they committees anymore? It's because we really don't have a lot of charges to give. We haven't had a lot of charges to give them. As I, as it says there, in the past three years of the nine committees that are being transformed only two have really been asked to perform any particular task. What they've been doing is listed there. They've been planning conference sessions, newsletters, websites, discussing issues, developing positions, and forwarding them to the Board of Directors. Those committees, which are now communities, will continue to do those things, but they'll also be figuring out ways to promote their new presence on the website, attracting, organizing and mobilizing new members.

Okay, if you go to the next one. What needs to happen next? These groups must develop plans for system of governance, an organized system of subcommittees and a time table for transition. We've met with all of those committees, met with all of the communities. They're all on board.

Next. Can new communities be formed? We hope so. We expect lots of new communities to be formed based on peoples' interests. I've already heard from a first year teacher who would like to develop a community of beginning teachers. I heard from a pre-service teacher who would like to develop a community of pre-service teachers. I can't wait to call them and get them involved. And all of you who have your own interest might want to do the same.

There is a process that is specified for how to do that. And basically you need a petition. It goes to the Board of Directors, gets approved if it fits the criteria and we have a new community.

Next. What needs to happen for HOD? Well, part of our recommendation is that we give power to these communities. And what we're talking about is representation in the House of Delegates so that you're not just a community that meets and discusses things.

The amendment before you and by mail the membership approves it, starting next year in San Diego, the communities and affiliated, associated groups would have representatives, non-voting, non-participating, really observers. And then the following year in Houston, they would have voting rights.

Next. The Steering Committee has recommended that if the amendment passes, each community should have a single delegate to promote representation and also that the associated groups would be based on the same formula that is used for the affiliated councils. Now you may say, what is the current formula for the affiliated councils? And reading from NCSS Policy Manual 8.1.2 it's based on numbers, ten to twenty-four joint members gets you one, twenty-five to forty-nine gets you two, fifty to ninety-nine gets you three. And after that it's basically one delegate for every additional hundred members.

Next. Would representation from communities and affiliated groups violate the one person, one vote principle? There is no principle in our documents. As it is now, as you can see, there are close to two dozen local and regional councils. So therefore, the example I have up there, a Maryland teacher could belong to the Maryland Council, Prince George's Council as well as Middle States and really elect delegates to all three.

Next. Will it result in an over-crowded HOD? Well right now there are two hundred-fifty seats but only a hundred fifty likely to attend. Well we've got a hundred seventy-seven this time. But look around. There's plenty of empty seats.

Next. Will it ultimately reduce the number of delegates because of overcrowding? We don't expect that any time soon. That would be a good problem, that so many people want to join in the HOD. Usually it's a persuasion kind of process to get people to come. We want to make it worth their while when they get here too. And having people from multiple perspectives would enliven HOD and make for better decisions.

Next. Will state affiliates have their relative power reduced? Well they have to come from somewhere. And they come from states. So for example, Pennsylvania, which has two percent of the HOD, probably if you have representation from NSSSA and CUFA and International Assembly and CS4, you have probably the same percentage. It doesn't seem likely that that would happen.

Next. How many additional delegates would there be? Based on the current formula, and by the way, this is all decided by the Board of Directors. It hasn't been decided. This is just what the Steering Committee recommends. But based on that formula, NSSSA, which is the supervisors association, would have eight delegates, CUFA would have eleven, CS4 would have four, IA would have five. I've gone and spoken to each of these groups. Let me tell you about some of the reaction.

I talked to somebody from CS4, which is the Chief State Social Studies Supervisors for the states, and this person told me that she doesn't really get along with her state council and she's never been a delegate and they wouldn't elect her to be a delegate. So she really has no representation in the HOD. I spoke to a professor from South Dakota. There is no South Dakota council. And International Assembly, they're thrilled. They said, oh my gosh we get to. They have no way of getting here because they're not American citizens. And then you have the SIGs, or the former SIGs, as a community is like . The psychology folks are saying, oh finally we can have the voice of the psychology teachers here. Real lot of excitement.

Next. Concern about conference sessions. This isn't really relevant to the amendment but people are worried, you know, if we have the communities and each community gets a conference session, will that fill up the program? Looks like there is plenty of room. Most of the communities are already doing that sort of thing. It wouldn't really be a big difference. And it would probably be the kinds of sessions that would already be represented.

So my, what we're talking about here is increasing representation, getting representations from other folks who have been unrepresented before, fulfilling the emphasis on democracy, but also making it possible for people to have a voice and for the House of Delegates to hear other voices that they haven't heard before. So rather than just representing the affiliates, we're really representing a broader swath of our organization. And that concludes my report.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Thank you Jeff. Let me read into record the proposed amendment that we are voting on for you. It's the green sheet, exhibit eight, Section VII. The amendment is really the addition of the words in bold, "associated groups and communities." The amendment reads: A House of Delegates composed of representatives of all affiliated councils, associated groups and communities shall be established by the Board of Directors of the National Council for the Social Studies. This House of Delegates shall advise and consult with the officers and the Board of Directors of the National Council for the Social Studies and in addition shall perform those functions as described in Section V, Article III which only appears there for your information.

We have ten minutes for debate and discussion and/or questions. If you have a question or are speaking for the amendment, please come to the front mic. If you are speaking against the proposed amendment, please go to the back mic. And I'd like to turn it over to Peggy to conduct the business.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Please identify yourself.

Tracy Dussia, VA: Good morning, I'm Tracy Dussia from the Virginia Council for the Social Studies. I'd just like to say that because Dr. Passe has spearheaded this it has a tremendous chance of passing. And I know Virginia is going to be behind a lot of these changes. Here are the questions I need answered, however, before I can comfortably promote this back at home. What happens necessarily, theoretically, when the publishers would like to form a SIG or special interest group? We have to be sure that these are bona fide organizations that are operating through the Council which leads to the next question. How will membership in each of these organizations be proven? Everybody has their own system of accounting and record keeping. And it seems very difficult to keep track of all of that. And again, speaking on the Credentials Committee, we need to keep those records absolutely accurately. And lastly the question that I would have would be, is the Council, are the Council Services and is that service, can they handle all of this reconfiguration as they are structured at this time? I just, we really need to discuss the nuts and bolts of it. And I know that this is just our first pass at it.

Jeff Passe, Past President, NCSS, NC: Thank you for your kind words. Number one, if the publishers want to form a community, they would have to put a petition forward. It would have to be approved by the Executive Committee and then by the Board of Directors. So your elected representatives would decide whether the publishers should have their own community. And part of the expectation, part of the requirements for being approved according to our By-laws is that it meets the goals of NCSS, or is in the best interest of NCSS, doesn't duplicate, etc.

The second question, how will membership be determined? According to the current formulation, communities get one. It doesn't matter how many members they have. For the associated groups, those are paid. So you have to pay to join CUFA or NSSSA and so forth.

As for the third question, can Council Services handle it? Madam President, Madam Executive Director?

Susan Griffin, Executive Director, NCSS: Yes.

Jeff Passe, Past President, NCSS, NC: Yes.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Thank you.

Sue Blanchette, TX: My name is Sue Blanchette. I'm from Texas. I'm not here to speak in opposition to the concept of the amendment. The idea of opening the House of Representatives, House of Representatives, okay, House of Delegates to more people is always a positive thing. I am concerned about specifics. Yesterday this body was referred to, the affiliate councils referred to as the backbone of the House of Delegates. The affiliate councils, by and large, their membership is drawn from their states or their local communities. There is a finite area if you will. These associate groups will have a national constituency which is going to allow them to pull from a larger area for both delegates, for representation, membership. And I am not convinced that this will allow for more people to be involved. I'm afraid it's going to pull to some degree from the affiliated councils. And hang on, I just turned the paper over. These, the numbers that were put up there show that the affiliated councils will have more delegates in the House of Delegates than the largest of the current groups. The devil is in the details. That's another statement I heard this week. The details of how state seats in the House of Delegates should be allocated under the, can shift the balance of the House of Delegates. Many states already fail to fill their seats. I wonder if this is going to make it even worse. Until these details are addressed, I am reluctant to support the amendment, well-intentioned though it is. Thank you.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Other comments?

Wendell Bourne, MA: Good morning. I'm Wendell Bourne from Massachusetts and I basically just have a question. It was asked in one of the SIGs meetings that I attended earlier. And they wanted to know if this change would mean that they would still have the opportunity to meet as a SIG at the national conference.

Jeff Passe, Past President, NCSS, NC: Yes.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Yes.

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: Gayle Thieman from the Oregon Council for Social Studies. I certainly appreciate the concern about shifting leadership and control of the House of Delegates as you expand the constituency and the members of the House of Delegates. However, there is a resolution on, that we'll be voting on later, maintaining equitable HOD representation that would change the formula for the affiliated council representation in HOD that would address the concern that was just mentioned. And remember, the suggested formula for associated groups, as well as community SIG representation, was a suggested formula. And as the House of Delegates Steering Committee and as the Board of Directors of NCSS hears your comments, when we get to the final knitty gritty details, your concerns will be addressed.

Jeff Passe, Past President, NCSS, NC: I'm Jeff Passe from North Carolina. I recognize concerns about shifting the balance of power. What we're doing is granting power to groups who have been unrepresented. And as social studies people, you could recognize that does cause some discomfort among those who have the power. I think it's a worthwhile investment. I agree with Gayle that it's really up to the Board of Directors. We're only approving the opportunity to grant that and how the number and formula would work out remains to be determined. But I should also remind you, having worked with the various associated groups, if you've got eleven delegates from CUFA, you would have twelve opinions. I can't imagine college and university people voting as a block. I can't imagine the Chief Social Studies School Supervisors voting as a block. I can't imagine the supervisors voting as a block. You're going to have independent people and I think the state organizations will maintain their power.

Mert Martens, CO: I was going to try to stand on my tiptoes. But that doesn't work. And I understand that some people in the back of the room had trouble hearing me yesterday, and I apologize for that. I'm Mert Martens from the states of Colorado and Oklahoma. And I am speaking this morning as a House of Delegate delegate but also as an NSSSA representative. I find it humorous this morning that here we are in our nation's capital, a group of representatives representing fifty different states and the District of Columbia for the first time in a long time, and we're debating whether or not we should limit representation. So I'd like, for just, for a couple of seconds to think about the oxymoron that we're talking about right now.

Jeff, I find it very strange also that I'm channeling Jeff Passe. Strange and disturbing, I will tell you. And so I'd like to say that Jeff was channeling me. Having been a NSSSA member for more years than I want to admit to, if we had twelve or fifteen social studies supervisors in the room, not only would they bring representation from elementary, secondary and middle, which many of us do also, but we'd have fifteen, or sixteen, or thirty different views of what should be done. I'd really like to urge you to support this amendment to enlarge representation rather than reduce it. Thank you.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: We have thirty seconds left. Any final comments? Okay let's use those thirty seconds to get our clickers ready. If it's turned off, push the power button. And we're ready. We, we're getting better. And there we are. Thank you so much for all of the comments and for all of the serious consideration of this amendment. It will now go on the ballot for early 2007 so that the rest of our members get to vote. And I hope that you will share some of the points of discussion for both of these amendments with your, with your state councils. Thank you.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: I'd like to ask Rosalind Fishman, co-chair of the Resolutions Committee to come forward. For this third portion of our voting we will be considering the resolutions. Yesterday if you were here, you received a new packet of resolutions. If you are just coming to the House of Delegates today and would like a new packet of the resolutions that are reordered and numbered, if you will please raise your hand? The members of the Steering Committee will get those for you. For those of you who were here yesterday, if you can pull those out. Those of you who are new, again, please just raise your hand and the Steering Committee will get you those. At this time, I'm going to turn over this portion. Rosalyn will read the resolution, the entire resolution into record. After which then, she will turn the time over to Peggy to conduct the vote. Please welcome Rosalind Fishman.

Rosalind Fishman, Co-chair, Resolutions Committee: Thank you. Good Morning. I bought my clicker so I can vote. I also left my water at my table. Oh well. Thank you.

First resolution is 06-01 Resolution to Increase Membership Through Online Registration. Thank you. Rationale. Thank you.

Rationale: The use of technology to increase national and affiliate membership strengthens NCSS and professional teaching of the social studies.

WHEREAS all affiliates duplicate the same function of membership maintenance and registration,

WHEREAS streamlining the registration process will increase efficiency, saving time and money for local affiliates,

WHEREAS affiliates are looking for strong ties between NCSS and local organizations,

WHEREAS younger teachers are more likely to pay online and NCSS is trying to increase membership from that group,

WHEREAS increased membership enhances our voice in pursuing social studies issues in congress and state legislatures,

BE IT RESOLVED that the NCSS Board explore contracting centralized online membership registration for interested affiliates whose affiliates receive direct deposit of funds.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Discussion. Okay, I think it's time to pick up your clickers again. I'm sorry I was a little short. Tacky, tacky, tacky.

Ron Adams, NH: What can you expect? Ron Adams from New Hampshire. I just have a question in terms of would this list, the local, the state affiliates and how much it costs for their membership and a person that was applying online would simply check that off at the same time? Is that how it would work or? I'm just curious about how, the specifics.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: We have not mastered the possibilities yet. We are exploring the possibilities at this time. Michael.

Mike Boucher, MN: Mike Boucher from Minnesota. The idea being that hopefully like other professional organizations, you'll be able to go to an affiliate website that, and say, you know, join us. So you go to the join us there on the affiliate website and it goes to NCSS' website. They take the money for you. This is the idea. They take the money for you. And then it also says, hey while you're joining Missouri, you want to join NCSS while you're at it? And then they're like yes or no and so then they put in their credit card and say yes. Then your fee goes to you into your account. NCSS goes to their fee, fee goes into their account. This is the plan. Or if they're going to NCSS website and they're joining NCSS, it says, hey I see you live in Minnesota. How would you like to join Minnesota for x number of dollars? They say sure. Same thing. That's the idea. Just making it as simple as possible. Now, this idea, we don't have something ready to go yet. But at least we could explore it, find somebody to help us with it, and get it going.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: I think Michael was speaking for it, but I'm not quite sure. He just can't walk that far. Yes, Carolyn.

Carolyn Herbst, NY: I really. I'm not speaking for or against but I do have a question and something you could consider in the future. Right now, being a Gold and Silver Star Council has various criteria. One of them is nominating somebody for an NCSS award. And many councils don't do that. Will this affect that kind of status? In other words, if a council, either they don't have a website or for whatever reason decides not to participate in this program, will that be detrimental to them?

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Absolutely not.

Carolyn Herbst, NY: Okay. Just wanted to clarify.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Thank you.

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: Gayle Thieman from the Oregon Council for Social Studies. And I also acknowledge membership with the Washington Council for Social Studies. And I will tell you that this would be a wonderful boon to those of us who do not yet have a way of doing online registration in our councils. For the money to go to NCSS, they collect it through their own electronic payment system and then send the money to our state council treasurers would be wonderful assist. And I think that this is one of the ways that we use technology to help boost state council membership.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Thank you Gayle.

Linda Lapp, NY: Hi, I'm Linda Lapp from New York State and we think anything we can do to boost joint membership is great and all for us.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Thank you. If she grabbed her clicker I guess the rest of us ought to grab ours. Let's vote. And the answer is. Thank you very much.

Rosalind Fishman, Co-chair, Resolutions Committee: I left my clicker over there so she wouldn't try and steal it again. I know the president has a lot of power but only one vote. Okay. Sorry, don't mean to be so uncoordinated here. Alright.

We're on 06-02 NCSS Enabling Local, Regional or State Councils in Hosting National Conferences

Rationale: Often local, state and regional conferences are faced with financial losses and the foregoing of local retreats and conventions resulting in the loss of membership and income to support their local activities. Additionally, local, state and regional councils often suffer a great commitment of time and effort to support the national conference resulting in fewer resources for continued local efforts throughout the year.

WHEREAS local, state and regional councils often forego their fall conferences and other activities resulting in loss of income and placing a financial burden on operating budgets,

WHEREAS local, state and regional councils make a large manpower and resource commitment to the national effort resulting in fewer resources for local state and regional efforts,

WHEREAS having NCSS conferences increases membership in local, state, regional and national councils,

WHEREAS having the NCSS conference in a variety of locations increase geographical awareness and diversity among its members,

BE IT RESOLVED NCSS will actively negotiate with convention bureaus, chambers of commerce and other pertinent entities to support the financial wellbeing and survival of the local, state and regional councils.


Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: You are invited to approach the microphones.

Ira Hibberman, PA: My name is Ira Hibberman. I'm with the Pennsylvania Council. I have more of a question than an advocacy. Presuming that on this resolution provides that the tourist industry, the bureaus that typically support all of the planning and implementation would kick in some dollars to the local under the stress of providing for the convention to be held locally. The question would be, as those bureaus and services pass on some of those funds to the local, will it simply escalate the cost of attending conventions because they'll be recovering the money from some other source? So the question is posed.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: I hope it's a rhetorical. I think it's a very good question. Carolyn.

Carolyn Herbst, ATSS/UFT, NY: Carolyn Herbst, ATSS/UFT, New York City. I have no problem with the whereas'. I recognize that this is a problem. I'm a little concerned about he Resolved because I've worked with the convention bureaus when we put in a bid in the '90s to have the conference in New York which we didn't get, and in '86 which we did get. And we were a host council. I don't think convention bureaus do this. I mean, to ask them to help financially a local and state council. I don't want to go on record as doing something that makes us look a little, I don't want to call it silly, but I don't know another word right now. I don't think this is an appropriate Resolve. If someone can figure out another way to change the Resolve for something that will help the organizations in a meaningful way, I'd be very open to it. But I really am concerned about this whole wording of the Resolve.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Thank you.

Michelle Herczog, CA: Good morning, Michelle Herczog from California. I just have some clarifying questions about the resolution. In the Be It Resolved it doesn't clearly specify to me if this offer is available to all councils, every year or just for state councils when national conference is occurring in that year. The second question I have is, this sounds like, as good as the intent is and something that would be really appreciated from state councils, this seems like a lot of extra work for the NCSS staff. And because if you're talking about every state council and every local council and assisting with all of those entities in looking for resources. My, I guess my question is, is there enough capacity with the NCSS staff to do this request in an adequate way?

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: If you'd like to hear the immediate response of the Executive Director it was, there's no way. There are two people in that department, and they're absolutely wonderful. And it's Ella and Jodi and you've seen them here and most of you know them. And they do an outstanding job. Can we add that to their list of duties? Go ahead Terry.

Terry Trimble, FL: I'm Terry Trimble, Florida Council for Social Studies. Again the Whereas' are correct. This was an issue discussed at the Conference Committee yesterday. The simple fact is, the resolution does not solve the problem in any way. I don't see how negotiating is going to be of any benefit to the locals in terms of monetary. I will remind you that there currently is a kicker whereby local councils get a rebate from NCSS. That's the famous Florida amendment that was debated here years ago. I would propose an amendment to the resolution. "Be It Resolved that NCSS will actively explore efforts to support the financial wellbeing" and scratch the words beginning with "negotiate" and ending with "entities to."

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Would you say that again for us please?

Terry Trimble, FL: Okay. I would propose an amendment to that "NCSS will actively explore efforts to support the financial wellbeing and survival of the state," "of the local, state and regional councils" scratching the words beginning with "negotiate" and ending with "entities to" would all be scratched and replaced with "explore efforts to."

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: We would need to vote on the amendment, which means it first needs to be seconded. We have a second. Now is there any discussion on the amendment? We're going to do a voice vote on the amendment. A voice vote. All in favor of the amendment please signify by saying aye. Opposed? Abstentions? Alright. The friendly amendment to the original resolution has been approved. We are back to the original, well we're back to the amended resolution, okay. The amended resolution. Any further, any discussion on the amended resolution before we vote? Okay. Clickers. And the answer is. It is approved. Thank you for your participation.

Rosalind Fishman, Co-chair, Resolutions Committee: Resolution 06-03 Historical Resources Access

Rationale: Social studies, testing and assessment are focusing increasingly on historical records scanned artifacts.

WHEREAS archivists, curators and other prime resource specialists are crucial members of social studies education, and

WHEREAS the study of any social science demands access to historical records and artifacts to document our collective heritage, and

WHEREAS one function of social studies education is to permit students to become social scientists and use an array of historical records and resources,

WHEREAS in recent years public funding for these purposes have decreased,

be it resolved that NCSS pursue legislative action to restore adequate funding for national, state and local archives.

Sorry. Peggy.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Discussion.

Tom Heurtz, MO: My name is Tom Heurtz. I'm a delegate from Missouri. I'm a retired social studies teacher, social studies coordinator. And this one would directly impact us. I am now an educator at a presidential library, at the Truman Presidential Library. I facilitate a group in the Kansas City, the Kansas and Missouri area of about twenty some museums, historic sites and archives. And we are in a funding crisis especially, and those of you know it, a lot of your local archives, your local historical societies, things like that. They've cut back their work hours. You can't get there on certain days of the week now or they're just open on the weekends, things like that.

The one amendment that I would like to propose to this change though is because of the fact up in the top part, in the Whereas, you've got "artifacts" in there. The word "archives" down at the bottom needs to be expanded because usually when you're talking about archives, you're talking about historical documents. When you're talking artifacts, you're talking more the museum side and the collections departments and stuff like that. So I would like to propose an amendment to this resolution that the bottom part, we add the words "historic site" because those could have both archives and artifacts there. And we also include the words "history museums," "history focused" or "history based museums at the local state and national levels." Because you're seeing more and more of us, including those of you who are looking for a second career, there, more of us are going into it as classroom teachers, we're now museum educators. Thank you.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Again, we've considered the amendment and we need a second to that amendment. Alright. Discussion on the amendment? Okay. I will. The amendment is showing. We are adding to the Resolve. It's shown in yellow. "Local archives, historic sites and history based museums."

Wendell Bourne, MA: Wendell Bourne, Massachusetts again. Just a question about. I don't want to knit-pick words but "history based," "history focused." Is "based" limited and "focus" broadened?

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Amendment to the amendment.

Tom Heurtz, MO: [inaudible] The word reads "history focused."

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Okay. A second? Second. Alright, now the consideration, the first consideration is the change from "history based" to "history focused." Any discussion on that? Alright we're going to do a voice vote. All in favor of changing "history based" to "history focused" signify by saying aye. Opposed? Abstentions? Okay. So we are now "history focused."

We go back to the amendment itself, the addition of "historic sites" and "history focused museums." Again, a voice vote. Those in favor of the amendment to the resolution please signify by saying aye. Opposed? Abstentions? The amendment has passed.

We are back to the original, or excuse me, the amended resolution. Carolyn.

Carolyn Herbst, ATSS/UFT, NY: Carolyn Herbst, ATSS/UFT. I would like to share this microphone with our vice president of ATSS/UFT. ATSS/UFT in New York City rousingly supports this. And it was introduced at the leadership conference by our vice president who is an archivist. And there are archivists, are the member of our councils.

Brenda Parnes, ATSS/UFT, NY: I'm Brenda Parnes from ATSS/UFT and New York State Council. I'd like to support this amendment. Based on relationships, actually I don't have to say very much. For those of us who were at the breakfast yesterday, Peggy said it all. The relationships we enjoy with the various communities that we work with in the archival, history museum and museum educators field as well as other fields can only enrich us and make us stronger as we work together.

When it comes to legislative work, the more support we can show our legislators, the stronger will be our opportunities to see legislation move in directions that we want to see it go. And this is very important, so. Thank you for your talk yesterday because I don't have to say very much.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Thank you. Thank you. Clickers please. Again, if your clicker is failing, raise your hand and wave. Okay. Mickey. The resolution is approved.

Rosalind Fishman, Co-chair, Resolutions Committee: I thought I'd get through the other one pretty fast, but I ran into talking too fast. Alright, let's try this one.

06-04 Professional Development Funding for Social Studies Education

Rationale: Because professional development opportunities are crucial for effective social studies instruction the continuation and enhancement of national funding is vital.

Whereas, Title II professional development funding is often not available to social studies educators on the local level,

WHEREAS the Teaching American History grants are excellent opportunities for classroom teachers,

WHEREAS social studies integrates and has positive impact on other content areas in the curriculum,

BE IT RESOLVED the NCSS provides an endorsement to local and state councils conveying the importance of present and future funding for professional development opportunities for social studies education.


Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Comments? Would you grab your clickers please? The resolution has been approved. Thank you.

Rosalind Fishman, Co-chair, Resolutions Committee: Okay, moving right along here guys. Okay.

06-05 Reciprocal State Membership and Conference Registration

Rationale: While state councils face similar challenges in regard to membership participation and national curricular issues there exists minimal interaction and exchange of ideas and resources among them.

WHEREAS social studies teachers benefit from an exchange of ideas and resources with peers,

WHEREAS state councils are strengthened by association with other councils,

WHEREAS expanded benefits to state council members result in increased membership,

WHEREAS social studies is facing a crisis that is national in scope and any increase in unity and collegiality will serve its cause,

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS encourage state councils to offer reciprocal complimentary state conference registration and reduced state member fees.


Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: Are there any comments on this resolution?

Terry Trimble, FL: Terry Trimble, Florida Council. I. [tape ends] If something more specific than that is clear, then please let me know. I mean, something could be worked out but. If that's what it's saying, anybody from another state can attend our conference for free. No. I'm not going to do that.

Merrell Frankle, CA: Merrell Frankle from California. I think the intent was for it to be reciprocal. Those were the key words. So if four people from a neighboring state wanted to come and go to CCSS, we would send four people to their conference. It was a reciprocal agreement to try and pool resources.

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: Merrell we couldn't hear you. Turn the microphone so it faces the audience.

Merrell Frankle, CA: The point is it would be reciprocal. That if you offered four people from another state, your conference, they would in exchange give you four. It was a way of getting some people across the state lines and share resources. But reciprocal is the key here. We're not just giving it away.

Bob Dytell, ATSS/UFT, NY: I just have a question for the people who. I'm Bob Dytell from New York, ATSS/UFT. I have a question. Why would we vote on this if it's going to be between two states? This wouldn't have anything to do with national.

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: At the back microphone.

Carolyn Herbst, ATSS/UFT, NY: Carolyn Herbst, ATSS/UFT, New York City. We have a Middle States Council for the Social Studies, which you join separately and I'm on the board of that as well. We have the Greater Metropolitan New York Social Studies Conference, which Bob is chair of and I am exhibits chair as of February 10. And we work as a consortium with the locals in our suburbs and that's great too. The purpose of a state or a local council having a conference is not only to spread the word of social studies, but also make some money. And I see no reason why we should as a national council encourage states not to make their own money. And if they want to have a regional, that is their business. And I really oppose this.

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: Are there any other comments? Then it's time to vote. The motion does not carry. One hundred and twenty eight votes against the resolution.

Rosalind Fishman, Co-chair, Resolutions Committee: 06-06 Maintaining Equitable HOD Representation

Rationale: The 2006 amendment to the Section VII of the Constitution, if passed, will add associated groups and communities in voting status in the House of Delegates which will erode state affiliate council voting voice.

WHEREAS the additional number of votes will diminish the traditional voting strength of affiliated councils violating the one person, one vote electoral effectiveness established in the NCSS House of Delegates,

WHEREAS as the total number of delegates increases the percentage of voting impact decreases in a much larger proportion for state affiliates that have over four hundred members.

BE IT RESOLVED that the formula established the numerical qualification for affiliated council delegates as stated on page 14-15 of HOD Manual Article IV, Section III.D. be adjusted to maintain the current percentage of effectiveness. The formula shall be calculated as one new delegate for every seventy-five members over four hundred.


Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Ned.

Ned Moss, TX: Thank you. My name is Ned Moss. I'm from Texas. I'm the president of the Texas Council. One thing I wanted to mention before I get to this is that this came out of the leadership conference this summer up here. And I had some high level help in writing this with a lot of this. And that's one of the real values of these resolutions that come out of a leadership institute, is there's a lot people there, experience and representing the main states.

In any case, I wanted to point out what this does. Jeff gave us a bunch of numbers and what I wanted to mention that right now there's eighteen states with over four hundred NCSS members. Just looking at our state alone, it would reduce our membership, our voting strength based on the membership from, anywhere from thirteen to twenty-two percent by moving in additional members in addition to the ones we already have. So that is, this could be resolved by changing the membership for those states that have over four hundred members be calculated as it says on the basis of one delegate for each seventy-five NCSS members instead of the current, which is one delegate for each one hundred over four hundred.

And this whole thing puts me in mind too of the, the discussion, do we have a house of representative or a senate? Madison in his Federalist Papers talked about, you know, this big question of factions and how do you address them. And they ended up, of course, creating a senate to address some of that. But in this case, I'm sure this, it worries us that we have states represented and some association. And now we will have a lot more. And it's good they'll have a voice, but we don't need to water down the effect of those that are already here. Thank you.

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: Could we have, would you mind allowing Jeff to speak first? Yes. Please. Thank you.

Male speaker: Yes.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Thank you very much.

Male speaker: It's alright.

Jeff Passe, Past President, NCSS, NC: Jeff Passe from North Carolina. That is a fundamental misunderstanding that might help everybody. The allocation of delegates is for joint members, not for total NCSS members. You have to be a joint member of the state and the national. And right now the only, there's only one state that has more than four hundred seventy-five members. And that state is Texas. The next closest is California with 401. If this amendment were passed based on the joint membership, there would be zero change in the Texas representation because they have, according to the sheet in front of me, five hundred twelve. If, change the formula, they would still need five hundred fifty to get one additional delegate. So in essence, it would be a wash.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Thank you Jeff.

Ron Adams, NH: Ron Adams, from New Hampshire. Small state. I believe that, I would agree that all of the affiliated councils stand to lose some representation as the representative from Texas stated. However, I feel that the wider representation of including communities and associated groups, those people are from states. They will represent their own states and their own views anyway. I see no reason to change the present formula especially if it's only going to affect one state. If the formula was changed to affect all states voting here in the House of Delegates, I could support it. But to change the formula to accommodate one state, I don't see a need to do that. Therefore I speak against this resolution.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Thank you Brian and thank you for allowing Jeff to speak first. Clickers please. The resolution is defeated by a vote of a hundred and nine to fifty. Thank you.

Rosalind Fishman, Co-chair, Resolutions Committee: You just took mine. Two clicker, two. I know she's the president, right. Moving right along.

06-07 State Social Studies Alliance

Rationale: Social studies are vital to maintaining our democracy. Because the future of social study education is at a critical point in our nation and limited collaboration and dialogue exist between state social studies councils and other state and local social studies content organizations.

WHEREAS social studies is increasingly marginalized in schools,

WHEREAS all society has a vested interest in creating literate citizens,

WHEREAS currently content organizations work on advocacy in isolation,

WHEREAS resources for professional development are limited,

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS will encourage and support state councils to take leadership roles in forging social studies alliances with other state and local social studies content organizations.

Peggy. Mine's right here Peggy. Don't touch.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: I guess I need a keeper. Discussion please.

Rory Measure, NM: Rory Measure, New Mexico. I don't understand how this is any different from what we're doing right now and what it actually represents in action. Question.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: If there's any state that's involved in having written the motion that would like to address it, please consider doing so. Go ahead.

Charlie Newhall, New England: Charlie Newhall from the New England History Teachers Association. This sounds like the definition of what NCSS is and should be doing to me. So I speak against it cause it seems obvious.

Vicky Hollister, IL: Vicky Hollister from the Illinois Council. Perhaps I am misunderstanding the point of this. I took it to be just that we were reaffirming what indeed we stand for. And I am very concerned because of No Child Left Behind how nothing is tested. When we talk about not having numbers as members. My state, my district allowed very few people to come to this conference because it doesn't matter. They sent everybody in my district to the state science conference. They sent only me to this from my district, I should say, not the entire state. But I'm concerned and I thought that this was a vote just reaffirming we're going to hang together and we're going to fight the fact that social studies no longer counts. I just would not want it to go out to the newspapers or anybody that picks up on this that we didn't even vote to stand together. And that was how I took this resolution to be. If I am mistaken, so be it. But I don't want anything negative to go out here to look like we're fighting amongst ourselves when we have to stand together.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Thank you. Hold it. In the rear.

Jeff Schrade, AZ: Good morning. I'm Jeff Schrade from Arizona. I'd like to applaud the great leadership that NCSS has shown in their involvement with several different national initiatives as my colleague, Syd Golston, pointed out yesterday. And I know personally, being the head of the Civic Mission of Schools campaign in Arizona, that the National Council of Social Studies has really stepped up to the plate and worked at collaborating with these national organizations.

I think what this resolution is saying is something very important, that the state councils play a role in doing this and playing a role as the convener and the uniter in their own states. We in social studies inherently must unite the different strands and the different disparate groups within social studies in order to make a whole effort. Borrowing from the words of one of the previous speakers, surely we must hang together or we will hang separately.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Thank you. Ira.

Ira Hibberman, PA: Ira Hibberman, Pennsylvania Council. I think this resolution affirms the commitment on the part of the state organizations to carry the mission into the state organizational structure. It certainly is important for these alliances and bridges to be built. The Pennsylvania Council has a meeting scheduled in January.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Jackie.

Jacqueline Reynolds, MI Jacqueline Reynolds from Michigan. And this summer we worked on this and I want to go back to the woman, I'm sorry. And that's what we were concerned about, that we, this was just an alliance to come together as a whole to say that yes we all pull together for the support of social studies and then just asking National to support us on that. So that's, this was not to say that this is not what we're doing but just to stand firm that we'll all come together as a [inaudible].

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Thank you Jacqueline. I want to remind you so that we all hundred and whatever number of us are here so that we don't get confused. The microphone for support is in the front. And the, the opposition microphone is to the rear. Okay? Terry.

Terry: I would encourage you to consider the resolution that is immediately after this, which is virtually redundant to this one. There's nothing wrong with reaffirming our mission. I would be in favor of it in general, but the idea of combining these two which both seem to be the same goal, should be considered.

Ted Banton, FL: Ted Banton, Florida. Actually, I was one of the folks involved in the writing of this. And this was specifically, the intent of this was specifically to support all states so that the alliances are being created. In many states, there are multiple factions, whether it be economic organizations or geographic organizations, that are working not in concert for a common goal but in direct opposition. So the goal was, is that state councils, national councils, as seen in the next, the next resolution, would work to bring folks together to create an articulation so that we all work down the same pathway or at least discuss it. We just passed a resolution in regards to archives and supporting their mission, but yet we don't, at the state level and sometimes at the national level, we don't have those articulation with other groups so that we all are working as one as mentioned before.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Tracy.

Tracy Dussia, VA: Hi, I'm Tracy Dussia from Virginia again. I teach my students resolution writing as part of our unit on Congress and I'd like to propose a friendly amendment, just language wise. Could we not simply move to add the words "continue to" after "will?" And then both sides get what they want. I mean I understand that we have to form networks and we're doing that. But apparently they feel like it isn't emphasized enough. So I move in a friendly amendment to add "continue to" and then I call for the question.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Wait a minute, can't do both. Okay. The friendly amendment, we need a second. Okay. Any discussion on the amendment? Alright. If you look at the BE IT RESOLVED: "BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS will continue to encourage and support state councils." I'm sorry. That's what I'm on. More coffee. After, at the beginning of the resolution Tina, "that NCSS will continue to." Okay. Alright. That's the friendly amendment. Okay? By a voice vote, all of those in favor signify by saying aye. Opposed? Abstentions? The amendment has been approved.

Back to the original resolution, I mean the amended resolution. Okay? All in favor of closing debate please signify by saying aye. Opposed? Abstentions? Okay, clickers. The resolution is approved with [inaudible] thirty-five to fifteen.

Before we move to the next resolution, I want to take a little presidential moment here. Now there are some people that, that are here this morning that I'd like to honor. And they are our past presidents. Would you stand please? Rick Theisen, Theisen I see in the back. Pat Nickel is with us on the right hand side. Thank you for joining us. Stephen, Stephen Johnson. Fred Reisinger is here. Yes, okay. Alright, thank you so much. Particularly to Pat Nickels because when she was president I was chair of the Steering Committee. Thank you Pat.

Rosalind Fishman, Co-chair, Resolutions Committee: 06-08 National Social Studies Alliance

Rationale: Social studies are vital to maintaining our democracy. Because the future of social studies education is at a critical point in our nation we recognize the need for collaboration and dialog between NCSS and other national content organizations.

WHEREAS social studies is increasingly marginalized in schools,

WHEREAS all society has a vested interest in creating literate citizens,

WHEREAS currently content organizations work on advocacy in isolation,

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS will take a leadership role to form alliances and partnerships with other content organizations.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Discussion.

Gene Almeida, CA: Good Morning. Gene Almeida from California. I'm in favor of this resolution. I think that the difference between the previous one and this one is that the previous one had that NCSS encourage local councils and state councils to forge alliances. Whereas this one, they're modeling it for us. And Peggy mentioned earlier how she's already established these summits so that we can better establish ideas and strategies. And the difference here too, I noticed partnerships with other content area organizations. And I remember sitting on a public relations committee talking about how other content area organizations mobilize their resources, reach out to membership and user resources. And so I think in, the intent of this resolution is to try to learn from each other so we can make a better difference. And I think the better we do this as an organization then we can pass this on down to states and the states can also do that with their local historical societies and other groups. And so I think this is a good resolution.

Paula Frazier, WA: Good morning. I'm Paula Frazier from the Washington State Council for Social Studies. And I support this amendment, or this resolution especially for making alliances with other content organizations. For instance, there are many decisions right now that are being made related to stem cell research, teaching intelligent design in the schools that are really the citizenship areas of science. I think we can learn from other content areas like science. But we also need to help those folks understand the citizenship aspects of other content areas. I support this amendment.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Thank you.

Michelle Herczog, CA: Good morning. Michelle Herczog, California. I too would strongly support this cause like you had mentioned it reaches out to other content areas where we may have some very similar goals and needs, particularly in the science, visual and performing arts, those other areas.

And the reason I feel strongly about that is a little story I want to tell you briefly what happened in California two weeks ago. Our California Curriculum Commission is important in reaffirming our standards, our frameworks, our textbook adoptions. There were four openings on that commission. And all four of those slots were filled by Reading First people. People with expertise in Reading First. No other content areas were represented. So the statewide math organization, English learner organization, science organization and social studies organizations talked about that. And we all sent letters expressing our discontent over that to our state board. So here was an example of alliances across content areas to make a stronger voice against the marginalizing of our particular field. Thank you.

Female Speaker: The state of Colorado in recognition of two of our wonderful leaders, one of whom is with us this morning, as the president of NCSS. One of whom is no longer with us at all, Neil Deason, would like to offer an amendment to add the words "continue to" to this resolution to honor Peggy, Neil, [inaudible] triple [inaudible], the NCSS staff and all of the others who have been working on, who did work on the first Summit and have continued that work in the future.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: I assume that would be that NCSS will continue to, right? Thank you. Point of information. The initial work on the Summit was started by our past president. Jeff. We need a second. I'm sorry, need a second. Thank you. Discussion on the amendment? Call the question on the amendment? Okay? First, second on the. Okay. All in favor of closing the debate? Opposed? Abstentions? We have closed the debate on the amendment. We are now taking a voice vote on the friendly amendment. All in favor of the friendly amendment please signify by saying aye. Opposed? Abstentions? The friendly amendment passes. We now go back to consideration of the amended resolution. All in favor of closing debate? Oh wait a minute. Missed a second. All if favor of closing debate? Opposed? Abstentions? Clickers please. The resolution has been approved. Thank you.

Rosalind Fishman, Co-chair, Resolutions Committee: 06-09 Conference Director Help From NCSS

Rationale: Since the planning of a conference at any level will, local, state, regional, and/or national demands a great deal of skill and attention to detail as well as specialized business acumen.

WHEREAS state councils have limited resources, financial and organizational, personnel and time availability to put on these conferences, and

WHEREAS the training of state and regional conference directors is spotty and often learned by experiences encountered while on the job.

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS will share the expertise of the NCSS conference director with state and regional conference directors at the Summer Leadership Institute, annual conference or other such functions.


Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Discussion?

Terry Trimble, FL: Terry Trimble, Florida. This has already been passed five years when a resolution calling for this assistance to each of the officers of the affiliates, the publications chair, the conference coordinator, executive director and president be served at the conference.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: The resolution still has to be considered even though it's been passed before.

Bill Harris, OH: Bill Harris from Ohio. The purpose of this, many of the state councils have leaders who fill many roles and many, many in the state leadership have limited time to devote to planning and running effective conferences. The sharing of expertise from the national organization, especially to those councils who don't have, who have had much more rapid change, would be extremely helpful. What we were asking for is help at the Leadership Institute to help those leaders learn the basic leadership skills to conduct an effective and financially rewarding conference. Thank you.

Jim Lane, OH: Jim Lane from the Ohio Council. Even though this may have been voted on five years ago, it's not necessarily been implemented consistently. And so what we're asking for in this is that at least at the Summer Leadership Institute, and maybe at this meeting, at a very little cost to NCSS, cause that's always a big concern, we could have somebody who is a new person in the conference director be trained at a higher level of understanding, picking up negotiating tips, being able to learn about some of the pitfalls in negotiations.

Perhaps, one of the tasks of this group of people at the Leadership Institute would be to create a conference booklet whereby every council would have the availability, whether it be local, state or regional, to have a booklet that sort of outlines, you know, what are the best practices? What should you look for? What things should you try to avoid? And that would be extremely helpful I think to anybody coming in to those positions. They could also be sharing the states' and locals' and regionals' success stories and also their horrible failure stories. Make sure that this doesn't happen to you. And that type of sharing is I think what we're all trying to get for. Thank you.

Sue Blanchette, TX: Sue Blanchette from Texas. Having run a state conference in Texas, it would not have been possible without the expertise and knowledge of those who have done it before. And this is something that would be of immense value to any local affiliate or state affiliate that's going to run a conference. This came up in discussion in the Conference Committee meeting yesterday and was talked about favorably. So we would be totally in favor of supporting this idea and working toward it. So I speak in favor of the resolution.

Chad Doll, OH: Chad Doll of Ohio. We also think that there may be a particular need in this. I know many of our councils, we've heard discussion every now and then that we, we look around our tables at our meetings, and as some of our leadership is ready to retire. And we're looking at turn over in a lot of those positions in the future. We're going to lose some of that institutional memory so that those new people who are getting involved have someone to guide them along. They're willing people but a lot of times the fear of failure will keep them from taking on that position. So we think this would be good for that too.

Carolyn Herbst, ATSS/UFT, NY: Carolyn Herbst, ATSS/UFT, New York City. I'd like to offer a friendly amendment. I think this one needs a "continue" also in its Resolve. "BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS will continue to share expertise." And then I'd like to speak about that.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: Second. Okay. The motion to amend the resolution to "BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS will continue to share." Carolyn.

Carolyn Herbst, ATSS/UFT, NY: I think we need this amendment passed again so that people are aware of it. NCSS has been very very helpful. You think because ATSS/UFT is large and I come to the microphone for ever, every discussion and I have been in this body for twenty-eight years. And I have the brain of [inaudible] and an elephant and I can remember all these things. We once had a finance problem with a hotel we were negotiating in New York City for our local conference and NCSS stepped in and helped us get a lower price. And nobody else was able to do that but NCSS cause they were contracting it for the national conference. NCSS has been very helpful. I think everybody should know this so we should pass this.

Peggy Altoff, President, NCSS, CO: A voice vote on the friendly amendment. All in favor. Opposed? Abstentions? The friendly amendment is approved. The return to the amended resolution. Clickers please. The resolution is approved. Thank you.

We're going to suspend consideration of the revolutions. It has nothing to do with the next one, I assure you. We are going to suspend consideration of the next few resolutions for a moment for a special presentation. So stay tuned. Susan.

Susan Griffin, Executive Director, NCSS: I would like to call John Alexander, Fred Reisinger and Mildred McBee to the front please. I don't think there is very many people in this room who don't know Mildred McBee. And I think even though we don't approve of this, Mildred has decided to retire. So I'd like to have a couple of her friends from councils to come up and just say a few words about Mildred.

John Alexander: Mildred, I started working with you in 1980 at the national conference in New Orleans. And it has been twenty five wonderful years. And from the national, and from our state and for myself personally, you'll be deeply missed. And I don't know what I will do without you there, cause I always forget something before I come to the conference or at the conference. And I always see Mildred and she's always been so helpful and reassuring. I was so proud of myself this year because I had gotten everything taken care of, our delegates and everything else. And the first thing when I got here I realized I didn't have any of it in my suitcase. So I go and see her. First thing, I got up at seven o'clock to be over here before anyone else. There she was and I said. She looked at me and said, what did you forget? You sent everything in on time. And she is that type of person who is a very helpful warm person. She adds an awful lot to NCSS on a personal level. And Mildred, or Peaches, you'll be greatly missed.

Fred Reisinger, IN: John, I'm glad you said Peaches cause I was not going to call her Mildred. I'm Fred Reisinger from Indiana and I want you to know how long ago Peaches lived. Think back, those of you who, that have been around a while, how many places she has been. She was on M Street in downtown Washington when the NCSS headquarters was there, for gosh sakes. That' so long. Then we, we were real poor back then. Then, then we moved to Early Childhood Education building. And then we moved to the Youth for Understanding building where we were so poor that in Board meetings we bunked people dormitory style in a place called the Farmhouse. Yes, yes. Peaches was there through all those year and I was active in various organizations, the Indiana Council, Social Studies Supervisors and then later on the Board and finally president. She bailed my butt out a million times exactly the same way that John described. And she's so [inaudible]. You call her and things happen. She was very, very important to this organization. I know you're going to be missed. Bye baby, we love you.

Susan Griffin, Executive Director, NCSS: I have a point of personal privilege. I'm gonna say a few words about Peaches. She was already at NCSS when I arrived in 1980 and she's held just about every administrative position in our office, including service as the calmest, most helpful receptionist in the universe. She took that calm and wise persona with her when she migrated to Council Services to begin a long stint as assistant to a number of directors of council services, myself included. Peaches mentored each in-coming Director of Council Services with patience and gentle guidance, unless of course we needed some not so gentle guidance. And she provided that as well. Peaches was an anchor for all of us in NCSS. She has been the go-to person for council leaders, Board members and thousands of NCSS members over her twenty-seven year tenure.

I'd learn much from her about NCSS, but more from her about patience, kindness and wisdom. I'm truly happy for Peaches and her family going off to the next chapter of their lives in Georgia, a beautiful new home, a calmer slower life, and very fortunate neighbors. I'm grateful to Peaches for all that she has taught me personally and professionally. I'll miss you.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Please let the minutes show that Peaches received a standing ovation.

Female speaker: I move to suspend the reading of the next item on the agenda 06-10.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: There's a motion to suspend the reading. There is a second to suspend the reading of the resolution. Just 0-10. I'm sorry. 06-10. Is there any discussion on the suspending of the reading of the resolution 06-10? Did you say waive the reading or suspend the reading? Waive the reading. Hearing no discussion then, all is in favor of waiving the reading of resolution 06-10 signify by saying aye. Those opposed? Abstentions? Okay. Gayle then you can conduct the vote.

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: First of all, calling for any discussion of this resolution. Please come to the front microphone if you are in favor of the resolution and to the back microphone if you oppose the resolution. Go ahead.

Chad Doll, OH: Hello once again. Chad Doll from Ohio. As many of you remember, this came up last year. We had a very healthy, spirited debate about all of that. And it came down to, as I recall, one or two votes difference. We heard a lot of concerns about the way the resolution was written last year. We took those back to our Council, to the original author. We feel those concerns were addressed.

Specifically there seemed to be some concern that the way the resolution was written last year was not only against the idea of including intelligent design in our curriculum, but that it was against teaching it as a controversial issue. And we feel that we have addressed that in the BE IT RESOLVED areas that we are not opposed to the controversial issue debate but the inclusion of that otherwise in the curriculum. So we've re-written it addressing those concerns. Brought it back at Summer Leadership, excuse me. We had some mix ups last year with the submitting of it. So it ended up being introduced on the floor and I felt like that probably made it appear we were trying to sneak something in. Whether that was our intention or not, perception is reality. So we hope we've addressed your concerns and that this serious issue for our council can be addressed that way.

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: Back microphone.

Patsy Brooks, TN: One thing we just.

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: State your name and your council.

Patsy Brooks, TN: Yes, Patsy Brooks, Tennessee Council for the Social Studies. One thing we did discuss last year, evolution is a key element of psychology. It is the key standard of the national standards. Basically, why certain behaviors evolved and how certain characteristics have evolved and why they're important. But it's, it's one of the nature things.

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: Are you speaking against the resolution or providing information?

Patsy Brooks, TN: Okay. I'm, I'm saying that I, I guess I want to say, I'm not speaking against the resolution. I'm providing information. And basically saying, this, I believe this, and I should maybe make a motion to strike this line.

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: Which line?

Patsy Brooks, TN: "WHEREAS the scientific theory of evolution is not an essential element of any social studies discipline."

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: The WHEREAS' are not recorded in the resolution.

Patsy Brooks, TN: Okay, I'm sorry. Thank you.

Mark Previte, PA: I'm Mark Previte from the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies and also a member of the NCSS Issue Centered SIG. And I stand here in support of this resolution, of addressing public policy issues. I do know that we do pursue the idea that we do need citizens in our democracy today. We do need students who are able to size up an issue, look at various points of view, coming to some kind of conclusion and solution to an issue. My concern is that I think we need to address the creation of more publications such as National Issues Forum, Choices for the Twenty-First Century or things like Opposing Viewpoints.

We do in our organization have a rich history of issue centered education. For a lot of you who may know about Harold Rug, Alan Griffin from the great state of the Ohio State University, Angolechoa [inaudible] and the Public Issue Series from Oliver and Shaver. Thank you.

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: The question has been called and seconded. All those in favor of closing debate please say aye. All those opposed? Abstentions? Debate has been closed. Please use your clickers. The motion carries one hundred to fifty-two.

I'd like to hear a motion to extend the time of this meeting because we're at 10:*30 and we do have several other resolutions and short items of business to conduct. Is there a second? All those in favor of extending the time of this resolution, excuse me, of this meeting, fifteen minutes, so. I'm trying to read from the audience. I asked for a motion to extend the meeting but I didn't say how long before we had the second. So, so fifteen minutes. Now is there a second? Okay. All of those in favor of extending this meeting fifteen minutes say aye. Opposed? I think the ayes carry it, so we will extend another fifteen minutes to 10:*45. Steve?

It's been moved and seconded to waive the reading of resolution 06-11. Is there any discussion on waiving the reading? Call of the question. Actually, I'm just going to say, I'm going to ask for a voice vote, voice vote to waive the reading of resolution 06-11. All in favor say aye. Opposed? Abstentions? We have waived the reading of 06-11.

We have heard a move, a motion to table 06-11 and that was seconded. You may speak for or against tabling the resolution. If you're going to speak for tabling, please come to the forward microphone. I you speak against tabling, move to the back. There is no discussion. Thank you. Okay. There's, it's, I have been informed by our parliamentarian that we, since this is not an amendment, there is no discussion on the motion to table this resolution. Therefore I'm going to ask for voice vote. All those in favor. All those in favor of tabling resolution 06-11 say aye. Those opposed? Abstention? Okay. Dustin says that we can use the clickers. So you will vote yes to table, no, and abstain. This motion is to table. Aye means yes table. I need to explain again. A is yes to table. B is no. C is abstain. This motion was tabled by a vote of ninety-eight to sixty-two.

The next resolutions. There is a point of order.

Male speaker: Sorry, I'm not sure the parliamentary way to go about it. I challenge the, just a clarification about the voting process. There seemed to be some confusion at the beginning. People weren't sure if it was A or B and it wasn't usually on the board like that. So maybe a count, call for a re-vote.

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: Second. Yes, we will have. First of all, do we need to? We're going to vote on the call to re-vote. If you say aye, you want a re-vote with the clicker, with the clarifying information. If you vote no, we will not re-vote. All those in favor of re-voting say aye. Those opposed? The ayes carry. We will re-vote the tabling of resolution 06-11 with the clickers. If you choose A, it's yes, you want to table.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Go to the microphone.

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: We're not voting yet. I just want to clarify what we will be doing.

Female speaker: Point of clarification. Does this mean that it will come before this body next year? Or what does this tabling do?

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: What would have to happen at this point if this if tabled, is the resolution would have to go back through the Resolutions Committee next year and be introduced to that committee. Then that committee would bring it back here to the House of Delegates next year.

Female speaker: So this effectively kills the resolution.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Brings the resolution back next year.

Female speaker: Okay. Thank you.

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: Okay. We are going to now use clickers to vote and A is yes table it. B is no, do not table it. In which case, we'd continue discussion. Or A for abstention. Please vote. C for Abstention. I'm sorry. There are sixteen people who haven't voted. Eighty-four yes, table it. Sixty-two no. And so the motion to table resolution 06-11 carries. And it was three abstention. Eighty-four, yes. Sixty-two, no. Three abstentions.

The next resolutions are courtesy resolutions. There is no discussion, simply a vote. But we do need to read them in.

Female speaker: I move waiving of the reading of the courtesy resolutions [inaudible].

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: Second.

Female speaker: I move the waive, waive the reading of all courtesy resolutions [inaudible].

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: Is there any discussion on the waiving? Alright. All of those in favor or waiving the reading of these resolutions, the courtesy resolutions, will say aye. And those opposed to waiving the reading will say no. Those opposed, nay. I didn't hear it. Our Steering Committee chair, who has better ears than I, says that we have waived the reading of these resolutions.

Male speaker: Point of personal privilege. As past president of the National Council for the Social Studies, I would like to ask for an acclimation resolution in praise of Peggy Altoff, Renay Scott and her Steering Committee and the entire House of Delegates and the staff of NCSS for a fantastic conference.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Thank you. At this time I would like to announce the, the results of the committee elections. At the close of this meeting those newly elected members and those of us still on the Steering Committee will meet up front. Those newly elected members and those on the Resolutions Committee will meet to my right, your left. Those newly elected members and finishing members will meet to my left, your right on the Assignment Committee will meet over there. As information needs to be exchanged.

At this time, the results. The two individuals elected for the Assignment Committee:* Marjorie Hunter and Bob Nimtz. For Resolution:* Terry Cherry and Jacqueline Reynolds. For the Steering Committee: Keith Dauer and Tara Sides. Again, Steering here. Resolutions and Assignment, please meet immediately following the meeting so we can organize for next year.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: No. No courtesy, courtesy amendments are accepted as presented.

We have two more items of business. First off, before I ask Gayle to come back to close the meeting, in your packets are the goldenrod forms, Exhibit number 15. Please fill out your evaluations. I plead as the Steering Committee chair because I know how helpful they were to me in helping organize the meeting. Please complete those so that next year's chair can have those. Now I would like to call Gayle Thieman back to give a plug for FASSE and close our meeting.

Gayle Thieman, President-Elect, NCSS, OR: Well I just want to acknowledge the tremendous support of the House of Delegates over the years in supporting FASSE. We no longer have a raffle, but what we do is earmark a small portion of the conference registration to the fund. And because of your generous support over the year, we have now reached one hundred thousand dollars in the fund. We have increased the McAuliffe grant awards to twenty-five hundred dollars next year. And we will be having another FASSE/CUFA research grant in the amount of ten thousand dollars to support research in literacy and social studies. So we've done a phenomenal job together.

I ask you to please fill out this form that's attached to the letter in your HOD packet number thirteen. I ask you to take this brochure back to your state council and ask for council support of FASSE. We have a lot more to do. Two hundred and fifty thousand dollars is our next goal.

One other thing I want to acknowledge is that many of the state councils have really stepped up this year and they have provided their own contribution to FASSE on behalf of the states. Those states were recognized in "TSSP". So we have both the individual donor contribution, state contributions and then the support from the conference.

I also want to invite you to San Diego next year. You've all got this flyer in your packet. The back side talks about the family friendly nature of the conference. Please, please get those online proposals in by the February first deadline. And there's lots of information out there to help you do that.

With, seeing that, I would like to call for adjournment. It's moved. Second? And we are going, we are adjourned.

Renay Scott, Chair, Steering Committee, OH: Please leave your clickers sitting on the table and the Steering Committee will help E-Instruction collect those.

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