52nd NCSS House of Delegates

88th Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies

November 14-15, 2008
Houston, Texas
Session One

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Here. And way over to my left is Susan Griffin, our Executive Director. Syd Golston from Arizona, who is our President-Elect. Martha Haun, who is our Parliamentarian. And to my right, we have Tara Sides, Vice Chair of the House of Delegates, Chair next year. Ted Banton from Florida, who is Steering Committee. And Tina Heafner, who is our House of Delegates Chair this year.

Okay, we'd like to start by, with an adoption of the Agenda. So if you'd take a look at page five and six in your Manual. As many of you know, you've been in House of Delegates, this is a means, the House of Delegates is a means by which our membership participates in the development of policies. And on the Board, we look at the resolutions, we look at what comes from the House of Delegates and then carry them on. This is a forum for issues and related to the, to our organization. We will, we also conduct the business of the organization and we'll talk a little bit about the state of NCSS.

A few of the things in your Manual that I want to mention is: Article IX Resolutions, on twenty-three and twenty-five, that you may want to take a look at. These resolutions represent the principals, beliefs, actions of our membership. And as they are recommended to the NCSS Board of Directors by this House of Delegates. We look very much, we are guided in our future business operations, by what comes out of the, the House. I can speak about dealing with a resolution several years ago on intelligent design that came directly from, from the House. So it's, you're providing our direction here. And I think, if anybody else has anything to say on that or up here. Otherwise we'll move on with preliminary.

Oh, I'm sorry, I'm sorry yes. So, our Agenda, we need to adopt our Agenda. So I'll accept a motion from the floor. Thank you Sally. Second? It's been moved and seconded to adopt our Agenda. All those if favor say aye. All those opposed, same sign. Okay, the agenda has been adopted.

I would like to introduce Katie O'Connor, chair from the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies, representing the Credentials Committee.

Katie O'Connor, NC, Chair, Credentials Committee:
Hello, I'm pleased to introduce the Credentials Committee. Patty Hutman is our returning member from El Paso, Texas Council of the Social Studies. And Paul Finchett is to my right. And Eric Gross from the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies. As chair of the Credentials Committee, I am pleased to report that a hundred and eighty nine delegates are registered and certified to vote in the House of Delegates as of 3:56, Friday, November 14, 2008. I move the adoption of the Credentials Report.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Okay, all those in favor? Opposed, same sign. Okay. It. I'm going to turn this session over now to Tina Heafner, who is the Chair of the Steering Committee.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
On behalf of the House of Delegates Steering Committee, welcome to Houston, Texas and to the 52nd House of Delegates. We'd like to extend greetings to delegates of Affiliated Councils, Associated Groups and NCSS Communities. Today marks the first meeting of our expanded delegation of the House of Delegates. We welcome the delegates and long-time members of affiliated state, local and regional councils as well as our newest voting members of Associated Groups and Communities. The expansion of the House of Delegates, and an active agenda set forth by the House of Delegates Steering Committee, is presented before you. It has been an arduous year with many challenges, but one that has been met with great fortitude by the Steering Committee.

Before I continue, I would like to introduce the Steering Committee. You've already met a few members, but I'd like to introduce them again. Tara Sides, Vice Chair from South Carolina. Laurie Graham from Indiana in the back. Keith Dauer from Connecticut over here. Ted Banton from Florida. And Anna Post in the back as NCSS staff and ex officio member.

With great sadness, we lost one of our valued social studies colleagues and members of the Steering Committee this spring. Christine Allen from the Oregon Council for the Social Studies died unexpectedly on April 8, 2008. We offer our condolences to Christine's family, friends, and colleagues. At this time, we would like to take a moment to recognize NCSS Past President, Gayle Thieman, to share with you the efforts of the Oregon Council to recognize and acknowledge the work of Christine Allen as a leader among social studies educators. Gayle Thieman.

Gayle Thieman, NCSS Past President, OR:
I first met Chris, Christine at an NCSS meeting almost twenty years ago. It was in Dallas, Texas. I was a new NCSS delegate from Alaska, trying to figure out how to navigate the biggest conference I had ever attended, and also how to get on the program. Christine took me under her wing, introduced me to people, helped me become a leader in NCSS. We always saw each other at the conference and kidded at each other about which one of us had been to more NCSS conferences. Well Christine had me beat by about fifteen years.

I watched her leadership in NCSS as Chair of the House of Delegates Steering Committee and her leadership with the NCSS Social Studies Supervisors Association. I was particularly impressed with her enthusiastic and faithful support of FASSE, the Foundation for the Advancement of Social Studies Education, and particularly the Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award. As you know, this award helps teachers develop innovative social studies teaching strategies and achieve a dream that under ordinary circumstances would not be fulfilled. It's only fitting that the Oregon Council and NCSS are joining together to fundraise for a twenty five hundred dollar Christa McAuliffe Award in Christine's honor. So far, we have raised fifteen hundred dollars. And just today I received two more checks for a hundred dollars. So we have nine hundred dollars to go. And members, members of the Oregon Council of Social Studies are standing by. Haven't you heard that phrase before? To accept your contributions. And so for just sixty seconds we're going to be walking up and down the rows. If you would like to make a contribution for the Christa McAuliffe Fund, all of that money goes straight in to the fund for Christine so that we can award that twenty five hundred dollar scholarship this coming May. Thank you.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
I'd like to thank, Past President, Gayle Thieman, the Oregon Council and FASSE for their efforts to recognize Christine Allen.

Christine's passing also left a vacancy on the Steering Committee. This vacancy will be filled according to Article X, Section XI of the House of Delegates Manual.

It is now time for the Steering Committee Report. Each year the House of Delegates Steering Committee reviews evaluations and adjusts procedures in the House of Delegates as evidenced in changes that you've seen in the agenda and other organizational changes we've made within the House of Delegates session. Your feedback is very important to making the House of Delegates experience a very positive experience for all delegates. In your packet, you have an evaluation form. It is a yellow form in your packet. This year, we are actually completing the choices for, letter choices, electronically using clickers at the end of the second session of the House of Delegates. However, there still is space for open-ended comments. And we encourage you to provide that information to us. So we ask that you provide your suggestions and recommendations on your yellow form at the end of the second session of the House of Delegates.

Feedback from the 51st House of Delegates were analyzed and five recommendations and one action item were presented to the NCSS Board of Directors in February of 2008. Efforts have been made to address all five recommendations and action items. And they include the following:

  1. Consideration in scheduling House of Delegates sessions and arranging the House of Delegates meeting room to accommodate the needs of all delegates.
  2. Organization or, organizational changes in the House of Delegates agenda to provide a more active forum for meaningful debates and distribution of Council business and information.
  3. More information will be provided, but nominating procedures for House of Delegate committees have changed.
  4. Issues with voting procedures have been resolved. There are electronic voting processes that will be using clickers during the second session thanks to E-Instruction.
  5. Changes were also made to the structure of the resolutions writing sessions at NCSS Summer Leadership Institute to streamline and focus resolutions process to ensure quality recommendations that are thoughtfully, that thoughtfully guide the work of the NCSS Board of Directors and staff. This is evidenced by our quality resolutions that we have before the House of Delegates for your consideration.

The one action item highlights the most significant achievement this year, and that is the full implementation of changes to the governance structure of NCSS by the expansion of the House of Delegates to include voting delegates from Associated Groups and Communities.

Based on your feedback from last year, we have made organizational changes to the nominations and voting process within the House for the selection of the House of Delegates committees. In your packet, you have a blue form for the nominating, for nominations for the House of Delegates committees. We ask that candidates identify their seated delegation as the delegation they represent and also provide bulleted items that identify their qualifications and experience. This information will be provided to delegates as a handout tomorrow for consideration of the qualifications of our candidates for these committees.

I'd also like to raise to your attention, eligibility information in the House of Delegates Manual in Article X, Section VIII. Eligibility requirements are in compliance with the House of Delegates Manual. Eligibility Listing is available in Appendix G of your House of Delegates Manual.

Your nomination process for House of Delegates committees is also outlined in Article X, Elections to Steering, Resolutions and Assignment Committees.

Due to the vacancy in the Steering Committee, Mr. Chairman, the Steering Committee recommends that delegates vote for three candidates for the Steering Committee. The top two vote getters would assume that the new offices on the Steering Committee. The third highest vote getter would be the person who would fulfill the remaining two years of Christine Allen's position in the Steering Committee. Mr. Chairman.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Is there any, is there any objection from the body if we adopt that? Okay. Please step up to the microphone.

Female Speaker:
AK stands for Alaska not Arkansas? Representative on the Assignment Committee is from Arkansas. That should be AR. Thank you.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Connecticut? Oh. So, there's a motion on the floor. Could we get approval of, can I get approval of the election process? Selection process? All in favor? All opposed, same sign? It is approved.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
We ask that you submit your nominations to the Steering Committee members at the appropriate point in the meeting. Nomination forms will be due at 4:30.

Candidates will introduce themselves and the organization they represent at the conclusion of the first session of the House of Delegates. No introductions of candidates will be made in the second session. Only the candidate's names will be read aloud during the second session. You will have information about candidates and their qualifications available prior to the session on blue paper at the beginning of the second session of the House of Delegates.

Voting will occur for House of Delegates committees at the beginning of the second session of the House of Delegates. An electronic ballot will be available and you will vote with clickers and you will be able to vote for three candidates simultaneously for the Steering Committee, two candidates simultaneously for both of the Assignments and Resolutions committees.

To be eligible to vote, delegates must be registered and certified for the second session. Your certification for today does not certify you for tomorrow's session. You do need to certify at the Credentials Committee's sign-in available at the glass walls outside. They will provide. verify your Credentials Committee card, which is your green card, for tomorrow. You must have that to receive a clicker and to be an eligible seated voting delegate tomorrow.

A closed door policy exists for the House of Delegates committees. Clickers will be certified, will be activated based on the certification as of 8:20 Credential Committee's report. No clickers will be activated until the conclusion of the House of Delegates committee voting.

I'd like to return the session to President Mike Yell for his State of the Council address.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
It's been an incredible honor to be able to be, be the President of NCSS. One of the reasons it's such an honor for me is that I have had the opportunity to visit a number of state councils, both as President-Elect and as President. And I've just been amazed by what I've seen. There is the strong councils, there is excellent programs put together. As I said this morning, every one of the, every one of the conferences I've been to, I've come back with ideas, not only for, for NCSS, but for my own classroom.

Just some of the councils I have attended in the past month, Indiana. I was in Texas also at their San Antonio conference. South Carolina, Pennsylvania. And I've, I've just been so impressed and just blown away by, by the people I've met. And that's really been a highlight for me. I miss my students when I'm gone, miss my colleagues, but I just, it's been an incredible experience.

And we also have councils that, I want point out, that I've been to that are just rebuilding and are doing a tremendous job. Alabama. The Houston local is, is one. The Houston local council is really rebuilding and just doing a fantastic job, and did a great job on the conference with local arrangements.

Most of my attention has been paid to, to, to this conference. And I am very much looking forward to getting out to more state councils in the, in the Spring and, and turning our attention to some of the other issues that, that we have to look at right now. With a new administration, we hopefully will be looking at different policies, different ideas for education. And we have our, our, our advocacy efforts. And also one of the things we're really looking, looking into is, is we are part of the Partnership for the Twenty-First Century Skills, which is a partnership involving educational organizations, businesses, states. And we were the, NCSS was the first content area to have come up with a, to develop a roadmap, a literacy map. Just kind of our ideas, getting ideas out to people about how we can educate students for the twenty-first century. And one of the things we're really going to be looking at this year is, we've got the roadmap out. What are our next steps? How do we bring this to a level of professional development? And I'm very much, we're very much looking forward to being involved with this throughout this year. And if there are any questions, I'll certainly entertain them. I'd like to entertain them. Okay, otherwise, I am going to turn it back to Tina.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
Thank you President Yell. And also thank you to the NCSS officers, and Board of Directors, and staff for your efforts and your work to bring social studies forth to the forefront.

I'd like to, at this time, introduce Gloria McElroy from Tennessee. She is the Assignment Committee chair and will provide the Assignment Committee's report.

Gloria McElroy, TN, Chair, Assignment Committee:
Hello, I'm Gloria McElroy from Tennessee. And I think you can see the members of our committee. I want to thank them for working so hard. We managed to do quite a lot of this electronically, which I thought was great. We had some difficulties getting a good slate of candidates. So if you know people who want to be on committees, urge them to send in a resume, to express an interest. And I think we have a lot of opportunities here and I would hate for people to miss the kind of opportunities we've had.

So you can see that, we've got Doc Holiday from Kentucky. Marjorie Hunter, who will be, is the Vice-Chair. Robert Nimtz from Illinois. Justin Lovelace from South Carolina. And Lois Wolff from Georgia. And I thank them very much for their hard work for that.

And then we have a new slate of people who will be for next year of candidates. And for the Conference Committee, we have Kenneth, and I hope I pronounce his name correctly, de Masi, perhaps. Hale Edwards. For Government and Public Relations Committee: Donna Pearson, Robert Waterson. For the Awards Committee: David Messer, Jeff Reiman. For Publications Committee: Sue Davis, Steven Ryan. For Membership: Jennifer Levin-Goldberg and Brandon Butler. And for Archives: Brenda Parnes and Anne Ackerman. If, the House of Delegates approves this slate by presentation to the Delegation and I thank you very much.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
It is now time for the introduction of our Resolutions Committee and our revised resolution process. I'd like to introduce a good colleague and friend, Terry Cherry from Texas, chair of the Resolutions Committee, to introduce the Resolutions Committee and to provide an overview of the resolutions process.

Terry Cherry, TX, Chair, Resolutions Committee:
The Resolutions Committee consists of Michael Benefield, Margo Byerly-Ayella, Jacqueline Reynolds, Robert Dytell, and Jeanette Stepanske. And I want to thank them for all their work, especially electronically as we worked throughout this year with the various resolutions that were proposed. And I also thank Tina for helping guide us in the Steering Committee and their advice in putting together the resolutions. Tina, all throughout the year, and also the Steering Committee this, these past two days.

This year the House of Delegate will be consisting, or considering twelve resolutions and three courtesy and commendation resolutions. They are on the white paper that was given to you as you came in. White sheet like this that says House of Delegates Resolutions with today's date on it. This process began at Summer Leadership Institute this past July. And these resolutions then were e-mailed to Affiliated Councils, Associations and Communities in August. Between August and October the twelfth, three calls for resolutions were sent out. The latest of these resolutions were put together today and, as I said, they are all on the one white paper. These have been revised and edited and put in order by the Resolutions Committee yesterday and today. Tomorrow, at the House of Delegates, each resolution will have read the title, the number of order and the BE IT RESOLVED. We will not read the whole resolution, just the BE IT RESOLVED.

The, the new resolution packet has been completed version and all the proposed resolutions we'll have read. And I would encourage you to read them between now and tomorrow morning. The best voter, as we know, is an educated voter.

The other thing about the resolutions are, they are the ones that create, and direct, and guide, and lead the Board of Directors. This is the Board's way of knowing how we as members think. And here is where our voice is heard.

I show the video, musical video, 1776 to my students. And in there, I was reminded this year that the Virginia Resolution started this country. Now I don't expect us tomorrow to start a new country. But I do think with our resolutions, we can create a new vision for NCSS and for social studies in this country and in the world. Tina, I turn it back to you.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
At this time, I'd like to call for resolutions from the floor. Resolutions may be submitted on the floor based on the House of Delegates Manual, Article IX, Section V. Looks like we have twelve resolutions for consideration for tomorrow.

For consideration, in addition to the twelve resolutions and the thirteen commendation and courtesy, three commendation and courtesy resolutions, we also have two amendments that come before the House of Delegates. These are NCSS constitutional amendments. They are available in your packets on the purple paper. And I call your attention to them at this time.

The first amendment for consideration is the amendment for voting procedures. The amendment is outlined in the text that has been struck through. This is the second time that this amendment has come before the House of Delegates. It comes before for the consideration of the 52nd House of Delegates for ratification.

The second amendment is Vacancies in NCSS Officers Positions. This amendment has not been brought forth before the House of Delegates prior to this meeting. Therefore, this is the initial consideration of the Vacancies in Officers Positions. Tomorrow, in the beginning of the second session of the House of Delegates, we will vote on this resolution for consideration, and then it will be sent, if approved, by two-thirds majority, it would be sent forth to the, the membership for consideration. And then would be reconsidered in the following, subsequent 53rd House of Delegates session for ratification.

Again, both amendments must be approved by a two-thirds majority. And they will be considered in the second session of the House of Delegates.

It is now time to collect our nominations forms. We're actually a little bit ahead of schedule. So I'm going to give you a few moments, if you haven't completed your nominations for House of Delegates committees. The Steering Committee will move to the aisles to collect those if you have those completed already. If you need more time, we'll pause a moment in our agenda to give you the opportunity to complete your nomination forms.

As we're collecting these forms, does anybody need additional time to complete your House of Delegates committee forms, nomination forms? Thank you.

While we're providing time for the nomination forms to be completed, I ask that the NCSS candidates for Vice President and Board of Directors line up on the right hand side of the stage. Laurie Graham, of the Steering Committee, will meet you and assist you in, in lining up for your candidate speeches. Again I ask for NCSS candidates for Vice President and Board of Directors to line up on the side, right hand side of the stage. Laurie Graham will assist with this process.

Does anybody need additional time for your nomination forms for House of Delegates? Please raise your hand. Okay. All right Steering Committee have you collected all House of Delegates committee forms? Thank you.

All right, at this time we are moving to our Candidate Forum for the NCSS Vice President and Board of Directors. Again, I have the pleasure of introducing Gayle Thieman, Past President and Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, who will introduce our candidates.

Gayle Thieman, NCSS Past President, OR:
Hello again. It's been a great pleasure to work with the Nominations and Elections Committee. And I want to thank five individuals who read seventeen applications for Board candidates and worked very hard to choose the ten candidates that you are going to see today. I want to thank Phyllis Bowie, Crickett Kidwell, Roger Durocher, Joe Gotchy and Jeff Passe. And I appreciate very much their hard work last year in encouraging these wonderful candidates to apply and in helping select them.

I would like to mention that one of the candidates who is running will not be able to make his presentation because he is presenting during the House of Delegates. And that is Joseph O'Brien. I will list each of the candidate's briefly and then we'll begin. But I want to acknowledge our 2009 President, Syd Golston, and our 2009 President-Elect, Steve Goldberg. A round for them.

And now I'm going to read the names of the candidates in order. And at some point I may disappear because I too have a presentation at 5:00 during the House of Delegates. And Jeff Passe will take over. But I just want to acknowledge the two Vice Presidential candidates are Steven Armstrong and Sue Blanchette. Secondary Teacher, Karen Burgard and Peggy Jackson. K-12 Teacher-At-Large, Mark Finchum and Jack Wilson. Supervisor, Tim Coates and Roxanna Meechum. And At-Large, Michelle Herzog and Joseph O'Brien.

You'll notice that there are no candidates for the FASSE Board, Fund for Advancement of Social Studies Education. And today, the Nominations and Elections Committee decided to extend the opportunity to you to help us seek candidates for the FASSE Board so that we may have candidates on the ballot when it's mailed out in February. So I urge you to talk to your state councils, to those whom you know to seek candidates. We really would like four candidates for two positions. And it's really an important Board that directs both the fundraising as well as the awards programs. And so you can speak to myself or any of the Nominations and Elections people, or the FASSE Board, and get us those applications in the next three weeks.

Now I'd like to call forward Steven Armstrong.

Steven Armstrong, CT, Candidate for NCSS Vice President:
Good afternoon. My name is Steve Armstrong. I'm a past president of Connecticut Council of the Social Studies and the New England History Teachers Association. And it's a true honor to present myself as a candidate for Vice-President of National Council of the Social Studies. By the way, if anybody sees a bag around, a suitcase, it's mine. It's been missing for two days. It was interesting today, by the way, to do a presentation on movies without any movies 'cause the movies were in the bag. Sunday I'm doing a presentation on music and all my tapes are in my bag. And I'm doing eighties music with Madonna, Prince, and Michael Jackson. So to have to sing that would not be cool. Well.

In any case, most of the folks, most of you folks don't know me, so I'd like to just tell you just a little bit about myself and where I'm coming from. I'm a public school teacher and administrator from Connecticut. I've also taught courses for the last eighteen years at the college level on history and education. I've been a member of the NCSS Board of Directors for two terms. I was also a member of the original member of the Citizenship Task Force of NCSS. I'm past president, as I said, of Connecticut Council. I realize, by the way, this is the only place, you realize, where they come and say CCSS and that does not necessarily mean Connecticut Council. I know there's a few other CCSS's around, but.

I've co-chaired three regional social studies conferences. So I've had quite a bit of experience with conference planning. I've been on three committees that have revised and edited social studies standards. We're presently doing that in our own state. And I've also been a teacher in residence at the Connecticut State Department of Education. So I can kind of get social studies from that angle as well.

Some of you, if you're an AP U.S. History teacher, you may, some of your students might be using a guide that I wrote for a national publisher on AP U.S. History. I hope they all get fives if they are using that. And I know there's a couple of folks here that have attended workshops that I've help set up at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. I do some work with them to this day. And I do, have done a number of workshops on the use of music and film in the classroom. So that's really where I'm coming from. And I think I have a variety of experiences. And I think they all sort of help me see problems and issues from a variety of lenses.

Of three quick things that I would say that I would really like to see NCSS do in the next several years: First off, I think NCSS, it's, it's very important that we intensify our efforts to help social studies teachers be politically active at the state and local level. I mean, you know this, I don't have to tell you this, as budgets are being cut, standards are being revised, tests are being created, and in some places eliminated, social studies teachers really have to step up and have their voices heard politically. I know that there are some states where this is being done magnificently and wonderfully. However, let's remember that there's many teachers who would like to become politically active and like to become politically involved and really don't know how. So I would strongly urge that NCSS should reach out and be a resource for these teachers; that we should provide additional training to do this, to be active at the state and local level; at our Summer Leadership conferences, at this very national conferences, and also through on-line seminars and discussions. The most effective political action is at the local level and I'd really would like it to make a goal that let's help social studies teachers develop their voices at that level.

A second thing that's incredibly important to me, and I see this is also one of the resolutions that you'll be considering tomorrow, is that NCSS should really take the lead in developing and delivering high level professional development through technology, through on-line resources. NCSS does a wonderful job in presenting professional development through state, national, regional conferences. However, let's be honest, there's many people that cannot attend these. That will only increase. So let's get technology involved in presenting workshops, presentations to our teachers. I've been involved in two projects in Connecticut that developed professional development to teachers through interactive on-line exchanges and through podcasts.

Finally, let's have NCSS be a voice for our teachers in Washington. Obviously, there's going to be changes in NCLB. We need NCSS, in conjunction with other like-minded organizations, to make the voices of social studies teachers heard.

In short, I would like to ensure that NCSS represents and supports its membership in energetic and innovative ways. And I think that I have the background and experience to confront the challenges we will have in the future. Thank you very much, I appreciate your time.

Gayle Thieman, NCSS Past President, OR:
The next candidate for Vice President is Sue Blanchette.

Sue Blanchette, TX, Candidate for NCSS Vice President:
[inaudible] support personnel were either fired or arbitrarily transferred. The Dallas Morning News, reporting on this upheaval, stated that math and science teachers would be kept on because, and I quote, social studies and English teachers were easily replaced. It didn't matter that the students of the district had done significantly better on the social studies exit test. In the words of the comedian, Rodney Dangerfield, social studies teachers don't get no respect. Until this fundamental truth is changed, situations like this one will continue to happen.

NCSS is in the unique position to change this perception and here's how. Number one, Understanding and Unity. Teaching provides room for individuality within a structure. But that individuality often works against us when it comes to unified action. We just don't always understand what's going on in the next classroom or in the next institution. Sally Jo Michalko, Wisconsin, often interjected elementary schoolisms into board meetings. Initially, I found these very amusing. But as time went on, I gained a better understanding of the day to day operations of a first grade classroom. I would like to see a series of real world articles in Social Education to take an up close and personal view of what's going on in those methods classes that are preparing our pre-service teachers for the future. In those elementary school classrooms, trying to incorporate social studies against the overwhelming mandate for math and language arts. And in those secondary classrooms that are attempting to balance dances, and cell phones, and metal detectors, and social studies. We cannot explain ourselves to the nation if we do not clearly understand our own discipline.

Number two, Technology. We need to do a more thorough job of obtaining and integrating technology into the social studies classroom. We are the ideal medium for incorporating blogs, podcasts, wikis. We're just so much more than calculators. NCSS and P21, The Partnership for Twenty-First Century Skills, have made great strides in this area by jointly producing their information, communication and technology map. But we need to go farther because many schools just don't have the hardware available, especially in rural areas or in urban districts like mine that just don't have the money. Social studies teachers need to step across the aisle into an alliance with the techies to make sure that we have both the curriculum in place and the technology available to prepare our students for the twenty-first century.

And number three, Communication. We must get the word out. We know social studies is important. That's why we're here. Well we need to do more to educate the general public. I would like to see NCSS create a clear concise and specific set of talking points, backed by evidence and research, on why social studies is important. And then this needs to be sent out to every member of the organization with a request that we reach out to anyone who will listen: fellow educators, local politicians the VFW the Chamber of Commerce, and especially those senators and representatives who will be involved in the reauthorization of NCLB. We, as a membership, need to stand up and be counted and tell the nation that social studies cannot and will not be the poor stepchild of the academic disciplines.

Who we are defines what we do. I am a passionate advocate for social studies. As an officer of NCSS, I will build on our current strengths to increase both our understanding within ourselves and then take that conversation to the schools, the boardrooms and the halls of state. Please join me in this journey to ensure that the social studies education our students deserve is available in every school across the nation. For our students, for our discipline, for ourselves, it's a matter of respect.

Gayle Thieman, NCSS Past President, OR:
Our first candidate for Secondary Teacher is Karen Burgard.

Karen Burgard, MO, Candidate for NCSS Board of Directors, Secondary Teacher:
Hello, I am Karen Burgard and I am very honored to be nominated for the Secondary Teacher position of the NCSS Board of Directors. I am a teacher. I am a social studies teacher. And I'm proud of that. You now, it's funny, when someone I just meet asks me what I do for a living and they aren't in the education profession, they often gasp at my response and they say. I'm sorry almost as if I've drawn the short straw in some career lottery. But I always tell them, no, no, no, no, I love what I do. Teaching social studies is not just what I do for a living, it's who I am. I teach in a small rural high school outside of Kansas City, Missouri. Most of my students have never traveled outside of the United States and some have never traveled outside of Missouri. For fourteen years, I believe, I have given them the chance to see the world in a way. I open their hearts and minds to new experiences, different worlds and different cultures. I provide them an opportunity to openly discuss new and thought provoking ideas, and yes even some controversial ones.

One of the initiatives of NCSS is to reach out to underrepresented groups and rural communities fits into this initiative. If elected to the Board I would be a voice for small and rural schools throughout America.

Since becoming a member of NCSS, I have held many leadership, leadership positions at both the state and national level. I am a past president of my Missouri state council and have been a board member of this council for seven years. I continue to be an advocate for social studies throughout my state and within my local area. At the national level, I was the local arrangements chair for the 2005 national conference and have been on two other national conference planning committees. I was a three year member and chair of the Membership Committee. And while on that committee our membership grew each year due, in part, to our efforts at recruitment and marketing strategies. I am also currently the Conference Committee chair and have truly enjoyed being a part of that process that brings this conference to great cities throughout our nation.

I love being a part of NCSS and I promise to you that, if elected, I will work diligently to be a voice and advocate for social studies education and the organization will be stronger by having me on the Board. I believe the true power of this organization lies in its members throughout the nation and abroad that work tirelessly for the advocacy of our profession. I promise that if elected I will uphold that vision and do everything in my power to help this organization thrive and grow for many years to come. I want to be a part of a new generation of leadership that brings NCSS into the future. Thank you.

Gayle Thieman, NCSS Past President, OR:
The next candidate for Secondary Teacher is Peggy Jackson.

Peggy Jackson, NM, Candidate for NCSS Board of Directors, Secondary Teacher:
Good afternoon and thank you so much for this opportunity. I love being back up here again Tina. My name is Peggy Jackson and my biggest desire is to represent you on the NCSS Board of Directors. Why? Because I believe that I possess leadership qualities that will benefit both NCSS and you. My passion is social studies education. As a classroom teacher, I care about our curriculum and I volunteer my time to present and share ideas in my district, across my state and at the national level. My passion to fight for what we are continuing to lose in our nation, civic education, is undying. Lobbying in Congress will continue to be my arena so that the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind will, under our new administration, include our content area.

My purpose is to bring to the forefront a renewed, inclusive spirit in our organization and encourage underrepresented groups to participate. How exciting it is for me today to stand here and look at the fruition of five or six years of vision, with an HOD with all social studies education organizations represented.

I can tell you about all I've done in our organization. I can tell you about who I am. But the best thing I can tell you is that I am a hard worker, determined to get a job done and I'm usually challenged when someone says, it can't be done. When I see a mountain ahead of me that needs to be removed so that our organization or students are better served, I work hard to get around it, to get over it, or to get through it until the goal is accomplished. What is my goal? To educate young people in a nation where participatory democracy is cherished and valued. Please give me an opportunity to serve you on the NCSS Board, to represent Secondary social studies teachers. I am a classroom teacher and I will make a difference.

As I look back over what I've said, I've used a lot of P's: purpose, participation, passion, participatory democracy. Those P's all stand for Peggy. Remember my name because I want to serve you. Thank you.

Jeff Passe, Nominations and Elections Committee:
The next candidate will be in the K-12 Teacher-At-Large category and the first one to speak to you will be Mark Finchum.

Mark Finchum, TN, Candidate for NCSS Board of Directors, Teacher-At-Large:
Good evening. I'm Mark Finchum from Tennessee, in case you didn't catch it by the accent. I'll just tell Stephen Johnson, Texans are not the only ones with accents Steven. I want to thank you for this opportunity to speak to you this evening and ask for your cooperation. I'd like to serve on the Board of Directors and serve this profession. Excited to be in Texas again. Excited to have a theme called Embrace the Future, which is what teachers do on a daily basis. It's also a good theme for somebody like myself, who likes to study space exploration and who is a big Star Trek fan as well. I have a bachelors in communications. My masters is curriculum and instruction. I'm working on a doctorate in social studies education. Been teaching for twenty-two years in middle school and high school social studies classes. And in the process, been fortunate enough to win a few awards along the away. But the real reason for teaching is not that, but to see those eyes light up when some student says, oh, I see, I get it. That's why we teach. And contrary to what some of you may have been told, it's not the bus duty, it is those kinds of things.

Now as a member of the TCSS Board of Directors, I've had an opportunity to serve as president, to work on some of the fall retreats, to present at the conferences, and with NCSS, I did serve one term on the Board, I've served as FASSE chair, chairing one of the Communities as well and working on the Underrepresented Groups committee. And all of these past experiences, I think, give me the good tools to work together to make it possible for NCSS to do a greater job of contacting, collaborating, cooperating with other organizations. So far great efforts have been accomplished with the civics, Civic Mission to Schools. And that's exciting. I think we can work stronger with other disciplines and get outside just the social studies and have more contact with organizations like state governments, like the principals associations, with tribal colleges and so forth outside of the specific disciplines of social studies. Failure to do so is like putting all of your commanding officers in the same shuttle craft. It's not a good thing to do.

Some of you know, on Star Trek, of course, Captain Kirk was the one who was the man of action. He played a hunch. He got himself into trouble on many occasions. Of course, he got the girl too. But he also had the opportunity to rely on Mr. Spock for this logic and to rely on Dr. McCoy for his wisdom. And that trio made it possible for the Enterprise to successfully navigate the alpha quadrant. So some cooperation and collaboration will make it possible for NCSS to boldly go. So thank you. Live long and prosper.

Jeff Passe, Nominations and Elections Committee:
The next candidate in the K-12 Teacher-At-Large category is Jack Wilson.

Jack Wilson, MO, Candidate for NCSS Board of Directors, Teacher-At-Large:
Good afternoon. My name is Jack Wilson. I'm from St. Louis, Missouri. But my roots as well run southward. I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and was raised in Nashville, Tennessee. I spent several of my adult years in Iowa before settling in St. Louis. Twenty years ago I moved to the gateway city to take a position at a combined middle school and high school and I've been there ever since. Currently, I teach both eighth grade and AP U.S. History. I've taught several courses at a state college there in St. Louis. And I've been employed in both public and private schools. I believe that this diversity and experience qualifies me as a candidate for this K-12 At-Large position on the Board of Directors.

I've been involved in the NCSS for ten years. I've been a member of the Archives Committee for nine of those years and have been chair of that committee twice. In addition, I belong to several NCSS Communities. And in my ten years with the NCSS, I've only missed one of the national conferences. I was having a child being born. And I've given presentations at four of them including one this year.

Last year in San Diego, I asked several of you sitting out there how I could take my involvement in the NCSS to the next level. Most told me that a position on the Board would do just that. I do want to mention that a couple of you told me to run away quickly. I won't mention any names.

I see several issues facing NCSS today. One, is how to continue pressing for greater recognition of the importance of the job we do as social studies educators. Our nation, our world continues to change at an alarming rate and preparing our students to be better citizens is as critical now as it has ever been.

Second, how to continue getting our message out to potential members and those non-educator advocates. In order to increase our membership, we must strive to make others aware of what we are doing as an organization.

Mr. Wilson, who are you voting for? I heard that question a hundred times last month. And at first I gave the response that my parents gave me when I asked that question: None of your business. After giving this answer some thought, however, I changed my response to: Who do you think I'm voting for? And when they couldn't guess with any certainty, then I knew that I had done my job. And that is to present an unbiased explanation of the candidates and the issues so that students could make their own informed choices. To me, that's what this is all about.

In conclusion, it is my goal as the K-12 At-Large member of the Board of Directors to work with the represented and the underrepresented constituency of the NCSS. The many parts of the NCSS must work in union with one another in order for this organization to fulfill its mission and continue to grow. Together, we can promote and advocate for our profession and this organization.

Jeff Passe, Nominations and Elections Committee:
The next category is the Supervisor category. And the first candidate to speak to you will be Tim Coates.

Tim Coates, Candidate for NCSS Board of Directors, Supervisor:
Mr. Chairman, members of the House of Delegates and fellow Board candidates. My name is Tim Coates from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I'd like to begin by assuring you that it does not require a great leap of faith for American social studies educators to elect a Canadian to the NCSS Board of Directors. Our nations share much in common including the institution of democracy. Although there are subtle differences in our democratic processes. Your national elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of years divisible by four. And our national elections are held on the last Monday before the hockey season starts.

I can also assure you that I am well aware of the condition of social studies in the United States. Much of what I know, I learned during three years as a member of the NCSS Assessment Committee. Within my year as a member of the Assessment Committee that I learned perhaps the greatest challenge facing NCSS reinvigorating social studies, a discipline which had atrophied as a consequence of No Child Left Behind policies. During my year as chairperson of the Assessment Committee, I developed, with the help of other committee members, the first draft of the NCSS position statement entitled, Social Studies in the Era of No Child Left Behind. That experience alone gave me an extensive education in both American educational practices and issues as well as in some of the finer points regarding American political process.
The struggles of American social studies communities, the social studies community in the era of No Child Left Behind is a cautionary tale I have addressed on numerous public speaking occasions in Canada.

In my home province of Alberta, the focus for our new social studies curriculum is on the exploration of historic events and contemporary issues from multiple perspectives. The intent is that students will broaden their perspectives by understanding diverse points of view. Likewise, I hope that my election will serve to broaden the perspectives of the NCSS Board of Directors, providing it with international flavor. There are, I believe, things in the Canadian social studies experience that can inform decision making in the United States.

Further, I see a great opportunity for the NCSS to expand its membership by extending a welcoming hand across the forty-ninth parallel. You may not be aware of this, but Canada lacks a comparable massive social studies organization. And as with American educators, Canadian social studies educators appreciate the opportunity to share experiences with those from other jurisdictions.

Your recently concluded presidential election captured the imagination of many Canadians, perhaps more so than did our own national elections in the previous month. The barrier that was breached on November fourth was of a grand scale. It is my hope that a much more modest breach of a much more modest barrier occurs when NCSS members cast ballots next Spring. Thank you.

Jeff Passe, Nominations and Elections Committee:
The second candidate in the Supervisor category is Roxanna Mechem.

Roxanna Mechem, MO, Candidate for NCSS Board of Directors, Supervisor:
Good afternoon. My name is Roxanna Mechem and I'm a social studies advocate. Nineteen years ago, and I know you're all thinking that can't possibly be true, but it was. Nineteen years ago I stepped into a high school classroom for the first time. And what I found out was, with high school students, I had to advocate for social studies. I had to explain to them why social studies was important and why we needed them to be able to make sense of the world around them by knowing about civics, and geography, and history.

About twelve years ago I became a social studies supervisor and I found out that I had to advocate for social studies. I had to advocate sometimes to district administrators on behalf of teachers. I had to advocate sometimes to teachers on behalf of students. Again, for why it's so incredibly important in American education to teach students to make sense of the world around them.

I've had the great good fortune to advocate at the state level as a Missouri Council for the Social Studies president, at the national level as the chair of the NCSS Instruction Committee and lots other things. But my philosophy isn't about what I do, it's about what we do together. And so, together, we advocate for social studies in a powerful way. So I was very excited to hear Michael talk about twenty-first century skills. And I encourage you to take a look at those. Because if you look at those, if you look at the academic skills, what you'll see is that the majority of them are social studies skills. It's about civic literacy, and economic literacy, and geographic literacy, and cultural literacy. It's essential for our children, it's essential for our future and I would be very humbled and honored to represent on, to represent social studies on the NCSS Board and continue to be an advocate. Thank you very much.

Jeff Passe, Nominations and Elections Committee:
The final category is the At-Large category. And as Gayle Thieman mentioned, one candidate is unavailable because he's doing a presentation, but we do have Michelle Herzog.

Michelle Herzog, CA, Candidate for NCSS Board of Directors, At-Large:
Thank you very much. I just thought I'd come up here and just tell you a little bit about why I decided to do this crazy thing when my friend suggested it. I said I need another project like I need a hole in the head. But that's another story. But I'm excited because of something that's happened to us in California that's given us some hope in moving this forward. We know what the problems are. We know what the challenges are. So the question becomes: How do we best use our resources and build our relationships to change policy to move our agenda forward? It's exciting that NCSS has embraced the Civic Mission of Schools and are forming coalitions.

Well in California, in the last few years, we've been working hard on this too. We brought together all of the disciplines of the social studies community: the history folk, the geography folk, the econ folk, the civic ed folks. We even let the state department of ed show up. And we brainstormed a bunch of ideas on what we can do about addressing this narrowing of the curriculum that's destroying social studies in California. We've got big challenges there. We came up with assembly member, Jean Mullin, and came up with Assembly Joint Resolution Sixty-Four. Now it took three years, but that baby passed this year. And we're really, really very excited 'cause that, for us, is a huge victory in California. Everything we put forward is just getting slammed. But this thing came through. And what it says, that for every year that those kids get tested in reading, in grades two through eleven, we want social studies content in those reading tests, if nothing else. They're not going to add another test, but at least get that in there.

And I know some of you had bigger victories in your, in your efforts in your advocacy. But that was huge for us. And what it said to me is, we can build these relationships, these coalitions, across disciplines, and with communities to make this kind of work happen. We need to say to the history community, yes, we love history, we visit historic sites. I've dragged my own two children to half across America kicking and screaming. The Herzog children have skid marks all over the place left. But we can say the lessons of the past remain in the past if we don't give kids the skills and attitudes to build those civic capacities to break through for the future. If last week's taught us anything else, think of the communities and groups that came together and formed coalitions. But we've got a lot of more ceilings to break through. And I think if we can form relationships and make things happen like we did in California, I'm hoping to bring some of that ideas and energy to NCSS. So thank you very much.

Jeff Passe, Nominations and Elections Committee:
I think you'll all agree that it's an outstanding slate of candidates and on behalf of the Nominations and Elections Committee, which also include Joe Gochee, and I'm going to forget all of the names, Phyllis Bowie and, and, and Crickett Kidwell and a couple of others. We just want to remind you that we have five slates for next year, five slots. And the first one, of course, is Vice President. But we'll have two At-Large slots, one K-12, one overall At-Large. We're really seeking elementary teachers for next year, and Secondary slot. So if you know of anybody, or if you are one of those people, please contact Mike Yell at MYell@NCSS.org 'cause he'll be the chair of the Nominations Committee and we'll be putting together our slate. And we'd love to have your recommendations. Thank you.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
I'd like to thank Gayle Thieman and Jeff Passe and the Nominations and Elections Committee for a strong slate of candidates for 2009 elections and the future leadership of NCSS. I enjoyed their speeches and I'm sure you did as well. And share with your colleagues the comments that were made today in the House of Delegates for those who were not able to hear their, their speeches.

At this time, we'd like to introduce the candidates for the House of Delegates committee. I ask that those of you who are running for the House of Delegates committee to come forward to introduce yourself by committee and the organization that you represent. We will begin with the Steering Committee. So candidates for the Steering Committee please come forward. You'll step up to the microphone on this side of the room, on the left side of the stage. We'll introduce candidates alphabetically. Or candidates will, excuse me, introduce themselves alphabetically. Names appear on the screen. We'd also ask that the candidates for the Resolutions Committee to meet Laurie Graham on the left, on the right hand side of the stage. And Assignments Committee.

Wendell Bourne, MA:
Good afternoon House. My name is Wendell Bourne. I'm a delegate from the state of Massachusetts and I seek your support in election to the Steering Committee for next year. Appreciate it.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
Thank you. We ask that you introduce yourself and the council that you represent and this is the Steering Committee again. Thank you Wendell.

Michael Collazo, NY:
Good afternoon. My name is Michael Collazo and I represent the New York State Council for the Social Studies. I'd like to thank them for nominating me for the Steering Committee.

Liz Hinde, CUFA:
Hello, my name is Liz Hines. I am one of the inaugural delegates of CUFA. And I used to be a delegate for Arizona for many years and I want to thank CUFA for nominating me and I appreciate your vote. Thanks.

Dwight Doc Holliday, KY:
I'm Dwight Doc Holliday from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Y'all vote for me, now hear?

Gloria McElroy, TN:
Hi, I'm Gloria McElroy from Tennessee. And even though we don't have a winning team this year, you have a winning candidate in front of you. Please vote for me for Steering Committee. Thank you.

Anton Schulzki, Canada:
Good afternoon. My name's Anton Schulzki, actually the last "a" should be an "i" but since I am representing the Canada community, I guess the extra "a" is there. I would appreciate your support. Thank you.

Shelly Singer, IL:
I'm Shelly Singer from Illinois and I would appreciate your vote. I would be very honored to serve on the Steering Committee. Thank you.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
And those are our candidates for the Steering Committee. The next committee introductions will be the Resolutions Committee. I ask that you speak, introduce yourself and the council that you represent please.

Brad Burenheide, KS:
Hello, I'm Brad Burenheide and I'm from the state of Kansas and I'd appreciate your support.

Bill Harris, OH:
Good afternoon. I'm Bill Harris from the great state of Ohio and I appreciate your support. Thank you.

Cheryle Hodges, VA:
Hello, I'm Cheryl Hodges from Virginia, and as our President referred to earlier, we need a Virginian on the Resolutions Committee. So I'd appreciate your vote very much. Thank you.

Lee Sullivan, AR:
My name is Leigh Sullivan. I represent the Arkansas Council of the Social Studies. I ask that you vote for me today. Don't let Arkansas be forgotten.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
And our final committee is the Assignment Committee. They'll be introducing themselves on the left-hand side of the stage.

Rod Adams, NH:
Good afternoon. I'm Rod Adams. And it says on the back of my shirt, I'm from the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies. These are shirts that we have worn to political functions to try and get support. It says on the front, "Warning: Future Voters at Risk. NCLB Leaves Civics, History, Geography and Economics Behind." And I'd appreciate your support for the Assignment Committee.

Sandy Senior-Dauer, CT:
I'm Sandy Senior Dauer from Connecticut, formerly from Indiana. Thank you.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
Information about each of our candidates for the House of Delegates committees, again as a reminder, will be available to you on blue paper at the beginning of the House of Delegates' second session.

We will also have voting at 8:20. So I ask that you are credentialed prior to voting so that you can vote for our wonderful slate of candidates for the House of Delegates committees. I'll also state that the Steering and Credentials Committee will verify the eligibility and, of nominees and create an electronic ballot following the first session of the House of Delegates. That ballot will be presented to you tomorrow electronically.

With great pleasure, I have the privilege of introducing. They were getting ready to sneak away, but I'm not going to let her. Susan Griffin, Executive Director of the National Council for the Social Studies, for the recognition of our Gold and Silver Star Councils.

Susan Griffin, NCSS Executive Director:
Good afternoon everyone. Just to acknowledge the fact that some people's voice changes at different ages. I'd like to congratulate both our Silver and Gold Star Councils. The strength of this organization is not just the individual members, or an individual membership organization. But if it weren't for our councils around the country, this organization would not be the fantastic representation of the profession that it is today. So I just want to acknowledge that the Gold and Silver Stars are presented to councils that meet pretty rigorous qualifications. They include providing professional activities for social studies educators in their region, increasing membership for underrepresented groups, as well as joint members, members that are both members of the Council and members of NCSS, and participation in NCSS programs such as brokering, our awards programs, contributions to FASSE and our Summer Leadership Institute. One of the most challenging of those criteria is the increase in joint members. And the NCSS Board of Directors has made membership recruitment at, both at the state level and at the national level a Board priority.

So, first California Council for the Social Studies gets a Silver Star. Florida Council for the Social Studies, a Silver Star. Congratulations. Now, we'll have an opportunity for pictures after. Immediately after we're going to have a photo op. I like the way you move around. That's very nice. Indiana Council for the Social Studies. Thank you. Congratulations. Kansas, come up here. Congratulations. You are a Silver Star Council. Kansas. Michigan Council for the Social Studies. Silver Star yet again. Thank you. Oregon Council for the Social Studies. Silver Star. Congratulations.

And we're very pleased that one of our local councils is a Silver Star, Prince Georges County for the Social Studies. Congratulations. You did it again. Prince Georges County is right outside of Washington, DC in Maryland. Nice to see you. South Carolina Council for the Social Studies. Congratulations. New York State Council for the Social Studies. You are a Silver Star. Mike, these people from Wisconsin got a Silver Star. Congratulations. Tennessee Council for the Social Studies. You are a Star. Texas Council for the Social Studies. Yahoo! Congratulations to all of our Silver Stars.

And, as I said, it's really hard to be a Silver Star Council. But it's even harder to be a Gold Star Council. And one of the reasons is because you have to increase your joint membership. So I want to congratulate you. The Association of Teachers of Social Studies/United Federation of Teachers, New York City, ATSS/UFT. Nice going. Colorado Council for the Social Studies. Excellent! And our host for next year, Georgia Council for the Social Studies. Congratulations. I really want to see the rest of you up here next year. Thank you.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Okay. I'd like to take a minute and, if I could ask the Board of Directors that are in the room to stand up. Members of the Board of Directors who are in the room to stand up.

I want to remind you that we will be starting tomorrow at eight o'clock sharp. And there will be coffee. But there will be no snacks. So be sure to pick up some snacks before, before you come in. Our voting will take place at 8:20 sharp. Clickers will be distributed to credentialed delegates up to that time. And you must turn in your credentials to receive a clicker. Include, let's see. Take a look at the Manual, page 25 to 26 for elections to the committees.

And I have that we're ahead, that we're at 5:19. So we are quite ahead of time. And I would entertain a motion to. Are there any, are there any other announcements anybody would like to make, or any other questions? Otherwise, if there's no objection, I will just adjourn the meeting and we will come into session at eight o'clock tomorrow. The meeting has adjourned.

Oh yes. Pictures for the Star, Silver Star, Gold Star, if you could please come on up and we'll take a picture.

Session Two

Dustin Frank, E-Instruction:
[inaudible] who are interested in using clickers in any of your state represent meetings or anything like that. I know some of you have already talked to me. We would love to partner with you and offer you the opportunity to use the clickers in your voting procedures, at your state conventions or any kind like that. Please feel free to come done by our booth. This is my contact information. I would love to get you in touch with the state representative. I know six or seven of you have done that in the past. So several states are already doing so. But that is something that we would love to partner with you with and offer that opportunity in your state as well. So we will now move to get the rest of the vote.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
A big thank you to Dustin and E-Instruction for providing this wonderful service and thoughtful preparation in advance of our meeting today. So a round of applause to say thanks.

It is time for our report of the Credentials Committee. I'd like to introduce Katie O'Connor from North Carolina, the Credentials Committee chair, representing the Credentials Committee.

Katie O'Connor, NC, Chair, Credentials Committee:
Good morning. As chair of the Credentials Committee, I am pleased to report that a hundred and eighty four delegates are registered and certified to vote in the House of Delegates as of 8:22 today, Saturday, November 15, 2008. I move the adoption of the Credentials report.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Do we have a second? Okay, all those in favor of adopting the Credentials report say aye. Opposed, same sign. Okay, the motion is carried.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
I want to briefly explain our elections process before we begin and I'd like to draw your attention to page eight in your House of Delegates Manual. Just to identify that the House of Delegates committee work is a very important process and actually begins today. We do have meetings that begin concluding our House of Delegates second session. We'll have a brief meeting of all ongoing committee members and newly elected committee members. There is an addition, there are two additional committee meetings for the Steering Committee this afternoon as well. So the work begins very quickly and continues on into the following year. So there is a lot of work that's outlined in the election to each of the committees \x96 to Steering, Resolutions and Assignments.

I also want to draw your attention to the blue form, the blue papers that you have on your, the blue papers that you have on your tables. As we indicated yesterday, we would provide information about the candidates running for each of the different committees. And so those are provided for you. I do want to add additional information for Gloria McElroy. That should be instead of "TSCFS," it should be "NCSS," "a presenter of many sessions at NCSS and a member of NCSS Board of Directors." That was some information that was inadvertently left off.

You also will note that Wendell Bourne's name is not on the Steering Committee. I want to explain why that occurred. The Steering Committee and Credentials Committee has a responsibility for verifying the eligibility of all candidates. And based on Article X, Section IX of our House of Delegates Manual, there was a question of eligibility since Wendell is still on the Board of Directors for NCSS and does not complete his turn until May, and therefore has responsibilities and would not be eligible at this time. Wendell has removed his name from the Steering Committee for this year but intends on running next year. So we welcome his participation at that point in time.

As Dustin has explained, we have clickers that will be used. The clickers do allow you to vote simultaneously for the, for each of the committees. As we voted to approve yesterday, we will be voting for three candidates for the Steering Committee. You will select three candidates. The top two candidates will be selected as newly elected members and will serve three year terms. The third highest vote getter will fill the vacancy on the Steering Committee with a two year term.

We will announce who is elected at the conclusion of voting with each committee. We will not display numerically the results.

I'd like to ask the candidates to stand where you are. We are not introducing candidates formally. That occurred in the first session of the House of Delegates. Our candidates, now, for the Steering Committee. If you will again, stand where you are. Michael Collazo from New York State Council. Gloria McElroy from Tennessee Council. Liz Hinde from College and University Faculty Assembly. Doc Holliday from Kentucky Council. Anton Schulzki from Canada Community. Shelly Singer from Illinois Council for Social Studies. Thank you and please be seated.

At this time we will begin the election process of House of Delegate committees beginning with the Steering Committee. Please vote for three candidates. You identify candidates again by the number beside their name. Vote for three digits. Remember to press enter to cast your ballot. The question was, was there a clear button. There is a back arrow for clearing. Question? Yes. I, I did not hear you. It logged off? Is that? I'm sorry. I still cannot hear you. We have a new clicker coming.

All right, the results are in. Our newly elected Steering Committee members serving two year, excuse me, serving three year terms will be Liz Hinde from the College and University Faculty Assembly and Anton Schulzki from Canada Community. Filling the vacancy on the Steering Committee is Shelly Singer from the Illinois Council for the Social Studies.

Next is our Resolutions Committee. And for our Resolutions Committee we have four candidates. And again, as before with the Steering Committee, I ask that you stand where you are. Brad Burnheide from Kansas Council. Bill Harris from Ohio Council. Cheryle Hodges from Virginia Council. And Leigh Sullivan from Arkansas Council. Thank you. Please be seated.

At this time we will begin the election process for the Resolutions Committee. You will vote, you will vote for two candidates using letters. You will vote for two candidates using letters. Select two letters and then press enter.

Is there anyone who has not voted who intends to vote? Please do so at this time. I declare voting closed. Our newly elected Resolutions Committee members are Brad Burnheide from Kansas Council and Bill Harris from Ohio Council.

Now for the Assignment Committee, we have two candidates for the Assignment Committee, and we are electing two candidates. According to Article X, Section VIII of your House of Delegates Manual if a, there are no contested positions, the slate shall be elected by acclimation if a motion to elect the slate is moved. Is there a second? All those in favor, aye. Opposed?

All right. I declare Ron Adams from New Hampshire Council, if you will please stand where you are, and Sandy Senior-Dauer from Connecticut Council as our newly elected members of the Assignment Committee.

Again, I'd like to remind you that newly elected members, we will meet briefly, and if you'll just come forward to the stage at the conclusion of the second session of the House of Delegates, we'll meet with you and discuss your new responsibilities.

I'd like to now turn the session over to President Yell for our consideration of constitutional amendments.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Some of us, some of us remember back when, when you watch a newscast and people would be handed breaking news. Now of course, they hear that through their headphones. But I've just been handed a news alert. Yesterday was Peggy Altoff's birthday. Oh, sorry? Okay. Okay. Well, let's see. Where were we?

We're voting on the NCSS Constitutional Amendments. And this is a, For, Against or Abstain. And the first one that we'll be voting on is up there right now. So if you'd please vote. Yes, and this is a vote for ratification. Okay, if you have not voted yet, please vote. Okay, is there anyone who has not voted who intends to? Otherwise, I declare voting closed. Oh, do we have a hand? Okay. Okay. I declare voting closed. And it passed and we will move to the next one. Ninety-four percent.

Proposed Amendment to Vacancies in NCSS Officer Positions. First, consideration of this amendment. Okay, please vote. Do we have a question in the back? Okay. Technology up here, back there, I mean. Chris is coming to help. Is there anyone who intends to vote who has not? Oh, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, technology. Okay, has everyone who intends to vote, voted? Is there anybody who needs more time? Okay, well, I declare voting closed. Passes by nine-two percent.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
It is now time for consideration of our resolutions. I remind you that the information about the resolutions process is in Article IX of your House of Delegates Manual on page twenty-three. If you were not, if you do not have a copy of the resolutions that were distributed in the first session of House of Delegates, if you would raise your hand at this time. We have additional copies. Anyone else in need of a copy of the resolutions? The resolutions that were distributed at the first session of House of Delegates are the revised resolutions that came out of the Resolutions Committee meeting Friday morning.

At this time, I'd like to introduce Terry Cherry, Chair of the Resolutions Committee, as well as turn the session over to President Yell. Both President Yell and Terry Cherry will conduct the resolutions sessions of this meeting.

Terry Cherry, TX, Chair, Resolutions Committee:
Good morning everyone. I will be reading the resolutions from the white paper that you should have in front of you. I'll be reading the, the number, the numbers to the 08.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
I need to explain briefly the role of how the microphones will be used for today. It's slightly different than we've done procedurely before. You may go to the closest microphone in proximity to your seat. We have positioned For or Against signs. You will be asked to state whether you're for or against the amendment. And you'll hold the sign so that we may alternate positions as required by our House of Delegates Manual. But we will not necessarily alternate microphones. We will alternate positions.

Terry Cherry, TX, Chair, Resolutions Committee:
As it says the 08 represents the year, the 01, 2 or 3 or 4 represents the category. And then the last digit represents the order of that resolution within the category.

So we will start with resolutions number 08-01-1: On-line Professional Development

BE IT RESOLVED NCSS will formulate a plan to develop and implement on-line professional development programs, including but not limited to workshops and or sessions from the fall conference, Summer Leadership Institute, lectures and interactive NCSS workshops.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Okay we'll now, okay, so we're now open for debate.

Steve Armstrong, CT:
Steve Armstrong, Connecticut Council for the Social Studies. This is something I mentioned yesterday. I think it would be very important for our organization to pursue. By on-line professional development, we can get cutting edge materials out to our members, and we can also get, we can get professional development out to our members who cannot attend conferences, workshops and things like this. I would enthusiastically endorse and support this motion. Thank you.

Hillary Rosenthal, IL:
I said I'm for and a question. Hillary Rosenthal from Illinois. I, I think this is a great idea. I've been at other professional development conferences where they, they actually sell podcasts or CDs of the keynote speakers and that can also be a revenue stream. But it can get information to people who we can't get to. My question is how would the Summer Leadership Institute work on-line? That, I don't quite see that as in the same professional development category. Does anybody have information on that?

Susan Griffin, NCSS Executive Director:
We would appreciate having one of the authoring Councils to explain the rational for including Summer Leadership Institute.

Judy Brodiken, TX:
There are some. I'm sorry. I'm Judy Brodigan from the Texas Council. And there are some parts of the Summer Leadership Institute that are instructional. For example, this summer Michael Yell presented a session on critical thinking that would have been very applicable to teachers and could have been staff development.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Any further debate? Discussion? Okay. Come on up to the microphone.

Okay, well. Okay. You did walk up there before. Did you want? I have not recognized it. Okay, if you, you did walk up there before. So if you want to make your statement go ahead.

Mary Johnson: I'm sorry. I apologize for that. I'm just wondering if along with the on-line.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
State your name please.

Mary Johnson:
Oh. My name is Mary Johnson. I'm with the International Activities Community. I'm just wondering with all of the on-line work if there's been any thought of at least conference calls or some way vocally that there could be some face to face in conjunction with all of the on-line work.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Yeah, if there's anybody who wants to address that question. Any of the authors, if they'd go to a microphone.

John Moore, KY:
John Moore, Kentucky Council. Based on the development of the resolution during the Summer Leadership Institute, the authors of the resolution intend to include on-line professional development as another option to what already exists face to face. We, we'll still engage in a lot of face to face, face to face professional development. But this would include another option.

Marjorie Hunter, AR:
Marjorie Hunter from the Arkansas Council. One of my questions has to do with the fall presentations. If I am going to go to the expense and the trouble of having and presenting at the conference, what controls would I have over the on-line presentation of that?

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Anybody who made the, want to come up and address that? Okay.

Gayle Thieman, NCSS Past President, OR:
Gayle Thieman, Oregon Council for Social Studies and Past President of NCSS. It's rather expensive to pay for all of the videotaping of sessions at NCSS. We received sponsorship from ABC Clio last year to do the taping and creation of the podcasts of some of the keynote and vital issues speakers. I don't envision that we would be able to do this for all of the sessions at NCSS. And always before we're allowed to create a podcast of a professional presentation, we have to have a release ahead of time from the presenter. So this is not envisioned that we are going to be videotaping and podcasting every session at NCSS, but perhaps some of the key presentations. We did that on a trial basis last year. This is just the beginning. But the presenter always has to give permission for any kind of presentation of their work.

Ollie Fields-Thacker, NY:
Ollie Fields-Thacker, ATSS/UFT, New York City. I see this resolution as a way of us modeling the twenty-first century skills that we are promoting. And our organization, the NCSS, can then become the actual model for what we are expecting to see throughout the various school systems across the country. In order for us to continue with our legitimacy and credibility, we then will put forth something that our colleagues across the country, and hopefully internationally, can use and become more familiar with.

Kristen Mann, AR:
Kristen Mann, Arkansas. I have a question, more than anything else. I'm wondering how on-line professional development might impact attendance at state and national conferences. I'm concerned if teachers get easy hours on-line that they might stop attending our state conferences.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Any of the authors care to address that issue? Okay. Well seeing no further debate, we'll bring this to a vote. So if you can take out your clickers and, and vote. Is there anybody who needs more time? Okay, voting is closed. Sorry. Now is there anyone who hasn't voted who still intends to? Okay, then voting is closed. Passes by eighty-eight percent.

Terry Cherry, TX, Chair, Resolutions Committee:

Resolution number 08-01-2: Recognition of Members of Congress Who Support the Social Studies:

BE IT RESOLVED members of Congress who actively support NCSS and its goals and address NCSS leaders and members will be recognized in a timely manner through, a.) Letter of appreciation from the President and Executive Director with much gratitude and thanks. b.) Recognition on the front page of NCSS Website, to include available photograph, for at least thirty days.
c.) Press release from NCSS to said Congressperson's largest state newspaper or newspapers and/or newspaper within the Congressional district.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Okay, we'll entertain any debate.

Tracy Dussia, VA:
Good morning. My name is Tracy Dussia and I actually have more of a point of information and a clarification on this. Rather than speak for or against it, I just have some concerns about the extent to which this would impact our status as a non-profit. I teach government and I might be wrong on this. But there are some legal ramifications for large national organizations actually getting into the political arena. I would like to say, for instance, that if perhaps in this past election, that we all just enjoyed, John McCain were to have been from the state of Arizona, recognized as a, an exemplary supporter of the NCSS, and we had that published in, in a number of these places. Would that not in fact break that barrier over which we are not allowed to, to enter in terms of being promoting social studies? And accomplishing this, which I think the rationale is, is excellent. I'm just thinking that, I need some clarification on how far we are allowed to go. We could do it in a number of other ways also. We could just publish this in "TSSP." We could publish it on socialstudies.org and we could publish it at the Board of Directors here among ourselves if this was going too far.

Susan Griffin, NCSS Executive Director:
Thank you Tracy. I can speak to that. As a 501(c)(3) organization, we are allowed to spend up to ten percent of our budget with no penalties whatsoever to that 501(c)(3) status. And I, I certainly think that this kind of recognition would be an appropriate one and certainly not impinge on that ten percent.

Tracy Dussia, VA:
Okay, thanks.

Rosella Kirchgaessner, NY:
Hello Rosella Kriskershner, ATSS/UFT, New York City, New York State. I just, I'm in favor of the amendment. I would just like to propose a, a friendly. I'm in favor of the resolution. I'd like to propose a friendly, friendly amendment to insert the words in the first line where it says "BE IT RESOLVED members of Congress who actively support." I would like to support, I would like to add the words "public education, NCSS and its goals" in that, in that order. Basically, because I feel that, I feel that it's extremely important for us to support public education and this may come out in some way as supporting schools that support vouchers. And we're very concerned about that.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Okay. Do, do we have a second to the motion? Okay. I'm sorry, do we have a second? Okay, we do have a second. Okay. Debate is open on the amendment. It will be in red. Okay, "actively support public education."

Todd Andrix, MN:
Good morning. Todd Andrews from Minnesota. I'm confused as to how adding, how this looks like it's part of a voucher system. How does this support the voucher or vouchering? I didn't, I didn't understand the rationale for the amendment of adding "education." We purposely left education out because we are the NCSS, we are about social studies. And while it'd be nice to honor all Congress people who are for. While it would be nice to honor all Congress people who are for education, we'd be spending way over our ten percent in doing so. Since this is specifically about social studies, I think we should keep the focus on social studies.

And if I may take a point of personal privilege, the rationale behind writing this, or putting this in now is so that we don't have to write this resolution every single year. Every year we have Congress people that speak to us at Summer Leadership about, about what they're doing. This is just a way for us to have our Executive Director and our President go ahead and thank them without us having to do an additional resolution. But I still would like to know how that works with, how the voucher thing works on that. I can't accept the friendly amendment as stated.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Further discussion on the amendment.

Female Speaker:
If I could just clarify what I, what we meant by the idea of coming across as supporting somebody who supports vouchers. It's not really introducing the idea of vouchers into the amendment. It's just that we may find ourselves in the embarrassing situation where we have publicized and given these letters of support to somebody who is a strong opponent of public education, who really is a strong supporter of, of private education. And I think that as a, definitely a national professional organization and an organization that supports the social studies. And is also extremely now active in lobbying Congress to get legislation that's going to fund more of our educational programs, that we just want to celebrate those people who are in favor of free public education.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Further discussion.

Tom Webb, MI:
Tom Webb, Michigan. The amendment, I have one problem with it. While I am not in favor of vouchers, I think we have many members in NCSS who work in private and parochial schools. And when we start talking about public education, while, you know, I support free education, we also have to honor our members, who are probably legion in numbers, that are members of this organization. And I think the intent of this resolution was to support social studies in education in general, not just public education. I think this narrows our scope too much. Thank you.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Any further discussion?

Michael Boucher, MN:
Yeah, I would be against putting in "public education." And I would not worry much about that if we gave someone an award four years and then later on that they became a candidate for president and then switched their position. If they switch their position, then they switch their position. But we are an advocacy organization. We advocate for the social studies. We are advocating for what we do in the classroom. We are advocating for civic education. And we are advocating for citizenship education. We create citizens and that is what we should focus on. Yes, public education, my passion, but I also understand that there are lots of ways that we go about that. But we are advocates for the social studies. And so social studies should be our focus.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Further discussion?

Valerie Shull, SD:
Valerie Shull from South Dakota. And definitely against putting "public education" there. We have been celebrating the fact that we're adding to NCSS, the fact that we are not only allowing public education, private education to be voters now in NCSS. We're adding other, I don't know what we want to call it, other businesses, I guess, other groups [inaudible\x97blank space] need to know what people are doing. We want to recognize everybody else too. And yeah, yes.

Ned Moss, TX:
Good morning. I'm Ned from Texas. Let that sink in. What, what we have to worry about here, we've all been through a year and a half of campaigning where groups have been pulled in saying this person is endorsed by so-and-so, and the organization that supports him gets branded.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Excuse me Ned. I'm sorry, time is up.

Ned, TX:
Oh, that's okay. I made my point anyway.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
I am sorry Ned.

Okay we are voting on the amendment that's adding "public education." Okay. Okay. Please vote. Oh. We don't have the capability of putting it on. We're using this as a vote for the amendment, which would. A is For, B is Against the amendment. For the, what is in red. Just for what's in red. You're either in favor or including "public education" or you're against it. Or abstain. A is For, B is, B is Against. C is. For. Is there anybody who has, who still needs a little time to vote? Anybody else who has not had, who needs more time? Okay. I am declaring voting closed. Over ninety-one percent against. So we'll move to, back to consideration of the original motion.

Okay, we're voting on the resolution. 01-2 Recognition of Members of Congress Who Support the Social Studies. Please vote. Okay. Anyone who has not had an opportunity and needs more time? Otherwise, I declare the vote closed. Ninety point five percent in favor.

Terry Cherry, TX, Chair, Resolutions Committee:

Resolution number 08-01-3: Stewardship For Our Planet, Go Green:

BE IT RESOLVED that the NCSS make every effort to reduce, reuse and recycle in its publications, conferences, meetings and daily operations by enacting a formal Green Policy.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Discussion? Debate?

Ron Levitsky, NSSSA:
Hi I'm Ron Levitsky, NSSSA. First of all, shouldn't there be another card for point of information? I've been to other assemblies and there's usually a, parliamentarian, there's usually a third card for point of information. They didn't ask you. I'm asking you next year, could you do that? 'Cause doesn't that take precedence over for or against? Okay, I'll bring my own.

Yeah, I am speaking very much for. One reason is I think this is a great example that we got. They could have put two resolutions on each sheet, which would have saved about 1600 pages, which should have been three reams of paper, which my school could have used instead of charging teachers. So, you know, I think that's good.

Secondly, I just would like to committee to think about going further with this. Houston is an absolutely beautiful city. I love it. But before I got here I read in a magazine that Houston is the worse city in the United States in recycling. That it only recycles two and a half percent of all of its recycle products. So, imagine at the end of this conference that all the junk that we left, that's going to get into a landfill. So I would hope that NCSS would think about where it actually puts, you know, its future conferences based on green and environment. Thank, thank you very much.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Further discussion?

Male speaker: Just a point of question that I have.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Need your name please.

Roger Wolfe, SD:
We're enacting a formal policy. What is the policy? And it kind of follows what the gentleman said before. Maybe we want policy more in-depth, more complete. We're just asking that we adopt a policy without seeing that. What is. My question is will we have an opportunity to see the policy and vote on that?

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Anybody, any of the authors like to address the question? Okay.

Melissa Collum, WI:
Melissa Callum, Wisconsin. I was the author of the resolution. It was out intent that the Board look at how they use paper as in the amount of paper that is mailed, the postage, how many things that can go out on e-mail, and how many things that, as was brought up before, are handed to us here at convention and are not recycled. Especially when we look at a place, such as a convention center such as this, how many recycling bins have you seen? How many recycling bins for paper have you seen? What type of things is the Board going to do? We're not adopting a policy per se. We're asking the Board to develop a policy and to look at a way to present that to us so that we, as an organization, can go green over all.

Gayle Thieman, NCSS Past President, OR:
Gayle Thieman, Oregon Council for the Social Studies, NCSS Past President. Just as our proposer explained. This, the sense of this resolution is to send a clear message to the NCSS Board of Directors that this House of Delegates believes that we need to enact a formal green policy which will perhaps go beyond some of the specific ideas that are presented here. Well we need a clear message from the House of Delegates that this is your desire. And it is the Board's prerogative and responsibility to develop such a policy with the input from the staff. I'd like you to notice that in the conference program it does speak to some of the green initiatives we have already started.

Male speaker: And in the HOD Manual, it does state what the resolutions are directed, to the Board of Directors for them to act upon, either in favor or against. And then as they do so, if we as a House of Delegates are not pleased with that, then we can write another resolution giving them further direction. I think you'll find that information in the, in the Manual.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Any further discussion? Okay. Then we'll bring it to a vote. Anybody who has not had time, needs further time? Okay, I declare this voting closed. In the back, sorry, didn't see ya. Tech problems? We have tech problems in the back. If they could raise, you could raise your hand. They'll come to you. Okay. I'm going to declare the voting closed. Ninety-four point five eight percent. It passes.

Terry Cherry, TX, Chair, Resolutions Committee:
Would the Resolution Committee and the newly elected Resolution Committee members please make note to add more than one resolution per page for next year if, if possible.

Resolution number 08-01-4: Simplified NCSS Legislative Updates:

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS distill and simplify into a bulleted format the information and materials contained in the Legislative Updates which are already e-mailed to key state and local council personnel so that it is more manageable and the format legislative language is reduced and clarified to be more useable in our respective councils.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Any debate?

Ray Wicks, MO:
Good morning. I'm Ray Wicks from Missouri, the only state who's presidential contest is yet to be decided. I think that's apropos for this particular resolution. We are an advocacy organization. If we are going to be effective advocates at the state level and the national level, we need to learn the language. We need to understand the language and we need to use the language with those elected officials. I speak against this resolution and suggest a, a better use of resources for NCSS may be to provide us with a tutorial to understand what's being presented to us, to sort out what's relevant to us in our individual states and, and constituencies, and to enable us to use that to advocate for social studies. Thank you.

Carolyn Herbst, ATSS/UFT, New York City, New York State Hi. Carolyn Herbst, ATSS/UFT, New York State, New York City. When I was at Summer Leadership Conference I was on a committee of two, myself with Texas. And we looked at a problem that many, many of you experience and some of you don't. The e-mail updates that are sent to council leaders, that is the president, possibly the vice president, the executive secretary, come regularly, sometimes several times a week. And they run for pages. And they're very interesting. And I personally have found it very difficult to read them all. And after a while, would go into a fit and say whoops, I am just deleting this. Meanwhile there is information there that we can share with the rest of our councils. And since a lot of you haven't seen all this stuff, you may not be aware of just how much it is. And yet, there are things in there that I would like to share with our monthly Board meetings, and have them. And if I even e-mailed everybody else all these pages they'd probably be as agitated as I am by seeing all of this stuff, because it's not terribly usable. It's okay to put it all in and we'll get it by e-mail 'cause it's just a push of the button. But I'd like to see a simplified version that we can share it with our councils, particularly those councils that meet every month. Thank you. So I am for this, I am very much for this.

Gayle Thieman, NCSS Past President, OR:
Gayle Thieman, Oregon Council for the Social Studies, NCSS Past President. I do understand the challenge of receiving very, very lengthy e-mails. However, it would be very difficult for staff to decide and make the decision about which of the information is pertinent to some councils and not others. Instead I recommend that each state council have a legislative liaison, a position that NCSS has suggested for years. And that legislative liaison's responsibility is to quickly review the e-mail and cut and paste anything of interest to that state and forward it on to your officers. Rather than asking staff to take many hours of reviewing all the material and saying then, well what's pertinent and what's not. NCSS has advocacy relationship with Washington Partners and they are trying to give us as much information as possible. I would not want to ask staff to decide what information is pertinent to us and what is not.

Melissa Collum, WI:
Melissa Callum, Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies. Point of clarification as a co-sponsor of the bill. The idea was not to limit the information that was coming out. It was just to have bulleted information say at the top of the e-mail so that the people who are getting the information can scan what's in there and then see what is pertinent to them or to their councils, not to have the staff at NCSS limit what's going on or limit what's being sent out. It was just to have these items bulleted so that we can scan and use pertinent information. I hope that helps you in your decision.

Todd Andrix, MN:
Todd Andrews, Minnesota. Ben could you maybe clarify for me, but I believe Washington Partners does this already. There's a couple, three bullets at the bottom of the first page and you can look at it and go, oooh interesting, I want to look at this, I want to get into this. Or Anna could you help?

Ben McClenahan, NCSS, Program Assistant:
So, I actually have made an effort, since this resolution was written this summer to start doing that in my e-mails. The attachments themselves also, the education reports that come each week, they do have an index at the beginning so that you can click on a particular area of interest and go directly to that. But also in the body of the e-mails that I send along with the attachments, I've been trying to put a few bullet points in those, so. But if that isn't, isn't adequate then I can certainly. Okay, great.

Paul Horne, SC:
Paul Horne, South Carolina Council for the Social Studies. I want to speak against this. Oftentimes, it's that little detail down in the bottom of these things that might get called out that you really need to know about. I work for a legislative agency and it is the hidden details that come back to bite us. And if you don't know those hidden details because we just put it in the bullet points, which is what legislators want folks. They just want bulleted points. They don't want any of the details that they make decisions on. But if you don't know those things, that's what comes back to hurt us later. And so we get buried in, well you know this is a big point here, or the big point there. I also agree with, with Ray and with Gayle that sometimes there are things that I want to know about like the special education laws that are in there. They're not just social studies. They have bigger impacts on things other than social studies. So I'm against this resolution because I think it limits the information that you can receive.

Walt Herscher, WI:
Walt Herscher, Wisconsin. I believe the original intent was merely to make it easier to understand and for the people reading it to sort through very rapidly. From what I understand from the authors, there's nothing in there about actually editing, deleting, or otherwise eliminating any part of the information to be received. You can receive everything that you've been receiving just in a more easily readable format.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Okay. Is there anybody who has? Well, what we're going to do is. I see no further discussion so we're going to bring it to a vote. Please vote. We have a technology back here, issue. We have another technology issue in the back row. Is there anyone who needs more time? I declare the voting closed. It's defeated forty-eight percent to forty-seven percent.

Male Speaker:
Isn't instant gratification nice? Ben, I want to thank you and I'm sure everyone here wants to thank you for what you've done in the past by giving us all of those. And whatever you've done in the past, thank you. Continue to do so.

Terry Cherry, TX, Chair, Resolutions Committee:

Resolution number 08-01-5: Creation of Automatic Membership Linking Between the National Council and State Councils.:

BE IT RESOLVED that the National Council for the Social Studies investigate a method of automatically linking national membership on-line registration to the state membership registration.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the National Council for the Social Studies would encourage states to institute an automatic national registration and make recommendations to states for how to best institute this change logistically with the goal of implementing a standardized nationwide procedure.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Is there any debate?

Dan Langen, OH:
Dan Langen, Ohio Council. I want to begin by stating that we are absolutely for joint membership options. We want to encourage our organization to help members join both the national and the state, affiliated councils. And we support the development of on-line systems to facilitate that membership. We are against, however, the automatic portion of this. I don't know if it's unclear wording or if I have misunderstood. But I, I don't see how we can ask state members to automatically join NCSS. And I'm further bothered by the fact that it is only one direction. There is no reciprocity there of requiring NCSS members to join the affiliated councils. I'll leave it at that.

Todd Andrix, MN:
To clarify, Todd Andrix again, Minnesota. To clarify, what we're looking for here is a link. When somebody signs up, for those of you who are unaware, in Minnesota we have roughly seven hundred NCSS members. We get about two hundred and fifty to three hundred people coming to our conference annually. Biggest reason why from members that have attended, thanks to the clicker folks we've gotten this information at our annual meeting, nobody knows about us. And so to, to bring our image forward, what we've, what we would like to do is, on the NCSS website, have a little link that says, or after you've gotten done signing up for your NCSS would you like to join your state? Enter you state, your state's. I'm sorry. Would you like to enter, join your state's state council? Enter your state's initials here. MN for Minnesota. Click on that and it would automatically send you from the national link to the Minnesota link. We're not saying that you should automatically have to be part of the, the state or the national. You can join one or the other. Although it befuddles me that you would, could join the national without joining the state. What we'd just like to see is a link from the website, on NCSS website, to our individual state's links so that people could join up our state so that we can get some visibility, get some membership and maybe get some more people here.

Bill Harris, OH:
Bill Harris from Ohio. We're all for exactly what you said there, but it doesn't seem like it's worded that way. And plus we just looked on the website and there's no link at all towards any of the state organizations, so. That's what we were for. And it doesn't seem like that's what it's saying.

Susan Griffin, NCSS Executive Director:
Actually there is a link to all of the state councils that have sent us a link. So if you go to the NCSS website and you click on state and local councils you will get forwarded to a page that has each of the state councils listed and you can click on that state council and get linked to their website. But you have to provide us the link.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Further debate?

Michelle Herzog, CA:
Michelle Herzog from California. This sounds like a terrific resolution to me. First of all, it doesn't require states. It says, would encourage states. And plus, if we want states to become more active at a national level, to promote legislation at a national level, it's going to help educators in all states, we need to increase membership and think of creative ways to do it. Because I think a lot of our state folk don't even know that NCSS exists. So by putting that link up on our state sites as a recommendation I think it can only benefit the national organization.

Valerie Schull, SD:
Valerie Schull, South Dakota. When we were writing this, what we were, what we, talking about, what we would like is that when you're signing up for membership to NCSS, that at the end of that, that that opportunity is, is there for you to if you choose go to the state.

I obviously am for this since we were on, I was on the committee. We also were looking for a way that we could make a connection between NCSS and the state councils because, as she stated, sometimes people aren't even aware that NCSS exists. But not just that. They know NCSS exists, but there's people who don't even know that the state exists. And I'm a living example of that. South Dakota hasn't had an active council for years. And we're just now trying to get it back in the groove of things. So we have people who are NCSS members who didn't even know that we had a South Dakota Council for them to join.

Gayle Thieman, NCSS Past President, OR:
Gayle Thieman, Oregon Council for the Social Studies. Last year I wrote a column in TSSP about membership. And here are the statistics from last year. Six thousand NCSS members also belong to their state councils. Only six thousand. There are nineteen thousand NCSS members that do not belong to their state councils. We need to do something about that. And currently there are, twenty, there are thirty thousand members of state councils. And if those thirty thousand members of state councils joined NCSS, we'd double our membership. This is only asking for a web link. Nobody is obligated to pay any money. But for years the state councils have said, we don't know who the NCSS members are in our state. It's so awkward to try to get labels and send it out. This gives the opportunity to everybody who comes to the NCSS website to link to their state council and hopefully state councils would do the same. I vote for it.

Hillary Rosenthal, IL:
Hillary Rosenthal, Illinois Council for Social Studies. I am up here to offer myself as an embarrassing case study because for a number of years I thought that by joining one I automatically joined the other. So I was delinquent in my, I think it was state membership. I honestly don't remember if I joined the state and thought I was automatically joining the national or joined the national and thought I was automatically joining the state. But I think that kind of confusion is another really good reason that this would be a good idea.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Okay, any further discussion? I see no further discussion so we will bring this to a vote. Is there anybody who has not yet had the chance to, or has not voted yet who'd still like to vote? Okay. I declare the voting closed. Passes eighty three point one percent.

Terry Cherry, TX, Chair, Resolutions Committee:
Resolution 08-01-6: Increasing State Councils Revelance [Relevance] Beyond Annual Conference.

BE IT RESOLVED that the National Council for the Social Studies will add a section in the affiliation paper for councils to highlight creative and innovative member benefit and professional development achievements of the past year.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the National Council for the Social Studies will compile the aforementioned state and local information and include it (with contact information to the originating council) on the website so that it will be available for all states and local councils to access freely.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Debate?

Terry Trimble, FL:
Point of information. Terry Trimble, Florida Council for Social Studies. Is it legitimate to interpret the current section of the affiliation papers to allow for the first RESOLVED? I would be totally opposed to adding another section to the affiliation papers. They are currently cumbersome, after fifteen years of filling them out and thirteen years of trying to get NCSS to revise the process. And noting that in the recent report, many councils still have not filed the affiliation reports. Any addition, as indicated in the first RESOLVED. There is a section, however, which I believe could be interpreted to allow that first RESOLVED to report. Would that be in agreement?

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Anybody who wrote the motion speak to that?

Peggy Jackson, NM:
I could speak to that. It's ambiguous on the affiliation papers. Excuse me.

Terry Cherry, TX, Chair, Resolutions Committee:
Peggy, state your name please.

Peggy Jackson, NM:
Peggy Jackson, New Mexico. I was a part of the group that wrote this resolution and I think all it is asking is that on the affiliation papers, the language be more specific to articulate that if you have something that you're doing in your state that's working, write it down. One line. Affiliation papers can be done electronically and zapped. And that's the intent. It's a simple resolution. And then asking NCSS to compile that data so that small councils, such as New Mexico, for example, would be able to find new ideas to use in our state council. Thank you.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Further debate? Okay, we'll take it to a vote. Anybody else, anybody who has not had an opportunity to vote? Okay then I declare the voting closed. Passed. Seventy-three point seven percent.

Terry Cherry, TX, Chair, Resolutions Committee:
Resolution 08-01-7: Creating Standards and Resources for the Quality Social Studies Assessments.

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS convene an assessment task force to identify standards for quality assessment, including test construction and administration, providing website resources to model best practices in assessment development with the sample items in various formats.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that NCSS provide outreach opportunities to local affiliates and their state meetings on assessment development and best practices.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that NCSS will solicit specific presenters with professional credentials in assessment and encourage submission of proposals on assessments for presentation at the annual conference.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Debate?

Eugene Earsom, OK:
Eugene Earsom with the Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies. Teaching and teachers have come a long way since memorization and regurgitation of factoids was considered to be good teaching and learning. We now have blackline masters, test banks on CDs, and on-line manipulatable materials, and any number of assessment resources. But what do the vast majority of those have in common? They test memorized and regurgitated factoids and they don't measure student knowledge and skills in the social studies by and large. There are many more states that honor social studies in the breach with legal fictions of state standards dictating what students will or should know and be able to do at various points in their academic careers in the K-12 arena.

By contrast, most states have no assessments whatsoever in social studies except perhaps a high school end of instruction test, and then it's usually only in United States history. Since there appears to be less and less likelihood that NCLB will be reauthorized with equal emphasis on and funding for social studies, I think it's time that NCSS took the bull by the horns. And since we're in Houston, that seems even more appropriate.

Therefore, we believe that what NCSS should do is to convene an assessment task force, that we should provide outreach opportunities to local affiliates and their state meetings on assessment development and best practices, and that NCSS will solicit specific professional credentials, people with professional credentials in assessment to do presentations at future NCSS annual conferences.

Fred Isele, IL:
Fred Isele, Illinois Council. Sorry I'm so tall. I would have to be honest with you and say that as a person that did a dissertation on NCATE review, I noticed a lot of holes in how we assess and evaluate our students. As a matter of fact, if you can put NCATE to the woodshed and see where they were limited in so many ways, and I had the data, I would be the first one to say that I'm still in shock going into local school districts and seeing how they assess and evaluate first graders, second graders, fifth graders, teacher made tests, standardized tests, you name it. It's a whole new world out there, especially with on-line virtual learning, how you assess it? Cooperative learning. How do you asses it? I still, I challenge any of you here in this room. Do any of you individualize your social studies program? Do any of you use multiple intelligences from the Howard Gardner.

Anyway with one minute to go, let me tell you a story that just happened. We were developing a teacher certification test in Illinois. And here is the question, number 13: Ulysses S. Grant met Robert E. Lee on what famous Civil War Pennsylvania battle field? He did not, George Meade was the Union Commander. And I called and I said you Civil War buffs don't even know your own Civil War. So anyway. Thirty seconds. I wish I could talk on this forever. But I am for the amendment. If you want to meet out in the back, I'll continue my dialog.

Kim Este, MS:
Kim Estey, Mississippi. Chris Hart, who is chairman of assessments and the delegate from assessments asked me to let the House know that they, that this resolution has their overwhelming support and they were unanimously behind it. But they had to go report on, do a presentation on critical issues and assessments.

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Male speaker: We're asking staff to do a lot of work, which could mean increased staff. And there's no dollar amount. And I also, noticed also that our director said that, you know, we're not doing so well financially. I'm not, I agree philosophically with this amendment totally. But it says to convene an assessment task force. To me that sounds like an expensive composition. Has there been any dollar amount put on this? Should there be? Is it a good idea? Is it a good idea for us to know that before we vote?

Susan Griffin, NCSS Executive Director:
I don't think we're quick to put a dollar amount on it at this point because we have to analyze exactly how many people would need to be assigned to this task force, etc. etc.

Male speaker: But shouldn't that be done before you ask us to vote on something that may cost a lot of money?

Susan Griffin, NCSS Executive Director:
No wait, I'm not asking you. But this is a, a resolution from the body, so we are asking each other. And NCSS House of Delegates is an advisory body to the Board. So they're making suggestions for the Board to do certain things. The Board has to vote on whether or not this is an appropriate time to spend money on this particular item. So that will happen as, in the normal course of events. It has not been required for the resolutions, as they're drawn up to analyze how much each of those is going to cost. It is in the House of Delegates Manual that none of the resolutions can bind the organization to spend money.

Male speaker: I understand that. It just, it seems that it makes a lot of sense. I mean, I would want to vote for this. But if it costs fifty thousand dollars, that money might be spent better somewhere else. So I just would suggest, it would be a nice idea for us to understand how much these things would cost, even though we are not binding you to spend it, but if we're saying do it, but then you're saying, well gee we don't have the money, good to know this. Anyways thank you.

Susan Griffin, NCSS Executive Director:
We don't have the money.

Male speaker: Okay.

Susan Griffin, NCSS Executive Director:
But that doesn't mean we shouldn't put this on our priority list. I mean, I think that the, the Board of Directors that you have elected is wise enough to make decisions about what the priorities are going to be for spending your money.

Eugene Earsom, OK:
Eugene Earsom with the Oklahoma Council. We could have used nice, weak little verbs in here that says, when there's time, if it's appropriate and that still would probably receive the same kind of attention from the Board of Directors that it will. But we wanted to use stronger verbs because we think this is important. Certainly, we don't have the money now but on down the line, we may very well. And if we all go out and get another member, we probably could do this much quicker than farther on down the road.

The fact remains though that this is an area where we are in the vital position to help classroom teachers. We can do this whether NCLB is reauthorized or not. It may take a number of years. In fact, it probably will. And there are existing entities with, within NCSS who can do this. And we might as well plumb our own wisdom and our own experience within the organization and do it rather than waiting on Uncle Sam under any administration to do it.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Okay, seeing no further debate, we'll bring this to a vote. Is there anybody who needs more time? Okay, I declare the vote closed. Passed. Eighty-five point eight percent.

Terry Cherry, TX, Chair, Resolutions Committee:
Resolution 08-01-8: Alignment of Awards.

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS will collaborate with state and local councils to highlight the criteria and significance of awards to encourage state and local councils to align award criteria with national award criteria.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Debate?

Ron Adams, NH: I think. Point of clarification. I'm sorry. Ron Adams, New Hampshire. I don't believe that we were sponsors of this because we are opposed to it. We have a very hard time ever nominating anybody for national awards because of the amount of paperwork. We are a small, relatively small council with all volunteers. We don't have an executive secretary or other help that can fill out those kind of, that kind of paperwork. Four our own awards we have, basically, a one page form to fill out. And even then we can't get people to nominate teachers for those awards. We get maybe one or two teachers a year nominated. And we have to go out and beat, and beat, and beat the bushes just to get a few teachers nominated. So our approach was that we would hope that the national could simplify their format. But in fact having the states aligned with the national, if it stays on the present format that exists, it would be very hard for some of the small states to, in fact, carry that out and use it for their awards. Thank you.

Sue Blanchette, TX:
Sue Blanchette, Texas and I would agree with the last speaker on one thing. The paperwork is astronomical. As a former recipient of both the Texas Council Teacher of the Year and national, I can support this wholeheartedly. Because when the two awards requirements are very different, you're going to double the time you spend filling out the paperwork. And so I would absolutely support the idea of bringing them into alignment. But I would also agree with him that maybe NCSS could look at simplifying theirs a little bit. Thank you.

Janna Bremer, MA:
Janna Bremer, Massachusetts Council for the, for the Social Studies. I'm the Executive Secretary. We have about ten different awards that we give out each year. And they're all unique, named for individuals. These are very important to us for our particular reasons. I would not want to see us fall in line to what National has. Our paperwork is a lot simpler also, but, but more importantly I think that we have our unique awards and I don't see any reason why we should have to emulate just what NCSS does. Thank you.

Nan Jones, SC:
Nan Jones, South Carolina, past Chairman of the Awards Committee and Board liaison to it right now. We are working on simplifying it. We're working on putting it on-line. And we're certainly not asking you to give up what you have. But if the alignment of the state is very similar to the national, you're not reinventing the wheel. And that's what we're aiming for. Thank you.

Christian Sawyer, TN:
Christian Sawyer, Tennessee and former recipient of the Tennessee and national awards. And I helped author this resolution because I personally experienced the incredible opportunity this award offers for us to raise awareness and advocacy for social studies. This award quickly moved from being about me to being about social studies in the news and social studies in the spotlight. And if we can align these two, we can offer the chance for more teachers to participate in this exciting competition that allows us to be advocates on the stage. And these two. The process, having gone through it, was not overwhelming for me. It was simply highlighting the student work in my classroom, writing a philosophy statement, and looking at the strands the NCSS has adopted. And so it was sort of a natural fit with the process. And we want more people to have the chance to be involved in this exciting opportunity, to get us in the spotlight along with the other disciplines. Thank you.

Sandy Senior-Dauer, CT:
Sandy Senior Dauer from Connecticut and just past Chairman of the Awards Committee. In deference to Ron from New Hampshire and Janna from Massachusetts, I don't disagree with what they said but, I don't know. I'm, this is the question. Do any of your state executive secretaries do these for people? I think in every state the individuals and maybe with some help from council leaders, they put these presentations together. But why is there an award winner if they're not producing their own awards. I just don't understand that comment, because you're a small state, you can't be in this competition. Many small states have won national awards. It's just a matter of, I think the alignment is important, and I hope we move toward that. I would like to see things simplified. I'd like to see a lot more applications. But I think we do simplify the process by aligning the two awards, state and national. So I hope you'll support this amendment, this resolution. Sorry.

Jacqueline Reynolds, MI:
Jacqueline Reynolds from Michigan Council for the Social Studies. As Awards Chair for our council, we did align our qualifications to meet national. And as the person that, I can't remember where she was, that spoke earlier, we found that our numbers went down. It was hard for us to get teachers to go through that much to put their portfolios and everything together. We did get some. But I agree with the gentleman from New Hampshire, if we could just maybe revise it a little bit. And I understand that we are trying to. But we did align and we saw a decline in our candidates. Thank you.

Peggy Altoff, CO:
Peggy Altoff, Colorado. It says align, it doesn't say duplicate. Okay? So you could still keep whatever you have. The other reason I'm for this is because when I was in Maryland, too many years ago, before I moved to Colorado, I did that. I aligned it. I made it simpler, but I aligned it, so that if we did go and decide to move someone on to national, it was simpler to do. We did the same thing in Colorado. This is my seventh year here. And that alignment actually has helped us to help people complete the paperwork and to move on and get more award winners at the national level. So while I, I'm, I would work with the Awards Committee to help simplify at the national level. Please look at the wording. It does not say duplicate. It does not say replace. I says align and you can still simplify your own forms through that alignment. So I'm for it.

Rozella Kirchgaessner, NY:
Rozella Kirchgaessner, ATSS/UFT, New York City, New York State. I'm in favor of this because, just to echo what Peggy just said, that the national cannot require a state or a local council to do anything. What they're, what we're asking the national to do is to simplify the awards criteria in a way that makes it easier for us who, when we identify a person on a local level to also qualify for our national award. So it's a win, win situation the way I see it because aligning the criteria, making it visible may make it possible for state and local councils to identify people who can be uplifted and recognized on a national level as well. And we still have the flexibility to give any other award that we want to give with our own criteria. It just, it's an enabling idea because it makes it possible for us to bring more local people up to be recognized on a national level.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Okay, seeing no further debate, we'll bring this to a vote. Click. Is there anyone who needs more time? Okay, I will declare this vote closed. Eighty-six percent in favor.

Terry Cherry, TX, Chair, Resolutions Committee:
We have, we have finished the first category. Now we are on the second category.

Resolution 08-02-1: Establishment of Guidelines for Social Studies Clubs.

BE IT RESOLVED NCSS should support the creation of guidelines for the development of social studies clubs in the K-12 schools.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Debate?

Steve Armstrong, CT:
Steve Armstrong, Connecticut Council of the Social Studies. A point of information perhaps for one of the writers of the resolution. Is the implication of this that NCSS would actually be the organizing agent of these clubs? Or are we supporting the efforts of others who would be doing this?

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
An author? Do you wish to speak to that?

Marjorie Hunter, AR:
Marjorie Hunter from Arkansas. It was my understanding, when we wrote this resolution, that we were just interested in NCSS providing some guidelines to establish these clubs, not that they would be mandating or directing how these clubs would be formed. Does that answer the question?

Karen Burgard, MO:
Hi there. I'm Karen Burgard and I'm from the Missouri Council for the Social Studies. I am really in favor of this. I actually sponsor a club like this in my own high school. And when we started it, it only had twelve people. And this year, we have forty-six. And kids are interested in this. And I, I think it would be great to set up guidelines for that. So, I'm very in favor of it.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Seeing no further discussion, we'll bring this to a vote. Technology, is there a technology problem? Put your hand up. Is, is there anybody who has not had time to vote, and needs more time? Okay, I declare the vote closed. Eighty-two point three nine.

Terry Cherry, TX, Chair, Resolutions Committee:
Okay. We're on number 08-02-2: Developing Connections Between Reading Literacy and Social Studies.

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS promote the connections between reading literacy and social studies by providing a platform on the NCSS website for teachers to share ideas and information about how they have successfully taught literacy skills through the social studies.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that NCSS provide resources to teachers that facilitate the advancement of integrating social studies with literacy.

Michael Yell, WI, President, National Council for the Social Studies:
Okay, before I call for debate, I'm going to mention that we have just over fifteen minutes. We have a number of resolutions to get through and we have a, our keynoter, Firoozeh, is going to be next door. So, is there any debate? Okay, seeing no debate, oh.

Peggy Jackson, NM:
Peggy Jackson, New Mexico. A quick word. This is a simple request for promoting the connection of reading and literacy and providing the resources for us. I attended the NSSSA conference and one of the, the things that I saw was an exciting way to include social studies content. For those of us in my state, for example, where fifth graders and fourth graders do not have social studies because of our impact in AYP with No Child Left Behind. Creative new ways to use social studies content to teach reading, K-12 is the intent of this resolution. Thank you.

Ollie Fields-Thacker, NY:
Hi. Ollie Fields Thacker, ATSS/UFT, New York City, New York State. I am for this. Just a point that we might want to consider. We might want to consider establishing a professional relationship with NTE, the English teacher organization, and building a collaboration so that we can further strengthen our impact across the K-12 curriculum and our impact across the, the state so that we can see that collaboration and planning between both the English teachers and the social studies teachers.

Marjorie Hunter, AR:
Just quickly in a statement of For. Marjorie Hunter from Arkansas. I have been told by more than one administrator that I teach social studies. I do not teach literacy.

Liz Hinde, CUFA:
Hello, I'm Liz Hines from the College and University Faculty Association. Might be the counter voice here, but it seems to me that NCSS already does this much more than any other organization. So this is kind of redundant. But also, I worry about people's definition of integration, and believe that people might think that integration is the savior of social studies, but they don't truly know what it is. So that's just my voice.

Peggy Altoff, CO:
Peggy Altoff, Colorado. As the person who's done a summer program in literacy in social studies for the last five years as an NCSS workshop, I have a problem with the wording. Reading literacy? Literacy, by definition, simple definition, any place you look, is reading and writing. I don't want writing excluded because, in social studies, we do a heck of a lot of writing to learn. And so, you know, only on a philosophical basis, not on intent, this would take a lot of work to do, as Liz suggested. And she does a lot of work in integration. I'm against it only in a philosophical issue because I don't think it makes us look like we know what literacy is when we phrase it as reading literacy. Thank you.

Steve Goldberg, NY:
Hi, I'm Steve Goldberg from New York and Vice President of National Council. I just want to pick up on what Peggy said because I think the difficult. And I understand the intent perhaps of using the word reading literacy as opposed to geographic literacy and economic literacy and all of that. But I do think that Peggy's point is very well taken. To me, this is the core issue. This, to me, is what social studies has to promote today in this climate of NCLB. We are the discipline of literacy. What we do is get kids to think, to read, to write. All of those, to me, is what's part of literacy. And I think that the intent here is very good. But I think the language here needs to be, perhaps, reworded in order so that we can get our position clearly clarified and advanced. I think this is very, very important. I think this is where we need to go into the future. So I don't know whether we, because of the sake of time, would want to revise the language. I think we're better off right now, perhaps, voting it down and then coming back with a better resolution.

Okay, in the interest of time, and I, I have got to be over at Keynote Speaker. So I am going to be turning the mike over to Tina.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
Is there any further debate? I call for a vote. I'm sorry.

Todd Andrix, MN:
Todd Andrix, Minnesota. In the interest of time, I would like to offer a friendly amendment that we strike the word "reading."

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
Is there, is there a second to the amendment? A voice vote on the amendment. All those in favor of removing or striking the word "reading" say aye please. Opposed? The amendment passes. Now we'll vote on the resolution including the elimination of the word "reading." Are there? Is there anyone who has not cast their ballot? I call for an end to the vote. The resolution passes by fifty-nine percent.

Terry Cherry, TX, Chair, Resolutions Committee:
Resolution 08-02-3: Expanding Public Awareness of the Multidisciplinary Approach of the Social Studies.

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS expand the public awareness of the multidisciplinary approach of the social studies.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
Is there debate? Seeing none, I call for a vote on the resolution Expanding Public Awareness of the Multidisciplinary Approach of the Social Studies. Is there anyone who has not cast their vote? Please do so. A technology question is over to the right please. I call for the close for voting. The resolution passes by eighty-four percent.

Terry Cherry, TX, Chair, Resolutions Committee:
The resolution that we're about to read is the last one that will be up for debate. And I do want to thank all those of you who came forward to vote for, against or question indifference.

Resolution 08-04-1: NCSS To Encourage Teaching About the Eight Millennium Goals of the United Nations.

BE IT RESOLVED NCSS should encourage and support teaching about the United Nations' eight Millennium Goals by creating policies that encourage educators to focus on these goals in their instruction and provide links/publications to lessons and information to enhance instruction.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
Is there debate? Seeing none, I call for a vote. Is there anyone needing to cast their ballot? We'll end voting. The resolution passes by seventy-one percent.

The final resolutions are resolutions of commendation and courtesy. And those will just be read into record and we do not vote on resolutions, the final three commendation resolutions.

Resolution number 08-05-1: Memorial Resolution to Honor James Sheehan.:

BE IT RESOLVED that the National Council for Social Studies recognize James J. Sheehan for his service to social studies education.

Resolution number 08-05-2: Recognition of NCSS President Michael Yell.:

BE IT RESOLVED that the National Council for the Social Studies formally recognize and thanks Michael Yell for his service and value to all in social studies community and especially the NCSS membership.

Resolution number 08-05-3: Recognition of NCSS Conference Committee Chair, Stephen Johnson.:

BE IT RESOLVED that the National Council for the Social Studies, staff and membership honor and thank these members for their outstanding work and service to all our national and international colleagues and friends.

Jeff Passe, Nominations and Elections Committee:
Madame Chair, point of personal privilege? Jeff Passe, Past President. Somehow on the list of resolutions, there was none to honor and celebrate the work of our Steering Committee who put together, what I think is, one of the best House of Delegates that I could ever remember. So I hope you'll join me in applause for.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
I'd actually like to ask, to say thanks to the delegation for your participation because you made the resolution process an engaging and enjoyable debate. I enjoyed hearing your comments and your participation.

At this time we are going to conclude our session with our evaluation forms. I would like to introduce Dustin Frank again to explain what needs to be done for evaluations to be conducted using the clickers.

Dustin Frank, E-Instruction:
Thank you Tina. I do want to thank everybody for letting us come. We appreciate the opportunity again and we'll get your. I turned off your clicker while you were filling there, with the vote. So in order to complete your evaluation, to get all of the statistics completed, what I need you to do is press the asterisk key, and then use the arrows up and down until you see your clicker say "new class scan." Again, that's the asterisk key, the up or down arrows, until you see the, the LCD panel saying "new class scan." When you see that, press the number nine, excuse me, press "enter," excuse me. Then press the number nine. You should see again on the screen "HOD 08" and press "enter" to join as you did last time. Need that one more time? Press the asterisk and the arrow keys to where you can see "new class scan." Once you get to "new class scan" hit enter to tell your remote to look for the class. While it's looking for the class, you can press the number nine. On screen, you should see "HOD 08" and press "enter." Once you've done that, on screen you should see the letters "TST" for test. You'll press the number one and "enter." Your clicker will now be set up to take the evaluation. The way you take the evaluation is you use the arrow keys to, you answer and use the arrow key to navigate after you've entered. So you're going to answer, enter, arrow down. Answer, enter, and arrow down through your entire evaluation. When you're done, you can just turn off your remote or return it to the back of the room.

Question back there? Not working? Okay, press the asterisk key and use the up or down arrows until you see the words "new class scan." Not finding it? It helps if I turn it on. Sorry about that. You should now be able to complete the process. Wait for que, yes. Now you can press "enter" and you should be able to begin. Take test number one and press "enter." Then you use the arrow key to go down until you see question one. Enter your answer, press "enter," and arrow key to number two. When you're completed with the evaluation you can turn off your remote.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
I'm going to ask that you continue with your completion of the evaluation process. Actually, we do have a technology questions still.

If you are unable to get your clicker to work, I recommend that you can still submit your evaluation forms. We do ask whether or not you are submitting their evaluation form electronically, that you also consider adding open ended comments to your evaluation form and leave those with us so that hopefully next year we can provide an improved experience for you in the fifty-third House of Delegates.

At this time, I'd like to introduce Karen McCough of FASSE.

Karen Lecompte, FASSE:
Thank you so much. As our country, we come together with new leadership in President Obama. It is imperative that we continue to grow the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education. This year we awarded the FASSE/CUFA Inquiry Grant to John W. Say who is leading an exciting collaborative research project that examines the effect of authentic pedagogy on student performance in social studies. These researchers will focus on thirty schools in five states.

Jean Turney is the recipient of the 2008 Christa McAuliffe Award. If you're in Jean Turney's class, you will be studying history on location, The Civil War in St. Louis.

At this conference the International Assembly and FASSE approved the development of a new Inquiry Grant, the IA/FASSE International Understanding Project Grant. This five thousand dollar grant will support international collaborations and be offered every other year.

On behalf of the FASSE Board I wanted to thank Terry Trimble and Carolyn Omahony for their leadership in the development of this grant.

Yesterday, another exciting part of the FASSE Board, we raised, nine, in this group, we raised nine hundred and thirty-six dollars for the Christine Allen Memorial Christa McAuliffe Scholarship. Now friends, we only need sixty-four dollars to reach our twenty-five hundred dollar goal for the 2009 award in memorial of Christine Allen.

Finally, we invite our communities and councils to nominate people to run for the FASSE Board. It's an exciting time to be on the FASSE Board as we work towards the establishment of an endowment fund and seek innovative funding opportunities. We raised an additional ten thousand, two hundred and thirty-eight dollars this year. Our goal is twenty, two hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

The work of FASSE continues to impact social studies education internationally. May we all reach one, and get one and get another, and get this fund growing again towards our quarter of a million dollar goal in the name of global social studies education. I encourage you to nominate members for the FASSE Board. Thank you.

Tina Heafner, NC, Chair, Steering Committee:
Are there any additional announcements?

I'd like a few reminders before you leave us today. The flags and the signs do remain in the House of Delegates. We use those year to year. Again, please leave your yellow evaluation forms. You can either return those at the back on your departure or just leave them on the tables and the Steering Committee will collect those. When you complete your evaluation form electronically, make sure that you do return your clickers. We are thankful, again, to Dustin Frank, and to E-Instruction for providing and facilitating the use of clickers today.

I also encourage you to go next door to hear our keynote speaker, Firoozeh Dumas. At this time, I, the, if there is no objection, we are adjourned. A reminder: All committee members who are newly elected to the House of Delegates please come forward to the stage. Also, continuing committee members also should come to the meeting.

-- TimDaly - 2009-07-27
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