2009 NCSS House of Delegates Resolutions
RESOLUTION # 09-01-1
NCSS TO ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT SUMMER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Sponsored by: OHIO CSS
Co-sponsored by: Georgia CSS, New Mexico CSS, Kansas CSS, Tennessee CSS, ATSS/UFT, North Carolina CSS, South Carolina CSS, New York CSS, Alabama CSS, Mississippi, California, Missouri
RATIONALE:The National Council for the Social Studies sponsored the Summer Leadership Institute for many years. This allowed member organizations to meet, network with each other, and to meet members of Congress to discuss issues pertaining to social studies education.
WHEREAS,NCSS and state social studies organizations have valued the Summer Leadership Institute for the development of state leadership, collaboration on a national level, experiential training in lobbying the legislature, and the development and writing of resolutions submitted to the House of Delegates,
WHEREAS, the need for training leaders is a significant one and the skills to be an advocate still need to be nourished for the social studies to survive,
WHEREAS, the need for face-to-face networking opportunities is paramount in order to develop leadership and advocacy skills,
WHEREAS, the Summer Leadership Institute is in the best interest of NCSS because it provides a training ground for NCSS leadership development,
BE IT RESOLVED, NCSS should reinstitute the Summer Leadership Institute utilizing an optimal time commitment capitalizing on technology and face to face networking, including the direct lobbying of our elected officials.
45% in favor, 53% against
RESOLUTION # 09-01-02
Sponsored by: New Mexico CSS, Colorado CSS
Co-Sponsored by: New York CSS, ATSS/UFT, Mississippi CSS, Alabama CSS, California CSS, South Carolina CSS, Tennessee CSS
WHEREAS, The use of a NCSS Webinar for the purpose of giving information and exchanging ideas worked successfully on July 30, 2009
WHEREAS, Those who participated voiced a need to continue this process
WHEREAS, NCSS is interested in a more efficient method for national communication
BE IT RESOLVED, that NCSS will continue to use this webinar process with a goal of at least four times a year or as needed.
77% in favor, 22% against
The board approved this resolution, because it was determined that the resolution was not financially binding nor an unrealistic task for the NCSS staff.
RESOLUTION # 09-01-03
Sponsored by: New York State CSS, ATSS/UFT NYC, Colorado CSS
Co-Sponsored by: Georgia CSS, Tennessee CSS, South Carolina CSS, Mississippi CSS, Alabama CSS
WHEREAS, the constitutional requirement of taking the census of the United States population every 10 years is a significant event, and
WHEREAS, 2010 is a census year, and
WHEREAS, census information is used for apportioning seats in Congress as well as apportioning services to local communities, and
WHEREAS, undercounting is a major problem in taking the census, be it
BE IT RESOLVED, that NCSS devote an issue of “Social Education” on the importance of the census, including lesson plans, and be it further
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NCSS maintain a resource list of and links to partnerships with the census bureau in each state for school districts and teachers post these lists and links on the NCSS website.
57% in favor, 41% against
During the board meeting NCSS Director of Publications, Michael Simpson, informed the board that it would be impossible to devote an issue of Social Education to the importance of the census due to the publication’s timeline. He explained that planning for what to include in each issue of Social Education occurs a year in advance. It was also determined by the board that what NCSS depicted the importance of the census in recent publications and on the NCSS website was. NCSS 2010 Census resources and articles can be found on our website at: http://www.socialstudies.org/census_2010.
RESOLUTION # 09-02-01
CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION Through Presidential Speeches
New York State CSS, ATSS/UFT, Colorado CSS
California CSS, South Carolina CSS, Tennessee CSS
WHEREAS, The National Council for the Social Studies actively supported student viewing of President Barack Obama’s speech to America’s students on September 8, 2009 by notifying via e-mail all state and local council leaders affiliated with NCSS, and
WHEREAS, some parents, supervisors and administrators as well as some teachers in communities across the United States actively objected to the viewing of the speech in their communities via bans on its viewing and active demonstrations at schools, and
WHEREAS, citizenship education is a major concern of NCSS for students of all ages and grade levels under the social studies umbrella, K-16 and
WHEREAS, NCSS in its strategies plan supports advocacy and visibility, education and knowledge, social studies excellence and an engaged citizenry, and
WHEREAS, a basic premise of citizenship education under the umbrella of social studies is that government is the people, not against the people, be it
RESOLVED, that NCSS redouble its efforts to teach students, schools staff and supervisors, administrators, state school officials, parents and the general public that citizenship education is important through K-16, and that government is “of the people, by the people and for the people” by:
Issuing statements approved by the NCSS Officers and Board of Directors to chief school officers in each state on the importance of citizenship education and learning about participation in government, K-16, in the light of President Barack Obama’s speech to America’s students of September 8, 2009 and the sometime negative reaction to it,
Creating special issues of NCSS’s “Social Education” and “Social Studies and the Young Learner” that states the importance of participation in government by students of all ages and grade levels. These issues may include research showing the importance of citizenship education in creating an informed citizenry and includes hands on lessons for teachers to use at different grade levels.
Offering, upon request, educational assistance and expertise to NCSS affiliated state and local councils to produce their own citizenship education publications, workshops and conferences on citizenship educations and participation in a democracy, and
Identifying experts among NCSS members in citizenship education who will be able to offer educational assistance and expertise to NCSS and state and local councils to produce these various publications, and conduct workshops and conferences on citizenship education
RESOLUTION SENT BACK TO RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE BY HOD.
RESOLUTION # 09-02-02
TEACHING ABOUT AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY, CULTURE & CURRENT EVENTS
Supported by: Teaching American Indian History, Culture & Current Events Community
Co-Sponsored by: Georgia CSS, South Carolina CSS, Tennessee CSS, ATSS/UFT, Canadian Community
WHEREAS, The U.S. Department of Education’s Elementary & Secondary Education Title 7, Part A – Indian Education Sec. 7101. Statement of
”It is the policy of the United States to fulfill the Federal Government’s unique and continuing trust relationship with and responsibility to the Indian people for the education of Indian children. The Federal Government will continue to work with local education agencies, Indian tribes, and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities toward the goal of ensuring that programs that serve Indian children are of the highest quality and provide for not only the basic elementary and secondary educational needs, but also the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of these children;” and
WHEREAS, Sec. 7102. Purpose states: “It is the purpose … to support the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaskan Native students, that such students can meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards as all other students are expected to meet;” and
WHEREAS, an increasing number of Native children are living off the reservations and attending school in the urban/suburban areas of this nation; and
WHEREAS, increasing public school efforts focus on the requirements of No Child Left Behind and the pursuit of greater success on standardized academic testing causing the amount of classroom time spent in teaching students about the important concepts contained in the various content areas to dwindle; and
WHEREAS, textbook publishers place their greatest efforts on those areas of the curriculum that are tested which excludes most history and cultures of Native people;
BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Council for the Social Studies call for a renewed commitment to the tenets of Title 7 by schools across the nation and encourage the producers of teaching materials related to the History, Culture and Current Events of American Indians, Alaskan Natives and, including Native Hawaiians, to enable classroom teachers to fulfill their obligation to the unique cultural challenges facing these students.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NCSS issue a strongly worded position statement endorsing
the tenets of Title 7 and recognizing the increased urbanization of Native people whose children
are often being educated in the public schools of this nation
: 88% in favor, 9% against
The board will be seeking out volunteers to draft this position statement.
RESOLUTION # 09-02-03
NCSS SUPPORTS COMMON CORE [STATE] STANDARDS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES
Supported by: California Council for the Social Studies
Co-Sponsored by: North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, New Mexico
WHEREAS, NCSS defines social studies as the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence and achieve the levels of civic efficacy that the nation requires of its citizens, and
WHEREAS, NCSS believes that civic efficacy can best be achieved through powerful, rigorous social studies curriculum and effective teaching that engages students with significant ideas to connect what they are learning to their prior knowledge and to current issues, to think critically and creatively about what they are learning, and to apply that learning to authentic situations to address the challenges facing our diverse nation in an increasingly interdependent world, and
WHEREAS, all students across our nation, grades K-16, deserve a high quality social studies education to acquire and learn to use the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will prepare them to be competent and responsible citizens throughout their lives, and
WHEREAS, currently, the criteria for effective teaching and learning of social studies varies greatly from state to state as do the mechanisms for measuring student achievement, and
WHEREAS, prior federal initiatives, most notably No Child Left Behind, while intended to improve student achievement for all students, have caused social studies to be marginalized in many schools across our nation, and
WHEREAS, The “Common Core State Standards” Initiative is spearheaded by the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The Initiative process dedicated to the development of a common core of state standards in English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12,
is supported by 48 states and 3 territories
BE IT RESOLVED, that NCSS urge the President of the United States, the leadership of the United States Department of Education, the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to support development and establishment of Common Core Standards for Social Studies that will:
bring together social studies experts from the National Council for the Social Studies, its affiliate organizations and other professional organizations to develop and review common core social studies standards that underscore the critical importance of social studies as an indispensable aspect of every child’s educational experience, and
demonstrate the need for social studies to be adopted by the U.S. Department of Education and individual states and territories as an essential part of any core curriculum, and
be framed by the Partnership for 21st
Century Skills to include critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills in the context of civic literacy, economic/financial literacy, and global awareness, and thereby
advance the cause of student success in the social studies in order that they become competent, responsible citizens and productive working members in domestic and international society.
85% in favor, 15% against
NCSS has been working on what this resolution outlines. In January NCSS and the Civic Mission of Schools convened leaders of the other social studies disciplines to work together to build a coalition of organizations whose members will be integral to the state led effort (National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers) to create common core state standards in Social Studies. NCSS is currently completing the development of research-based proposals, with the hope that supporters will fund the work of this group.
*Board of Director’s added the word “State” into the title of this resolution to reflect the correct name of the initiative
RESOLUTION # 09-04-01
TEACHING ABOUT ANTI-SEMITISM TODAY
Supported by: New York State CSS, ATSS/UFT, Colorado CSS
Co-Sponsored by: California CSS, Tennessee CSS, South Carolina CSS, Alabama CSS, Mississippi CSS
WHEREAS, NCSS has actively encouraged the teaching of values and respect for all religions, and should continue to do so, and
WHEREAS, NCSS has done an excellent job of providing materials for teaching about genocide, and violations of human rights in the world, and should continue to do so
WHEREAS, NCSS has done an excellent job of including Holocaust Education prominently at its annual conference program, and should continue to do so, and
WHEREAS, Anti-Semitism did not vanish with the Holocaust, and
WHEREAS, bombings, attacks, desecrations, such as, painting of swastikas on synagogues and other buildings in Jewish communities, and physical attacks on Jews throughout the United States, Europe, South America and other parts of the world,
BE IT RESOLVED, that NCSS regularly include in its conference program and publications, material on teaching about Anti-Semitism today.
RESOLUTION SENT BACK TO RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE BY HOD
REsolution # 09-05-01
RECOGNITION OF NCSS PRESIDENT SYD GOLSTON
Supported by: NCSS Steering and Resolutions Committees
WHEREAS, Syd Golston has worked tirelessly for years to advance Social Studies Education in her home state of Arizona
WHEREAS, Syd Golston through teaching has inspired many students and their love of social studies
WHEREAS, Syd Golston has worked through teaching, writing, presenting, and lecturing to engage social studies teachers at all all levels
WHEREAS, Syd Golston has used his leadership skills to enhance and grow the National Council for the Social Studies through her tenure as Vice-President, President-Elect, and President in 2009
WHEREAS, Syd Golston is a national advocate for social studies issues
WHEREAS, Syd Golston’s scholarship, leadership, and friendship to the social studies is widely known
WHEREAS, Syd Golston has consistently encourage her students to become full participants in democratic process
BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Council for the Social Studies formally recognizes and thanks Syd Golston for her service and value to all in the social studies community and especially the NCSS membership.
REsolution # 09-05-02
RECOGNITION OF NCSS CONFERENCE COMMITTEE CHAIR
Supported by: NCSS Steering and Resolutions Committee
Recognition of NCSS Member Conference Chair 2009 Eddie Bennett, the Georgia Council for the Social Studies, and the Local Arrangements Committee in Atlanta , GA
WHEREAS, Eddie Bennett has worked tireless for several years as Conference Chair of the 09 Atlanta Conference with great vision
WHEREAS, Eddie Bennett has overcome challenges and obstacles to make Dreams and Deeds a reality
WHEREAS, Eddie Bennett , the Georgia Council for the Social Studies, and the Local Arrangements Committee have worked with great tenacity and teamwork
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 of our national and international colleagues and friends