Resolution #12-01-1
Supporting a Legislative Liaison in Each NCSS Affiliated State and Local Council

Submitted By: The Association of Teachers of Social Studies / United Federation of Teachers New York City (ATSS/UFT NYC) and The New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS)

Rationale: One of the goals of the National Council for the Social Studies is to be advocates for social studies education. Federal, state and local legislation and policy decisions affect funding, social studies education requirements, and curriculum and assessment in varying degrees in each state and local community. Many state and local NCSS affiliated councils have legislative liaisons to monitor and advocate for legislation and decisions that are positive to social studies education. However, some do not, and may need NCSS help to set up such a position; and

WHEREAS: Federal, state and local legislation and decisions affect funding, social studies education requirements, and curriculum and assessment, in varying degrees, in each state and local community; and

WHEREAS: Legislative liaisons serve a vital role in state and local social studies councils monitoring and advocating legislation and policy decisions that affect social studies education; and

WHEREAS: Many state and local NCSS affiliated councils have legislative liaisons to monitor and advocate legislation and decisions that are positive to social studies education; and

WHEREAS: Some NCSS affiliated state and local councils who do not have legislative liaisons, may benefit from NCSS help in setting up such a position; be it

RESOLVED: that NCSS staff and members of the NCSS Government and Public Relations Committee consider the preparation of a document describing the roles, duties, and strategies state and local councils may need to know to effectively establish such positions; and be it further

RESOLVED: that NCSS consider designating a particular staff person or elected NCSS officer to help legislative liaisons navigate the federal, state, and local legislative systems as needed and to publicize that position through the NCSS website and publications.

HOD Passed: 75 in favor, 42 against BOD Passed

Resolution #12-02-1

Citizenship for the 21st Century

Submitted By: The Association of Teachers of Social Studies / United Federation of Teachers New York City (ATSS/UFT NYC) and The New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS)

Rationale: Citizenship education is an important component of social studies education and needs to be addressed for the 21st century through further collaboration among NCSS, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, The Civic Mission of Schools, and other germane groups to continue to explore and expand the understanding of what 21st century citizenship entails, and strengthen the rationale of why civic learning/social studies must be a part of any 21st century learning.

WHEREAS: the NCSS Standards published in 2010 have set up a beginning framework for teaching these issues; and

WHEREAS: there is a joint NCSS-21st Century Partnership-Civic Mission of Schools session at the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference in Seattle to address these explorations and issues; and

WHEREAS: Citizenship education as a component of social studies education needs to be further addressed in 21st century terms, such as learning about elective and legislative processes, personal and public responsibility, effecting change individually and collectively, using social media and electronics, privacy issues, critical thinking in an information inundated world, and global exchange and communication; and

WHEREAS: NCSS has been working with Partnership for 21st Century Skills and The Civic Mission of Schools to explore, develop and publish teaching strategies, frameworks and content incorporating these issues; and WHEREAS: other germane educational organizations may be interested in future collaboration; and

WHEREAS: the collaboration’s goal is to continue to explore and expand the understanding of what 21st century citizenship entails and strengthen the rationale of why civic learning/social studies must be a part of any 21st century learning; and

WHEREAS: Social studies educators will continue to need more materials to adequately teach these issues in the classroom; be it

RESOLVED: that NCSS continue to collaborate with Partnership for 21st Century Skills, The Civic Mission of Schools, and other additional germane organizations, to explore and address the issues of citizenship education for the 21st century; and be it further

RESOLVED: that any future social studies content standards reflect the knowledge, skills and dispositions of the exploration of how civic learning is key to 21st century skills; and be it further

RESOLVED: that NCSS publicize the ongoing efforts of this exploration and collaboration through all available media.

HOD Passed: 71 in favor, 42 against BOD Passed

--++ Resolution #12-04-1
On Bullying

Submitted By: The Association of Teachers of Social Studies / United Federation of Teachers New York City (ATSS/UFT NYC) and The New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS)

Rationale: Bullying is a serious human rights issue that has reached epidemic proportions in academic settings that should be addressed by the social studies community.

WHEREAS: Protection from bullying is a human rights issue especially germane to social studies education; and

WHEREAS:Some students are targeted for bullying based on their religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, attire or other personal attributes; and

WHEREAS: Bullying—including cyber-bullying—is on the rise and is prevalent among all age groups; and

WHEREAS: Statistics obtained for 2010 revealed that one in seven students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade is either a bully or has been a victim of bullying. About 56 percent of all students reported witnessing a bullying related crime taking place while at school, and 71 percent of those polled report that bullying is an on-going problem. Research also reveals that the top years for bullying include 4th through 8th graders with 90 percent of students reported as victims of some kind of bullying and about 282,000 high school students reportedly attacked in high schools throughout the nation each month;* and

WHEREAS: The effects of bullying can be lasting and life-threatening; and WHEREAS: As of October 2010, 45 states have anti-bullying laws, such as ”The Dignity for All Students Act” passed by The New York State Legislature in September 2010; therefore be it

RESOLVED: that The National Council for the Social Studies support the efforts of educators, parents, students, school districts, national, state, and local government agencies and private anti-bullying organizations by publicizing anti-bullying policies, post-bullying enforcement, and prevention programs in available media and publications and encourage local councils to also publicize and link with websites that present information, programs and lesson plans that assist in this effort.

HOD Passed: by ayes BOD Passed

* Statistic Sources: www .stopbullying.gov/laws/key-components/index.html A federal government website managed by the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201

Resolution #12-04-2
Response to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Sandy

Sponsored by: The Association of Teachers of Social Studies / United Federation of Teachers New York City (ATSS/UFT-NYC) and The New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS)

Rationale: in recent weeks there has been loss of life and enormous loss of property of the general population including many members of NCSS, their colleagues, family and friends in the devastation caused by the wind, floods and fires in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, particularly in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, West Virginia, and other states on the Eastern Seaboard.

WHEREAS: Many members of the general population, including members of NCSS, their colleagues, family and friends, have experienced loss of life and enormous loss of property in the devastation caused by the wind, floods and fires in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, particularly in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, West Virginia, and other states on the Eastern Seaboard; and

WHEREAS: The devastation includes destruction of homes, schools, hospital services, businesses, and food resources, as well as emotional damage; and

WHEREAS: Many first responders, including members of NCSS, their colleagues, family and friends rose to the challenge by offering assistance at evacuation centers, makeshift temporary schools, emergency voting sites for the November 6, 2012, election day, and extending a helping hand to their neighbors in need; and

WHEREAS: It will take months, if not years, and huge financial resources to repair the damage; and therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the NCSS HOD and Executive Board, through this resolution, applaud the selfless sacrifice of the many first responders, including members of NCSS, their colleagues, family and friends, who offered assistance to those in need; and be it further

RESOLVED: That NCSS members support the educators, students and families who have been affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Sandy and its aftermath, as they see fit.

HOD Passed: by ayes BOD Passed

Resolution #12-05-1

Submitted By: The Arkansas, California, Minnesota, and Oklahoma Councils, and the Middle States Council of the Social Studies

BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Council for the Social Studies formally recognizes and thanks John Moore for his service and value to all in the social studies community and especially the NCSS membership.

HOD Passed: by ayes BOD Passed

Resolution #12-05-2

Submitted By: The Arkansas, California, Minnesota, and Oklahoma Councils BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Council for the Social Studies expresses its profound thanks and appreciation to the Washington State Council for the Social Studies, and the 2012 Co-Chairs for the 92nd annual conference, Lisa Clarke, Diane Hart, Margit McGuire, Tina Storer, and Gayle Thieman.

HOD Passed: by ayes__

BOD Passed

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