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NCSS Resolution Writing



Resolutions Writing 101

"All about NCSS Resolutions: A Crash Course in Writing, Crafting, and Submitting Resolutions to HOD"

NCSS_Resolution_Workshop_2013.ppt

Presented by Cheryl Rehome, 2013 NCSS HOD Resolutions Committee Chair and Brad Burenheide, 2011 NCSS HOD Resolutions Committee Chair.

What makes a good NCSS Resolution?

Resolutions Should...

  • Provide direction to NCSS Board of Directors for current and future work of NCSS
  • Create a forum to express ideas, recommendations, issues and concerns relevant to NCSS and its work to promote quality teaching & learning of social studies
  • Consideration should be given to the existing goals and actions of NCSS

Questions to Consider when picking your Resolution Topics?

  • What issues are impacting Social Studies educators at the local and/or state level?
  • What are the current and future goals of NCSS?
Consider NCSS: Advocacy and Visibility; Education and Knowledge; Membership; Engaged Citizenry; Social Studies Excellence

Reference the NCSS Strategic Plan: NCSS_Strategic_Plan_Overview.doc


  • What recommendations can be offered to support the organization/membership?
  • How can the actions of NCSS improve the teaching and learning of social studies?
  • Are there issues in my state or special interest group that are not represented?
  • Are there issues that NCSS is not effectively addressing that need more or modified action?
  • What do my constituents (affiliated council, associated group, or community members, etc.) feel is important to social studies education?

Questions to consider when Crafting Resolutions?

  • How effective is the purpose of the resolution articulated?
  • Is the resolution clearly and concisely worded?
  • Does the resolution follow the appropriate format?
(Rationale & Statement of Action, Statement relating to goals & purposes of NCSS, Statement relating to professional interests of NCSS)


  • Does the resolution contain actions that are prohibited?
Change the structure of NCSS, for example:
  • Bind NCSS to spend money?
  • Is the resolution thoughtful and purposeful?
  • Does the resolution connect and extend the current goals of NCSS as outlined in the strategic plan? If so, how?
  • Has this or a similar resolution been considered before?
Reference NCSS Resolutions and Voting Results: http://leaders.ncss.org/HouseofDelegates/NCSSResolutions

  • Does the resolution represent the interests of my state or special interest group?
Resolution Template: Resolutions_Template.doc

Examples of Well and Poorly Written Resolutions:

Well_Written_Resolution_Sample.doc

Poorly_Worded_Resolution_Sample.doc

Resolutions Dissected with explanations of the different parts of the resolution

COUNCILS-Well_Written_Resolution_09-02-3-Dissected-1.pdf

COUNCILS-resolution_08-01-2-Dissected.pdf
  • Create a New Topic (enter WikiWord title)

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