National Council for the Social Studies
Board of Directors
February 8, & 10, 2002
Wyndham Washington Hotel
Friday, February 8
Present: Adrian Davis, chair; Stephen Johnson, Denee Mattioli, Susan Adler, Peggy Altoff, William Amburn, Phyllis Bowie, Susie Burroughs, Betsy Fitzgerald, Deborah Gallagher, Kay Knowles, Ken Mareski, Merry Merryfield, Sally Jo Michalko, Leo Radakovich, Kathryn Robinson, Paul Robinson, Richard Theisen, Gayle Thieman, Bruce Wednt; Ed Pfeifer, HOD Steering Committee Chair
Staff: Susan Griffin, Michael Simpson, Al Frascella, Robin Hayes, Ana Post, Cassandra Roberts, Arthur Ganta, Timothy Daly
Approval of Agenda
Motion: Approve Agenda\xA0
November 2001 Board of Directors Minutes
Motion: ?to approve November Board meeting minutes
Adrian Davis reported on her activities since the NCSS Annual Conference. During her travels, she has seen that a common concern among states is social studies assessments. Only reading, math and science are currently being assessed in many states. Davis recently wrote a letter in support of the Michigan Council for the Social Studies regarding social studies assessment in Michigan.\xA0
Stephen Johnson summarized his written report. He briefed the board on ongoing plans for the 2002 NCSS Annual Conference.\xA0
Denee Mattioli reported briefly on the preliminary plans for the 2003 Annual Conference. The conference theme will likely focus on Citizenship Education, and she is planning to make arrangements to allow attendees to apply for CEU?s for attending the conference.\xA0
Arthur Ganta, NCSS Director of Finance summarized the financial statements through December 2001. Membership revenue is an area of concern, and revenue for the Annual Conference was below what was projected. Overall, attendance was not disappointing, especially considering the effects that the terrorist attacks in September had on travel.\xA0
Susan Griffin summarized the written staff reports.
Academic Freedom, Ethics and Equity
Leo Radakovitch presented the report of the Academic Freedom, Ethics and Equity Committee. The committee requested that information on the Legal Defense Fund be made more readily available to members. The committee was also concerned with committee meeting times, board liaisons and the schedule for appointing committee members.\xA0
Susie Burroughs reported on the meeting of the Archives committee. The committee requested funds to begin work on funding cataloguing the NCSS Archives collection at Columbia Teachers College.\xA0
Motion: ?to include $2000 during budget planning for the work of the Archives Committee on seeking funding for cataloguing the NCSS archives.
Motion: ?to consider a $5000 line item during budget planning to support committee projects.
Merry Merrifield summarized the committee?s report. The committee wondered about the status of the position statement on Assessment of Social Studies Students. Gayle Thieman explained that the committee has been working on the statement, but that a final statement had not yet been presented to the board.\xA0
Paul Robinson presented recommendations from the committee. It requested that the requirement for NCSS membership be changed to also allow two years membership in an affiliate organization. The committee also recommended that the teacher of the year award requirements be changed to require a letter of endorsement from the applicant?s state or local council.\xA0
Ana Post presented recommended changes to the awards selection committee structure.
I. TERMS FOR THE CHAIRS OF SEVERAL SUBCOMMITTEES
Chair terms are currently not specified in the NCSS Policy Manual. The questionnaire responses regarding the term length of subcommittee chairs varied a great deal. During\xA0 informal discussions with several current subcommittee chairs it appears that a two-year or three year term would be preferable to them. After discussing this with the staff point person for NCSS Operations Committees (Tim Daly) he suggested two year terms for the subcommittee chairs.\xA0
For the following subcommittees:
Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year (elementary, middle, secondary)
Social Studies Programs of Excellence
Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy
Carter G. Woodson
Current Policy states:
Eligibility: A member of the Awards Committee\xA0
Length of term: not states
Term begins/ends: not stated\xA0
Suggested changes or additions to policy:
Eligibility: Must have served a year in the subcommittee and meet the criteria for being selected as a member of the subcommittee. (Take out "A member of the Awards Committee")
Length of Term: 2 years
Term begins/ends: January 1 and ends two years later December 31
II. TERMS OF SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS
The responses to the questionnaires that were sent out to members of several subcommittees indicated the following:
Social Studies Programs of Excellence
Current Member\xA0 Term: Rotating 2 year terms\xA0
Suggested Change:\xA0 Rotating 3 year terms ( with the possibility of one re-appointment)
Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy
Current Member Term: Rotating 2 year terms
Suggested Change: Rotating 3 year terms (with the possibility of one re-appointment)
III. VICE CHAIR SELECTION
If I remember correctly you mentioned that Dwight Holliday was interested in being the Award's Committee vice chair this year (chair as of July 1 2002). This is good news, however, two things need to be taken into consideration:
1) I thought Janet Gould was to be the next chair and you should contact her to see if she will be back from her year abroad.\xA0
2) You need to have the Awards Committee vote on Dwight becoming the vice chair in order to report this to the NCSS Board of Directors.\xA0
We really need to get all of these items straightened out before the upcoming board meeting and we are running out of time. Therefore, please contact your committee and the ex-officio subcommittee chairs to get their feedback to you by this Friday. The Awards Committee members need to let you know if they approve or reject the suggested changes and Dwight Holliday's (or Janet Gould's) appointment. The Subcommittee chairs should let you know if they think the suggested changes are a good idea or not, and why, as well as what they would suggest.\xA0
Motion: ?to accept recommended changes to awards selection committee structures.
Motion: ?to add ?or state or local council membership for two years? to teacher of the year criteria (allow applicants to be a member of NCSS or a state/local council for two years.)
The board felt that teachers being considered for the award should be members of NCSS. Gayle Thieman suggested that the criteria could be changed to allow for membership at the time of application. Al Frascella noted that press coverage is more favorable to a national award than a membership award.\xA0
Motion: ?to change the membership requirement for teacher of the year from two years, to member at the time of nomination.
Motion: ? to change the teacher of the year criteria to require a letter of endorsement from nominee?s state or local council.
Amendment: ? require letter of support from state or local council or from nominee?s immediate supervisor.
Passed as amended.
Phyllis Bowie reported that the committee is planning a proposal for the annual conference on creating effective citizens. The committee has also offered to place lessons or lesson plans on the Citizenship Central website.\xA0
Debbie Gallagher reported that the committee met twice: once to select site for upcoming NCSS Annual Conference, and a second time to review endorsement requests from regional meetings. The committee does not currently have proposals for the 2007 or 2008 NCSS Annual Conference to consider. The committee request that staff provide information in the spring for the 2007 meeting, and plan to consider the 2008 and 2009 meetings during its scheduled meeting in Phoenix. Robin Hayes reported that an RFP was sent to Seattle.\xA0
Two regionals, Great Lakes and Middle States, provided reports.\xA0
Motion: ?to endorse the 2003 Middle States Council for the Social Studies conference.
Motion: ?to endorse the 2003 Great Lakes Regional Social Studies Conference to be held in Ohio.
Bruce Wednt presented the Curriculum Committee report. The committee worked on two documents. The Guidelines for Multicultural Education is not yet finished, but is close to completion. Adrian Davis asked that this be sent to the documents review committee when completed. The second document, Social Studies Curriculum Guidelines, was presented as part of the report. Davis asked the Documents Review Committee to review this and make a recommendation to the board regarding acceptance.\xA0
Government Relations Committee
Director of Communications and Government Relations Al Frascella reported that the committee struggled with its role and where it going.\xA0
International Activities Committee
Sally Michalko reported that the International Activities Committee requested a greater role in the International Social Studies Conference. It discussed the benefits of developing a relationship with a particular site for the International Conference instead of opening the conference to bids between two or more competing sites. Michalko stated that a proposal from a site would be desirable, but not necessarily a competitive process.\xA0
Stephen Johnson pointed out that the current policy requires ?one or more?, so this was a possible alternative way to operate.\xA0
Gayle Thieman reported on the activities of the committee. The Maryland Council for the Social Studies sponsored a student member to attend the conference and the membership committee meeting to provide insight to the needs of pre-service members. The committee discussed the International Membership category. The committee was in favor of continuing the category, but not indefinitely. The International Assembly will need to provide a benefit to its members.\xA0
The membership committee also discussed job listings via the NCSS website. The board suggested that this might be something that NCSS should pursue.\xA0
Nominations and Elections Committee
Kay Knowles reported that the committee is concerned with its slate of candidates. Very few members applied. The committee decided to scrutinize candidates instead of simply filling slots. The committee suggested a session at the annual conference on running for the board, and perhaps considering allowing more active campaigning.\xA0
Motion: ? to appoint Jana Flores to the Nominations and Elections Committee.
Ken Mareski presented the Publications Committee Report. The committee recommended launching a middle level journal as soon as practical. The middle level is a large audience, and NCSS should do more in this area. The committee, however, understands the financial situation related to starting a journal. The committee also recommended sending a PASS video preview to state boards and make presentations at state meetings to promote sales.\xA0
Social Education Subcommittee
Mareski summarized Social Education subcommittee.\xA0
Bill Amburn reported on the Research Committee meeting. He reported that the committee did not seem sure of its role in NCSS?whether was primarily an awards committee that oversaw the research awards, or if it should focus on something more.\xA0
Teacher Education and Professional Development Committee
Betsy Fitzgerald reported that committee recommended that NCSS urge teachers to use the updated teacher standards. The committee also recommended that NCSS work more to promote best practices. This could be done through a session at the annual conference, or through a forum on the Internet.
Kathryn Robinson reported that the committee had difficulties with several issues. It is working on a mission statement for the website, but was not able to make progress in this area.\xA0
Gayle Thieman, chair of the FASSE board, provided materials and information to the board. FASSE developed a calendar of presentations on FASSE at state and regional meetings. Thieman asked board members to assist with this at their state and local meetings. Thieman also reported that FASSE is considering fund raising events such as a golf tournement or casino night during the annual conference.\xA0
Citizenship Task Force
The Citizenship Task Force recommended the creating of an editorial board for the Citizenship Central website. The editorial board would oversee and help develop the content of the website and advise staff on design and usability.\xA0
The executive commimttee recommended that the editorial board be approved for one year, pending the results of the governance task force review. The executive committee was reluctant to create a committee while the task force is underway.\xA0
Motion: ?to approve the creation of a Citizenship Central Website editorial board for one year pending the final report of the governance task force. (Theisen, Pfeifer)
Amended: ?and consider reauthorization after one year. (Altoff/Fitzgerald)
Passed as amended\xA0
Teacher Action Research SIG
Motion: ?to approve the formation of the Teacher Action Research SIG.
Suasn Adler explained that this SIG was originally part of a grant proposal on teacher research made to the Spencer Foundation. The proposal was not funded, but since there is no cost to form a SIG and there is interest in this area, she petitioned to form the SIG.
Policy on Corporate Involvement
Davis reported that this will be considered at the May board of directors meeting.
Texas Instruments Project
NCSS was asked by Texas Instruments to participate in a project that will develop social studies classroom materials that could be used with hand held computers. Davis explained the project. The executive committee recommended approval of the project, pending specific changes to the contract and review by the NCSS attorney.\xA0
Motion: ?to approve project pending the changes recommended by the executive committee.
Director of Communications and Government Relations, Al Frascella presented suggested legislative goals for the coming year.
Motion: ?to approve the recommended legislative goals.
Sunday, February 10
Present: Adrian Davis, chair; Stephen Johnson, Denee Mattioli, Susan Adler, Peggy Altoff, William Amburn, Phyllis Bowie, Susie Burroughs, L. Jill Ehlen, Betsy Fitzgerald, Deborah Gallagher, Kay Knowles, Ken Mareski, Merry Merryfield, Sally Jo Michalko, Leo Radakovich, Kathryn Robinson, Paul Robinson, Richard Theisen, Gayle Thieman, Bruce Wednt, Michael Yell; Ed Pfeifer, HOD Steering Committee Chair
Staff: Susan Griffin, Michael Simpson, Al Frascella, Robin Hayes, Ana Post, Cassandra Roberts, Arthur Ganta, Timothy Daly
House of Delegates Resolutions
[See summary appended to minutes]
Motion: ?to approve all resolutions.
Passed with amendments\xA0
(Resolutions 01-01, 01-02, 01-05, 01-09, 01-12, 01-13,\xA0
01-17, 01-18, 01-19, 01-20 and 01-21 approved)
Amendment: ?to send resolution 01-07 regarding committee structure to the governance task force.
Amendment: ?to remove 01-11 regarding committee chairs at the Summer Leadership Institute.
Passed (The board previously discussed conducting training sessions during the annual conference and felt that the conference was a more appropriate place for this than the leadership institute.)
Amendment: ?.to refer 01-14 regarding retired educators on the board to the Governance Task Force
Amendment: ?to refer 01-16 to the NCSS Assessment committee for consideration as it completes its position statement on the assessment of social studies students.
Endorsements and Special Projects
The Special Projects and Endorsement Committee recommended that the request for endorsement be rejected.
Motion: ?to endorse symphony scarves
Social Studies Honor Society
The Special Projects and Endorsement Committee recommended that an ad hoc committee be appointed to work with the sponsor to develop this idea and that NCSS accept and endorse the concept.
Motion: ?to appoint an ad hoc committee be appointed to work with the sponsor to develop this idea and that NCSS accept and endorse the concept.
Taft Institute for Government
The Special Projects and Endorsement Committee requested examples of materials this program produced before it made a recommendation.
People of America Foundation
This program was previously endorsed. The foundation requested a partnership, but NCSS currently has no formal category of ?partnership? involvement.
Spirit of America Award
Ana Post reported that NCSS has received only one nomination so far. Susan Adler suggested George Mitchell as a possible nominee.\xA0
The board adjourned.
Board Actions on 2001 House of Delegates Resolutions
BE IT RESOLVED, that NCSS investigate the possibility of developing and distributing a brief orientation handout containing items such as organizational flow chart, glossary of terms/acronyms, calendar of events and fact sheet.
State Officer Training
BE IT RESOLVED, that NCSS explore the creation of a training session for new state or other experienced officers who might benefit from this training at the annual conference.\xA0
Affiliated Councils Development
BE IT RESOLVED, NCSS conference committee schedule job-alike sessions for affiliate council leaders led by NCSS staff or identified experts in the areas of presidents, membership chairs, executive directors, conference planners, newsletter and journal editors, and financial planning developers.
The board believed that these could be annual conference sessions.
Social Studies Best Practices
BE IT RESOLVED, that the NCSS explore the possibility of adding a Best Practices section to the NCSS website, and report its findings and actions to the membership.
Placement of SIGs in NCSS Conference Program
BE IT RESOLVED, that SIG programs be listed in the daily schedule of the conference program, as well as the special SIG page.\xA0
Publicizing Special Conference Events and Sessions
BE IT RESOLVED that the NCSS publicize and support the content of the 2002 conference program, highlighting the aforementioned sessions in preview materials which shall be sent in a timely manner not only to members and current recipients, but to a wider network of targeted school districts and colleges of education.\xA0
Social Studies Educational Legislative Fellowship (SSELF)
BE IT RESOLVED, that NCSS explore the possibility of creating in partnership with other organizations, a summer fellowship program for social studies educators, K-12, to work in the District of Columbia offices of members of the U.S. Congress.\xA0
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors of NCSS issue a statement of concern and response to the September 11 crisis, and
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors of NCSS take action to incorporate the concept and impact of terrorism throughout the social studies curriculum.
Importance of International Education
BE IT RESOLVED, that NCSS encourage each state to promote international education in order to encourage a better understanding of and an appreciation for, global diversity through national and affiliated councils? publications and workshops.
Communicating Legislative Education\xA0
BE IT RESOLVED, that each state/local council is encouraged to designate a legislative contact person who will receive and disseminate information regarding legislation affecting social studies education.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED this contact person will be the liaison between the state/local council and the NCSS Director of Public Relations.
BE IT RESOLVED, NCSS wishes to thank and honor teachers of the year for exemplary service and contributions to the social studies at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Be it further resolved that the NCSS recognize ?Michelle Forman: an NCSS member and Social Studies Teacher from Middlebury, Vermont for selection as the U. S. Teacher of the Year.
Note of Commendation to Greater Metropolitan New York City
BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Delegates, the Board of Directors, and the staff of NCSS express their highest commendation to the dedication, professionalism, patriotism, and commitments to children shown during the recent months by the educators in the greater metropolitan area New York City.\xA0
Note of Commendation to Educators of Washington, DC and Virginia
BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Delegates, the Board of Directors, and the staff of NCSS express their highest commendation to the dedication, professionalism, patriotism, and commitments to children shown during the recent months by the educators in the Washington, DC and Virginia.
Note of Commendation to Social Studies Educators
BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Delegates, the Board of Directors, and the staff of NCSS express their highest commendation to the dedication, professionalism, patriotism, and commitments to children shown during the recent months by social studies educators in the United States.\xA0
81st\xA0 Annual Meeting of NCSS
BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Delegates of the 2001 Annual Meeting express its appreciation for a job well done to NCSS staff, the NCSS Board of Directors, Adrian Davis, Kim Kozbial-Hess, James Bryan, Susie Fogarty, Ron Robeson, Ray Wicks, and Local Arrangements, Program Committee, Steering Committee, and Susan Griffin.
Resolutions Not Passed by NCSS BOD
BE IT RESOLVED, the NCSS Board of Directors explore the possibility of restructuring all NCSS committees to include ?active? and ?corresponding? members with the corresponding members participating via electronic and print correspondence in the deliberations and conduct of committee tasks.
Retired Educators Position on the Board of Directors
BE IT RESOLVED that the board investigates the creation of a new position on the Board of Directors which would provide direct representation for retired educators. \xA0
Referred to Governance Task Force
Social Studies Assessment
BE IT RESOLVED, that NCSS support the position that multiple and varied measures of student achievement be encouraged at the local, state and national levels.
Referred to Assessment Committee
BE IT RESOLVED, that the NCSS committee officers be invited and encouraged to attend the NCSS Summer Leadership Institute. Officers will be give time to meet and training as needed.
[This was not approved. The board suggested a training session at the annual conference instead.]
-- TimDaly - 13 Feb 2007