National Council for the Social Studies

Board of Directors

Hilton Garden Inn

Washington, DC



Friday February 7, 2003

Attending: Stephen Johnson, Chair; Denee Mattioli; Jesus Garcia; Susan Adler; Peggy Altoff; Bill Amburn; Phyllis Bowie; Joe Braun; Susie Burroughs; Adrian Davis; Jill Ehlen; Mark Finchum; Betsy Fitzgerald; Deborah Gallagher; Steven Goldberg; Ken Mareski; Judy Parsons; Chris Pratt-Consoletti; Judy Parsons; Lynda Wagner; Bruce Wednt; Michael Yell; Ruben Zepeda.

Staff: Susan Griffin, Michael Simpson, Sandy Roberts; Al Frascella, Arthur Ganta; Angela Baker; Ella McDowell; Tim Daly.


Agenda

Motion ...to approve the agenda

(Fitzgerald/Mareski)\xA0

Passed


Minutes

Motion: ...to approve as corrected (Fitzgerald/Braun)\xA0

Passed


Governance Task Force

Mary McFarland and Don Schneider, Governance Task Force co-chairs presented the recommendations of the task force. The board met in small groups to discuss aspects of the plan.


Motion: ...to accept report and begin transition process based on recommendations made. (Altoff/Braun)

Passed


Peggy Altoff explained that the motion meant that the process would be based on recommendations, but that the BOD can make changes as necessary.\xA0


Stephen Johnson asked for a written/anonymous ballot.\xA0


PASSED 19 for 1 against.


Altoff suggested that a task force member and a person who had not been involved in the study be appointed to the transition team. Also, NCSS ask members of the transition team to make a three-year commitment.


Financial Report


Arthur Ganta presented the financial report. Membership is down for first six months in individual and institutional regular and comprehensive categories. Retired and student categories are doing well. Subscriptions are also down.\xA0


Annual conference registration, exhibit and advertising revenue were below budget. Expenses were also higher than expected due in part to the difficulties that personnel changes in the meetings department just prior to the conference caused.


NCSS is in deficit as of end of December and will need to budget carefully for the next year.\xA0

Strategic Plan Review

The board of directors reviewed the NCSS strategic plan in light of current environment, and reviewed and prioritized objectives.\xA0


Motion: to include "No Child Left Behind will have a significant influence on social studies education." under legislation and regulation.\xA0

PASSED


Motion: ...to amend Goal C as recommended (Move objective C4 and C 6 to Goal B; move C5 to Goal A) (Peggy/Betsy)

PASSED\xA0


Motion: ...to remove C-4, C-5 and C-6 from Goal C. (Jill/Susan)

PASSED


Motion: ...to accept remaining changes to document. (Betsy/Joe)

PASSED



Saturday February 8, 2003

Attending: Stephen Johnson, Chair; Denee Mattioli; Susan Adler; Peggy Altoff; Bill Amburn; Phyllis Bowie; Joe Braun; Adrian Davis; Jill Ehlen; Mark Finchum; Betsy Fitzgerald; Deborah Gallagher; Steven Goldberg; Ken Mareski; Judy Parsons; Chris Pratt-Consoletti; Judy Parsons; Lynda Wagner; Bruce Wednt; Michael Yell; Ruben Zepeda.

Staff: Susan Griffin, Michael Simpson, Sandy Roberts; Al Frascella, Arthur Ganta; Angela Baker; Ella McDowell; Tim Daly.

Officers Reports

President Stephen Johnson and President-Elect Denee Mattioli reviewed written reports with the board.\xA0

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Staff Report

Susan Griffin summarized the written staff report. The board discussed financial situation. Griffin explained that that NCSS will need to be careful of expenses for the next several months. Travel is the most likely area for savings. NCSS will need to plan carefully for next year. Several board members reported that schools and universities are not likely to add support for memberships or additional subscriptions.\xA0


Ella McDowell reported the Washington, D.C convention center is booked for 2006 during the dates that NCSS normally holds the NCSS conference. NCSS would need to choose to hold the annual conference in early November, or after Thanksgiving in 2006 in order to use the convention center.\xA0


Motion: ... to sign letter of intent to hold 2006 conference Washington, DC in November 3-5.\xA0

(Fitzgerald/Amburn)\xA0

Withdrawn.


The board wished to get more information on costs and possible conflicts with other organizations before changing the date. McDowell will provide additional information to the board and it will vote by email.


Committee Reports


Academic Freedom, Ethics and Equity Committee

Ruben Zepeda presented the report to the board. One concern was the legal defense fund and defense fund committee. Also, they were concerned that committees submitted presentations that were not accepted for conference. Stephen Johnson commented that many of the committee proposals were not identified as a committee sessions.


Assessment Committee

The Assessment Committee submitted a report and proposal for task force on professional assessment and evaluation of the social studies.\xA0

Motion: Consider the establishment a NCSS Task Force on professional assessment and evaluation of the social studies within the parameters of the NCSS budget.

(Altoff/Fitzgerald)\xA0

Passed


Denee Mattioli reported that the Documents Review Committee reviewed two assessment related position statements and is recommending that these statements no longer be offered. There is a need for new document in this area. Susan Adler commented that the board had been interested in an assessment related companion piece to the Curriculum Standards. NCSS might also consider some members with expertise in assessment that could develop a companion piece. Susan Griffin commented that the proposal seemed to be a good project, but a task force is not financially realistic at this time. Getting a member to do this is a good option.\xA0


Awards

Lynn Wagner presented and summarized the written reports of the committee.\xA0

Motion: ...to commend work of committee and encourage them to continue.\xA0

(Amburn/Fitzgerald)

Passed


Citizenship Select Subcommittee

Phyllis Bowie reported that the committee was unhappy that a committee Proposal was rejected, but was still listed on program. Michael Fischer sent a letter to program committee. The committee will develop a Proposal for a strand on civic education. The committee would like more connection with Citizenship Education Task Force and requested that task force and subcommittee charges be merged. It also wished to be a full committee. Denee Mattioli stated that she would not be in favor of merging them, but is was a mistake in not having a subcommittee representative on the task force. Stephen Johnson stated that the transition action team would address committee status.\xA0

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Conference Committee

Peggy Altoff reminded the board that San Diego had not yet been officially accepted as the site of the 2007 conference.

Motion: Accept San Diego as site of 2007 NCSS Annual Conference.\xA0

(Gallagher/Altoff)

Passed


Debbie Gallagher explained that committee report lists possible site for 2008 and 2009. The committee later learned that previous meetings director had narrowed 2008 possibilities to Houston and Minneapolis. McDowell reported that it was not necessary to limit the decision to Houston and Minneapolis, but the full list of possible cities would need to be reduced in order to make a decision in a timely manner. The board suggested considering St. Louis and Dallas.


The board discussed the conference site rotation schedule. Altoff suggested that the board ask the conference committee to reexamine the policy in light of current economic and travel situations. Mattioli suggested that NCSS might want to look at a regular rotation among 4-5 cities instead of regions. NCSS would need to change how it holds the conference?less dependence on local/state support and more on staff.


Motion: to endorse Great Lakes, Middle States, Northeast Regionals.

(Altoff/Fitzgerald)

Passed

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Curriculum

Bruce Wednt\xA0 commended Ellen Kotler and David Barber for their service. The Social Studies Curriculum Guidelines were approved last year. Multicultural Guidelines will be reviewed in May.\xA0


Government Relations-

Jill Ehlen presented the committee?s report. Al Frascella reported that Rick Theisen was speaking to the successor to the late Senator Paul Wellstone regarding the bill on civic education that Wellstone was sponsoring. Frascella recommended that Theisen be appointed to GR committee.\xA0


International Activities

Chris Pratt-Consoletti presented report. The committee?s main interest was an international conference.\xA0


Susan Adler reported that the ATSS in the UK has decided to cancel the 2004 conference. The decision had mostly to do with world affairs and the effect on international travel. Adrian Davis commented that NCSS needed proposals for 2007. We should invite proposals from other countries. Mattioli explained that one concern of International Activities Committee was the competition among proposals. This is not always acceptable to other countries. Adler suggested that NCSS skip 2003 and move to working on a possible conference in 2006. She suggested making some informal inquiries before approaching a possible site.


Membership

Judy Parsons reported that the committee recommends that there be a reduced rate for first year teachers. Ruben Zepeda added that if renewals were a problem, perhaps a reduced rate for the second year would increase retention. Susan Griffin stated that staff would discuss these ideas with NCSS? marketing consultant.


Nominations and Elections

Debbie Gallagher reported that the committee held a short meeting. It had no complete applications to review and did not nominate additional candidates for the 2003 ballot.\xA0


The committee requested guidance on categories and clarification on level designations.\xA0


Publications and Social Education

Ken Mareski reported that the Publications Committee considers a Middle Level Journal to be a priority, but it understands financial constraints. The Publications Committee requested that the Social Education Subcommittee consider changing the name of Social Education. The Subcommittee recommends against it, but suggested that NCSS could consider a subtitle that would be more teacher friendly.


Public Relations

Lynne Wagner presented the committee?s report. It considered recruiting for "list of experts." One possibility is an ad in Social Education. Another committee concern was teachers being seen as speaking as school representative. Frascella recommended that they should speak and identify themselves as an NCSS member to make sure there is no confusion about whom they are representing.\xA0


The committee discussed using a news clipping service, but it is very expensive. The committee will forward to Al Frascella any articles that appear regarding social studies. The committee also suggested that a task force be set up within the committee made up of volunteers of committee who would stay on past their term.\xA0


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Research Committee

Bill Amburn presented reports. The committee had concerns regarding awards. CUFA felt that all TRSE articles should be read by the committee for the research award. Since this is not possible, committee will ask CUFA members to forward recommendations/nominations.\xA0


Teacher Education and Professional Development

Betsy Fitzgerald reported that the committee wished to review any materials NCSS has related to the role of the committee.\xA0


Technology Committee

Joe Braun reported that the committee will work on developing guidelines on the use of technology. The committee asked whether it needed to have guidelines approved by Instruction Committee. The board explained that guidelines can be sent directly to the board.\xA0


FASSE

Bill Amburn presented the FASSE report. The FASSE board discussed additional ways to get prizes for raffle. They suggested that FASSE (and state councils) approach companies for donations of gift certificates, gift cards, etc. They will write to Sears, Wal-Mart, hotel chains, etc., to make donation of certificate. An additional benefit is that this is easily sent to winners. It will also ask companies to also donate directly to FASSE.


Mattioli reported that Chicago laws do not let us call it a raffle and that NCSS will need to use a different term. Also, she suggested that FASSE should check with the executive director regarding major requests for funding to avoid a duplication of effort, and so that several different NCSS groups are not approaching the same funders.


\xA0House of Delegates Resolutions


02-01 Increasing Participation of Elementary Level Education

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS establish a task force to investigate and develop a long-range plan to encourage the development and increased participation of elementary level educators.


Motion ...to refer consideration of increased elementary level education to Transition Oversight Team.\xA0

(Altoff/Gallagher) Passed


02-02 Affiliate Representation on the NCSS Board of Directors

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS explore the development of adding a position on the NCSS Board of Directors to represent affiliates,

1) This position will serve the normal term for Directors

2) Eligibility for this position will require past or present service as president or executive director of an affiliate.

The position is filled by direct vote of the delegates at the annual House of Delegates meeting immediately prior to the expiration of each term.\xA0

Motion: ... to refer consideration of addition of affiliate position to the board to Transition Oversight Team.\xA0

(Altoff/Fitzgerald)

Passed


02-03 Membership Pins

BE IT RESOLVED that:

NCSS explore the possibility of providing pins recognizing continuity of membership in 5-year increments


Motion: ...to accept exploration of possibility.\xA0

(Amburn/Braun)

Passed

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02-07 Ensuring the Effectiveness and Continuing Relevance of Resolutions

BE IT RESOLVED, that resolutions passed by the HOD will be deemed active for a period of three years. After three years, resolutions become archived unless modified or reaffirmed by a vote of the HOD in accordance with HOD rules.


Motion: ...to accept.

(Altoff/Amburn)

Defeated

The board did not approve this resolution. It noted that there is a pending system that had been previously approved by the board and which is being implemented by the house.



02-08 FASSE Funding

BE IT RESOLVED that the NCSS Board of Directors explore the possibility of adding FASSE as a line item to budget and allocating up to $1.00 of each individual regular and comprehensive annual membership to the FASSE fund.


Motion: ...to accept.

(Gallagher/Goldberg)

Defeated


The board did not approved this resolution. It noted that NCSS could not afford this given its current financial situation.


02-09 Advocacy of State Social Studies Assessment

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS take an active and effective stance supporting inclusion of social studies in all state assessments of student knowledge and skills.


Motion: ...to accept.

(Fitzgerald/Gallagher)

Passed


The board approved this resolution. The documents review committee has recommended revising NCSS position statements on assessment.\xA0


02-10 Social Studies is Core

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS pursue actions to promote social studies as a core academic subject in grades K-12, seeking recognition and adequate funding at the federal, state and local levels.

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Motion: ...to accept.

(Fitzgerald/Altoff)

Passed


The board approved this resolution. Recognition of social studies as a core academic subject is a goal of the NCSS strategic plan.\xA0


02-12 Social Studies Professional Development Advocacy

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS provide a sample letter via the NCSS website and affiliate council materials for local and state affiliates in support of development and funding for continuing education for K-postgraduate social studies educators. Local and state affiliates are encouraged to distribute the letter to local, state and national educational and legislative institutions in support of social studies professional development.


Motion: ... to accept.

(Altoff/Fitzgerald)

Passed


The board of directors accepted this resolution. Such a letter can be made part of the Public Relations Tool Kit.\xA0


02-13 College and University Tenure Requirements

BE IT RESOLVED that the NCSS Board of Directors direct a communiqu\xE9 to college/university presidents, academic deans, deans of colleges education requesting that service in both state and national professional organizations be considered a criterion in the tenure selection process at their institutions.


The board did not approve this resolution. It noted that this is usually already a criterion for tenure at universities.\xA0


Motion: ... to reject.

(Braun/Fitzgerald)

Passed


02-14 Inclusion of Social Studies as a Core Federal Discipline

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS advocate the inclusion of social studies in any federal legislation that relates to the core curriculum.


The board of directors accepted this resolution.\xA0


Motion:.. to accept

(Fitzgerald/Altoff)

Passed


02-15 University Endowed Chairs

BE IT RESOLVED the NCSS Board of Directors explore the possibility of partnering with the colleges and universities to create endowed chairs of social studies education.


The board of directors voted against this resolution. Such endowments would require at least $1 million for each chair. This is beyond NCSS financial means.\xA0


Motion: ... to reject.\xA0

(Fitzgerald/Altoff)

Passed


02-17 Personal Freedoms and Homeland Security

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS, affiliate councils, and individual members contact members of Congress expressing concern regarding presidential restrictions on civil liberties and possible future restrictions at the state and local levels of unionized public employees.


The board of directors did not approve this resolution.\xA0


Motion: .... to accept.

(Fitzgerald/Altoff)

Defeated


02-18 Resolution on the Education for All Children

BE IT RESOLVED that the National Council for the Social Studies, through its publications and programs, publicize and provide educational material regarding the importance of education for all children, and members of NCSS seek to provide opportunities in their curriculum, including partnership programs and philanthropic efforts, to promote activities that would assist education for all children.


The board of directors accepted this resolution and noted that many NCSS activities address these concerns currently.


Motion: to accept.\xA0

(Fitzgerald/Altoff)

Passed



02-19 Resolution on the Importance of Social Studies

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the ideals of civic responsibility, acceptance, concern for the common good and respect for the Constitutional rights of individuals in a democratic society be infused into the elementary and secondary levels of the social studies curriculum.


The board of directors felt that this resolution seemed redundant as this is the goal of NCSS. Additionally, NCSS does not have the authority to infuse these into the curriculum its self. The board did not approve this resolution, but passed a board resolution that it believed addressed the spirit of the house resolution.\xA0


Motion: ... to accept

(Fitzgerald/Altoff)

Defeated

(0 yea, 15 nay, 6 abstain)


Motion: ...Be it Resolved that the ideals of civic responsibility, acceptance, concern for the common good and respect for the Constitutional rights of individuals in a democratic society continue to be advocated by NCSS.\xA0

(Yell/ Fitzgerald)

PASSED (unanimous)\xA0




Sunday, February 9, 2003

Attending: Stephen Johnson, Chair; Denee Mattioli; Jesus Garcia; Susan Adler; Peggy Altoff; Bill Amburn; Phyllis Bowie; Joe Braun; Adrian Davis; Jill Ehlen; Mark Finchum; Betsy Fitzgerald; Deborah Gallagher; Steven Goldberg; Ken Mareski; Judy Parsons; Chris Pratt-Consoletti; Judy Parsons; Lynda Wagner; Bruce Wednt; Michael Yell; Ruben Zepeda.

Staff: Susan Griffin, Michael Simpson, Sandy Roberts; Al Frascella, Arthur Ganta; Angela Baker; Ella McDowell; Tim Daly.



SSEC Affiliation with NCSS

Susan Griffin presented drafts of agreements with SSEC. She reported that SSEC requested that a liaison from their group attend board meetings as a non-voting member.\xA0

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Motion: ... that SSEC liaison may serve as ex officio, non-voting member and may attend at SSEC expense.\xA0

(Altoff/Fitzgerald)


Motion: ...to continue pursuing agreement with SSEC.

Passed


Jim Becker Global Understanding Award.\xA0

Susan Griffin explained that The Mid-America Center has offered to allocate $20,000 to NCSS to establish a James Becker Global Understanding Award. NCSS is also seeking additional funding for the award. The board approved accepting funding to establish the award and seeking additional funding.


Motion: ... to accept $20k for Jim Becker award, submit application to Longview Foundation and look into additional funds from the Stanley Foundation.\xA0

Passed\xA0


Documents Review Committee

Documents Review Committee


NCSS Guidelines and Principals for Student Government

The documents review committee recommended to re-approve this document.\xA0

Motion:.. to accept recommendation.

(Fitzgerald/Altoff)

PASSED


Graduation Competency Testing

The documents review committee recommended that this statement be sent to the Assessment Committee for review. It will not be distributed pending review.

Motion: ... to accept recommendation.

Passed


Testing and Evaluation of Social Studies Students

The board voted to remove this statement from distribution and send to Assessment Committee for evaluation and revision.\xA0

Motion: ... to accept recommendation.

Passed


Code of Ethics

The committee recommended that NCSS continue distribution, and re-date as 2003.

Motion: ... to accept recommendation.

Passed


Student Rights and Responsibilities

The committee recommended that NCSS remove this statement from distribution and send it to Academic Freedom Ethics and Equity Committee for review and revision.

Motion: ... to accept recommendation.\xA0

Passed


Citizenship Needs of New Americans

The committee recommended that the board cease distribution and send this to the Citizenship Select Subcommittee for review and revision.

Motion: ... to accept recommendation.\xA0

Passed

Democratization of Schools

The committee recommended to cease distribution and to send to Citizenship Select Subcommittee for review and revision.

Motion: ... to accept recommendation.\xA0

Passed


Columbian Quincentenary

The committee recommended that the board remove this statement from website and archive. It also recommends that Native American SIG develop position statement on teaching about Native Americans, and also recommended examining whether NCSS should have a position statement on teaching about Columbus.\xA0

Motion: ... to accept recommendation.\xA0

Passed


Teaching about Science Technology and Society

The committee recommended that NCSS remove this statement from distribution and to send it to Technology Select Subcommittee for review and revision.

Motion: ... to accept recommendation.\xA0

Passed


Teaching about Science Related Issues

The committee recommended that this statement from distribution and to send it to Technology Select Subcommittee for review and revision.

Motion: ... to accept recommendation.\xA0

Passed


Guidelines for Energy Education in Social Studies

The committee recommended that NCSS longer distribute this document and that the board refer it to the Curriculum Committee for review. The board asked the Curriculum Committee to confer with educators who are involved in energy and environment education.

Motion: ... to accept recommendation.\xA0

Passed


Social Studies in the Middle School

The committee recommended that this document be revised as a position statement in addition to guidelines.


Motion ... to accept recommendation and to request Tedd Levy and Peggy Altoff work with Middle Level Representatives of the Board to revise as a position Statement.

Passed


Ability Grouping

The committee recommended that NCSS remove this document from circulation and that the board refer to the Instruction Committee for review.

Motion: ... to accept recommendation.\xA0

Passed


Elementary Social Studies

The committee recommended that this document be sent to an ad hoc committee of the elementary representatives of the board to summarize in position statement form. Mary McFarland has requested an update of the task force report. Although many feel the document is still current, the committee did not feel comfortable re-approving it without review.\xA0

Motion: ... to accept recommendation.\xA0

Passed


Other Business

The board discussed possible ways to honor board member Carol marquis who died in November 2002. A motion to establish a lecture at the annual conference was suggested and withdrawn since the board wished to talk about more options. The board also suggested nominating Marquis for a posthumous Outstanding Service Award.\xA0


Motion: ... if Carol Marquis is nominated, waive the 10 year restriction.

(Altoff/Adler)

Passed.


Next board meeting will be May 3-4. Executive committee will meet the afternoon of May 2. Board will meet May 3-4.\xA0







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