National Council for the Social Studies

Board of Directors

Meeting Minutes

February 7-8, 2004

Melrose Hotel

Washington, DC

Attending: Denee Mattioli, Chair; Jesus Garcia; Jeff Passe; Bill Amburn;\xA0 Phyllis Bowie; Joseph Braun; Bruce Damasio; Adrian Davis; Mark Finchum; Susan Fogarty; Deborah Gallagher; Syd Golston; Stephen Johnson; Ken Mareski; Merry Merryfield; Judy Parsons; Chris Pratt-Consoletti; Eileen Sheehy; Lynda Wagner; Carol Warren; Marsha Yoder; Ruben Zepeda.

Staff: Susan Griffin, Gene Cowan; Al Fraseclla; Arthur Ganta; Ella McDowell; Ana Post; Cassandra Roberts; Michael Simpson; Timothy Daly.\xA0

The board was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

I. Review of Agenda

Motion: accept agenda.\xA0


II. Review of November 2003 Minutes

Motion: accept November 2003 Meeting minutes. (Parsons/Johnson)


III. Governance and Administration Reports

A. Officers

President Denee Mattioli, President Elect Jesus Garcia and Past President Stephen Johnson presented written reports to the board. Vice President Jeff Passe reported on his activities. He is working on a theme for the Kansas City Annual Conference. Ideas include the Human Side of Social Studies, or the Values of Social Studies.\xA0

B. Staff and Finance Reports

1. Staff Reports and Review of Strategic Plan\xA0

Susan Griffin reviewed the written staff reports. For the annual conference, revenues were better than budget, but expenses, particularly audio-visual, were higher than budget. Audio-visual expenses continue to be a problem. The board discussed audio-visual charges and asked that the Technology Committee provide advice. The board was concerned with keeping costs low, but still providing technology at the conference. The board also considered the difference between sessions with technology content, and those that use technology for the presentation. The board also suggested asking presenters to provide their own equipment. Technology Committee Liaison Joe Bruan asked that the Technology Committee be included in program planning.\xA0

Griffin also reported briefly on NCSS activities regarding participation in the Civic Mission of Schools project.\xA0

2. Financial Reports

Denee Mattioli reminded the board about its fiduciary responsibilities, especially regarding its duties to review and monitor the budget and financial statements.

Arthur Ganta presented the financial report to the board. The board discussed the accounting of membership marketing costs. Griffin explained that renewal rates for members who join through marketing are lower than that for those who have been members longer.

The board also discussed renewal rates and recruitment, and ways to encourage methods teachers to spread membership information to students. A list of methods teachers may be difficult to mail to since many of these teachers are adjuncts. The board considered ways to get market data on membership and services. The last member survey was completed in 1997-98. NCSS has an instrument that was used in the past. Using this instrument would\xA0 be a way to track changes over time. Griffin stated that NCSS can check on what doing this survey for the next year would cost. The board also discussed focus groups. Griffin asked that focus groups be investigated separately from the survey. The focus groups could collect qualitative information that could be shared with affiliates. Mareski suggested sharing this cost with affiliates or get costs on having a focus group at affiliate conferences.\xA0

Motion: \xA0 ... that staff investigate a market research process to provide data on membership and services and make a recommendation to the executive committee. (Zepeda/Golston)


Ganta reminded the board that NCSS has a net asset deficit. Any excess revenue will go to decreasing this deficit. This must be done before NCSS can begin to put money away. Griffin reminded the board that is is necessary to continue to be careful about expenses. \xA0

C. Governance Transition

1. Governance Transition Team

Stephen Johnson, Transition Team chair, reported on the activities of the committee to date. The Transition Team reviewed the Governance Task Force Report passed by the Board of Directors in February 2003.\xA0The Team agreed that some of the recommendations in the report would require further research before they could recommend implementation.\xA0The Team also considered the priorities that were identified\xA0 by the Board of Directors.\xA0Communication with the membership, associated groups, and affiliate councils was considered very\xA0 important.\xA0The Team suggested that a number of avenues of communication\xA0 be established to ensure that all voices would be heard.

One issue requiring further study is the CTA and the perceived need or interest among classroom teacher members for a job-alike group. The team is planning a survey that could be mailed out.\xA0

2. Nominations and Elections Committee

a. The board discussed changes that were made to the Nominations Committee composition. Some NCSS members expressed concern about the new committee composition.\xA0

The board discussed that this change was made to better identify nominees. It felt that the past-president was especially able to identify possible candidates because the president has contact with many members and leaders. Having the board appoint members will help insure that the committee has members who are especially connected with member leaders to better recruit candidates.

Nominations and Elections Committee Liaison Debbie Gallagher suggested that the committee vote for a co-chair for the committee. This would help the perception that the NCSS president was attempting to "stack the deck" when selecting nominations. The board discussed putting this information in TSSP and that state liaisions communicate this.\xA0


D. Committee Reports

1. Academic Freedom

Syd Golston, alternate liaison, presesnted the committee report. The committee reviewed the Legal Defense Fund and Academic Freedom Award. The liaisons reminded the committee that its responsibilities included social justice and equity issues. Golston suggested that the title of the committee be changed to better reflect the importance of equity. Golston suggested making this into the Equity and Social Justice Committee. Academic freedom could be considered part of social justice.\xA0

The board discussed this recommendation. Several board members believed that grouping several committees into one as had been done with the Academic Freedom, Ethics and Equity Committee was counter-productive. The board also discussed the need for a more diverse comittee membership and the difficulties with committee participation.\xA0

The board discussed whether dropping academic freedom would make it seem as if NCSS is dropping its concern for this issue. Members also had concern that a name change would not make a difference unless there was a committment to action involved also. The Governance Transition Team is looking at committees. There is a desire to make committees more task oriented. Board members stated that this would not make a difference in recruiting minority members. The board discussed whether the committee mission would change with the name change.\xA0

Ruben Zepeda suggested forming a study group or work group to make a recommendation to the board as a way to take advantage of the expertise of several board members to better address this issue. Golston withdrew her suggestion in favor of this.\xA0

Motion: form an ad hoc committee composed of board members and other NCSS experts to report back to the board and the governance transition team with recommendations on addressing issues of race and gender equity and social justice. (Zepeda/Golston)\xA0


Zepeda suggested that the board invite some members who have been concerned with this to serve on this group. The board discussed whether this addressed the concerns of the committee. It felt that this did in a broad way.\xA0

Golston reported that the committee felt that it did not have the expertise to provide a revision of student rights and responsibilities. There are also other statements that NCSS could subscribe to rather than developing our own document. Mattioli suggested asking the committee to look at these other documents, with a special eye for social studies issues within them. It will revise the statements on teachers of professionals.\xA0

2. Archives

Bruce Damasio presented the committee report. The committee discussed interviewing past presidents at the annual conferences. It also discussed contacting past presidents. The committee recommended Margaret Crocco to be chair next year.\xA0

3. Awards Committee

Liaison Lynda Wagner presented the committee report. She reported that the committee works well together. The committee discussed aligning applications for the state awards with NCSS applications. It also discussed ways to better communicate with the selection subcommittees.

4. Assessment Committee

Merry Meryfield presented the committee report. She reported that the Assessment Committee meeting was poorly attended. It reported a draft position statement that was completed by the committee in 2000, but it was not approved by the board.\xA0

Motion: approve position statement.\xA0 (Davis/Passe)


5. Citizenship Select Subcommittee

Liaison Phyllis Bowie presented the committee's report. It is working on a position statement, and working on a workshop for the Annual Conference. The committee also expressed concern with the continuance of the committee in the governance transition. It desires to continue as a committee. It also requests approval to seek external funding to carryout some of their efforts. The committee suggested having time on the Summer Leadership Institute agenda.\xA0

The board discussed giving the committee persmission to seek funding. The board is currently considering a policy on fundraising.\xA0

6. Conference Committee

Marsha Yoder presented the committee's report. The committee discussed better defining the regions which are considered for annual conference site selection. Director of Meetings Ella McDowell suggested that several cities be considered as permanent cities on a rotation. The committee felt that this system would be too burdensom to local councils and volunteers.\xA0

The committee also discussed site selection process and how to work with local councils. It is seeking clarification on procedures for annual conference and regional conference site selections. The committee suggested a session on the Summer Leadership Agenda. The board expressed concern about having too many sessions on the SLI agenda given the limited time during the institute. These suggestions will be considered when putting the SLI aganda together, but not all of these issues can be addressed. A priority issue needs to be decided. Golston suggested having a session about running a regional conference at the annual conference. Mattioli suggested that the conference committee could propose a session about putting on conferences for the Kansas City conference.\xA0

Motion: endorse Rocky Mountain Regional Conference for 2005 to be held in Denver. (Zepeda/Golston)


Motion: endorse the Northeast Regional Conference in Boston in 2005. (Johnson/Wagner)


Motion: ... to approve Atlanta as the site of the 2009 NCSS Annual Conference (Gallagher/Johnson)



7. Curriculum Committee

Zepeda presented the Curriculum Committee report. The committee was interested in scope and sequence for NCSS. There was also a resolution in the House regarding scope and sequence that was defeated. The committee discussed the position statements that they were asked to review. It suggested working with science organizations to better develop these statements. Syd Golston reported that NSTA has statements that address STS issues and there should not be difficulty in finding persons interested in this area to consult. Mattioli asked the board whether a statement was necessary on controversial issues related to science. The board advised the committee to revise the position statement and consult with NSTA.\xA0

Motion: ... that the Curriculum Committee draft position statements and collaborate with NSTA to develop a joint statement. (Passe/Braun)



8. Government Relations Committee

Liaison Dennis Banks was not at the meeting due to bad weather in New York. Director of Communications and Government Relations Al Frascella discussed the committee report. The committee recommended that each state council appoint a legislative liaison. It asked the board to request that each state do so.\xA0

Motion: ... The appointment of a state legislative liaison should be awarded extra merit in determining Gold and Silver Star state council awards. (Passe/Damasio)


The board discussed whether this would be burdensom on smaller state councils or those that did not have money. It felt that this requirement did not impose a financial burden.\xA0

9. Instruction Committee

Carol Warren presented the committee report. The committee asked whether it needed approval about suggested links for the website. Staff informed the board that there is no such policy, but the committee should review the links carefully. There is a statement on the site stating that this linked sites are not necessarily endorsed by NCSS.

The committee was also concerned about the scheduling of its annual conference session. McDowell told the board that NCSS can highlight committee sessions, but changing the session schedules is often difficult. Mattioli reported that several sessions were selected for Sunday specifically because the program committee felt that especially good sessions on Sunday would balance the schedule and would attract attendees. The committee was concerned that individual names rather than the committee was listed as presenting the session, and asked that the committee be identified for such sessions in the future.

Denee Mattioli told the board that David Hales, chair of the committee, reported that the committee identified a school district for which the committee could present a PASS workshop. The committee plans to do this for future conferences. They would do a full or half-day inservice. The district would provide photocopying of materials and lunch for the presenters. Frascella suggested that this be publicized to show what NCSS is about.\xA0

The committee reviewed the ability grouping statement and will consult regarding this. The committee also asked about its role with monitoring NCSS publications. Director of Publications Michael Simpson told the board that committee input is welcomed.\xA0

The Instruction Committee also asked for direction on its position statement on assessment.\xA0

10. International Activities Committee

Chris Pratt-Consoletti presented the report. The committee discussed the International Social Studies conference and was concerned that there it has not been held recently. It suggested endorseing the NAME (National Association of Multicultural-Education) conference in the Netherlands summer 2004. Pratt-Consoletti had not received further information regarding this. It asked that the board reinstate a policy of holding a conference every three years. The board discussed the International Conference. NCSS has not been soliciting proposals for the conference.

11. Membership Committee

Judy Parsons presented the Membership Committee report. Lynda Wagner reported to the board that her state required that literacy in professional development programs. Addressing literacy was necessary for attendance at a program. Ella noted that the committee was also concerned that the conference should consider state NCSS membership when selecting sites. The board discussed membership and location issues.\xA0

12. Nominations and Elections Committee

Debbie Gallagher presented the committee's report. One committee suggestion was to place reminders in NCSS publications about voting. The committee is also looking at a base of possible leaders. Awards winners are being targeted.\xA0

Motion: ... that the committee elect a committee member to serve as co-chair with the past president beginning after the summer meeting. (Gallagher/Braun)


Jeff Pass suggested that the co-chair would be selected at the summer committee meeting for the following term. Gallagher added that this should begin following the summer meeting

The board noted that the committee report incorrectly listed the College/University position as a College University Faculty Assembly position.\xA0

13. Publications Committee Meeting

Ken Mareski and Jeff Passe presented the committee report. There were no particular actions, but a special concern of the publications committee was the publication of a separate middle level journal. It understood the financial situation, but feels that this is important. Simpson reminded the board that starting up a new journal would require substantial costs to market the journal. Without marketing, a new journal would shift members from an existing journal and would not benefit NCSS. Simpson believes that it is a worthwhile product, but only if NCSS devotes sufficient resources to promoting it.

The board dicussed the committee's concerns regarding the SSYL editorial board. The committee recommended that at least 25% of the board be elementary educators.\xA0

Ken Mareski also noted that the Publications Committee suggested that a subtitle be added to make the title Social Education: The Journal for Social Studies Educators. Simpson reported that the Social Education Subcommittee would look at this recommendation. Mareski asked that the minutes reflect the commendation of the Publications Committee of the NCSS Publications Staff.\xA0

The board discussed the arrangements under which SSYL is published. Simpson explained that SSYL has an outside editor, and an associated editor on staff. There is no time limit on the term of the outside editor.\xA0

14. Public Relations Committee

Liaison Mark Finchum presented and summarized the committee's report. The committee recommended an unpaid internship to assist staff. Frascella also reported that the NCSS slogan might need revision. "Today's Social Studies" might create the impression that social studies is new, or the old was bad. The board discussed the issue. Susan Griffin suggested that focus groups, if held, would provide a good opportunity to test the impression that the slogan conveys.\xA0

15. Research Committee

Bill Amburn presented the committee's report. No research awards were made by the committee for this year. The committee asked that the committee chair serve for two years, with a vice chair that serves for one year who would become chair. Denee Mattioli stated that President-Elect Jesus Garcia can take this request into account when appoint a new chair.\xA0

Jeff Passe asked about the possibility of digitizing Social Education, SSYL and TRSE. He suggested exploring this. Merryfield mentioned that there are companies that do this with little upfront cost and make profit when these are sold. Bruce Damasio mentioned that the Archives Committee considered something similar. Staff will investigate this suggestion.\xA0

Motion: ...that staff investigate digitizing publications. (Damasio/Amburn)



16. Social Education Subcommittee

Syd Golston presented the written report of the Social Education Subcommittee.\xA0

17. Teacher Education and Professional Development

Eileen Sheehy presented the committee's report. Much of the committee's discussion was not included in this report and centered around field experience for student teachers. Sheehy suggested that she could contact the chair to see if there was another recommendation regarding field experiences.\xA0

Sheehy also noted that there are no teachers on the committee. The perspective of teachers is important to the committee.\xA0

Passe reminded the board that it should be more active in recruiting members for committees if there is a need for a particular expertise or perspective on the committee. The board discussed committee membership requirements, and communication responsibillities of chairs and liaisons.\xA0

18. Technology Subcommittee

a. Joe Braun reported on the committee's November meeting. The committee had some concerns regarding conference planning, and that it did not have input about the technology aspect of the program. It questioned it's role versus CASE SIG. It also reviewed the Science Technology and Society Position Statement. It felt that this was not an appropriate position statement for the committee to review. It is interested in revising the computer use guide. The committee also suggested that technology sessions be identified with icons in the program. Garcia mentioned that there are many requests for icons, and this might be counter productive and make for a program that was difficult to use.\xA0

E. FASSE Board Report

FASSE board chair Bill Amburn presented a report from FASSE. Amburn summarized the FASSE financial situation. Over six months, FASSE has received over $15,000 in contributions. Eleven affiliated councils donated, and the raffle earned about $2700. FASSE also received $5,000 from an estate trust. FASSE's goal is $100,000 by the end of June, $250,000 by 2007 and $500,000 by 2010.\xA0

The board expressed its appreciation to Amburn for his work as FASSE chair and congratulated him on his funraising successes.\xA0

Sunday, February 8

The board was called to order at 8:00 am.

G. HOD Resolutions

1. 03-01 Social Studies in No Child Left Behind\xA0 (NCLB)

The board discussed what was involved in implementing this resolution. One problem is that having social studies written into this bill is a difficult thing to do. NCSS is working with other civic education organizations to improve the view. In conversations with sympathetic staffers in congress, NCSS was told that NCSS would not be able to get NCLB changed. He also questioned whether it would be advantageous to have the federal government involved in social studies. Some board members felt that being excluded from NCLB meant that it would not be taught in early elementary grades. The board considered whether changing NCLB was a winning battle, given the political climate and NCSS resources. The board dicussed accepting #1 and #3 only.\xA0

Motion: \xA0 ...accept 1 and 3. (Zepeda/Wagner)



The board discussed whether #3 would be too exclusive. There are many well regarded universities that are not covered under NCSS standards. It also discussed the "highly qualified" definition.\xA0

Motion: accept as written (Braun/Wagner)


The board discussed what this would mean. The board discussed what "work to assure" would mean and what implementation would look like. NCSS should be realistic about what is possible for NCSS to accomplish. It noted that it does not say that staff would do this, but that "NCSS work." The board also noted that there is a lot of confusion about NCLB.\xA0

The board noted that the advocacy portion of this is being addressed through SLI, NCSS publications and NCSS work through NCATE, and through normal communications with press and government. There are two summer workshops on literacy are being presented as well.\xA0

2. 03-02 Publication of Governance Task Force Report.

Motion: \xA0 accept. (Zepeda/Wagner)


3. 03-04\xA0 Reinforce state-level monitoring of NCLB and promoting an exchange of information between state councils and NCSS

Motion ... to accept (Davis/Amburn)


The board discussed implementation of this. Legislative liaisons with states can assist with monitoring. The board questioned how to accomplish the annual impact and\xA0 status report. One suggestion was to bring in persons from the states and DOE to speak each year at the annual conference. What was meant by "federal impact?" The impact would be at the state level. The board felt that the resolution meant that the states were looking for as much information as possible. NCSS would create a response that it felt would be most helpful and best address state councils' concerns. The board considered whether a subcommittee of the board could work to address this issue and work at carrying out some of these tasks. A suggestion was to collect a list of the types of activities that state councils are undertaking and to share this list among the councils.\xA0

4. 03-05 Legislative Advocacy for Training to Promote Social Studies Education\xA0

a. Motion: \xA0 accept. (Zepeda/Braun)


5. 03-06 Social Studies Assessments and Instructional Time

Motion: \xA0 \xA0 \xA0 to accept (Zepeda/Passe)


The board discussed implementation of this. Some state councils are not in favor of these assessments. The board suggested that this should be tailored to each individual state. Another suggestion was to ask the CSSSO president to place this on their agenda. \xA0

6. 03-09 Support of Public Education

Motion: ... to accept (Zepdea/Braun)


The board discussed how this could be implemented as written and whether this would require efforts to each of the individual school districts.\xA0 It was noted that through CEF, NCSS adcovates for this currently.


7. 03-10 FASSE Support

Motion: ... to accept (Zepdea/Braun)


FASSE chair Bill Amburn reported that FASSE board discussed this. The FASSE board suggested that NCSS contribute $0.25 per member. When seeking funding, it is asked how NCSS is supporting the fund. The board discussed whether it was necessary to have NCSS organizationally support when NCSS as members support this. One suggestion was that NCSS guarantee a minimum ammount for FASSE per year. NCSS would make up the difference between individual contributions and this amount. The board also considered whether this was possible given NCSS current financial situation. The board was sympathetic to this resolution, but felt that it was necessary to ensure the overall financial situation of NCSS was improved before undertaking this.

8. 03-C1 Recognition of NCSS Member Margaret Laughlin

accepted by acclamation.

H. Committee Appointment Schedule

Jesus Garcia reported that committee appointments will be made earlier. Annual instructions to committees will also be made in the late spring rather than September. The board considered whether it should freeze committee appointments during the transition. It was too late to do so this year since the call for applications has already been sent out. The board also felt that it might not be a good idea to since will still need committee work.

I. Board Member Responsibility Policy

The board discussed the policy proposed by the ad hoc committee appointed to examine this issue.\xA0

Motion: accept policy. (Parsons/Davis)

Motion: ... to postpone until May and send back to the ad hoc committee (Zepeda/Wagner)


The board discussed whether this was enough and whether it is necessary to have an addition that addresses a member who will not resign. Staff will consult with counsel to determing whether Illinois law has any requirements that would affect this policy.\xA0

J. Policy on Seeking Outside Funding

Bill Amburn of the ad hoc committee reported that it has examined several documents regarding a policy, but it has not yet been able to come up with a consensus.\xA0

K. Fiscal Policy Regarding Cost Overruns

Motion: ...that Executive Committee be notified by staff and make decisions for approval when expenditures are projected to exceed 15% or $10,000 of the annual budget of line items in expense categories that exceed $50,000. (Zepeda/Gallagher)


The board discussed the need for this policy, considred possible scenarios to which this would apply. Staff asked for clarification on what categories would be covered and noted that there are some instances that the committee would not be able to influence. For example, if insurance rates rise after the budget is made, there are not many options for not covering the cost.\xA0

L. Executive Committee and Orientation

The board discussed the need for a board member orientation. This year, the orientation was not held in conjunction with the executive committee as usual. Although the executive committee felt that having a conference call was minimally sufficient, a new board orientation was necessary. This could take place following SLI, or at a separate meeting in the fall. The board discussed whether this could be done at the onference before the Wednesday board meeting. This time is difficult. The board also discussed a phone conference to review the materials. The board also discussed whether a mentor system would be helpful in addition to some type of orientation. The major portion of the orientation is briefing on the budget and finances. It may be possible to have a brief meeting regarding the budget prior to the annual conference.\xA0

M. Special Projects and Endorsements\xA0

1. Guerrilla Guide/Facinating Learning Factory

The committee recommended approval of formal advisory relationship depending on the compensation and adequate funding of proposals that are forthcoming.\xA0


2. Project Archealogy

The committee recommended approval


3. School Virtual Congress: Students Voting/

The committee did not recommend endorsement

4. Law Day Cooperating Partnership/ABA

No recommendation. This project deadline for this year has passed, but the committee was favorable toward the organization and project. The board discussed whether NCSS wanted to be listed as a cooperating partner for this year anyway. NCSS has an ongoing relationship with ABA. Susan Griffin serves on an advisory board.\xA0

The committee was favorable to being listed after the fact.\xA0

Motion: be listed as a cooperting partner for law day this year. (Passse/Mareski)


5. Votewatch

Requested potential endorsement. NCSS will notify them about requirements.

6. Save our History

The committee was impressed by the project, but it was unclear what NCSS was requested to do at this point. The request came too late to endorse. NCSS can make announcements about this, but there is no action that can be taken.\xA0

7. French and Indian War

Requested informal involvement, and the committee recommends providing information advising.\xA0

Passed (Passe/Davis)

8. Kids and Education Advisory Council-(Microsoft)

a. This is no need for action. Microsoft asked for contacts of teachers who might serve on an advisory committee.\xA0

9. Change in Endorsements Committee

a. Denee Mattioli reported that she suggested that the composition of the committee be changed so that it was possible for the committee to meet the day prior to the board of directors concurrent with the executive commmittee. This would preclude the officers being members of this committee. The board was asked to consider this for action in May.\xA0

IV. Other Business

A. Education/Knowledge Goal

1. Development/Investigation of Scope and Sequence

Motion: ....that NCSS BOD investigate the development of models of scope and sequence for NCSS to make public. (Zepeda/Fogarty)


The HOD made a resolution regarding this that was defeated by the house due to reasons or funding and language. Zepeda stated that one reason for this is to help NCSS better communicate its vision of social studies in terms of classes or sequence of classes. The board considered how this would be implemented. Zepeda suggested that an ad hoc board committee be formed to implement this. The board felt that members of appropriate commmittees should be included. \xA0


B. Advocacy/Visibility Goal

1. Responses to Fordham Essays

Publication Proposal

Mattioli reported that Bob Lemming and Elizabeth Yeager (TRSE) are interested in developing a publication about "what's right" with social studies. They would like to work with NCSS to develop this publication. Issues for the board to consider are how NCSS should be involved. It was suggested that if NCSS is the publisher, it would look too much like a direct response to the Fordham essays. Another disadvantage to being publisher is funding. NCSS could work with a third party to publish. Although NCSS would have substantial input in that case, it would not have complete control. The board discussed possibilities and viewed the idea favorably.

Golston reported that the Contrarian SIG felt that there has been no open forum regarding this issue. She attending the meeting and suggested to them that she would bring the idea of a panel discussion in the manner of a vital issues session at the annual conference to the board. Braun suggested that this would be a good topic to ask ASCD to program at their conference.\xA0

2. NAEP Civics and US History state comparison reports

The board discussed state by state comparison of NAEP Civics and US History results. Jack Bovee of the Florida Council asked that the board consider this request. In researching this, NCSS learned that these tests will cost at least twice as much in order to have enough participants to have a valid state-by-state comparison. The NAEP governing board has commissioned a white paper to consider eliminating the 12th grade test in everything by reading and math.

Motion: ....that NCSS supports state disaggregated data on the NAEP Civics test. (Zepeda/Damasio)\xA0


The board discussed the necessity of this data. Some board members argued that such data would help determing how different state models affect civic education. Some board members were concerned that this would be interpreted negatively toward NAEP. The board noted that it recognizes the importants of NAEP, but that disaggrated data would make the tests even more helpful.\xA0

Motion: ...That NCSS supports the continuance of the NAEP Civics exam


C. Citizenry Goal

Citizenship/Civic Education working group--successor of Citizenship Task Force

The board discussed the request of the Citizenship Task Force. The current task force has had discussions with other organizations, and this proposal is meant to provide an avenue for NCSS to continue the work of the task force with these organizations. The "work group" was chosen to differentiate it from a task force or committee.\xA0

b. Motion: establish an NCSS Citizenship Education/Civic Education Working Group.\xA0 (Braun/Gallagher)\xA0


The board discussed whether the board should accept the entire proposal, or just the concept of establishing the group. One issue is whether the working group should have authority to seek outside funding on its own. This is a policy that is currently being studied by the board. The board also discussed the amount of funds that would be necessary. The board suggested that the outside funding aspect be pending on development of the fundraising policy. The executive committee approves fundraising requests in the interim, by previous board decision. The board will work base this working group on the suggestions made by the Citizenship Task Force.\xA0

The board adjourned at noon Sunday, February 8.\xA0

-- TimDaly - 13 Feb 2007
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