National Council for the Social Studies

Board of Directors

May 4-5, 2002

Wyndham Hotel Washington

Washington, D.C.

(Unapproved Minutes)

Review of Agenda

Motion: ?to approve agenda


Review of February 2002 Minutes\xA0

Motion ?to approve February 2002 minutes


Personnel Committee

The personal committee presented its report in executive session.

Officer?s Reports\xA0

The officers summarized their written reports for the board.

Staff Reports\xA0

Staff presented written reports to the board. The board discussed the need for NCSS to help state councils be advocates for social studies in their states.\xA0

Motion: ?to send a letter to each chief state school officer based on the president?s message in the March/April 2002 TSSP.

PASSED (Altoff/Mattioli)

Finance Report--FY 2002-2003 Budget

Arthur Ganta presented financial reports through March 2002. Membership revenue is lower than expected and continues to be a concern.\xA0

Ganta explained the budget proposal for FY2002-2003

Motion: ?to accept the proposed budget.

PASSED (Theiman/Mareski)

The board discussed additional offerings to members that could improve revenues.

Motion: ?that an ad-hoc committee explore the possibility of offering online courses and report back to the board.

PASSED (Merryfield/Burroughs)

International Conference

Susan Adler presented a proposal from Leicester University in the United Kingdom to hold an international social studies conference in 2004. The executive committee reviewed this proposal\xA0 but had concerns regarding costs and deadline dates. The committee recommended that the board approve continuing planning process with the university.

Motion: to continue planning with the University of Leicester for the 2004 International Social Studies Conference.


Governance Task Force Report

The board discussed the interim report and preliminary proposals of the governance task force.\xA0

The board was concerned that this model would splinter the council into subject specific groups are create counter productive competition among groups. The more frequently taught subjects would dominate this body. It would likely be university dominated and could diminish the voice of k-12 teachers. This could undermine the unifying voice of social studies. Some members expressed concern that members might need to join too many subject area groups based on their professional responsibilities. This might apply especially to supervisors.\xA0

The board noted that interest based communities of members could be beneficial, but was opposed to making an academic council a governance structure. An alternative idea for representation in governance could be a discipline slot on the board that could be rotated among disciplines. These individuals would emerge out of the SIGS.\xA0

The board discussed alternatives to the model. Among the suggestions:

Adding a pK-12 teacher associated group and academic area associated group. In addition to the current associated groups. These would operate in the same manner as the existing associated groups and would not be directly involved in governance except through a body like the house of delegates (see below.) The groups would not elect representatives to the board. These bodies could serve as nominating committees or work with the nominations committee to identify candidates. This would increase opportunities for participation without adding bureaucracy, create alternative routes to leadership (serving on boards of the associated groups) and allow opportunities for pre-conference programs. The board felt that this would work better than the council model because the associated groups are self supporting.\xA0

The board was not opposed to increasing the voice of disciplines. Currently, board members represent disciplines without an official identification. An ex officio position on the board could be added for representatives from discipline groups, or a discipline slot could be created on the board that could be rotated among disciplines (leaders emerging from the SIGS)\xA0

The board was unsure what the role of the affiliate council would be in the new model and had concerns about how the current functions of the house of delegates would be conducted in the new model.\xA0

The board suggested alternatives to the current house of delegates.\xA0 A house of delegates could be configured along the lines of the affiliate council as suggested by the task force. In addition, this house of delegates would included representatives from the Associated Groups, including new a associated group for pk-12 teachers. Presidents of the affiliated councils or their designees would serve as representatives in this body with representatives from each of the associated groups.

The board also felt that time during which affiliated councils could share information would be beneficial.\xA0

International Membership Category

The board discussed the continuance of the International Membership category that includes membership in the International Assembly at the regular membership rate. This category was approved for a three-year trial period that expires this year. Adrian Davis reported that the executive recommended that the board extend this category for 1 year and ask the International Assembly to provide newsletters to their members and to provide to the board, by February 2002, a rational for continuing the category.

Motion: ? to extend this category for 1 year and ask the International Assembly to provide newsletters to their members and to provide to the board, by February 2002, a rational for continuing the category.

PASSED (Johnson/Altoff)

Policy on Corporate Involvement

Michael Yell reported that the ad hoc committee charged with studying this recommended that the board adopt no further policies. The current policies on special projects and endorsements provides guidance on examining proposals for involvement on a case-by-case basis.\xA0

Motion: ?to accepted the recommendation of the ad hoc committee.

PASSED (Theiman/Pfeifer)

Documents Review Committee

Stephen Johnson reported that the committee reviewed the revisions to the Curriculum Guidelines for Social Studies and recommended approval. The board discussed whether content should be defined. The board recommended adding the definition of social studies and to amend item three by deleting ?social? from ?application of core democratic and social values.?

Motion: approve the revision to Curriculum Guidelines for Social Studies


Amendment: to add the definition of social studies and delete ?social? from ?core democratic and social values? in item 3.



Johnson also presented recommendations for changes in the policy on SIGs.

Motion: accept recommended changes to SIG policy.



8.361 Each SIG is entitled to a one hour session at the annual conference which will include their business meeting

8.3613 All SIGs desiring to present a session will receive a place on the conference schedule for a one hour session. The proposal for the session should be clearly marked that it is from a SIG and must meet conference proposal deadline.

Delete: 8.336 NCSS will provide a time and location at the annual conference for a SIG fair?.


Susan Griffin explained that the SSEC was considering its options for a ?soft landing? from its current financial difficulties. Among the options under consideration was becoming a part of NCSS. Griffin explained that there were many legal issues related to this and organizational issues about how they could fit into NCSS. There was no action needed by the board at this time. NCSS would explore this with SSEC.\xA0

Conference Surcharge

In April 1997, the Board of Directors approved, for a three-year period, a $5 surcharge that will be included in registration fees for the NCSS Annual Conference. This surcharge went into effect for the 1998 NCSS Annual Conference in Anaheim.\xA0

From the funds generated by the surcharge, NCSS reimburse the host state council for each regular or non-member registration (excluding student and retiree registrations) from that state, based on home address. Of the remainder of the funds, at least 50% is placed in the council assistance fund to provide funding to state councils who are unable to host national conferences for the purposes of developing membership, conferences, and other programs. An ad hoc committee has been appointed by the president to make recommendations on the implementation and continuance of the surcharge.

The purpose of this surcharge is to alleviate decreases in revenue that holding the NCSS Annual Conference may cause to host state council conferences.\xA0

The board discussed the policy. The Surcharge Ad Hoc Committee will be asked to make a recommendation on continuing the policy following the 2002 NCSS Annual Conference.

Election of Executive Committee for 2002-2003

The board elected Ken Mareski and Susie Burroughs to serve on the executive committee for 2002-2003.

Texas Instruments Project

Adrian Davis explained the status of the project. NCSS has several concerns regarding the project, including scheduling, the involvement of social studies teachers in training, the prominence of social studies instruction in driving the project, and financial issues. The executive committee recommended that an ad hoc committee to examine these issues and work with Texas Instruments.\xA0

Motion: ?to appoint an ad hoc committee to examine issues related to the Texas Instruments project.


Spirit of America Award

The executive committee recommended presenting the award for 2002 to Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

Motion: ?to presenting the 2002 Spirit of America Award to Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.


Endorsements and Special Projects

BackBone Media

Endorsement request. The Endorsements and Special Projects committee recommended waiting until the final product is available before endorsing and recommended that NCSS advise the project informally.\xA0

Motion: ?to accept the recommendation.


Carrier Cool Schools

The committee recommended against endorsing this project.\xA0

Motion: ?to accept the recommendation against endorsement.


Friendship Caravan

The committee had several questions regarding this project including fundraising sources, safety, liability, ideas about teaching about stereotypes, and animal welfare. The committee did not take action on this project.

Ohio/Great Lakes Regional Conference

Adrian Davis reported that Cincinnati was chosen as the site of the 2003 Great Lakes Regional Conference. This conference was endorsed by NCSS in February before the location was selected. Cincinnati is the subject of a boycott organized in protest of civil rights violations by the police in that city. Davis reported that black churches in Cincinnati are pulling out of the boycott. She has spoken to people on both sides and believes that the boycott will be over by the meeting.\xA0

The board discussed the issue.\xA0

The board adjourned.

-- TimDaly - 13 Feb 2007
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