National Council for the Social Studies

Board of Directors

May 8-9, 2004

Hilton Arlington & Towers

Arlington, Virginia

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

Staff: Susan Griffin, Michael Simpson, Cassandra Roberts, Al Frascella, Arthur Ganta, Ana Post, Ella McDowell, Timothy Daly (recorder.)

I. Review of Agenda

A. Motion: approve. (Amburn/Zepeda)


II. Review of February 2004 Minutes

A. Motion:... to approve: (Passe/Fogarty)


III. Governance and Administration Reports

A. Officers

1. President

Denee Mattioli presented her written report, and summarized for the board her activities during the year, and since the last board meeting. In most areas of the country, social studies is having problems with recognitions and funding. New York, however, has strong support for social studies.\xA0

2. President-Elect\xA0

Jesus Garcia presented a written report. Garcia summarized some of his work on the 2004 NCSS Annual Conference, and other council activities.\xA0

3. Vice President

Jeff Passe summarized his written report to the board. Passe mentioned that the Truman Library is interested in working closely with NCSS for the 2005 Annual Conference in Kansas City.\xA0

4. Past President Report

Stephen Johnson presented a report and summarized his written report.\xA0

B. Staff and Finance Reports

1. Staff Reports

Susan Griffin presented and summarized the written staff report. NCSS is in a better position than at this time last year when it needed to reduce staff size. The 2003 Annual Conference was very successful and has greatly helped the financial situation.\xA0

One important project that NCSS is involved with the the Civic Mission of Schools. This coalition is working to improve the standing of\xA0 civic education in schools. Griffin encouraged board members to inform their states councils of the grants that are available for advocating for socials studies. She mentioned the hard work of Jack Bovee as an advocate for social studies assessments through NAEP.\xA0

NCSS department managers discussed portions of the report with the board and answered questions. Michael Simpson reported that SSYL will be looking for a new editor. He explained the process for selecting a new editor and asked the board to send suggestions and comments. \xA0

2. Financial Reports

Arthur Ganta presented financial reports through March 31, 2004. NCSS position is improved over 2003. Membership revenue is a continuing concern. NCSS has been able to keep expenses low, and has been helped by a very successful annual conference. Mattioli commented that ETSU helped by contributing toward travel expenses.\xA0 Lynda Wagner suggested that NCSS could publicize the "highly qualified teacher" requirement of NCLB to market membership. In some states, membership in professional organizations is considered toward meeting this requirement. Peggy Altoff commented that CS4 can add this to their survey.\xA0

C. FY 2004-2005 Budget\xA0

Arthur Ganta presented the proposed budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2005 and explained the major assumptions behind the revenue figures. The renewal rate projections for membership received special attention. Staff examined renewal rates based on membership type, and source in order project these more accurately.

Ella McDowell explained annual conference budget assumptions. More exhibit booths are available for sale this year. Also, NCSS will be recouping some of the a-v costs for equipment from presenters.\xA0

Griffin explained some adjustments to the budget as presented that the executive committee requested. There is an amount in the budget for a marketing survey, but some of this money will be moved to contractual services line item to cover temporary help that may be needed due to an illness on staff.\xA0

Motion: ... to accept proposed budget. (Mareski/Amburn)


D. Transition Team Report

Stephen Johnson presented a report from the Governance Transition Team. A survey will appear in TSSP that will focus on the proposed Classroom Teacher Assembly. The transition team will meet in September.\xA0

The board discussed the desirability of a classroom teacher organization. Altoff suggested that the transition plan be addressed during the board member orientation. The board also suggested created a FAQ page. \xA0 \xA0 \xA0 \xA0

Denee Mattioli asked the board for it's advice regarding an ad hoc committee on equity that was proposed at the February board meeting. She suggested passing this to the transition team instead of an ad hoc committee. The board discussed the proper way to consider this. Several board members explained that the Transition Team would not have the expertise or that it would not be a high priority of the transition. An ad hoc committee could address this more directly and help with any perceptions that we are not responsive to this issue. Mattioli reported that an ad hoc committee will be appointed. Syd Golston and Ruben Zepeda will work on this committee.\xA0

E. Election Results

Denee Matioli reported the results of the 2004 board elections.\xA0

There were a total of 1611 ballots. The following were elected: Peggy Altoff, Vice President; Kelly Palmer, Elementary; Mike Koren, Middle Level; David Faerber and Shelly Singer, Secondary; Lynne Boyle-Baise, College and University; Diane Hart, Other Professional.

F. Board Member Responsibility Policy (Continuing)\xA0

1. Mattioli and Daly explained the issue with the policy and the advice of legal counsel. Although the many board members wanted a stronger policy, the NCSS counsel advised that the proposed policy was the strongest NCSS could enact under the laws governing non-profit corporate boards.\xA0

2. Motion: ... to accept the proposed policy (Braun/Gallagher)


proposed addition to NCSS Policy Manual

4.48\xA0\xA0\xA0\xA0 In the event on-going personal and/or professional responsibilities prevent a board member from fulfilling any of the above enumerated board member duties (See 4.4),\xA0it will be incumbent upon the board member to submit a letter of resignation to both the Executive\xA0Director and the President.

G. Policy on Seeking Outside Funding

Bill Amburn provided a report with suggestions regarding a policy. The ad hoc committee wanted to provide guidance without being overly restrictive. McDowell asked how this would affect sponsorships for the annual conference. Zepeda felt that this might be a first step. We should probably address making sure that various bodies within NCSS are not working at cross purposes when seeking funding. The board discussed how restrictive the prohibition against companies for alcohol or tobacco companies would be. Would a company who is held by a tobacco or alcohol company be excluded?\xA0


Motion: ... that the president appoint a committee review the proposed policy serve as a review committee.\xA0 Braun/Zepeda


The board felt that this should be a committee of the board. It would not solicit funds, but provide guidance on soliciting funding. McDowell questioned whether sponsorships could be handled outside of committees. Mattioli suggested that the committee could make special arrangements for the conference. Passe commented that a policy is needed before a committee is approved. He suggested that a committee be formed to bring a policy to the board. Zepeda reminded the board that the executive committee is currently charged with review in absence of a formal policy. This motion would replace the executive committee for such reviews. Fogarty suggested that the policy be accepted, and then be refined. Banks suggested that the ad hoc committee continue working on this and that members be replaced. Amburn suggested that the committee work with staff to do this.\xA0

Motion: ... that the president appoint a committee to review the proposed policy on fund raising and once the policy is adopted to serve as the review committee.\xA0 Braun/Pratt-Consoletti.\xA0


The board discussed whether it is wise to appoint a committee before a policy is in place.\xA0

Motion:... to approve the proposed policy on fund raising as a temporary set a guidelines for the executive committee. (Fogarty/Finchum)\xA0

amendment: ... to remove 1. d from the proposed policy.\xA0



Damasio suggested dropping statement "B" as well. Garcia asked whether the funds he is soliciting for the conference need to be reviewed under this policy. Zepeda spoke against the motion because there are too many issues that have not yet been considered.\xA0


H. Social Studies Honor Society

Denee Mattioli explained that the Florida Council for the Social Studies sponsors an honor society for social studies, and they requested that the board consider a similar program for NCSS.

Syd Golston suggested piloting this in state councils as a state activity. Eventually, it could become a national program. We could provide this information to councils.\xA0

Motion: ... that for 2004-2005, individual councils who wish adopt a pilot of the Rho Kappa model and report back to NCSS. NCSS would make the materials available on the website. (Golston/Braun)


The matter of an honor society had been considered by the board previously. The board discussed whether a previous model should be considered prior to this. Syd Golston stated that states can use this if they like, and if there seems to be enough interest, NCSS can work to standardize this and make it formal. Garcia asked the board to remember questions of equity. He is in favor of the motion, but the board should consider ways to help students who are need assistance as well. Adrian Davis asked how we reconcile this motion with the existing committee. Judy stated that this would give state councils an opportunity to sponsor something that is student oriented. Marsha Yoder commented that the purpose was to make social studies more visible and promote social studies among students. Zepeda and Davis questioned whether we should do this while the previous committee exists. Griffin commented that NCSS could consult with the previous committee and explain this proposal. Yoder commented that committee members might be interested in this. Mareski commented that a social studies club is another possibility to encourage social studies among students who are not necessarily be good students. Lynda suggested a citizenship club or civics club.\xA0

I. Policy on votes by email

Motion: ... to adopt the policy as proposed. (Braun/Banks) withdrawn.

Passe spoke against this policy. He wished to prevent abuse of this system. There are also other technological means that could be used.\xA0

Motion:... to appoint an ad hoc committee to revise the policy on board votes. (Passe/Sheehy)

Passed (Demasio and Davis abstain.)\xA0

J. Conflict of Interest Policy

Denee explained that some board members questioned whether NCSS had or needed a conflict of interest policy. The executive committee recommended that an ad hoc committee be appointed to develop a conflict of interest policy.\xA0

Motion: ... to appoint an ad hoc committee to develop a conflict of interest policy. (Zepeda/Amburn.)


Zepeda explained that we don't have a policy in place. It is a good idea to have a policy to prevent the appearance of impropriety and keeps the issue in the mind of board members.\xA0

K. Special Projects and Endorsements\xA0

1. Vote Watch

Passe reported that their request was unclear. NCSS will provide informal advising and entertain further involvement if the group can clarify what sort of involvement it requests of NCSS.\xA0


Coalition of groups that are looking at issues of privacy, incl. patriot act. Created a website regarding this. NCSS reviewed a section of the website focused on schools. NCSS would maintain this section of the site. The committee recommends that the org. be contacted to develop a memorandum of agreement including funding for project development.\xA0

Motion: ... to accept the recommendation of the committee. (Mareski/Pratt-Consoletti)


3. Jamestown 2007

Project to celebrate 400th anniversary of Jamestown settlement. Request NCSS to provide access to membership to schedule special events, etc. Services would be provided in kind, no financial compensation. Committee was interested in being involved in being involved in development. Committee recommends endorsement and collaborative planning, and will request a MOA.\xA0

Motion: ... to accept committee recommendation to endorse and collaborate with the Jamestown 2007 project.


4. Friendship Caravan

Passed reported that the committee could not recommend to endorse, but agreed that NCSS could collaborate if they desired our involvement.

Motion: ... to offer collaboration. (Passe/Bowie)


5. March of the Living

Requested NCSS involvement in promotion and other aspects--dessimination of information; suggestions of participants to select applicants; and assist to identify expert assistance in development materials.\xA0

Motion: ...that NCSS provide assistance to March of the Living with dissemination of information; suggestions of participants to select applicants; and assist to identify expert assistance in development materials. (Passe/Mareski)


6. New York Times

Reported that financial burden on NCSS would be great. Initial investment of $10,000. The program seemed to be a good program. The committee could not recommend involvement as proposed.\xA0

L. Endorsements and Special Projects Committee Change

Denee explained that the executive committee recommended that the Endorsements & Special Projects Committee membership be changed to be composed of the vice-president and past president, and three members appointed by the president. The vice president will serve as chair. The committee would meet the evening priot to the board meeting. The president appoints board members to the committee during a board members first term. Board members will serve for three year terms.

Motion: ... to accept the recommended changes to the Endorsements and Special Projects Committee composition. (Johnson/Amburn)\xA0


M. Policy regarding formal advisors

Denee explained that the executive committee recommended that an ad hoc committee be appointed to develop a policy on appointing formal advisors and similar positions. Currently, there is a project that has been approved and needs a formal advisor. Denee suggested that since she has some expertise in this area that she serve as formal advisor and contribute any honorarium to FASSE.\xA0

Motion: .... to approve Denee as formal advisor for Project Archeology with any honorarium contributed to FASSE. (Banks/ Braun)


Motion: ... that the Endorsement and Special Projects Committee develop a policy on appointing formal advisors. (Banks/Braun)

Passed (Passe abstained)

N. Selection of Executive Committee 2004-2005

The board elected Ruben Zepeda and Lynne Wagner to the executive committee for 2004-2005.\xA0

IV. Other Business

A. Education/Knowledge Goal

B. Advocacy/Visibility Goal

1. NAEP Support

Mattioli explained that at the last board meeting, the board voted to support the Civics NAEP and disaggregated state data for the Civics NAEP. There were questions about why we did not also include history. The intent of the motion was not to exclude history. The board thought that only support for civics was at issue when the motion was made.


Motion: ... that NCSS support disaggregation of data by state for any social studies assessment administered at the secondary level. (Zepeda/Gallagher)


The board discussed that NAGB report recommended that the 12th grade NAEP be given as "funding is available." Zepeda commented that in other subject areas, the exams are given in the broad area--math is math, science is science. Perhaps we request a social studies test that tests all subjects at the same time. This might save costs. We might have support for a combined test if funding for individual tests are in doubt. Griffin doubted that supporters of history, civics and geography as individual subjects would agree. It might be a good long term strategy to come together to support social studies as a whole since funding for all the subjects is in jeopardy.\xA0

Motion: ...That NCSS supports the continuance of the NAEP social studies exams.\xA0


C. Membership Goal

D. Citizenry Goal

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

Mattioli reported that she and Jesus Garcia are still working on how this group would function. It will likely require an ad hoc committee to help define this working group.

The board thanked Denee Mattioli for her service as president and recognized those board members who will be completing their terms in June. The board adjourned at 10:00 am.\xA0

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