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2011 NCSS Resolutions

  1. Countering Budget Cuts in Social Studies Education K-12
Sponsored By: ATSS/UFT-NYC, New York State CSS, Middle States CSS

Rationale: State and Local Government Education Budget Cuts Result in reduced time spent on social studies education instruction, and its status as an essential subject.

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS prepare and communicate materials and strategies for use by NCSS affiliated state and local councils:
  • to advocate for maintaining or increasing funding social studies education, and to and
  • to advocate against any diminishment of the role of social studies in the school curricula, and
  • to support increased parental and local community involvement in sustaining these efforts
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2. NCSS TO RECOGNIZE ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION WEEK

Sponsored By: NCSS Environmental and Sustainability Education Community, U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

RATIONALE, Recognizing the NCSS Board of Directors has declared their support of a program that seeks to educate and prepare students to be active citizens by endorsing the U.S. Partnership for Sustainable Development’s National Education for Sustainability K-12 Student Learning Standards as of October, 2010; and

RATIONALE, reaffirming NCSS recognition of the interconnectedness of the human and natural environment and the interrelated nature of events, problems and ideas; and

RATIONALE, the promotion of civic competence requiring that students have the ability to use their knowledge about their community, nation and world to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world; and

RATIONALE, bearing in mind, humanity and the planet today face unprecedented challenges such as climate change, food and water shortages, environmental degradation, conflict, and global health issues which must be addressed through critical and creative thinking and innovative problem solving; and

BE IT RESOLVED, that the second week of November be devoted to the recognition of students, teachers, colleges of education, and the larger community working to create sustainable communities; and

BE IT RESOLVED, that the second week of November be recognized by the NCSS, as National Sustainability Education Week.

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3. NCSS TO CREATE CLEARINGHOUSE OF SOCIAL STUDIES PERFORMANCE-BASED ASSESSMENT EXAMPLES, RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL POLICIES TO INFORM POLICY AND PRACTICE

Sponsored by : California Council for the Social Studies, Southern California Social Science Association, NCSS Citizenship Community, Nisan Chavkin, CRFChicago, Maria Gallo, Center for Civic Education

BE IT RESOLVED that NCSS explore the possibility of developing and publishing a clearinghouse of resources that includes a) examples of social studies performance-based assessment measures conducted at local and state levels that enable students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed for effective citizenship in authentic settings, b) research findings that support the use of performance-based assessment to inform instruction, and c) existing educational policies that can inform advocacy efforts for the inclusion of social studies performance-based assessment at the local, state and national level.

NCSS_Resolution_for_Performance_Based_Assessment.doc

 
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