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Position Statements

Professional concerns and controversial topics in the field of social studies education are addressed in these statements, which have been approved by the NCSS Board of Directors over the years.


NCSS’s Updated Logo ID

Please contact art director Rich Palmer for specifically sized or formatted NCSS Logos.
The official NCSS Logo ID Guidelines are available here.
Learn the logo options available to you and the rules for use.


Annual Conference

The largest meeting of social studies educators in the United States happens every year with the NCSS Annual Conference.
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Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year
Snapshots from December 2016. From left to right: Ronald C. Hustvedt Jr. (Middle); Vicki S. Gonterman (Elementary); John C. Bunin (Secondary)
(The award for Elemetary Teacher of the Year is generously sponsored by Studies Weekly.
The Middle School Teacher of the Year is generously sponsored by Discovery Education.)

2015 Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy
Second from the left: John C. Bunin. Third from the left (center) Julie Stavitski. Unavailable for photo: Andy Mink.
Virginia Geographic Alliance, Farmville, VA
Co-sponsored by: GENIP Geography Education National Implementation Project





2016 Exemplary Research Award
On the left: Eric Freedman
Sacred Heart University, Fairfield CT





2016 Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award
On the left: Maribel Santiago
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI











2015 Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research
in Social Studies Award

Peter Carr Seixas
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia










2015 Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award
William Busbin
Auburn High School, Auburn, AL

The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has released a new position statement that outlines the importance of social studies education in the elementary classroom. The statement, Powerful, Purposeful Pedagogy in Elementary School Social Studies, defines how elementary-level social studies prepares students for active participation in the world around them through high quality, challenging, and developmentally appropriate learning experiences.