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My History with the NCSS

National Council for the Social Studies


NCSS – National Council for the Social Studies

Cannot recall years but I did workshops at NCSS Convention in the 1970’s or 1980’s in Cincinnati and New Orleans


October 8, 1976  I was invited to become a member of the NCSS Advisory Committee on Urban Social Studies Education.

November 22-25, 1976 NCSS 58th Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas – I was Chairperson of the Urban Social Studies Flea Market (Workshop)


September 27, 1977 – I was asked to serve as Chairperson of the Urban Social Studies Committee

September 6, 1978 – I was one of ten Social Studies teachers, chosen by NCSS, on all grade levels, to participate in an all expense paid seven day  field energy seminar in Arizona and New Mexico.  This seminar also included 10 teachers selected by the National Science Teachers Association. It was an outstanding educational experience.  Of course thanks to the NYC Board of Education I had to use my personal days for this opportunity.

January 4, 1979 I was nominated to serve as a reader and evaluator of proposals for the 1979 NCSS Annual Meeting.


October 8, 1980 I was asked to become a member of the Academic Freedom Committee of NCSS.

February 16, 1983 I was asked to be the NCSS representative to the National Coalition Against Censorhip.

I am thrilled that #sschat is one of the top Twitter chats for educators. 

When @Ron_Peck  started #sschat I immediately helped him. The chat struggled for a while but it started attracting an unbelievable group of outstanding Social Studies teachers.  I see nothing but success in the future.

As a licensed Social Studies teacher I have never forgotten my roots even though I have taught many subjects as well as SS for the first 20 years of my career. I ended my teaching career   serving as my school's teacher-librarian for twelve years. 

Some of my fondest memories are the interactions I had with my students and the many years I spent writing Social Studies curricular. 

I am very jealous of today's educators who have phenomenal tools that they can now use with their students.  We have come a long way from filmstrips, 16mm films, overhead projectors, mimeograph, ditto (rexograph) machines and chalk.





Highlights of My Opening Address for the #sschat session
at  #ncss2011  December 3, 2011

"Listen my children and you shall hear" about the amazing things that happen on #sschat each and every day.

The hashtag #sschat "is of the people, by the people, and for the people" because...

"When in the course of human events it becomes necessary" to have a place where Social Studies educators can get together to connect, learn & share from each other and collaborate.

The beauty of Twitter is that when a teacher wants new and exciting ways to teach a topic all they have to do is tweet it out to their PLN (Personal Learning and Sharing Network) using the #sschat hashtag.

Faster than they can say "54 40 or fight" (that's for you Ron)"Tippecanoe & Tyler too", "Remember the Alamo", "Remember the Maine", "Remember Pearl Harbor", and "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité" they will start getting suggestions or a page of sites - I'm guilty of that
And also get wonderful ideas from teachers of ways they successfully taught that topic with their students. How great is that!

Over two years ago at ntcamp Meenoo Rami @mrami2 came up and asked me about how I felt about her idea to start an English chat. I told her that was a great idea and I would help her and get the word out. At that time I wondered why no one was starting a chat in my license area. Along came Ron @Ron_Peck  and Greg @gregkulowiec  and I was thrilled. I immediately jumped on that  bandwagon and gave them as much help as I could.  We struggled for a while but I am amazed how well #sschat has taken off and predict a bright future for this chat.  When Meeno asked me to moderate #engchat, a while ago, I came up with the idea to combine both #engchat and #sschat.  The two #engsschats have been great and we have to do more of them on a regular basis.

Before I get accused of fillibustering, a popular tactic in this city, I better stop chatting and tell you about...

An historic event that will happen on March 24, 2012 the first ever edcamp for a subject area #edcampSS. I am saving my pennies to get there in the city of brotherly and sisterly  I suggested that the sessions given by classroom teachers be 40 minutes to allow for time for fun events as well. I have been after the organizers to include exciting group actvities.

In conclusion...
Ask not what #sschat can do for you, but what you can do for #sschat

Cybrary Man - Jerry Blumengarten

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting face to face at #ncss2011 so many of the wonderful participants on #sschat. Hope to see you and many others at #edcampSS.

#sschat is a weekly discussion for Social Studies teachers. The discussion takes place on Monday night
at 7pm EST.