Primary Grant Focus

The primary focus of National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) is to enable middle and high school social studies teachers to integrate content-specific literacy instruction, as required to meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). NCSS is accomplishing this through a variety of professional learning opportunities, collaborative teacher engagement activities, and resources for implementing CCSS in teachers’ social studies classrooms.

Strategies for Supporting Common Core Success

NCSS plans to support CCSS implementation in social studies by piloting and refining these strategies:

  • Partner with National Center for Literacy Education to create formal and informal virtual teacher networks where teachers participate in peer-to-peer instruction; webinars; structured online professional learning activities; and a continuous cycle of inquiry for sharing practice, receiving feedback, and adjusting instruction.
  • Develop and implement a process for identifying and measuring student outcomes based on The College, Career and Civic Life (C3): Framework for Social Studies State Standards, as a means to inform instructional practices and support student success.
  • Create a web-based clearinghouse for lesson plans, resources, and tools, that are both CCSS and C3 aligned to support increased rigor in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in social studies classrooms.
  • Increase knowledge of CCSS among teachers of social studies/history, school administrators, policymakers, state department of education staff, college faculty, and English language arts specialists by providing current and new resources relevant to their needs.

General Information

National Council for the Social Studies
8555 Sixteenth Street, Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Contact Person: Ana Post, Director of External Relations and Council Communication
Phone: (301) 850-7655
Term of Grant: July 2014 – December 2015
Grantee Initiative: History/Social Studies Instruction as a Vehicle for Implementing the Common Core
Region: National
Subject Area: Social Studies/History
Education Levels: Secondary