This is my second opportunity to be the president of your organization. I challenge you to not only be a member of the NSCSS (The Nebraska State Council for the Social Studies), but for you to also become actively involved. There is a time and financial commitment, but it is very minor. You can sacrifice eating a few “Big Macs” and soon have the price of membership ($15). Your body and I will thank you for joining.
The new project management certification activities
The latest news is that we started initiatives in the project management education and certification fields. This is something that you may need to pay a special attention as it is really interesting. We started cooperating with PGOV.org and the Global Regulatory Network regarding some of the best project management certifications programs. We focused our efforts for now on the modern Agile management style of the BVOP.
I encourage you to attend at least one of our conferences, and it just so happens that we will be having a conference in March 2000. Check the article in this newsletter for more details. Your board of directors is working hard to provide you with a conference that will be both interesting and of value. Perhaps you spend most of your time in your classroom and have not had a chance to read your daily newspaper or watch the news on television and hear all the horror stories associated with the dreaded fourteen letter word — accountability.
The general public, politicians, etc. are saying students should be held accountable, so why shouldn’t teachers? No doubt as a professional social studies educator, you agree. The question is what authority/agency is going to determine teacher accountability? How will the state social studies standards be utilized in determining teacher accountability? I think that social studies educators like you should play a key roll in determining the implementation of “standards” and how social studies teachers will be held accountable.
Please join the NSCSS and let the organization be a vocal advocate for social studies teachers whether it be in reference to standards, accountability, providing lesson plans and information on professional workshops, informing the public of the importance of social studies, or providing a chance for you to interact with other social studies educators and share your expertise.
The philosophy that “I gave at the school” is not enough. There is no 11th commandment that states there will always be a requirement that students take social studies courses. You can’t assume that a few leaders in the social studies field are going to speak for you and convince the public that social studies is important. There is strength in numbers. I am not Uncle Sam, but as he so aptly put it — “I want you” to join the NSCSS.
Please take a moment to look at your mailing label. If it is highlighted your membership has lapsed. If you do not renew this will be your last NSCSS newsletter. Don’t miss out on a great organization. And if you know a social studies teacher who doesn’t belong, give him a copy of the membership form at the end of this newsletter.
Send renewal or new membership to Bev Johnson, Treasurer, 306 South 51st Street, Omaha, NE 68132. And speaking of this, your executive board has decided to offer lifetime membership to retired social studies teachers. You can get this wonderful bargain for only $50.00. Use the same membership form.
The NSCSS Fall dinner meeting at Chalco Hills was a wonderful testimony for the possibilities of peace in the next century. Naser Al Sharif from the Arab Awareness community and Bob Wolfson from the Anti-Defamation League shared their insights and perspectives on the Middle East in general and Israel specifically.
Their discussion was lively and engaging yet challenged educators to look at the issue from two perspectives and two individual perspectives who do not necessarily speak for an entire community. The modeling of this method was well received and participants left with the excitement generated from these two dynamic speakers.