ICSS Pres. Elect Andrew Smith is Candidate for NCSS Board

13 Nov 2017 8:44 PM | Susan Tomlinson (Administrator)

Andrew L. Smith is the President-Elect of the Indiana Council for the Social Studies, and The Gilder-Lehrman Institute‚Äôs 2017 Indiana State History Teacher of the Year. He received his BA in American History from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and his MA in History from George Mason University.  He has been a member of NCSS for the past 5 years, serving as a conference proposal reviewer, and Chair of the James M. Becker Award for Global Understanding. Mr. Smith currently teaches in west central Indiana, focusing on government, economics, geography, and computer science.

Position Statement

I firmly believe that the biggest challenge facing social studies educators today is the continued changes to state testing protocols. In the world of STEAM, social studies faces two distinct challenges, for some states, we see continued testing that changes too often and without proper notice, and for the balance of states, we see no testing and a de-emphasis of the social sciences. While two distinct problems, I believe that NCSS can play a role in working with state and regional councils to better address the challenges that each state faces. Given the reach of NCSS and our relationship with vendors and publishers, I believe that there is room to utilize those relationships to more quickly develop better resources for states to address the changing needs of teachers sooner. NCSS is also able to influence legislation, and through programs like the Legislative Leadership Institute trains state leaders to do the same. Expanding this program and establishing more connections to assist members in being proactive  should be priority. There is an opportunity to begin reversing the high stakes testing scenario, while keeping social studies in the curriculum, and NCSS should play a major role in that.

Indiana Council for the Social Studies a member of the National Council for the Social Studies  

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