President’s Comments

I hope that you had a restful and enjoyable summer and that this school year is all that you hope it will be. I just wanted to let you know that your Board for the Social Studiers Council has also been working on your behalf this summer.

There are several ways that you can promote social studies in you school district.

1. You can encourage your high schools to create a chapter of the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society and join the twenty one North Carolina schools that have chapters. Rho Kappa is the only organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of social studies. Any accredited public or private high school can apply for a local chapter, through which individuals will be inducted into the Rho Kappa Honor Society. Rho Kappa provides national recognition and opportunities for the exploration in Social Studies. For additional information and applications, visit the Rho Kappa website: http://www.socialstudies.org/rhokappa.

2. Consider nominating a high school senior for the 2017 Outstanding Senior Social Studies Award.

3. Apply for the Outstanding North Carolina Social Studies Teacher of the Year (a $500.00 check along with recognition at the Conference) or the Student Teacher of the Year ($500.00 check and recognition at the Conference). The Council also offers a $1000.00 grant for classroom teachers. You can find the information and forms on our
website at http://ncsocialstudies.org/forms/.

4. Please continue to advocate for social studies with your local and state representatives.

There are several ways that you can promote social studies in you school district. You can encourage your high schools to create a chapter of the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society. Rho Kappa is the only organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of social studies. Any accredited public or private high school can apply for a local chapter, through which individuals will be inducted into the Rho Kappa Honor Society. Rho Kappa provides national recognition and opportunities for the exploration in Social Studies. For additional information and applications, visit the Rho Kappa website: http://www.socialstudies.org/rhokappa.

We are excited about our next state conference.

NCCSS 47th Annual Conference
March 2-3, 2017
Koury Convention Center
Greensboro, North Carolina

Please consider sharing your expertise by presenting a session at the conference. Information for registration and presentation can be found on our website http://ncsocialstudies.org/conference. If you have suggestions or questions about the conference, please contact me.

Thank you for all that you are doing for the students of North Carolina. Let me know if I can do anything for you.

Ellie Wilson
President of the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies