The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the nation's largest professional organization for social studies educators, collaborated with WGBH Educational Foundation and Annenberg Media to create a product that would support reflection and discussion about excellent social studies teaching. Social Studies in Action: A Teaching Practices Library is the result.
Each video lesson is keyed to the NCSS curriculum standards, Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. NCSS recognizes the library as an important tool for social studies educators--teachers entering the field, those new in teaching, as well as experienced educators--as video overviews, issues, lessons and web-based support stimulate viewer discussion and reflection about excellence in professional practice.
Mary A. McFarland, Writer
Dr. McFarland is a social studies education consultant with experience as an elementary, secondary, and university educator; and as social studies director, K-12, and director of professional development in the Parkway School District in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. From 1989-90, she served as president of the National Council for the Social Studies. She has consulted or presented in 27 states, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea, and Latvia on topics such as planning, instruction, and assessment in social studies; civic education; scope and sequence; critical thinking, reading, and writing in social studies; and trends and issues in education. She has written professional articles, web-based curriculum, and is the current co-author of an elementary social studies series for grades K-8.