The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) is a professional organization for teachers and scholars of social studies. It has over 30,000 members in the United States and Canada.
The NCSS mission is to promote teaching, research, and scholarship about social studies in order to develop informed citizens who are prepared to meet the challenges of global society. The NCSS also works with other organizations to improve public understanding of social studies and its value as an educational discipline.
The NCSS was founded in 1944 when a group of educators met at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
The National Council is an advisory body which advises the President and Congress on economic policy, particularly as it relates to the country’s social and economic development.
The council is composed of 18 members appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate. Terms are three years in length. The chairperson is a member of the council. The other members are drawn from various sectors of society such as academics, labor leaders, etc.