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March 15, 2019

CCSS Endorses Anton Schulzki’s candidacy for NCSS Vice-President

    Each year, the National Council for the Social Studies holds elections to fill positions on its Board of Directors and leadership team. Voting for 2019-2020 will begin in December 2018. The NCSS Board of Directors sets policy and the ultimate direction for the organization. As the voice of social studies educators from across the United States and several countries, the Board deliberates on all items of concern to NCSS and to the social studies profession. The Vice President, who serves on the board, is in line to assume the office of President-Elect and President in the second and third year after election.

The CCSS Board of Directors, at its August 18 meeting, voted unanimously to endorse Anton Shulzki as the best candidate to lead NCSS in the coming years. Anton’s tenure as president of CCSS is nearly complete. He has led CCSS through reorganization and conference changes,  has previously served on the NCSS board, and is an award-winning social studies classroom teacher in Colorado Springs with over 35 years of experience.

Anton believes that the most challenging issue confronting social studies educators today is creating and expanding relationships within the various content areas, across disciplines, across levels, with parents, the public, and politicians. Anton believes that we should work diligently, together with our colleagues in higher education, to train the next generation of social studies teachers. He also contends that social studies professionals need to be at the forefront of conversations with the public about how a social studies education is critical for our nation, now more than ever.

The CCSS board knows that Anton has been a leader in his school, district and at the state level, and we strongly support his efforts to lead social studies professionals from across the nation in building those vital relationships.

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Public encouraged to provide feedback on Colorado Academic Standards

News Release 

DENVER – The public has an opportunity through Nov. 27 to offer feedback on proposed revisions to the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) that have been under review since May. 
The Colorado Department of Education developed an online standards review feedback system to allow people to participate in the review and revision process. Educators, parents, school and district staff, as well as interested members of the community, are encouraged to provide specific feedback on proposed revisions within all content areas. For the first time the standards will also include voluntary high school computer science standards.
The online feedback system and content specific resources detailing the proposed revisions can be accessed here: https://www.cde.state.co.us/apps/costandardsreview/loginColorado Academic Standards committees will use the feedback to determine additional revisions that may be needed prior to making recommendations to the Colorado State Board of Education.
State law, Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K), requires the standards to be reviewed every six years. Revisions to the standards must be adopted by the Colorado State Board of Education by July 1, 2018.

The online standards review system was first opened in November 2016 through April 2017 to gather initial public feedback. Feedback captured in the survey went directly to the 13 standards review committees that have been working to make initial recommendations for updating the standards. 

"Throughout the process of reviewing and revising the standards, we have worked hand-in-hand with the public, gathering input, forming committees of educators and working collaboratively to develop the first drafts of the revisions," said Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes.

The committees have met three times since May and will meet again the week of Jan. 8, 2018, to review feedback from this second public comment opportunity. 
Members of the public are encouraged to provide feedback on multiple content areas of the proposed revisions. All opportunities for public engagement in the process can be found on the Standards Review and Revision public feedback webpage.

In addition to the online system, CDE is asking for public support in two other ways. Both opportunities are also open until Nov. 27. 

  • The Essential Skills survey: Essential Skills, such as critical-thinking, civic engagement and accountability, are necessary for students to develop and demonstrate to be successful during higher-education, careers and life. These were formerly referred to as 21st Century Skills.
  • The Colorado English Language Proficiency (CELP) resource survey: The CELP committee is seeking public feedback for a website that districts and schools will be able to navigate for support.

For more information, contact Karol Gates, director of Standards and Instructional Support, at gates_k@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6576. Comments and questions can also be sent to the standards review and revision email address standardsreview2018@cde.state.co.us.





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