Department consultant named to presidency of national org.
Stefanie Wager, the social studies consultant at the Iowa Department of Education, has been named the president of the National Council for the Social Studies.
In her one-year term, Wager will oversee the largest professional association in the country devoted solely to social studies education.
With members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 35 countries, the 99-year-old association serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, civics, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology and law-related education. The NCSS membership represents K-12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies.
“The mission of the National Council for the Social Studies is to advocate and build capacity for high-quality social studies by providing leadership, services, and support to educators,” Wager said. “As president, I hope to continue guiding our organization towards this mission. Specifically, this year we will have an increased focus on advocacy for social studies and ensuring we are a listener and leader in issues of racial justice, equity and inclusion. It is well-documented that social studies is often marginalized in K-12 schools, but it is needed now more than ever – it is foundational to ensuring the health of our democratic society.”
Wager and her family live in Grimes.