All Events, Conferences & Workshops

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Nov
30
Wed
2016
National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Nov 30 – Dec 4 all-day

Sharpen your skills, gain new techniques, and further your professional goals at the 2016 NCSS Annual Conference.

  • Learn best practices and the latest research from experts and colleagues in social studies education
  • Receive classroom-ready lessons
  • Interact with nationally-known speakers and educators
  • Share teaching strategies and solutions with peers
  • Expand your professional network
  • Discover the latest teaching resources, products and services in the exhibit hall

 

Featured Speakers

Pre-Conference Clinics

Washington, DC offers an abundance of resources for the social studies classroom, and NCSS pre-conference clinics provide many options to take advantage of them through in-depth, hands-on sessions.

Tours

The Washington area is rich in history and culture, and there is no better way to appreciate that than on a custom tour. In addition to Washington’s famous landmarks, NCSS tours cover sites from Gettysburg, PA to Fredericksburg, VA, and a variety of subjects. Take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to explore the abundant resources and history of the mid-Atlantic region.

Special Events

Network with colleagues, visit famous Washington sites, and enhance your conference experience by attending these exciting special events, open to all NCSS conference attendees.

AP Workshops

College Board AP Workshops focus on providing both new and experienced AP teachers with in-depth explorations of specific AP course topics and offer instructional activities designed to increase student engagement with AP courses.

Community Scholar Speakers

NCSS Communities have invited prominent scholars to speak on issues related to their missions. Attend sessions of interest to learn about the discussion topics and NCSS Communities.

Sessions

More than 800 presentations by the leading social studies researchers and practitioners with classroom-ready resources on the latest social studies issues and teaching methods

Mar
29
Wed
2017
MCSS Legislative Day @ Massachusetts State House
Mar 29 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The MCSS legislative day will take place at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

Special thanks to Anne Ziaja and Rita Noonan from the Massachusetts State Senate Office of Education and Civic Engagement the for helping to arrange this day for us.

Tentative Itinerary for Wednesday, March 29, 2017:

Pre-Congressional Visit Briefing, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Learn the best strategies to become an effective advocate for your profession. Gain an understanding of how to connect your talking points to the local, state, and national issues that our state leaders care about and the key aspects to developing ongoing relationships that will make you a trusted source of information and feedback regarding the effect of national and state policies on local issues.

State House Appointments, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

After the morning orientation, participants will head out to meetings with their members of the Massachusetts General Court. Participants must schedule appointments directly with their State Senators’ or Representatives’ office in advance. Participants will receive additional information on how to prepare talking points and making appointments in the weeks before MCSS Legislative Day.

Legislative Day Debriefing, 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Join your colleagues in sharing your experiences from your State House visit and discuss strategies for next steps and information dissemination.

 

An online sign-up sheet will be made available through the Mass Council website (under Advocacy page). We will promote the legislative day through our weekly e-blasts and through communications from MCSS Executive Board and general members.

Nov
4
Wed
2020
Teach the History and Struggle for Voting Rights @ virtual
Nov 4 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Teach the History and Struggle for Voting Rights

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 4:15 p.m. [Register here]
Carolyn Jacobs and Sue Wilkins, GBH and PBS Learning Media
One hour webinar

Introduce students to the history of voting in America and the key figures who have fought for access to the ballot box for all using powerful media from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and FRONTLINE.  We’ll share resources available free on PBS LearningMedia and explore ways to effectively integrate them into your instruction. The presenters are Sue Wilkins, GBH Director of Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction and Karen Pleasant, teacher, Stoneleigh-Burnam School, Greenfield, MA.

Theme: Under-represented voices in American history
Audience: Middle and high school students, all subjects

Nov
18
Wed
2020
Teach “McCarthyism” and its Current Relevance @ virtual
Nov 18 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Teach “McCarthyism” and its Current Relevance

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 4:15 p.m. [Register here]
Carolyn Jacobs and Sue Wilkins, GBH and PBS Learning Media
One hour webinar

Teach students about the strengths and limits of democratic institutions, including a “free press” using digital resources drawn from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE | McCarthy: Power Feeds on Fear. We’ll explore the resources available free on PBS LearningMedia and share ways to effectively use them in your instruction.  Presenters will be Sue Wilkins, WGBH Director, Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction and a social studies educator.

Theme: Preparing students to hold “The Office of Citizen”
Audience: Middle and high school students, all subjects

Dec
4
Fri
2020
2020 NCSS Virtual Conference @ virtual
Dec 4 – Dec 6 all-day

2021 marks 100 years of NCSS service to social studies teachers, administrators, and professionals.

To celebrate this moment in the history of social studies education, NCSS is planning a year-long experience of signature events, starting with our first-ever NCSS Virtual Conference: Advancing Social Justice from December 4-6, 2020. With our partners, the American Bar Association’s Division for Public Education and the National Council for Geographic Education, the Virtual Conference will provide innovative learning online for your professional growth.

Registration Rates

Members

  • Regular Registration $175
  • Student Registration $80
  • Retired Registration $95
Non-Members

  • Regular Registration $265
  • Student Registration $150

Non-members can join at the time of registration and receive the member rate.

Additional registration fees are required for the Associated Group meetings micro-sites: CUFA $30. NSSSA $25. IA $35.

A limited number of scholarships are available for first-time attendees.