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Project Soapbox: Empowering Students to Speak Up for Social Change

In this interactive workshop, participants will explore strategies to empower students to identify and speak out on issues they care about as a first step toward creating sustainable policy change.

Using Primary Sources and Emerging Technology to Promote Civic Engagement

The presenters will provide a model for promoting informed and reasoned decision-making on local, national, and global issues through the application of digital primary sources utilizing emerging technological tools.

Feel Like Somebody's Watching? - 1984 and Government Power

Teachers can develop literacy skills, citizenship, and cultural awareness in students by pairing ideas from commonly taught novels with current issues to make learning relevant and meaningful for students.

Teaching the U.S. Constitution: The Founders and Social Justice

James Madison Fellows will share challenging, innovative, teacher-developed lessons using best-practice instructional strategies and standards engaging students in studying and evaluating Constitutional principles such as justice and the general welfare.

Reading and Listening with Purpose: Controversial Lyrics and the Common Core

This session will demonstrate literacy strategies aligned with the Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies for teaching about controversial issues using song lyrics as non-fiction text sources.

Unpacking the Common Core: Informational Text and Elementary Social Studies

Informational texts expand children's social studies knowledge. From tradebooks to primary sources and Internet websites, teachers unpack standards to plan social studies lessons. Participants collect ideas for meaningful social studies.

Youth Empowerment and Equity: The Law and Justice Curriculum Project

Come and explore Law and Justice, which empowers young people to solve problems, develop innovative solutions, and take civic action as members of the "fourth branch" of the U.S. government.

Can We Talk? Facilitating and Evaluating Classroom-Based Discussions

This session will demonstrate how instructors can utilize Web 2.0 tools such as Answer Garden, Poll Everywhere, Wiffitti and to increase student engagement and extend dialogue beyond the classroom.

Responding to Tragedy: Social Studies Can Help!

Using principles of current events instruction, social studies teachers can help students process upsetting events like Newtown and 9/11. Fear can be reduced as learning and civic action is increased.

Putting NCSS’s Position on Technology into Practice

Come learn how to use social media with your students to breath life into social studies and the democratic experience, grounded in the NCSS position statement on technology.

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