Civics & Government
Should religion be discussed in U.S. public schools? The Supreme Court says yes. Learn why and how to address this controversial topic, and leave with resources to get you started.
Heidi Torres, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Graduate students Teresa Frizell and Sara Stull will share the crosswalk they created between the CCSS for Literacy in History/Social Studies and Washington State's Social Studies Skills Grade Level Expectations.
Teresa Frizell, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Sara Stull, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Students from Arab Spring countries work with students from the US and Taiwan to learn about democracy. Students explore rights and duties, tolerance and freedom, and civic engagement.
Freda Goodman, Georgia Virtual Learning, Atlanta, GA
Explore the relationships between democracy and jazz through a multimedia program for grades 6-12 featuring Sandra Day O'Connor and jazz great Wynton Marsalis. DVDs and curriculum materials will be distributed.
Ellen Livingston, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY; Alison Merkel, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Service Learning gives students a cross-curricular, hands-on approach to studying the environment and the balance in the relationship between humans and nature while simultaneously investigating global interdependence.
Colby Cormack, Lawrence Gardner High School, Topeka, KS
Seattle high school youth will demonstrate their youth court in which they sentence their peers for actual traffic infractions. Participants will serve as the jurors and apply restorative justice goals.
Margaret Fisher, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA; Corey Martin, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA; Judge Karen Donohue, Seattle Municipal Court, Seattle, WA; Magistrate Lisa Leone, Seattle Municipal Court, Seattle, WA; Garfield High School Students, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA
NCSS Research Community representatives will highlight the intersection between research and social studies practice. Research on both teacher and student assessment processes and evidence-based strategies will be presented.
Janet Alleman, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; Ilene Berson, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Michael Berson, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Joseph Feinberg, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA; Paul Fitchett, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC; Theresa McCormick, Auburn University, Aubur
We bemoan our the state of our civic discourse. Structured Academic Controversies teach the skills of perspective taking and respectful disagreement. We need to practice/model these in social studies!
John Zola, Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO
Get the most up-to-date policies, research findings, and practices to prepare students for college, career, and citizenship in the 21st century. Gain critical information and skills to advocate for change.
Michelle Herczog, , Los Angeles, CA; Ted McConnell, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, Washington DC,
Teach your students how to leverage digital tools and quality websites to find the facts they need to formulate valid opinions and arguments about today's most controversial political issues.
Jeremy Gypton, Sunnyside Unified School District, Tucson, AZ