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History Alive: Civil Rights through Documentary Storytelling and Primary Sources

Through screening and discussion of a 30-minute documentary on civil rights educator John A. Stokes, new ideas will be offered in teaching civic engagement through use of primary sources.

21st Century Citizenship - Innovative Practices for Today's World

Come see how the Partnership for 21st Century Skills has teamed up with the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools and NCSS to re-energize "citizenship" for the 21st Century.

Integrating LGBTQ Topics into the Social Studies Curriculum

The presenters will provide session attendees with various teaching methods for incorporating LGBTQ topics into the social studies classroom with a focus on teaching for equity in a democratic society.

An Instructor's Guide to Civic Responsibility in an Interconnected World

Are we global citizens or US citizens in a globalized world? This session ponders the question while delivering classroom activities about rights and responsibilities in an interconnected world. Handouts provided.

There is an App for That: iPads and Social Studies

This interactive session demonstrates the power of the iPad as an educational tool. Gain insights of the iPad’s use as a presentation aid for student learning through hands-on activities.

Take the "Mock" out of Mock Trial!

Mock Trials can be a powerful method for engaging students in an understanding of the judicial branch. They solicit critical thinking, providing a natural blend with language arts and theatre.

Dyads: The Window into Someone Else's Thoughts

Middle school students strongly prefer one-to-one discussion over teacher-led whole group discussion. If the dyads are carefully designed, citizenship skills and attitudes are enhanced while content knoweldge is deepened..

What Does it Mean to Be Media Savvy?

Become a critical consumer of the news by examining where it comes from and how it is disseminated.

The History Lab: Building Your Digital Toolbox

Fill your toolbox with resources that will encourage your students to interact with history like never before. Bring your laptop and walk away with ideas you can use on Monday.

Preview of the Supreme Court's Term

This session gives participants an opportunity to analyze two cases argued before but not yet decided by the U.S. Supreme Court this term. Supreme Court Summer Institute information provided.


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