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Civics & Government

Champion of Academic Freedom: A Tribute to Jack L. Nelson

This session sponsored by the NCSS Academic Freedom Community will offer a discussion of Jack Nelson’s contributions to social studies education and present a lifetime achievement award.

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.

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, and Wiffitti to increase student engagement and extend dialogue beyond the classroom.

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.

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.

World on the Brink: Communication, Foreign Policy, and U.S.-USSR

You are Kennedy or Khrushchev and it is 1962. Will you make the right decision or plunge the world into nuclear darkness? Its your decision now.

Yes! There IS Room for Literacy in Social Studies Instruction!

Can I encourage students to synthesize content while fostering literacy? This high energy, interactive session demonstrates nuts and bolts’ strategies to foster content and instructional shifts for college/career readiness.

Stand. Speak. Act.

Transform your classroom into an emotionally safe environment geared to deliberate controversial topics so students will be prepared to challenge global injustice and promote the common good.

Oral History in the Social Studies Classroom: Promoting Social Justice and Cross-Cultural Understanding

The strategy of oral history as a way to develop a social justice classroom and cross-cultural understanding is discussed. Implemented with pre-service teachers, three oral history samples are analyzed.

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