Pre-Conference Clinics

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St. Louis is rich in history and culture, providing a wealth of resources for the social studies classroom, and NCSS pre-conference clinics offer many options to take advantage through in-depth, hands-on sessions. When you attend a clinic, you will gain practical knowledge and skills you can apply immediately in your classroom.

Pre-conference clinics are focused, content-based programs conducted by well-known professional development providers, NCSS members, and prominent St. Louis institutions.

Wednesday, November 20

Preparing NCSS/NCATE Program Reports-Clinic for Program Report Writers
Workshop to prepare participants to review teacher preparation programs in social studies or related disciplines and to update current reviewers in applying NCSS Standards for the NCATE Program Review Process.
Presenter: Leah Engelhardt, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Fee: $300 for members, $360 for nonmembers

Thursday, November 21
Off-Site Clinics

The following St. Louis-based organizations are generously hosting clinics, on a variety of topics of interest and benefit to social studies educators. We encourage you to review this list and consider attending one or more of these outstanding offerings.

Teaching about Slavery: Exploring Museum-Classroom Connections
Host: Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere, Forest Park, St. Louis

The Missouri History Museum’s Teaching About Slavery initiative is based on close collaborations between teachers and museum educators. This three-hour clinic includes archival documents and stories to represent the humanity of the enslaved, tested methods to challenge your students’ thinking, and group reflection on sensitivity to racial dynamics in the classroom. All participants will receive free entrance to the special exhibit, Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of American Liberty.

Easy access with public transportation. Questions welcomed at (314) 454-3116 or

Presenter: Lisa Gilbert, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, MO
Fee: Included with conference registration

A Look inside the Least Understood Branch
Host: Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse, 111 S. 10th St., St. Louis

You’ve heard the statistics before: fewer than half of Americans can identify the meaning of separation of powers or the responsibility of the judicial branch from multiple choice. A recent study has now proven what we’ve known all along – this lack of civic knowledge translates into a lack of civic participation. This off-site clinic will take you to the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse, including the one-of-a-kind Judicial Learning Center. Experience the administration of justice first-hand through observations and sessions with various players in the process. Walk away with a more in-depth understanding of what the federal courts do, and why it matters. Classroom-ready resources and content-area reading materials will be shared.

Lunch is included. The courthouse is within walking distance of the conference center. This program is most appropriate for teachers of Civics and Government at the middle and high school level, though there will be plenty to offer for teachers of U.S. History as well.
Presenter: Rachel Marshall, U.S. Courts, Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse, St. Louis, MO
Fee: Included with conference registration

Engaging Online Programs and More from the St. Louis Fed
Host: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Broadway and Locust St., St. Louis

Choose sessions on the Federal Reserve, macroeconomics, and international economics, and learn about engaging online programs used to teach thorny subjects such as comparative advantage, inflation, unemployment, and more.
Presenters: Mary Suiter, Barbara Flowers, Scott Wolla, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Fee: Included with conference registration

Following the Threads: Tracing Connections among Cultures at the Saint Louis Art Museum
Host: Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM), 1 Fine Arts Drive (Forest Park), St. Louis
Explore connections between Asia, Africa and Europe in the newly-renovated Saint Louis Art Museum. Trace cultural, economic and religious influences through artifacts; learn to create similar activities in local museums and online.
Presenters: Barbara Petzen, Middle East Connections, Lovettsville, VA; Jennifer Doyle, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Fee: Included with conference registration

Beyond the Arch: Discovering the Hidden Treasures of St. Louis
Veteran teachers will provide hands-on strategies and lesson plans concerning GPS--Global Positioning Systems--using 21st-century tools for learning to enhance students' geographic understanding utilizing geocaches.
Presenters: Paul Nagel, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX; David Faerber,Tara High School, Baton Rouge, LA
Fee: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers

The Dred and Harriet Scott Case: The Story and the Legacy
Host: Old Courthouse, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, 11 N. 4th St., St. Louis
In 1846, Dred and Harriet Scott filed suit for their freedom in the St. Louis Courthouse. Their subsequent 1847 and 1850 trials were just the beginning of a complicated series of events which led to the United States Supreme Court's controversial 1857 decision and hastened the Civil War. Learn more about the court case, other freedom suits, the personal family story, and the significance and legacy of the court’s 1857 decision in the building where it all began.

The workshop will be held in one of the restored historic courtrooms of the Old Courthouse.
Presenters: TBD

On-Site Clinics at America's Center
Full Day

National Showcase of Schools of Character: Best Practices in Civic Mission, Skills and Action
NSOC logo_0.jpgSchools that reach the elite distinction of National School of Character have created a culture that breeds civic dispositions: respect, concern with the rights and welfare of others, personal efficacy, sense of belonging, attentiveness to civic matters, representative governance, and a rich capacity for community involvement. Principals from nine of these award-winning schools will share their journey to mastery of the 11 national character education standards, from a caring community to shared moral leadership. They will share the insights of staff buy-in, expanded student leadership, service learning and core values that are lived rather than recited. Participants will choose three 1.5 hour sessions from a total of nine, selecting among three elementary, three middle and three high schools. Principals often present with teachers and students as they share the unique blend of components that ignite the passion and capacity to act for the betterment of the world us.
Presented by CHARACTERplus
Fee: $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers

Common Core Classics: Tried and True Strategies to Strengthen Literacy
Experience field- and time-tested strategies for using history and social studies to foster student engagement, deep thinking, and essential literacy skills. Hands-on examples apply across multiple disciplines and grades.
Presenters: Mike Yell, Hudson Middle School, Hudson, WI; Geoffrey Scheurman, University of Wisconsin River Falls, River Falls, WI
Fee: $30 for members; $40 for nonmembers

Web Tools and Strategies for the Flipped Classroom
Join TCI to discover powerful web tools and pedagogy to help you flip your classroom and supercharge classroom instruction time.
Presenters: Bert Bower, Brian Thomas, TCI
Fee: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers

Columbus, Entrepreneur? Isabella, Venture Capitalist? Economics, World History, Common Core
A play on Columbus, traveling the Silk Road, and food for "The Columbian Exchange;" 23 interactive lessons (5000 B.C.-1776 C.E.) with activities, content, pedagogy and assessments tied to the NCSS.
Presenter: Doug Young, Council for Economic Education, New York, NY
Fee: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers

Perspectives for a Diverse America: A Literacy-Based, K-12 Anti-Bias Classroom
Learn how to use the curriculum's texts and learning plan to teach the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies and support students' socio-emotional growth.
Presenters: Sara Wicht, Emily Chiarello, Kate Schuster, Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, AL

You Say You Want a Revolution? The 1960s from Past to Present
This exploration of the tumultuous, transformative decade of the 1960s will combine in-depth content analysis with primary source examination, including innovative ways to bring the Sixties to life in the classroom. This clinic will also focus on creating engaged students in the 21st century, learning lessons from the past to inspire action today.
Presenters: Steve Armstrong, West Hartford Public Schools, West Hartford, CT; Margaret Hughes, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY
Fee: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers


The DBQ Project: A Solution to the Common Core Standards
Aligning with Common Core, The DBQ Project sharpens students' critical thinking, reading and evidence-based writing. The Project's method allows all students, grades 4-12, to excel in the sophisticated DBQ experience.
Presenters: Mollie Hackett, Beth Montgomery, The DBQ Project, Evanston, IL
Fee: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers

Teaching History as Mystery
Classroom-ready materials teach U.S. and World History as uncertain problems based on primary and secondary sources--images, words, music, numbers--riddled with bias, confusion, and controversy to motivate youthful detectives.
Presenters: David Gerwin, Jack Zevin, Robert Dytell, Queens College/CUNY, New York NY
Fee: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers

Targeting Vocabulary Acquisition and Use In Social Studies
Vocabulary acquisition and use are articulated as essential outcomes within the Common Core Standards. Engage your students in an interactive, replicable five-step word-learning process to promote social studies understanding.
Presenters: Tina Heafner, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC; Dixie Massey, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Fee: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers

Action Civics: Harnessing Youth Voice to Create Sustainable Change
This interactive clinic demonstrates strategies for teaching students to determine root causes of issues, analyze power, develop strategies and implement effective action plans that work toward long-term sustainable change.
Presenters: Jill Bass, Meghan Goldenstein, Mikva Challenge, Chicago, IL
Fee: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers

History, Memory, Legacy: The Sand Creek Massacre at 150
For the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre, a key event in frontier history, we hear from Cheyenne and cavalry descendents, discuss primary sources and share lesson plans.
Presenters: Lauren Small, Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD; Henrietta Mann, Alden Whiteman, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College, Weatherford, OK; Michael Schrage, Peyton High School, Peyton, CO; Byron Strom, Des Moines, IA
Fee: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers

Historical Thinking about Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima: Competing National Narratives
This clinic will integrate historical thinking skills and primary sources (speeches, cartoons, official documents, newspapers, textbooks) to provide lessons on perspectives on the Pacific War between Japan and the United States.
Presenters: Dennis Lubeck, Cooperating School Districts, St. Louis, MO; Thomas Johnston, St. Louis Public Schools, St. Louis, MO; Karen Johnson, Nerinx Hall, Webster Grove, MO; Chris Marshall, John Burroughs School, St. Louis, MO
Fee: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers

Innovative Lessons on World War I: Balkans and Middle East
World War I transformed world history--and 2014 marks its centennial! Focusing on the war's effects on the Balkans/Middle East, presenters will share classroom-ready lessons, resources, and teachers' opportunities.
Presenters: Lisa Adeli, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Lora Vogt, National World War I Museum, Kansas City, MO; Kent Schull, Binghamton, NY; James Tallon, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
Fee: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers

You've Got Issues . . . Creating Engaging Issues-Centered History Lessons
Participants will learn how to redesign their existing lesson plans with an issues-centered focus. Essential questions will connect present-day social justice issues with content found in U.S. history standards.
Presenters: Scott Wylie, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY; Kim Koeppen, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN; Mark Previte, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Johnstown, PA; Ronald Evans, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA; Gregg Jorgensen, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL; Arlene Gardner, New Jersey Center for Civic Education, Piscataway, NJ
Fee: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers

Practice Exchange: Integrating Speech and Performance into your History Classroom
This session is part of a Practice Exchange preceded and succeded by webinar opportunites, in which secondary educators will learn and explore oratory strategies to be implemented into their regular teaching practice. The overall intent is to promote student analysis, inquiry, understanding, and dynamic integration of great historical speeches and primary source documents. Teachers will unfold the rhetorical devices utilized by Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and other famous historical orators, and will discover innovative ways to enhance student achievement in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Lunch will be served at 1:00.
Presenters: Thembi Duncan, Ford's Theatre Society, Washington, DC; Jennifer Erdtmann, Bridger Middle School, Independence, MO

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