Pre-Conference Clinics


Pre-conference clinics are focused, content-based programs that provide a great supplement to the intense professional development you'll receive at the NCSS Annual Conference. When you attend a clinic, you will gain practical knowledge and skills you can apply immediately in your classroom. Take advantage of these great in-depth, hands-on sessions.

Wednesday, November 11

Preparing NCSS/CAEP 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 CAEP Program Review Process.
Presenter: Brandie Benton, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR
Fee: $300 for members, $375 for nonmembers

Thursday, November 12
Off-Site Clinics

The following New Orleans 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.


Tough Stuff of History: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade

Host: The Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans, LA

This clinic will focus on human rights and teaching controversy, utilizing "Purchased Lives," an exhibit on the domestic slave trade, related teacher workshops, lesson plans, field trips and educational programs.
Presenters: Daphne Derven, Erin Greenwald, The Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans. LA; Tim Bailey, Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History, New York, NY; Kate Kokontis, NOCCA, New Orleans, LA
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers


Sankofa: The Whitney Plantation Lecture and Tour

Host: Whitney Plantation, Wallace, LA
Through lectures, museum exhibits, memorial artwork, restored buildings and hundreds of first-person slave narratives, visitors to Whitney will gain a unique perspective on the lives of Louisiana's enslaved people.
Presenters: Cynthia Tyson, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Syd Golston, Phoenix Unified High School District, Phoenix, AZ
Fee: $55 for members, $65 for nonmembers

Teaching World War II through the Fallen: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Host: The National World War II Museum, New Orleans, LA
Explore World War II through the eyes of those who did not return. This hands-on, interdisciplinary workshop will be held at the National World War II Museum.
Presenters: Cathy Gorn, National History Day, College Park, MD; Tim Nosal, American Battle Monuments Commission, Arlington, VA; Jennifer Rosenfeld, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Fairfax, VA
Fee: $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers

New Orleans: An American Odyssey

This bus and walking tour includes the French Quarter, Garden District, Chalmette Battlefield, Katrina devastation, and the World War II Museum.
Presenters: Rich Loosbrock, Ed Crowther, Adams State University, Alamosa, CO
Fee: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers

New Orleans, Gateway to the Americas: Trade, History and Globalization

Host: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch, New Orleans, LA
This interactive clinic explores relationships between the U.S. and Mexico through the port city of New Orleans. Participants will engage with resources from the Federal Reserve Bank and Tulane University's Center for Latin American Studies.
Presenters: Denise Woltering Vargas, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; Claire Loup, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch, New Orleans, LA
Fee: Included in your registration

American History from an American Indian Perspective

Host: NCSS Teaching American Indian History, Culture and Current Events Community How do American Indians view Presidents Jackson and Jefferson? How did they view American Indians? Examine memorialization, and discuss how we interpret history including on-site study of the Jackson memorial.
Presenters: Rachel Talbert, Nikki Ulrich, Scot Wilson, Close Up Foundation, Alexandria, VA
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers
On-Site Clinics at the Convention Center
Full Day

Teaching Civil Rights Using Primary Sources

Examine unique primary sources and discuss teaching strategies related to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, co-facilitated by education experts from Teaching Tolerance and the Library of Congress
Presenters: Kathleen McGuigan, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; June Christian, Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, AL
Fee: $30 for members; $45 for nonmembers

Reconstruction: Freedom, Equality and Citizenship after the Civil War

Reconstruction, a pivotal moment in U.S. History, lets student explore questions about national identity and responsibility, freedom and justice that are fundamental to historical understanding and citizenship today. A resource book is included.
Presenters: Stephanie Zanotta, Francesca Miller, Rye Middle School, Rye, NY; Jennifer Jones-Clark, Facing History and Ourselves, Brookline, MA
Fee: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers

The American Founding: A One-Day Seminar for Teachers

Experience The Ashbrook Center's model for learning and teaching through document in this one-day seminar about the American Founding. Readings will be provided in advance.
Presenters: Jeremy Gypton, Jason Ross, The Ashbrook Center, Ashland, OH
Fee: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers

Discovering the Hidden Secrets of New Orleans

Find treasure in Pirates Alley; discover the Voodoo Queen and pay tribute to fallen heroes. Join a hands-on exploration of the secrets of New Orleans using 21st Century Skills and GPS.
Presenters: Paul Nagel, North American University, Houston, TX; David Faerber, Lee Magnet High School, Baton Rouge, LA
Fee: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers

The DBQ Project: A Vehicle for Addressing the C3 Framework

To address the C3 Framework, instructional shifts emphasizing student engagement, communication, and writing instruction must prevail. The Project's method helps teachers implement rigorous reading and writing activities in the classroom.
Presenters: Beth Montgomery, Mollie Hackett, Suzanne Roth, The DBQ Project, Evanston, IL
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

The C3 Foundry 2.0: Building the Inquiry Design Model

Examine the Inquiry Design Model (IDM), a unique approach to creating curriculum and instructional materials featuring questions, tasks, and sources while relying on teacher expertise and experience.
Presenters: John Lee, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; Kathy Swan University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; SG Grant, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Practical Differentiation and Alignment to Common Core, C3 by and for Teachers

Work with practicing, seasoned New York City teachers to rework common resources to be more aligned with the Common Core and C3 Framework as well as 21st Century skills for students.
Presenters: Matthew Foglino, Michael Freydin, ATSS/UFT, New York, NY
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Bridging the Civic Engagement Gap: Social Responsibility for ALL Students

Experience how culturally responsive and differentiated teaching can create an egalitarian classroom. Walk away with activities, resources and professional development support to facilitate effective civic engagement for all students.
Presenter: Mary Ellen Daneels, Community High School, West Chicago, IL
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Teaching Human Rights through Popular Music

Participants will become familiar with popular songs associated with American human rights struggles from the past and present. Participants will utilize the songs studied in sample inquiry activities.
Presenter: Stephen Armstrong, Connecticut Department of Education, Hartford, CT
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

How to Engage the Unmotivated without Sacrificing the Motivated!

Learn a variety of strategies that can be used in any subject area and adapted to any grade level, all while addressing different learning modalities and levels.
Presenter: Risa Mancillas, RMM Educational Consulting, Carver, MA
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Geography as Inquiry: Bringing People and Places to Life

Geography will be defined as art, social science, and science. Explore the world through case studies of such key issues as "borders and passages," "conservation and exploitation," and sustainability.
Presenters: Jack Zevin, Queens College, Flushing, NY; Mark Newman, National Louis University, Chicago, IL
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Religion, Social Studies, and You

See applied pedagogy for teaching about diverse religions and cultures for better classroom inclusion. NCSS webinar series recordings will be provided.
Presenter: Murali Balaji, Hindu American Foundation, Washington, DC
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Character Interpretation: Bring History to Life in your Classroom

Interact with Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, and Maria Cosway. Learn from Colonial Williamsburg's interpreters as they share ideas and resources that will enable you to introduce character interpretation into your classroom.
Presenters: Bill Barker, Mark Schneider, Erin Sloan, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers
2:00-5:00PM's Online Exhibits

Take a half-day interactive tour of's free online exhibits about the American Founding and Bill of Rights, lead by the scholar who developed them.
Presenter: Jeremy Gypton, The Ashbrook Center, Ashland, OH
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers
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