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Pre-Conference Clinics

Washington, DC offers an abundance of resources for the social studies classroom, and NCSS pre-conference clinics provide many options to take advantage of them through in-depth, hands-on sessions. Plan to arrive early to participate in one or more of these interesting and valuable clinics.

Thursday, December 1

Offsite Clinics

In Their Own Voices: Middle Eastern Perspectives in the Classroom

8:30am to 5:00pm
Visit several DC venues to experience the voices of Middle Eastern refugees, artists, comedians, musicians, and more. Receive a resource pack with many classroom-ready strategies for incorporating diverse, authentic perspectives!
Fee: $40 for members and nonmembers

Presenters: Barbara Petzen, Middle East Outreach Council, Washington, DC; Susan Douglass, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Zeina Azzam, The Jerusalem Fund, Washington, DC; Craig Cangemi, Qatar Foundation International, Washington, DC; Emily Voight, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Washington, DC; Megan Geissler, Middle East Policy Center, Washington, DC; Stephen Bennett, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Teaching the World Wars through the Stories of the Fallen

8:30am to 5:00pm

Host: American Battle Monuments Commission, Arlington, VA
America's overseas cemeteries and memorials offer a unique way to understand American memory. This hands-on, interdisciplinary workshop will be held at the offices of the American Battle Monuments Commission.

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is accessible by Metro.

Presenters: Timothy Nosal, American Battle Monuments Commission, Arlington, VA; Jennifer Rosenfeld, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Fairfax, VA; Cathy Gorn, National History Day, College Park, MD

Visit Your Supreme Court

8:45am to 12:45pm
Host: Street Law, Silver Spring, MD
Spend a half day learning about the United States Supreme Court and the court building. We will spend time in:
• The Courtroom to learn about its history and architecture;
• One of the ceremonial conference rooms with officials from the Clerk’s office to learn how cases are processed at the Court and also how last-minute death penalty appeals are handled – sometimes in the middle of the night
• The exhibit area on the ground floor, where you can explore the rich history of the Court. You can also visit the gift shop, where NCSS participants on this tour will receive a 10% discount.
Fee: $40 for members and nonmembers

Presenters: Lee Arbetman, Street Law, Silver Spring, MD

Still Fighting the Civil War, 150 Years after Appomattox

9:00am to 3:30pm
Why is it that a century-and-a-half after the guns went silent at Appomattox Court House, Americans still find themselves arguing and debating about the Civil War? What does this say about where we are as a nation in 2016? Join noted historian John Hennessy and noted history educator James Percoco along with staff of the Civil War Trust and Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership on a tour of Manassas National Battlefield. This clinic will examine how to avoid the pitfalls and minefields of the contested memory of the American Civil War, while exploring the site of the first major land battle of that war. Participants will receive a copy of Hennessey’s The First Battle of Manassas: An End to Innocence, July 18-21, 1861, and a list of related web sites, articles, and resources from which to engage students when discussing issues such as the Confederate Battle Flag and Confederate War Memorials. This clinic is aligned with the Common Core and the National Standards for United States History. Registration fees include all transportation and lunch costs as well as content materials and resources.
Fee: $80 for members and nonmembers

Presenters: James Percoco, Civil War Trust/Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, Washington, DC; Jessie Aucoin, Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, Waterford, VA; Sam Smith, Civil War Trust, Washington, DC; John Hennessy, National Park Service, Washington, DC

Teaching the American Revolution through Visual History

9:00am to 3:00pm

Host: Society of the Cincinnati, Washington, DC
Participants will analyze historical images of the Revolutionary War, highlighting its international dynamics, significant people and events, racial diversity and more. Participants will receive all images digitally, plus catered lunch.
Fee: $10 for members and nonmembers

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is accessible by Metro.

Presenters: Eleesha Tucker, American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, Washington, DC; Jack Warren , American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, Washington, DC

Civil Rights, the Constitution and the National Archives

9:00am to 4:00pm

Host: National Archives, Washington, DC
Join National Archives educators for an engaging and fun-filled day exploring exhibits, discovering programs and researching primary sources related to the Bill of Rights and you!

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is accessible by Metro.

Presenters: Mary Clare McNatt, National Archives, Washington, DC

The Civic Life of George Washington at Mount Vernon

9:00am to 5:30pm
Host: George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA
Tour the estate and grounds of our nation's first president, George Washington. Experience primary sources of all types including buildings, objects, and documents that connect this place with today's issues.
Fee: $35 for members and nonmembers

Presenters: Allison Wickens, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA

Past is Present: Teaching with the Holocaust Museum

9:00am to 4:00pm

Host: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC
The Holocaust resonates seventy years after it ended. Explore the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's exhibits and participate in new classroom lessons, receive free resources and discuss the Holocaust's relevance today.

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is accessible by Metro.

Presenters: Peter Fredlake, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC; Christina Chavarria, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC; David Klevan, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC

Teaching about Global Conflict and Peace in a Changing World

9:00am to 12:00pm

Host: United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC Violent conflicts and subsequent humanitarian crises have set the world on fire. In the midst of the chaos, though, are countless people working to extinguish the fires through peacebuilding means. Visit the U.S. Institute of Peace for a behind-the-scenes introduction to the work of international peacebuilding. You will meet USIP experts who work in foreign conflict zones, deepen your understanding of complex global issues of conflict and peace, and discover resources to teach these themes. The program will also include a tour of USIP’s iconic headquarters, at the “War and Peace Corner” of the National Mall.

 

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is accessible by Metro.

Presenters: Megan Chabalowski, U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, DC

A Century of Women in Congress

9:00am to 12:00pm

Host: United States Capitol Visitors Center, Washington, DC

The House Historian’s Office, the Senate Historical Office, and the Capitol Visitor Center Exhibits and Education Division are pleased to offer this half-day educational clinic for teachers interested in learning more about the women who have served in the House and the Senate. Hosted at the Capitol Visitor Center, the clinic will offer a variety of instructional activities led by experts in the field.

Participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to learn about women who served in Congress with a special emphasis on the election of the first woman in Congress, Representative Jeannette Rankin, in 1916, through the groundbreaking “Year of the Woman” in 1992
  • Receive a behind-the-scenes look at a new oral history project featuring the recollections of women Representatives and House staff
  • Have the opportunity to speak with House and Senate historians and Capitol Visitor Center educational specialists about the historic role of women in Congress
  • Receive complimentary copies of the publications, Women in Congress,  Black Americans in Congress, and Hispanic Americans in Congress
  • Have the opportunity to view documents, objects, and photographs about women who served in Congress and receive tips on how to use these primary sources in the classroom
  • Receive an online tour of the educational resources available on House and Senate history

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is accessible by Metro.

Presenters: Kathleen Johnson, Office of the Historian, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC; Kate Scott, Senate Historical Office, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

Let's Talk! Getting Comfortable Discussing Race in Your Classroom

9:00am to 3:00pm

Host: National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Ever danced around the issue of race in your classroom? Join us to investigate challenges of talking about race, discuss ways to engage K-12 students and embrace those important conversations.

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is accessible by Metro.

Presenters: Candra Flanagan, National Museum of African American History and Culture - Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Anna Hindley, National Museum of African American History and Culture - Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Using Portraiture to Teach a Socratic Seminar

9:30am to 1:30pm

Host: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Learn how to teach your students to discuss a dynamic historical text and a visual portrait, in tandem, through the context of a student-led Socratic Seminar. Materials provided.

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is within walking distance of the convention center.

Presenters: Briana Zavadil White, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Amy Trenkle, Alice Deal Middle School, Washington, DC

DC: The Monumental City

9:30am to 3:30pm
This bus and walking tour visits the monuments of Washington and Arlington with a White House stop. Commentary and narrative is provided by two veteran DC tour guides/college history professors.
Fee: $30 for members and nonmembers

Presenters: Rich Loosbrock, Adams State University, Alamosa, CO; Ed Crowther, Adams State University, Alamosa, CO

Perspectives on History: Interrogating American Art

9:30am to 1:00pm

Host: Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
Use artwork to zoom in on key issues in American history. Zoom out to see those issues at play in today's world. Inquiry strategies will prompt evidence-based reasoning and argumentation.

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is within walking distance of the convention center.

Presenters: Elizabeth Dale-Deines, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Peg Koetsch, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Building Social Understanding with National Public Radio

12:00pm to 4:00pm

Host: National Public Radio, Washington, DC

This NPR headquarters clinic and tour will give educators the tools to help their students build social understanding and global awareness by discovering how a thoughtful look at news can enrich their understanding of history.

These issues are best examined with good storytelling. In this clinic led by NPR and Listen Current, explore how to use public radio in the classroom to connect learning to real world events. The presentation will combine teaching strategies, research, and concrete examples of how to integrate podcasts into the social studies curriculum to facilitate students’ civic awareness and engagement. Learn how you can use podcasts to build important 21st century skills including listening, reading, critical thinking, problem solving, and empathy.

Bring your tablets or laptops to sign on and explore as we share the many ways to integrate global current events with Listen Current’s curated public radio stories in the classroom. This clinic will be facilitated by a social studies teacher who uses many of these methods. The teacher will share scenarios of how the tools work in their classroom. Attendees will leave a list of websites and teaching strategies to help teachers convey a fluent historical, political, and cultural understanding of ideas that define our world.

Fee: $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers

Presenters: Monica Brady Myerov, Listenwise, Boston, MA

Ford's Theatre/Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

12:00pm to 5:00pm

Delve into the leadership of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. This clinic explores how these two American greats inspired and challenged each other. Participants will visit both Ford's Theatre and the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site to examine Lincoln's and Douglass's efforts to establish the United States Colored Troops and explores how each used oratory to further his vision for the country.

This clinic includes lunch and bus transportation between the two sites.

Fee:  $25 for members and nonmembers

Presenters:

Return to the Classroom Inspired by a Naturalization Ceremony

1:30pm to 2:30pm

Naturalization ceremonies are one of the most moving and memorable public opportunities to bring together native-born and naturalized Americans. Experience this one-hour living civics lesson at the famous Washington, DC federal courthouse.

Inspired and armed with classroom-ready activities, you can take your personal experience back to your students, feeling ready for them to participate in a local courtroom program or host a ceremony at your school.

In fact, in September 2017, federal judges across the country will make themselves available to conduct swearing-in ceremonies as schools during class time in the weeks prior to Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, officially Sunday, Sep. 17.  Local chapters of the Federal Bar Association stand ready to assist participating schools.

Attendees will have the opportunity, if they wish, to volunteer in several ways that require no rehearsal.  You can sign the National Anthem, lead the Pledge of Allegiance, or say a few words to the new citizens and their families--just as students will at local ceremonies next year.

This program will send you back to school inspired and remembering why you're a teacher.  You will receive information about how to participate in a courthouse naturalization ceremony and a guide on how to organize and host a ceremony at your school

For more information, contact the federal courts Community and Educational Outreach Manager Rebecca Fanning at rebecca_fanning@ao.uscourts.gov at 202-502-2611.

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is accessible by Metro.

 

Presenters:

The Secret History of History

2:00pm to 5:30pm

Host: International Spy Museum, Washington, DC

Teaching history through the lens of intelligence is not only timely but timeless. In a post 9/11 world a focus on intelligence and its role through history is critical. Join International Spy Museum staff for a 2,000 year journey through the secret history of history. Enter the shadow world of espionage in this clinic which will provide a keynote presentation with a former spy, an exploration of the Museum's artifacts and stories, and hands-on simulation and lesson demonstrations with the Museum's educators. Each participant will leave with a comprehensive packet of resources, the Museum's Cuban Missile Crisis simulation publication, and a newfound appreciation for how spying has often changed the course of history.

*Designed for secondary teachers. Cost includes a USB with SPY's lesson plans and resources and Museum admission.
Fee: $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is within walking distance of the convention center.

Presenters: Jacqueline Eyl, International Spy Museum, Washington, DC; Lucy Stirn, International Spy Museum, Washington, DC; Vince Houghton, International Spy Museum, Washington, DC

From Clickbait to Content: Tips for Teaching Current Events

2:00pm to 6:00pm

Host: Newseum, Washington, DC
Help your students become savvy information consumers. Interact with media experts, peers and international industry insiders to gain strategies and ready-to-use resources for teaching media literacy to foster global citizenship.

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is accessible by Metro.

Presenters: Barbara Pearson, Newseum, Washington, DC; Barbara McCormack, Newseum, Washington, DC

Youth Voices, Youth Vote

2:00pm to 5:00pm

Host: National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Encourage and empower students to get involved in the political process with interactive programming and primary source-based lessons on advocacy and the vote and new research on youth voting.

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is accessible by Metro.

Presenters: Naomi Coquillon, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC; Abby Pfisterer, Morven Park Center for Civic Impact, Leesburg, VA; Abby Kiesa, CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Engagement, Washington, DC

Washington DC: A Capitol Classroom for Onsite Civic Learning

2:00pm to 5:30pm

Host: Close Up Foundation, Alexandria, VA

The city is your classroom at NCSS! Join this hands-on history and civic learning opportunity in Washington, DC. Whether you're visiting for the first time or your tenth, you will learn something you can take with you to your classroom. You will explore the Jefferson, FDR, and Martin Luther King memorials, where you will learn the history behind these remarkable sites and interact with them as never before, using a civic lens to understand how monuments can be explored by your students as a teaching tool. You will also travel beyond the marble monuments to Lincoln Park and Eastern Market, to look at the Capitol Hill neighborhoods and learn the history of Washington, DC.  Don’t miss this chance to explore Washington and take in all that the city has to offer while learning new ways to teach history and civics using place based learning. 

Presenters: MaryBeth Wagner, Close Up Foundation, Alexandria, VA; Dan Wallace, Close Up Foundation, Alexandria, VA

Full Day Clinics

Preparing NCSS/CAEP Program Reports

9:00am to 4:00pm

This clinic will prepare participants to review teacher preparation programs in socal studies or related disciplines and to update current reviewers in applying NCSS Standards for the CAEP Program Review Process.  

Fee: $300 for members, $360 for nonmembers

Presenters: Presenter: Brandie Benton, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR

A Lens on the World: Film, Global Education, and Cultural Literacy

10:00am to 4:00pm
Learn how to make the most of foreign films to introduce your students to other cultures and learn about global issues. Participants will view films and receive free lesson plans.
Fee: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers

Presenters: Eileen Mattingly, Journeys in Film, Placitas, NM

A Different Kind of Classroom: Engaging Inquiry and Literacy Strategies

10:00am to 4:00pm
The C3 Framework and Common Core State Standards call for shifts in our teaching within the inquiry arc, literacy, and critical thinking. This institute will model practical engaging teaching strategies for implementing these shifts.
Fee: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers

Presenters: Michael Yell, Hudson Middle School/Past President NCSS, Hudson, WI; Geoffrey Scheurman, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls, WI

Finally, an Answer for Elementary Teachers

10:00am to 4:00pm
Shifts in ELA and Social Studies, the C3 Framework and best practice instruction related to the elementary classroom with interactive activities and resources are the basis for this clinic.
Fee: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers

Presenters: Kim Heckart, College Community School District, Cedar Rapids, IA; Rebecca Hellund, Pella Community School District, Pella, IA; Katy Swalwell, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Teaching the Holocaust and Related Issues through Anne Frank

10:00am to 4:00pm
New educational tools, using the life and Diary of Anne Frank as a starting point, will be presented. The format is highly interactive.
Fee: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers

Presenters: Barry van Driel, Cihan Tekeli, Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Charles Vaughan, AC Flora High School, Columbia, SC; Doyle Stevick, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Half Day Clinics

The Threshold Project: Helping Students Understand Complex Global Issues

2:00pm to 5:00pm
The "Threshold Project" is a problem-based learning experience that uses the rule of law to help students identify and design solutions to complex global issues.
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Presenters: Timothy Isaacs, Center for Teaching the Rule of Law, Salem, VA; Michael Pace, Center for Teaching the Rule of Law, Salem, VA; Scott Crawford, The Center for Teaching the Rule of Law, Salem, VA

Using Inquiry to Discover Washington DC

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Find treasure in Chinatown, discover the secrets of the National Mall, and pay tribute to fallen heroes. Join a hands-on exploration of Washington, DC using inquiry as our guide.
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Presenters: Paul Nagel, Hempstead High School, Cypress, TX; David Faerber, Lee Magnet High School, Baton Rouge, LA

Geography as Inquiry: Bringing People and Places to Life

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Geography is defined as art, social science, and science. Participants will explore the world through case studies of such key issues as borders and passages, conservation and exploitation, and sustainability.
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Presenters: Jack Zevin, Queens College, Flushing, NY; Mark Newman, National Louis University, Chicago, IL

Cultural Genocide against Native Peoples in the U.S.: Findings from a Truth and Reconciliation Commission

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Unprecedented truth and reconciliation commission on forced removal of Native children explored in film and related curricula. Was it cultural genocide? Learn to teach this story. Free film and curriculum.
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Presenters: Mishy Lesser, Upstander Project, Watertown, MA; Adam Mazo, Upstander Project, Boston, MA; Nikki Ulrich, Close Up Foundation, Alexandria, VA

Teaching the Civil War through a Social/Emotional Learning Framework

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Experience how an inquiry-based learning approach uses the narrative structure of Storypath to enhance student engagement and create "the lived experience" for historical, civic, and social/emotional learning. Curriculum provided.
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Presenters: Margit McGuire, Seattle University, Seattle, WA

Successfully Create a World Religions Elective in Your High School

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Replace that fear of teaching about World Religions in school with the courage, resources, and support you need to empower your students to be global citizens. Learn as well how to avoid controversies teachers have faced around the country, especially regarding lessons on Islam, when they brought in guest speakers, let students try on religious garb, and went on field trips.
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Presenters: Chris Murray, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD; Murali Balaji , Hindu American Foundation, Washington, DC; Linda K. Wertheimer, author of Faith Ed, Teaching About Religion In An Age of Intolerance, Boston, MA; Benjamin Marcus, Religious Freedom Center, Washington, DC

A Historical Perspective on the Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process

2:00pm to 5:00pm
High school world history, geography, and global studies teachers will deepen their pedagogic content knowledge in this dynamic workshop, which emphasizes inquiry based learning using Teaching with Primary Sources strategies.
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Presenters: Jacqueline Regev, Institute for Curriculum Services, San Francisco, CA

Tech + Narrative = Engaged Students

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Harness the power of primary sources with Historical Narrative Inquiry! Foster the curiosity of learners to evaluate primary sources and create historical narratives on interactive timelines. Device needed.
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Presenters: Thomas Ketchell, HSTRY, Boston, MA

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