Pre-Conference Clinics

PRE-CONFERENCE CLINICS

Boston 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 Boston institutions.


Wednesday, November 19
9:00AM-4:00PM

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

Thursday, November 20
Off-Site Clinics

The following Boston 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.

9:30AM-3:30PM

Crucible of Revolution: Boston's Freedom Trail

Join university professors Drs. Ed Crowther and Rich Loosbrock on a trek along Boston’s Freedom Trail and see the sites where the American Revolution was born. They have developed an entertaining and engaging style by using historical sites coupled with images and documents to provide a vivid and deep understanding of the events that shaped the American past. The stroll will cover about a mile and a half of the Freedom Trail, beginning with a ride to America’s first subway station, Park Street Station. The walk includes many stops, with lunch in the vast food court of Quincy Market, featuring many of the area’s local delicacies.

Transportation for this clinic will be by subway. A round-trip pass is included in the cost of the clinic.

Presenters: Edward Crowther, Rich Loosbrock, Adams State University, Alamosa, CO
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers
9:00AM-4:30PM

One Tumultuous Year! 1963: The Struggle for Civil Rights

Host: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, MA
Learn about a unique teaching resource, "1963: The Struggle for Civil Rights," in this interactive clinic for middle and high school educators at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Explore how this online exhibit and related resources can engage students in the compelling story of a tumultuous year in civil rights history that included children marching in the streets of Birmingham; President Kennedy speaking to the nation about civil rights as a “moral crisis” and proposing major new legislation; and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressing an integrated crowd of 250,000 at the Lincoln Memorial. Delve into two case studies through hands-on investigation of the evidence to examine presidential decision making and the workings of government, the strategies of civil rights activists and segregationists, and the role of the media and ordinary citizens. Exchange teaching ideas and strategies with participants and presenters. Visit the research room where the original sources are held in the public trust and complete your day by touring the Museum galleries. The clinic includes transportation, lunch and Museum admission.

Transportation for this clinic will be by shuttle bus.

Presenters: Nancy McCoy, Sam Rubin, Nina Tisch, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA
Fee: $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers
1:00-5:00PM

EMK Institute Senate Simulation of Human Rights

Host: Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point, Boston, MA
The Institute will conduct an introductory training to its Senate simulation experience, focusing on human rights legislation, with curricular materials to assist teaching on this topic and the legislative process.

Transportation for this clinic will be by shuttle bus.

Presenters: Nell Breyer, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Boston, MA; Glenn Mitorna, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Fee: $70 for members, $80 for nonmembers
8:15AM-12:00PM

Keeping It Real: Making History Relevant for the Contemporary Student

Host: Old North Church, Boston, MA
This exciting clinic at Old North Church, a national icon, will provide high school teachers with fresh perspectives on how to foster student interest in social issues throughout American history. Participants in this clinic will learn how to incorporate museum visits and museum education programs into their curricula, how best to engage students with inquiry-based learning, and how to bridge the gap between historical social issues and contemporary issues teens face. The clinic will consist of a tour of the campus, lesson planning strategies for using museum resources in the classroom, and participation in Old North’s new teen program, “Sacred Seats: Social Implications of Colonial Church Seating.” This will give teachers the opportunity to put themselves into their students’ shoes and experience how history can come alive for teens by tapping into their social and cultural issues.
Important Note: Tour of the campus and participation in “Sacred Seats” requires climbing and descending narrow stairs. Persons with mobility limitations or claustrophobia are not advised to register for this clinic.

Transportation for this clinic will be by subway. A round-trip pass is included in the cost of the clinic.

Presenters: Amy Budge, Concord Museum, Concord, MA; Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis, Old North Foundation, Boston, MA
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers
9:30AM-4:30PM

The Real Deal: Art, Artifact, and Document in History Lessons

Host: USS Constitution Museum, Boston, MA
With the USS Constitution Museum as a backdrop, explore best practices in using art, artifact, and primary source in your teaching. Leave with a tool kit of lessons and resources.

Transportation for this clinic will be by shuttle bus.

Presenter: Rebecca Crawford, USS Constitution Museum, Boston, MA
Fee: $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers
12:15-4:00PM

Black Voters: Prince Hall to the Voting Rights Act

Host: Museum of African American History, Boston, MA
Celebrate the approaching 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by examining the long history of black voting activism at Boston’s historic African Meeting House (1806). During this 3-hour clinic at the Museum of African American History (MAAH), you’ll meet Prince Hall, the founder of black freemasonry, a leading member of Boston’s 18th century black community, and a registered voter by 1780. Explore how personal stories like Hall’s, paired with powerful primary sources, reveal the multitude of ways in which free and enslaved blacks pressed for, used, and expanded their rights as citizens as early as the founding of the nation and through the 19th century. In addition, explore debate as a strategy for animating and complicating historical understanding through a hands-on demonstration of “They Spoke Here: Abolitionists’ Debates.” All participants will receive the lesson plans and primary source packet that accompany the program.

Transportation for this clinic will be by subway. A round-trip pass is included in the cost of the clinic.

Presenters: L'Merchie Frazier, Samantha Gibson, Museum of African American History, Boston, MA
Fee: $10 for members, $25 for nonmembers
9:00AM-12:00PM

The American Revolution as a Model for Civic Engagement

Host: Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA
From town meetings to tea parties, colonial Americans actively influenced the workings of government. Using primary sources, we'll connect models of 18th century civic engagement with 21st century service learning.

Attendees will walk to the Massachusetts Historical Society, located about 3 blocks from the Hynes Convention Center.

Presenters: Kathleen Barker, Jayne Gordon, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA
Fee: $10 for members, $25 for nonmembers
9:00AM-12:00PM

Maps Tell Stories: Using Historical Maps in Social Studies Classrooms

Host: Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
Learn core concepts for teaching with historic maps and participate in "map lab" sessions comparing American Revolution era maps and the role of geography in the war and new nation.

Attendees will walk to the Boston Public Library, located about 3 blocks from the Hynes Convention Center.

Presenters: Michelle LeBlanc, Ronald Grim, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

8:00AM-4:00PM

Mass Media and the Creation of America

Host: American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA
Through hands-on interactions with original primary source material from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS), participants will explore the part mass media played in civic engagement in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as practice disciplinary skills such as forming questions, analyzing evidence, and communicating conclusions with both textual and visual sources.

As a research library and learned society whose collection of over 4 million items covers the printed record of the United States from 1640 to 1876, AAS is the ideal place to examine the ways in which mass media has played a part in the creation of America through politics, social reform, and ideas of national identity. Over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries, advances in printing and transportation technologies changed the way Americans thought about their government, their nation, and their participation as citizens, very much as the Internet is doing so today. By exploring the ways in which the colonists and early Americans responded to these changes and interacted with mass media as a way of civic engagement, participants can better understand how they are doing the same.

Participants will work directly with original primary source materials from the AAS collections to explore these themes and engage in activities that will require close reading, both textually and visually, as well as critical analysis and synthesis of evidence. Some of the original documents participants will explore are the first eyewitness account of the Battles of Lexington and Concord published in a newspaper, the only known copy of a political cartoon that depicts Jefferson with his enslaved mistress Sally Hemmings, all three versions of the famous Boston Massacre image, and a host of 19th-century political newspapers, including The Liberator.

In addition to exploring original documents and honing disciplinary skills, participants will also be introduced to the library itself – what it is, what it does, and how to use it – as well as AAS’s wide array of digital content. The day will include a tour of the library with an exclusive look at the stacks, which are normally closed to the public.

To learn more about AAS, visit their website (http://americanantiquarian.org/) or watch their informational orientation videos (http://americanantiquarian.org/podcasts.htm).

Transportation for this clinic will be by bus.

Presenters: James Moran, Kayla Haveles, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA
Fee: $55 for members, $65 for nonmembers
9:00AM-4:00PM

Teaching Civics from a Culturally Responsive Perspective

Host: Discovering Justice, Moakley U.S. Courthouse, Boston, MA
Learn about the robust civic education programs conducted by Discovering Justice for children as young as six, and receive practical ideas to enliven your civics instruction. This all-day clinic includes a tour of the stunning Moakley U.S. Courthouse on Boston Harbor, meeting with a U.S. District Court judge, and participation with local middle school students in a Discovering the Bill of Rights field trip, as they learn about the First or Fourth Amendment and present an appellate argument based on a landmark Supreme Court case before a lawyer presiding as a judge. The day will also feature a professional development workshop on teaching civics from a culturally responsive perspective. You will revisit historical events, explore visual thinking strategies, engage in courageous conversations on difficult topics, and examine popular culture.

Transportation for this clinic will be by bus.

Presenter: Elisabeth Medvedow, Discovering Justice, Boston, MA
Fee: $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers
8:30AM-12:00PM

Applied Drama Methods for Civics and Social Studies Learning

Host: John Adams Courthouse, Boston, MA
This clinic introduces “applied drama” methods you can incorporate in your social studies curriculum, showing how they catalyze students’ deep engagement with historical content and documents. Case materials come from the fugitive slave trial of Anthony Burns, an explosive incident in Boston’s abolitionist history. In the three-hour clinic you will practice a range of techniques, from living timelines to “hot seating” a historical character. You will receive a script & study guide, primary documents and resource links for further learning. No prior acting experience is required!
For those interested, a post-clinic tour of the historic Adams Courthouse building can be arranged.

Transportation for this clinic will be by subway. A round-trip pass is included in the cost of the clinic.

Presenters: Susan Zeiger, Primary Source, Watertown, MA; Wendy Lement, Theatre Espresso, Boston, MA
Fee: $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers

12:00-4:00PM

Civic Technologies and Participatory Approaches for Civics Education

Host: MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
Curious how to adapt civics education in light of new technology? Join MIT Center for Civic Media researchers for hands-on demonstrations of technologies they've built and collaborative lesson plan design. Researchers will introduce the technologies for civic engagement and civic media research they have been developing, as well as their vision for participatory approaches to civics that tie technologies to impact. Participants can then collaborate with the researchers to brainstorm and design how the demonstrated technologies and approaches might be integrated into formal civics education, after-school clubs, informal activities, or even student governance. You'll walk away with handouts describing the civic technologies, as well as any outlines we develop together for lessons, curricula, and activities. This workshop is best suited to high school-level educators already using digital technologies of some kind (laptops, cell phones, cameras, etc.) with their students.

Transportation for this clinic will be by subway. A round-trip pass is included in the cost of the clinic.

Presenter: Erhardt Graeff, MIT Center for Civic Media, Cambridge, MA
Fee: $10 for members, $25 for nonmembers

12:15-4:00PM

Why Go? The Field Trip as Extension of the Classroom

Host: Historic New England, Boston, MA
From cards to courts, discover Historic New England's strategies for success and ways to replicate them through participation in and discussion of some of their most popular curriculum-focused, student-centered programs.

Transportation for this clinic will be by subway. A round-trip pass is included in the cost of the clinic.

Presenters: Carolin Collins, Kate Hooper, Kim Nadell, Linda Billikas, Historic New England, Boston, MA
Fee: $10 for members, $25 for nonmembers

8:30AM-12:00PM

Fighting Climate Change: Québec's Clean Energy Initiatives

Host: Québec Delegation, Québec Government Office, Boston, MA
As the Northeastern states work with Canada to negotiate energy supplies, Québec stands out as a leader in hydroelectricity and electrical transportation. How is Québec fighting against climate change?

Transportation for this clinic will be by subway. A round-trip pass is included in the cost of the clinic.

Presenters: Laurence Gagnon, Québec Delegation, Québec Government Office, Boston, MA; Betsy Arntzen, Canadian American Center, University of Maine, Orono, ME; Amy Sotherden, Center for the Study of Canada and Institute on Québec Studies, Plattsburgh State University of New York, Plattsburgh, NY
Fee: $10 for members, $25 for nonmembers

1:00-4:30PM

The U.S.-Canada Partnership: Teaching our Shared Trade, History, Geography, Culture

Host: Canadian Consulate General, Boston, MA
The U.S./Canada relationship has evolved over two centuries. U.S. and Canada are the world's largest trading partners, sharing the world's longest undefended border. What makes this relationship worth teaching about?

Attendees will walk to the Canadian Consulate, located about three blocks from the Hynes Convention Center.

Presenters: Mark Jacques, Canadian Consulate General, Boston, MA; Andrew Holman, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA; Betsy Arntzen, Canadian American Center, University of Maine, Orono, ME; Tina Storer, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Fee: $10 for members, $25 for nonmembers

3:00-6:00PM

Revolutionizing Curriculum: Steeping Students in the Boston Tea Party

Host: Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, Boston, MA
History has always been taught as a series of disconnected dates and events. At the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, we use engaging reenactments and stimulating lesson plans to bridge the gap and advance the Four Dimensions of the C3 Framework. This three-hour clinic focuses on the techniques we use to engage students on the political protest that sparked the American Revolution. As part of our clinic, attendees will participate in our interactive educational performance, discuss the issues over wine and cheese, and together we will reconstruct the events that forever shaped the course of American history.

Transportation for this clinic will be by shuttle bus.

Presenter: Sean Lawler, Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, Boston, MA
Fee: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers

On-Site Clinics at the Hynes Convention Center
Full Day
10:00AM-4:00PM

Explore Civil Rights with Little Rock Nine's Dr. Terrence Roberts

Join Dr. Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine and examine the role of this pivotal moment in the history of freedom and civil rights in America. Participants will receive a resource book.
Presenters: Stephanie Richardson, Facing History and Ourselves, Brookline, MA;Terrence Roberts, Los Angeles, CA
Fee: $30 for members; $45 for nonmembers
10:00AM-4:00PM

Examining the WWII Incarceration of Japanese Americans through Primary Sources

Analyze historic photographs, film, and documents to examine the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans, and the challenges of upholding democratic ideals in a crisis. Then, connect this to today's issues.
Presenters: Tom Ikeda, Janet Hayakawa, Densho, Seattle, WA
Fee: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers
10:00AM-4:00PM

Implementing Project-Based Learning Using the National History Day Model

This clinic will focus on project-based learning using the curriculum framework of the National History Day program. Participants will receive materials to implement into middle and high school classrooms.
Presenter: Lynne O'Hara, National History Day, College Park, MD
Fee: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers
10:00AM-4:00PM

Genocide: A Bridge between Social Studies and Social Emotional Learning

Using an award-winning documentary on post-genocide Rwanda, participants will simulate learning activities that motivate students to think critically about genocide and bystanding, and how we deal with difference in the U.S.
Presenters: Mishy Lesser, Adam Mazo, Coexist Learning Project, Watertown, MA
Fee: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers
10:00AM-4:00PM

Investigating the 1960s through Inquiry

Participants will identify questions for students concerning the 1960s, investigate key sources related to the 1960s, and discuss ways for students to present their findings.
Presenters: Stephen Armstrong, Connecticut Department of Education, Hartford, CT; Margaret Hughes, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY
Fee: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers
10:00AM-4:00PM

Gain a Greater Voice in the Policies that Affect You

Help elevate the voices of teachers in teacher evaluation policy! This workshop will provide you with skills to lead your colleagues in focus-group style group dialogue around evaluation reform. During the clinic, a team from Public Agenda and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will help you learn how to design, facilitate and troubleshoot productive, solutions-oriented dialogue with other teachers. You will also learn how to analyze the data that emerges from these conversations and report on it to policymakers. This clinic will integrate materials and methodology from Everyone at the Table, developed by nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations Public Agenda and AIR.
Presenters: Susan Shelton, Public Agenda, New York, NY; Ellen Sherratt, American Institutes for Research, Silver Spring, MD
Fee: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers
Afternoon

2:00-5:00PM

The DBQ Project: A Solution to the Common Core Standards

Aligning with Common Core, The DBQ Project sharpens students’ critical thinking, reading and evidence-base 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, $35 for nonmembers
2:00-5:00PM

Talking Like a Historian- Disciplinary Discourse and Collaborative Conversations

Historians and history educators do not talk like everyone else, so get your students talking (and thinking) like a historian. Engage in strategies, structures, and collaborations that encourage student engagement.
Presenters: Chris Capadona, Nel Capadona, Chandler Unified School District, Chandler, AZ
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers
2:00-5:00PM

The C3 Foundry: Building a Better Social Studies

This clinic will explore instructional shifts and continuities suggested by the C3 Framework, the development of open educational resources, and participation in the C3 Teachers project (c3teachers.org/).
Presenters: John Lee, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; Kathy Swan, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers
2:00-5:00PM

Common Core Materials and Strategies for New Teachers

Explore Brown University’s Choices Program’s curriculum units and resources on historical and current international issues. Learn pedagogy for Common Core and civic learning. For new and preservice teachers. Materials provided.
Presenter: Mimi Stephens, Choices Program, Brown University, Providence, RI
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers
2:00-5:00PM

Developing Activ(ist) Citizens through Inquiry, Literacy, and Service Learning

Help your students become active(ist) young local/global citizens! Teach social studies and literacy through inquiry with meaningful, integrated service-learning outcomes that enhance curriculum and build community. Appropriate for elementary-middle level.
Presenter: Sarah Fry, Boise State University, Boise, ID
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers
2:00-5:00PM

Freedom to Achieve: Historical Approach to Exploring Race and Opportunity

Exploring the birth of eugenic ideas in the context of American History helps educators understand the historical context for the achievement and civic empowerment gap. “Race and Membership” book included.
Presenter: Steven Becton, Facing History and Ourselves, Memphis, TN
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers
2:00-5:00PM

You’ve Got Issues … Designing and Assessing Issues-Centered History Lessons

Participants will learn how to redesign their existing lesson plans with an issues-centered focus. Essential questions will connect social issues with US history content and Common Core literacy standards.
Presenters: Scott Wylie, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY; Mark Previte, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Johnstown, PA; Kim Koeppen, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN; Ron Evans, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA; Gregg Jorgensen, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL; Jay Shuttleworth, Columbia University, New York, NY; Arlene Gardner, NJ Center for Civic Education, Piscataway, NJ
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers
2:00-5:00PM

Educating for Peace and Understanding through Global Connections

Experience how Common Core State Standards for ELA proficiencies are woven into cross-cultural dialogue supported curriculum embracing the C3 Framework. Walk away with ready to use lessons and technological resources that empower authentic student action.
Presenters: Kristen Looney, Tony Blair Faith Foundation, London, UK; Mary Ellen Daneels, Community High School, West Chicago, IL
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers
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