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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

NOTE: Clinic price includes a one-way bus transfer from the New Orleans Convention Center to The Historic New Orleans Collection. After the clinic, attendees are on their own for their return.


Music and the Mint: Transformation through Technology

Host: Old U.S. Mint, New Orleans, LA

This two-hour clinic will examine how recent advances in sound, video, and performance space technology all come together in the weekly Music at the Mint series. Go behind the scenes to see how Mint employees utilize these new developments and find out the important role multimedia technology plays in museums today. Participants will also learn about up-and-coming exhibits and events at the Mint and throughout the Louisiana State Museum system.
Presenters: Greg Lambousy, Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA; Mary Goldie, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Fee: $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers

NOTE: Clinic price includes a one-way bus transfer from the New Orleans Convention Center to the Old U.S. Mint. After the clinic, attendees are on their own for their return.


Inquiry and Implementation: Using the Museum as a Classroom

Host: The Cabildo, New Orleans, LA

The Louisiana State Museum will host this clinic highlighting their collections and exhibitions and suggesting ways they might be incorporated into the curriculum. During the clinic, teachers will receive ​

  • Guided instruction with a museum education specialist
  • Training to develop pre-and post-museum visit lesson plans
  • Increased knowledge of museum content, classroom resources, and techniques to inspire critical thinking

Attendees will also be given time and space to work collaboratively and create extension lesson using inquiry-driven approaches.

PresenterCody Scallions, Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA

Fee: $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers

NOTE: Clinic price includes a one-way bus transfer from the New Orleans Convention Center to the Louisiana State Museum. After the clinic, attendees are on their own for their return.


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. On the return, the group will stop for lunch at an historic restaurant outside New Orleans. The meal is on your own.
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

NOTE: Clinic price includes round-trip transportation to Whitney Plantation.


Teaching World War II through the Fallen: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Host: The National World War II Museum, New Orleans, LA
This clinic will 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, located a few blocks from the Convention Center. The session will use resources from the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) and other archival primary source materials related to World War II. it will be led by a set of interdisciplinary teachers who created hands-on, project-based learning modules integrating their research into the lives of individual service members memorialized in ABMC cemeteries. Many of the primary sources uncovered by the team have never been used in classrooms before or are being re-imagined for classroom use.
The session will allow teachers to:
• Develop multidisciplinary strategies to teach about World War II
• Explore a wide variety of free resources of the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) to help teach historical thinking and critical thinking
• Explain how to personalize the story of World War II and make it accessible to a range of students and abilities
• Use technology to make World War II in Northern Europe virtually accessible to students.

The cost of the session includes admission to the museum as well as lunch.  Registration for this clinic closes on November 5.

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

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to walk to the World War II Museum, which is just a few blocks from the New Orleans Convention Center.


New Orleans: An American Odyssey

Join university professors Ed Crowther and Rich Loosbrock along with local tour guide Joe Gendusa for a grand bus tour of the greater New Orleans area. Loosbrock and Crowther have worked with Gendusa on many previous tours, having taken some 200 teaches on New Orleans field studies as part of Teaching American History grants. They have developed and 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 clinic will involve many stops with light walking. It will also stop for lunch (not provided in the cost) in one of New Orleans’ authentic restaurants away from the normal tourist areas. Highlights: You will see the French Quarter, Garden District, Lower Ninth War, Chalmette Battlefield (Battle of New Orleans), one of New Orleans’ unique cemeteries, and areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. You will explore all facets of New Orleans history as you seek to understand the role of this unique place in the broader narrative of American history. Among the major themes to be covered: the French and Spanish influences on the city, the role of slavery, the influence of African-American and Cajun cultures, the story of the Louisiana Purchase, the Battle of New Orleans, New Orleans in the Civil War, the turbulent racial history of New Orleans in Reconstruction and beyond, the institution of Mardi Gras, the unique burial practices in the unique climate of the area, the efforts to control the Mississippi River, the history of New Orleans sports and the Mercedes Benz Superdome, and the experience and impact of Hurricane Katrina. This clinic will take you to all parts of New Orleans and provide a comprehensive introduction to the city’s major attractions but will also wander off the beaten path for an enlightening look at an American treasure.
Presenters: Rich Loosbrock, Ed Crowther, Adams State University, Alamosa, CO
Fee: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers

NOTE: Travel for this clinic will be by bus.


New Orleans Food and Identity

Host: Southern Food and Beverage Museum, New Orleans, LA
In New Orleans food is fundamental to identity. People live to eat. Let the Southern Food and Beverage Museum Director talk about the development of Creole Cuisine while demonstrating making jambalaya. While the food is cooking take a tour through the museum. Then enjoy your taste of New Orleans for lunch. The meal will consist of iced tea, a salad, jambalaya and French bread. We will also demonstrate a dessert of Bananas Foster.
Presenter: Liz Williams, Southern Food and Beverage Institute, New Orleans, LA
Fee: $45 for members, $55 for nonmembers. Includes lunch.


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

NOTE: Clinic price includes a one-way bus transfer from the New Orleans Convention Center to the Federal Reserve Bank and lunch. Attendees will get a walking tour of points of interest in trade between New Orleans and Latin America on their way back to the convention center.


250 Years of Being Cajun – Film, Women, and the Birth of Cajun Culture

Host: Cote Blanche Productions, New Orleans, LA
Join us at the Old Firehouse to celebrate the arrival of the first Acadians in Louisiana 250 years ago and to learn about the significant role women played in keeping the culture alive. View Coton jaune — Acadian Brown Cotton: A Love Story, presented by Cinema on the Bayou Film Society.
Presenters: Warren Perrin, Acadian Museum, Erath, LA; Pat Mire, Pat MIre Films, Lafayette, LA; Mary PerrinAcadian Museum, Erath, LA; Brenda Prejean, New Iberia, LA; Glen Pitre, Cote Blanche Productions, New Orleans, LA; Michelle Benoit, New Orleans, LA
Fee: $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers

NOTE: Travel to this clinic will be by streetcar and will include a 15-minute walk. A one-day pass is included.


American History from an American Indian Perspective

Host: NCSS Teaching American Indian History, Culture and Current Events Community

How do American Indians view George Washington? Thomas Jefferson? Andrew Jackson? Abraham Lincoln? How did they view American Indians? This interactive pre-conference clinic starts at the Convention Center and ending in historic Jackson Square, where you can choose to spend the evening after the clinic with old colleagues and new friends.  We will use place as a vehicle to launch an in-depth discussion and provide resources for classroom use with high school and middle school students matched to C3 and Common Core ELA standards.  In this session, participants will examine the importance of remembrance, collective memory, memorialization, and the textbook portrayal of the American story in order to question whether we make enough room for critiques from the perspectives of marginalized groups.  Andrew Jackson, hero of the War of 1812, was the architect of the Trail of Tears. Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, purchased Native lands from France. New Orleans, central to Jefferson’s purchase and where Jackson gained his fame, is an excellent backdrop to discuss these issues and explore a piece of history. The clinic will touch American Indian history, culture and current events, discussing concepts such as manifest destiny, doctrine of discovery and tribal sovereignty to see how the past is prologue for issues that American Indians face today.  The tools used in New Orleans can be applied to place based learning in your own city.

Participants will gain perspectives on how key figures in American history would look if viewed through Native American history by using inquiry based techniques linked to the C3 standards, place based learning at the Andrew Jackson Statue in Jackson Square, and discussion of current and historical controversial issues.  All participants will receive unit plans designed for classroom use.

This session is led by the Close Up Foundation curriculum team with over 30 years of experience in education for Native American students. Experience a thought-provoking and lively pre-conference session. You don’t need to be a history buff to participate in the session and teachers, administrators and social studies educators of all kinds are welcome to attend.

Presenters: Rachel Talbert, Nikki Ulrich, Scot Wilson, Close Up Foundation, Alexandria, VA
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

NOTE: Attendees will walk from the New Orleans Convention Center to Jackson Square and the French Quarter.

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 students 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 an interactive tour of's Online Exhibits with the scholar who developed them, and learn how to use these free resources with your students. offers several extensive, interactive exhibits related to the era and topics of the American Founding, and during this clinic you'll have an opportunity to learn what's in each, how they're organized, and how you can use them most effectively. Professor Gordon Lloyd, of Pepperdine University and the Ashbrook Center, will host this special event for teachers, district curriculum decision-makers, and others interested in the American Founding and online resources for teaching it.
Presenters: Gordon Lloyd, Jeremy Gypton,
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers


Celebrating Excellence in Economic Education--The 38th Annual Leavey Awards Teacher Summit

Join your K-16 colleagues and see first-hand the impact that economics education has on today's students. Award-winning educators will demonstrate their innovative classroom techniques for teaching economics, entrepreneurship, and private enterprise. See how to turn your creative activities into plans that could potentially earn you a future Leavey Award for excellence in Economics/Private Enterprise. This clinic will be sponsored by the Freedoms Foundation and will present winning projects and teachers from the 38th Annual Leavey Awards.
Fee: $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers

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