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Community Scholar Speakers

NCSS Communities have invited these prominent scholars to speak on issues related to their missions. Attend sessions of interest to learn about the discussion topics and NCSS Communities.

Elections and Outcomes in the United States and Canada

Christopher Sands

Sponsored by the Canada Community
Canadian and American voters have similar concerns but different political institutions. Drawing on recent elections in both countries, Dr. Sands will provide resources for using Canadian comparisons to teach U.S. government.

Creating Change: An Informed Electorate through Policy and Advocacy

Sponsored by the Friends of NCSS Community

Michele Jawando will discuss the Center for American Progress' impact on public policy in civil rights, civil liberties, and efforts to create an informed electorate, particularly aimed at young people. From grassroots advocacy to lobbying Capitol Hill, change requires many moving parts and many passionate people.

From Non-Racism to Anti-Racism in Social Studies Education

LaGarrett King

Sponsored by the African American Educators for the Social Studies Community
Non-racism, the passive rejection of extreme racism in the form of behaviors, discourse, and ideology effectively does little to transform our collective thinking about race. In fact, it reinforces racial structures and accepts terms of racism by being passive and silent about racial knowledge. In this presentation, Dr. King proposes that social studies promote more anti-racist frameworks, which actively reject institutional and structural aspects of race and racism. Using racial pedagogical content knowledge, social studies teacher education can move past non-racism and into anti-racist pedagogical spaces.

Controversy and Certainty in Our Daily Lives: Making Sense of Psychological Science

Lauren Caldwell

Sponsored by the Psychology Community

Using examples from controversial topics such as violent video game play, spanking, school start times, and year-round school, the talk will address the importance of teaching students to critically evaluate social science research, skills needed to do this, and approaches to applying scientific findings in everyday life. We will address questions such as, When can we have confidence in what the science says?   How do we decide what to trust when news media reports conflicting findings? If the science says it, does that make it true for everyone? How do “scientific truths” change? How should we apply scientific findings in our lives? Our programs? Our systems and policies?

Engaging North Korea: What is at Stake and What Options Do We Have?

Victor Cha

Sponsored by the Asia Community
Divided since 1945, the Korean peninsula is home to 75 million people.  Those people live in one of the poorest countries or one of the richest.  Thay participate in one of the weakest economies or one of the most innovative.  South Korea has a flourishing democracy and its cars and high-tech products are popular with consumers all over.  Its cultural products enjoy large audiences throughout Asia. Meanwhile, North Korea is best known for being at adds with its neighbors and with the United States.  As one of the hottest spots during the Cold War, the Korean peninsula remains heavily armed and is a source of great worry for American and regional leaders.  In this presentation, one of America's most influential specialists discusses the current state of affairs on the peninsula and why instability there poses such a security, economic, and humanitarian threat.

Gay-Straight Alliances and Civic Participation: Student Solutions to Real World Problems

Anton Schulzki

Sponsored by the LGBTQ & Allies Community

Gay-Straight Alliances demonstrate the power of student civic participation in solving real world problems, while providing the much-needed support for LGBTIQ+ students. The discussion will focus on the the importance of GSA's for student acceptance, student success and civic engagement, featuring students and teachers from a GSA.

Becoming Good Neighbors: Human Rights Awareness and Global Civic Education

William Fernekes and Krishanti Dharmaraj

Sponsored by the Human Rights Education Community
Civic education includes a global dimension. A human rights perspective helps students explore relationships between local choices and global consequences and globalize exploration of issues such as gender equality.
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