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Community Scholar Speakers

Several NCSS communities have invited the following prominent scholars to speak on issues related to their missions.

Community scholar sessions are open to all attendees. Attend any and all sessions of interest to learn about the discussion topics and the role that communities play within NCSS.

Friday, Nov. 13, 10:05AM

Debra Fowler

Sponsored by the LGBTQ & Allies Community

"History Unerased"

In 1985, Debra Fowler was completing her training as a Korean linguist for the U.S. Army when her sexual orientation was discovered during a security clearance investigation. She was dishonorably discharged. She then chose to serve her country in the classroom - as an educator for social justice. Ms. Fowler will discuss her work on including LGBTQ history in K-12 school curricula.

Debra Fowler is a teacher at Lowell HIgh School, Lowell, MA.


Friday, Nov. 13, 11:10AM

Elizabeth Yost Hammer

Sponsored by the Psychology Community

"Service Learning to Foster Critical Thinking in the Social Studies Classroom"

When considering learning objectives, most social studies teachers want their students to go beyond merely memorizing basic concepts or facts to developing critical thinking skills and recognizing the relevance of course material. With these goals in mind, service learning (i.e., learning course concepts through active service in the community) is an excellent pedagogical tool. For service learning to be successful in fostering student learning it must include service that addresses specific learning objectives for the course, targets a true community need, and is seamlessly integrated into the course. In this session we will discuss the benefits of service learning to students, teachers, institutions, and community partners. We will explore various categories of service that can be implemented in any discipline. Further, we will discuss the importance of reflection when using service learning, including sample in-class and out-of-class reflective assignments. Session participants will be encouraged to share ideas and experiences with others.

Elizabeth Yost Hammer is Professor of Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana.


Friday, Nov. 13, 2:15PM

Masaya Nemoto

Sponsored by the Asia Community

"Sufferings of Survivors, Actions for Peace: Hiroshima Atomic Bomb"

This presentation will discuss the sufferings of Hiroshima A-bomb survivors, and the formation and development of actions toward peace in Hiroshima from a historical point of view.

Masaya Nemoto is an ethnographic researcher from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, studying atomic bomb survivors in Japan and the U.S.


Saturday, Nov. 14, 10:10AM

Suzanne Litrel and Beth Villemez

Sponsored by the World History Community

"World History and the Academic Exchange: K-16 Pathways to Learning”

In 2014-2015, the Academic Exchange was piloted out of the Georgia State University History department to directly connect cutting edge research with local area students and teachers. Doctoral students present research and methodology, and in turn they are linked to pedagogical experts: classroom teachers. This panel will share the results of this year's Atlanta-area Exchange, goals for future coordination, and a road map for other such university- school coordination.

Suzanne Litrel is an award-winning IB/AP World History and Economics Teacher and author of the Jackie Tempo historical fiction series. Beth Villemez teaches at Sprayberry High School in Marietta, GA.


Saturday, Nov. 14, 2:40PM

Andrea McEvoy Spero and Susan Katz

Sponsored by the Human Rights Community

"Teaching with a Human Rights Lens”

In this presentation, Susan Roberta Katz and Andrea McEvoy Spero, two scholars in the field of human rights education, will discuss their recent book, Bringing Human Rights Education to US Classrooms, an anthology of chapters from contemporary practitioners at every level of our public schools, including community colleges. The presentation will begin with an overview of the growing movement to mainstream human rights education in U.S. public schools, noting both the challenges and the opportunities. Drs. Katz and Spero will then highlight effective, research-based projects from their book, including curricula integrated into social studies, science, and literature classes at the secondary and post-secondary level. A particular focus of the highlighted programs is to provide students from communities of color with a human rights lens to examine their own lived experiences and recognize the human rights issues embedded in realities of discrimination, poverty, and violence.

Andrea McEvoy Spero is Director of Education at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. Susan R. Katz is Professor, International and Multicultural Education at University of San Francisco.


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