Conference Highlights

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The 2014 NCSS Annual Conference includes many interesting features. Here are a few of the major highlights you can choose when you register to attend.

The#sschat unconference

Saturday, November 22, 8:00-11:30AM

The #sschat unconference is for anyone interested in teacher-driven professional development. Participants will engage in a format that empowers teachers to be active stakeholders by collaboratively sharing ideas and resources in hands-on and interactive ways. Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, the #sshat unconference strives to bring teachers together to talk about social studies and effective teaching principles.

ASA High School Sociology Symposium

Friday, November 21
The American Sociological Association presents four one-hour sessions that comprise ASA’s unique symposium. They will provide a central place for you to connect with other high school sociology teachers and learn about cutting-edge teaching resources to enliven your classes.

C3 Framework Symposium

Saturday, November 22
Collaborate with content experts and colleagues from around the globe in this unique symposium highlighting each dimension of the C3 Framework. Walk-away lesson and technological resources that facilitate cross-cultural dialogue leading to authentic student action. Learn how classroom around the world apply the Inquiry Arc to issues related to faith, culture, identity, justice and the environment.

National Geographic Teacher Fest

Saturday, November 22, 9:05-11:05AM
JJoin National Geographic staff for an exhilarating round of cool demos and classroom-ready activities. Fun, fast-paced, and free, Teacher Fest (think speed dating style!) will give you a chance to choose three out of five activities showcasing free online and offline mapping tools, social studies and Common Core resources, and so much more! Teacher Fest attendees will receive a goody bag full of take-home materials for your classroom, and there will also be drawings for door prizes.

NCSS Film Festival

NCSS presents three compelling films on contemporary issues.

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Friday, November 21
In 2001, Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in The New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles Jose Antonio Vargas's journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigrant reform activist; and is journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in person in over 20 years.

Friday, November 21
American Experience/PBS Presents FREEDOM SUMMER
Screening and discussion with filmmaker Stanley Nelson

In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation could not turn away from Mississippi. Over ten memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one of the nation’s most segregated states. Working together, they canvassed for voter registration, created Freedom Schools and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party with the goal of challenging the segregationist state Democratic Party at the national convention in Atlantic City. Freedom Summer was marked by sustained and deadly violence, including the notorious murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of 35 churches and the bombing of 70 homes and community centers.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till), Freedom Summer highlights an overlooked but essential element of the civil rights movement: the patient and long-term efforts by outside activists and local citizens in Mississippi to organize communities and register black voters — even in the face of intimidation, physical violence and death.

A discussion of the film will follow the screening. Special guest Stanley Nelson will be joined by Dr. Kerry Dunne, Boston Public Schools Director of Social Studies, and Naomi Coquillon, Manager of Youth and Teacher Programs at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

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Saturday, November 22
Electoral Dysfunction
In this award-winning PBS documentary, political humorist Mo Rocca takes a road trip to discover how voting works--and doesn't work--in America. He investigates the debate over Voter ID; searches for the Electoral College; and explores reforms that would make elections fairer and more transparent. Electoral Dysfunction is an eye-opening, engaging, and nonpartisan look at voting in America. Following the screening, a panel of educators, political insiders and voting experts will join the filmmakers for a discussion of the documentary, the issues it addresses, and its use as a classroom resource.

Bennett Singer, David Deschamps, Les Francis, Ursula Gaynes, Diana Hess, Shuya Ohno. Moderated by Mabel McKinney-Browning.

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