Conference Highlights

The 2013 NCSS Annual Conference includes many new and interesting features. Here are a few of the major highlights you can choose when you register to attend.

New in 2013!

The NCSS “Unconference”

Join the conversation at the NCSS “Unconference.” At unconference sessions, participants create the agenda. Anyone interested in initiating a discussion can claim time and space by signing up on the unconference schedule board. Unconference sessions feature open discussions with facilitator(s) and participants.

Do you have a topic you’d like to discuss with colleagues not addressed on the program or not developed enough for a formal presentation? NCSS attendees have a high level of expertise and knowledge in the field and crave time to share and network around topics of interest. At the unconference there is no agenda until you decide what it should be. Sign up to lead of just join the discussion, You’re sure to benefit from the connections you make.

ASA High School Sociology Symposium

Friday, November 22
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.

The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects

Friday, November 22
Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian’s Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture, offers a literary exhibition and history of the United States told through 101 treasures from the institution’s collection.

National Geographic Teacher Fest

Saturday, November 23
Join National Geographic staff for an exhilarating round of cool demos and classroom-ready activities. Presented in a fast-paced, interactive and hands-on format—think speed dating—Teacher Fest will give you a chance to choose between a series of activities showcasing online and offline mapping tools, Geography Awareness Week ideas, 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. There will also be drawings for door prizes.

Civil Rights in the 21st Century: Oh Freedom After While Colloquium

Saturday, November 23
Webster University hosts this special screening of the award-winning documentary, Oh Freedom After While, the story of the Missouri sharecropper protest of 1939, followed by a panel discussion featuring Lynn Rubright, co-producer and script consultant for the film, and Shirley Whitfield Farmer, whose father led the protest. A reception follows the panel. This program, at The Old Post Office, is open to all NCSS attendees by reservation when you register for the conference.

JFK: 50 Years Later

Friday, November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. The following sessions in honor of the anniversary will present the remembrances of a journalist covering the events in Dallas, and an introduction to the resources of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza to teach about the assassination.

Saturday, November 23
The Kennedy Assassination: A Living History with Journalist Bob Huffaker
The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas interprets the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. As part of its observation of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, the Museum features conversations with individuals who witnessed the tragedy and related historic events. In this special living history presentation, the Museum’s Associate Curator Stephen Fagin interviews journalist Bob Huffaker, who recounts his memories of the president’s death and that of his accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. The conversation will be broadcast live from Dallas.

Saturday, November 23
Teaching the Kennedy Assassination and its Legacy: Primary Source Lessons
Following the living history presentation, stay connected with The Sixth Floor Museum’s education department to learn strategies for weaving the Museum’s collection of historic photographs, documents, films and oral histories into engaging teaching tools. Learn how to access the materials shown during the living history presentation and related primary-source lesson plans on the assassination and its legacy.

NCSS Film Festival

NCSS presents two new and compelling films on contemporary issues.

Friday, November 22
The Graduates/Los Graduados
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ITVS and Nine Network co-present The Graduates/Los Graduados, a new documentary following six Latino students who have been at risk of dropping out, and the pivotal moments that changed their futures. The film is part of American Graduate, a public media initiative helping communities implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. Join filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz, Latina activist/scholar Angy Rivera, and local leaders from St. Louis for a screening of excerpts of the film and discussion on how we can together support the future leaders of our country.

Saturday, November 23
National Geographic presents Jerusalem, a new film providing an eye-opening tour of one of the world’s oldest and most enigmatic cities. Produced by National Geographic Cinema Ventures, Jerusalem was recently released in museum and IMAX theaters across the country. The film and associated classroom resources aim to increase students’ understanding of the city’s historical, spiritual, cultural and artistic uniqueness, and examine some of the intersections between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Jerusalem’s production and education team will describe the making of the film and associated resources following the screening.

An Evening of St. Louis Blues

Saturday, November 23
Fee: $20

St. Louis is famous for its distinctive style of blues music. Spend an evening at one of the city's best blues clubs, BBs Jazz, Blues and Soups, noted as a sort of unofficial clubhouse for local blues musicians and a popular after-gig hangout. Featured performers are country blues artist Leroy Pierson and Australian singer/songwriter Harper.

Ticket price includes shuttle service between America's Center and BBs. Purchase tickets when you register for the conference.

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