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Conference Highlights

The 2015 NCSS Annual Conference includes many interesting features. Here are a few of the major highlights you can choose when you register to attend.

ASA High School Sociology Symposium

Friday, November 13

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.


National Geographic Teacher Fest

Saturday, November 14

Teacher Fest is back! Join National Geographic for speedy rotations of demos and classroom-ready activities. Fun, fast-paced, and free, Teacher Fest will give you a chance to choose several activities showcasing online mapping tools, social studies and Common Core resources, and so much more. The first 150 attendees will receive a goody bag full of take-home materials for the classroom! All attendees will be eligible to win door prizes.

NCSS Film Festival

NCSS presents five compelling films on contemporary issues.

Friday, November 13
Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot

The latest Teaching Tolerance documentary tells the story of the historic struggle for voting rights through the voices of the Alabama high school students and teachers who were the backbone of the Selma movement. They confronted a violent sheriff and a defiant governor determined to protect white supremacy at any cost. By organizing and marching bravely in the face of intimidation, violence, arrest and even murder, these activists achieved one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era — passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The film recounts the historic struggle for voting rights, while the film kit encourages students to look at contemporary voting issues and consider what’s worth marching for today.

Following the screening, a panel of educators, civil rights activists and voting experts will discuss the documentary, its use as a classroom resource, and the current issues around voting and civil rights.


Maureen Costello, Teaching Tolerance Director, facilitator
• Eden Heilman, civil rights attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center
• Tomas Lopez, Brennan Center for Justice
• Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, civil rights veteran

Friday, November 13
My Louisiana Love

My Louisiana Love follows a young Native American woman, Monique Verdin, as she returns to Southeast Louisiana to reunite with her Houma Indian family. She soon sees that her people’s traditional way of life--fishing, trapping, and hunting these fragile wetlands– is threatened by a cycle of man-made environmental crises. As Louisiana is devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and then the BP oil leak, Monique finds herself turning to environmental activism. She documents her family’s struggle to stay close to the land despite the cycle of disasters and the rapidly disappearing coastline. The film looks at the complex and uneven relationship between the oil industry and the indigenous community of the Mississippi Delta. In this intimate documentary portrait, Monique must overcome the loss of her house, her father, and her partner – and redefine the meaning of home.

Saturday, November 14
We The Economy

Learn about the latest media literacy/ economics resource for K-12 teachers. We The Economy is a series of 23 short films, each created by an acclaimed filmmaker, in association with a panel of top economic experts, to demystify the U.S. economy and make it interesting and fun. Each film comes with a classroom-ready, standards-aligned lesson. And all the films and the curricular materials are free.

Saturday, November 14
He Named Me Malala


National Geographic Channel has joined forces with Fox Searchlight Pictures for the global theatrical release of the feature documentary He Named Me Malala, an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot while returning home on her school bus. In theaters now, National Geographic Channel will air the global broadcast television premiere in 2016. For information about the documentary, visit Find education resources, including discussion and curriculum guides for the film and much more, at Check back in February for additional resources, including a service learning toolkit in conjunction with the television premiere. #HeNamedMeMalala Popcorn and soda for this screening is provided by DirectTV (now part of the AT&T Family).

Saturday, November 14
We Won't Bow Down

We Won’t Bow Down explores a secret society of African Americans in inner city New Orleans as they devote their time and skills to create hand-beaded Indian costumes that embody a cultural, spiritual and ancient power--keeping Africa alive in the new world despite slavery and its legacy.

Following the screening, a panel discussion, featuring the film's director and producer, along with some of the people featured in the film, will discuss the film and the history and traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians.


Christopher Levoy Bower, director/producer, We Won't Bow Down
• Steve Mann, producer/still photographer, We Won't Bow Down
• Lidell "Queen B" Banister, tribal queen of the Creole Wild West
• Lolis Eric Elie, writer and filmmaker
• Ivory "Wild Man" Holmes
• Big Chief Kentrell and the Wild Mohicans Indian Tribe

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