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94th NCSS Annual Conference
November 21-23, 2014
Boston, MA


Join social studies educators from around the world in Boston to explore the civic mission of schools in the 21st century. The 94th NCSS Annual Conference will showcase the following powerful practices and initiatives aimed at preparing all students for college, career, and civic life:

Teaching Social Studies as Inquiry
Learn from presentations demonstrating the four dimensions of informed inquiry defined in College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

  • Developing questions and planning inquiries
  • Applying disciplinary concepts and tools
  • Evaluating sources and using evidence
  • Communicating conclusions and taking informed action

Promoting Civic Learning's Six Proven Practices
Explore the six proven practices that constitute well-rounded civic learning as described in Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools

  • Classroom instruction in civics, government, history, economics, and geography
  • Discussion of current events and controversial issues
  • Service learning linked to the curriculum and classroom
  • Extracurricular activities in schools and communities
  • Student participation in school governance
  • Simulations of democratic processes

Taking Informed Action
Become both teacher and practitioner for taking informed action. Gain ideas on:

  • Developing students' ability to apply social studies knowledge, concepts, and skills to issues in real world settings
  • Enhancing YOUR ability to advocate for social studies at the national, state, and local level

Supporting Disciplinary Literacy
Learn techniques to:

  • Teach social studies as a content-rich discipline that strengthens reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills
  • Teach social studies disciplinary literacy (e.g., thinking/reading like a historian, geographer, economist, engaged citizen)

Building 21st Century Skills
See how social studies content and concepts can intentionally strengthen the 4Cs of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills:

  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Collaborating
  • Communicating

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