NCSS Annual Conference

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94th NCSS Annual Conference
November 21-23, 2014
John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
900 Boylston Street

Boston's rich history and vibrant neighborhoods come alive at the 94th NCSS Annual Conference. Join NCSS in its first return to New England in more than 30 years for the world's largest and most comprehensive social studies professional development conference. Attend the 94th NCSS Annual Conference to gain new ideas, resources, and skills as the conference engages you in rich and varied learning opportunities. Join more than 3,000 of your peers from across the U.S. and around the world in historic Boston, to share the most current knowledge, ideas, and research, and expertise in social studies education. You'll have a wicked good time!

Conference Updates

More hotel rooms just added

Due to overwhelming demand for hotels in Boston, we have added more rooms and a new hotel option, with rates starting at $199 per night. Click here for all the details and make your reservation now!


Due to demand, more Freedom Trail tours added

Additional Freedom Trail walking tours, conducted by the National Park Service, have been added, after the first set of tours quickly sold out. A second tour has been added on both Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22, starting each day at 3:00PM, with a departure time from the Hynes Convention Center at 2:00PM. Don't wait to reserve you spot on these tours, as they will likely sell out quickly.

For details, click here.


Browse the 2014 Conference sessions

The full list of conference sessions is now available. Review all of the offerings, sort by grade level and subject, and start to build your conference schedule. We apologize for the technical issues that delayed the posting of this information, but you can now see them all here.

Share your planned schedule with your supervisor to demonstrate the professional development value of attending the nation's largest social studies conference.   --> read more »


Henry Louis Gates unable to speak at conference

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has canceled his scheduled speaking engagement on Friday, November 21 at the NCSS Annual Conference. Dr. Gates will be traveling abroad on behalf of Harvard University, though he will appear on Thursday, November 20 as part of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) annual meeting.

Jose Antonio Vargas will serve as the keynote speaker on Friday at 11:15AM.


Nicholas Kristof added as keynote speaker

New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof is the latest speaker added to the lineup for the 2014 NCSS Annual Conference. Mr. Kristof, co-author (with his wife and 2012 conference speaker Sheryl WuDunn) of the forthcoming book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, will speak on Saturday afternoon, November 22, sharing his discoveries in researching this book and showing clips of the PBS series, airing in January.

The full list of speakers can be seen here.


Win a Free Trip to the NCSS Annual Conference

Want to attend the upcoming NCSS conference, but need the funds? Share My Lesson is giving away $1,500 towards the 2014 NCSS Annual Conference in Boston. All you need to do is become a member on Share My Lesson (it’s free) and complete a brief survey selecting “NCSS” as your conference of choice. Are you already a member of Share My Lesson? No problem. Just complete the survey and you are entered to win.

Click here for details.


Sheraton Boston Unveils Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

Last month, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts announced the completion of an extensive multi-million dollar renovation of the Sheraton Boston Hotel, headquarters hotel for the NCSS Annual Conference. The hotel now showcases 450 deluxe guest rooms in addition to enhancements to the public areas of the hotel, most notably a new look for the hotel restaurant—Café Apropos and a new spa Green Tangerine. The Sheraton Boston is connected to the Hynes Convention Center.   --> read more »

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