NCSS Annual Conference Sessions

Following is a preliminary list of sessions, workshops and poster presentations that have been accepted for the 2014 NCSS Annual Conference. This list is subject to change. A finalized, printed program, including rooms and times, will be available at the conference.

Sessions and poster presentations are held on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22. Workshops will be held Sunday, November 23. The list of pre-conference clinics, offered on Thursday, November 20, can be found here.

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2014 NCSS Annual Conference Session Schedule

  • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am
    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    205

      Engage in activities and view primary sources related to African American history in the White House neighborhood. Learn about resources and programs available from the White House Historical Association.

      Courtney Speckmann, White House Historical Association, Washington, DC, @WhiteHouseHstry; Katie Munn, White House Historical Association, Washington, DC, @WhiteHouseHstry

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    Boylston Hallway, 3rd Lvl

      Financial and emergency preparedness helps us weather the unexpected from tough economic times, illness, or natural disasters. This session provides an overview of newly revised financial and emergency preparedness curriculum.

      Claire Loup, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta - New Orleans Branch, New Orleans, LA

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    208

      This Common Core aligned presentation explores how to utilize music to engage students in historical perspective-taking and critical thinking. Attention will be given to lyrical analysis of loaded language.

      April Newkirk, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA; Michelle Reidel, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    309


      James Liou, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    Liberty C

      Uncover how school gardening experiences can be a vehicle for children and teachers to authentically explore civic and community engagement.

      Jessica Schocker, The Pennsylvania State University, Berks, Reading, PA, @docschock; Melissa Sauer, The Pennsylvania State University, Berks, Reading, PA; Alexander Burghardt, The Pennsylvania State University, Berks, Reading, PA

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    Boylston Hallway, 3rd Lvl

      Engagement involves connecting content to students’ lives. Problematic in the social studies, this can misconstrue views of the past. Close reading assists students with properly aligning connections and analyzing information.

      Michelle Anderson, Felician College, Rutherford, NJ; Christine Ross, Felician College, Rutherford, NJ; Karen Pezzolla, Felician College, Rutherford, NJ

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    Boylston Hallway, 3rd Lvl

      How can family and community history be used to engage your students? Successful family/community research processes and projects are presented to illustrate how museum-school collaborations can make history personal.

      Marc Brasof, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA; Celia Flores-Rivera, Esperanza Academy Charter School, Philadelphia, PA; Julia Snyder, Relay Graduate School of Education, Philadelphia, PA; Andrea Reidell, National Archives and Records Administration, Philadelphia, PA

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    Backbay A

      The National Constitution Center will present an interactive session on We the Civics Kids, featuring new ways to engage young students in Civics through literacy and the common core.

      Kerry Sautner , National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA; Anne Spector , National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    201

      With the C3 Framework, Common Core ELA Standards, and technology social studies instruction has changed. Learn some Active Classroom Strategies to help engage the next generations of students.

      Kathy Swan, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; Katie Lauffer, Pearson, Glenview, IL

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    108

      Young people have tremendous capacity to contribute to international conflict management and peacebuilding. Come experience exercises designed to engage students in global peacebuilding and receive USIP’s Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators!

      Alison Milofsky, U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, DC; Megan Chabalowski, U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, DC

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    209

      How our diverse student body found a common thread through global service, education and fundraising. Free the Children organization is ""kids helping kids"" and can fire up your school too.

      Felicia Alexander, Melvin H. Kreps Middle School, East Windsor, NJ

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    Boylston Hallway, 3rd Lvl

      Understanding our students’ thinking processes is a perennial challenge for teachers. Through an iPad app, we are proposing a solution to sharpen students’ critical thinking skills in evaluating sources.

      Joon Wah Benjamin Ho, Pasir Ris Secondary School, Singapore, ; Mariamah Mohd Yusoff, Pasir Ris Secondary School, Singapore,

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    Boylston Hallway, 3rd Lvl

      Using ready to-go lessons from iCivics, students take content to a new level--ACTION! Students research and analyze ""real life"" problems to create and follow their action plan.

      Camille Jones, Warrensburg High School, Warrensburg, MO; Starlynn Nance, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    Boylston Hallway, 3rd Lvl

      Strength Training: Investigate primary sources through close reading and analysis to develop students' literacy skills and increase comprehension. Discover Library of Congress teacher resources to support the C3 Framework.

      Cynthia Rich, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, @cwrich; Sherry Levitt, Teaching with Primary Sources Northern Virginia, Fairfax, VA, @tpsnva; Anne Ryan Bell, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, @tpsunc

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    Boylston Hallway, 3rd Lvl

      Literature review examines benefits of teachers who travel, as they return excited to teach about the world; social studies and geography come to life by visiting places beyond one's backyard.

      Shari Solberg-Ayers, Kyrene Public Schools and Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; Sandra Senior-Dauer, New England History Teachers Association, Chester, CT

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    311

      Nothing in the world besides oil is traded more actively than coffee, and no commodity is as interesting to students. Learn how to brew coffee education in your own classes.

      James Hayes-Bohanan, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA, @jhayesboh

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    Boylston Hallway, 3rd Lvl

      The Teaching English in Poland Program offers American teachers and college students a unique summer opportunity to foster global connections, build intercultural competence, and experience Poland.

      Teresa G. Wojcik, Villanova University, Villanova, PA; Mary Kay Pieski, Kent State University, Kent, OH

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    Boylston Hallway, 3rd Lvl

      Primary Sources offer a sophisticated, yet approachable, way to build enduring understandings and teach 21st century skills. Learn multiple ways to teach vocabulary and reading comprehension with “Dirty” resources!

      Jessica Flock, The Peoples Project, Laramie, WY

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    109

      Transform the tragic teachable moments of WWII and Vietnam War for awareness of critical world issues today. Prepare students to assume positive leadership as engaged citizens in our global community.

      Alethea Paradis, Friendship Tours World Travel, Santa Barbara, CA; Kevin Shertzer, Laguna Blanca School, Santa Barbara, CA

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00am - 8:55am    105

      Instruction in economics will continue to fall flat with Latino students until cultural and religious perspectives are considered: Latino and Catholic family perspectives on the Protestant Work Ethic and entrepreneurship.

      David Moguel, California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA

  • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 9:05am - 10:00am
  • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 9:05am - 11:00am
    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 9:05am - 11:00am    200

      9:00-9:55: Part 1, 10:05-11:00, Part 2
      In Part 1, co-authors Hess and Mcavoy will present the themes and findings in the book, The Political Classroom. Stay for Part 2 if you wish to engage with other teachers in deliberations about ethical issues related to teaching about politics that are showcased in the book.

      Diana Hess, Spencer Foundation/UW-Madison, Chicago, IL; Paula McAvoy, Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL

  • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:15am - 12:10pm
    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:15am - 12:10pm    104

      How can social studies teachers do research in their own classrooms? This session presents the research of three social studies teachers and why they began researching their own practice.

      Colby Young, Framingham Public Schools/Boston University, Framingham, MA; Kaylene Stevens, Framingham Public Schools/Boston University, Framingham, MA; Maria Sequenzia, Framingham Public Schools, Framingham, MA; Christopher Martell, Boston University, Boston, MA, @chriscmartell

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:15am - 12:10pm    Boylston Hallway, 3rd Lvl

      Participants receive 13 lessons exploring the Vietnam War, Iraq and Afghanistan wars, civil rights movement, and ongoing discrimination, and suggestions on establishing an atmosphere for teaching controversial issues.

      James D'Acosta, Fairfield Warde High School, Fairfield, CT

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:15am - 12:10pm    Backbay B

      Using picture books, fairy tales, and reader’s theater from around the world, we can introduce elementary students to the geography, culture, and art through Common Core standards. Handouts provided.

      Melissa Marks, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Greensburg, PA

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:15am - 12:10pm    Liberty C

      This session will provide K-12 US History teachers with an inquiry-based lesson that they can use to incorporate literacy into lessons while also evaluating motion pictures.

      Scott Roberts , Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI; Charles Elfer, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA; Brian Fahey, South Forsyth High School, Cumming, GA; Josh Barnhart, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI; Doug Droski, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI; Jamie Vincent, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI

    • Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:15am - 12:10pm    Boylston Hallway, 3rd Lvl

      When they shop, eat, or speak, your students are affecting their communities, consciously or not. Teach civics as a mindset, developing your students into deliberate citizens of a connected world.

      Kim Machnik, Heifer International, Rutland, MA, @heifer

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