2014 Conference Session Schedule


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 program, including rooms and times will be available prior to 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 21, can be found here.

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  • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    275

      Authentic world literature will bring the themes of historical, human, physical, and environmental geographies to life for students. Stories will be provided and examples of hands-on activities will be demonstrated.

      Pat Batteley, Cobblestone Publishing, Peterborough, NH, US; Elizabeth Carpentiere, Cobblestone Publishing, Peterborough, NH, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    126

      The complex nature of global issues provides educators an opportunity to teach using a multidisciplinary approach. This technologically driven presentation will deliver ideas and ready-to-use resources to do just that.

      Kurt Johnson, American School of Bombay, Mumbai, India

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    276

      Having worked with a historical society, professional archeologists, and schools, we now conclude a story started at the 2012 NCSS annual conference explaining how one might incorporate active archeological research into the curriculum.

      Michael Gray, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA, US; Douglas Lare, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA, US; Lucia Levan, Harrison Morton Middle School, Allentown, PA, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    103

      How did antebellum abolitionists use the rhetoric of the Revolution in their reform efforts? We’ll use documents to explore how the theme of freedom connects multiple eras in American history.

      Elizabeth Lambert, Miscoe Hill School, Mendon, MA, US; Kathleen Barker, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA, US; Jayne Gordon, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    241

      Have a conversation with Notables Booklist authors Cynthia Grady, Sheri Sinykin, and the Pinkneys. Each will talk about their work, how it relates to social studies, and answer questions.

      Kristy Brugar, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, US; Tina Buster, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA, US; Melinda Odom Staubs, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL, US; Cynthia Tyson, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, US; Scott Waters, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    264

      Join a panel of NCSS leaders as they model lessons that involve problem solving & literacy skills. Participants will share exemplary social studies instructional strategies for geography, history and economics.

      Bruce Damsio, Towson University, Towson, MD, US; Michael Koren, Maple Dale Middle School, Milwaukee, WI, US; Paul Nagel, Social Studies Curriculum Writer, Natchitoches, LA, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    100

      Elementary school teachers and teacher educators partner to present strategic models for purposeful, diverse, integrative, elementary social studies content, strategies, and resources.

      Janet Alleman, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI, US; Michelle Bauml, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, US; Linda Bennett, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, US; Sherry Field, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR, US; Elizabeth Hinde, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, US; Barbara Knighton, Elmwood Elementary, Lansing, MI, US; Andrea Libresco, Hofstra University, Long Island, NY, US; Mary Ledbetter, UT Elementary School, Austin, TX, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    132

      In this workshop you will learn how to use Project Based Learning to integrate your social studies and literacy curriculum in ways that will excite, engage, and TEACH your students.

      Jo Sigmund, Concordia University Portland, Portland, OR, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    102

      Does democracy support human rights and equal participation? This interdisciplinary session will use primary sources and current research to show that democracies are more like dictatorships than we might think.

      Michael Vogler, Coconino High School/Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, US; Paula Wright, Coconino High School/Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    105

      The Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia and St. Louis have new videos, which use clear, simple language, and graphic elements to build student interest and understanding. And, they are free!

      Kris Bertelsen, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis -- Little Rock Branch, Little Rock, AR, US; Andrew Hill, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, US; Scott Wolla, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    127

      MapStory.org is a nonprofit platform to share knowledge through the lens of place and time. In this session, teachers will find, review and create MapStories that show change over time.

      Jonathan Marino, MapStory, Alexandria, VA, US; Christopher Tucker, MapStory, Alexandria, VA, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    267

      Join the second of two panels in an opportunity to discuss what environmental/sustainability learning and citizenship “looks like” through examination of environmental experiences, thematic inquiries and unique geographic/cultural issues.

      Matthew Hollstein, Columbus City Schools, Columbus, OH, US; Jeanne Knapp Ed.D., NCSS Environmental and Sustainability Education, San Francisco, CA, US; Scott Noet, Minnesota Council for the Social Studies/Owatonna Junior High, Owatonna, MN, US; Brian Towns, OASIS (Oregon Alternative School for Integrated Studies), Oregon, WI, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    124

      This session will highlight primary sources for high school psychology courses. Examples include personal correspondence, research notes, and original texts. Sources will be provided to attendees, handout and electronic version.

      Sara Adducchio, ECOT (Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow), Columbus, OH, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    101

      Discover a complete framework and project that will enable students to use Twitter to engage in civic protest, amplifying their voices as they challenge sexism in the media.

      Carolyn Flores, Community High School District 99, Downers Grove, IL, US; Kim Pazdan, Community High School District 99, Downers Grove, IL, US; Motti Pikelny, Community High School District 99, Downers Grove, IL, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    261

      This interactive session models effective strategies for literacy analysis and engagement as participants are led in a critical comparison of the historical minstrel show and modern hip hop music videos.

      Tony Gragnani, Columbia Public Schools, Columbia, MO, US; Nick Kremer, Columbia Public School, Columbia, MO, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    123

      Facing History and Ourselves has created performance tasks that align our unique pedagogical approach with the Common Core. We will profile a case study of a classroom integrating these resources.

      Lisa Lefstein-Berusch, Facing History and Ourselves, Cleveland, OH, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    280

      Projector directors, historians and master educators will model evidence of sustainable progress made through TAH. Learn how to integrate depth of knowledge levels with image analysis to raise historical consciousness.

      Rebecca Bush, Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Holland, MI, US; Jeannette Gabriel, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, US; Fran Macko, American Institute for History Education, LLC, Swedesboro, NJ, US; Kelly Woestman, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    266

      To rich and poor alike, financial panics of the 1800s changed lives. Learn how the establishment of the Fed aimed at correcting these problems. All explicitly linked to Common Core.

      Mark Schug, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwakee, WI, US; Mary Suiter, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    130

      Teachers will be introduced to an online exhibit designed to help teach about the debate over the ratification of the Constitution.

      Stacy Moses, Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, Ashland, OH, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    104

      National History Day prepares students for college, career, and citizenship. Walk away with ideas to incorporate this project-based historical inquiry program in your grade 6-12 U.S. or World History classroom.

      Michael Biondo, Maine South High School, Park Ridge, IL, US; Christine Hull, National History Day & Nevada Department of Education, Carson City, NV, US; Crystal Johnson, Chicago Metro History Education Center, Chicago, IL, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    265

      The Dodgers broke a city's heart moving to sunny California in 1958-and dramatized the vast social changes occurring in 20th c. America. Here’s a teaching unit that shows how.

      Ting-Yi Oei, Loudoun County Public Schools, Ashburn, VA, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    242

      Explore how an integrated World Literature/World History class incorporates reading, writing, and critical thinking prevalent in the Common Core Standards. Leave with a sample unit that blends history and literature.

      Tracy Inman, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, US; Jana Kirchner, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    131

      This roundtable session examines critical issues in standardized assessment -- including both ends and means, principles and practices -- from local, state, national, and global perspectives.

      Diane Brantley, California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA, US; Cathy Covington, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, US; Chris Harth, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Jackson, MS, US; Michelle Herczog, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Los Angeles, CA, US

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    Exhibit Hall Classroom A

      Learn about the Big History Project's problem-based, blended learning course in "big history" for high school students. The course begins with the Big Bang and ends with a unit on the future. BHP students encounter major ideas in science and history to investigate some of our biggest and most essential questions.

      Bob Bain, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Andy Cook, Big History Project, Kirkland, WA

    • Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm    120

      2013 Outstanding Middle Level Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award Recipient
      Join this session to experience varied instructional strategies in a Westward Expansion lesson that will "git" your students moving and active. Challenge their critical thinking, interpret primary source documents and then let their creativity flow. A hands-on session!

      Rhonda Watton, Templeton Middle School, Sussex, WI

  • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    260

      Learn to engage students in a civil mock trial on cyberbullying–either as jurors or participants, using a multimedia DVD curriculum.

      Steven Bruehl, Chase Elementary School, Chicago, IL, US; Jessica Chethik, Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Chicago, IL, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    265

      Explore multiple energizers that lift, soothe, build rapport, or just have fun! Leave this session with classroom activities that can be implemented tomorrow! Move from brain drain to brain gain!

      Craig Carson, Ozark R-VI Schools, Ozark, MO, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    241

      Veteran teachers from the length of the Mississippi River will provide hands-on strategies and lesson plans for teaching about the peoples, places, economies, and environments along this historic river.

      Paul Nagel, Social Studies Curriculum Writer, Natchitoches, LA, US; David Rutherford, University of Mississippi, University, MS, US; Jenny Shorten, Evangelical Christian School, Cordova, TN, US; Jeffery Woodward, Melrose - Mindoro High School, Melrose, WI, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    274

      Participate in an African drum circle to learn how playing drums from Africa’s history improves student self-esteem, fosters relationships across grade levels and social circles, and generates excitement about school.

      Ray Kinzie, Hitch Elementary School, Chicago, IL, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    276

      Wanted: Teachers desiring to effectively reach more students through Common Core! Experienced teachers present lessons, resources, strategies successfully used for students with widely differing skills, interests, readiness. Extensive resources/immediate use.

      Susan Martin, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, US; Susan Santoli, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    123

      Bring your iPad and explore a Consume-Curate-Create-Connect integration spectrum that exploits the device's usefulness and potential in building essential global competencies. Learn and share innovative apps, practices, and examples.

      Tom Daccord, EdTechTeacher, Chestnut Hill, MA, US; Greg Kulowiec, EdTechTeacher, Chestnut Hill, MA, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    229

      Get inspired to go global! Join a skilled educator to use one of National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps. Experience the innovative activities and learn how to expand your school’s geo-literacy.

      Jane Hundley, Lexington Public Schools, Lexington, MA, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    102

      The construct of "family" is an experiential starting point for children in understanding history and "the past." Teachers promote just and equitable classrooms when they employ inclusive and relevant approaches.

      Lisa Nagel, St. Anne's School of Annapolis, Annapolis, MD, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    266

      Use social studies content (informational text) during your Literacy Block with easy, engaging Common Core lessons, 3-D graphic organizers and the latest 2.0 technology for student publishing.

      Kathy Hoover, American Legacy Publishing - Studies Weekly, Edwardsville, IL, US; Kim Mogilevsky, American Legacy Publishing - Studies Weekly, Boynton Beach, FL, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    126

      Students have the passion, energy, and creativity to be difference-makers; this session will help educators equip students with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities to make positive changes in their world.

      Christopher Kubic, Grayslake North High School, Grayslake, IL, US; Emily Weiss, Grayslake North High School, Grayslake, IL, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    125

      Does the Tinker standard apply to Facebook? Is off-campus, online speech protected under the First Amendment? Examine contemporary cases to determine if a schoolhouse gate exists in a digital world.

      Maggie Crawford, Newseum, Washington, DC, US; Mike Hiestand , Student Press Law Center, Bellingham, WA, US; Mary Beth Tinker, Tinker Tour, Washington, DC, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    103

      Hip Hop has gone from a New York-urban-form of music to an internationally recognized and politically influential method of expression. We plan to show its global transformation and significance.

      Clarissa West-White, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, US; Headley White, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    131

      Preparing students to participate in today’s world requires global competence. In this session, participants will deepen their understanding about education for global citizenship through an exploration of TeachUNICEF’s innovative curricula.

      Scott Hirschfeld, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, New York, NY, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    242

      This workshop helps teachers scaffold core literacy strategies tied to the Common Core Standards to deeply engage their students with the topic of climate change.

      Mark Baildon, National Institute of Education, Singapore; James Damico, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    124

      The Teach Syria team will present and workshop their 40-minute lesson plan that educates middle and high school students about the Syrian conflict.

      Andrew Beiter , Springeville Middle School, Springeville, NY, US; Joseph Karb, Springeville Middle School, Springeville, NY, US; Kristin Nolan, News Deeply// Teach Deeply, New York, NY, US; Lara Setrakian, News Deeply// Teach Deeply, New York, NY, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    261

      Using AP Psychology as a model, participants will learn strategies for making Advanced Placement classes more accessible to and engaging for students with different skill levels.

      David Allen, Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL, US; Sabrina Ehmke, Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL, US; Tim Foecking, Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL, US; Makoto Ogura, Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL, US; Matt Walsh, Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    240

      Cesar Chavez’ grandson, Anthony, and Fred Korematsu’s daughter, Karen, will share personal stories and classroom resources about the farm worker’s struggle and the fight against the WW II Japanese Internment.

      Anthony Chavez, Cesar Chavez Foundation, Keene, CA, US; Evan Goldberg, Alameda County Office of Education, Hayward, CA, US; Karen Korematsu, Fred T. Korematsu Institute of Civil Rights and Education, San Francisco, CA, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    122

      Invite your students to experience six influential sports stories through artifact, literature, and film, answering this question each time: If this person reflects America, what is America? Hands-on with hand-outs.

      Geoffrey Scheurman, University of Wisconsin - River Falls, River Falls, WI, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    127

      Individuals representing certain groups, including LGBT people, are often absent from the curriculum. This session provides resources and strategies for developing and implementing LGBT-inclusive curriculum in secondary schools.

      Jenny Betz , GLSEN-the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, New York, NY, US; Robert McGarry, GLSEN-the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, New York, NY, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    275

      In the 1900s many people believed eugenics -“race science" - was a progressive solution to social problems. In the United States eugenics had a profound impact on educational and public policies.

      Jennifer Jones-Clark, Facing History and Ourselves, Brookline, MA, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    105

      Using award-winning film and curriculum on post-genocide Rwanda, this presentation demonstrates how to motivate students to think critically about colonialism and genocide while caring about how they treat one another.

      Mishy Lesser, Coexist Educational Project, Boston, MA, US; Adam Mazo, Coexist Educational Project, Boston, MA, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    262

      The Alliance Project created a professional development curriculum for teaching world history from a global perspective in secondary schools. The curriculum and materials will be shared and modeled with participants.

      Deborah Johnson, Lakeside School, Seattle, WA, US; Tim Keirn, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, US; Patrick Manning, University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA, US; Anita Ravi, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Los Angeles, CA, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    100

      Receive a complete unit with two simulations that improves students’ communication, critical thinking, and analysis skills with ready-made lessons on Western and non-Western perspectives regarding “civilization,” conquest, and ethics.

      Jessica Fisher, The Webb Schools, Claremont, CA, US

    • Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am    101

      Visual art as a primary source document in your classroom? It's elementary, when this group of students show how they create research based interpretations using the French Tableau (living picture).

      Sheri Carpenter, Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative, Tulsa, OK, US; Brittany Conway, student, Tulsa, OK, US; Beth Howard, Mark Twain Elementary School, Tulsa, OK, US

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