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Fostering Citizenship: Engaging Students in a Town Meeting Project

Promote civic engagement while guiding students through a collaborative writing-based project. This interactive session breaks down the 21st-century-skill-rich town meeting project and helps teachers implement it in their classrooms.

Explore History and the World with Google Cardboard

3D Virtual-Reality with Google Cardboard gives your social studies students a new and powerful perspective. Be part of the conversation and leave with exciting VR ideas, strategies, and tools.

CASH in with Inquiry! Captivating all Students in History

Captivate your students and foster critical thinking when you use historical inquiry. Learn how to implement and scaffold primary/secondary sources so all students can become the historians!

Active, Dependable, Differentiated Strategies for all Social Studies Learners

Participate in active simulations, create differentiated assessments and play original summarizing games. Come learn and have fun!! Aristotle said What we learn to do, we learn by doing.

Advocacy Amplified through the First Amendment

How can students effect real change in their communities and beyond? Examine historical social campaigns to learn how First Amendment freedoms and persuasive tools can be leveraged to achieve goals.

The Missing Peace in Civic Learning

From US History to current global issues, learn from teacher experiences how to integrate peacebuilding concepts and skills into existing curriculum to support civic learning and cultural inquiry.

The Battle of Brooklyn: Inquiry Strategies and Historical Agency

Learn inquiry strategies using primary sources to engage students in Revolutionary history as a series of choices made by individuals. Curriculum materials will be distributed.

Research-into-Practice Lecture: Ordinary People/Extraordinary Circumstances: Reimagining Diversity in Civic Education

This session presents exemplary social studies research for practitioners. Dr. Ashley Woodson addresses the oversimplification of civil rights leaders as civic superheroes, and ways to expand Black students' civic imaginations.​

King Philip's War and Cultural Conflict in New England

Explore the complex relationships between colonists and Native Americans. Investigate multiple perspectives, even with a limited number of sources, and engage students' inquiry skills with maps, artifacts, and documents!

Hack the Web and Increase Social Studies Literacy with DocentEDU

Use DocentEDU, a free cloud service, to transform Google docs or web pages into engaging, interactive, multimedia lessons with built-in assessment capabilities.


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