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Can We Make a PowerPoint? Structuring Student Research Projects

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Many students, including those with learning disabilities or executive functioning difficulties, need explicit instruction to complete a research project. Explore strategies to structure the research and writing demands for success.

Greek Tragedy: Where Cultural Inquiry and Civic Learning Collide

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
1:30pm to 2:00pm
Aeschylus' Orestia examines the birth of the jury system of Athens. Sophocles' Antigone looks at the tension between civic and religious obligations. Euripides' Medea studies the rights of immigrants and women.

Ten Essential Tech Tools All Civics Teachers Must Have

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
11:05am to 11:35am
Receive 10 tech tools you can leverage immediately to impact your civics instruction. The best part is that they're free!

Shifting from Drill and Kill to Opening Inquiring Minds

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
3:50pm to 4:50pm
Experience high-interest lessons that engage and support the C3 Framework. Leave behind your tired lessons and transform them, opening your students' minds to inquiry. Ready-to-use, hands-on lesson provided.

Elections are Over! Now What?

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 10:30am
It's time for the election season after party! Keep the excitement going with interactive lesson plans, games, and action civics projects that focus on elected officials' jobs. Free resources provided!

Teaching Race and Membership in a Suburban Jewish Day School

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Bringing Facing History and Ourselves' Race and Membership curriculum to middle school students in this homogeneous environment poses challenges but also provides opportunities to truly teach the value of diversity.

Make Sourcing Sexy: Strategies to Engage Students in Sourcing Content

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Sourcing content is an essential skill for our students. Learn how to leverage awesome resources from the Library of Congress and new wave classroom strategies to make sourcing content fun.

Creating a Laboratory of Democracy with Controversial Issues

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
8:00am to 9:00am
Get sample lessons on using controversial issues in civics education. These activities attempt to meet the recommendations for best practices articulated in the C3 Framework.

Historical Inquiry and Middle-Schoolers: What Can It Look Like?

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
3:45pm to 4:15pm
Learn how students collaborate online to craft historical arguments about democratic principles. Participants will engage with sample activities, review examples of student work, and get free material.

Books, Bugs, and Fish: Teaching Sustainability through Text

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
2:40pm to 3:40pm
Numerous texts exemplify how to practice sustainability across a variety of settings. A panel of social studies teachers and teacher educators showcase how to enhance students' understanding of sustainability.


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