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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.

Your Students Could be G.I.A.N.T.S.

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
This interactive session has it all: free curricular units, online assessments, interactive maps, instructional strategies, and digital textbooks that build geographic inquiry and historical thinking skills for middle school students.

Empower Students to Succeed Using National Geographic's New Learning Frameworks

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
10:30am to 11:30am
National Geographic's new learning framework A.S.K. (Acquisition, Skills, Knowledge) empowers students to engage and explore their world. See how this inquiry-based tool works in a social studies classroom.

Teaching Tough to Tackle History: DOVE and Civil Rights

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Explore ways to teach the Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE), using a web-based archive that can help students develop new historical understandings, critical thinking and effective communication skills.

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