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Staying Relevant: Digitizing your Civics Classroom

Our students’ lives are saturated with new apps, 30-second video clips and Internet memes. Come learn how leveraging these tools can help you stay relevant and digitize your classroom!

Investigating Famous Bloodlines: Following the Paper Trail

Engage students in learning history content and improving research skills by tracing the bloodlines of famous Americans. Readymade, CCSS-aligned lessons utilizing a variety of research tools and primary sources provided.

1863: Teaching Common Core with the Civil War’s Defining Moments

Come explore how students use Common Core Standards to apply primary sources, research pivotal events, and interpret how crucial decisions changed American history during the Civil War in 1863.

Using Exemplary Texts and Readers Theatre to Prevent Bullying

Are there bullies in your classroom? Do you have students who miss school because they are afraid? Come experience Reader's Theater as a powerful instructional and bullying prevention strategy.

Nomads on Motorcycles: Global Activities on Cultural Diversity and Diffusion

How does globalization impact cultural diversity and cultural change? Are some cultures vanishing? Is a monoculture our future? Come explore these questions with a set of engaging, classroom-ready lessons.

Promoting Complex Spatial Thinking: Maps that Startle, Perplex, and Engage

Using demographic maps to foster interest in political and cultural concepts. "Our Patchwork Nation" provides a model for increased student engagement with issues/concepts concerning the complexity of a pluralistic society.

Children Have the Right to Say! Literacy, Justice, Civic Potential

The session promotes civic literacy to implement the Common Core for middle school teachers. Strategies, methods, and materials are provided to explore current events and controversial issues of juvenile justice.

Bringing Social Studies Curriculum Design into the 21st Century

World History social studies instruction and curriculum design that bridges the gap between traditional instruction and modern expectations of diverse literacies and extensive conceptual understanding of the past.

The Multiplayer Classroom: Gateway to Playful, Purposeful, Passionate Social Studies

Imagine students engaged in a multiplayer world, with XP, quests, mobs, and guilds. Ignite students’ passion for your class and social studies content. Come play along and learn how.

Real Stories, Real Stuff: Teaching with Resources from the Smithsonian

Discover ways to use Smithsonian resources to teach critical thinking skills. Engage in classroom activities and explore free web-resources from the National Museum of American History.


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