Middle Level-Jr. High School
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.
Carol Bacak-Egbo, Oakland University and Waterford Schools, Waterford, MI, US
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.
Leslie Long, Phiilpsburg-Osceola Area School District, Philipsburg, PA, US
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.
Naomi Coquillon, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, US; Carrie Kotcho, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, US
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.
Michael Matera, University School of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US
Facilitates simulation- and art-based activities to initiate classroom conversations and research about critical literacies that concern citizenship and economics. Offers opportunities to partake in activities and take home formal lessons.
James Laney, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, US; Thomas Lucey, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, US
Learn the benefits of implementing Model UN and including Common Core curriculum in your school for the purpose of debate, resolution writing, and interpersonal skills in a cooperative learning environment.
Christa Evans Heath, Holcomb Bridge Middle School, Alpharetta, GA, US; Pamela Roach, North Cobb High School, Kennesaw, GA, US
Use local history and primary sources to teach literacy skills, engage students in their communities, and connect local stories to U.S. history and global issues.
Jessica Ellison, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN, US
Explore using music and dance as primary sources in social studies classrooms. This session will focus on Civil War-Westward Movement songs and dances you can use with your students.
Stephanie Campbell, Anchorage School District, Anchorage, AK, US; Elizabeth Hunt, Anchorage School District, Anchorage, AK, US
Do your students like to shop? Is the economy confusing? Use corporate histories to tell the story of America and how companies have bettered, or burdened, our nation over time.
Chris Etchechury, Pearson, Acton, MA, US
Share an innovative curriculum framework that focuses social science instruction intentionally on inquiry methods, the analysis of texts, and the effective communication of thoughts and ideas while implementing the CCSS-H/SS.
Gary McNaney, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL, US; Martin Moe, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL, US; Monica Swope, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL, US