2014 NCSS Annual Conference

Present a Session at the 2014 NCSS Annual Conference in Boston

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Join social studies educators from around the world in Boston in 2014 to explore the civic mission of schools in the 21st Century. The 94th NCSS Conference will showcase the following powerful practices and initiatives aimed at preparing all students for college, career, and civic life. Think about how you might best address one or more of them as you craft your conference proposal.

Teaching Social Studies as Inquiry

Does your presentation demonstrate the four dimensions of informed inquiry defined in College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards?

Promoting Civic Learning's Six Proven Practices

Does your presentation explore one or more of the six proven practices that together constitute well-rounded civic learning as described in Guardian of Democracy: the Civic Mission of Schools?

Taking Informed Action

Does your presentation demonstrate

Supporting Disciplinary Literacy

Does your presentation promote

Building 21st Century Skills

Does your presentation demonstrate how social studies content and concepts can intentionally strengthen the 4C's of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills?

Presentation Types

You may propose a presentation in any of the following formats:

Historically, the acceptance rate for sessions has been approximately 50 percent. For workshops, the acceptance rate has been lower, and for poster presentations higher. Presentation slots are limited. For this reason, presenters may not appear on the program in more than two presentations.

Selection Criteria

Proposal reviewers and the NCSS Program Planning Committee use the following criteria in reviewing proposals:

All proposals will be reviewed blind (with no names attached) and scored by multiple reviewers. The Program Planning Committee will make its selection from the top ranked proposals. We encourage you to volunteer to be a proposal reviewer. There is no better way to hone one's submission skills. Remember, reviewers get a discount on conference registration!

Presenter Registration

All presenters are required to register for the conference by the advanced registration deadline. Online registration will open next summer.

Presentation Materials and Audio-Visual Equipment

Presenters are responsible for providing any materials they plan to use or distribute in their presentation. They are also responsible for the costs of any A-V equipment needed. You will find estimates of those costs listed on the proposal form. If your proposal is accepted, NCSS will confirm your audiovisual needs and you will be billed for the options you chose.

Commercial Solicitation

Commercial solicitation is prohibited at all presentations. If you are representing a commercial interest, your presentation must be educational in nature. If the essential purpose of a proposal is to promote books, materials, or services for sale, it will not be accepted.


Acceptance/rejection notification will be sent via email to the primary presenters in the spring. It is their responsibility to relay that information to all co-presenters. Scheduling information will be sent to all participants during the summer.

REMEMBER! The deadline for submitting proposals is February 18, 2014

Getting Started

Select "Writing a Winning Proposal" for a quick tutorial on how to transform your good idea into a great proposal. Select "Submit a Proposal" to enter the NCSS online proposal submission system. After submitting, select "Edit Your Proposal" to revise your work. The last day for submissions and edits is February 18, 2013.




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