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Conference Highlights

Friday
NCSS Documentary Series
Friday,10:15AM-6:30PM, GRB Convention Center Room 350DEF

The NCSS Documentary Series presents four provocative and compelling documentary collections from some of the country’s most respected documentary production companies. Each film includes a panel discussion with representatives of the film, plus teaching materials. Stay for one film or for the whole day!

10:15AM Collected Short Documentaries from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting connects students with reporters and the underreported global issues they cover. Short documentaries tie in with lesson plans, offering windows into complex, seemingly distant issues such as global struggles to secure water, role discrimination plays in spread of HIV/AIDS, plight of Iraqi refugees, and rehabilitation of child soldiers.

Panelists include Jon Sawyer, Director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

1:15 PM Iron Ladies of Liberia
With unprecedented access, this intimate documentary goes behind the scenes with Africa’s first freely elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia. The film explores the challenges facing the new president and the extraordinary women surrounding her as they develop and implement policy to rebuild their ravaged country and prevent a descent back into civil war. Iron Ladies is one of several films featured in the VOTE Democracy! CLASSROOM series developed by the Independent Television Service. The films and lessons engage students in discussions about democracy around the world, elections, gender and media literacy. Shortened modules and curricula are available at www.pbs.org/independentlens/classroom/votedemocracy.html

Watch a preview at >http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/ironladies/index.html.

3:00 PM Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans
Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans presents a portrait of arguably the oldest African American neighborhood in the U.S. which was also the birthplace of the black civil rights struggle in the South and the home of jazz. Its important and unique, little known past adds a revealing new dimension to black history from slavery to the problems of racial inequality. It also brings us up to today’s post-Katrina New Orleans. A film by Dawn Logsdon and Lolis Eric Lolie.

6:15-7:30PM Hilton Americas-Houston Room 335A-C
NCSS Teachers of the Year Awards Reception
Come out and celebrate excellence! Join us for a special evening as we honor the best and brightest in social studies education! Our annual Teacher of the Year Awards recognize outstanding classroom teachers who educate effective citizens

7:30-8:45PM Hilton Americas-Houston Grand Ballroom Foyer (4th Floor)
President’s Reception
Catch up with old friends and meet new ones in the beautiful Grand Ballroom foyer of the Hilton Americas-Houston, overlooking the skyline of downtown Houston. We will have entertainment and light refreshments to add to the festivities. Sponsored by American Institute for History Education and Pearson.

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8:45-11:30PM Hilton Americas-Houston Grand Ballroom A-C
The Nystrom Welcome Dance 8:45 p.m.
Once again our friends at Nystrom will host this perennial favorite. Whirl the night away to great music and terrific company at the annual Welcome Dance featuring live entertainment in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Americas-Houston.

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Saturday
8:00-9:30AM Hilton Americas-Houston Room 340AB
Breakfast with Firoozeh Dumas
Join best-selling author Firoozeh Dumas for an informal and intimate meet-the-author breakfast prior to her keynote address. This is a ticketed event.

8:00-10:15AM, 10:30AM-2:45PM, 2:45-5:00PM GRB Convention Center Room 350DEF
Students Doing Social Studies
Several Houston-area student groups will present their award-winning projects in civics, history, geography, and technology. Watch the students, talk with their teachers, and learn how to implement these projects in your classroom. Sponsored by Teachers’ Curriculum Institute.

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11:45AM-12:45PM GRB Convention Center Foyer near Room 330
NCSS Communities Poster Session
NCSS Communities are groups of NCSS members formed around a similar interest, subject, or job area and vehicles for NCSS members to discuss current topics, seek advice, share their knowledge and connect with other members with similar interests. Plan to explore NCSS’s many communities by meeting with their leaders and learning about their activities during this special session of poster presentations.

By joining one or more communities, you have opportunities to network with members who share your interests and concerns and have a greater say in NCSS governance. Communities maintain an online presence on the NCSS website, allowing members to interact and conduct business year-round. Communities also hold business meetings and conduct sessions at the annual conference.

6:00-7:45PM Hilton Americas-Houston Room 335A-C
NCSS Awards Reception
Join us for the presentation of this year’s NCSS awards! Enjoy a wonderful evening of entertainment and refreshments as we honor the exceptional contributions of your colleagues in social studies education.

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