Professional Learning

Webinar Series The Reconstruction Amendments: A Constitutional Revolution

Tue, 07/07/2015 to Tue, 07/21/2015

Tuesday evenings from July 7 through July 21 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET / 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm PT

This series of three webinars concerns the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments and the change in the Constitution that they represented and did not represent. We will seek to understand these amendments within the Constitution's basic structure to see how they fix problems endemic to the Constitution, while also understanding these amendments in their immediate context as vehicles to bring peace and protection for freedmen at the end of the Civil War. We will look at the layers of context and the immediate effects of these amendments--and also why they failed to secure their goals in the years immediately following the Civil War.


Inquiry in the Social Studies Classroom

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 8:00pm

Today's teachers face a tremendous and competing challenge: obtain excellent and continually higher results on tests that generally only verify rote knowledge, while simultaneously teaching critical thinking, cooperation, and communication skills. The new Common Core State Standards combined with the National Council for Social Studies College, Career, and Civic Life Framework, demand teachers attend to higher order thinking skills, while often local and state exams measure only basic literacy, knowledge, and comprehension.


Powerful and Authentic Social Studies: A Teacher Training Institute

Mon, 07/27/2015 to Fri, 07/31/2015

Powerful and Authentic Social Studies (PASS) is a professional development program that trains social studies teachers in curriculum design, assessment, and instruction in a standards-based environment. It is an ideal vehicle for classroom-level implementation of C3 and Common Core standards. This institute will provide participants with the materials and expertise necessary to lead their own PASS training workshops in their schools and school districts. Participants will learn about PASS criteria and standards for curriculum design, assessment construction, and effective instruction.

Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA

Confirmed speakers announced for conference

Terrence Roberts, Kara Cooney, Rick Steves, and a special joint appearance by Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon Bonaparte are just some of the confirmed speakers for the 2015 NCSS Annual Conference in November. To see the full lineup to date, click here.

More speakers will be added, so be sure to check back frequently.


Now accepting deposits for 2015 Annual Conference

Do you have funds for the current school year you want to apply toward the registration fee for the 2015 NCSS Annual Conference in New Orleans in November? We can take a deposit now and invoice for the difference once our registration rates are set in early June. Click here to request details.


Reserve your hotel room now for New Orleans

The New Orleans Housing Bureau is now accepting hotel reservations for the 2015 Annual Conference. NCSS has room blocks at ten hotels in the Warehouse/Arts District, all convenient to the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, offering special discounted rates.

The NCSS hotels have sold out each of the past five years, so don't delay in making your reservation.

For all of the details, go to


2015 Call for Proposals now closed

The Call for Proposals for the 2015 Annual Conference is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted one of the more than 1100 proposals,

If you need to edit a submitted proposal, you can do so until the end of this week. Click here to access the proposal system. Scroll down and click on "Edit Proposal." You'll need your proposal ID number and password.

Notifications will go out to all primary presenters by the end of May. Please be sure to check your email and your spam box for notification from NCSS.


Watch the 2014 conference keynote sessions

Want to experience or relive some of the highlights of the 2014 annual conference in Boston? Video of the keynote sessions, Jose Antonio Vargas, Nicholas Kristof, and Ken Burns, is now available for viewing. Click here to start watching.


Jose Antonio Vargas

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