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Thermometers to Thermostats: Designing and Assessing Informed Action

Young people care deeply about the issues that affect their community, and taking informed action enables them to apply the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they have practiced in class.

Bridging Reading and Writing through C3 Inquiry

The right combination of primary and secondary sources will create an inquiry bridge between disciplinary reading and analytical writing

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Inviting Students to Consider the Purpose of Presidential Proclamations

Students can learn a lot about specific U.S. presidents and their presidencies by researching presidential proclamations, such as the one that created Thanksgiving Day or the pardoning of Nixon.

Is Migration a Human Right?

In our rapidly changing world, engage your students in civic learning and cultural inquiry by framing the study of migration through the lens of human rights and global competencies.

The Great Thanksgiving Listen: Tag It for NCSS!

Make Thanksgiving a meaningful celebration by inviting your students to participate in this nationwide oral history project, which is supported by NPR and the Library of Congress, where interviews can be posted.
NCSS members can help us create a collection of 2016 NCSS living-memory narratives by reminding their students to tag their Great Thanksgiving Listen recordings with the keyword "NCSS."

Connecting with the Indigenous: Global Citizens Take Action

This project teaches global competency by raising students’ awareness to issues of ethnocentrism and discrimination, while also emphasizing the importance of a culturally and ethnically diverse society. Learn how to engage students in gathering research, evaluating evidence and communicating conclusions with the goal of taking informed action.

Engaging the Community: Building an Oral History Program

Using a Vietnam oral history project as a reference, this session will engage teachers in learning how to construct an oral history program, including ways to involve the community in the process and creating a product for the public.

"What Happened Needs to be Told": Fostering Critical Historical Reasoning in the Classroom

In a history of the Vietnam War, what should be emphasized, and what glossed over or omitted? This session examines how a ninth grade class responded to this question. The presenter will discuss how their favorite answer—to allot more space to all points of view—falls short of what a critical approach to historical investigation requires.

Reconceptualizing the Teaching of Mexican American Contributions in U.S. History: A Case Study on Mendez v. Westminster

This presentation will focus on how to teach the contributions of Mexican Americans in historically and racially complex ways. Using Mendez v. Westminster as a case study, we will explore: 1) Mexican Americans unique racial status in the U.S. 2) how school district officials used loopholes to segregate Mexican American students, and 3) how Mexican Americans challenged those legal loopholes.

Putting Social Studies in its Place Using GIS to Enhance the Social Studies Classroom

Putting Social Studies in its Place is a free 5-week online course designed to introduce you to the power of using WebGIS in a Social Studies classroom. This session will model how you can use GIS to: complement your existing instruction; map and analyze simple data sets; and create community based PBL activities. Lesson plans, free software, and replication tips will be provided. Bring your own device.


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