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Syd Golston: Experiences and Visions of an NCSS President

The Archives Committee welcomes all conference attendees to their annual Past President interview. Special guest Syd Golston will discuss: 1.) her visions and goals as an incoming NCSS officer; 2.) significant issues and decisions made during her tenure; and 3.) her visions for the future of NCSS. This session will allow conference attendees the opportunity to observe and be a part of this important process. By attending this session, participants will experience: 1.) the role of the NCSS Archives Committee; 2.) mechanics of conducting an oral history interview; 3.) visions, experiences and policies of an NCSS Past President; and 4.) Golston's vision of social studies education and how NCSS can achieve that vision.

Poster Session-Inquiry-Based Social Studies in the Era of Standardized Testing

How do novice teachers find the time and resources to teach the social studies within the current educational paradigm? Moreover, in what ways does the culture of standardized testing effect the way in which practitioners value the social studies?These are the main questions addressed in this presentation. Teacher-participants considered the position of the social studies within their burgeoning ideas about curriculum and pedagogy.

Critical Issues in Social Studies Assessment

This roundtable session examines critical issues in standardized assessment -- including both ends and means, principles and practices -- from local, state, national, and global perspectives.

WANTED: New Ways to Assess Student Understanding in History

Existing assessments in history do not align with current instructional methods. Combined with an increased emphasis on literacy in the Common Core, new ways to assess student understanding are needed.

Designing Instructional Materials to Challenge Students' Thinking

This presentation will focus on best practices in designing instructional materials in geography and other social studies subjects to engage and challenge students' thinking about global issues.

Social Studies Common Assessments Aligned to Common Core Assessment Methods

Learn about the assessment methods used by Smarter Balanced and PARCC for the Common Core State Assessment and see examples of K-12 social studies common assessments aligned to these methods.

Sustainable Social Studies are Powerful and Authentic with PASS

PASS is a NCSS professional development program based on principles of authentic intellectual work that keeps social studies sustainable. This session introduces the PASS criteria, standards and rubrics.

Creating and Sustaining a History Book Club for Professional Development

This session discusses a joint professional development effort of Little Rock School District and the History Department faculty from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The Problem with Hoodia: Fostering Global Learning Initiatives

This interactive presentation demonstrates professional development strategies for fostering global awareness using cooperative learning, problem-solving, case-study analysis and simulation.

Creating and Sustaining a History Book Club for Professional Development

This session discusses a joint professional development effort of Little Rock School District and the History Department faculty from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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