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September 13, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Are you looking for meaningful ways to bring the presidential election to life in social studies classrooms? This webinar will provide a framework for students to discuss controversial issues, connect national events to their daily lives, and ultimately engage in the civic process.

Webinar Fee: Complimentary

October 13, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

During an election year, Americans are bombarded by various messages and images from candidates. In this webinar, participants will learn a new framework for interpreting political media through the lens of shared American values and the inherent tensions that exist between them. 

March 29, 2016 - 7:00pm

This webinar will on how to build a green classroom. The presenter has had a paperless class room for over 2 years. Develop new ideas and techniques for going paperless in the classroom. Improve your assignments, expand your feedback ability, speed up correction time; go paperless!

Instructor: Michael M. Yell, former NCSS president and National Board Certified middle school social studies teacher.

Fee: $20 members/$40 non-members

March 15, 2016 to March 22, 2016

This two-part webinar series is a continuation of the 2015, four-part webinar series focusing on ways to incorporate inclusive pedagogical approaches for addressing different faith traditions and cultures in the classroom consistent with the First Amendment. Based on Tanenbaum's* Seven Principles of Inclusive Education and Face to Faith’s Essentials of Dialogue, these webinars help teachers navigate the often difficult terrain of teaching accurately and sensitively about diverse religions and cultures. This two sessions will be more streamlined and focus to help implementation religious and cultural literacy into your classrooms.

July 27, 2015 to July 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.

June 22, 2015 to September 7, 2015

Improving Historical Reading & Writing is a free Massive Online Open Course offered by NCSS through the Canvas Network ( The course is designed to help history teachers improve their skills in teaching historical reading and writing. The MOOC will be organized into 15 online modules that will be open from June 22 – September 7, 2015. Each module will contain multiple resources, 3-5 short lecture videos, 2-3 readings, 2-4 online discussions and an online quiz. Course participants will be able to choose which modules to participate in and will have flexible deadlines when completing course work. Those who complete the course will receive a grade based on reading and video quizzes and can earn badges and/or certificates of completion. There is also an option to purchase graduate credit from Ashland University for work completed. The course blog is located at The instructors for this course will be Corbin Moore and Scott Petri.


2013 NCSS Award and Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the 2013 NCSS Award and Grant Recipients. Please join us in recognizing these educators for their outstanding accomplishments in social studies education. NCSS Award and Grant recipients were formally recognized during the NCSS Annual Conference in St. Louis, Washington in November, where they will also present sessions on their outstanding work.

Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year

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NCSS Annual Conference

Join thousands of your social studies colleagues at the NCSS Annual Conference, this November 21-23, 2014, in Boston, Massachusetts. Go to to learn more about the Annual Conference.

NCSS Webinars and Summer Workshops

NCSS offers webinars and Summer Workshops, designed to strengthen classroom techniques and feature in-depth, hands-on information Learn more.


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