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60 Years of Chinese Exclusion Laws: Their Legacy and Lessons

Panel presentation exploring national Chinese Exclusion Legislation and Northwest consequences with lessons featuring archival materials involving immigration deportation methods, first hand personal experiences, current day impact and restorative events.

The Interview That Gets You the Social Studies Job

Once again, two former high school administrators and NCSS past Presidents invite volunteers from the audience to answer genuine questions they asked in interviews. Critiques and crucial tips are offered.

You've Got Issues...You Just Didn't Know It

Participants will learn how to "issue-ize" their existing instructional units in American and world history by applying an issue-centered focus to increase student engagement and understanding.

Why Can't We Just Take a Test?

The content overload of AP classes makes using alternative assessments a challenge. This session will offer classroom tested options to support traditional methods of assessment.

Experiential Learning and Student Engagement

Explore how leading research illuminates the ability for experiential learning to energize any existing curriculum, increase student engagement, and deliver on both cognitive and affective skill development.

Putting Historical Thinking Into Practice: The Kent State Shootings

Most teachers understand the concepts behind historical thinking but struggle with finding examples of best practices. This presentation provides an example of historical thinking based on the Kent State shootings.

"Doing History" with English Learners: Scaffolding for Success

Discover strategies for engaging English Learners with primary sources, while developing academic language and addressing Common Core Standards. An innovative primary source analysis tool and model lessons will be provided.

Exchanging Ideas - A Window for Engaging Social Studies

Looking for excellent ideas for American history, world history, and other social studies classes? Join us for an exchange of innovative instructional strategies, creative activities, engaging projects, and more!

United States History Comes Alive through the Student Written Musical

Poster and video presentation of an integrated American History activity involving critical reading, research skills, writing, music and drama. The activity culminates with an original student written musical.

Teaching the Civil War through American Art and Portraiture

Join museum educators from the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum as they model activities and strategies for using art to teach Civil War history.

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