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Pre-Conference Clinics

San Francisco offers an abundance of resources for the social studies classroom, and NCSS pre-conference clinics provide many options to take advantage of them through in-depth, hands-on sessions. Plan to arrive early to participate in one or more of these interesting and valuable clinics.

Thursday, November 16

Half Day Clinics

Exploring Sikhism

10:00am to 1:00pm

Come and learn about Sikhism,the world's fifth largest religion, and explore how to teach it in the classroom.

Fee:  $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers

Presenters: Pritpal Kaur Ahluwalia, Kaur Foundation, Potomac, MD

Innovative Lessons on Oman/Zanzibar: Exchanges between Arabia and East Africa

2:00pm to 5:00pm

Bring the Indian Ocean cultural exchanges to life in your classroom while increasing students' critical thinking skills! A group of teachers will share their innovative lesson plans and teaching ideas.

Fee:  $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers

Presenters: Lisa Adeli, University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Tucson, AZ; Nikole Brasch, La Joya Community High School, Avondale, AZ; Michelle Rich, Summit Academy, Denver, CO; Victoria Vicente, Thoreau High School, Thoreau, NM; Robert Hallock, Sammamish High School, Bellevue, WA

KidCitizen App: Designing Digital Games for Inquiry with Primary Sources

2:00pm to 5:00pm Participants will explore freely available digital apps designed to foster young children’s inquiry with primary sources and then use the digital game templates to create their own episodes. Laptop needed.

Presenters: Ilene Berson, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Michael Berson, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Bert Snow, Muzzy Lane Softward, Amesbury, MA

Building the Transcontinental Railroad through the Eyes of Chinese Immigrants

2:00pm to 5:00pm

Chinese railroad builders were instrumental in building the railroad yet they experienced racism, lower wages, and difficult working conditions. Inspire students in understanding the Chinese experience. Storypath curriculum unit provided.

Fee:  $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers

Presenters: Margit McGuire, Seattle University, Seattle, WA

Teaching Social Justice for Indigenous Peoples in BC, Canada

2:00pm to 5:00pm

In B.C., Canada, infusing Indigenous knowledge is mandatory for all grades and subjects. This interactive session references the work of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the U.S.

Fee:  $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers

Presenters: Carol Arnold, B.C. Teachers Federation, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada; Gail Stromquist, B.C. Teachers Federation, Vancouver, BC, Canada

iCivics Train the Trainer Workshop

2:00pm to 5:00pm

Bring your own device and experience iCivics' official train-the-trainer program! Facilitation resources provided.

Fee:  $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers

Presenters: Kelly Whitney, iCivics, Cambridge, MA; Emma Humphries, iCivics, Cambridge, MA; Taylor Davis, iCivics, Cambridge, MA

Teaching with Primary Sources

2:00pm to 5:00pm

Connect the history and background of the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace process to the present through primary sources and teaching strategies that support close, analytic reading and evidence-based responses.

Fee:  $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers

Presenters: Karla Suomala, Institute for Curriculum Services, San Francisco, CA

Teaching Controversial Topics in Secondary Social Studies

2:00pm to 5:00pm

Social Studies class is exciting--often because it is controversial. This interactive session will help teachers turn controversial and sensitive topics into engaging learning experiences for secondary students.

Fee:  $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers

Presenters: William Brazier, Loudoun County Public Schools, Ashburn, VA; Patricia Coggins, Loudoun County Public Schools, Ashburn, VA;

Using Inquiry to Discover San Francisco

2:00pm to 5:00pm

Find treasure in Chinatown; discover the secrets of the Financial District and enjoy sculptures along the water. Join a hands-on exploration of San Francisco using inquiry as our guide.

Fee:  $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers

Presenters: Paul Nagel, Cypress, TX; David Faerber, Lee Magnet High School, Baton Rouge, LA

Teaching the C3 Framework Part II

2:00pm to 5:00pm This clinic brings together teacher leaders in key states to expand ongoing work on the C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards and the Inquiry Design Model (IDM).

Presenters: John Lee, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; Kathy Swan, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; S.G. Grant, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY

Building Bridges between Psychology Teachers

2:00pm to 5:00pm

A team of veteran psych teachers will provide teachers of all experience levels with a variety of teacher-tested, hands-on activities and projects that can be immediately implemented in the classroom.

Fee:  $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers

Presenters: Daria Schaffeld, Prospect High School, Mt. Prospect, IL; Joseph Geiger, Carl Sandburg High School, Orland Park, IL; Jennifer Schlicht, Olathe South High School, Olathe, KS; Sejal Schullo, Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, IL

Full Day Clinics

Transformative Human Rights Education through Creative Arts

10:00am to 4:00pm

How can teachers inspire youth to learn about human rights in order to transform their own lives and communities?

Fee:  $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers

Presenters: Susan Katz, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; Monisha Bajaj, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; Sandy Sohcot, The World As It Could Be/Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs' Activities League, San Francisco, CA

Learning and Teaching about the Diversity of the Asian-American Experience

10:00am to 4:00pm

This clinic provides an overview of the challenges facing Asian-American students, and will introduce, demonstrate, and provide classroom-friendly materials that focus on the diversity of the Asian-American experience.

Fee:  $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers

Presenters: Gary Mukai, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education, Stanford, CA; Naomi Funahashi, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education, Stanford, CA; Jonas Edman, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education, Stanford, CA; Rylan Sekiguchi, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education, Stanford, CA; Johanna Wee, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education, Stanford, CA; Tanya Lee, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education, Stanford, CA

Advise the President: Historic Deliberations for the Classroom

10:00am to 4:00pm

Advise the President provides teachers with an opportunity to bring Presidential decisions into the classroom. Using a unique deliberation process, students take on the role of presidential advisor.

Fee:  $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers

Presenters: Elizabeth Dinschel, National Archives and Records Administration at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch, IA; Kathleen Pate, National Archives and Records Administration at the William Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, Little Rock, AR; Sharon Brannon, National Archives and Records Administration at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Dallas, TX

Inquiry, Argument Writing, and DBQ Online

10:00am to 4:00pm

To address the C3 Framework, instructional shifts emphasizing student engagement and writing instruction must prevail. The DBQ method helps teachers implement rigorous reading and writing activities in technology rich classrooms.

Fee:  $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers

Presenters: Tyler Adams, The DBQ Project, Evanston, IL; Keith Hyndshaw, The DBQ Project, Evanston, IL

Transform Your Teaching through Inquiry-Based Media Analysis

10:00am to 4:00pm

Learn and practice the dynamic art of Constructivist Media Decoding that teaches ALL students life-long habits of critical thinking through questioning media content, sourcing, credibility, perspective, bias and more.

Fee:  $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers

Presenters: Chris Sperry, Project Look Sharp, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY; Cyndy Scheibe, Project Look Sharp, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

Offsite Clinics

Alcatraz

12:00pm to 5:30pm

Join the NCSS Indigenous Education Community for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with social studies educators on Alcatraz Island. Explore the full history of the island, with a focus on the American Indian Movement (AIM) occupation of the island, 1969-1971. National Park Rangers will lead a tour of the island and community leaders will discuss how to use the island's rich history to explore indigenous issues today. Curricular resources will be provided to help transfer your onsite learning to the classroom. An AIM speaker will discuss the importance of Alcatraz and current indigenous civic action in the United States.

Participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring a jacket.  There are no concessions on the island (and limited options on the boat), so plan ahead and eat prior to the start or bring lunch with you.

Fee: $40.  Attendees will travel together by the F streetcar from 5th & Market Sts. (five blocks from Moscone West) to Pier 33.  Streetcar fare is not included in clinic price.

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