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Conference Program Information



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The 98th NCSS Annual Conference is your opportunity to rejuvenate your teaching strategies and collaborate with some of the leaders in social studies education.  When you attend the conference, you will

  • Learn from over 500 presentations by the leading social studies researchers and practitioners (see above)
  • Receive classroom-ready resources
  • Interact with well-known speakers and educators as they share their ideas, experiences, and knowledge
  • Share teaching strategies and solutions with peers, building your own learning community around topics that matter to you
  • Discover the latest teaching products and services

Choose from over 500 presentations addressing the conference subthemes:

  • Past – Present – Future. The issues of religion, class, race and gender, among others, have permeated historical study and analysis for millennia. How have these issues affected who we are, what we believe, where we have been and where we are going?
  • The World Around Us.  Human interaction with the environment and other cultures is a key concept in social studies. Explore geographic and environmental issues that have shaped our world. 
  • Keeping Current.  Staying abreast of our global society has become a social studies imperative. How have governments and economic systems changed to be able to withstand the constantly changing world?
  • Who? What? How? Teaching has grown more complex as research and anecdotal commentary focus on the realities in classrooms.
    • Who?  English language learners, special education students, and other student groups create unique challenges. How do educators meet their diverse needs simultaneously?
    • What? How can social studies teachers balance state standards and students? How do elementary teachers fit social studies into a curriculum driven by math and reading/language arts?
    • How? How can we best help the future of our profession? Practical help, advice, and mentoring are essential to firmly anchor the “newbies” – pre-service teachers, novice teachers, alternative certification teachers - in the profession. 
  • 21st Century Skills.  How do we build the 21st Century skills of critical thinking and problem solving, innovation, collaboration and communication necessary for students to become tomorrow’s leaders?  Analyze the research and explore innovative technologies and methods of delivery that address the needs of students.


Learn more about the conference:

Conference speakers

Pre-conference clinics

Special events

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