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NCSS 100th Annual Conference: Call for Session Proposals

National Council for the Social Studies 

100th Annual Conference 
December 4-6, 2020 
Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Washington, D.C.

Submissions are Closed

The proposal deadline was February 10, 2020. 

NCSS invites you to submit a proposal to present at our 100th Annual Conference! We also invite you to submit a proposal for the co-located National Law-Related Education Conference (sponsored by the American Bar Association) and the National Council for Geographic Education. 

Selecting Your Session Type

Choose the format that fits your presentation style. 

  • Presentation (60-minutes)
  • Panel (60 minutes)
  • Power Session (30 minutes)
  • Poster Session: (60 minutes)
  • Workshop (2 hours on Sunday, December 6) 
  • Clinics (Half day or full day on Thursday, December 3)
  • Off-Site Clinic

Think interactive! Proposals that include interactive sessions inviting participant dialogue, modeling strategies, examining topics relevant to conference themes, encouraging critical inquiry, demonstrating informed action, and emphasizing interdisciplinary integration are encouraged.  

Understanding the Proposal and Review Process


The current acceptance rate for sessions and power sessions is approximately 40-60 percent. For workshops, the rate has been lower, and for poster presentations higher.

Please keep in mind that presentation slots are limited. For this reason, presenters may not appear on the program in more than two presentations.

All proposals will be reviewed blind (with no names attached) and scored by multiple reviewers. The Program Planning Committee will make its selection from the top-ranked proposals. We encourage you to volunteer to be a proposal reviewer. Reviewers also receive a discount off the full-conference NCSS member registration rate for the conference.

If you have additional questions and answers not found in the Call for Proposals Submission Guide, please email your questions to

Presenter Registration

If you are selected as a presenter, you will be required to register for the conference by the advance registration deadline of November 27, 2020.  While we wish would could help defray the costs of presenters, NCSS does not reimburse conference presenters for registration, travel or hotel expenses.

Creating Presentation Materials and Choosing Audio-Visual Equipment

As a selected presenter, you will be responsible for providing any materials for use or distribution in your presentation and the costs of any A/V equipment needed. You will find A/V costs listed on the proposal form during the live submittal process. If your proposal is accepted, NCSS will confirm your audiovisual needs submitted in the proposal form and you will be billed for the options you choose. Please plan to include the costs when planning and submitting your proposal. 

Commercial Solicitation

Commercial solicitation is prohibited at all presentations. If you are representing a commercial interest, your presentation must be educational in nature. If the essential purpose of a proposal is to promote books, materials, or services for sale, it will not be accepted. It will be considered as an informational session. Proposals of a sales nature can be submitted as an exhibitor session.

Receiving Notification You Have Been Selected to Present

Acceptance/rejection notification will be sent via email to the primary presenters in the late spring. It is the primary presenter's responsibility to relay that information to all co-presenters. If you do not receive notice by the end of May, please contact

Scheduling information will be sent to all participants during the summer.

Proposal Reviewers

We hope you consider becoming a proposal reviewer.  As a reviewer, you will read and rate 12-15 proposals  between February 17 and March 8. The work is done entirely online. As a reviewer, you will be assigned proposals which are close to the subject areas and grade levels you provide. 

As an added incentive, reviewers receive a discount on the conference registration as a thank you for your work. 

Reviewer Signup

The submission deadline is February 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm, Hawaii Standard Time.  Sorry, but we cannot accept any proposals after this date!

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