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NCSS Annual Conference Session Schedule

Wednesday, November 15

Thursday, November 16

Immigration Dialogues at Angel Island

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Offsite Clinics

Host: Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

Who is an American? Who do we include or exclude? On our eastern shores, the Statue of Liberty stands tall as a beacon of hope, and its words ("Give my your tired, your poor . . .") have guided our own national identity as an immigrant nation, forming the very core of who we are as Americans. Despite this, our nation has always had a very complicated relationship with immigrants and immigration. On the West Coast of the United States, the U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island was built to keep people out--namely Chinese, and other Asians. As a result, between 1910 and 1940, one hundred thousand Chinese immigrants were detained at Angel Island.

These immigrants carved hundreds of poems on the walls of the detention barracks and they stand today as a primary source testifying to a more challenging American immigrant experience. Experience Angel Island Immigration Station, a National Historic Landmark, whose walls are a primary source "document" for teaching about immigration, and participate in a dialogue on immigration which can serve as a model for a classroom dialogue.

This clinic includes a one-mile hike to the Immigration Station, with van service available for those who need it.  Lunch is included.


NOTE:  Attendees are on their own to reach Pier 41, to catch the ferry to Angel Island.

Presenters: Katherine Toy, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, San Francisco, CA; Casey Dexter-Lee, California State Parks, Tiburon, CA

Revisiting the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley

9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Offsite Clinics

Host: UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

The UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project invites you to explore the history of the Free Speech Movement that occurred at UC Berkeley in the Fall of 1964. Participants will be introduced to a unit on student activism that was created in concert with the 50th anniversary commemoration of the movement, examine how the FSM has been remembered through memorials on campus, and view artifacts in the collection of the Bancroft Library. As part of this extended learning experience, participants will discuss how student demands on their schools have changed over time, how communities memorialize past events, and how they can use their own local context to discuss with students how past events should be remembered. There will be some walking across campus. Comfortable shoes are recommended. Lunch will be provided for all registered participants.

NOTE:  Attendees are on their own to reach the UC Berkeley campus, which is accessible by BART.

Fee:  $40 for members, $50 for non-members

Presenters: Rachel Reinhard, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, Berkeley, CA

Teaching Veterans' Legacy: Creating Lessons on WWII Veterans in Cemeteries

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Offsite Clinics

At the end of this interactive, hands-on full-day clinic, held at Moscone West, San Francisco National Cemetery, and the West Coast Memorial, participants will have:

  • explored a wide variety of free resources from the National Cemetery Administration and the American Battle Monuments Commission to help teach historical inquiry and critical thinking;
  • learned the process of researching veterans and service members of World War II and other periods;
  • used technology to make World War II in the Pacific accessible to students;
  • created student-centered, classroom research projects in which students can research veterans and service members from their own communities to see how they contributed to world events.

The morning will begin at Moscone West, where participants will receive a presentation and engage in discussions on veteran research and developing instructional materials.  In the afternoon, participants will travel by bus (provided) to San Francisco National Cemetery and the West Coast Memorial, both located in the historic Presidio.  They'll hear presentations from teachers who have completed Understanding Sacrifice: The Pacific War, including the stories of two service members who were the inspiration for developing lessons and instructional materials in social studies and English Language Arts.

Participants will receive copies of model lesson plans showcasing veterans' history, as well as materials on how to engage in their own research of veterans or service members who are interred of memorialized at a National Cemetery or American Battle Monuments Commission site.

Presenters: Bryce Carpenter, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration, Washington, DC; Jennifer Rosenfeld, Roy Rosenweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; Timothy Nosal, Sarah Hermann, American Battle Monuments Commission, Arlington, VA; Lynne O'Hara, National History Day, College Park, MD

The Fundamentals of Genocide and the Armenian Case

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Offsite Clinics

Host: The Genocide Education Project

Explore modern-era genocide through its prototype, the Armenian Genocide, while discovering Armenian-American culture, cuisine, and the community’s San Francisco landmarks. Taking place in the historic mansion of 19th century developer Frank Jordan, this clinic will also include a tour of the adjacent St. Gregory church, a replica of an ancient Armenian church, and an overview of the spiritual background of Armenians, the first people to adopt Christianity as a national religion in 301.

Clinic participants will enjoy a delicious Armenian luncheon, including a variety of traditional dishes. At the conclusion of the day’s workshop, educators will have the option of visiting Mt. Davidson Cross. Standing on the highest peak in San Francisco with a spectacular view of the city and bay, the 103-ft monument built in 1934, is a historic landmark and memorial to the Armenian Genocide and victims of all human rights abuses.

This clinic will introduce print, video, and web-based approaches to teaching about the persecution and extermination of Armenians during by the Ottoman Empire during WWI and how it became the archetype for subsequent genocides. An investigation into the history, structure, and stages of genocide will be incorporated into the day’s sessions, culminating in a discussion of genocide denial, its forms, long-term impacts, and ideas for lesson plans around this problem.

Presenters: Sara Cohan, The Genocide Education Project, San Francisco, CA; Roxanne Makasdjian, The Genocide Education Project, San Francisco, CA;

San Francisco: Gateway to the American West

9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Offsite Clinics

Join university professors Drs. Ed Crowther and Rich Loosbrock for a grand bus tour of San Francisco. They have developed an entertaining and engaging style by using historical sites coupled with images and documents to provide a vivid and deep understanding of the events that shaped the American past. The tour will feature the major sites of San Francisco, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown, Nob Hill, and downtown, as well as sites along the way.

The tour is constructed around the theme of San Francisco and the American West, with particular focus on three periods:  San Francisco in the 19th century; the impact of the New Deal and World War II; San Francisco in the 1960s.

This tour will take in all parts of San Francisco and provide a comprehensive introduction to the city's major attractions, but will also wander off the beaten path for an enlightening look at an American treasure.

Fee: $30 for members and non-members

Presenters: Rich Loosbrock, Adams State University, Alamosa, CO; Ed Crowther, Adams State University, Alamosa, CO

Advise the President: Historic Deliberations for the Classroom

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Full Day Clinics

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