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NCSS Institutes and Webinars

NCSS brings some of the best educational programming available to the social studies professional in the NCSS Spring Webinar Series and NCSS Summer Institutes. Please check back often for updates to our listing of professional learning opportunities below.

If you are interested in sharing your knowledge with your colleagues, we are currently accepting proposals for this year's summer workshops. In submitting a proposal, it not only shows your commitment to leadership in the field of social studies that benefits others in our profession, but would also be an experience that will satisfy your professional goals of research and provide professional development that is meaningful.

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Upcoming Webinars and Institutes

February 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

How do we intersect effective social studies instruction and culturally relevant learning in a way that honors students' cultural competence? Join this webinar to explore Culturally Relevant Pedagogy utilizing primary sources and leave with strategies to work toward a culturally relevant classroom.

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March 3, 2020 - 7:00pm

Complimentary for NCSS Members

Women’s stories have always been integral to American history, but often been presented as peripheral to the main story or highlighted only during Women’s History Month. Join this webinar as we integrate women’s history across the curriculum through American art and portraiture, featuring artwork links of women’s stories to major themes in history and English/language arts, such as activism, social change, artistic and cultural movements, etc.

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March 10, 2020 - 7:00pm

Children’s literature is a central part of the elementary curriculum. Join this webinar as we explore the utilization of children's books in social studies curriculum, bridging the stories with instruction to encourage thoughtful discussions and inquiry with your students.

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March 12, 2020 - 7:00pm

How have humans changed the Earth's landscape, atmosphere, and ecosystems? Join this webinar discussion and develop inquiry-based activities and techniques for engaging students in memorable, hands-on activities that make human geography come alive and show the relevance to students’ lives.

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March 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

Are you looking to situate the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) in your social studies methods instruction as a salient and foundational consideration? Join this webinar as we examine a framework for organically incorporating C3 and IDM instruction.

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March 26, 2020 - 7:00pm

Complimentary for NCSS Members

For decades, schools have been trying to boost reading test scores by cutting back on social studies and science in order to focus on comprehension "skills" like "finding the main idea" and "making inferences." But cognitive science has found that the most important factor in reading comprehension isn't skill--it's knowledge, which is best developed through the very subjects schools have been cutting. Join this webinar as we explore how some schools are building knowledge as early as possible through a content-focused elementary curriculum, an approach that has the potential to raise scores and narrow the gap between students from the top and bottom of the socioeconomic spectrum.

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April 7, 2020 - 7:00pm

How can we cultivate a reflective classroom community that encourages thoughtful, respectful conversations with and between students? Join this webinar as we explore engaging teaching strategies that develop news literacy, encourage student engagement around global issues, and support conversations about divisive topics.

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April 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

Discover how games and gamification can be utilized to engage students, encourage collaboration, cooperation, and develop skills in and out of school. Join in on this webinar that is sure to add fun and excitement into your classroom, regardless of the topic or age of students you teach.

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April 21, 2020 - 7:00pm

Reading skills have the largest impact on student performance. Join in this webinar to discuss multiple strategies to address literacy in order to increase student success. Strategies provided are those that will utilize difficult primary resources and have all been kid-tested in the classroom.

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April 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

Pre-service and classroom teachers are looking for ways to support student historical understandings at the younger grade levels.  Join this webinar for a step-by-step guide for historical inquiry, based on the dimensions of the C3 Framework, as a way to implement an inquiry-based framework in their classes to assist their students in understanding the importance of why and how to evaluate master narratives.

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