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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.

Click Here to Learn More & Submit a Summer Institute Proposal

Upcoming Webinars and Institutes

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.

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.

April 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

Complimentary for NCSS Members

Students may be interested in and excited by sports and admire athletes. They may know the accomplishments and statistics that prove the skills of athletes. This interest can be used excite and teach students about rights and lack of rights of minorities and underserved populations in the United States in the 20th century.  Join us in a webinar introducing, an online resource of the National Archives, as we examine primary source documents featuring Jackie Robinson.

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.

May 7, 2020 - 7:00pm

Critical thinking and communication skills are essential in students developing inquiry and conveying informed decisions through argument writing. Join this webinar as we highlight "disciplinary literacy tools" developed with teachers that support a wide range of students (including English learners and below-grade readers) in becoming proficient in reasoning and writing with sources.

July 27, 2020 to July 28, 2020

Every child should be empowered to inquire, to ask questions, and to wrestle their way to an argument. Join colleagues from around the country and the world to learn more about the importance of using inquiry in social studies, receive hands-on training of the Inquiry Design Model,  and creating your own inquiry materials to use upon your return to the classroom.

July 30, 2020 to July 31, 2020

National Council for the Social Studies and inquirED are hosting the Elementary Inquiry Summer Institute (EISI) in Evanston, IL. Attendees should expect a dynamic, two-day exploration of the tools and strategies that educators need to bring inquiry to life in their classrooms and schools. Workshops and sessions will address key inquiry concepts such as generating questions and planning inquiries, facilitating student-led investigations, and designing and implementing informed action projects. 

Baker Demonstration School
201 Sheridan Rd
Wilmette, IL 60091