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NCSS Special Event Webinar Hosted by Kenneth C. Davis

March 5, 2019 - 7:00pm EST

Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport: The Vital Role of Social Studies in Safeguarding Our Rights

This webinar is free for NCSS Members. (Not a member? Register and join in one step.)


"America is an exceptional nation built on a Declaration of Independence and a Constitution that offer a rare collection of inalienable rights and guaranteed freedoms: freedom of speech; freedom of religion; freedom to assemble; freedom of the press; the right to vote; the right to appeal; the right to bear arms.

But let’s be honest. A “just government” requires the “consent of the governed,” as Jefferson declared. That is the essence of American democracy. But it is an ideal that must be defended and preserved by vigilant civic engagement. Democracy is not a spectator sport!

This webinar will focus on:

  • practical steps on how teachers can be change agents,
  • working with librarians, journalists, and jurists in their communities who share their concerns, and
  • bringing parents into the conversation about how we can strengthen our democracy through civic engagement.

Join me and other social studies teachers and professionals on March 5th at 7pm ET for an interactive discussion on what we can all do now to safeguard our rights."

- Kenneth C. Davis

Kenneth Davis will lead a webinar for social studies educators about protecting democracy
Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times–bestselling author of America’s Hidden History and Don’t Know Much About® History, which gave rise to the “Don’t Know Much About®” series of books for adults and children. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed In the Shadow of Liberty, which was an ALA Notable Book and a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. His most recent book, More Deadly Than War, was named a Notable Trade Book for Young People by the Children’s Book Council and National Council for the Social Studies. He has also written for the New York TimesWashington Post and Smithsonian magazine, among other publications. A frequent guest on national television and radio, he has appeared on CBS This Morning, Today, CNN and NPR. Davis enjoys both in-person and virtual visits with readers, teachers, students, librarians, and members of the general public. He lives in New York City and can be found at


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