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Socrates and the Battle for the Soul of America: An Online Institute for Social Studies Teachers

March 3, 2019

Enroll in a four to eight week online professional development course that tackles the deep divisions in American society using compelling questions. Craft classroom-ready lessons to challenge students, apply disciplinary tools to analyze your compelling questions, and earn up to three graduate credits.

This course empowers middle and high school teachers of government/civics, US history, sociology, psychology and world history to craft big questions that inspire student engagement and learning.

Registration is accepted on a continous basis. Instruction and coursework are conducted via Google Classroom.

Cost: $389 member / $465 non-member (includes 1 year NCSS membership)

Graduate Credits

Optional graduate credits are available from Adams State University for $55/credit hour.

Length of the course determines the number of graduate credits you are eligible to earn :

  • 4 week course = 1 credit
  • 6 weeks = 2 credits
  • 8 weeks = 3 credits.

Course Requirements and Syllabi



Daniel Fouts

Since 1993, Dan has taught AP government, philosophy and US history in the Chicagoland area. He attained an undergraduate degree in political science and philosophy from Bradley University, as well as a M.S. in education and social policy from Northwestern University. Dan has served as a member of the committee on pre-collegiate instruction in philosophy through the American Philosophical Association from 2012-2016. Additionally, he has presented at several NCSS national conferences and currently works with NCSS to create and instruct online courses designed to help middle/high school teachers integrate Big Questions into their classrooms. Dan also manages a blog which showcases lessons and strategies aligned to inquiry-based instruction.

Twitter: @dmfouts