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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

March 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

Registration: FREE for NCSS Members

This hands-on webinar will suggest some starting places and strategies for empowering students to ask questions and seek answers in the collections. 
March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Today the grandchildren of Vietnam War veterans are attending middle and high schools throughout America, sitting side-by-side with the children of those who served more recently in Desert Storm and the Iraq War. But how much do they really know about these conflicts and the sacrifices their dads, moms and grandparents proudly made?

April 2, 2019 - 7:00pm

This presentation highlights a freely available digital game designed to foster young children's engaging inquiry with primary sources. KidCitizen is part of the Congress, Civic Participation, and Primary Sources Project. It is funded by a grant from the Library of Congress. The presenters will introduce KidCitizen and discuss how the models of learning showcased in the KidCitizen templates may be leveraged by teachers to support disciplined inquiry in primary grade instruction.

April 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

Youth interest in politics, government, and current issues is at an all time high nationwide. However, civic education is minimized in curricula across the country and as a result students have few opportunities to engage with the controversial issues which inform their world and are most relevant to them. 

February 5, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
February 7, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
March 14, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
April 11, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

During this webinar series participants will analyze the vast political, social, and cultural changes that took place in the United States beginning in the 1950s and lasting through the 1960s. We will discuss the vast divisions that developed in American society during this era, and ways that those divisions continue today. We will analyze how new voices emerged on the political scene during this period, and how and why some "radicals" distanced themselves from any form of politics.

April 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Registration: FREE for NCSS Members

The Statistics in Schools Program offers free online resources to K-12 teachers. Using real-life current and historical data, teach students statistical concepts to improve their data literacy skills.

April 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

This webinar will introduce the sociology learning goals for College, Career and Civic ready students. In the first half of the webinar, sociologists will provide an overview of the four learning goals, the assessable competencies for each of the goals, and the connections to the C3 framework. In the second half, the directors of the American Sociological Association's High School program will present sample lessons.

Fee: $25 members/$50 non-members

May 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

History and social studies educators often face the challenge of how to engage in the study of difficult histories with students. Although best practice in the field of Holocaust studies maintains that primary sources should be a central component of any study of the Holocaust, research demonstrates that most high school history and social studies teachers feel unprepared to teach the subject both in regards to historical content, and curation of primary sources.