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Institutes and Webinars

February 19, 2020 - 4:30pm

What’s it like to use inquiry with a first-grader who is just learning to read? A third-grader who struggles during group work? Or a sixth-grader who is just gaining the confidence to speak in class? This webinar explores the unique challenges, opportunities, and benefits of shifting to inquiry in elementary social studies.
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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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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.

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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.

American University
Washington, DC 20016
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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
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