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Announcements and Opportunities

Do you know of an excellent social studies educator, program, or dissertation that deserves recognition? NCSS is accepting nominations and applications for the following 2017 awards and grants. Awardees will be recognized at the NCSS Annual Conference, which will be held in San Francisco, November 16-19, 2017. Read more and submit an application at Deadline for Application / Nomination is May 15, 2017.

Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year
Offer your skills, talents, and expertise -- and learn about your profession and your colleagues. Consider these opportunities:
July 12, 2017 - 5:30pm EDT to August 16, 2017 - 5:30pm EDT
A free TPS Professional Development Providers Institute will be held online on Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm ET.

* Weekly one-hour online synchronous group work, along with self- paced activities, reflection, and peer feedback,
* Work with education professionals across the Eastern United States,
* Plan, customize, and deliver professional development (PD) that prepares educators to use the Library of Congress digital archives.

May 2, 2017 - 9:00am EDT to May 31, 2017 - 9:00am EDT
This Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12, 2017), the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is asking people to share photos, videos, gifs or stories on social media that illustrate their favorite teacher(s) or what an accomplished teacher looks like to them, using #PictureATeacher. Starting now throughout the month of May, we’d love to generate photos, videos and other types of visual content to show the world who teachers are.
Here’s where you come in: We’d love participation and support in spreading the word about our #PictureATeacher campaign.
July 31, 2017 - 8:00am EDT to August 4, 2017 - 8:00am EDT
The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) will present its second annual summer content institute for K-12 social studies teachers from July 31--August 4, 2017. Application due June 15, 2017.
June 25, 2017 - 7:30am EDT to July 15, 2017 - 7:30am EDT
The 2017 USS Midway Institute is hosting two-week and one-week seminar programs. "Come aboard the USS Midway Museum in beautiful San Diego this summer and join in a unique professional development opportunity for teachers of History and Social Studies!"

The Cold War, Korea, and Vietnam ---- June 25–July 8, 2017
World War II in the Pacific: Clash of Nations and Perspectives ---- July 9- 15, 2017

To learn more, visit
July 10, 2017 - 8:00am EDT to July 12, 2017 - 3:00pm EDT
A workshop, "Teaching the Vietnam War through Documents, Photography, and Poetry" will be held July 10-12, 2017, at the National Archives, Washington, DC. The National Archives and the Academy of American Poets have partnered to
Call for Participants: Vocabulary and Professional Development Instructional Research Group (IRG) in Los Alamitos, California has announced a professional development (PD) opportunity for school districts as part of a federal research grant. For districts to participate, they must have at least two middle schools involved, and each school must have at least 10% of their students be currently classified as English Learners or former English Learners (identified as early as kindergarten). In addition, each school must
May 9, 2017 - 9:30am EDT to May 17, 2017 - 9:30am EDT
We the Voters invites you to join a free, 1-hour, online professional development opportunity designed for secondary social science, civics, government, and ELA teachers, utilizing the new short film anthology We the Voters: 20 Films for the People. Choose one of
May 3, 2017 - 4:00pm EDT to May 23, 2017 - 4:00pm EDT
Through the Council for Economic Education, NCSS is pleased to be a co-sponsor in the following webinars