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NCSS Professional Development


Institutes and Webinars

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
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
April 8, 2020 - 3:00pm

Complimentary Webinar

Hosted by Kenneth C. Davis, New York Times - Bestselling Author
As school systems grapple with huge decisions, our students have questions and so do teachers. This webinar is meant as a conversation, not a lecture, in which we will share our concerns and approaches and try to bring some of the wisdom of the past to bear on the present. Kenneth C. Davis will draw on research from his book More Deadly Than War. He will also be offering 10 free classroom virtual visits, subject to his availability.

April 8, 2020 - 4:30pm

Free Webinar in collaboration with inquirED

Join us for a discussion of how the Question Formulation Technique (QFT)  can be used with primary sources - and how primary sources from the Library of Congress can be used to deepen the practice of inquiry in social studies.

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.

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.

April 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

Complimentary for NCSS Members

Students may be interested in and excited by sports and admire athletes. They may know the accomplishments and statistics that prove the skills of athletes. This interest can be used excite and teach students about rights and lack of rights of minorities and underserved populations in the United States in the 20th century.  Join us in a webinar introducing, an online resource of the National Archives, as we examine primary source documents featuring Jackie Robinson.



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