Webinar Series: Using Multiple Viewpoints and Multiple Perspectives to Study American History
This webinar series will reinforce the advantages of analyzing multiple perspectives and multiple viewpoints when studying American history. Utilizing inquiry activities as suggested by the C3 social studies framework, we will search out multiple (and in some instances) conflicting view of American history so that teachers can encourage critical thinking and informed dialogue amongst students. We will carefully analyze authors who take a more conventional view of American history and who emphasize "American exceptionalism" (Larry Schwikart); we will also discuss the views of authors who present more critical views of American history (Howard Zinn, "Untold History of the United States" by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick). We will demonstrate how using multiple viewpoints will allow students to more precisely analyze major events and topics in American history.
Today's teachers face a tremendous and competing challenge: obtain excellent and continually higher results on tests that generally only verify rote knowledge, while simultaneously teaching critical thinking, cooperation, and communication skills. The new Common Core State Standards combined with the National Council for Social Studies College, Career, and Civic Life Framework, demand teachers attend to higher order thinking skills, while often local and state exams measure only basic literacy, knowledge, and comprehension. The Suchman Inquiry Model described in this webinar allows teachers to teach both the facts and the skills through an inquiry approach which facilitates students' investigation of concepts using maps, graphs, primary source documents, news articles, artifacts, etc. Students develop a multifaceted perspective, draw conclusions, and come to new conceptual understandings. This learning model mirrors authentic tasks done by historians, researchers, writers, policy makers, educators, lawyers and others who rely on knowledge of the humanities for success.
Improving Historical Reading & Writing MOOC
Online beginning June 22, 2015
This course is designed to help history teachers improve their skills in teaching historical reading and writing. The MOOC will be organized into 15 online modules that will be open from June 22 - September 7, 2015. Each module contains multiple resources, 3-5 short lecture videos, 2-3 readings, 2-4 online discussions, and an online quiz. Students will be able to choose which modules to participate in and will have flexible deadlines when completing course work. Grades will also be assigned for the work completed, as well as badges and/or certificates received upon completion.
Summer Webinar Series: The Reconstruction Amendments: A Constitutional Revolution
This series of three webinars concerns the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments and the change in the Constitution that they represented and did not represent. We will seek to understand these amendments within the Constitution's basic structure to see how they fix problems endemic to the Constitution, while also understanding these amendments in their immediate context as vehicles to bring peace and protection for freedmen at the end of the Civil War. We will look at the layers of context and the immediate effects of these amendments-and also why they failed to secure their goals in the years immediately following the Civil War.
July 27, 2015 –
July 31, 2015 Santa Clara University,
Santa Clara, CA
Powerful and Authentic Social Studies (PASS) is a professional development program that trains social studies teachers in curriculum design, assessment, and instruction in a standards-based environment. It is an ideal vehicle for classroom-level implementation of C3 and Common Core standards. This institute will provide participants with the materials and expertise necessary to lead their own PASS training workshops in their schools and school districts. Participants will learn about PASS criteria and standards for curriculum design, assessment construction, and effective instruction. In small learning communities, participants will examine videotaped K-12 vignettes of teaching and create examples of curriculum units and assessment tasks to share with their learning community.
November 13, 2015 –
November 15, 2015 Ernest N. Morial Convention Center,
New Orleans, LA
Come on down the Mississippi to join NCSS in New Orleans at the 95th NCSS Annual Conference, November 13-15, 2015. The city's rich heritage and culture will be yours to experience and explore, along with more than 3,000 of your peers from across the U.S. and around the world.
The NCSS Annual Conference is the place for social studies education professionals to convene, learn, network, and engage with colleagues. Share the latest knowledge, ideas, research and expertise, promote best practices, and help to advocate for and strengthen the profession of social studies education by attending the 95th NCSS Annual Conference.