The Library of Congress and C3: Teaching with Primary Sources and the Inquiry Arc
The Library of Congress and the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS) will collaborate on a series of four webinars in early 2015. The series will focus on teaching with primary sources, using strategies aligned to the C3 Framework. Join us from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Feb 3, March 3, March 31, and April 28.
Strategies for Engaging Students with C3 and the Common Core
This webinar will focus on strategies that you can use to develop your lessons around the C3 Inquiry Arc and Common Core literacy and thinking competencies. Teachers will learn strategies that not only engage students, but also involve them in the inquiry process. We will use tools and concepts from the C3 Framework, while addressing the Common Core expectations for literacy. You will leave this webinar with number of research-based, practice-proven teaching strategies to use in your own classrooms.
Instructor: Michael M. Yell, former NCSS president and National Board Certified middle school social studies teacher.
Using New-Old Tools: African-American Periodical and Literature in Social Studies
In this webinar, we will address how 19th Century African American periodicals can inform literacy learning. From Mark Twain to Frederick Douglass, 19th century African-American periodicals are a viable and interesting resource/research tool for 21st century students. Discover how the African-American periodical is at once similar and yet unique in this period and its importance in understanding this era. We will illustrate how using these periodicals, with literary excerpts, can enhance literacy learning and engender critical thinking and inquiry.
Presenter: Jocelyn A. Chadwick, Educator, Consultant, and Scholar, National Council of Teachers of English and Harvard Graduate School of Education, consultant and Twain scholar.
Page One Economics: Teaching with Current Events in Mind
Economics instruction is often focused on graphs, charts, and theory. However, students are often more interested in the application of economics, especially areas where economics intersects with current events. This webinar will introduce strategies for including application of economic principles to current issues you might already be discussing in your social studies classroom. In this session, economic content will be addressed through two questions: (1) Would increasing the minimum wage reduce poverty? and (2) Is immigration good for the economy? The session will include strategies for using inquiry, and will utilize non-fiction text to meet both the educational needs of students and common core requirements. Finally, teachers will learn about many free online teaching resources available from the Federal Reserve System that utilize active learning methods and educational technology.
Presenter: Scott Wolla, Senior Economic Education Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Research Division.
This four-part webinar series focuses on ways to incorporate inclusive pedagogical approaches for addressing different faith traditions and cultures in the classroom consistent with the First Amendment. Based on Tanenbaum's* Seven Principles for Inclusive Education and Face to Faith's Essentials of Dialogue, these webinars help teachers navigate the often difficult terrain of teaching accurately and sensitively about diverse religions and cultures.
* Tanenbaum's participation is supported, with special thanks, by The Nissan Foundation.
Getting Religion Right in Public Schools is part one of a four-part webinar series focuses on ways to incorporate inclusive pedagogical approaches for addressing different faith traditions and cultures in the classroom consistent with the First Amendment.
We will examine the constitutional and educational framework for addressing religion in public schools. Key questions addressed include: What are the challenges of teaching about religions in the curriculum? How should educators address religious needs and requirements of students? What are the limits of student religious expression?
Objective: Prepare social studies teachers to address religion and religious diversity in the classroom using the principles of the First Amendment as applied under current law.
Essentials of Dialogue is part two of a four-part webinar series focuses on ways to incorporate inclusive pedagogical approaches for addressing different faith traditions and cultures in the classroom consistent with the First Amendment.
We will focus on introducing teachers to the Essentials of Dialogue - skills which are crucial as students articulate and share with their peers the meaning and significance of their own identity, culture, values, and traditions. Dialogue is a specific set of skills that can be introduced in the classroom as students learn about different religious/non-religious traditions/perspectives of the world. These skills give students the competence and confidence to engage in dialogue with those who have different world views, traditions, or perspectives. Students learn to explore and understand the similarities and differences of belief within a context of respect.
Tell Me A Story
In the introduction to The Life of Pi, Yann Martel writes that "stories - individual stories, family stories and national stories - are what stitch together the different elements of human existence into a coherent whole." The stories of individuals provide intimate perspectives on the life and character of a person perpetuating his or her individuality while affirming our common humanity, yet too often storytelling is missing from social studies instruction. Stories allow us to highlight individual moments and contributions, key decisions and events in history, while at the same time helping students to make connections by highlighting the trends, the themes, and the processes that are consistent across time and place.
Presenter: Lorraine Lupinskie, Director of Social Studies, Half Hollow Hills Central School District.
Getting More out of Core: Strategies for Effectively Incorporating Religion into Existing Classroom Content is part three of a four-part webinar series focuses on ways to incorporate inclusive pedagogical approaches for addressing different faith traditions and cultures in the classroom consistent with the First Amendment.
This session will help educators promote respect for religious diversity by adapting and expanding upon what they are already teaching. Participants will gain awareness of potential barriers to addressing the topic of religion and find ways to overcome those barriers.
Participants will also learn how to:
- Establish a learning environment that's conducive to respectful conversations about religion.
- Select appropriate classroom materials that accurately represent diverse religious and nonreligious belief systems across time while fulfilling Common Core State Standards.
- Facilitate classroom discussions about current events through the lens of global citizenship.
- Make connections between academic content about religion and students' lived experiences.
Putting it Into Practice: Classroom Case Studies and Lesson Plans About Religious Diversity is the last of a four-part webinar series focuses on ways to incorporate inclusive pedagogical approaches for addressing different faith traditions and cultures in the classroom consistent with the First Amendment.
This session will help educators bring what they've learned back to their schools. It will provide them with a variety of practical guidelines, as well as examples across grade levels of Common Core-aligned lesson plans that allow for respectful exploration of religious and cultural differences.
Participants will also learn how to:
- Analyze textbooks to determine whether diverse religious groups are portrayed fully and accurately.
- Respond confidently to student inquiries and challenging classroom situations related to religion.
- Broaden the teaching of religious events in U.S. history to include the richness and complexities of all traditions.
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.
Until January 19, NCSS members and those who attended the 2014 NCSS Annual Conference in Boston can register for the 2015 Annual Conference at a special rate: $200/members; $275 non-members.