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Strengthening Social Studies Learning and Excellence in the Common Core


July 31, 2013through August 2, 2013
University of Wisconsin, School of Continuing Education Conference Center
Milwaukee, WI

Advance Registration Deadline: June 26, 2013


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Strengthening Social Studies Learning and Excellence in the Common Core using Practical, Engaging, Thoughtful Teaching Strategies

Begin school in the fall with 15 new practical and exemplary teaching strategies that will strengthen your social studies instruction!

Make every lesson deep and engaging with research-based practice-proven teaching strategies. In this institute you will learn 15 powerful and practical activities to foster active engagement, excitement, and enhanced thinking in your students. Through the experience of hands-on lessons, we will model constructivist strategies in the areas of inquiry learning and substantive discussion, as well as reading, writing, and other creative processing activities. The strategies can be applied in any history, humanities, or social science lesson, and authentic resources will be provided with each lesson. The use of technology (e.g. Google Earth and Interactive White Board-SMART or Promethean) to further engage your students will also be explored.

In this institute we will build a learning community. The presenters will be available for discussions/consultations after class, and group evening activities will be planned for our time together. Three graduate credits will be available for interested participants.


Michael M. Yell is a Nationally Board Certified seventh grade social studies teacher in Hudson, WI. In 1998, he was named The National Social Studies Teacher of the Year; and in 2008, was NCSS president. He is a frequent educational writer and trainer; and co-authored the new Pearson Middle School World History textbook, myWorld History.

Dr. Geoffrey Scheurman is a Professor and department chair of Teacher Education at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, where he coordinates the Social Studies Methods block, and teaches courses in Educational Psychology, Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Education, and Techniques of Teaching. He spent the 2010-11 school year on sabbatical in Norway, where he taught secondary schools as a Fulbright Roving Scholar in American Studies. In addition to facilitating workshops and conferences for teachers (at home and abroad), he has a book in progress titled Constructivism and the New Social Studies: a Collection of Classic Inquiry Lessons.

Both co-authored Link to the Past: Engaging Students in the Study of History, published by NCSS.

Fee: $249 members/$299 non-members (includes lunch, breaks and course materials)

A group rate has been secured at the Hampton Inn and Suites across the street from the conference center at $129/night. Please contact the hotel directly by July 8th to secure your lodging at (888) 271-4656.

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