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Sunday, March 19
 

7:30am

WCSS Business Meeting
Sunday March 19, 2017 7:30am - 8:00am
BANQUET HALL

7:30am

Light Breakfast
Sunday March 19, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am

8:00am

Unconference Planning Session
Bring your questions, ideas, and best lessons to three time slots of fifty-minute sessions that are designed on the spot, for you and by you. Tap into the knowledge of your peers for some great mid-year ideas about the topics that concern or interest you most. If you missed EdCamp Wausau, this is your chance to participate in the attendent-led style of conference everyone has been raving about.

Sunday March 19, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am

8:30am

9:30am

10:30am

Unconference Sessions - Round 3
Sunday March 19, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
TBA

10:30am

Conference Registration Opens
Sunday March 19, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am

10:50am

Register for credit option
Sunday March 19, 2017 10:50am - 11:45am

12:00pm

Wisconsin 101: A Web Based Resource for Teaching US and Wisconsin History
Wisconsin 101 (wi101.org) is collaborative, wb-based public histiry project that uses objects as focal points for presenting local Wisconsin history on a statewide platform.  In this talk, we will describe how Wisconsin 101 can be used as a resource by two groups of teachers.  For 4th grade teachers, the web site offers topics that teachers can use for their lessons. For high school teachers, we offer local content that connects with larger themes in US history, such as Prohibition and the New Deal.  We will also describe how high school students can propose their own objct histpries for publication on the website. 

Speakers

Sunday March 19, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
UNIVERSITY AB

12:00pm

Implementing Projects & Activities in the Government Classroom
Tired of the same old government class with PowerPoints and textbooks? Looking for some projects and activities for teaching regular government and AP Government? Look no further than this session where we will discuss ideas, simulations and technologies to innovate your government class. Also, participants should bring an idea to share and help out the government teaching community of WCSS!!!

Speakers
avatar for Justin
Glodowski

Justin Glodowski

Teacher, Marshfield HS


Sunday March 19, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
SENATE B

12:00pm

Knowing the 'DL'(down low) of disciplinary literacy your social studies classroom
Do you know the "Down Low" of Disciplinary Literacy? If not, this presentation is for you! The focus of the presentation will address the major concepts of disciplinary literacy in social studies and the application within one's own teaching environment. Questions like "What is disciplinary literacy and what should it look like?", "What are resources and strategies that can help in implementing disciplinary literacy into my social studies classroom; "What is the difference between content literacy and disciplinary literacy?"; and "What skills do my students need to be successful?" will all be answered in this session! Teachers will gain an excellent "toolbox" for knowing the "DL" of disciplinary literacy. Tools as primary and secondary sites, lesson plans incorporating historical thinking skills and activities that will sure keep your students engaged and excited about social studies once again! So, sign up for the "DL" of Disciplinary Literacy! You won't be disappointed!

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Wachowski

Jennifer Wachowski

High School Social Studies, Mishicot High School
I have worked within the Mishicot School District for 12 years. To describe me, I am a very passionate and dedicated learner and teacher of history. My mission is to provide a historical learning environment that invites my students to experience history as stories waiting to be told and interpreted. I have participated in professional development programs such as Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute, Center for the Study of the American... Read More →


Sunday March 19, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
V

12:00pm

Beyond The Glass: A walk through the Milwaukee Public Museum through the eyes of a culture's children
Beyond The Glass: A walk through the Milwaukee Public Museum through the eyes of a culture's children is a project undertaken by pre-service teacher candidates enrolled in Cardinal Stritch University's undergraduate teacher certification program. Over the course of a semester, pre-service teacher candidates enrolled in Education for Diversity examine the roles and lifestyles of children in an exhibit of their choosing. These novice researchers then go "beyond the glass" of the exhibit to help today's children get a better understanding of the culture through the eyes of it's children by creating a 30 minute interactive literacy-based presentation on the exhibit that is presented to visiting school groups; the presentation is then archived in the Milwaukee Public Museum's teacher resource collection for future generations.

Speakers
avatar for Corey Thompson

Corey Thompson

Teacher Education Division Chair, Cardinal Stritch University
25 years in education, 10 of those in K-12 as an elementary principal, high school principal and middle level educator teaching social studies and language arts. | At the collegiate level, I have taught a variety of courses in the field of teacher certification, including social studies methods, differentiation, introduction to education and classroom management and cultural diversity. | Passionate and committed to closing the achievement gap... Read More →


Sunday March 19, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
UNIVERSITY CD

12:00pm

Lincoln and Leadership - Going Beyond the Known
"I will prepare and someday my chance will come" - Lincoln Lincoln is often used as the standard bearer of presidential leadership and creating success out of adversity. Examples of 10 leadership characteristics used by Lincoln will be defined. Each trait will be explained and examples given as to how Lincoln used these skills. Primary documents, text and film footage will be used to introduce Lincoln's leadership qualities and how to incorporate these traits into your classroom, curriculum and student learning. This session goes beyond the presidency of Lincoln to the use of Lincoln as a modern day exemplar of leadership. Resources provided.

Speakers

Sunday March 19, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
I

12:00pm

Free International Resources for Teachers from IRIS at UW-Madison
UW-Madison's Institute for Regional and International Studies, IRIS, comprises national resource centers focused on the following world regions: Africa; Latin America, Caribbean, and Iberia; East Asia; Europe; the Middle East; Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia; South Asia; and Southeast Asia. Each center has outreach staff who work regularly with teachers to provide in-class and out-of-class resources free of charge. This presentation will introduce the audience to the variety of resources on offer from IRIS.


Sunday March 19, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
III

12:00pm

The Calm and Cool Classroom: Take Back Your Teaching Time!
Imagine a classroom where students respond to your request the first time. Where the non-compliant student learns to self-correct inappropriate behavior. Wouldn't it be great if you could stop spending so much time on correcting low-level behaviors and more time doing what you love….teaching social studies? There is a solution, and it's not one that involves trendy gimmicks. It simply involves clear communication and expectations. Eliminate the repeated warnings and requests. The techniques provided will increase the time you spend on academics while at the same time empowering your students to take responsibility for their actions and achieve success. Learn the secret to creating a smooth operating classroom where the teacher teaches and the students learn.

Speakers

Sunday March 19, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
II

12:00pm

Using station hops in the social studies classroom.
This presentation will help teachers effectively design and incorporate station hops into middle and high school social studies classrooms. Station hops are an effective way to replace direct instruction with student-centered approaches. We will begin the presentation with the basic premise and purpose of station hops in the social studies classroom. This will lead to a demonstration of examples of station hops that focus on either mastering a skill or a historical event. Included is a lesson on analyzing political cartoons of the gilded age, primary documents of the age of Enlightenment, and an in-depth examination of the effects of the California Gold Rush. After sharing these lessons, we will workshop with teachers on designing their own station hops. We will demonstrate how to use the Library of Congress and the National Archives to help create effective and interactive station hops.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Dean Vesperman

Dean Vesperman

Assistant Professor, Luther College
I am an assistant professor of education at Luther College. I received my undergraduate degree from UW-Oshkosh, where I studied with Dr. Stephen Rose. I taught for 11+ years in Southeast Wisconsin. I earned my Ph.D. from Indiana University where I studied under Dr. Keith Barton. I teach secondary and elementary social studies methods, general methods, and educational psychology.



Sunday March 19, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
IV

12:00pm

Culturally Responsive Teaching
Meeting the needs of your diverse populations of students (American Indian, African American, Hispanic, etc.) means teaching them in culturally responsive ways. Participate in an interactive session for K-12 teachers and administrators which will demonstrate the many ways to meet these diverse student needs while addressing the standards. The presenters have worked with students from these various populations, and present in a hands-on format that you can duplicate in your schools and classrooms.

Speakers

Sunday March 19, 2017 12:00pm - 1:50pm
SENATE A

1:00pm

Knowledge About Language and History Teaching
Speakers

Sunday March 19, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
III

1:00pm

World War II in the Pacific
Jeff is a teacher ambassador for the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. This presentation is geared toward middle and high school teachers. He will be covering major themes to be taught including Pearl Harbor, Island Hopping, Propaganda, and the Atomic Bomb. Using the online resources of the museum he will also show teachers how to access lesson plans, interactive maps and videos. A curriculum packet will be provided by the museum for 30 attendees.

Speakers

Sunday March 19, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
V

1:00pm

Using Maps Effectively!
Thinking of incorporating more maps into your classroom, but don't have the time to find them? Perhaps you are looking for more activities to stimulate student learning. Maps are some of the most important tools for studying the world, but with increasing digitization of maps, they are everywhere and therefore, teachers need to be selective in what they use and how they use it. Teachers who use maps not only present visual information, but also give students tools to explore the past and come up with possible explanations of their own We will fuse both history and geography to present a bifocal view of the world. Please bring a computer as we explore numerous maps and activities teachers can use to help their students better understand geography and history. Audience: Teachers of grades 5 - 12. Bring Your Own Computer.

Speakers
avatar for Barnaby Cook

Barnaby Cook

Rio Community School, Rio Community School


Sunday March 19, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
SENATE B

1:00pm

Teaching the Boundary Paradox: The Troubled Legacy of British Imperialism in Burma/Myanmar
The creation of colonial boundaries in Burma/Myanmar offers a fascinating example of the process European empires used in the 19th and 20th centuries to draw internationally recognized borders using a cartographic logic that ignored the complex ethnic makeup of the territories they were demarcating. In Myanmar, by applying hydrological principles with the idea that waters and watersheds divide, rather than unite, the British created arbitrary divisions among otherwise unitary peoples. With China's aid, they unwittingly unleashed a desire for reunification, producing secessionist movements that then justified decades of unimaginably ruthless military repression. This misguided application of the Western metaphysical concept of the boundary, parallel to colonialism elsewhere, has confined diverse ethno-linguistic groups involuntarily within a single nation state, sparking a half-century of brutal, possibly irresolvable conflict, manifest most recently, and tragically, in the growing violence against the Muslim Rohingya. The presentation will include a classroom activity and recommendations for student readings, including fiction.

Speakers
avatar for Mary McCoy

Mary McCoy

Associate Faculty, Communication Arts/Outreach Coordinator, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
I coordinate outreach for the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and can assist teachers in bringing speakers and/or performers to school events and in incorporating exciting content related to Southeast Asian countries into K-12 curricula. Countries of Southeast Asia include: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei, Vietnam, Singapore, and East Timor -- all fascinating places!


Sunday March 19, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
II

1:00pm

Mini Games: Unlocking the Potential of Play
Together we will explore how to build engagement through creative play in low-tech to no-tech classrooms as well as in digitally rich environments. Mini games give units and lessons the extra pop and sizzle that drives home your content and builds collaboration. So let's roll up our sleeves, and apply a creative twist to our old standby for review days and class challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Matera

Michael Matera

Explore Like a Pirate
Michael Matera has taught for more than a decade using interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning to transform the classroom in international, public and private schools. | He is a pioneer in the field of education, using gamification and technology to increase authentic student engagement and content acquisition. Along with being a full time teacher at University School of Milwaukee, Michael is also a nationally-known presenter and... Read More →


Sunday March 19, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
UNIVERSITY CD

1:00pm

Hands On / Minds On Social Studies

The focus of this session will be on seeing a model of building engaging, active lessons through "bump games" and using hands-on resources to build background knowledge to improve literacy and reading in a content area. This session will not be a sit-n-get, be prepared to be up and moving! Take-aways from this session will include suggested reading for tying social studies and literacy by grade level and the how-to guide of creating "bump games".


Speakers

Sunday March 19, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
UNIVERSITY AB

1:00pm

Using Content Area Literacy Strategies in the Social Studies Classroom
Students struggle with improving their understanding of social studies content and the language used within social studies. We will present multiple literacy strategies that improve understanding and mastery of content.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Dean Vesperman

Dean Vesperman

Assistant Professor, Luther College
I am an assistant professor of education at Luther College. I received my undergraduate degree from UW-Oshkosh, where I studied with Dr. Stephen Rose. I taught for 11+ years in Southeast Wisconsin. I earned my Ph.D. from Indiana University where I studied under Dr. Keith Barton. I teach secondary and elementary social studies methods, general methods, and educational psychology.



Sunday March 19, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
IV

2:00pm

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
Sunday March 19, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm

3:00pm

Close Reading and the Common Core Bill McBride, keynote speaker
The new Common Core Standards require that teachers make a fundamental change in how and what they teach. All content teachers must now move from covering an immense amount of material (breadth) to covering less material much more deeply (depth). This change also impacts how students read. Rather than reading superficially to memorize details and cover the material,” students are now required to read a few sources on a central idea or theme deeply so that they may analyze and synthesize the material. This interactive workshop will show teachers how to make these changes by providing models of close reading instruction, vocabulary strategies for determining key words, and graphic organizers for annotating and outlining exemplars of Common Core texts.

Speakers

Sunday March 19, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
UNIVERSITY CD

4:05pm

LOC Primary Sources to Suppport Inquiry
Sunday March 19, 2017 4:05pm - 4:55pm
III

4:05pm

Wisconsin Giant Traveling Map
With the help of National Geographic, the Wisconsin Geographic Alliances excited to announce the arrival of our first ever giant traveling map of Wisconsin. This map is 17x21 feet and gives students the opportunity to explore our state by walking on the map while doing geography realted activities.  Experience some of the activities yourslf and reguest the map for your school.

PLEASE WEAR SOCKS FOR THIS EXPERIENCE!

Speakers
avatar for Peter Michaud

Peter Michaud

Fifth Grade Teacher, Reagan Elementary School
History and geography Rock.


Sunday March 19, 2017 4:05pm - 4:55pm
SENATE B

4:05pm

Game-Based Civic Education
Elections are over. Now what? Engage your students and provide support for deeper learning about elections, the roles of elected officials, and Constitutional Rights. With the help of iCivics Director of Content, Carrie Ray-Hill and iCivics Educator Network members David Olson and Joe Schmidt, teachers will leave this session with interactive lesson plans, games, and action civics projects sure to thrill late elementary through advanced high school students. Teachers should bring their own devices (laptops or tablets preferred) in order to explore and play.

Speakers
avatar for David Olson

David Olson

Social Studies Department Chair, James Madison Memorial High School
I am a Studies Studies teacher and Department Chair at James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, WI. I teach Modern U.S. History, Criminal Justice and AP U.S. Government and Politics. In addition to teaching, I coach girls tennis and Forensics at Memorial.



Sunday March 19, 2017 4:05pm - 4:55pm
V

4:05pm

Teaching Responsible Citizenship
This workshop will review recent research on teaching citizenship skills successfully in the classroom. Using Freedoms Foundation’s Bill of Responsibilities as a starting point, participants will participate in a lesson demonstration ready to use in any classroom. Finally, teachers will preview summer professional development opportunities in history, character development, and literacy.

Speakers

Sunday March 19, 2017 4:05pm - 4:55pm
II

4:05pm

But, They're All So Different. . .
How do you meet the needs of all of your students when their needs (and levels of reading, etc.) are all so different? You differentiate, of course, and that means you have to start by knowing where each of your students starts. Come to this session to learn some student self-evaluation techniques and some great techniques to be able to teach to many different learning levels and needs at one time.

Speakers

Sunday March 19, 2017 4:05pm - 4:55pm
SENATE A

4:05pm

SS AR VR? OK!
Augmented reality and virtual reality are not limited to Hollywood! Imagine taking your students to the pyramids of Giza, the trenches of Petersburg during the Civil War, the ravaged streets of Jisr al Shughour, or underwater at the Great Barrier Reef ... all without leaving your classroom? What if you could have students interact with historical or content based images, maps, and places in and out of your school in engaging ways that they have never experienced? What if your students could create their own 360° narrated image, historical scene, or virtual trip? Intriguing, isn't it? Come find out all about integrating AR and VR into the social studies class through online platforms, apps, 360° video, and awesome VR viewers. It's a session that has to be experienced - so bring your cell phone, tablet, and imagination!

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Taft

Chuck Taft

Teacher / Social Studies Department Chair, University School of Milwaukee
@chucktaft American History Rules! I try (heavy on the try) to make the nation's past come alive for my 8th grade young historians through enthusiasm, activity, technology, and humor. My class is fully interdisciplinary as I co-teach with the rockstar Laurie Walczak. Two highlights of the year are National History Day and our awesome Washington D.C. trip in April. I am also a member of the WCSS Board as a Southeastern delegate and more and... Read More →


Sunday March 19, 2017 4:05pm - 4:55pm
UNIVERSITY AB

4:05pm

To Student Teaching and Beyond.
Learn how to transition from college …. to students teaching …. to professional career, interviewing techniques, networking and more in this interactive session for preservice educators and underclass students. Learn what to expect while students teaching and in your first year as a professional educator. Resources provided! Bring your resume and questions!

Moderators
Speakers

Sunday March 19, 2017 4:05pm - 4:55pm
IV

4:05pm

Teaching U.S. History Thematically
Eventually, we will all have to answer the question about where in time do we start teaching U.S. history. And the answer will depend on what we individually think is most important. Since everything is important, we then have to find a better way to do things. This session will discuss one of many methods to teaching high school United States history in a thematic format. This method will allow students and teachers to focus on more depth and not so much on chronology in a way that makes historical connections between events and situations, as well as allow for the building of historical thinking skills and writing opportunities in various forms.

Speakers

Sunday March 19, 2017 4:05pm - 4:55pm
I

5:00pm

Wine and Cheese Hour, Networking
Sunday March 19, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Dinner on your own in downtown Madison with colleagues
Sunday March 19, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm

8:30pm

WCSS Pub Trivia
Sunday March 19, 2017 8:30pm - 10:00pm
The Bar Madison Concourse
 
Monday, March 20
 

7:30am

Light Breakfast, sponsored by WIGA
Monday March 20, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
TBA

8:00am

FanSchool: Using a Fantasy Sports Model for Current Events
Turn your students into fans of learning! Students compete against each other by managing teams of countries or states that score points based on how often they are mentioned in the news, as well as the tone of those stories. It's like fantasy football for social studies! Whether you want to keep up with U.S. or Global current events, FanSchool has a game for you. Plus, the super helpful and responsive team at FanSchool will help you every step of the way! Plenty of standards-aligned activities are available to supplement this activity. Most appropriate for grades 6-12, internet-based platform.

Speakers
avatar for John Honish

John Honish

Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Beloit Turner Middle School
I teach 7th grade Geography and 8th grade U.S. History. I use flipped classroom concepts and create videos not only for flipped content, but also music parody videos and general goofiness. I run a student news broadcast that "airs" weekly at our school. I coach Middle School Track (specifically distance running and high jump) and used to coach Middle School Football. I am on my building-level leadership team and am a "Tech Guide" to help... Read More →


Monday March 20, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
UNIVERSITY AB

8:00am

Navigating the Social Studies Standards Beyond the Textbook
A traditional textbook alone does not provide the best resource to meet updated learning standards and social studies instruction needs. This session will explore various methods for supplementing a textbook, having an alternative to the textbook, and integrating social studies topics and texts throughout the curriculum to increase student learning.

Speakers

Monday March 20, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
SENATE B

8:00am

The State of the Social Studies in 2017
Join National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Board Members Jenny Morgan and Rhonda Watton, and NCSS's new Executive Director Larry Paska, as they share the latest data, trends, and priorities for the national social studies landscape: the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the C3 Framework, and NCSS' new Strategic Plan. Time for open discussion with NCSS leaders about the future of social studies association's, advocacy, and professional development will be provided.

Moderators
RW

Rhonda Watton

8th Grade Social Studies and Reading Teacher/WCSS President, Templeton Middle School

Artists

Monday March 20, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
SENATE A

8:00am

Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story--What's New for 2017 & Beyond
Join Kurt Griesemer to explore new content and activities in the latest edition of Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story, the award-winning 4th grade textbook from the Wisconsin Historical Society. Discover new research on the Boaz Mastodon, exciting new content from our nationally recognized underwater archaeology team, and more. Completely rewritten from grade-level appropriateness, the new edition is easier than ever to use, and is now available in digital eBook format as well.

Speakers

Monday March 20, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
II

8:00am

The Good/Bads of I-Pads and Other Technology in Social Studies Classroom
My goal is to discuss how technology has impacted the Social Studies in both a positive and negative ways. Barneveld Middle School gave each school an I-Pad this year and we dove in as a school district including using Schoology and Power School for the first time this year. We, as a session, will discuss how we can use multiple types of technology to enhance learning in 21st century classroom. Please bring ideas and thoughts to share. Also, the use of Apple Classroom will be discussed and demonstrated.

Speakers
RM

Ryan Mark

6-12 Social Studies, Barneveld School District
History, Fast-pitch Softball, Golf, & Family


Monday March 20, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
I

8:00am

Using rational actor theory help students understand the political crisis in the Middle East.
The growing complexity of the conflicts and tensions in the Middle East and North Africa require students to appropriate analytical skills that will aid them in analyzing and interpreting the actions of individual, non-state, and state actors. Rational actor theory provides a framework for determining the goals and objectives of historical and current actors. Additionally, it is an effective tool for predicting the actions of such actors.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Dean Vesperman

Dean Vesperman

Assistant Professor, Luther College
I am an assistant professor of education at Luther College. I received my undergraduate degree from UW-Oshkosh, where I studied with Dr. Stephen Rose. I taught for 11+ years in Southeast Wisconsin. I earned my Ph.D. from Indiana University where I studied under Dr. Keith Barton. I teach secondary and elementary social studies methods, general methods, and educational psychology.


Monday March 20, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
IV

8:00am

The use of academic discourse, close reading and socratic seminar in the social studies classroom
An ongoing meta-analysis of education research by John Hattie helps us define effective practice in education. These effective practices can guide instructional planning as we work to increase critical thinking and deepen understandings of our Social Studies content. Join Mary Jo Ziegler, CESA 2 Instructional Consultant, and explore the possibilities that academic discourse, close reading, and socratic seminar bring to our classroom learning environments.

Speakers

Monday March 20, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
UNIVERSITY CD

8:00am

APUSH Redesign Year 3
We are in the 3rd year of the APUSH redesign. How is it going for you? This session will focus on the different aspects of the new exam, especially the DBQ. Presenters are veteran readers and will break down last year's DBQ, as well as discuss strategies for the other components of the exam. With less than two months until the exam, this session will provide some final suggestions/tips to get your students ready. There will also be time for sharing of resources by attendees.

Speakers
KS

Kyle Smith

Teacher, Superior High School
avatar for Aaron Yuskis

Aaron Yuskis

Teacher, Pewaukee High School


Monday March 20, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
V

8:00am

Teaching Beyond the Classroom – A Classroom’s Search for Wisconsin’s Slave History

Wisconsin had slaves? Participants will learn how our state's little known slave history sparked student driven research and fostered lessons on empathy and social justice. This topic has also broadened students typical survey course perspectives and assumptions on slavery and African American history. Finally, participants will see examples of extraordinary field trips through southwest Wisconsin to slave related sites.


Monday March 20, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
III

9:00am

9:00am

The State of Economics Education in Wisconsin
Speakers

Monday March 20, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
BANQUET HALL

9:00am

Socratic Seminar - Connecting Content & Literacy
Socratic Seminars are designed to develop students' ability to READ carefully, LISTEN closely, work COOPERATIVELY, THINK deeply, and SPEAK precisely. These student-driven learning experiences can be used in any content area, at any age level. Seminars focus on texts rich in ideas, issues, and values which challenge students to think critically and make deep connections with course content. With a big push for integrating literacy into social studies classrooms, Socratic Seminars are a highly engaging text-based activity that will significantly increase student interest in your content. In this session, you will become prepared to make the pre-, during, and post-Seminar learning process relevant and meaningful for all students.

Speakers
avatar for Trent Rasmussen

Trent Rasmussen

7th Grade Geography Teacher, DeForest Area Middle School
@Trent_Rasmussen



Monday March 20, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
II

9:00am

BREAK OUT!
Looking for a new way to introduce or review a unit, challenge students' information skills, provide an environment for students to collaborate, and have an engaging and fun experience for everyone involved? It's easy – BREAK OUT! Similar to a scavenger hunt or an escape chamber, BreakOut EDU is commercially available kit that comes with locks, a box, and scenarios for student groups to solve. Experience an example Break Out, learn how to assemble different parts and make your own engaging experience for your students in any subject matter and any grade level, and have a ton of fun at this interactive session.

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Taft

Chuck Taft

Teacher / Social Studies Department Chair, University School of Milwaukee
@chucktaft American History Rules! I try (heavy on the try) to make the nation's past come alive for my 8th grade young historians through enthusiasm, activity, technology, and humor. My class is fully interdisciplinary as I co-teach with the rockstar Laurie Walczak. Two highlights of the year are National History Day and our awesome Washington D.C. trip in April. I am also a member of the WCSS Board as a Southeastern delegate and more and... Read More →


Monday March 20, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
SENATE B

9:00am

A Walk All Over Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Geographic Alliance has recently rolled out its newest Giant Map--and it is Wisconsin! Experience the giant map as your students would. A few mapping strategies will be shared. Also learn how you can sign up to have the map visit your school.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Michaud

Peter Michaud

Fifth Grade Teacher, Reagan Elementary School
History and geography Rock.


Monday March 20, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
IV

9:00am

WOW Them with History! - Tips to enhance student engagement in Social Studies class
Demonstrate tools for capturing attention to allow students to absorb and learn the information. Describe specific strategies for Social Studies content delivery that center on brained-based learning, multiple intelligences, storytelling and humor as methods of instruction. Share teacher-created methods to enhance learning in the classroom, especially through song and movement including the Longitude and Latitude Rap. Provide assignment examples that empower students with choice, accommodate learning styles and increase their desire to learn Social Studies specific literacy skills.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Freesmeier

Tom Freesmeier

8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Harlem School District
10 years an educator(6-8; at risk to honors) and 8 years a presenter. My action research and presenting has always centered on Humor/Storytelling in the class. My passion is Social Studies. I recently developed and presented nationally on Social Studies engagement. I love to rap/sing the content. Come see my presentation.


Monday March 20, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
V

9:00am

Educating Globally Competent Students - The Global Education Achievement Certificate
Students need to be aware of the global context of economic and civic context of local and national decisions.The Global Education Achievement Certificate (GEAC) was established in 2013 in an attempt to improve global learning opportunities across the curriculum and through extra-curricular involvement. This session will focus on Wisconsin's GEAC initiative in the context of national efforts. Presenters will engage participants in a conversation about current or planned global curriculum. Even though the GEAC is a high school program, involvement at the elementary and middle school level is crucial.

Speakers

Monday March 20, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
III

9:00am

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening in Social Studies
Come a grab a few tips, tricks, and ideas that you can use tomorrow to strengthen literacy in your classroom, as well as your awareness of literacy differences in social studies. The presenter will share strategies for improving comprehension and critical thinking through research supported literacy strategies.

Speakers

Monday March 20, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
UNIVERSITY CD

9:00am

Project Citizen and We the People
Project Citizen is a hands-on-civic education program for upper elementary, middle, and high school students designed to actively engage young people in the civic life of their community. The students identify a problem in their school or community, research the problem, propose a solution, and develop an action plan for solving the problem. The students prepare a portfolio and have the opportunity to present it to a panel of evaluators in a local and state showcase. We the People is a study of the history and foundations of the institutions of American constitutional democracy. Its goal is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation's elementary and secondary students. In a culminating activity students "testify" before a panel of judges in a simulated congressional hearing.

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Jack Jarmes

Project Citizen State Coordinator, Civics in Wisconsin


Monday March 20, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
SENATE A

9:00am

A Historical Perspective on the Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process
Explore the history and background of the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace process through primary source documents and teaching strategies that support critical analysis of texts. Major historical developments in the Arab-Israeli conflict including current issues under negotiation will be discussed. Participants will develop content knowledge, experience student activities, and receive a packet and links to digital resources with detailed lesson plans including primary source documents, maps, and all necessary student materials. Curricular resources emphasize informational texts with text-dependent and document-based questions to support close, analytic reading and evidence-based responses, new literacy strategies, and best practices in the use of technology in the classroom. Participants will be able to deliver rigorous, standards-based instruction, meeting state social studies content standards. High School World History and Global Politics teachers, and their colleagues who seek to enrich their general content knowledge, will greatly benefit from this workshop.

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Monday March 20, 2017 9:00am - 10:45am
I

10:00am

Hope and Healing after the Holocaust
Eva Mozes Kor is a Holocaust survivor where, at 10 years old, she and her twin sister were used in Dr. Mengele's experiments. Powered by a never-give-up attitude, Eva emerged from this trauma as a human rights champion, internationally known author and speaker, and advocate for the power of forgiveness. She will share her internment experiences, how she came to forgive, and methods she uses to connect and explain the Holocaust to students so they, too, can overcome obstacles in their life and advocate for social justice.

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Monday March 20, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
UNIVERSITY CD

10:00am

The Historical Precedents for #BlackLivesMatter: A Look at 1919, the Year of Racial Violence
During 1919, African Americans bravely resisted a cascade of mob attacks that used violence to protect white supremacy. Law enforcement often failed to protect African Americans or even aided the mobs. What does the response of African Americans at the time tell us about the history of minority and police relations? In what ways are contemporary movements like Black Lives Matter similar to the efforts of African Americans in 1919 to protect themselves and change policing methods?

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Monday March 20, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
V

10:00am

Japan in Rockford
This interactive session draws participants into the Anderson Japanese Gardens by explaining the philosophy and purpose of the gardens and then invites them to create their own memory of this experience through writing. By connecting social studies and literacy, teachers will see how a resource like the gardens can be used for powerful teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Ruffner

Karen Ruffner

assistant professor, Rockford University
I have worked in public schools over 30 years and then taught at the university level for 5. Now as a consultant, I work with districts on the following topics: | Literacy K-12 | Authentic Assessment | Data Teams | School and District Improvement


Monday March 20, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
III

10:00am

Using Digital History to Learn about Life on the Great Plains in the 1870's
The presenter will feature an online primary source that can be used in the social studies classroom to give students insights into life on the Great Plains during the 1870's. In 1877, a teenager detailed in a diary his journey from a small town in Illinois to the prairie in Kansas. Students can use the online diary to learn about many common themes associated with the Great Plains during this era. Some of these include: Timber Culture Act, grasshopper invasions, temperance movement, Texas fever, and many other topics that students will likely find interesting.

Speakers
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Scott Scheuerell

Education, Loras College


Monday March 20, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
II

10:00am

Global Education From the Ground Up
Educators across Wisconsin are expanding global education in schools and classrooms to meet the requirements of DPI's Global Education Achievement Certificate or simply to foster global awareness and engagement among students. With support from the Longview Foundation, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Institute of World Affairs has been highlighting these efforts through a series of educator-led webinars and programs to share best practices and resources. This interactive session will feature examples of educator-led approaches to provide meaningful global education opportunities to high school students, including classroom-based approaches, co-curricular activities, cultural literacy skills, and global service and service-learning. Participants in this session will also be introduced to a new series of digital toolkits on global themes that can be used for high school classroom-based activities and self-guided student learning.

Speakers
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Nicole Palasz

Program Coordinator, UW-Milwaukee Institute of World Affairs


Monday March 20, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
IV

10:00am

Water is the Most Vital Substance in Our Lives

Will water become more valuable than oil in the 21st Century?  What is the number one use of water in the World?  In places around the World, supplies of groundwater are rapidly vanishing.  As aquifers decline and wells begin to go dry, people are being forced to confront a growing crisis.  Where does your water come from?  Is it safe? Reliable?  What is the impact in Wisconsin of the huge number of high capacity wells. What impact does agriculture have on the water supply in Wisconsin?


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Monday March 20, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
BANQUET HALL

10:00am

It's Not About Teaching Reading: It's About Teaching Students to Read Like Historians
In order to prepare students in grades 6-12 to be college and career ready, the role of content teachers in developing disciplinary literacy skills is necessary and vital. This session will define disciplinary literacy and the impact on content learning. Participants will gather ideas and specific strategies to use when teaching students to read, write, listen, and speak like a historian.


Monday March 20, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
UNIVERSITY AB

10:00am

Exploring George Washington's World
Known as "The Father of Our Country" and our first president, George Washington holds a special place in American history. Come explore George Washington's world as Wisconsin fellows from the George Washington Teacher Institute share knowledge and primary sources related to Washington as a military leader, women in Washington's time, and slavery in his world. Participants will also learn about the valuable resources available through Mount Vernon as well as the professional development opportunities offered to educators across the country.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Morgan

Jennifer Morgan

Middle School Educator & WCSS Past President, West Salem Middle School
As Executive Director of External Affairs of WCSS and one of the K-12 At Large Delegates to the NCSS Board of Directors, one my passions is to continue to see the growth of our profession and I work hard to advocate for the importance of social studies at all levels. I work in a school which went to block scheduling and one-to-one computing (all the students have iPads) 3 years ago (yes-- all at the same time). My curriculum focus is US History... Read More →


Monday March 20, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
SENATE B

10:00am

Teaching with Primary Sources from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello: Revolutionary Ideas on a Revolutionized Website
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is a little mountain that is home to big ideas that connect to history, civics, science, and more. Learn from alumni and staff of the Monticello Teacher Institute about how to bring those ideas to your classroom through the free primary sources & teacher-created lesson plans on Monticello's NEW education website. Leave with free resources for your classroom, relevant to any grade level, and information about Monticello's fully funded summer fellowship

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Monday March 20, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
SENATE A

11:45am

1:30pm

Francis Vogel Executive Director Economics WI
TBD

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Monday March 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm

1:30pm

Civil Discourse in an Age of Incivility
Are you reluctant to bring up controversial issues in your classroom? Has the recent presidential election heightened your anxiety about how to broach increasingly polarizing political topics? In this participatory session teachers will explore the elements of effective discussion and practice using parliamentary procedure as a method for achieving civil discourse in an age of incivility. Supporting video produced by Wisconsin Eye demonstrates how parliamentary procedure is used in the Wisconsin Legislature, and by students participating in the legislative simulation known as the Legislative Semester. This method could be utilized with students in grades 6-12, and is suited for any discussion of public or controversial issues, especially in government or civics courses.

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Monday March 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm
SENATE B

1:30pm

Teaching History Through Close Reading
Primary source texts present a challenge for students. In many primary sources, students encounter archaic words, rhetorical devices, unfamiliar context, puzzling references, lengthy sentences, and other difficult elements. And yet, primary sources have raw power and great value. Using close reading instructional routines can help students to get to the heart of primary sources. In this session, we will walk through close reading lessons for a variety of primary source texts. A goal is to help students comprehend the ideas in these texts. A goal is also to give students the tools they can use when they encounter primary sources and other complex texts.

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Monday March 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm
III

1:30pm

Immersive Learning: How to build experiences that captivate, inspire and engage students
Want to learn how to create a simulation? Learn some tips and tools to have for a flexible immersive learning classroom? In this session you will learn how to construct, manage, and assess these fantastic experiences in your classroom.

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avatar for Michael Matera

Michael Matera

Explore Like a Pirate
Michael Matera has taught for more than a decade using interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning to transform the classroom in international, public and private schools. | He is a pioneer in the field of education, using gamification and technology to increase authentic student engagement and content acquisition. Along with being a full time teacher at University School of Milwaukee, Michael is also a nationally-known presenter and... Read More →


Monday March 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm
UNIVERSITY CD

1:30pm

Educating Students for a Sustainable World: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Since today's middle schoolers were born, there are a billion more people on the planet, and significantly more public concern about the health of our global environment. Interesting curricula that addresses these issues and provides opportunities for analysis and problem-solving can engage and empower students. Sustainability education cuts across several disciplines, providing for integrative curriculum that builds critical thinking and process skills in social studies, science and math. Through hands-on methods (simulation games, visual representations and concept mapping), participants can learn to build students' awareness of human geography concepts – population trends, resource use, and more. They can then extend that knowledge to conceptualizing a future that emphasizes sustainable practices in an interconnected world. Skill-building that cuts across the curriculum – critical thinking, problem solving, articulating ideas and using new technology for research and modeling – will be addressed in the presented activities. All participants will receive electronic lesson plans with activity matches to state and national standards.

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Monday March 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm
V

1:30pm

Students as Servant Leaders
What is the difference between volunteering, service learning and servant leadership? Do we want students to learn how to fix, help or serve” others? How are these actions different from one another? Discover how to meld the act of service to the transformation of students as servant leaders. Based off the work of Robert K. Greenleaf's Servant Leadership traits, this session will introduce you to the fundamentals of servant leadership, its incorporation into your classroom and the transformative process it holds. The development of servant leadership skills will enable your students to better understand how to embrace societies differences and similarities as well as discovering themselves. Resources provided.

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Monday March 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm
IV

1:30pm

Reading Strategies that work for the Social Studies Classroom
This session will focus on engaging students in the reading work of the Social Studies Classroom. Strategies and ideas for incorporating relevant reading skills into the Social Studies classroom will be discussed and shared. Strategies for reading complex text and primary and secondary sources will also be highlighted, as well as an emphasis on comprehension and student engagement.

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Monday March 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm
UNIVERSITY AB

1:30pm

Understanding Judaism
Through this presentation, participants will explore curricular resources, aligned with state social studies standards and the C3 framework, to support instruction in Ancient Civilizations, World Religions, and U.S. History Courses. Participants will develop pedagogic content knowledge including: Teaching About Religion in Public Schools; Ancient Judaism, Modern Judaism, Jewish Practices; and Judaism and Western Civilization. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to: create and use a Digital Museum with students using Google docs; discuss Judaism from an academic perspective; and engage students with primary and secondary source documents. Participants will leave with a packet which includes lesson plans, primary and secondary sources, and links to digital resources. This session is particularly geared toward middle and elementary school social studies teachers.

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Monday March 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm
I

1:30pm

Inquiry in the Civil War
The Civil War Museum in Kenosha focuses on the social history of the Civil War through an Upper Middle West lens. With changing state standards, introduction of national best practices and the demand for a new type of program to engage and inspire every student to think like a social historian, and not to just focus on the battles, the Museum decided to refocus their middle school program called Midwest in the Civil War” to an inquiry activity. This introduction of inquiry based learning within the museum walls led to dynamic conversations, learner driven exploration, and evidence claim reasoning with artifacts and exhibits. Museum educators will explain the shift in education pedagogy to focus on the students as teachers, investigators and historians. This presentation will focus on examples to make your own field trip more dynamic, as well as an introduction to inquiry to utilize in the classroom.

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Jennifer Edgiton

Curator of Education, Kenosha Public Museums


Monday March 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm
SENATE A

1:30pm

American Indian Studies: Texts and Digital Resources
Session participants will explore and identify ways to deepen understanding of American Indian Studies & Wisconsin Act 31 through text and digital resources. Participants will leave this session with deeper understandings of and ideas for implementing Wisconsin Act 31 and be able to identify and explore various sources of selected text and digital resources related to American Indian Studies. Information about Wisconsin American Indian nation's histories, treaties, sovereignty, and cultures will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for David O’Connor

David O’Connor

American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
David O'Connor is originally from and is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) in northern Wisconsin. In January 2012, he became the Education Consultant for the American Indian Studies Program at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. In David’s current role, he supports school districts’ efforts to provide instruction in Wisconsin American Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty, also known as... Read More →


Monday March 20, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
II

2:30pm

Using Teaching Tolerance in the Classroom
This session will focus on two Teaching Tolerance resources, Perspectives for a Diverse America and the Social Justice Standards. I believe that these two resources are answers to many of the inequities currently facing our schools. Perspectives provides key instructional elements that are grounded in best practices, responsive to student diversity and soundly aligned to academic outcomes. The Social Justice Standards' potential extends beyond the content areas, is centered in theory and research and provides a framework for schools to link the diversity work they do with civic engagement and real-world application, equipping all members of the community with the knowledge and skills necessary to disrupt inequities.

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avatar for Joe Schmidt

Joe Schmidt

Social Studies Teacher Leader, MMSD
MMSD K-12 Social Studies Teacher Leader Curriculum and Instruction: | K-12 social studies scope, sequence, and alignment work | K-12 disciplinary literacy connections in social studies | K-12 integration of diverse voices in social studies & history | Support/Integration of technology with MMSD Social Studies & Literacy | Outside of MMSD: | iCivics Education Network member | Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board member | Wisconsin... Read More →


Monday March 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm
SENATE A

2:30pm

How First-Person Historical Presenters and Interpreters Can Help Bring Your Social Studies Classroom Alive
A first-person historical presenter explains and demonstrates how such presentations reinforce social studies educators' instruction by transporting students back into the original context, allowing them to learn from and engage with living” historical characters in a memorable experience which helps them feel the connection between their own lives and history.

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avatar for Kevin Wood

Kevin Wood

President!, Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood
First-person historical portrayals of Abraham Lincoln


Monday March 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm
UNIVERSITY AB

2:30pm

Getting Your Feet Wet with ArcGIS
Come and join us to learn what ArcGIS is all about and how you can walk away with lesson and activities you can use in your class tomorrow. The session will focus on the use of Geo Inquiries and Story Mapping. Be sure to bring your device along to experience the activities firsthand!

Speakers
RW

Rhonda Watton

8th Grade Social Studies and Reading Teacher/WCSS President, Templeton Middle School


Monday March 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm
UNIVERSITY CD

2:30pm

Maps Are Spatial: Analyzing Maps, Charts, Pictures, and Graphs from a Geographic Perspective

Participants will learn how to get students to move beyond basic surface observations and dig deeper when looking at maps, photos, graphs, and charts  using strategies including 4-Level Analysis, OPTIC, ESPeN, and Categorilla."


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Monday March 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm
III

2:30pm

JFK for Today's Generation
"Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans." – JFK. Can JFK's ideals of citizenship and the "call to service" reach today's students? How can the speeches, legislation and actions of the Kennedy generation be used to foster citizenship and service in today's students? Primary documents, footage and text will be used to demonstrate how to introduce and instruct students on JFK's "call to service" and citizenship ideals can foster the common good – at home and abroad. "Let us not be blind to our differences but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved" - JFK Extensive resources provided.

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Monday March 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm
IV

2:30pm

Guilty White Kids: Terrorism from 1960-1980
This session will address the complex and ideological Cold War world of international terrorism that flourished in the pre-1991 era. The period immediately following 1960 became a battleground in the First World of radicalized, Marxist and anti-establishment young people. The hijacking of airplanes, kidnappings, and assassinations were often commonplace on the Six o'clock” news. Groups like the Baader-Meinhof gang, the Japanese Red Army and the PLO will be detailed, along with the most famous of individuals: Carlos the Jackal. Attendees will be given a broad introduction to the contextual and pedagogical possibilities, and materials for teaching the topic. The topic lends itself to understanding the ideological ferment of the time and it offers the potential for bringing this complicated era alive for students.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Eysturlid

Lee Eysturlid

Instructor, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy


Monday March 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm
V

2:30pm

Summer Professional Development Opportunities Discussion
In this session, participants will discuss summer professional development and travel opportunities for teachers. Everyone will be encouraged to share their summer experiences. We will compile a list of opportunities. We may also discuss strategies for completing applications. Presenters Christine Kadonsky and Jenny Morgan have participated in professional development experiences throughout the United States and abroad.

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avatar for Christine Kadonsky

Christine Kadonsky

Teacher, Wausau West High School
I have taught U.S. History to ninth grade students in my hometown of Wausau since 2001. I enjoy team teaching and facilitating group discussions in my classroom. I believe in the importance of student analysis of primary sources. In the summers, I enjoy participating in teacher seminars and study tours. I have traveled around the U.S., England, Germany, China, India, Ghana, and Barbados with teacher seminars.



Monday March 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm
I

2:30pm

Standards Make Strange Instructional Bedfellows: Social Studies and Science - Inquiry & Problem Solving
If necessity is the mother of invention, inquiry is the impetus for integration. Session centers on how, at the elementary level, a focus on inquiry united the disciplines of social studies, science, and literacy through an integrated model of curriculum and instruction.

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NC

Nilsen Cory

Dean of Social Studies Curriculum, Rockford Public Schools 205


Monday March 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm
SENATE B