CA Social Studies Educators Conference

Posted by Mary Hendra on March 17, 2018

Looking for inspiration? The California Council for the Social Studies holds its annual conference next week in San Diego and we have many activities to share! Not yet registered? There is still time to register. In addition to all of the sessions below where you can find Facing History, Sunday includes a live Gubernatorial Candidates Forum and administrators with one or more teachers registered for the conference can attend the Administrator's Colloquim for free!

Friday, March 23, 2018

12:00 Stolen Lives

In both the USA and Canada, indigenous peoples were taken away from their families to be acculturated in school. Through primary source material, first-person accounts, and probing questions, consider the devastating effects that the residential schools had, the search for truth and justice in Canada today, and implications for the USA. Includes new resource book from Facing History and Ourselves.  

2:00 Unexpected Upstanders

News today can be overwhelming. People wonder how to help with the enormous job of bringing about a more humane, just, and compassionate world and a more democratic society. This session presents a range of stories, many from youth, that show the impact individuals can have through art, language, economics, and civic action, concretizing the concept of levers of power.

3:00 Humanizing the Refugee Crisis

When have you felt morally obligated to forego teaching planned curriculum due to urgent world issues? Learn tools used to draw a humane connection from our students and their communities to the refugee crisis. Use historical documents from pre-WWII to provide context for understanding the critical need for compassion in times of war and/or political turmoil.

3:00 Student Perspectives on the American Creed

In today's polarized world, is it possible to share an American Creed? During this participatory panel discussion, the audience will have an opportunity to hear student responses to questions raised in the documentary film American Creed, featuring Condoleezza Rice and David Kennedy. We invite you to attend and share your own thoughts and questions before seeing the film! Co-Presented with Share Your Learning

8:30 Film screening of American Creed

In turbulent times, what ideals do we share in common? In the documentary film American Creed, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from remarkably different life experiences, backgrounds and points of view to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed. Their spirited inquiry frames the stories of a wide range of citizen-activists striving to realize their own visions of America’s promise across deep divides.

After the film screening Facing History and Ourselves will moderate an audience dialogue around freedom, fairness, opportunity and the meaning of citizenship.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

11:00 Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

News literacy is vital to civil society. In our digital age, it includes reading imagery, asking critical questions of social media, and considering our own opportunities (and challenges) as "citizen watchdogs." Facing History staff and a current classroom teacher will offer ready-to-use lessons and teaching strategies from Facing Ferguson, an 11-lesson unit to help build student skills in these areas.

3:00 From Cargo to Citizen

This session will explore the American experience of Africans from slaves to citizens. We will focus on issues of race, the notion of freedom and our constitutional transitions from legally sanctioned slavery to freedom during Reconstruction (1865-1877) often referred to as "America's unfinished revolution."

4:00 Democracy at Risk: Lessons for Today from the post-WWI Era

How could a society that was politically and culturally liberal fall victim to a government that espoused intolerance and hatred? Using resources from Facing History and Ourselves’ Holocaust and Human Behavior, we’ll explore the fragility of the Weimar Republic and the contrasting moods that characterized its society to draw lessons about what it takes to strengthen our own democracy.


Sunday, March 25, 2018

8:00 Bringing American Creed Into the Classroom

How do we have rich and honest discussions across a polarized divide? After Friday's screening of American Creed, dive into the themes of the film, see and practice classroom lessons for civic engagement and dialogue, and get hands-on experience analyzing student work to concretize how to help students translate academic or private writing for public audiences. Co-presented with National Writing Project.


Throughout the conference, come by and visit us at our booth in the Exhibit Hall. See the up-to-date details on room locations and schedule for the sessions above through CCSS.

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