Recent months have seen dramatic increase in societal dialogue regarding what is taking place in social studies classrooms. Important professional conversations and experiences will grow our classroom practices and advance social studies as a topic of consideration inside and outside professional education settings. Join your colleagues at the ICSS Fall Conference. This year’s theme is “Social Studies at the Forefront of Public Discourse” Providing practical teaching approaches with engaging dialogue regarding the teaching and learning of social studies, the day promises to be one of professional growth and collegiality. Tentative session titles include: *How to utilize the Illinois Culturally Responsive Teaching Standards in the classroom *Navigating Difficult Classroom Conversations: Strategies for Current and Societal Issue Discussions *Religious Literacy in the Social Studies Classroom
*Teaching Asian American History: The Japanese American Experience in World War II *Making the Case for Instructional Time in Elementary Social Studies *Beyond Food, Festivals and Fashion: Including the Asian American Experience in Classrooms
*You Tell Me: Leveraging Student Opinions for Critical Thinking *Shake it Out, Shake it Up: Building DEAI Focused Reading Programs *Yes, Content Matters in the Standards-based Classroom!
*Connecting Students and Community with Engaging Youth for Positive Change *Running a Structured Academic Controversy
*Mission Access: Implementing Accessibility Tools Used by Museums in Your Classroom
*Engaging Students in a Civil Right Monument Project *The Hidden History of the KKK's Second Wave in Illinois *Introduction to the History of Genocide
*Choose Your History Adventure: The Consequences of Plessy v. Ferguson *How to Seriously Expect Students to Take Informed Action With Limited Time *Teaching with Current U.S. Supreme Court Cases
*Picture Books in Middle School Social Studies *Exploring your local history with the Illinois State Historical Society *Service Learning in the Civics Classroom
*Disciplinary Literacy Practices Applied in the Social Studies Classroom *Teaching with FLAIR! *But I Thought That Was True: EduMythbusting
*Partnering with local historical centers to promote inquiry *A creative solution to address the problem of students failing Social Studies courses *Challenging Advanced Learners in Social Studies via Classroom Discussion
Our Fall 2022 Conference Keynote Speaker is Mary Ellen Daneels a National Board Certified teacher who taught at West Chicago Community High School for 27 years. She serves as the Director of the Illinois Civics Hub and Illinois Democracy School Network, leading efforts to support the implementation of the middle and high school civics course requirements and Illinois social science standards.
Mary Ellen has been recognized as the Law-related Educator of the Year from the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago, Teacher of the Year by the 19th District of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Civic Education Teacher from the Center for Civic Education and the Illinois Education Association Teacher of the Year. Mary Ellen has presented on the proven practices of civic learning throughout the nation. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and highlighted in numerous publications such as Education Week, Social Education, and Educational Leadership.
Mary Ellen has advocated for civic education before federal and state lawmakers. She served on the Board of Directors for the National Council of the Social Studies and worked on both the Steering Committee and Pedagogy Committee for the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap.
With all that is happening in the world of social studies education, it is imperative to remain connected and to engage in dialogue. ICSS hopes to see you at our Fall 2022 Conference on Friday, October 14 at Harper College in Palatine.
Dr. Benjamin R. Wellenreiter Executive Director Illinois Council for the Social Studies
Assistant Professor, Middle Level Education School of Teaching and Learning Illinois State University Normal, Illinois email@example.com