2014 Calendar of Events

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March 14 - 16, 2014

WSCSS Lake Chelan Leadership Retreat
Civil Rights and the Common Good
Campbell's Resort - Chelan, WA

Keynote speakers:
• Dr. John Stokes, author of Students on Strike: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown and Me will describe being a plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education, as we celebrate anniversary of this milestone decision.
• Dr. Errol Alexander, author of Dr. King And I, will share his personal experiences in the Civil Rights Movement as we consider how the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the 60th of the Brown v. Board decision continue to be relevant today, particularly in the context of court rulings on the Voting Rights Act.

K-12 STUDY CANADA-Sponsored Session:
“Great Black North” & “Idle No More”: Teaching Canada in U.S. Social Studies Classrooms

Presenter: Paulette Thompson, a K-12 STUDY CANADA Teacher-Associate and Humanities (Social Studies and English Language Arts) and World Languages teacher at the Ida B. Wells School for Social Justice, a public high school on the UW-Seattle campus. The specific Date/Location/Time will be posted when the conference program is available.

Description: When Canadian local and national issues turn into global ones, they become teaching moments. Taking an integrated approach using Canadian literature and multimedia as text, we will examine and discuss the creation of “The Great Black North" from Africville in Nova Scotia to Hogan's Alley in Vancouver, B.C. Then we'll move on to the indigenous "Idle No More" movement that started a year ago and is spreading around the world.

Date/Location/Time: To be announced.

K-12 STUDY CANADA offers support to its teacher-associates for outreach performed on behalf of the Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada. If interested in joining this network of outstanding educators, please visit https://www.k12studycanada.org/resources_teacher_associates.html or contact tina.storer@wwu.edu to learn more.


June 26 - July 1, 2014

2014 STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators
A Capital View of Canada: Nations within a Nation
Westin Hotel (Ottawa, Ontario) and Hôtel Lord Berri (Montréal, Québec)

“STUDY CANADA” is a renowned 6-day professional development program that provides American teachers with an excellent foundation for teaching about our northern neighbor and our important relationship. For more than 35 years, educators from across the U.S. have participated in the workshop to learn about core social studies topics related to Canada—such as geography, history, government, and economics—from university faculty and other experts. Cultural components include a series of unique learning experiences that reflect the theme of diversity and multiculturalism and important outcomes include development of curricula that meets Common Core and state-based standards, gaining global perspectives of civic issues, and receiving numerous resources for classroom use.

  • Registration: Registration opens Nov. 1, 2013

  • Registration Cost: $600 (includes 3 WWU undergraduate quarter credits or 40 WA-State issued clock hours - or ‘neither’ if not needed – as well as classroom space, instruction, double-occupancy hotel lodging, all breakfasts, most activities and one-way coach transportation from Ottawa to Montréal. NB: Air transportation to Ottawa and from Montréal is not included. Click here for additional program details.

  • Accommodations: Hotel rooms at the Westin Ottawa have 2 double beds shared by 2 same-gendered participants unless a private room is requested (see below).

  • Supplemental Fees: If a private room is preferred, a $400 supplemental fee is required. If a non-registered individual joins you, a supplemental fee of $500 is required for accommodation, activities and RT Ottawa-Montréal transportation.

  • Teachers Awards: Some travel awards are expected to be available – Application forms and rules to be posted online.

Contact tina.storer@wwu.edu or call 360-650-7370 with any questions/concerns.

Sponsored by: U.S. Department of Education, Université du Quebec à Montréal, and others TBA.


October 11, 2014

WSCSS Fall In-Service
Global Issues, Local Connections
7600 212th Street SW, Edmonds, WA

The Social Studies help students to understand the world and to develop the skills necessary for active citizenship. Students in history, civics, and contemporary problems courses learn how their society and societies from other places and times work. Stories from their own communities engage kids. People from their own hometowns model how to act as citizens on any scale, from lobbying a school board to joining worldwide consumer activist campaigns. This year, the WSCSS Fall In-Service will highlight such Global Issues and Local Connections. It just makes sense to include Canada as one of the special aspects of our cross-border region. A K-12 STUDY CANADA Exhibit will be hosted by Tina Storer. Be sure to drop by to gather resources for your classroom.

For more information about the conference, and to register, visit http://wscss.org.


November 20, 2014

NCSS Half-Day (Off-Site) Pre-Conference Clinics


Fighting Climate Change: Quebec’s Clean Energy and Electrical Transportation Initiatives ($10)

Location: Quebec Government Office, One Boston Place - 201 Washington St., Suite 3850 (short subway trip)

Abstract: Sources of energy are receiving increased attention due to their impact on climate change, natural resource exploitation, and access issues. As the Northeast states work with Canada to negotiate energy sources, Quebec stands out as a leader in hydroelectricity and electric transportation.

Presenters: Laurence Gagnon, Public Affairs Attaché, Québec Government Office in Boston; National Resource Center (NRC) on Canada Outreach Specialists: Betsy Arntzen, University of Maine, Amy Sotherden, SUNY Plattsburgh, and Tina Storer, Western Washington University


The U.S.-Canada Partnership: Teaching our Shared Trade, History, Geography, Culture ($10)

Location: The Consulate General of Canada, Boston, 3 Copley Place, Suite 400 (3 blocks from the Convention Center)

Abstract: The U.S.-Canada relationship has evolved over two centuries. U.S. and Canada are the world's largest trading partners and share the world's longest undefended border. What makes this relationship worth teaching about?

Presenters: Mark Jacques, Academic & Economic Affairs Officer, Consulate General of Canada, Boston; Andrew Holman, History Professor and Canadian Studies Program Coordinator, Bridgewater State University; NRC on Canada Outreach Specialists: Betsy Arntzen, University of Maine, and Tina Storer, Western Washington University

Advance registration required. Register for the conference directly online or download a registration form at the NCSS Annual Conference Registration Page. Interested participants can also contact NCSS by phone (301-588-1800) to add one, or both clinics, to their schedule.

November 21 - 23, 2014

94th Annual National Council for the Social Studies Conference
John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
900 Boylston Street, Boston

Boston's rich history and vibrant neighborhoods come alive at the 94th NCSS Annual Conference. Join NCSS in its first return to New England in more than 30 years for the world's largest and most comprehensive social studies professional development conference. Attend the 94th NCSS Annual Conference to gain new ideas, resources, and skills as the conference engages you in rich and varied learning opportunities. Join more than 3,000 of your peers from across the U.S. and around the world in historic Boston, to share the most current knowledge, ideas, and research, and expertise in social studies education. You'll have a wicked good time!

Keynote Speakers: Ken Burns, Nicholas Kristof, Randi Weingarten, Caryl M. Stern, Jose Antonio Vargas, Eric Foner, Keith Maddox, Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., Karen Korematsu, Anthony Chávez, Gustavo Fischman

Download the Canada at NCSS 2014 schedule to see the many professional development opportunities available at the conference. The National Resource Centers on Canada look forward to meeting you there! Be sure to drop by our exhibit booth (#230) in International Alley of the Exhibit Hall.

To learn more about the conference and to register, visit www.socialstudies.org