Welcome back to school, Social Studies leaders. We hope you had a restful summer and are ready to hit the ground running. With all of the issues emanating from Washington DC, this is a great time to teach controversial issues in your Social Studies classroom. Listenwise https://listenwise.com/current_events updates their current events page daily and offers a free service that aligns Social Studies content standards with National Public Radio stories. The Constitutional Rights Foundation offers a Civil Conversation model and lesson library http://www.crf-usa.org/t2t/curriculum-library for helping students learn to discuss controversial issues. Newsela https://newsela.com/ also curates current events in a searchable database. What are some of the ways you plan on including current events in your Social Studies instruction this year? Please leave a comment or reach out to us on Social Media: Twitter @SCSSA_Prez and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SoCalSocialStudies/
We are starting to fill up our 2017-2018 calendar with a slate of great events. Visit our Events page and reserve your spot.
September 9 Constitution Day Teacher Resource Conference at Reagan Library
September 30 Fall Mini-Conference at Cal State University at Dominguez Hills
October 7 Our Time is Now: SCSSA Annual Fall Conference with Dr. Keith Barton
October (TBD) Teacher's Day Out to Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour
November (TBD) Teaching History with Graphic Novels Workshop
November 16-19 National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference in San Francisco
January (TBD) - Teacher's Day Out to African American History Museum
February 4 DTLA Historic Walking Tour with Michael Denman
March 10 Spring MIni-Conference at CSUDH
March 17 History Day LA at Azusa Pacific University
March 23-25 California Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference in San Diego
April (TBD) - Teacher's Day Out to Mamie Clayton Museum
June (TBD) - Teacher's Day Out to mystery location
L-R Michael Denman, Ryan Cowden, Rebecca Valbuena, Cathy Marston, Linda Cargile, Jackie Purdy, Michelle Herczog, Scott Petri, Matt Rosen, and Chris Lewis.