The WSCSS K8 Conference is steaming your way February 4th, 2017.
You missed the train! Registration is now closed. There is no day-of registration.
Railroads are a major part of the heritage of the Pacific Northwest. In fact, this form of public transportation established most of the early communities in the western United States. Towns quickly developed around railroad stations and many grew into the cities where we now live and teach.
Prior to the completion of transcontinental railroad in 1869, settlers spent four to eight months coming west along the Oregon Trail. Once railroads were a viable option for even the countries’ poorest immigrants, migration into the West was intense and immediate. Within a generation the Pacific Northwest was peopled by thriving communities of settlers, and that pioneering spirit remains a unique part of the Northwest. These settlers relied on railroads to bring their crops such as wheat and apples to market. The lumber industry flourished as small railroads specialized in getting timber to the mills.
The railroad changed everything about the Northwest.
Highlights of the day include:
A steam locomotive train ride through the Snoqualmie Valley
A docent led trip to the Northwest Railway Museum
Keynote address by Craig Thorpe - noted artist, historian and enthusiast of “All Things Train!”
How to make your students historians - shared by teachers who have researched their own lessons on local history in Bonny Lake, Poulsbo, Bellevue, and Newcastle
Mary Anne Christy: Teaching Critical Thinking in Critical Times
Jessie Cunningham: Railroads changed everything - field trips for students
Anthony Jonas: A case study on how to plan a local history field trip
Patty Shelton: Examining Fishing Rights using Making Thinking Visible Routines
Dr. Margit McGuire: A Chinese Railroad Storypath.
As always, six (STEM approved!) clock hours are included
The Conference Schedule
See what's planned for our day together in Snoqualmie, on the rails, and at the Northwest Railway Museum!
Conference Registration - Closed
Attend the K8 Conference in Snoqualmie, WA! A great lunch, one year of membership to the WSCSS, and six clock hours (now STEM approved!) are provided with this registration.
Registration for the WSCSS 2017 K8 Conference is now closed. Your $60/20 registration cost will cover attendance at the conference, lunch, a train ride out through the Snoqualmie valley, a one year membership to the WSCSS, and six clock hours.
Location and Date
February 4th, 2017 8AM-2:30PM
The American Legion Hall and Northwest Railway Museum
38625 SE River Street
2017 Session Documents
As presenters upload documents from their sessions, they will be available here. Many presenters work on their sessions right up until the day of the conference, so come back after you attend the conference in February.