Free K-6 Civics Standards Modules from the National Literacy Project

Two years ago, the National Literacy Project began a collaboration with several school districts in Florida and the Literacy Design Collaborative to develop a set of modules that addressed all of the K-6 civics benchmarks within a literacy-rich framework. 

You can access any or all modules at two places: the NLP website and the LDC Core Tools website (search for the NLP Civics Collection). These modules are open source, and you may modify them, post them, share them, or copy them. 

Posted on November 18, 2017 .

Teacher Workshop – Building the Transcontinental Railroad: The Chinese Experience

Celebrated as a technical marvel in its day, the first transcontinental railroad was constructed from 1863 to 1869, due largely to the contributions of Chinese workers who cut through the mountains and deserts of the American West. Thousands of men migrated from China to seek fortunes in the gold mines of California but, instead, mainly found work building the transcontinental railroads. They experienced racism, lower wages, and difficult working conditions.

This workshop focuses on art and curriculum resources to incorporate this often overlooked history of Chinese laborers into the classroom.

The Workshop Includes:

Posted on November 18, 2017 .

Come Explore Islam in the World and in Your Classroom at the WSCSS Winter K-8 Conference

Register now for the K8 conference!  You'll start the day with Professor Kayaoglu, who will present Islam 101 to all attendees.  Break out sessions will feature discussions on Muslims in America, books and other research materials on Islam, and a women's panel led by Terese Saliba.  Then, we'll have a midday panel by teenage refugees, who will speak to what teachers need to know about the refugee children in our schools. 

Posted on November 12, 2017 .

Register for the Spring Conference in Skamania and get the Early Bird Discount!

We are so excited to be upgrading the spring conference and retreat to a new resort location for 2018!  Visit the beautiful Columbia Gorge, avoid the mountain passes, and meet and build connections with new friends from across the state and across state lines!

The early registration and meals fee for the three day Spring Conference at Skamania Lodge is is $250 per teacher,  or just $225 per teacher (priced at cost!) if your district sends 4+ teachers or if you are presenting a session at the conference. These discount rates are only in effect until the end of 2017, so register now! 

Posted on October 21, 2017 .

The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball

Teachers are invited to participate in an evening conversation with Dori Jones Yang about her latest book, The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball. In addition to writing several books, Yang previously worked as the foreign correspondent for Business Week in Asia. In this book, she weaves a historical fiction illustrating the life of Chinese boys sent to the U.S. in the 1870s for an American education.

Posted on October 21, 2017 .

World of 7 Billion Video Contest

Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest helps you bring technology and creativity into your middle and high school classes. The contest challenges your students to create a short video connecting world population growth and one of three global challenges: Advancing Women and Girls, Feeding 10 Billion, or Preventing Pollution.

Posted on October 21, 2017 .

See You At The Fall Conference!

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Teaching the Truth at the WSCSS 2017 Fall Conference

October 7, 2017

Edmonds-Woodway High School

Attendee Registration - LATE REGISTRATION OPEN

This fall, meet with other Social Studies educators, future educators, university faculty, and staff at the Fall WSCSS Conference.  Attend great sessions focused on current methods and the latest content by some of the best teachers from around the state.  

Start the day with a bang with old colleagues and new friends, learning about ways of teaching students to ferret out the truth with our 2017 keynote speakers, UW Professors Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West as they share their thoughts on Calling BS in the age of Big Data!

Regular registration for the fall conference closed on October 2nd. Late registration is now open, and will remain open until the day of the conference.  Food orders have been placed, so you will need to pack your own lunch.

See you on Saturday!

Posted on October 3, 2017 .

Fall Social Studies Conference Call for Proposals

The Fall In-Service for Social Studies is approaching. The deadline for proposing a workshop looms! Do you have a lesson you've taught this past year that you would like to share with others? A cool idea for a project you want to gather like-minded teachers to discuss? A resources you've found to be super helpful and would like to present to your peers? Then we have a great venue for you! Please submit a proposal to present at the Washington State Council for the Social Studies fall conference, scheduled for Oct. 7. Strike while all those great lessons/projects/resources are fresh in your mind! Click here to visit the conference page and submit a proposal. Deadline: September 13th

Posted on July 25, 2017 .