The 2018 Spring Conference will convene at Skamania Lodge on March 9-11th, 2018

Calling all Washington and Oregon teachers!  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!


Come to the first annual Northwest Social Studies Conference, the WSCSS and OCSS are Building Bridges on the Columbia in 2018!

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Present that amazing lesson or program you have at the Conference!

We know you've got that great lesson you refine year over year, the program that opened your eyes to a country, or a program that redefined how you teach.  If you've got it, flaunt it!  The deadline for submitting a proposal is December 21, 2017.  If your proposal is approved, remember to:

  1. Register for the conference.  In exchange for presenting a session, you'll receive our most reduced conference fee, just $220 for three days!
  2. Book accommodations in Skamania. Remember to mention you're with the WSCSS to get the best rate.
  3. Submit your session documents to ASAP

Questions? Contact Wendy Ewbank 


Location and Date

The conference will convene from 1 PM on March 9th to late morning on March 11th, 2018

Skamania Lodge

1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way

Stevenson, WA 98648 


Things for the Family

There are many great wineries, coffee shops, and points of interest to visit when staying with us in Skamania.  Check out the map to see what is available in town, or plan an afternoon to points beyond!

2018 EARLY Registration

Spring Conference Teacher Registration

This per-person price includes attendance to the conference, 16 clock hours (now STEM approved) for Washington teachers or 16 PDU's for Oregon teachers and five meals (dinner on Friday through breakfast on Sunday). Spouse registration includes meals only.

Type of Registration:

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! 

If your spouse is coming to the Columbia Gorge with you but is not attending the conference, they can register for meals only at $185 and dine with the best Social Studies teachers in the Northwest!

We are an all-volunteer nonprofit comprised of working teachers. To simplify conference registration, as of November 2014 all registrations payments are through credit card only.  We no longer accept checks or purchase orders.  If your district is paying your conference fee, please ask your administrator to use their district credit card. If you have any registration questions or concerns including cancellation, please contact Mary Barnes at

The registration deadline is Friday, February 9th, 2018

Please remember to reserve accommodations at Skamania Lodge for Friday, March 9th and Saturday March 10th.  Skamania Lodge has a discounted WSCSS room rate.  Mention that you're for the WSCSS conference when you call to get the discounted rate!

Spring Conference Exhibitor Registration
from 40.00

Meet and interact with some of the most involved and dedicated Social Studies teachers in the state!  Your registration will provide you with a table outside the Stevenson Ballroom or the Conference Center Lobby for your use during the day, WiFi access, and a WSCSS Blog/Twitter/Facebook post about your organization.

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2018 Exhibitor Registration

Get face to face with Washington State Teachers!

 The Spring conference is a great way to introduce your organization and maintain professional relationships with the most involved Social Studies teachers, curriculum directors, and department chairs from across the state.  

Cant attend the conference, but want to get the word out about your organization?  Consider getting your flyer directly into the hands of our teachers by registering for a flyer placement in the program folders.

Feel free to begin setting up your table at 7AM (One hour before the conference starts) on Saturday, March 10th. Please be sure to pack an extension cord for your electronics if needed.

Please remember to reserve accommodations at Skamania.  Skamania Lodge has a discounted WSCSS rate.  Mention that you're with the WSCSS when you call to get the discounted rate!

Please direct all questions about exhibitor registration to Jennifer Ligot at

2017 Program of Sessions

The program for the 2018 Spring Conference and Retreat will be available in late January.  Please check out last year's program to see the conference format and breadth of offerings!

2017 Session Documents

Documents provided by our 2017 session presenters can be found here.

2017 Keynote Speakers

Friday Night Keynote: Carl Wilkens

Founder of The World Inside My Shoes, a non-profit educational and professional development organization to inspire and equip people to enter the world of “The Other.” Carl was a humanitarian and aid worker in Rwanda beginning in 1990; he was the only American to remain in the country during the 1994 genocide and his courageous actions saved hundreds of lives. He travels regionally and internationally to share his family’s experience of the genocide in 1994 but also to highlight the amazing recovery process Rwanda has been going through since then, including the vital role of women in government and the private sector.

Saturday Lunch Keynote: Raymond Jonas - The Decline of the West? Brexit and Trump in Historical Perspective

The British vote to leave the European Union, the rise of ethnic nationalism in Europe, and the election of Donald Trump in the US, have prompted speculation about whether we are witnessing the end of “the West.” This presentation examines this claim in comparative and historical perspective. Raymond Jonas is the Colonel Donald W. Wiethuechter Endowed Faculty Fellow in History at the University of Washington. His most recent work concerns African resistance to European expansion. The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire aims both to narrate this signal event in global history and to follow the Adwa story as it rolls through African and European diasporic communities. A companion web site augments and extends this work. His current research is a transnational history of the Mexican Second Empire.

Saturday Night Keynote:  Kimberly Ambrose

A senior lecturer at the University of Washington Law School and Founder/Director of the Tools for Social Change: Race and Justice Clinic. Since 2011 the clinic has focused attention on racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. Before joining the UW faculty, she was a public defender representing indigent adults and juveniles in both child welfare and criminal proceedings. As a resource attorney for the Washington Defender Association, she provided training, technical assistance, and resources to public defense attorneys around Washington state. 


In addition, workshops will be led by:

  • The U.W. Jackson School
  • Western Washington University
  • The WA State Social Studies Cadre
  • The World Affairs Council