The 2018 Spring Conference will be held at Skamania Resort on March 9-11th, 2018

Image Copyright Andy Simonds

Image Copyright Andy Simonds

We are upgrading the conference to a new resort location for 2018!  Visit the Columbia Gorge, avoid the mountain passes, visit and meet with new friends from across the state, and more. Building Bridges is the theme for 2018!

2017 Program of Sessions

The program for the 2017 Chelan Conference and Retreat is now available.  Have a look at all the great sessions planned for you over our weekend in Chelan.  There is something for everyone!

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

Location and Date

The conference will convene from 1 PM on March 3rd to late morning on March 5th, 2017

Campbell's Resort

104 W Woodin Ave

Chelan, WA 98816

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

2017 Attendee Registration

Spring Conference Teacher Registration

This per-person price includes attendance to the conference, 16 clock hours (now STEM approved) and all meals (dinner on Friday through breakfast on Sunday). Spouse registration includes meals only.

Type of Registration:

The registration and meals fee for the three day Spring Conference is $250 per teacher, $225 per teacher (priced at cost!) if your district sends 4+ teachers, or just $220 if you are presenting a session at the conference.  If your spouse is coming to Chelan with you but is not attending the conference, they can register for meals only at $175 and dine with the best Social Studies teachers in Washington!

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 was Friday, February 24, 2017.

Please remember to reserve accommodations in Chelan for Friday, March 3rd and Saturday March 4th.  Campbell's Resort in Chelan has a discounted WSCSS room rate.  Mention that you're with the WSCSS when you call to get the discounted rate!


Spring Conference Exhibitor Registration
from 135.00

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 for your use during the day, WiFi access, and a WSCSS Blog/Twitter/Facebook post about your organization.

Table Size:

2017 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.  

Feel free to begin setting up your table at 7AM (One hour before the conference starts) on Saturday, March 4th. Please be sure to pack an extension cord for your electronics if needed.

Please remember to reserve accommodations in Chelan.  Campbell's Resort in Chelan 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

Call for Proposals

The deadline for proposals was February 3, 2017.  If your proposal is approved, remember to:

  1. Register for the conference.  Presenters receive our most reduced conference fee, just $220 for three days!
  2. Book accommodations in Chelan
  3. Submit your session documents to ASAP

Questions? Contact Wendy Ewbank