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October 13th at Lincoln High School in Tacoma!

The 2018 Fall Conference is coming up October 13th at Lincoln High School in Tacoma!  Join educators from around Washington for a day of exploring resources, lessons, and inspiration on the theme of:

A New Frontier for Social Studies: Taking Action

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. Social Studies teachers in Washington State are always looking for good ways to teach our students in a way that helps them take action – whether it’s in writing about events of the past, in playing a role in a game or simulation in the classroom, or in using their knowledge of civics to make change in their communities. This conference is designed to help teachers do just that!

  • Choose from over 30 sessions and discussions

  • Receive classroom-ready resources

  • Interact with well-known speakers and educators

  • Discover the latest teaching services and resources

  • Have a great day exploring your favorite subject with coworkers

2018 Keynote Speaker: UW Professor Joy Williamson-Lott!


The morning will start with our 2018 keynote: Joy Williamson-Lott. A professor at the College of Education at the University of Washington, Dr. Williamson-Lott’s work has focused on “education as a moral endeavor, the shifting definition of 'proper education' and 'liberation' for different social groups, and the educational histories of people of color.” Williamson-Lott's primary research agenda examines the reciprocal relationship between social movements--particularly those of the middle twentieth century--and institutions of higher education.

Her most recently published book, Jim Crow Campus: Higher Education and the Struggle for a New Southern Social Order (2018), examines threats to academic freedom and First Amendment protections in black and white, public and private institutions across the South against the backdrop of the black freedom struggle and anti-Vietnam War movement.

Start your day with a thought-provoking look at how history can guide the future of education. Many people cling to the ideal of “the school” as the great equalizer, a place where Americans are made and equal opportunity is realized.  Meritocracy, where kids excel or fail based on brains and drive alone, is alive and well.  Yes, these people argue, there are some kids that aren’t thriving in school, but it’s their fault—they, their families, or their culture don’t value education, or maybe they simply don’t have enough grit.

This understanding is not only inaccurate but dangerous.  The school has been and continues to be an agent in oppression. Throughout history, each time communities of color have made progress toward equal educational opportunity, a major societal push-back has caused the losses of gains that appeared won and a continuing struggle to regain lost ground and move ahead.  How can we make real progress?  History has some answers.


Location and Date

October 13th, 2018 8AM-2PM

Lincoln High School

701 S 37th St

Tacoma, WA 98418


Attendee Registration - Closes October 6th

Fall Conference Teacher Registration

The annual Washington State Council for the Social Studies Fall Conference is a one day professional development opportunity for all teachers of any of the social studies subjects. 

Attend the Fall Conference in Tacoma, WA!  A box lunch, one year of membership in WSCSS, and 6 clock hours are provided with this registration.

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  • Registration for educators is $70 before the registration deadline of October 2nd.

  • Presenters and pre-service teachers pay just $30!

  • This year we are offering a group rate for groups of 4+ teachers from the same district. Register at the group rate to save $10 per person on your registration while brainstorming great ideas with your colleagues! If you are registering yourself as part of a group, simply list the names of your group members in the space provided in the registration form.

  • Online registration for the fall conference is a two-step process. First, click the 'register' button on this page and fill out the registration form. Then, click on the 'shopping cart' icon to complete check-out.

  • If you are registering on behalf of multiple people, fill out a separate registration form for each person and then proceed to the check-out step. You will be able to pay for all registrations with one transaction.

  • If the conference is not sold out, you can register on the day of the conference for $80, but lunch will not be included.

If you have any registration questions or concerns including cancellation, please contact Mary Barnes at: mbarnes7@uw.edu.


Exhibitor Registration - Closes October 6th

Fall Conference Exhibitor Registration

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 and green tablecloth for your use during the day, one participant lunch, WiFi access, and a Social Media post to reach out to our full membership.

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Meet with the most connected and involved Social Studies teachers from across Washington State.  We are in a new location this fall, providing you the opportunity to connect with new attendees from the South Sound. 

We'll provide you a table to set up, break time in the schedule for attendees to visit you, a shout out and link to your group from our social media platform, and a lunch for your exhibitor.  Reserve a four foot table for just $125, or a full eight foot table for $200.

If you can't make it to the conference, consider having your flyer stuffed in the program folders or build name recognition by sponsoring the morning coffee and bagels!

If you are exhibiting at the conference, feel free to begin setting up your table at 7AM (One hour before the conference starts). Please be sure to pack your own extension cords if you require power.

Please direct all questions about exhibitor registration to Jennifer Ligot at jligot@nsd.org



The 2017 Program and Session Documents

Scaffolds for discussion, The origins of race based immigration law in Chinese Exclusion, how to design student centered inquiry in the age of alternative facts, how to connect historical thinking with social action, and so much more!  The 2017 program has been worth the wait!  Check out the sessions for the 2017 WSCSS Fall Conference.   Also, check back later to download documents from the sessions you attended.

Submit a proposal to teach a session at the 2019 Fall Conference

Are you someone with an awesome lesson, resource or opportunity that you would love to share with Washington Social Studies teachers?  Please consider submitting a proposal to present at the 2019 Fall Conference.  Proposals are accepted until September 4th, 2019