Register for the WSCSS Spring Conference at Lake Chelan!


The conference will convene from 1 PM on March 1st to late morning on March 3rd, 2019 at Campbell's Resort in Chelan.

Keynote speakers and workshop sessions will address:

Culturally responsive curricula - Classroom strategies for diverse student populations

Lessons from the past - How we can find common ground across ideological divisions

Global perspectives - Connections and solutions to the challenges we face

2019 Keynote Speakers:

Friday Night Keynote: Mark Allen Smith

The Challenges of Seeking Truth in the Current Environment for Media and Politics

Smith’s research and teaching focuses on American domestic politics, including elections, public opinion, interest groups, and religion.  He is the author of two award-winning books, American Business and Political Power: Public Opinion, Elections, and Democracy; and Secular Faith:  How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics.

Mark Allen Smith

Mark Allen Smith

Saturday Lunch Performance: Living Voices: Hear My Voice

Using historical perspectives based on real people and events, the Living Voices technique combines live performance with video, audio, visual aids and discussion. Historical film footage and photographs, blended with audio and presented in synchronization with a solo actor, gives the audience a chance to experience how the world looked, sounded and felt during a significant time in history.



Saturday Dinner Keynote: Hilary Klein

Hilary Klein is the Director of Multi-State Initiatives at Make the Road, a family of organizations that builds the power of immigrant and working class communities to achieve justice and dignity. Hilary also spent several years in Chiapas, Mexico, working with women's cooperatives in Zapatista villages, and is the author of the book Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories, which sheds light on women’s involvement in the Zapatista movement.

Compañeras tells the stories of rural indigenous women who became guerilla insurgents and political leaders, educators and healers – and who worked together to construct a new society of dignity and justice. Klein will bring these stories of struggle and courage to life, and will share an inspiring narrative of collective liberation that has profound lessons to teach us about the struggle for justice in our own uncertain times.

Hilary Klein

Hilary Klein

Sunday Breakfast Keynote: Doug Selwyn

Who We Are, Who We Are Not, and Who We Could Be

Doug Selwyn was a teacher in the Seattle Public Schools from 1984-2000 before beginning work in teacher education programs at the university level, first at Antioch University Seattle, and then for the past ten years as a professor of education at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh NY.  He was a member of the Washington State Council for the Social Studies for many years, and is a past president. 

He has just completed a book on the connection between health and education, and the disconnect between what we say and what we do, titled All Children Are All Our Children: Changing the Conversation on Education and Health. 

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2019 Spring Conference Registration

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before the end of 2018 and you can save $25 off your order when you check out. Just use the coupon code: Chelanatopia to register at the early bird rate.

This per-person registration includes attendance to the conference, five meals (dinner on Friday through breakfast on Sunday) at Campbells Resort, an annual membership in the WSCSS, and 16 clock hours.  Spouse registration includes meals only. 


Teacher: $275 ($250 with the early bird coupon code)

Group (4+ teachers from the same district): $250 ($225 with the early bird coupon code)

Presenter: $240 ($215 with the early bird coupon code)

Spouse (meals only): $185

LODGING AT CAMPBELLS-- Lodging is not included with conference registration. Campbells resort does provide a limited number of rooms at a discounted rate. Please mention getting a room in the WSCSS conference block to get this lower rate. Accommodations should be made for Friday March 1st and Saturday March 2nd. 

PAYMENT INFO -- We are an all-volunteer nonprofit comprised of working teachers. To simplify conference registration, all registrations payments are through online 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 the district credit card. 

QUESTIONS -- If you have any registration questions or concerns including cancellation, please contact Mary Barnes at

Posted on December 9, 2018 .