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    • 05 Oct 2022
    • 03 Mar 2023
    • Virtual Event

    THEME: Choices that Changed Our World

    Location: All events offsite 

    March 3, 2023 Registration Deadline

    March 31, 2023 Event Selection Deadline

    April 21, 2023 Deadline for mailing offsite event materials

    After May 15, 2023 Notification of winners to coaches will occur AFTER 5/15

    Decisions made throughout history matter. Choices, made collectively or individually, deliberately or spontaneously impact and change the world in significant ways. Some choices solidify a person's legacy in history, while others go unrecognized or uncredited. The context of time, place, and situation matters in examining and understanding past choices. 

    This year's 2023 Michigan Social Studies Olympiad theme, "Choices that Changed Our World," will allow students to examine significant turning points in history. Through inquiry, students will investigate the context, location, period, and people involved in these turning points. As they encounter the good, the bad, and the ugly stories of the past, they will be more able to analyze these decisions' lasting impacts and consequences.

    • 06 Mar 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Virtually via Zoom

    Elections.  We know them, we live them, we love them.  But over the last few years many questions surrounding elections have surfaced.  What goes into election security?  How do we know the vote we cast is the vote received?  What really happens on election day?  Election night?  When does an election end?

    Former state representative Barb Byrum joins the Michigan Council for the Social Studies President and President Elect for a conversation to pull back the curtain on the mechanics of elections.  

    About the Presenter

    Barb Byrum is currently serving in her third term as Ingham County Clerk, acting as the county’s chief elections official. As Clerk of one of the most populous counties in the State of Michigan, Byrum has successfully conducted 32 elections, 7 union elections, and was one of only a handful of counties to complete the 2016 Presidential Recount, the 2022 partial statewide Recount of Proposal 3, and several other local recounts. 

    Since 2016, Byrum has been credentialed as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator by Election Center, the only national program of continuing professional education that specializes in elections administration and voter registration. In 2017, she served on Election Center’s Security Task Force. Byrum lent her expertise to Michigan’s Election Security Commission, the Secretary of State’s team of advisors tasked with strengthening and better securing elections in the state. She is also a member of Election Center’s Ethics Project Focus Group.

    Byrum has been a consistent advocate for the voting rights of qualified, registered voters with a focus on historically disenfranchised voters. She is a member of the Overseas Voting Initiative, a collaboration between the Council of State Governments and the US Department of Defense to improve the process of voting by members of the military and civilians living abroad.

    Byrum has been an active member of the community throughout her life, primarily promoting voter registration, including voter registration drives in partnership with the League of Women Voters, the Ingham County Jail, and groups affiliated with Michigan State University. She has also registered voters at local events, including Black Lives Matter rallies helping to ensure that rally attendees can vote their issues at the ballot box. Byrum believes that voting is the ultimate action of protest.

    Byrum previously served three terms as the Michigan State Representative, serving House District 67. During her time in the Legislature, Byrum served as the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Redistricting and Elections.

    Byrum graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness Management and holds a law degree from MSU College of Law. 

    • 14 Apr 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • 15 Apr 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Grand Traverse Resort

    We're excited to return to an IN PERSON venue in the spring of 2023!

    Each Social Studies content organization will be represented and providing sessions at the conference:

    Michigan Geographic Alliance

    Michigan Council for History Education

    Michigan Council on Economic Education

    Center for Civic Education

    Michigan Council for the Social Studies

    Topics such as an update on new Social Studies content expectations, the C3 Framework, and current happenings in the world of social studies will be presented.

    There are sessions for every level from elementary, middle level, secondary, post-secondary and Social Studies supervisors.

Past events

25 May 2022 Teaching the Movement
23 May 2022 The Movement Continues
18 May 2022 The Master Narrative
16 May 2022 The Long Civil Rights Movement
18 Apr 2022 2022 MCSS Annual Virtual Conference - Cultivating Collaboration in Changing Times
31 Mar 2022 Social Studies Olympiad 2022
27 Jul 2021 A Roadmap to Civic Re-Engagement: Reading, Writing, and Speaking for Change
18 May 2021 From Controversial to Complex: Building Skills for Successful Conversations
06 May 2021 Dealing with Racism in Michigan: The Past, Present and Future.
21 Apr 2021 A Story That Impacts All Of Us: Anishnaabek History in Michigan.
16 Apr 2021 Social Studies Olympiad 2021
15 Apr 2021 News Media and Civic Engagement: High School Students Find Their Voice and Place in Their Community
22 Feb 2021 MCSS Virtual Conference - The Stories We Tell!
03 Sep 2020 Targeting How We Teach Racial Issues in the Classroom
10 Aug 2020 Changing Practices for Changing Times
08 Jun 2020 Rock It, Don't Knock It: Become a Third Grade MVP
08 Jun 2020 The Second Dimension: Going Where Few Men (And Women) Have Gone Before
01 Jun 2020 Adapting Inquiry for Blended Learning
18 May 2020 Geography and Geography Integration in Distance Learning
14 May 2020 MCSS Happy Hour
11 May 2020 Teaching Social Studies to Young Children at Home: Support for Teachers and Parents
11 May 2020 Difficult Decisions in Difficult Times: Hope and Agency During the Armenian Genocide
09 May 2020 Social Studies Olympiad 2020
01 May 2020 Spring Webinar Series - Event 1
16 Apr 2020 MCSS 2020 Spring Pre-Conference Clinic: WWI 360
16 Apr 2020 MCSS 2020 Spring Pre-Conference Clinic: Learn How To DBQ
14 Dec 2019 DBQ Project Follow Up
02 Nov 2019 2019 Fall MCSS Symposium
04 May 2019 Social Studies Olympiad 2019
22 Mar 2019 2019 Annual MCSS Conference
19 May 2018 Social Studies Olympiad 2018
23 Mar 2018 2018 Annual MCSS Conference
13 May 2017 Social Studies Olympiad 2017
28 Apr 2017 2017 Annual MCSS Conference
14 May 2016 Social Studies Olympiad 2016
06 Nov 2015 2015 Joint Social Studies Conference Exhibitor Registration

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