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    • 02 Aug 2023
    • 31 Mar 2024
    • Virtual Event

    THEME: Stand Up:  Risk Takers and Change Makers

    Location: All events offsite 

    March 8, 2024 Registration Deadline

    March 31, 2024 Event Selection Deadline

    April 19, 2024 Deadline for mailing offsite event materials

    After May 13, 2024 Notification of winners to coaches will occur AFTER 5/15

    Standing up for what you believe in takes courage and resilience, especially when the outcome of such actions are uncertain and if what one believes in may not be the norm of society or popular at the time. Studying history and the complexity of current issues shows us that some people or groups are risk takers and stand up under uncertainty and the fear of failure while others make the decision to not act. The theme “Stand Up! Risk Takers and Change Makers” provides students the opportunity to study historical and contemporary risk takers that have stood up for something they strongly believe in and who demanded change. Students are able to examine what motivated these change makers, what risks did they take, what were the outcomes of their decisions to stand up, and what impact did they have on society and possibly future generations?

    • 12 Oct 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    The past few years have been very taxing for educators, especially teachers of social studies. This session will teach strategies to foster civil discourse in your classrooms so students can learn how to disagree positively and productively about real issues facing our society.

    Presenter:  Kymberli Wregglesworth

    Part of the Fall 2023 MCSS Mix-Tape Webinar Series

    • 19 Oct 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Detroit Public Schools Community District will share our culturally responsive curriculum audit process that gathered feedback from more than 250 stakeholders across the district to see what changes need to be made to our current curriculum. This session will guide participants through the structured process as well as our results so other districts can see what changes we will be making.

    Presenter:  Elizabeth Triden, Detroit Public Community School District

    • 23 Oct 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Participants will investigate what brought Asian Americans to Michigan, examine their contributions, explore acts of resilience, consider contemporary challenges, and assess how to make their history and contributions more visible. Methods include analyzing primary documents, interacting with children’s literature, creating choice boards, including oral histories, and ensuring informed action..

    Presenter:  Linda Doornbos

    Part of the Fall 2023 MCSS Mix-Tape Webinar Series

    • 30 Oct 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    The foundation of civic understanding is developed in preschool and early elementary school classrooms.  This session will explore developmentally appropriate civics and how teachers can create lessons that meet standards and core concepts. 

    Presenter:  Brigid Beaubien

    Part of the Fall 2023 MCSS Mix-Tape Webinar Series

    • 01 Nov 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Our global population just hit 8 billion – a doubling in less than 50 years. Discover activities that explore changing trends in world population, urbanization, migration, natural resource use, land use, climate, health, education, and paths to sustainability in this interdisciplinary workshop. Engage in simulations, collaborative problem-solving and data analysis. 

    Presenter:  Lindsey Bailey

    Part of the Fall 2023 MCSS Mix-Tape Webinar Series

    • 02 Nov 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    This session will provide you with tools, strategies, and activities to engage the students and make them excited to learn. Over the course of this session you will experience various strategies and leave with ideas and resources for getting middle schoolers excited to come to your class.

    Presenter:  Trevor Thiebaut

    Part of the Fall 2023 MCSS Mix-Tape Webinar Series

Past events

14 Apr 2023 2023 MCSS Annual Conference - Change, Conflict and Controversy
06 Mar 2023 How Elections Work: A Conversation With Barb Byrum
05 Oct 2022 Social Studies Olympiad 2023
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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