Social Studies-PD

Join NCSS in the Mile High City for the nation’s largest and most

comprehensive social studies professional development opportunity,

offering more than 400 sessions, poster presentations, workshops, clinics

and tours covering the following subthemes.

Conference Subthemes

Human Rights — Past and Present

As Article 1 of the

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “All human beings are born

free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards

one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” You will learn about which rights have been allowed, and which have

sometimes been denied to people in different times and different places.

Global Citizenship

Preparation of students for the role of citizen has been the mission of NCSS since its inception. That goal

must now be expanded to include roles at the local, state, national and global levels. Students need to

understand how life in their communities and nation influences other nations as well as the impact that

international events have on their daily lives. You will be able to explore the various attributes of a global

citizen and the role of a teacher in providing learning experiences to help students acquire these attributes.

Globalization and Economic Interdependence

Globalization describes an ongoing process by which regional economies, societies, and cultures have

become connected through a globe-spanning network of exchange. Globalization involves the integration

of national economies into the international economy through trade, investment, migration, and the spread

of technology. You will be able to probe the historic development of globalization and/or the economic

aspects of interdependence in the 21st century.

Sustainable World

Sustainability, as a term, can be broadly applied to every aspect of life on this planet, but is usually focused

on the environment and the use of resources. One major question: How can people living in different parts

of the world exploit resources without destroying the environment? You will be able to explore a range of

issues, from the Amazon rainforests to wind farms in the western United States.

21st Century Skills and Pedagogy

From creativity and innovation to mastery of evolving 21st century media, these skills must help

expand student roles as future citizens in meaningful ways. You will be able to investigate research related

to which skills are most important as well as present instructional strategies that create authentic learning

opportunities to help students acquire them.

90th NCSS Annual Conference • November 12–14, 2010 • Colorado Convention Center