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.
Human Rights — Past and Present
As Article 1 of theUnited 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.
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.
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