Below are the current session abstracts provided by session leaders.  All sessions are subject to change.  

Conference Schedule Conference Sessions


Connection to Little Rock featuring Library of Congress Materials and Activities

This hands-on session will spotlight methodology and content from the Library of Congress' Teaching with Primary Sources program.  Materials related to school integration in Little Rock are featured as teachers participate in a variety of interactive, inquiry-based activities linking to literacy with The Lions of Little Rock. Activities transferable to any topic/discipline.  

Discovering Primary Sources at the Indiana State Library: School Desegregation in Indiana

The Indiana State Library is a key resource for students of US History and Indiana Studies courses.  In this session, we will explore both print and online sources at the State Library which show the historical path before/after racial desegregation in Indiana Schools.

Ethnic Studies - Background, Concepts, and Resources

Presented will be the frameworks/concepts and resources for the teaching of Ethnic Studies (ES) and linkages to IDOE standards.  We will discuss race, biases, privilege, racial identity, acculturation vs. assimilation, and the role of policies/law in shaping current issues.  ES taught in Los Angeles will be offered as a model.

Fostering Fishbowls: Cultivating Respectful Conversations Over Heated Political Topics

A seminar on developing in-depth classroom discussions on heated topics including: allowing more Syrian Refugees into the U.S., Abortion, Latin American Immigration policy, gay marriage, and Trump Presidency.  Fishbowl discussions add an important peer analysis aspect unseen in Socratic sessions.  

From Ireland to Indiana: The Transformation of Irish Ethnicity in the Wake of the Great Famine, ca. 1845-1870

This presentation explores the long history of Irish America and the invention (and reinvention) of "Irish" ethnicity.  This phenomenon, in Indiana and the United States, occurred continuously throughout the centuries - but most dramatically during the great famine (1845-51), as new immigrants adjusted to an unfamiliar and often hostile society.  

Hands on History: A WWII Interactive Exhibit

Inspired by local resources and energized by a trip to the National WWII Museum, these teachers created interactive student galleries.  History comes alive as students explore the war from the battlefield to the homefront in the 1940s through costumes, radio, photos, real WWII memorabilia and rich primary sources.  Funding tips included.  

Historical Cookbooks for Primary Source Lessons and Interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning

Historical cookbooks are primary source smorgasbords, illustrating changing roles of women, national and regional culture, and impact of industrialization on daily life.  We'll analyze historical recipes and cookbooks to assess how "home cooking" has changed over time and what drives that change.  Handouts for project-based units and activities using primary sources provided.  

Media Literacy: Identifying Fake News with Secondary Students 

Being able to identify signs of fake news is one useful way to combat the negative influence of new media environments on democracy.  The presenter will introduce a fake news checklist and lead participants in an analysis of several real world examples from the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.

Representing Fears of Communist Infiltration: Teaching the Second Red Scare Using Popular Culture as a Historical Text

This session explores how to use Cold War popular culture to illuminate how Americans understood and responded to the Communist threat.  Analyzing films and TV shows from the era provides a rich intellectual opportunity for students, who must untangle a text's social commentary and explore what it reveals about its historical context.  

Speak Truth to Power: Creating a Global Citizenry Through Human Rights

As Indy continues to celebrate the 50th anniversary of April 4th, the Robert Kennedy Center for Human Rights brings us Speak Truth to Power; a curriculum that combines powerful storytelling and student engagement as a means to protecting human rights.  This presentation provides an overview of this free curriculum.  

Team Teaching for Global Citizenship

Teach about global challenges to the planet and human well-being by approaching topics through the lens of geography, history and civics.  Engage in the theme-based hands-on activities that address population growth, land use, climate change and social equity issues.  Receive electronic lesson plan matched to state standards.  

Utilizing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: How to Teach Civil Liberties and Human Rights

Learn how to deepen student learning and inquiry utilizing the 30 articles of this declaration to determine if goods or services such as  chocolate are in compliance with civil liberties and human rights.  


Indiana Council for the Social Studies a member of the National Council for the Social Studies  

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software