PCSS Annual Conference–October 16-18 in Johnstown

The 61st Annual Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies Conference will be held on October 16—October 18, 2014 at the Frank J.  Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon Street, Johnstown, PA 15901.

On Thursday, October 16th, from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. there will be a free presentation by the  Anti-Defamation League on their Holocaust curriculum entitled “Echoes and Reflections”. Each attendee will receive a copy of the 380 page document.  From 1:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m. there will be Bullying Workshop focused on literacy and the social studies. A box lunch will be provided.

Thursday evening brings the annual PCSS Awards Reception.

On Friday, October 17th, the conference will take place with the theme “C3 and the Civic Mission of Schools”. The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards guides educators on the concepts, skills and disciplinary tools necessary to prepare students for college, career, and civic life. In doing so, the C3 Framework offers guidance and support for rigorous student learning. That guidance and support takes form in an inquiry arc—a set of interlocking and mutually reinforcing ideas that feature the four Dimensions of informed inquiry in social studies: (1) developing questions and planning inquiries; (2) applying disciplinary concepts and tools; (3) evaluating sources and using evidence; and (4) communicating conclusions and taking informed action.

Friday night brings the annual President's Reception and Dinner and Saturday, October 18th, is devoted to the Board meeting, open to all members.

Here is the program draft. 

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