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Emerging America at the Fall 2022 MCSS Hyannis Conference

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Conference program title page, "2022 Fall Two-Day Statewide Conference"
Sun, 10/23/2022

Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies Conference - October 23-24, 2022 - Hyannis, MA

Workshops on Inclusion take place on Sunday, October 23. Register today.

Info and Registration for MCSS Fall 2022 Conference

Come meet colleagues on Cape Cod! Sunday's offerings include strands on student-led Civics projects, social studies resources, and exhibitors. The strand led by Emerging America staff spotlights especially timely topics. 

Explore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Your Social Studies Classroom

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Inclusion, Revision, and Difficult History

Presenter: Maureen Stephens, Brown U. Choices Program.

How have your approaches to core topics in the classroom changed? Brown’s Choices curriculum and many others have undergone thoughtful revisions, and we will share Brown’s process of reviewing and revising curriculum to reflect advances in the teaching of history. Focusing on equity and inclusion, we will explore the reasoning for retiring some units and adding others, and approaches to “hard history”. The session will include participant discussion. 

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Inclusion of Multilingual Learners 

Presenter: Alison Noyes, English Learner Collaboration Project & Emerging America

Many social studies classrooms include students who bring knowledge of one or more other languages, and may be at various stages of academic English mastery. We will present sample lessons that apply the latest language development standards (WIDA 2020) to rich primary-source-based teaching (an 18th century newspaper in the primary grades, Supreme Court cases in 8th grade, writings of Gandhi and King in high school) – with the goal of strengthening language skills while exploring content deeply. A teacher-guide that strives to connect the terminology of language development with applied teaching strategies of social studies, supporting effective collaboration between ESL and content specialists, will be a take-away for participants.  

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Engaging Students with Disabilities in the Social Studies

Presenter: Rich Cairn, Emerging America

Explore strategies and tools to make Social Studies inclusive of all learners. Preview hands-on, inquiry and primary source based activities from the new Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum features investigations and civic engagement for 8th grade and high school. 


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