The 34th annual conference will focus on achieving Common Core literacy requirements in the social studies classroom as well as highlight the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in central Illinois. The conference offers a wonderful opportunity for the history and social studies teachers to earn CPDUs, network with other central Illinois teachers, and come back to school refreshed with a handful of strategies to apply in their won classrooms. Dr. Catherine Denial (Knox College, Galesburg, IL) will reflect on her involvement in Bringing History Home, a program in Iowa for integrating primary source work in K-12 classrooms, in the opening keynote and then she and five other presenters will offer one-hour sessions that will include three sessions about Illinois’s Civil War history (including information about teaching about the war using primary sources), a session by Dr. Denial and about the SOCC Approach to Primary Document Use, a session on employing trade books to meet Common Core goals, and the annual Swap Shop of Ideas, Methods, and Materials. The day concludes with a luncheon where teachers can network and continue to share strategies and ideas about social education.
Mark your calendars! The 34th Annual History & Social Studies Teachers Conference at EIU will be Thursday, October 24, 2013.