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WELCOME TO WCSS 19!  Please check the WCSS Website for council news, information about WCSS mini-grants, upcoming PD opportunities, and more! Also, you can access all submitted presenter materials here.  Enjoy your two days of social studies fun in Madison!

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Sunday, March 17

12:55pm CDT

Selecting your Badger State Delegates
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about how you can help with the selection of candidates in your school district or participate as a volunteer counselor in an excellent professional development opportunity the 3rd week of June. Did you attend the American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State or American Legion Boys State program once upon a time? Join us for an opportunity to reconnect and find out about updates for the program and meet your fellow alumni.


Mary Walz

Sauk Prairie High School

Sunday March 17, 2019 12:55pm - 1:45pm CDT
Room III

12:55pm CDT

Civic Education: Participation in the Wisconsin State Legislature
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn how to engage their students in the legislative process and receive knowledge of the programs offered by the Wisconsin State Senate. As part of the presentation, attendees will be given a tour of the Capitol.

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Dr. Tammy Wehrle

Legislative Education and Outreach Officer, Wisconsin State Senate
Please feel free to talk to me about civic education and anything you would be interested to know about the state legislative process and the civic education programs we offer.

Sunday March 17, 2019 12:55pm - 2:15pm CDT

2:45pm CDT

Digital Tools from the National Constitution Center
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and explore the offerings of the National Constitution Center - the only organization chartered by Congress to provide non-partisan education about the U.S. Constitution.

Participants will explore the Interactive Constitution and other digital tools that can be used in any civics, government, or history classroom. Educators will leave with free lesson plans about the Founding period, Constitutional debates, and more.

Bring a laptop or tablet and be ready to examine your Constitutional rights!

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David Olson

Social Studies Department Chair, James Madison Memorial High School
I am a Studies Studies teacher and Department Chair at James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, WI. I teach Modern U.S. History, Criminal Justice and AP U.S. Government and Politics. I am part of the iCivics Educator Network, a Teacher Advisory Board member for the National... Read More →

Sunday March 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:35pm CDT
Monday, March 18

10:10am CDT

Civic Engagement in the Elementary School: A Voice for All
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will focus on ideas of how to approach the new Wisconsin Social Studies Standard that focuses on civic engagement. I will share ideas and examples that explore technology, pencil and paper, and student passion to ignite the passion and curiosity in all learners.  Invite the world...and they will come.  I hope you come and listen as well.  You probably have some great tips to add at the end.  Together we can grow ourselves even stronger!

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Wanda Kern

2nd Grade Teacher, Oshkosh Area School District
I'm a passionate educator and advocate for equity in classroom environments. I have worked at the same school for 22 years and have watched our poverty rate rise from 33% in 1996, to 77% now. Talk to me about social justice, civic engagement, creating authentic audiences, and incorporating... Read More →

Monday March 18, 2019 10:10am - 11:00am CDT
Room I