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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

Tales, Chamberpots, and Historical Literacy . . . with a Historian
Limited Capacity seats available

What happens when a history professor presents to and writes for elementary and middle school students? Laughter, for one thing. Find out how Dr. Annette Laing inspires young audiences to think like historians, using not only humor, pathos, and props, but the skills and knowledge of an academic historian.
Annette invites 7th graders to hypothesize about to do when you need to pee during the Blitz (and how that leads to pressing questions of sanitation today). She takes 4th graders in search of gold in 1849, to little triumph and unexpected disaster. In her novels, she entices readers of all ages to enjoy her time-traveling characters’ comical encounters with an unfiltered past, and to share in their ethical dilemmas.
Annette brings together 15 years of college teaching and 16 years of working with young students to demonstrate the relevance of history, with wit and wide-ranging empathy. Come learn how.


Speakers
avatar for Annette Laing

Annette Laing

Author
Annette Laing is author of The Snipesville Chronicles MG/YA time-travel series, a historian, a popular schools presenter, and the proud owner of an authentic British accent.While professor of early American history at Georgia Southern University, Annette turned the conference center... Read More →


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

12:55pm CDT

Socratic Seminars: How to Empower Students' Comprehension, Advocacy, and Action
Limited Capacity seats available

Socratic Seminars positively change students' lives. Through student-led discussions and reflection, students drastically improve their comprehension of complex texts. And, perhaps most importantly, they experience how their empowered voices impact their lives and the world around them.

This session will engage all participants in:
1. Learning activities that successfully prepare and motivate students to fully engage in powerful Socratic Seminars.
2. Assessment and scaffolding for successful Socratic Seminars
3. A social-studies focused Socratic Seminar (with inner/outer circle/"cyber circle").

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Roncke

Nancy Roncke

Literacy Coach, Horning Middle School
Passionate about student-led discourse and empowering/connecting students, teachers, families, and community.


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

2:15pm CDT

Cultivate student voice and choice!
Limited Capacity seats available

Motivate your students to take ownership over their learning through purposeful and authentic project-based learning.  Are your students developing skills that they will use outside of your classroom? Are your students making connections to the real world? What is the purpose of the learning that your students are engaged in? This session will give you tips for how to help your students feel like they have voice and choice in your classroom. Work to create a framework for a student-designed project in your classroom. Get ideas for student rubric creation, project contract creation, project timeline management, individualized conferencing and much more. (Middle & High School Educators)

BRING A DEVICE TO ACCESS THE WEB! No paper handouts will be given.

This session will provide resources & time to :

    • Identifying ways to make project based learning purposeful and authentic in my classroom


    • Finding strategies to manage PBL in the classroom through organization & reflection


    • Create and assess student designed projects using backward design


    • Create structures for PBL in order to build content background and give voice & choice

Cultivate Student Voice and Choice! - Presentation
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Station #3)

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Kopplin

Sarah Kopplin

7th Grade World Geography teacher, Shorewood Intermediate School
I teach in a 1-1 tech environment and use a project-based learning philosophy in my classroom. Talk to me about strategies to implement for managing or implementing tech tools or creating project-based learning experiences. I love to collaborate, plan curriculum and construct purposeful... Read More →
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Krystle Thomas

Teacher, Shorewood School District

Exhibitors

Sunday March 17, 2019 2:15pm - 3:35pm CDT
Assembly

2:15pm CDT

Exploring Student-led Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

To prepare today’s 21st century learners for college and career success, teachers must provide explicit instruction to develop students’ speaking, listening, communication, and critical thinking skills. It is essential for teachers to create a classroom culture in which meaningful academic conversation takes place regularly. This allows students to make sense of the world around them by exchanging ideas. In this presentation, we will explore various methods to engage your classroom in meaningful student-led discussion. The strategies we’ll discuss are applicable to students in upper elementary through high school. You will leave with a wealth of knowledge and resources to help your students communicate effectively with each other.

Speakers

Sunday March 17, 2019 2:15pm - 3:35pm CDT
Senate B

2:45pm CDT

Engaging English Language Learners in Social Studies
Limited Capacity seats available

The focus of this presentation is to discuss and model practical ideas that educators can begin using immediately to create relevancy and engagement opportunities for emergent bilinguals in their social studies classroom, while simultaneously developing their language skills. This presentation will include the latest, and most effective pedagogical practices backed by research and proven in the classroom.

Speakers

Sunday March 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:35pm CDT
Room II

3:45pm CDT

Creative Projects in the Advanced (or any) Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

"Creativity requires input, and that's what research is. You're gathering material with which to build." Even AP and Honors students need a chance to use their creative side in the advanced curriculum. It allows for students to think outside the box with how they can utilize their knowledge around the subject matter. We'll be discussing ways to add projects and activities that harness that creative side in a high school or middle school setting. From designing one-pagers to puppet shows to action figures, we'll be sure to have something to add to your class experience. Be prepared for a myriad of different strategies that are easy to implement and start engaging your students in a different way.

Speakers
avatar for Alisha Neinfeldt

Alisha Neinfeldt

Teacher, Cadott High School
This is my eighth year at Cadott High School and I currently teach U.S. History, AP Psychology, Sociology, and History 8. I'm also the High School Student Council and Travel Club Advisor. I enjoy working with young people and love to see when they have "light bulb" moments. I have... Read More →
avatar for Justin Glodowski

Justin Glodowski

WCSS President-Elect, Marshfield HS
@jglo170 and @wcss1

Exhibitors

Sunday March 17, 2019 3:45pm - 4:35pm CDT
Room III
 
Monday, March 18
 

9:10am CDT

Get Them Arguing!
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, come see how argumentation is introduced and scaffolded to sixth grade students. For many students entering middle school, this is the first time students learn how to craft an argument, as elementary standards focus on opinion writing. This session will go over a model for teaching argument that is integrated with the students' English language arts class, provide resources to scaffold creation of a solid, evidence-based argument in social studies class, and different methods to get students arguing other than essays. While this session's content and resources are from a sixth grade classroom, they are applicable to any secondary teacher.

Speakers
avatar for Joey Kovnesky

Joey Kovnesky

6th Grade Literacy/Social Studies Teacher, Butler Middle School


Monday March 18, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am CDT
Room III

9:10am CDT

The Final Lesson
Limited Capacity seats available

After dozens and dozens of presentations at the state and national levels, I will present solo for the final time in a session that will highlight my best lessons, successful teaching tips and ideas, and suggestions for a successful teaching career. I will also present my final lesson, which is a series of life lessons one can learn by studying Social Studies. While this session is geared to all teachers of all levels, I recommend newer and pre-service teachers consider attending it. I will also give away many of my materials to those in attendance.

Speakers

Monday March 18, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am CDT
Room IV

10:10am CDT

Curriculum Renewal and Design for Social Studies, Sun Prairie's Story
Limited Capacity seats available

Appropriate for educators, administrators and school board members, a team from the Sun Prairie Area School District will share how they moved to a new set of adopted standards, articulated the standards as a scope and sequence, and then adopted core resources consisting of rich children's literature as mentor texts at the elementary level, grades K-5. Our team worked to strike a balance between high expectations and flexibility for students while keeping our eye on equity.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Mueller

Rick Mueller

Elementary Principal, Sun Prairie Area School District


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

10:10am CDT

Exploring History and Culture through Games
Limited Capacity seats available

What better way to explore the connection between your students and the day to day lives of people in other cultures and time periods than the games we play! This presentation will introduce you to a number of popular games played in various cultures as well as games played throughout history. Some games are relatively well know, such as Mancala, while others are less well known, such as Pok-a-Tok the Meso-American ballgame; but each game is tailored to classroom use and student exploration. These games are a great, low-tech, way to connect your students to their global world as well as the past. Come to this session ready to play some games!

Speakers
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John Jandrin

High School Teacher, Sturgeon Bay School District


Monday March 18, 2019 10:10am - 11:00am CDT
Senate B

10:10am CDT

Using Sports to Teach Social Studies
Limited Capacity seats available

The world of sports is full of geography, economics, history, politics and social issues. It is woven into pop culture and our everyday lives. Join us for concrete examples of lesson and project ideas including my created "Made Up _____ League" series, how to use a fantasy sports platform called FANschool to teach current events, and using sports as a launchpad for class discussions about complex topics like the right to protest the anthem and government financing of stadiums, or fun facts like President Trump's time as owner of a pro football team.

Speakers
avatar for John C Honish

John C Honish

Middle School Social Studies Teacher and International Educational Hip Hop Sensation, Waunakee Community Middle School
7th grade Social Studies Teacher at Waunakee Community Middle School living in DeForest, WI, formerly of Beloit, WI (7 years at Beloit Turner). Middle school is often the worst few years of a kid\\'s school experience... BUT IT DOESN\\'T HAVE TO BE!In school, I\\'m all about gameification... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2019 10:10am - 11:00am CDT
Senate A

12:10pm CDT

Using Student Choice to Make the Most of Your Content
Limited Capacity seats available

Too much content often results in too little learning, but deciding what to “leave out” can feel impossible. How can you help your students master all the essential skills and standards while still providing them with a robust knowledge of your course content? By allowing individual students to make choices about specific content for more in-depth examination, you can create lessons and units that give your students more meaningful exposure to the many events, people, and concepts that make up your social studies course.

This session will include ideas that lend themselves to all social social courses, and includes sample lessons for Global Studies, US History, and AP Psychology courses.

Speakers
avatar for Yedda Olson

Yedda Olson

Social Studies Teacher, Brillion High School
I teach 9th grade Global Studies, 11th Grade 20th Century US History, and AP Psychology.


Monday March 18, 2019 12:10pm - 1:00pm CDT
Room III

12:10pm CDT

“Thinking Like a Historian:” Shaping Elementary Social Studies Instruction Around the New Inquiry Standards
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will guide you through the new Wisconsin State Social Studies Standards, specifically the Inquiry and History Strands.

Student Engagement is a concern of most every educator. To enliven your elementary social studies instruction, come and hear about the standards-writing process, thinking behind the standards, and how we as elementary educators can begin implementation of these new standards by developing engaging lessons that address them.

Discussion to include: Thinking Like a Historian, Inquiry Cycle, Geo-Inquiry and resources that support these teaching practices.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin J Podeweltz

Kevin J Podeweltz

4th Grade Teacher, D.C. Everest Area School District

Exhibitors

Monday March 18, 2019 12:10pm - 1:00pm CDT
Assembly

1:10pm CDT

A Creative Curriculum for a Crowded World
Limited Capacity seats available

World population has more than doubled in the past 50 years, changing earth’s landscape and impacting the global environment. Understanding population trends and human-environmental interactions is central to the study of human geography, but is also cross-disciplinary. In this hands-on session, participants will discover lessons rich in content, real-world data and problem-solving that integrate life sciences with world history and geography.

Presented activities explore human population growth, climate change, changes in biodiversity and land use. Activity formats include data analysis and interpretation, modeling and group problem-solving. The presenter will also engage the group with new online media that combines social science platforms (mapping and historical timelines) with environmental themes. Participants will receive lesson plans and background readings in an electronic format, matched to the C3 Framework.

Speakers
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Howard Aprill

Park Naturalist, Wehr Nature Center


Monday March 18, 2019 1:10pm - 2:00pm CDT
C/D

1:10pm CDT

Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case – A Wisconsin Historical Inquiry Adventure Game
Limited Capacity seats available

Immerse your students in critical thinking and historical inquiry with Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case, a digital interactive game set in and around the Wisconsin State Capitol. Come to this session to learn how your students can play the game and hunt for clues, corroborate evidence and piece together logical arguments to solve mysteries from Wisconsin history. The game was designed to meet Wisconsin's 3rd-5th grade social studies and English language arts standards.



Speakers
avatar for Kristin Leglar

Kristin Leglar

Senior Education Specialist, PBS Wisconsin Education
Kristin Leglar is Senior Education Specialist at PBS Wisconsin. She is passionate about serving educators! Kristin sparks innovative teaching by sharing impactful, engaging media resources with you. Kristin received her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from the University... Read More →
avatar for Peter Michaud

Peter Michaud

Fifth Grade Teacher, Reagan Elementary School
History and geography Rock.


Monday March 18, 2019 1:10pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room II

1:10pm CDT

Simulations in Social Studies
Limited Capacity full

Think about your favorite days when you were a student in Science class. It was always the lab day where you got to DO science in a hands-on setting. Social Studies students wish for the same hands-on level of instruction. This session could be tailored to any age of instruction and is for the Social Studies educator who is looking for their students to get out of their seat and be ENGAGED in the practice of Social Studies rather than just read about it.

Speakers

Monday March 18, 2019 1:10pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room I