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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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Monday, March 18

9:10am CDT

Mount Vernon Teacher Institute
Limited Capacity seats available

Join this session to find out how you can apply to participate in a Mount Vernon Teacher Institute. Discover the online resources that their website has to offer about Washingtons, the enslaved community, the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.


Rhonda Watton

8th Grade Social Studies and Reading Teacher/WCSS President, Templeton Middle School

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

12:10pm CDT

Using Primary Sources to Highlight Women in U.S. History
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, we will discuss the latest scholarship and the importance of teaching women's history in U.S. History classes. One effective way to integrate women's history is to analyze primary sources written by women. Participants will receive several classroom-tested primary source lesson plans that incorporate women's voices into the narrative of U.S. History.

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Christine Kadonsky

Teacher, Wausau West High School
I have taught U.S. History to ninth grade students in my hometown of Wausau since 2001. I enjoy team teaching and facilitating group discussions in my classroom. I believe in the importance of student analysis of primary sources. In the summers, I enjoy participating in teacher... Read More →

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

12:10pm CDT

Using the 1880 Census Report to Learn about a Kansas Community on the Great Plains
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will focus on using census reports in the social studies classroom to learn about a community in Kansas in 1880. The census report enables students to learn a great deal of information about a community's past by viewing the primary source first-hand in the classroom. Students can learn about the occupations found in a rural community on the Great Plains. Additionally, identify which percentage of the community's population was born in another state rather than Kansas. Students can also discover what percentage of the community's population was foreign-born. In addition, students can identify the age of each resident of the community and examine trends that emerge from the census report. Finally, the presenter will share tips on how to organize and implement the census report activity in the classroom. There are many opportunities to replicate this lesson to investigate the history of communities throughout Wisconsin and our nation.


Scott Scheuerell

Education, Loras College

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

1:10pm CDT

A Virtual Visit to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Limited Capacity seats available

Take part in an Electronic Field Trip to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello with alumni of the Monticello Teacher Institute. Virtually meet with educators at Monticello to learn about free resources for your classroom, how to approach the complexities of teaching slavery, and onsite opportunities. See how your students can tour the house and grounds of Jefferson's "little mountain" and talk with experts to learn about his life, contributions, and how his ideas shape our world today.

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Daniel Hoppe

AP U.S. History and AP Government Teacher, Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH)
I am looking forward to presenting a wide variety of workshops at this years WCSS State Conference. I have taught AP U.S. History, AP U.S. Government and Politics and AP Comparative Government for many years along with a wide variety of other unique social studies classes. I will... Read More →

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