Wednesday, November 22, 2017

NCSS 2017 Debrief

When most psychology teachers think about the National Council for the Social Studies, one does not think psychology, but rather history, civics, geography, and economics. But psychology was well-represented.

However, thanks to the work of the NCSS Psychology Community (Daria Schaffeld, Sejal Schullo, Joe Geiger, and Jen Schlict), there was a tremendous lineup of psychology presentations including Charlie Blair-Broeker, Randy Ernst, Rob McEntarffer, Chuck Schallhorn and Eric Castro, Amy Fineburg, and more. This link gives a more detailed look at the psych offerings.

I personally was able to view only a small number of presentations, but the ones I attended were fantastic. I was able to take away at least one new thing from each presenter to use in my classroom right away. Short version--it was totally worth it. I finally was able to meet people I had known online for years. The city was beautiful and the restaurants served tasty food.

I was also amazed by the vendor hall. A few that I recall are:

  • Perfection Learning with the AMSCO review books
  • Worth/Macmillan with the Myers' for AP and the Intro book by Blair-Broeker and Ernst
  • The Zinn Educational Project
  • POV (documentary series)
  • At least six educational travel booths
  • the DBQ project
  • Teachers Discovery
  • Big History Project with David Christian (he was there)
  • C-Span
  • Rand McNally
  • Social Studies School Service
  • Several Econ Booths
  • Several Civics Booths
  • At least one civics podcast
  • StoryCorps
  • and many more
I got way too much swag and samples--it will take all week to go through it all.

You can find tweets about the conference with the hashtag #NCSS2017.

Plan ahead for next year's conference in Chicago November 30-December 2, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency. Mark your calendars now! Also be on the lookout for dates for proposal submissions--I was a reviewer of them in the spring of 2017 for this conference.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

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