It is never too early for you to start thinking about attending the 2015 Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, our 62nd annual event. Harrisburg in October will be the center of the social studies universe as PCSS sets up shop for three days of programming, Thursday-Saturday, October 15-17, 2015.
The Harrisburg East Holiday Inn and Conference Center is the official conference hotel and all conference events will be hosted there.
Thursday begins the action with two, FREE, seminars. There is a morning workshop from Echoes and Reflections, a multimedia program that provides US secondary educators with professional development and print and online resources to teach about the Holocaust in today’s classrooms. Specifically, Echoes and Reflections:
- Promotes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching about the Holocaust to today’s students.
- Addresses academic standards—including Common Core State Standards—using informational texts and primary source documents.
- Incorporates compelling visual history testimony into ten multi-part and modular lessons to engage students in the lives of survivors, rescuers, liberators, and other witnesses of the Holocaust.
- Combines the experience and resources of three world leaders in education: the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem.
The afternoon brings the return of nationally renowned educator and author Dr. Rose Reissman who will join me in Harrisburg for an interactive journey through literature that will show the social studies educator how to make conflict resolution and bullying prevention education come alive in the classroom. Lessons developed in a partnership between Ditmas Intermediate School IS 62 in Brooklyn and PCSS over the past two years will be shared and each attendee will go home with more than 50 lessons from the joint publications of the two presenters. Ditmas’ innovative principal, Barry Kevorkian, will underscore the value of this partnership.
While the partnership between Ditmas and the Pennsylvania Council of Social Studies began officially in the 2013-2014 academic year, it was the outgrowth of a long flourishing friendship and professional exchange between Dr. Reissman and me. Dr. Rose, as she is known everywhere, is an ELA teacher who gravitated to law related issues such as censorship of books, student rights and Kafka’s portrayal of The Penal Colony in terms of capital punishment.
Thursday evening will be a celebration of innovative social studies leaders as PCSS holds its annual Awards Reception, honoring leaders in the field.
Friday morning will unfold with exhibitors and the first of more than 40 presentation sessions on the conference theme of Conceptual Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century Social Studies Classroom.
Following a lunch with welcoming remarks from social studies leadership, the afternoon will hold more sessions culminating in a prize drawing featuring sports tickets, social studies materials and local goodies. The evening holds the Presidential Reception and Dinner before Saturday’s PCSS Board Meeting draws the conference to a close.
For all of the focus on Harrisburg in mid-October 2015, PCSS is also gearing up to help support the bi-annual American Bar Association Law-Related Education Leadership Conference which will be held in Philadelphia, October 29-31, 2015.
Plans are also underway for the 63rd Annual PCSS Conference which will be held again in Harrisburg at the Harrisburg East Holiday Inn and Conference Center.
Please use the form at the conference link at http://pcssonline.org/ to register for the Harrisburg conference. No late fee until day of the event for walk-ins.