DuPage County Social Studies Conference

Virtual Conference
February 26, 2021
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2021 DCSSC

Northern Illinois Largest Social Studies Conference
February 26, 2021
07:00 am

This year's conference will include sessions on pedagogy, such as news literacy, formative assessment, and digital citizenship, in addition to the content topics in History, Geography, Civics, Economics, Sociology, and Psychology.



What is the DCSSC?

For over 30 years, the DuPage County Social Studies Conference has been offering Northern Illinois social studies teachers an annual conference on county-wide institute day.


The conference brings together university professors, experts in the field, and community activists to present relevant content and methodology that teachers can apply to their own classrooms.


Session Topics & Schedule

Proud to offer diverse topics in Social Studies Education and Pedagogy.

Session I: 8:00-8:45 AM - Speaker Session

Mandate from Heaven: Qin and Han China -- Dr. Lee Brice

Geography in the Era of Globalization -- Dr. Seth Dixon

Democracy in the Streets: Photography, Social Movements, and Popular Memory in 1960s Chicago -- Dr. Erik Gellman

A Road Map for Engaging Students in Local Policymaking Processes -- Dr. Shawn Healy

1919 Chicago:  Dealing with the Spanish Flu and Race Riots -- Dr. Ann Keating

Graphic Novels as Sources of the Past:  Supporting Historical Thinking and Reasoning Through Image and Text -- Dr. Michael Manderino

Encouragement Tactics and Counseling and in Life -- Dr. Michael Maniacci

Women in the U.S. Military  -- Col. Krewasky Salter

Separation of Powers in the Trump Administration -- Dr. Steve Schwinn

Session II: 9:00-9:45 AM - Keynote Session

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Mr. Stuart Breslow

9/11: An Eyewitness to History

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Dr. Kathy Swan

Inquiry as a Way of Thinking in the Old, New, or Digital Landscape (Part 1)

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Ms. Mary Beth Tinker

Students Exercising Their Rights

Session III:10:00-10:45 PM - Roundtable Session

All Roundtables will be led by a teacher-facilitator who will guide participants through a selection of prompts. Teachers are encouraged to share relevant resources, materials, lessons, etc. both during the roundtable session as well as in the Google Drive folder for the corresponding Roundtable (links will be available the week before the conference on the DCSSC website).

Inquiry as a Way of Thinking with Dr. Kathy Swan (Part 2)

AP European History

AP Economics

AP U.S. History

AP Government & Politics

AP World History

AP Human Geography

AP Psychology

Psychology - Lesson Share

Sociology - Lesson Share

Middle School - US History

Middle School - World History

Middle School - Geography

Middle School - Civics

EL Lessons & Strategies

Favorite Tech Resources

Using Lit to Teach Social Studies

Writing in Social Studies

Active Reading Strategies

Discussions in a Digital World

Formative Feedback

Global Scholars

Interdisciplinary Courses with English and Social Studies

Session IV: 11:00-11:45 AM - Speaker Session

Adolescent Brain Development and the Appropriate Age of Criminal Law Responsibility -- Judge Robert Anderson & Mr. Tom Murray

Making Thinking Visible in 6-12 Social Studies -- Ms. Mary Ellen Daneels

Tulsa: A Tale of 20th Century Racial Tragedy -- Dr. Cheryl Dong

20 Years After 9/11: Are We Safer? -- Dr. David Faris

Russian-American Relations through the Lens of the 2020 Presidential Election -- Dr. Richard Farkas

"Unlearning" Traditional Research Skills: New techniques for a Digital Age -- Dr. Kristen Mattson

Emerging World Cities: A Discussion about Dilemmas and Possibilities -- Dr. RJ Rowley

Predictions for a Biden Presidency -- Dr. Artemus Ward 

Session V: 12:00-12:45 PM - Keynote Session

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Dr. Diana Hess

The Political Classroom: Challenges and Possibilities

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Dr. Gholdy Muhammad

Using a Culturally Responsive Framework to Impact Student Learning

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Dr. Charles Wheelan

The Gold Standard: An Idea Whose Time Has Gone?


Conference Sponsors

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Cost: $30 per attendee.


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Please complete one payment form for your school, and email or fax it back to the address below. Only one form is needed per school. Payment is due 30 days prior.