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.

West Chicago
Lisa Willuweit
Downers Grove North
Mike Roethler
Glenbard East
Jason Jaffe
Glenbard North
Kevin Coon
Glenbard South
Ruben Rodriguez
Glenbard West
Kristin Brandt
Naperville Central
David Ashton
Naperville North
Joanna Berg
Neuqua Valley
Tom McManamen
Maine South
Jenne Dehmlow
Metea Valley
Don Pankuch
Waubonsie Valley
Adam Dyche
West Aurora
Kelley Hren
Wheaton North
Brian Zeglin
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Wheaton Warrenville South
Steven Linhardt
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Session Topics & Schedule

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

Registration 7:00-8:00 AM

Session I: 8:00-9:15 AM

The Great Depression: The First 100 Days of the New Deal.  -- Mr. Larry Balsamo

Art as Artifact: Civilization & Perspective -- Mr. Jeff Bedore

Hatshepsut, the Queen who was King of Egypt -- Dr. Lee Brice

Creating Performance Assessment Tasks with the Illinois Social Science Standards -- Ms. Mary Ellen Daneels & Ms. Beth Ratway

Cyber Warfare: Who is the enemy? -- Dr. Richard Farkas

AP Human Geography Roundtable -- Mrs. Maggie Haas and Mr. Dave Sayner

Drawing Insight from Injury: Neuropsychological Cases that Highlight Psychological Processes -- Dr. Colin Harbke

Restorative Justice and Democracy (SB 100) -- Dr. Shawn Healy, Ms. Jennifer Rowe, and Mr. David Schumacher

Governor Pritzker’s Economic Plans: More of the Same or a Step Forward? -- Mr. Ralph Martire

Strength of a Nation: Women and Minorities in the United States Military -- Colonel Krewasky Salter (ret)

2020: How Trump Wins Again (Even If He Loses) -- Dr. Artemus Ward

Session II: 9:25-10:40 AM

Using Games and Simulations to Teach Financial Literacy -- Dr. Meg Bates

Working Successfully with Minority Students -- Dr. Darrell Echols & Mrs. Montrine Johnson

 The U.S. and Iran’s Joint Comprehensive Mess -- Dr. David Faris

Engaging Students from the Start: Opening Activities for Nine Psychology Units -- Dr. Daryl Fitts

Fat Shaming: One of the Last Acceptable Forms of Prejudice and Discrimination -- Dr. Tom Gerschick

Teaching the 2020 Election -- Dr. Shawn Healy

Shadow People: Obscure Military Personalities Who Influenced America’s Wars -- Dr. Walter Kretchik

Charles V:  Master of the World -- Dr. Jennifer McNabb

Rewriting Search and Seizure Rules: 4th Amendment Case Law in the 21st Century -- Mr. Tom Murray & Judge Robert Anderson

Impeachment in the 20th and 21st Centuries -- Dr. Steve Schwinn

Before Title IX: Ancient Athletics and Women’s Participation -- Dr. Georgia Tsouvala

Lunch: 10:50-11:35 AM

​The DCSSC "Lunch & Learns" are informal sessions that offer you an opportunity to "eat, learn and grow." Just grab your lunch, and head to any of these open sessions.

eLearning Roundtable

LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum Law

Resumes & Interviews: Tips for Pre-Service & Early Career Teachers

Rho Kappa - Creating a Social Studies Honor Society

Street Law

Service Learning in Civics Roundtable

Session III: 11:45-1:00 PM

Cultural Capital: How Schools Rob Students -- Ms. Mirah Anti

Holocaust Survival Stories -- Mrs. Magda Brown & Mrs. Agnes Swartz

On the Waterfront of Brotherly Love -- Dr. Peter Cole

Implementing Civics in the Middle School -- Ms. Mary Ellen Daneels

The Coming Realignment of American Politics -- Dr. David Faris

Russian and American Approaches to Managing Dissent: The Putin and Trump

Comparison -- Dr. Richard Farkas

Legislative Panel with first-term Elected Representatives -- Rep. Amy Grant, Rep Terra Costa, Rep. Deanne Mazzochi, Rep. Karina Villa

Tactics in Counseling and Psychotherapy -- Dr. Michael Maniacci

College Ready Writing: How You Can Help Students Succeed in College History

Courses -- Dr. Jennifer McNabb

Cultural Landscapes: An Exploration of What They Are and What They Mean for Geographers -- Dr. Rex Rowley

Sponsors & Vendors

Thanks to our partners for their support of Social Studies Education.

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Cost: $40 per attendee.


Each attendee must complete this form. Attendees will receive a confirmation email. Please save this email as proof of registration.

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

Metea Valley High School

1801 North Eola Road
Aurora, IL 60502

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