A reminder, dear friends and colleagues, that the Florida Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference is fast approaching (and you can register here!). So let’s take a look at some of the sessions on the docket for the conference! We’ll be doing this over the next few weeks, highlighting 3 to 5 interesting sessions that are likely to draw your interest.

Saturday, October 19th

Using Place as a Primary Source


By using location/historical site websites as well as photographs taken by teachers at historic locations, we can use the geography and the structures of a given place to add to student understanding of why these locations (and the events pertaining to them) are significant. We can also use the images/films of the locations to analyze why the site might have been important, what the sites can tell us and how they add to the context of their historical events and eras.

What an interesting approach to thinking about primary sources and exposing our kids to new lenses of disciplinary literacy!

Differentiated Instruction in Social Studies


This workshop will help K-12 instructors plan specific differentiated topics in Social Studies instruction to meet the diverse needs of students in the classroom i.e. students with disabilities, ELL students, and many more.

This is always a useful sort of session, isn’t it? We can always use more support for the work that we do within the diverse classrooms we work with today!

Captain America: More than a Shield!


Captain America is an iconic figure in both comic books and movies. This session will address whether Captain America is simply a tool of wartime propaganda or if he has a greater purpose.

I mean really. It’s CAPTAIN AMERICA! This session aligns well with both state benchmarks and with the Heroes and Villains theme of this year’s conference!

Table Top Escapes: Reinforcing Concepts for Review Through Problem Solving


Create your own table top escape room for reinforcement and review. Strategies can be applied to any discipline, grade level and using everyday materials. Digital escapes are also discussed and outlined. This is a hands-on sesssion! Participants will leave with strategies, tips and examples. 

Is there anything hotter with than escape rooms these days? This sounds like a potentially useful and fascinating strategy for a wide variety of social studies content!

We’ll talk about some additional sessions soon! Go ahead and register here!