Global Issues, Local Connections

Fall Inservice Conference Oct. 11 from 8:00 – 2:00

The Social Studies help students to understand the world and to develop the skills necessary for active citizenship.  Students in history, civics, and contemporary problems courses learn how their society and societies from other places and times work.  They may study opposition to dam building in the Amazon or weigh the arguments for dam removal in the Columbia River Basin.  They may dig deep into the cultural and historical roots of Uighur defiance of Chinese assimilation policies, or they may investigate varied perspectives on tribal sovereignty in Washington State.  Stories from their own communities engage kids.  People from their own hometowns model how to act as citizens on any scale, from lobbying a school board to joining worldwide consumer activist campaigns. This year, the WSCSS Fall Inservice will highlight such Global Issues and Local Connections.

WSCSS Fall Conference

Call for Proposals – Please submit your proposal online using this form. The WSCSS welcomes proposals for 70 minute workshops. Preference will be given to sessions that incorporate one of the following strands:

    • Common Core State Standards—Districts will expect teachers to understand and incorporate the new standards in their classroom practice. How can social studies teachers effectively teach the Common Core?
    • Global Issues—How does our world work? What should the future leaders and citizens of communities local and international understand?
    • Washington State—How can teachers utilize local studies and resources to engage students in investigating and deliberating important issues?

Contacts or Questions

Event Location

    • Edmonds Woodway High School
    • 7600 212th St. SW
    • Edmonds, WA 98026
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Keynote Address – Jen Marlowe brings social studies to life with powerful stories that compel us to action.  Her life as a human rights activist has taken her to Sudan where she made the films Darfur Diaries and Rebuilding Hope to Palestine/Israel, where she made the film One Family in Gaza and wrote the book The Hour of Sunlight, to the Kingdom of Bahrain, where she documented the Arab Spring, to death row here in the United States, where she worked to prevent the execution of Troy Davis by the state of Georgia.  She has engaged local students through the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and speaks frequently to audiences at Elliot Bay Books and other venues.

Registration — is open now. 

WSCSS has moved to an online system for registration. Please complete the following form to register for the 2014 Fall Inservice. After you have entered your information and clicked “submit,” you will receive a link to PayPal which will allow you to pay the conference fee. Your registration is not complete until the fee has been paid. If your district is paying your conference fee, please ask administrators to use their district credit card. The fee for the 2014 Fall Inservice is $65.00 per teacher ($25.00 for first year and pre-service teachers). This includes a box lunch and WSCSS membership. If you have any registration questions or concerns, please contact John Hines at

Registration Deadline is Friday, October 3, 2014. Lunch may not be available to late registrants.

Vendors and Exhibitors – Please check back for information

Past W.S.C.S.S. Conference sessions, lesson plans from our presenters, keynote speakers and topics.

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