Conference Theme Be the Voice: Supporting Student Agency and Advocacy
The theme of this year's conference is engaging students in civic life to promote activism and advocacy on issues facing their communities. The conference sessions will focus on the following:
Providing opportunities to take informed action
Revealing social studies content to modern issues
Connecting learning to the social studies standards
Connecting learning to Kentucky
Developing democratic dispositions
Engaging students in civic life
Developing questions and planning inquiries
Applying disciplinary concepts and tools
Evaluating sources and using evidence
Communicating conclusions and taking informed action
The 2019 KCSS conference is your opportunity to rejuvenate your teaching strategies and collaborate with others from across the state in social studies education. When: September 13, 2019: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM, EST
Preservice Teacher Workshop: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, EST - DETAILS TBA
Hear from engaged citizens in and outside of education. MORE DETAILS COMING SOON
Saturday Afternoon Keynote: Mary Beth Tinker
In 1969, Tinker received national attention after being suspended for protesting the Vietnam War by wearing an armband to school. Her protest resulted in a Supreme Court case (Tinker v. Des Moines), setting precedent on behalf of students' free speech.
We are excited to have Mary Beth discuss how we can help support our students as they engage in civic life.
Being the Voice is more than political participation! (Though don't get us wrong, that's really important too!) Our daily decisions have civic implications — in that spirit, for the 2019 conference, KCSS wanted to invest in organizations that are positively contributing to the Kentucky community.
Valley High School Valley High School and the Jefferson County Public Schools have made a commitment to provide actionable opportunities for students to engage in civic affairs.