2018 Annual Conference University of Kentucky September 14 - 15
This year's KCSS conference is sponsored by the University of Kentucky's MIC Social Studies and ProTeach Programs. Through their sponsorship, the UK Social Studies programs have allowed KCSS to expand our conference in exciting ways.
This includes more opportunities for educators, pre-service teachers, and current students to share their expertise with the social studies community.
Conference Theme Taking Informed Action: Student Engagement and Democracy
The theme of this year's conference is engaging students in democratic processes through taking informed action. The conference sessions will focus on the following:
Developing democratic dispositions
Engaging students in civic life
Connecting social studies content to modern issues
Developing questions and planning inquiries
Applying disciplinary concepts and tools
Evaluating sources and using evidence
Communicating conclusions and taking informed action
Engaging with recent legislation
The 2018 KCSS conference is your opportunity to rejuvenate your teaching strategies and collaborate with others from across the state in social studies education. When: September 14, 2017: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM, EST
Preservice Teacher Workshop: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, EST
September 15, 2017, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM, EST
Where: University of Kentucky, Dickey Hall and Taylor Education Building
We will have a panel discussion concerning taking informed civic action, featuring educators and community members of Kentucky. These individuals will share their perspectives on being an informed, engaged citizen, as well as how educators today can encourage their students to be active civic participants.
Tyler Murphy: Teacher, Boyle County High School, (formerly Woodford County Middle School), Governor's Scholars Program Assistant Campus Director
Dr. Gerry Swan is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for the University of Kentucky's Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Saturday Afternoon Keynote: Joel Pett
Joel Pett is a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Pett's work has been featured in hundreds of periodicals across the United States, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times.
Taking informed civic action 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 2018 conference, KCSS wanted to invest in organizations that are positively contributing to the Kentucky community.
DV8 Kitchen Lunch on Saturday will be provided by DV8 Kitchen. DV8 Kitchen was developed and operates as a second chance employment opportunity for people who are trying to redirect their lives. People in the early stage of substance abuse recovery often find it difficult to find employers willing to take a chance on them. One out of three employees at DV8 Kitchen will be a second chance employee. They believe by providing employment at DV8 Kitchen will lead to a life time ability to gain and maintain employment and deviate from their past lifestyle.
West Sixth Brewery The Friday night panel and mixer will be held in West Sixth Brewery’s Barrel Room. West Sixth supports local charities doing good work in Kentucky and Cincinnati. Through their Sixth for a Cause program.