Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Social Studies: Voices and Visions for the 21st Century

Today I attended the New Jersey Council for the Social Studies annual conference, “Social Studies: Voices and Visions for the 21st Century” at the Rutgers Busch Campus, in Piscataway.

The morning began with an actor portrayed, historical interpretation of Paul Robeson. Following the performance, I attended 3 workshops:
  1. "Assessing Student Progress in Social Studies: Show What You Know" 
  2. "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution and Representative Democracy in America"
  3. "Approaches and Strategies for Content Literacy in Social Studies"
The day concluded with a presentation of the new NJ Core Content Curriculum Standards from the DOE and an awards ceremony. Exhibition vendors included the History Channel (I got a free Martin Luther King DVD!), National Geographic, Columbia University Teachers College, NBC News Archives, & Pearson Publishing.

I came away from the conference with a lot of material and information overload!