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What I Learned in New Orleans at NCSS, 2015

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I attended my first NCSS meeting in New York in 1970. I was a high school teacher in suburban Chicago, but was on leave as a teacher associate at the Social Science Education Consortium in Boulder, Colorado. I learned more about social studies in that three-day conference than I had learned throughout my four college years preparing to be a teacher. Last November, I sat at a table in New Orleans with a group of young teachers attending their first NCSS meeting. They were saying much the same thing. They were talking about the keynote speaker (a member of the “Little Rock Nine”) that they had just heard and how they were going to bring his views about history to their students. They also talked about the myriad number of new resources and organizations they had seen when going through the exhibits. Their enthusiasm and their excitement about getting back to their classrooms made me smile ... and think. I thought, as I always do at NCSS, how much I wish that more classroom teachers could attend these meetings. The New Orleans meeting was well attended, but professional development funds to support teacher attendance has declined dramatically in the past two decades. Hopefully, some of the classroom teachers who read this column will be inspired to try to find support and release time to attend next year's meeting in Washington, D.C.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2016

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