Pivotal Learning: Teaching Social Studies in a Changing World

Thursday, March 9 - Saturday, March 11, 2023

Location: Crowne Plaza Albany - the Desmond Hotel, Albany NY

Join us for professional development in March 2023 that will focus on the pivotal role of the Social Studies in today's society.   We are planning for an in-person convention.  Registration includes breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday, and a continental breakfast on Saturday morning.  Workshop sessions focus on interdisciplinary connections, pedagogy and methodology in Social Studies classrooms, the changing field of Social Studies and engaging citizenship education. 

Registration for the Full Convention includes access to sessions, clinics and keynote speakers.  NY CTLE certificates will be issued at the end of the day. 

Convention Overview is available here!

Convention registration includes daily breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks.  

Thursday, March 9, 2023


Breakfast and Lunch

2 Keynote Speakers 

Julia Cooke, author,  Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am

Keith O'Brien, author, Paradise Falls: The True Story of an Environmental Catastrophe

Celebrate Civics Learning Week - Join us for the DemocracyReadyNY Webinar “Beyond the Vote: Youth Civic Participation from Classroom to Community from 4:00-6:00

Meet and Greet with Julia and Keith at our President's Reception, 6:00-7:00

Friday, March 10, 2023


Breakfast and Awards Luncheon

Keynote Speakers

Carl Wilkens, author, storyteller, World Outside My Shoes

Dr. Lawrence Paska, Executive Director, NCSS

2023 Awards Ceremony

Saturday, March 11, 2023


Continental Breakfast

4 Clinics: 

  • Using Literature and Trade Books to Deepen Understanding of Social Studies Practices and Content

  • Teaching about Genocide: Curriculum and Approaches

  • The Fragility of Democracy: Teaching the Reconstruction Era (Facing History & Ourselves)

  • Integrating Elementary Social Studies and ELA

Any questions about the convention?  Please contact Allison Weller at vpmemberoutreach@nyscss.org. Questions about purchase orders, membership, payment process, and hotel? Email: Tim Potts, treasurer@nyscss.org

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