We'll see you (virtually) at NCSS 2020!

We'll see you (virtually) at NCSS 2020!

By OER Project Team

We all know 2020 has thrown more than a few curve balls our way. The daily routines of educators and students have been upended. But, not surprisingly, we see teachers continue to do what they’ve always done when faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles: keep on. Keep on teaching, keep on caring, and keep on learning. So we’re pretty sure a professional development opportunity as cool as the conference marking the 100th anniversary of NCSS (National Council for Social Studies) will be an event that will keep your interest!

Join us for our OER Project Happy Hour during the conference:

OER Project @ NCSS Happy Hour

Saturday, December 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m. EST, on Zoom

Join us for an hour. You’ll be happy you did! The OER Project would be nothing without its amazing teacher community. We want to use this hour to celebrate all of you and your hard work during this unprecedented school year. We’ll have a comedian, live music, mingling, and maybe even a game of Zoom Red Rover. Intrigued? We hope to see you there!

All are invited to our OER Project NCSS Happy Hour!

Use this link to log in when the time comes:
Meeting ID: 989 5260 4383
Passcode: 181237

And check out the three sessions OER Project will be hosting as well:

Scale Switching: Using Graphic Biographies to Teach World History

Saturday, December 5, 1:00–1:30 p.m. EST, on Zoom

Historian Trevor Getz, author of Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History, invites attendees to participate in an imaginative exploration of scale switching. Sure, we can tell students all about scale, but we usually have to illustrate it in a variety of ways before they get the picture. Yes, these painful puns are meant to “draw” you into Trevor’s remarkable pairing of an essential historical skill with the increasingly relevant art of graphic storytelling and comic-style biographies.

To access the Zoom link for this session, register for the conference here.

Teaching World History with Effective Formative Assessments

Saturday, December 5, 1:35–2:05 p.m. EST, on Zoom

Maybe you’ve already decided to use the amazing—and amazingly free—new high school course, World History Project (WHP), or maybe you’re just thinking about it. If you’ve visited the site, you know it doesn’t take too long to figure out how great the content is, but this participatory session can show you how effectively our assessment tools work. Even better, it’s led by three rock-star WHP educators: Anne Koschmider, Ane Lintvedt, and Julie Horowitz, who know it’s not all about tests. They’ll dig in to the hands-on activities, quizzes, vocab, and writing assessments that make it possible to formatively assess students at every stage of their world history journey!

To access the Zoom link for this session, register for the conference here.

Forming Compelling Questions: The C3 Inquiry Arc Action

Sunday, December 6, 1:00–1:45 p.m. EST, on Zoom

The Big History Project (BHP) focus on interdisciplinarity, skill-building, and inquiry make it an ideal resource for rounding out the C3 Inquiry Arc in your sixth- through eighth-grade classrooms. This session gives attendees a chance to hear directly from BHP teachers how to tackle the often-daunting idea of the C3 Inquiry Arc. You’ll have an opportunity to meet with BHP teachers individually for an up-close look at how each has used BHP to make inquiry come to life in the classroom. Join veteran BHP teachers Todd Nussen, Hajra Saeed, and Judith Jeremie to tackle this question of questions.

To access the Zoom link for this session, register for the conference here.

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