Minnesota Council 
for the Social Studies

Session Proposals

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies Conference in 2019. The conference will take place at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) on Monday, March 4, 2019.

MCSS is seeking proposals for high-quality presentations in order to offer a full day of break-out sessions. Sessions will be 50 minutes in length. Presentation time slots will be allocated to provide a balanced schedule for attendees.

Session topics should focus on the social studies disciplines, or methods and teaching strategies, and relate to the theme “With Liberty and Justice for All."  Priority will be given to proposals which address specific Minnesota Social Studies Standards.

Presentation Proposal Deadline Extended!The deadline for proposal submission is Saturday, December 15, 2018Selected applicants will be notified by Jan 5th, 2019.

All presenters, including co-presenters, who are accepted must register to attend the conference, but will receive the discounted presenter rate of $90.

Exhibitors who also present: Exhibitor fee replaces the required conference registration.

Should your session be accepted, please be aware that you, as lead presenter, are responsible for notifying co-presenters regarding the status of this proposal--including date, time, and location.

QUESTIONS? Email PJ Wiggin or Matt Carlstrom.

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Session at the 2018 conference.

2019 Conference Schedule

Breakfast: 7:30-8:00
Session 1: 8:00-8:50
Session 2: 9:00-9:50
Session 3: 10:00-10:50
Exhibitor Break: 10:50-11:30
Lunch: 11:30-12:30
Exhibitor Break: 12:30-1:10
Session 4: 1:10-2:00
Session 5: 2:10-3:00

"With Liberty and Justice for All" Conference Theme Context

In social studies, we know that “liberty”, “justice” and “all” are very open to interpretation. In a time when we are discussing and debating these words in our local and national communities, we know that social studies teachers throughout our state are grappling with how to teach nuanced content and skills to their student populations.

Our hope is to encourage conference sessions that address the ways "With Liberty and Justice for All" relates to our present, our past, our civic processes, our decision-making, and our geographic understanding. Students as young as kindergarten and as mature as 12th-graders encounter these concepts, no matter where they are growing up, and social studies content and skills provide an excellent framework to help them examine those encounters. 

The MCSS conference is a unique opportunity to share with and learn from educators facing similar challenges. Bring your questions, dilemmas and successes to share with your colleagues.

We also welcome presentations that also promote excellence in social studies even if it appears to not relate directly with our social studies theme.

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