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MCSS Annual Conference: March 4-5, 2018
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

The 2017 MCSS Annual Conference took place at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, Minnesota. Thanks to all who attended, presented, and exhibited!

Sunday, February 26, 2017: Social Studies Social

  • Visited Reconciliation Park with Dakota educator Gwen Westerman
  • Keynote by Minnesota Justice Barry Anderson

Monday, February 27, 2017: Conference

Dakota Wicohan Presentation at Lunch

Dakota Wicohan is a Native American non-profit located near the Lower Sioux Community in southwest Minnesota that promotes Dakota Language and Lifeways through Traditional Art Forms, Family and Youth Language Programs and Youth Leadership programs. The Wikoska (young women) will be performing the Hoop Dance.  This dance is with hoops which represent the circle of life.


Conference Presentations

Session Overview

Session Descriptions

2017 Conference schedule:

7:30-8:00 -- Breakfast

8:00-8:50 -- Session 1
9:00-9:50 -- Session 2
10:00-10:50 -- Session 3
10:50-11:30 -- Exhibitor Break 1
11:30-12:30 -- Lunch and Annual Meeting
12:30-1:10 -- Exhibitor Break 2
1:10-2:00 -- Session 4
2:10-3:00 -- Session 5

Thank you to Nystrom Education for sponsoring our conference bags!

Local and National Exhibitors

Free Books for Attendees

Thanks to our generous sponsors, teachers receive Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Jamie Ford) from Random House, and a choice of one of these Macmillan books!

  • In the Shadow of Liberty, Kenneth C. Davis
  • The Fantastic Ferris Wheel, Betsy Harvey Kraft
  • Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Graphic Biography, Sid Jacobson
  • Give Us the Ballot, Ari Berman
  • Infamy, Richard Reeves

Keynote Speakers

2017 Social Studies Social Speaker

Barry Anderson,
Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court

Keynote topic: The Courts and Civic Education

2017 Breakfast Speaker

Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State 

2017 Lunch Presentation

Dakota Wicohan Student Performers

  • Tala Burnes
  • Nevaeh Hoffman
  • Trella Old Rock

What's New in 2017?

Drive for Shelters

MCSS is sponsoring a drive for local homeless shelters, with the support of Gustavus Adolphus College pre-service teachers. Donations will go to Theresa House and Welcome Inn, through Partners for Affordable Housing in Mankato.

At the 2017 conference, we collected 268 pairs of socks, 75 pairs of underwear, and $75 for Theresa House and Welcome Inn. Thanks to all for your generosity!

Lunch Presentation

We were pleased to welcome Dakota Wicohan and student performers to our lunch presentation! Three young women -- Tala Burnes, Nevaeh Hoffman, and Trella Old Rock -- performed the Hoop Dance. This dance is with hoops which represent the circle of life. They also sang a Thank You songs and shared a video about their involvement in the Wikoska and Wiciyanna Program.
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