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Inspiration for you and your students. Learning among educators who love social studies. Get energized with your social studies peers at the MCSS conference!

MCSS Annual Conference: February 26-27, 2017
Verizon Wireless Center, Mankato

The 2017 MCSS Annual Conference will take place at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, Minnesota. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017: Social Studies Social

  • Visit Reconciliation Park with Dakota educator Gwen Westerman
  • Socialize with friends and peers at happy hour and dinner
  • Cheer on our 2017 Teachers of the Year
  • Take in a keynote by Minnesota Chief Justice Lorie Gildea
(This is a ticketed event. Register for the Social when you register for the conference.)

Monday, February 27, 2017: Conference

Just Added (2-17)! 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.

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved under "Minnesota Council for the Social Studies" at the Mankato City Center hotel. Call 507-345-1234 before January 26, 2017 to reserve your room. Rate is $83 per night, plus tax.

Parking information for the Verizon Wireless Center.

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

Lorie S. Gildea,
Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court

Keynote topic TBD

2017 Breakfast Speaker

Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State 

2017 Lunch Presentation

Dakota Wicohan Student Performers

  • Tala Burnes
  • Nevaeh Hoffman
  • Trella Old Rock
  • Teya Two Clouds

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.

Please consider donating NEW socks and underwear for women, men and children. Bring the donation with you to the registration table at Monday's conference. Each attendee who donates will receive an additional free book.

Lunch Presentation

We are pleased to welcome Dakota Wicohan and student performers to our lunch presentation! Four young women will perform the Hoop Dance. This dance is with hoops which represent the circle of life. 
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