Minnesota Council 
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Resources from 2017 Breakout Sessions

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

"Social Studies Education: Engaging, Empowering, Uniting"

The 2018 MCSS Annual Conference took place at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Thank you to all who attended, presented and exhibited, despite the weather!

Sunday, March 4, 2018: Social Studies Social

Thanks to generous sponsorship from Global Travel Alliance, MCSS is able to decrease the cost of Social tickets to $35.

  • James J. Hill House, St. Paul
  • Food, cash bar, keynote and Teacher Awards (generously sponsored by Twin Cities Public Television)

Monday, March 5, 2018: Conference

Exhibits and Store Open at Lunch

The Minnesota History Center is one of the Minnesota Historical Society's 26 museums and historic sites. For the 2018 MCSS conference, several exhibit galleries will be open over lunch, as well as the museum store. 


Conference Presentations

2018 Conference schedule:

7:30-8:00 -- Breakfast and Annual Meeting
8:00-8:45 -- Featured Morning Session:
Q&A with four Twin Cities journalists

9:00-9:50 -- Session 1
10:00-10:50 -- Session 2
11:00-11:50 -- Session 3
11:50-1:30 -- Exhibitors and Lunch
History Center galleries and store open
1:30-2:20 -- Session 4
2:30-3:20 -- Session 5

Tentative schedule of sessions (times and rooms subject to change): Sessions PDF

Local and National Exhibitors

Each year, MCSS welcomes a variety of fantastic exhibitors!

Guess who'll be in the (Random) House on March 5? Trevor Noah's book Born a Crime! Each MCSS attendee will receive a copy, courtesy of Random House.

Teachers will also choose two of the following books, courtesy of Macmillan:

The 57 Bus
The Sixth Extinction
Port Chicago 50
We Rise

Keynote Speakers

2018 Social Studies Social Speaker

Melanie Adams, Director
of Guest Experiences and Educational Services, Minnesota Historical Society

2018 Breakfast Speaker

Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State 

2018 Lunch Presentation

Minnesota History Center exhibit galleries will be open.

What is New in 2018?

Morning Discussion with Journalists

We're shaking up our morning program for 2018! After announcements, board elections, and the Minnesota Secretary of State, MCSS will welcome four Twin Cities journalists for a panel discussion: "Writing the First Draft: Journalists Share the Role of Media in Civic Education." Our journalist guests will include John Rash (editorial board, Star Tribune; professor mass media and politics at the University of Minnesota), Lindsey Seavert (reporter, KARE 11), Rachel Stassen-Berger (former Minnesota Capitol Bureau Chief, Pioneer Press), and Solvejg Wastvedt (education reporter, MPR). 

Drive for Shelters

MCSS is once again sponsoring a drive for local homeless shelters. Please bring new, unopened packages of socks or underwear (all ages and genders) to the registration table at the conference. You'll receive another free book with your donation, and help your fellow Minnesotans during these cold months.

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!

B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bag)

In an effort to help the environment, MCSS will not be producing conference bags this year. We have found that teachers have a stash of these bags already and more often than not, extra conference bags go right in the trash. Please Bring Your Own Bag, and at the registration table we will provide you with all your conference goodies!

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