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ICSS Virtual Annual Conference
7-10 pm Eastern: Wednesday, Oct. 21 & Thursday, Oct. 22 
8 am - Noon: Saturday, October 24
ICSS Members Registration FREE

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Academic World Quest:  Becoming Global Citizens as High School Students - Saturday, October 24 at 8 am

Panelists: John Carter, Instructional Coach / Teacher, Carmel High School; Troy Hammon, Teacher, Shortridge IB High School; and Nick Salemi, Teacher, Warren Central High School.  Moderator: Janet I. Harris, Indiana Council on World Affairs. 
This panel of teachers will share their experiences in sponsoring teams of high school students to the Academic WorldQuest, a global studies program and competition offering students a learning experience on current matters of importance.  With the free, easy-to-use, on-line "Official Study Guide," students can independently prepare for the free competition scheduled for February 27, 2021, University of Indianapolis - Live or Virtual or Hybrid. The panel will cover student career options and success stories.  Academic WorldQuest is a program of the Indiana Council on World Affairs.

Indiana Jazz Exchange -Thursday at 7 pmPresented by Monika Herzig, Sr. Lecturer at IU, Bloomington in Arts Administration
This session presents the Indianapolis - Cologne Sister Cities Exchange program Indiana Jazz Exchange, in existence since 2011. The Indiana Avenue Jazz legacy, a community created around the Walker Theater and fostered by the music teachers of Crispus Attucks High School, is legendary. I present the stories and music of the Indiana Avenue musicians using our award-winning virtual Sister City Exchange program from June 2020 and important lessons from strong communities who built this jazz legacies for the history and social studies curriculum.

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Courageous Conversations: Building a Positive Classroom - Wednesday at 7 pm.
Presented by Jessica Hulten, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
The Courageous Conversation workshop prepares educators to create positive classroom atmospheres where challenging and productive conversations around topics such as racism, antisemitism, bias, can happen. Educators will collaborate on best practices to construct an environment of respect and rapport. Participants will leave with a toolkit to implement into their classroom.

Developing Students’ Global Citizenship with Eyewitness Testimony -Wednesday at 9 pm. Presented Lesly Culp; Head of Programs and  Sedda Antekelian, Education and Outreach Specialist, USC Shoah Foundation
Educators explore IWitness, USC Shoah Foundation's educational website, which connects students to human experiences from survivors and witnesses to genocide and empowers their agency in global society. Educators learn how to effectively integrate testimony-based resources across the history discipline, to develop critical thinking, social-emotional aptitudes and civic capacities in students.

Using Digital Platforms to Teach Primary Sources: The Presidential Primary Sources Project -Thursday, October 22 at 7 pm. Presented by Therese Perlowski, Internet2 
Our session will highlight lessons learned through the Presidential Primary Sources Project to identify best practices for high quality, engaging virtual learning programs. Through accessible online programs we will share how to guide students to build critical thinking skills and gain a greater understanding of the presidency and its historical impacts.

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Exhibitor Zoom Room: Wednesday at 8 pm, between sessions

​Newsela Exhibitor Zoom Room: Wednesday & Thursday at 8 pm

10 am Saturday, October 24: Keynote & Awards 
Lessons in Marginalism: Anything Worth Doing is NOT Worth Doing Well
by Mohammad Kaviani, Sr. Lecturer in the Dept. of Economics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and Director of the Center for Economic Education. 
Economists look at all decisions being made at the margin which requires them to allocate scarce resources only to those activities which yield marginal benefits that exceed marginal costs.  So how clean is clean enough?  Through a brief demonstration, participants will learn that a 100% clean environment may not be an optimal solution.

11:15 am Saturday October 24: Bonus Professional Development!
Developing Global Citizens through Geo-Inquiry
presented by Chassity Mahaska, Franklin Central High School & GENI
National Geographic's Geo-Inquiry process puts students in the role of explorers and empowers them to investigate and change the world around them. Explorers are encouraged to look at issues from multiple perspectives, including both local and global.


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