Social Studies Conference


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Region 4 Social Studies Conference

January 27, 2024 |  In-Person Event


Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


Merrell Center, Katy ISD

6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy, 77494


Join other social studies professionals in this 1-day conference exploring general, grade-level, and content-specific best practices for the 21st-century social studies classroom. This year's theme is Social Studies for ALL: Promoting Relevance, Rigor, and Reflection.

Our conference will focus on three exciting strands to help you answer critical questions relevant to today's social studies classroom:

  • How can we make social studies meaningful and relatable to our students?
  • What are the best practices for teaching that promote critical thinking?
  • How can we encourage discourse among teachers and students?

The conference will include a full day of presentations, vendor product demonstrations, and an exhibit hall.


Four Questions that Transform Social Studies Teaching and Learning

Jon Bassett and Gary Shiffman are good friends who have been arguing about how to teach history ever since Jon hired Gary at Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts, in 2002. Eventually, their arguing led to the creation of the Four Question Method (4QM), allowing teachers and students to identify and practice the key thinking skills of history and the social sciences. 4QM was developed over years of classroom practice and observation, so it acknowledges the practical demands of teaching and works with real teachers and real kids. The first 200 participants will receive a free copy of their book—From Story To Judgment: The Four Question Method for Teaching and Learning Social Studies. 


Your Day at a Glance

From fostering resilient leaders to bringing global perspectives into your classroom and harnessing AI for enhanced teaching, our conference agenda is packed with insights. Join engaging sessions on understanding, accessibility, arts integration, and more!






Hotel and Travel Accommodations

Elevate your conference experience with our list of accommodations located minutes from the Leonard E. Merrell Center Houston. Book now for a seamless stay and make the most of your time at the conference!


Download the hotel/transportation list as a pdf.



Hotel Options


Hotel Price Distance from Center Location Phone
Hyatt Place Houston/Katy Starting at $109/night 11 min/6.4 miles 1401 N Westgreen Blvd, Katy, TX 77449 832.913.1244
Courtyard by Marriott Houston Katy Mills Starting at $129/night 8 min/1.8 miles 25402 Katy Mills Pkwy, Katy, TX 77494 281.665.3189
Embassy Suites by Hilton Houston West—Katy Starting at $152/night 15 min/10.5 miles 16435 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77094 281.398.0900
Best Western Premier Energy Corridor Starting at $79/night 10 min/6.9 miles 1549 Westborough Dr, Katy, TX 77449 281.599.3249
Spring Hill Suites by Marriott Houston Katy Mills Starting at $83/night 5 min/2.2 miles 2501 Texmati Dr, Katy, TX 77494 281.644.4455
Country Inn and Suites by Radisson, Katy (Houston West) Starting at $74/night 6 min/2.3 miles 25218 Market Pl Dr, Katy, TX 77494 281.505.9356




Transportation Options

Type of Travel Price
Uber Starting at $12.41/ride
Lyft Starting at $9.54/ride
Rental Car TBD
Taxi TBD


Main Office
Region 4 Education Service Center
7145 West Tidwell Road Houston, Texas 77092-2096
713.462.7708 | PHONE
Region 4 is making improvements to the McKinney Conference Center and will invite guests to experience the difference in August of 2024
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