Region 4 Social Studies Conference
January 28, 2023 | In-Person Event
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. Strands will include the major themes in social studies, instructional strategies that address the needs of all learners, differentiation, technology applications, and sound assessment. The conference will include a full day of presentations, vendor product demonstrations, and an exhibit hall.
Dr. Roni Ellington has spent the last 25 years cultivating herself as a nationally recognized transformative transdisciplinary scholar, researcher, STEM leader, and professional development expert. Trained as a mathematics educator, Dr. Roni Ellington has authored several scholarly articles on STEM education, parental involvement, STEM professional development, and navigating the STEM pipeline, particularly for minority students. Dr. Ellington is a leading expert on how to cultivate students’ success in mathematics and STEM-related disciplines. She is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and the former Coordinator of the Graduate Programs in Mathematics Education at Morgan State University.
Keynote Presentation: "Social Studies Content Through a Transformative Lens: Promoting Solidarity, Collaboration and Engagement through Self-Reflection and Reframing OUR Instructional Practices". Over the past decade, this shift from learning about history to being people who shape history has challenged educators to create learning environments that build productive relationships, encourage meaningful engagement, and foster inclusive community engagement. For us to achieve these aims, we must reexamine who we are as educators, how our personal stories impact our instructional practice, and the ways in which we may be undermining our commitment to instructional aims. In this talk, we will examine the contexts that shape our approach to teaching social studies content and how to messages that are shaped by our individual and collective experiences can be transformed to promote solidarity, collaboration and community engagement in our classes, schools, and communities Participants will be introduced to a transformative framework for teaching designed to shift the way they see themselves, their work and their students that will help teachers and school leaders realize their curriculum while empowering themselves and their students to be active learners and agents of change in their lives and communities.
Nichelle Pinkney has been a social studies educator, leader, and advocate for the past 17 years. She has served in the role of classroom teacher, curriculum writer, instructional specialist, K-12 Social Studies curriculum director, and now author. Nichelle has taught in a range of classrooms, from teaching elementary students to read to imparting the importance of voting on high school students. She has been training teachers around the world for the last 4 years on conceptual and transfer teaching, and the importance of social studies and civic participation. Nichelle holds a Master of Art in Educational Administration from Lamar University and a bachelor’s degree from Salem College in Sociology & Women’s Studies. Her passion is in providing equitable education to every student. Nichelle has worked with a multitude of school districts to revise their curriculum ensuring that it is more diverse, equitable and inclusive for all students and teachers. Most recently, she has co-authored a Corwin Publishing book entitled, "Civil Discourse: Classroom Conversations for Stronger Communities" with co-author Joe Schmidt aimed helping teachers become strong facilitators of, and not endorsers of contentious conversations on difficult and complex topics in order to promote a stronger sense of community in the Social Studies Classroom.
Keynote Presentation: "Making a Conscious Decision to Engage". Discomfort lies at the heart of all learning and growing, especially concerning discussions on difficult and complex topics. I became a social studies educator to help the future become fully engaged citizens, and this requires us to teach students essential skills like how to participate in civil discourse. As Texas educators, our task is to implement the K-12 civil discourse standards so that we can build up our students to engage in these meaningful conversations. To do that teachers must become strong facilitators-not endorsers-of contentious conversations. Intentional planning through the CUBED strategy will establish how to prepare your classroom for _civil_ discourse, not heated debate, and lead to enhanced conversations. Teaching students these skills is critical and will lead to stronger, civilly engaged communities.
Here are a few of the sessions that wil be available for participants at this year's conference. Stay tuned for the full list!
|7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.||Vendor Setup/Registration|
|8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.||Welcome and Opening Session|
|8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||Keynote 1 - Dr. Roni Ellington|
|10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.||Breakout 1 (11 sessions)|
|11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.||LUNCH|
|12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.||Breakout 2 (11 sessions)|
|2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.||Keynote 2 - Nichelle Pinkney|
|3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.||Door Prizes and Closing|
Region 4 Social Studies Conference