A Choices Program Working Conference
Engaging Students in Inquiry and Discussion on International Issues

June 27-28, 2017 
Tabor Academy, Marion, MA

Pre-conference day for teachers new to Choices – June 26, 2017

Prepare for the 2017-18 academic year by:

Exploring Choices units appropriate for U.S. History, World History, Geography, Civics, Government or Contemporary Issues courses; 
Networking, sharing best practices, and having fun with other social studies educators from across the country; and
Planning how you will implement Choices units in your classroom, so you will be ready to go in September 2017!

Who Should Attend: All middle and high school teachers, regardless of their familiarity with the Choices Program’s materials, are invited to attend. 


Continuing the Transition to the New Social Studies Assessments, Grade 6-12
Part 2: Short Answer Question Sets

May 18, 2017

With our implementation of the New York State Social Studies Framework / inquiry approach and recognizing the upcoming shift in the design of Social Studies Regents exams (Global History and Geography 10 and United States History and Government 11), the Long Island Council for the Social Studies (LICSS) is conducting a workshop to help prepare middle and high school educators for the transition.  This full-day professional development experience will focus specifically on the design and development of short answer question sets in the new Regents format.  An emphasis on related historical thinking concepts including contextualization (historical and geographical), sourcing (bias, point of view, audience, purpose, and reliability), and relationship among sources (causation, turning point, and comparison) will guide the work.  Participants will be trained in creating test items as well as related instructional strategies to practice these questions in the classroom.  The workshop will be led by members of the LICSS Executive Board. Participants will receive support materials and access to sample questions developed during the workshop.




Brazil, Cuba, Mexico: Bringing Latin America Into the Classroom

June 29-30, 2017, Brown University, Providence, RI

Curricular Workshops on Units Provided:

Brazil: A History of Change; 
Between Two Worlds: Mexico at the Crossroads; and 
History, Revolution, and Reform: New Directions for Cuba. 

Topics covered in the units include race, immigration, democracy, U.S.- Latin America relations, and Latin America’s role in the world. 

Content Presentations:

Changing Notions of Race in Brazil 
James Green, Director of Brazil Initiative, Brown University 
Cuba in 2017: Challenges and Opportunities 
Jennifer Lambe, Assistant Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History, Brown University

Who Should Attend: Secondary and college level educators who bring Latin America into the classroom are the target audience. Choices materials are appropriate for courses in world history, geography, Latin American Studies and Spanish.

Co-sponsored by the Brown University’s Brazil Initiative and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.Type your paragraph here.