Minnesota Council 
for the Social Studies

Resources from 2017 Breakout Sessions

Breakout session resources from past conferences

Only current MCSS members have access to resources from breakout sessions.

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

"Social Studies Education: Engaging, Empowering, Uniting"

The 2018 MCSS Annual Conference will take place at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

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, drinks, 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
8:00-8:45 -- Featured Morning Session

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
1:30-2:20 -- Session 4
2:30-3:20 -- Session 5

Local and National Exhibitors

Each year, MCSS welcomes a variety of fantastic exhibitors who are excited to share resources with social studies educators. 

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

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's New in 2017?

Drive for Shelters

MCSS is sponsoring a drive for local homeless shelters, with the support of Gustavus Adolphus College pre-service teachers. Donations will go to Theresa House and Welcome Inn, through Partners for Affordable Housing in Mankato.

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!

Lunch Presentation

We were pleased to welcome Dakota Wicohan and student performers to our lunch presentation! Three young women -- Tala Burnes, Nevaeh Hoffman, and Trella Old Rock -- performed the Hoop Dance. This dance is with hoops which represent the circle of life. They also sang a Thank You songs and shared a video about their involvement in the Wikoska and Wiciyanna Program.
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