Minnesota Council 
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Breakout session resources from past conferences

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New for 2020!


Colonial Williamsburg is offering a FREE workshop to all MCSS registrants on Sunday, March 1, before the Social Studies Social.

The workshop, "Teaching Sensitive and Controversial Topics," will be at the Mayo Health System Event Center in Mankato from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clock hours and materials provided. 

MCSS Annual Conference: March 1-2, 2020
Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center, Mankato

95% of 2019 attendees said they received valuable resources, ideas, and strategies at the MCSS conference in Duluth.

Comments from 2019 MCSS Conference attendees:

"I left feeling like my job is important and the work that I do will make a difference."

"I received access to countless new and useful resources, got some great tips on pedagogy, and was able to meet social studies educators from across the state."

"I appreciated the options I had as an elementary teacher."

"I wish that more teachers/administrators/school districts realized how important it is for social studies teachers to attend this conference!"

The 2020 MCSS Annual Conference will take place in Mankato, Minnesota. The theme is "Keeping Civil Discourse in Focus."

The MCSS block at the  Mankato City Center Hotel has expired but there are still rooms available for Sunday, March 1. Please call (507) 345-1234 or visit the City Center Hotel website to reserve a room.

Sunday, March 1, 2020: Colonial Williamsburg workshop (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) "Teaching Sensitive and Controversial Topics"

Join educators and interpreters from Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, for a full day of free learning. Lunch, six clock hours, and materials provided.

Sunday, March 1, 2020: Social Studies Social (5:30-8:00 p.m.)

Keynote: John Tinker, plaintiff in the 1969 landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines

After the Social, walk around the corner to Rounders Sports Bar & Grill to join us for trivia, snacks and drinks, courtesy of SocialStudies.com.

Monday, March 2, 2020: Conference


Conference Presentations

Schedule of sessions

2020 Conference schedule:

7:30-8:00 Breakfast and speaker

8:00-8:50 Session 1

9:00-9:50 Session 2

10:00-10:50 Session 3

10:50-12:50 Exhibitor time, Lunch, and Annual Meeting

12:50-1:40 Session 4

1:50-2:40 Session 5

Local and National Exhibitors

Each year, MCSS welcomes a variety of fantastic exhibitors!

Register to be an exhibitor

FREE books for all attendees! Participants will get to choose from the following Macmillan titles:

  • Go With the Flow
  • Prairie Fires
  • Black Wave
  • The Sun Does Shine (with newly published teachers' guide)
  • We Are Water Protectors

Bring a donation to our sock and underwear drive, and get another book!

Keynote Speakers

2020 Social Studies Social Speaker

John Tinker, plaintiff in Tinker v. Des Moines Supreme Court case (1969)

2020 Breakfast Speaker

Steve Simon, Minnesota secretary of state

2020 Lunch Presentation

Filiz Yargici, Minnesota state social studies specialist, will discuss the next round of standards revision

What is new in 2020?

Sunday Workshop with Colonial Williamsburg: "Teaching Sensitive and Controversial Topics"


You're coming to Mankato, anyway! Come early on Sunday for a FREE workshop with Colonial Williamsburg. Please check back on this website for more workshop details, including presenters and agenda. The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and includes lunch, six clock hours, and materials. 

Anyone who registers and pays in full for the Monday conference can attend this workshop. Teams of teachers strongly encouraged. Contact Jessica Ellison for more information.

Sunday, March 1, 2020: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center; Mankato.

Sunday night bar trivia

MCSS is excited to offer a new social gathering! After attending the Social Studies Social on Sunday evening, walk around the corner to Rounders Sports Bar & Grill to join us for bar trivia. This event is generously sponsored by SocialStudies.com.

Drive for Shelters

MCSS is once again sponsoring a drive for a local homeless shelter. Please bring new, unopened packages of socks or underwear to the registration table at the conference. You'll receive another free book with your donation, and help your fellow Minnesotans during these cold months.

B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bag)

In an effort to help the environment, MCSS will not be producing conference bags again this year. We have found that teachers have a stash of these bags already and more often than not, extra conference bags go right in the trash. Please Bring Your Own Bag, and at the registration table we will provide you with all your conference goodies!

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