Minnesota Council 
for the Social Studies

Conference Resources

Only current MCSS members have access to conference materials

MCSS Annual Conference: March 6-7, 2016

St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud

Register for the conference

The 2016 MCSS Annual Conference will take place at St. Cloud State University, in the Atwood Memorial Center. The Awards Dinner will take place at the Best Western Kelly Inn in St. Cloud.

Sunday, March 6, 2016: Awards Dinner, Best Western

Monday, March 7, 2016: Conference, SCSU

MCSS has reserved a block of rooms at the Best Western for Sunday, March 6. The rate is $94/night plus tax. To reserve a room in the block, call the hotel front desk at 320-253-0606.

Conference Presentations

Schedule of sessions 
(Subject to change)

List of 2016 sessions (Google Doc)
List of 2016 sessions (PDF)

2016 Conference schedule:

7:30-8:00 -- Breakfast

8:00-8:50 -- Session 1
9:00-9:50 -- Session 2
10:00-10:50 -- Session 3
10:50-11:30 -- Exhibitor Break 1
11:30-12:30 -- Lunch and Annual Meeting
12:30-1:10 -- Exhibitor Break 2
1:10-2:00 -- Session 4
2:10-3:00 -- Session 5

**New for 2016: Exhibitor hall will only be open before, during and after lunch.

Local and National Exhibitors

List of exhibitors will be posted soon.

Free Books for Attendees

Attendees can choose from one of two titles, courtesy of Random House:

Just Mercy
Empire of Cotton

Attendees will also be able to choose from one of several Macmillan titles:

Rhythm Ride  
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler 
Battle Lines 
Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy 
My Escape from North Korea

Keynote Speakers

2016 Awards Dinner Speaker

Lori Sturdevant
State government and politics columnist,
Star Tribune

Keynote topic "The Schooling of Minnesota Leaders"

2016 Breakfast Speaker

Steve Simon
Minnesota Secretary of State

2016 Lunch Presentation

Siena Leone-Getten
Open World Learning Community, St. Paul

1st place Senior Group Documentary, 2015 National History Day competition

"Ella Baker: A Legacy of Grass Roots Leadership"

List of Exhibitors at 2015 Conference

  • Will Steger Foundation
  • Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government
  • United Educators Credit Union
  • Minnesota DNR Firewise in the Classroom
  • Minnesota International Center
  • Best Prep
  • Terra Populus
  • MInnesota Secretary of State
  • Education First
  • H20 For Life
  • EMC Publishing
  • Minnesota Field Trip Library
  • Learning Law and Democracy Foundation
  • Minnesota Council on Economic Education
  • Minnesota Ag in the Classroom
  • Japanese American Citizen League
  • Minnesota Humanities Center
  • Historical Experiences, Inc.
  • Cultural Jambalaya
  • National Geographic
  • Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Minnesota Historical Society
  • Tolerance Minnesota
  • St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

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