Minnesota Council 
for the Social Studies

MCSS and Great Lakes Annual Conference: 

March 2-3, 2014

Thank you to all attendees, presenters, vendors, and keynote speakers for participating in the 2014 MCSS and Great Lakes Conference. A special thank-you to our friends who attended from other Great Lakes states.

30+ Conference Presentations!

Conference session schedules are below. 

All attending teachers received a free copy of The Black Count, the remarkable true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo. The books have been generously donated by Random House Bertelsmann. 

Macmillan also donated 500 books to be given to conference attendees. Thank you to our sponsors!

Local and National Vendors!

The list of 2014 vendors includes:
  • Tolerance Minnesota
  • Japanese American Citizen League
  • Minnesota Ag in the Classroom
  • Global Travel Alliance
  • Historical Experiences Inc.
  • Minnesota International Center
  • Learning Law and Democracy Foundation
  • Minnesota Historical Society
  • Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Minnesota History Day
  • Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
  • Minnesota Field Trip Library
  • National Geographic
  • ACIS Educational Tours
  • Best Prep
  • United Educators Credit Union
  • The DBQ Project
  • Cultural Jambalaya
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Glencoe McGraw Hill Education
  • Minnesota Council on Economic Education
  • Minnesota DNR Firewise in the Classroom
  • Minnesota Humanities Center
  • Pearson
  • Liberation Clothes and Gifts
  • Thelma Battle Buckner

2014 Keynote Speakers

Gala Keynote Speaker:

Aaron Doering
University of Minnesota
Learning Technologies Media Lab

Literally from apps to the Arctic to the Amazon, get ready to take a walk inside learning environments that are transforming students’ lives. Are you wondering how to design learning environments that engage millions of learners? Dr. Aaron Doering, professor of Learning Technologies and co-director of the Learning Technologies Media Lab (LTML) at the University of Minnesota, will engage you and take you on his journey to make a difference in peoples’ lives and education. He has taken online learning and design to a new level over the past decade through numerous of his initiatives. He will share with you the technology transformation principles behind many of the learning environments he and his team have designed, developed, and delivered around the world and show you how to put them into action within your classroom and designs. Some of these projects include North of Sixty, Earthducation, Geothentic and the newly launched WeExplore adventure learning environment.

To virtually experience some of Doering’s current projects, go to http://www.chasingseals.com or follow him on Twitter @chasingseals.

Conference Lunch Keynote:

Carol Berkin
Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center

A professor of American colonial and revolutionary history, and women's history, Dr. Berkin has worked as a consultant for several PBS and History Channel documentaries, including "The Scottsboro Boys," which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000. Dr. Berkin has also published several books, most recently Civil War Wives: The Life and Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant (2009). 

Dr. Berkin's keynote will focus on Civil War Wives. The stories of these three women -- an abolitionist, the wife of the Confederate president, and the wife of U.S. general and president -- are engaging and humorous insights into the antebellum and Civil War eras in American history. 


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