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It's that time again, dear friends! Time to check out Florida Council for the Social Studies conference sessions, scheduled for late October. Today, let's take a look at some more early Saturday sessions. And of course, don't forget to dress up for the Friday night reception! opening reception

Saturday, October 20, 2018 Concurrent Session 1 What if Everything You Knew About Hinduism was Wrong? Aesha Mehta, Hindu American Foundation Aum_Om_navy_blue_circle_coral.svg I have attended versions of this session at other conferences, and it is an EXCELLENT introduction into Hinduism, especially for those that may be teaching world history! And of course, the Hindu American Foundation has always been generous supporters of FCSS in the past!

Conduct Relevant and Engaging Civil Conversations Jennifer Jolley, Palm Bay Magnet High School Frank Stockman, Bayside High School Steve Masyada, FJCC at the Lou Frey Institute bria33-4-cover This session draws on the work of the Constitutional Rights Foundation T2T Collab, and the effort to provide teachers with diverse pedagogical tools for teaching and learning about controversial issues and having difficult conversations.

Concurrent Session 2 Teaching the Civil Rights Movement: Beyond Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks Judy Lindquist, Orange County Public Schools/UCF 300px-1963_march_on_washington (1) There is way more to learning about civil rights than the traditional standbys. This session will show you how to use primary sources, complex texts, and engaging literacy activities to go deeper!

Fostering Civic Engagement Through Design Thinking 0_53uATKYqE-B-IXew Brian Furgione, University of Central Florida This is a CUFA-oriented session open to practitioners (like you!) that focuses on creating engaging and authentic experiences for civic learning in the classroom. Certainly worth a look, as we think about new ways to engage our kids!

We'll explore more sessions, including Sunday's sessions and the keynotes, in a later post, but don't forget that you are also invited to attend the Awards Dinner Saturday evening, where your peers will be recognized for their contributions to our field and our wonderful profession!

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Be sure to register for the conference here.