Join us at NCSS!

The 95th National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference starts next month in New Orleans. Please join us for the following sessions:

Amending America: Some Assembly Required

Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights, in the holdings of the National Archives

Friday, Nov. 13, 10:05 to 10:55 a.m.

The National Archives celebrates the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights with new free material for grades K–12. Receive lessons highlighting how this iconic document continues to shape society.

Presented by:

  • Mickey Ebert, National Archives at Kansas City
  • Sara Lyons Davis, National Archives at New York City
  • Amber Kraft, National Archives in Washington, DC
  • Missy McNatt, National Archives in Washington, DC

National History Day, the National Archives, and C3: Using the NHD Theme with C3 in the Classroom

Identification Photograph on Affidavit “In the Matter of Wong Kim Ark, Native Born Citizen of the United States” Filed with the Immigration Service in San Francisco Prior to His May 19 Departure on the Steamer “China"
ID photo on affidavit for Wong Kim Ark in his investigation case conducted under the Chinese Exclusion Act, available on

Friday, Nov. 13, 4:25 to 5:15 p.m.

Join the National Archives and National History Day in a discussion about incorporating the NHD theme into a C3 unit by using primary sources. Chinese immigration will be used as an example and a C3 unit will be provided.

Presented by:

  • Elizabeth Dinschel, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa
  • Lynne O’Hara, National History Day

11,000 Attempts to Amend the Constitution: What Works, What Doesn’t

Proposed constitutional amendment that would have prevented Congress from passing legislation interfering with a state’s “domestic institutions . . . including that of persons held to labor or service.”
Proposed amendment to prevent Congress from interfering with a state’s “institutions . . . including that of persons held to labor or service,” available on

Saturday, Nov. 14, 8:00 to 8:50 a.m.

How Americans have attempted to amend the Constitution illustrates our understanding of citizenship and what it means to be American. The session will give educators a chance to analyze primary sources from the National Archives.

Presented by Christine Blackerby, Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives in Washington, DC

26 Sure-Fire Ideas for Teaching Civics

Saturday, Nov. 14 8:00 to 8:50 a.m.

This will be a fast-paced, fun session with 26 ideas, one for each of the 26 members of the Civics Renewal Network, that you can take back and use in your classroom.

Presented by our partners in the Civics Renewal Network

Civics Renewal Network home page

Bonnie Simmons, social media intern in our Education and Public Programs Division, contributed to this post.

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