The 48th Annual Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies



Power of Place: Where Social Studies Happens

Global citizenship requires one to understand that we live and work in localized places that are interconnected through communication and transportation. Place-based inquiry engages local heritage, landscapes, opportunities and experiences as a way to make sense of the world in which we live and provides a platform to take informed action. Places illustrate the interconnectedness between history, civics, economy, and geography, provide an authentic context to develop disciplinary literacies, and serve as a rich foundation for an active and informed society. The 48th Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies, with Hartford, Connecticut as its backdrop, will provide opportunities for conference attendees to become immersed with place-based and inquiry focused social studies theories and practices.  In addition to traditional conference workshops and breakout sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to experience and explore the rich heritage of the Constitution State.


Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, April 12th
All-day: Pre-Conference Workshops (ticket sold separately):

Working with Primary Sources – Mark Twain House and Museum/Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and The Mark Twain House & Museum will host an exciting one-day pre-conference on Teaching History Through Literature for the 48 th Annual Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies. Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain were next-door neighbors in Hartford, CT for almost twenty years at the end of the nineteenth century, and their professional and personal discussions about race, gender, and citizenship have had lasting impacts on American history. Participants in this unique experience will have the opportunity to tour the fully restored homes of two of America’s most influential authors, as well as participate in primary source-based, expertly facilitated workshops that consider how literature can inform and invigorate the teaching of history. Workshops will be led by Dr. James Golden, Director of Education at the Mark Twain House & Museum, and Dr. Katie Burton, Program Coordinator at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. The pre-conference will offer an intimate look at the lives of Stowe and Twain as well as encourage lively discussion, and participants will leave better prepared to teach the nineteenth-century issues that continue to define America in the twenty-first century.
New Approaches with the C3 – with Frameworks authors, Kathy Swan and John Lee
Inquiry can be a fuzzy ideal.  This workshop aims to help teachers become clear about the practice of inquiry by designing an inquiry using the Inquiry Design ModelTM (IDM).  The IDM is a distinctive approach to creating instructional materials that honors teachers’ knowledge and expertise, avoids over-prescription, and focuses on the key elements of envisioned in the C3 Inquiry Arc. Unique to the IDM is the blueprintTM, a one-page presentation of the questions, tasks, and sources that define a curricular inquiry. The blueprint offers a visual snapshot of an entire inquiry such that the individual components and the relationship among the components can all be seen at once. We offer a 10-step design path for developing IDM inquiries for your classroom!  In this workshop, we will work through the 10 steps and teachers will develop their own blueprint!

4:00-6:00pm: Opening Reception


Friday, April 13th
7:30-8:45am: Registration | Exhibits
8:45-9:45am: Opening Keynote: Kathy Swan, C3 Framework Project Director and Lead Writer
9:45-10:00am: Break | Exhibits
10:00-11:00am: Concurrent Sessions
11:05am-12:05pm: Concurrent Sessions 2
12:05-12:20pm: Break | Exhibits>
12:20-1:20pm: Lunch | Luncheon Keynote: Larry Paska, NCSS Executive Director
1:20-1:35pm: Break | Exhibits
1:35-2:35pm: Afternoon Keynote: Bob Bain, Big History Project
2:40-3:40pm: Concurrent Sessions 3
4:00-6:00pm: CCSS/NEHTA Reception and Awards


Saturday, April 14th
7:30-8:30am: Registration | Breakfast | Exhibits
8:30-10:30am: Concurrent Clinics
10:30-10:45am: Break | Exhibits
10:45-11:45am: Panel Discussion: Current Issues in Journalism
11:45am-12:00pm: Break | Exhibits
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch | Exhibits
1:00-2:00pm: Concurrent Sessions 4
2:10-3:10pm: Concurrent Sessions 5
3:10pm: Close


Registration Rates

Pre-Conference Institute (Thursday, April 12th) – $99
Regular Admission – Member (Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th) – $219
Regular Admission – Non-Member (Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th) – $249
Regular Admission (Friday only) $169
Regular Admission (Saturday only) $109
Student (Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th) – $189 | Student: Member – $159
Retiree (Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th) – $189 | Retiree: Member – $159

Register Today!


Co-Sponsors: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Conference Co-Chairs:
  • Jennifer Otte | Canton High School | jotte@cantonschools.org
  • Val McVey | Florida Joint Center for Citizenship | vfmcvey@gmail.com
  • Anthony Roy | Connecticut River Academy | aroy@ctriveracademy.org