It’s here!  The 2011 National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference occurs this weekend, Dec. 2 – 4, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  The theme for this year’s conference is Dimensions of Diversity, and the Bill of Rights Institute is helping to carry out that theme by presenting four different sessions to help meet the needs of secondary teachers of U.S. History and U.S. Government!  In each session, we will provide participants with hard copy of two free ready-to-use lesson plans including all necessary resources.  Participants in the sessions will be provided with a link that they can use beginning Dec. 5 to access digital copies of the presented lessons.  Starting now and continuing through Jan. 3rd, we are offering everyone our NCSS discount for the curricula to be featured in our sessions.

In Session 806, Gennie will conduct an interactive session featuring Supreme Court case studies to outline the First Amendment’s protection of public school students’ rights regarding religion.

In Session 173, Gennie will use activities, discussions, and examination of primary sources to show the development and impact of the contract theory of government.

In Session 377, Philips will use primary sources in a document-based question format to explore the development of the principles of equal protection and affirmative action.

In Session 414, Gennie will trace the enduring tension between protecting individual liberties and preserving national security through an examination of primary sources from the Founding to the War on Terror.

While the locations of these sessions are subject to change, this table provides additional details.

We hope to see you at the Convention—both in these sessions, and at our booth, where you can register for some great prizes!

Date Time Place Presenter Session # & Title Curricula Lessons
Friday Dec. 2 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 209A Gennie Westbrook 806 Students and Freedom of Conscience: Religious Rights in the Classroom Religious Liberty & Faces of Freedom Faces of Freedom: Free to Believe pp. 17 – 25Religious Liberty: The American Experiment –Religious Liberty and the Supreme Court pp. 47 – 60
Friday Dec. 2 2:10 –  3:05 PM 203B Gennie Westbrook 173 Helping Students Understand and Appreciate the Contract Theory of Government Being an American & Faces of Freedom Faces of Freedom: The Birth of Freedom pp. 1 – 8BAA 2nd Ed. The Declaration of Independence pp. 1 – 8

BAA 2nd Ed. The Declaration of Independence pp. 103-105

Saturday Dec. 3 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 203A Philips Dickerson 377 Affirmative Action: Reverse Discrimination, Social Justice, or Equal Protection Supreme Court DBQs Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978), Gratz v. Bollinger (2003), Grutter v. Bollinger (2003)
Saturday Dec. 3 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 204C Gennie Westbrook 414 Balancing Liberty v. Security: Lincoln’s Suspension of Habeas Corpus Conflict and Continuity and Presidents and the Constitution Vol. 1 Conflict & Continuity: Balancing Liberty and Security, pp. 119 – 131Presidents and the Constitution Vol. 1 Abraham Lincoln and Habeas Corpus, pp. 48 – 55

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