Iowa Council for the Social Studies

Call for Proposals

This is a call for proposals for the Iowa Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference. The conference will be taking place October 2, 2017 at the Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona.

The theme for this year's conference is: 

Meeting the Challenge: Bringing the Standards to Life!

The Iowa Council for the Social Studies welcomes presentation proposals from educators at the elementary, middle, high school and post-secondary levels addressing the teaching of social studies from a wide range of perspectives. Proposals will be accepted through June 1, 2017.

If your presentation is accepted you will be contacted in July 2017. If accepted, we will provide a projector and screen, but you will need to supply any other presentation materials.

Questions? Contact ICSS at

Submit your proposal here.

Annual Conference

October 2nd at Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona

Meeting the Challenge: Bringing the Standards to Life!

Keynote Speaker Mary Beth Tinker
Mary Beth Tinker grew up in Iowa, where her father was a Methodist minister. In 1965, saddened by news of the Vietnam War, Mary Beth and other students wore black armbands to school to mourn the dead and call for a Christmas truce. For that, they were suspended. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the suspensions in court, leading to a landmark 1969 Supreme Court ruling for students’ rights in “Tinker vs Des Moines” thaax q/t neither teachers nor students "shed their constitutional rights... at the schoolhouse gate." Since then the Tinker ruling has been cited in more than 6,000 cases involving students’ rights. Mary Beth lives in Washington DC, but travels the country on a “Tinker Tour” to promote civics education, student journalism, youth rights and youth voices. She is a Registered Nurse with master’s degrees in nursing and public health
Note: Conference registration includes ICSS membership, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Conference registration will open May 1st.
   Early Bird  After Sept 22
 First Time Attendee  $85  $110
 Full Conference  $125  $150
 Retired  $85  $110
 Undergrad  $40  $65

License Renewal Credit will be Available! Information coming soon!

Hotel Information

The booking code for is 10012017IAC. Attendees can either reserve their rooms online or they can call in to (515) 957-3000 to make a reservation.  Reservations cutoff is Friday, September 8th and the rate for a standard room in your block is $102 plus state and local occupancy tax. 

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Iowa History 101: History on the Move RV
The Iowa History 101 RV will be at our Annual Conference! You will have time to explore the RV and dream about how you might be able to use it as a teaching tool in your school and community.

ICSS Annual Conference Location

The Iowa Council for the Social Studies is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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