Iowa Council for the Social Studies

Annual Conference

The Journey Continues: 

Your Place in the Standards

October 1st, 2018 at Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona

Schedule At a Glance

Keynote Speaker James Percoco

 James A. Percoco is a nationally recognized history educator with over thirty-three years of service to American education. His books A Passion for the Past: Creative Teaching of US History and Divided We Stand: Teaching About Conflict in US History are staples in collegiate social studies methods courses across the United States. Percoco has pioneered the combination of public education with public history utilizing public history opportunities throughout his curriculum. Thirty-six of his students have worked for the National Park Service, and several of them are currently in leadership positions. Many of his former students also became social studies/history teachers.A prolific speaker, Percoco demonstrates how to use historic sites and museums as adjuncts to his teaching and has modeled his approach in countless inservice programs nationally.Pulitzer Prize winning author and biographer David McCullough has called Percoco “a national treasure,” and Yohuru Williams has dubbed Percoco “America’s History Teacher.” Percoco is a Gilder-Lehrman Teacher of the Year (Virginia) and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2011.

Mr. Percoco's keynote will be based on his book Take the Journey: Teaching American History Through Place-Based Learning. Pre-order your copy when you register. There will be a limited number of books for purchase at the conference, but no guarantee.

Note: Conference registration includes ICSS membership, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks.

   Early Bird  After Sept 22
 First Time Attendee  $100  $125
 Full Conference  $130  $155
 Retired  $100  $125
 Undergrad  $50  $75

Pre-Conference Workshops Offered on September 30th

Teaching American History Seminar on Supreme Court Cases That Changed America

This pre-conference clinic is being offered through Teaching American and the Ashbrook Center. While many Supreme Court cases have shaped American policies and history, this seminar explores cases that focus on the Constitution and Federalism, the Constitution and the Commerce Clause and Civil Rights Cases. Eric Sands Professor of Political Science at Berry College will serve as the content expert for this seminar. 

The seminar will run from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm on September 30th at the Prairie Meadows Events Center in the Skinner C room.  Pre-registration is required, but the workshop is free and lunch is provided. Register here. Please note that in order to qualify for license renewal credit, you must attend one of the pre-conference clinics and the ICSS conference. 

Questions? Contact Michelle Hubenschmidt at

Social Studies and Agriculture

There’s no doubt that agriculture has a large impact on Iowa’s economy. But agriculture’s role in society is much broader.  This session will explore agriculture as it relates to Iowa’s history, the development of societies around the world, and contemporary global issues. We will discuss geography (What do farmers grow where and why? How does this impact a society’s cuisine, clothing, and shelter?) and economics (How does supply and demand change the prices we pay at the grocery store? Can consumer preference, technology, and even weather impact the global economy?).  You will leave this session with ideas and resources to help students explore food, fuel, and fiber production as it relates to history, geography, and economics. 

This fast-paced professional development will give teachers, extension personnel, and others who educate youth the skills they need to implement many of the new Iowa Core social studies standards. Using agriculture as the context to teach social studies standards, course participants will integrate agriculture to make learning real and relevant for students. Participants will leave the workshop with instructional strategies, lessons, and activities that can be immediately implemented into their classroom with little or no additional effort. 

This unique professional development opportunity is free to attend with lunch, refreshments, and classroom resources provided, but pre-registration is required. The content is appropriate for K-12 educators and will include time to collaborate and explore grade-specific content.

This workshop is being offered by the Iowa Ag Literacy Foundation and will take place from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on September 30th at the Prairie Meadows Events Center in the Grandquist room. Register hereQuestions about this session? Contact Cindy Hall at or 515-331-4183.

Please note that in order to qualify for license renewal credit, you must attend one of the pre-conference clinics and the ICSS conference. 

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