Iowa Council for the Social Studies

Annual Conference

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


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  $85  $110
 Full Conference  $125  $150
 Retired  $85  $110
 Undergrad  $40  $65

License Renewal Credit will be Available! 

Reserve your room at Prairie Meadows for $102. Use the code 09302018IAC for the ICSS rate.

ICSS Annual Conference Location

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