From the President’s Desk…
At this point your classrooms have been packed up and you are probably already into your second or third novel you have been wanting to read since December. Summer break is well under way. To beat this heat, we hope you think ahead about February. Mark your calendars for February 24-25. These are the dates for the 2017 Middle States Council for the Social Studies Conference in beautiful Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
This year’s conference theme is Social Studies: A Road Map for Social Justice. Some might wonder why a social studies conference would focus on social justice. Given the events taken from today’s headlines it becomes quite evident how the two are related. While there are many definitions for social justice there is one constant throughout all of them – social studies disciplines. One cannot understand or explain economic justice without first having knowledge of economic principles.
Social justice requires an understanding of social and political institutions – an understanding that can only be acquired through the study of history and political science. Of course social justice addresses the life situations of diverse groups of people including their customs, movements and interactions which all can be examined through the lens of geography and culture. The way we see it, you cannot address social justice issues without first acquiring the tools learned in social studies.
During this year’s conference you will hear wonderful speakers addressing current events related to social justice issues, attend sessions that will provide classroom tools and strategies and receive opportunities to interact with colleagues from all of the participating states. Additionally, we have wonderful field trips planned as part of the weekend’s program. We also invite you to submit a proposal to present. Register now and start thinking about what you can share with the field. Together we can chart a course for social justice. It starts in each and every one of our classrooms.
Make the most of your remaining summer break,