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2022 TCSS Conference
"Stronger Together

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Feb. 21st Virtual Sessions

Inquiry Beyond the Paper: Blending Research and Creativity
Presented by Alice Bryant, Meggie Lucas, & Garen Eadie
The Harpeth Hall School


 

Facing History Lessons from the Memphis 13
Presented by Erika Henderson, Dwania Kyles, Daniel Kiel, & Michelle Phillips
Facing History and Ourselves


The Memphis 13 documentary was created to not only share the stories of 13 incredibly brave young people, but also to provide a starting point for conversations about inclusion, tolerance, and social change. This panel discussion will be led by one of the Memphis 13, Dwania Kyles and film director/law professor Daniel Kiel. We will foster civil dialogue surrounding the question: Why is it important to face challenging moments of the past? How do we move from thought to action? And how will your instruction help students to learn something about themselves (including their racial and cultural identities) or others?

Unfortunately, we were unable to provide a recording; however, you can access the resources shared in the session via the button below.

Feb. 22nd Virtual Sessions

Putting Primary Sources First
Presented by Dori Gerber
Institute for Curriculum Services



Primary sources expose students to multiple perspectives on important topics and issues of the past and present, as well as help students develop critical inquiry skills. As a Consortium Member of the Library of Congress's Teaching with Primary Sources Program, ICS's trainer-educators are well-versed in utilizing the LOC's digital source analysis tools. The presentation will introduce teachers to those tools and the many ways they can support their instruction. Through participating in activities that model analyzing a variety of types of primary sources, in engaging ways, teachers will understand what primary sources are and their importance in a well-rounded learning environment.

Utilizing Local History in the Classroom: Tennessee's WWII Homefront
Presented by Colbi Layne Hogan
MTSU Center for Historic Preservation


This session will detail the WWII Homefront Curriculum Project, a year-long venture conducted by Teaching with Primary Sources—MTSU. Funded by the Library of Congress, we have gathered primary sources related to the WWII homefront in Tennessee and partnered with various organizations such as the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Tennessee State Museum, Tennessee State Parks, and local historical groups. Our main purposes include sharing stories about Tennessee’s Great Generation, connecting educators with local and state historical organizations, and providing access to curated activities and primary sources for use in classrooms and at historic sites.

Feb. 23rd Virtual Sessions

Bite-Sized Inquiry - NO Overhaul Required!
Presented by Pam Renfrow & Chris Ciccocelli
ABC-CLIO


As districts embrace inquiry, teachers in the trenches struggle to fit inquiry-based learning opportunities into the daily rhythms of instruction. “Too much content to cover, not enough time” is a common refrain. But for students to truly be ready for college, career, and civic life, high-quality inquiry-based learning experiences are indispensable—where does an already overtaxed teacher fit it in? Teachers need resources, reassurance, and guidance to see how a few simple, low-effort tweaks to their everyday practice can make inquiry a mainstay of their instruction. No overhaul required. Let’s become Stronger Together!

Follow the Yellow Brick Road: From Oz to Gold Standard
Presented by Jackie Morgan & Lesley Mace
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta - Nashville Branch



What do silver shoes, a gold road, and a green city have to do with US history? Which real-life people might Dorothy and her friends represent? Take a trip to Oz and back and learn about the hot election issue that made headlines in 1896 and that is still making news today—what gives money value. History and economics topics covered will include monetary policy, deflation, the gold standard, the Populist Party, and William Jennings Bryan.

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