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2021 NSSSA Annual Conference

2021 NSSSA Annual Conference
Minneapolis, MN
November 18, 2021

Call for Proposals

Welcome to the online conference presentation submission portal for the National Social Studies Supervisors Association! The 2021 NSSSA Annual Conference will be held in Minneapolis, Thursday, November 18, 2021.  

We plan to engage social studies leaders and supervisors from all over the US in a wide variety of relevant and timely topics.

We invite you to share your work or ideas with our membership during this conference by submitting a proposal to present to NSSSA members. Thank you for your interest in NSSSA, and we look forward to seeing you in at the conference!

Before you begin your submission please read the General Information carefully.  

General Information

All proposals are due May 1, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. No submissions will be accepted after the deadline.

For the purpose of avoiding any misunderstandings, your electronic submission acknowledges the following statements of intent and understanding:

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 NSSSA Annual Conference may be in person, online, or hybrid. Decisions will be made by NCSS. Please consider how your submission may adapt based on these contexts. 

If you have any questions, please contact NSSSA Conference Coordinator, Mert Martens


Please review the entire form before starting to fill it out to ensure you have all the required information. Do not use auto formatting for bulletin points or numbers. Observe the word limit.

You will be asked to select no more than two themes most applicable to your proposal.  

Civic Literacy

Sessions focus on developing, implementing, and sustaining systemic instruction that builds student agency in self-curating information and opinions from multiple types of media in response to contemporary issues.  Supervisors facilitate instructors in embracing civic literacy and developing methods for engaging students in building skills to become informed and engaged citizens.  


Sessions focus on moving instructional practices and curriculum to meet standards that define a diverse and inclusive narrative in social studies.  Supervisors inform and assist instructors in a variety of methods to include and engage the unique populations of each classroom.


Sessions focus on topics that will help supervisors and leaders better serve their
department and educators with insightful and thought provoking topics that will assist in ushering in
change. Leadership requires us to be strategic, organized, community-focused, politically savvy, financially resourceful, and reflective.

Technology Integration

Sessions focus on information, media, and technology skills that will support
instruction, curriculum, assessment, and life skill development in Social Studies classrooms. Supervisors
inform instructors in ways and means to navigate an abundance of information, processing rapid
changing technology tools, and learning management systems that facilitate collaboration amongst staff
and students.

Curriculum Design

Sessions provide data, case studies, and examples of work wherein leaders, researchers, and developers are creating and adapting Social Studies content. Sessions encourage
meaningful and engaging standards, constructing courses and units of instruction that are culturally
responsive, assessment design and analysis; all while analyzing interdisciplinary themes that allow for
multiple measures of skills and content mastery to prepare students for college, careers, and civic life.

Professional Learning and Coaching

Sessions focus on topics and skills that supervisors and leaders can
apply to help support their teachers with instruction and assessment. Proposals should model
andragogy that is suited for a variety of professionals that represent a range age groups (pre-service
educator to veteran), Social Studies disciplines, cultural and ethnic identities, and other factors.
Professional learning and coaching requires leaders to excel at communication, collaboration,
adaptability, creativity, and critical thinking.

Instructional Practice

Sessions focus on innovative instructional topics, strategies, or resources that will
help to support the C3 Framework, Inquiry Design Model, disciplinary literacy, and other Social Studies
best practices in the classroom. Educators need a variety of tools to be effective in engaging their
students and all of their diverse needs. Proposals that fall under this theme should support (K-12)
teachers and instructional leaders with literacy, geo-literacy, engaging with challenging
content/conversations, inquiry, or research related to instructional shifts in Social Studies.


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