Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies

66th Annual Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies Conference, Oct. 17-19

Posted on October 8, 2019

PCSS is an organization that has had a long tradition of supporting all the social studies related disciplines throughout the state. As an advocate for social studies at all levels of education, PCSS promotes the analysis, dissemination, and evaluation of instructional materials and programs for effective social studies education in the Commonwealth. In addition, the organization makes recommendations on certification requirements for educators involved in teaching social studies. Most importantly, PCSS assists local social studies councils in organizing professional development and cooperates with schools, school districts, intermediate units, and other interested parties on social studies projects. Since membership in PCSS is free, please make sure you, all of your colleagues, and your students are members by joining now.

This year’s conference theme is PCSS: Discovering What We Share in Common. Social studies brings us together. Scholars, teachers and students of social studies interact with each other to explore the various social studies disciplines and what they mean for today. Social studies provides the forum for people of different perspectives to discuss what they agree upon, and what they disagree about, discovering that we as a people share much in common.

Nearly 50 individual sessions and a score of exhibitors will bring the theme to life on the main conference day of Friday, October 18, 2019.

A six hour program (with free CLEs for lawyers and Act 48 for educators) will be held the day before the PCSS Conference on October 17th, a Youth Court Day in Harrisburg–that is free for any attendee (though we do ask for donations to support the Cahn Collaborative Fund here). You can register for the youth court day and Edgar Cahn will be there. Click here to view his wiki page.

That is followed by the awards reception Thursday night with a full day of sessions Friday tied to law and justice as part of the social studies conference. There are over 40 additional sessions that people can pick and choose–no one is locked in to anything–including a session from History Making Productions, another on the Draw the Lines gerrymandering contest, and a session from the Rendell Center.

The Friday events have a $115 per person cost. Register here.

All conference events take place at the Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg East, 4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111.  If you need to book a room use this link for our discounted rate.

All participants must register and pay for the conference.  You can do that online or you can print and mail in the hard copy form to PCSS, P.O. Box 294, Abington, pa 19001.   Exhibitor and sponsor fees are shown in the same area.


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