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2023 ICSS Conference 

The 2023 ICSS Fall Conference, ""Standing Up for Social Studies."," is scheduled for Monday, October 16th at the Graduate Hotel in Iowa City. 

There has never been a better time to attend the ICSS Conference. Come get inspired and get ideas to help your students gain the skills they need to create a future in which they want to grow old. ICSS is ready to support you with standards implementation, resources, strategies, technologies, camaraderie and motivation to crush social studies instruction this year.  ICSS Conference offers powerful PD sessions by teachers for teachers in every level and every discipline. Join social studies teachers across the state and learn about a wealth of topics and teaching strategies.

Schedule at a Glance

Keynote Speaker:  Shawn Healy, Ph.D.   

Shawn Healy, PhD, Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy, leads iCivics’ state and federal policy and advocacy work through the CivXNow Coalition and oversees civic education campaigns in several key states. He plays an active role in recruiting supporters to fund policy, advocacy, and implementation efforts nationwide to ensure impact.

Healy chaired the Illinois Task Force on Civic Education in 2014 and later led separate, successful legislative campaigns for a required civics course in Illinois in middle and high school, respectively. He also led the Illinois Social Science Standards Task Force. Its recommendations were adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2015. 

Healy also serves as an adjunct professor in Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a Serve Illinois Commissioner. Before joining iCivics, Healy worked for fifteen years at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in various capacities, most recently serving as Democracy Program Director. He began his career as a social studies teacher at West Chicago Community High School (IL) and Sheboygan North and South High Schools (WI).

A 2001 James Madison Fellow from the State of Wisconsin, he holds a MA and PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in political science and earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in Political Science, History and Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His dissertation is titled “Essential School Supports for Civic Learning.”

The Iowa Council for the Social Studies is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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