Iowa Council for the Social Studies

Annual Conference

Soaring with Social Studies:

The Time is Now

30th September 2019
Prairie Meadows Conference Center
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Keynote Speaker Dean Jacobs Inspires

Hope by Travelling the Globe

Presentation set for Sept. 30th, 2019 at the Iowa Council for the Social Studies.

(Huxley, IA) - Since 2001, Dean Jacobs has spent seven years traversing across the globe exploring over 58 countries on a low budget adventure, propelled by a desire to understand the world we share.

Jacobs was born in Wahoo, Neb. After living on a farm, his family moved to Fremont, Neb., when he was 5 years old. Growing up in the Midwest gave him an appreciation for the simple things in life.

He graduated from Wayne State College, earning a degree in biology, with minors in earth science and art. After graduating, he worked in the administration of Wayne State College as the assistant to the president, before moving on to Purina Mills. Eventually, this path led him to Pfizer Pharmaceuticals where he was employed in sales/marketing for 10 years.

After a great deal of soul searching, Jacobs left the security of corporate America, and decided to pursue other dreams. This was the beginning of a process that would lead to a travelling adventure that would span 22 ½ months and cover 28 countries.

Taking photos became a natural expression of the journey for Jacobs as he documented and verified the common ground of our humanity. To Jacobs, photography is a discovery process where something extraordinary can be found within the confines of ordinary life.

These days, when Jacobs is not travelling, he keeps busy as a contributing newspaper columnist, photojournalist, children’s book author and keynote presenter across the country. He has implemented a successful school program that coaches students to have hopes and dreams.

Jacobs recently led students from the University of Nebraska on a journey to explore Uganda Africa. He will be presenting at Iowa Council for the Social Studies on Sept. 30th, 2019.

For more information, visit

2019 Conference Schedule at a Glance.pdf

Note: Conference registration includes ICSS membership, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks.

   Early Bird  After Sept 22
 First Time Attendee  $100  $125
 Full Conference  $130  $155
 Retired  $100  $125
 Undergrad  $50  $75

When you come to the ICSS conference, be sure to visit with these exhibitors.  Find out what services, products, and programs they can provide to support your teaching of social studies.

ICSS thanks them for their support of social studies education in Iowa and of the ICSS annual conference."

Lunch Sponsor and exhibitor

Social Studies School Services

Sponsor of strand on Iowa History  

State Historical Society of Iowa

Other exhibitors include

Abdelkader Education Project

AEA Purchasing

BK Educational Resources

Cheryl Mullenbach, author

EF Education First


Iowa Agricultural Literacy Foundation 

Iowa Gold Star Military Museum

Iowa Public Television

Iowa State Education Agency

Living History Farms


National Geographic Learning

Office of the Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate

Oregon - California Trails Association

Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area

Upper Iowa University

Lodging at Prairie Meadows

Hotel reservations for the Event must be made by individual attendees directly with the Hotel at (515) 957-3000 or 800-325-9015. OR at using group code 09282019IAC

Reservtions by attendees must be received by 5:00 p.m. Monday, September 9, 2019 to receive the discounted rate. 

Hotel discounted rates for conference are:

King: $115.00 

Double Queen: $115.00 

Junior King Suite: $135.00 

King Suite: $155.00 

Executive King Suite: $175.00  

Hotel room rates are subject to state and local taxes (currently 12%) in effect at the time of check-in.    

License Renewal Credit

ICSS is proud to offer license renewal credit for anyone who attends one of three pre-conference workshops. Attending the workshop plus attending the conference will satisfy the 15-hours required for credit. Workshops take place the Sunday before the conference.


Event Name:Trailblazers and Torchbearers: Women in American History

Hosted By:Iowa Council for the Social Studies

Event Type:One-Day Seminar

Event Date:September 29th, 2019

DL:Dr. David Krugler  -



Description: Women’s political, social and economic status has undergone several transformations in American history.  This seminar will explore readings and documents in three of those stages: Women of Reform and Revolution, Women in the Progressive Era and Voting Booths and Is Suffrage Enough – the Lasting Impact.  

Link to agenda and readings:

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Sharing a World of 7.6 Billion: Activities for

Global Understanding

Summary:In this hands-on professional development workshop presented by Population Education, participants will engage in participatory activities to understand how to teach about global population trends and the effects of human population growth throughout history. Ideal for human geography, global studies, civics, world history, and other secondary social studies subjects, these activities will focus on data analysis, modeling, and group problem-solving skills in the classroom. All lesson plans are aligned to both national and Iowa state standards.

Format:The presenter will begin the session with a discussion about the history of human population growth before engaging participants in a series of activity demonstrations. At the end of the workshop, all participants will receive:

  • A certificate of completion

  • An access code to an online curriculum containing over 50 ready-to-go lesson plans, background readings, and case studies.

  • Additional program-related classroom resources.

Program:Founded in 1975, Population Education is a non-profit program that provides K-12 teachers with innovative, hands-on lesson plans and professional development to teach about human population growth and its effects on the environment and human well-being.

Registration link:

WWI 360: Teach Like an Ace


This interactive, interdisciplinary workshop from the National WWI Museum and Memorial offers a blend of meaningful content and primary-source focused methods for teaching WWI and its enduring impact. Learn to debunk common WWI misconceptions, how to teach beyond the Western Front and why we need to teach WWI now more than ever. Attendees will leave with ready-to-use lesson plans, copyright-free image, audio and document primary sources and activities aligned with educational standards.

Sun, September 29, 2019

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT

Register here.

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