Iowa Council for the Social Studies

2020 Annual Conference

Iowa Social Studies: A Whole New World

Virtual Conference

Tuesday nights in September

5:00-7:00 P.M.

2020 Virtual Conference Schedule and Program.pdf

Links to sessions will be located in the Members Only section of our website.



Dr. Katy Swalwell, Keynote Speaker


Katy Swalwell, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Social & Cultural Studies in the School of Education at Iowa State University. A former middle and high school social studies teacher, she has worked in Elementary Education programs as a teacher educator for over ten years. Her research focuses on how the disciplines of social studies can help to develop young people's and teachers' critical consciousness. She is the author of several books including Educating Activist Allies: Social Justice Pedagogy with the Suburban and Urban Elite and the forthcoming To Build A Better World: Anti-Oppressive Social Studies Young Learners with Dr. Noreen Naseem Rodríguez and Becoming A Threat to Educational Inequity with Dr. Paul Gorski. She also has worked with RAYGUN and Iowan artists to publish children's books through the Amazing Iowa series, including Amazing Iowa Women and Amazing Iowa Athletes. In addition to her research and university teaching, Dr. Swalwell works with teachers throughout the U.S. to develop anti-oppressive social studies curriculum. 

Join us Tuesday nights in September for our virtual 2020 ICSS conference.  

Each week, presenters will focus on a certain theme of social studies education.  The themes are as follows:

September 1st: Standards Implementation
September 8th: Inquiry
September 15th: Evaluating sources/claims with evidence
September 22nd: Communicating conclusions/ taking action
September 29th: TBD

Sessions will be held from 5:00-6:00 P.M. and 6:00-7:00 P.M. via Zoom.

This virtual conference is available to members only so be sure that your ICSS membership is up to date!


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