People’s History at the 2014 National Council for the Social Studies Conference

The Zinn Education Project will have a major presence with three booths at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Conference in Boston from Nov. 21-22, 2014. If you are one of the thousands of social studies teachers from around the world attending the NCSS conference, be sure to stop by the Zinn Education Project booths (#717-719-816).

Our booth is always abuzz with inspiring conversations as educators meet to share teaching people’s history success stories, challenges, and resource ideas.

ncss_2013_interaction William Harris was one of over a hundred teachers who registered for the Zinn Education Project website at our NCSS booth.


Meet Rethinking Schools authors Linda Christensen and Bill Bigelow at the booth all weekend.

In addition to people’s history educators from across the country, we will have a number of featured guests at the booth at selected times. These include:


Be the first to get a copy of “A People’s Curriculum for the Earth”—coming straight from the printer.

We will feature Rethinking Schools books, people’s history resources, an art display with photos and Americans Who Tell the Truth posters, and the always-popular raffle.

Additionally, NCSS will be the first place that educators can see and purchase copies of the new Rethinking Schools bookA People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis.


Karen Korematsu is a featured speaker on Saturday.

Among the hundreds of NCSS conference sessions there will be a workshop by author and educator Linda Christensen, “Burning Tulsa: The Legacy of Black Dispossession,” on Friday, Nov. 21, 2:05pm-3:00pm, in room 201. This workshop is based on the Zinn Education Project lesson “Burned Out of Homes and History: Unearthing the Silenced Voices of the Tulsa Race Riot.”

One of the keynote speakers will be Karen Korematsu on Sat., Nov. 22, 11:15am-12:10pm. Korematsu’s father, Fred Korematsu, is included in the Zinn Education Project lesson, “Learning About the Unfairgrounds: A 4th-Grade Teacher Introduces Her Students to Executive Order 9066.” In 1942, Fred Korematsu refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court.

Other sessions by Zinn Education Project allies include (but are not limited to):

  • Why Affirmative Action? A People’s History Perspective and Socratic Circle” by Katie Li (Fri., Nov. 21, 2:05pm-3:00pm, Room: 208);
  • Empire or Humanity?: A Project-Based Approach to People’s History” by Stacia Snow and Josh Hatala (Friday, Nov. 21, 3:10pm-4:05pm, Boylston Hallway, 3rd level);
  • Congo, Colonialism and Cell Phones: A People’s History” by Alison Kysia (Fri., Nov. 21, 5:20pm-6:15pm, Room: 306);
  • Controversial Issues & Young Learners: Discovering What Students are Thinking” by Katy Swalwell (Sat., Nov. 22, 11:15am-12:10pm, Room: Independence East);
  • and many more.

We hope to see you in Boston!