FCSS 2022 Annual Conference Now Accepting Proposals

Well, our theme is The Pursuit of Happiness: Reigniting the Social Studies Spark. And we know it’s going to be fantastic. Check out the keynote speaker!

So get those proposals in, and help us, and your colleagues, reignite that spark!

Proposals are due no later than June 8, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Terry Davila-Alexander and Lauren Samoszenko at conferenceproposals@fcss.org. You can submit your proposals at this link.

2023 Florida College and University Faculty Assembly Conference

The Florida College and University Faculty Assembly (FL-CUFA) invites proposals for scholarship to be presented at its Annual Meeting, which will be held during the Florida Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference.  FL-CUFA’s program will include papers, symposiums, contemporary issues dialogue, and research-into-practice sessions focused on empirical research or conceptual analyses of social studies education. 

Deadline: Sunday, July 31, 2022 @ 11:59 p.m. 

Presentation Formats 

Paper Presentations (20 minutes) 

An individual paper presentation gives authors an opportunity to present abbreviated versions of their empirical or theoretical/conceptual scholarship. After the papers are presented, time will be provided for audience interaction, focusing on commentary on key revelations, vexations, and themes raised by the papers. For the sake of effective presentation and discussion, individual papers should be limited to 3,000 words, excluding references. The typical structure for a session with two papers includes a brief introduction by the chairperson or the presenters themselves, 20 minutes for each author’s presentation, and 10 minutes of audience participation. 

Symposium Sessions (50 minutes) 

A symposium offers presenters and audience members the opportunity to explore a particular problem or theme from various perspectives. Organizers of symposium sessions typically establish the topic, identify and solicit participation from appropriate scholars, and assemble and submit a single proposal representing the collective work of participants. Symposium proposals should include no more than four participants. The organizer must obtain permission and input from each individual represented in a symposium proposal. Symposium papers should be limited to 3,000 words. The lead presenter will determine how time is to be allocated to each presenter for symposium sessions. 

Contemporary Issues Dialogue (50 minutes) 

The contemporary issues dialogue format offers conference attendees an opportunity to explore contemporary issues or dilemmas in social education via a unique forum not represented by paper sessions and symposiums. Contemporary issues dialogues can include informal discussions, town hall meetings, roundtables, papers-in-progress, structured poster sessions, research planning and methodological activities, video presentations and performances, and book talks. Sessions that promote active participation and open dialogue among audience members are strongly encouraged. Proposal authors will determine how time is to be allocated during contemporary issues dialogues. 

Research-Into-Practice Sessions (50 minutes) 

Research-into-practice sessions offer FL-CUFA members the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate the implications of research for educational practice. Given their association with the regular FCSS Conference program, audience members typically are classroom teachers, teacher educators, supervisors, and school administrators. With that audience in mind, presentations should feature scholarly, yet accessible, discussions and activities of interest to practicing educators. Proposal authors will determine how time is to be allocated during research into practice sessions. 

Submission Guidelines 

Presenters must provide, in an email to the Program Chair, Scott Waring (swaring@ucf.edu), the following: 

  1. The names of all presenters and corresponding affiliations 
  2. Lead presenter’s mailing address, email, and phone number 
  3. A Microsoft Word compatible document, as described below, that includes a narrative of 3,000 words or fewer, excluding title, abstract, and references. 

Because proposals will be reviewed in a blind peer review process, please do not include the names or affiliations of authors and presenters in the proposal document and ensure that no identifying information is embedded in the proposal document as metadata. 

The Program Chair reserves the right to reject without review any proposal that exceeds the 3,000-word limit. The Program Chair reserves the right to disqualify submissions in which authors’ identifying information is revealed. 

The submission deadline is Sunday, July 31, 2022 @ 11:59 p.m. 

Individual Paper and Symposium Proposal Contents 

Each proposal should include the following elements: a) the title; b) an abstract of 35 words or less; c) the purposes and/or objectives of the study; d) the theoretical framework or perspective; e) research design and/or methods of inquiry; f) findings or arguments and their warrants; g) the importance of the work’s contribution to scholarship; and h) references. To preserve the integrity of the blind peer review process, please do not include the names or affiliations of authors and presenters in the proposal document. The Program Chair reserves the right to disqualify submissions in which authors’ identifying information is revealed. The review criteria will incorporate the clarity, organization, and perceived scholarly significance of elements c) through g) above.  

Contemporary Issues Dialogue and Research Into Practice (RIP) Proposal Contents 

Contemporary Issues Dialogue and RIP session proposals should include the following elements, as appropriate: a) the title of ten words or less; b) an abstract of 35 words or less; c) the purposes and objectives of the session; d) theory and research in which the session is grounded; e) methods of presentation or modes of activity for the session; f) findings or arguments and their warrants; and g) references.  

To preserve the integrity of the blind peer review process, please do not include the names or affiliations of authors and presenters in the proposal document. The Program Chair reserves the right to disqualify submissions in which authors’ identifying information is revealed. The review criteria will incorporate the clarity, organization, and perceived significance of elements c) through f) above. 

Participation Requirements 

It is expected that all authors or presenters represented in a proposal will register for the FCSS Annual Meeting and attend and participate in conference sessions. If an emergency or other unforeseen circumstance precludes a participant from attending, she or he should immediately contact the Program Chair, Scott Waring, at swaring@ucf.edu. To promote diversity among perspectives and participants, no presenter shall appear as author or co-author on more than two proposals. 

Calling all A.P. U.S. Government and Politics Teachers! FREE Workshop in Orlando, With a Stipend!

The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship is hosting a one-day, project-based learning workshop for Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics teachers. FJCC’s Politics in Action is a project-based approach to learning that involves students engaging in political discourse and real-world scenarios to learn about U.S. government principles and policies. Participants will develop strategies to support students as they grapple with the complexities of the course content through a series of simulations designed to augment and enrich the learning environment.

The workshop will be held at the Lou Frey Institute Offices in Orlando on Saturday, May 14 from 8:30am-3:30pm.  Space is limited to 30 participants and registration is a first come, first served basis. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and participating teachers will receive a $200.00 stipend.

To register, go to https://forms.gle/rWzfhR7Jryq9btWN7

Questions? Contact Chris Spinale at christopher.spinale@ucf.edu

Education for Sustainability and Human Rights Program 2022 at Kennesaw State

Good morning friends. On behalf of our colleagues, we are happy to share this professional development opportunity!

Date: June 6th-11th, 2022*
Location: Kennesaw State University

The Miner Anderson Family Foundation and the Division of Global Affairs at Kennesaw State University are pleased to announce the 2022 Education for Sustainability and Human Rights Program. Inspired by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 2030 Framework of Education for Sustainable Development, the seminars will foster dialogue among educators regarding linkages between global and local topics. Ultimately, the seminars aim to build a platform towards collaboration, curriculum development, and instruction for authentic student learning; so that young citizens may acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable lifestyles, cultural diversity, gender equality, and a culture of peace and non-violence through principles of human rights.

Our hope is by the end of the week, participants will authentically examine and integrate Human Rights as well as Sustainable Development issues & initiatives in their student’s educational experiences.

During this 6-day program, you will:
-Learn about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
-Gain a deep understanding of the main principles in human rights education
-Explore the attributes of global citizenship
-Work with fellow teachers to develop ideas on how to implement these values in the classroom
-Visit Atlanta’s Martin Luther King Jr. Center and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

To register, please fill out this form. For guaranteed review of submission, applications must be received by May 6, 2022. As we receive applications, our criteria for evaluation will be on the basis of inclusion, equity and diversity. For inquiries, please contact the Division of Global Affairs at dga.engagement@kennesaw.edu.

Participants do have the option to attend the workshop virtually, but in-person participation is preferred.

*Please note that this free Teachers Seminar in Atlanta is open to all K-12 Teachers in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida & Alabama.


Good morning friends!!! As you may recall, we recently were awarded a grant by the FDOE to develop curricular materials in support of the new K-12 civics and government benchmarks. In pursuit of this, we are hiring multiple positions! We are looking for three 6-12 curriculum developers and one K-5 curriculum developer, for a grant-funded position that would run through September of 2023. Note that this would start ASAP. We would LOVE to have you join us!

Photo by RONDAE

You can find more info about the K-5 position here.

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And here is more info on the 6-12 positions!

Questions? Please feel free to email us at any time!

Positions close on March 24. Hope to hear from you!

And not interested in something full time? We are recruiting folks to do some stipend work!

Introducing ‘Female Firsts’, Part of Our Civics in Real Life Series

Good afternoon, friends! We are excited to share this extension of our Civics in Real Life series, ‘Female Firsts’. Every week through the month of March, we will be sharing one page resources that discuss a significant figure, event, or location important to the role of women in civic life. Our first one is now available, and looks at Justice Sandra Day O’Connor!

Of course our regular CRL’s will continue every week (including this week’s on NATO, Russia, and Ukraine!)

Upcoming Webinar: How RBG Came to Be: The Process of Appointing a Supreme Court Justice

Friends, on Thursday, March 3rd at 4pm, we will be hosting a webinar in collaboration with the Clinton Library. It is very much ‘of the moment’, as Kathleen Pate, Education Specialist at the Clinton Library, will be discussing the nomination and confirmation process of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This is a free webinar open to everyone, and we would love to have you join us!

You can access the flyer below, or simply click here to register! Feel free to email us if you have any questions.

New Civics in Real Life Series for Black History Month: Civics Connection Spotlight

Good afternoon, friends. You are likely already familiar with our Civics in Real Life series over on Florida Citizen. We are quite please to share with you a new addition to the series (already expanded with our look at Supreme Court Cases, The Docket.

Introducing Civics Connection Spotlight! This new addition will focus on individuals or organizations that have made a significant civics connection through their efforts to create a better nation and live up to our Founding Principles. While these will have a Florida focus initially, we encourage you to take a look as we believe these folks are more than just important to civic life in Florida. Our first one is on the incredible Harry T. Moore.

We have some additional ones already sketched out and these will be released (tenatively) every Tuesday and Thursday this month. Be sure to check them out!

Lou Frey Institute/Florida Joint Center for Citizenship Updated Website!

So some news, friends. You may be a user of our Florida Citizen website (we hope you are, it has most of what you need to teach civics!) , and if so we hope that you find our resources useful!

We recently relaunched the site, to better align with University of Central Florida style guides. Most of the material is the same but the look is different!

So as you can see here, we do need you to re-register on the site to access the materials, which of course remain free! Click the embedded video at the top of this post to learn about the registration process and some of the changes.

One of the new features we are excited about is in our Civics in Real Life section. It is now searchable by tag and subject! Just type in the civics content you are looking for and it will populate a list of one page Civics in Real Life resources, and you can preview without downloading.

Take a look and see what you find!

The site will continue to be updated over the next few weeks, and of course it all is free.

Looking for the lesson plans? Click resources, then Middle School Applied Civics Resources!

They are available there for you, so this should look familiar from our old site.

Any questions or issues, please email us anytime!!!

The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship at the Lou Frey Institute is looking for help!

Hey friends, are you teaching K-12 social studies in Florida? Do you have experience with lessons and other curricular materials development (especially including videos)? Do you want to make some extra money? While we WILL be posting for multiple full time positions soon (watch this space!), we are ALSO offering stipends to those that may choose not to leave the classroom but still want to contribute to the development of K-12 civics and government resources relating to the 2023-2024 civics and government benchmarks!

If you are interested in getting on our outreach list for this, please complete this form by 14 February 22. Please note that we will need to get approval from the Florida Department of Education before providing the stipend opportunity, as this is a grant funded position. We are ESPECIALLY looking for folks with experience K-5! Hope to hear from you!