This week, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) will host the largest annual gathering of social studies educators and administrators in the United States. This year, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is partnering with NCSS to provide educators from across the country with resources and strategies to tackle a variety of 9/11-related content areas. Conference attendees can connect with the 9/11 Memorial Museum at a number of special sessions and events during the conference.
On Friday, November 22, at 11 a.m., Pete Souza will deliver a keynote address sponsored by the Museum. Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Reagan and President Obama. During his talk, he will share his experience of covering both presidents through photographs taken during each administration and answer audience questions. A book signing will immediately follow outside the NCSS Bookstore.
Later that afternoon at 3:10 p.m., attendees can join 9/11 Museum Education staff for The Truth is Out There: Tackling Conspiracy Theories with Students, a session offering strategies for debunking common 9/11-related conspiracy theories. At 4:15 p.m., elementary educators can attend Hard Questions, Tough Answers: Addressing Difficult History in Elementary Classrooms to learn student-tested strategies for teaching 9/11 to young learners.
On Saturday, the Museum is sponsoring a vital issues session titled Where Were You? The Ongoing Relevance of 9/11. This panel discussion features 9/11 survivor, retired principal, and 9/11 family member Ada Dolch, and 9/11 first responder, retired firefighter, and Museum docent Bill Spade. They will share their 9/11 stories and discuss the ways they’ve chosen to respond in the years following the attacks. At 4:15 p.m., Museum Education staff will offer a final session, Us vs. Them: Addressing ‘Othering’ in the Social Studies Classroom, which will situate some of the enduring repercussions of the 9/11 attacks in their historical context and consider the real-world ramifications on specific communities.
We hope to see you in Austin.
By Jennifer Lagasse, Assistant Director of Education, 9/11 Memorial & Museum