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C&I Well Represented at National Social Studies Conference

Five doctoral students and one faculty member from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction's social studies education program gave presentations at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Conference in Washington, DC, November 30 - December 4. In total, nine graduate students from the U of MN social studies program attended the conference.

At a symposium titled Negotiated Identities and Social Studies Education, two current doctoral students and one former Ph.D. student presented their research. Sara Levy presented a paper entitled "Heritage History, Identity, and the Public School Classroom," and Annette Simmons delivered a paper entitled "Hmong Constructions of Citizenship Identity in an American Government Classroom." "Negotiating Identity in an American History Classroom" was the third and final paper, presented by former Ph.D. social studies student Maia Sheppard, currently an assistant professor at George Washington University.

Kathryn Engebretson presented her research paper, "Preservice Teacher Talk Surrounding Gender in the Formal Curriculum: How Preservice Teachers Encounter Themes of Sexual Violence," and joined colleagues Judie Harrington and Jessica Winkelaar in developing a dynamic presentation for elementary teachers, "What's the Big Idea? Reading to Teach Elementary Social Studies."

Assistant Professor J. B. Mayo, Jr. presented a recently published book chapter, "GLBTQ Issues in the Social Studies," and was a key participant in the closing panel discussion for the conference, "Can We Move Beyond Scholarship That is 'Weak, Isolated, and Incestuous'? Creating a More Viable Future for Social Studies Research."

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