KCSS Conference

2013 Kentucky Council for the Social Studies Conference

Date: October 9-10, 2013 

Location: Holiday Inn, University Plaza - Bowling Green, KY 


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2011 Kentucky Council for the Social Studies Conference

Date: September 21-22, 2011  

Location: Holiday Inn, University Plaza - Bowling Green, KY

Theme: Social Studies for the Citizens of Tomorrow 

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2010 Kentucky Council for the Social Studies Conference


Date: September 14-15, 2010  

Location: Marriott Downtown - Louisville, KY

Theme: Conflict & Compromise: People & Events That Have Shaped Our World 

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KCSS is pleased to announce that David and Jeanne Heidler will be the keynote speakers for the 2010 conference.  Together as a husband-wife team, they have written numerous books and articles dealing with the history of the early American republic, the Antebellum period, and the Civil War, includingEncyclopedia of the War of 1812 and the award-winningEncyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Social, Political, and Military History, which received the Society for Military History’s Distinguished Book Award in 2003. They are the authors of Old Hickory’s War: Andrew Jackson and the Quest for EmpireThe War of 1812Manifest DestinyDaily Life in the Early American Republic: Creating a New Nation, 1790-1820, and The Mexican War. In addition to generating new insights into American History through their own published works, the Heidlers are general editors for several series of monographs examining U.S. civil-military relations, American soldiers’ lives, and life on the home front. They have written a study of Indian Removal, published by W. W. Norton in 2006. The Heidlers, who have lived in northwestern Colorado Springs since 1993, each maintain a regional teaching affiliation: David is associated with the History Department of Colorado State University-Pueblo, and Jeanne is Professor of History at the United States Air Force Academy where she is the senior civilian member of her department.

Their most recent work Henry Clay: The Essential American is a biography of Henry Clay  published by Random House and will be the focus of this year's keynote address.











2009 KCSS Conference
September 23-24, 2009
Holiday Inn, University Plaza
Bowling Green, KY
Theme: "Social Studies: Relevance in the Age of NCLB"

Special Conference Rate of $103/night--call the Holiday Inn directly to get this rate: 270-745-0088 

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Keynote Speakers: 

The Honorable Trey Grayson, Kentucky Secretary of State
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Secretary of State Trey Grayson was elected to office in November of 2003 in his first run for political office and at the time of his election was the youngest Secretary of State in the country. In 2007, he became one of only two Republican state-wide elected constitutional officers to win a second consecutive term in modern history.  Since taking office, Grayson has quickly become a national leader in elections, civics, business services, and government innovation.

Grayson has modernized the Office of the Secretary of State by bringing more services online, enhanced Kentucky’s election laws through several legislative packages, and revived the civic mission of schools in Kentucky by leading the effort to restore civics education in the classroom.

During his tenure, Secretary Grayson has received accolades for a number of accomplishments. During his tenure Grayson has:

·         Led the effort to increase the civic literacy and engagement of Kentucky’s citizens – a movement that has been recognized as a national model; and

·         Launched several new online election services including the Voter Information Center, which allows Kentuckians to check their voter registrations and obtain other specific information pertinent to voters; and 

·         Led the successful effort to update Kentucky’s election laws including a repeal of taxpayer funded gubernatorial campaigns in the Commonwealth and the establishment of a 300 foot electioneering-free buffer zone around the polls.   He has also led Kentucky’s successful implementation of the Help America Vote Act; and

·         Re-designed the Office of the Secretary of State’s website to include a variety of new online services including: translation into six new languages, the Governor’s Executive Journal, Enacted Legislation, additional Land Grant documents, and a summonses tracking service.  The site was recognized as one of the top government websites in the country after its completion; and

·         Placed thousands of business documents online, including popular documents such as the Certificate of Existence and the Certificate of Authorization.  In addition, started placing images of all documents online in real time as they are filed; and

·         Led a number of other initiatives including: the release of a study on female elected officials and a study on diversity of leaders in the Commonwealth which contained valuable information to empower the next generation of leaders to run for office, the establishment of the Cradle to College Commission with former treasurer Jonathan Miller to explore unique ways of funding higher education, and the execution of the National Student/Parent Mock Election in Kentucky.

Andrei Cherny
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Andrei Cherny is a former senior speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore, and the founder and co-editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. He graduated with honors from Harvard College and received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). On April 15, 2009, Cherny announced his candidacy for Arizona State Treasurer.

Cherny was the youngest White House speechwriter in American history.  In 2000, Cherny was the lead negotiator and chief drafter of the national Democratic Party platform. He was the author of The Next Deal: The Future of Public Life in the Information Age, one of the top-selling political books of 2001. The Next Deal examined the role technological change has played in altering perceptions of major institutions over the course of American history and laid out a vision for government and businesses in the twenty-first century.

From February 2003 to April 2004, Cherny served as a senior aide to John Kerry's Presidential campaign. In 2004, Cherny was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government.

Cherny is the author of The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour, published in 2008. He is also an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona and is a prominent figure in Arizona politics.

In addition to his professional work, Cherny is an officer in the United States Navy Reserve, and a contributor to a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and The New Republic.




2008 KCSS Conference Session PowerPoints and handouts now available!

The following presentations and handouts were made available for download by the session presenters (many thanks to those presenters who made these available!):

2008 Election Scrapbook

2008 Election Scrapbook Handouts

Bell Ringers

Creating, Assessing, and Engaging

Defining and Debating America's Founding Ideals

Democratic Values


Enhanced Learning in SS

Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques

History Workshop

Civics 2008


Using Student Score Reports

KDE Update

Multiple Perspectives


Service Learning

SS Cheat Sheet

Struggling Readers and Writers

Survey Items

Teaching About Social Justice

Teaching About Social Justice Handouts

Thoughtful Education

Websites Every Teacher Should Be Using

What Do the Student Survey Questions Tell Us



2008 KCSS Annual Conference
"Leadership and Advocacy for Social Studies Education"
September 23-24, 2008
Galt House Hotel
Louisville, KY

The 2008 KCSS Annual Conference will be held in Louisville at the Galt House Tuesday, September 23 through Wednesday, September 24, 2008. The theme for this year’s conference is Leadership and Advocacy for Social Studies Education. This year’s conference features Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, delivering the keynote address, as well as numerous other educators providing both content and pedagogy sessions. Breakout sessions and workshops throughout the two days will include sessions for teachers at all levels: elementary, middle, high school, and college/university. Sessions will focus on content from the five areas of social studies as well as strategies to make social studies relevant to the diverse needs of students in today’s classrooms.

Please click the link below for the schedule of sessions for the 2008 Conference:
2008 Conference Matrix

2008 Conference Program