2017 Annual Conference
Keynote: Mary Beth Tinker
Mary Beth Tinker grew up in Iowa, where her father was a Methodist minister. In 1965, saddened by news of the Vietnam War, Mary Beth and other students wore black armbands to school to mourn the dead and call for a Christmas truce. For that, they were suspended. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the suspensions in court, leading to a landmark 1969 Supreme Court ruling for students’ rights in “Tinker vs Des Moines” that neither teachers nor students "shed their constitutional rights... at the schoolhouse gate." Since then the Tinker ruling has been cited in more than 6,000 cases involving students’ rights.
Mary Beth lives in Washington DC, but travels the country on a “Tinker Tour” to promote civics education, student journalism, youth rights and youth voices. She is a Registered Nurse with master’s degrees in nursing and public health
Call for Proposals for the 2017 Annual Conference
This is a call for proposals for the Iowa Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference. The conference will be taking place October 2, 2017 at the Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona. The theme for this year's conference is: Meeting the Challenge: Bringing the Standards to Life! The Iowa Council for the Social Studies welcomes presentation proposals from educators at the elementary, middle, high school and post-secondary levels addressing the teaching of social studies from a wide range of perspectives. Proposals will be accepted through June 1, 2017. If your presentation is accepted you will be contacted in July 2017. If accepted, we will provide a projector and screen, but you will need to supply any other presentation materials.
Questions? Contact ICSS at email@example.com.
Submit your proposal here.
Why Join ICSS?
ICSS has been recognized as a Gold Star Council by the National Council for Social Studies based on the following criteria:
ICSS Executive Board members Dwight Herold and Catherine Mein accept the Iowa Council for the Social Studies reward as an NCSS Gold Star Council.