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Call for Proposals

Fall Conference: Integrating Civics in the Social Studies

Johns Hopkins, Columbia Campus

October 18, 2019

Submit a proposal for the MDCSS Fall 2019 Conference, held on October 18 at the Columbia Campus of Johns Hopkins University. We welcome submissions that address a wide range of social studies education topics including pedagogy, research, and policy. The deadline to submit your proposal is September 17, 2019.


Please review the proposal instructions below and submit using the online submission form found here. You may also complete the embedded form at the bottom of this page.


Conference Theme

This year’s conference theme focuses on Integrating Civics in the Social Studies. Social studies teachers are the group most looked to for developing the next generation of citizens. This year, we seek presentations that will share ideas for helping students build the broad range of knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with informed and engaged democratic citizenship. In addition to knowing your rights 21st-century citizenship requires digital and media literacy, the ability to have meaningful discussions around challenging topics, an interest in examining claims through primary and secondary sources, and forms of direct community engagement. We will particularly value presentations that approach such content and skills through other subject areas from the social studies. 


Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on their relation to the theme, appeal to conference participants, ingenuity, and value for participants after the conference.


Required Information

Presentation title, presenter name(s) and contact information, abstract (max 100 words), session objectives and strategies, and explanation of how the session relates to the theme. Title, presenter, and abstract will be included in the conference program.


All sessions will be 1 hour long, including time for Q&A. Computers, projectors, and screens are available in each session room.


Presenters will be notified via email by September 23, 2018.



  • MDCSS does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or marital status

  • All listed presenters will be expected to register for the conference

  • MDCSS is unable to offer complimentary registration for presenters

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