Saturday November 2, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM MST
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Grand Canyon University 
3300 W Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85017

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Debbie Henney 
President, ACSS 

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Conference Registration (members)  $70

Conference Registration (non-members) $80

Conference Registration (student) $30

Pre-Conference Workshops $10 - $35



ACSS Annual Conference

"Common Core: Staking a Claim in the 21st Century" 

Join us for the Arizona Council for the Social Studies' Annual Conference, the premier conference for Arizona Social Studies Educators!

Saturday, November 2nd

Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ


Keynote Address:

Mark SchugDr. Mark C. Schug, Professor Emeritus University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  "Common Core in the Social Studies: Who Desegregated Major League Baseball,  Jackie Robinson or Adam Smith?"  more...

Conference Tracks:  

  • Common Core
  • American/Arizona History
  • World History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Civics

Preliminary Program:  Coming Soon

Pre-Conference Workshops, Friday, Nov 1st:

  • "A Critical Evaluation of Classroom Materials with Native Themes" - 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Midtown, $30 - registration available through conference registration below.  More...
  • "Common Sense Economics" (8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Midtown, $10 - Separate registration required.  To register or for more information, click here.) 
  • "Teaching the Common Core Standards through Geography" (4:30 - 7:00pm, ASU Skysong, Scottsdale, $30 - Separate registration required.  To register or for more information, click here.) 
  • "Social Studies and the Common Core" - 9:00 - 3:00 pm, Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Midtwon, $35 - Registration available through conference registration below.  More... 



      Lodging: For your convenience we have a block of rooms reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Midtown. Shuttle to conference at GCU available. This hotel is also the location for 3 of the pre-conference workshops on Friday, Nov. 1. For more information or to reserve a room, click here. Use group code: ACSS


      The Thomas R. Brown Foundation is making thier traditional ASET Lodging stipends available to teachers traveling from outside Maricopa County to attend this year's Social Studies conference. The stipend will cover most/all of your hotel stay for Nov. 1. Apply here and choose "ASET Conference Lodging Nov. 1-2."

         To register for the conference and/or pre-conference workshops click here:



        Arizona Society of Economics Teachers (ASET):  Hey ASET members, the 2013 ASET Conference is a part of the ACSS Conference this year!  Look for sessions in the Economics strand of the conference.  Attend the "Common Sense Economics" pre-conference workshop presented by the Arizona Council on Economic Education.  The ASET Teacher of the Year award will be presented at the ACSS conference awards luncheon.   Not a member, but want to be?  ASET membership is complimentary for ACSS Conference registrants this year.  more...


          For information on exhibiting at the ACSS Annual Conference, click here.  

          To Sponsor the Breakfast or Awards Luncheon, please contact Debbie Henney.


          Call for Proposals:

            ACSS is no longer accepting proposals for the fall conference.  Please consider presenting at the 2014 conference!

            About ACSS

            ACSS is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality instruction for students and support for Social Studies educators. We are part of the network of more than 110 affiliated state, local, and regional councils and associated groups with the National Council for the Social Studies. Our membership represents K-12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies.