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Community Scholar Speakers

NCSS Communities have invited these prominent scholars to speak on issues related to their missions. Attend sessions of interest to learn about the discussion topics and NCSS Communities.

A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds

Sponsored by the NCSS Asia Community

Pamela Rotner Sakamoto, social studies faculty member at Punahou School in Honolulu and author of the narrative nonfiction book Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds (Harper, 2016) will discuss how a single family reveals the history of Japanese immigration to the West Coast, the experience of nisei second-generation children born and raised as American citizens, the Pacific War, internment, the home fronts in two countries, the atomic bomb, and lasting peace. Those who cross cultures -- no matter how tumultuous the journey -- are those who bridge them.

Research & Social Studies Practice in Conversation: Addressing Race in the Social Studies & Using Role-Play to Tackle Political Discussions

Sponsored by the NCSS Research Community

Presentation of research relevant to social studies classrooms: 1) Approaches to centralizing race in social studies by working against individual prejudice or against racial inequity, 2) How role-play in the classroom, when carefully designed and implemented, can help students discuss political issues, take on different perspectives, and understand political processes.

Unmasking Bullying and Cyberbullying

Sponsored by the NCSS Psychology Community

Behind the façade of social media students are fighting a war to belong. The majority of adolescents now view the Internet as a negative culture but quitting is not an option. This session is for anyone wanting to make sense of a generation lost in cyberspace and to understand the psychology that drives traditional and online bullying and its traumatic impacts. Nicholas Carlisle s a seasoned conference speaker, expert witness and commentator on school bullying for television and radio stations across the world.