The National Council for the Social Studies 96th annual conference, held December 1-4, 2016 in Washington, D.C., featured an exhilarating list of featured speakers, such as civil rights activist, author and senator John Lewis, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, and RRFF Executive Director Warren Zanes.
In his keynote, Zanes discussed concepts and presented materials from the foundation’s recent collaboration with the Critics’ Choice Award-nominated PBS series Soundbreaking. Zanes played clips from the episodes and demonstrated how a recording can begin a conversation that leads a classroom into a rich investigation of people, time, and place. The session conclude with a lively Q&A session (pictured here).
Later, Zanes and senior project manager Bill Carbone led an hour-long seminar-style workshop with teachers during which the group explored the Soundbreaking classroom materials found at Teachrock.org.