Dawniell Black and Charley Gilmore, Co-Chairs of the 60th Annual CCSS Conference, want to warmly welcome you. We recognize that this year’s conference is unlike any other in CCSS’s history. Just as teachers and schools across California have made the pivot to virtual learning, CCSS is offering its first ever all-virtual conference. We do this with our members health and safety first and foremost in mind.
The change to a virtual format has not dampened interest among the teachers and organizations who seek to share their experiences and resources with our participants. We would like to thank everyone who submitted a proposal to present. It was extraordinarily difficult selecting the sessions for this year’s conference. We know there were many valuable proposals that we were unable to place into our schedule. Those that were chosen made it through a highly competitive process, involving multiple readings from volunteer educators, and we are confident that the sessions available throughout this conference are of the highest value. We know there will be some exciting learning happening.
We’d like to extend our gratitude to those who volunteered their time to make sure this conference happened. Carrina Jones, Whitney Olsen, Janeen Zambo, Milton Reynolds, Janet Mann, Katherine Rand, and Chris Lewis formed the core of our small but mighty Conference Committee. We’d also like to express our gratitude for our exhibitors and sponsors. We wouldn’t be able to hold this year’s virtual conference without their support.
Most of all we want to thank all the people willing to spend a weekend with CCSS actively seeking to learn and improve their practice. This conference has served California’s social studies educators for 60 years because of you. Now, enjoy yourselves, learn, network, and hopefully find some inspiration to continue the amazing work you do.