The Kansas Social Studies Conference in Abilene, KS was a fantastic time! Social studies teachers from all over the state and elsewhere (Colorado and Missouri) congregated here to share insights and ideas. Dr. Phil Gersmehl gave an excellent presentation on the neuroscience of geographic thinking and how to optimize geography education in the social studies classroom. Erika Nelson of the Kansas Humanities Council spoke about protest art in Kansas.
I presented today with Rhonda Lefferd and Dr. Lisa Tabor Millsaps, covering topics ranging from Kansas cultural ecology to guerrilla social studies. Rhonda and I discussed maps and the multidimensional geographies of Kansas. Lisa, the audience, and I created countries from objects within our surroundings at the visitor center of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. It was a fun, informative, and unconventional day of workshops.
Below are some PDF links to the presentations we gave. Special thanks to all of our sources of inspiration, including (but not limited to) the Kansas Geographic Alliance, Dr. John Harrington, Jr., The Geography Collective, Daniel Raven-Ellison, and others.
Larsen, T. and R. Lefferd. 2016. P4 Cultural Ecology Workshop: Plants, People, Places, Patterns. 2016 Kansas Council for Social Studies Conference. Abilene, KS.
Larsen, T., and L.K. Tabor Millsaps. 2016. Guerrilla Social Studies. 2016 Kansas Council for Social Studies Conference. Abilene, KS.