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Free Union third grade teacher presents at national conference in Austin, TX.

Blair Amberly presented a session called "You too are a changemaker" at the annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). It derived from his passion for helping students not only acquire knowledge but simultaneously bring to life ideas of activism, accountability, information, and engagement. See the relevant story on our website.

The theme of the conference this year was "Informed Action: Agency, Advocacy, Activism". Blair said, "I wanted to give participants a big-picture view of why and how the unit looks as well as some details and suggestions for ways that they could incorporate some of these main ideas into their classroom (e.g., connection to local changemakers, use of picture books and discussion to shape important ideas, how we relate to others and push ourselves to make positive change, and more)." Blair also attended sessions on How to Teach Climate Change, Tackling Tough Topics: from Inquiry to Action, and one on Relevance, Relationships, and Interconnectivity by the national soc studies teacher of the year. "It was nice to spend the two days engaged with other teachers from all over the country looking at how important social studies is to overall learning and engagement."