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Bootcamp 2017

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June 28-29, 2017 at the Madison Concourse

Bootcamp 2017 focused on using inquiry and the inquiry cycle in social studies planning and instruction.  As with all Bootcamps, day one was full of information, resources, and discussion, while day two had different groups set up according to YOUR needs, in a "build your own PD" format.   

You can find a draft agenda at:

Note: Bootcamp 2017 is now over, this is archived information

Resources from Bootcamp 2017

Inquiry in Social Studies

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We have known for years that inquiry is a best practice in social studies teaching and learning. There are four main parts to the inquiry cycle: questioning, research, analysis, and communicating results. We will spend time in Bootcamp looking at each of the four parts, as well as what already exists in social studies inquiry resources. We will also look at building inquiries for YOUR classroom.

As always, there will be a lot of time to work on what is important to YOU. Need more time to talk with others about questioning techniques and how to get your students asking more questions? No problem. Want time to work on how to fit this into your curriculum cycle? We can do that.  *This workshop will be appropriate for teachers K-12


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Bootcamp 2017 will start at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28 (check in starts at 9:15) and will go until 5:00 p.m. On Thursday, June 29, we will start at 8:45 a.m. and we will close by 3:00 p.m.  Lunches are provided both days, and a breakfast buffet will be provided on Thursday (served at 8:00 a.m.).  

Rates are $85 per person if you register before May 28, $100 per person between May 29 & June 19.  A discounted rate of $75 per person is available for groups of three or more paying at the same time.  Overnight accommodation is not included in this price.  There will not be onsite registration.

Cancelations must be made in writing no later than June 20, 2017.  There will be a $25 cancelation fee per registration.  If you want to send someone in your place, there is no cancelation fee.  No cancelations will be even partially refunded after June 20, 2017.

You will be responsible for obtaining and paying for your own room (if desired) at The Concourse Hotel in Madison by calling 1-800-356-8293 and referencing Social Studies Bootcamp.  The Concourse will honor the state rate of $82/night for single rooms and $122/night for double rooms.  The block of rooms is only available until May 31, 2017.   

The Bootcamp Team 

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Kris McDaniel is the Social Studies Consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  She has been in the position for almost seven years, after spending 14 years in the classroom.  

Sara Kreibich is a high school teacher in Somerset, WI.

Sherri Michalowski is a middle school teacher in Brookfield, WI. 

Optional Third Day - Separate Registration

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There ​is ​an ​optional ​third ​day ​to ​Bootcamp ​– ​a ​workshop on Friday, June 30 ​on ​using ​the ​Library ​of ​Congress ​website ​for ​primary ​source ​analysis ​(concentrating ​on ​photographs ​and ​sound ​recordings) ​will ​be ​held ​at ​the ​Wisconsin ​Veterans ​Museum ​Education ​Center ​(above ​the ​Veterans ​Museum). ​

​This ​workshop ​is ​FREE, ​and ​you ​will ​receive ​a ​$90 ​stipend. ​ ​Lunch ​is ​not ​included, ​but ​to ​help ​offset ​that ​cost, ​the ​stipend ​for ​this ​workshop ​is ​higher ​than ​other ​LOC ​workshops ​we ​are ​holding. ​ ​

Please ​refer ​to ​for ​more ​information ​(separate ​registration ​required). ​

​Although ​the ​leader ​for ​this ​workshop ​has ​not ​yet ​been ​determined, ​Kris ​McDaniel ​(WI ​DPI ​Social ​Studies ​Consultant) ​will ​be ​there ​all ​day. ​ ​This ​one-day ​workshop ​will ​also ​be ​open ​to ​people ​who ​are ​not ​attending ​Bootcamp.

For questions about this information, contact Kristen McDaniel (608) 266-2207