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2014 Virginia Council of the Social Studies Conference
Virginia and the Global World
October 24 - 25, 2014
Sheraton Tysons Premier|Vienna, Virginia

Keynote Speaker:
Clemantine Wamariya, survivor of the Rwandan Genocide, the youngest person named to the Board of Directors for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Clemantine Wamariya was six-years-old when the genocide started in Rwanda. Miraculously she and her sixteen-year-old sister, Claire, managed to survive but they were separated from their parents. During the six years following the genocide, Ms. Wamariya lived in numerous refugee camps in seven different African countries before coming to Chicago in 2000. Since first discussing her experiences as both a survivor of genocide and her life as a refugee on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, Ms. Wamariya has traveled the country, speaking at numerous universities, high schools, and other organizations. Recently graduated from Yale University, Ms. Wamariya is involved in several human rights and genocide intervention activities. President Barack Obama appointed Wamariya to serve on the board of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Annual Conference offers sessions for every K-12 teacher – from those beginning their professional career to seasoned veterans. Both content and pedagogical sessions are available for all levels; all of the strands represented can offer a revolution in learning for students and teachers!

Our agenda is packed with new, exciting, and informative presentations. In order to develop our understanding of Virginia in the Global World, there will be content specialists offering in-depth sessions in geography, citizenship, contemporary Virginia history, and United States History and World History. Enjoy the many historic and exciting sites in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
The Sheraton Premiere Tysons Corner is a beautiful 21st Century hotel with great views of the area and an exciting location near Washington, D.C. on the Metro’s new Silver Line.  Come learn about Virginia and its connections to the world in one of the most “connected” locations in the Commonwealth! Share resources and best practices with colleagues, learn from the best educators in Virginia, and maybe even plan a side trip to our Nation’s Capital!

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