2023 Annual Conference

Civil Discourse in a Not So Civil World

September 27, 2023 - 9:00 AM
Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville

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Keynote Speaker:
Joe Schmidt

Director of Programs
Bill of Rights Institute


A Republic…IF We Can Keep It: Civil Discourse in the Classroom

Are you equipped to engage in discourse around relevant topics of the day, even those that some consider contentious? Combining research-based best practices and years of classroom and supervisor experience, the CUBED approach from the book “Civil Discourse: Classroom Conversations for Stronger Communities” is a “how-to” guide that supports civil discourse and student engagement in the classroom. Educators need to start planning for conversations before the first student enters their classroom in the fall and work to align these conversations to themes, skills, and standards throughout the year to prepare for the most challenging topics students will face. Join us to consider what this looks like in your classroom and community!


  • 7:30 AM – Registration Opens
  • 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Welcome and Opening Remarks from Jessica Ellison, NCHE Executive Director
  • 8:40 AM – 9:40 AM – Breakout Session 1
  • 9:50 AM – 10:50 AM – Breakout Session 2
  • 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Poster Session/Exhibitor Hall
  • 11:45 AM – 12:20 PM – Lunch
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Breakout Session 3
  • 1:40 PM – Gilder Lehrman Teacher of the Year Award Presentation
  • 1:50 PM – 3:00 PM – Keynote: Joe Schmidt, director of programs at the Bill of Rights Institute
  • 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM – Closing
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Annual Conference: Civil Discourse in a Not So Civil World

September 27 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join the Tennessee Council for History Education conference for our annual conference on Wednesday, September 27th at Scarritt Bennett Conference Center. Joe Schmidt, director of programs at the Bill of Rights Institute, will be the keynote speaker and Jessica Ellison, executive director of the National Council for History Education, will serve as an opening speaker. The conference will also feature an array of engaging breakout sessions and an educator poster session.
Conference registration is $95. A special group rate is available for groups of four and up.


September 27
9:00 am - 5:00 pm




Scarritt Bennett Center
1027 18th Ave S
Nashville,TN37212United States
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