2024 Teachers Conference Presentation Proposal

July 15-19, 2024
Washington, D.C.

Conference Theme

"WWII: The Transformation of America"

Conference Overview

The "WWII: The Transformation of America" conference aims to delve into the multifaceted changes that occurred in the United States during and after World War II. As educators, we recognize the importance of understanding this pivotal period in history, as it shaped not only the nation's identity but also its role on the global stage. The National World War II Memorial, which turns 20 in 2024, serves as a powerful backdrop, emphasizing the sacrifices made and the collective effort that transformed America into a key player in the fight for democracy.

Conference Objectives

Historical Context

  • Explore the historical events leading up to World War II and their impact on the United States.
  • Examine the catalysts for America's involvement in the war and its initial stance of isolationism.

All-Out Mobilization

  • Analyze the comprehensive mobilization of America's agricultural, industrial, military, and human resources during the war.
  • Discuss the significance of the country becoming the "arsenal of democracy" and the "breadbasket of the world."

Human Stories

  • Share personal narratives and stories of individuals who contributed to the war effort, both on the front lines and the home front.
  • Highlight the diverse experiences of different communities, including women, minorities, and immigrants.

Legacy and Aftermath

  • Examine the immediate and long-term effects of World War II on American society, economy, and politics.
  • Discuss the emergence of the United States as a global superpower and the beginning of the Cold War.

Educational Approaches

  • Present innovative teaching strategies and resources for educators to effectively convey the complexity of the wartime transformation to students.
  • Share successful classroom activities and projects that engage students in critical thinking and historical analysis.

Presentation Proposal Guidelines

Educators are encouraged to submit presentation proposals that align with the conference theme. Proposals may include, but are not limited to:

  • Lesson plans and curriculum designs.
  • Innovative teaching methodologies.
  • Research findings related to the transformation of America during and after World War II.
  • Personal narratives or case studies highlighting the impact of the war on specific communities.

Submission Deadline

Proposals must be submitted by February 6, 2024. Submissions will be reviewed by the conference committee, and accepted presenters will be notified by February 23, 2024.

This conference aims to inspire educators to explore and convey the rich history of America's transformation during World War II and its enduring impact on the nation. Together, we will honor the sacrifices made and ensure that future generations understand the lessons embedded in this critical chapter of our history.

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