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Washington State Council for the Social Studies – Chelan Conference

Thank you to all our 2017 applicants. The conference for this year is now closed. Please explore information below, and check back in for updates for the 2018 conference. 

Each year the National Resource Centers at the Jackson School of International Studies send presenters to the Chelan conference at Campbell’s Resort hosted by the Washington State Council for the Social Studies and attended by registered teachers.

This year, the conference focus was on Advocacy and Allyship with discussions on historical and current issues that highlight courageous actions by those who stand with and for others. Deepen your content knowledge in civil and human rights issues (past and present) and meaningful ways to encourage allyship and advocacy in your students. Extended Saturday workshops got participants up and moving to explore local case studies.

2017 Keynote Speakers

Carl Wilkens  (Friday Night Keynote) –  humanitarian, aid worker and founder of The World Inside My Shoes, a non-profit educational and professional development organization.  Carl Wilkens will walk us through the experiences he had along with his Rwandan workmates in building relationships with those who were committing genocide in Rwanda. They were struggling to protect the lives of children trapped in 3 orphanages around Kigali. Together we will explore REI – how RESPECT can lead to EMPATHY, which can lead to INCLUSION.

Raymond Jonas (Saturday Lunch Keynote) – the Colonel Donald W. Wiethuechter Endowed Faculty Fellow in History at the University of Washington, Raymond Jonas will provide comparative and historical analysis of the speculations that we are witnessing the end of “the West,” after the British vote to leave the European Union, the rise of ethnic nationalism in Europe, and the election of Donald Trump in the US.

Kimberly Ambrose (Saturday Night Keynote) – A senior lecturer at the University of Washington Law School and Founder/Director of the Tools for Social Change: Race and Justice Clinic, Kimberly Ambrose will speak on young people’s movement against mass incarceration.

Location and Date

The conference convened from 1 PM on March 3rd to late morning on March 5th, 2017

Campbell’s Resort 

104 W Woodin Ave,  Chelan, WA 98816


  • The U.W. Jackson School
  • Western Washington University
  • The WA State Social Studies Cadre
  • The World Affairs Council