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Saturday, February 29 • 9:00am - 10:00am
KEYNOTE - The 2020 Election: The Ultimate Teachable Moment

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At a time when growing numbers of Americans are becoming increasingly disillusioned with politics, how can we talk about the 2020 presidential campaign to our students and their families in a way that encourages them to become politically aware and civically involved?
Conan Nolan, Chief Political Reporter for NBC4, Dan Schnur, professor at UC-Berkeley and USC and Les Francis, Communications and Public Affairs Consultant, along with Dr. Diana Hess, the leading expert on the importance of discussing controversial issues in the classroom will help us address the urgency for our students to be informed and engaged during this critical tipping point in our democracy.
A book signing will be available prior to the presentation in the Exhibit Hall at the booth of Social Studies School Service from 8:00-8:30 am. Booth #315-316

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Conan Nolan

Conan Nolan is a political reporter for NBC4 and anchor of 'News Conference,' the longest running political/public affairs program in Southern California television.  His reports can be seen on the NBC4 News at 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Joining the station 30 years ago... Read More →
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Dan Schnur

Dan Schnur is a Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy. Dan has also taught at the John F. Kennedy... Read More →
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Diana Hess, Ph.D.

Diana Hess became dean of UW-Madison’s School of Education on Aug. 1, 2015. Hess, only the ninth dean of the School of Education since its founding in 1930, comes to this post after serving as senior vice president of the Spencer Foundation in Chicago since September 2011. The Spencer... Read More →
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Leslie C. (Les) Francis

Les Francis is a communications specialist and public affairs strategist with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. He is a highly regarded policy and opinion leader in national political circles.Currently an independent consultant living in and operating from... Read More →

Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am PST
Catalina Ballroom 1