TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Indiana State University hosted over 100 educators and other professionals Friday for a statewide conference.

This is the first time ISU hosted the Indiana Council for Social Studies conference.

The group’s mission is to promote and improve social studies education across Indiana.

The Indiana Council for the Social Studies (ICSS) actively collaborates with local and state organizations to promote and improve the teaching of social studies in Indiana. The means for achieving this include providing a forum for professional discussion; providing materials designed to aid in social studies teaching; establishing linkage with institutions and members who have similar professional purposes; webinars and ongoing professional development opportunities for improving the use of primary source documents in Indiana classrooms, and an annual conference.

Indiana Council for the Social Studies website

Attendees heard from keynote speaker Dr. Lanada WarJack, described as an eminent figure in the realm of social studies and Native American Studies by the council.

“As a UC Berkeley student, she was integral to the Third Worlds Strike, championing the establishment of the first Ethnic Studies Program. Notably, in 1969, she participated in the peaceful takeover of Alcatraz Island, protesting federal injustices towards Native people, leading to policy changes and the cessation of the Termination Act by President Nixon,” The group’s website reads.

Guests could then attend various workshops that reportedly focused on historical eras based on the educator’s teaching level.