Conference Session

Westward Expansion: A New History

2:30 pm
VASS Conference
Montpelier VT

Join the Choices Program to explore the revised (2021) Westward Expansion: A New History unit which introduces students to the term “settler colonialism” in addition to the idea of “westward expansion” to emphasize the processes of Native removal and the acquisition of land by U.S. settlers. The unit privileges Native voices that are often left out of history and challenges common misconceptions and generalizations. An overview of additional Choices resources that highlight Native perspectives will also be provided.

This session is part of the Vermont Alliance for Social Studies (VASS) conference, which will be held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier. 

Co-sponsored by Vermont Alliance for the Social Studies
Register $0Per Person
Two exquisitely hand-drawn Native Americans, one facing forward and one to the side, over an old map of the United States in muted colors

Participants will receive a complimentary six-month Digital Editions license to the Westward Expansion unit from the Choices Program.


This workshop is open to all middle and high school educators who are participating in the Vermont Alliance for Social Studies (VASS) conference.

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Mimi Stephens

Choices Director of Sales and Professional Development
Mimi is the Director of Professional Development for the Choices Program. Prior to joining the Choices Program in 2011, Mimi worked at Clark University where she served as the Director of the Teacher Center for Global Studies supporting K12 social studies teachers throughout Massachusetts for more than 20 years. Mimi holds a Masters in International Development and Social Change from Clark University.
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