2019 Historical Simulation Conference


Dear Teachers and Administrators,

I am writing to inform you of an exciting opportunity coming this spring. The Historical Simulation Conference will provide students with a wonderful opportunity to hone their skills in research, critical thinking, team-building, and leadership, as well as helping them gain an appreciation for the complexity of world events and the challenges that faced leaders in the past and continue to face them today. We had a wonderful experience and overwhelmingly positive feedback over the four conferences we have done since we began HSC in 2014, and are looking forward to doing it again in 2018.

What is it?

A historical simulation conference is a role-playing simulation in which students will seek to deal with various moments of crisis throughout history. Students will be divided into committees, each representing a different historical crisis, and given a role to play (either an historical figure or a group). Then he or she will work with the other students in his or her committee to solve the crisis. This year’s crises will have students dealing with the aftermath of the Western Roman Empire’s collapse, navigating international bureaucracy as they seek to halt a tribal war in Africa, and engaging in the politics of an interstellar empire in the distant future.

Educational Benefits

  • Students will develop research skills as they prepare in advance of the conference to represent an individual or group in a historical context.
  • Students will develop teamwork skills as they must work with the members of their committee to be successful.
  • Students will develop leadership skills as they seek to build coalitions.
  • Students will develop critical thinking and empathy as they seek to take on points of view that may in some cases be radically different from their own

When and where?

This year’s conference will be hosted on the campus of Cornerstone Christian Academy in McKinney, TX on February 16th and 17th 2019. This year, students will participate in simulations dealing with the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage, the Golden Age of Piracy, and the difficult task of Wartime Cryptography. If you would like to receive updates on this event or to discuss it in more detail, please contact me. More information is below. More details may also be found at our website at historicalsimluationconference.com

Thank you for your time,

Philip Ledbetter
History Department Chair
Cornerstone Christian Academy
972 922 9579

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