CALL FOR SUMMER/FALL WORKSHOP PROPOSALS – DUE APRIL 25, 2017

MASSACHUSETTS COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES IS NOW AN OFFICIAL MASSACHUSETTS PDP PROVIDER! Proposal Deadline: April 25, 2017 We are actively seeking member individuals and/or teams, local councils, and partner organizations that are interested in offering high quality professional development opportunities for K-12 social studies teachers this summer and fall. As a MCSS-endorsed workshop, your […]

Participate in Mass Council’s Legislative Day at the State House on Wednesday, March 29, 2017!

The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (Mass Council) recently held a Legislative Day to advocate, promote, and support social studies education in our public, private, and charter schools at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Twenty educators (both active and retired), college/university faculty, and interested stakeholders scheduled and met with over 35 […]

Reaction to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

After taking some time for my own reflection on the historic political events that have occurred this past week, I thought I would share some articles and remind you with some sage advice: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/teachers-lounge-teaching-politics-in-the-age-of-trump/ http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/11/11/501604685/teaching-after-trump You can remind students about the fundamental principles of limited government, separation of powers, and system of checks and balances; […]

Social Studies Education in Crisis

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s decision to indefinitely suspend the History and Social Science MCAS in 2009 has placed social studies education in a high risk of marginalization in K-12 public school districts across the Commonwealth. The problem has only exacerbated with increased emphases of English language arts and mathematics in the […]

History and social studies remain an academic core subject in the Boston Public Schools says Interim Superintendent McDonough

Dear Friends, Below is an official response from John McDonough, Interim Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, pertaining to online rumors that Boston Public Schools was eliminating the History and Social Studies department: There is a lot of misinformation circulating online and I want to set the record straight. History and Social Studies is remaining […]

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Yesterday, December 5, 2013, a human rights activist and former President of South Africa (1994-1999), Nelson Mandela, passed away at the age of 95. He was a transformative figure for he held the long fight against racial prejudice in South Africa. His involvement in attempting to overthrow the pro-apartheid (a system of dividing or segregating […]

November 19 marks anniversary of President Lincoln’s address at Gettysburg

Can you answer these questions??? Read each question carefully! President Lincoln began his address at Gettysburg with “Four score and seven years ago.” How many years make a score? How many years make four score? What is the total number of years to make four score and seven years? What event was President Lincoln referring […]