Central Mass Council Meeting

Hi to all Central MA Council for Social Studies Members! Brrrr…. it’s cold out. So why not warm your insides by attending our traditional January meeting at O’Connors Restaurant. The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 10th at 5:30pm. We will enjoy a presentation by Higgins Armory. The meal will be on your own […]

NERC Award Nominations Needed

  Every year the MCSS Awards Committee puts out a call for Award Nominations, and every year we are surprised by how few nominations are actually submitted. With Social Studies Education facing such a challenging time, why do we not seize the opportunity to celebrate the good things we do and the good people who […]

Open Letter to School Superintendents

The following letter was emailed to superintendents and assistant superintendents throughout the state this past August.   Dear                  ,   It is that time of year again, the most exciting time for all educators…the start of another academic year. The energy and enthusiasm runs throughout the system, […]

Address to DESE Board, Sept. 2012

September 25, 2012   To: DESE Board From: Norm Shacochis, President, Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS = MassCouncil)     Over the summer months, when many teachers take the opportunity to travel, hit the beach, or simply escape the constant work of the classroom, there was a group of Social Studies teachers (and […]

How We Unpacked the Rubrics of the New Teacher Observation and Evaluation Standards

This past year, the Braintree social studies department began to examine the rubrics to the four standards identified in the state’s Teacher Observation and Evaluation (TO&E). Because Braintree is a Race to the Top school, the school district is designated to develop and implement the new teacher evaluation system this year. One of the big […]

Stirring the Pot: Women in Early Massachusetts

Dear Social Studies Teacher, I am working with The Partnership of the Historic Bostons on their 2012 Charter Day Program: “Stirring the Pot: Women in Early Massachusetts.” We have some great programming on tap, including a student-friendly event on Thursday, September 20th, which features role-players from the Plimoth Plantation acting in character as some of the […]

DESE Plans Model Curriculum Unit Development

I attended a meeting at the DESE office yesterday (June 21, 2012) and came away with mixed feelings. First, there were very few constituencies represented that were comprised of classroom educators. The likes of the Tsongas Museum, New England Aquarium, and Primary Source were represented and they all certainly mean well, but none are actual […]