BREAKING NEWS: Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has unanimously voted to approve and adopt the 2018 Massachusetts State History and Social Science curriculum framework.

June 26, 2018 Today, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education unanimously voted to approve and adopt the 2018 revision of the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework. Congratulations to Dave Buchanan, Sue Wheltle, Heather Peske, and to the entire History and Social Science curriculum framework review panel for their hard work and dedication […]

Full (Complete) Statement from Gorman Lee, Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies, to MA Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

May 22, 2018   Good morning. My name is Gorman Lee of Boston, Massachusetts. I started my teaching career in Massachusetts in 1993. I taught in Medford and Braintree, and currently serve as the K-12 Director of Social Studies for the Braintree Public Schools. I am also the Director of Professional Development Programming and past […]

A Tribute to Teachers

Picked up from The Washington Post, here is piece from the blog of Sarah Blaine, a parent, now a practicing attorney but previously a teacher:   We all know what teachers do, right? After all, we were all students. Each one of us, each product of public education, we each sat through class after class […]

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 […]