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, […]

Letter to DESE June ’12 (in response to Commissioner Chester’s letter)

      Ms. Julia Phelps, Associate Commissioner for Curriculum and Instruction, DESE Ms. Susan Wheltle, Director of Office of Literacy and Humanities Massachusetts Dept. Of Elementary and Secondary Education 75 Pleasant St Malden, MA 02148-4906   Dear Ms. Phelps and Ms. Wheltle, In his response to my April letter, Commissioner Chester directed me to […]

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 […]