Summer’s Wonderful Baltic Cruise has History Lesson

My wife and I, along with 3 other couples, all dear friends, cruised the Baltic Sea this past July. We had 12 days of ideal weather and enjoyed all the ship’s amenities (Celebrity Cruise lines – highly recommended). Our ports were Amsterdam, Rostock, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Talinn, and Copenhagen. All were beautiful and really […]

NCSS National Convention Coming to Boston in 2014

NCSS National Conference Update   November 21-23, 2014 seems a long way off, but yet for the NCSS National Convention and those dates in Boston, it is right around the corner. The Conference’s theme is Let Freedom Ring! The Civic Mission of Our Schools and NCSS has already contracted with the Hynes Convention Center and […]

NERC Awards Nominations Requested

Now is the Time! For what? To nominate your colleagues for MCSS Awards to be presented at NERC. Check out the Awards section on the home page of the MCSS website for all the necessary information and categories. We are the best judges of our own outstanding educators. We see them every day. Why not […]

SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

By Sue Keane Massachusetts State Coordinator for Geography Awareness Week GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK (GAW) was celebrated from November 11th to the 17th.  This year’s theme is “Declare Your Interdependence!”  The National Geographic Society has created activities, lesson plans, and resource materials for educators at http://www.geographyawarenessweek.org to explore “the idea that individuals are connected to the […]

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 […]

Nuclear War and Nuclear Energy: Connecting Past and Present

By Lauren Arvidson Hingham High School 3-23-2012 With the recent one year anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis in Japan, I integrated discussion of these events with my World History and US History lessons on nuclear weapons and the end of World War II. My interest in these current events in […]