Generation Citizen Day at State House

December 12, 2012 – a day that was unique for many reasons, one being that it was Generation Citizen Day at the State House in Massachusetts. 300+ students gathered in the Great Hall of Flags in 2 different sessions to showcase their projects, discuss with judges their research work, plans, and reasons that the problems […]

Frightening Text Books and Curricula

Last year (Dec 2011) when I attended the NCSS National Conference in Washington DC, one of the workshops I sat in on was on the topic of what was being done to Social Studies curricula across the nation, especially now that very little federal attention was being paid to SS and especially History course construction. […]

NCSS Seattle Conference Summary: Huge Success!

    The 2012 National Conference of NCSS held in Seattle, Washington was a powerful and multi-faceted professional gathering held November 15-18 at the Washington State Conference Center. The diversity of clinics and workshops offered was impressive, with something for every level and every area of the Social Studies. However, there were specific highlights that […]

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 […]

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 […]