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History & Social Science Curriculum Framework Public Comment Outreach Event @ Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Rooms 137 A-C
Mar 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Curriculum and Instruction

The Revision of the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework

Public Comment Period: January 23 – April 2, 2018 – Please participate!

On January 23, 2018, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to release the current draft of the 2018 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework for public comment.

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History and Social Science Proposed Revised Framework for Public Comment, January 2018
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HSS Proposed Revised Framework Highlights of Public Comment Draft, January 2018

The Department invites educators and members of the public to participate in the public comment period from January 23 – April 2, 2018. The comments will inform additional revisions to the framework. Interested parties may provide comments via a public survey and participate in the upcoming events noted below.

Public Survey – January 23 – April 2, 2018

Public Comment Outreach Events

In order to gain additional public input, the Department, in partnership with the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies, will host conference calls and presentations by region across the state. These sessions will welcome participation by PK-12 and higher education faculty, administrators, the general public, students, and parents/guardians on proposed changes to the 2003 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework.

Conference Call Information

  • Learn More: Conference call sessions will begin with an overview of the proposed changes in the History and Social Science Framework draft.
  • Get Involved: There will be time in each session for callers to give ESE staff their comments on the proposed changes and to ask questions.
The Interactive History Classroom & Advanced Placement breakout sessions @ Abington High School
Apr 5 all-day

More details to come.

The workshop will now have the dual focus of “The interactive history classroom” and AP breakout sessions by course.  Gorman Lee and Bill Hocking will be holding their session on the new state curriculum frameworks.  

NERC 48: Power of Place: Where Social Studies Happen @ Hartford Marriott Downtown
Apr 12 – Apr 14 all-day

Power of Place: Where Social Studies Happens

Global citizenship requires one to understand that we live and work in localized places that are interconnected through communication and transportation. Place-based inquiry engages local heritage, landscapes, opportunities and experiences as a way to make sense of the world in which we live and provides a platform to take informed action. Places illustrate the interconnectedness between history, civics, economy, and geography, provide an authentic context to develop disciplinary literacies, and serve as a rich foundation for an active and informed society. The 48th Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies, with Hartford, Connecticut as its backdrop, will provide opportunities for conference attendees to become immersed with place-based and inquiry focused social studies theories and practices.  In addition to traditional conference workshops and breakout sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to experience and explore the rich heritage of the Constitution State.

Co-Sponsors: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Conference Co-Chairs:
  • Jennifer Otte | Canton High School |
  • Val McVey | Florida Joint Center for Citizenship |
  • Anthony Roy | Connecticut River Academy |
National Council for History Education Conference: Myth, Memory, and Monuments @ HIlton Palacio del Rio
Apr 19 @ 1:47 pm – Apr 21 @ 2:47 pm

History and memory overlap, and when they do, they provide a fascinating field of study—one that has garnered growing attention as of late.  The 2018 NCHE Conference Myth, Memory, and Monuments seeks to explore the history of how people have remembered the past, how they have used those memories to express their beliefs and values, and how memories have become the tussling ground of different peoples and different members of a society.  Texas, the site of our 2018 meeting, is a place rich with examples of contested memories.

Pre-Registration (Rates increase on March 1, 2018)

NCHE Member $259
Non-Member $319 (Includes a One-Year Membership)
Retired/Spouse Rate $215
Full Time Student $90
Saturday Only Rate $100

About NCHE

The National Council for History Education promotes historical literacy by creating opportunities for teachers and students to benefit from more history, better taught.

Slavery and the Constitution: An NEH Institute
Jul 8 @ 8:00 am – Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm

Coming Soon in July 2018:

Slavery and the Constitution is a new NEH Summer Institute designed to examine the relationship between slavery and the Constitution and will enable 25 faculty members from two- and four-year colleges and universities to study the relationship between slavery and the United States Constitution. It will be held in Washington, DC from July 8-21, 2018at the Library of Congress’ Kluge Center.  Seven eminent scholars will offer seminars, lead scholarly discussions, and provide research assistance on the topic of slavery and the Constitution. The Institute’s scholars will also guide the participants through primary documents and the continuing scholarly debate over the relationship between slavery and the Constitution from its writing to the Civil War. The stipend for the program is $2100.

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