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Apr
12
Thu
2018
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 | jotte@cantonschools.org
  • Val McVey | Florida Joint Center for Citizenship | vfmcvey@gmail.com
  • Anthony Roy | Connecticut River Academy | aroy@ctriveracademy.org
Apr
19
Thu
2018
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.

May
18
Fri
2018
Past Masters Professional Development Series @ Shirley-Eustis House
May 18 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Take Part in our “Past Masters” Professional Development Series through which teachers will experience a “hands on” exploration of one of only four remaining Royal Governor’s mansions in the U.S. Teachers will ‘team-up’ to explore a sampling of our educational programming:churn butter, nip sugar, and crush cinnamon sticks while discussing 18th & 19th century technology, commerce, gender roles, and trade routes; use Probate Inventories to uncover a ‘new’ vocabulary as they examine patterns of consumption & make distinctions between family life in different time periods; try their hand at deciphering 17th /18thcentury writing, among other offerings. Connections to Frameworks/Common Core embedded! For more information, contact Mary Concannon, Program Coordinator, mtcprogcoordseh@gmail.com. 508-759- 7810.

Click here to register

Jun
26
Tue
2018
Visual Thinking Strategies into teaching History and Social Studies at Old North Church and Historic Site @ Old North Church and HIstoric Site
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

This full day workshop will focus on the incorporation of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) into teaching history and social studies. Teachers will discover how to build observation and communication skills, how to encourage the consideration of multiple perspectives, how to use images in their curriculum thoughtfully, and how to improve facilitation skills when teaching history and social studies. This workshop includes a VTS primer, practice using VTS, a segment on question-based facilitation, and considerations for ELL students. For more information, contact Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis, Co-Director of Education, at education@oldnorth.com. 617-523-6676 ext 106.

Click here to register

Jul
24
Tue
2018
Massachusetts Civics Institute 2018
Jul 24 – Jul 26 all-day

The Massachusetts Civics and Social Science Education Network is an organization that provides professional development and resources to teachers looking to implement the new Massachusetts History and Social Science Standards into their classrooms. The standards feature an emphasis on Civics at all grade levels and include a brand new 8th Grade Civics course.  This summer, the Collaborative for Educational Services will be conducting a three day Civics Institute to help teachers prepare for the new Civics course.

July 24-26 – Civics Institute in Marlborough, MA. Click here for more information.

Jul
30
Mon
2018
2018 Summer Content Institute – Principles & Practice: How the American Revolution Helped Shape the U.S. Bill of Rights
Jul 30 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

MASSACHUSETTS COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
REVOLUTION 250/MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESENT

 

SUMMER CONTENT INSTITUTE
JULY 30 – AUGUST 3, 2018

 

PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE:
HOW THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION HELPED SHAPE THE U.S. BILL OF RIGHTS 

Presenters & Speakers include: Robert J. Allison, Kate Melchior, J.L. Bell, Nicole Claris,
Amy Peters Clark, Charlie Newhall, L’Merchie Frazier

 

EXCURSIONS TO: BOSTON FREEDOM TRAIL, BOSTON TEA PARTY MUSEUM, BUNKER HILL MONUMENT, MINUTE MAN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY, MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY-BOSTON, ROYALL HOUSE

 

REGISTRATION COSTS:

MCSS/NEHTA MEMBERS – $300.00
NON-MEMBERS/OUT-OF-STATE TEACHERS – $450.00

3 GRADUATE COURSE CREDITS THROUGH FRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY FOR ADDITIONAL $225.00

REGISTER NOW / PAY LATER – CLICK HERE!

LODGING AVAILABLE AT SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION (INCLUDING LODGING RATES) AND REGISTER, VISIT WWW.MASSCOUNCIL.ORG . QUESTIONS? CONTACT DR. GORMAN LEE AT GLEE0524@GMAIL.COM

Jul
31
Tue
2018
2018 Summer Content Institute – Principles & Practice: How the American Revolution Helped Shape the U.S. Bill of Rights
Jul 31 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

MASSACHUSETTS COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
REVOLUTION 250/MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESENT

 

SUMMER CONTENT INSTITUTE
JULY 30 – AUGUST 3, 2018

 

PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE:
HOW THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION HELPED SHAPE THE U.S. BILL OF RIGHTS 

Presenters & Speakers include: Robert J. Allison, Kate Melchior, J.L. Bell, Nicole Claris,
Amy Peters Clark, Charlie Newhall, L’Merchie Frazier

 

EXCURSIONS TO: BOSTON FREEDOM TRAIL, BOSTON TEA PARTY MUSEUM, BUNKER HILL MONUMENT, MINUTE MAN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY, MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY-BOSTON, ROYALL HOUSE

 

REGISTRATION COSTS:

MCSS/NEHTA MEMBERS – $300.00
NON-MEMBERS/OUT-OF-STATE TEACHERS – $450.00

3 GRADUATE COURSE CREDITS THROUGH FRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY FOR ADDITIONAL $225.00

REGISTER NOW / PAY LATER – CLICK HERE!

LODGING AVAILABLE AT SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION (INCLUDING LODGING RATES) AND REGISTER, VISIT WWW.MASSCOUNCIL.ORG . QUESTIONS? CONTACT DR. GORMAN LEE AT GLEE0524@GMAIL.COM

Aug
1
Wed
2018
2018 Summer Content Institute – Principles & Practice: How the American Revolution Helped Shape the U.S. Bill of Rights
Aug 1 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

MASSACHUSETTS COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
REVOLUTION 250/MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESENT

 

SUMMER CONTENT INSTITUTE
JULY 30 – AUGUST 3, 2018

 

PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE:
HOW THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION HELPED SHAPE THE U.S. BILL OF RIGHTS 

Presenters & Speakers include: Robert J. Allison, Kate Melchior, J.L. Bell, Nicole Claris,
Amy Peters Clark, Charlie Newhall, L’Merchie Frazier

 

EXCURSIONS TO: BOSTON FREEDOM TRAIL, BOSTON TEA PARTY MUSEUM, BUNKER HILL MONUMENT, MINUTE MAN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY, MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY-BOSTON, ROYALL HOUSE

 

REGISTRATION COSTS:

MCSS/NEHTA MEMBERS – $300.00
NON-MEMBERS/OUT-OF-STATE TEACHERS – $450.00

3 GRADUATE COURSE CREDITS THROUGH FRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY FOR ADDITIONAL $225.00

REGISTER NOW / PAY LATER – CLICK HERE!

LODGING AVAILABLE AT SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION (INCLUDING LODGING RATES) AND REGISTER, VISIT WWW.MASSCOUNCIL.ORG . QUESTIONS? CONTACT DR. GORMAN LEE AT GLEE0524@GMAIL.COM

Aug
2
Thu
2018
2018 Summer Content Institute – Principles & Practice: How the American Revolution Helped Shape the U.S. Bill of Rights
Aug 2 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

MASSACHUSETTS COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
REVOLUTION 250/MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESENT

 

SUMMER CONTENT INSTITUTE
JULY 30 – AUGUST 3, 2018

 

PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE:
HOW THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION HELPED SHAPE THE U.S. BILL OF RIGHTS 

Presenters & Speakers include: Robert J. Allison, Kate Melchior, J.L. Bell, Nicole Claris,
Amy Peters Clark, Charlie Newhall, L’Merchie Frazier

 

EXCURSIONS TO: BOSTON FREEDOM TRAIL, BOSTON TEA PARTY MUSEUM, BUNKER HILL MONUMENT, MINUTE MAN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY, MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY-BOSTON, ROYALL HOUSE

 

REGISTRATION COSTS:

MCSS/NEHTA MEMBERS – $300.00
NON-MEMBERS/OUT-OF-STATE TEACHERS – $450.00

3 GRADUATE COURSE CREDITS THROUGH FRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY FOR ADDITIONAL $225.00

REGISTER NOW / PAY LATER – CLICK HERE!

LODGING AVAILABLE AT SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION (INCLUDING LODGING RATES) AND REGISTER, VISIT WWW.MASSCOUNCIL.ORG . QUESTIONS? CONTACT DR. GORMAN LEE AT GLEE0524@GMAIL.COM

Aug
3
Fri
2018
2018 Summer Content Institute – Principles & Practice: How the American Revolution Helped Shape the U.S. Bill of Rights
Aug 3 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

MASSACHUSETTS COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
REVOLUTION 250/MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESENT

 

SUMMER CONTENT INSTITUTE
JULY 30 – AUGUST 3, 2018

 

PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE:
HOW THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION HELPED SHAPE THE U.S. BILL OF RIGHTS 

Presenters & Speakers include: Robert J. Allison, Kate Melchior, J.L. Bell, Nicole Claris,
Amy Peters Clark, Charlie Newhall, L’Merchie Frazier

 

EXCURSIONS TO: BOSTON FREEDOM TRAIL, BOSTON TEA PARTY MUSEUM, BUNKER HILL MONUMENT, MINUTE MAN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY, MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY-BOSTON, ROYALL HOUSE

 

REGISTRATION COSTS:

MCSS/NEHTA MEMBERS – $300.00
NON-MEMBERS/OUT-OF-STATE TEACHERS – $450.00

3 GRADUATE COURSE CREDITS THROUGH FRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY FOR ADDITIONAL $225.00

REGISTER NOW / PAY LATER – CLICK HERE!

LODGING AVAILABLE AT SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION (INCLUDING LODGING RATES) AND REGISTER, VISIT WWW.MASSCOUNCIL.ORG . QUESTIONS? CONTACT DR. GORMAN LEE AT GLEE0524@GMAIL.COM

Oct
29
Mon
2018
MCSS Annual Statewide One-Day Fall Conference @ Holiday Inn & Suites-Marlborough
Oct 29 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One

Social Studies is a large academic field that includes history, geography, economics, civics and government, archaeology, and the behavioral sciences such as psychology and sociology. Collectively, Social Studies is intended to prepare students to hold the “Office of Citizen” and is essential for responsible citizenship in areas such as history and government, geography, economics, sociology, and communication. Social Studies creates opportunities for students to apply critical thinking and content knowledge to analyze information on complex issues and to seek solutions to real-world problems.

Online Registration is now open

Downloads:

Workshop Descriptions [PDF]
Conference Schedule [PDF]
Exhibitor Application/Contract [PDF]


Special guest speakers include Christopher Martell (Boston University), Michelle Ryan (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)

Mar
18
Mon
2019
49th Annual Northeast Regional Conference (NERC) for the Social Studies @ Framingham State University
Mar 18 – Mar 19 all-day

49th annual Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies

Happening NOW: Call for presentations

Further information coming soon.

Jun
11
Tue
2019
2019 Civics Literacy Conference @ Edward M Kennedy Institute for the US Senate
Jun 11 @ 8:45 am – 3:30 pm

REGISTER HERE: 2019 Civics Literacy Conference

The 2019 Civics Literacy Conference will gather educators and representatives from state, education, and community organizations to develop a deeper understanding of the importance of civic learning and the role K-12 educators serve in supporting all students to become informed, engaged citizens in a democracy and a global society. The theme is Civic Empowerment for Today and Tomorrow: In the Classroom and Community. Workshops will include a range of topics connected to the 2018 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework; Chapter 296 of the Acts of 2018,An Act to promote and enhance civic engagement; and school and community partnerships. Presenters will include K-12 educators as well as leaders from state, education, and community organizations. The conference will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate.

Note: We have over 20 unique sessions currently scheduled. If you attend the 2019 Civics Education Institute, this isnot the same as last year’s Institute. We encourage you to attend our send a teacher.

Jun
13
Thu
2019
2019 History & Social Science Professional Learning Institute (DESE) @ Harvard Law School
Jun 13 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

REGISTER HERE: 2019 History & Social Science Professional Learning Institute (10 PDPs)

DESE is partnering with Facing History and Ourselves, Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Democratic Knowledge Project, and InquirED to present the 2019 History and Social Science Professional Learning Institute. This is an opportunity for history and social science teachers and school and district curriculum leaders to participate in 2-3 in-depth workshops focused on high-quality, standards-aligned curricular materials supporting implementation of the 2018 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework. Participants have the choice of attending on Thursday, June 13, 2019 or Friday, June 14, 2019 at Harvard Law School. The conference agenda will repeat on June 14, 2019. Each participant will receive a facilitator’s guide for each session along with accompanying materials in order to support on-going learning with district teams.

Jun
14
Fri
2019
2019 History & Social Science Professional Learning Institute (DESE) @ Harvard Law School
Jun 14 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

REGISTER HERE: 2019 History & Social Science Professional Learning Institute (10 PDPs)

DESE is partnering with Facing History and Ourselves, Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Democratic Knowledge Project, and InquirED to present the 2019 History and Social Science Professional Learning Institute. This is an opportunity for history and social science teachers and school and district curriculum leaders to participate in 2-3 in-depth workshops focused on high-quality, standards-aligned curricular materials supporting implementation of the 2018 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework. Participants have the choice of attending on Thursday, June 13, 2019 or Friday, June 14, 2019 at Harvard Law School. The conference agenda will repeat on June 14, 2019. Each participant will receive a facilitator’s guide for each session along with accompanying materials in order to support on-going learning with district teams.