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Nov
30
Wed
2016
National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Nov 30 – Dec 4 all-day

Sharpen your skills, gain new techniques, and further your professional goals at the 2016 NCSS Annual Conference.

  • Learn best practices and the latest research from experts and colleagues in social studies education
  • Receive classroom-ready lessons
  • Interact with nationally-known speakers and educators
  • Share teaching strategies and solutions with peers
  • Expand your professional network
  • Discover the latest teaching resources, products and services in the exhibit hall

 

Featured Speakers

Pre-Conference Clinics

Washington, DC offers an abundance of resources for the social studies classroom, and NCSS pre-conference clinics provide many options to take advantage of them through in-depth, hands-on sessions.

Tours

The Washington area is rich in history and culture, and there is no better way to appreciate that than on a custom tour. In addition to Washington’s famous landmarks, NCSS tours cover sites from Gettysburg, PA to Fredericksburg, VA, and a variety of subjects. Take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to explore the abundant resources and history of the mid-Atlantic region.

Special Events

Network with colleagues, visit famous Washington sites, and enhance your conference experience by attending these exciting special events, open to all NCSS conference attendees.

AP Workshops

College Board AP Workshops focus on providing both new and experienced AP teachers with in-depth explorations of specific AP course topics and offer instructional activities designed to increase student engagement with AP courses.

Community Scholar Speakers

NCSS Communities have invited prominent scholars to speak on issues related to their missions. Attend sessions of interest to learn about the discussion topics and NCSS Communities.

Sessions

More than 800 presentations by the leading social studies researchers and practitioners with classroom-ready resources on the latest social studies issues and teaching methods

Dec
9
Fri
2016
Center for Civic Education: Project Citizen Teachers Workshop @ John Adams Courthouse
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Center for Civic Education: Project Citizen Teachers Workshop

FIRST COME FIRST SERVE
Only 15 participants can be accommodated
 
*PDPs are available*

What is Project Citizen?
Project Citizen is a civic education program that promotes competent and responsible participants in state and local government.  It actively engages students in learning how to monitor and influence public policy and encourages civic participation among students, their parents, and members of the community.

As a class project, students work together to identify and study a public policy issue, eventually developing an action plan to persuade authorities to adopt their policy. The final product is a portfolio displaying each group’s work. Students fully engage because project is student driven and authentic.

In a culminating activity, the class presents its portfolio in a simulated legislative hearing, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of how public policy is formulated.  Classes also present their portfolios in the state showcase with other schools.

An outstanding cross curriculum project stressing researching, summarizing, public speaking, persuasive writing and arguing. Also the project also develops 21st century skills.

Project Citizen includes a process oriented instructional guide (2 levels available including Spanish). The teacher’s guide includes directions for leading the class through the five step process and developing a portfolio.  It also contains instructions and evaluation procedures for conducting a simulated legislative hearing. May be used in elementary classroom, middle school team or senior project..

About the Workshop
This active workshop is intended for grade 5-12 teachers.
·     Elementary ELA and SS
·     ESL – All grades
·     Middle School Teams
·     High School
·     Special Education

It features lesson demonstrations and a chance for participants to experience the program as their students would. It also includes advice and handouts on how to implement the program in classrooms and youth groups.

Participants will receive
·     Workshop materials include lessons and handouts for each step of the process
·     CD of resources
·     One level of Project Citizen sample text
·     Opportunity to participate in State Showcase, June 3, 2017
·     Correlations with the Massachusetts frameworks in history/social science, and language arts
·     Uses 21st Century skills
·     On going support from state coordinator

Project Citizen Outcomes
·     Skills and knowledge to be an effective citizen
·     Students value project’s authentic work
·     Practical experience that empowers students and fosters a sense of competence
·     Develops an understanding of the importance of citizen participation
·     The internalization of democratic values and principles through practice
·     Students accept responsibilities for their own learning and become independent learners
·     Students learn to make their own decisions
·     Students learn to budget their time and develop task commitment
·     Students learn problem solving skills,
·     Reinforce…extend…and transfer academic skills
·     They learn to work as a team

Lunch Included
Workshop Fee $30.00

To register, or for more information, please contact:
Massachusetts Coordinator
Ellen Barber-Morse: 617-686-5609   or
ellen.barber.morse@gmail.com

Jul
31
Mon
2017
Summer 2017 Content Institute — Article III of the U.S. Constitution-The Federal Judiciary: Principles & Practice @ John Adams Courthouse & Suffolk University
Jul 31 @ 8:00 am – Aug 4 @ 4:00 pm

Download and print application [PDF]
OR
Register online NOW (mail/send payment later)
Application extended deadline: June 30, 2017

The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) will present its second annual summer content institute for K-12 social studies teachers from July 31, 2017 to August 4, 2017. The central focus of the summer content institute is on Article III of the U.S. Constitution—the federal Judiciary. Constitution scholar Linda R. Monk (2003) describes Article III of the U.S. Constitution as “the shortest, and least specific, of the constitutional provisions establishing the three branches of government” (p. 90).

The intensive five-day content institute will be held at the John Adams Courthouse, Massachusetts Historical Society, Suffolk University, and African Meeting House from July 31, 2017 to August 4, 2017. The focus is on Article III of the U.S. Constitution, focusing on a range of landmark Supreme Court cases, biographies of notable Supreme Court justices, its relationships with the Executive and Legislative branches of federal and state governments, and principles of judicial philosophy, restraint, and activism, and the rule of law with respects to the Bill of Rights.

Guest speakers include Professor Mary S. Bilder of Boston College, author of Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Constitution (Harvard University Press, 2015), David L. Hudson of Nashville School of Law, Honorable Robert Cordy (retired) of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, Charlie Newhall of St. John Prep, Professor Robert Allison of Suffolk University, Barbara Berenson of John Adams Courthouse, Kathleen Barker of Massachusetts Historical Society, Chris Duggan from American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and L’Merchie Frazier of Museum of African American History. 

Some of the key objectives of the summer content institute include: examining long-lasting principles of the federal judiciary including, but not limited to, judicial review, judicial restraint, judicial activism, and strict construction versus loose construction; exploring how the federal judiciary have affected the relationship between the federal government and the states and the people; and analyzing the Supreme Court’s interpretations of the U.S. Constitution throughout the course of American history. In this content institute teachers will study the historical origins and developments of the federal judiciary by examining a variety of primary source materials including, but not limited to, Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist 78, Judiciary Act of 1789 and of 1801, Marbury v. Madison (1803), McCulloch v. Maryland (1819). Teachers will also look at how the rulings or actions of the Supreme Court may have led to constitutional amendments, and how constitutional amendments have affected the Supreme Court in interpreting the U.S. Constitution and future rulings. Teacher participants will also examine and assess consequential rulings including but not limited to Dred Scott v. Sanford, Plessy v. Ferguson, Korematsu v. United States, The Slaughterhouse Cases, Obergefell v. Hodges, and Citizens United v. FEC.

Partnerships: MCSS will be partnering, once again, with Massachusetts Center for Civic Education (MACCE) and James Madison Legacy Project (JMLP) and offer this professional development opportunity to its cohort members and provide historical content to its program mission and objectives for teaching and learning. MCSS is also seeking to build partnerships with Suffolk University (SU), University of Massachusetts-Boston (UMB), Boston Public Schools, New England History Teachers Association (NEHTA), American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Teacher Law School program, and Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS).

LODGING AT SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY DORMS IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON

Suffolk University has available lodging in the downtown Boston campus at Miller Hall, West Hall, and Modern Suites for summer content institute participants at an additional cost.

  • Single with Shared Bath: $81.00 per individual per night
  • Double with Bath for 4: $62.00 per individual per night
  • Quad (minimum 3 people): $49.00 per individual per night (Miller Hall only)
  • If you are interested in staying at Suffolk University and would like more information, please email Gorman at glee0524@gmail.com. 

COMMUTING/PARKING

If you plan to commute daily, there are several parking garages near the Suffolk University Boston campus. The Boston Common Parking Garage is open 24 hours/7 days and is located underneath the Boston Common (entrance is on Charles Street, between the Boston Common and Public Gardens). Daily rate is $32 (Mon through Fri). Discounted price with online reservations.

For more information, visit http://bostonparking.spplus.com/Boston-Boston-Common-Garage-Zero-Charles-Street-Parking.html#Tab_coupon-rates 

It is more affordable to park your car overnight at the Alewife T or Braintree T Station ($7-8 per day/night) and take the subway to Park Street in downtown Boston. Riverside T Station also has parking ($13/night). http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/subway/

The Route 128 T Station in Westwood is $14/night; park and take the Commuter Rail to South Station in Boston (then take Red Line to Park Street). http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/stations/?stopId=178 

GRADUATE CREDITS OR PDPS

Finally, participants will have the option to earn 3 graduate credits from Framingham State University for an additional cost of $225, or 70 PDPs in content (history and government/political science). Participants will also be introduced to the Center for Civic Education We the People program, which coincides with the summer content institute.

REGISTRATION COSTS AND METHOD OF PAYMENT

Registration costs to this summer’s content institute is as follows:

  • MCSS/NCSS/NEHTA member/individual ($300)
  • MCSS/NCSS/NEHTA non-member/individual ($450) – cost includes 1 year membership to MCSS
  • MACCE cohort member ($200)
  • pre-service or retired teacher ($150)

Payment can be made by check (make payable to Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies, or Mass Council). We also accept payment by credit cards (MC, Visa, AmEx, Discover), you can provide your credit card information on the application form. We also accept payment by Purchase Order. Please contact June Coutu (coutuj@comcast.net) to request a copy of W-9 form.

Costs help to fund materials/books, travel expenses and Honorarium for guest speakers, some breakfasts and reception, and administrative costs.

For more information or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Gorman Lee at glee0524@gmail.com.

Nov
28
Tue
2017
Mass Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Meeting @ Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Nov 28 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

This memorandum provides an overview of proposed revisions to the 2003 Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework and outlines anticipated next steps in the process, for discussion by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Board) at the meeting on November 28, 2017. The framework includes learning standards that outline the expectations for what students should know and be able to do, as well as other material such as the vision and guiding principles designed to support effective instruction. Enclosed with this memo is a draft of selected portions of the proposed revisions, including the introductory materials for the framework as well as new standards emphasizing civic education for grade 8. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) plans to present a full draft of the revised framework to the Board in January 2018, anticipating that the Board will discuss it at the January 23 meeting and vote to invite public comment. The current timeline calls for the Board to discuss and vote to adopt the final revised standards contained in the framework at the June 26, 2018 meeting.

http://www.doe.mass.edu/bese/docs/FY2018/2017-11/item8a.html

 

Jan
25
Thu
2018
Web conference on unpacking revised History and Social Science curriculum framework (tentative)
Jan 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In late January 2018 the Board of ESE will vote to open for public comment on the full document, which will be released sometime in January.

Once the document has been released for public comment, Mass Council for the Social Studies plans to facilitate a web conference for social studies coordinators/supervisors/directors and principals on how to unpack the revised framework document and how to prepare and present to your staff as the public comment period commences. Members from the revised curriculum framework panel and DESE will be present to address any questions you have.

Right now, the tentative date is January 25, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

All you will need is a computer or laptop (or tablet/iPad) with a web camera and mic and high speed Internet access to connect.

More to come, but be sure to pencil in this date and time. A formal registration will be coming to you shortly after New Year’s in early January 2018.

Registration is now open. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. This session will be recorded and archived. Even if you are unable to participate, please register to access the archive recording.

Mar
5
Mon
2018
History & Social Science Curriculum Framework Public Comment Outreach Event @ Collaborative for Educational Services (CES)
Mar 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 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.

Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
History and Social Science Proposed Revised Framework for Public Comment, January 2018
Download Word Document
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.
Mar
9
Fri
2018
Mass Council Spring Conference at Bridgewater State University: Going Global @ Bridgewater State University
Mar 9 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Mohler-Faria Science Center
24 Park Avenue, Bridgewater, Massachusetts

(park in Lot G)

Mass Council for the Social Studies will be hosting a spring one-day statewide conference on March 9, 2018 at Bridgewater State University with a particular focus on geography education. The theme of this spring conference is GOING GLOBAL.

As one of the 4 major strands of Social Studies, geography plays a major role in each of the other strands. As students become global citizens, it is important for them to understand the interaction of history, civics, and economics with geography.

Collaboration across curriculum areas also enriches instruction by integrating social studies through literacy and STEM. By broadening instruction, combining the strengths and perspectives of each of the social studies subjects, teaching and learning is enhanced and students are able to better understand our world. In order to be effective and productive 21st century students, they must be well versed in all aspects of Social Studies and be able to understand the interaction of world economies, the cultural and physical aspects of places and how that plays out on a world stage.

  

Exhibits, EarthView, and NGS Floor map on display in Kelly Gymnasium.

Boxed lunch is available at the conference. Special presentation of FRIEND OF GEOGRAPHY AWARD will take place during the luncheon.

10 PDPs available for full day attendance and develop, implement, and reflect on lesson activity unit using content learned from the day’s workshop sessions.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr. Robert Hellström, Bridgewater State University

“Building Community Resilience: a Global Challenge Driven by Climate Chaos”
From the perspective of a Geography Professor specializing in climate change and weather, it is clear that socio-economic costs and hazards faced by local communities today are directly influenced by increasingly extreme weather events.  Dr. Robert Hellström provides a global perspective on increasingly chaotic climate behavior and foundations for building climate literacy and community resilience.  He stresses the importance of educating and empowering the next generation to become citizen scientists, build a firm understanding of extreme weather impacts on their locality, and confidently engage with their community and advance resilience strategies.

Friend of Geography Award

Dan Rea

Host of NightSide with Dan Rea
WBZ Boston


SPECIAL EVENT AT 2:00 P.M.

The Revision of the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework
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. In order to gain additional public input, the Department, in partnership with the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies, will host an overview presentation at the Spring 2018 One-Day Statewide Conference.
This session 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.

Registration: There is a public session on the revision of the Framework at 2 pm that will be open to the public AT NO CHARGE. Registration for the session on the framework only.

REGISTRATION TO THIS CONFERENCE IS NOW OPEN!

EARLY REGISTRATION RATES:

  • Individual MCSS-member: $85.
  • Individual non-MCSS member: $100. (registration includes one-year MCSS membership)
  • Preservice teachers, students & retirees: $45.

Download, print, and complete the registration form [PDF] [Word] and mail form and payment (check or purchase order) payable to Mass Council for the Social Studies:

MASSACHUSETTS COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES
Spring 2018 One-Day Conference
Attn: Eileen and Norm Shacochis
601 Main Street
Marshfield, MA 02050

Online Registration is closed – You may register on site on Friday

 


SAME DAY REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN STARTS AT 8:00 A.M.

MORNING CONCURRENT SESSIONS 

SESSION 1
9:00 – 10:30

  • Teaching Geography through Coffee and Vice-Versa, James Hayes-Bohanan — Coffee employs millions of people worldwide and is enjoyed daily be billions, but is largely an anonymous commodity. This workshop introduces the coffee belt — a zone constrained by latitude and altitude across more than 50 countries. It quickly reviews the 50 steps from seed to cup, highlighting lessons about economic and environmental geography at key stages. Teaching with coffee provides an example of how to illuminate the often-hidden geographies of other common products. 
  • National Geographic Teacher Certification & Programs, Kathleen Babini, Brett Duncan & Tracy Dawson-Greene — In this session information will be shared on becoming a National Geographic Certified Educator. The NGS Learning Framework will be shared along with opportunities to be part of many other NGS programs. Participants will take part in activities that could be applied to the certification process, which they can then pursue independently.
  • What If Everything You Knew About Hinduism was Wrong?  Aesha Mehta — This session is designed to highlight best practices on how to teach about one of the most misunderstood world religions, featuring vetted resources and new approaches to teaching about Hinduism.
  • Project Citizen,  Ellen Morse & Roger Derosiers — Project Citizen is a program designed to help students and youth groups learn how to monitor and influence public policy. The program involves critical thinking, problem solving and cooperative learning. Project Citizen aligns well with a service-learning curriculum, as well as with citizen involvement issues in U.S. history and civics. This is a curriculum for individual teachers or team approach. Teachers will participate in a lesson that demonstrates the strength of the curriculum.
  • Massachusetts Atlas for the Classroom, Arlene Kowal & Klaus Bayr — The teachers will be introduced to the overall concepts being presented in the recently revised Massachusetts Atlas (book) also available on a CD for use in K-6 classrooms. Lessons developed by New England teachers for their state atlases which were modified for Massachusetts will be reviewed and at least two tried in the workshop. Included on the CD are a large tile map of the state plus outline maps to use in the classroom.
  • Using Inquiry Projects to Develop Social Studies Knowledge and Content Literacy, Barbara Andrews — This interactive session will highlight instructional practices that provide access to Social Studies standards and topics for diverse students, as they collaborate and engage in inquiry-based projects. Participants will gain an understanding of how to support the needs of all learners as they develop global awareness, social studies vocabulary, and reading comprehension skills and strategies.  Participants will then focus on ways to create standards-based mini-lessons that explicitly foster each student’s ability to meet higher expectations.

SESSION 2
10:40 – 12:10

  • Building Community Resilience in Light of a Global Climate Crisis, Robert Hellstrom & James Hayes-Bohanan — We live in an increasingly volatile global climate resulting in more extreme weather events that adversely affect vulnerable communities. The goal of this panel is to discuss ways that educators can empower the next generation by building a firm understanding of global climate change and the social, environmental and economic impacts of extreme weather events so they can confidently engage their community to advance resilience strategies. Cross-disciplinary educational curricula will help prepare the next generation. 
  • The Geography Behind History, Vernon Domingo — All historical events occur someplace with that place’s distinctive location and physical and cultural attributes playing significant roles in determining social and political outcomes. Here we explore the nature of geography – locational, physical, cultural attributes of places – and how these impact historical events and processes. This session uses examples from the new curriculum framework as it explores the high value that geography provides in better understanding historical events. Geography and history in tandem. 
  • Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress and World Digital Library, Rich Cairn — Participants will learn tips to access the millions of freely available items in the Library of Congress and other national libraries. Exhibitions and primary source sets on focus topics will provide an introduction to strategies to use an array of primary sources to support exploration of geography and world history. Participants will strategies to find, manage, and put primary sources to use.
  • New Englanders Go Global, Kathleen Barker & Elaine Heavey — Explore the world through the eyes of New Englanders! Engage with letters, diaries, and photographs that document the international travels of northerners in the nineteenth century. Using these examples from the Massachusetts Historical Society, we will model activities designed to foster traditional literacy skills and storytelling, as well as analysis of maps and spatial data. We’ll highlight tools for connecting primary sources and geography, such as such as Google Earth and Story Maps.
  • Geo-Inquiry Process and Institute, Arlene Kowal, Laura Luker, Greg Russian-Area Literacy — This session will focus on the use of the geo-inquiry process and a project for the classroom presented by two teachers trained at National Geographic this past summer. They will explain what they learned and how they put it into action.  The Massachusetts Geographic Alliance in collaboration with the Vermont Geographic Alliance will be hosting a four-day summer institute in both MA and VT for teachers to become trained and familiar with the process. It is hoped that teachers in this session will consider the summer institute. Two teachers from MA will be selected to attend the training at National Geographic.
  • Mapping Massachusetts, Leslie Hamilton & Lisa Peterson — Participants will be part of a hands-on, feet-on experience with the giant Massachusetts Floor Map, learning about connections to economic, physical and cultural geography in Massachusetts. Activities will be shared and participants will learn how they can bring this learning experience to their own school free of change.

Any questions on the program, please contact our conference co-chairs:
Kathleen Babini, Massachusetts Geographic Alliance, kbabini@comcast.net
Vernon Domingo, Bridgewater State University Department of Geography,vdomingo@bridgew.edu

Any questions on the special event on the revision of the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework, please contact David BuchananDBuchanan@doe.mass.edu

DESE Curriculum Framework Powerpoint Presentation

Any questions on registration, payments, purchase orders, W-9 forms, please contact Eileen Shacochis, eshacochis@yahoo.com

Mar
13
Tue
2018
History & Social Science Curriculum Framework Public Comment Outreach Event @ Ellison Campus Center, Salem State University
Mar 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 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.

Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
History and Social Science Proposed Revised Framework for Public Comment, January 2018
Download Word Document
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.
Mar
21
Wed
2018
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.

Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
History and Social Science Proposed Revised Framework for Public Comment, January 2018
Download Word Document
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.
Apr
5
Thu
2018
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.  

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
8
Sun
2018
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.

Visit the website for more information:

https://www.brookhavencollege.edu/cd/instruct-divisions/bhc/bcsa/humanities/pages/humasummerseminar.aspx