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Dec
5
Sat
2015
Roosevelt, Lodge, and the Rush to Empire
Dec 5 all-day

Massachusetts Historical Society
December 5 2015

Using the correspondence between Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge, this hands-on workshop will explore America’s role in the Spanish American War, including Roosevelt’s infamous turn as a “Rough Rider.” We will also use propaganda, such as political cartoons, editorials, and moving images to investigate the expansion of American interests overseas, and the war’s effect on Republican Party politics at the turn of the 20th century.

Registration is $25/person, which covers lunch and materials. Educators can earn 10 PDPs or one graduate credit (for an additional fee).  Contact education@masshist.org to register or for more information.

Oct
22
Sat
2016
Painless: A Survival Guide to the Dreaded History Project @ Massachusetts Historical Society
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Are you a teacher who is tired of assigning the same old history paper year after year? By applying National History Day methodologies in the classroom, you can transform the “dreaded” history project into an imaginative, engaging, and meaningful history experience. Using the broad theme of “Taking a Stand” as a springboard, you’ll explore how to approach primary source research in special libraries and archives through a range of historical documents, including letters, diaries, songs, petitions, and government records.

This workshop is open to teachers and students in grades 6-12. Teachers can earn 10 Professional Development Points.

Registration fee: $10 (free for students)
Hours: 9:00-3:30
To register: education@masshist.org or 617-646-0570.

Nov
5
Sat
2016
Election Propaganda from Adams to Roosevelt @ Massachusetts Historical Society
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Explore presidential campaign propaganda from our nation’s first election to twentieth-century battles for the White House. Participants will examine documents and artifacts and discuss different strategies used to appeal to voters during specific campaigns. Using documents from three different centuries, we can investigate the issues that have resonated with Americans over time, and discuss how and why some of these subjects continue to serve as topics of debate in the 2016 election cycle.

This program is open to all educators. Teachers can earn 22.5 PDPs and one graduate credit (for an additional fee).

Registration fee: $25 (free for students)
Hours: 9:00-3:30
To register: education@masshist.org or 617-646-0570.

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

Jan
28
Sat
2017
We the People Simulated Congressional Hearing State Competition @ Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Jan 28 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The culminating activity for the We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution program is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” in front of a panel of judges acting as members of Congress. In addition to the simulated congressional hearings, some teachers, schools and districts choose to participate in the State and National Finals or the National Invitational. These additional learning opportunities can be exciting to many students and serve to further their understanding of the constitution and government.

Hearings

During the simulated hearings, students have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles through their testimony in front of a panel of judges. The entire class, working in cooperative teams, prepares and presents statements before a panel of community representatives acting as a congressional committee. Students then answer follow-up questions posed by the committee members. They will have the opportunity to evaluate, take and defend their position on a variety of historical and contemporary issues. In addition to the hands on learning experience the hearings offer, they also serve as an effective way for teachers to evaluate their student’s grasp of the material.

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
3
Sat
2018
Massachusetts History Day Regional Competitions
Mar 3 all-day

Do you love history? Do you love talking with young people about the past? Massachusetts History Day needs you! Be a judge for this competition for students in grades 6-12 to become historians. Hundreds of judges are needed for the regional semi-finals and state finals. This year’s theme: Conflict and Compromise. Learn more about judging or sign up. PDP points available.  The regional competitions take place on Saturday March 3, 2018 (Northeast, South Shore, and Central-West) and on Sunday March 4, 2018 (Greater Boston); the state competition will be Saturday April 7, 2018.

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
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