All Events, Conferences & Workshops

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Mar
19
Thu
2015
Common Sense Economics @ Loomis Sayles Boston, MA
Mar 19 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Mar
25
Wed
2015
People’s History of the Vietam War Teach In @ MIT
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Mar
28
Sat
2015
History Camp Unconference @ Harriet Tubman House
Mar 28 all-day
Aug
14
Fri
2015
Framing America’s Consitution -MHS
Aug 14 all-day

Join us for this free one-day program for teachers, co-sponsored by TeachingAmericanHistory.org and the Massachusetts Historical Society, with assistance from the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation.

Thanks to more than fifty years of research and teaching, Dr. Gordon Lloyd has distilled his knowledge into an interactive, dynamic online exhibition on the Constitutional Convention, designed for teachers to use in their classroom. Dr. Lloyd will lead participants through the documents and ideas at the core of the Constitutional Convention, exploring the event as a ‘Four Act Drama,’ and inviting teachers to study the Founding through primary documents. Teachers will deepen their understanding of the Founding while becoming familiar with clusters of documents ready to use in their classrooms.

Participating teachers will receive lunch, refreshments, along with reading materials. Each participant will also receive copies of both “50 Core American Documents” and Dr. Lloyd’s recent publication “James Madison’s Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787.”

Fee: Free!
education@masshist.org Register by email
or visit www.TeachingAmericanHistory.org to register.
Sep
24
Thu
2015
Civic Engagement Hearing @ Massachusetts Statehouse
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Support Senator Chandler’s bill S 249 on youth civic engagement by attending this hearing of the Joint Committee on Education.

Full Text of the Current Bill: https://legiscan.com/MA/text/S249/2015

Sep
26
Sat
2015
Smithsonian Day – Spellman Museum
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
On Saturday, September 26 from noon to 5:00 the Museum will participate in Museum Day presented by Smithsonian magazine. Now in it is eleventh year, it is a celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge.  It reflects the spirit of the magazine and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based properties. The Spellman doors will be open free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers that day.
Last year over 400,000 people attended Museum Day, with all 50 states plus Puerto Rico represented by over 900 participating museums, including 84 Smithsonian affiliate museums,participating. This year, the magazine expects to involve over 1,000 institutions.
Museum Education Director, Henry Lukas, says he is pleased that the Spellman is again participating. He indicated that the day “is a great way to bring new people to see the Museum’s various exhibits and learn all it has to offer to the community.”
Current exhibits include “Celebrating National Hispanic Americans Month, “Mail Goes to War,” “Old Glory on Stamps,” “Stamps and the Comics, “The Steinway Music Collection,” “A History of the Boston Post Road,” and “The Development of Rural Free Delivery”.
Oct
3
Sat
2015
Painless: A Survival Guide to the “Dreaded” History Project
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Are you a teacher who dreads teaching & grading the same old history projects each year?Are you interested in immersing your students in the excitement of historical investigation? Then this workshop is for you!

Using the broad theme of “Exploration, Encounters, and Exchange in History” as a springboard, you’ll dive in to the research process and discover how to use primary sources to uncover the nineteenth-century global adventures of Massachusetts men and women.You’ll collect evidence, analyze information, draw conclusions, assemble your findings into an historical narrative, and design a history project.

Registration is $10/person, which includes lunch. There is NO CHARGE for students or for teachers accompanied by students. Contact education@masshist.org to register, or learn more at the MHS website: https://www.masshist.org/calendar.

Oct
16
Fri
2015
Maritime Massachusetts: Boston Stories and Sources
Oct 16 – Oct 17 all-day
Massachusetts Historical Society
October 16 & 17

Explore the history, art, landscapes, and literature of the sea!

Join us as we investigate our maritime past and present through  hands-on encounters with the “stuff” of history: documents, artifacts, works of art, historic vessels, and nautical apparatus. We’ll hear spooky stories of voyages lost at sea, take a walking tour of Boston’s historic waterfront, explore the nautical history collections of the MIT Museum, and practice our Visual Thinking Strategies with a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts.
Registration is $35/person, which covers lunch both days, materials, and admission to all historic sites and activities. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs or one graduate credit (for an additional fee).  Contact education@masshist.org to register or for more information.

Oct
29
Thu
2015
Teaching the Reconstruction Era @ Online
Oct 29 @ 8:00 pm – Dec 16 @ 9:00 pm

Teaching the Reconstruction Era.

The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? This online course introduces educators to our new resource, The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy, which provides a close examination of the social and moral dilemmas Americans faced after the Civil War and the construction of American identity.

Graduate credit and scholarships available (see below).

Presented by Facing History & Ourselves, starts October 29. For more information about this and other online professional development from Facing History go to https://www.facinghistory.org/for-educators/workshops-and-seminars/about-online-learning

 

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