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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.

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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

 

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

Sep
22
Sat
2018
Historians on Hamilton @ Massachusetts Historical Society
Sep 22 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Saturday, 22 September
3:30 PM Reception | 4:00 PM Talk
Historians on Hamilton
Catherine Allgor, Massachusetts Historical Society; Lyra Monteiro, Rutgers University; Joseph M. Adelman, Framingham State University

There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders)

The musical Hamilton has catapulted a founding father to the heights of popular culture. Three historians will explore this creative approach to discussing the stories of America’s founding, the conversations that have been created by this phenomenon, and how the excitement can be used to inspire the public to look at American history in greater depth.

More information | Register 

Oct
3
Wed
2018
American Honor: The Creation of the Nation’s Ideals during the Revolutionary Era @ Massachusetts Historical Society
Oct 3 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, 3 October
5:30 PM Reception | 6:00 PM Talk
American Honor: The Creation of the Nation’s Ideals during the Revolutionary Era
Craig Bruce Smith, William Woods University

There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders)

The American Revolution was not only a revolution for liberty and freedom; it was also a revolution of ethics, reshaping what colonial Americans understood as “honor” and “virtue.” As Craig Bruce Smith demonstrates, these concepts were crucial aspects of Revolutionary Americans’ ideological break from Europe, shared by all ranks of society.

More information | Register

Oct
6
Sat
2018
Boston Occupied: The British Are Coming . . . Again! @ Boston Common, Boston, MA
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day

Saturday and Sunday, 6 and 7 October
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday; 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Sunday
Boston Occupied: The British Are Coming . . . Again!
Reenactment from Long Wharf to Boston Common

In October of 1768 the British government sent troops to quell the unrest that had been rising since the passage of the Townshend Acts. Boston was a town of about 16,000 residents and the arrival of 2,000 soldiers did not calm tensions but rather marked an escalation that would eventually lead to the Boston Massacre. A reenactment of the arrival of the troops in Boston Harbor, their parade through Boston, and encampment on the Common will be reenacted this October. A tentative itinerary is listed below; stay tuned for updates!

9:00 am: British Troops land at Long Wharf

9:30 am: Salute to King George III at the Old State House

10:00 am: Troops arrive at Faneuil Hall

10:30 am: Troops welcomed at the Reviewing Stand–Downtown Crossing

11:15 am: Troops arrive on Boston Common

From 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm: British Soldiers patrol Downtown Boston and occupy Boston Common

More information