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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.

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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

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

E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One

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

Online Registration is now open

Downloads:

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


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

Nov
7
Wed
2018
Founding Martyr: The Life & Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero @ Massachusetts Historical Society
Nov 7 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, 7 November
5:30 PM Reception | 6:00 PM Talk
Founding Martyr: The Life & Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero
Christian Di Spigna

Had he not been martyred at Bunker Hill in 1775, Dr. Joseph Warren might have led the country as Washington or Jefferson did. He was involved in almost every major insurrectionary act in Boston– including the Stamp Act protests, the Boston Massacre, and the Boston Tea Party–but his legacy has remained largely obscured. Christian Di Spigna’s biography provides research and scores of newly unearthed documents that have given us this forgotten founding father anew.

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

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Nov
10
Sat
2018
Explore the Road to Revolution @ Minute Man National Historical Park
Nov 10 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Explore the Road to Revolution

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Minute Man Visitor Center
Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord, Massachusetts

PDPs: 10 (6 hrs. plus submitting lesson activity or plan based on PD workshop)
Cost: $20.00 (credit card, purchase order, or check payable to Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies)

Registration now open: Start Here

Minute Man National Historical Park in Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord, MA preserves the sites, structures and landscapes associated with the opening battle of the American Revolution. Teachers are invited to spend a day at the park with our Education Coordinator to explore the park’s resources and the incredible stories we tell.

  • Visit the places where history happened
  • Explore the stories we tell through the evidence on which they are based: documents, artifacts, and historic places
  • Learn about our popular ranger-led education programs

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and refreshments

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome / Introduction

9:15 – 10:15 The Revolution Before the Revolution
The effects of the American Revolution reached into the very homes, businesses and domestic spheres of ordinary people, long before the ever memorable 19th of April, 1775. How did their activities affect the course of history? This one hour program will explore the grass-roots resistance of the American Revolution, when seemingly everyday choices and activities took on political significance.

10:30 – 11:00 “The Road to Revolution”
Located at the Minute Man Visitor Center, this award winning, multimedia theater program gives an excellent introduction to the historic events of April 19, 1775.

11:15 – 12:00 Parker’s Revenge: Examine the New Evidence
Park Ranger Jim Hollister will lead an exploration of the site where Captain John Parker and the Lexington militia fought the British for the second time with far different results than the first. During the course of the exploration the group will discuss the archaeological investigation that led to the discovery of the battle site in 2015, and how historians and military experts interpreted the information and created a plausible scenario based on the new evidence.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (Please bring your own lunch)

1:15 – 3:00 “Who Shot First?”
This program begins at North Bridge Visitor Center in Concord where participants will explore the visitor center exhibits, then tour the North Bridge battlefield with a costumed Park Ranger who will lead a discussion of what happened there on April 19, 1775, using the landscape and other tangible resources to set the stage. The participants will then read excerpts of actual first-hand accounts of the battle, identify key details, and draw conclusions based on these accounts.

Dec
3
Mon
2018
Rochambeau: The French Military Presence in Boston
Dec 3 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, 3 December
5:30 PM Reception | 6:00 PM Talk
Rochambeau: The French Military Presence in Boston
Robert Selig, The Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail

In July 1780, the French troop transport Île de France sailed into Boston Harbor. Thus began 30 months of uninterrupted French military presence in Boston as it became the most important French base in North America until Christmas Day 1782, when a fleet under Admiral Vaudreuil sailed from Boston for the West Indies carrying the Comte de Rochambeau’s infantry. This talk provides an in-depth look at this little-known episode in Massachusetts and Boston history.

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

49th annual Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies

Happening NOW: Call for presentations

Further information coming soon.

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

REGISTER HERE: 2019 Civics Literacy Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun
26
Wed
2019
C3 Teachers: Shifting to Inquiry / Burlington High School
Jun 26 @ 8:30 am – Jun 27 @ 3:30 pm

In this hands-on institute, Dr. John Lee, a founder and co-director of  C3Teachers.org, will introduce participants to the Inquiry Design Model and craft classroom-ready inquiries that are aligned with the seven Standards of Practice at the heart of the 2018 MA History and Social Science Curriculum Framework. The Inquiry Design Model (IDM) is a unique approach to creating curriculum and instructional materials while relying on teacher expertise and experience.

Through whole group and small group work with classroom teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists, and coaches, Dr. Lee will also provide the tools and connections educational leaders need to deliver an IDM workshop in their schools or school systems to support inquiry-driven classrooms.

This institute is for K-12 educators, curriculum leaders, district administrators, museum educators, library/media specialists, and anyone else who develops Social Studies instructional material for Massachusetts students. Districts are welcome to send teams to support K-12 implementation.

John Lee was an author of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Standards in Social Studies, on which the Massachusetts Practices are based. Learn more at C3Teachers.org. This institute is a local version of their 2019 IDM Summer Institute, held in Washington D.C.

JUNE 26-27, 2019 | 8:30AM-3:30PM | Burlington High School

123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803 | $295; Team of four $1100  Registration includes lunch both days and the book Inquiry Design Model: Building Inquiries in Social Studies by Kathy Swan, John Lee, and S.G. Grant

Register Now or Inquire

Please Register by 5/29/19

Jul
1
Mon
2019
Understanding and Teaching the U.S. Constitution in the 21st Century
Jul 1 – Aug 15 all-day

In July, Kelley Brown (bio) is teaching an online course: Understanding and Teaching the U.S. Constitution in the 21st Century. Info and Registration. Sponsored by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, we can keep the cost low. Optional 3 grad credits in History from Westfield State University for extra fee.

  • Learn and apply strategies to address the 2018 Mass History and Social Science Curriculum Framework.
  • With two live discussions via videoconference Yale Law School’s Sterling Professor of Law, Akhil Amar. Bio.
Jul
10
Wed
2019
2019 Summer Content Institute: Under-Represented Voices of the American Revolution
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am – Aug 15 @ 4:00 pm

Online course (anytime, anywhere) and live web sessions:
Begins July 10, 2019*
Face-to-face (required) site visits:
August 12-16, 2019

* Online course will include some live lectures/presentations by scholars that will be recorded and archived.

Underrepresented Voices of the American Revolution combines scholarly presentations with place-based learning at several historical sites in and around Boston including, but not limited to, the Boston Freedom Trail, Museum of African American History-Boston, Massachusetts Historical Society, Museum of Fine Arts, Royall House and Slave Quarters, and more.

Essential Questions:

  • How inclusive was “We” in “We the People?”
  • How inclusive was the American War for Independence?
  • What contributions did women, children, and enslaved and free Africans make in the War for Independence?
  • How did certain groups view the American Revolution (during, past, and present)?
  • How does a common enemy bring social, political, racial or cultural differences come together?
  • What compel ordinary people do extraordinary things?
  • To what extent will a person sacrifice for liberty (for all) and the greater good?

Application Deadline: June 15, 2019

Cost: $325 teachers; $100 students and retired teachers

Credit: 67.5 PDPs or 3 graduate credit available ($225 for grad credits payable to Framingham State University) (awaiting confirmation)

APPLICATION FORM IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!!!

Pay by check or credit card, or purchase order (note: POs include $25 processing fee) 
Application information: www.masscouncil.org or contact Gorman Lee, Ed.D. at glee0524@gmail.com.

Jul
11
Thu
2019
Primary Sources in the Classroom: Teaching the Civil War @ Boston Anthenaeum
Jul 11 – Jul 12 all-day

The Boston Athenaeum is pleased to announce a new workshop for educators, “Primary Sources in the Classroom: Teaching the Civil War,” to be held on Thursday, July 11, and Friday, July 12.

The two-day workshop will help educators incorporate visual and textual primary sources into classroom teaching to meet learning standards in the Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework and the Common Core. The course will use the Athenaeum’s deep collections of Civil War-related materials to demonstrate, and allow participants to develop, strategies and practices that will be applicable to teaching any historical era or event.

The workshop is designed primarily for teachers of students in grades 5 through 12, but will be of value to and is open to teachers of all grade levels, homeschool educators, school librarians, and museum educators. Space is limited to 20 people.

Licensed participants will receive Professional Development Points (PDPs) for successfully completing the workshop and all assignments and assessments.

For more information and to register, visit https://www.bostonathenaeum.org/events/educator-workshops.

This workshop is sponsored in part by Taylor Mudge through the Mudge Fellowship Program.

Aug
5
Mon
2019
Argument Mapping @ Harvard University Robinson Hall
Aug 5 – Aug 7 all-day

August 5, 2019 to August 7, 2019

How do we discuss controversial topics? Often, it seems, we rely upon superficial research of the facts, intimidation, or appeals to emotion. Yet, democracy depends on citizens charitably and accurately engaging each other’s arguments.

In this workshop, we introduce ?argument mapping?: a simple, powerful, ?research-backed method for applying logical rigor to writing and classroom discussions. ?Visualizing the structure of arguments makes students more precise, confident thinkers across disciplines. ?Harvard philosophers have partnered with social studies teachers to develop and test this method with students. Teachers will be provided tools, resources, and best practices that can be implemented immediately to support student learning.

Click Here to View Tentative Schedule

Aligning with dimensions of the C3 Framework, argument mapping can help your students develop critical reasoning skills by:

  • Structuring their thinking using a visual method that organizes claims into a hierarchy of support relationships
  • Evaluating the quality of an argument by (1) evaluating premises (evidence) for truth or reasonableness; and (2) evaluating the strength and weakness of support relationships

This process helps students not just weigh evidence, but analyze whether that evidence adequately supports the logical structure that is at the heart of any argument, whether found in an essay, speech, editorial or other source vital to civic discourse.

Registration Fee*: $459 NCSS members / $599 nonmembers
*Membership can be acquired at registration to receive the member rate.

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Who Should Participate?

This event is open to those with an interest in creating a classroom environment open to thoughtful, evidence-based discussion amongst students.

  • K-12 Classroom Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Curriculum Specialists/Coaches
  • Higher Education Faculty
  • Teams

Travel and Lodging

Travel and hotel are not included in registration. Participants are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. The Cambridge and nearby Boston area has many lodging options available to suit your schedule and budget needs – especially if you are planning an extended stay in the area for sightseeing or other activities before/after the institute.

Presenters

Jonathan Haber is the author of Critical Voter, a curriculum that uses presidential politics to teach critical thinking. His professional background is in assessment, educational standards, certification and curriculum development.

Nate Otey is COO and Lead Instructor for ThinkerAnalytix and a Fellow in the Harvard Philosophy Department. He is also a co-founder of ThoughtFull.

Anne Sanderson is CEO and Co-Founder of ThinkerAnalytix and an Associate in the Harvard Philosophy Department. She taught high school English in California and Massachusetts schools for 25 years.

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Institute Location

Harvard University
Robinson Hall in Harvard Yard
35 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138