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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

 

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

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)

More information | Register

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.

More information | Register