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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

Dec
9
Fri
2016
Center for Civic Education: Project Citizen Teachers Workshop @ John Adams Courthouse
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Center for Civic Education: Project Citizen Teachers Workshop

FIRST COME FIRST SERVE
Only 15 participants can be accommodated
 
*PDPs are available*

What is Project Citizen?
Project Citizen is a civic education program that promotes competent and responsible participants in state and local government.  It actively engages students in learning how to monitor and influence public policy and encourages civic participation among students, their parents, and members of the community.

As a class project, students work together to identify and study a public policy issue, eventually developing an action plan to persuade authorities to adopt their policy. The final product is a portfolio displaying each group’s work. Students fully engage because project is student driven and authentic.

In a culminating activity, the class presents its portfolio in a simulated legislative hearing, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of how public policy is formulated.  Classes also present their portfolios in the state showcase with other schools.

An outstanding cross curriculum project stressing researching, summarizing, public speaking, persuasive writing and arguing. Also the project also develops 21st century skills.

Project Citizen includes a process oriented instructional guide (2 levels available including Spanish). The teacher’s guide includes directions for leading the class through the five step process and developing a portfolio.  It also contains instructions and evaluation procedures for conducting a simulated legislative hearing. May be used in elementary classroom, middle school team or senior project..

About the Workshop
This active workshop is intended for grade 5-12 teachers.
·     Elementary ELA and SS
·     ESL – All grades
·     Middle School Teams
·     High School
·     Special Education

It features lesson demonstrations and a chance for participants to experience the program as their students would. It also includes advice and handouts on how to implement the program in classrooms and youth groups.

Participants will receive
·     Workshop materials include lessons and handouts for each step of the process
·     CD of resources
·     One level of Project Citizen sample text
·     Opportunity to participate in State Showcase, June 3, 2017
·     Correlations with the Massachusetts frameworks in history/social science, and language arts
·     Uses 21st Century skills
·     On going support from state coordinator

Project Citizen Outcomes
·     Skills and knowledge to be an effective citizen
·     Students value project’s authentic work
·     Practical experience that empowers students and fosters a sense of competence
·     Develops an understanding of the importance of citizen participation
·     The internalization of democratic values and principles through practice
·     Students accept responsibilities for their own learning and become independent learners
·     Students learn to make their own decisions
·     Students learn to budget their time and develop task commitment
·     Students learn problem solving skills,
·     Reinforce…extend…and transfer academic skills
·     They learn to work as a team

Lunch Included
Workshop Fee $30.00

To register, or for more information, please contact:
Massachusetts Coordinator
Ellen Barber-Morse: 617-686-5609   or
ellen.barber.morse@gmail.com

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.

Jul
31
Mon
2017
Summer 2017 Content Institute — Article III of the U.S. Constitution-The Federal Judiciary: Principles & Practice @ John Adams Courthouse & Suffolk University
Jul 31 @ 8:00 am – Aug 4 @ 4:00 pm

Download and print application [PDF]
OR
Register online NOW (mail/send payment later)
Application extended deadline: June 30, 2017

The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) will present its second annual summer content institute for K-12 social studies teachers from July 31, 2017 to August 4, 2017. The central focus of the summer content institute is on Article III of the U.S. Constitution—the federal Judiciary. Constitution scholar Linda R. Monk (2003) describes Article III of the U.S. Constitution as “the shortest, and least specific, of the constitutional provisions establishing the three branches of government” (p. 90).

The intensive five-day content institute will be held at the John Adams Courthouse, Massachusetts Historical Society, Suffolk University, and African Meeting House from July 31, 2017 to August 4, 2017. The focus is on Article III of the U.S. Constitution, focusing on a range of landmark Supreme Court cases, biographies of notable Supreme Court justices, its relationships with the Executive and Legislative branches of federal and state governments, and principles of judicial philosophy, restraint, and activism, and the rule of law with respects to the Bill of Rights.

Guest speakers include Professor Mary S. Bilder of Boston College, author of Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Constitution (Harvard University Press, 2015), David L. Hudson of Nashville School of Law, Honorable Robert Cordy (retired) of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, Charlie Newhall of St. John Prep, Professor Robert Allison of Suffolk University, Barbara Berenson of John Adams Courthouse, Kathleen Barker of Massachusetts Historical Society, Chris Duggan from American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and L’Merchie Frazier of Museum of African American History. 

Some of the key objectives of the summer content institute include: examining long-lasting principles of the federal judiciary including, but not limited to, judicial review, judicial restraint, judicial activism, and strict construction versus loose construction; exploring how the federal judiciary have affected the relationship between the federal government and the states and the people; and analyzing the Supreme Court’s interpretations of the U.S. Constitution throughout the course of American history. In this content institute teachers will study the historical origins and developments of the federal judiciary by examining a variety of primary source materials including, but not limited to, Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist 78, Judiciary Act of 1789 and of 1801, Marbury v. Madison (1803), McCulloch v. Maryland (1819). Teachers will also look at how the rulings or actions of the Supreme Court may have led to constitutional amendments, and how constitutional amendments have affected the Supreme Court in interpreting the U.S. Constitution and future rulings. Teacher participants will also examine and assess consequential rulings including but not limited to Dred Scott v. Sanford, Plessy v. Ferguson, Korematsu v. United States, The Slaughterhouse Cases, Obergefell v. Hodges, and Citizens United v. FEC.

Partnerships: MCSS will be partnering, once again, with Massachusetts Center for Civic Education (MACCE) and James Madison Legacy Project (JMLP) and offer this professional development opportunity to its cohort members and provide historical content to its program mission and objectives for teaching and learning. MCSS is also seeking to build partnerships with Suffolk University (SU), University of Massachusetts-Boston (UMB), Boston Public Schools, New England History Teachers Association (NEHTA), American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Teacher Law School program, and Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS).

LODGING AT SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY DORMS IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON

Suffolk University has available lodging in the downtown Boston campus at Miller Hall, West Hall, and Modern Suites for summer content institute participants at an additional cost.

  • Single with Shared Bath: $81.00 per individual per night
  • Double with Bath for 4: $62.00 per individual per night
  • Quad (minimum 3 people): $49.00 per individual per night (Miller Hall only)
  • If you are interested in staying at Suffolk University and would like more information, please email Gorman at glee0524@gmail.com. 

COMMUTING/PARKING

If you plan to commute daily, there are several parking garages near the Suffolk University Boston campus. The Boston Common Parking Garage is open 24 hours/7 days and is located underneath the Boston Common (entrance is on Charles Street, between the Boston Common and Public Gardens). Daily rate is $32 (Mon through Fri). Discounted price with online reservations.

For more information, visit http://bostonparking.spplus.com/Boston-Boston-Common-Garage-Zero-Charles-Street-Parking.html#Tab_coupon-rates 

It is more affordable to park your car overnight at the Alewife T or Braintree T Station ($7-8 per day/night) and take the subway to Park Street in downtown Boston. Riverside T Station also has parking ($13/night). http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/subway/

The Route 128 T Station in Westwood is $14/night; park and take the Commuter Rail to South Station in Boston (then take Red Line to Park Street). http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/stations/?stopId=178 

GRADUATE CREDITS OR PDPS

Finally, participants will have the option to earn 3 graduate credits from Framingham State University for an additional cost of $225, or 70 PDPs in content (history and government/political science). Participants will also be introduced to the Center for Civic Education We the People program, which coincides with the summer content institute.

REGISTRATION COSTS AND METHOD OF PAYMENT

Registration costs to this summer’s content institute is as follows:

  • MCSS/NCSS/NEHTA member/individual ($300)
  • MCSS/NCSS/NEHTA non-member/individual ($450) – cost includes 1 year membership to MCSS
  • MACCE cohort member ($200)
  • pre-service or retired teacher ($150)

Payment can be made by check (make payable to Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies, or Mass Council). We also accept payment by credit cards (MC, Visa, AmEx, Discover), you can provide your credit card information on the application form. We also accept payment by Purchase Order. Please contact June Coutu (coutuj@comcast.net) to request a copy of W-9 form.

Costs help to fund materials/books, travel expenses and Honorarium for guest speakers, some breakfasts and reception, and administrative costs.

For more information or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Gorman Lee at glee0524@gmail.com.