Monday April 7 through Wednesday April 9, 2014
- Full conference schedule is in the preview booklet
- Monday Workshop descriptions are in the preview booklet
- Tuesday Clinics and Sessions list with links to each presentation’s details
- Wednesday Clinics and Sessions list with links to each presentation’s details
- Strand listing for the presentations of both Tuesday and Wednesday
- Target Audience listing for the presentations of both Tuesday and Wednesday
We are no longer accepting proposals for presentations, workshops, sessions, and clinics!
However, NERC is still soliciting exhibitors for the conference!
Exhibiting at the 2014 Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies will expose you to hundreds of social studies classroom teachers, supervisors and directors, principals, superintendents, and other decision makers. Many come to NERC to learn, share and gather ideas, and explore new materials and programs available for their school district. This year’s theme, Social Studies in the Balance, will attract hundreds of educators looking to find the right balance to incorporating Common Core standards for History and Social Studies, state curriculum framework, twenty-first century learning, Sheltered English Immersion, and common standards-based assessments. Consider exhibiting at NERC! Showcase your products and programs, network with colleagues, and meet educators across New England, New York and New Jersey!
Exhibit Application (PDF):
Please direct questions to June Coutu.
New England Social Studies Teacher Placement Job Fair
This year, NERC will host the New England Social Studies Teacher Placement Job Fair on Wednesday, April 9, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The job fair will invite graduating students majoring in history and social studies education from colleges and universities to meet representatives of public school districts and private schools with anticipated history and social studies teaching vacancies for the 2014-2015 school year. Prospective candidates will also meet with current and retired social studies directors and supervisors, who will share their expertise and advice on how to write an attention-grabbing cover letter and resume, and prepare for a job interview. The admission fee for undergraduate students is $25.00 and includes full access to all NERC workshops and events.
Stay tuned for further information on how to participate and register!
This year’s theme: Social Studies in the Balance
The focus of this year’s theme is to investigate how social studies teachers and administrators can balance several educational priorities, including the Common Core State Standards, and yet maintain the importance and value of a rich and rigorous social studies education for all of our students.For the past couple of years, there has been a collective and concerted effort from the national and state departments of education and school districts nationwide to embrace, adopt, and incorporate the Common Core Standards for Literacy in History and Social Studies in grades K through 12.
In recent years we have seen both regional and national social studies conferences offer workshops and informational sessions for social studies teachers and administrators dealing with how the Common Core will impact the social studies curriculum. While it is commendable that such efforts have been made to include history and social studies in the Common Core standards, there is a real concern that the social studies will primarily serve as the contextual backdrop for the subjects of English language arts, mathematics, and science, engineering and technology.
We believe that the social studies should serve as the platform from which individuals can apply their skills and knowledge of literacy, mathematics, and science to solve real-world problems. If we neglect to act soon, social studies will be considered and treated as a sub-standard of the Common Core. In some school districts, this is already the current and concerning reality.
A primary goal of the 2014 Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies is to affirm the social studies as a major academic content area that is equal to English language arts, mathematics, and science, engineering, and technology. We recognize the importance of literacy, math, and science and technology; however, in order to fully nurture the whole child to succeed in the world of work in the twenty-first century, the individual child must acquire, possess, and demonstrate rich knowledge and deep understanding of who he is and how he relates to his community, society, country, and world. Students must demonstrate mastery of their individual rights, roles, and responsibilities as active and productive citizens, and that requires a rich knowledge of their nation’s history.
This year, the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies and the Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies focus on balancing our educational priorities that promote the importance of literacy and learning for understanding and continue to maintain a rich and rigorous social studies education in our K-12 classrooms. The workshops and sessions offered in the 2014 Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies help provide the much needed support and resources to enable the social studies classroom teacher to deliver meaningful and effective learning opportunities to all learners.
NERC 2014 Chair