Message from the President




The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (Mass Council) is planning a series of informal gatherings for K-12 social studies educators this fall and winter. A fall reception sponsored by McGraw-Hill will take place at the Marriott Quincy in Quincy, Massachusetts, on October 30, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Pub. No long speeches, but there will be FREE appetizers and OPEN BAR.

This is a chance for educators to get together and learn about the Mass Council, how to get involved and take advantage of PD workshop opportunities, resource materials, best practices, and updates on developing and implementing district-determined measures for social studies educators, Common Core, and legislation bills concerning social studies education. There will also be an opportunity to sign up to volunteer and/or to register to the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference in Boston this November.

Update: Two more autumn reception have been planned!!!! A reception has been planned for CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS (Worcester area) K-12 SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014, from 3:30 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M. at THE CHATEAU, 95 TURNPIKE ROAD, WESTBOROUGH, MA.

Another reception has been planned for K-12 SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS in CAPE COD & SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS on NOVEMBER 12, 2014, from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM at ALBERTO’S RISTORANTE, 360 MAIN STREET, HYANNIS, MA.

Both receptions are being sponsored by McGraw-Hill.

Teachers may RSVP to Gorman Lee,

Another fall reception is being planned in early November for WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS (Springfield/Northampton area) K-12 social studies educators, and I hope to plan a reception for those teaching north of Boston. Watch this space! If you are interested in having a reception near your neck of the woods, please feel free to email me (


November 21-23, 2014 at Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA

If you want to know more about the NCSS annual conference in Boston, please go to Local (Massachusetts) teachers can register for the discounted price of $200 to attend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can register online by going to this link: Only this link will local teachers can register with the discounted price of $200. I have also attached the local teacher registration form, which you can fill out and mail to NCSS. Registrations must be in by November 17.

There are plenty of exciting things happening at NCSS. Ken Burns is the featured keynote speaker on Sunday morning. Also attending are historian Eric Foner, Nicholas Kristof, Caryl Stern, and Dreamer activist Jose Antonio Vargas. There will also be a New England Teachers Breakfast ($10) on Saturday morning, sponsored by McGraw-Hill. There are AP workshops and special tours for social studies educators on Thursday, November 20. There’s also a NSSSA Conference specifically for social studies supervisors on Thursday as well. I have attached to this email the registration form so you can see the special workshops and clinics that are being offered separate from the $200 general registration fee.

Teachers also have an opportunity to volunteer at NCSS and are eligible for reduced registration rates for attendance at the conference beyond what is compensated for the volunteer time. If any teacher is interested in volunteering, please have them sign up by clicking on this link!

Please do not hesitate to email me ( or call me if you have any questions regarding NCSS Boston.



Earlier President’s Messages

September 2014
April 2014
February 2014
December 2013
September 2013
June 2013
April 2013
March 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
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July 2012
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April, 2012