Message from the President

 

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MASS COUNCIL PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – October 2014

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: An autumn 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. This reception is also being sponsored by McGraw-Hill.

Teachers may RSVP to Gorman Lee, glee0524@gmail.com

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. It would also be nice to have a reception for those teaching near or on Cape Cod. Watch this space! If you are interested in having a reception near your neck of the woods, please feel free to email me (glee@braintreema.gov).

 

NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES ANNUAL CONFERENCE in BOSTON
November 21-23, 2014 at Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA

www.socialstudies.org/conference/

If you want to know more about the NCSS annual conference in Boston, please go to www.socialstudies.org/conference/. 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: http://www.socialstudies.org/conference/local_registration. 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 (glee@braintreema.gov) or call me if you have any questions regarding NCSS Boston.

 

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Earlier President’s Messages

September 2014 http://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=4300
April 2014 http://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=4261
February 2014 http://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=4234
December 2013 http://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=3916
September 2013 http://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=3843
June 2013 http://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=3213
April 2013 http://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=3011
March 2013 http://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=2980
January 2013 http://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=2943
December 2012 http://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=2788
November 2012 http://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=2593
September 2012 http://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=2582
July 2012 http://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=2371
June, 2012 http://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=2285
May, 2012 http://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=2229

April, 2012 http://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=2232