Fall 2015 One-Day Statewide Conference

REGISTER TODAY!

Human and Civil Rights and the Social Studies

Holiday Inn & Suites Marlborough
265 Lakeside Avenue
Marlborough, Massachusetts

also at Tsongas Industrial Historical Center (Lowell) and
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Dorchester)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


EARLY REGISTRATION IS OVER. REGISTER ON SITE FOR MARLBOROUGH.

YOU MAY DOWNLOAD THE PDF DESCRIPTION PACKET AND REGISTRATION FORM AND MAIL THE REGISTRATION FORM TO:

June Coutu c/o MCSS
35 Mohawk Street
Sharon, MA 02067

Online registration is intended for individuals who can use either a credit card or their Paypal account for payment. Those who will pay using a purchase order should use the PDF form.

NOTE FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS SENDING TWO (2) TEACHERS: Please enclose a note (along with the registration form and Purchase Order) with the names of the two teachers who will be attending and also indicate the location (i.e., Marlborough, Lowell, or Dorchester) where each teacher plans to attend.

Online Registration CLOSED – PDF Description PacketPDF Registration Form (download, print, mail)


The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies is proud to announce the return of the one-day statewide conference this fall on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at the Holiday Inn and Suites Marlborough in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

The one-day statewide conference also includes full-day workshops at on-site locations: Tsongas Industrial Historical Center in Lowell, Massachusetts, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

The theme of the one-day statewide conference is Human and Civil Rights and the Social Studies. Despite tremendous progress that has been made in the past several decades, human rights and civil rights are constantly challenged and tested. Recent events in the United States and around the world should remind us that social injustice remains real and rampant in the twenty-first century. Our students deserve the right to learn about, realize, and appreciate the struggles of individuals and groups of people who have sacrificed their livelihoods and lives in order to attain and secure personal liberties and social justice that a generation before them never thought was possible, let alone hopeful or even imaginable. The primary goal is for social studies educators to create learning opportunities that allow students to think critically about this problem. This process can bring students to the point of being able to recommend practical resolutions that address the real-world issues of human rights and civil rights.

The conference includes 20 content-riveting workshops presented by several organizations, historians, and educators from all over the Commonwealth—Massachusetts Center for Civic Education, Suffolk University, Boston University, The Upstander Project, The Choices Program, Museum of African American History, National Park Service, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Primary Source, Massachusetts Historical Society, Plymouth Public Schools, and Clinton Public Schools to mention a few.

Dr. Vernon Domingo, professor of geography at Bridgewater State University, will deliver the conference keynote address in Marlborough: “Education for a More Just and Equal Society.”

Ms. Barbara Henry, who is best known for her contributions to the civil rights movement as Ruby Bridges’ first grade teacher, will be honored with the Mass Council’s INSPIRATION Award at the conference luncheon in Marlborough, proudly sponsored by McGraw-Hill.

Teachers can register early through the Mass Council’s website, www.masscouncil.org, starting on September 8, 2015. Registration will remain open until OCTOBER 15, 2015. Mass Council members will receive a discount on their registration fee; non-Mass Council members may register and will receive a one year’s membership for free! Retirees, pre-service teachers, and out-of-state educators are also welcome to register and attend this conference.

Registration fee includes complimentary coffee and pastries in the morning, and lunch at all conference sites.

Before October 15, 2015
early registration
Same day registration
Mass Council members $60.00 $85.00
Non-Mass Council members (includes one year membership) $75.00 $95.00
Out-of-state educators $70.00 $80.00
Retirees & pre-service teachers $25.00 $30.00

 


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE BY SEPTEMBER 8, 2015

 

CONCURRENT SESSION A (8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.)

  • Struggles for Equality: Primary Sources and Teaching Resources at the Library of Congress
    Adam Ingano, Clinton Public Schools / Collaborative for Educational Services
  • Resources for Teaching Civil Rights
    Dr. Kathleen Babini, Plymouth Public Schools
  • Art as a Civic Language
    Dr. Katherine Gilliland, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
  • The Founding Documents as Civil Rights Documents
    Dr. Robert Allison, Suffolk University
  • Strategies for Globalizing American History
    Dr. Susan Zeiger, Primary Source

CONCURRENT SESSION B (9:40 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.)

  • From Paper to Tablet: Merging Social Studies with Technology
    Janice Fairchild & Monica Albuixech, Massachusetts Geographic Alliance
  • The Language of Liberty and Freedom
    Kathleen Barker & Elaine Heavey, Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Raising Global IQ: The Case Study Approach to Conflict Resolution
    Dr. Carl Hobert, Boston University
  • Strategies for Globalizing American History
    Dr. Susan Zeiger, Primary Source

10:45 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: DR. VERNON DOMINGO, BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY
“EDUCATION FOR A MORE JUST AND EQUAL SOCIETY”


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LUNCH
PRESENTATION OF MASS COUNCIL’S INSPIRATION AWARD HONORING BARBARA HENRY


CONCURRENT SESSION C (12:40 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.)

  • Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy
    Liz Calore, The Choices Program
  • Project Citizen
    Rachel Barnes, Massachusetts Center for Civic Education
  • Signs of Freedom: Civil Rights Activism in the 19th Century, 1960s, and Today
    L’Merchie Frazier, Charles E. Walker, Esq. & Samantha Gibson, Museum of African American History
  • Genocide Education and Restorative Practices in Schools
    Mishy Lesser & Adam Mazo, Upstander Project
  • Curriculum Development Session
    Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies

CONCURRENT SESSION D (2:20 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.)

  • We the People
    Roger Desrosiers, Massachusetts Center for Civic Education
  • Truth and Reconciliation: Can Teachers Change the Narrative Around Native Americans in New England?
    Mishy Lesser & Adam Mazo, Upstander Project
  • Teaching about Segregation, Desegregation, and Busing in the Boston Public Schools
    Kerry Dunne, Natacha Scott & Josue Sakata, Boston Public Schools
  • Why Students Should Study the World Every Day
    Dr. Carl Hobert, Boston University
  • Curriculum Development Session
    Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies

OFF-SITE FULL DAY WORKSHOPS
Morning coffee and pastries and lunch are included.

  • TSONGAS INDUSTRIAL HISTORY CENTER & LOWELL NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (LOWELL, MA)
    “WORKERS ON THE LINE” WORKSHOP
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM (DORCHESTER, MA)
    “ONE TUMULTUOUS YEAR! 1963: THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS” WORKSHOP
    Note: This workshop is offered to in-service and pre-service middle school and high school teachers (6-12)
    9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.