Third Party Events

Web conference on unpacking revised History and Social Science curriculum framework (tentative)
Jan 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In late January 2018 the Board of ESE will vote to open for public comment on the full document, which will be released sometime in January.

Once the document has been released for public comment, Mass Council for the Social Studies plans to facilitate a web conference for social studies coordinators/supervisors/directors and principals on how to unpack the revised framework document and how to prepare and present to your staff as the public comment period commences. Members from the revised curriculum framework panel and DESE will be present to address any questions you have.

Right now, the tentative date is January 25, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

All you will need is a computer or laptop (or tablet/iPad) with a web camera and mic and high speed Internet access to connect.

More to come, but be sure to pencil in this date and time. A formal registration will be coming to you shortly after New Year’s in early January 2018.

Registration is now open. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. This session will be recorded and archived. Even if you are unable to participate, please register to access the archive recording.

Mass Council Spring Conference at Bridgewater State University: Going Global @ Bridgewater State University
Mar 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


Mass Council for the Social Studies will be hosting a spring one-day statewide conference on March 9, 2018 at Bridgewater State University  with a particular focus ongeography education. The theme of this spring conference is GOING GLOBAL.

As one of the 4 major strands of Social Studies, geography plays a major role in each of the other strands. As students become global citizens, it is important for them to understand the interaction of history, civics, and economics with geography.

Collaboration across curriculum areas also enriches instruction by integrating social studies through literacy and STEM. By broadening instruction, combining the strengths and perspectives of each of the social studies subjects, teaching and learning is enhanced and students are able to better understand our world. In order to be effective and productive 21st century students, they must be well versed in all aspects of Social Studies and be able to understand the interaction of world economies, the cultural and physical aspects of places and how that plays out on a world stage.



  • Individual MCSS-member: $85
  • Individual non-MCSS member: $100
  • Preservice teachers, students & retirees: $45

We are now accepting proposals for 90-MINUTE workshop sessions for this conference. Sessions will take place in the morning, Session A (9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.) and Session B (10:40 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.). There will be a lunch keynote, exhibition, and a special convening session in the afternoon.

Click on the link below to submit your proposal. Deadline for proposal is JANUARY 20, 2018All presenters are required to register to attend and participate in the conference; if your proposal is accepted, a registration form will be sent to you in the confirmation email.

Any questions, you may contact our conference co-chairs:
Kathleen Babini, Massachusetts Geographic Alliance,
Vernon Domingo, Bridgewater State University Department of Geography,

NERC 48: Power of Place: Where Social Studies Happen @ Hartford Marriott Downtown
Apr 12 – Apr 14 all-day

Power of Place: Where Social Studies Happens

Global citizenship requires one to understand that we live and work in localized places that are interconnected through communication and transportation. Place-based inquiry engages local heritage, landscapes, opportunities and experiences as a way to make sense of the world in which we live and provides a platform to take informed action. Places illustrate the interconnectedness between history, civics, economy, and geography, provide an authentic context to develop disciplinary literacies, and serve as a rich foundation for an active and informed society. The 48th Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies, with Hartford, Connecticut as its backdrop, will provide opportunities for conference attendees to become immersed with place-based and inquiry focused social studies theories and practices.  In addition to traditional conference workshops and breakout sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to experience and explore the rich heritage of the Constitution State.

Co-Sponsors: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Conference Co-Chairs:
  • Jennifer Otte | Canton High School |
  • Val McVey | Florida Joint Center for Citizenship |
  • Anthony Roy | Connecticut River Academy |
Slavery and the Constitution: An NEH Institute
Jul 8 @ 8:00 am – Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm

Coming Soon in July 2018:

Slavery and the Constitution is a new NEH Summer Institute designed to examine the relationship between slavery and the Constitution and will enable 25 faculty members from two- and four-year colleges and universities to study the relationship between slavery and the United States Constitution. It will be held in Washington, DC from July 8-21, 2018at the Library of Congress’ Kluge Center.  Seven eminent scholars will offer seminars, lead scholarly discussions, and provide research assistance on the topic of slavery and the Constitution. The Institute’s scholars will also guide the participants through primary documents and the continuing scholarly debate over the relationship between slavery and the Constitution from its writing to the Civil War. The stipend for the program is $2100.

Visit the website for more information: