Professional Development

85,000 Pathé Films - Free on YouTube

The British documentary company, Pathé collected documentary footage which played before movies in theaters during much of the 20th century. Those films have now been released for free use (what a social studies boon!) on YouTube. If you have been angling ...

Affordable Colleges Online - Resources for Prospective Teachers

For prospective teaching students hoping to shape the minds of today’s youth, we provide different guides covering what to expect in an education degree, career specializations and opportunities, and resources for students pursuing their master's or P...

American Revolution - Massachusetts Historical Society Resources

Are you teaching the American Revolution next year? Check out some of the Society's many digital resources related to the American Revolution in Boston and New England: The Coming of the American Revolution, 1764-1775 features...

Civic Education Professional Development

Looking for FREE Professional Development in Civic Education The Center for Civic Education has received a SEED grant for civic education professional development (the James Madison Legacy Project) for the next three years. Massachusetts...

Common Core Harms History Instruction

Study: Common Core ELA Standards Will Further Harm U.S. History Instruction States and schools should offer separate standards and classes for English and U.S. History rather than follow Common Core approach of merging academic disciplines. BOSTON  ...

Cultural Jambalaya

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially in the classrooms of America’s youth. Gail Shore, founder of Cultural Jambalaya, has solo-trekked for over 40 years, photographing some of the most culturally unique places on the planet. Her self-funded e...

Disney DVDs

I (Anna Sorrentino) just wanted to share with you information about our newest release at Disney Educational Productions, They Spoke Out . We are offering this title to you at a special price of just $9.99 . Please click here for a full program description. Whether...

Federal Reserve Lesson Kit

The Federal Reserve is often in the news, yet few Americans understand "The Fed's" role in our economy. I wanted to let you know about a great teaching resource that educators can get without cost. You order from the link below to provide your mailing...

Inside the White House Situation Room

Dear Fellow Educator, Given the news in the Middle East, WarningSignsofGenocide.org  is happy to pass along the following lessons about the American response to ISIS and the Syrian Refugee crisis. Written by teachers, for teachers, all materials a...

Israel and Palestine Research Project

Research Project DO YOU DISCUSS ISRAEL AND PALESTINE IN YOUR SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSROOM? IF SO, YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN AN UPCOMING RESEARCH PROJECT This study is examining social studies teachers’ classroom discourse when discussing I...

MCSS Summer Content Institute

AUGUST 1 – 6, 2016 MCSS Summer Content Institute First Amendment: Principles and Practice Suffolk University in Downtown Boston John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate Museum of African American H...

Mock Elections - 2016

Who Will Students Elect in 2016? National Student/Parent Mock Election gives students a voice Register to vote at http://nationalmockelection.org Washington, DC – May 1, 2016 – Today the largest civics education project in the Uni...

Museum, Historic Site Survey

Lora DeSalvo is a member of NEHTA and is currently gathering data to help local museums and historic sites figure out what kinds of resources teachers need regarding field trips and curriculum materials. To inform my work, she has created a survey. ...

My Studio by Eleanor Norcross

My Studio by Eleanor Norcross, oil on canvas, 1891 Educators’ Workshop Eleanor Norcross: Daughter of Fitchburg and Her Times (1854-1923) Presented by Fitchburg Art Museum and Fitchburg Historical Society June 29, 2016 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p...

National Honor Society for Social Studies

The National Council for the Social Studies has created an honor society for high school juniors and seniors.

NCSS Awards

Do you know of an excellent social studies educator or program that deserves recognition? NCSS is accepting nominations and applications for the following 2015 awards and grants. Click on the links below for more information. ...

PD for Professional Development Providers

July 14- August 11, 2016 Thursday Evenings 5:30-6:30 ET TPS Professional Development Providers Institute (PDPI) supports you in delivering high quality teacher professional development focused on Library of Congress digital archives. Free...

Presenter Wanted

Wanted: a dynamic presenter for the following session.  Please send any names/ideas along.  There is a $200 stipend and double PDPs available for the presenter.  Thanks!  -Bryan Underrepresented Groups in Ancient and Medieval His...

Sons of the American Revolution History Programs

Introducing the Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution History Programs Since its founding in 1889, the Sons of the American Revolution has promoted historic preservation, education, and patriotism across the nation. Through...

SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER - Student Video Contest

SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER STUDENT  VIDEO  CONTEST LOOKING FOR A WAY TO HELP YOUR STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT HOW TO CREATE CHANGE? Consider our Speak Truth To Power Video Contest that gives middle and high school students the opportunity to embrace t...

Spellman Museum - June 2016

JUNE IS GRANDPARENTS MONTH AT THE MUSEUM Many grandparents have fond memories of collecting stamps when they were younger and now wish their grandchildren would start their own stamp collection. These seniors...

Spellman Museum Calendar - June 2016

Spellman Museum provides access to History through the stamps that deliver our mail.

Summer Workshops 2016 - Massachusetts Historical Society

Study the revolution through the words and artifacts of the women who lived it. Women like Abigail Adams, Hannah Winthrop, and Mercy Otis Warren were vital consumers (and boycotters) of imported goods, and functioned as heads of household while...

Teaching about Japanese American Internment and Fred Korematsu

Fred Korematsu is remembered for his courageous fight against the Japanese American Internment which led to the 1944 Supreme Court case, Korematsu v. United States. Fred Korematsu was exonerated almost 40 years later and was eventually awarded the Presidential...

Teaching with Primary Sources

Professional Development Providers Institute FREE high quality professional development opportunity Supports you to plan, customize and deliver professional development that prepares teachers to use the Library of Congress digital archives Work...

What is the C3 Framework?

Find out more by reading the flier.

PIER Summer Institute 2012

(EXAMPLE of the kind of announcements we are pleased to include here. Contact the Executive Secretary,  June Coutu if you have an event you think MCSS should promote )   The 2012 PIER Summer Institute for Educators explores how the human ...

MCSS Award Recipients

2015 MCSS Awards Recipients   2014 MCSS Awards Recipients List coming soon! 2013 MCSS Award Recipients William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Secondary June Murray , Hudson HS Nominated by Todd...

Licensure & Recertification

By law, all Massachusetts public school educators (teachers and administrators) must be licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE ). The MA DESE issues three kinds of Educator Licenses (Preliminary,...