Music and History

13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments The music is up-to-date, but the theme of the lyrics is Freedom and the Amendments freeing the slaves in the U.S. after the Civil War. The SoundCloud web site provides streaming audio so you can easily set up the opportunity to play this engaging, meaningful song from a group called […]

Central Mass Council Meeting

Hi to all Central MA Council for Social Studies Members! Brrrr…. it’s cold out. So why not warm your insides by attending our traditional January meeting at O’Connors Restaurant. The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 10th at 5:30pm. We will enjoy a presentation by Higgins Armory. The meal will be on your own […]


Voting is one of the core elements of a democracy. Knowing what is on the ballot ahead of time makes it easier to do a thoughtful job. Most states send out a voter booklet, but the Internet provides resources, too. These two sites are a good example: The first shows the ballot measures. The link […]

Teaching the 1960s

Professional Development Workshop for Teachers Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012 Location: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Cost: $35 per person, including all materials and lunch Contact: Steve Armstrong Explore the dynamic decade of the 1960s at “ground zero for peace and love,” the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival. Bethel Woods Center […]

Symposium on Africa in World History

From: Alfred J. Andrea University of Vermont NERWHA Symposium on Africa in World History: Integrating Research and Teaching, 22 September 2012 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The New England Regional World History Association (NERWHA), an affiliate of the World History Association, invites proposals from teachers and scholars of world history for roundtable discussants and workshop presenters […]

Advocating for the Social Studies

The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies works steadily to promote the social studies in the classrooms of Massachusetts Schools. Here is a recent exchange of letters between Norm Schacochis, President of MCSS and the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, Mitchell Chester, Ed.D May 1, 2012 Dear Commissioner, Recently NEA President Dennis Van Roekel stated in […]

History Day Mom

Ten years ago (or was it eleven?) I began working with Massachusetts History Day.  At the time, I was the Director of Education for the Haverhill Historical Society and thrilled to find a group of amazing teachers and students doing the real work of history. I served as a judge then took over as Coordinator […]