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Governor Baker signs genocide education bill

On December 2, 2021, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation to require lessons on the Holocaust and other mass atrocities and to support school districts to develop lesson plans for middle and high school classrooms. Massachusetts follows nineteen other states that have already mandated the study of genocide in the school curriculum. “By this bill […]

President’s Message – Fall 2019

Welcome to 2019!! Everyone at MCSS wishes you a Happy New Year, a prosperous finale to the 2018-19 academic year, and an abundance of exuberant students, good health, and restful weekends.   MCSS has been very busy – thanks especially to the constant hard work of Gorman Lee, our Director of Professional Development, and Kathy […]

CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS – NERC49

MASSACHUSETTS COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES present 49TH ANNUAL NORTHEAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES (NERC49) MARCH 18 & 19, 2019 (with snow date of March 20, 2019) FRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY Framingham, Massachusetts CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2018 THIS YEAR’S THEME IS “E PLURIBUS UNUM: OUT OF MANY, ONE” E PLURIBUS UNUM. […]

BREAKING NEWS: Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has unanimously voted to approve and adopt the 2018 Massachusetts State History and Social Science curriculum framework.

June 26, 2018 Today, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education unanimously voted to approve and adopt the 2018 revision of the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework. Congratulations to Dave Buchanan, Sue Wheltle, Heather Peske, and to the entire History and Social Science curriculum framework review panel for their hard work and dedication […]

Full (Complete) Statement from Gorman Lee, Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies, to MA Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

May 22, 2018   Good morning. My name is Gorman Lee of Boston, Massachusetts. I started my teaching career in Massachusetts in 1993. I taught in Medford and Braintree, and currently serve as the K-12 Director of Social Studies for the Braintree Public Schools. I am also the Director of Professional Development Programming and past […]

Maps, Maps and More Maps

Here comes a reason to actually use that fancy projector the tech staff had installed in your classroom. Go to the library if you don’t yet have one. The David Rumsey Map Collection is online, ready for you to use freely. This link goes to an article about the release of the collection, but go […]

Bridge of Spies is a Time-Piece!

We have all seen period films and realize that their historical accuracy often leaves much to be desired. Having just viewed Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies recently, I fully recognize that there were some liberties taken with events, dialogue, and so on. However… a huge “However”… this film does not take liberties at all in the […]