About Us

The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit educational organization. It is a network of social studies educators who work with related professional associations, government, and private agencies in support of history and social studies education.

Professional Development

Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies is committed to promote professional growth and provide high quality professional development workshops for all Social Studies educators across the Commonwealth.

Teacher Resources

Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies provides high-quality, freely-available history resources to improve instruction and assessment for educators. These resources include collections of primary and secondary sources, bell-ringer activities, full lesson plans with teacher-walkthroughs, videos, and more.

Advocating for & supporting social studies education

The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit educational organization. It is a network of social studies educators who work with related professional associations, government, and private agencies in support of history and social studies education.

Featured News

Massachusetts Civic Learning Week – March 11-15

  REGISTER TODAY FOR MASSACHUSETTS CIVIC LEARNING WEEK  March 11 - 15, 2024 Take a moment to check out what’s happening and register for some of the events. The theme this year is 2024 and Beyond: Civic Learning as a Unifying Force, and we have a full lineup of...

Now Accepting Nominations for 2024 MCSS Teaching Awards

Each year, MCSS presents Awards of Excellence in a variety of social studies areas to educators from across the Commonwealth.  Award nominations are due April 1, 2024.  For more information and nomination forms, click here.  Teachers, administrators, and museum...

Join the Global IQ Network

This network is intended to provide K-12 teachers resources, professional development, and collegial support to introduce and present global conflicts and issues in the classroom in a manner that is culturally responsive, balanced and fair, bias-free, and...

2023 Fall Conference Theme

2023 THEME: PREPARING STUDENTS TO BECOME CRITICAL CONSUMERS OF INFORMATION AND LEARNING Students must be critical consumers of information and learning because it helps them develop essential skills for academic and personal success. Developing critical thinking...

Increase investment in civic education, don’t decrease it

Legislature should override Healey's cut to fund that supports district and state programming   AS WE DIP our toes into a new school year and another presidential election cycle, the importance of an educated and engaged voting populace has never been clearer.  ...