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Jun
11
Tue
2019
2019 Civics Literacy Conference @ Edward M Kennedy Institute for the US Senate
Jun 11 @ 8:45 am – 3:30 pm

REGISTER HERE: 2019 Civics Literacy Conference

The 2019 Civics Literacy Conference will gather educators and representatives from state, education, and community organizations to develop a deeper understanding of the importance of civic learning and the role K-12 educators serve in supporting all students to become informed, engaged citizens in a democracy and a global society. The theme is Civic Empowerment for Today and Tomorrow: In the Classroom and Community. Workshops will include a range of topics connected to the 2018 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework; Chapter 296 of the Acts of 2018,An Act to promote and enhance civic engagement; and school and community partnerships. Presenters will include K-12 educators as well as leaders from state, education, and community organizations. The conference will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate.

Note: We have over 20 unique sessions currently scheduled. If you attend the 2019 Civics Education Institute, this isnot the same as last year’s Institute. We encourage you to attend our send a teacher.

Jun
13
Thu
2019
2019 History & Social Science Professional Learning Institute (DESE) @ Harvard Law School
Jun 13 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

REGISTER HERE: 2019 History & Social Science Professional Learning Institute (10 PDPs)

DESE is partnering with Facing History and Ourselves, Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Democratic Knowledge Project, and InquirED to present the 2019 History and Social Science Professional Learning Institute. This is an opportunity for history and social science teachers and school and district curriculum leaders to participate in 2-3 in-depth workshops focused on high-quality, standards-aligned curricular materials supporting implementation of the 2018 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework. Participants have the choice of attending on Thursday, June 13, 2019 or Friday, June 14, 2019 at Harvard Law School. The conference agenda will repeat on June 14, 2019. Each participant will receive a facilitator’s guide for each session along with accompanying materials in order to support on-going learning with district teams.

Jun
14
Fri
2019
2019 History & Social Science Professional Learning Institute (DESE) @ Harvard Law School
Jun 14 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

REGISTER HERE: 2019 History & Social Science Professional Learning Institute (10 PDPs)

DESE is partnering with Facing History and Ourselves, Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Democratic Knowledge Project, and InquirED to present the 2019 History and Social Science Professional Learning Institute. This is an opportunity for history and social science teachers and school and district curriculum leaders to participate in 2-3 in-depth workshops focused on high-quality, standards-aligned curricular materials supporting implementation of the 2018 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework. Participants have the choice of attending on Thursday, June 13, 2019 or Friday, June 14, 2019 at Harvard Law School. The conference agenda will repeat on June 14, 2019. Each participant will receive a facilitator’s guide for each session along with accompanying materials in order to support on-going learning with district teams.

Jun
26
Wed
2019
C3 Teachers: Shifting to Inquiry / Burlington High School
Jun 26 @ 8:30 am – Jun 27 @ 3:30 pm

In this hands-on institute, Dr. John Lee, a founder and co-director of  C3Teachers.org, will introduce participants to the Inquiry Design Model and craft classroom-ready inquiries that are aligned with the seven Standards of Practice at the heart of the 2018 MA History and Social Science Curriculum Framework. The Inquiry Design Model (IDM) is a unique approach to creating curriculum and instructional materials while relying on teacher expertise and experience.

Through whole group and small group work with classroom teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists, and coaches, Dr. Lee will also provide the tools and connections educational leaders need to deliver an IDM workshop in their schools or school systems to support inquiry-driven classrooms.

This institute is for K-12 educators, curriculum leaders, district administrators, museum educators, library/media specialists, and anyone else who develops Social Studies instructional material for Massachusetts students. Districts are welcome to send teams to support K-12 implementation.

John Lee was an author of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Standards in Social Studies, on which the Massachusetts Practices are based. Learn more at C3Teachers.org. This institute is a local version of their 2019 IDM Summer Institute, held in Washington D.C.

JUNE 26-27, 2019 | 8:30AM-3:30PM | Burlington High School

123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803 | $295; Team of four $1100  Registration includes lunch both days and the book Inquiry Design Model: Building Inquiries in Social Studies by Kathy Swan, John Lee, and S.G. Grant

Register Now or Inquire

Please Register by 5/29/19

Jul
1
Mon
2019
Understanding and Teaching the U.S. Constitution in the 21st Century
Jul 1 – Aug 15 all-day

In July, Kelley Brown (bio) is teaching an online course: Understanding and Teaching the U.S. Constitution in the 21st Century. Info and Registration. Sponsored by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, we can keep the cost low. Optional 3 grad credits in History from Westfield State University for extra fee.

  • Learn and apply strategies to address the 2018 Mass History and Social Science Curriculum Framework.
  • With two live discussions via videoconference Yale Law School’s Sterling Professor of Law, Akhil Amar. Bio.
Jul
10
Wed
2019
2019 Summer Content Institute: Under-Represented Voices of the American Revolution
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am – Aug 15 @ 4:00 pm

Online course (anytime, anywhere) and live web sessions:
Begins July 10, 2019*
Face-to-face (required) site visits:
August 12-16, 2019

* Online course will include some live lectures/presentations by scholars that will be recorded and archived.

Underrepresented Voices of the American Revolution combines scholarly presentations with place-based learning at several historical sites in and around Boston including, but not limited to, the Boston Freedom Trail, Museum of African American History-Boston, Massachusetts Historical Society, Museum of Fine Arts, Royall House and Slave Quarters, and more.

Essential Questions:

  • How inclusive was “We” in “We the People?”
  • How inclusive was the American War for Independence?
  • What contributions did women, children, and enslaved and free Africans make in the War for Independence?
  • How did certain groups view the American Revolution (during, past, and present)?
  • How does a common enemy bring social, political, racial or cultural differences come together?
  • What compel ordinary people do extraordinary things?
  • To what extent will a person sacrifice for liberty (for all) and the greater good?

Application Deadline: June 15, 2019

Cost: $325 teachers; $100 students and retired teachers

Credit: 67.5 PDPs or 3 graduate credit available ($225 for grad credits payable to Framingham State University) (awaiting confirmation)

APPLICATION FORM IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!!!

Pay by check or credit card, or purchase order (note: POs include $25 processing fee) 
Application information: www.masscouncil.org or contact Gorman Lee, Ed.D. at glee0524@gmail.com.

Jul
11
Thu
2019
Primary Sources in the Classroom: Teaching the Civil War @ Boston Anthenaeum
Jul 11 – Jul 12 all-day

The Boston Athenaeum is pleased to announce a new workshop for educators, “Primary Sources in the Classroom: Teaching the Civil War,” to be held on Thursday, July 11, and Friday, July 12.

The two-day workshop will help educators incorporate visual and textual primary sources into classroom teaching to meet learning standards in the Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework and the Common Core. The course will use the Athenaeum’s deep collections of Civil War-related materials to demonstrate, and allow participants to develop, strategies and practices that will be applicable to teaching any historical era or event.

The workshop is designed primarily for teachers of students in grades 5 through 12, but will be of value to and is open to teachers of all grade levels, homeschool educators, school librarians, and museum educators. Space is limited to 20 people.

Licensed participants will receive Professional Development Points (PDPs) for successfully completing the workshop and all assignments and assessments.

For more information and to register, visit https://www.bostonathenaeum.org/events/educator-workshops.

This workshop is sponsored in part by Taylor Mudge through the Mudge Fellowship Program.

Aug
5
Mon
2019
Argument Mapping @ Harvard University Robinson Hall
Aug 5 – Aug 7 all-day

August 5, 2019 to August 7, 2019

How do we discuss controversial topics? Often, it seems, we rely upon superficial research of the facts, intimidation, or appeals to emotion. Yet, democracy depends on citizens charitably and accurately engaging each other’s arguments.

In this workshop, we introduce ?argument mapping?: a simple, powerful, ?research-backed method for applying logical rigor to writing and classroom discussions. ?Visualizing the structure of arguments makes students more precise, confident thinkers across disciplines. ?Harvard philosophers have partnered with social studies teachers to develop and test this method with students. Teachers will be provided tools, resources, and best practices that can be implemented immediately to support student learning.

Click Here to View Tentative Schedule

Aligning with dimensions of the C3 Framework, argument mapping can help your students develop critical reasoning skills by:

  • Structuring their thinking using a visual method that organizes claims into a hierarchy of support relationships
  • Evaluating the quality of an argument by (1) evaluating premises (evidence) for truth or reasonableness; and (2) evaluating the strength and weakness of support relationships

This process helps students not just weigh evidence, but analyze whether that evidence adequately supports the logical structure that is at the heart of any argument, whether found in an essay, speech, editorial or other source vital to civic discourse.

Registration Fee*: $459 NCSS members / $599 nonmembers
*Membership can be acquired at registration to receive the member rate.

Register

Who Should Participate?

This event is open to those with an interest in creating a classroom environment open to thoughtful, evidence-based discussion amongst students.

  • K-12 Classroom Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Curriculum Specialists/Coaches
  • Higher Education Faculty
  • Teams

Travel and Lodging

Travel and hotel are not included in registration. Participants are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. The Cambridge and nearby Boston area has many lodging options available to suit your schedule and budget needs – especially if you are planning an extended stay in the area for sightseeing or other activities before/after the institute.

Presenters

Jonathan Haber is the author of Critical Voter, a curriculum that uses presidential politics to teach critical thinking. His professional background is in assessment, educational standards, certification and curriculum development.

Nate Otey is COO and Lead Instructor for ThinkerAnalytix and a Fellow in the Harvard Philosophy Department. He is also a co-founder of ThoughtFull.

Anne Sanderson is CEO and Co-Founder of ThinkerAnalytix and an Associate in the Harvard Philosophy Department. She taught high school English in California and Massachusetts schools for 25 years.

Register

Institute Location

Harvard University
Robinson Hall in Harvard Yard
35 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Oct
8
Tue
2019
Teaching History and Culture of East Asia Through Literature @ Braintree High School
Oct 8 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm

Teaching History and Culture of East Asia Through Literature
A two-day workshop for teachers

Tuesdays, October 8 and October 22, 4-7 p.m.
Braintree High School, Braintree, MA

 

Open to teachers at all levels but priority given to Braintree middle and high school teachers. 

Teachers will be provided with copies of literature for their classroom, reading guides, and engage in hands on activities to produce curriculum plans. 

Participants must attend both days for certificate of attendance or PDPs.

Register by October 1 at 

https://www.fivecolleges.edu/fcceas/ncta/2019-Braintree-Educator-Workshops 

Any questions, email Arlene Kowal: Arlene.kowal@gmail.com.

Hosted by Braintree High School Social Studies Department.

This is a National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) program sponsored by the Five College Center for East Asian Studies, and funded by the Freeman Foundation. 

 

Oct
25
Fri
2019
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! MCSS Fall One-Day Statewide Conference @ Holiday Inn & Suites-Marlborough
Oct 25 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

2019 Fall One-Day Statewide Conference
“Preparing Students to Hold the Office of Citizen”

October 25, 2019
Holiday Inn & Suites-Marlborough

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

For more information and register, click here!

Now also accepting
EXHIBITOR APPLICATIONS
Deadline: October 1, 2019

Nov
15
Fri
2019
Booking Signing with Young Adult author Cynthia Levinson @ Lesley University - University Hall - 2nd floor amphitheater
Nov 15 @ 6:00 pm

Lesley University to host booking signing with Young Adult author Cynthia Levinson

Cambridge, Ma- Lesley University will host Cynthia Levinson award-winning YA author of Fault Lines in the Constitution, We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, and Watch Out for Flying Kids!: How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community, for a book signing event, Friday November 15th at 6pm. University Hall, 1815 Mass Ave Cambridge, 2nd floor amphitheater

In Fault Lines in the Constitution Levinson, along with her constitutional law professor husband, hone in on the inspirations and challenges of the document that has shaped our country. This thought-provoking and exceptionally topical work concludes with a debate over the best way to accomplish much-needed changes to America’s most basic governing document.
Cynthia Levinson is a former teacher and educational policy consultant and researcher, she divides her time between Texas and Massachusetts.

“Fault Lines in the Constitution leverages the word “fault,” the geological cracks in the Earth’s crust, as it introduces middle grade students to the strengths and weaknesses of our democracy’s most flexible document.” (https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=orbis-pictus-honor-book-fault-lines-in-the-constitution-the-framers-their-fights-and-the-flaws-that-affect-us-today)
“Opinionated, may be controversial, but should spark a national dialogue about our Constitution and the nation’s future.” —Dan Rather
“..could not be more timely and thought provoking.” — Ted McConnell, Executive Director, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

CAPS@Lesley madams@lesley.edu

RSVP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-signing-with-cynthia-levinson-author-of-fault-lines-in-the-constitution-tickets-79601555395?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Dec
9
Mon
2019
Student Led Civic Project Workshop @ John Adams Courthouse
Dec 9 all-day

A Student Led Project
When is the next workshop?
DATES-Monday
December 9, 2019

John Adams Courthouse
Lunch Included
Workshop Fee $100.00

To register, or for more information, please contact:
Massachusetts Coordinator
Ellen Barber-Morse: 617-686-5609 ellen.barber.morse@gmail.com

FIRST COME FIRST SERVE
Only 16 participants can be accommodated

*25 PDPs are available upon completion of Project

What is Project Citizen?

Project Citizen is a civic education program that promotes competent and responsible participants in state and local government. It actively engages students in learning how to monitor and influence public policy and encourages civic participation among students, their parents, and members of the community.

As a class project, students work together to identify and study a public policy issue, eventually developing an action plan to persuade authorities to adopt their policy. The final product is a portfolio displaying each group’s work. Students fully engage because the project is student driven and authentic.

In a culminating activity, the class presents its portfolio in a simulated legislative hearing, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of how public policy is formulated. Classes also present their portfolios in the state showcase with other schools.

An outstanding cross curriculum project stressing researching, summarizing, public speaking, persuasive writing and arguing. Also the project develops 21st century skills.

The Textbook
Project Citizen includes a process oriented instructional guide (2 levels available including Spanish, Level 1). The teacher’s guide includes directions for leading the class through the five step process and developing a portfolio. It also contains instructions and evaluation procedures for conducting a simulated legislative hearing. The Project may be used in elementary classroom, middle school team or as a senior project.

About the Workshop

This active hands-on workshop is intended for grade 5-12 teachers.
• Elementary ELA and SS
• ESL – All grades
• Middle School Teams
• High School
• Special Education
It features lesson demonstrations and a chance for participants to experience the program as their students would. It also includes advice and handouts on how to implement the program in classrooms and youth groups. Participants will receive PDP’s
upon completion of Project. As well as:
• Lessons and handouts for each step of the process
• Resources for teaching
• One level of Project Citizen sample text
• Opportunity to participate in State Showcase, May 29, 2020
• Correlations with the new Massachusetts frameworks in civics, history/social science, language arts
• On going support from state coordinator

Project Citizen Outcomes

• Skills and knowledge to be an effective citizen
• Students value project’s authentic work
• Practical experience that empowers students and fosters a sense of competence
• Develops an understanding of the importance of citizen participation
• The internalization of democratic values and principles through practice
• Students accept responsibilities for their own learning and become independent learners
• Students learn to make their own decisions
• Students learn to budget their time and develop task commitment
• Students learn problem solving skills,
• Reinforce…extend…and transfer academic skills
• They learn to work as a team
State
Showcase