President’s Message – April 2012

April 2012

Welcome to our new Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies web site. A lot of time, planning, effort and money has gone into producing a high-quality, functional, user-friendly site, dense with useful material for the social studies teacher. As president of the Mass Council, this has been my signature goal and, hopefully achievement. Our goal is to make the Mass Council indispensable as a source of information, lesson plan ideas, professional development opportunities, book reviews, historical vacation ideas, as well as a clearing house for free and inexpensive materials for the classroom. Though we have made considerable strides in improving our ability to accommodate your needs with this website, we are just beginning! I hope that you will afford the opportunity to give us feedback. Let us know what you like and don’t like, what we need to provide and what you hope to someday be able to do as a result of this website. Our goal was to broaden this council’s appeal to a wider reach of social studies professionals, especially the younger social studies teachers in the state. Our organization depends on membership dues for our existence. We feel that a more robust website will enhance our ability to reach out to our newer teachers by offering them something that they truly need and will use. We are flexible enough to respond to your needs so don’t be shy! For instance, we may consider a job-openings page if you think it would be useful. Please take some time to visit this site and see what is available to social studies teachers. Our intention is to keep this site fresh with frequent updates and we encourage you to submit material to be included in the site.

The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies is the professional organization for social studies educators in the state of Massachusetts. Its elected leadership meets several times a year to set policy and plan for the organization. The MCSS also plans and executes the Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies three out of every four years. This conference is the regional professional development conference held each year in the spring.

Robert Kostka, MCSS President