President’s Message – Jan2016

seto1Happy New Year!

In September of each year we establish goals for the organization, and I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate those goals. They remain a high priority;

Maintaining and increasing the membership of MCSS remains a constant task. MCSS will continue efforts to reach social studies teachers across the Commonwealth, especially those new to the profession, and to provide them with encouragement and professional development. A past MCSS president once asked,

Why is every department chair, every curriculum coordinator, every Social Studies supervisor not a member of MCSS? Why do we have so few MCSS members from the colleges? Why are members of the League of Women Voters or Facing History and Ourselves, or any number of other such organizations not members of MCSS? Why are the instructors of geography, of sociology, of psychology, of economics, of government and political science not members of MCSS?” This will be a major goal for the 2015-2016 MCSS year. Over the months ahead, the MCSS will be making great efforts to reach out to all who should be members of this council.

We’ll continue to our legislative advocacy efforts at the state level, re-establishing contact with our representatives in the House of Representatives and the Senate at every opportunity. MCSS will continue to be an advocate for social studies teachers at the state and local levels.

MCSS will continue to become a major provider of information and resources. Teachers at all levels are always in need of materials to support their teaching of content, and MCSS will continue to take steps to provide this content support. MCSS is continuing to sponsor topics in world history, U.S. history, civics, economics, and geography. Future professional development will also present inquiry approaches for teaching specific subject matter.

In the past few months, Vice-president Casey Cullen has been hard at work putting together another fantastic regional conference (NERC). The National Council for the Social Studies considers the Northeast Regional Conference to be the best organized and attended of all regional conferences in the United States. You don’t want to miss it.

Teachers can register early through the Mass Council’s website,,