President’s Message – June 2016

As we enter into the month of June I would like to congratulate you on another wonderful year. I truly believe that we social studies teachers have the best job on Earth. Sure we may not make millions, but to teach students lessons of virtue, character, and citizenship which are woven into all our curriculums is an honor and a privilege that few professionals share.

It is my privilege to lead the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies through next May in its mission to educate, advocate, and inspire social studies educators throughout the state. This work can never be done alone, nor should it. I will be asking for your support in the coming year to help the council and myself reach our goals to ensure the stability and promotion of social studies education in Massachusetts.

In brief my goals are to:

Provide excellent professional development opportunities for social studies teachers;
Strengthen/establish ties with elementary educators to build an enduring curriculum in every district;
Work with lawmakers and the DESE on the new frameworks to ensure that social studies teachers have a voice in the process.

Three dates to put on your calendar now:
-NERC 47 April 3rd&4th at the Edward M. Kennedy Center.
-Our MCSS one day Fall conference Wednesday October 26th
-The Summer Civics Institute at Suffolk University August 1st – 6th 2016 (Registration open, sign up soon!)

Please visit our website for more details or follow us on our Facebook page. I wish you a wonderful summer with friends and family and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.

Casey Cullen