President’s Message – Sept 2017

September 2017


An exciting new year lies ahead

If your email box is anything like mine it has been deluged in the last week with “Welcome Back” emails from just about every business, association, or institution known to man. So in the hope to alleviate redundancy I will keep this brief…welcome back.

I am much more interested in sharing with you a few of the great opportunities that the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies has been working on to assist fellow professionals throughout the region.

1) We held our first summer content institute this summer at Suffolk University. This year we focused on the first amendment and had renowned experts help educators grapple with teaching such a versatile topic. We will be doing another institute next summer so stay tuned! Why are these classes a big deal? We were able to work with Framingham State University to get 3 graduate level credits in history for teachers that need it for licensure. If you need PDP’s we can offer those too!

2) We are now offering credit for our conferences. You can pick up one grad credit from Framingham State when you attend the fall conference in Marlboro on October 26th, develop a few lesson plans, and share them in an informal gallery walk session during N.E.R.C. at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate on April 3rd& 4th.

3) The work to update the state Social Studies frameworks begins in January. We need your input as part of the process. Stay tuned for an opportunity to participate in our advocacy day this spring on Beacon Hill.

4) We are reorganizing the sub-committees in our council in October which will provide fluidity to respond to the evolving status of Social Studies education in Massachusetts. Please let us know if you would like to get involved with a committee. The committee would meet roughly 3-4 times during the school year.

Have a great year and I look forward to seeing you at one of our future event.

Many Thanks,
Casey Cullen
MCSS President