50th Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies


Preparing Students to Hold the Office of Citizen

April 6-7, 2020

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Venue to be announced

We are now accepting proposals for workshops for our 50th Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies (NERC50)!

The theme of NERC50 is “Preparing Students to Hold the Office of Citizen.” Social Studies is a large academic field that includes history, geography, economics, civics and government, archaeology, and the behavioral sciences such as psychology and sociology. Collectively, Social Studies is intended to prepare students to hold the “Office of Citizen” and is essential for responsible citizenship in areas such as history and government, geography, economics, sociology, and communication. Social Studies creates opportunities for students to apply critical thinking and content knowledge to analyze information on complex issues and to seek solutions to real-world problems.

This year, NERC50 will be a two-day event: Monday, April 6, 2019, and Tuesday, April 7, 2019. Members of Mass Council and the following social studies state councils (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York State, New Jersey) and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) are able to register to NERC50 at discounted member rate.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020 will be a day-long conference that will consist of a general session and concurrent one-hour workshop sessions in the morning and afternoon, similar to our fall one-day conference schedule. We are considering adding a fourth session in mid- to late-afternoon. At this time, we are planning 6 to 7 concurrent workshops per session. If you are interested in proposing a workshop for Monday, April 6, 2020, click here.

The Mass Council NERC50 planning committee is currently exploring venues for NERC50.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

For NERC50, we are going to try something different. On Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Mass Council will pilot a day (morning, afternoon, or full day) where several workshops will take place at participating host sites in Boston and eastern Massachusetts, including historical societies, historical sites, state and national parks, libraries, museums, and institutions. We are looking for a variety of place-based learning professional development opportunities throughout Massachusetts. If you are interested in hosting a NERC50 workshop at your site, please click here.

Applicants will be notified no later than March 1, 2020 if they will host a NERC50 workshop at their site.

Now accepting exhibitor applications for NERC50!

Exhibit at NERC50 – Monday, April 6, 2020

NERC50 is the largest regional Social Studies conference in the United States, providing professional development for Social Studies teachers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. Becoming an exhibitor offers the opportunity to reach the hundreds of decision-makers expected to attend, including curriculum directors, supervisors, coordinators, principals, assistant superintendents and superintendents, among others. These leaders are seeking the latest products and services to help their schools better serve their students, families, and communities.


Monday, April 6, 2020
7:00AM – 8:30AM
SHOW HOURS: 8:00AM – 4:00PM
TEAR DOWN: 3:30PM – 4:30PM


One (1) exhibit table – $500.00
Two (2) exhibit tables – $900.00
Non-profit organizations – $350.00 for one (1) table or $600 for two (2) tables


Your exhibitor fee includes:

  • Conference registration for Monday (including meals provided) for exhibitor personnel
  • Listing in the conference website
  • 6′ x 30″ rectangular table and 2 chairs
  • ID sign at booth
  • Table host networking opportunity at the Monday lunch
  • Wifi & electricity
  • Contact information of all NERC50 attendees


For companies, institutions, and organizations wishing to sponsor a specific day, materials, or social events during the NERC50, individual sponsorship provides an appealing option. This allows your company, institution, or organization to select your desired level of involvement and exposure to attendees at the conference, and to establish contacts and to network with educators and school administrators across the northeast region of the United States. Sponsorship includes individual or exclusive recognition and exhibit table where you can showcase and demonstrate your products.

Option A: Morning Coffee, Pastries, and Bagels – $1,500

Includes seasonal fresh fruit, two breakfast baked goods, juice, coffee and tea, includes cream cheese, butter, and jellies

Option B: Luncheon – $2,500

Sandwich Box Lunches include Your Choice of Side Salad, Dessert and Beverage. Grab and Go selections are delivered and displayed on a linen-draped service table, and clean up is included. Selections are also available as served, plated lunches upon request.