President’s Message – Spring 2020

Bill McGarrigle

Greetings fellow Social Studies EDUCATORS! I would like to begin with a brief introduction. My name is Bill McGarrigle, and I am the newly elected MCSS President. I have been teaching Social Studies for 17 years. As an educator, I strive to be a lifelong learner, and as such became a member of MCSS over 5 years ago. I have been to several conferences and workshops during that time. Last year I decided to become more involved with this wonderful organization and applied to be the President. I was elected during NERC 49 and have spent the past summer working closely with the organization’s leaders to improve and expand opportunities for MCSS Members.

It is an exciting time to be in education, particularly the discipline of Social Studies. As I am sure your all keenly aware, the State of MA has a new Social Studies Framework.  Further, there is a new emphasis on Civics and how important it is to teach to students. That being said, we need to continue to share our passion, commitment and necessity for Social Studies with our Colleagues, Administrators, Students, Families and Elected Officials! We are fully aware of the vital role it occupies in our classrooms, schools, communities and country. Numerous MCSS members are models in this capacity; including Norm Shacochis, Gorman Lee, Casey Cullen, Kerry Dunn, Roger Desrosiers, to just name a few. STILL, we continue to seek YOUR involvement and dedication to propel our organization to greater accomplishments.

PLEASE join us for our upcoming events in the 2019-2020 year:

Fall One-Day Conference at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Marlborough 10/25/19. This is sponsored by McGraw-Hill, and Dr. Carl Hobert will be our morning keynote speaker. Kenneth C. Davis, author of the Don’t Know Much About… ® series, will be our afternoon keynote speaker. Also, DESE will be presenting a special session at 3:00 p.m. to update developments on curriculum framework, assessments, and Civics project, and that session will be FREE for all educators. There will be a wide array of workshops on numerous topics.

NERC 50 Spring 2020. This is going to be a memorable event! Celebrating NERC 50 is a major undertaking. As such, the details for this event are still being coordinated. We will excitedly announce this special program once all the details are completed.

Please be sure to visit our website at for more information, resources and opportunities for professional growth!

In closing, I would like to thank all of you for what you do EACH day!!!

Our students, families and communities are fortunate that dedicated and professional educators like yourselves work diligently to inspire and enlighten today’s youth with an appreciation of Social Studies.

Yours in Education
Bill McGarrigle
MCSS President