About Us

The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit educational organization. It is a network of social studies educators who work with related professional associations, government, and private agencies in support of history and social studies education.

Professional Development

Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies is committed to promote professional growth and provide high quality professional development workshops for all Social Studies educators across the Commonwealth.

Teacher Resources

Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies provides high-quality, freely-available history resources to improve instruction and assessment for educators. These resources include collections of primary and secondary sources, bell-ringer activities, full lesson plans with teacher-walkthroughs, videos, and more.

Advocating for & supporting social studies education

The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit educational organization. It is a network of social studies educators who work with related professional associations, government, and private agencies in support of history and social studies education.

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NEWS: Students tell ed board about antisemitism in schools

NEWS: Students tell ed board about antisemitism in schools

Summary: High school students in Massachusetts, during a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting, raised concerns about a rise in antisemitic incidents in schools. Sarah, a student from Holliston High School, detailed instances of Nazi salutes and...

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2023 Fall Conference Theme

2023 Fall Conference Theme

2023 THEME: PREPARING STUDENTS TO BECOME CRITICAL CONSUMERS OF INFORMATION AND LEARNING Students must be critical consumers of information and learning because it helps them develop essential skills for academic and personal success. Developing critical thinking...

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Increase investment in civic education, don’t decrease it

Increase investment in civic education, don’t decrease it

Legislature should override Healey's cut to fund that supports district and state programming   AS WE DIP our toes into a new school year and another presidential election cycle, the importance of an educated and engaged voting populace has never been clearer.  ...

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