President’s Message

Message from the President

Hello Colleagues – 

I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as the President of the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies. As a social studies educator in the Hudson Public Schools for nearly three decades, my work has always been supported by dedicated and skilled colleagues and professional organizations like MCSS.  Indeed, our organization is but a collaboration of some of the finest social studies educators across the state.  Teachers and administrators – acting and retired – offer up their time and talents to support the professional growth of educators and advocate for our discipline.  

MCSS taps into the expertise of educators, state agencies and non-profits across the state to deliver professional development in fall conferences, summer courses, and other workshops and institutes throughout the year.  We advocate at the local, state and federal level for the prioritization and funding of social studies and argue that the civic education of students stands as the central goal of a K-12 education. 

In the coming year, MCSS aims to increase its membership base as well as build out the team of professionals who fuel its work.  We’ve rolled out a new website and are increasing our social media presence.  We envision MCSS becoming the go-to website – the first stop – when teachers and leaders who are looking for support, searching for resources, or wondering about public policy regarding our profession.  

These are challenging times for educators who dedicate their lives to teaching for democracy.  Book-banning is on the rise. The censorship of racial and gender ideas wildly distorts the teaching in all social studies disciplines.  The foundational ideals that sustain the education and institutions of our liberal democratic education are under attack.  The work of MCSS is more important than ever.  Please tap into our work.  Please join our cause.

Todd Wallingford