Vision/Mission Statement

Our Mission

The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies is the state affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies and an associate of the New England History Teachers Association.

The Mission of MCSS is to:

  1. Provide a professional organization for educators involved in teaching any of the wide range of subject areas included in the definition of social studies.
  2. Provide professional development for social studies educators.
  3. Serve as a liaison with the state agencies charged with setting and assessing the curriculum standards for social studies and providing the oversight of social studies education.
  4. Promote the maintenance and expansion of the social studies at all levels of education from pre-K through university.
  5. Encourage students to excel in the social studies by promoting Massachusetts History Day and by providing Opus Bono, the state social studies honor society.
  6. Encourage and assist in the development of new social studies educators.

Who We Are

The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit educational organization. We are powered by a network of social studies educators – volunteers working at every level of schooling. We communicate with each other through publications and meetings.  Through professional development and advocacy, we strive to support and strengthen social studies education across the Commonwealth by partnering with related professional associations, government, and private agencies.

MCSS is affiliated with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and participates fully in that organization’s efforts to advance the profession.

Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies is the largest professional association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 35 countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, civics, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education. The NCSS membership represents K-12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies.