Professional Development

Teacher 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. We are a DESE-approved Professional Development Provider for K-12 educators in Massachusetts and authorized to issue Professional Development Points (PDPs) for educators who successfully complete workshops, institutes, and conferences provided through this organization.
 

Ongoing & Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

 
GLOBAL I.Q. EDUCATION NETWORK
The Global I.Q. Education Network is a new initiative to connect Social Studies educators across the United States and beyond to explore, discuss, and share best practices to address global conflicts and issues in the classroom in a balanced, bias-free, non-partisan, and culturally responsive manner. This network is intended to provide teachers a thoroughly-vetted curriculum, resource materials, professional development, and ideas to approach major conflicts and issues that are happening around the world today.

  • For more information about the Global I.Q. Education Network, click here.
  • To join the Global I.Q. Education network, click here.

ALL THINGS SOCIAL STUDIES PODCAST SERIES
The intent for this podcast series is to connect Social Studies educators across the Commonwealth and beyond to discuss  a variety of topics ranging from civic engagement to under-represented groups in history to engaging experiential learning opportunities to scholar work to sharing best practices in Social Studies classes. Produced by the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies. 

  • Do you wish to co-host a podcast episode? Click here for more information.

2023 SUMMER EDCAMP WORKSHOP (IN-PERSON)
Date and location to be announced
 
2023 FALL STATEWIDE CONFERENCE (IN-PERSON)
Date and location to be announced
 
103RD NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES ANNUAL MEETING AND CONFERENCE
Music City Center, 201 Rep. John Lewis Way, S. Nashville, Tennessee 37203
December 1-3, 2023
 
50TH NORTHEAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES (IN-PERSON)
After a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies will return to host the 50th NERC. Spring 2024. Location to be announced.
 
104TH NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES ANNUAL MEETING AND CONFERENCE
John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02215
November 22-24, 2024

Past Professional Development Workshops/Conferences

 
2022 FALL TWO-DAY STATEWIDE CONFERENCE | October 23-24, 2022
Cape Codder Resort and Spa, Hyannis, Massachusetts
Plimoth Patuxet Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts
To view workshops offered, click here.
 
2022 SUMMER CONTENT INSTITUTE | July 11-12, 2022
Teachers examined the lived experiences of free and enslaved Africans, Indigenous peoples, and women and children in colonial New England, and investigated how the experiences of each of these groups influenced unique perspectives of liberty (freedom), equality, rights, and democracy. 
 
2021 FALL VIRTUAL STATEWIDE SOCIAL STUDIES CONFERENCE | October 12-21, 2021
To view workshops offered, click here.
 
2020 NERC VIRTUAL | October-November 2020
The cancellation of NERC50 due to COVID-19 prompted us to coordinate a virtual conference in October and early November 2020, which offered over 20 one-hour and three-hour workshops and 8 keynote sessions. The workshops were recorded and archived on our YouTube Channel, which you can access and view here,
 
2019 FALL STATEWIDE CONFERENCE | October 25, 2019
Holiday Inn and Suites Marlborough, Marlborough, Massachusetts
To view workshops offered, click here.
 
2019 SUMMER CONTENT INSTITUTE: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE | July & August 2019
Underrepresented Voices of the American Revolution combines scholarly presentations with place-based learning at several historical sites in and around Boston including, but not limited to, the Boston Freedom Trail, Museum of African American History-Boston, Massachusetts Historical Society, Museum of Fine Arts, and Royall House and Slave Quarters in Medford, Massachusetts.
 
2019 49TH NORTHEAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES | March 18-19, 2019
Framingham State University, Framingham, Massachusetts
To view workshops offered, click here.
 
2018 FALL ONE-DAY STATEWIDE CONFERENCE | October 29, 2018
Holiday Inn and Suites Marlborough, Marlborough, Massachusetts
 
2018 SUMMER CONTENT INSTITUTE: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE | July 30-August 3, 2018
How the American Revolution Helped Shape the Bill of Rights. In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of events in Massachusetts leading up to the American Revolution, this intensive week-long course explores how the colonial and revolutionary experiences helped shape the writing of the United States Bill of Rights to the Constitution of the United States.
 
2018 48th NORTHEAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES
Connecticut Council for the Social Studies
 
2017 FALL ONE-DAY STATEWIDE CONFERENCE | October 20, 2017
Holiday Inn and Suites Marlborough, Marlborough, Massachusetts
To view workshops offered, click here.
2017 SUMMER CONTENT INSTITUTE: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE | August 2017
The central focus of the summer content institute is Article III of the U.S. Constitution—the Federal Judiciary. Key objectives of the summer content institute include: examining long-lasting principles of the federal judiciary including, but not limited to, judicial review, judicial restraint, judicial activism, and strict construction versus loose construction; exploring how the federal judiciary has affected the relationship between the federal government and the  states and the people; and analyzing the Supreme Court’s interpretations of the U.S. Constitution throughout the course of American history.
 
2017 47TH NORTHEAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES | April 3-4, 2017
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Dorchester, Massachusetts
To view workshops offered, click here.
 
2016 FALL ONE-DAY STATEWIDE CONFERENCE | October 28, 2016
Holiday Inn and Suites Marlborough, Marlborough, Massachusetts
To view workshops offered, click here.
 
2016 SUMMER CONTENT INSTITUTE: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE | August 1-6, 2016
In partnership with Suffolk University, Museum of African American History, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, and Massachusetts Center for Civic Education. The focus of the content institute is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: its principles and practice. Each day addresses a particular aspect of the First Amendment: religion, speech and of the press, assembly, and petition. Teachers will explore the First Amendment through historical, political, and legal perspectives and how to address First Amendment issues in their social studies classes. Teachers will examine the First Amendment as it was applied in civil cases as well as landmark Supreme Court cases including, but not limited to, Engel v. Vitale (1962), Tinker et al. v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969) and Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988).
 
2016 46TH NORTHEAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES | April 4-6, 2016
Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
To view workshops offered, click here.
 
2015 FALL STATEWIDE CONFERENCE | October 28, 2015
Holiday Inn and Suites Marlborough, Marlborough, Massachusetts
Tsongas Industrial Historical Center, Lowell, Massachusetts
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Dorchester, Massachusetts
To view workshops offered, click here.
 
2014 45TH NORTHEAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES | April 7-9, 2014
Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
To view workshops offered, click here.

Programs Offered in Massachusetts

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104TH NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES ANNUAL MEETING AND CONFERENCE

November 22-24, 2024
John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02215

MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION

EMERGING AMERICA

MASSACHUSETTS CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION

REVOLUTION 250

iCIVICS

GENERATION CITIZEN

CHILDREN DISCOVERING JUSTICE

4QM

THE CHOICES PROGRAM

THINKER ANALYTX

UPSTANDER PROJECT

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY TEACHERS ASSOCIATION (NEHTA)