Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. 

Excellence In Teaching Grants

The Maine Council for the Social Studies is once again accepting applications for the Glenn Nerbak Excellence Award. Please access the following link to get background and information on how to apply for this prestigious award. Award winners can get up to $1,000 to support their commitment to extending learning beyond the classroom through civic education, social justice, and/or service learning.

Excellence in Teaching Grants

MCSS 2019 Conference Request For Proposals

We are looking for quality and dynamic educators who are willing to share best practices, ideas, content, and strategies.

We are pleased to confirm that Kenneth C. Davis has officially accepted the invite to be the 2019 Keynote Speaker.

Kenneth C. Davis is an American historian, best known for his Don't Know Much About... series. Born in Mount Vernon, New York City, he attended but did not graduate from Concordia College, Bronxville in New York, and Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York. He lives in New York City and Dorset, Vermont, with his wife and two children.

Davis has made media appearances, including NPR's All Things Considered, and he has lectured at museums, including the Smithsonian Museum and the American Museum of Natural History. He has been a contributor to The New York Times, Newsday and other publications.

Published by Crown in 1990, Davis's second book, Don't Know Much About History, spent 35 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and sold nearly 1.5 million copies. This unexpected success launched the Don't Know Much About... series. The standardized format is a chronological coverage of a subject with each chapter divided into boldface subheads of questions, such as, "Did Pocahontas really save John Smith's life?" Davis then answers the questions with basic facts delivered in short easy-to-read essays which have a straightforward approach, but sometimes grab the reader's attention by beginning with light humor and anachronistic comparisons, for example: "Even the astronauts who flew to the moon had a pretty good idea of what to expect; Columbus was sailing, as Star Trek puts it, 'where no man has gone before'." Wikipedia

 Our theme this year is:   "Maine's Bicentennial:  Past, Present, and Future."

The deadline to submit is May 15, 2019 and notifications of acceptance will go out by the first of July 2019.  


View the MCSS 2018 Annual Conference Keynote Address by Ms. Barbara McCormack, Vice President of Education at the Newseum in Washington D.C at the following links:

Part 1

Part 2

MCSS, Maine's local affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies, is YOUR statewide professional Social Studies organization. Run entirely by volunteers, we welcome teachers, administrators, librarians, and all those who love Social Studies to help us advocate for and improve the Social Studies in Maine.

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