MCSS January-February Newsletter
Announcements & News
WELCOME TO OUR NEW
MCSS BOARD MEMBERS!
Brandi LeRoy is a Social Studies Teacher at Bangor High School. She is a ESRI T3G (teachers teaching teachers GIS) alumni and GeoMentor- National Geographic Certified Teacher and Facilitator for teacher certification. Brandi is very excited to join the MCSS community; Social Studies is her passion and she is excited to share it and learn from other like minded teachers across our state.
Adam Schmitt is an Assistant Professor in Teacher Education and History at the University of Southern Maine. He teaches Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Methods, as well as courses in the History department. Prior to teaching at the university level, Adam was a middle school social studies teacher for ten years in Illinois. He is excited to be joining the MCSS board in order to support the field of social studies in Maine and learn how best to support Maine teachers and his students.
Melissa Poston is excited to be a member of the board. Melissa has taught at Telstar High School for nineteen years and is the chair of both the Social Studies and English departments. She teaches both humanities at the 10th grade level and AP history courses. Melissa believes that it is more important than ever to teach social studies as a pathway toward developing empathy for others, and that we need our students to become informed, critical thinkers who consider the good of all and not just the few.
Dennis Edmonson is a former Maine History Teacher of the Year who teaches US History at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham. Dennis has bachelors degree is in Secondary Social Studies Education and a Masters degree is in American Studies. He joined the board because he appreciates the great work of MCSS in supporting and enhancing history and social studies education in Maine.
Sarah Bailey currently teaches at South Portland high school and has been there for the last 11 years. She teaches ninth grade world history and 11th grade honors American history. Sarah is very excited to be joining the Maine social studies board and to work with teachers across the state to see the awesome things that are going on; she wants to be able to help connect teachers with each other and help create experiences for them.
Stephanie Nichols teaches 2nd grade at Narragansett Elementary School in Gorham, ME. She feels honored and excited to have been accepted to the board of the MCSS. Social Studies education is Stephanie's true passion because she finds it so fascinating to constantly be able to make connections in everything to the Social Studies!
Mathy Terrill teaches at Washington Academy where she is head of the Social Studies department. She has been teaching social studies for about 13 years and has a Masters degree in History from the University of Maine. Mathy is very passionate about social studies and spreading that passion on to students.
Shawn MaGaw teaches World History and AP government at Massabesic High School and for Massabesic Adult and Community Education. He is the adviser for the school Political science club, and also served on the State MLR rewrite committee as the History co-chair and on the MCCL standards rewrite team. Shawn would like to work with MCSS to help expand and enhance collaboration and peer training amongst Maine social studies teachers.
MCSS Endorses Joe Schmidt for NCSS Board
Each year, the National Council for the Social Studies holds elections to fill positions on their Board of Directors and leadership team. Voting for 2019-2020 Board of Directors will begin after the annual NCSS conference this December. The NCSS Board of Directors oversees the mission and vision of the organization and sets the policy that supports not only the organization, but social studies educators around the country and the world.
The Maine Council for the Social Studies, at its October 4, 2018 meeting, voted unanimously to endorse Joe Schmidt as candidate for the At-Large position on the NCSS Board of Directors. Joe has served in a leadership capacity in a variety of social studies organizations both in Maine, Wisconsin, and nationally. This includes his current position as Social Studies Specialist for the Maine Department of Education as well as serving on the MCSS Board.
Joe has served the past four years as a member of both the iCivics National Educator Network and the Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board. He currently serves on the Government and Public Relations Committee and previously chaired the select subcommittee for Social Studies for NCSS. Other distinguished recognition and positions include:
• K-12 Social Studies Teacher Leader for Curriculum & Instruction at the Madison Metropolitan
• Vice-President and Business Manager for the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies
• Social Studies Advisory Council for the Wisconsin Department of Instruction
• Item and Content Reviewer for the Wisconsin Forward Exam
• Fellow at the Center for the Study of the American Constitution
• Teacher Study Abroad Program for the European Union Center for Excellence
• 2017 Snavely/Michalko Memorial Award for outstanding service to social studies community in Wisconsin
• 2014 NCSS Summer Leadership Institute
Joe believes that social studies is the curriculum for how we live our lives and can be the cure to what ails us. Not only does it prepare students for tackling larger and deeper issues as they grow older, but it also sets the stage for well-rounded students who are not afraid to ask questions and explore their own curiosity about our world while also raising literacy rates and test scores. He believes deeply in social studies, but understands that educators need more support. There is so much potential, but we all realize there are barriers to successful implementation. As a former classroom teacher, who became a district level curriculum leader, and now as a state specialist, he has the background experience to address these barriers.
Joe believes that we must encourage all educators, including elementary teachers, to provide meaningful Social Studies education for all students. For example, demonstrating how literacy learning is stronger when history content is included and how mathematics in the context of even basic economics deepens those mathematical practices. He knows there is more work to do in our social studies classes and curriculum, but the leaders we will rely on in the future, need to be shaped in the K-12 classrooms of today.
The MCSS board knows that Joe has been a leader for social studies throughout his career and serves as a strong advocate for supporting not only social studies educators in Maine but throughout NCSS.
SOCIAL STUDIES IN MAINE SPOTLIGHT
MCSS President and Maranacook Community High School teacher, Shane Gower is a collaborator on the just released publication Herstory: Women in American History(his lesson on Maine's own Dorothea Dix is on page 20 of the book). The publication from National History Day®, is sponsored by HISTORY® as part of its History/Herstory campaign.
This resource encourages teachers to integrate the story of women into American history. With the one hundredth anniversary of suffrage, it is tempting to see the story of American women as the fight to achieve the vote, but this work includes the stories of women from colonial America through recent history.
The resource contains 20 bell-ringer activities – short activities, based on primary sources that can be incorporated into American history and civics classrooms.
The resource will be published and available for purchase this spring, however it is available for free online here: https://www.nhd.org/women-history.
SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE CLASSROOM SPOTLIGHT
Wentworth School Participates in
Local History, Local Schools
at Maine Historical Society
Local History, Local Schools is Maine Historical Society's museum-school partnership program, offered to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms in schools in southern Maine. MHS collaborates with these partnering schools on in-depth units of study for based on MHS’s current museum exhibit. The partnership includes in-classroom visits from MHS educators as well as a trip to the museum for the students; research and art-making; and a family celebration displaying student work in the museum at the project's culmination. This year’s program is in conjunction with the exhibit Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here. The students of the Wentworth studied the history of food and food preparation in Maine, studied historic recipes, and even tried their hands at cooking with a cooking class at Measuring Up: Cooking for Kids in Scarborough, ME. The exhibit is on display at MHS through February 1; Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts here is open through March 2.
To learn more about MHS’s educational programming, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
National History in Maine - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Through National History Day in Maine’s first five years we have proven that we can host quality contests, recruit dedicated teachers and judges, provide excellent resources to educators and students, win multiple awards at the national level, and serve as a model for smaller programs with fewer staff and minimal budgets. It’s been a long road to get to this point, but one we feel we have not completed. With the help of new collaborative partners and the hiring of an UMaine intern we are going to make even more strides this year.
The upcoming year for National History Day in Maine promises to be our largest to date. For the first time ever we will host regional contests in Lewiston (Museum LA and the Lewiston Public Library) and Bangor (John Bapst Memorial High School)! As always, the state contest will be held at the University of Maine. Teachers, judges, and event coordinators are looking forward to seeing the student research based projects connected to the annual theme—Triumph and Tragedy in History.
Maine’s first regional contest will take place on March 8, 2019 in Lewiston. Two weeks later, on March 23, Bangor will host another--Bruce Whittier Middle School in Poland will hold an independent schoolwide contest. It is encouraging to see the enthusiasm from teachers, students, and parents about the regional contests. Not only will the contests help grow the program, but more importantly it is another step in the research and development process where students can present their work, receive constructive feedback from professionals in the field, and edit and revise their projects as they prepare for the state contest at UMaine on April 27, 2019.
It is important to note that students MUST compete at the regional level to participate at the state contest. Registration for the regional contests open on January 4, 2019. Soon we will also be putting a call out for judges to staff these events. I hope some of you will consider volunteering your time or encourage others to enrich a student’s experience.
Please follow NHD in Maine on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Contact State Coordinator John Taylor (email@example.com) or visit https://umaine.edu/history/national-history-day/ to learn more about the program or upcoming events. Visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AbWGznNipslcphKlNBV2CvTAguaw6-Cy/view?usp=sharing for a full list of important contest deadlines.
Have a story you want to share for our SOCIAL STUDIES IN MAINE or SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE CLASSROOM spotlights? Submit it to the Maine Council for Social Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opportunities for Teachers and Students
Part-time Educator position, Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Jan. 11 deadline - The HHRC seeks a regional southern Maine educator to deliver quality educational programming in the areas of Holocaust history and human rights to middle and high school students across southern Maine. The part-time position is 20 hours per week during the school year. The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC) promotes universal respect for human rights through outreach and education. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other events past and present, we encourage individuals and communities to reflect and act upon their moral responsibilities to confront prejudice, intolerance and discrimination.
Roles & Responsibilities
· Deliver educational workshops and seminars on topics including Holocaust history and human rights to students, grades 5 through 12, in schools across southern Maine.
· Participate in training at the HHRC to achieve mastery of HHRC subject matter, curriculum and materials developed in collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance.
· Recruit teachers and schools to participate in the HHRC programming including student workshops, class visits to the Michael Klahr Center and teacher training.
· Manage scheduling for programming with all schools in Cumberland and York counties.
· Represent the HHRC in schools and to the public.
· Promote the HHRC’s educational programming as appropriate through social media.
· Assist in program evaluation and review.
· Support ongoing curriculum review and development.
· Assist the Associate Director as required.
· Demonstrated skills in public speaking, particularly to children and youth required.
· Teaching experience preferred.
· Work experience in human rights, civil rights or Holocaust education preferred.
· Demonstrated training, expertise or interest in Holocaust history, human rights and/or civil rights.
· Strong attention to detail and accuracy with regards to educational content.
· Excellent oral and written communications skills.
· Curriculum development experience a plus.
· Minimum B.A. or B.S. required.
Salary & Benefits: This is a part-time position of approximately 20 hours per week for the duration of the 2018-2019 school year to resume in the 2019-2020 school year. Hourly rate depends upon experience. Flexible schedule and ability to drive to schools required. Must have reliable transportation and a personal cell phone (mileage and phone reimbursed.) This employee is encouraged to work from home or on-site in schools and will be provided with an iPad to facilitate remote work. The HHRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with federal, state, and local laws, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, veteran status, or disability.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and a list of three references to Philip.email@example.com by January 11, 2019.
Maine State Museum, educational programming, ongoing - The Maine State Museum offers over 20 different educational programs and tours about Maine’s natural environment, prehistory, industry and agriculture, and social history. Take a look at our website www.mainestatemuseum.org/learn/ (or 207-287-2301) easy online reservations and detailed descriptions of all our educator-led gallery programs and tours. Don’t forget we can also help you schedule Maine State House Tours and Blaine House Tours. Museum admission and all of our tours and gallery programs are free for schools! Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote a new exhibit exploring the 100th anniversary of women’s right in Maine and the nation coming to the Maine State Museum on March 21, 2019!
National History Day in Maine, Registration for Regional Contests, now open - The upcoming year for National History Day in Maine promises to be our largest to date! For the first time ever we will host regional contests on March 8, 2019 in Lewiston (Museum LA and the Lewiston Public Library) and on March 23, 2019 in Bangor (John Bapst Memorial High School)! As always, the state contest will be held at the University of Maine. Bruce Whittier Middle School in Poland will hold an independent schoolwide contest. Teachers, judges, and event coordinators are looking forward to seeing the student research based projects connected to the annual theme—Triumph and Tragedy in History. It is important to note that students MUST compete at the regional level to participate at the state contest. Registration for the regional contests open on January 4, 2019. Follow NHD in Maine on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Contact State Coordinator John Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit https://umaine.edu/history/national-history-day/ to learn more about the program or upcoming events. Visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AbWGznNipslcphKlNBV2CvTAguaw6-Cy/view?usp=sharing for a full list of important contest deadlines.
Resources for Social Studies Teachers on Wabanaki History, Culture, an Contemporary Issues - Resources include the specific "Resource List for Elementary and Middle School Teachers" as well as information on how to obtain a copy of The Wabanakis of Maine and the Maritimes: http://bit.ly/2N9vsN6
National Institute for Civil Discourse, Reviving Civility, ongoing - Incivility in America has reached epidemic proportions. In far too many instances rudeness, disrespect and hostility sideline collaboration and compromise. NICD is spearheading a national grassroots initiative to revive civility and respect that gives Americans solution-oriented actions to do so. Citizens and policy makers nationwide are stepping forward and becoming community connectors who agree to promote civility and respect in their community. Individuals and groups within communities are coming together around the desire to change the tone of our democracy. From urban to rural communities, we’re seeing policy makers, schools & universities (faculty and students), civic groups, business leaders, faith based communities, media leaders and others joining in this call. If you are tired of incivility, join us in reviving civility and respect: https://nicd.arizona.edu/revivecivility
For more information, contact: Mark Hews, Maine State Organizer
Email: email@example.com Phone: (207) 577-0209
Uncovering America, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, ongoing - The National Gallery of Art has is working on a national project and curriculum called Uncovering America, which looks at the intersection of art and history, and delves into how artists have both shaped and reflected history, and our understandings of what America/American identity is. Though the curriculum draws on works of art, of course, as the main primary sources, the project was developed in hopes of filling a gap for history and social studies educators. The project seeks 1-2 history educators in each state to try some of it out and give feedback. Learn more at https://www.nga.gov/education/teachers/lessons-activities/uncovering-america.html
Maine Humanities Council programming, ongoing - Did you know the Maine Humanities Council has lots of programming around the entire state of Maine? Check out all the offerings online! https://mainehumanities.org/
Giant Traveling Map of Maine, Maine Geographic Alliance, ongoing - The National Geographic Education Foundation has given each member of the Alliance network, two ‘giant’ maps. The Maine map is 17 ft by 20 ft and includes major cities, Native lands, and topographic features such as rivers, lakes and elevation. he trunk that houses the map also includes teacher materials for grades 2-5. There are supporting materials including an activity book with standards’ based lessons, lanyards, plastic cups and cones, plastic chains, Maine Ag in the classroom resources, state and national flags, the Maine classroom Atlas and more. Schools may use the map and materials at no cost. This is a floor map and students may walk on it with socks on. No shoes or writing materials are to be used on the map.
If you are interested in scheduling one of the maps for your school, please contact Susan Lahti at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put GTMMaine in the subject line.
Maine Historical Society educational programming, ongoing - Maine Historical Society offers a variety of programs and resources designed to help teachers and students explore Maine history. These include programs at our one-acre campus in Portland and in schools across the state, professional development opportunities for teachers, outreach programs, partnerships with schools around Maine, and resources on the web. All programs draw on MHS's extensive historical collections and the knowledge of our professional staff. All our programs can be adapted to meet the needs of students in grades K–16 and have been designed in accordance with Maine Learning Results and Common Core State Standards. To learn more visit our website or email email@example.com.
Maine State Museum, Tours and Gallery Programs & State House Tours and Blaine House Tours, ongoing - Let us help you plan a field trip to Augusta and the State House Complex! The Maine State Museum offers over 20 different educational programs and tours about Maine’s natural environment, prehistory, industry and agriculture, and social history. Take a look at our website www.mainestatemuseum.org/learn/ for easy online reservations and detailed descriptions of all our educator-led gallery programs and tours. Don’t forget we can also help you schedule Maine State House Tours and Blaine House Tours. Museum admission and all of our tours and gallery programs are free for schools! Reservations Recommended for all Group Visits. For reservations and more information: www.mainestatemuseum.org/learn/ or 207-287-2301
Holocaust and Human Rights Center, Free Educational Outreach, ongoing - The HHRC provides educational outreach to schools and community groups throughout Maine free of charge. These programs focus on issues relating to the Holocaust and human rights. Our outreach programs are available to bring to your school, or you’re welcome to schedule a visit to the Michael Klahr Center. For more information visit hhrcmaine.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-621-3530.