September/October 2015 Newsletter

Dear Maine Social Studies Educator, 

With the school year about to begin, we want to invite you to be a part of the most exciting year yet with MCSS. Since our beloved leader, Glenn Nerbak, has moved on from his position as Board President, we have had a great task to continue the work the Glenn started as our fearless leader for many years. 

Despite those challenges, we are beyond excited about what is happening with social studies in Maine. Here are some of the highlights we want you to know about. 

MCSS Annual Conference Registration – Open and Live! 

Date : Friday, October 30, 2015

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Location: Morgan Hill Events Center in Hermon, Maine

Keynote: Jenny Buccos, International Documentarian  

For More Information and to register, check out our NEW, IMPROVED WEBSITE! 

Other Accomplishments: 

Revised Website – A huge thank you goes out to Anne Schlitt of the Maine Humanities Council who volunteers on our communication committee. She has taken the lead on this project and I think you will agree, the results are tremendous. There is a link on our website to register for the conference. Be sure to read the session descriptions before you register. You will be asked to choose your 3 conference sessions upon registration. 

Improved Newsletter Format – The communication team has been working to keep you updated with the latest information on what is going on in the state as well as nationally. We are continuing to streamline this process and working to keep our email list up to date and accurate. We hope you like the results. 

Increased Facebook Presence – The Communications Committee is posting some super information on our Facebook page. If you have not liked us yet, please do so soon. We don’t want you to miss out on all the great information, and it makes it even easier for us to keep in touch with you. 

Revised Constitution – This will help us to include more of YOU on our board. We are hoping to have representation from around the state to better serve your needs. We are also in need of volunteers to serve on our committees: Conference and Events, Communication, and Membership. If you are interested, please email us. More information will also be available at the annual conference. 

Lobbying for Social Studies – We are working toward a stronger voice for the social studies in Maine and nationally. Board President Kate Sheldon represented Maine at the NCSS Summer Leadership Institute in Washington, DC in July. There she had the opportunity to lobby our Congressional delegation for more support for the social studies in the current version of the ESEA. It was a great opportunity to hear what other councils nationally are offering to their constituents and how teachers are continuing to thrive, despite increasing demands of testing and curriculum mandates. 

Newly Elected Board – 

Officers

Kate Sheldon, Shapleigh School teacher, President 

Shane Gower, Maranacook High School teacher, Vice President 

Christy Hammer, USM Professor, Treasurer 

Kathleen Neumann, Secretary 

Board Members

Skip L’Heureux, Boothbay Region HS teacher 

Faith Campbell, Mt. View Middle School teacher 

Susan Lahti, Maine Geographic Association 

Kristie Littlefield, Maine DOE Social Studies Specialist 

Nicole Rancourt , Maine Humanities Council Program Officer 

As you can tell, it has been an extremely busy season for us, and we are looking forward to meeting all of you in person at the conference in October. See you on 10/30/15 in Hermon! 

Respectfully, 

The MCSS Executive Board