May/June 2018 Newsletter

MCSS May - June 2018 Newsletter

Spring into Social Studies!

 

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. ~ Samuel Johnson

MCSS
Announcements & News




MCSS ANNUAL CONFERENCE
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS


The Maine Council for the Social Studies invites you to propose a workshop session for the 2018 MCSS Conference that will be held on October 22, 2018 at the Augusta Civic Center. The theme of the conference is: How Do You Teach in Today’s Climate: Social Studies Education in a Polarized World.

We are looking for K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 educators and school specialists that are willing to share best practices and content knowledge in the areas of geography, economics, history, technology, global studies, civics, sociology, psychology, and humanities. Content teachers outside of the social studies are encouraged to submit interdisciplinary proposals that connect to the social studies.

Date for final submissions is June 12, 2018.
Conference presenters will be notified by the end of July.


SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL HERE!



Have you seen our new blog?

Check out the MCSS website for our new blog
with posts from board President Shane Gower! 

MCSS is here to help you stay up to date on all the Social Studies news in Maine for teachers and students.  Be sure to visit our website and Facebook page, and encourage your colleagues to sign-up for our newsletter!

 

Free PD and connect online!
 

Did you know that Twitter is a great way to engage in free PD around Social Studies education? Please join us the first Thursday of each month on Twitter from 7-8pm by searching for: #SocStudME. You can engage in professional development with other educators around the State and across the country by using #SocStudME. Each month has a different theme.

June is hosted by MCSS President Shane Gower and the theme is "Refresh and Recharge: Summer PD". Please join us on June 7 from 7-8 and use #SocStudME.

SOCIAL STUDIES IN MAINE SPOTLIGHT


Maine National History Day Competition Results
 

Nearly 400 students, teachers, and parents participated in the National History Day in Maine State Contest on April 7, 2018 at the University of Maine. This year’s theme was Conflict and Compromise in History. Each year NHD challenges Maine students to perform at their best and State Coordinator John Taylor is pleased that 33 student entries, 21 teachers, and 58 students are now eligible to represent Maine at the national competition, June 10-14 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. A complete list of winners can be found HERE. The collaborative efforts of the University of Maine, the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation, Maine Humanities Council, and the Maine Historical Society ensured this year’s contest was a success.

*Next year’s theme will be Triumph and Tragedy in History. Two regional contests will be held in March, 2019 in Bangor and Lewiston-Auburn.  The state contest will be April 27, 2019 in Orono.*

SOCIAL STUDIES IN MAINE SPOTLIGHT


Maine Innovation Expo at Museum L-A

Saturday, May 19th, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm


Join Museum L-A and over 50 exhibitors from across the state who are gathering to celebrate the past, present, and future of innovation and invention in Maine. Historical exhibitors include the Maine Seacoast Trolley Museum, the Margaret Chase Smith Library, and the Maine State Museum. This is a jam-packed day of hands-on games, activities, and learning! The event is free to attend, open to all ages, and includes thrilling performances by AudioBody and Michael Menes. 


Reserve your free tickets now at www.museumla.org
For more information call or email Kate Webber at 207-333-3881 or kwebber@museumla.org 


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Kids as Curators Exhibit Opening at Museum L-A
Wednesday, May 23, 6:00-7:30 pm

Join Museum L-A for the opening reception of a history exhibit curated by a Lewiston High School 8th grade social studies class! The reception will be held in Museum L-A's gallery at 35 Canal St, Lewiston. The event is free and open to the public. 


www.museumla.orgSOCIAL STUDIES IN MAINE SPOTLIGHT

Maine Humanities Council, Lit & Ed
A Maine Humanities Council Book Group

The Maine Humanities Council offers facilitated reading and discussion groups for professionals who work with students in a school setting — teachers, educational technicians, administrators, guidance counselors, and other school staff.

Groups read literature – novels, poems, essays, stories – and meet at their own school, at times convenient to them.  Discussions are an opportunity for joint reflection, through literature, on ideas and issues important to participants’ lives and work.  Lit & Ed qualifies for professional development contact hours. 

Register by May 30 to host a group in the next school year.  FMI and to register: mainehumanities.org/book-group-for-work or email info@mainehumanities.org.

SOCIAL STUDIES IN MAINE SPOTLIGHT

Maine Geographic Alliance Geo-Inquiry Summer Institute
June 26-28


MGA is sponsoring a 3 day summer institute regarding the GeoInquiry process from June 26-28 on the UMF campus in Farmington.  Two Maine teachers attended the National Geographic summer institute in 2017 and will facilitate this “teachers training teachers” institute.  All expenses are paid for by the MGA and housing will be offered on the UMF campus.  Two person teams of middle school teachers in social studies, technology, and science are preferred.  

For more information, contact Sue Lahti and put summer GeoInquiry institute in the subject line.  geolahti@gmail.com. 

SOCIAL STUDIES IN MAINE SPOTLIGHT

Social Studies based Summer Camps with
Maine Historical Society and Victoria Mansion

Junior Docent Camp, July 23 - 27, Maine Historical Society and the Wadsworth Longfellow House

Ever wonder what life was like before video games? Looking for a chance to step back in time? Want to be a history detective? Participants in the Junior Docent Camp will explore life in 18th and 19th century Portland and go behind the scenes of Maine’s oldest historic house museum. The camp is based at the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, boyhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The mix of indoor and outdoor activities will include 18th and 19th century games, crafts, cooking, and storytelling. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with library and museum staff. At the end of the week, all participants will be fully trained and prepared to give a tour of the house to family members and guests. After the tour, families and campers are encouraged to join us in the Longfellow Garden for a brown bag lunch and Henry’s favorite treat! July 23 - Friday, July 27, 9:00am - 1:00pm daily.  Students entering 3rd - 5th grades. $150 for MHS members, $200 general admission.  Register here: https://www.mainehistory.org/education/campregistration


Adventures in History Camp, July 30 - August 3, Maine Historical Society and Victoria Mansion

Ever wish you had a chance to explore the history of a whole city? Want to see and learn about amazing things that few people get to see? Looking for a chance to step back in time?  Participants in the Adventures in History Camp will have the chance to go behind the scenes at not one but two of Portland’s premier historic sites; Maine Historical Society and Victoria Mansion! Campers will learn about material culture and life in the Victorian era through an exciting mix of indoor and outdoor activities, special field trips, and hands-on instruction from experts in historic preservation and traditional arts. We will get a glimpse of life in the past by exploring photography, cooking, arts and crafts, and even spooky cemetery symbolism! Participants will meet and work with a variety of museum staff and volunteers including curators, historians, educators, docents, and artists. At the end of the week, all participants will gather at Maine Historical Society to share their newfound knowledge and skills in a historian’s showcase for family members and guests. After the presentation, families, and campers are encouraged to join us in the Longfellow Garden for a brown bag lunch and celebration! July 30 - August 2, 9:00am - 3:00pm daily.  Students entering 6th-8th grades or MHS Junior Docent Camp graduates. $150 for MHS members, $200 general admission.  Register here: https://www.mainehistory.org/education/campregistration


SOCIAL STUDIES IN MAINE SPOTLIGHT

Forum 2018: Disciplinary Literacy
August 2018
with Joe Schmidt

 

Are you interested in learning more about DISCIPLINARY LITERACY in the social studies classroom? Join the Maine DOE Social Studies Forum 2018 in August with sessions in Augusta, Bangor, Portland, and Presque Isle. Each location will have one day focused on pK-6 Elementary teachers and one day focused on 6-12 Secondary teachers.  *NOTE* You will only need to attend one session as the elementary/secondary sessions are not sequential and the four locations will have the same training.

This FREE workshop will walk teachers through current research about disciplinary literacy in social studies, provide resources to examine current practices, and provide time and support for the creation of your own unit that can be used in the upcoming school year. Teachers are encouraged to bring members of your department/district and use the day to update current units of instruction with research based best practices.

See below for locations and dates and click HERE to register.

Presque Isle/UMPI - 8/6-8/7
Portland/Maine Historical Society - 8/14-8/15
Augusta/Cross Building - 8/21-8/22
Orono/UMO - 8/28-8/29

SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE CLASSROOM SPOTLIGHT

What do you think?

MCSS has been approached by Mr. Keith Ludden who does oral histories and folklife research with a proposal to do an oral history on the current opioid epidemic. He is curious to know if social studies teachers in Maine would and could make use of this research. Thus, we are asking the social studies teachers of Maine the following;

 

              If an oral history project focusing on opioid abuse were conducted and
              made available to you in the form of interview transcripts, images and
              podcasts, would you use it? If not,why not?  Would the nature of the
              material or the topic itself be a barrier to use in the classroom? What would
              make the project useful to you?


Thank you for your participation and commentary on this very important issue facing our nation, state and local community. Please, visit the MCSS blog and click on the subject headline "The Opioid Epidemic"  to leave your comments and questions.

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 mainesocialstudies@gmail.com.  

Opportunities for Teachers and Students
 

Maine Innovation Expo, Museum L-A, May 19, 2018 10 am - 3 pm - The Maine Innovation Expo celebrates creativity, spirit, ingenuity and innovation in Maine. It brings local and state-wide businesses together with talented students to showcase the wide range of innovative work and play across the state. Exhibitors and entertainers come to the Bates Mill to show their inspiring work. The event is both fun and educational, with interactive activities and exhibits for all ages. There is no cost to attend, though we will have online registration available in advance. The Expo provides a platform to connect generations, inspiring our young to explore careers that will strengthen our community and state. Many Mainers believe that their children need to leave the state to get a good education and a good job in the fields of science, technology, design and manufacturing. The Maine Innovation Expo shows families the organizations, schools, and businesses who do exciting work right here in Maine.
To find out more, please contact Kate Webber at 207-333-3881 or kwebber@museumla.org. 

Kids as Curators Exhibit Opening at Museum L-A, May 23, 6:00-7:30 pm - Join Museum L-A for the opening reception of a history exhibit curated by a Lewiston High School 8th grade social studies class! The reception will be held in Museum L-A's gallery at 35 Canal St, Lewiston. The event is free and open to the public. www.museumla.org

Maine Humanities Council, Lit & Ed:  A Maine Humanities Council Book Group, May 30 deadline - The Maine Humanities Council offers facilitated reading and discussion groups for professionals who work with students in a school setting — teachers, educational technicians, administrators, guidance counselors, and other school staff.
Groups read literature – novels, poems, essays, stories – and meet at their own school, at times convenient to them.  Discussions are an opportunity for joint reflection, through literature, on ideas and issues important to participants’ lives and work.  Lit & Ed qualifies for professional development contact hours.  Register by May 30 to host a group in the next school year.  FMI and to register: mainehumanities.org/book-group-for-work or email info@mainehumanities.org.

Maine Geographic Alliance, ESRI digital mapping contest - Are your students creating ArcGIS Online maps of their community or state? The Maine Geographic Alliance and Esri are sponsoring a map contest. Ten prizes, of $100 each, are to be awarded to high school and middle level students; so your students have a wonderful chance to win one or more prizes.   Registration is now open. Contact Margaret Chernosky at mshaw1924@gmail.com to let her know of your interest. Please type “Esri Student Competition” in the subject line to the email; she will get right back to you and will help you get started. She can also send you a link to the contest details. 
To register your school, please fill out the short form. https://goo.gl/forms/5KRdcl0kN3WbcVnt1
Follow this link to a Storymap that shows all the states that are participating.
https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=c369c6d9bb6d4232bb3ad066cd5b9280

Maine Geographic Alliance, Geo-Inquiry Summer Institute, June 26-28 - MGA is sponsoring a 3 day summer institute regarding the GeoInquiry process from June 26-28 on the UMF campus in Farmington.  Two Maine teachers attended the National Geographic summer institute in 2017 and will facilitate this “teachers training teachers” institute.  All expenses are paid for by the MGA and housing will be offered on the UMF campus.  Two person teams of middle school teachers in social studies, technology, and science are preferred.  For more information, contact Sue Lahti and put summer GeoInquiry institute in the subject line.  geolahti@gmail.com.  If you have contacted us in the past, please do so again. 

Foods of Our Forefathers Historic Cooking Day Camp, June 27, 9am-2pm, Maine Historical Society & Victoria Mansion - History has never tasted so good! Learn about delicious dishes from the past and how to prepare them with this hands-on historic cooking experience! Campers will learn about traditional foods and historic recipes, serving up a delectable 19th century inspired lunch. Each camper will also go home with their own copy of a cookbook of our favorite Foods of Our Forefathers recipes. For students in 3rd-6th grades. $50 MHS and Victoria Mansion members, $65 general admission.  Register here: https://www.mainehistory.org/education/campregistration

Forum 2017: Inquiry with Joe Schmidt - LAST CALL! - June, 28 - For those that were unable to attend Forum 2017: Inquiry last summer, ME DOE Social Studies Specialist Joe Schmidt is going to hold one last session before moving on to Forum 2018: Disciplinary Literacy (see below). Forum 2017: Inquiry LAST CALL will take place in Augusta at the Cross Building on June 28th from 9am to 4:00pm. Click HERE to register!

Summer Symposium: Dover-Foxcroft, June 29 - A group of teachers have been working with ME DOE Social Studies Specialist Joe Schmidt throughout this school year to learn more about best practices in social studies and how to incorporate those practices into their classrooms. These teachers have completed their last session and some are looking to provide FREE regional professional development opportunities to share their learning and experiences. With teachers from Portland to the County, there is the potential for a training to take place near you! The first one will take place from 8:30am-12:00pm at SeDoMoCha Middle School on Friday, June 29th. Click HERE to register!

USM, Summer 2018 Professional Development Opportunity for Maine Social Studies Educators, July 16-20, 9am-3pm - HTY 534: Maine History, is a 3-credit graduate course designed primarily for K-12 educators looking to further their knowledge of the scope of Maine History, working with primary sources (esp. maps and photographs), and other high impact educational practices, e.g. student centered learning, hands-on activities, experiential learning, field trips, project based learning, etc. This one-week intensive course will be held in the Osher Map Library on the University of Southern Maine's Portland campus, and will include field trips to local archives and museums, including the Portland Museum of Art and the Maine Historical Society. Students will have two weeks beyond the end of the course to complete the coursework, which includes a site visit, small research project, and varied lesson and unit plans. The course is also available for undergraduate credit if you prefer.  For more information, please contact Professor Libby Bischof, Professor of History at USM: elizabeth.bischof@maine.edu or 780-5219. To register for the course, please go on Mainestreet, or call the Registrar’s Office: (207) 780-5230. Teachers may enroll up until the course cap is reached.

Junior Docent Camp, July 23 - 27, Maine Historical Society and the Wadsworth Longfellow House
Ever wonder what life was like before video games? Looking for a chance to step back in time? Want to be a history detective? Participants in the Junior Docent Camp will explore life in 18th and 19th century Portland and go behind the scenes of Maine’s oldest historic house museum. The camp is based at the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, boyhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The mix of indoor and outdoor activities will include 18th and 19th century games, crafts, cooking, and storytelling. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with library and museum staff. At the end of the week, all participants will be fully trained and prepared to give a tour of the house to family members and guests. After the tour, families and campers are encouraged to join us in the Longfellow Garden for a brown bag lunch and Henry’s favorite treat! July 23 - Friday, July 27, 9:00am - 1:00pm daily.  Students entering 3rd - 5th grades. $150 for MHS members, $200 general admission.  Register here: https://www.mainehistory.org/education/campregistration

Adventures in History Camp, July 30 - August 3, Maine Historical Society and Victoria Mansion - Ever wish you had a chance to explore the history of a whole city? Want to see and learn about amazing things that few people get to see? Looking for a chance to step back in time?  Participants in the Adventures in History Camp will have the chance to go behind the scenes at not one but two of Portland’s premier historic sites; Maine Historical Society and Victoria Mansion! Campers will learn about material culture and life in the Victorian era through an exciting mix of indoor and outdoor activities, special field trips, and hands-on instruction from experts in historic preservation and traditional arts. We will get a glimpse of life in the past by exploring photography, cooking, arts and crafts, and even spooky cemetery symbolism! Participants will meet and work with a variety of museum staff and volunteers including curators, historians, educators, docents, and artists. At the end of the week, all participants will gather at Maine Historical Society to share their newfound knowledge and skills in a historian’s showcase for family members and guests. After the presentation, families, and campers are encouraged to join us in the Longfellow Garden for a brown bag lunch and celebration! July 30 - August 2, 9:00am - 3:00pm daily.  Students entering 6th-8th grades or MHS Junior Docent Camp graduates. $150 for MHS members, $200 general admission.  Register here: https://www.mainehistory.org/education/campregistration

Upstander Project, Upstander Academy, July 29 - August 3 - The Upstander Project and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut are proud to present the 2018 Upstander Academy, an inquiry-based professional development opportunity for secondary educators with a focus on genocide and human rights education to foster upstanding and address complex historical and current issues. The Academy begins and ends at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. Participants will explore new content about post-genocide Rwanda and genocide against Native peoples in New England, test innovative teaching methods that support the Inquiry arc, and critical and creative thinking, learn to work with primary sources and learning activities using materials and tools from the Library of Congress, practice and model the skills of upstanders in their classrooms, museums, and communities, and become part of a growing professional community of colleagues that integrates human rights and genocide education into classrooms and museums. Learn more and register at https://upstanderproject.org/academy/

Forum 2018: Disciplinary Literacy, August 2018 - Are you interested in learning more about DISCIPLINARY LITERACY in the social studies classroom? Join the Maine DOE Social Studies Forum 2018 in August with sessions in Augusta, Bangor, Portland, and Presque Isle. Each location will have one day focused on pK-6 Elementary teachers and one day focused on 6-12 Secondary teachers.  *NOTE* You will only need to attend one session as the elementary/secondary sessions are not sequential and the four locations will have the same training.
This FREE workshop will walk teachers through current research about disciplinary literacy in social studies, provide resources to examine current practices, and provide time and support for the creation of your own unit that can be used in the upcoming school year. Teachers are encouraged to bring members of your department/district and use the day to update current units of instruction with research based best practices. See below for locations and dates and click HERE to register. Presque Isle/UMPI - 8/6-8/7, Portland/Maine Historical Society - 8/14-8/15, Augusta/Cross Building - 8/21-8/22, Orono/UMO - 8/28-8/29

National Geographic Education, NatGeo Educator Community - National Geographic Education is creating a digital NatGeo Educator community and you are invited to become charter members.  This is set to launch in early 2018.  It will allow you to engage with National Geographic explorers, staff, and like-minded educators from around the world.  You will also have the opportunity to opt in and be the first to know about online opportunities, events, training, resources and programs.  
Please join by clicking the link below and filling out the requested information.  Though you may already be on the Maine Geographic Alliance email list, please opt into communication from us to ensure that all of your communication preferences are captured.  Thank you! 
https://natgeo.tfaforms.net/2

National WWII Museum, Summer Teacher Institute, Summer 2018 - Explore World War II in New Orleans and Hawaii!  Applications for The National WWII Museum’s Summer Teacher Institute are now OPEN! This 16-month professional development experience for middle and high school teachers includes a weeklong seminar at the Museum in New Orleans (July 22-28, 2018), plus a trip to explore WWII-related historic sites in and around Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (July 21-27, 2019). This year’s institute focuses on the US Home Front, and will include seminar discussions with top WWII scholars, guided tours of the Museum’s innovative exhibits, artifact analysis, and interaction with WWII veterans. Participants receive up to six hours of graduate credit for participation. Travel, graduate tuition, and seminar materials are provided free of charge by the Museum. For full details and the application, visit nationalww2museum.org/institute. 

Upgraded Website, Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc. - Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc. (www.oralhistoryandfolklife.org) has this week launched a revamped website that includes full audio and full transcription of most interviews.  The site contains interviews from three projects.  The ADA At 25, a project completed in 2015, marked the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act, interviewing disability rights activists about their struggle for accessibility. The Last Sardine Cannery includes conversations with workers, managers, and fishing boat captains who worked in the sardine industry in Maine; and Immigrant Voices includes interviews with new Mainers.  Teachers, students and researchers can access the site and listen to podcasts created from interviews, read full interview transcripts, and listen to complete interviews, to learn what it was like to work in Maine’s now extinct sardine industry, or how new Mainers have adapted to life in a new home. Oral History and Folklife Research is a 501(c)(3) non profit dedicated to preserving through sound, image and performance, the stories, voices and cultural traditions of Maine and beyond.  OHFR engages with communities and families to preserve our treasured cultural history and the stories that illuminate them. 

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: mehews@mehewsandcompany.com Phone: (207) 577-0209

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 susan_lahti@beeline-online.net.  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 education@mainehistory.org. 

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 infohhrc@maine.edu or call 207-621-3530.