MCSS July - August 2018 Newsletter

MCSS July - August 2018 Newsletter

We can help keep you up-to-date on all things Social Studies this summer!

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. ~ Socrates

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Announcements & News


The Glenn Nerbak
Excellence in Teaching Grants Program
 



September 4 application deadline!

The winner(s) will be announced at the 2018 Social Studies Conference.

The Glenn Nerbak Award for Excellence in Teaching Social Studies is awarded annually Maine teachers who exemplify a passion and commitment to social studies and student learning.  This teaching grant of up to $1,000 is intended to support teachers in their commitment to extending learning beyond the classroom through civic education, social justice, and/or service learning. The number of grants awarded each year will depend on the number of applications and the amounts requested.

Winners are required to present about their funded project at the 2019 MCSS Social Studies Conference. Applications are now being accepted at Glenn Nerbak Excellence Award.

Glenn Nerbak, a former social studies teacher and Director of the Portland Mentoring Alliance at Portland High School, served as the MCSS Board President from 2008 - 2014. In that capacity he spent countless hours creating bi-monthly newsletters and organizing an annual conference — the only statewide professional development opportunity specific to social studies. Under Glenn’s leadership, this annual conference and bi-monthly newsletter provided more than 1,000 classroom teachers with affordable and high-quality professional development experiences and resources.  His leadership and determination was instrumental in cultivating and expanding the membership and visibility of MCSS. It is in this spirit that each year, an outstanding social studies educator who shares Glenn’s passion for teaching and learning, as well as his focus on social justice, will be awarded a grant to fund a social studies project or program in their school.


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!
 

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Greely Middle School Students Win at National Contest
 

      Don Strawbridge and Matthew Gilbert, from North Yarmouth and Cumberland respectively, won first place for their documentary about Senator George Mitchell’s efforts to bring peace to Northern Ireland at the National History Day competition held at the University of Maryland on June 10-14, 2018.  The ten minute film is entitled “From Conflict to Compromise: How a Negotiator from Maine Brought Peace to Northern Ireland,” and included their interview with the retired Senator.
      Greely Middle School student Connor Albert from North Yarmouth also took home a top prize.  He was awarded the Lee Allen History of Baseball Award for his documentary about Jackie Robinson’s involvement in the civil rights movement entitled “To Enrich the Future, Not to Avenge the Past: How Jackie Robinson’s Compromise with Branch Rickey in Major League Baseball Led to Robinson Joining the Conflict of the Civil Rights Movement.”
      Other award winners included Lucie Noonan from Greely Middle School (junior division) and Sam Yoo from John Bapst Memorial High School (senior division) for the Outstanding Affiliate Award for Maine.
Strawbridge, Gilbert, Albert, and forty-seven other middle and high school students from Maine earned the right to compete in one of five categories at the national event based upon their entries at the state level.  The state contest was held at the University of Maine on April 7, 2018.  The top two finishers in each category were eligible to compete in Maryland.  
      These young scholars competed against students from all fifty states, three territories and three foreign countries during the week-long event.  Aside from presenting their work to judges, students also spent time in Washington DC meeting Senators Angus King and Susan Collins and touring the Library of Congress.  Everyone received their awards during the closing ceremony held at the Xfinity Center at the University of Maryland on June 14, 2018.  Strawbridge, Gilbert, and Albert will all collect a $1,000 scholarship.
      National History Day is a nationally recognized academic enrichment program promoting the study of history in schools by encouraging students to take a creative approach to studying the past. Participating students develop research papers, exhibits, documentaries, performances, or websites based on a topic they select connected to an annual theme. These entries are then evaluated by educators and people working in the field of history. The 2018 theme, “Conflict and Compromise in History” encouraged students to explore many interesting topics related to local, state, national, and world history.
National History Day in Maine is a collaboration of the University of Maine, the Margaret Chase Smith Library, the Maine Masonic College, Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Historical Society.  
      Next year’s theme is “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” Regional Contests will be on March 8, 2019 at Museum LA (Lewiston) and March 23, 2019 at John Bapst Memorial High School (Bangor). The state contest will take place on April 27, 2019 at the University of Maine.  The competition is open to all Maine middle or high school students.  For more information, contact State Coordinator John Taylor at john.m.taylor@maine.edu or 207-474-7133.

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Professional Development with The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine

 

This summer The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine offers three excellent opportunities for teachers to dig deeper into specific areas of Holocaust and human rights studies, and to share ideas with colleagues.  All three programs will be held at the Michael Klahr Center on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive, Augusta, Maine.  To register, visit https://hhrcmaine.org/2018-summer-seminars/

Teaching the Malaga Island Story in the Classroom
Wednesday and Thursday, July 11th and 12th

Holocaust and Human Behavior seminar in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves
Wednesday and Thursday, July 25th and 26th

Yearning to Breathe Free: The Immigrant Experience in Maine
Wednesday and Thursday, August 1st and 2nd



The workshops are held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, and the registration cost includes light breakfast, lunch, and snacks all day; and 12 contact hours for recertification.

 

Teaching the Malaga Island Story in the Classroom, July 11th and 12th

The tragic story of Malaga Island is one of the darker chapters of Maine’s history. Historians and descendants of the family will share parts of the history. This program will also incorporate a Structured Academic Controversy about Malaga Island as a way to incorporate discussions about challenging issues into the classroom. Presenting partners include the Maine Historical Society, the Maine State Museum, and special guests.  The HHRC is also planning a temporary exhibit about Malaga featuring some artifacts from the collection of the Maine State Museum, and some new work created by artists in honor of the story.  Registration for the Malaga Island Summer Seminar is $100 per person. Please note: The Malaga Island Seminar is nearly full. Register soon!


Holocaust and Human Behavior seminar in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves
July 25th and 26th


 In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the Holocaust allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. In this two-day workshop—featuring the fully revised, digital edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior—teachers will:

• Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias

• Increase their ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism, antisemitism, and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis

• Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make

• Engage with classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customized unit that meets your curriculum objectives

• Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully

 This workshop is intended for middle and high school teachers of history, literature and humanities. Independent evaluation has shown that implementing Facing History’s approach improves students’ higher-order thinking skills, increases students’ civic efficacy and engagement with civic matters, and increases students’ tolerance for others who hold contrary views from their own.  Registration for the seminar is $150, which includes a hard copy of the latest Holocaust and Human Behavior book from Facing History and Ourselves, as well as access to all Facing History on-line resources and library.


Yearning to Breathe Free: The Immigrant Experience in Maine, August 1st and 2nd

Inspired by the popularity of HHRC’s 2016 exhibit and the educational outreach program of the same name, this program will focus on specific aspects of Maine’s history of immigration, and provide firsthand accounts of immigration today. This is a program of stories and resources to provide tools that can be incorporated to classrooms.  This is a workshop that includes many guest speakers of different nationalities and heritages. It is a reflection of the diversity of Maine in the past and present.  Registration for the Yearning to Breathe Free Seminar is $100 per person.

To register, visit https://hhrcmaine.org/2018-summer-seminars/

The HHRC has arranged for room discounts at some local hotels, and modest scholarships are available for those teachers who are traveling more than 75 miles to attend a seminar. Contact program director David Greenham for more information.

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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

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Craft Adventures Day Camp at Museum L-A

Tuesday, July 24, 9 am to 2 pm

Join Museum L-A in Lewiston for Craft Adventures Day Camp! The camp is open to kids age 8-13 and is limited to the first 20 who sign up.  Museum L-A's educators will lead children through three separate hands-on craft activities throughout the day: make your own glove stuffed animal, create origami creatures, and weave your own bracelet or bookmark! The day features guided explorations of the summer exhibit, The Lost Art of Handiwork, and Museum L-A's permanent exhibit in the historic Bates Mill. They will learn how crafts and handiwork shaped the cities and experience the history first-hand! The $55 per child program fee includes materials and a choice of lunch provided  by E. Claire & Pastries. Register by July 20th at www.museumla.org

Contact: Kate Webber, kwebber@museumla.org, 207-333-3881


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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
 

HHRC, Professional Development Opportunities, July-August 2018 - This summer The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine offers three excellent opportunities for teachers to dig deeper into specific areas of Holocaust and human rights studies, and to share ideas with colleagues.  All three programs will be held at the Michael Klahr Center on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive, Augusta, Maine.

Teaching the Malaga Island Story in the Classroom
Wednesday and Thursday, July 11th and 12th

Holocaust and Human Behavior seminar in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves
Wednesday and Thursday, July 25th and 26th

Yearning to Breathe Free: The Immigrant Experience in Maine
Wednesday and Thursday, August 1st and 2nd.

The workshops are held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, and the registration cost includes light breakfast, lunch, and snacks all day; and 12 contact hours for recertification.  
To register, visit https://hhrcmaine.org/2018-summer-seminars/


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.

Maine Historical Society, Junior Docent Camp, July 23 - 27 -  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

Museum L-A, Craft Adventures Day Camp, July 24, 9 am to 2 pm -  Join Museum L-A in Lewiston for Craft Adventures Day Camp! The camp is open to kids age 8-13 and is limited to the first 20 who sign up. 
 Museum L-A's educators will lead children through three separate hands-on craft activities throughout the day: make your own glove stuffed animal, create origami creatures, and weave your own bracelet or bookmark! The day features guided explorations of the summer exhibit, The Lost Art of Handiwork, and Museum L-A's permanent exhibit in the historic Bates Mill. They will learn how crafts and handiwork shaped the cities and experience the history first-hand! The $55 per child program fee includes materials and a choice of lunch provided  by E. Claire & Pastries. Register by July 20th at www.museumla.org
Contact: Kate Webber, kwebber@museumla.org, 207-333-3881


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

MAMLE, Conference Exhibitors, August 1 deadline - While Maine schools are wrapping up for the year, we are excited to be planning the Maine Association for Middle Level Education’s 30th annual conference. This year, our conference will be held Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19, 2018 at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine. The Maine Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE) is a grass-roots organization focused on supporting professionals, parents, and communities of students in grades five through nine. Ours is the only conference in northern New England to focus on this special group of educators and supporters, and we would love to have you join us!
As a registered exhibitor, we offer five options to connect with over 100 middle level educators and administrators from across our beautiful state.  Please use the following link or complete the attached form to let us know which option works best for you and your organization no later than August 1, 2018. https://goo.gl/forms/W2jeMKTzeUG8DDBR2
Please note that if you are travelling, room reservations must be made directly with Point Lookout. Please be sure to specify “MAMLE” for a discounted rate (http://www.visitpointlookout.com/  or call 207-789-2000).  If you have any questions, please contact Erin Hoffses, Co-Conference Coordinator at laplantee@sad1.org

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

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