MCSS March-April 2019 Newsletter

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Announcements & News

49th Annual Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies

*March 18-19, 2019*

Framingham State University – McCarthy Center & Dwight Hall Framingham, Massachusetts

* SNOW DATE: March 20, 2019 *
Hosted by the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies Register online or download the registration form here!

SOCIAL STUDIES IN MAINE SPOTLIGHT

The State of Maine is currently undergoing a mandatory Social Studies review process. Visit the DOE website to check on progress and access more information concerning this review.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is seeking nominations for the Maine History Teacher of the Year. State History Teachers of the Year receive $1,000, an archive of materials for their school’s library, and an invitation to attend a 2020 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar. The deadline for 2019 nominations is March 31, 2019. Check out the the Gilder Lehrman website for more information and to nominate a fellow teacher.

Bicentennial or Bust!
Planning Your Community's Commemoration

Maine Bicentennial Kickoff Event
with Maine Humanities Council 
& Maine Historical Society

Friday, March 15, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Maine Historical Society and the Maine Humanities Council are co-hosting a Bicentennial kickoff event on March 15th (Maine’s 199th Birthday). Come join local leaders from across the state to get the tools and ideas you need for a successful bicentennial commemoration! 

Discover how your community can get started; what resources are available to support your efforts; and how to connect with statewide bicentennial initiatives.

Cost: FREE
Location: Morgan Hill Event Center, Hermon, Maine

REGISTER NOW online at Maine Humanities Council and also see the day's program.  Space is limited.

National History in Maine

JUDGES NEEDED!

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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 school wide 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.

Judge Registration is also now open and judges are still needed for the state contest!

April 27-State Contest (Orono): http://ow.ly/Av5X30mWJQV

Follow NHD in Maine on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Contact State Coordinator John Taylor (john.m.taylor@maine.edu) or visit https://umaine.edu /history/national-history-day/ 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.

Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine - Scholarships

Gerda Haas Award for Excellence in Human Rights Education and Leadership

Gerda Haas, founding mother of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, has inspired many with her passion for human rights education. A Holocaust survivor originally from Germany, Gerda worked for many years as the librarian at Bates College. In the late 1970s, Governor Longley appointed Gerda to the State School Board of Education. While serving on the board, she learned that students weren’t being taught about the Holocaust in Maine schools. Gerda not only identified a critical educational void, she took action to rectify it. The Holocaust and Human Rights Center welcomes the opportunity to recognize and honor an individual who, like Gerda Haas, has demonstrated excellence and initiative in human rights education and leadership. The center welcomes nominations from the public, center staff and board members. The recipient will be recognized on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine’s annual meeting. Is there someone you would like to nominate for the Gerda Haas Award for Excellence in Human Rights Education and Leadership?
Application deadline: April 15, 2019 Download the Haas Award 2019 Nomination Form.

Holocaust Educator Professional Development Grant

Funded through the generosity of Dr. Julius Ciembroniewicz, the Holocaust Educator Professional Development Grant provides financial support to outstanding Maine teachers – at any grade level public or private – committed to Holocaust and human rights education. Awarded annually, the $500 grant must be used to acquire knowledge or develop skills that enhance the recipient’s effectiveness as a teacher.

Application deadline: April 15, 2019 Download the Professional Development Application

The Lawrence Alan Spiegel Remembrance Scholarship

The Spiegel Scholarship ($1000) is awarded annually to the graduating high school senior who authors the prize-winning original essay on the question:Why is it important that the remembrance, history, and lessons of the Holocaust be passed to a new generation? Application deadline: April 15, 2019 Download the Spiegel Scholarship Application.

The Mathilda Schlossberger Outstanding Student of the Year Award

For Students K–4 | 5 – 8 | 9 – 12 The Schlossberger Award recognizes students at three grade levels who have produced an exceptional piece of original writing, fiction or non-fiction, or an unusually expressive work of visual or performance art relating to human rights. Application deadline: April 15, 2019. Download the Schlossberger Award Application.

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


 
Upstander Academy, Upstander Project (Boston, MA), March 22 registration deadline - The 2019 Upstander Academy is an inquiry-based professional development experience for teachers and museum educators with a focus on genocide and decolonization to foster upstanding and address complex historical and current issues. The Academy will be of particular interest to Maine educators due to its focus on Wabanaki issues via the award-winning film DAWNLAND and its teacher's guide. The six-day Academy is presented by Upstander Project, Boston Public Schools, Akomawt Educational Initiative, Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, Old State House/The Bostonian Society,  Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, Massachusetts Historical Society, and UMass Boston's Institute for New England Native American Studies. The Upstander Academy takes place in Boston July 28 - August 2, 2019. Space is limited and the deadline to apply is March 22nd. Questions: info@upstanderproject.org
Apply and find more information here: upstanderproject.org/academy

T-shirt design competition, Penobscot Marine Museum, April 15 deadline - PMM is now accepting submissions for our annual T-shirt design competition. This year, we're looking for submissions inspired by the art and photographs in our 2019 exhibits, Maine animals in photographs, "Weather or Knot," and "Where in the World?" The winning design will be printed on t-shirts available for sale online and in the PMM Gift Shop. The winning design will be announced April 23rd and the winner will receive a t-shirt featuring his or her design, a 2019 PMM family membership, plus a free museum visit for the class! Competition is open to all K-12 Maine students.  Submit all designs by April 15th, 2019. Original art only. Digital designs or scans/photos of non-digital art are welcome
Submit original designs by emailing jganskop@pmm-maine.org. Include the student's name, age, grade, school, and contact information. For the competition, please submit a medium or low resolution copy of your art as a gif, jpg, or pdf. If you are selected as our winner, we will request a copy of the original art and, if needed, assist in digitizing it. By submitting your design, you are giving Penobscot Marine Museum the right to use your work.  For questions and comments, please contact Jeana Ganskop 
at jganskop@pmm-maine.org or 207-548-2529 x213.

Scholarships, Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, April 15 deadline - 

  • Gerda Haas Award for Excellence in Human Rights Education and Leadership - Gerda Haas, founding mother of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, has inspired many with her passion for human rights education. A Holocaust survivor originally from Germany, Gerda worked for many years as the librarian at Bates College. In the late 1970s, Governor Longley appointed Gerda to the State School Board of Education. While serving on the board, she learned that students weren’t being taught about the Holocaust in Maine schools. Gerda not only identified a critical educational void, she took action to rectify it. The Holocaust and Human Rights Center welcomes the opportunity to recognize and honor an individual who, like Gerda Haas, has demonstrated excellence and initiative in human rights education and leadership. The center welcomes nominations from the public, center staff and board members. The recipient will be recognized on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine’s annual meeting. Is there someone you would like to nominate for the Gerda Haas Award for Excellence in Human Rights Education and Leadership?  Application deadline: April 15, 2019 Download the Haas Award 2019 Nomination Form

  • Holocaust Educator Professional Development Grant - Funded through the generosity of Dr. Julius Ciembroniewicz, the Holocaust Educator Professional Development Grant provides financial support to outstanding Maine teachers – at any grade level public or private – committed to Holocaust and human rights education. Awarded annually, the $500 grant must be used to acquire knowledge or develop skills that enhance the recipient’s effectiveness as a teacher.  Application deadline: April 15, 2019 Download the Professional Development Application

  • The Lawrence Alan Spiegel Remembrance Scholarship - The Spiegel Scholarship ($1000) is awarded annually to the graduating high school senior who authors the prize-winning original essay on the question:Why is it important that the remembrance, history, and lessons of the Holocaust be passed to a new generation? Application deadline: April 15, 2019 Download the Spiegel Scholarship Application.

  • The Mathilda Schlossberger Outstanding Student of the Year Award - For Students K–4 | 5 – 8 | 9 – 12 The Schlossberger Award recognizes students at three grade levels who have produced an exceptional piece of original writing, fiction or non-fiction, or an unusually expressive work of visual or performance art relating to human rights. Application deadline: April 15, 2019. Download the Schlossberger Award Application.


Film Screening – DAWNLAND, Maine Historical Society, April 18 - For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity.  Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories. The feature-length documentary DAWNLAND follows Maine’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.  Join us for a screening of the film followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers, the Upstander Project, and Maine-Wabanaki REACH.  Screening will take place at Maine Historical Society – Shettleworth Lecture Hall; this program is free and open to the public.

Fostering Financial Education in Maine Schools Conference, May 9-10 - Register now for Maine's premiere financial education training event designed specifically for K-12 educators, counselors, and those who champion financial education in Maine with a pre conference event during the afternoon and evening of May 9 and with the regular conference scheduled for all day on May 10. Hosted by the Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, the conference will feature extensive financial education resources and best practices, as well as a special track for K-8 educators. Joe Schmidt from the Maine Department of Education will be on hand to talk about the Maine Financial Literacy Framework and Resource Guide. In celebration of their 10th anniversary Maine Jump$tart is offering a FREE pre-conference event, including dinner and hotel accommodations. Space is limited, so please register now! 

Dirigo Girl's State, May 18 deadline - Dirigo Girls’ State is a non-partisan, hands-on opportunity for young women to learn about responsible citizenship in a democratic society. The Girls’ State program is a government simulation in which delegates role play campaigns and elections for local, county, and state government. Once elected, delegates learn the operational processes under which our government functions. The bill writing process, the role of lobbyists, and the judiciary are also explored. Check out their website for application forms or contact Brenda Stevens at alderswamp@gmail.com for more information. Registration materials are due by May 18, 2019.

Lighthouses Across the Curriculum, Department of Marine Resources, July 16-18 - Maine’s rocky shore is as perilous as it is picturesque. Thus, sixty-seven lighthouses rose above its craggy coast to guide those who relied on the sea for their livelihood. Ships were vital to the fishing, granite, lime, lumber and shipbuilding industries that thrived in early, coastal communities. Lighthouses serve as symbols of strength and inspiration by reminding us of heroic deeds and of our rich maritime heritage. Over time, automation caused all light stations to repurpose and the one transformed into an educational facility by the Dept. of Marine Resources awaits you. Come learn about the life and times of the Burnt Island Lighthouse - Maine’s oldest “original” lighthouse.  Join the Department of Marine Resources for a three-day workshop at the Burnt Island Light Station off from Boothbay Harbor, Maine titled “Lighthouses Across the Curriculum on July 16-18. Check out their website for more information and to register or contact Elaine Jones elaine.jones@maine.govwith any questions.

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 (john.m.taylor@maine.edu) 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: mehews@mehewsandcompany.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 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

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