Grant money available from MHC

The Maine Humanities Council is seeking applicants for a one-time-only grant program that aims to highlight the broad themes of citizenship, due process, and equal protection of the law in programming that takes place in 2016. The deadline is April 25.

The goal of this grant category, offered in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, is to use the arts and the humanities to highlight and examine Fourteenth Amendment-related social and cultural issues. We particularly seek projects that explore current-day relationships between the amendment and resulting policy, practice, and mores in Maine. Some project ideas are: writing activities, art projects that include an opportunity to discuss and contextualize the art, theater performances, poetry slams, or short films. Applicants may be a student group or club, an educator (to include teachers/librarians/guidance counselors/administrators), a school, or a district. The grant would be ideal for projects taking place in fall 2016.

For more information and to apply >>

March/April Newsletter

First Light Workshops

hosted by Upstander Project and Maine Historical Society

Monday, April 18, 1-4:30pm at Maine Historical Society, Portland
Tuesday, April 19, 9am-12:30pm at the William S. Cohen School, Bangor

Middle and high school teachers are invited to join the Upstander Project and Maine Historical Society for a workshop on the Wabanaki in Maine Monday, April 18, 1:00 - 4;30pm at Maine Historical Society in Portland or Tuesday, April 19th, 9:00am – 12:30pm at the William S. Cohen School in Bangor.

We will watch the 13-minute documentary, First Light, and test its companion online learning resources to deepen our understanding of the historical context of the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The commission released its final report in June 2015 and found that from 2002-2013 Wabanaki children were five times more likely to enter foster care than non-Native children. The commission was dedicated to uncovering and acknowledging the truth about what happened to Wabanaki children and families involved with the Maine child welfare system, promote healing, and contribute to change in child welfare practices.

Participants will get primary and secondary source documents, learn new interactive techniques, talk with the filmmaker, discover how to teach this as a contemporary story, participate in Listening Circles and textual analysis activities, and will receive a free copy of First Light.

Space is limited to the first 25 participants in each location.

Sign up now at http://upstanderproject.org/maine-workshops
 

For more information, contact Kathleen Neumann at MHS; 207-774-1822, ext. 124, kneumann@mainehistory.org.

 

Student Humanities Ambassador

The Maine Humanities Council is seeking high school students, clubs, and committees for our Student Humanities Ambassador Program, in which we give students $1,000 to create, plan, run, and evaluate a humanities-based program or event within their communities. 

This program offers students the opportunity to spark humanities-based conversations about the issues and ideas they really care about. Committed, passionate, and excited students do well with this project, as well as those who would benefit from an alternative learning environment or who flourish in an environment of structured autonomy. 

Past projects have included a short film and a public panel discussion, but the sky is the limit. Students need not have a final project idea when they apply, just a broad interest area (a few examples: exploring feminism, understanding fear, racial justice, youth homelessness). 

The deadline is March 31, 2016 for projects in the 2016-17 school year. Visit our website to learn more: https://mainehumanities.org/

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for Teachers: The Dutch Republic and Britain

A five week NEH Summer Seminar For School Teachers--The Dutch Republic and Britain: The Making of a World Economy and Modern Society--will be offered by Gerard M. Koot, Professor of History, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth from 26 June to July 29, 2016. NEH will provide a $3,900 stipend for expenses.

The application deadline is March 1, 2016.

For more information, see http://www1.umassd.edu/euro/ or write gkoot@umassd.edu.

Congressional Medal of Honor Project

The Maine Department of the Secretary of State is inviting all teachers, administrators and community leaders to consider the Congressional Medal of Honor Project, which seeks to promote the recognition of Maine’s MOH recipients with a permanent memorial in their hometown.

Participants in this project study their local Congressional Medal of Honor recipient(s) and combine their resources to either add a means of recognition to an existing memorial or establish a new memorial for the recipient. Research, design, public presentations, fundraising and an enduring memorial are the key elements of this project, which can be customized for your community. The Secretary of State is the overseer of the State's documents and historical artifacts within the Maine State Archives, which offers a wide variety of resources.

Visit http://www.maine.gov/sos/kids/cmoh/index.html for more information and you can e-mail Communications Director Kristen Muszynski or call 626-8404 with any questions.

National Park Trust's annual Kids to Parks Day National School Contest 

 

National Park Trust's annual Kids to Parks Day National School Contest empowers students to plan their own educational park experience!

Open to all Title 1 schools for grades PreK through 12, this contest provides grants of up to $1,000 to cover transportation, park-related fees, stewardship supplies, or anything else students believe would enhance their experience. Our 2016 contest will be awarding 100 park grants to 100 schools nationwide.

Deadline is March 4, 2016. Details can be found at www.kidstoparks.org

National institute on Japan for K-8 educators

This summer Primary Source is sponsoring a national institute on Japan for K-8 educators. It will be held at Showa/Boston and will explore how Japanese have interacted over time with the natural world. 

We have funding to cover fees and housing for those who live over 50 miles away.

Learn more at: http://www.primarysource.org/for-teachers/courses/exploring-nature-and-culture-in-japan

Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877 to 1920

A Summer Institute for Current and Future K-12 Teachers

June 26– July 22, 2016

Chicago, Illinois

www.gildedandprogressive.org

The Chicago Metro History Education Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Loyola University Chicago invite K-12 teachers to apply for “Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877 to 1920.” Participants in this National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored program will spend four weeks in Chicago, a center of Progressive Era reform, engaging in vigorous discussions about this critical time period in American history and creating materials to use in their classrooms. Award-winning historian Robert Johnston (University of Illinois at Chicago) will guide the institute’s academic content, with the help of renowned experts in history, art, and architecture. Charles Tocci (Loyola University Chicago) will direct teaching application discussions, along with master teacher Michael Biondo (Maine South High School). For more information, contact Rachel Allmen, CMHEC, rallmen@chicagohistoryfair.org.

Benefits include:

  • Stimulating readings and discussions with scholars and peers
  • Time to explore and create practical applications for your classroom
  • A $3,300 stipend to defray travel, lodging, and study expenses
  • A chance to personally experience Chicago’s Gilded Age and Progressive Era history and culture
  • For full details, visit www.gildedandprogressive.org. Applications are due March 1, 2016.

2016 APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Award

This award provides an opportunity for American Psychology Association's Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) to recognize outstanding teachers in psychology. There will be up to three annual awards.

Winners will receive a framed certificate, engraved award, cash prize of $500, and a free TOPSS membership or renewal for the 2017 membership year. Additionally, Worth Publishers is generously donating a $500 credit to Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishers and a copy of the “High School Psychology Video Anthology DVD” to each of the winning teachers.

The application Deadline is: March 15, 2016.  Click here for more details: http://www.apa.org/about/awards/teaching-excellence.aspx

 

2016 TOPSS Essay Competition for High School Psychology Students

Students are asked to write an essay of no more than 3,000 words that addresses the topic of racial bias and that provides information concerning cognitive and social factors that contribute to the problem. Students should also address how implicit bias has informed our understanding of racial biases. In addition, each essay should use existing psychological research to examine how this problem specifically impacts the criminal justice system. Four winners will be selected for this year’s competition, each of whom will receive a $250 award.

For the full essay question and competition rules and guidelines, visit http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/student-competition.aspx. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2016, and essays should be submitted through an online database, available through the website above.

2016 APA/Clark University Workshop for High School Teachers

The 12th annual APA/Clark workshop will be held July 20-22, 2016, at Clark University in Worcester, MA. Presenters will include Alan Feldman of Glen Rock High School, Glen Rock, New Jersey, and Virginia Welle of Chippewa Falls High School, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; the keynote address and faculty presenters from the Clark University psychology department will be announced by the spring.  There is no registration fee and room and board are provided.  In addition, all participants will receive travel stipends up to $150 and limited travel scholarships are available based upon need.  The workshop is limited to 25 teachers. 

The application deadline is April 15, 2016. For more information and to apply online, visit: http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/clark-university-workshop.aspx

Religious Revivals, Utopian Societies and the Shaker Experience in America

A National Endowment for the Humanities LandmarksWorkshop for School Teachers

Sessions: June 19-25 and June 26-July 2, 2016

NEH Landmark Workshops immerse scholars in the past.

As a participant you will:

  • Engage in interactive seminars with scholars
  • Tour Hancock Shaker Village, Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon and Watervliet Shaker Historic District
  • Examine rare Shaker manuscripts and artifacts at the New York State Museum and New York State Library
  • Learn how to utilize Shaker materials in the classroom and bring the fascinating history of the Shakers to life for contemporary students

Accommodations and Facilities: Siena College’s beautiful park-like setting that is located two miles north of Albany, the capital of New York.

Apply Now: The application process is easy and is located on the Siena College website (www.siena.edu/shakerworkshop). Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

For More Information Contact the Project Director, Jennifer Dorsey, Ph.D., at shakerworkshop@siena.edu

2016 STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators

Across the Salish Sea: Canada-US Connections in the Pacific Northwest

June 27-July 1, 2016 in Seattle, WA (2N) and Victoria, BC (2N)

Directed by T. Storer (WWU), D. Rossiter (WWU) and N. Fabbi (UW)

$650 Registration Cost – Travel Support Available – http://www.k12studycanada.org/scsi.html

So that American students learn more about the world and continental history, the U.S. D.O.E.-designated Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada offers the STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators annually.  The renowned program has provided educators with an excellent foundation for teaching about our vital political, economic, environmental and cultural relationships with Canada for almost 40 years. Teachers from every state have learned about core social studies topics related to Canada—such as geography, history, government, and economics—from university faculty and other expert program staff. Beginning in 2015, a unique two-nation agenda was developed to highlight the ties that bind the US and Canada as cultural cousins, political neighbors, environmental stewards of the continent, and as trade partners with strong ties to Pacific Rim nations.   Important outcomes have always included gaining global perspectives of civic issues, receiving numerous resources for classroom use, and developing curricula that meet Common Core, C3 and state standards.

 

A draft agenda and detailed program guide can be viewed online. Note that the $650 registration fee includes a choice of 3 WWU undergraduate quarter credits (C/AM 410) or 40 WA State-issued clock hours, 4N hotel accommodations (the downtown Sheraton Hotel in Seattle and the Empress Hotel in Victoria), daily breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner as well as ferry transportation across the Salish Sea. Multiple $250 travel awards and one $650 tuition award are available this year.

Now is the time to register! Simply download the registration form online and mail it with full payment to Western Washington University as instructed on the form or follow the hyperlink at http://www.k12studycanada.org/scsi.html for immediate online registration. Check your award eligibility and, once registered, apply separately as instructed.  Contact tina.storer@wwu.edu for a personal response to program and financial support inquiries.

Tina Storer, K-12 STUDY CANADA Education and Curriculum Specialist

Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada

Center for Canadian-American Studies at Western Washington University

516 High Street, Canada House #202

Bellingham, WA 98225-9110

PH: 360-650-7370    FX: 360-650-3995

Email: tina.storer@wwu.edu   Web: www.k12studycanada.org

Demon Times: Temperance, Immigration, and Progressivism in an American City

Come learn about America’s Demon Times! This one-week workshop, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will consider Temperance, immigration, and the Progressive movement in American history and culture. Teachers will experience landmarks of the temperance movement and the immigrant experience in late 19th and early 20th century America by exploring Columbus and nearby Westerville, Ohio. Westerville was the home of the Anti-Saloon League, a major temperance organization that explicitly warned against the influence of alcohol, Catholics, and immigrants. Columbus was home to a large German immigrant population, with an attendant brewing industry. This small town and nearby city are emblematic of America in the Progressive Era.

Participants will receive a $1,200 stipend to help cover the cost of travel and lodging. Workshop dates: July 10-15 or July 24-29, 2016. Application deadline: March 1, 2016. Learn more at ohiohistory.org/demontimes.

 

The Lincoln Assassination and its Legacy in the Nation’s Capital

Evening of Sunday, July 24 to Friday, July 29, 2016

Free, including shared hotel room and air travel, for qualifying teachers*

Join up to 25 teachers to explore the Lincoln assassination, the conspirator’s trial, primary sources detailing personal responses to the event, Reconstruction and Lincoln’s legacy where these important events took place.

  • Learn how Washington’s transformation during the Civil War lay the groundwork for Reconstruction in our nation’s capital
  • Explore the Lincoln assassination, the trial of the conspirators and their lasting implications for our military and civil justice systems
  • Examine how the Civil War has been remembered across time through the study of monuments and memorials

All participants are eligible to obtain 3 graduate credit hours through Trinity University for $375

For more information and to apply, visit:

http://www.fords.org/home/education/teacher-programs/seat-war-and-peace

The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows

Join up to 25 teachers to learn about Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Washington during the Civil War as you spend a day at each of these fascinating sites! 

Session 2 (National Borders, Grades 3 - 12): Evening of Sunday, July 10 to Friday, July 15, 2016

Free, including housing and travel, for qualifying teachers*

As part of our six-day program, you will:

Come away from your week in Washington familiar with: an array of virtual tours, the oratory skills to get your students on their feet performing speeches by Lincoln and Douglass; comfortable taking students on content-driven experiential learning adventures; and excited about using classroom drama to help historic characters come alive!

All Fellows are eligible to obtain 3 graduate credit hours through Trinity University for $375

Apply here: http://www.fords.org/home/education/teacher-programs/teacher-fellows

Applications are due by April 4, 2016

For more information contact: education@fords.org

NCTA at the Program for Teaching East Asia, University of Colorado Invites Applications to 2016 Summer Institutes

These summer programs, sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and the Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado are open to secondary teachers nationwide. Teachers selected for the programs will receive a travel stipend, room and board, and resource materials. Participants in “Japan’s Olympic Challenges” qualify for a Summer 2017 study program in Japan. Full details and application information are provided in the linked flyers. Application deadline for both institutes is March 18, 2016.

Japan’s Olympic Challenges: 20th-Century Legacies, 21st-Century Aspirations

July 10-15, 2016

As it prepares to host the 2020 Olympics, Japan is focused on national renewal, even as it continues to negotiate postwar legacies that impact how Japanese people and the world see that nation. Open to secondary social studies teachers nationwide, this 5-day institute on the CU-Boulder campus will consider how the past and the future intersect as Japan prepares to showcase its accomplishments to the world. The institute will explore the impact of enduring issues on contemporary Japanese society, government, global and intra-Asian relations, and Olympic goals and aspirations.

Go to for detailed flyer and application, available now at http://www.colorado.edu/cas/tea/ncta/downloads/Japan_SI2016_application.pdf.

For questions, contact lynn.parisi@colorado.edu.  2017 study in Japan: As a follow-up to this institute, participants will have the opportunity to apply for a 10-day residential seminar in Tokyo in July 2017, pending funding.

Korea's Journey into the 21st Century: Historical Contexts, Contemporary Issues

July 24-28, 2016

In this 4-day residential summer institute, secondary teachers will consider modern and contemporary South Korea's distinct history, geography, intra-peninsular and international relations, and transnational cultural transmissions (e.g., K-pop, film, and design). Participants will work with specialists to learn about the Korean peninsula beyond the media coverage, drawing on Korean narratives and texts to enrich their teaching about contemporary South Korea in the classroom.

Click http://www.colorado.edu/cas/tea/ncta/downloads/KSI2016App.pdf for detailed flyer and application, available now.

For questions, contact catherine.ishida@colorado.edu.

These programs are made possible through the generous funding of the Freeman Foundation to NCTA, the US-Japan Foundation through TEA’s “Olympic Opportunity” project, and the Korea Foundation.

Living on the Edge of Empire: Alliance, Conflict and Captivity 

Living on the Edge of Empire: Alliance, Conflict and Captivity is a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for K-12 teachers and librarians hosted by the Deerfield Teachers' Center of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA. The workshop will be presented the week of July 10 through July 15 and again the week of July 24 through July 29, 2016. The workshop places the Deerfield Raid of 1704 in the broader context of the history of Colonial New England.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2016.

Go to http://edge-empire.deerfield-ma.org/ for a description of the program and instructions on how to apply. NEH Summer Scholars who are chosen for these workshops will be awarded a $1200 stipend to help defray travel and accommodation costs.

For a century from 1660 to 1760 the bucolic New England village of Deerfield was a crossroads where differing visions and ambitions of diverse Native American Nations and European colonial empires interacted peacefully and clashed violently. During a memorable three-hour span in the early 1700s, the town stood at the center of the struggle to control the continent. The 1704 Raid on Deerfield is a doorway to a fascinating and important part of American history. It was an event rooted in religious conflicts, personal and family retribution, alliance, and kinship ties. The Raid on Deerfield and the colonial world that produced it, helped to create a distinctive American identity and world view that became a backdrop for the American Revolution.

Workshop Summer Scholars will explore global issues while also considering ways in which this history can offer a compelling entry point for teaching the complexities of the early American colonial period and the many cultural groups who comprised it – Native nations, enslaved Africans, and the French and English settlers.

 

Free Professional Development: Framing America's Constitution

Framing America’s Constitution

Payson-Smith Hall, University of Southern Maine

Sat, Mar 12, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Register for this free event

Dr. Chris Burkett will visit Payson-Smith Hall for a half-day presentation on the topic, “Framing America’s Constitution”. This is based on Dr. Lloyd’s interactive, dynamic online exhibit on the American Founding, designed for teachers to use in their classroom, and hosted on TAH.org. Dr. Lloyd distilled over fifty years of research and teaching knowledge this exhibit.  Dr. Burkett will share content knowledge and specific strategies from this website that teachers can use to engage their students and enliven their classroom, through talks on three topics:

  • Fifty Ways to Learn Your Framers
  • Ratification – The Essential Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers
  • Ratification – The Role of the States

Participating teachers will receive:

Refreshments will be provided

Talking Walls Discover Your World teacher workshop at UMF

Teacher Workshop

January 21st 4:15pm-6:00pm

Author and teacher Margy Burns Knight will introduce the content of Talking Walls Discover Your World (with illustrations by Anne Sibley O'Brien) through the lens of five texts: visual, informational, compendium, paired and digital. Teachers will learn how to unpack complex text, an instructional strategy that supports and expands close reading.

Contact Hours Available 

RSVP by January 20th  Visit www.margyburnsknight.com for more information.

Exhibit, Emery Community Arts Center

January 13th - February 8th, at the University of Maine Farmington 

 

 

January/February 2016 newsletter

Happy 2016 from the Maine Council for Social Studies!

 

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for Teachers:

The Dutch Republic and Britain

A five week NEH Summer Seminar For School Teachers--The Dutch Republic and Britain: The Making of a World Economy and Modern Society--will be offered by Gerard M. Koot, Professor of History, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth from 26 June to July 29, 2016. NEH will provide a $3,900 stipend for expenses.

The application deadline is March 1, 2016.

For more information, see http://www1.umassd.edu/euro/ or write gkoot@umassd.edu.

 

TPS Coaches Academy for Teachers

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Prepare to lead colleagues to effectively use Library of Congress resources
  • Design PD activities
  • Become a certified TPS Coach
  • Register today!

Weekly Online Sessions

          Tuesdays     February 16 – March 22     5:30 to 6:30pm

          Earn 24 CEU Hours (10 more post-course)

Questions?     Sue Wise   724.852.3377     swise@waynesburg.edu

This is an advanced TPS course. If you have not yet completed an introductory TPS course, you will be asked to complete TPS BASICS, 12 hours of self-paced professional development. TPS BASICS or an equivalent course must be completed by October 15, 2015. Further information provided upon registration.

This course is offered free of charge by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at Waynesburg University http://tps.waynesburg.edu/.

 

“Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms:

Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877 to 1920”

A Summer Institute for Current and Future K-12 Teachers

June 26– July 22, 2016

Chicago, Illinois

www.gildedandprogressive.org

The Chicago Metro History Education Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Loyola University Chicago invite K-12 teachers to apply for “Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877 to 1920.” Participants in this National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored program will spend four weeks in Chicago, a center of Progressive Era reform, engaging in vigorous discussions about this critical time period in American history and creating materials to use in their classrooms. Award-winning historian Robert Johnston (University of Illinois at Chicago) will guide the institute’s academic content, with the help of renowned experts in history, art, and architecture. Charles Tocci (Loyola University Chicago) will direct teaching application discussions, along with master teacher Michael Biondo (Maine South High School). For more information, contact Rachel Allmen, CMHEC, rallmen@chicagohistoryfair.org.

Benefits include:

Stimulating readings and discussions with scholars and peers

Time to explore and create practical applications for your classroom

A $3,300 stipend to defray travel, lodging, and study expenses

A chance to personally experience Chicago’s Gilded Age and Progressive Era history and culture

For full details, visit www.gildedandprogressive.org

Applications are due March 1, 2016.

 

From the American Psychology Association

2016 APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Award

This award provides an opportunity for APA’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) to recognize outstanding teachers in psychology. There will be up to three annual awards.

Winners will receive a framed certificate, engraved award, cash prize of $500, and a free TOPSS membership or renewal for the 2017 membership year. Additionally, Worth Publishers is generously donating a $500 credit to Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishers and a copy of the “High School Psychology Video Anthology DVD” to each of the winning teachers.

The application Deadline is: March 15, 2016.  Click here for more details: http://www.apa.org/about/awards/teaching-excellence.aspx

 

2016 TOPSS Essay Competition for High School Psychology Students

Students are asked to write an essay of no more than 3,000 words that addresses the topic of racial bias and that provides information concerning cognitive and social factors that contribute to the problem. Students should also address how implicit bias has informed our understanding of racial biases. In addition, each essay should use existing psychological research to examine how this problem specifically impacts the criminal justice system. Four winners will be selected for this year’s competition, each of whom will receive a $250 award.

For the full essay question and competition rules and guidelines, visit http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/student-competition.aspx. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2016, and essays should be submitted through an online database, available through the website above.

 

2016 APA/Clark University Workshop for High School Teachers

The 12th annual APA/Clark workshop will be held July 20-22, 2016, at Clark University in Worcester, MA. Presenters will include Alan Feldman of Glen Rock High School, Glen Rock, New Jersey, and Virginia Welle of Chippewa Falls High School, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; the keynote address and faculty presenters from the Clark University psychology department will be announced by the spring.  There is no registration fee and room and board are provided.  In addition, all participants will receive travel stipends up to $150 and limited travel scholarships are available based upon need.  The workshop is limited to 25 teachers. 

The application deadline is April 15, 2016. For more information and to apply online, visit: http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/clark-university-workshop.aspx

 

Religious Revivals, Utopian Societies and the Shaker Experience in America:

A National Endowment for the Humanities LandmarksWorkshop for School Teachers

Sessions: June 19-25 and June 26-July 2, 2016

NEH Landmark Workshops immerse scholars in the past.

As a participant you will:

  • Engage in interactive seminars with scholars
  • Tour Hancock Shaker Village, Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon and Watervliet Shaker Historic District
  • Examine rare Shaker manuscripts and artifacts at the New York State Museum and New York State Library
  • Learn how to utilize Shaker materials in the classroom and bring the fascinating history of the Shakers to life for contemporary students

Accommodations and Facilities: Siena College’s beautiful park-like setting that is located two miles north of Albany, the capital of New York.

Apply Now: The application process is easy and is located on the Siena College website (www.siena.edu/shakerworkshop).

Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

For More Information Contact the Project Director, Jennifer Dorsey, Ph.D., at shakerworkshop@siena.edu

Maine Humanities Council grants available

The MHC has three grant categories available in 2016: Mini Grants (up to $1000), Major Grants (from $1001 to $7500), and Arts & Humanities Grants, offered in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission (up to $1000). They are interested in public projects that: 

  • Are collaborative,
  • Stimulate meaningful community dialogue,
  • Attract diverse audiences,
  • Are participatory and engaging, and
  • Invite discovery of the humanities in interesting and exciting ways.

Projects in rural areas and those that reach intergenerational audiences are also of particular interest.

Visit Maine Humanities Council for additional information and 2016 deadlines.

November/December 2015 Newsletter

The Maine Council for the Social Studies welcomed over 130 participants to our annual MCSS Conference in October! The day was a huge success, featuring fantastic speakers, engaging sessions, great food and fun, and - of course - plenty of talk about Social Studies!

You can keep the conversation going by following MCSS on Facebook (Maine Council for the Social Studies) and on Twitter (@MaineCSS)! 

The Great Thanksgiving Listen:  StoryCorps is piloting a project for students ages 13 and over to interview an elder over Thanksgiving and upload their recording to the Library of Congress.  A free Educator’s Toolkit is available. 

Grant Opportunity: Maine Humanities Council

Maine Humanities Council has a new grant category to fund programs that involve Pulitzer Prize-winning works or creators. The awards will vary from $500 to $10,000.   Nov. 13 deadline for programming that takes place no later than December 31, 2016. We are very eager to have schools/districts/classes apply, and are happy to provide assistance in thinking through the ways you can incorporate Pulitzer Prize-winning works into your existing curriculum and/or school/district events. For example, we may be able to connect you with Pulitzer Prize-winning creators who would be willing to visit your school and talk about their work. 

Visit the MHC grant page for more information, or call Anne or Lizz at 773-5051 to talk about your idea. 

 

Visit the MHC grant page for more information, or call Anne or Lizz at 773-5051 to talk about your idea. 

Release of First Light

First Light independently documents the work of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the first such task force in US history to investigate issues important to Native Americans. The TRC was dedicated to uncovering and acknowledging the truth about what happened to Wabanaki children and families because of the state’s child welfare system.

First Light is the first film in a series, anchored by the feature film Dawnland slated for release in early 2017.

First Light is about the journey of loss and healing of Native people participating in a historic truth commission in Maine. 

Free learning resources for First Light connect teachers and students to primary source documents and discussion questions so they can begin to examine the history.  The First Light trailer is available now with free streaming available. 

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) Travel Programs

GEEO is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers. The following travel programs are being offered for 2016: Bali/Lombok, Bangkok to Hanoi, China, Costa Rica, Eastern Europe, The Galapagos Islands, Greece, Iceland, India/Nepal, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Morocco, Myanmar, Peruvian Amazon, Peruvian Andes, Portugal/Spain, Heart of the Silk Road, Southern Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Vietnam/Cambodia, Western Balkans, Peru (Winter Break), Southern India (Winter Break), Israel (Spring Break), Moorish Spain (Spring Break), and Morocco (Spring Break).  The registration deadline is June 1, 2016.   Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at www.geeo.org

Advocacy in Action Student Video Contest (from the Center for Effective Government)

Did you know that one in three U.S. students goes to school within the risk zone of a chemical facility? Many students don’t realize that they are at risk – or that they can be a part of the solution.

Challenge your students to create a short film exploring the risks from chemical facilities and offering solutions for protecting our communities. All students grades 9 through 12 are eligible to participate and will compete to win cash prizes of up to $1,000.

The Advocacy in Action video contest and lesson plan help students make real-world social studies connections. Students will:

●     Use our interactive map to locate their school and identify nearby facilities that may be putting them at risk

●     Learn how our government regulates these facilities and how they can be made safer

●     Explore essential communications strategies

●     Become active, engaged citizens

The deadline to submit videos is March 18, 2016.

Facilities can take steps to reduce their hazards. We need our students to speak up and demand that facilities no longer put surrounding communities at risk.  

For contest rules, lesson plan, and other resources, visit www.foreffectivegov.org/video-contest

World of 7 Billion Video Contest

(from Population Education)

Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your middle and high school classes. The contest challenges your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges dealing with either Deforestation, Public Health, or Water Scarcity. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 25, 2016. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest.

Maine National History Day Teacher Workshop

Join the Maine Humanities Council and Maine Historical Society for a fall workshop on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at the Maine Historical Society in Portland. Led by Professor Libby Bischof from University of Southern Maine, the workshop will focus on visual literacy: how to analyze and use images as sources in and of themselves, instead of merely as illustration. Led by a History Day teaching veteran, attendees will also discuss how to incorporate these principles into their curricular activities. Register now!

Teachers should bring a laptop or tablet for reviewing the NHD website and other online resources.

CEUs or certificates will be provided upon request.

Communicating Climate Change

Join the Maine Humanities Council, the Portland Museum of Art, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center this fall to explore one of the most contentious issues of our time. How has public conversation about climate change evolved over time? What cultural and historical factors have shaped its trajectory? How do scientists, artists, and humanities scholars influence the way we understand and talk about climate change?

This one-day program, on Oct. 24, 2015, from 9:00 am - 3:45 pm at the Portland Museum of Art, will offer CEUs to educators. Register now!

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