Jan/Feb 2016 newsletter

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


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