MCSS, Maine's local affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies, is YOUR statewide professional Social Studies organization. Run entirely by volunteers, we welcome teachers, administrators, librarians, and all those who love Social Studies to help us advocate for and improve the Social Studies in Maine.

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Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. 

The Maine Council for the Social Studies


 2020 Virtual Conference: “Continuity and Change”

 The MCSS Board has worked to maintain our annual conference, but in a different format to address CDC restrictions and improve accessibility and flexibility for our members!

Mark your calendars NOW! The first Thursday of each month through June will feature a Webinar led by an expert in the field of Social Studies Education. Each Webinar will be followed on either the Monday or the Tuesday after with an online meeting through Zoom led by Education experts to facilitate discussion of application of learning from that month’s Webinar to the classroom as well as give teachers the opportunity to connect and network with their colleagues. The Webinars will be held from 7-8pm.

The best news of all… The 2020 Virtual Conference is FREE to current members! Each Webinar will be archived and available to you, as a member, on-demand simply by logging into our website with your membership info and password. So even if you can’t make the Webinar in person, you can view it anytime. The Webinars and Teacher Application Zoom Sessions amount to 2 hours of free Professional Development each month and 16 hours for the whole year! MCSS will offer Contact Hour certificates to participants who attend Webinars and Teacher Application Zoom Sessions. Did I mention, this is FREE for current members?!?!

The 2020 Virtual Conference will kick-off on Thursday November 5 from 7-8pm with our keynote Webinar led by Libby Bischoff Professor of History and Executive Director of the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine. Libby will be discussing the Bicentennial of Maine’s Statehood. This keynote Webinar will be followed by a Teacher Application Zoom Session on Monday November 9 led by MCSS Board members and expert educators Adam Schmitt, Assistant Professor and Social Studies Educator at USM and Nicole Rancourt, Program Officer at the Maine Humanities Council.

Our Keynote Webinar in November will be followed in later months by presentations from Renee Keul on using the resources from the Osher Map Library in the classroom, Andy Mink from the National Humanities Council on Making Voices heard using the Humanities in Class Digital Library, and Maine DOE Social Studies Specialist Joe Schmidt on Contentious Issues in the Classroom among others!

The 2020 Virtual Conference is for members only. You can renew or become a member for the low price of $25 (or $10 for pre-service teachers or educators 55 and older). If your membership is not current (for many folks, membership ran out in July) or you are not a member and would like to become one, go here to join or renew today:

Keynote Webinar Registration

Registration each month is necessary to attend each monthly Webinar. So now is the time to register for the Keynote Webinar with Libby Bischoff (as long as you are a current MCSS member). Registration for this special event is limited to the first 100 participants to register.

When: Nov 5, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Libby Bischoff and Maine’s Bicentennial

Register in advance for this webinar here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar (only MCSS members will be approved).


No registration is necessary to participate in the Teacher Application Zoom Session on November 9 from 7-8pm. Simply use this link to participate (you also do NOT have to have attended the webinar on 11/5 to participate in this).

Topic: Teacher Follow-up to Maine's Bicentennial with Libby Bischoff
Time: Nov 9, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 835 2892 7507
Passcode: 918295

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About our Keynote Speaker:

Libby Bischof explores American society through the lens of history––and the lens of a camera. A nineteenth-century American cultural historian, Professor Bischof specializes in the history of photography, particularly in Maine.  She is the co-author of the 2015 book Maine Photography: A History, 1840-2015.  In 2011, she co-curated the exhibition Maine Moderns: Art in Sequinland, 1900-1940 at the Portland Museum of Art with Senior Curator Susan Danly. The show won the critic’s choice award for best Historic Show in the 2011 New England Art Awards. Her other research interests include Maine history, modernism, how friendship informs cultural production, and nineteenth-century New England women writers.  She has recently been appointed as the Executive Director of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at USM.

In addition to her teaching and research interests, Professor Bischof enjoys working with local K-12 teachers and students and frequently collaborates with the Maine Humanities Council.  She is an avid reader, photographer, and letter writer and loves exploring Maine.  She is also a postcard nerd--follow her postcard adventures on Instagram: @themainepostcardproject.  She resides in Gorham with her husband Steve, her son Gus, and her daughter Katie.



 MCSS Statement on Teaching History and Social Studies (September 25, 2020)

The Maine Council for the Social Studies rejects any effort by the federal government to equate the teaching of the complex American story to “child abuse,” or to dictate a US history curriculum that neglects to analyze our nation’s complicity in oppression. 

We reject any statement that accuses our educators of harming children with knowledge. Teachers are professionals and experts in their fields who care deeply about their students. They are lifelong learners who consistently sharpen their craft, including the incorporation of nuanced historical evidence that reflects the beautiful diversity of our children.

Our shared history in this country was experienced differently, depending on individuals’ race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, place of birth, religion, and many other factors. To ignore or erase the experiences of those not in the seats of power is harmful. Good social studies instruction does not focus solely on a single narrative. Good social studies instruction teaches students to be critical consumers of information, to engage with multiple perspectives, and to ensure that students are empowered to ask questions and analyze evidence to solve problems. Good social studies is the inclusion of a more complete narrative.

The Maine Council for the Social Studies stands behind our educators and will continue to advocate for inclusive social studies, with the understanding that showing love for our country means insisting that we learn from our past and strive to be better.






Upcoming Events

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Excellence In Teaching Awards

The Glenn Nerbak Award for Excellence in Teaching Social Studies Awards is given annually Maine teachers who exemplify a passion and commitment to social studies and student learning.

Excellence in Teaching Awards