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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!

NEXT UP... on Thursday, May 6th  from 7-8 pm a Webinar led by Brad Lopes, a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Noepe (Martha's Vineyard). 

Brad Lopes (Aquinnah Wampanoag) will be presenting his approach to teaching Wabanaki and Indigenous Studies in Maine, including starting a Native American Studies course at Wiscasset Middle High School. As an indigenous person himself and member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag, decolonizing education is key to his instruction and he will be offering techniques, strategies, and resources to others to accomplish this in their own classrooms and elsewhere. We will focus on other topics such as the use of language surrounding indigenous people in schools, the “invisibility” and erasure endured, land acknowledgements, and resources you can use to further bring Wabanaki people, history, and culture into your classroom. As a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag, Brad will also discuss and share lesson plans and resources tied to “Thanksgiving” or the National Day of Mourning, as it is observed by the Aquinnah Wampanoag. The goal will also be to facilitate dialogue and have an interactive afternoon as well. You will leave here feeling more equipped to discuss and teach about the people who have called Dawnland and Noepe (Martha’s Vineyard) home for over 12,000 years, and who continue to thrive today.

 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 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:

Webinar Registration:

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

When: May 6, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Teaching Wabanaki Studies and Decolonization of Social Studies

Register in advance for this webinar:

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

About our Presenters

Brad Lopes

Brad Lopes, of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Noepe (Martha’s Vineyard), is a Social Studies educator who teaches World Cultures, Honors Western Civilization, and Native American Studies at Wiscasset Middle High School. In his 4 years as an educator, Brad has worked with groups like the Upstander Academy, Plimoth-Patuxet Museums, the Holocaust and Human Rights Center, the Abbe Museum, and other organizations to continue to bring inclusive views to the classroom, and to decolonize the way social studies education is delivered. Starting this summer, Brad will also be the Program Director at the Aquinnah Cultural Center, where he is planning a new museum exhibit and several interactive, hybrid programs to bring Wampanoag history and

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