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”

Our Next Webinar is coming up on Thursday April 8 from 7-8pm led by Patricia Buck, Bates College; Michelle Crowley, Kate Chase, and Donna Olsen, Social Studies Teachers, Lewiston High School

Patricia, Michelle, Kate, and Donna will be discussing how they worked with Bates students to develop lessons about recent migration to Maine.  Bates students Cameron Johnson, Natalie Moon, Jevan Sandhu, and Sophia Miller may also contribute to the discussion as well.  Topics include collaborating on lesson development, reflection on student work, as well as the benefits of creating relevant and meaningful connections to today's issues in a world history classroom.  You will leave this session with resources and information about connecting with Bates College. 

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: Apr 8, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic:Partnering with Bates to Increase Student Engagement

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).


About our Presenters:

Patricia is a faculty member in the Education Department at Bates College where she integrates community-engaged learning projects into all of her classes. Patti and her students began working on developing lessons on migration to Maine for use in secondary classrooms as a community engaged learning project in the fall of 2018. As the project moves forward and expands, she plans to create an online platform for teachers throughout the state to more readily access the 100s of available lessons. In the meantime, she is thrilled to keep working on lessons development with Michelle, Donna, and Kate. 

Michelle Crowley teaches World History, Mock Trial, and Debate at Lewiston High School. She has taught for 17 years and received the Glenn Nerbak Award for Excellence in Teaching Social Studies this year from the Maine Council of the Social Studies.  She coaches the Lewiston Mock Trial team.  Kate Chase lives in Lewiston and has taught for eight years. She teaches World History at Lewiston High School, where she is also the SAT Coordinator. She also serves on the school’s Social Emotional Learning Committee.  Donna Olsen teaches World History and American History at Lewiston High School. She has taught in Lewiston for ten years. She is the content leader of the social studies department and serves on the board of the Maine Council of the Social Studies. Michelle, Kate, and Donna have worked collaboratively in adapting the ancient world history curriculum to include connections to modern themes for the last six years.  They are looking forward to beginning a new unit of lesson development with Patti’s students this spring.


 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

MCSS 2020 Virtual Conference Vendor/ Sponsor Registration


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