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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

Presents:

 2020 Virtual Conference: “Continuity and Change”

Our Next Webinar is coming up on Thursday February 4 from 7-8pm led by Kenneth C. Davis, Author and Historian. Ken will be discussing his latest book "Strongman". Mr. Davis will investigate the rise of five of the most ruthless dictators in modern history—  Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Saddam Hussein. While exploring these strongmen’s lives and the historical periods that shaped the leaders they became, Davis will illuminate common features in the “Strongman’s Playbook,” including propaganda, scapegoating enemies, extolling nationalism, and cultivating unquestioning loyalty among young people. Davis makes the case that democracy does not die in darkness. Rather it is sometimes decapitated in broad daylight, with crowds cheering as the dangerous creep of authoritarianism takes place and freedoms are erased. He details the current and rising peril to democracy around the world. He will also discuss using this book in the classroom and the importance of Civics education! 

Did you happen to catch Ken on Maine Public Radio's Maine Calling discussing Civics education? (https://www.mainepublic.org/post/civics-education-what-do-students-learn-about-how-our-democracy-works-why-does-it-matter)

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: https://mainecouncilsocialstudies.org/join.php

Webinar Registration

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

When: Feb 4, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: "Strongmen: Threats to Democracy" with Kenneth C. Davis

Register in advance for this webinar here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_d63V_fqZTk-UrJnZnM9Z6Q

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

 

 

About our Presenter:

Photo credit Nina Subin

Kenneth C. Davis is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Know Much About History, which was recently reissued with a new preface in a 30th anniversary edition. He is a frequent media guest and speaks widely to schools, libraries, and historical societies (https://dontknowmuch.com/). His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and Smithsonian magazine. He has also been a guest on CBS This Morning and NPR and many regional public radio affiliates. Ken has been the keynote speaker at MCSS Conferences twice in the past and recently presented at the NCSS Virtual conference.

EARLY PRAISE FOR STRONGMAN
 
Professor Sam Wineburg, Margaret Jacks Professor of Education & History, Stanford University, author of Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone): 
 
“I found myself engrossed in it from beginning to end. I could not help admiring Davis’s ability to explain complex ideas in readable prose that never once discounted the intelligence of young readers. It is very much a book for our time.” 
 
Strongman was named by Kirkus among the “Best Young Adult Books of the Year" (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/best-of/2020/young-adult/books/) and “Best YA Books for Understanding the US Today”  (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-lists/best-ya-books-of-2020-for-understanding-the-us-tod/)

Kirkus calls Strongman, "A pitch-perfect balance of nuanced reflection and dire warning.” And Publishers Weekly says this, captivating history of five depraved ‘strongmen’ offers a timely warning about the need to protect democracy.”  https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-250-20564-3

 

 

 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