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 3rd Webinar is coming up on Thursday January 7 from 7-8pm led by Andy Mink Vice President, National Humanities Center. Andy will be discussing teaching about protest with resources from the Humanities in Class Digital Library. This Webinar will be followed by a Teacher Application Zoom Session on Monday January 11 led by MCSS Board members and expert educators Ryan Bernard, Teacher at Lisbon High School, Nicole Rancourt, Program Officer at the Maine Humanities Council and Michelle Strattard, Teacher at Gray-New Gloucester High School.

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 Andy Mink (as long as you are a current MCSS member). Registration for this special event is limited to the first 100 participants to register.

When: Jan 7, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Song of Myself: Exploring the Language of Protest

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 January 11 from 7-8pm. Simply use this link to participate (you also do NOT have to have attended the webinar on 1/7 to participate in this).

Topic: Teacher Follow-up to Song of Myself: Exploring the Language of Protest
Time: Jan 11, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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About our Presenter:

Andy Mink is the Vice President for Education Programs at the National Humanities Center. He designs and leads professional development programs for K-12 and collegiate educators, using hands-on instructional models and drawing on his leadership experiences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the University of Virginia.  This work bridges between the scholarly world and the working classroom, addressing classic and contemporary aspects of the humanities in order to better understand our world.  Fundamental to this work is the support of teacher leadership and curriculum design through Open Education Resources (OER).  He currently serves on Boards of Directors of National Council for the Social Studies and National Council for History Education.

What do Walt Whitman, the Arab Spring, and pop music have in common?

As America continues to fracture, the humanities offer the language of shared identity and experiences. Drawing from scholarly and instructional resources developed by the National Humanities Center, this session will explore interdisciplinary approaches to finding common ground through literature, art, and music in  the English Language Arts classroom.   From the beautiful vignettes of Whitman, Alabama to the graffiti of social movements in the Middle East, we will discover and discuss OER best practices in the context of culture, identity, and history.

All participants will receive a free Library Card to the Humanities in Class Digital Library (HICDL), an Open Education Resource (OER)-based microsite that collects and combines the best in humanities scholarship and education for use in the K-12 and collegiate classroom. In this platform, scholars share research in a variety of digital forms, including video lectures, primary source collections, essays, and articles. Educators publish lessons, activities, assessments, research, essays, and syllabi. In addition to resources created by the NHC, over eighty humanities organizations have contributed to the digital shelves, amplifying the opportunity for interdisciplinary connections. The HICDL connects seamlessly with Google Classroom and most Learning Management Systems. All materials are free and come with Creative Commons open license. The HICDL is quickly becoming a makerspace for humanities education innovation with new members and resources being added daily.



 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