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.

Professional Development Opportunities

Please visit us on Twitter at Maine Council(@MaineCSS) and on Facebook at Maine Council for the Social Studies


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

D-Day 2044 is a non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to engage high school and middle school students across America so that we do not forget the people who saved the World on June 6, 1944 when the Allies invaded Europe on “D-Day”.

They provide the following support to teachers:

  • Engaging lesson plans focused on the world wars tailored to meet academic standards in in grades 7-12 drawn in large part from the educational website of the American Battle Monuments Commission (
  • $300 grants to each participating teacher to support the creation and dissemination of class related materials.
  • No financial commitment is required from participating schools or teachers.
  • They simply ask you to integrate a lesson plan into your teaching of the world wars and to participate in a subsequent teacher evaluation.
  • They provide additional financial and technical support for related community engagement programs and student clubs aligned with the goals of D-Day 2044 that extend the “teachable moment” beyond the walls of the classroom.

Here in Maine we are looking to create a cohort of teachers interested in participating in this program. If you are interested, please send an email of interest to: Charles Birmingham, Chairman and CEO, at [email protected] and indicate that you are a teacher in Maine. Please do so by November 30. You can also email MCSS at [email protected] with questions!


MCSS 2019 Conference 

November 4, 2019

Augusta Civic Center

2019 Conference Co-Sponsors:


Look for their vendor tables in the Exhibit Area at the conference!

We are pleased to confirm that Kenneth C. Davis has officially accepted the invitation to be the 2019 Keynote Speaker.

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Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times–bestselling author of America’s Hidden History and Don’t Know Much About® History, which gave rise to the “Don’t Know Much About®” series of books for adults and children. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed In the Shadow of Liberty, an ALA Notable Book and a 2017 finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. His most recent book, More Deadly Than War, was recently named a Notable Trade Book for Young People by the Children’s Book Council and NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies). He has also written for the New York TimesWashington Post, and Smithsonian magazine, among other publications. A frequent guest on national television and radio, he has appeared on CBS This Morning, Today, CNN and NPR. Davis enjoys both in-person and virtual visits with readers, teachers, students, librarians, and members of the general public. He lives in New York City and can be found on Twitter @kennethcdavis and at his website

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 Our theme this year is:   "Maine's Bicentennial:  Past, Present, and Future."


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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.

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