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. 

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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.

Election 2020 with MCSS!!


Election 2020 is shaping up to be the most interesting election in American history with the challenges provided by COVID-19 on top of the Offices up for grabs and the issues at stake.

The Maine Council for the Social Studies is hosting a Webinar for MCSS members featuring Maine’s 49th Secretary of State, honorable Matthew Dunlap. Secretary Dunlap will discuss the Mock election, what the election will specifically look like in Maine this year and potential resources educators could use for that. Register below today to join us for this event, FREE for MCSS members on Thursday October 1 from 7-8pm. There will be time for Q & A with Secretary Dunlap.

Registration for this special event is limited to the first 100 participants to register.

When: Oct 1, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Election 2020 with MCSS

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).

This is just a preview of what we will be offering throughout the school year to MCSS members only, so if you are not a current member, go here to join or renew today:

About our Guest Webinar Speaker:

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap of Old Town is now serving his fourth consecutive and seventh overall term in office. He previously served three terms as Maine's 47th Secretary of State and is the first person to serve non-consecutive terms as Secretary of State since 1880.

A founder of the Maine Youth Fish and Game Association, he is an award-winning monthly columnist for The Northwoods Sporting Journal and is active in many civic endeavors, including board positions with the University of Maine "M" Club, Russian-American Rule of Law Consortium, the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, New England Outdoor Writer’s Association, and Windover Art Center in Newburgh. In 2011, he served as Executive Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. He is a former Commissioner on the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (February 2013-June 2015) and served as a member of the national Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, (May 2017- January 2018).

During his previous tenure as secretary, he served as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State and was named Maine's Public Administrator of the Year in 2008. In 2005, he was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta to serve on a national rulemaking panel on driver license and identification card security, and has remained active in the national debate on privacy and national security.

He previously served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives (118th-121st) representing part of Old Town and the Indian Island Voting District; he served three terms as House Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife as well as House Chair of the Government Oversight Committee.

A native of Bar Harbor, Dunlap is a graduate of Mount Desert Island High School and holds a B.A. in Roman History and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Maine. Prior to his career in public service, he worked extensively in textiles, food service, nonprofit management, the outdoors; and printing, writing and publishing. He lives in Old Town with his wife, Representative Michelle Dunphy, and their daughter Emily Charlotte Dunlap.





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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.

Excellence in Teaching Awards