Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies

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63 Cinderella CircleDracutMassachusetts01826United States View Map

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SIC Codes:

8211

NAICS Codes:

611110
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The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit educational organization. It is a network of social studies educators who work at every level of schooling. They communicate with each other through publications and meetings. They broaden their communication by working with related professional associations, government, and private agencies. MCSS is affiliated with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and participates fully in that organization's efforts to advance the profession. NCSS encourages the highest standards of teaching, teacher preparation, and curriculum development. NCSS has developed and published both a code of ethics and academic freedom standards. It has established a defense fund to provide first-line legal assistance to teachers threatened with actions that violate this freedom. Social Education , the official journal of NCSS since 1937, is an outstanding organ of information and commentary. The Social Studies Professional is a newsletter of resources and opportunities. Social Studies and the Young Learner is a quarterly journal devoted exclusively to elementary social studies education. In addition, the NCSS publications program features a wide variety of bulletins, special publications, and standards. The program of the NCSS annual meeting provides major speakers, clinics, sessions, tours, a major exhibit of instructional materials, and several awards honoring those who have contributed to the advancement of social studies education. MCSS also works with local councils that serve regions of the state. Representatives of these councils sit on the MCSS Board of Directors as voting members. Local councils provide programs for their members several times a year; these programs enhance the knowledge and teaching skills of attendees and offer opportunities for camaraderie and interaction with our peers in the same geographic region. Central Mass. Council for the Social Studies(http://www.hardingb@rocketmail.com) (CMCSS) is for the area from Route 128 west to roughly Ware, Barre, Spencer. The president is Beth Harding and the dues are $5.00 per year. [Greater Boston Council for the Social Studies (GBCSS) covers the area within Route 128. The president is Steve Goode and dues are $5 per year. Merrimack Valley Council for the Social Studies (MVCSS) covers the area from Route 128 north to New Hampshire and west to Route 2. The president is Mary Ellen Sorensen and the dues are $5 per year. Southeast Mass. Council for the Social Studies (SEMCSS) covers the area from approximately Route 25 south to the coast or Rhode Island. Meetings are usually held in New Bedford or Fall River or the general area. The Executive Secretary is Fred Cole, 23 Arrowhead Lane, South Dartmouth, MA 02748-2001. Dues are $10 per year. South Shore Council for the Social Studies (SSCSS) covers the area from 128 south to Route 25 and from the coast (roughly Braintree to Plymouth) to Norwood, Franklin, Bellingham, Attleboro. Meetings are usually held in Taunton, Bridgewater, Walpole/Foxborough, but may be moved to other locales. Dues are $10 per year. Western Mass. Council for the Social Studies (WMCSS) covers the area west from Barre, Spencer to New York. Leaders of the council are Virginia Ahart and Tonya Aitken. Dues are $5 per year. To join MCSS and the local councils go to the Membership page.

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