Good Day New Hampshire Social Studies Teachers,
The New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies is pleased to announce a virtual conference in March and April 2021, offering exciting sessions for educators of all levels. The conference will be an 8-week webinar series held on Thursday afternoons beginning March 11th and ending April 22nd. Each session will include a presentation followed by an interactive discussion moderated by a NHCSS board member. We will then close with a brief introduction to free teaching resources from the presenter or other organization along the same theme.
The NHCSS Executive Board has worked thoughtfully and diligently to bring the teachers of New Hampshire a safe and equitable professional development opportunity which allows for greater flexibility and freedom to attend. As fellow educators, we appreciate the hard work and dedication that each of you are putting into your classrooms during these difficult times and look forward to your attendance!
Our keynote event will be free to all and open the series on Thursday, March 11th at 3:30 p.m. Dr. John Lee, from the University of North Carolina, will discuss bringing C3 and inquiry-based learning to New Hampshire. Following his presentation, we will discuss and begin the process of launching a New Hampshire HUB.
The registration fee for the entire series will be $100, which includes an annual New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies membership. As a member of NHCSS, you are entitled to the following benefits:
Registration will be available on the NHCSS website beginning in January 2021. Series events will also be available to download if you miss the live event. Please find the registration page at http://www.nhcss.org/conference-registration.html.
The schedule for the first two sessions is as follows:
March 11: Keynote Dr. John Lee presents the C3
Discussion: Launching the C3 in New Hampshire
Resources from: C3teachers.org
March 18: Dr. Danielle McGuire presents Bodily Integrity in the Civil Rights Movement
Discussion: How can teachers be anti-racist?
Resources from: New Hampshire Black Heritage Trail, Gilder Lehrman, and the Remedial Herstory Project
The NHCSS is offering a wide array of topics throughout the conference such as Empathy and World Geography, People Count: Understanding Demography in the Year of the Census, How can the NHCSS help you?, elementary social studies programs, and discussing controversial topics in the classroom.
The NHCSS sincerely hopes that this offering of a conference will benefit you and your students. Thank you all again for patience, flexibility, and commitment to social studies education in New Hampshire!
Curtis C. Roddy
Curtis C. Roddy, President, New Hampshire Council of the Social Studies
Below, please find two simple resources to explain how to register to vote in New Hampshire. These would be great tools for the classroom.
The LBJ Library summer webinar series is available by video on their website. The following is from the LBJ Library September Newsletter:
When entering the classroom, students and teachers are met with systematic racism at every turn. By looking at who writes and is represented in curriculum, textbooks, and education policy, we can begin to understand the education system in the United States. This 10 week webinar series will scratch the surface answering the questions "How did we get here," "Where are we now?" and "What can we do about it?" in regard to raising issues of equity and implementing anti-biased, anti-racist education across the country. President Johnson sought to increase access in education with over 60 pieces of legislation such as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Higher Education Act, and Bilingual Education Act. Continuing President Johnson's legacy of prioritizing education, the LBJ Library will host this webinar series to give information and tools to educators and stakeholders to affect change in their schools and communities.
Confirmed speakers include:
Sunday and Monday, October 4 and 5, will be a two-day “kick-off” event, that will present live online keynote addresses focusing on the themes for NERCVirtual 2020.
1. Teaching and learning social studies in the age of Covid-19
2. 2020 U.S. Elections
3. Under-represented voices in American History
4. History of Protests
5. Preparing Student to Hold “The Office of Citizen”
These themes are described on their website: https://www.masscouncil.org/?page_id=7245 and below.
The keynote speakers include Kenneth C. Davis, Barbara F. Berenson, L’Merchie Frazier, Justice Robert J. Cordy, David L. Hudson, Dan Osborn, and Christopher Martell. All of them are EXCELLENT speakers on each of the themes. Best of all, participation IS FREE - they just need to register in order to get access to join.
For the month of October, they have a series of webinars, workshops, and master classes in the afternoons (between 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) to allow teachers from all over to participate online after regular school hours.
The workshops and webinars can either be live (real time) using Zoom or Google Meet (or a platform that you use whether it be Skype, Cisco WebEx, etc.) or it could be pre-recorded and teachers can access the webinar or workshop on their own time.
Mass Council has identified major themes for the 2020-2021 school year:
The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education has free programming available to utilize in your fall curriculum, whether you need in-person or remote programming for your classroom. They are currently enrolling for our Civics 603! programming. Head to their website for more information. Check out the PD opportunities in the PDF below.
Only a few seats left to learn more about the state you love! The New Hampshire Historical Society presents three virtual social studies professional development opportunities for New Hampshire upper elementary educators. Workshops include a “boot camp” on New Hampshire history (Aug. 10-13); an introduction to “Moose on the Loose: Social Studies for Granite State Kids”--the new online state social studies curriculum created by the New Hampshire Historical Society (Aug. 18); and a workshop focused on New Hampshire and the American Revolution (Aug. 19). Teachers will receive stipends and CEU credits for their participation. To register, please visit the professional development page of the new "Moose on the Loose" website at https://moose.nhhistory.org/educators/Professional-Development. These workshops are co-sponsored by the NH Council for the Social Studies and NH Humanities. For questions or more information, contact Professional Development Coordinator Katie Corbett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NHCSS Press Release
Approved by the NHCSS Board of Directors, June 10, 2020
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies decries the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and countless other Black Americans and mourns their tragic deaths. The NHCSS stands in solidarity with the National Council for the Social Studies in condemning institutionalized racism and prejudice in all its forms. We rededicate ourselves as educators to address institutionalized racism and promote anti-racist instructional practices.
Only by understanding our history will we be able to root out the institutional racism that has denied equality and opportunity to so many. As educators, we have both a responsibility and an opportunity to help our students grasp the challenge before us to bring real and lasting change. This is our moment—social studies teachers are trained to lead students through complicated and controversial topics and teach tolerance. And never has there been a better time to teach students about the importance of taking thoughtful, informed, and constructive action to make the world a better place.
We acknowledge that we can do better and we want to work on this. We will work as a council this summer on how we can best assist other teachers across the state. As part of our mission to advance social studies education in the state of New Hampshire, we are taking action in the following ways:
Through these efforts we can better prepare New Hampshire’s students to participate in the world they will inherit. Our commitment to educate Granite Staters about society's racial injustices is merely one contribution to the larger struggle, but it’s one that we can and should make.
President of the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies
As I am sure you are preparing for an uncertain start to the school year, I wanted to reach out to share some resources from the LBJ Presidential Library that might be helpful to you and the teachers that you work with. As our in-person professional development was cancelled due to COVID-19, we are hosting a webinar series this summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July. The June schedule and registration can be found in the attached information below or on our website: lbjlibrary.org/events/educator-summer-webinar-series The July lineup is being finalized and should be announced later this week or early next week.
We are also working to take some of our most popular lessons online, as well as bring the museum to you through a virtual field trip. Please see below for some of our best digital resources. All of our curriculum and education resources can be found at lbjlibrary.org/education.
Silver Spring, MD – In response to the death of George Floyd, National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) condemns the use of excessive violence or force, or extrajudicial processes, used discriminately by law enforcement against blacks in America when investigating or enforcing probable or non-probable causes of infractions, misdemeanors, or felonies. These actions are against the civic values and practices we teach all students through social studies education.
NCSS President Tina L. Heafner, Ph.D., expressed, “We are outraged by the use of violence that resulted in the death of George Floyd while being detained by Minneapolis law enforcement this week. Our hearts and sympathy are with the Floyd Family, the residents of Minneapolis, and all grieving Americans. NCSS strives to promote human rights and justice for all human beings regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Mr. Floyd’s death along with the recent killings of two other black people, Ahmaud Arbery (who was shot after being pursued by white men near Brunswick, GA) and Breonna Taylor (who was killed by police officers in Louisville, KY, during a “no-knock” raid of her apartment), are unremitting reminders of deep-seated racism and institutionalized violence against people of color in America. This ongoing injustice of racialized police brutality involving countless black people must stop. Moreover, this systemic pattern of dehumanizing, criminalizing, and terrorizing people of color, and in particular black men, women, and children must end.”
Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies is the largest professional association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 35 countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, civics, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education. The NCSS membership represents K-12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies.
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