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.
Good Day New Hampshire Social Studies Teachers,
Unfortunately due to the worldwide pandemic, the NHCSS has made the difficult decision to cancel our fall conference scheduled for October 28th, 2020. The NHCSS will review the situation in November 2020 and make a determination at that time based on the latest Center for Disease Control’s guidelines along with protocols and procedures outlined by the state of New Hampshire as to whether we will host a physical conference in March 2021, a virtual conference in March 2021, or cancel the conference entirely.
As fellow educators we appreciate, the hard work and dedication that each of you are putting into your classrooms during these difficult times. We continue to look forward to your workshop proposal submissions that would further social studies education in the state of New Hampshire. Please utilize the following link: http://www.nhcss.org/presenter-proposals.html to submit the fantastic work that I know each of you have created before the COVID-19 crisis as well as the phenomenal work that you have developed during remote learning.
The NHCSS sincerely hopes to offer each of you an exemplary conference in March that would benefit you and your students. Please watch for updates in November 2020 on the NHCSS Facebook page and our website: http://www.nhcss.org/.
Thank you 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
The C3 Framework Workshop is August 5–9, 2019 ~ For K-12 Educators:
• Taught by Professor John Lee of NC State
University, one of the authors of the C3
• Appropriate for newcomers to the C3 and
those seeking to expand their knowledge of it
• Based on inquiry design model approach;
participants receive a complimentary copy of
Inquiry Design Model
• Workshops offered by grade span
• Cost is $350 for high school and middle school
teacher workshops, $90 for elementary teacher
Invitational Institute for Teachers of Writing: This is the flagship program of the writing project. This five-week intensive institute runs Monday - Thursday, June 24th - July 25th (except July 4th). Experienced teachers gather to demonstrate their practices, share their writing, and learn about the latest research in the teaching of writing. It is open to teachers at all levels in all disciplines. Housing can be provided and teachers may register for six to nine graduate credits at a greatly reduced rate. This program requires an application. Please contact email@example.com for details. campus.plymouth.edu/nwpnh
The National WWI Museum and Memorial is launching national partnerships for one-day educator workshops on World War I and its enduring impact on the world. These professional development opportunities are funded by Congress through the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission. For each, Museum and Memorial educators collaborate with partner organizations to offer a blend of meaningful content and primary source focused methodology at a chosen location within each state.
Partners for WWI 360: Teach Like an Ace workshops should be interested in providing thought-provoking content to diversify and improve pedagogical approaches to teaching using WWI in social science, language arts, and STEAM classrooms. Partners have included:
Each location will enroll 40-50 local primary and/or secondary teachers and provide a host space with A/V capabilities.
Workshop participants will receive six hours of professional development, a collection of ready-to-use, cross-curricular teaching resources and the opportunity to publish with the National WWI Museum and Memorial. A meal and snacks are included.
As we expand these workshops into your state, we would deeply benefit from and appreciate your insight. Our Curator of Education is interested in a call to discuss the following:
At the heart of this effort is the intention to improve how WWI is taught in the United States and be flexible to organizational needs; if a one-day workshop is not the best model, we want to figure what will best serve your institutions and educators.
Want to stay up-to-date with the latest in teaching WWI in the meantime? Sign up for the National WWI Museum and Memorial’s bi-monthly Educator Email Newsletter for lesson plans, educator resources and historical content.
The Global Studies Outreach Committee at Harvard University is now accepting applications for our 2019 summer workshop for K-14 educators. The theme for our 2019 summer teacher workshop is “Gender Matters.”
This four-day workshop will take place on Harvard’s Cambridge campus from August 5-8, 2019. It is intended for middle, high school and community college educators, primarily focusing on those that teach humanities and social sciences but open to teachers of all subjects.
The workshop will feature presentations by scholars and experts on global questions of gender identity and gender equity. Participating educators will have the opportunity to wrestle with these questions as a learning community and explore ways to bring these questions, conversations and newly shared resources into their classrooms.
The cost of participating in the workshop is $75. Although funds are not available to cover costs related to travel or accommodation, breakfast and lunch are served daily during the workshop.
Workshop Applications are due April 5, 2019. For more information on the workshop, including the guiding questions that provide the framework for the content, please visit our website.
The American Psychological Association (APA) and the APA Techers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) have two upcoming awards for teachers and students that may be of interest to NHCSS members. Please check them out below and at the links provided.
2019 APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Awards
These awards recognize outstanding teachers in psychology. There will be up to three annual awards. Winners will receive a framed certificate, engraved award, cash prize of $500, and a free TOPSS membership or renewal for the 2020 membership year. The deadline for submission is February 15, 2019. For complete details including how to apply, visit: https://www.apa.org/about/awards/teaching-excellence.aspx.
2019 TOPSS Competition for High School Psychology Students
High school psychology students are invited to write an essay of no more than 3,000 words that addresses the topic of research with nonhuman animals in psychology. The essay should describe the role and relevance of nonhuman animal research in psychology, by referencing peer-reviewed research with nonhuman animals. Students will describe a hypothetical study that complies with and references nonhuman animal research guidelines. The essay should also address the implications of not conducting psychological research with nonhuman animals. Up to four winners will be selected for this year’s competition, each of whom will receive a $250 award. The deadline for submission is March 8, 2019. For complete competition details, rules and guidelines, visit: http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/student-competition.aspx.
Please let me know if you have any questions.