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: