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  • 01 Aug 2016 10:41 PM | Anonymous

    The 2016-2017 MCSS Executive Board will be meeting at the University of Michigan Flint to hold the first meeting of school year. The new board members will be inaugurated at that time.

    Contact Board President Annie Whitlock for further information at awhitlock@mcssmi.org

  • 07 Jun 2016 12:30 AM | Anonymous

    Ballots should be send out in the next week. We are still looking for representatives from Districts 1, 5, 10.



    Elections

    Are you interested in making a difference in how social studies is perceived, taught, and talked about? Considering joining the Michigan Council for the Social Studies Board. Represent your district! Represent you state at the NCSS annual meeting! 

    For more information click here.

  • 19 Apr 2016 3:14 PM | Anonymous
    We are very happy to announce that Dr. Annie Whitlock from University of Michigan-Flint has been elected President-Elect of MCSS. Annie will become President of MCSS in May 2016. We want to thank all of you who participated in the electronic election.


    If you want to get involved with MCSS, contact our Elections Committee at apontege@mcssmi.org.


    I am Annie Whitlock, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at the University of Michigan-Flint. I am very excited to serve as President of MCSS because I have enjoyed being a part of this organization for over a decade and am ready to give back to the organization that helped me so much in my early career. As social studies educators, we can all agree that we have seen social studies become increasingly marginalized in K-12 classrooms. I want to work on ways MCSS can have a greater presence for K-12 social studies teachers. I would love to see expanded attendance for the MCSS Conference and expanded readership for the MCSS Journal. I would like to see our state chapter become a presence at NCSS, and find more ways for K-12 teachers to attend. 

    Because I know the importance of curriculum directors and teacher educators advocating for social studies as well, I want to support those that are helping to prepare the future generation of social studies teachers. 

    My passion has always been to teach social studies to elementary and middle school students. I began my career teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade social studies at a charter school in Holland. MCSS was very helpful to me as a first-year teacher to get to know other social studies professionals and gather resources I needed to be successful. I have frequently presented at the MCSS Conference, and have served on the conference planning committee and the editorial board for the MCSS Journal. After serving as a social studies curriculum specialist in Grand Rapids for three years, I moved to Farmington Hills and commute to Flint. I teach the elementary social studies methods course at UM-Flint and do research on the integration of social studies with other subjects and project-based learning in elementary classrooms. I also love collecting children's literature that can be used to teach social studies at all levels, and I am the Chair of the NCSS Notable Trade Books Committee. I attend CUFA and NCSS every year, and often present. 

    There are so many opportunities for all of us to be involved with MCSS, leaders in our field, and advocates for social studies across the state. I am looking forward to working with all of you and excited for the future!

  • 07 Mar 2016 9:36 PM | Anonymous

    Please join our Facebook group! Here you will be able to post lessons and information for other members!

    Visit http://www.facebook.com/groups/MICSS

    It is a closed group, so you will have to apply to gain access. Usually within 24 hours you will be provided access.

  • 02 Feb 2016 6:05 PM | Anonymous

    Dear MCSS members,

        We are seeking candidates for the position of President-Elect. The person holding this position will assume the presidency of MCSS in June of this year.If you are interested in running for this position please send an email to Carol Egbo, current MCSS President at bacakegb@oakland.edu. Please respond by 3/3/16.

        The email should include a short bio and the reasons you would like to be President of MCSS. Note that responsibilities of the President include the following:

    a.     Call all meetings of the council, Executive Board and Executive Team and preside over the same;

    b.     Exercise general executive responsibilities relative to carrying out the stated mission and objectives of MCSS;

    c.     Appoint the Treasurer, Secretary, Team Leaders, Publications Editors and Committee Chairs with the approval of the Executive Board;

    d.     Submit a nomination for appointments to fill the term of any officer vacancy, except that of President or President-Elect with the approval of the Executive Board;

    e.     Act as the official representative of the Council at all Council organization functions, or designate a member to represent the Council in his/her stead;

    f.      Insure that the Bylaws of the Council and such rules and regulations that the Executive Board may adopt are enforced;

    g.     Perform such duties and have such powers as are provided in the By-Laws or as directed by the Executive Board.

    h.     Act as the contact between the Council and other organizations for the purpose of advancing the interests of the Council

    i.      Facilitate and work as a liaison with the National Council for the Social Studies;

    j.       Conduct official correspondence

    k.     Contribute to the publications of MCSS;

    l.      Facilitate consensus building and conflict resolution skills when appropriate;

    m.   Assist appropriate board members in the development of and on-going coordination of specific projects, Team and committee work;

    n.     Review and be the signer of all contracts concerning the business of MCSS;

    o.     In conjunction with the Treasurer and the Business Manager, advise on budgetary matters;


    I look forward to hearing from you!

    Thanks,

    Carol Egbo


  • 11 Nov 2015 1:18 PM | Anonymous

    Here are quick links to the 2016 Social Studies Olympiad documents and event registration.

    For more information about Social Studies Olympiad click here.

    Olympiad Documents

    2016 Olympiad Handbook

    2016 Olympiad Registration Form

    2016 Olympiad Event Selection Form

    2016 Online Olympiad Registration



  • 15 Oct 2015 1:47 AM | Anonymous

    Updated October

    Wild Music from the Heart of Poland  Janusz Prusinowski Kompania
    The University of Michigan
    November 9 – 12, 2015

    Lecture. Mazurek: Musical Language from Another World
    Museum of Art, Stern Auditorium, 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor
    Monday, November 9, 2015, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
    Workshop. Dance and Vocal Mazurka Workshop
    Michigan League Ballroom, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor
    Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
    No experience necessary, open to all
    Piano Concert. Secret Key to Chopin - Lost and Found featuring U-M Piano Professor Arthur Greene
    Museum of Art, Stern Auditorium, 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor
    Wednesday, November 11, 2015,  7:00 – 9:00 pm
    Final Concert. Wild Music from the Heart of Poland
    Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor
    Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

    No tickets necessary. All events are free and open to the public.
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    Movements of people, money and cultures: Migration and its effects on the post-Soviet transition processes in the South Caucasus
    University of Michigan, Social Work Building, 1636 International Institute, 1080 S. University Avenue
    November 18, 2015, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

    The presentation will explore how Soviet migrant networks perpetuate migratory processes from the former “colonies” to Russia and instigate new flows of migration. With migratory ties, social networks, migrants’ transnational activity, Russia maintains its influence on many former “colonies” and on Armenia particularly. Georgia, has more migratory ties with EU countries. The case of Georgia’s post-soviet development processes will be deployed as a counterpoint to that of Armenia. 
    http://www.ii.umich.edu/asp/events/ci.basplecturebmovementsofpeoplemoneyandculturesmigrationanditseffectsonthepostsoviettransitionprocessesi


    Click for more Opportunities 

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    Opportunities for Teachers is compiled from the following sources among others: Detroit History and Cultural Heritage Events (David & Kathleen Marcaccio), Michigan Council for History Education (James McConnell), Michigan Humanities Council, Newspapers in Education, Seeking Michigan, National Humanities Center, the Library of Congress, American Library Association, National Council for the Social Studies.

     

     

     


  • 13 Oct 2015 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    Michigan Council for the Social Studies Night at the DIA

    November 6, 2015

    Agenda:

    5:00pm-5:15pm:  Introductory remarks by Teri John, Director of Education Programs at the DIA, featuring examples of programs for K-12 students developed in collaboration with local teachers.

    5:15pm-6:15pm: Tours of the museum led by DIA Gallery Teachers, encompassing a hybrid of the two tours offered to schools visiting on field trips:

    6:15pm-10:00pm: Explore the DIA’s galleries on your own or enjoy Friday Night Live programming.         

    6:00pm-9:00pm Drop-In Workshop: Art Pins (Learning Center Studio)

    6:00pm-9:00pm Drawing in the Galleries (Great Hall & African Galleries)

    7:00pm & 8:30pm Concert: Lisa Moore (Rivera Court)

    7:00pm Detroit Film Theater: Court (DFT Auditorium)

    For more information about the above list, please download this PDF file.


  • 30 Sep 2015 8:45 PM | Anonymous

    REVITALIZE!  -- Your Community, Your Teaching, and Yourself!  Join us for the 2015 Joint Social Studies Conference! 

    Friday, November 6, 2015

    Detroit and Oakland Schools

    2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI  48328


    There will be post conference event at the Detroit Institute of Arts included with registration!


    Click here for online registration


    Need paper copies? Download the form you need below:

    2015 Joint Conference Registration Form

    2015 Joint Conference Exhibitor Prospectus

    2015 Joint Conference Business Sponsorships Letter


  • 09 Sep 2015 9:37 PM | Anonymous

    If you are working with someone whom you consider an excellent social studies educator or student we ask that you please nominate them for one of the nine MCSS awards to be given at the State Conference.  

    If you know someone who personifies all that is good in social studies then please NOMINATE HIM/HER for one of the following categories: 

    • Elementary Educator of the Year
    • Middle School Educator of the Year
    • High School Educator of the Year
    • College-level Educator of the Year
    • Student Teacher of the Year
    • Middle School Student of the Year
    • High School Student of the Year
    • Mel Miller Award for Stewardship
    • Terry Kuseske Award for Promotion of Tolerance
    Due by October 24, 2015

    Click here to download the nomination form and criteria

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