Maine Social Studies Newsletter March 2009 Maine Council for the Social Studies

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Maine Social Studies Newsletter

March 2009
Maine Council for the Social Studies
The Maine Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) is taking a number of steps to provide more service and support to Council members and all who are interested in the Social Studies. As an example, the Council is reviving the social studies listserv it introduced several years ago. The purpose of the listserv is to provide a true discussion and peer-assistance forum for list subscribers.


Subscribing to the list is free and easy to do.


1.  Go to

2.  Once there, click on "Subscriber's Corner" under "Subscriber' Pages" in the upper left of the page

3.  In the blue box on the left, click on "log-in." Doing so will take you to a log-in dialog box, which includes an option for setting a password if it is your first time logging onto the UMaine listserv system. Establish your username (e-mail address) and password following the directions on the page. Note: This log-in procedure only serves to verify your e-mail address as a valid one in terms of accessing and using the list.

4. Once logged in, click on "" to get back to the main listserv page.

5. This time, again under "Subscriber's Corner," click on "Online Mailing List Archives." Doing so will take you to a list of all listservs managed by the University of Maine. The list is alphabetical. Scroll down until you come to MESOC-L. Click there.

6. From the new page, click on "join or leave the list (or change settings)."

7. Fill in the e-mail address and your name boxes and choose "Join MESOC-L."

8. You will be sent a confirmation and instructions at the e-mail address you entered confirming that you are on the list.

9. Standby for e-mail from the list or send e-mail to the list.

10. Add MESOC-L@LISTS.MAINE.EDU to your e-mail address book to make writing to the list easier and faster.
The Council is also planning to update its website and would like your input as to what features you would like added. Please e-mail Becky Berger at with your suggestions. The MCSS website address is
Thank you in advance for your suggestions!

Professional Development Opportunities
American Red Cross
Summer Institute for Teachers and Learners
The American Red Cross 2009 Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) Summer Institute for teachers and educators will be held at the National Headquarter, Washington, DC, July 7 - 9. The cost to attend is affordably priced at $75.00 with participants responsible for transportation, accommodations and meals. Register now to atttend! A limited number of scholarships are available to help teachers and educators cover the cost of attending the EHL training. Continuing Education Units will also be offered to interested attendees.
To learn more, please visit the EHL website: to see U.S. educators teaching EHL in the classroom. For additional information please email or contact Phebean Cole by phone at (202) 303-5224 or by email at HYPERLINK ""
Center for Civic Education

Summer Institutes

July 13-19 Project Citizen Northeast Regional Institute

July 26-30 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution New England Institute

Both institutes will be held at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.

For more information about the Project Citizen and We the People programs, please visit There is no cost to attend these institutes. To register, please contact Mike Trofi at

Congress in the Classroom

Summer Workshop

Monday, July 27 - Thursday, July 30, at Embassy Suites, East Peoria, Illinois

Congress in the Classroom is a national, award-winning education program now in its 17th year. Developed and sponsored by The Dirksen Congressional Center, the workshop is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information on teaching about Congress.

We designed Congress in the Classroom for high school or middle school teachers who teach U.S. history, government, civics, political science, or social studies. Forty teachers will be selected in 2009 to take part in the program. All online applications must be received by no later than April 15, 2009. We will notify individuals of our decisions by April 30, 2009.

Although the workshop will feature a variety of sessions, the 2009 program will focus on two themes: (1) developments in the 111th Congress, and (2) new resources for teaching about Congress. The workshop consists of two types of sessions: those that focus on recent research and scholarship about Congress (and don't always have an immediate application in the classroom) and those geared to specific ways to teach students about the federal legislature.

Throughout the program, you will work with subject matter experts as well as colleagues from across the nation. This combination of firsthand knowledge and peer-to-peer interaction will give you new ideas, materials, and a professionally enriching experience.

Participants are responsible for (1) a non-refundable $155 registration fee (required to confirm acceptance after notice of selection) and (2) transportation to and from Peoria, Illinois. Many school districts will pay all or a portion of these costs.

The Center pays for three nights lodging at the headquarters hotel (providing a single room for each participant), workshop materials, local transportation, all but three meals, and presenter honoraria and expenses. The Center spends between $30,000 and $35,000 to host the program each year.

Take a look at The Dirksen Center Web site -- to see what participants say about the program

If you are interested in registering for the Congress in the Classroom 2009 workshop, you can complete an online registration form found at:

Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine

Keynote Speaker

Edith Pagelson will be the keynote speaker at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine Legislative Awareness Day Ceremony on Thursday, 26 March 2009. The lecture will begin at 1:00 at the Michael Klahr Center on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta. Pagelson, currently of Yarmouth, Maine, grew up in Germany, and is a survivor of Theresienstadt and Auschwitz-Birkenau. She will speak about her experiences before, during, and after the Nazi Holocaust. The lecture is free, and open to the public.
FYI: a clip with Edith

Summer Course

Summer Course at the University of Maine, Orono to be given by Dr. Phillip Silver MUH 650 Entartete Musik June 22 - June 29 9:15 - 12:00 and 1:15 to 4:00 Entartete Musik (Degenerate Music) was the term applied by the Nazis to any musical work influenced by jazz, the avant-garde, or written by composers of Jewish descent. This music, at odds with the perverse racial and cultural policies of the regime, was banned from performance, the composers driven into exile and/or murdered in concentration camps. The exclusion from public life of many esteemed artists created what is in essence a lost generation and may literally have altered the direction of twentieth century musical development. Sixty plus years after the defeat of Nazi Germany there is a worldwide effort underway to undo the fascist endeavor to write these artists out of history, and it is the primary focus of this course to contribute to that effort. Course topics will include a discussion of German anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic thought in the work of Wagner and its influence upon Hitler, Nazi Racial Laws targeting Jewish musicians, Official Agencies established to enforce racist cultural policies, performers and composers as collaborators, victims and survivors. Mediums will include lecture, listening and thought provoking film presentations.

KIDS Consortium

Service-Learning Institute

August 11-14, 2009 Hilton Garden Inn Riverwatch, Auburn, ME
A practical, hands-on course designed to help educators create standards-based units with authentic application for students. Includes 4 days of instruction with nationally recognized service-learning trainers who know how to have fun and pamper you at the same time! You'll receive our well-known KIDS As Planners Guidebook, a notebook full of service-learning resources, meals, and an opportunity to earn up to 3 graduate credits.

Complete this course and come away with a unit plan you can begin with your students in September. All academic areas included!!
For registration and complete details, please visit:

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom
MAITCA Summer Institute - July 27 - 31, 2009

University of Maine, Orono
The focus of this Educator’s workshop will include School and other Gardens, Aquaculture, Entomology, Dairy, Beef, Horses, Crops, and more! Tours will include the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research, JF Witter Teaching and Research Center, Rogers Farm Gardens and more. Presentations will include Sustainable Agriculture, Using My Pyramid and integrating agriculture across the elementary curriculum.
Participants will receive 42 contact hours for re-certification credits. Thanks to grants issued by the ME Potato Board, The ME Department of Agriculture and other sponsors the cost of this training will be only $200 per participant before June 30th (a $400 value), and $225 after this date. This fee includes lodging, travel and meals for up to 25 educators for the 5 days.
All participants will receive the 55-lesson Food, Land and People Resources for Learning,

The Maine Teacher Resource Guide, Growing Potatoes in Northern Maine, Caretakers All and Choose Well (curricula from the National Cattleman’s Assn.) and The Wild Blueberry Curriculum as well as training in these hands-on materials and exposure to Maine Agriculture and Local Foods. Participants will also receive a free copy of the USDA interactive CD: “Growing a Nation - The Story of American Agriculture” and “Celebrate America” a social studies video and lessons using food to teach students about cultures.
For further information please contact: Ms. Willie Sawyer Grenier, MAITC Council, Maine Department of Agriculture, 28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, Tel: (207) 287-5522 Email:

Maine Geographic Alliance
Join us for our 5th Family Geography Day at the Maine Discovery Museum on Main St. in Bangor on May 2nd from 1-4 p.m. There will be music, dancing, food, games, and stories from all of the Americas as we celebrate the US and its neighbors. All is free with paid admission. Goody bags with recipes, maps and geographic exercises are provided. Check all the museum activities at
The Maine Geographic Alliance still has openings for the 11ft x 14ft US floor map after April vacation. So far six schools have used the map to explore the states in a variety of activities. Your district may have the map for up to two weeks at no cost. For more information, email
… looking ahead – We have been notified that National Geographic will not be printing a giant map of Europe. However we have requested either the Africa map or the North America map for the fall of 2009. The use of the map is FREE to Maine schools and a teacher consultant is provided for all the activities. If your school is interested in hosting the giant traveling floor map for a day or two, please contact Sue Lahti at the above email address.

Summer Geography Institutes in Maine
June 22-25, 2009 – Western Maine Geography Tour. This opportunity is targeted specifically to teachers in Franklin and Somerset counties. Teachers will tour the counties to explore their economic, natural, recreational and historical resources by going “on the road”. They will familiarize themselves with GPS and GIS technology as well as create lessons linked to Maine’s new Learning Results. The institute is based at UMF. Middle school teachers from SADs 9, 58, 59 and 74 will be given preference in the application process. FMI, a tentative itinerary, and application form, please contact: Watch your mail if you live in the named districts.
July 20-24, 2009 – 5th Annual Community Mapping Institute.

Educators in grades 4-12 are invited to attend the Community Mapping Institute at the University of Maine at Farmington. Teachers will participate in hands-on learning experiences using GPS and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology. They will develop a local mapping project for their students to complete in the 2009-2010 school year. New this year will be expanded instruction in the My World GIS software which is loaded on Maine laptop computers. All participants will receive a CD with data specific to their school district or town. Participation is limited to 20. Cost is $175 and applications are due by May 15th. Graduate credit or CEUs are available. For a brochure and/or application contact Joel Alex at the Center for Community GIS:

Summer Geography Institutes Out-of-State
July 8-10, 2009 Signs of a Changing Planet ” The Learning Net Summer Institute for Educators in Boulder, Colorado (pre-conference workshops July 6 & 7) The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Teaching children the science behind global warming and the difficult energy decisions we face is an enormous challenge. At this summer institute, educators will be able to dialogue with researchers and experts and will come home with classroom resources related to their discoveries. You’ll learn more about the latest in client science and about solutions-based programs for students. And it won’t end when you leave Boulder; you’ll become part of a new and exciting network of school communities. Featured speakers include keynoter Maria Stenzel, a National Geographic photographer who has explored the really “deep south”Antarctica, which is ground zero for global warming, and biologist Dr. Tracey Spoon, who is studying the impact of environmental changes on beluga whales in Alaska. The line-up of hand-picked presenters include The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES); The National Marine Sanctuary/Data in the Classroom; Facing the Future; The KidWind Project and national recognized educators representing Learning Net member organizations. Registration fee: $359 (includes one lunch and one dinner banquet). Pre-conference registration fees vary; visit for details (in “Resources” area) or email to request a copy of the brochure.

July 6-10, 2009 Explore Our World with National Geographic Chautauqua Institution, Jamestown, New York How do you bring the spirit of exploration and inquiry into your classroom? What academic value does it have? What value does it have for life-long learning? How can educators cultivate natural curiosity and intellectual risk-taking among K-12 students? In this week-long experience, the Chautauqua Institution and the National Geographic Society provide a series of lectures, seminars and activities for the for educators who wish to bring the spirit of exploration into the classroom. Hear exciting speakers from the front lines of discovery in dynamic and lavishly illustrated speaker events. Feed your intellectual hunger, see and experience exhibits and educational resources, and join in stimulating facilitated discussions with fellow teachers. Leave with your individualized work plan for incorporating exploration and inquiry into your class setting. July 6-10, 2009/ M-F / 8:30-4:30 p.m. Maximum enrollment: 75. Minimum age: 21. Prerequisite: Participants need to be in the field of education or currently enrolled in Master's in Education. Fees: $190 Advanced registration required Materials fee (includes lunch on Friday): $45 Registration will begin on April 1. To register, phone the Chautauqua Institution ticket office at (716) 357-6250 or go to and go to "tickets."

Maine Historical Society
Maine Community Heritage Project

The Maine Historical Society, in partnership with the Maine State Library, is seeking Maine communities to participate in the 2009-2010 program cycle of the Maine Community Heritage Project (MCHP), an innovative program that promote collaboration between local schools, historical societies, and public libraries through the exploration and celebration of local history. The MCHP grows out of the Maine Memory Network (, the Maine Historical Society's nationally recognized statewide digital museum, and is supported by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services.

The MCHP is a year-long program designed to mobilize Maine communities around the exploration and sharing of their local history. Each participating community will build a website on the Maine Memory Network that gathers and radically expands access to historical images, documents, and information related to the history of their community.
Applications from local partnership teams—each of which must include a local school (grades 6-12), library, and historical organization are now being accepted.

Eight communities will be selected to participate in the program which will run from July 2009-June 2010. Participating communities will receive extensive training in digitization, access to powerful yet user-friendly online tools, guidance and support from full-time project staff, and funds of up to $7,500 to support project activities. All Maine communities are eligible to apply. The application deadline is: April 9.

For an application, or to learn more about the MCHP, please visit or contact Kristie Littlefield by email at: or by calling (207) 653-9287.
Maine Historical Society and Fifth Maine Regiment
Bridging Museums and Schools Workshop

Saturday, May 9th 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Join us for this day-long workshop, designed for both museum staff and volunteers who want to work more successfully with schools, as well as for elementary and middle school teachers wanting to enrich their curriculum beyond school walls. Sessions include: Local History/Local Schools: A Model Museum/School Collaboration from Maine Historical Society; Expeditionary Learning and Museums: Projects at King Middle School; Connecting Communities: The Maine Memory Network as a Catalyst for Partnerships; Teaching With Primary Sources: Strategies from the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum NOTE: This workshop will be held at The Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, Peaks Island. The ferry leaves Portland at 7:45 a.m. and returns at 2:45 p.m. Bring a bag lunch or pre-order and pre-pay for sandwiches catered by the Peaks Café. Salary contact hours will be offered. Download

the registration form at: or e-mail Patricia Erikson of the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum: to receive a registration form or to make other inquiries.

Workshop Fee: $15.00 per person

Maine Humanities Council
Public Symposium

Leadership in a Time of Crisis: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Symposium

March 21st - USM’s Abromson Community Education Center

The Maine Humanities Council, Maine Historical Society and the American and New England Studies Program at USM will present a public symposium, Leadership in a Time of Crisis: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial.

The symposium will address many aspects of Lincoln, starting with an exploration of his development as a politician by Professor Bruce Chadwick from New Jersey City University. There will be additional presentations on Lincoln’s assassination (Elizabeth Leonard of Colby College) on the political context of slavery and reform in which Lincoln operated (Patrick Rael of Bowdoin College), and Lincoln’s power as an iconic position in American history and culture (Thomas Brown of the University of South Carolina). In addition to the presentations, the speakers will also lead small group discussions on topics such as the Civil War in film and Lincoln in American Culture Today.

For information and to register for this symposium, please visit: or call 207.773.5051. Tickets for the general public are $45; tickets for teachers and Maine Historical Society members are $40, and 1 CEU will be available for an additional fee to USM. Students in K-12 or college may attend for $25. This includes refreshments, lunch and parking.

Africa in Transition

April 9th – Colby College

Africa in Transition: A program for K - 12 teachers exploring the challenges modern Africa is facing.  This one-day program, sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council, will use literature and film to explore politics, healthcare and urbanization in Africa, with professors James Webb, Jr., Mamadou Samb and Catherine Besteman, all of Colby College.  It will take place on April 9th, from 8:30 am - 3 pm at Colby College, and the tuition of $50 includes refreshments, lunch and copies of the texts.  1.5 CEUs are available. To register visit

or call 207.773.5051.

Residential Fellowship Institute
Ahimsa Center at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications from K-12 educators for a fellowship to participate in an interdisciplinary residential institute on Journeys of Nonviolence:  Gandhi and King, the pioneers of nonviolent action for social transformation. The two-week program will be held on campus July 12-25, 2009. For  details about the program focus and format,  fellowship and benefits, fully paid  8 units of course credits, program requirements, selection criteria and application procedures, please visit:

Street Law and Supreme Court Historical Society
Supreme Court Institute
Street Law, Inc. and the Supreme Court Historical Society are proud to sponsor the Supreme Court Institute once again this year, June 25-30, 2009.  Program information & an online application are available at (Application is available by clicking on the “Registration Info” tab.)
Law, history, government, and civics high school teachers who can use the information in their classes and have not previously participated in the Institutes or Seminars are eligible.

Victoria Mansion
Panel Discussion: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching The Age of Innocence

Thursday, March 19 4:00 p.m. The Albert Brenner Glickman Family Library at the University of Southern Maine, The University Events Room, Portland, ME 04104
Are you an educator looking for resources to teach Edith Wharton’s novel The Age of Innocence or perhaps looking for a new approach to teaching about the Gilded Age? In this presentation professors from the American and New England Studies Program and Education Department at the University of Southern Maine - Kent Ryden, Ardis Cameron, Donna Cassidy, and Diane Wood – will provide an interdisciplinary look at Wharton's novel. Topics will include “The Social Geography of The Age of Innocence,” “Gender and Sexuality in The Age of Innocence,“The Visual Arts & Visuality in Wharton’s Age of Innocence,” and “Teaching The Age of Innocence: Problems and Possibilities Constructing Selves and Conventions.” Free to all educators and the public. Two contact hours will be awarded. RSVP to Tracy Quimby at (207)772-4841 ext.15 or
Victoria Mansion also has available the following free resources which will be made available at the presentation - teacher’s guides, reader’s guides (a copy in Spanish can be provided for ESL teachers), bookmarks and audio guides to aid you in teaching The Age of Innocence. Two sets of twenty-five copies of The Age of Innocence can be borrowed by teachers for two-week periods.
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of its citizens.  The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

For more information on all of The Big Read events scheduled March through May, please visit

World Affairs Council of Maine
Views of the East: Teaching China, Japan, and Korea in Maine Schools

May 1-2 and June 28-July 1, 2009 at Bowdoin College
Views of the East: Teaching China, Japan and Korea in Maine Schools,” is a 30-hour seminar for high and middle school teachers to be held May 1-2 and June 28-July 1 at Bowdoin College. Participants receive $500 in stipends and $500 in resources for themselves and their schools. Applications are due April 3, 2009. For more information: and click on Programs, then “Teachers for a New Century,” then “Views of the East.”

For more information, please visit or call 780-4551

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