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Upcoming Social Studies/Civics Events

The following opportunities are available to Students, Teachers and Administrators who are interested in expanding their knowledge of Social Studies/Civics.

ArcGIS Great News! The New Hampshire Department of Education has just signed a state-wide license agreement with Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute) for unlimited educational and administrative use of the complete suite of ArcGIS software for K-12 public and private schools, after school programs, and youth groups.

Interested? To find out more about the state license agreement, how to get the software, and upcoming training opportunities, visit Or email Bob Woolner, Ina Ahern, Lara Bryant, Judy Tumosa and Stan Freeda at our combined email address of and we will be in touch again soon!

    • ArcGIS Online for Organizations is included within our state license agreement and is available for your school! Organizations allow you and your students to undertake mapping and geospatial activities with no software to install. With ArcGIS online you can easily create interactive maps and apps as well as use pre-made content. With an organization you can control how the information is shared, allowing access to projects for just your class, your school, or by publishing final products to the world. Because the platform is online, students can access the maps and information from anywhere they have Internet access.
  • American Precision Museum - Civil War exhibits open for the third and final year from May 24 to October 31, 2014. We have planned a dynamic series of programs, guided tours of the exhibits and behind-the-scenes tours.
  • The Boston Fed is transitioning from live programs for students and other visitors and will not be offering them after October 31, 2014. If you have a need for economic education materials, however, they are still available at
  • The Choices Program has more than twenty years of experience developing curricula that introduce groundbreaking research on critical turning points in history and pressing contemporary issues into secondary classrooms. We are excited to offer this unique professional development opportunity for social studies district leaders. Social Studies and the Common Core will explore methods for implementing the Choices Program’s materials and approach to meet Common Core standards.

    Social Studies and the Common Core
    A Three-day Training for District Leaders
    April 8-10, 2015
    Brown University, Providence, RI
    More Information and Application

  • Foreign Policy Research Institute - Teaching about Israel and Palestine Acrobat Reader

    From 8:30 a.m. ET, Saturday, October 25, 2014
    2:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 26, 2014

    Philadelphia, PA

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 15, 2014

  • Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program

    Announcing the launch of the 2015-2016 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program Online Application for K-12 teachers!

  • Are you a U.S.:
    • Primary and/or secondary classroom teacher?
    • Guidance counselor?
    • Curriculum specialist?
    • Curriculum head?
    • Talented and Gifted coordinator?
    • Special Education coordinator?
    • Media specialist/librarian?

    You may be eligible to participate in a unique international professional development opportunity for 3-6 months through the Fulbright Program!

    By conducting educational research abroad, U.S. teachers gain new skills, learn new instructional methods and assessment methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Teachers also have the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures and international education systems that will enrich their U.S. schools and local communities with global perspectives.

    Teachers may travel to: Botswana, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.
    *Additional countries are still pending and will be added to the website in the coming weeks.

    Application deadline: November 5, 2014.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    Application Info:

    This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education.

  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for Educators
  • The McLane Family New Hampshire Student Membership Program

Effective September 1, 2012, the McLane Family New Hampshire Student Membership Program allows New Hampshire students of all ages in public and private school, as well as those who are home schooled, to visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston free of charge.

To request a school group visit, please complete our request form and indicate that you are visiting from a school in New Hampshire

  • 2014 NCSS Conference Registration Scholarships for First-Time Attendees Acrobat Reader

    NCSS is pleased this year to offer a limited number of conference registration scholarships to teachers who have never been able to attend its annual meetings in the past for lack of financial support. All teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont who meet the qualifications are eligible to apply.

  • All scholarship applications must be submitted online to NCSS by September 28, 2014.

  • New England History Teachers Association (NEHTA)
    What have you done for yourself lately?
    Let the New England History Teachers Association help you reach your goals in your history career.

    Be part of a historical legacy!
    Founded in 1897, the NEHTA is the nation’s oldest association of history and social studies

    Build your networking community!
    The NEHTA draws its membership from a wide variety of professionals across the country –
    private and public, undergraduate and graduate, educators and students, museums, authors.

    Stay informed in the field!
    The NEHTA Newsletter and Forum is published biannually with articles on pedagogy and content.
    E-mail updates keep members regularly informed about professional opportunities.

    Know the current scholarship!
    The NEHTA publishes a peer-reviewed academic journal, The New England Journal of History,
    welcoming member submissions of articles and reviews.

    Gain insight and skills from experienced colleagues!
    The NEHTA sponsors an annual conference each fall. The fall 2013 conference on Teaching
    the Vietnam War featured university experts on wide range of topics and took place at the Dodd
    Center at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.

    Get free resources!
    The NEHTA also cosponsors the Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies in the
    spring. As a new professional, you will never walk away empty-handed from this conference.

    Take advantage of award opportunities!
    The NEHTA presents several recognition awards to educators who demonstrate excellence in
    teaching, research and writing, and service to the profession.

    For more information, contact the New England History Teachers Association
    On the web at
    By e-mail at
    Annual membership fees are just $25! Discounted rates available for students

  • The New England Regional World History Association (NERWHA) CALL FOR PRESENTERS

    "Industrialization and World History"

    Hosted by
    Middlesex Community College and University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Lowell Federal Building
    25 October 2014

    Please submit proposals as a Word document to
    Deadline: 1 August 2014

    The New England Regional World History Association invites proposals for panels, individual papers, and roundtables related to the theme of “Industrialization and World History.”
    Proposals can be interdisciplinary, research-based, or have a pedagogical framework. Preference will be given to submissions based on the symposium’s theme, but we also welcome submissions on all aspects of world history scholarship and pedagogy.

    Submissions relating to the theme could include, but are not limited to, any of the following consequences of industrial development in any era of the human past: urbanization and social change; environmental challenges; social-economic stratification and daily life; migration and challenges to identity and culture; leisure time and social change; new paradigms for regulations and power relationships; imperialism and responses to colonialism; modern ideologies; labor and political responses; and challenges to Eurocentric models of development.

    NERWHA invites participation and attendance from the entire academic community and wishes to foster connections and build a network for sharing scholarship and best pedagogical practices across the spectrum of public and private education: K-12, higher education, independent scholarship, and public history.

    Proposals should consist of a brief abstract (maximum 250 words), a one-page CV for each participant, and indicate any A/V needs. The Program Committee urges presenters to prepare their presentations with an eye toward engagement and discussion. Full details regarding the symposium, registration materials, accommodations, directions to Lowell, MA, and a map of the area will be available at the NERWHA website at <> in the late summer or early fall.

  • New Hampshire Audubon’s Summer/Fall Workshops for Educators

    Signs of the Seasons—Incorporating Phenology into Your Curriculum
    McLane Audubon Center August 5 9:30a.m.-2:30p.m.
    Educators of grades 1-12
    $40 members;$50 non-members*

Phenology, the study of seasonal changes, is the perfect opportunity for students to study nature around them, collect data and be citizen scientists. In this workshop, learn to track seasonal changes with your students and con-tribute their observations to on-going scientific studies. Join staff from NH Sea Grant/UNH Cooperative Extension and New Hampshire Audubon to learn how to start a phenology study at your site. For details visit:

Environmental Heroes - Out of the Past and Into the Present
August 6 & 13 9:30a.m.-3:30p.m. McLane Audubon Center
Educators of grades 5-12
$75 members/$85 non-members *

Participants will experience re-enactments by actors portraying Lucy Audubon and Henry David Thoreau, and discuss with them character and plot development. Teachers will choose a historical figure to research and gain skills for presenting their character. Everyone will go away with ideas for how to engage their students in meaningful “living history” opportunities. For details visit:

  • New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

    The Arts as Inspiration! for Learning * Teaching * Making * Living: NH Arts Education Conference focuses on “Inclusion and Creativity Learning in and through the Arts”
    The N.H. State Council on the Arts invites all educators, parents, teaching artists, and creative youth development leaders to the New Hampshire 2014 Fall Arts Education Partnership Conference, October 31st – November 2nd at the Barbara Harris Conference Center in Greenfield, NH. Features include Friday keynote speaker, Christine Reich, Director of Exhibit Development and Conservation, Museum of Science, Boston; and Warren Seelig, National Craft Fellow, Textile Artist and Educator, plus guest teaching artists, David Fichter and Jessica Wyatt. A special visit to Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center with workshops on Inclusion, Universal Design, Adaptive Dance, Music Assisted Technologies and Photography; workshops on integrated arts, and in all arts disciplines; panels; and opportunities to network and share “Spotlighted Arts Learning Projects” with a focus on creativity, inclusion and innovation. For more information contact Catherine O’Brian, Arts Education Coordinator, NH State Council on the Arts,, (603) 271-0795 or visit:

  • Professional Development Providers Institute--Save the date!

    Calling All TPS Project Leaders!
    TPS Professional Development Providers Institute (PDPI) will help you plan, customize, and deliver high-quality professional development that prepares teachers and librarians to use the Library of Congress digital archives effectively.

    • TPS focuses on supporting students in developing critical analysis thinking skills
    • PDPI supports TPS project leaders in bringing TPS to a variety of educators

    As a final project, participants design a professional development plan to share TPS with local educators.

    This is an advanced TPS course. If you have not yet completed an introductory TPS course, you will be asked to complete TPS BASICS, including 12 asynchronous hours of professional development, before October 6th, in advance of PDPI. Further information provided upon registration.

    Register now to participate!
    Wednesday mornings, 7:30 to 8:30 am Oct. 15 – Nov. 19, 2014
    Questions? Sue Wise 724-852-3377

  • This opportunity provided as a service of the Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region, coordinated by Waynesburg University.

  • UNH - Money, Greed & Corruption: A Conference for Students

    The Humanities Council will host a half-day Interscholastic Conference for high school juniors and seniors on Thursday, November 20 at Exeter High School. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the relationships among money, greed, and corruption in ancient and modern life and discuss the following question: How can one live a good life and be a good citizen in a money-hungry world? The conference will feature a presentation by award-winning UNH professors Scott Smith and Nick Smith, followed by a Q and A, small group conversations with peer facilitators, and a large group discussion.

    We tend to have mixed feelings about money. Money provides a near universal common denominator that allows people on opposite sides of the world to exchange things of value with great efficiency. Money drives so much of our thinking and it motivates us, for better or for worse, to do things we wouldn't otherwise do. For some, money is the most valuable possession of all.

    The conference is free. Classroom preparation materials, including suggested readings and films, will be made available to teachers well ahead of time. Teachers interested in bringing groups of students to the conference should contact Kathy Mathis at 224-4071 or by e-mail

  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

2014 Civic Leadership project sponsored by the Cohen Center and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. This program is designed to explore the impact of extremism and prejudice while examining the roles and responsibilities of civic leaders in a democratic society.

The Cohen Center Civic Leadership Program is designed for 20-25 participants to travel to Washington DC from October 7-9, 2014 to tour the permanent exhibit of the USHMM, and discuss the legacies and lessons of the Holocaust with staff from the Museum and representatives of the Cohen Center.

Details of the 2014 CLP finalized:
- flier
- web descriptor
- application form

  • USS Constitution Museum

The USS Constitution Museum is pleased to announce that Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance will sponsor all public school visits to the museum from Sept. 2012 to June 2015, thus allowing for free field trips for students of all ages, in and outside of Massachusetts. Public schools that participate in the Liberty Mutual Insurance-sponsored field trips will have access to a range of fun and educational experiences, using the historic naval vessel, USS Constitution and its crew as a lens for understanding the War of 1812. Through programs geared toward various grade levels-from pre-school through 12th grade-students can explore the excitement of "shipboard life" and the concept that ordinary people, working together towards a common goal, can have a direct and powerful impact on the nation's future. To learn more about the USS Constitution Museum and its field trip activities, please visit Please note that field trips must be scheduled in advance, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Worcester Revolution of 1774 Acrobat Reader - a consortium of historical and cultural organizations launch a year-long campaign to raise public awareness of Worcester’s pivotal role in the American Revolution. The programming year will culminate on September 7, 2014 with a free, day-long celebration on Worcester Common for families and the general public.

    This link directs you to a short video promoting the Worcester Revolution of 1774 project that celebrates Worcester County’s role in starting the American Revolution.

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