Category Archives: Social Studies

Congressional Medal of Honor Project

Teachers, administrators and community leaders are encouraged to get involved in the Maine Secretary of State Congressional Medal of Honor (MOH) Project in recognizing Maine’s Medal of Honor recipients.

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Constitution essay contest for all grades

The Secretary of State’s Office is excited to continue the popular student program, the Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest. This program is designed to promote the history of Maine, an understanding of the Maine Constitution, and the importance of democracy and voting.

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Humanities opportunity for Maine students

The Maine DOE is pleased to share an opportunity for students to participate in the Maine Humanities Council’s Student Humanities Ambassador Program. The council is seeking committed, passionate and excited students who would benefit from an alternative learning environment or who flourish in an environment of structured autonomy to participate.

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Maine students selected for United States Senate Youth Program

Maine DOE is pleased to announce the selection of students for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Maine’s delegates receive a $5,000 scholarship and will join other outstanding high school leaders in Washington, D.C. for an all-expenses paid week-long experience. Principals are encouraged each fall to nominate one student-leader for consideration.

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Call for nominations: Maine’s History Teacher of the Year

The Maine DOE encourages teachers, administrators, students, and parents to nominate teachers for Maine’s History Teacher of the Year award. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America annually recognize outstanding American History teachers at the State and national level. State winners receive a $1,000 prize and an archive of classroom resources. One national winner receives a $10,000 prize.

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Four 2015 Native American essay contest winners announced

The annual Maine Native American History and Culture Essay Contest saw four top essayists being recognized for learning about the rich history of the Wabanaki peoples of Maine.

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Maine DOE supports financial education

Educators are encouraged to mark May 6 on the calendar for the 7th Annual Fostering Financial Education in Maine Schools Conference to be held in Augusta. Fee waivers and substitute teacher reimbursements will be available for the conference, which is hosted by the Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.

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Students and educators benefit from Maine DOE Innovation Lab Network membership

A new online resource that provides performance assessments and the resources to support the teaching and learning of math, English/language arts, science, history/social studies, and the 21st century skills embedded in Maine’s Guiding Principles is now available to Maine educators.

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“Content Corner” launches instructional resources for impactful learning

The Maine DOE introduces the first of three collections of articles for the 2015-16 school year in the “Content Corner,” resources designed to support teaching and learning in Maine classrooms and make connections to classroom applications and research.

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Social Studies DBQs: Not just for AP students

One highly effective instructional strategy that leverages student inquiry is the Document-Based Question (DBQ). The 2007 Maine Learning Results standards for Social Studies call for instruction in social studies content as well as the application of critical thinking, research, and discipline-based processes and knowledge. The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies further emphasizes the importance of the acquisition of knowledge and skills through student inquiry.

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