Upcoming conference for social studies teachers

Social studies teachers across the state are invited to attend the 2012 Maine Council for the Social Studies Conference, “Strengthening the Common Corps: Teaching for Citizenship in the 21st Century.”

James Melcher, political science professor at University of Maine, Farmington, will deliver the keynote address on civility and principled partisanship. During the event, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will present a videotaped address responding to questions submitted by Maine teachers.

Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen will also be in attendance to speak about the state of education in Maine.

Social Studies Specialist for the Maine DOE, Kristie Littlefield, will describe to attendees LD1211: An Act to Include Civics in the Social Studies and History Courses required for a High School Diploma, and share information on the public release and review of “College, Career, and Civic Life: The State Standards for Social Studies.”

The conference will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at the Augusta Civic Center. Register for the event online and read descriptions of the breakout sessions at www.memun.org/mcss. The registration fee is $75. Space is limited to 200 participants, so please register early.

Questions may be directed to the Maine Council for the Social Studies via email, at mainesocialstudies@gmail.com.