MCSS Summer Content Institute First Amendment: Principles and Practice
August 1, 2016 to August 6, 2016
The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) and the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education (MACCE) are presenting a six-day intensive professional development content institute at Suffolk University in Boston from August 1 to August 6, 2016 for K-12 social studies teachers. The focus of the content institute is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: its principles and practice. Each day addresses a particular aspect of the First Amendment: religion, speech and of the press, assembly, and petition. Teachers will explore the First Amendment through historical, political, and legal perspectives and how to address First Amendment issues in their social studies classes. Teachers will examine the First Amendment as it was applied in civil cases as well as landmark Supreme Court cases including, but not limited to, Engel v. Vitale (1962), Tinker et al. v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969) and Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988).
Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.