Civics Education Institute - Teams of 4

We expect high demand for this unique and timely opportunity. All teams selected must commit 100% to attending all three days of the institute.

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Participants will begin concrete plans to implement high quality instruction based on the framework in 2018-2019 and beyond. The summer Institute will feature presentations by scholars, strategies for civic engagement, and hands-on planning in the systems and structures necessary for full implementation of a robust history and social science program. Participants will leave with the tools and experience necessary to move civic education into the 21st century by implementing an empowering and effective civic engagement curriculum in their schools.

Following the institute, CES will host a statewide network that will provide support to history and social science educators during the 2018-19 school year. More information about the network will be provided in late spring.

Date and Location

July 24 - 26, 2018, 8:30am - 4:00pm at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough

Cost and Application

Add one item to your cart for each person on your team. 

  1. Each district team, (to be identified by the superintendent, not at the school level), must complete ONE application for all members of the team. Individual applications will not be accepted.
  2. At a minimum, teams must include a curriculum leader and a middle school history-social science teacher.
  3. The Team Lead should be identified as such in the "Additional Needs" field. 

Application Deadline: June 20th

CES will notify applicants as their applications are received. We will also let teams know if they’ve been selected to participate by early June. Registrations beyond the cap of 250 participants will be placed on a waiting list and notified at a later date if more space becomes available.

The program is free for selected teams. Travel to and from training sites, lodging, and meals, and graduate credit fees are not included and will need to be paid for by the participant or supported by their district.

We expect high demand for this unique and timely opportunity. All teams selected must commit 100% to attending all three days of the institute.


Commissioner’s Districts and Gateway Cities are invited to send teams of four. At a minimum, each of these teams must also include a curriculum leader and a middle school history/social science teacher. 

Commissioner's Districts and Gateway Cities

  • Attleboro
  • Barnstable
  • Boston
  • Brockton
  • Chelsea
  • Chicopee
  • Everett
  • Fall River
  • Fitchburg
  • Haverhill
  • Holyoke
  • Lawrence
  • Leominster
  • Lowell
  • Lynn
  • Malden
  • Methuen
  • New Bedford
  • Peabody
  • Pittsfield
  • Quincy
  • Revere
  • Salem
  • Southbridge
  • Springfield
  • Taunton
  • Westfield
  • Worcester


The institute will provide the opportunity to earn 18 no-cost PDPs. Participants may choose instead to earn 1 for-cost graduate credit in History from Westfield State University (at a cost of $125). Participants may register and pay the graduate credit fee at the institute on July 24. Participants who choose to pursue graduate credit must complete additional readings (provided by CES) and an additional writing assignment following the three-day institute.


  • Rich Cairn

    Rich Cairn has directed the Emerging America program since 2006. Emerging America includes Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History Institutes: "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry."

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    Kelley Brown is a Social Studies educator at Easthampton High School where she has taught for the last 20 years. She is also the Professional Development Coordinator. She focuses on bringing primary sources and disciplinary literacy skills into the Social Studies classroom for all students.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981