The MDCSS is dedicated to supporting social studies education in all of its forms in order to promote an educational experience for young people that encourages cultural understanding and a fundamental respect for human dignity, while preparing students for success in the 21st century.About MDCSS
Dr Robert Rook
Robert Rook is currently Professor of History and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Towson University in Baltimore, MD. He is also an adjunct lecturer in the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval Post-Graduate School. Dr. Rook received his Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S. History and specializes in American cultural, political, and military relationships with the contemporary Mideast. Dr. Rook lived in the Middle East for nearly ten years teaching in Tel Aviv, Israel and in Cairo, Egypt. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, spending significant periods of time in Jordan, Syria, and Morocco.
Mr. Michael Kulczak
Michael Kulczak is a retired securities attorney with 35 years experience in the regulation and oversight of financial markets. During his career, he worked at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Nasdaq Securities Market (in Washington, DC and Brussels, BE), and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Roughly half of his career focused on the development of securities regulations and oversight practices in jurisdictions outside the US.
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The Maryland Council for Social Studies celebrates the 16 Maryland students who won special awards at the National History Day contest. Special congratulations goes out to Demetri Cendo and Ethan Greist who won the gold medal for their Senior Group Documentary. Click on the following link for a full list of winners - 2014 NHD Winners from Maryland
Board Member, RaeLynne Snyder, gives MDCSS
Award for Excellence in Civic Action & Engagement
to Isaac Applebaum
MDCSS would like to congratulate all Maryland History Day winners and advancers to the National History Day Contest. For a full list winners, click: Maryland History Day Winners for 2014
The Cardin-Grassley resolution affirms that civic education is essential to the well-being of the constitutional government of the United States. It recognizes that comprehensive and formal instruction in civics and government would provide students a basis for understanding the rights and responsibilities of citizens in the constitutional government of the United States. It also encourages elementary and secondary schools to develop curricula with demonstrated effectiveness in fostering civic competence, civic responsibility, and a reasoned commitment to the fundamental values and principles underlying the constitutional government of the United States. The resolution also calls for all teachers of civics and government to have access to adequate opportunities to enrich teaching through professional development programs to enrich their teaching capacity. Read more