July 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the 81st year of the New York Council for the Social Studies! I am pleased and honored to be serving as your president for the 2018-2019 term.

As I look back to the past and forward to the future, I am proud to see our Annual Conferences and Summer Institutes continue to be the high quality, professional development experiences for Social Studies educators that we have come to rely upon for our professional growth in the field of Social Studies.  In the coming year, I am looking forward to building relationships with our peers of different disciplines and special education through our professional development offerings, in order to incorporate the social studies across all grade levels and disciplines. These relationships will better prepare our students for success in their academic careers and their future endeavors. As I meet more and more members, I have discovered our common thread is our students and the outstanding jobs we do in service of them.

With our students in mind, it is my hope that we can develop increased attendance at our professional development events and webinars and showcase that we are a premiere provider of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credits for professionally certified teachers and administrators. Teacher collaboration is vital to successful classroom practices and NYSCSS has always been at the forefront of bringing educators together. I plan to continue and build upon the professional relationships that have been established with the New York State Education Department as our discipline moves forward in the implementation of new Regents exams in Global History and Geography and U. S. History and Government.

I hope that as members or potential members, you will consider becoming an active part of the NYSCSS. There are opportunities to be part of committees and to take on leadership roles. Our organization is only as strong as our members who volunteer their time and talents in service to our field and colleagues.

Throughout the term, I hope that you will contact me with ideas or questions. As a classroom teacher, I value discussion, input and collaboration.

Warm Regards,

Laura Mecca-Retzlaff


New York State Council for the Social Studies


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