The NYSCSS/NYS4A Annual Convention too place March 27-29, 2014 in Albany, NY.

Stay tuned for information on 2015 Convention which will take place in Syracuse, NY.

Below is information on the 2014 Convention, for your perusal.


To download a copy of the complete Convention Program click here.




Twenty 75 and 150 minutes extended clinic sessions covering all grade levels and disciplines within social studies.  Presenters/Topics include: 

  • New York State Archives
  • Council on Economic Education
  • Fort Ticonderoga
  • FDR Presidential Library
  • Bethel Woods Center for the Arts    
  • New York State Geographic Alliance
  • College Board: Current Issues in AP Economics and Changes to the AP US History course
  • George Washington on Religious Freedom
  • Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
  • Albany Institute of History and Art - Mystery of the Albany Mummies: Resources for Teachers*

 *Afternoon Offsite Program - Bus transportation provided, advanced registration required, limit of 25 attendees.

Cultural Partners Exhibition - Representatives of museums, historical associations, and heritage sites will demonstrate and explain educational programs offered at their base locations, in visits to schools and through online technology.  There will be opportunities for informal visits with institutional representatives, in addition to attendance at scheduled workshops.  All of these cultural partners have developed specific instructional plans through consultation with classroom teachers that meet requirements associated with State standards and the Common Core.

Luncheon Keynote Address - "Plug Nickels, Snake Oil, and Charlatans: What Do We Really Know About K-12 Online Learning?"

Dr. Michael Barbour, Director of Doctoral Studies, Farrington College of Education at Sacred Heart University

Light Dinner Reception and Honoring of Social Studies Partner Organizations  - The Albany Institute of History and Art, New York Geographic Alliance, Council for Economic Education, New York State Historical Association, and the Law, Youth and Citizenship Program of the New York State Bar Association will receive awards for being a Partner in Excellence for providing outstanding programs to social studies teachers and their students.  Transportation Provided - Bus Leaves Hotel at 5:30 and returns at 8:30. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.


Over Forty Program Sessions of 60 MInutes - Covering all grade levels and aspects of the social studies discipline.

Breakfast Keynote Address - Karen Korematsu - Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu and co-founder of the Korematsu Institute, travels around the country to speak at universities, K-12 schools, and community events about her father’s legacy and its relevance to contemporary civil rights issues, as well as the education work of the Korematsu Institute.

Luncheon Keynote Address - Kathy Swan - Kathy Swan the Lead Writer and Project Director for The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History.  Spearheaded by the National Council for the Social Studies, C3 is the product of a collaboration among fifteen professional organizations committed to the advancement of social studies education.  

Citizenship Swearing-In Ceremony - Special Guests - Congressman Paul Tonko, The Honorable Kathy Sheehan, Mayor of Albany

VIENNESE DESERT BAR AND SPECIAL BENEFIT PERFORMANCE - 8:00 PM Mopco - The Mop & Bucket Co. (MopCo) is the Capital District’s premiere improvisational theatre company. Join us for a improv event designed to entertain while relieving the stress and strains of teaching Social Studies in 2014!  While attending help yourself to a sumptuous and plentiful Viennese dessert bar. Mopco is a resident company at Proctors Theater in Schenectady, NY. The company performs, teaches, and trains at venues around the region, as well as nationally and internationally.  Cost for attending is $20; $5 of this amount will be credited to a newly established professional development fund professional development fund created by NYSCSS/NYS4A to provide programming in areas of the State who have difficulty accessing high quality social studies professional development programs. This performance is open to the public, membership in NYSCSS is not required to attend.  


New York State Curriculum Update (8:30 - 9:00) - An up to the minute report on the recent discussion and pending vote of the Regents on the revised Frameworks and future implementation steps for new instruction and revised Regents exams.

Over Twenty Program Sessions Of 60 And 90 Minutes Covering all grade levels and aspects of the social studies discipline.

Annual Awards Reception and Luncheon - Guest Speaker - Dr. Joseph Corr: Superintendent of Schools, North Colonie School District and Past-President of NYSCSS
Presentation of Awards:
  • Outstanding Social Studies Classroom Teacher (Elementary, Middle High)
  • Distinguished Educator Awards
  • Outstanding Social Studies Supervisor
  • Distinguished Service Awards
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