Cultural Education Committee

The purpose of the Cultural Education Committee is to encourage cooperative work between educators, historians, archivists and museums resulting in curricula that reflects the goals of educators and meets State Standards.  Duties of the Cultural Education Committee include:

  1. Maintain close working relationships with cultural education facilities that offer programs to assist Elementary, Middle level and Secondary Education.
  2. Develop programs to promote our members awareness of the utility of Cultural Education materials and institutions, in instruction.
  3. Serve as the liaison body linking the professional social studies teacher and the Cultural Education community.


Sheena Jacob, Coordinator of Social Studies (K-12) Glen Cove City School District /

Jessica Karnes, Coordinator of Staff Development, Curriculum & Instruction Erie 1 BOCES

Committee Members

Dr. Robert Drysielski, K-12 Social Studies Coordinator, Islip School District

Sarah Jensen, High School Social Studies teacher Greene Central School District

Graham Long; Associate Director, Economic Education; Federal Reserve Bank of New York 

Dr. Yvonne Pratt-Johnson, St. John's University, Chair, Department of Education Specialties, Professor, Graduate Programs in TESOL, School of Education 

Dr. Dana Faye Serure, Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education, Buffalo State College, 


Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center (Long Island), Helen Turner,

Facing History and Ourselves (New York Office), Katherine Leo,

Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region (of NYS), Inc., Mary Liz Stewart,

Living History Museum  (Lower Hudson Region)- Joe Ryan,

Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Graham Long,

The Choices Program, Brown University, Maureen Stephens,

New York Historical Society, Mia Nagawiecki,

The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, Mark Lozo, Education Director,

Featured Partnering Organization: Facing History and Ourselves

Open Positions at Facing History | Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and students to stand up to bigotry and hate. At Facing History and Ourselves, we believe the bigotry and hate that we witness today are the legacy of brutal injustices of the past. Facing our collective history and how it informs our attitudes and behaviors allows us to choose a world of equity and justice. Facing History’s resources address racism, antisemitism, and prejudice at pivotal moments in history; we help students connect choices made in the past to those they will confront in their own lives.

Facing History is also here to help in this current moment with a growing collection of resources for remote learning, community connections, and engaging conversations about this complex moment. Please see the following links for lesson ideas, webinars and more.

Lesson for Students

Corona Virus: Protect Yourself and Stand Against Racism

Why is the Corona Virus Disproportionately Impacting Black Americans?

Stereotypes, Media, and Islamophobia

Resources for Teachers

Taking School Online With a Student-Centered Approach

The resources in this packet are designed to help teachers approach online learning with a focus on sustaining community, supporting students, and creating engaging, meaningful learning experiences.

Webinar: School Closures and Online Learning: Creating Community, Centering Students

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