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.


Dr. Sheena Jacob, LICSS Board Member, 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

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, 

Gustavo Barbosa, Social Studies & Business Department Chair, New Rochelle City School District. 

Dr. Nicole Waid, Assistant Professor in Secondary Education and Educational Technology, SUNY Oneonta

James Jenkins, Museum Instructor, New York State Museum, / 

Matthew Tomasi, NYSCSS Technology Committee Member, High School Social Studies Teacher, Amityville Union Free School District ( / )


Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center (Long Island), Avi Marcovitz, Ed.D, PhD (ABD),

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: Gilder Lehrman Institute

Affiliate School Program:

Elementary curriculum:

Online History School:


Inside the Vault: Highlights from the Gilder Lehrman

Self-Paced Courses:

May is Jewish American Heritage Month

Explore the links below for information about Jewish American Heritage and Holocaust education. 

The Jewish American Heritage Month Website

Holocaust Memorial Tolerance Center of Nassau County New York   -- main weblink  -- our resources page

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Guide to Teaching the Holocaust 

Facing History & Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior  

Echoes & Reflection: Teaching the Holocaust, Inspiring the Classroom 

Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center 

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