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 reflect the goals of educators and meet 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. Robert Drysielski, K-12 Social Studies Coordinator, Islip School District

James Jenkins, Museum Instructor, New York State Museum, 

Committee Members

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

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


Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center (Long Island), Dr. Thorin Tritter, Director of Museum and Programming,

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: New York State Museum

The Cultural Education Committee is pleased to highlight the New York State Museum. The New York State Museum serves the lifelong educational needs of New Yorkers and visitors through its collections, exhibitions, scholarship, programs, media and publications in science, history, anthropology, and art. The Museum explores and expresses New York State’s significant natural and cultural diversity, past and present.  

Current Featured Resources: 

Teaching and Honoring Black History MonthIn recognition of Black History Month, the New York State Museum offers the following educational resources and programs for classroom teachers, educators, and the public from our collections, exhibits, and research.

Votes for Women: Celebrating New York's Suffrage CentennialVotes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial honors the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State and raises awareness of the struggle for equal rights up through the present day. The exhibition features over 250 artifacts from the collections of the State Museum, State Archives, State Library, cultural institutions, and private lenders from across the state.

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