2024 NYSCSS Pre-Service Teacher Evening

  • 06 Mar 2024
  • 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Crowne Plaza Albany-The Desmond Hotel


  • Join us for our 8th annual Pre-Service Evening from 4-8:30 PM Wednesday March, 6, 2024 in the Fort Orange meeting room area. Location is the Crowne Plaza Albany-the Desmond Hotel. 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, New York 12211.

Capital District Council for the Social Studies

Pre-Service Teacher Night - March 6, 2024

Crowne Plaza Albany-Desmond Hotel

4:00-8:30 PM

7 Fort Orange Meeting Room

Part I: How to use Special Education strategies for all learners: unlocking high level texts with Laura Mecca-Retzlaff

The session will focus on reading and writing skills and strategies that will cover techniques that have been adapted from various sources including the Stanford History Education Group, New Visions for Public Schools, The OER Project and classroom experiences of success. The techniques to address reading skills development will include use of color when reading and analyzing documents/text, making the process of analyzing documents tactile, and using visual inquiry as an equalizer for students of varied reading levels. Writing skills will emphasize inclusion of pre-writing organizers to promote more analytical, descriptive and detailed writing. The session will also provide an understanding of common testing accommodations and program modifications of students with disabilities and why students with disabilities need these things to be more successful on assessments. Participants will also learn how these testing accommodations and program modifications apply specifically to social studies classrooms and assessments. The goal of this session is to provide practical and reality-based assistance to social studies classroom teachers

Presenter Bio

Laura Mecca-Retzlaff is currently a Special Education teacher at Susquehanna Valley High School in Conklin, New York.  Laura completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University at Albany, State University of New York in May of 1992. Laura completed her Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Education at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania in January 2010. Laura is professionally certified in Social Studies 7-12 and Students with Disabilities, Social Studies 7-12. She has been a Consultant Teacher for Social Studies since she began her teaching career in the 2008-2009 school year. She has co-taught Global History and Geography I & II and United States History and Government. She also teaches Global History and Geography I & II, U.S. History and Government, Economics and Participation in Government curriculum to 12:1:1 students. Laura works with a committee within her district to identify and assist academically at-risk students to successfully complete ninth grade. Laura has participated in a Social Studies Community of Practice for Global and U.S. teachers  in the Broome-Tioga BOCES region for several years. Laura is currently serving the New York State Council for the Social Studies as the Awards Committee Chairperson and has served on the Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President, President, and  Vice-President and served on the Curriculum and Assessment Task Force. Laura also served on New York State Education Department Content Advisory Panel in the development of the Seal of Civic Readiness.  Laura has been a presenter at the Annual Conferences of both NYSCSS and the National Council for the Social Studies. 

Part IIHow to secure and maintain a teaching position in a 2024 world.

See schedule below.   

This will be an interactive evening and a great opportunity for all preservice teachers across the state.

Registration Fee is $45*

Attendees will receive:

Light dinner served with plenty of food available. Please bring something to take food home in.  

Free attendance to the 2024 NYSCSS Conference

1-year free membership from beginning March 6, 2024 to:

NYSCSS New York State Council for Social Studies 

CDCSS Capital District Council for Social Studies

Registration information:

Preservice teachers can register for the annual convention at a significantly discounted rate of $45.00, which includes the March 6th preservice event (light dinner, discussions, presentations, interview practice) and full conference attendance (Thursday-Saturday-March 7-9, 2024).  

Online registration deadline is Friday, March 1, 2024. 

*For preservice teachers to take advantage of this great discount, they need to be students in undergraduate, or graduate programs, and not employed with a district or other educationally related full-time position. If unsure, please contact Tim Potts

Preservice teachers need to enter a code when registering. Please contact Tim Potts. 

2024 Pre-Service Schedule in 7 Fort Orange Meeting Room:

4:00-4:10   Pre-Service Registration

4:10-4:15   Introduction and Mission-Dr. Kristi Fragnoli

4:15-4:20   Opening Statements by NYSCSS leadership-Tim Potts

4:20-4:30    Structure of the evening/making the best of the evening

4:30-6:00   Part I-Laura Mecca-Retzlaff (see above description)

6:00-6:30   Light Meal-Meet and Greet Mixer with interviewers/VIP's

6:30-8:30   Part II-Round Table Interviews-How to secure an interview, resumes, cover letters, teacher/school websites, portfolios, OLAS, etc.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Kristi Fragnoli or Tim Potts (email link above) for more details

Dr. Kristi Fragnoli/The Lally School of Education/The College of Saint Rose



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