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  • 18 Jun 2019 2:01 PM | Timothy Lent (Administrator)

    The prototype for the new US History Regents Exam was released on the Office of State Assessment website on June 18. 

    Here are the links:

    Office of State Assessment Social Studies Website

    PDF of US History Prototype Exam

  • 09 Jun 2019 12:30 PM | Timothy Lent (Administrator)

    Jennifer Ingold, the 2019 Outstanding Social Studies Classroom Teacher Award (Middle School), is featured in May/June 2019 edition of the NCSS publication Middle Level Learning. You can read her article, "Mission Impossible: Turning Essays on Enduring Issues into Respectful Ethical Debates" here. 

  • 08 Apr 2019 6:25 PM | Timothy Lent (Administrator)

    The Book Agency for Culture, Education, and Travel is offering summer trips for teachers to Germany and Poland. Read the descriptions in the linked file below and for full itinerary, costs, and detailed information, email

    “Kaleidoscope” - An Educational Tour through German History,

    July 03 – 19, 2019

    Journey through German history . The trip begins in the Rhineland and takes us from the ancient Romans to the Middle Ages of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, the Northern Renaissance and the Reformation and its effects, Goethe and Schiller and Frederick the Great as well as the Napoleonic period. Finally, we come to modern times with the world wars of the twentieth century, the Holocaust, German division and reunification. We will also explore art, music and architecture. All this is to be conveyed and experienced through city tours, visits to churches, synagogues, museums and memorials, as well as lectures and discussions. This is the ideal trip for AP European History teachers and those who just want to learn more about the rich history of Germany.

    "Holocaust and Human Rights“ Trip through Germany and Poland

    July 21-August 04, 2019

    This educational trip takes us from the Third Reich and the Holocaust, through the communist dictatorships in the GDR and Poland with the Stasi and the peaceful revolution in Germany and Solidarity movement in Poland, to contemporary issues of migration, discrimination, antisemitism and Islamophobia. All this is conveyed and reflected through guided tours to original sites, memorials and monuments, museums, educational institutions and interactive workshops. The journey also offers time for an intensive exchange between the participants and reflections on what they have experienced, and how to teach historical events and human rights today and how to sensitize and enable students to defend themselves against injustice, There will be also opportunity for individual discovery of both Germany and Poland.

    Summer Trips for Teachers to Germany and Poland Newsletter Article.pdf

  • 01 Jan 2019 1:23 PM | Lisa Kissinger (Administrator)

    Registration deadline for this webinar has been extended to Friday, January 4, 2019 at 5:30 for active members of NYSCSS. 

  • 01 Jan 2019 1:17 PM | Lisa Kissinger (Administrator)

    Interested in listening to the recording of the December 10, 2018 Webinar with Christy Radez, Social Studies Associate, NYSED?   It's available now at

  • 29 Nov 2018 10:23 AM | Timothy Lent (Administrator)

    Webinar:  NYSED Update: Social Studies Curriculum News

    Monday, December 10, 2018

    7:00—8:00 p.m. 

    Join members of the NYSCSS Curriculum & Assessment committee in a conversation with Christine Radez, Social Studies Associate from the office of Curriculum and Instruction, NYSED. Ms. Radez will share information on aligning classroom practices with the new Global History & Geography II Regents exam, and NYSED’s Civic Readiness and Cultural Responsive Initiatives. The webinar is free for members of NYSCSS/NYS4A. Register at   Questions? Email Lisa Kissinger at  Deadline to register:  Friday, December 7, 2018, 5:00 p.m.  Login details will be emailed to NYSCSS members who register by this date.


    About the presenter:

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    Christine Radez is the Social Studies Associate in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction where she provides expertise to school administrators, teachers and parents on the NYS K-12 Social Studies Framework and the Regents assessments.  Prior to this she was an instructional administrator at the SUNY HVCC Educational Opportunity Center.  Christine was a classroom teacher for fifteen years and taught both on Long Island and in rural upstate at the high school level.

  • 20 Nov 2018 6:46 PM | Timothy Lent (Administrator)

    Free Opportunity for New York High Schools

    Watch a live stream of Icons of Freedom V

    “Student Speech and Press in American Democracy”

    Friday, November 30th, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon.

    Speakers are:

    Mary Beth Tinker

    (Litigant in the landmark Supreme Court Case Tinker v. Des Moines)


    Cathy Kuhlmeier Frey

    (Litigant in the landmark Supreme Court Case Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier)

    Presented by:

    Touro Law Center


    Project PATCH

    (Law-Related Education Program of the Northport – East Northport UFSD)

    Use this link to watch the

    Contact with questions.

  • 17 Nov 2018 12:34 PM | Timothy Lent (Administrator)

    Throughout New York State, local history museums and cultural institutions play a vital role in preserving and highlighting the stories of peoples who have contributed to society in a myriad of ways. Whether large or small, each institution has important stories to share.

    Many museums and cultural institutions across the state share the mutual goal with local social studies councils of finding ways to make history accessible and relevant for the next generation. The adoption of the New York State K – 12 Social Studies Framework (NYS Framework) and development of Inquiries using the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) as featured in the NYS K – 12 Social Studies Toolkit, present each local council additional opportunities to consider when expanding their relationships with local museums and cultural institutions in the region that they serve.

    Jonathan Dalbo of the Niagara Frontier Council for Social Studies put this useful list of Strategies for Expanding Partnerships with Local Museums and Institutions together to help local councils work with cultural partners in their area. 

  • 24 Oct 2018 10:54 AM | Timothy Lent (Administrator)

    NYSED released the Understanding the CRQ Document on the Office of State Assessment webpage

    The document was created by teachers who develop items for Part 2: Constructed Response Questions on the new Global II Exam. It includes definitions of terms used on the exam an explanations of the construction for Part 2. 

    Please share with others!

  • 19 Oct 2018 9:09 AM | Timothy Lent (Administrator)

    File:Seal of New York.svgThe NYS Social Studies Supervisory Association (NYS4A) and The League of Women Voters of New York State’s Education Foundation are pleased to announce the publication of seven lesson plans for teachers of the New York Grade 12 Participation in Government course. The goal of these lessons is to educate New York State’s future voters to become active citizens. The lesson plans are designed to provide teachers and students with information specific to New York State. Lessons can be customized to meet the needs of individual classrooms or student interests and are designed to be inquiry-based and non-partisan. Based on the NYSED Social Studies Curriculum Framework, the lesson plans could be integrated into existing units or combined for a unit of instruction on New York government.  

    In addition to materials in the lesson plans, teachers are encouraged to consult the Voter Services resources developed and published by the League of Women Voters New York. Updated voter services information, including voter rights, voter registration information, voting locations, find your elected official, and district maps, is available on the League of Women Voters New York website ( 

    Please check them out!  They are available at:

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