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  • 09 Nov 2021 7:00 PM | Tom Michalek (Administrator)

    You are invited to the following event:

    This workshop will focus on the historical thinking skills needed for the new Framework U.S. History & Government Regents exam through the lens of the Women's Suffrage Movement. Presenters, Dr. Jennifer Lemak, Chief Curator of History, Ms. Ashley Hopkins-Benton, Senior Historian and Curator, Social History and Mr. James Jenkins, Museum Instructor from the New York State Museum will unpack the rich histories of the documents while providing strategies for teaching historical context, relationships, sourcing, reliability, and civic literacy to students.  Teachers will receive tasks aligned to Parts II and III of the new U.S. History and Government Regents Exam. 

    An email with a link to the Zoom session will be sent out to registrants close to the event. 

    Best regards,

  • 17 Apr 2021 6:07 PM | Timothy Lent (Administrator)

    South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is interested in learning about your experiences in teaching social studies. They are particularly interested in the inclusion of Korea in your teaching. If you're a New York state teacher who teaches social studies, the Queens College/CUNY researchers would like you to answer a few questions about your prior teaching experience. Your responses will be anonymous, and the survey should only take about 5 minutes to complete.

    A $25 gift card will be given to 20 randomly selected participants.

    The survey can be found here:

  • 08 Apr 2021 10:36 AM | Timothy Lent (Administrator)


    Guest Speaker, April Francis

    Thursday, April 15

    4:30-6:00 P.M.

    Zoom Workshop

    Click here to register & More Info

    We are dipping our toes into the virtual webinar world. We are excited to have April Francis coming to speak with us via Zoom about Teaching Hard History.  While it’s a topic always worthy of revisiting for Social Studies teachers, keeping the conversation going and hearing from voices outside our own region we hope will give attendees some new food for thought about best practices in such challenging times. Please click here for more information and to register.

    The workshop has no cost for members in good standing (dues are up-to-date). For non-members the only cost is to become a member.

  • 18 Mar 2021 8:12 PM | Timothy Lent (Administrator)

    The Department of History at SUNY Geneseo has commissioned research to help understand how and where secondary social studies teachers in New York State fulfill their master's degree requirement.

    If you're a secondary teacher who received a bachelor's degree between 2016 and 2020, the researchers would like you to answer a few questions about your undergraduate and graduate education.

    Your anonymous responses will be used to inform SUNY Geneseo's history department as it considers changes to its curriculum. The survey should only take about 2-3 minutes to complete.

    Additionally, researchers will select three random respondents to receive a $20 dollar gift card from a selection of retailers. 

    The survey can be found here:

  • 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.

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