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  • 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:

  • 05 Oct 2018 9:04 AM | Timothy Lent (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the Niagara Frontier Council for the Social Studies (NFCSS) and its President Rich Pyszczek who were honored with the Daniel B. Niederlander Award on October 4, 2018. The Niederlander Award is presented by the Buffalo History Museum to a local education, cultural or heritage organization for outstanding and high caliber programming in service of Western New York and especially youth. NFCSS was acknowledged for connecting social studies teachers with cultural organizations in the Greater Buffalo Area and for their work directly with students through events like History Day, the American History Bee, and an African American History essay contest. 


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