The following list of resources were compiled by teachers at a recent NYSCATE conference that promote personalized learning.
National Council for the Social Studies Affirms Religious Studies as Essential to Educating for Effective and Engaged Citizenship in a Diverse Nation and World
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) added a supplement to its College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for the academic study of religion in K-12 social studies instruction. The “Religious Studies Companion Document for the C3 Framework” recognizes religious studies as an essential part of the social studies curriculum. The C3 Framework is widely used by state and school district curriculum experts for social studies standards and curriculum development. The entire C3 Framework including the new companion document is now available at www.socialstudies.org/c3.
Teens Dream Video Competition (about the UN's 17 Sustainability Goals)
Middle and high school students can enter the Teens Dream Video Competition with a 2-minute video of their dream as it relates to one of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). See the colorful descriptions at sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs. In the fall of 2017, educate your students about the UN and how it is working collaboratively with stakeholder groups around the world that include youth. Then invite them to create a Read more
Awards, GrantsKids to Parks Day: A Contest for Title I Schools (National Park Trust)
National Park Trust (NPT) invites students across the country to participate in the 8th annual Kids to Parks (KTP) Day, a nationwide grassroots movement to celebrate America’s Parks and public lands.
Awards, GrantsWorld of 7 Billion video contest (Population Education)
"The World of 7 Billion" student video contest is back for the 2017-2018 school year. The contest helps teachers bring technology and creativity into middle and high school classes. It challenges students to create a short video connecting world population growth and one of three global challenges: Advancing Women and Girls, Feeding 10 Billion, or Preventing Pollution. Students can win up to $1,000, and participating teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 22, 2018. Read more
Awards, GrantsRFK Human Rights Speak Truth To Power (Video Contest)
In partnership with the American Federation of Teachers and the Tribeca Film Institute, the 8th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Speak Truth To Power Video Contest invites middle and high school students to create short 3-5 minute videos about the work of a human rights defender.
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s run for president, this contest asks students to make a connection between their chosen human rights defender and RFK, which could be done through the use of a quote, archival footage, or by including a connection in the narration.
The following document was created by the Council of State Supervisors of Social Studies. This document includes professional development opportunities related to the social studies which align to many areas of curriculum and standards being taught. Feel free to take advantage of the great opportunities out there!
The social studies office would like to thank the 5th grade teachers for participating in the PD on the integrated ELA/ SS unit focusing on Esperanza Rising and Mexico. The teachers were able to preview the novel, the ELA teaching points, and discuss the historical connections to the Mexican Revolution and the Great Depression. It was wonderful to discuss the rich and complex history of Mexico with the teachers. The unit will get students involved in current events by asking them to form an opinion about the very complex issue of illegal immigration today. Reach out to our coach, Ellie Leach, at email@example.com with questions or for support.
The purpose of this message is to communicate the necessary information you need to administer the Social Studies Mid Term Exams in Global History and Geography II and United States History & Government at the high school level.
Six Major Steps to the Mid - Term Examination process:
Note: Be sure to print some extra copies of answer sheets in case you need blank answer sheets and student data is not completely up to date.
Scan, Score & Review the answer sheets to ensure that they are all properly filled out. Read the instructions on how to scan and score your answer sheets. Please be sure to reach out to your instructional coach for assistance if needed.
Always reach out and contact the Supervisor of Social Studies shall you need any other assistance at this time regarding this process by either replying to this email or calling him at 315 559 6748.
Thank you for your cooperation and dedication to our students!
Supervisor of Social Studies
There is a MANDATORY PD session coming up for all social studies and ELA teachers. Everyone will attend one day between 11/27 and 12/1. This information will be going out to your building principals soon from Nick Stamoulacatos.
The schedule is at the link below:
Schedule for 5th Grade PD Sessions 11/27-12/1
I have tried to not have all teachers from one school attend on the same day so that there is still someone left to help the substitute. However, on the last day the English and SS teachers in departmentalized schools will be attending together because the unit coming up in January is a humanities unit centered around Esperanza Rising and with both social studies and ELA playing a part.
The Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday sessions are at the Center for Excellence. Google Map it. 727 E Washington St, Syracuse, NY 13244
You will need to fill out the paperwork at your building to secure a sub and make sure you have an excused absence.
Coaches are welcome to attend on either Monday or Friday.
Thank You! I look forward to seeing everyone and having a productive day.- Nick
Fellow Social Studies Teachers,
We are pleased to inform you that the Benchmark Assessments at the grade 6-8 level have been completed for the whole year! You may now access these assessments and answer keys at the link below. Please review these assessments and the curriculum frameworks to ensure that your pacing is on task as well as to pre-teach any vocabulary or historical thinking skills you believe your students may need to be successful. Please keep in mind that the purpose of District Wide benchmarks does not serve the same purpose as a unit test, in that it is an assessment to monitor student growth and progress in social studies content and skills. These assessments are disciplinary specific.
You will find the exams formatted in the following way:
Curriculum Frameworks with Learning Targets
Benchmark Assessments, DDI Information & Instructions
We are confident that these assessments will be a meaningful way to truly reflect on the discipline of social studies. We also look forward to continue to work with all teachers to ensure that the discipline and the department remain in constant communication with teachers to provide systems of efficiency and that promote quality teaching and learning. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Important update on Global History and Geography
Dear Social Studies Colleagues:
Below is an important update from the latest Field Letter regarding the Transition Exam in Global History and Geography(Grade 10). The important information is presented in bulleted form.
Answer: The Transition Regents Examination in Global History and Geography (Grade 10) will be based on one year of study, the NYS Learning Standards for Social Studies (1996), and the skills and content for Grade 10 found in the Social Studies Resource Guide and Core Curriculum (1998) in Units 5–8 (pages 105–120). Skills-based questions from the Methodology unit (pages 92–93) may also be included in this examination if the content of the questions relates to Units 5–8. The essays will be based on the themes on page 89 and topics in Units 5–8. This includes human and physical geography. Please note that Unit 5 (1750-1914)includes: The Scientific Revolution (Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Descartes); The Enlightenment (Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Montesquieu); Independence Movements in Latin America and the post-independence period; Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions in Europe and other parts of the world; Meiji Restoration; and Imperialism
NOTE: Themes and concepts are defined on pages 8–11 and skills are presented on pages 12–18.
Please check the links listed above for more information regarding the upcoming changes in Global History and Geography.
Source: New York State Council for Social Studies
As we prepare as a district to observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the week ahead of October 9th, 2017 and Italian Heritage Month this October; the social studies office would like to take this time to express the important power we have to transform instruction through the lens of social studies. Changing the practice of celebrating Christopher Columbus to a practice of celebrating indigenous peoples’ presence, endurance and accomplishments while honoring Italian Americans for their history and contributions is vital to sustaining a coherent curriculum that is rooted in cultural responsiveness.
In regards to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we think you may be interested in some Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to this observance. In addition we encourage educators to visit the web site of our local Onondaga Nation where you will find a plethora of resources and knowledge about the wonderful contributions Indigenous Peoples’ have made to our larger society.
The social studies office encourages all of us to avoid multicultural tokenism by implementing the successful integration of cultural history from multiple perspectives on Indigenous Peoples’ throughout the year and not only during a “scheduled” holiday or time of the year. For this reason, each grade in social studies curriculum is carefully crafted to observe holiday observances and yet also reflect on ethnic identity and particular ethnic groups throughout our instructional frameworks.