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