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NEW! 17th Annual First Freedom National Student Essay Competition
The First Freedom Center announces the 17th annual First Freedom Student Competition. This national essay contest offers 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for a $3,000, $1,500 and $750 award, as they examine the history and implementation of religious freedom-the freedom of conscience-in American democracy and the world today. This year the competition is going global, as the topic asks students to write about international religious freedom. Students will be introduced to Article 18 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the place of religious liberty in U.S. history and foreign policy. Their task will challenge their analytic writing skills and require them to assess current-day events in terms of international human rights and history. For further information, see First Freedom Student Competition at www.firstfreedom.org

GeoFest 2009
The New York Geographic Alliance is sponsoring its GeoFest 2009  for K- 16 teachers on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the New York State Museum, Albany New York. Sessions will focus on New York State’s waterways in relationship to the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain. Advance registration is $20. which includes a continental breakfast and a buffet luncheon. Pre-teachers and other college students only pay $15 for advance registration. (For those who pay at the door, the fee will be $25 teachers/ $20 pre-teachers. You can register online from the NYGA website in the Upcoming events section: http://www.nygeographicalliance.org/
In-service Credit is available for those attending. The Alliance will issue a certificate of attendance.

Register Now for the Law Youth & Citizenship (LYC) 2009 Conference
LYC has announced its 33rd annual law-related and civic education conference in Lake George on Oct. 15-16, 2009. This year's theme addresses such themes as the New World Order; including such topics as environmental issues, financial literacy, economic topics and equality. Issues, including (but not limited) global warming, the economics, the impact of envonrmental changes, historic economic events, civid engagement, immegration, and participatory govnerment. The Conference fee is $90 that includes all meals, a cruise on Lake George, registration for all five sessions (20 workshops scheduled) and materials. To access a listing of workshops and the application, visit www.lycny.org

NYSED Seeking Applicants for the William Randolph Hearst Foundation United States Senate Youth Program
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation sponsors an annual scholarship for two student leaders from each state and the District of Columbia to visit Washington, D. C. (all expenses paid), as guest of the Hearst Foundation and a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies at an accredited United States university or college. During the visit to Washington, D.C., students engage in a series of seminars and briefings with Senators and members of the House of Representatives and meet with officials from the executive and judicial branches of government.   The NYSED is seeking applicants. A full description of the program, application form and important dates can be downloaded at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/social/
senateyouth_2009_10.html

Congratulations to New York State’s United States Senate Youth 2009 delegates Erica Pincus of Long Island Lutheran High School, Brookville, NY and Charlotte Saul of Orchard Park High School, Orchard Park, NY.

Our Courts: 21st Century Civics
Our Courts is a free, interactive, web-based program designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. Our Courts is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Justice O’Connor, in partnership with Georgetown Law and Arizona State University, has recruited experts in education, law, history, and technology to craft a program that teaches usable and engaging civics. On this site, you will find information and useful teaching resources for an engaging civics curriculum. http://www.ourcourts.org/about-our-courts

Louis E. Yavner Awards Information
The Board of Regents invites nominations for the 2009 Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards. these awards provide recognition of a teacher and citizen who have made outstanding contributions to New York State Education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights. The awards were established by thee Regents and funded by the late Regent Emeritus Louis E. Yavner. State Education Department staff are not eligible for these awards.
Complete information including nomination forms are available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/Yavner/. The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday January 29, 2010.

The NYSED Champlain/Hudson/Fulton Commemoration Online Resource

The Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology Team has posted a Champlain/Hudson/Fulton Commemorations Online Resource at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/chf/chf.html to help local school districts celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Samuel de Champlain and Henry Hudson explorations, and the 200th anniversary of the launching of Robert Fulton’s steamboat, Clermont.

This online resource includes 10 standards-based, interdisciplinary elementary, middle and commencement level instructional modules, and 3 scholarly overviews that focus on the broad themes of encounter, trade and commerce. It also provides Strategies for Using the Champlain, Hudson, Fulton Online Resource that was designed to help local school districts infuse the modules into their local instructional programs.

Important Scoring Notice Affecting Social Studies Regents Examinations

In order to make the Regents level social studies scoring materials easier to use, the Rating Guides for the Regents examinations in Global History and Geography and United States History and Government have each been split into two volumes, beginning with the August 2008 administration.

Volume 1 for each examination contains the scoring key for Part I (multiple-choice questions) and Rating Guide for Part II (thematic essay). Volume 2 contains the Rating Guide for Part III A (scaffold questions) and Part III B (document-based essay question).

The Department welcomes your reaction to this change by e-mailing your comments to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov

New York State Bar Association's Law Day Site for Educators

This site helps educators in New York State observe Law Day (May 1) in their classrooms, and satisfies the New York State Education Law mandating instruction in the humane treatment of animals.

This year's Law Day honors Abraham Lincoln. The New York Bar's site commemorates the rich and resonant theme - A Legacy of Liberty, by exploring Abraham Lincoln's love of animals. The year 2009 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Lincoln, regarded by many as our nation's greatest and most eloquent president.

Visit www.nysba.org/LawDay2009External Link for lesson plans, readings and classroom activities.

Summer Reading Program - New York State History Reading Lists

To commemorate the New York State Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial, the New York State Library, as part of the 2009 Summer Reading Program, has created four selected reading lists that celebrate the history, culture, and diversity of New York State. Each of the four lists covers one reader age group: Picture Books; Elementary; Tween; and Teen and up. The reading lists can be found at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/readlist.htm.

Information for the June and August 2009 Social Studies Regents Examinations

June 2009 Examination Schedule

  • Tuesday, June 16: Regents Examination in U.S. History and Government (1:15pm)
  • Friday, June 19: Regents Examination in Global History and Geography (9:15am)
  • Monday, June 22: RCT in Global Studies (1:15pm)
  • Wednesday, June 24: RCT in U.S. History and Government (9:15am)

August 2009 Examination Schedule

  • Wednesday, August 12: Regents Examinations in Global History and Geography & U.S. History and Government (12:30pm)
  • Thursday, August 13: RCT in U.S. History and Government (12:30pm)
  • Friday, August 14: RCT in Global Studies (8:30am)

Visit the Office of State Assessment’s Examination Schedules Web link to obtain the 2008-2009 dates for all New York State assessments.

New York Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program

On January 9, 2009, Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the names of Erica Pincus of Bayville, and Charlotte Saul of Orchard Park, as New York State’s delegates to the 47th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 7 – 14, 2009 in Washington, D.C. The chief educational officer in each state selects the delegates after nomination by teachers and principals.

Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students -- two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity -- to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The foundation grants each of the 104 student delegates a $5,000 college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs.  Chosen as alternates to the 2009 program were Christina Johnson, a resident of Bronx, who attends Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology and Ilham Elkatani, a resident of Bronx, who attends Community High School for Social Justice.

Information regarding the 2009-2010 United State Senate Youth Program and application forms will be posted in early August 2009 at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/senateyouth.html.

Translations of Key Terms

The New York State Education Department Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies has translated key content area terms in mathematics, science, and social studies as an accommodation for ELL students in grades 3 - 8. These translations of key terms are aligned with New York State content curriculum, standards, and assessments.

It is recommended that teachers use the translations as part of the classroom instructional program throughout the school year to familiarize the students with their proper use. This will maximize the effectiveness of the translations as a test accommodation for ELL students.

The content area translations of key terms are available in New York State's major languages and can be downloaded at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/biling/bilingual_glossaries.htm (NYSED) and http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/metrocenter/programs/
ALBETAC/Resources/translatedglossaries.html
External Link (ALBETAC).

New York State Archives Sponsors 19th Annual Student Research Contest

To encourage students to use historical records, the New York State Archives is sponsoring the 19th annual Student Research Awards. The deadline for entry is July 1, 2009 and the contest is open to all New York students in grades 4-12 who use historical records in their research projects.

Three awards are presented each year: grades 4-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. The awards consist of a framed certificate, a check for $100, an invitation to an award ceremony, lunch with the Board of Regents in Albany, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the State Archives. Eligible projects are computer-based entries, such as websites or PowerPoint presentations; exhibits; documentaries; performances; research for a historical marker, property or district; and traditional research papers.

For information about this year’s program, visit http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_awards.shtml or email archedu@mail.nysed.gov.

The Electronic Schoolhouse/La Escuela Electrónica

The Electronic Schoolhouse/La Escuela Electrónica is a bilingual educational resource from the New York State Archives, the Archives Partnership Trust, and Time Warner that focuses on using historical records as learning tools in elementary, middle and secondary education. Classroom teachers developed the content to correlate with the New York State Learning Standards.

Available in English and Spanish, The Electronic Schoolhouse examines the Latino experience in New York through photographs, letters, broadsides, flyers, and more dating from 1861 to the present. Introductory videos explain how teachers can use such primary sources in their classrooms and the kinds of institutions that care for these one-of-a-kind materials. The Electronic Schoolhouse combines historical records and technology to promote the development of critical thinking skills (analyzing and interpreting information), reading and writing skills, understanding historical content and context, and may be used for a range of purposes for foreign language, English as a second language and bilingual education proficiency.

Visit the Electronic Schoolhouse today at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/escuela/.

NYSCSS / NYS4A 71st Annual Conference: April 1-4, 2009 in Saratoga Springs

The 71st annual conference of the New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS) and the New York State Social Studies Supervisory Association (NYS4A) will be held on April 1-4, 2009 at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs. The conference theme is "Social Studies: Pathways to Global Citizenship".

For more information, please visit www.nyscss.orgExternal Link.

Legacies of New Netherland: A New York State Quadricentennial Essay Contest

Students in grades 4-12 are invited to celebrate New York State’s 400th birthday by investigating its early colonial history and developing an engaging historical essay.  Students have the opportunity to research early New York’s Dutch history and write about the Dutch roots of three American cultural traditions: religious tolerance, freedom of speech, and New York as a center of world trade. The essay contest is co-sponsored by the New York State Historical Association and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington D.C. 

For more information, including contest and submission guidelines, visit http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachersExternal Link and click on “Contests” in the left-hand menu.

Updated Social Studies FAQ

  • What is the time requirement for social studies instruction each year?
  • What other requirements are in New York State Education Law related to social studies education?
  • Can a school replace the Participation in Government and Economics courses with either Advanced Placement (AP) Government or AP Economics courses?
  • Does New York State require instruction in financial literacy?

These questions and more are answered in an updated Frequently-Asked Questions page on the social studies web site. Please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/ssfaq.html.

Important Scoring Notice Affecting Social Studies Regents Examinations

In order to make the Regents level social studies scoring materials easier to use, the Rating Guides for the Regents examinations in Global History and Geography and United States History and Government have each been split into two volumes, beginning with the August 2008 administration.

Volume 1 for each examination contains the scoring key for Part I (multiple-choice questions) and Rating Guide for Part II (thematic essay). Volume 2 contains the Rating Guide for Part III A (scaffold questions) and Part III B (document-based essay question).

The Department welcomes your reaction to this change by e-mailing your comments to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov.

Global History and Geography Online Resource Guide

The New York State Education Department has posted the Global History and Geography Online Resource Guide at http://www.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/ghgonline/home.html to help school districts implement their Global History and Geography instructional programs.

This rich online resource provides direct access to:

  • the New York State Learning Standards for Social Studies
  • the Global History and Geography Core Curriculum
  • detailed Global History and Geography unit and subsection information and resources
  • Global History and Geography turning points
  • course models and pacing calendars
  • key world history scholars
  • essential questions
  • Global History and Geography audio glossaries
  • student projects
  • thematic and document-based instructional strategies
  • archived Global History and Geography Regents examinations

NYSED Civics Education Toolkit

Education in civics is fundamental to ensuring that all of New York State's students graduate ready for active and informed citizenship. This toolkit promotes a standards-based, interdisciplinary focus for civics education. It includes a crosswalk that describes the infusion of civics throughout all New York State Learning Standards. It includes a rationale for teachers, curriculum supervisors, and school district administrators with responsibilities for planning a standards-based instructional program that infuses civics education across content areas; definitions and frequently-asked questions about civics education; and strategies and online resources for strengthening civics education in local school districts.

Visit the toolkit now at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/civics.html.

The NYSED Champlain/Hudson/Fulton Commemoration Online Resource

The Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology Team has posted a Champlain/Hudson/Fulton Commemorations Online Resource at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/chf/chf.html to help local school districts celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Samuel de Champlain and Henry Hudson explorations, and the 200th anniversary of the launching of Robert Fulton’s steamboat, Clermont.

This online resource includes 10 standards-based, interdisciplinary elementary, middle and commencement level instructional modules, and 3 scholarly overviews that focus on the broad themes of encounter, trade and commerce. It also provides Strategies for Using the Champlain, Hudson, Fulton Online Resource that was designed to help local school districts infuse the modules into their local instructional programs.

 

Last Updated: March 6, 2012