Central New York

Council for the Social Studies

CNYCSS is an approved Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) organization. Click here for full CTLE sponsor list.

CNYCSS represents a membership from 16 counties and over 100 School Districts (See map of coverage).


  • First U.S. Framework exam: June 1, 2021
  • "Old" U.S. Exam given January and June 2021
  • Global Framework Exam only starting Jan. 2021
  • No plans to release additional samples from the US Framework exam. 


  • Pilot will be pushed out and begin September 2021. 
  • Proposed seal will be added as a +1 Pathway 

  • Governor Cuomo has earmarked $1 million to develop curriculum on Civic Education Education & Values, Shared History of Diversity and the Role of Religious Freedom. NYSED sees this as something to be embedded into/highlighted within the framework, not a standalone curriculum.
  • NYSED is asking for feedback on next steps.The NYSED Civic Readiness Initiative Survey was initially released in March, but pulled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please complete and share.
  • Link to survey : NYSED Civic Readiness Initiative Survey 

Here is the slideshow NYSED SS Updates May 2020.pdf

Building Culturally Responsive Communities

in School and Online

May 26, 2020 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This one hour webinar will be led by April Francis, who served as a Culturally Responsive-Sustaining education framework stakeholder on the NYSED Civic Readiness Taskforce. April works as Director of Student Life in Mamaroneck Union Free School District and will share the steps her district took to build more culturally responsive classrooms, both in schools and in online classrooms. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants the morning of the session.

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ONLINE Engaging Students Online

Using Social Studies Inquiries

May 27th, 2020 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This workshop will focus on using inquiry as a means of engaging students in online learning. Teachers will explore C3 Framework inquiries as a way to get started. Additional resources will be shared to allow teachers time to explore and develop different types of inquiry work for their students in grade-band breakout groups. A Zoom link will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.

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SED RELEASES  Stimulus-Based Short Essay Questions:

Sample Student Papers Click here for more information

Annual Conference for Educators at Fort Ticonderoga - Click Here

Teacher Seminars Applications Open - Click Here for More Information

Global History & Geography Framework Exam Released

SED Releases U.S. History Regents Prototypes- Click here for full document.

Click here and go directly to OSA website with additional information about U.S. History

Stay up-to-date on Regents Examination news by clicking here to go to OSA website.

Latest CNYCSS Newsletter available here

2019 Award Winners

Outstanding Elementary Teacher

Tracy Terry Bolivar Road Elementary SchoolChittenango 

Outstanding High School Teacher

Kathryn Cocco Indian River High School

Roger Sipher Young Professional 

Stephanie Cronk Moravia Middle School

Distinguished Educator

Jenny Fanelli, BOCES



Click here if you are looking for the

2018 CNYCSS Conference documents 

Interested in working for SED as an Education Specialist?

Click here for more info from SED

NYSED Release Revisions to the Design of the Regents Examinations in Global History & Geography II (Grade 10) and Updated Educator Guide

  • Based on analysis of field test results and out of an abundance of caution, a decision has been made to remove the two 1-point part 2b questions planned for inclusion in Part II of the Regents Examination in Global History and Geography II (Grade 10).
  • The Educator Guide has been updated to reflect the revised test design. In addition, revised question prototypes (i.e., no longer showing part 2b) for Part II of this examination have been provided in the new addendum included at the end of the Educator Guide.


NYSED Release the Timeline for Regents Examination in United States History and Government and Regents Examination in United States History and Government(Framework)  

SED shares information on U.S. History Regents
Framework Based Social Studies Regents Exam Info 
click to go to OSA website

Transition Exam GHG Calendar

Test Design and Weighting for GHG


Turnkey Training for Enduring Issues Essay 

Go to Office of State Assessment (OSA) link for more

Have you viewed the SED videos on EngageNY? Click here

Download the most recent CNYCSS Newsletter by clicking here

CNYCSS is an approved CTLE sponsor.

Click here to view our Events calendar.  We post events from regional and national organizations that will be of interest to our members.

Check out NCSS Awards and Grant Opportunities


President, Erica Martin, Chittenango

 Vice President, Jen Medwid, Baldwinsville

 Vice President, Carrie-Ann Ronalds, Canastota

 Treasurer, Lynette Avery, Liverpool

 Secretary, Vince Monterosso, J-D (retired)

 Past President, Kate Gross, F-M

See complete list of Board Members here

CNYCSS is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. New York. 2657 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13224.

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