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).

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CNYCSS Joins NYSCSS in support of the NCSS Statement

 on BLM Protests and Social Injustice

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Summer Reading

Read through the Culturally Responsive Framework by clicking here. In light of the continued social injustices occurring in our country, adding an in-depth knowledge of NYSED's Framework for Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education is essential as the next school year begins.

ONLINE Book Study: Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone)

This book is a MUST READ for social studies teachers, librarians or administrators who want to know more about the shifts in education and our instruction that need to occur in order to emphasize historical thinking in the digital age, not just during the COVID-19 closures but all the time. If we want to educate citizens who can separate fact from fake, we have to equip them with new tools. Historical thinking, Wineburg shows, has nothing to do with the ability to memorize facts. Instead, it's an orientation to the world that cultivates reasoned skepticism and counters our tendency to confirm our biases. Wineburg lays out a mine-filled landscape, but one that with care, attention, and awareness, we can all learn to navigate. Participants will need to purchase their own copy of the book. The reading and responses will be chunked into four sessions.

Begins July 13th and ends August 10th. Within these dates, the work is self-paced.


Syracuse Civics Initiative is excited to welcome you to the fourth annual United States Supreme Court Preview on Friday September 25, 2020 from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. This event brings together journalists, litigators, and academics to discuss cases pending before the United States Supreme Court. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be held online, and a link to the virtual event will be sent out to registered attendees the week before the event.

Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, will open the event with a keynote lecture: “The Supreme Court in the Trump Era: A Reporter’s Reflections.” Professor Roy Gutterman, Director of the Tully Center for Free Speech and Professor Lauryn Gouldin, Associate Dean for Faculty Research will moderate the Q&A following the lecture.

After his lecture, Liptak will join the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals; the Honorable Mae A. D’Agostino, United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York; Arnold & Porter Supreme Court Litigator Reeves Anderson; Upnit K. Bhatti, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Managing Associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group; and Professor Paula C. Johnson, Syracuse University College of Law, to examine the cases pending before the Court in the October 2020 term. The panel will be moderated by Syracuse University College of Law’s Vice Dean Keith Bybee. A list of the cases on the docket for the October 2020 term can be found onSCOTUSblog.

Educators looking to keep their social studies, current events, and government discussions up to date in the classroom will find this program worthwhile. We anticipate that we can offer Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit for your attendance at the Supreme Court Preview.

If you are interested in attending the event, please let us know using the following link: Supreme Court Preview RSVP.


  • 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 

Global History & Geography Framework Exam Released

SED Releases U.S. History Regents Prototypes-

Click here for full document.

Stimulus-Based Short Essay Questions:

Sample Student Papers Click here for more information

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.

  • 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

Join NYSCSS today!

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

Latest CNYCSS Newsletter available here

Check out NCSS Awards and Grant Opportunities

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


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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