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).

Teaching Hard History

Thursday, April 15, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Zoom Workshop (click here for registration)

No cost for paid members

1.5 hours of CTLE Credit Provided

The goal of this workshop is to have educators in a shared space to discuss the necessity of a culturally responsive learning environment that teaches about slavery and its legacy in the United States. Attendees will be provided with best practices, and the tools, on how to teach lessons on the history of slavery and anti-Black racism. Attendees will participate in breakout sessions to exchange ideas, resources, and recommendations for teaching and learning hard history.

Presenter: April Francis-Taylor

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity and former NYSCSS Vice President

April Francis-Taylor is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity at Eastern Suffolk BOCES. She is an advocate for equitable systems and a regional education leader with over 17 years of experience. She received her B.A., M.A., and Certificate of Advanced Studies in Education Leadership from Hofstra University. Francis-Taylor has served as a teacher, building and district administrator in the Long Island and Westchester regions. Additionally, due to her advocacy for equity, she has served on NYSED Culturally Responsive and Sustaining (CR-S) Framework stakeholder committee, NYSED Civic Readiness Task Force, the NYS DemocracyReady Coalition, and as Vice President of the New York State Council of the Social Studies. Ms. Francis-Taylor is the recipient of the Nassau BOCES “Education Partner” Award and the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS) “Program of Excellence Award.” She has presented at national conferences and facilitated a plethora of workshops with educators, community groups, parents, and students. She has been featured in various education publications, such as NCSS “Social Education” and McGraw-Hill “The Art of Teaching.” 

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Museum Row Spring 2021 Edition

Do you wish you had a way to bring history into your classroom during a year restricted by the pandemic, but don't know where to start?  Have you felt restricted by not being able to go on field trips or have guest speakers come into your building?  Or are you just looking to brush up on the history of CNY, but the pandemic has restricted access to local museums?

CNYCSS has partnered with some of our local historical sites to show you the possibilities!

During each of the following sessions, a different historical site will give a virtual tour/presentation to show you what they can do via a virtual platform to still bring history to students.

Each session will be held via Zoom, include time for Q&A, provide 1.5 hours of CTLE hours for the registrant, and is family friendly (so feel free to allow your household to sit in on the presentations and learn more about the history of CNY!).

All sessions are free for members of CNYCSS

Matilda Joslyn Gage Center

Fayetteville, New York

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

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Canal Town Museum

Canastota, New York

Thursday, April 29,  2021, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

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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

More than Molly Pitcher:

Women and the American Revolution

LIVE ON ZOOM | Wednesday, April 14, 5-6 pm ET

Discover the myriad roles that women across race, class, and geographic region played during the American Revolution and consider how their contributions informed debates over freedom and civic participation, with Alex Myers, educator, transgender advocate, gender identity speaker, and author of the novel RevolutionaryParticipants will receive 1 CTLE hour

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In Conversation with Facing History and Ourselves: Preventing Genocide—Why Now? 

LIVE ON ZOOM | Thursday, April 15, 6-7pm ET

Join Facing History and Ourselves and human rights activist John Prendergast during Genocide Awareness month, as we explore the recent history of anti-genocide and anti-atrocity activism. Discuss genocide education in our classrooms and how young people can get involved. Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour

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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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