2014 CNYCSS ANNUAL CONFERENCE-Social Studies Teachers: Learners for Life

  • 21 Oct 2014
  • 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM



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2014 CNYCSS 
Annual Conference
Social Studies Teachers: 
Learners for Life
October 21, 2014
Carnegie Conference Center
Driver's Village

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Please go to cnycss.com for more background information about the panelists and the conference.

Please note that as of 10/13/14 Dr. John Langdon's session entitled "Putting Putin in Perspective" has switched with Dr. Keith Bybee's session entitled "We are Conservative. You are Liberal. We Win, 5-4. Split Votes and the Appearance of Politics on the United States Supreme Court." Dr. Langdon's session was scheduled for breakout session C and is now scheduled for session A and Dr. Bybee's session was scheduled for breakout session A and is now scheduled for breakout session C.

8:35-9:40 Keynote Speaker Dr. John Langdon, Professor of History, LeMoyne College "July 1914: What Went Wrong?"  Centennial commemorations of the outbreak of World War I focused on the Sarajevo assassination and the beginning of hostilities in August. But in order to understand what went so terribly wrong, American students need to focus on the July Crisis, which could and should have been resolved diplomatically. Why wasn't it? What can the failure of conflict resolution in 1914 teach us about today's attempts at negotiating our way out of difficult situations?

Dr. Langdon, a member of the Central New York Council for the Social Studies for thirty years, has served our Council in so many ways that a brief summary of that service would require a pamphlet of its own. He has been a major contributing member of the CNYCSS Board for most of those years, and has been a Presenter at our PD Days for more years than some of our younger members have been alive. Moreover, his nearly-annual Presentations are, for good reason, always "SRO." A much-applauded author in his "spare" time, his book "July 1914: The Long Debate" is the latest in a series of books which have shed new light on historical events and eras.  In addition, his tireless efforts on behalf on Social Studies Educators and Students are apparent in the work he and Doug Pelton have done in creating PARRE, which is an educator-driven program to provide forever-improving Social Studies Education classroom delivery.  We are proud to, at long last, have John as our Keynote Speaker.

9:40 A.M. Update on SED

10:00-10:50 A.M. Session A Breakouts

A1: Putting Putin In Perspective Dr. John Langdon More than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia seems to be becoming more belligerent and aggressive. Vladimir Putin has called that collapse "the greatest tragedy of the 20th Century." What accounts for this? Is Putin a closet Communist? How much support does he enjoy in Russia? How can American students make sense of what is happening in Crimea and Ukraine?  We will explore these and related questions in this session.

A2 Nullification: Past and Present Dr. Doug Egerton This presentation will examine the history of extreme states’ rights and the concept of single state nullification, from its origins in the Virginia and Kentucky resolutions of the late 1790s through the Hartford Convention of 1814, and into the Nullification Crisis of the early 1830s, which culminated in secession. The talk also examines nullification in the modern era, from Virginia's attempts to "interpose" itself between state residents and the federal Civil Rights Acts, as well as current legislative efforts to legally ignore federal court cases and federal legislation. Dr. Egerton, Professor of History at LeMoyne College, has become one of the mainstays at our annual Conferences especially with regard to history related to the Civil War and its consequences.

A3 Integrating Historical Fiction and Nonfiction with the Middle School Curriculum: Historical Thinking and the Common Core Jenny Fanelli and Caitlin Goodwin The presenters will provide participants with ideas for using high quality historical fiction and non-fiction texts to stimulate student interest, develop historical thinking skills and meet Common Core Literacy Standards in grades 6-8. CNYCSS Board Member Jenny Fanelli of OCM BOCES and McGraw Schools Social Studies teacher will join in presenting this program of strategies for the Middle School Social Studies educator.

A4 WCNY: Your Media Education Partner Debbie Stack This presentation will showcase the many public media resources available from WCNY for classroom educators. These include classroom visits by Clifford the Big Red Dog supporting literacy; 100th Day of School programs; a Mobile Media Lab; parent workshops that be brought to schools; tours of the LEED PlatinumBroadcast Education Center; high school student volunteer and internship opportunities, and a host of other resources which can serve students at all levels K-12. Debbie is the WCNY Director of Education and Community Engagement., with an array of educational experiences ranging from the SU Museum Studies Program to the Erie Canal Museum.

11:00-11:50 A.M. Session B Breakouts

B1 Fear and Hatred of the Federal Government: Political Extremism or Part of Mainstream Politics? Dr. David Bennett Dr. Bennett, Professor of History at Syracuse University's Maxwell School, is the author of many outstanding works of history, including The Party of Fear and his newest book, Bill Clinton: Building a Bridge to the New Millennium, has been a special favorite of our PD Day participants over the years, particularly as an interpreter of political developments and movements. We are proud to welcome him back to hold forth on this increasingly headline-making topic.

B2: The 1890s, a Decade of Transition: The Move from Historic America to Modern America Charles Coon The 1890s was one of those decades in our country when everything changed. But unlike similar "change" decades such as the 1770s, the 1860s and the 1960s, it is frequently overlooked. Among other momentous events of that decade, the US became the leading industrial nation in the  world, agriculture lost out to industry, we became a nation of Big Business and Finance Capitalism, we had a major depression, and we became an imperial power and the undisputed dominant power in the Americas. In short, we became one of the Great Powers.  Chuck, whose service to our Council has been unwavering over the past several decades including as a tireless member of our Board and an indispensable CNYCSS leader, promises participants a fascinating history lesson.

B3 Carbon Standards and Clean Air Co-benefits Charles Driscoll Professor Driscoll will present the results of the analysis of air quality and atmospheric deposition benefits of three different versions of a carbon pollution standard for existing power plants in the US. This carbon standard will alter how electricity is generated and will change emissions of other pollutants from power plants. Reductions in these co-pollutants can have benefits to air quality and to public health and the health of ecosystems. A carbon standard such as the EPA has proposed can have widespread benefits throughout the United States. The authors of this study are Charles Driscoll and Habibollah Fakhraei of Syracuse University; Jonathan Buonocore and Kathy Fallon Lambert of Harvard University, and Steve Reid of Sonoma Technology. Dr. Driscoll is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at SU.

B4 Introducing the Atlas of New York: Legacies of the Erie Canal Timothy McDonnell The New York Geographic Alliance has brought this new resource to our state, as titled above. We are now in the process of writing modules for middle school and upper  elementary levels that use the maps and other resources in the Atlas. In this workshop presentation, we will look at several lessons that make connections between our history and economy and the waterways, especially the Erie Canal. Those who participate in this session will receive a copy of the Atlas, lessons and more maps, photos and other lessons on a flash drive. Tim is the Coordinator of the New York Geographic Alliance and a member of the Dept. of Chemistry and Geosciences at Monroe Community College.



C1 Reconstruction Began Here Douglas Egerton In October 1864, the sesquicentennial of which coincides with our PD Day, 150 black men from 17 states and Washington met in Syracuse at the Wesleyan Methodist Church to demand voting rights in the North. At that time, black men could vote on an equal basis with white men only in New England. After the three-day conference, the delegates initiated local conventions across our country, and only two weeks after Lee's surrender, black delegates held a small convention in Richmond. Most texts depict Reconstruction as a battle between the so-called Radicals and President Johnson but as late as 1866, the federal Civil Rights Act was silent on black voting rights. A complete story reveals that the drive for full citizenship began here in Syracuse before the war was over.

C2 What Makes Political Leaders Tick? Dr. Margaret Hermann We talk a lot about political leaders from our mayors to our Presidents to leaders of other countries like Russia's Putin or Germany's Merkel. What can we learn about WHY they do what they do, the kinds of advisors they will choose, how they will deal with different types of problems, how they will handle crises or disasters, if they are willing to compromise, etc.? Participants in this session will consider these questions as well as engage in exercises that provide an opportunity to learn about a favorite leader as well as aspects of their leadership style."Peg" Hermann is a pioneer in the the field of Political Psychology who has published ground-breaking studies on this topic and an exciting first-time Presenter at our Conference.

C3 We are Conservative. You are Liberal. We Win, 5-4. Split Votes and the Appearance of Politics on the United States Supreme Court. Dr. Keith Bybee Dr. Bybee, Professor at the Syracuse University College of Law and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, is returning to our PD Day be popular request for the third straight year. He is also a new member of the CNYCSS Board of Directors. This presentation will be an examination of dissent and conflict in recent Supreme Court decisions

C4 The Holocaust from a Survivor's Perspective: A Multigrade Level Collaborative Project Chittenango Teachers Using Marion Blumenthal's Holocaust memoir, Four Perfect Pebbles, Chittenango Middle and High School students collaborated on an inquiry into the importance of remembering the events surrounding the Holocaust.Students in grade 10 and grade 8 were grouped together to analyze primary source documents prior to a presentation by Marion Blumenthal. This was made possible through a PBL initiative that incorporates all of the 21st century "4c"s (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.)

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