Central New York

Council for the Social Studies

Join NYSCSS and NYS4A for their 4th Annual Summer Institute on July 18-20, 2018 at The Desmond in Albany, New York

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Upcoming events

    • 10 Feb 2018
    • 10 Jun 2018
    • Ruth & Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY


    This Place, a multi-year project in which a group of international artists were invited to explore Israel and the West Bank, culminates in this traveling exhibition that asks us to look at one of the world’s most contested regions through the distinctive perspectives of multiple artists. The twelve acclaimed photographers who participated are Frédéric Brenner, Wendy Ewald, Martin Kollar, Josef Koudelka, Jungjin Lee, Gilles Peress, Fazal Sheikh, Stephen Shore, Rosalind Fox Solomon, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall, and Nick Waplington.

    This presentation of the exhibition is a collaboration among four academic museums: the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University, the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, and the University at Albany Art Museum. Each museum is presenting roughly a fourth of the photographs from the broader exhibition, and these are on view simultaneously during the 2018 spring semester. At the Wellin Museum are works by Frédéric Brenner, Wendy Ewald, Fazal Sheikh, and Stephen Shore. Supported by the Teagle Foundation, the exhibition presentation is part of “Teaching and Learning with Museum Exhibitions: An Inter-Institutional Approach,” a three-year project in which faculty and students are engaged cross-institutionally with the exhibition over several semesters.

    Between 2009 and 2012, each of the twelve photographers in This Place spent an extended period of time in Israel and the West Bank, which has been occupied by Israel since 1967. In turning their lenses to one of the most contested regions in the world, where Muslims and Jews, Palestinians and Israelis, Africans, Bedouins, and others live side by side and the threat of violence is never far away, these photographers produced wide ranging work, in both content and approach. Whether rendered as large-format color, black and white, or documentary photographs that span pictorial genres of landscape, architecture, and portraiture, the images in This Place speak to the complexities of the region and to the expansiveness of photography itself.  Their highly individualized works come together in this exhibition to create not a single, monolithic vision, but rather a diverse and fragmented portrait, alive to all the rifts and paradoxes of this important and troubled place.

    This Place has inspired discussion and questions across many platforms, including classrooms on all four of our campuses. As academic museums, our exhibitions and programs are designed to bring together faculty, students, and the community in scholarship and dialogue through the presentation of often challenging art and ideas. Our presentation of This Place and the inter-institutional and interdisciplinary collaborations we are engaged in underline our intention to offer the exhibition as a forum for pedagogical experimentation and intellectual exchange. By presenting This Place in this context, we hope to learn together and from one another.

    Alongside this exhibition, the WellinWorks project space takes the form of an experimental classroom designed to function as a site for dialogue, conversational exchange, and extended learning.

    • 10 Feb 2018
    • 10 Jun 2018
    • Ruth & Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY


    “With these works, we have created art pieces that serve as cultural and historical artifacts that value and document the experiences, struggles, and achievements of those who have found their way, often through migration and exceptional sacrifice, to new places where they now work to contribute meaningfully within their communities.” — Margarita Cabrera

    Space in Between is a collaborative, social-practice project that is a continuation of Margarita Cabrera’s ongoing work with Spanish-speaking immigrant communities in the United States. Launched through a partnership between the artist, the Arizona State University Art Museum, and the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, this initiative centers on the creation of artworks and promotion of cultural dialogues around community, craft, immigration, cultural identity, and labor. Participants in the workshops are immigrants to the United States from Mexico and Central America, and they have worked with Cabrera to produce sculptural replicas of desert plants indigenous to the Southwestern United States. Made from border-patrol uniforms, the works on view are fabric forms that incorporate stories—stitched into the material itself—of the often-harrowing experiences of Latin Americans crossing the U.S. border. The participants are not artists but rather individuals who share their tales of passage and its impact on their lives and the lives of their families.

    Space in Between uses traditional sewing and embroidery techniques from Los Tenangos, Hidalgo, Mexico, which employs colorful narrative traditions reflecting popular culture, traditional rituals, and myths of the Otomi indigenous communities. Through this visual form, immigrant workers relay their personal border-crossing experiences. The title chosen by Cabrera is inspired by the term Nepantla, which is a Nahuatl Aztec word referencing “the space in the middle” as it relates to marginalized cultures and their resistance strategies for survival.

    Space in Between was first presented as a workshop in early 2010 at BOX 13 Artspace in Houston, Texas, and select works were most recently on view as part of Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, the New Orleans triennial art exhibition. Subsequent workshops have taken place in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the McColl Center for Visual Arts; at Santa Fe Art Institute; and in Phoenix at Combine Studio, with the collaboration of Arizona State University and Desert Botanical Gardens.

    Margarita Cabrera was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and grew up in Mexico City, Salt Lake City, and El Paso, Texas. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College, CUNY. She is the recipient of the Knight Artist in Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina; the Artspace Residency in Houston, Texas; and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Arizona State University in Tempe.

    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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    2018 Law and Civic Education Summer Institute - Syracuse

    “News Literacy & Student Voice”

    Teaching News Literacy and Civic Responsibility 

    in the Digital Age

    1-Day Law and Civic Education Professional Development Opportunity

    Syracuse University, College of Law On Tuesday, 

    July 10th, 2018, 9 am – 4 pm

    Open to all New York in-service and pre-service teachers grades K-12

    Fee: $30 per registrant

    The Law, Youth and Citizenship Program of the New York State Bar Association is offering the opportunity to experience outstanding professional development with expert presenters. Learn strategies and obtain new resources (materials provided) to develop your professional skills especially in the areas of “News Literacy” and “Civic Responsibility” to enmpower students as active, informed , engaged, and responsible participants in our democracy.

    This training will empower classroom teachers to develop essential skills in their students featured in the C3 Framework for College, Career and Civic Life.

    You will walk away with the understanding of how to:

    • Help students understand core civic values and their rights and responsibilities as citizens, especially as consumers and publishers of information and the news in a digital world.

    • Help students identify what information is news and what is credible

    • Effectively teach students to identify fairness and bias

    • Help students understand what information is “actionable”

    • Improve student civic engagement

    • Build capacity for effective / responsible student voice

    • Special focus on the challenges of News Literacy & Civic Responsibility on the Internet

      Developed in partnership with the Center for News Literacy in the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, this training will allow for guided exploration of the News Literacy Curriculum as well as opportunities for each participant to work with content and instructional experts to tailor turn-key resources and strategies to meet their own students’ instructional needs and learning outcomes. (Faculty- Janis Schachter and David A. Scott, Esq.)

      This program is generously supported by The New York Bar Foundation.

      All participants will receive a CTLE Certificate certifying up to 7 hours of professional development.

      DIRECT ALL QUESTIONS TO: David Scott, (631) 521-1773 or e-mail David Scott at David.Scott@stonybrook.edu More Information, Registration and Payment Instructions are available at this link:


      Alternate dates / locations: Buffalo (7/11), Manhattan (7/12) 

    • 18 Jul 2018
    • 20 Jul 2018
    • The Desmond Hotel, Albany, New York

    Join us at our 4th Annual Summer Institute: 

    Making the Connections with All Students:

    Engaging Special Populations

    July 18-20, 2018

                                                    The Desmond Hotel

                                                 Albany, New York

    Summer Institute Update

    NYSED Presentations Announced!

    Donna Merlau and Dan King - NYSED

    • Understanding and Developing Enduring IssuesEssays Clinic (3 hours)
    • Enduring Issues Mock Scoring Session (3 hours)
    • Understanding the Part 2, the Short-Answer ConstructedResponse Questions (2 hours)

    Join colleagues from across the state as we converge in Albany, NY for a three day learning experience. The Institute will focus on learning how to engage all students in powerful social studies learning.

    Specific topics to include:

    Teaching social studies to English Language Learners and Students With Disabilities, K-12

    Preparing students for the Framework Global History and Geography Exam

    Introduction to the new United States History and Government Exam


    Highlighted speakers and sessions:

    Greg Ahlquist and Kate Hesla- K-8 Building Assessments & Redesigning Inquiries

    April Francis and Salamah Mullen - Taking Informed Action collaborating with Library Media Specialist 

    David Mumper - Hudson Valley Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN)

    Registration is open now!    
    Register here: nyscss.org/nyscss-2018-summer-institute/
    Registration deadline: June 30, 2018.
    Member Registration: $225.00
    Non-Member Registration $260.00

    Special hotel rate at the Desmond Hotel $109.00 per night.  Use the code "NYSCSS Summer Institute" when you reserve your hotel room directly with the hotel.

    Guests can start making reservations anytime by calling 518-869-8100 and referring to the NYS Council for the Social Studies or Group Code 12S3R4.  They can also make reservations online at http://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=2094325&hotelID=12446   

    Questions about the Summer Institute?  Email paul.gold@nyscss.org
    Questions about purchase orders, membership, and payment process? Email treasurer@nyscss.org

    Register now!  See you in July at the Desmond Hotel!


    • 15 Mar 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • OHM BOCES, 4747 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413

    Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)  Winter Regional Meetings 2017

    Meeting Organizer: 
     Howard Kettleman, 


    District Staff, Parents & Public, Principals, School Board Members, School Staff,  Students,  Superintendents, Community Agencies

    Capacity of Location: 200

    YOU MUST RSVP if you are interested in attending any of the ESSA Winter Regional Meetings. You will be at risk of not being able to participate, if you show up without first contacting the Meeting Organizer and RSVP'ing for the meeting(s) you wish to attend.

     Last Updated: March 8, 2017

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