Central New York

Council for the Social Studies

Central New York Council for the Social Studies

2016 Annual Conference

Today’s Social Studies:

Developing Critical Perspectives,

Confronting Enduring IssuesTuesday, October 25, 2016

7:30am - 2:20pm

Carnegie Conference Center, 2nd Floor Driver's Village



Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth Hakanson

NYS Regent, 5th Judicial District

"The New York State Board of Regents -

Toward An Opportunity to Learn"

We are eager to welcome and introduce our new Regent, Elizabeth Hakanson, to the CNYCSS community.  Regent Hakanson was herself a long-time educator in the Syracuse City School District, including social studies.  The Board of Regents is an important and often misunderstood civic institution.  In her remarks, Regent Hakanson will discuss the relationship the Board of Regents seeks with educators on behalf of students in our state.  She will outline her goals for the Regents and will converse with us about our hopes for continued growth in social studies education in New York State.

Lunch Keynote

Donna Merlau

NYSED Office of State Assessment

"An SED Update on Assessment -

Where Are We in the Process"?

We are thrilled to welcome veteran educator from our own CNYCSS council, Donna Merlau.  For the last 12 years, Donna has served as an associate in Instructional Services for Social Studies and is leading the development and implementation of the new assessments, based also on the new Framework and Toolkit.  Teachers and administrators, K-12, play an integral role in students’ readiness and success with the new high school exams.  Donna will update us on the current design, the schedule for implementation, and what schools need to be doing now to prepare for significant changes.

This year we encourage all participants to consider how presentations inform our understanding of the NYS K-12 Framework, both in terms of content and in terms of the Social Studies practices.  Our engagement as professionals sets a powerful example for our students.  Our ability to transfer our learning here to teaching in K-12 classrooms has real value to our students’ success. 

Please click on each session below for more complete information on all of our presentations.  Appropriate grade levels and practices are noted for each, yet feel free to attend any presentation that interests you!


7:30am to 8:30am

8:35am to 9:40am

9:40am to 10:00am

10:00am to 10:50am

11:00am to 11:50am

12:00pm to 1:25pm

1:30pm to 2:20pm

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Keynote Address

Please visit Museum Row

Session A Presentations

Session B Presentations

Brief Business Meeting and Lunchtime Keynote

Session C Presentations

Session A

A1: "CNY Museums Provide Opportunities for Students and Teachers"

Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, Peterboro National Abolition Hall of Fame & Museum and The Seward House Museum

A2: "The Ottoman Legacy of the Modern Middle East"

Howard Eissenstadt,

St. Lawrence 


A3: "The Cuban Slave Trade and the African Diaspora of Slavery, Plantations and Slave Runaways"

Theresa Singleton,

Syracuse University

A4: "The Middle East and the Islamic World in 2016"

John Langdon,

LeMoyne College


Session B

B1: "Religion in Indian Politics"

Radha Kumar,

Syracuse University

B2: "Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom: The Importance of the Social Studies Practices"

Patricia Polan,

NYS Department of 


B3: "Political Parties and the 2016 Election: Are Our Parties Re-Aligning - Will We Become More or Less Polarized?"

Christopher Faricy,

Syracuse University

B4: "Is The Time Right for MunIcipal Mergers and Re-Alignment?"

Catherine Richardson,

Bond, Schoeneck and King

Session C

C1: "Constitutional Law and Discrimination"

Keith Bybee,

Syracuse University 

College of Law

C2: "Writing to Learn in the Social Studies Classroom"

Jenny Fanelli,


C3: "Is NATO Obsolete?"

John Langdon,

LeMoyne College

C4: "Slave Coffles and the Antebellum South"

Chuck Coon,



Advance registration closes on October 19.

Certificates of participation can be picked up at the Registration Table at the conclusion of the conference.

If your payment is outstanding at the time of the conference, please bring cash or check payment (made out to "CNYCSS") with you to the conference.  NO PURCHASE ORDERS PLEASE.  If you are bringing payment with you the day of the conference, you will need to go to the "Solutions" section of the Registration Table. 

Please e-mail Carrie-Ann Ronalds with questions regarding conference registration and/or payment.

Conference Co-Chairs:

Vince Monterosso & Charles Coon

Museum Row Coordinator:

Mary Duffin

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

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