Central New York

Council for the Social Studies

Central New York Council for the Social Studies

2018 Annual Conference



Tuesday, October 23, 2018

7:30am - 2:20pm

Carnegie Conference Center, 2nd Floor Driver's Village


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We are delighted to have this exciting and relevant program kick off this year’s conference! At every grade level, social studies instruction continues to include new resources, methods and voices in the conversation. This lecture will have insight for all of us as we reflect and prepare for a year of developing ourselves and our students as critical thinkers and consumers of an ever-widening world of ideas and information! 

Conference Documents

NCSS Executive Director-Larry Paska-Lunch Keynote 

Trevor Getz Files-We had to break his slides into 3 parts in order to load the files.

Theory Slides

Making Abina Slides

Making History with Comics

Grade 6 Shifting Assessment 

Dr. John Langdon's Presentation Notes


Populism and Eastern Europe

Keynote Speaker

Trevor R. Getz

Chair and Professor of History

San Francisco State University

"What Comics and Graphic Novels Can Teach Us About History and Critical Thinking Skills"

CNYCSS enthusiastically welcomes Professor Getz to kick off this year's session with his provocative discussion of the role of comics, graphic novels, and other forms of storytelling play in history.  Professor Getz is a historian of African and world history with primary interests in pedagogy and public history.  In 2012, he published an award-winning non-fiction graphic novel, Abina and the Important Men (Oxford University Press).  In the book he argues that "doing history" is not only a critical act, but a creative one.  He continues to explore this theme in several professional publications and through his own creative outlets.

This keynote will interest social studies teachers at all levels and across all content areas, as well as colleagues in English Language Arts and Library Media Specialists.  Professor Getz will discuss the role comics have played in history, and in the work of historians, particularly as primary sources for establishing social context for historical developments around the world.  He will also look at the growing role of comics as a medium for creating historical interpretations.  Professor Getz will discuss the place comics can have in our classrooms, as a teaching tool - noting the potential they hold for depicting and interpreting history, but also examining their drawbacks and the need for competent reading strategies to include them in instruction.  He will present teachers with a toolbox that will help them to include comics in their classrooms to enhance student understanding of history and student achievement.

A special thank you to Professor John Langdon and LeMoyne College for their generous support in bringing Professor Getz to this year's conference.


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 and Brief SED Update

Please Visit Museum Row

Session A Presentations

Session B Presentations

Brief Business Meeting and Lunchtime Keynote

Session C Presentations


Lunch Keynote

Larry Paska

Executive Director

National Council for the Social Studies

"Birdseye View: Where NY Sits in the Current Terrain of Social Studies Education"

CNYCSS is thrilled to welcome Larry Paska to this year's conference!  Larry is no strange to Central New York - Larry is a former NYSED social studies specialist, a former New York State Council for the Social Studies president, and a former social studies administrator for the Harrison, NY school district and for the Southern Westchester BOCES.  Many of us at CNYCSS worked closely with Larry to host the successful NYSCSS Conference in Syracuse in 2015 and have collaborated with Larry in professional development work during the implementation of the NYS K-12 Framework.  Larry's success in New York State made him the natural choice in 2016 to lead the National Council for the Social Studies in Washington, DC, where he current resides.

Larry will spend some time over the lunch hour putting the work we are doing in New York in a national context.  He will explore ways in which New York is meeting the National Council's commitment to the goal of preparing students for college, career and civil life, and where there is more work to be done.  Larry also will share important developments at the national level in social studies education and work from other regions of the country that may be useful to New York's continued success in providing quality social studies education to our students.

Session A

A1: "Eastern Europe Between Authoritarianism and Limited Democracy"

Professor John Langdon, LeMoyne College

It's been nearly 3 decades since the Soviet bloc fell apart in 1989. Will fascism and the alt-right become the permanent replacements for communism?  This session will examine that very prospect by looking at the region's tumultuous history.

John’s presentation will address content related to NYS Framework 10.6. As a consummate historian himself, John also models for us how important it is to consider the ways in which our sense of "modern" history is changes in light of new evidence

A2: "Frederick Douglass and Women's Suffrage"

Associate Professor Leigh Fought, LeMoyne College

This session will explore a longstanding myth about the woman suffrage movement regarding the friendship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass and his betrayal of women's rights over the ratification of the 15th Amendment.  Approaches to the debate between universal and African American male suffrage will be offered that will help students understand the national stakes of Reconstruction, the differences between activist idealism and lawmaking pragmatism, and the processes of amending the U.S. Constitution.

This presentation has direct connections to NYS Framework 4.5, 7.7, as well as 11th and 12th grade. It is meaningful to our students to highlight the deep local connections to both abolition and women's suffrage movements that exist in our region. This presentation will also be useful for thinking about approaches to contextualizing popular stories in history, a skill both teachers and students must regularly practice. 

A3: "Shifting Assessment Practice at the Middle Level:  Getting Kids Ready for the New Global Regents"

Jamie Anderson and Julie McGuigan, Webster CSD

In this session, a sixth grade team will share how they have made shifts to align to the new Framework, specifically incorporating the SS Practices and deliberately designing assessments that support the new Global Regents exam.  The team will share in-class activities as well as assessments used in their classrooms.  Student work will be shared so that others can provide feedback, ask questions, and see what sixth graders can do if we stretch their thinking and strengthen the way we teach Social Studies at the middle level.

This is a great opportunity to further your development of the Framework's focus on writing, argumentation and critical analysis of documents. Global 9 and 10 teachers might consider attending in an effort to understand the foundation that their students bring to the HS classroom. 

A4: "Controversy in the Classroom: Constructive Ways to Help Students Navigate Their Complicated World"

Moderated by Kate Gross, Fayetteville-Manlius High School

This session will include the voices of teachers, administrators, NYSUT and school board members to create a productive conversation about teaching social studies in our current climate.  Social Studies educators are on the front lines of student's curiosity and anxiety about the times, the yet numerous dilemmas including sourcing of information, personal bias, curricular mandates and community expectations can overwhelm our sense of how best to meet the needs of our students.  We will examine some of these issues and offer some constructive pedagogical strategies that can help navigate the road ahead.

We all are returning to school in the wake of the continued debates about school safety, student voice and an upcoming election...teachers at all levels may benefit from participating in this professional dialogue, sharing lessons and strategies from the field. 

If you enjoy this session, consider attending the Law, Youth, and Citizenship conference on November 16 in Albany, NY.

Session B

B1: "Populism: Myth and Reality"

Professor John Langdon, LeMoyne College

What is populism?  A vehicle for grievances of those who feel bypassed by process?  A tool for unscrupulous politicians (pardon the obvious redundancy)?  Fake news?  A hoax?  Or something that needs to be addressed seriously and thoughtfully?  We will explore these questions and more in this timely session.

As always, John has keen insight into the questions teachers need answered the most to help their teaching in practical ways. Now more than ever this topic resonates across global and US-focused classes, as well as government. Consider this: What might an elementary student need to understand about media and citizenship to thoughtfully address populism later in their academic studies? Come and examine the issue with John. 

B2: "Using the John Lewis Trilogy March in Middle School Social Studies"

Dr. Nicole Waid, SUNY Oneonta

This session will discuss the ground-breaking graphic novel March and how it can be used to teach about social justice in a middle school classroom.  Student-centered literacy activities will be presented for use, along with strategies for fruitful dialogue about this important piece of history.

8th grade teachers are the target audience for this presentation, given the obvious link to NYS Framework 8.9; but teachers at grade 11 and ELA teachers throughout the middle grades may be interested to consider how to use this resource to compliment the traditional curriculum and to emphasize citizenship practices based on the powerful story. This is an excellent opportunity to think and discuss the new skill of analyzing the "reliability" of a source, and to build on the questions and ideas posed by our keynote speaker! 

B3: "From Tarzan to Black Panther: American Popular Culture and Africa"

Professor Matt Carotenuto, St. Lawrence University

Pop culture is often a precarious point for students interested in the world's second largest continent.  From Hollywood classics to contemporary music videos, Africa's past is often distorted through colonial nostalgia and privileges the role of the white savior as key historical actors.  This session will explore these tropes in a historical context and identify methods for students to engage with pop culture as a primary source for understanding the representation vs reality of Africa's past and present.

All grades from 3rd-12th, address directly throughout the Framework the African and the African-American Experience. This exciting lecture can help to establish useful context and opportunities to seek out comparisons between what is "known" vs. what is "believed" about Africa's role in many histories. A fresh perspective for those who teach electives like sociology and anthropology too! 

B4: "Understanding Turkey's Shifting Role in a Multipolar world"

Associate Professor Howard Eissenstat, St. Lawrence University

This session looks at the history behind Turkey’s ever-changing role in global affairs. Once thought of largely in terms of its Westernization programs and its close alliance to the West, Turkey's role is far more complex, with tense relations with former allies, a new relationship with Russia, and an increased role not only in the Middle East, but in Africa, Asia, and the Balkans. The issues will be explored through Turkish diplomatic history, the ambitions of Turkey's President Erdogan, and the general crisis in the Middle East since 2011. 

Professor Eissenstat is now a “must see” presenter at our conference! Global 10's regular emphasis on Turkey in history compels us to continue to bring Howard here to help teachers develop a better understanding of this country's rich and complicated history, as well as its role in current affairs. Consider this session too, if you teach any electives in current events, foreign affairs or work with clubs like Model UN. 

Session C

C1: "Shifting Politics:  19th Century to the Trump Era"

Professor Emeritus James R. (Roger) Sharp, Syracuse University

Far from normal, President Trump is an outlier in American politics.  But how has the current political situation differed from the way politics has operated since the 19th century?  This session will help explore questions of the American political divide in both a historical and modern context.

This session has broad appeal for 7th, 8th and 11th grade teachers, as well as those who teach Participation in Government. Professor Sharp's op-ed in a recent Sunday Post-Standard sparked us at CNYCSS to think about what history would say about our modern times. Roger’s timely examination of Madison’s view of a government rooted in balance and fairness, the importance of institutions, and thoughtful leadership pave the way for this broad discussion of how well moored to our heritage we may or may not be. Join the conversation! 

C2: "Erie Canal: Then and Now"

Natalie Stetson, Executive Director, Erie Canal Museum

This session will highlight wonderful opportunities for students at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse.  The construction of the Erie Canal in the early 1800s forever changed Upstate New York.  Today, we live in communities that grew and developed along its banks, although that history is sometimes a bit hidden.  The Museum provides opportunities for students to connect to that history through guided programs that explore an area where the canal once flowed, a particularly timely subject, given the ongoing Bicentennial Celebration of the Erie Canal.

Elementary Teachers! field trip opportunities abound with this program....there is no more outstanding way to help students understand the geographic context for important developments in our history and in what makes our region unique. 4th grade teachers considering Framework 4.6, but even 5th-7th grade teachers will enrich their curriculum by engaging in the use of this community resource. 

C3: "SCOTUS Confirmation Process: Advise and Consent or Politics and Posturing?"

Professor Keith Bybee, Syracuse University

This year's Professional Development Day will coincide with the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  Join Professor Bybee for a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the confirmation process.  Was Elena Kagan right to describe the Senate hearings as nothing more than a "vapid and hollow charade"?

11th grade teachers, PIG and Law teachers, middle school teachers too...How well are our leaders doing in meeting the constitutional obligations to place sound jurists on the court? Are they willing and able to fulfill their stated duties and create a proper check and balance with the other branches of government? This presentation may provide an interesting "case study" approach for meeting the challenge of teaching about the Judicial Branch and the role the Framers hoped it would serve in our country. A timely conversation as we expect further nominations in the near future. 

C4: "Floodmapping and the Politics of Climate Adaptation"

Associate Professor Sarah Pralle, Syracuse University

This session is a great opportunity to see geography in action.  The question:  are local communities around the U.S. adequately preparing for the impacts of climate disruption, including the increased risk of flooding?  Evidence suggests that they are not.  The session will explore the shortcomings of the National Flood Insurance Program, particularly its mapping program, in an effort to highlight barriers to climate change adaptation.

Geography is at the heart of the NYS Framework, grades K-12. This session presents a new opportunity for teachers to consider how students can use social studies skills and practices to address real-world problems. There may even be opportunities to work with students on Dimension 4 of the C3 Framework - Taking Informed Action, as inspired by this session. 

$60 - Members / $70 Late

$75 - New/Renewing Members (1 year membership & conference registration) / $85 Late

$30 - Full-Time Students

Advance registration closes on October 18.

CTLE forms 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.


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Conference Co-Chairs:

Vince Monterosso, Kate Gross & 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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