Central New York

Council for the Social Studies

A Note from President Kate Gross

A quick note to update you on a few items as we head toward the NYSCSS annual conference in Rye Brook, NY at the end of the month…

  1. We hope you consider attending this important conference, as there is much to discuss amongst social studies educators.  There are excellent content and pedagogical sessions planned, as well as some important opportunities to ADVOCATE for our discipline to members of the Board of  Regents, State Ed officials and members of the Content Advisory Panel for State Education.  Even if you just come for the day, there are several channels in place to voice your concerns about the changes in social studies as proposed in now the K-8 and 9-12 frameworks, as well as the general direction of NYS schools.
  2. Unable to attend? Join NYSCSS for a year!  If just 25 members from every local affiliate joined the State Council, we would be able to boast 1000 members – more than most disciplines in the State.  This “people power” will make it even easier for us to advocate on behalf of the social studies and command the deserved respect and attention from our education and political leaders.  It is as easy to join NYSCSS as it is to join CNYCSS – visit the website at www.nyscss.org.
  3. I will be attending the conference in Westchester this year as YOUR representative.  I hope to give voice to concerns expressed to me, and I hope to gain information and insights that may be beneficial to you.  I am particularly focused on communicating our members’ sentiments about the proposed NYS social studies frameworks, both K-8 and 9-12.  If you have questions, comments or criticism that you want me to communicate on your behalf, feel free to send them to me.  It is easiest to reach me directly at kgross@fmschools.org.  I am eager to hear what others from around the state are saying about the “new” direction for social studies education.  I want to thoroughly and honestly reflect your views to others.
  4. We are busy planning our annual awards dinner!  We have a great speaker, and are hoping to celebrate and honor some excellent educators.  Please consider nominating a colleague who exemplifies the necessity of the social studies educator.  Refer to our newsletter or our website www.cnycss.com for awards information and nomination process.  

We’ll see you soon!

Fondly, Kate Gross

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

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