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  • 06/04/2015 2:03 PM | Deleted user

    -A 30 hour Seminar

    -Professors from UR, Nazareth, Saint John Fisher, RIT and Hobart William Smith 

    -In addition to the 20 teachers who take the course for the first time, you as alumni can sign up and receive professional development credit

    -Please contact Terry Noonan at #442-6296 or email him at 

  • 05/20/2015 5:53 PM | Deleted user


    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    4:30 to 7:00 PM 



    Share ideas with MAG educators and fellow teachers on connecting material culture to your curriculum.


    • Make art from artifacts with teaching artist Suzanne Kolodziej
    • A lesson in object-based learning using spoons? Yes indeed! 
    • Explore hands-on materials you can use in your classroom
    • Examine our new eBooks - bring your own iPad or use MAG's
    • Discover ways to use the app and other digital resources in your classroom
    • Preview the new "do-it-yourself" Archaeology-in-the-Classroom kit
    • Alex Smith, archaeologist and educator, will be here to answer your questions about the latest tools and techniques as seen in the Archaeology kit videos

    Recommended for Art, ELA, and Social Studies teachers K-12.


    Registration and prepayment required. To register, contact Kerry Donovan or 585-276-8971.  


  • 05/05/2015 9:01 AM | Deleted user

    The AP Summer Institute (APSI) at St. John Fisher College is designed for new, relatively inexperienced teachers and experienced teachers desiring new strategies and methods for the newly revised College Board curriculum in AP US and AP World.



    Institute Objectives

    ·                   To familiarize teachers with syllabi, curriculum materials, and effective strategies used by AP teachers around the country

    ·                   To help teachers manage the scope, sequence, and timing of their AP courses

    ·                   To familiarize teachers with the AP examination and reading process

    ·                   To provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and professional networking



    ·         Registration by May 18 - $575 and after May 18 -$625.

    ·         Workshops run from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM.

    ·         Breakfast and lunch is included in the registration fee.  Dinner is on your own.

    ·         Participants will receive current College Board materials in their AP subject area along with materials from various publishers and the College Board workshop consultant.



    Download and complete the form posted on  or email

    Confirmations will be sent via the electronic address you provide.


  • 04/16/2015 11:35 AM | Deleted user
    Dear Robbin,

    On April 7, U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray unveiled their long-anticipated compromise measure to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka NCLB or ESEA.) The social studies were not 'left behind' in the Senators' bill.

    What's Included
    Title II of the proposed bill ("High Quality Teachers, Principals and other School Leaders") contains (under section 2003) provisions for the teaching of "American history and civics education." This section of the bill creates three competitive grant programs for social studies subjects. The authorizing language states: "The Secretary (of Education) is authorized to carry out an American history and civics education program to improve education by educating students about the history and principles of the Constitution of the United States, including the bill of rights, and elevating the quality of teaching of American history, civics and government."

    Section 2302 of Title II, creates a competitive grant program that would award grants to local education agencies (LEAs) to carry out activities promoting the teaching of traditional American history 1 in elementary and secondary schools as a separate academic subject and not a component of social studies, and for the development of programs to teach traditional American history as a separate academic subject, including professional development and teacher education activities. LEAs must partner with an institution of higher education or a nonprofit history or humanities organization, library or museum. Grants are maximum five years. Will receive 85% of this section's appropriations.

    Section 2303, creates 'Presidential and Congressional academies for American history and civics.' Up to 12 grants shall be awarded to entities with demonstrated expertise in historical methodology or the teaching of American history and civics, or a consortium thereof. Presidential Academies shall offer summer seminars or institutes for teachers to provide intensive professional development opportunities, led by a team of primary scholars and core teachers accomplished in American history and civics, or at least two weeks in duration. Each academy shall select between 50-300 teachers to attend the seminar, and each teacher shall be awarded a stipend to attend. Congressional Academies shall be offered to students who are sophomores or juniors in high school. Will receive 10% of this section's appropriations.

    Section 2304, creates a competitive grant program to promote innovative strategies to promote innovative instruction in history, civics and geography stressing serving currently under-served school populations. Grants will be awarded for developing, implementing and disseminating for voluntary use, innovative, evidence-based approaches to civic learning and American history, which may include hands-on civic engagement activities for teachers and students, that demonstrate innovation,scalability, accountability, and a focus on underserved populations. Grants may be for professional development. Grants shall be awarded for 3 years. Institutions of higher education or other non-profits or for profit organizations are eligible to apply. Will receive 5% of this section's appropriations.

    What's Next
    The Senate HELP Committee will markup this bill on April 14. The committee will pass this bill by the end of the month or early in May and the full Senate is expected to vote on the reauthorization bill by the end of the summer. The US House has not yet passed a companion reauthorization bill. Senate passage of the reauthorization will put great pressure on the House to act. Once the House Committee and full US House have passed a bill, the Senate and House will reconcile the versions.

    This is the first time since 2011 that any Congressional action has offered the promise of Federal level funding for the social studies. This sends a powerful message that the social studies are important and valued, but it is vitally important that social studies professionals continue to advocate for these provisions at each step in the processWe also need to lobby to include funding in this year's appropriations bills.

    How you can help
    Share this news with your friends and networks. Encourage them to Sign-up for legislative alert emails from the NCSS Action Center. Keep an eye on NCSS Action Center Alerts. NCSS will keep you informed, and suggest ways you can advocate for social studies. Progress so far is thanks to our members, board and committee leadership, and the state and local council leaders who contacted legislators based on action requests over the past several weeks. We are joined in our efforts by our partners at the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, National Coalition for History, Generation Citizen and Cat Macdonald, NCSS legislative advocate. There is work to be done, and you can make a difference by adding your voice.


    Susan Griffin                                                   Michelle Herczog
    NCSS Executive Director                                  NCSS President

  • 04/15/2015 10:24 AM | Deleted user

    The event will be held at Monroe #1 BOCES, the address is 15 Linden Park
    Rochester, NY 14625. 

  • 04/06/2015 10:39 AM | Deleted user

    July 20 - 22, 2015 in Albany

    The New York State Social Studies Resource Toolkit is coming! Be among the first teachers in New York State to construct inquiries for social studies instruction!
    Save the dates of Monday, July 20 – Wednesday, July 22, 2015 for an intensive three-day summer institute offering an “A-to-Z Toolkit experience” at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.
    The Toolkit is the curriculum and instructional resource that builds out from the recently released New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework. Developed by the authors of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards and nearly 60 NYS teachers, the Toolkit features an ambitious new approach to constructing social studies curriculum inquiries.
    General Information

    • Who: K-12 teachers from across New York working with the Toolkit writers and reviewers
    • What: Opportunities to learn about and to create Toolkit inquiries and to network with other pioneering NYS social studies teachers
    • When: Monday, July 20 – Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    • Where: Empire State Plaza – Albany, NY 12242
    • Why: To create ambitious opportunities for students to engage in powerful social studies learning experiences; to be among the first teachers in New York State to develop inquiries for your classroom


    • S. G. Grant – Professor of Social Studies Education at Binghamton University; Project Manager of the NYS K-12 Social Studies Toolkit Project
    • Kathy Swan – Associate Professor of Social Studies Education at the University of Kentucky, Project Director of the NYS K-12 Social Studies Toolkit Project
    • John Lee – Associate Professor of Social Studies Education at North Carolina State University, Project Director of the NYS K-12 Social Studies Toolkit Project
    • NYS teacher writers and reviewers

    Register now through July 10 at

    Member Price: $150

    Non-Member Price: $185

    Both NYSCSS members and non-members are welcome to attend! Non-member registration includes one year of NYSCSS Regular Membership. All registrations include on-site parking and participation in the full institute.
    For more information on the NYSCSS Summer Institute, please visit us at or contact NYSCSS Vice-President Steve LaMorte at

  • 03/19/2015 3:30 PM | Deleted user

    Please click the link below for more information on April 18th event: 


  • 03/19/2015 3:27 PM | Deleted user

    A panel of expert women from various faiths including Muslim, Christian, and Jewish will share their perspectives on gender equity and religion.


    March 25, 6:30-8:00 PM

    International Room, Nazareth College

    Shults Center



    For more information, contact the Institute for Pluralism at 389-2008


    Cosponsored by the Center for Interfaith Studies and the Institute for Pluralism


    Refreshments Provided!

  • 03/06/2015 9:22 AM | Deleted user

    Economics for Leaders Program

    Economics for Leaders (EFL) represents a unique experience in economics education that brings together teachers looking to improve their teaching skills in economics. The EFL one-week program is rigorous and encompasses 50+ hours of instruction.

    The goal of each EFL program is to provide teachers with lesson plans of simulations and activities, economics content instruction, and a networking opportunity with other teaching professionals. The combination of classroom instruction, question and answer sessions, small group discussion and workshops presents information in a rich and varied format, encouraging active participation. Economics professors, who have been selected from across the nation for their expertise, along with skilled mentor teachers, provide content instruction and run simulations and activities that are designed to illustrate economic principles. Both new and experienced teachers will benefit from attending this program.


    A feature of EFL that past participants have found especially useful is the demonstrations: the EFL staff model the activities and simulations with high school students. Attending teachers gain direct experience with the lesson plans before they leave at the end of the week.


    Learning has never been so easy, rewarding, or inexpensive!

    • Choose from numerous dates and sites
    • Thirty teachers accepted per program
    • Lodging, materials, and most meals covered by FTE - a value of over $1300.
    • $150 stipends available for teachers attending the EFL program in Austin, TX; St. Louis, MO; and Seattle, WA!
    • $150 stipend available to participants who commute to the program
    • Based on Voluntary National Standards in Economic Education
    • Nationally acclaimed instructors

    Three semester hours of graduate credit in economics are available for $306 through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs


  • 02/24/2015 10:03 AM | Deleted user
    RACSS is hosting a social event at the American Legion in Greece on Friday, May 1st, 2015 from 4-9 pm.  

    More information to come!

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