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  • 02/23/2015 9:45 AM | Deleted user

    Save the date for April 18th, from 9-12, for a RACSS workshop featuring S.G. Grant, one of the directors of the NYS Social Studies Toolkit Project!

    Space will be limited, so continue to check the RACSS website for more information. 

  • 02/17/2015 1:00 PM | Deleted user

    Presidents Day Ceremony1:00-1:45 

    Presented by Military Representatives, Purple Heart Medal Recipients and Pittsford Schools Students:  

    -History of Presidents Week  

    -Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and Washington’s Farewell address  

    -History of Purple Heart Medal and local recipient interviews  

    -Review and history of presidents artwork: Leonard Wells Volk Life Mask and Hands of Abraham Lincoln, George Grey Barnard Abraham Lincoln, Hale Woodruff Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln Discussing Emancipation and Rembrandt Peale’s Porthole Portrait of George Washington Period music played by Pittsford music students  

    -Flag salute to the flag gift that was flown over Mount Vernon 

    Seeing America Docent Tours: 1:45-2:15  

    -View Seeing America collection and learn more about the history and techniques of artwork 


    Trivia Group Game: 2:30-3:00  

    -Trivia facts game with historic facts on presidents and artists Presidents Coloring Station (Open 1:00-3:00)

    Presidents Coloring Station (Open 1:00-3:00)


  • 01/15/2015 12:37 PM | Deleted user
    The New York State EconChallenge ONLINE is a great way for students to flex their intellectual muscle and test their economic content knowledge.  Sponsored by the Council for Economic Education and the Nebraska Council on Economic Education, student teams from across the country will compete to qualify for the National Semifinals round on April 14, 2015 and the National Finals Competition in New York City from May 16th – 18th, 2015.

    This year the New York State EconChallenge will be held online from March 9th – April 1st, 2015.  Students and educators across New York State will be able to participate regardless of travel or budgetary constraints. Each team of 4 students (teams of 3 are allowed) will compete online, taking rapid-fire exams that cover topics in microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and current events.  Teams from across New York State can take the online test anytime during the above dates for a chance to move onto the semi-finals.  Only one team per state in each division will compete in the semi-final round.  The top four qualifying teams in each division of the national semi-competition will be invited to compete for the national title in New York City.  Please visit our website for more information about the National Economics Challenge.

    Why bother to compete?  Here are reasons direct from our coaches. . .



    “The Economics Challenge has been a nice carrot to attract students into the course. . . [It] is the single most important factor helping me increase the interest in economic education at my school.”
                           --Dick Rankin, Iolani School, Hawaii



    “I love to see how enthusiastic my kids get about studying economics. . .Kids love to compete, and in the process. . .they learn a great deal about economics.  It’s a way to make learning fun. . .”
                           --Michelle Foutz, Carmel High School, Indiana



    “The students’ AP scores will improve dramatically and they will also be exposed to material for upper level college courses.”
                           --Michael Clark, Bellaire High School, Texas



    “I have lost track of the number of students who have pursued economic degrees post high school upon participating in the challenge.  In addition, the challenge has driven me to improve instruction and gain a better understanding of numerous concepts.”
                           --Tom Stockard, Little Falls Community High School, Minnesota

    Last year, the National Champions in the David Ricardo Division were from Hunter College High School in New York City!  We hope to see a New York team in the finals again this year. 

    If you have questions or problems getting started, please don’t hesitate to contact me at, 212-730-6728.  Good luck to all our student teams!

  • 09/29/2014 10:15 AM | Deleted user

    A new interactive book Ancient Egypt: Exploring Ancient Artifacts with Alex the Archaeologist, available free from the iTunes Store.

    More information at

  • 09/29/2014 7:40 AM | Deleted user

    Dear RACSS Members,

    I’m writing today to let you know about a terrific opportunity to test drive National Board Certification, a process that thousands of teachers across the country have found to be transformative to their teaching and to their careers. I know because I am a National Board Certified Teacher.

    The National Board is currently seeking teachers in your subject area to participate in field tests to refine the certification process. This is a rare chance to experience what the certification process is like, at no cost and no risk. While there is no compensation or scores for the field tests, you will be eligible for some incentives as a token of our appreciation for your participation.


    Please help us reach our goal for the field tests by sharing this email with your colleagues. Thank you for your support. Together, we are strengthening our profession.

    Best regards,
    Andrea Hajek, NBCT
    Director of Educator Engagement, The National Board

    1525 Wilson Blvd.
    Arlington, VA. 22209

  • 08/21/2014 10:00 AM | Deleted user

    As you prepare for the new school year remember that Constitution Day is September 17th! Here is a useful link to resource for your classroom. 

  • 06/05/2014 10:37 AM | Deleted user


    To accompany the newly adopted New York State Social Studies Framework(
    the New York State Education Department issued a call today for writers and reviewers for the New York Social Studies Toolkit Project.

    The Toolkit is intended as a resource to help districts and K-12 teachers craft instructional units that reflect the robust nature of the new Framework and a shift toward more inquiry-driven social studies instruction that integrates social studies concepts and practices with Common Core Literacy Standards in a way that is both rigorous and engaging for students.

    The project is specifically looking for applicants on two levels:

    1. as writers to craft one exemplar curriculum unit and five compelling questions per grade level.

    2. as members of a Teacher Collaborative Council (TCC) to read and respond to the work of writers.

    More information on the project, a timeline for the work, and application information and forms can be found through Binghamton University at:

    This work, created by teachers and for teachers, will be piloted in NY classrooms over the next year. The project will be completed by June 2015.

    Social studies educators are strongly encouraged to apply for this opportunity to shape the work. Applications must be submitted by June 27, 2014.

    Tim Potts & Kathy DeForge
    NYSCSS/NYS4A Curriculum & Assessment Task Force Co-Chairs

  • 01/07/2014 4:56 PM | Anonymous
    In December, the NYSDOE released the revised draft New York State Common Core K-12 Social Studies Framework.  The Framework integrates the existing New York State Learning Standards and the New York State Core Curriculum for Social Studies into a single 3-part document.  When a draft is approved, it will replace our current scope and sequence.  

    The state is asking for feedback on this draft.  Please visit to take the survey.  This online survey will be available until Monday, January 20, 2014.
  • 04/24/2013 8:51 PM | Anonymous
    The state Board of Regents decided today not to give the green light to a proposal to make a five-page research paper a requirement for high school graduation.

    The state Education Department had asked the Regents to move toward approving the plan at its June meeting. Instead the Regents decided to take more time and discuss the matter further in June.

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