Central New York

Council for the Social Studies

CNYCSS is an approved Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) organization. Click here for full CTLE sponsor list.

CNYCSS represents a membership from 16 counties and over 100 School Districts (See map of coverage).


MARCH 12-14, 2020

Keynote Speakers and Convention Schedule available at NYSCSS

Registration Open -

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SED RELEASES  Stimulus-Based Short Essay Questions:

Sample Student Papers Click here for more information

April 1, 2020 at Fayetteville Free Library 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Annual Conference for Educators at Fort Ticonderoga - Click Here

Week 1: Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 10, 2019

Week 2: Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17, 2019

Applications Open - Due February 1, 2020

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The Defiant Requiem Foundation, an educational and performance-based non-profit located in Washington, D.C., tells the story of Jewish conductor Rafael Schachter who taught a chorus of 150 prisoners in Terezin to sing Verdi's Requiem as an act of shared humanity and cultural resistance.  

The Foundation has recently created a 45-minute classroom version of its award-winning full-length documentary film Defiant Requiem and launched new educational materials to help teachers of social studies, English language arts, music, and art to use the film in their classrooms. The curriculum is presented in a modular format to allow maximum flexibility for teachers and to encourage cross-curricular programming.  Attached please find a two-page description of the educational website and the curriculum modules and the link to the website below. The site requires a brief and easy registration process to access the free materials and the password to stream the documentary.

Click here for 2 page overview PDF. 

May 11, 2020 at William Seward House 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Civil War Washington 

Set In Stone: Civil War Memory, Monuments & Myth

Click here Applications Due March 31, 2020

Analyzing Propaganda and Teaching Media Literacy; the Holocaust as a Case StudyProgram: School Library SystemAudience: Social Studies Teachers, English Teachers, School Librarians, AdministratorsDates: 3/23/2020 This Echoes & Reflections learning opportunity will examine the events of the Holocaust through the lens of media, by examining propaganda employed by the Nazis to discriminate. Educators will gain the tools to facilitate classroom discussions on the role of propaganda during the Holocaust and support students today to critically analyze media in today's world. Attendees will receive a framework to guide students as they build media literacy skills and identify opportunities to connect the lessons of the Holocaust with more current examples of hate-oriented propaganda. Educators will leave the session of an increased capacity to teach about media literacy and propaganda.

Teacher Seminars Applications Open - Click Here for More Information

Summer Institute Applications Open- Click Here

Global History & Geography Framework Exam Released

SED Releases U.S. History Regents Prototypes- Click here for full document.

Click here and go directly to OSA website with additional information about U.S. History

Stay up-to-date on Regents Examination news by clicking here to go to OSA website.

Latest CNYCSS Newsletter available here

2019 Award Winners

Outstanding Elementary Teacher

Tracy Terry Bolivar Road Elementary SchoolChittenango 

Outstanding High School Teacher

Kathryn Cocco Indian River High School

Roger Sipher Young Professional 

Stephanie Cronk Moravia Middle School

Distinguished Educator

Jenny Fanelli, BOCES



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2018 CNYCSS Conference documents 

Interested in working for SED as an Education Specialist?

Click here for more info from SED

NYSED Release Revisions to the Design of the Regents Examinations in Global History & Geography II (Grade 10) and Updated Educator Guide

  • Based on analysis of field test results and out of an abundance of caution, a decision has been made to remove the two 1-point part 2b questions planned for inclusion in Part II of the Regents Examination in Global History and Geography II (Grade 10).
  • The Educator Guide has been updated to reflect the revised test design. In addition, revised question prototypes (i.e., no longer showing part 2b) for Part II of this examination have been provided in the new addendum included at the end of the Educator Guide.


NYSED Release the Timeline for Regents Examination in United States History and Government and Regents Examination in United States History and Government(Framework)  

SED shares information on U.S. History Regents
Framework Based Social Studies Regents Exam Info 
click to go to OSA website

Transition Exam GHG Calendar

Test Design and Weighting for GHG


Turnkey Training for Enduring Issues Essay 

Go to Office of State Assessment (OSA) link for more

Have you viewed the SED videos on EngageNY? Click here

Download the most recent CNYCSS Newsletter by clicking here

CNYCSS is an approved CTLE sponsor.

Click here to view our Events calendar.  We post events from regional and national organizations that will be of interest to our members.

Check out NCSS Awards and Grant Opportunities


President, Erica Martin, Chittenango

 Vice President, Jen Medwid, Baldwinsville

 Vice President, Carrie-Ann Ronalds, Canastota

 Treasurer, Lynette Avery, Liverpool

 Secretary, Vince Monterosso, J-D (retired)

 Past President, Kate Gross, F-M

See complete list of Board Members here

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

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