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Capital District Council for the Social Studies  (Albany, NY)

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Upcoming events

    • 19 Apr 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY, 184 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203

    RESCHEDULED: This session has returned to in-person with a light supper for registered attendees!

    CTLE credit will be provided by the CDCSS for all certified middle and high school teachers. Registration is being handled by the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York.  A light supper, including a vegetarian choice, will be provided.

    The deadline for registration is Wednesday, April 12.

    Click here to register

    • 22 Apr 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • NYS Museum, 222 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210

    2023 Spring CDCSS Mini‐Conference

    Saturday, April 22 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at NYS Museum, 222 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210

    Sessions will begin promptly at 9:00 am. Planned sessions could be subject to change.


    9-9:20 AM - Opening Remarks presented by NYS Museum and Archives Staff

    Welcome - Quick overview of the day and introduction to the NYS Museum and NYS Archives

    9:25-10:10 AM (45 minute session) - Session on the Office of Educational Television and Public Broadcasting copresented by Jackie Stapleton Director, Ed TV & Public Broadcasting  and Mara Drogan WMHT Director of Community Engagement & Education

    Your public television and radio stations exist to inform, entertain and enlighten you and your family, to foster citizenship and cultural understanding in your community, and to help those most in need gain new skills and English language literacy. Each station is an independent media outlet – its staff lives in the community it serves, and its board of trustees is closely tied to the community’s most vital institutions. This session will provide information on how to use resources from New York State’s Public Broadcasting Stations in the classroom, including PBS Learning Media. Please make sure to have your own device ready to participate!

    10:15-11 AM (45 minute session) - Civic Engagement, the Importance of Authentic, Local News Sources and Journalism Ethics co-presented by Mary Miller, New York News Publishers Assoc. and Ken TingleyFormer Editor of The Post-Star (Glens Falls)

    Retired editor of the Glens Falls Post-Star,

    Ken Tingley and Education Services Director, Mary Miller will present ways to deeply connect your students with their communities using topics that matter to them the most. Local newspapers are at the forefront of civic engagement of all kinds. Its reporters write about how government operates, who is running for office, what the issues are that citizens believe are most important while being fair, impartial and respectful. This presentation will give teachers a peek at what goes on behind the scenes to give readers vitally necessary information and will touch on the journalism code of ethics. Please note: Ken will have copies of his books, "The Last American Newspaper" and "The Last American Editor" available for purchase.

    10:15-11 AM (45 minute session) - What to know about NYS Teacher Certification presented by Ken Ziegler, NYS Regional Certification Officer Capital Region BOCES

    Chat with Ken about things to know about NYS certification. What you need to know for :Professional certification. How to use the online research tool TEACH. What are the latest NYSED requirements?

    11:05-11:55 AM (45 minute session)Tour of the New York State Museum - Enjoy learning about the collections and research of the museum along with programs and resources to bring the museum to your students.

    11:55 AM-12:55 PM (30 minutes of CTLE included with Roundtable Poster Sessions)LUNCH is provided - Museums, Historic & Cultural Organizations Roundtable

    1-1:45 PM (45 minute session) Your Choice of One of Three Collections Tours with Book Pairing and Primary Document Ties (Please note: Each tour is limited to about 15 attendees each)

    • Ethnography Tour lead by Dr. Gwen Saul - The NYSM ethnographic collections primary focus is the histories, lived experiences, and artistic expressions of Indigenous peoples whose ancestral lands lie within what is now New York. This tour will summarize key events in indigenous histories of New York through material culture and art including Haudenosaunee material culture acquired between 1847-1851, and new acquisitions from the contemporary Indigenous art collection.
    • Political & Military History Tour lead by Aaron Noble - The Political Collections of the New York State Museum encompass a broad spectrum of political, social, economic, industrial, and military topics and materials with the goal of preserving related artifacts for generations to come. This tour will focus on topics related to New York’s role in US history
    • Social History Tour lead by Ashley Hopkins-Benton - The Social History Collection of the New York State Museum are changing and evolving to explore important historical topics. Women’s history, especially the ongoing fight for women’s rights, LGBTQ+ history, immigration, and religion are areas highlighted by this tour.

    1:50-2:35 PM (45 minute session) Nothing in Life is Free ...Wrong! copresented by Dr. Kristi Fragnoli, College of St. Rose, and Jordan Jace, NYS Archives Partnership Trust

    Gain access to historical records that elevate the voices of historically marginalized communities in both the historical narrative and the K-12 Social Studies curriculum. Learn how to access this free, online professional learning resource and curriculum to enhance your understanding of historical thinking and the ways historical knowledge is created to better prepare your students to be active, engaged citizens.

    This training opportunity was made possible through a partnership with the NYS Museum and Archives and the CDCSS.  The CDCSS is a registered CTLE provider.  PD certificates will be provided for any completed programs.

    Registration fees: CDCSS members $15, non‐members $40, Pre-service $10. Membership included for anyone who wishes to become a CDCSS member. Any members of the ACARC or NYS Reading Association are welcome to join us at the CDCSS membership rate!

    Lunch and bottled water will be provided.

    Inquiries? Contact Tom at

    • 25 Apr 2023
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Virtual Training Session

    Coming to America: The Jewish Immigration Experience (1880-1924)

    Presentation Description: Immigrants have come to the U.S. throughout history from many different places and for many different reasons. This session will explore a particular group’s immigration story at a significant moment in time—Jewish people in the early 20th century. Through this interactive session, teachers will receive the context for Jewish immigration between 1880-1924, discuss the various push and pull factors that brought Jewish immigrants to America, explore the cultural pressures and contributions of Jewish Americans, and grapple with the repercussions of the 1924 Immigration Act.

    Presenter: Dori Gerber, Institute for Curriculum Services

    To register for this webinar go online to

Past events

29 Mar 2023 Teaching and Learning about Israel and the Middle East
15 Feb 2023 Students as "Publishers" in a Digital World: Lessons from Journalistic Ethics
28 Dec 2022 Accepting Nominations for 2023 CDCSS Awards
08 Dec 2022 2022 CDCSS Holiday Get Together
10 Nov 2022 Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration - Capital District Premiere of The Rescuers
21 Oct 2022 City Séance with Capital Rep Downtown Albany Walking Tour
24 Aug 2022 Civil War Era Walking Tour of Albany Rural Cemetery
18 Aug 2022 Tour the USS SLATER with the CDCSS
19 Jul 2022 NCSS Summer Leadership Institute 2022
30 Jun 2022 CDCSS 2022 Mini-Conference Call for Presenters!
11 Jun 2022 Cars and Crypts at Albany Rural Cemetary
26 May 2022 Path Through History - Walking Tour of Albany Rural Cemetary
19 May 2022 2021-2022 CDCSS Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony
10 May 2022 How to Offer the Seal of Civic Readiness +1 Pathway to Your Students
05 May 2022 Searching for Timbuctoo Screening Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker Paul Miller
07 Apr 2022 Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust
01 Apr 2022 FreedomCon 2022 - Toward Change-Toward Equality
24 Mar 2022 Teaching and Learning about Israel and the Middle East
08 Dec 2021 2021 CDCSS Holiday Get Together
09 Nov 2021 Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration - Screening of An Open Door: Holocaust Haven in the Philippines
06 Nov 2021 2021 CDCSS Mini-Conference: Preserving History, Embracing Change and Celebrating Culture
21 Oct 2021 The Dark Side of Downtown Albany Walking Tour
18 Sep 2021 Walking Tour: Marking History
12 Aug 2021 Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Black Voting Rights
12 Aug 2021 Kayak Through History - Each Session is a separate event
03 Aug 2021 Fort Ticonderoga Webinars (each month's offering is separate)
03 Aug 2021 CDCSS 2021 Virtual Mini-Conference Call for Presenters!
29 Jul 2021 Michelangelo - A Different View
07 Jul 2021 Saratoga Summer Strolls
21 May 2021 Virtual History and Cocktail Event
28 Apr 2021 Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust
30 Mar 2021 Museum Resources Webinar Series - Irish American Heritage Museum
25 Mar 2021 Teaching and Learning about Israel and the Middle East
01 Mar 2021 Accepting Nominations for CDCSS Awards
16 Feb 2021 Can You Hear Us Now? Using Podcasts to Educate and Entertain
12 Feb 2021 Chocolate, Cocktails & Couples Of Local History Night
21 Jan 2021 CDCSS Webinar: The Center for Digital History and Virtual Learning at Fort Ticonderoga
17 Dec 2020 Holiday History & Cocktail Pairings at Home
03 Dec 2020 CDCSS Webinar: Historical African American Experiences at Cherry Hill, 1767-1903
10 Nov 2020 A Special Kristallnacht Observance
07 Nov 2020 2020 CDCSS Mini-Conference: Distance and Diversity
29 Oct 2020 Total Participation Techniques in the Hybrid Classroom
22 Oct 2020 The Dark Side of Center Square Walking Tour
29 Sep 2020 Let's Talk Election 2020
26 Aug 2020 Primary Sources in the Classroom: US Women's History
21 Aug 2020 CDCSS 2020 Virtual Mini-Conference Call for Presenters!
13 Aug 2020 Teaching Elections in Times of Crisis
28 Jul 2020 Facing History and Ourselves: Navigating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom
23 Jul 2020 Giving Students a Voice: Incorporating Learning Network Contests Into Your Curriculum
25 Jun 2020 What's Going On in This Picture? Using Photos to Promote Critical Thinking Across Subjects
11 Jun 2020 What's Going On in This Graph? Teaching With Graphs From The New York Times
01 Jun 2020 Echos & Reflections - Teaching the Holocaust, Empowering Students - 3 Part Program
28 May 2020 “Conceived in Liberty, Born in Shackles”— How We Talk About and Teach Slavery in American History
21 May 2020 Teaching Through This Pandemic: Looking Back, Looking Forward
20 May 2020 Echos & Reflections Free Webinar - Learning about the "Holocaust by Bullets" with Yahad-In Unum
19 May 2020 Echos & Reflections Free Webinar - Meet the Author of “Our People: Discovering Lithuania’s Hidden Holocaust”
14 May 2020 Echos & Reflections Free Webinar - Exploring Artifacts with the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC
19 Mar 2020 Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust - POSTPONED
09 Dec 2019 2019 CDCSS Holiday Get Together
12 Nov 2019 Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration
02 Nov 2019 2019 CDCSS Mini-Conference
24 Oct 2019 2019 CDCSS Historic Hops and Haunts Tour
17 Oct 2019 Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict with Primary Sources
25 Sep 2019 Energizing Young Voters: A Free Workshop for Social Studies Teachers in Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties
15 Jul 2019 News Literacy, Civic Engagement and Student Voice
08 Jul 2019 NYSCSS 2019 Summer Institute
23 May 2019 CDCSS 2019 Mini-Conference Call for Presenters!
16 May 2019 2019 CDCSS Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony
09 May 2019 Amateurs Talk About Tactics, but Professionals Study Logistics: Supplying the Sullivan Expedition of 1779
25 Apr 2019 A Visit to Ben Franklin's World
20 Apr 2019 2019 Spring Bird Walk at Albany Rural Cemetery in partnership with the Audubon Society of the Capital Region
29 Mar 2019 LibertyCon 2019
28 Mar 2019 Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust
16 Mar 2019 Annual Student Academic WorldQuest Competition
05 Mar 2019 The Irish in Albany
14 Feb 2019 Ten Broeck's Valentine's Day Jazz Party
01 Feb 2019 Albany's 1st Friday
31 Jan 2019 Fort Orange Teacher Workshop: Teaching New York’s Dutch History through Primary Resources
12 Dec 2018 2018 CDCSS Holiday Get Together
04 Dec 2018 k-12 Cairo-Durham Professional Development
16 Nov 2018 LYC 42nd Annual Civics and Law Related Education Conference
15 Nov 2018 Understanding the Part 2, the Short-Answer Constructed Response Questions
14 Nov 2018 Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration
03 Nov 2018 NYS Archives Research Grant Opportunities
20 Oct 2018 2018 CDCSS Mini-Conference
17 Oct 2018 2018 CDCSS Historic Hops and Haunts Tour
16 Oct 2018 Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict with Primary Sources
12 Oct 2018 National History Day Workshop for Teachers
12 Sep 2018 Board Meeting
16 Aug 2018 Troy Lock Sightseeing Cruise
15 Jul 2018 Post Time!
09 Jul 2018 2-day News Media Literacy & Civic Education Summer Institute
28 Jun 2018 Scandalous Schenectady
23 May 2018 CDCSS 2018 Mini-Conference Call for Presenters!
17 May 2018 2018 CDCSS Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony
25 Apr 2018 Albany-Abraham Lincoln Tour
09 Mar 2018 Friday Night History Happy Hour
08 Mar 2018 Pre-Service teachers Special NYSCSS Registration Offering!
08 Mar 2018 The NYSCSS/NYS4A Annual Conference
01 Mar 2018 Two Sides of Suffrage - Albany Events 3/1 thru 3/11
14 Dec 2017 Saratoga Mineral Baths
09 Dec 2017 Paint & Sip with Stephen Myers
07 Dec 2017 CDCSS Holiday Get Together
14 Nov 2017 Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration
12 Nov 2017 Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany
09 Nov 2017 A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War Teacher Workshop
08 Nov 2017 Inside THE VIETNAM WAR with Director, Lynn Novick
21 Oct 2017 2017 CDCSS Mini-Conference
20 Oct 2017 2017 CDCSS Historic Hops and Haunts Tour
17 Oct 2017 Beyond The Conflict:Teaching and Learning about Israel and the Middle East
12 Oct 2017 NYS Museum Teachers'/Family Night
07 Oct 2017 African Traditions in Colonial New York at Johnson Hall
14 Sep 2017 The Hudson River Valley Ramble
29 Aug 2017 Oakwood Cemetery - You Died How? Tour
19 Aug 2017 Time Line of World History hosted by Watervliet Historical Society
10 Jul 2017 “Fake News / Real Students”- News Literacy & Civic Responsibility in the Digital Age
10 Jul 2017 NYSCSS 2017 Summer Institute: Making it Real in the Social Studies Classroom
01 Jun 2017 Enduring Issues Essay Clinic
23 May 2017 2017 CDCSS Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony
02 Apr 2017 Museum Association of New York - Museums TRIFECTA Inspire, Experiment, Transform
24 Mar 2017 The 16th annual Underground Railroad/Public History Conference
23 Mar 2017 The NYSCSS/NYS4A Annual Conference
21 Mar 2017 Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust
14 Mar 2017 Artifacts in the Classroom: A Day at the Museum
09 Mar 2017 Discovery Education DINE event
01 Mar 2017 Slavery in the Colonial North: An NEH Summer Institute
08 Feb 2017 CTLE Teacher Training by WMHT - More than just broadcasts!
06 Dec 2016 CDCSS Holiday Party 2016
02 Dec 2016 De Huisman – on Craftsmanship, Authenticity and Insight
02 Dec 2016 FILM SCREENING: WMHT Documentary Hamilton's Albany
30 Nov 2016 Holiday Market at the Albany Visitors Center
29 Nov 2016 Lecture: First Dutch Reformed Church
17 Nov 2016 Researching New York 2016/The Conference on New York State History
15 Nov 2016 Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration
15 Nov 2016 Uncommon Approaches to Cultural Education
03 Nov 2016 Beyond The Conflict:Teaching and Learning about Israel and the Middle East
02 Nov 2016 Ron Chernow 2016 Honoree of Empire State Archives and History Award*
22 Oct 2016 2016 CDCSS Mini-Conference
20 Oct 2016 CDCSS Historic Hops and Haunts Tour
22 Sep 2016 Visit a Local Stop on the Underground Railroad
23 Aug 2016 8/23 CDCSS Board Meeting
18 Aug 2016 Peebles Island Historic Preservation Tour
19 Jul 2016 Historic Albany Walking Tour
18 Jul 2016 NYSCSS 2016 Summer Institute: Teaching and Assessing the Social Studies Practices
13 Jul 2016 Private Yankee Doodle
14 Jun 2016 June 2016 Board Meeting
07 Jun 2016 Historic Saratoga Springs Walking Tour
24 May 2016 2016 CDCSS Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony
15 Apr 2016 The Underground Railroad and American Identities, The 15th annual Public History Conference
30 Mar 2016 NYSCSS/NYS4A Annual Conference
22 Mar 2016 Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust
16 Mar 2016 Lecture: Votes for Women: Examining the Woman Suffrage and Anti‐Suffrage Movements through Political Cartoons
07 Jan 2016 Albany Prohibition - Gangster Tour
28 Dec 2015 NYSCSS Professional Educator Award Nominations Being Accepted
02 Dec 2015 CDCSS Holiday Party 2015
12 Nov 2015 Board Meeting
10 Nov 2015 Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration
24 Oct 2015 GEO Fest 2015
20 Oct 2015 Beyond The Conflict:Teaching and Learning about Israel and the Middle East
16 Oct 2015 October Lakes Conference for Teachers: Lake George and Lake Champlain
16 Oct 2015 39th Annual Civics & Law-Related Education Conference
02 Aug 2015 George Washington Teacher Institute Summer Residential Program
20 Jul 2015 NYSCSS Summer Institute: Diving Into The NYS Social Studies Resource Toolkit
13 Jul 2015 2015 Summer Institute on Korea
13 Jul 2015 Korea’s Journey into the 21st Century: Historical Contexts, Contemporary Issues
09 Jul 2015 Civic and News Literacy for Engaged Citizen Scholars
28 Jun 2015 Québec Dimensions Summer Institute for K-12 Professionals
14 May 2015 CDCSS Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony
01 May 2015 NYSCSS Study Tour to China: Summer 2016 - Early registration deadline approaching
17 Apr 2015 The Civil Rights Movement: Teaching with Common Core & the NYS Social Studies Framework - in the shadow of Ferguson, Missouri
17 Apr 2015 Breaking Free: Civil War, Emancipation, and Beyond
23 Mar 2015 Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust
03 Dec 2014 CDCSS Holiday Party
13 Nov 2014 Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration
27 Sep 2014 CDCSS 2014 Presenters' Form
27 Sep 2014 CDCSS 2014 Conference Registration
16 Sep 2014 12 Years a Slave - Film Viewing
23 Jul 2014 Waterways New York Conference
12 Jun 2014 35th Conference on New York State History
15 May 2014 Don’t Iron While the Strike is Hot
14 May 2014 Don’t Iron While the Strike is Hot
17 Apr 2014 Partisan Pictures: Art and Images in the Cold War
12 Apr 2014 Carey Dialogue with Author Harry Rosenfeld
03 Apr 2014 The Vietnam War in Vietnamese History
02 Apr 2014 The Created Equal Film Series - The Loving Story
26 Mar 2014 The Created Equal Film Series - An Ordinary Hero
20 Mar 2014 Teaching Richard Wright's Black Boy
18 Mar 2014 Literature and Essential Philosophical Questions
06 Mar 2014 The Hudson River School
27 Feb 2014 Teaching William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying
20 Feb 2014 Teaching Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God
19 Feb 2014 The Created Equal Film Series - Freedom Riders
13 Feb 2014 African American Women and Race Relations: 1890–1920
20 Jan 2014 Review New York State Common Core K-12 Social Studies Framework
15 Jan 2014 Teaching with Primary Sources Professional Development
18 Dec 2013 CDCSS Holiday Party - RESCHEDULED!!
14 Nov 2013 Don’t Iron While the Strike is Hot
09 Nov 2013 "Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley”
06 Nov 2013 The Created Equal Film Series - Slavery by Another Name
19 Oct 2013 GEO Fest 2013
18 Oct 2013 56th annual NYSHA October Conference for Teachers
17 Oct 2013 37th Annual Civics & Law-Related Education Conference
09 Oct 2013 The Created Equal Film Series - The Abolitionists
12 Sep 2013 US Supreme Court Justice David Souter to discuss "The Heart of the Matter" - a report on on the Humanities & Social Sciences
07 Jul 2013 Fort Ticonderoga Teacher's Institute
14 Jun 2013 Mount Vernon Summer Institute
01 Jun 2013 New Bedford, Whaling and the Abolition of Slavery Teacherhostel™
09 May 2013 Becoming an Ally: Interrupting Name-calling and Bullying
02 May 2013 Comprehensive Cyberbullying Prevention for Administrators and Dignity Act Coordinators
01 May 2013 Cyberbullying Prevention 1/2 Day Training
21 Feb 2013 America in Class® online seminars
15 Nov 2012 Teaching Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener"
30 Oct 2012 Reflections From Turkey
26 Oct 2012 Murder at the Mansion
24 Oct 2012 “Facing History and Ourselves”
13 Oct 2012 Spinning Wheels, Aprons and Lace: Material Life at Cherry Hill in 1827
06 Oct 2012 Sex, Love and Money: The Murder of John Whipple
16 Sep 2012 The Irish Brigade in the Civil War
15 Sep 2012 Native American Institute of the Hudson River Valley
09 Sep 2012 Tunnel to Tower Run 9/9/12
20 Aug 2012 The Dutch in New York
11 Jun 2012 June Board Meeting
18 Apr 2012 An overview of Turkish Culture & Heritage
17 Jul 2011 Sailing to Freedom: New Bedford and the Underground Railroad
31 Mar 2011 History Online and In-Person
25 Mar 2011 Study Tour on Economic Education to the Republic of South Africa
22 Feb 2011 National Humanities Center Online Classes
11 Feb 2011 Fellowship opportunity to Japan
15 Jan 2011 New York State Museum History Day
18 Dec 2010 Exploring Humanitarian Law Workshop
09 Dec 2010 CDCSS holiday Party
09 Nov 2010 Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration
28 Oct 2010 Beyond The Conflict:Teaching and Learning About Israel Workshop
26 Oct 2010 Acing the Midterms
21 Oct 2010 Teaching and Learning About the Holocaust Seminar: "Develping Classroom Resources for Teaching the Holocaust"
21 Aug 2010 Caital District Civil War Heritage Days
17 Aug 2010 Summer Board Meeting
13 Apr 2010 The Letters of Alonzo Bump, Victory Mills, New York, 77th New York Volunteer Regiment, 1862-1865
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