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

2023 Spring CDCSS Mini-Conference @ The NYS Museum!

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


  • Includes CDCSS membership through October 1, 2023
  • Museum and Cultural Institutions adding to our conference

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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.

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