Regional Social Studies Network
- Our work will have integrity, both in terms of aligning with New York State’s Social Studies Learning Standards and in terms of aligning with our own collective beliefs about inclusive, affirming, relevant, and meaningful learning that leads to informed action.
- We will include students, families, and community in this work from the outset, so that we increase the likelihood that we will create units that are inclusive, affirming, and relevant to us all, and that will promote meaningful civic engagement.
Students, families, community members, and educators representing every district in our region and representing diverse demographic backgrounds, including areas of economic security, race and ethnicity, place of residence, disability, sexual orientation, genders, etc. are invited to join the network at any time. If interested, contact Barry Derfel.
Concrete Examples to Inspire This Work
- Educates young people about their rights as human beings and their responsibilities as global citizens
- Provides opportunities for young people to participate in the global human rights movement and much more.
As part of the process of establishing the National Native Youth Network, Native youth and all young people across the country are invited to take part in the Gen-I Challenge. For more information, visit the Gen-I Native Youth Network website.
Twenty-one rural schools across the U.S. are collaborating to implement a multi-layered, rural-specific approach to improving early literacy, especially for at-risk children in high-poverty communities.
These lesson plans and the PowerPoint are a set of resources that can be used to support the shift in our work toward alignment with the new Common Core Social Studies Standards & C3 Framework. Together, the standards and framework call for us to embed civic engagement/citizenship in ways that are relevant to our students and that promote student action.
The Promise of Place Center enriches lives through the power of placed-based learning.
Speak Truth to Power is a human rights education program that strives to create a global citizenry dedicated to the highest standards of justice and equality. This program is affiliated with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.
New York State Resources
The NYS K-12 Social Studies Field Guide is another step in the process of equipping districts and teachers to make local curriculum decisions in Social Studies.
In the College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, the call for students to become more prepared for the challenges of college and career is united with a third critical element: preparation for civic life.
This Key Excerpt provides a clear overview of the key shifts (i.e. exciting possibilities) that serve as the foundation of the new Social Studies Framework.
C3 Hubs are the place to find resources and people who are putting the C3 Framework into action.
Primary Sources & Websites
The lending library is an online educational outreach resource which provides images, descriptive text, and searchable keywords to aid the teacher-user in finding the materials they need. The library encompasses all of the regional programs within the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, including the Southeast Asia Program. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to register as a library patron.
- The mission of Echoes and Reflections is to prepare US secondary educators to effectively engage students in Holocaust education through a multimedia program that is meaningful, comprehensive, accessible, and integrated.
- Ithaca Area United Jewish Community Holocaust Education Committee (IAUJC) & local speakers
- VIDEO: ‘We Don’t Say Goodbye’ (a documentary produced by WSKG TV’s Bill Jaker with stories from residents near Binghamton, NY and Ithaca, NY about living through the Holocaust.)
- Yad Vashem-The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (May 2015)
The City of Ithaca contracted with the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights to complete an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) for the City.
In Burlington, Vermont, a place-based landscape analysis & community engagement (PLACE) program aims to educate and showcase the natural and cultural history of the city. Schools are a major component of the PLACE Program, and teachers have utilized the project as a learning tool in which students explore their community “through the lenses of cultural and natural history, and make meaningful contributions to a range of planning efforts”.
This focuses on collaboration, research, teaching, and outreach efforts that promote intercultural and understanding. Its mission is to educate students to become well-rounded global citizens.
These links are intended for all folks to use, but are organized by affinity for quick reference.
This provides “a premier source of classroom-tested, Internet-based economic and personal finance lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students. With over 435 lessons to choose from, teachers can use as many of the lessons as they would like and as often as they would like.”
Facing History “is used by teachers to meet core standards, learn new teaching methodologies and make a difference in the lives of students.”
This is an educational collaboration among teachers, administrators, and school technology specialists whose focus is on providing an innovative curriculum model for teaching social studies to middle and high school students. The website contains a wealthy of resources ranging from teaching units to lesson plans.
History Unbound will “facilitate teachers’ ability to locate and review documents that conform to the Social Studies New York State Common Core standards and improve student preparation for the NYS Regents Examinations by pointing to the Library of Congress Primary Sets, New York Heritage collections and secondary literature including lesson plans and web-based and regional face-to-face workshops on inquiry based learning.”
Based in the Purdue University Department of Agricultural Economics, this is an academic outreach center that focuses on leadership in economic education. Its mission is to educate students and provide them with the tools required to make sound economic decisions.
The website boasts that it, “gives teachers the tools needed to help their students understand the exciting economic world around them – making them more effective producers, consumers, savers, investors, and voting citizens.”
This site provides a stockpile of information about stories that have made headlines, both past and present. Its historical collection and daily newspaper front pages offer a glimpse into the events that have helped shape our world.
This site contains information about social studies topics and ideas/lessons from other educators.
Resource for supporting Inquiry Unit Planning and Teaching
TeachUNICEF focuses on student engagement in global humanitarian issues and provides tools for educators to encourage student awareness of issues spanning the globe.
Teaching for Change: Resistance and Enslavement
Teaching for Change works to educate students on a variety of social issues and injustices. Early childhood and elementary educators can explore this website for helpful tips to teach students about slavery and resistance.
Provides a wealth of resources regarding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights including audio and visual resources that delve into the history of human rights.
Inquiry Planning Sessions
- Adapted Inquiry Design Model Unit Plan Template: This Inquiry Design Model Blueprint, adapted by Barry Derfel, is a template you can use to guide your planning process.
UDL is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.
Culture-Generated & Affirming Resources
–Local organizations and agencies that promote civic engagement.
–Books & DVD’s (list compiled by Barry Derfel – contains links to six pages of resources)
–Quick Reference links (list compiled by Barry Derfel)
-Link Charts: Word Doc , Google Doc
–Resources via Twitter
- Dare to Differentiate – differentiation supports
- Information Fluency Continuum (Empire State)
- Generic Unit Planning template (Word) , Generic Unit Planning template (Google) – provides educators with all of the elements needed in a complete unit plan
- ARTICLE: ‘How Do You Plan?’ authored by Grant Wiggins – this article provides insights and resources for planning based on the notion that “An instructional planning template can save intellectual lives.”
- Human Rights Education Declaration
- POWERPOINT: Human Rights
- ICSD DI WIKI – instructional technology resources provided by the Ithaca Central School District
- Immigration Explorer – interactive map of how different immigrant groups settled across the US over time
- Inquiry Design Model – unit plan template available
- Stripling Model of Inquiry
- Unit Plan Self-Assessment Rubric – assess your unit plan and think about areas to continue working on
- United Way of Tompkins County – committed to student engagement, initiatives are designed to promote leadership and community involvement