Regional Social Studies Network


Our Commitment

  • 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

The DCI Youth leadership development program:

  • 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.

ARTICLE: ‘Increasing Early Literacy in Rural Communities’

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 New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework is designed to prepare students for college, careers, and civic life with courses that are rigorous and aligned to New York State Learning Standards for both Common Core and Social Studies.

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.

The NYS K-12 Social Studies Resource Toolkit is designed to put instructional and curriculum design tools into the hands of teachers and leaders in local districts. The Toolkit resources focus on implementation of the Inquiry Arc, as presented in The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, including the four dimensions: (1) Developing questions and planning inquiries, (2) Applying disciplinary concepts and tools, (3) Evaluating sources and using evidence and (4) Communicating conclusions and taking informed action.

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.


The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards was developed as art of a three-year state-led collaborative effort to better serve two audiences: States in upgrading their social studies standards and Practitioners (local school districts, schools, teachers and curriculum writers) in strengthening their social studies programs.

For more information, please visit the National Council for the Social Studies website.

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 with any questions or to register as a library patron.

Search the world’s historical newspaper archives with Elephind.


Propaganda regime archives

The Advertising Archives, established in 1990 by Larry and Suzanne Viner, is the largest and most comprehensive resource of its kind in Europe. The collection spans from the mid-19th century to present-day.

Related Resources

  • 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.

  • Burlington Geographic

    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”.

  • Cornell Center for International Studies

    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.

  • Culture-Generated Resources

    These links are intended for all folks to use, but are organized by affinity for quick reference.

  • EconEdLink

    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

    Facing History “is used by teachers to meet core standards, learn new teaching methodologies and make a difference in the lives of students.”

  • History for Us All

    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 

    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.”

  • The Indiana Council for Economic Education

    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 Kids Econ Posters

    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.”

  • Newseum

    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.

  • S.S. Matters

    This site contains information about social studies topics and ideas/lessons from other educators.

  • Stanford History Education Group

    Resource for supporting Inquiry Unit Planning and Teaching

  • TeachUNICEF

    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.

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights Resource Collection

    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

Contact Us

Barry Derfel
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
607-257-1551, ext. 1004
T: @barry_derfel

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