Conference Workshops


A1. The Churchill Factor
In association with the International Churchill Society, this workshop will explain how the story of Sir Winston can engage and inspire students. How did a five-time loser and imperialist who almost died in a taxi accident in NYC bring Great Britain and her allies through World War II? The workshop will also introduce The Churchill Archives for Schools with over 800,000 pages of original documents as well as differentiated lessons and resources. Working with primary sources helps students become critical thinkers; introducing students to Churchill will help them understand that overcoming obstacles is often the key to success.

Jeanne Knudsen, Longwood High School
Interest Level: 7-12
Enduring Issues: Conflict, Power, Impact of Cooperation, Impact of Imperialism, Impact of Technology

A2. Presenting the New Part II and Part III Framework to the Challenged, Middle School Learner 
This workshop will focus on teaching and learning strategies that will enable the challenged learner - SPED students, ENL students and poor readers – to become more comfortable with question and document analysis of the new Part II NYS Regents Exam Framework, as well as helping students to tackle the Part III Enduring Issues Essay. This workshop will focus on various methods of differentiation and modification of the new framework, which would allow for greater student outcomes at the middle school level.

Michele Rudden and Jack Zider, Amityville UFSD
​ Interest Level: Grades 6-8

A3. Creating an Interdisciplinary School Event
Social Studies is the perfect vehicle for interdisciplinary lessons. Attending this workshop will show how a small Social Studies/ELA driven lesson has become a school-wide event where students are immersed in 1920’s Americana in all of their classes. The newest version of this event uses 21st century technology through the use of smartphones and Google to help students through a school-wide scavenger hunt.

Daniel Mrose, Longwood Junior High School
Interest Level: Grades 7-12
Enduring Issues: Tensions between Traditional Culture and Modernization

A4. Addressing the AP Disciplinary Practices and Reasoning Skills in AP United States and European History Instruction
Using the Treaty of Versailles,1919, whose anniversary will be celebrated during this school year, the workshop will illustrate how to connect content to the disciplinary practices and reasoning skills to deepen student understanding. Materials drawn from Mrs. Grant’s experience teaching APUSH and AP European History as well as her coaching of current AP teachers will be shared. As time permits, strategies for improving students’ analytical essay writing will also be discussed.

Alice D. Grant, Consultant to the College Board and Eastern Long Island BOCES
Interest Level: Grades 10-12, Supervisors
Enduring Issues: Power, Conflict, Nationalism, Imperialism

A5. Technology: A Teacher’s Enduring Issue
Teaching the new Enduring Issues Essay can be a difficult task. Integrating technology into lessons can be equally challenging. In this workshop, various lessons will be reviewed that introduce strategies to break down the Enduring Issues Essay while using technology.

Mark Lane, Bay Shore Public Schools and Melissa Scafa, South Huntington School District
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

A6. News Literacy Education: The Key to Combating a Civic Crisis
One way to revitalize Social Studies in a time of crisis is through an emphasis on News Literacy: the ability to use critical thinking skills to evaluate the reliability of information. Toward this end, in August of 2018, the Center for News Literacy held a summer academy to train educators how to teach News Literacy at the middle and high school levels. This presentation will sum up the academy’s goals and methods, and discuss what both organizers and participants learned about students’ deficits, teachers’ needs, and the compatibility of News Literacy with core requirements.

Jonathan Anzalone, Assistant Director for the Center for News
Literacy, SUNY Stony Brook
Interest Level: Grades 7-12, Supervisors
Enduring Issues: Power, Impact of Technology, Impact of Cooperation

A7. Tackling the AP World History Exam: Insight from AP Readers
This workshop will provide updates on the latest redesign and scoring guidelines for the SAQ, LEQ, and DBQ components. Sample essays will be provided that demonstrate the application and nuances of the latest rubrics. The essays featured align with the New York State enduring issues of the Impact of Cultural Diffusion, Human Impact of the Environment, Impact of Technology, and Impact of Industrialization. Both presenters are AP readers. In addition, Ms. Giangrandi is the author of Barron’s AP Q&A World History.

Christina Cone and Christina Giangrandi, Smithtown School District
Interest Level: Grades 9-12
Enduring Issues: Impact of Cultural Diffusion, Human Impact on the Environment, Impact of Technology, Impact of Industrialization

A8. Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. But efforts to create an interracial democracy were contested from the start. A harsh backlash ensued, ushering in a half century of the “separate but equal” era. Through images and documents pulled from the New York Historical Society’s new exhibition and companion curriculum Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, participants will explore the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. All participants will receive a free Black Citizenship classroom poster and learn how to access the curriculum materials online – for FREE.

Mia Nagawiecki, New-York Historical Society
Interest Level: Grades 7-12
Enduring Issues: Human Rights Violations, Power, Equity Issues

A9. NYSED Social Studies and Civics Update
Ms. Radez will provide a general update from NYSED regarding Pathways and upcoming Regents exams. She will provide a brief overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act and how it strengthens Social Studies. This will include a discussion of the Culturally Responsive Education and Social Emotional Learning goals. She will also discuss the Board of Regents Civics Readiness initiative and their commitment to ensuring all students are college, career and civics ready. This will include information about a new committee that will create a Seal of Civic Readiness for high school diplomas and work on incentivizing capstone projects across New York State.

Christine Radez, Social Studies Associate; Office of Curriculum and Instruction
Interest Level: Grades 9-12, Supervisors

A10. Is Your Happiness in the Hemisphere Based on Where Your Live? New Directions in Inquiry Design for Elementary and Middle Level Teachers
This workshop will offer new perspectives on the Inquiry Design Model that capitalize on multiple intelligences and arm teachers with the historical thinking strategies needed to develop positions based on sound evidence. Three distinct fifth grade web supported explorations on whether where you live in the hemisphere determines your happiness will be shared. These inquiries, which foster civic inquiry and place students as the focus of the curriculum, have resulted in powerful and passionate writing in fifth grade students. This workshop content has many of the enduring issues embedded but deals primarily with the impact of humans on the environment and the environment on humans.

Dr. Kevin Sheehan, Molloy College and Molloy College Students
Interest Level: Grades K-12, Supervisors
Enduring Issues: Human Impact of the Environment, Impact of the Environment on Humans

A11. They’re ALL Enduring Issues: Helping Students to Think Critically without “Teaching to the Test.”
New assessments create anxiety for teachers, administrators, and students alike. However, sticking to best practices will prepare students for any assessment worth its salt. Using the Enduring Issues essay from the New Global Regents exam as our jumping off point, we will look at how DBQ Project materials can be used to help students of all ability levels to deconstruct a question, read closely, and think critically. Participants will leave this session with scaffolding supports for uncovering bias and USING documents to make arguments (e.g., document analysis sheets) as well as a free trial account to DBQ Online.

Molly Winter, The DBQ Project
Interest Level: Grades K-12, Supervisors

A12. Investigating Social Studies Through Inquiry (K-12)
Students learn best when engaged in active inquiry that integrates Social Studies content and real-world problem-based tasks.  These tasks take specific shape in the Social Studies classroom through civic discussions, project-based learning and DBQ activities.  Come to this session to experience a variety of inquiry models to engage students. We will model pedagogical strategies to support student experiences with inquiry that are collaborative, creative, experiential, exploratory, and evidence-based.

Interest Level: Grades K-12


B1. Immigration Themes in American History: Walls and Welcoming 1789-2018

Immigration is a thread that weaves through all units and eras in both Regents and AP courses. Immigration is a theme with economic and political effects in both domestic and foreign policy. Sometimes immigrants are welcome. At other times, they are excluded and deported. This workshop will identify consistent themes using visual learning and poetry. A flow chart showing 2018 migrant and immigration flows will differentiate between who are migrant visitors, immigrants, and undocumented, illegal persons. Teaching strategies will focus on how students can retain information and thought leading to writing.

Dr. Harry Stein, City University of New York
Interest Level: Grades 7-12, Supervisors
Enduring Issues: Impact of Migration, Impact of Nationalism

B2. Bringing History Home: Your School as a Focus of Historical Inquiry
At the 50th anniversary of their school, a team of 6th, 7th and 8thgrade teachers collaborated to launch a school-wide historical inquiry. Using yearbooks, interviews, and time capsule contents, students engaged in the historical thinking concept of continuity and change, exploring the question, “How has our school and its neighborhood changed and/or stayed the same over time?” The focus will be to share experiences of, and approaches to, planning and implementation of the project. Examples of worksheets, graphic organizers, and student work will be provided, as well as ideas about how to create a unique and engaging historical inquiry.

Carmela Gustafson, Mary McGonnell and Mairead McGuinness, Oakdale- Bohemia Middle School
Interest Level: Grades 6-8
Enduring Issues: Population Growth, Impact of Technology, Impact of Cooperation

B3. New York’s Grand Emancipation Jubilee
African-American and white abolitionists from New York State played a key role in the struggle to end slavery in the United States during the decades leading up to the Civil War. Using material from the recently published book, New York’s Grand Emancipation Jubilee (SUNY Press, 2018), we will examine their struggle against slavery through primary source documents. Activities are designed to enhance student historical thinking skills. They also help students draw conclusions about the nature of social movements and possibilities for social change in the current era.

Alan Singer, Hofstra University
Interest Level: Grades 7-12
Enduring Issues: Race in America

B4. Mastering the Extended Essay Question
The workshop will present a detailed approach that will help students to determine what is the “Enduring Issue.”

James Killoran, Clio Publishing
Interest Level: Grades 9-12

B5. Complicating the Narrative: Teaching 9/11 in a Changing World
Help students tackle 9/11-related topics, including the balance between civil liberties and national security and the rise of Islamophobia through classroom-ready resources from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Explore how to make relevant connections for students to this challenging content through the use of personal narratives.

Jennifer Lagasse and Molly DePippo, 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Interest Level: Grades 7-12
Enduring Issues: Security, Conflict, Impact of Nationalism

B6. Global Conversations
How do we as teachers inspire young students to change the world? At Hicksville Middle School, students took Global Conversations, an elective in which students studied global challenges such as health issues, clean water, education, rich- poor gap, and/or the status of women and children. One important goal of the course was for students to engage in a philanthropic project that makes an impact on a global level. To help our students gain the motivation to make a difference, students read literature, invited guest speakers, and watched documentaries to learn about a world problem. In this way, they were able to connect the abstract concept with real people and become empowered to take informed action.

Rose Borda and Meghan Dowling-Lewis, Hicksville School District
Donna Rosenblum, Reason2Smile, Inc.
Interest Level: Grades K-12
Enduring Issues: Equity Issues, Lack of Access, Human Rights Violations, Scarcity, Power

B7. U.S. History Soundtrack
This workshop will explore ideas for incorporating music into your U.S. History survey and will include song lists and singing.

Ted Dickson, Providence Day School
Interest Level: Grades 4-12

B8. Women and the American Story: Modernizing America, 1889-1920
At the turn of the 20th century, as issues of labor, immigration, and citizenship reached a boiling point, women of diverse backgrounds fought to redefine their roles in the home, the workplace, and the voting booth. Get a sneak preview of the Progressive Era Unit of Women and the American Story, a comprehensive women’s history curriculum with the New-York Historical Society. Participants will engage with primary sources and life stories that explore the important contributions of women, both famous and commonly overlooked in the historical narrative. All participants will learn how to access the curriculum materials online – for FREE.

Leslie Hayes, The New-York Historical Society
Interest Level: Grades 7-12
Enduring Issues: Power, Tensions Between Traditional Culture and Modernization

B9. NYSED: New State Initiative – Civic Action
This session will discuss the new state initiative on Civic Action. Additionally, an update on the assessments, including the latest information on the US History and Government Regents exams, will be presented.

Presenter: Christine Radez, NYSED
Interest Level: Grades 9-12

B10. Experiencing World War I: America During the Great War
Most Americans face only a hazy understanding of World War I or its significance for the United States. How the nation responded to its first modern war remade America, leading to female suffrage, the modern civil rights movement, the drive to protect civil liberties, new conceptions of military service and an expanded role for the United States in the world. The home front, mobilization, and the impact and legacy of the First World War will be examined through images, graphic organizers of key ideas.

Jennifer Keene, Chapman University
Interest Level: Grades 7-12
Enduring Issues: Conflict, Power

B.11 Social Emotional Learning: Mindset and Implications for Teaching
This session will provide a very brief overview of Social Emotional learning and more narrowly focus on the role of Mindset. We will explore how mindsets impact our teaching and student learning in an effort to make practical applications to support all students. Time will be devoted to thinking about specific applications of this to the Social Studies classroom.

Greg Alquist, Webster Thomas High School
Interest Level: Grades K-12, Supervisors

B12.  Using Free Digital Civics Interactives in your Classroom
Come learn about Engaging Congress, a fun, FREE digital civics interactive that utilizes primary source materials to explore civics and government themes. The  session's hands-on activities focus on ways to incorporate EC into existing curriculum.  The game helps build both content and critical thinking skills as students work through thirty primary sources across five themes.  Learning how government works will prepare students to address multiple enduring issues that require action at both a personal and structural level.  Participants will receive free classroom giveaways.  Visit

Elizabeth Osborn and Valerie Pena, Indiana University
Interest Level: Grades 7-12, Supervisors  


C1. The Four Summits: Geneva, Reykjavik, Washington and Moscow

Join representatives from the Annenberg Presidential Learning Center for a behind the scenes look at four history-making presidential summits: Geneva, Reykjavik, Washington and Moscow. These summits were an opportunity for President Reagan to tear down walls, make personal connections, and build relationships. They culminated in the INF Treaty which, for the first time, eliminated an entire class of nuclear weapons. In addition, learn about the history behind the iconic, Tear Down the Wall!” speech. This is your chance to explore rarely seen presidential documents from the archives of the Reagan Library detailing the end of the Cold War.

Jeff Lockwood, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
Interest Level: Grades 7-12
Enduring Issues: Conflict, Human Rights Violations, Power, Security

C2. Religion and Politics in the Middle East
In this presentation, we will explore the complex and diverse religious landscape that makes up the Middle East and consider the great variety of ways that religion and politics are intertwined. After looking at the role of religion in the Middle Eastern states more broadly, we will highlight countries such as Jordan, which is a parliamentary democratic republic which recognizes 18 religious sects and where power must officially be shared by Christians and Muslims; and Israel, a parliamentary democracy which doesn’t have an official religion but where the majority of citizens are Jewish. Teachers of AP World History, AP Human Geography, Global History & Geography 10, and AP Comparative Government will find this material particularly useful and will leave with classroom-ready resources, including lesson plans, course materials, and activities.

Steven Goldberg, Institute for Curriculum Resources
Interest Level: Grades 7-12, Supervisors
Enduring Issues: Conflict

C3. Using Art and Architecture in Global History
This workshop will examine how art and architecture reflect the values and beliefs of various cultures. Although the main focus is on Global I, the strategies exhibited can apply to Global II as well. Some of the areas that will be presented are Islamic art, Gothic architecture, Medieval art, the Renaissance, African art, and art during the Age of Absolutism. Mention will also be made of the ways some of these art forms may have influenced more contemporary art forms.

Rachel Cymbalista, Walt Whitman High School
Interest Level: Grades 9-12
Enduring Issues: Art as a Reflection of Culture, Impact of Trade, Impact of Cultural Diffusion, Impact of Colonization, Power

C4. First in Polls: Franklin Roosevelt and Public Opinion
Franklin Roosevelt was the first president covered by public opinion polls, most of them conducted by Gallup. A frequent topic was whether the American people approved or disapproved of the job he was doing as president. Where does FDR rank on this point in comparison with his successors? How did the challenges that he faced, most notably the Great Depression and World War II, affect his approval? What were the contributions of his own actions such as the New Deal and the abandonment of isolationism along with his appeals through fireside chats? Ultimately, what can we learn from the FDR experience about why people approve or disapprove of a president in office? The author of the recently publishedUnsurpassed: The Popular Appeal of Franklin Roosevelt (Oxford University Press) examines these topics in a workshop addressing enduring issues of public opinion and leadership.

Professor Helmut Norpoth, Stony Brook University
Interest Level: Grades 9-12
Enduring Issues: Public Opinion, Leadership

C5. Teaching Economics and Trade Without Fear
This workshop will offer strategies on teaching basic economic models of international trade and trade policies to high school students. We will cover activities that can be used to introduce the Ricardian Model of Comparative Advantage as well as trade policy through the lens of Game Theory. Participants will have the opportunity to experience simulations and engage in discussion. While this session is geared toward Economics and AP Economic classrooms, the principles presented are suitable for all social studies courses. The content covers 12.E of the New York State Framework and the Enduring Issue: Impact of Trade.

Craig Medico, Paul D. Schreiber High School
Interest Level: Grades 9-12
Enduring Issues: Impact of Trade

C6. eMission: Operation Montserrat
Through this interactive classroom simulation, students will act as an emergency response team to help save the residents of Montserrat. In preparation for this mission day, students will study volcanic calculations, tracking a hurricane and the effects of natural disasters on earth’s four spheres. Learning about the geography of the island as well as the economy and culture will help in understanding how students should respond if Montserrat were to face dangerous events. This simulated experience will allow students to critically think and problem solve creatively while being actively engaged.

Lisa McKenna, New Lane Memorial Elementary School
Interest Level: Grades 3-5
Enduring Issues: Impact of the Environment on Humans

C7. Gender in Islam
Islam is a diverse and growing global religion. It touches the lives, cultures, societies, and histories of billions of people. Popular media often presents Islam through the lens of five-second sound bites and cookie cutter images. These stereotypes overlook the dynamic pluralism that shapes Muslim communities. In the age of globalization, Islam is also transitioning, like other religions, as it encounters new economic, social and political realities. This presentation will focus on the diversity of Muslim communities in America and the world, and offer resources that may be helpful for middle and high school social studies teachers.

Subheen Razzaqui, Newton N. High School
Fozia Khan, American and Muslim Women’s Association, NY
Interest Level: Grades 7-12
Enduring Issues: Tensions between Traditional Cultures and Modern Cultures, Conflict, Power

C8. Diversifying Your Course
Incorporating Native American, Mexican American, Asian American, and LGBTQ history into U.S. course, this session will examine documents and secondary sources to help teachers further diversity in their courses.

Ted Dickson, Providence Day School James W. Fraser, New York University
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

C9. Supervisors Meeting

Long Island Council for the Social Studies Executive Board Members
Interest Level: Global History and Geography 10

C10. Generation Citizen: Project Based Learning
The mission of the program is to empower young people to become engaged and effective citizens. The objectives of the session will be to explain and review the Advocacy Hourglass; practice analyzing a pressing community issue through research of multiple policy solutions; and build a sample plan for action that incorporates appropriate targets within local government and a strategic plan for action. This is ACTION CIVICS in your classroom.

Brooke Wallace, Generation Citizen Trainer
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

**C11. A Brief SED Update and Understanding the Part II: The Short Answer Constructed Response Question
Participants will examine the revised CRQ prototype and learn more about the context, sourcing, and relationship questions on Part II of the new Framework-based Regents Examination in Global History and Geography II. Terminology related to Part II will be defined and discussed. Teaching strategies will also be discussed.

Dan King, State Education Department
Interest Level: Global History and Geography II

** This session will be held during the C session timeframe and continuing into the lunch session.

C12. AP World History: Updates and the Exam
In this interactive session, we will briefly review the upcoming changes tot he course and focus on the exam structure that will remain the same.  We will then dig into the DBQ in particular and provide a quick overview of the exam.  Implications and connections to teaching practice will be made explicit as we seek to align instruction to the skills necessary for success in the course.

Greg Ahlquist, Thomas Webster High School
Interest Level: Grades 9-12

C13. It's About People: Building Perspectives and Empathy in the Social Studies Classroom
Make social studies come to life for your students by encouraging the historical perspective and empathy that support social and emotional learning.  This session will model the importance of building relevant connections to the present by immersing students in source-rich environment of documents, audio/visual supports, and engaging technology.  Develop personal connections while examining multiple and often conflicting perspectives of the past in the Social Studies Classroom.

Interest Level: Grades 6-12

This workshop addresses the entire process for securing a social studies teaching position in a difficult job market. A University Director of Student Teaching and three area social studies chairpersons will address these topics: finding possible positions, crafting an effective resume and cover letter, preparing for the job interview, teaching the "demo" lesson, and doing the necessary follow-up. We'll allow time for any questions you may have.

Charles Backfish, Stony Brook University
James Corcoran, South Huntington Schools
​Sheena Jacob, Glen Cove Schools


Registration in the Hotel Lobby
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Visit the Social Studies Materials Exhibits and Enjoy a Cup of Coffee with the Publishers

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM


38th Annual LICSS Conference

Teaching K-12 Social Studies Through Enduring Issues

Friday, October 26, 2018

Melville Marriott Hotel
Old Walt Whitman Rd. Melville, NY Exit 49 LIE