39th Annual LICSS Conference

​Critical Thinking and Civic Responsibility

October 25, 2019

Melville Marriott



7:30 – 8:30 AM
7:30 – 8:30 AM
Session A: 8:20 - 9:20 AM
 Session B: 9:30 - 10:30 AM
   Session C: 10:40 - 11:40 AM
        Session D: 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM
             Luncheon: 1:00 – 2:00 P.M.


8:20 A.M. – 9:20 A.M.


A1. DBQs to Enduring Issues: Strategies that Work (PUBLISHER’S SESSION)
New assessments crate 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 canbe used to help students as early as in 3rd grade, 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

A2. Creating Citizens Who Care: Social Emotional Learning Strategies for the Social Studies Classroom (PUBLISHER’S SESSION)
Social Studies teachers want their students to be able to actively participate in society in positive ways, and at the heart of this goal is Social Emotional Learning.  The knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to make a difference (self-awareness and management, relationship skills, responsible decision-making) are easy to incorporate when you have the right tools.  Come to this session to experience active classroom strategies and compelling digital interactives that will help your students understand themselves and the world around them through the context of social studies.

Sarah Diczok-Vajtay, Pearson
Interest Level: Grades 6-12


A3. Helping the Academically-Challenged Students Pass the Tenth Grade Global History Regents   (PUBLISHER’S SESSION)
The workshop will focus on various techniques to help academically challenged students master the skills necessary to pass the new tenth grade Global History examination.  

James Killoran and Stuart Zimmer, Clio Publishing
Interest Level: Grade 10

A4. Moot Court in the Classroom and Beyond
Moot Court simulations allow students to explore civics issues without being influenced by partisan politics. This seminar is designed to show the differences between Moot Court and Mock Trial. A special focus on the seminar will be on the 15 Supreme Court cases required in the AP Government Redesign, using materials developed by Street Law. For educators interested in exploring Moot Court beyond the classroom, resources and support will be offered to help schools compete in the 4th annual Mentor Moot Court Competition. The competition is sponsored by Judge Joseph Bianco and the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations.

Daniel Bachman, Massapequa High School
Hon. Joseph Bianco, Federal Judge
Interest Level: Grades 9-12

A5. Holocaust Rescue and Resistance: Caring or Indifference
Presenters will explore efforts of Jews and other individuals, as well as examine the actions of Italy, Denmark, the United States, and other nations. A variety of historical thinking skills will be demonstrated by analyzing primary and secondary sources. Presenters will offer strategies and lesson plans that stress literary skills and connections to the state and national standards.  Classroom-ready materials will be distributed.

Barbara Bernard, SUNY Old Westbury, SUNY Oneonta
Vincent Marmorale, NYSCSS Human Rights Committee
Interest Level: Grades 7-12


A6. Fresh new look at PNW BOCES SS/ELA Program K-8
PNW BOCES Integrated K-8 Social Studies ELA Program has a fresh new look! We asked for feedback on the program and we listened to teacher suggestions for improving the site. Come spend time exploring our new format and fresh ideas for integrating social studies practices and ELA skills into everyday instruction. We will also give you a preview of exciting additions to the program that are planned for the coming school year.

Presenter: Nancy McGuire, Putnam/North Westchester BOCES
Interest level:  K-8


A7. Using Current Events and the Media to Teach Economics Without Fear
This workshop will discuss teaching strategies for educators whowant to present economics to their students using current events, news articles, and other media. We will explore economic indicators such as GDP, inflation, and unemployment as well as fiscal and monetary policies. We will also learn how to increase our confidence in teaching economic concepts in our social studies classrooms.

Craig Medico, Paul D. Schreiber High School
Interest Level: Grade 12

A8: News Literacy, K – 5  
Participants will learn that the basic skills that students need to be proficient in news literacy by the time they graduate high school are skills that we can begin to teach even our youngest (yes, in kindergarten!) students.  Using picture books as a foundation, participants will take part in a series of lessons to see just how easy it is to introduce students to concepts such as sourcing, corroboration and reliability and credibility . 

Presenter: Lorraine Lupinskie-Huvane, Half Hollow Hills Central School District
Interest Level: Elementary Teachers, Social Studies Supervisors

A9: Teaching Literacy Through History  
Effective strategies and a variety of primary sources will be explored and experienced to expand and enrich elementary level (grades 3-8) students’ historical knowledge and understanding as well as enhance their literacy (reading, reasoning, speaking and writing) and decision-making skills.  All participants will receive a copy of The Gilder Lehrman Institute’s “Teaching with Documents” book, entitled Colonial America to Reconstruction, which contains a series of lesson plans with primary sources, pedagogical strategies, and graphic materials and organizers.

John McNamara, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Interest Level: Grades 3-8


9:30 AM-10:30 AM


B1. Using Technology in the AP Human Geography Classroom
This workshop will provide attendees with resources for incorporating technology in the AP Human Geography classroom.  A variety of apps, project ideas, daily and test prep strategies for differentiation will be made available.

Jack Zider and Margot Howard, Amityville UFSD
Interest Level: Grades 9-12


B2. What? Me Biased? Teaching Students to Overcome Bias
A barrier that often prevents consumers from finding reliable information is bias: a predisposition that distorts our ability to fairly weigh evidence and prevents us from reaching an accurate judgment. The problem goes beyond the potential bias of new outlets and other information providers.  News consumers and students of history also must reflect on their own biases and the ways they may curtail critical thinking.  This News Literacy presentation will focus on strategies to help students spot bias in sources of information and confront their own biases in the pursuit of reliable information.

Jonathan Anzalone, Stony Brook University School of Journalism
Interest Level: Grades 9-12


B3. Teaching the Enduring Issues in the Middle School: A Tiered Approach
This workshop will focus on using primary and secondary multi-media sources to teach the middle school learner different enduring issues that present themselves in the 6th, 7th, and 8thgrade curriculums. Additionally, the workshop will demonstrate a tiered approach to historical thinking and writing skills by grade level-trained students to think like a historian and the development of writing skills tiered to the appropriate grade level to prepare students for writing an enduring issues essay.

Michael Flynn and Nicole Conneally, South Side Middle School
Level: Grades 6-8

B4. The Longest Hatred: A Brief History of Antisemitism
The Holocaust. Charlottesville March. Attacks on synagogues in Pittsburgh and San Diego.  According to recent reports, antisemitism in Europe and the United States is on the increase.  Where does antisemitism come from? This session gives teachers the tools and materials to help students better understand the history of what is often referred to as the “longest hatred.”  The session will examine the four intersecting historical roots of antisemitism – religion, economy, politics, and race.  Using interactive primary sources (text and non-text), teachers will experience student activities and leave with classroom-ready materials and a PowerPoint to use with their students.

Steven Goldberg, Institute for Curriculum Services
Interest Level: Grades 9-12

B5. What Makes You Say That? Making Thinking Visible in the American History Classroom
During this presentation, we will specifically focus on how the Thinking Routines – Color-Symbol-Image (CSI), Making Meaning and Headlines,developed by Harvard’s Project Zero, can be put into practice in US history classes.  These thinking routines promote collaboration, engagement and deeper understanding while making students’ thinking visible – to us and to their peers – thus creating a culture of learning.  Additionally, we will share our process and experience of translating Project Zero research into both the middle level and high school American History classroom and the enormous impact these ideas have had on teaching and learning in our classrooms.

Jeannette Balantic, Garden City Public Schools
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

B6. AP World History, New Resources and New Framework
In this interactive session, we will explore the instructional and assessment shifts in light of the new AP World History course. Attention will be devoted to new resources for AP teachers and how 9thand 10thgrade teachers can navigate the shifts demanded by the new courses and assessments.

Greg Ahlquist, Webster School District 
Interest Level: Grades 9-10


B7. Teaching ENL Students in a Mixed/Sheltered Global II Classroom
This workshop will consist of practical methods and materials in order to teach ENL students in a mixed classroom as well as a sheltered ENL classroom. Materials and methods will be focused on the New Global II Regents.

Dr. Robin Gonzalez and Brianna Carnevale, Long Beach High School
Interest Level: Grades K-12 

B8. Fostering Experiential Learning
How do we as teachers in a defined space with a defined period of time provide these experiences in a practical sense? The goal for all of us is to engage the class in a dynamic learning environment where our students build self-efficacy. In order to co-create these experiences it is necessary for students to have a voice, choice, purpose and belief. I have seen how students often have the motivation and the ability but lack the knowledge of how to act. The goal will be to share the most practical and user-friendly tools to assist in your own dynamic discoveries.

Melissa Jacobs, Herricks High School
Interest Level: Grades 7-12 


B9.  Essential Photographs for Teaching US History
The presenter will discuss the backstory behind key photographs in US History as well as provide ideas for using these photographs in the classroom.

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

B10. NYSED: Update on the United States History and Government Regents Exam

The prototype of the revised US History and Government Regents exam will be outlined and discussed.  The rubric for the new exam will be presented.  The exam will be given for the first time in June 2020.

B11. Women & the American Story: Settler Colonialism and the Revolution, 1692-1783
Discover how women played a significant role in the evolution of the English, French, and Spanish Colonies and actively contributed to both sides of the American Revolution. Get a sneak preview of this new unit for Women & the American Story, a comprehensive web-based women’s history curriculum guide from the New-York Historical Society.Interact with rich documents, images, objects, and biographies from 17th and 18th century, and consider how to bring more women’s voices into your lessons about colonial and revolutionary America. All participants will learn how to access the curriculum materials online – for free. 

Presenter: Schuyler Schuler, Manager of Professional Learning, The New-York Historical Society
Interest Level: grades 7 - 12

10:40 AM-11:40 AM

C1. Virtual Reality (VR) in the Social Studies Classroom
What if you could integrate technology and virtual reality into your social studies instruction? This session will focus on practical ways you can use virtual reality with your students.  Teachers will see and participate in demonstrations on how to use Google Cardboard and apps such as Google Expeditions, Nearpod, and even YouTube to bring virtual reality into the classroom.  Many virtual reality scenes are possible and endless, including scenes about accomplishments of Ancient Egypt, the Mayan building structures, the Renaissance Art of the Sistine Chapel, and trenches used in World War I. 

Justina Zendrian, Our Lady of Mercy Academy
Interest Level: Grades 9-12


C2. Why Teach Reconstruction?
Reconstruction as an era of history has receiveda lot of attention in light of current events. In this workshop, Facing History and Ourselvesand New Visions for Public Schoolswill jointly present strategies for teaching reconstruction, curricular resources developed for teaching Reconstruction, and how we can meaningfully and thoughtfully unpack history that is challenging to teach.  Teachers will leave this workshop with strategies for having hard conversations and an overview of curricular resources that support both the NYS Regents and historical thinking skills. 

Aruna Patel, New Visions for Public Schools
Juan Castellanos, Facing History and Ourselves
Interest Level: Grades 9-12


C3.  Promoting Student Activism: What do the Standards Say
This workshop will focus on supporting student civic activism within guidelines established by New York State civics frameworks and NCSS C3 civics standards. Teachers will discuss how local schools and districts respond to anti-gun violence protests and student demands for climate action.  Classroom strategies that promote academic skills, especially oral and written literacy, and materials developed by Participation in Government teachers in Uniondale High School will be examined.

Alan Singer, Hofstra University
Adeola Tella-Williams, Uniondale High School
Interest Level: Grades 7-12


C4. Everything You Should Know About Islam: Religious Literacy

The National Council for Social Studies in 2017 added a religious literacy companion document as a supplement to the C3 Framework.  They did this after seeing the high rates of religious bigotry targeting Muslims and Jews in K-12 settings according to Southern Poverty Law Center.  Islamophobia and antisemitism are at an all-time high nationally and the best way to mitigate prejudice and discrimination is through education. This workshop is geared to help K-12 teachers develop a better understanding of Islam and Muslims in America.  Attendees will be given an overview of this misunderstood community and resources to use in the classroom.

Dr. Debbie Almontaser, American Muslim Women’s Association
Interest Level: Grades K-12 

C5. Developing Historical Thinking in our Youngest Citizens with a Brain-Based Inquiry Design Model
This workshop will share an inquiry-design model fifth grade unit on happiness in the Western Hemisphere that fills the filing cabinet of context, lights the imagination, and culminates in historical thinking.  The model, transferable to any grade level, embeds social-emotional literacy and features lessons built on the latest in David Willingham’s research on how the brain functions.  To see a preview of the strategies that define this presentation and unit in action, follow the link below.

Dr. Kevin Sheehan and Molloy College Students
Interest Level: Grades K-6

C6. A Changed World: Teaching the Repercussions of 9/11
Help students tackle 9/11-related topics, including the balance between civil liberties and national security and the immediate reactions to the attacks, through classroom-ready resources from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  Using primary sources and skill-building activities, explore how to make this challenging content relevant to students’ lives in 2019. 

Molly DePippo, 9/11 Memorial and Museum
Interest Level: Grades 9-12

C7. U.S. Presidents Seeking Re-Election: What Approval Ratings and the Performance of the Economy Suggest
Can a president be re-elected with dismal approval ratings but astrong economy?  What does the research tell us?  What is the relationship between a strong economy and a president’s approval rating? Two political scientists assess the validity of these two factors, often cited as critical predictors for the re-election, going back to the 1940 election and examining 15 subsequent elections. Professor Norpoth is widely known for his “Primary Model” predicting outcome of the popular vote in presidential elections and is the author of “Unsurpassed: The Popular Appeal of Franklin D. Roosevelt.”  Dr. Eisinger is the author of “The Evolution of Presidential Polling.”

Helmut Norpoth, SUNY Stony Brook
Robert Eisinger, Chief of Staff, Research Science, The NPD Group
Interest Level: Grades 7-12 

C8. Using Korea as a Case Study in AP World History
We will explore instructional strategies that align to the shifts in AP by examining sources and insights from Korean history.  Free open source resources will be shared and teachers can use instructional materials immediately.

Greg Ahlquist, Webster School District 
Interest Level:  Grades 9,10


C9. Dissecting the New Global Regents CRQs for Diverse Learners
This workshop is intended to provide strategies for tracking the new Global Regents Exam, Part IIs (Constructed Response Questions).  The presenters will focus on methods that have been effectively used for the Global II general education, special education and ENL students.  We will provide music, visual, and written examples that can assist teachers to succeed with their students on the new exam.  

Margot Howard, Dawn Mizrachi and Matthew Tomasi, Amityville High School
Interest Level: Grades 7-12 


C10.  Teaching the New Culture Theme in A.P. United States History: Religion and Art
The presenters will discuss documents, lesson plans, and key content for the religion and arts part of the Culture theme in US History

Ted Dickson, Providence Day School
James Fraser, New York University
Interest level: Grade 11

C11.  A Brief SED Update and Understanding of the Part II: 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 exam in Global History and Geography.  Terminology related to Part II will be defined and discussed.  Connections will be made to the new US History and Government Exam.  Teaching strategies will be discussed.

Dan King, State Education Department; Assessment



11:50 AM–12:50 PM

D1. The Flipped Classroom: Technology Integration in Global History and Geography
The FLIPPED CLASSROOM places responsibility for learning in the hands of students.  It encourages students to take an active part in their education and promotes curiosity and exploration into topics in Global History. With so many educational technologies available, FLIPPED CLASSROOM lessons are just one way to integrate technology into your classroom lessons.  This session will provide you with a framework for designing FLIPPED CLASSROOM lessons that can be differentiated as well as lesson plans and resources we have successfully used in our own classes.

Deanna Morgan and Jennifer Hebert, Walt Whitman High School
Interest Level: Grades K-12 

D2. Ditch the Lecture and Jump into the Learning Pit  
Was John Brown America’s first terrorist or hero? The session applies the scholarly work of Abby Reisman to the John Brown lesson from the Stanford History Education Group with the learning challenge twist! Reisman’s process includes established background knowledge; support historical reading; facilitate discussions with primary sources. Participants will engage in an historical thinking lesson and reflect on instructional practices for developing students’ conceptual understandings of history and contemporary issues.

Dr. Dana Serure, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership
Jessica Karnes, Erie I BOCES
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

D3. Democracy in Action: Freedom Riders
Change, especially in a democracy, doesn’t happen overnight..  Using resources from Facing Historyguide, “Freedom Riders: Democracy in Action” will explore how individuals working as an integrated community change public opinion and legislation across the country – all within a few months.  With primary sources, testimonies of Freedom Riders, politicians, and members of the media, we can provide students with a model of how change happened in 1961, and through student centered pedagogy, help students consider how these levers of power apply to themselves and their communities. 

Katie Leo, Facing History and Ourselves
Interest Level: Grades 6-8

D4. Launching Students into Action: Making Civics Relevant to Students
The G.C. Professional Development Workshop is an overall “action civics experience” simulation, walking teachers through the steps of an Action Civics project and an overview of the selected portions of the Generation Citizen curriculum by experiencing key components and activities. The workshop also lays strong foundations regarding democratic and culturally responsive classrooms which is essential for supporting students through consensus building and project-based learning objectives. Educators will learn how to implement Participatory Action Research (PAR), selecting policy-related goals and organizing and implementing action plans.

Brooke Wallace and Martin Mintz, Generation Citizen
Interest Level: Grades 9-12

D5. Teaching the Origins of the Bill of Rights Through Primary Source Analysis
Join a representative from the National Constitution Center for a session demonstrating classroom applications of no cost, interactive, online resources for teaching the historical origins of the amendmentsof the Bill of Rights through primary source analysis.  The session includes modeling and guided practices as well as a brief dialogue about the “Founding Era” ideal of “Freedom of Conscience.” Participants will leave the session with a new knowledge of constitutional history,access to online tools for comparing and contrasting historical, legal texts; and classroom-ready lesson plans for secondary level students.      

Lauren Goepfert, National Constitution Center
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

D6. Enhancing Your Lessons in Genocide Education
Teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides is important.  Sometimes teachers find it overwhelming and difficult to select appropriate materials or feel as though their lessons fail to convey the true impact of the event. During this workshop, we will refresh our lessons by applying the Holocaust education guidelines from the United States Holocaust Museum, exploring the strategies for incorporating “Survivor” testimony in the classroom, discussing the rise of antisemitism, highlighting the importance of individual choices and roles (such as collaborators, up-standers, and those who were complicit) with the historical context of the time and explore common questions students have about the Holocaustand other genocides.

Erin Regan-Gearns, Sachem East
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

D7. Infusing Social Studies Practices in K-2 Classrooms
Social studies comes alive when students are engaged. This workshop will focus on integrating ELA and character education using read alouds and connecting with the community.  Sample student projects and a video created by first graders honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. will be shared.

Antoinette Hatzopoulos, Glen Cove School District
Interest Level: Grades K-2

D8. Defining Democracy: How to Design an Inquiry Based Lesson
What is the meaning of democracy in America? This workshop uses the topic of democracy to show teachers how to develop a culture ofinquiry in their classrooms. Participants will see the process of developing an inquiry-based lesson and practice their own inquiry skills. Learn how a shift in questioning techniques and clear expectations can result in scholarly discussion among your students and a deeper understanding of the content.

Dawn Sumner McShane, Hempstead School District
Lynnann Perlin, Sayville High School
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

D9. Developing the Social Studies/ENL Co-Teaching Classroom
How can social studies and ENL teachers develop effective strategies and engaging lessons that will benefit all their students? What is the teacher’s role during instruction? Who is responsible for lesson planning, grading and parent communication? This presentation will offer some easily adaptable solutions to overcome the challenges of co-teaching and provide some practical strategies to engage our ELL students.  All co-teaching pairs can be successful!  When teachers patiently work together, have a positive attitude, and are willing to work hard, success will follow and, ultimately, all the students will benefit from having two experts working as one united team.

Greg Sill and Katie Neumair, Smithtown West
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

D10:  Women & the American Story: On the World Stage, 1920-1948
Preview the new 1920-1948 unit of the dynamic, freeonline curriculum Women & the American Story! Through economic extremes, wartime mobilization, and growing federal regulations, what it meant to be an American was constantly called into question between 1920-1948. However, women are often left out of the narrative. Generalizations about flappers and Rosie the Riveters ignore the fact that women in this era fought tirelessly to legitimize their place in society. Participants will explore rich primary source materials and life stories to student women’s experiences across racial, ethnic, and economic lines. They will also learn how to access this exciting resource for free. 

Presenter: Leslie Hayes, Director of Education, The New-York Historical Society
Interest Level: 7-12