Dec. 3, 2014 @ the Vernon Downs Hotel
New York Social Studies Toolkit Project is creating instructional materials and
professional development for implementing the newly released New York Social
Studies Frameworks. The Toolkit project work follows the Inquiry Arc, as
presented in the College, Career, and Civic Life for Social Studies State
Standards (C3 Framework), 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.
Selection of Authentic Texts for Common Core Instruction: Guidance and a List of Resources for Text Selection:
Libraries and librarians are also great resources.Your school librarian is likely an under-tapped resource with many library catalogs searchable by Lexile. Your librarian can lead you to a plethora of appropriate materials for learning centers, online access of articles, complexity tools and more. NYS School Library Systems Association has led a resource aggregation for many additional resources to meet the Common Core Learning Standards and curriculum modules. Please visit the following site for an example of such a site:
TED’s educational arm has launched TED-Ed Clubs, an effort to support students who conduct research, write, and present and record their own ideas in a TED talk format. The goal is to stimulate and celebrate the best ideas of students around the world. TED-Ed piloted the project with 100 schools, focusing mostly on middle and high school–aged students. Most of the pilot schools started with TED-Ed clubs held during lunch or after school, but some teachers incorporated materials into the classroom. TED-Ed offers free guiding materials for13 club meetings, taking students through the step-by-step process of creating a TEDtalk. The program suggests starting with a meeting to talk about what students are passionate about. Then each student pursues one idea over the next 13 weeks. In successive weeks, students discuss the qualities of a great idea, conduct research on their topics, identify good and bad habits in presentations, give feedback to one another and ultimately give a TED-style talk captured on video.