SOCIAL STUDIES:  Working on the Curriculum & Assessment Changes
Facilitator:  Greg Ahlquist
Tuesday, November 14 @ Olean Intermediate-Middle School's LGI room  (401 Wayne Street, Olean, NY 14760)

Understanding and Developing Enduring Issues Essays:        8:15 - 11:15 am 
Participants of this 3-hour workshop will examine in depth the prototype Part 3 Enduring Issues Essay and consider instructional practices to prepare and support students for this task.  We will collaboratively identify the most essential "big picture" enduring issues to be used for instructional purposes by local district teachers.  We will work with the Framework, the Enduring Issues Essay Prototype, and draw on our experiences of teaching Global 10.  Participants will be able to practically use and apply this work in their classrooms and schools. Based on the Grade 10 global history and geography curriculum, this element of the exam will be administered for the first time statewide in June 2019.  For more NYS Regents Exam Information


Building a Vertically Aligned Secondary Social Studies Program:        Noon - 3:00 pm
This session will focus on the instructional and assessment implications at the Middle and High School levels that accompany both the NYS Social Studies Framework as well as the upcoming new Global Regents exam.  In this interactive session, we will not only unpack how these changes impact both Middle School and High School teachers and students but focus on practical and meaningful shifts that can be made immediately.  Time will be spent looking at assessments and lessons that Middle School teachers have created as models so that teachers can see an exemplar and then apply it immediately to the classroom and build their own assessment and instructional materials aligned to the changes.  This session will share the product and the process of revision, changes, and multi-year steps to arrive at work aligned to the new Social Studies Practices and assessment models--in essence how to build a vertically aligned Social Studies program 6-12.  The principles of these changes will be practically helpful for teachers to begin to redesign their teaching and assessments.

Greg Ahlquist is a recipient of the 2013 NYS Teacher of the Year award, a member of the New York State Social Studies Content Advisory Panel, has been a teacher at Webster Central School District since 2000 and a district leader for Social Studies since 2015, and has served on various NYS Social Studies committees/teams as both a leader and a member.  He led a full-day, working workshop on Social Studies Changes in May at St. Bonaventure University and was requested to return for these follow-up workshops.