In Westchester the Journal News
Bruce went out to specify actions which he thinks need to be taken including mentioning my post on county historians and the upcoming change in the social studies curriculum. Anne Ackerson posted a comment that praised the “actionable ideas.” I would like to take this opportunity to mention one specific actionable item which I think should be done, starting with education.
At present, the situation with the new core curriculum in social studies is in the beginning stages. In fact, it is the theme of the
That means that now is the time for the history community to make its voice heard. If we wait until after everything is set in motion it will be too late and we will be presented with a curriculum instead of participating it is creation. Therefore, I recommend that a Social Studies Common Core Curriculum Conference be held to consist of the following speakers and panels.
Welcome: Governor Andrew Cuomo
Session One: The Common Core Social Studies Curriculum
Commissioner John B. King, Jr.
Commissioner of Education and
President of the University of the State of New York
Session Two: Role of Colleges in History and Education Teaching and Professional Development
Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor, SUNY
Session Three: New York State Organizations and the Common Core Curriculum
New York State Archives: Christine Ward
New York State Historian: Bob Weible
New York State Museum: Christine Ryan
Session Four: The Role the Historian in New York State History
Public Historian: Gerald Smith, President APHNYS
Research Historians: TBD
Session Five: The Role of Historical Organizations
New York State Organizations – Rose Harvey, Commissioner, NYSOPRHP
New York Historical Societies and Museums – Anne W. Ackerson, Director, MANY and Catherine Gilbert, Executive Director, Museumwise
Session Six: The Role of the Teachers
New York State Council for the Social Studies: Lori Megivern, President
and regional council presidents
Who would be willing to host such a conference? Who would be willing to help organize it? Should anything be done at all? If so, then what?
Peter Feinman founder and president of the Institute of History, Archaeology, and Education, a non-profit organization which provides enrichment programs for schools, professional development program for teachers, public programs including leading Historyhostels and Teacherhostels to the historic sites in the state, promotes county history conferences and the more effective use of New York State Heritage Weekend and the Ramble.