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Young Historians, Local Educators, and Availing Archivists: Teaching With Primary Source Materials and Common Core State Standards

  • Thursday, January 19, 2012
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • National Archives at New York City, 201 Varick Street
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An Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (ART) Monthly Program at the National Archives at New York City

“Even though you plant a seed and you don't see it flourish or bloom,
it's there, and it grows.”

Renee Thorton, Teacher | New York, NY
National Teachers Initiative, StoryCorps

2011 K-12 Archives Education Institute
Image via ART's 2011 K-12 Archives Education Institute Flickr album

The New York State Board of Regents approved legislation that will institute Common Core State Standards in K-12 education. By 2014-5, New York teachers and educators will be assessed based on criteria developed from these standards along with additional standards set by the NY State Department of Education (NYSED). The new state assessments will focus on deeper levels of thinking to encourage college and career readiness.

  • How can teachers best prepare for the new assessments?
  • How will Common Core State Standards affect New York State and the metropolitan New York area schools?
  • What role do primary source materials play in helping to develop curricula?
  • How can archivists collaborate with history and social studies teachers?

These questions were explored this past October at the second annual K-12 Archives Education Institute (AEI). ART, in partnership with the National Archives at New York City (NARA-NYC) and the United Federation of Teachers/Associated Teachers of Social Studies, organized the AEI with 35 local K-12 educators and members of the archival community. The group discussed strategies for teaching primary source materials on the topic of immigration and migration. Utilizing the collections of NARA-NYC, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center of New Jersey, the group developed questions, exercises, and activities for students. This collaborative work has culminated in the K-12 AEI Curriculum on Immigration and Migration. This curriculum will be available on the ART website as a resource for educators.

On January 19, 2012, ART will highlight the AEI program, and introduce the K-12 AEI Curriculum on Immigration and Migration to the public for the first time. This special event will also feature the remarkable efforts of local cultural heritage institutions that utilize primary sources in education and outreach initiatives. The presenters will include:

Marisa Gitto, Director, Patricia Standish Curriculum Library, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY & AEI Curriculum Coordinator

Christopher Zarr, Education Specialist, National Archives at New York City

Leslie Shope, Project Coordinator, Brooklyn Connections, Brooklyn Public Library

Metropolitan New York area teachers, educators, archivists, and the general public are invited to join us at the National Archives at New York City. Online registration via the ART website (http://nycarchivists.org) is required in advance.

When: Thursday, 19 January 2012
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

6:30-7:30 pm Program
7:30-8:30 pm Reception

Where: The National Archives at New York City
201 Varick Street, NYC

Light refreshments and beverages will be served during the reception.

Cost: FREE *online registration required through the ART website http://nycarchivists.org* Online registration for this event has closed.

The ART Communications and Outreach Committee would like to thank NARA-NYC for graciously hosting this program. ART thanks MetLife for its generous support of this event.

For questions concerning this event, please email:

Questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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