June 12, 2014

Applicants sought to create toolkit for new state K-12 social studies framework

Source: NYSUT Research and Educational Services

The University of Binghamton, in partnership with the New York State Education Department, is seeking writers and reviewers to serve on a Teacher Collaborative Council which will develop a toolkit for the state's K-12 social studies framework.

The toolkit is intended as a resource to help K-12 teachers craft instructional units that reflect the robust nature of the new framework and a shift toward more inquiry-driven instruction that integrates social studies concepts and practices with Common Core Literacy Standards in a way that is both rigorous and engaging for students. Adding to the ambitious scope of the project is an equally aggressive time frame: The toolkit must be completed by June 2015.

Given both the innovative and intensive nature of this work, project managers are looking for applicants who are ready and eager to learn, committed to the highest quality work, open and responsive to feedback, and timely and communicative.

Project managers will form broadly representative writing and review teams to create the toolkit, and specifically look for participation on two levels — as writers/reviewers and as members of a Teacher Collaborative Council.

Writers will be broken into grade band teams (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) with each team responsible for creating one exemplar curriculum unit per grade level and five compelling questions for other topics relevant to each grade.

The council will consist of 42 teachers selected to evenly represent all K-12 grades (with both Participation in Government and Economics teachers represented at grade 12) and will read and respond to the work of the writers. Their feedback will be incorporated into revisions of the units and compelling questions.

Writers will be compensated $20,000; reviewers will be compensated $5,000. Both groups will be compensated for travel to mandatory meetings.

Applications must be submitted by June 27, 2014.

This link will take you to the application site: http://www.binghamton.edu/nys-ss/writer-reviewer-app.html Additional information on the NYS K-12 Social Studies Framework is available at http://www.engageny.org/resource/new-york-state-k-12-social-studies-framework .