March 9, 2011

M. Diana Jabis, Dr. Charlene Jordan, John Buchinger
Meet the Teachers

Dr. Charlene Jordan, Assistant Superintendent - TAH Project Director
Sarah A. Chauncey - Co-Project Coordinator is the Director Information Resources & Learning Technologies for Rockland BOCES.

 M. Diana Jabis - Co-Project Coordinator  is a certified social studies teacher and taught American history on the secondary level for over twenty years.   In addition, she was a social studies department chair and a secondary level principal for thirteen years. Her role will be to provide on-going support as teachers integrate knowledge they acquire during workshop presentations into units of study. You may enlist this support in any or all of the following ways: On-site individual support, On-site work with teams or department members, District level support I look forward to working with you.  You can reach me at djabis@optonline.net

Maria Vann, Education Programs Manager at the New York State Historical Association and the Fenimore Art Museum. Vann earned her BS in History from SUNY College at Oneonta and her MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.  She has created educational materials for the NYS Museum and the D&H Linear Park in addition to curating exhibitions for Sullivan County.   In her current position, she creates and implements educational programming and docent training at the Fenimore Art Museum.  These programs include Native American Interpretation, exhibition lectures, professional development for teachers, and school programs.  She can be reached at m.vann@nysha.org  

Thru Spring 2011
John Buchinger
is the Associate Director of Education New York Historical Association responsible for overseeing the manager of statewide programs. Provide outreach and instruction to students and professional development for teachers across New York State. Developed current video conference initiative to a national level providing over 100 programs a year to more than 15 states and Canada. Develop marketing materials for statewide initiatives. Develop collection based and exhibit based resources for teachers.


Dear Colleagues,

Good News!  For this first year, we have decided to focus more on getting as many of you as possible to participate in workshops that you find interesting than making sure that all participants can attend at least 75% of all activities.  Of course, our goal is to have a cadre of "experts" for each year of the grant and, while we encourage maximum participation, we also understand that the late start has impacted on our roll-out for this year.  We encourage you to bookmark this site and check it regularly for announcements and updates that will assist you in teaching American History.  We hope to see you at our November, December, and January workshops.  Please check the revised timeline for an updated schedule!



Dear Colleagues,

 I wish to thank all of you for your interest in being part of the TAH grant thus far.  Attached you will find a document [Timeline]  that indicates the dates for all of the professional development scheduled for this school year only.  All of these workshops, including the Summer Institute scheduled from August 22 to 26, will be posted on My Learning Plan beginning October 5th, and you will be expected to register for workshops online.  This will enable us to have sign-in sheets and accurate records of participation – necessary for grant evaluation, but also as records for you and for your districts.

In our original grant submission, we indicated that Tier I participants must be willing to attend a minimum of 75% of workshops/sessions, not including the summer institute.  There are approximately 30 hours of PD scheduled between now and the end of May, so we would expect a commitment of approximately 22 hours.  We recognize that there are a few districts that have different conference days so we will have to discuss this, but please review the dates carefully with your schedule and commitments in mind, to determine your ability to be a Tier I member.

If you do not wish to be part of the project at this time, please send me an email.  Otherwise, you should begin registering for workshops beginning next week.  At our October 16th meeting, we will take a few minutes to hand out record keeping forms, etc. so we can begin paying stipends. 

It stopped raining!  Have a great weekend!

Charlene Jordan, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services

Rockland BOCES



Visit the 2011-2012 Calendar to learn about all events and workshops. Mark your calendars and save the dates!

SUMMER 2012 - August 20-24
Days 1 & 2  - Lowell Mass - site of mills that redefined industry in US- overnight trip, Tsongas Industrial History Center (Lowell National Historic Park), educational presentations on  how to teach industrialization to students of different grade levels.
Day 3 - Erie Canal at Schohrie Crossing/Shaker Village
Day 4 - Historic tour of Albany and the State Capitol
Day 5 - to be determined

Library Media Special Patty Eyer created an amazing lesson using  using a tool called Thinglink. She was inspired by the discussion of primary source portraits shared in a TAH Libraries and Primary Source Documents Workshop. See Ms. Harris' Classroom examples

HISTORY DAY - Tell Us Your Story!
Ramapo Central
The New York State History Day finals were held on April 23rd. The following Suffern High School students entered the competition: Paige Bergstol, Blair Croce, Geena DiGiacomo, Amanda Gerzog and Jillian Stella. This past weekend they were recognized as Regional Finalists in the “Group Website Senior Division” for the Lower Hudson Valley National History Day Contest. The topic they chose for National History Day was the segregation between the Main School and the Brook School in Hillburn, NY. Our students were fortunate enough to interview Mrs. Evelyn DeFreese, Mr. Craig Long, Dr. Travis Jackson and Mr. Carl Wright, all of whom provided insight into the time period and a variety of primary sources for our students to utilize. They researched at the Rockland Archives and committed many weekends at the high school to work on the website. Dr. Robert Wilson provided our students with many valuable primary resources that he has researched over the years. Rob Lyons and Dominick Martiniello assisted the students in citing, video editing, website organization and presentation. We are proud of the effort and time the students committed over the last three months to this project. Rob Lyons, Dominick Martiniello and I would like to thank the administration for their support and all of the speakers who volunteered their time to assist our students with the website.

Remember, you must register for each workshop on My Learning Plan This enables us to keep important data necessary for grant reporting and will also be sent to your district at the end of the year. At the conclusion of each workshop, please print the time sheet. If you are attending a workshop onsite, just fill out, SIGN, and hand in. If you are participating in an online workshop, print, sign, scan, and email to me (cjordan@rboces.org) or Marilou (lfullon@rboces.org).

Lesson Plan Template - Understanding By Design ~ Download
Lesson Evaluation Form ~ Download

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