The New York State Archives Partnership Trust has partnered with the National Council for History Education to form a state council – the New York Council for History Education (NYCHE).
This partnership is expected to enhance the Trust’s ability to promote historical literacy by strengthening regional networks of educators, historians and cultural organizations and providing locally focused professional development and outreach activities.
The NYCHE will be chaired by The College of Saint Rose Professor, Kristi Fragnoli, Ed.D. and a team of educators from nine regions around New York State. A press release announcing the effort said that recruitment is ongoing to form regional networks of educators to serve as advisors to strengthen the work of NYCHE and provide professional development.
Also, the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation awarded the New York State Archives Partnership Trust (APT), the non-profit arm of the New York State Archives, a $100,000 matching grant for Consider the Source Online: Teaching with Historical Records Project. The grant hopes to create an online platform that enables local, regional and statewide collaborations among teachers, cultural organizations and content specialists. In addition, the National Council for History Education designated the APT to head a new council for New York State.
Funded in part by the Gardiner Foundation’s grant, the APT’s Consider the Source Online website is expected to feature: digitized primary sources selected by educators and connected to the New York State Learning Standards; teacher-developed primary source lesson plans; training modules and videos on incorporating historical records into the classroom; a calendar of professional learning opportunities; and an online support community where teachers and cultural organizations can ask questions and share ideas. The APT and its regional partners are expected to provide tailored professional development opportunities for teachers to create their own primary source-based educational lessons. Work is expected to begin on the project in September with an anticipated completion in August 2021.
More about the the New York Council for History Education can be found online.
Photo of Albany Cultural Education Center, which houses the NYS State Museum, Archives, and Library.