Join us for for these exciting day-long Uncommon Approaches to Cultural Education conference that will bring together teachers, librarians, archivists, school administrators, public broadcasting, and museum professionals to discuss and learn best practices for utilizing cultural organizations as part of curriculum-based learning. Sponsored by the Office of Cultural Education and the New York State Education Department.

These workshops are FREE to attend.

Lunch, coffee and tea are included.

Details on speakers and agendas to come!


October 14 - Central NY: Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse

8:30am - Registration, coffee & Tea
9am Swing for the Fences:  Bringing Hall of Fame Curriculum to Your Students Without Leaving Your Classroom
Stephanie Hazzard, Baseball Hall of Fame
The next best thing to visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame is participating in a videoconference.  Using the lens of baseball, the Hall of Fame’s award winning program transports the wonders of Cooperstown to your very own classroom.  See how baseball is used as a backdrop to help your students discover objectives in diverse topics like mathematics, geography, civil rights history, women’s history, economics and more!
10:30am - Learning to Look: Adapting museum visual thinking strategies and resources for your classroom or field trip experience
Carol Yost, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
All MAG resources and strategies are designed to enhance the Common Core Standards and curricula. Thinking with Objects - Archeology in the Classroom; Let's Talk: Seeing, Speakering and Sharing; Drawing for Observation. The MAG Expanded Learning Collaboration with the Rochester City School District, whereby over 400 students (1st-5th grade) come to the museum for 10 weeks to explore the art collection and then create art in the studio.
Lunch - Andy Kitzmann, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
12:30pm - Supporting Student Literacy and Content Understanding in a Museum Learning Experience
Rebecca Taylor, American Museum of Natural History
This session will present the American Museum of Natural History's Educator Guides & online resources for permanent & special exhibitions. These resources have been designed to support teachers in planning and carrying out field trips that both enhance their classroom curriculum and meet statate and national standards in science and social studies. Participants will be introduced to activities that incorporate pre-, during- and post-visit supports in the form of reading and writing informational/explanatory text. Participants in this session will receive several examples of museum resources that align to both Common Core reading and writing standards, and science and social studies content standards for New York State. Participants will also learn how the museum provides teacher support for implementation of these materials in the context of their students' diverse needs.
2pm - Place-Based Learning with Primary Documents: Olana's Education Programs Revised
Amy Hufnagel, Olana NY State Historic Site
Amy Hufnagel, Director of Education
Olana's Director of Education, Amy Hufnagel, will present three museum education models used with K-12 education and adult education audiences. First Hufnagel will show 19th century painter Frederic Church's unpublished sketches from his notebooks (age 14-21) and discuss process verses materpiece art history education; then present the site's Artist on Art Interpretaion model, and final show a project that is in development that takes students into collection storage with a curator to see objects not on display and too delivate for student observation using technology and interactive facetime conversations. Hufnagel will discuss audience engagement and development, as well as funding for this work. 

October 19 - Southern Tier: Corning Museum of Glass, Corning

8:30am - Registration, coffee & tea
9am - Bringing the Museum to the Classroom
Kelli Huggins, Education Coordinator & Erin Doane, Curator, Chemung County Historical Society; Michelle Thomas, Second Grade Teacher, Diven Elementary, Elmira City School District
This workshop will discuss ways that museums and schoools can partner to bring artifacts, historical document, and hands-on activities directly into the classroom. With money for field trips and busing hard to find, the Chemung County Historical Society and the Elmira City School District worked together to develop a series of in-classroom, artifact-driven and curriculum-aligned programs and in-school exhibits for students in grades K-2. That program now reaches all K-2 students in the district. Presenters will discuss this work and tips for other museum-school collaborations across all grade levels.
10:30am - Partnering with Local Historians and Libraries to Enhance Social Studies Curriculum
Christine Ridarsky, City Historian, Rochester & Historical Services Consultant, Rochester Public Library; Michelle Finn, Deputy City Historian, Rochester & Historical Researcher, Rochester Public Library
Did you know that every town, village, city and county in New York State is required by law to have a local historian? These men and women can be a tremendous resource to teachers and their students, as can staff in local libraries. This session will explore the ways in which Rochester's local historians and libraries are partnering with schools to enhance social studies curriculum and provide models for similar collaborations in other communities. The session will include hands-on activities, as well as demonstrations of a new online resource for teachers and students developed by the Rochester Public Library.
12:30 - Bringing History to Life: Walking in the shoes of an immigrant! A Community Collaboration
Andrea Decker, Roberson Museum and Science Center; Stefanie Olbrys, NYS Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year 2015 from Windsor Central School District
Assume the role of an immigrant at the turn of the century as you live an inquiry.  Experience the emotions of uncertainty, adjusting to a new culture, excitement, and hardships faced by immigrants coming through Ellis Island and their journey to a new home.  See how shifts in social studies can bring history to life and learn how cultural institutions collaborating with local schools can form a mutually beneficial relationship.    
2pm - Museums Bring Art to Life: Inspiring Creativity in Learning for All
Mary Mix, The Rockwell Museum
How do museums collaborate and support quality eduation in their surrounding communities? An educator, administrator, teacher and a teaching artists will discuss strategies for connecting museum resources with K-12 schools through meaningful, museum-school partnerships. Audience members will have an opportunity to share their questions and ideas.

October 27 - Long Island: Hofstra University Museum

8:30am - Registration, coffee & tea
9am - Weaving Experiential Activities Into Classroom Curriculum
Aimee Terzulli, Director of Education & Visitor Experience & Jeanmarie Walsh-Manfield, Associate Director of Education, Long Island Children's Museum
Join the Long Island Children's Museum as they explore uncommon approaches to the Common Core using inquiry-based learning experiences that address a wide variety of learning styles. Journey between the worlds of art, science and culture as you discover connections that bring different learning modalities together. Participate in hands-on activities that support reading, writing and science standards by weaving together the power of community, science, storytelling and image. Learn how to translate these experiences into easily applied lessons that connect the Common Core to your classroom.
10:30am - Your Story, Our Story: Making Student Historians
Mirium Bader, Director, Education & Kathryn Lloyd, Education Manager, Lower East Side Tenement Museum
The Tenement Museum has always asked students to become historians. Our new online digital exhibit, Your Story Our Story, invites students to become historians by researching and publishing family object stories and contributing to our archive on the American experience. The exhibit highlights immigration and migration stories of the past and present, ultimately representing connections and patterns between generations and cultures. In this session, participants will explore perspectives on American identity through the story collection, and receive resources for integrating the project into curriculum. They will also learn about the project's development and the key role teachers continue to play in shaping it.
12:30pm - Engagement at the Seaport
Jonathan Boulware, South Street Seaport Museum
South Street Seaport Museum engages students in a broad variety of programming, including single visit education programs, internships, in-classroom residencies, and skills development programs involving volunteerism and workforce development. But it is the combination of all of these modalities in conjunction with key partnerships with academic institutions and businesses that create the uncommon approach. Captain Jonathan Boulware will provide and overview of the Museum's programming, including key strengths and weak points, and offer tips on development of similar programming. Participants will come away with new ideas on student engagement using various programmatic elements as listed above.
2pm - Small Community / Big Ideas
Jenny Hutchinson, Museum Educator, The Hyde Collection
Museum Educator, Jenny Hutchinson will illuminate The Hyde Collection's role within a small community that has recently entered a phase of rejuvenation with Arts and Cultural destinations indentified as focal points. The presentation will showcase how The Hyde Collection strives to create programming that invited the community to experience the arts in meaningful ways by offering a welcoming and accessible environment.

November 3 - Western NY: Theodore Roosevelt National Historic Site, Buffalo

8:30am - Registration, coffee & tea
9am - How the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Got it's Grove Back: A Case Study in Reinventing a Museum to be Relevant, Interesting and Meet the Needs of TEACHERS too!
Mark Lozzo, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
10:30am - Inspiring Creativity Through Exploration
Karen Wallace, Director of Learning and Interpreting/Deputy Director, Buffalo Museum of Science
Discover the importance of curiosity in learning and how learning can cultivate curiosity. Explore how you can activate your students' minds to new worlds and possibilities by making observations and asking questions.
12:30pm - Bringing Object-Based Learning from the Museum into the Classroom
Patrick Stenshorn, Albany Institute of History & Art
Museums provide opportunities for students and teachers to study real objects and create a link to the past. How can these experiences be applied to the classroom? The Albany Institute of History & Art answered this question by turning a popular exhibition, The Capital Region in 50 Objects, into curriculum materials focusing on individual objects and images for teachers to use in their classrooms. The lessons use 18 of the 50 objects that align to the New York State Social Studies framework to help teachers and students broaden their appreciation of the Capital Region's distinctive identity. Learn how this innovative method can help you connect museum collections to teachers and students in the classroom.
2pm - "Living" with NY State Standards at Genesee Country Village & Museum
Jennifer Haines, Genesee Country Village & Museum
Join staff from GCV&M as they discuss the many ways they connect the programs at their living history museum to New York State Common Core and Learning Standards. Discover the wide range of programs available for students in grade P-12 while the staff highlights selections of their on-site and outreach programs.

November 15 - Capital Region: New York State Museum, Albany

8:30am - Registration, coffee & tea
9am - Engagement at the Seaport
Laura Norwitz, South Street Seaport Museum
South Street Seaport Museum engages students in a broad variety of programming, including single visit education programs, internships, in-classroom residencies, and skills development programs involving volunteerism and workforce development. But it is the combination of all of these modalities in conjunction with key partnerships with academic institutions and businesses that create the uncommon approach. Captain Jonathan Boulware will provide and overview of the Museum's programming, including key strengths and weak points, and offer tips on development of similar programming. Participants will come away with new ideas on student engagement using various programmatic elements as listed above.
10:30am - Born to be Wild Learners: Student Centered Programs Release Innate Creativity
Patrick Murphy & Jen Kretser, The Wild Center
Students come first in The Wild Center's Youth Climate Initiative and VTS in Science program. With two unique approaches, The Wild Center demonstrates that as students take charge of their own learning processes, amazing results can happen. VTS in Science is based on the art world's Visual Thinking Strategies and supports an increased capacity among students to understand and think critically about the visual information they encounter. The Youth Climate Initiative allows students to take real world problems and gives them the tools and resources to implement real change in their communities. Participants will hear the background of each approach and engage in a discussion about ways in which students can become the focus of insitutional programming.
Lunch - Andy Kitzmann, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
12:30pm - The Long Road to Equality: Teaching the Civil Rights Movement in Historic Context
​Leslie Hayes, Director for Professional Learning, New York Historical Society
The Education Department of the New York Historical Society, New York's oldest museum, is committeed to empoweing teachers - and through them their students - to incorporate the practice of historians into the Social Studies classroom. This session will introduce participants to N-YHS's approach to inquiry-based learning by modeling one of our most popular and powerful programs: The Long Road to Equality. In this program, participants think about how we can help students place the civil rights movement in a greater historical context. Through in-depth image analysis, we'll consider how the 19th century fight for racial equality laid the groundwork for the social and political upheaval of the 1960s and beyond. Participants will examine highlights from our permanent collection, as well as images from the exhibition Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma-to-Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein. In addition, N-YHS will provide all participants with the materials needed to recreate this lesson in the classroom and demonstrate how to access even more teacher resources through our free digital curriculum library.
2pm - Landmarks Workshops: Exploring Local History resouces with K-12 Educators
Samantha Saladino, Shaker Heritage Society; Cindy Dickinson, Hancock Shaker Village; Dr. Jennifer Dorsey, Siena College; Vicki Weiss, New York State Library; Stephanie Miller, New York State Museum
This session focuses on a collaboration between Siena College, the NYS Museum, NYS Library and three Shaker museums that successfully secured a NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture grant to offer week-long workshops for K-12 educators. The collaboration offered educators from across the country an opportunity to gain expertise in the use and interpretation of primary sources including historic sites, material culture and rare document collections. Session participants will learn how the Landmarks workshops were organized and discuss the challenges and benefits of the program.