Teacher Guides

The three institutions of higher learning on Staten Island, College of Staten Island, St. John's University and Wagner College have agreed to pool their resources to create the first complete set of lesson plans for Staten Island's K-12 students to study the rich history of their own community.  When complete, teachers will be able to download these lesson plans from this location for their classroom use.  They will conform to grade-specific requirements.  Some will utilize place-based learning to showcase historic sites on the SI350 trails. 
Teachers and student-teachers from the three colleges will use these social studies and interdisciplinary lessons in their own teaching and student-teaching during the 2010-2011 year.

Call for Curriculum Based Teachers’ Guide 
to Staten Island Historic Sites

The SI 350 Education Symposium and Public History Conference Subcommittee invites submissions of authentic Teachers’ Guides to commemorate Staten Island’s 350th Anniversary. The six top entries will earn prizes up to $1,000.00 sponsored by the Staten Island Foundation.

WHO: K-12 pre-service teachers, presently attending preparation courses and in-service teachers from the public and private schools on Staten Island, are invited to participate Entries may be submitted by individuals or by teams.

WHAT: The Call for the Teachers’ Guide is part of the Celebrations planned for the 350th Anniversary of Staten Island in 2011.  The SI350 Committee, in collaboration with the community, has compiled 350 historic sites to showcase 12 dimensions of the borough’s history -one to be celebrated each month.  Themes listed at: http://www.si350.org

Submitted Guides will be entered into the competition for “Best Guides” prizes and developers will have the opportunity to present their work at the SI 350 Education Symposium and Public History Conference: "Staten Island in American History and 21st Century Education" to be held March 25-26, 2011.  Six prizes will be awarded: a winner ($1000.00) and a runner-up ($250.00) at each of the Elementary, Middle and High School levels. All winning projects, as well as others approved by the judges, will be posted on the website: http://www.si350.org  as a permanent resource for all teachers. A total of 18 projects will be selected for presentation at the conference and a minimum of  one project will be published in the conference proceedings.

HOW:  Individually or in teams, develop  a complete Teacher Guide  that make use of content and strategies that are aligned with the  K-12 curricula and  at the same time, promote the concept  of Place-based Learning . This pedagogy promotes learning that is rooted in what is local to the students’ own place, i.e. Staten Island’s unique history, environment, culture, economy, literature and art.  The objective of the Teachers’ Guide is to promote our shared and diverse past through the use the local places, identified by the SI350 committee, (http://www.si350.org), to support student learning, provide an experience that leads to greater comprehension of the curricular topics under study, and to help students at all levels deepen their understanding of the history of their community, the people in it and their own identity within the community.

WHEN:  Submit competed plans by February 15, 2011. Submissions of the Teachers’ Guide should include the following: 1) a cover sheet with the title, the name(s), address, affiliation and e-mail address of all the developers and 2) the complete guide (See required components below.)

Any questions should be addressed to the co-chairs of the SI 350 Education Symposium and Public History Conference Subcommittee: Prof. Phillip Papas at papas@ucc.edu, Prof. Lori R. Weintrob at lrweintr@wagner.edu, or Prof. Margaret E. Bérci at Margaret.berci@csi.cuny.edu .

Please see full instructions and application in the documents listed below:

Call for Teacher's Guide Competition

Extended Lesson Plan Format for Teacher's Guide

Subpages (1): Download Lesson Plans