CCLS Training in Social Studies

Hi all,

Over the past two weeks, and continuing into April, social studies teachers at Arcadia have been working with the Common Core Learning Standards through professional development from Dr. Marijo Pearson (Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES).  The focus has been on integrating CCLS into the Social Studies content by focusing on the standards and connecting them to current best practice.

imagesCAJUIFGKOn March 5th, teachers will continue their work as they begin to explore the CCLS Standards, and work with evidence guides to plan and teach a Common Core lesson in the next few weeks.  I hope to be able to work with teachers and share in this process.  Our last two sessions will focus on text dependent questions, as well as text complexity.   More to follow soon…



“Lincoln” – A Learning Opportunity for Students and Staff

“Lincoln”, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and directed by Steven Spielberg, opens November 16th in Rochester.  The movie focuses on some of the major decisions that President Abraham Lincoln was faced with during his time in office, but specifically focuses on the months leading to the end of the US Civil War.  The movie has been rated PG-13, so many students could attend with family and friends.

Here is a summary of the movie from

“Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.”


Lincoln – Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Directed by Steven Spielberg


If you wish to learn more about the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln, either before or after viewing the film, consider the following books:

A Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America, by Harold Holzer

Lincoln: A Cinematic and Historical Companion, forwards by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy

Lincoln: A President for the Ages.  Essays from leading writers and scholars.  Edited by Karl Weber

Manhunt: The 12 Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, by James L. Swanson



Common Core Resources

Hi all,

Below are some great resources regarding the Common Core Standards – broken down by grade level for social studies.  These were also sent via email, but now you can access them from any computer.  If you have questions about Common Core for Social Studies, how it fits into the PLC process, the new APPR/TED Documents, or observations, please let me know. 

Common Core Standards for Social Studies, 9-12

CCSS Teacher Guide, 9-12

Common Core Standards for Social Studies, 6-8

CCSS Teacher Guide, 6-8

Common Core Standards for Social Studies, K-5

CCSS Teacher Guide, K-5

…Enjoy – Matt

Greece Historical Society Offerings

The Greece Historical Society and Museum is the place to learn about local history and get engaged in real history here in Greece.  The museum has regular exhibits, but also special displays – so be sure to check it out.  I was lucky enough to be given the “all access” tour by Kathie, Lee, Bill and others.  The amount of primary documents, maps, knowledge and resources at the gift shop will enhance local history for all of us – and can help students at different levels experience it too. 

Not only does the Greece Historical Society manage the museum, but they also offer different opportunities for students and teachers, and community members of all ages.  Below are some of those upcoming events – please call the Greece Historical Society if you have questions as 225-7221, or check out

Upcoming Events:

  1. River Romance Weekend (for adults):  The Greece Historical Society and the Charlotte Village and Transportation Museum will be at Ontario Beach Park, Sunday, October 7, 2012  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. We will have exhibits on the history of Northgate Plaza, the Manitou trolley and Charlotte. Come hear about the War of 1812 from the Canadian point of view, through the eyes of a descendant whose family barn near Fort Erie, Ontario became a field hospital. Greece and Charlotte tee-shirts, books and memorabilia will be on display and for sale and a new book on Charlotte in the war of 1812 will be unveiled. Learn about all the events at River Romance Weekend at
  2. Mr. Lincoln’s Army – Our Documentary Heritage, by Preston E. Pierce, Ed D.   Tuesday, October 9, 2012 Greece Town Hall, One Vince Tofany Blvd. 7:00 p.m.   This program examines the process by which the Union military force was built. Information about “Mr. Lincoln’s Army,” as Bruce Catton once called it, is presented from government and private documents, artifacts, newspapers, and books garnered mostly from local museums and archives. Reading lists, notes on the Civil War draft, and other resources will be given to those attending.  Dr. Preston Pierce, the Regional Archivist at Rochester Regional Library Council, was a Social Studies teacher for 30 years, the Ontario County Historian for 29 years and an adjunct lecturer in history at the Finger Lakes Community College, and spent 2 years of his Army career as a Research and Analysis Officer for the Center of Military History, US Army.  Public Welcome, Reservations are not necessary. Greece Historical Society members Free. A $2.00 donation is appreciated from others.  For more information call 585-225-7221, visit  or find the Greece Historical Society on Facebook.
  3. Sam Patch: America’s First Daredevil, by Maureen Whalen.   Saturday, October 13 at 1:00 pm. at the Greece Public Library.  Nik Wallenda is just the latest in a long line of American daredevils. The first was Sam Patch who made his reputation “jumping falls,” but will always be remembered for what happened to him in Rochester on that fateful day in November 1829. Attendees will learn all about Sam and children may want to try a “daredevil stunt” of their own. For ages 8 and older. Register for this free program by calling the library at 225-8951.
  4. Manitou Trolley Days, by Bill Sauers.  Friday, Oct 19, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. Greece Town Hall – Northwest AARP Meeting.  From 1891 to 1925 an electric trolley ran eight miles along the shore of Lake Ontario between Charlotte to Manitou Beach. With nearly 20 stops along the way the trolley stopped at hotels, cottages, amusement parks, and crossed Braddock’s Bay on a wooden trestle. Come along and ride this train with a multi-media presentation by Greece Historical Society president Bill Sauers.  Also learn about the Greece Historical Society & Museum and their programs for the upcoming season.
  5. Volunteer Fair (A Great Opportunity for Greece Central 12th Graders in CIA).   Monday, October 29th 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Greece Community & Senior Center.  The Town of Greece will be hosting a Volunteer Fair on Monday, Oct 29th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Greece Community and Senior Center.  The event will give the Greece Historical Society and other community organizations the chance to showcase volunteer opportunities to prospective volunteers and residents in our community. If you are interested in volunteering with Greece Historical Society or any other organization in Greece, be sure to join us on Oct 29th.
  6. Native American Day (Excellent for students and children).  Saturday, November 10th, 10am-noon at the Greece Town Hall.
  7. Holiday Open House.  Saturday, December 2nd at the Greece Historical Museum.

Hopefully you’ll get a chance to check some of these out over the next few months.


Free Educators’ Workshop on Modern Turkey: What to Teach in the Global and US History Classroom

Pittsford Central School District has graciously extended an invitation to the social studies teachers of Greece Central School District. Courtesy of a grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation and World Affairs Council of America, they are offering a social studies workshop on Modern Turkey. The workshop is free and dinner is included. Registration is filling up quickly, but they still have a few open spots.

They have confirmed the participation of Ambassador Ricciardone through the State Department and are excited to offer this unique opportunity for area social studies teachers.

The registration deadline is April 23rd and I hope you are able to join them! 

Send me an email if you are interested in attending!

Attached is their itinerary.

Spotlight on Turkey 2012 4.26.12