NYC Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core Conference

8:30 to 9:15 - Meet and Greet; Continental Breakfast
9:15 to 9:25 - Introductory Remarks by Ric Hasenyager, Director of Library Services, NYC Department of Education
9:25 to 9:55 - Keynote by Lisa Nielsen, Director of Digital Literacy and Citizenship, NYC Office of the General Counsel

10:00 to 11:15 - Breakout Session 1
11:30 to 12:45 - Breakout Session 2
1:00 to 1:15 - Closing Remarks
1:15 to 2:30 - Lunch and Networking (on your own)

Who Should Attend:  School and Public Librarians, Teachers, School Leaders, Education Staff at Museums, Archives, Historical Societies and other Cultural Heritage Organizations.


Cultural Resources in Math
Instructors: SED Educators & Suzanne Libfeld, NYC Mathematics Project at Lehman College, CUNY
The introduction of cultural resources in formal learning provides a number of benefits - these resources appeal to students with different learning styles, they spark the imagination, and they give the students contact with authentic artifacts. Introducing these resources into the Common Core classroom, however, requires several changes in approach on the part of both cultural educator and classroom teacher. This workshop will cover the changes in approach as well as sample lessons. There will be an opportunity for hands on work, questions and discussion.
About the Instructor:
Suzanne Libfeld is the Director of the New York City Mathematics Project, (NYCMP) Institute for Literacy Studies at Lehman College.  The NYCMP provides professional development is mathematics for educators throughout NYC, offering on-site work, institutes, seminars and workshops.  Ms. Libfeld is the Eastern 1 Regional Director of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, an adjunct faculty member at Lehman College and Manhattan College, and a co-pi on the NSF funded project, Mathematics Teacher Transformation Institute.
Limit: 60
This session is presented by the New York State Education Department and Lehman College, CUNY.

WNET Digital Resources
Instructor: Sandy Goldberg
This session will explore media-rich resources that provide students with the skills, content knowledge, and motivation to meet Common Core literacy sandards across a range of subjects. This session will draw on the thousands of free resources offered in VITAL NY (, now available on the new PBS LearningMedia platform. The resources include video, interactive presentations, games, primary source documents, and more. We'll also provide strategies and tools for using digital media to support the Common Core.
About the Instructor:
Sandy Goldberg is the Director of VITAL (Video in Teaching and Learning), a comprehensive K-12 digital education service on the PBS LearningMedia platform. In that capacity, she oversees all production, professional development, and outreach for the project and helps to create a vision for the project's future growth and development. Ms. Goldberg has worked in the education field for over 25 years and is an experienced classroom teacher, technology staff developer, and educational software producer. Prior to joining WNET, Ms. Goldberg directed the American Gateways Settlement House Initiative, funded through a five-year Technology Innovation Challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Education. She received an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University Teachers College, and a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.
Limit: 60
This session is presented by WNET.

Connecting Content and Common Core Literacy Standards Using Museum Resources
Instructors: Rebecca Taylor, Melanie Cohen, & Dora Kravitz
This session focuses on a model for Museum learning that uses informational texts based on exhibition content and writing tasks to support Common Core literacy standards in nonfiction reading and writing.  Participants will receive examples of AMNH resources that support both Common Core reading and writing standards and science standards and provide support for teachers to incorporate nonfiction essays based on exhibition content with explanatory writing tasks and Common Core aligned rubrics.
About the Instructors:
Melanie Cohen has worked as the Senior Manager of Museum Learning Experiences and Educational Outreach for the Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning since 2010.  She helps teachers plan effective museum learning experiences for their students through professional development and one-on-one outreach.  Her work also includes collaborating on the development of Educator Guides and associated materials that make connections between museum content and the common core.
Dora Kravitz has been working for AMNH since 2012.  Her work includes supporting the design and facilitation of science teacher professional development workshops, institutes and graduate courses.  Prior to joining the Museum, she taught middle school science and math in New York City.  She is currently coordinating a project integrating Common Core literacy standards with the teaching of science practices and content
Rebecca Taylor has worked at AMNH since 2007, currently as Coordinator of Museum Learning Experiences and Educational Outreach.  She serves as lead educator on Educator Guides for permanent and temporary exhibits, administers a literacy-focused student writing context, and coordinates proessional development sessions for teachers that make connections between Museum science and social studies content and science, social studies and common core standards.
Limit: 100
This session is presented by the American Museum of Natural History.


Cultural Resources in ELA and Other Subjects
Instructors: SED Educators; Saralinda Lichtblau & Deborah Yasinsky, Hudson River Museum; & Juan Manzo, Urban Arts Partnership
The introduction of cultural resources in formal learning provides a number of benefits - these resources appeal to students with different learning styles, they spark the imagination, and they give the students contact with authentic artifacts. Introducing these resources into the Common Core classroom, however, requires several changes in approach on the part of both cultural educator and classroom teacher. This workshop will cover the changes in approach as well as sample lessons. There will be an opportunity for hands on work, questions and discussion.
About the Instructors:
Saralinda B. Lichtblau is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Hudson River Museum. She has worked extensively in the visual and performing arts, as well as education.  Her tenure as a Museum Educator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, as part of the Learning Through Art and Sackler Education programs, as well as her experience as a progressive preschool teacher, prepared her for her current position at the Hudson River Museum, where for over ten years she has overseen its Magnet School Programs, trained its docents, and managed its ever-expanding school programs and partnerships. She currently leads a School Programs team of full-time and part-time educators, plus interns, and oversees budgets, creating and implementing museum education programs that provide students and teachers with experience-based, arts-infused, sequential curricular programming. In collaboration with Yonkers Public Schools at the district, administrative, and classroom levels, she envisions, creates, and implements museum school partnerships, including design of curriculum, artist residencies, and professional development programs. Her pubic programming and new community initiatives provide seniors and adults with lifelong learning opportunities inspired by museum exhibitions and collections.  In addition, she is Adjunct Faculty in the Masters of Arts in Museum Professions Program at Seton Hall University. She received her M.S.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education, where she was Commencement Speaker for the Museum Education Program, and her BA, Magna Cum Laude, in Art History, English Literature and French from Swarthmore College.
Deborah Yasinsky is the Senior Museum Educator at Hudson River Museum. She develops multidisciplinary integrated curriculum aligned with common core standards for multiple museum preK-12th grade partnerships in public and private schools in Westchester and the Bronx, leads professional development for prek-12 teachers, and leads docent training in teaching strategies.  Deborah received her BA degree in Fine Arts from Stern College, then trained as a textile/surface designer at FIT and worked in the NYC garment industry for 5 years.  Deborah then began teaching art in community based settings, leading intergenerational arts programs. As a founding staff member of Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Deborah developed educational programming, as well as content and design of gallery components. Since graduating from Bank Street College of Education with a Masters in Museum Education, certified in Childhood Education Grades 1-6, Visual Arts Grades K-12, Students with Disabilities Birth Grade 2, and Students with Disabilities - Grades 6, Deborah has worked as a special education teacher in preschool settings as well as a museum educator and teaching artist with various institutions, including, 92Y, Wave Hill, Woodlands High School, Hastings High School, Multiple Yonkers Public and Parochial Schools, Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Riverdale Nursery and the Fieldston School. Deborah is a multi-media artist; mediums include encaustics, papermaking, drawing and photography. Her work focuses on pattern and textures found in natural and industrial settings. Deborah believes that the arts, inquiry and object based learning can infuse every academic subject and can play a vital role in teaching with the Common Core Standards.

Juan Manzo is an arts educator who has worked with youth for over 12 years.  He has worked as a Teaching Artist for La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Center Theater Group and in Tanzania for the International Theater & Literacy Project.  As a Program Manager for Urban Arts Partnership, he works directly with schools throughout New York City to help engage and inspire students through the arts.  Urban Arts Partnership advances the intellectual, social and artistic development of underserved public school students through arts-integrated education programs to close the achievement gap.  UAP serves over  120,000 students and 450 teachers in 100 under served schools across New York City and Los Angeles.
Limit: 60
This session is presented by New York State Education Department, Hudson River Museum, & Urban Arts Partnership

Panel Presentation: Collaborating for College Readiness with Cultural Institutions
Instructors: Leanne Ellis, DOE; Curtis Kendrick, CUNY; Daniel De Santis, New-York Historical Society; and Kathryn Lloyd, Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Learn about “high school to college” transition issues and supports from City University of New York and New York City librarians and cultural educators from the Historical Society and the Tenement Museum.   Panelists will discuss Common Core school reform and share viewpoints on college readiness involving communities of practice who integrate critical readings and resources from local cultural institutions to collaborate on curricular revision.
About the Instructors:
Miriam Bader is the Education Director at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she oversees the administration of tours, school programs, and accessibility. Her educational approach is based in constructivism and imaginative education, and includes inquiry, hands-on learning, and place-based experiences. Miriam serves as an educational consultant for the National Park Service and Singapore Tourism Board, and serves on the board of the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable. She has explored museum education in institutions of all sizes, including The Museum at Eldridge Street, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Jewish Museum, and classroom settings. She received her Master’s degree in Museum Education from Bank Street College.
Daniel De Santis
is the Visual Arts Specialist in the Education Division of the New-York Historical Society. De Santis is a licensed visual arts teacher with classroom teaching experience in New York City public schools, and is the primary researcher and curriculum writer for the Art of History, an education outreach program provided by the Historical Society that combines history, art history, art making, and literacy. De Santis holds a Bachelors Degree in Art History and Global Environmental Studies and a Masters of Arts in Teaching.

Leanne Ellis is a School Library Coordinator for the New York City Department of Education Office of Library Services.  She provides professional development and school-based support to school librarians and teachers assigned to the library around the city.  Leanne is the Project Manager for the MyLibraryNYC  Program with the public libraries and the DOE liaison for the CUNY-DOE Library Collaborative.
Curtis L. Kendrick is University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources at The City University of New York.  As a senior member of the University’s Office of Academic Affairs, he works in concert with the Council of Chief Librarians and other University administrators to further enhance library system funding, resources, programs and services. He has also held library management positions at Columbia University, Harvard University, Stony Brook University and Oberlin College.  A graduate of Brown University, Mr. Kendrick earned his MLS from Simmons College and his MBA from Emory University.
Kathryn Lloyd is the Education Associate for Group Programming at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she works to create meaningful and accessible experiences for the Museum’s K-12 visitors. Before joining the Tenement Museum, she lead programs at the Brooklyn Historical Society and taught in afterschool settings in New York and Barcelona. With a background in Psychology and ESL education, her work is guided by inclusivity, cultural relevancy, and exploring the role of cultural organizations within communities.
Limit: 100
This session is presented by NYC DOE, CUNY, New-York Historical Society, & Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Building Bridges: Math & Science, the Built Environment, and the Common Core
Instructors: Kenneth Jones & Tiffany Judkins
Participants will explore engineering design, scientific inquiry, and model-making skills by engaging in inquiry-based activities from two Salvadori After-School  programs: Skateparks and Bridges.  Group discussion will focus on alignment between these activities and grade-specific learning standards for math and science, as well as on the key elements of our project-based approach.  Sample lesson plans will be provided.
About the Instructors:
Kenn Jones started his career as a licensed architect working in New Jersey and New York City. His career as an educator paralleled his career in architecture where he taught undergraduate courses in studio art, design, and the history of art and design as well as graduate courses in non-profit management. Kenn has substantial experience with developing project-based curricula, interdisciplinary programs, and adult education/professional development. He has served as a U.S. Diplomat in the Middle East and as the Executive Director of Peters Valley Craft Education Center and the New York Foundation for Architecture; most recently he was the Curator of Education for the New Jersey State Museum. Kenn holds a M.Arch. degree from the University of Maryland and post- graduate studies in historic preservation and design as a Rotary Foundation Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Using strategic planning and creative problem solving to achieve organizational goals and objectives, Kenn ties together his experiences in education, executive management, and philanthropy ~ an approach he brings to the Salvadori Center.
Tiffany Judkins, Education Director (Project Director), came to Salvadori from the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) where she served as a Master Teacher of Mathematics at Automotive High School. As a Master Teacher, Tiffany was hired to accelerate student achievement, create a model classroom, and increase teacher capacity. She facilitated city-wide professional development workshops for teachers and served on the School Leadership Team. During her time with the NYC DOE she also served as an Instructional Leader and algebra teacher at Washington Irving High School. Tiffany graduated from Schreiner University with a B.A. in Mathematics. She also holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College, as well as a Masters in Education Policy & Management from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
Limit: 60
This session is presented by the Salvadori Center.

Organizer This event is co-sponsored by NYCDOE, METRO, NYSDOE, & P/NW BOCES


Mon, Jun. 2, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Eastern

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New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
DIRECTIONS Subway: B, C to 81st Street 1 to 79th Street Bus: M10 to 77th Street M79 to 81st Street and Central Park West Parking: There is a limited amount of street parking on 77th Street, 76th Street and Central Park West. Nearby parking garages can be found at: 203 ...


Subway: B, C to 81st Street
1 to 79th Street

M10 to 77th Street
M79 to 81st Street and Central Park West

There is a limited amount of street parking on 77th Street, 76th Street and Central Park West.

Nearby parking garages can be found at:

  • 203 W 77th Street, (212) 362-2308

  • 207 W 76th Street, (212) 496-8553

  • 201 W 75th Street, (212) 874-0581

All garages are between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

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