A New York district is considering changes that would give a more comprehensive view of African and African-American history as the state adopts an overhauled social studies framework with more rigorous standards. Curriculum changes may involve increasing content about other cultural groups represented in the district's increasingly diverse student enrollment.
A New York elementary school located on the territory of the Tuscarora Nation has the tribe's language and culture as part of the school day. The school has a native language and culture educator who teaches a daily culture class and collaborates with classroom teachers.
The Archaeological Field School just wrapped up a six-week field project in New York, where students excavated a site believed to have been military officers' quarters from the War of 1812. Students cataloged and sorted items including lead musket balls, buttons, stone beads and Chinese porcelain.
Students in Chris Gelsomino's sixth-grade social studies class at International Preparatory School in Buffalo, N.Y., recently received a classroom visit from George Cleveland, grandson of the nation's 22nd and 24th president, Grover Cleveland. The younger Cleveland -- a New Hampshire resident in town to help plan the 150th birthday celebration for his grandmother, former first lady Frances Folsom Cleveland -- answered the students' questions about history and his famous kin.
Concerned about the nutritional value of meals being served in Buffalo Public Schools, students there have joined the Youth Advisors Council of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities initiative to promote healthier eating, efficient school cafeteria service and more farm-to-fork school foodservice ties. They attended the Buffalo Food Policy Summit earlier this week. "We are very enthusiastic about having students lead the charge in creating a healthier school community," said Buffalo Public Schools official Assunta R. Ventresca.