Polls, Political Science, and the 2008 Presidential Election
On October 23, 2008 Professors Helmut Norpoth and Howard Levine of the Political Science Department gave a presentation for  AP government classes from Northport, South Huntington, and Patchogue-Medford high schools.

Foundation for Teaching Economics
The Foundation for Teaching Economics has put on three workshops over the past two years year for both our students and cooperating teachers from area schools.  The workshops dealt with The Economics of Water Use and the Environment (November 17, 2006), Issues in International Trade (April 11, 2007), and Is Capitalism Good for the Poor (November 14, 2007).

Dr. Pat Fishe, University of Richmond/FTE

Cooperating teachers preparing to demonstrate the benefits of trade

Dr. Pat Fishe                                                                       Cooperating teachers preparing to
University of Richmond/FTE                                                demonstrate the benefits of trade

Markets in action
Markets in action

Long Island Museum – Bringing Local History into the Classroom
In February 2007, Professor Backfish took his student teachers to the Long Island Museum to see their exhibit on Long Island in the 1950s and prepare a lesson plan using the museum’s holdings.

Consumerist family romance

Modern consumer goods
Consumerist family romance                                             Modern consumer goods

New York Historical Society – American Musicals Project
On March 13, 2006 Liz Grant from the New York Historical Society came to Stony Brook to do a workshop for our student teachers based on the American Musicals Project, a collaborative venture between the NYHS and the New York City schools that combines musical theater and primary sources to teach American history to teach historical thinking skills and key themes in American history to public school students.

New York Historical Society – Slavery in New York
On February 18, 2006, all of the undergraduate and graduate methods students traveled to New York City to visit the NYHS exhibit on Slavery in New York.  Students had the chance to view the exhibition and view some of the primary sources held in the NYHS library before taking part in a workshop designed to help them learn new ways to use these materials to teach social studies to public school students.  The methods students were then expected to complete various assignments—constructing a documents-based question, designing a field trip, etc.—for their methods courses based on their experiences.

Roslyn Social Studies Department – Engaging Students through Essential Questions
The Roslyn schools are engaged in restructuring their 7th and 8th grade curriculum on the basis of essential questions that are designed to engage students in the topic and to do so in ways that encourage them to think in more sophisticated ways about the study of the past and its relevance to the presence.  In March 2005, several members of the Roslyn social studies faculty came to Stony Brook to put on a workshop for our methods students.