October 13, 2010
NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE, TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM ARE TOPICS AT STATE BAR ASSOCIATION 34TH ANNUAL CIVICS AND LAW-RELATED EDUCATION CONFERENCE
ALBANY—Teaching Native American history and embracing technology in the classroom will be the focus of the New York State Bar Association Law, Youth & Citizenship Program’s (LYC) 34th Annual Civics and Law-Related Education Conference taking place in Western New York at the Beaver Hollow Conference Center in Wyoming County, New York from October 13-15, 2010. Titled “Iroquois to Internet: An Examination of the 21st Century New York Classroom,” this professional development opportunity is designed for academics and legal professionals.
“Civic education is key to helping students understand their rights and responsibilities as American citizens,” said State Bar President Stephen P. Younger of New York (Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP). “The State Bar is committed to ensuring that New York State remains at the forefront in thoughtful and progressive education that teaches the value of democratic participation and helps to create our next generation of civic leaders. This year’s program on Native American culture and the importance of state-of-the-art technology in teaching demonstrates the breadth of information that educators need to provide a well-rounded civics education. LYC chair James Hanlon and the committee have put together an excellent and valuable conference.”
State Bar Association President-elect Vincent E. Doyle III of Buffalo (Connors & Vilardo LLP) will provide welcoming remarks. Storyteller Perry Ground, a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (Iroquois), will be the featured dinner speaker on Thursday, October 14, where he will discuss the culture, beliefs and history of his Native American heritage.
Teachers, professors, administrators, attorneys, criminal justice and law enforcement personnel attend this premier professional development opportunity each year. The goal is to provide stimulating and innovative sessions in law-related civic education for participants new to the field as well as those with broad experience. Experts from New York State and around the nation conduct conference sessions, with participants receiving up-to-date information, original materials and instructional strategies they can use. Certificates of attendance are issued for the purpose of attaining district in-service credit.
The full list of conference topics and instructors are:
• Communities and Connections – Mary Miller (New
York News Publishers Association)
The conference also offers the workshop, C-SPAN Resources in the Social Studies Classroom: Ten Ideas You Can Use with Joseph Karb, C-SPAN Teacher Ambassador. A representative from the Washington C-SPAN office will join through live video conferencing.
For more information about the 34th Annual Civics and Law-Related Education Conference, please visit www.lycny.org.
A partnership between the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Education Department, the Law, Youth and Citizenship (LYC) Program was established in 1974 to promote law-related education in New York’s public and private schools. The LYC Program assists educators in preparing students – from Pre-K through high school -- for active, engaged roles as citizens. The LYC Program provides programs, training, and materials that enhance student understanding of the law, our constitutional form of government, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
Founded in 1876, the 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. The State Bar’s programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.