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Civic Readiness Task Force

The Civic Readiness Task Force was appointed by the Board of Regents to provide recommendations on the Civic Readiness initiative. Presented in January 2020, the recommendations included a definition of Civic Readiness, the elements of a Civic Capstone Project, and a Seal of Civic Readiness.

Name Title Organization
Allison Armour-Garb Senior Advisor P-20 Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning New York State Department of Education
Dawn Bartz Director of Social Studies Yonkers CSD
Laura Bierman Executive Director New York State League of Women Voters
Brian Carlin Social Studies Instructional Coach New York City Department of Education
Michael Coppoteli Associate Superintendent Public Policy and Student Services Archdiocese of New York
Cheryl Couser Deputy Director of Public Information New York State Board of Elections
Barry Derfel Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES
Michael DiMezza Director of Career Technical Education Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES
April Francis Social Studies/Online Learning Curriculum and Staff Development Specialist Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES
DeNora Getachew New York City Executive Director Generation Citizen
Bill Hecht District Superintendent Orange-Ulster BOCES
Joseph Karb Middle School Social Studies Teacher New York State United Teachers
Jessica Karnes Coordinator of Staff Development, Curriculum, Differentiated Instruction and Data, K-12 Social Studies Erie 1 BOCES
Lisa Kissinger Academic Administrator for Social Studies, Grades 6-12 Shenendehowa CSD
Steve LaMorte Director of Social Studies Rochester City SD
Debra Lesser Director Justice Resource Center
Tony Lopez Executive Director Zone 126 Neighborhood Community Schools
Nicholas Norman Field Liaison United Federation of Teachers
Kamorudeen Olayokun Jr. Assistant Principal PS 78, Staten Island
Aruna Patel Instructional Specialist New Visions for Public Schools
Charles Perreaud

Jury Commissioner for the NY State Courts in Monroe Co. and Court Interpreting Coordinator

7th Judicial District
Christy Radez Associate, Office of Curriculum and Instruction, Lead Facilitator for the Civic Readiness Initiative New York State Department of Education
Michael Rebell Executive Director, Center for Educational Equity, Chairman of the Civic Readiness Task Force Teachers College, Columbia University
Joe Rogers Director of Public Engagement, Senior Researcher, Center for Educational Equity Teachers College, Columbia University
Jenna Ryall Social Studies Instructional Coach NYC DOE
Peter Sawyer History Department Chair, Director for Service Learning and Civic Engagement Hudson Valley Community College
Joe Schmidt Social Studies Instructional Coach New York City Department of Education
David Scott Law and Civics Educator Coordinator Northport CSD
Chris Sperry Director of Curriculum, Project Looksharp Ithaca College
Ellen Sullivan Assistant in Educational Services New York State United Teachers
Tara Thibault-Edmonds School Media Library Specialist Roundout CSD
Christine Zapata Social Studies Instructional Lead, District 31 New York City Department of Education
Joseph Zaza Founding Principal Nicotra Early College Charter School