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Project PATCH

2022 Law & Civic Education Summer Institutes

2022 Law and Civic Education Summer Institutes

Long Island / Manhattan / Albany / Syracuse / Buffalo

Project PATCH

In partnership with the John F. Tinker Foundation

Generously funded by The New York Bar Foundation

Project PATCH (Law-Related Education Program of the Northport – East Northport UFSD), in partnership with the John F. Tinker Foundation, is proud to offer these lost-cost, high-quality Professional Development opportunities for New York Teachers.

Space is limited. Seats are available “first-come, first-served.”

Direct Questions to Project PATCH Coordinator, David Scott at or call (631) 262-6875

Five locations, two unique Professional Development opportunities.

4-day Institute on Civics & Classroom Technology Integration (Long Island) $75

Faculty: Danielle Milazzo, Instructional Technology Resource Specialist, Northport – East Northport UFSD.

June 27, 28, 29 and 30- Northport High School, 154 Laurel Hill Road, Northport, NY

1-day Institutes on News Literacy & Civic Literacy for “Civic Ready” Students $45

Manhattan / Albany / Syracuse / Buffalo

Faculty: David A. Scott, Esq., Project PATCH Coordinator and Janis Schacter, News Literacy Instructor, Northport – East Northport UFSD.

July 11th- Courts and Community Learning Center, Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse, 40 Foley Square, New York, NY

July 18th- New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), 800 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, NY

July 19th- Onondaga County Bar Association, 431 E. Fayette St., Suite 300, Syracuse NY

July 20th- Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, 641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY

About our Long Island Institute-

Join Instructional Technology expert and Social Studies Teacher Danielle Milazzo-Roccisano in this 4-day / 30-hour Professional Development to gain instructional strategies and resources that leverage instructional technology to develop your students’ civic knowledge, skills, and attitudes while creating experiences that will empower your students as active, informed, engaged participants in our democracy. Participants must bring a Wi-Fi-enabled laptop, tablet, or Chromebook daily to the institute.

About our Manhattan, Albany, Syracuse and Buffalo Institutes-

Join NYSCSS Distinguished Social Studies Educators David Scott and Janis Schachter for a full day of Professional Development focused on Civic Readiness through News Literacy and Civic Literacy. Participants will be empowered with instructional strategies and resources that will transform how teachers prepare students for responsible, active, informed, engaged, and meaningful participation in civic life. Participants will acquire new teaching strategies and resources to build students’ civic knowledge, skills, dispositions, and experiences in ways that will meet our shared goal of civic readiness for all students.

Institute Faculty Bios:

David A. Scott, Esq.-

Scott is a veteran teacher with over 30 years experience in K-12 Law and Civic Education. He is a recipient of the NYSCSS Distinguished Social Studies Educator Award. He is also a recipient of the American Bar Association’s Isidore Starr Award for Excellence in Law-Related Education. He coordinates Project PATCH, the K-12 Law and Civic Education Program of the Northport – East Northport UFSD. He is a faculty member of the Educational Leadership Program at Stony Brook University where he teaches School Law. At Northport High School, Scott teaches “American Law,” a senior year elective engaging students in learning about the American Legal System. He also advises Northport High School’s elite Mock Trial Team. Scott is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences on topics related to Law-Related Education, Civics, Students’ Rights, Civic Responsibility, and the First Amendment.

Janis Schachter-

Schachter is a News Literacy teacher at Northport High School. She has trained teachers from around the state through Project PATCH, and she has worked with teachers from around the globe through the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. A former journalist, she was recognized internationally for her work in News Literacy, earning the silver level Schurz Press Freedom Teacher Award from Global Youth & News Media. She was the New York State Council for the Social Studies’ Distinguished Educator for 2020-21 and has been named an Educator of Excellence by the New York State English Council.

Danielle Milazzo Roccisano-

Roccisano is a New York State Certified Educational Technology Specialist and Social Studies teacher. Currently, she is an Instructional Technology Resource Specialist at Northport High School. She also serves as the coordinator of Northport's NAF Academy of Information Technology. Over the past 10 years, she has presented over 600 hours of technology-related professional development for the Northport-East Northport School District. She was recognized as a Bright Light by the Association of Suffolk County Supervisors for Educational Technologies and presented a project involving professional development in blended learning environments including online webinars. Roccisano is also an instructor for CORE PD. Roccisano specializes in blended learning, online learning, social media integration and digital citizenship. Roccisano has served as an instructor at the PATCH Summer Institute in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and is excited to return to the institute in 2022.

Registration, CTLE and Enrollment Fees- Thanks to the generous support of The New York Bar Foundation, we are offering this program at nominal cost. As seats are limited, early registration is strongly encouraged. CTLE Certificates will be provided upon request. Participants can earn up to 30-hours CTLE credit for the Long Island 4-Day Institute. Participants in Manhattan, Albany, Syracuse, and Buffalo 1-day institutes will earn up to 7.5 hours of CTLE credit. Registration and payments are processed through the John F. Tinker Foundation on Eventbrite.

For Immediate Distribution- Please share with interested educators. Note our program is open to all NY in-service teachers. Limited seats are available for pre-service teachers in accredited pre-service programs. Educators outside of NY should contact David Scott at to inquire about spots for out-of-state teachers.

Essay Contest- The John F. Tinker Foundation is sponsoring an essay contest for students. The essay contest includes up to $10,000 in prizes. Learn more about the essay contest at this link: