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October 30, 2013

College of St. Rose Professor Wins State Archives Award

Albany, NY -- The New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust selected Dr. Kristi Fragnoli, Associate Professor of Education, The College of St. Rose, to receive the 2013 Bruce W. Dearstyne Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding initiative, leadership, and creativity in encouraging and promoting the use of historical records for elementary and secondary education.

The award was presented to Dr. Fragnoli at a luncheon ceremony at the Cultural Education Center in Albany, held recently. The Dearstyne award is named for a former division director of the State Archives who was a strong advocate for the use of historical records in the classroom.

Dr. Kristi Fragnoli’s instructional philosophy and practice is all about the educational use of historical records. This passion for using documents as educational resources began with her participation in a 1991 teacher training program, funded by a grant from the State Archives, on how to locate and integrate local government records into classroom instruction. Dr. Fragnoli took what she learned, expanded upon it and put it into practice, first as an elementary, middle and high school teacher with the Schodack Central School District, and then, after receiving a doctorate in Educational Theory and Practice from SUNY Binghamton, as an associate professor of education at The College of St. Rose. Dr. Fragnoli teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses to pre-service and current classroom educators. All of her students are instructed in how to work with historical records, how to effectively introduce these resources into K-12 classrooms, and how to use these resources to help students develop the skills outlined in the common core standards.

Dr. Fragnoli has also served as an education consultant for the Archives Partnership Trust. She has worked on many of the Trust’s education projects, including Throughout the Ages, La Escuela Electronica, Remembering WWI, and the latest project to revise the 1995 publication Consider the Source: Historical Records in the Classroom into an online resource for educators. Dr. Fragnoli has served in the capacity of researcher, editor, facilitator, writer, presenter, and as the on-camera expert for the Archives how-to videos for teachers. In addition, she has promoted the educational use of historical records at professional conferences throughout the state and across the country further spreading her enthusiasm for and love of historical records.

Previous winners include Amber Quinn, educator, Shenendehowa Central School District (2012), Nancy Phelps, educator, Walden Elementary School (2010), Bryan Thompson, Town of DeKalb Historian (2009), Grace Johnson, Jeff Kresge and Rick Walters from the Jamestown City School District (2008), Tee-Ann Hunter, Town Clerk, Town of Ithaca (2007), and Susan Stessin-Cohn, educator, Ulster County (2006).

The annual Archives Awards program recognizes outstanding efforts in archives and records management work in New York State by a broad range of individuals and organizations.  A complete list of this year’s award recipients follows:

Cheryl Steinbach Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Local Government Records Management
Orange-Ulster BOCES (Orange County)

William H. Kelly Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Local Government Archival Program Development
Montgomery County

Excellence in State Agency Records Management Program Development
New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

Bruce W. Dearstyne Annual Archives Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records
Dr. Kristi Fragnoli, Assistant Professor of Education, The College of St. Rose (Albany County)

Excellence in the Educational Use of Local Government Records by a Local Government
Holland Patent Teaching and Learning Center and the Holland Patent Central School District (Oneida County)

Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the State Archives
Dr. Carolyn Strange, Australian National University

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 9-12
Ana Luiza Teodoro and Steven Faiella; Tottenville High School, New York City Department of Education; Teacher: Joanne Nolemi (Richmond County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 6-8
Conor Quinn; Farnsworth Middle School, Guilderland Central Schools; Teacher: Deborah Escobar (Albany County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 4-5
Jillian Landsman, Jaeden Tice, Thomas Grismer, Ethan Metzger, Hannah Eavans, Jana Elkashef, Maeve Harkin, Nicole Hammond, Randy Rosario; Walden Elementary School, Valley Central School District; Teacher: Nancy Phelps (Orange County)

For More Information, Contact:
Emily Allen (518) 473-0130 or
Antonia Valentine (518) 474-1201