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Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology's E-blast
from the Desk of Anne Schiano, Assistant Director
September 11, 2009 E-Blast

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NYSED/USNY

NEW! David M. Steiner Elected Commissioner of Education
On July 27, 2009, the New York State Board of Regents elected Dr. David Milton Steiner as New York State Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York. Currently the Dean of the Hunter College School of Education at the City of New York, Dr. Steiner is known for his leadership on transforming teacher preparation and improving teacher quality. Dr. Steiner will assume his new position on October 1.  Until that time Carole Huxley will continue to serve as Interim Commissioner.  For more information on Dr. Steiner including a press release, curriculum vitae summary, photograph and news conference see, Board of Regents Elects David Steiner Commissioner of Education at http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/BORElectsDavidSteinerCOE.html.

NEW! NYSED/School Library Services Summit Action Steps
The New York State Education Department (NYSED), the New York Library Association (NYLA) http://www.nyla.org/ external link, the School Library Media Section of NYLA (SLMS) http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=52 external link, and the School Library System Association of New York State (SLSA) http://www.slsa-nys.org/ external link, co-sponsored a two day School Library Services Summit, June 29 - 30, 2009. The purpose of the Summit was to share ideas and to develop recommendations to support increased student achievement within the context of school library services, as they relate to curriculum, instruction, assessments and professional development. The Summit resulted in twelve mutually agreed upon action steps. These action steps are posted at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/summit NYSED commits to posting progress in meeting these actions on a regular basis. NYSED is grateful for the ongoing collaboration with NYLA, SLMS, and SLSA to accomplish these action steps and to build upon this work by partnering on future educational initiatives.

NEW! Common Core State Standards Initiative
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices have convened a State-led process to develop common core national standards in English language arts and in mathematics. Governor David Paterson and former Commissioner Richard Mills signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) along with forty-nine states and territories to participate in the national dialogue to develop these voluntary standards. The common core standards initiative is centered on creating common learning standards (what students should know and be able to do as a result of instruction) in mathematics and ELA. The current ELA revision work under the Board of Regents Standards Review Initiative will continue as a parallel track with the national standards dialogue. New York’s participation in these parallel tracks will bring together the research, scholarship, and expertise necessary to ensure world class standards for all New York students. To learn more about the common core standards initiative, please see the following website: http://www.corestandards.org/ external link. For more information on the New York State Standards Review Initiative please see http://www.p12.nysed.gov/standardsreview/.

NEW! 2009 Louis E. Yavner Awards Information
The Board of Regents invites nominations for the 2009 Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards. These awards provide recognition of a teacher and citizen who have made outstanding contributions to New York State Education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights. The awards were established by the Regents and funded by the late Regent Emeritus Louis E. Yavner. Complete information including nomination forms are available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/yavner.html . The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, January 29, 2010.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! IMLS Calls for 2010 Museums for America Grant Applications
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications to its largest museum grant program, Museums for America (MFA), for fiscal year 2010. Museums for America grants provide up to $150,000 in funding and support projects that strengthen a museum's capacity to serve its community. MFA grants are available to museums of all types and sizes located in the United States or its territories. The deadline for applications is November 2, 2009. Museums for America grants awarded through IMLS support the full range of museum activities including digitization of collections, staff training, research, exhibitions, educational programs, community partnerships, collections management, and other similar activities. Application guidelines and instructions are available at: http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/forAmerica.shtm.

NEW! Davidson Institute Seeks Extraordinary Achievers to Receive Scholarships
The Davidson Institute for Talent Development is offering high achieving young people across the country the opportunity to be named as 2009 Davidson Fellows, an honor accompanied by a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship in recognition of a significant piece of work in Science, Technology, Mathematics, Music, Literature, Philosophy or Outside the Box. To be eligible, applicants must be under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2010, and a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident residing in the United States. There is no minimum age for eligibility. The deadline is March 3, 2010. For more information, please visit http://www.davidsongifted.org/fellows/ external link.

NEW! Toyota TAPESTRY Program Now Accepting Entries for the 20th Annual Science Grant Competition
The Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and administered by NSTA, is now accepting entries for the 2009–2010 competition. Now in its 20th year, the program offers grants up to $10,000 to K–12 science teachers for innovative projects that enhance science education in their school and/or school district over a one-year period. More information may be accessed at www.nsta.org/pd/tapestry external link.

NEW! I Love My Librarian Award
Nominations are open for the 2009 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. The award is administered by ALA’s Public Information Office and Campaign for America’s Libraries Nominations will run through October 9 and are being accepted online at http://ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian external link . Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards ceremony and reception in New York. For more information visit: http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian/home.cfm external link

NEW! NYSERDA Mini-Grants: 2009 Climate Change And Energy Efficiency Challenge New York State Energy
Resources and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will fund up to 30 innovative projects that increase students’ energy and global climate change knowledge and awareness, while providing student leadership opportunities and outreach to the community. Kindergarten through grade 12 teachers and informal educators are invited to apply. Applications must be received by September 30, 2009. An application and description of this grant is located at http://www.getenergysmart.org/Files/Schools/09GrantApplication.pdf (pdf document 96.42 KB)

Need Resources for Your Arts Program?
These annual awards, sponsored by the National Art Education Foundation, are given to selected art educators whose proposals seek art equipment and/or instructional curriculum resources used to focus on student learning specifically related to the National Visual Arts Standards. The deadline for submission of proposals is October 1, 2009. For more information visit http://www.arteducators.org/olc/pub/NAEA/grants/grants_page_9.html external link

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! Briefings for Education Leaders: Free Webinar Series Info & Registration
The Education Alliance at Brown University is hosting a series of web briefings designed to bring information, practical solutions, and resources to busy education leaders and provide a platform for professional sharing and problem-solving. This series of free, one- hour, online sessions features current, timely, and practical information on a range of priority topics in a convenient format. For more information visit http://www.alliance.brown.edu/webinars/.

• Evaluation: A Key Resource in Planning for and Pursuing Program Funding Opportunities (includes tips for garnering free evaluation planning services) Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (Eastern)

• Effective Professional Development for Teachers of ELLs: District and School Readiness... What Needs to Be in Place for Effective Professional Development for Teachers of English Language Learners? Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

NEW! National Humanities Center Presents Live, Online Professional Development Seminars for Teachers
The National Humanities Center’s Education Department has announced its Fall 2009 schedule of Online Professional Development for United States History, Art  and American Literature teachers. Workshop titles include:

  • The Consumer Revolution in Colonial America
  • Why Some New World Colonies Succeeded and Others Failed
  • Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
  • Civil War Art
  • The cult of Domesticity
  • Emancipation
  • The Ashcan School
  • In Search of the Civil Rights Movement

For more information and to register visit: http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/ows/workshopsfall2009.htm

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LITERACY

NEW! Adolescent Literacy Walk-through for Principals: A Guide for Instructional Leaders - Grades 4-12 [4-12]
This guide, designed to help principals monitor and support adolescent literacy instruction in their schools more effectively, can be used at the late elementary school level, in content-area classes in middle and high school, and with intervention groups or classes. It provides a scaffold to build principals' understanding of scientifically based reading instruction, as a means for a principal to gather information about the quality of literacy and reading intervention instruction in a school, and as a data collection guide for planning targeted professional development and resource allocation. http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Adol%20Lit%20Walk%20Through.pdf (pdf document 307.38 KB)

NEW! Alliance for Excellent Education brief: Seize the Moment: The Need for a Comprehensive Federal Investment in Adolescent Literacy
This brief examines the adolescent literacy crisis and why literacy really does matter, especially at the secondary level. Student needs are outlined to inform the implementation of quality literacy programs and federal policy recommendations are made to encourage the federal government to advocate for a comprehensive, national, schoolwide focus on adolescent literacy. http://www.all4ed.org/files/PolicyBriefSeizeTheMoment.pdf (pdf document 507.26 KB).

Benchmarks for Science Literacy [4-12]
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) document, Benchmarks for Science Literacy, complements the National Science Education Standards (NSES) in forming a comprehensive statement of what science students should know and be able to do. Benchmarks defines the essential concepts in twelve areas: the nature of science; the nature of mathematics; the nature of technology; physical setting; the living environment; the human organism; human society; the designed world; the mathematical world; historical perspectives; common themes; and habits of mind. American Association for the Advancement of Science. (1993). Benchmarks for science literacy. New York: Oxford University Press.  http://www.project2061.org/publications/bsl/online/bolintro.htmexternal link

Free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence: Reading Resources
This U.S. Department of Education website includes links to dozens of free reading resources. For example, how to help your child become a reader, or improving adolescent literacy http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=80&toplvl=78&res_feature_request=1 external link
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! New York State English Council Annual Conference: FUNdamentals: Humor, Imagination, and Inspiration
The New York State English Council will hold its annual conference this year on October 21st-23rd at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York . To learn more about this event, please see http://www.nysecteach.org/ external link

NEW! National Council of Teachers (NCTE) of English National Day on Writing
To draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in and help make writers from all walks of life aware of their craft, NCTE has established October 20, 2009 as the National Day on Writing. To learn more about this event, including how to start a local gallery or submit writing samples, see http://www.ncte.org/dayonwriting external link.

NEW! PBS Raising Readers Research Results
Results of research evaluating Word World and SUPER WHY! have been released. Children who watch these programs make gains in early literacy skills compared to children who have not watched, and the gains are largest among children whose parents have had no more than a high school education. These two television programs, and their accompanying online resources, were funded by the US Department of Education through the Ready To Learn grant program. They join established programs like Sesame Street and Between the Lions in the PBS Kids Raising Readers literacy campaign. Also part of PBS Kids Raising Readers is the online PBS Kids Island - in which preschoolers can play reading games with favorite PBS KIDS characters, earn tickets, and win prizes. Parents and teachers can track children’s progress and find fun reading activities to do every day. http://pbskids.org/read/research/ external link and http://pbskids.org/read/play.html external link NEW! New York State English Council Annual Conference: FUNdamentals: Humor, Imagination, and Inspiration The New York State English Council will hold its annual conference this year on October 21st-23rd at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York . To learn more about this event, please see http://www.nysecteach.org/ external link

U.S. Department of Education: Doing What Works: How to Organize Your Teaching
This multimedia practice guide from the U.S. Department of Education's Doing What Works website includes seven research-based recommendations on organizing teaching and learning experiences. These resources include essential concepts, recommended practices, and planning templates. School districts can use the videos and supporting materials offered through this site to discuss how teachers organize their teaching and learning. The four research-based recommendations for effective teaching and learning include: Space learning over time with review and quizzing; Alternate worked examples with problem-solving practice; Connect abstract and concrete representations of concepts; and Use higher-order questions to help students build explanations http://dww.ed.gov/topic/topic_landing.cfm?PA_ID=9&T_ID=19external link

Library of Congress Resource--Children's Literature: Digitized Print Materials
This website provides 50 digitized texts of rare books: The Arabian Nights, A Child's Garden of Verses, Ballad of the Lost Hare, A Christmas Carol, Humpty Dumpty, The Grasshopper Stories, Mother Goose Finger Plays, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Rocket Book, The Secret Garden, Stories from Hans Andersen, The Three Bears, Three Little Pigs, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and others. http://www.loc.gov/rr/rarebook/digitalcoll/digitalcoll-children.html external link

For more information on English Language Arts, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/ela.html

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKERS!
James Brown of South Colonie School District is the recipient of the 2008 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching!
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), established by The White House and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a program that identifies outstanding mathematics and science teachers, kindergarten through 12th grade, in each state and the four U.S. jurisdictions. A direct link to the PAEMST program is available on the Department's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/paemstaward.html .

NEW! Curriculum Guidance for September-April and May-June Instructional Periods
At their June meeting, the Board of Regents made a policy decision to implement a new administration schedule for the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests to start in this upcoming school year. As a consequence, the 2009-10 Elementary- and Intermediate-level testing schedule has undergone several changes. For curriculum guidance for the revised Grades 3-8 Mathematics Testing Program, go to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/elintmath.html . Please use this guidance to ensure that your local curriculum sequencing is aligned with the May administration of the Grades 3-8 Mathematics Tests. NOTE: The first administration of the 3-8 Mathematics Tests in May 2010, and ONLY this administration, will include post March performance indicators of the previous year through April of the current year. You may direct any questions that arise in connection with this rescheduling to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov.

NEW! $11.5M Awarded to Boston College for TIMSS 2011
The Trends for International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) & Progress in International Ready Literacy Study (PIRLS) International Study Center at Boston College, has been awarded more than $11.5 million to conduct TIMSS 2011, the latest in a continuing series of international assessments of student achievement in math and science. TTIMSS is conducted every four years since its inception in 1995 and is the largest global assessment of student achievement in the world. It was the first to provide data about trends in math and science achievement over time. More than 60 countries are expected to participate in TIMSS 2011, the fifth installment of the TIMSS series, which involves collecting information on fourth and eighth grade student achievement in mathematics and science. Additional information and links to prior studies are at http://timss.bc.edu/ external link.

NEW! Grants to Help Girls in Math and Science 
On the 37th anniversary of Title IX, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and an all-star line-up of women athletes and scientists for a roundtable discussion on the landmark legislation, and he announced the award of $2.4 million in grants to 13 groups to support projects that will help high school girls gain higher proficiency in math and science. "These grants go hand-in-glove with our efforts to improve equity and access for women and girls in the classroom and on the playing field," Duncan said. The four-year grants were made under the Women's Educational Equity Act Program within the Department of Education. The program provides financial assistance to enable educational agencies to meet the requirements of Title IX. The grantees were selected from 63 eligible applicants. Grantees received additional points if their projects included activities to help at-risk students meet challenging state academic standards and graduate. All of the awardees will serve females at the secondary level. More details are online http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/06/06232009.html  external link .

NCTM Resources
Explore the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) library of 103 on line activities that help to make mathematics come alive in the classroom or at home.  Also, view their collection of 508 lessons (Pre K -12) and hundreds of exemplary online resources.  http://illuminations.nctm.org/ external link .

A Road Map for Mathematics Achievement for All Students: Findings from the National Mathematics Panel [K-12]
The National Mathematics Advisory Panel report outline six overarching recommendations as a comprehensive approach to mathematics education. This research brief from The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement at Learning Point Associates focuses on the first three topics (curricular content and instructional materials and learning processes) and the recommendations for PK-12 education. http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/A%20Road%20Map%20for%20Math%20Achievement.pdf (pdf document 225.12 KB)  

UPDATE! The Cohort of 2006 Section in the Regents Diploma Requirements for Mathematics
The section for the cohort of 2006 within the Regents Diploma Requirements for Mathematics chart has been updated. This cohort has been combined with 2007 to reflect the current implementation of the Mathematics Core Curriculum (Revised 2005) and the administration of the Regents Examinations in Mathematics. In order to fulfill the mathematics portion of a Regents Diploma, students must earn three units of commencement-level mathematics credit and pass one Regents examination in mathematics.

For more information on Mathematics, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/math.html

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SCIENCE

NEW! Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKERS!
Suzanne Monagan Pilon of Hilton Central School District is the recipient of the 2008 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching!

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), established by The White House and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a program that identifies outstanding mathematics and science teachers, kindergarten through 12th grade, in each state and the four U.S. jurisdictions. For more information about Suzanne's accomplishment and this prestigious honor please visit http://www.hilton.k12.ny.us/news/suzanne-pilon.htm. A direct link to the PAEMST program is available on the Department's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/paemstaward.html .

NEW! Physical Setting/Earth Science Reference Tables, 2010 Edition
The 2010 Edition of the Physical Setting/Earth Science Reference Tables (ESRT) has been completed and is now available on the Department’s web site at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/scire/reftable.html. This publication replaces all previous editions and should be put into use in all schools at the start of the 2009-10 school year. It will be used in conjunction with the Regents Examination in Physical Setting/Earth Science beginning with the January 2010 administration. A notice related to the distribution of these NEW reference tables may be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/reftable/esrt2010-memo.pdf (pdf document 51.13 KB)

NEW! United Nations International Youth Day Serves as Kick-Off Site for Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge
National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA), the Siemens Foundation, and Discovery Education are partnering again this year to educate, empower and engage students and teachers nationwide to become “Agents of Change” in improving their communities through the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. The second year of this national sustainability challenge—now expanded to include elementary school students—encourages students in kindergarten through eighth grade to team up with their classmates to create replicable solutions to environmental issues in their classroom (grades K–2), school (grades 3–5) and  community (grades 6–8). For more information, and to register for the challenge please visit www.wecanchange.com external link.

NEW! “Avian Einsteins” An Update from The World Science Festival
How do we learn to speak?  What is the connection between language and movement?  Join a broad and distinguished panel on an exploration of how striking parallels between bird and human brains are providing sharp new insights into how we acquire language and the links between hearing and movement. View the full program at http://cts.vresp.com/c/?WorldScienceFestival/c6e8a37e89/18da4965a1/50521c8764 external link

NEW! STEM Education Research Designs: Conceptual and Practical Considerations for Planning Experimental Studies - Workshop III: Summative Convocation
The University of California at Irvine with support from the National Science Foundation has announced the third workshop, in a series of three, related to scientific research in education. More information about the November 2nd, 2009 workshop may be accessed at http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/15183/ external link.

Mathematics and Science Partnership - Weekly News
Visit the weekly Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) news website at http://hub.mspnet.org/ external link. This site includes a library of educational research in science and mathematics education.

NASA Space Place Newsletter
NASA supports a bi-monthly newsletter for formal and informal educators. The newsletter is all about the many useful resources on The Space Place website that can be helpful to classrooms, after-school program directors, museum and library program directors, and other informal educators. Educators can access the news letter at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/educators external link

NSTA’s Building a Presence (BaP) Renamed Science Matters Network
Why Science Matters?  As the world’s largest organization devoted to excellence in science teaching and learning, NSTA is uniquely positioned to make science education reform a national priority for schools and families. With this in mind, the new public awareness campaign--entitled Science Matters—will work to build a vital coalition of parents and teachers committed to rekindling a national sense of urgency and action about science education and science literacy. Building a Presence (BaP)/Science Matters is an electronic network initiative from NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) and sponsored in NYS by STANYS (Science Teachers Association of New York State) in partnership with NYSED.  The objectives of the project are to create a state and national network for K-16 teachers of science to share resources about effective science teaching and learning, lessen science teacher isolation, help science teachers implement state and national science education standards in their schools, stimulate professional development opportunities for science teachers, and provide teachers with resources to help all students learn science. NYS is seeking a point of contact in each school to receive email announcements and to share them with colleagues. You are invited to visit the new Science Matters website at http://sciencematters.nsta.org external link.Clicking on the Teachers button found on this page will take you to the Science Matters/BaP Web site portal.  To go directly to the portal, visit http://bap.nsta.org/external link.

Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign
From elementary school maintenance closets to high school chemistry labs, schools use a variety of chemicals. When they are mismanaged, these chemicals can put students and school personnel at risk from spills, fires, and other accidental exposures. Chemical accidents disrupt school schedules and can cost thousands of dollars to repair. For more information please access the Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sc3 external link.
Education Law- §809 Instruction in the Humane Treatment of Animals School districts are reminded to review Education Law Section 809 - Instruction in the Humane Treatment of Animals on an annual basis. The provisions of the law can be accessed on the Department’s website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/scinews.html. Certain specified types of lessons or experimental studies on live vertebrate animals require submission of an application for a waiver from the Commissioner of Education. Information regarding the §809(5) Treatment of Live Vertebrate Animals and the waiver process, including an application form can be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/science/809_5waiver.htm

For more information on Science, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci.html

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

NEW! NYSTEA This We Believe Statement
As a result of the NYSED/NYS Technology Education Association (NYSTEA) Technology Education Summit (2008) action step #7 a “This We Believe Statement” has been published at www.nystea.com external link. For more information on the NYSED/NYSTEA Technology Education Summit (2008) please go to the New York State Technology Education Web page at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cte/technology/.

NEW! Free NYSERDA Energy Smart Students Workshops
The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) is now offering Energy Smart Students workshops across the State. Attendees will receive FREE curriculum correlated to the New York State Learning Standards in Math, Science, Technology Education, Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Family and Consumer Science. For more information, visit http://www.getenergysmart.org/EnergyEducation/Workshop.aspx external link.

NYSED Technology Education Publications are Now Available Online as Downloadable PDF's
Over 40 NYSED technology education curricular support documents are now available on line as downloadable pdf files. These publications are located via the technology education Web page http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cte/technology/ under the publications link.  Included in these publications is the middle level curricular support document titled, Introduction To Technology Grades 7 & 8, commonly referred to as the "Blue Book". Although technology related publications become outdated rather quickly, these documents can still be of value as reference materials to be used at the local discretion of a school district.

For more information on Technology Education, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cte/technology/

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! The New York State Historical Association’s (NYSHA) October Conference October 15-16, 2009 NYSHA provides a two-day workshop focused on current issues, topics, concerns, and practices in social studies education. The conference attracts several hundred educators to the campuses of Fennimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum during picturesque autumn of the Leatherstocking Region. The theme of this year’s conference is “Sharing Best Practices: Making Large Impacts on Limited Budgets.” For further information on the conference, and to download a registration form, please visit: http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers/october_conference external link.

New! Celebrate International Education Week (IEW) - November 16-20, 2009
The celebration of International Education Week provides teachers and students with an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of Asia Society's efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. The dates for IEW in 2010 are November 15th - 19th. The dates for IEW 2011 are November 14th - 18th. http://iew.state.gov/ external link.

NEW! National Geographic Bee Act Now to Register Your School
Since the first National Geography Bee in 1989, millions of students have competed each year for a $25,000 college scholarship and the honor of being national champion. The National Geography Bee, an educational program of the National Geographic Society, is a nationwide geography competition for US schools with any grades four through eight, designed to encourage the teaching and study of geography. Principals must register their schools and pay the $70 registration fee by October 15, 2009. For further information visit http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geographybee/registration.html or call (202) 828-6659.

NEW! NYSED Seeking Applicants for William Randolph Hearst Foundation United States Senate Youth Program
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKERS!
The New York State’s United States Senate Youth 2009 delegates are Erica Pincus of Long Island Lutheran High School, Brookville, NY and Charlotte Saul of Orchard Park High School, Orchard Park, NY.

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation sponsors an annual scholarship for two student leaders from each state and the District of Columbia to visit Washington, D. C. (all expenses paid), as guest of the Hearst Foundation and a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies at an accredited United States university or college. During the visit to Washington, D.C., students engage in a series of seminars and briefings with Senators and members of the House of Representatives and meet with officials from the executive and judicial branches of government.   The NYSED is seeking applicants. A full description of the program, application form and important dates can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/senateyouth_2009_10.html

NEW! 17th Annual First Freedom National Student Essay Competition
The First Freedom Center announces the 17th annual First Freedom Student Competition. This national essay contest offers 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for a $3,000, $1,500 and $750 award, as they examine the history and implementation of religious freedom-the freedom of conscience-in American democracy and the world today. This year the competition is going global, as the topic asks students to write about international religious freedom. For further information, see First Freedom Student Competition at http://www.firstfreedom.org/external link

NEW! GeoFest 2009
The New York Geographic Alliance is sponsoring its GeoFest 2009  for K- 16 teachers on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the New York State Museum, Albany New York. Sessions will focus on New York State’s waterways in relationship to the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain. For further information and to register online visit the upcoming events section of the NYGA site at http://www.nygeographicalliance.org/ external link

NEW! Register Now for the Law Youth & Citizenship (LYC) 2009 Conference
LYC has announced its 33rd annual law-related and civic education conference in Lake George on Oct. 15-16, 2009. This year's theme addresses such themes as the New World Order; including such topics as environmental issues, financial literacy, economic topics and equality. Issues, including (but not limited) global warming, the economics, the impact of environmental changes, historic economic events, civic engagement, immigration, and participatory government. To access a listing of workshops and registration materials, visit www.lycny.org external link

New! Our Courts: 21st Century Civics
Our Courts is a free, interactive, web-based program designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. Our Courts is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Justice O’Connor, in partnership with Georgetown Law and Arizona State University, has recruited experts in education, law, history, and technology to craft a program that teaches usable and engaging civics. For further information and teaching resources visit http://www.ourcourts.org/about-our-courts external link

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THE ARTS

NEW! U.S. Secretary of Education Affirms Value of Arts Education
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released an August 2009 letter to school officials and community leaders across the nation reminding them of the important role of arts education in a student's life. This letter offers strong encouragement to education decision makers to find time and funds in the school day to offer a comprehensive, sequential and standards-based arts education. The full text can be accessed at http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/secletter/090826.html external link

NEW! The Distribution to Underserved Communities (DUC) Library Program announces the 2009-10 inventory of brand new art books!
The DUC Library Program distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge to rural and inner-city public libraries, public schools and alternative reading centers. To browse titles or place an order, visit http://www.ducprogram.org/ external link

NEW! Arts for Academic Achievement (AAA): Student Learning in and through the Arts
AAA is a successful school reform model that creates collaborations between classroom teachers, artists and arts organizations. AAA is designed to improve student achievement through engaging lesson design, the use of data, strong content focus and arts strategies. For more information, visit http://aaa.mpls.k12.mn.us/ external link

NEW! What is National Arts and Humanities Month?
National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America. Held every October and coordinated by Americans for the Arts, it is the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation. From arts center open houses to mayoral proclamations to banners and media coverage, communities across the United States join together to recognize the importance of arts and culture in our daily lives. For more information visit http://www.americansforthearts.org/get_involved/advocacy/nahm/default.asp external link

NEW! Charting a Course for the Arts and 21st Century Learning, the 2009 National Forum of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), October 2-3, 2009, Cambridge, MA
The next AEP National Forum will explore the ways the principles of 21st century learning, particularly imagination, creativity and innovation, are incorporated, articulated and supported throughout the education system from pre-K to higher education. For more information or to register go to http://www.aep-arts.org/forums/cambridge2009.html

NEW! Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship Program
The Surdna Foundation announces the tenth year of a national initiative to support the artistic revitalization of outstanding arts teachers in public arts high schools. Surdna recognizes that arts teachers often lack the time and resources to reconnect with other arts professionals and with the artistic processes they teach. Through the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship Program, Fellows will design individualized courses of study that will provide both immersion in their own creative work and the opportunity to interact with other professional artists in their fields. Deadline: November 13, 2009 http://www.surdna.org/programs/programs_show.htm?doc_id=326426&attrib_id=12040 external link

NEW! The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2008 Arts Results Released The National
Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in the Arts was administered to a nationally representative sample of 8th grade students in the United States for the first time in more than a decade. It measured student knowledge and skills in music and visual arts with moderate levels of achievement reported and suggested students have about the same access to music and art as in 1997. The NAEP Arts Assessment results reveal a significant achievement gap in student performance in music and the visual arts according to economic status, racial and ethnic identification, gender, and school type and location. For more information, see: http://nationsreportcard.gov external link, http://www.aep-arts.org  external link

Need Resources for Your Arts Program?
These annual awards, sponsored by the National Art Education Foundation, are given to selected art educators whose proposals seek art equipment and/or instructional curriculum resources used to focus on student learning specifically related to the National Visual Arts Standards. The deadline for submission of proposals is October 1, 2009. For more information visit http://www.arteducators.org/olc/pub/NAEA/grants/grants_page_9.html external link

For information on The Arts, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/arts.html

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

NEW! Board of Regents Revised Section 135.4 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education regarding Physical Education
At its meeting on June 23, 2009, the Board of Regents revised Section 135.4 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education regarding physical education. The revised regulation is posted in the toolkit of the NYSED Physical Education website with changes in bold for easy referencing. Please visit the PE Toolkit at the NYSED Physical Education homepage at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/.

NEW! Guidelines for the Coaching Requirements
The guidelines for coaching have been revised to reflect the new regulations on coaching (effective July 16, 2009) passed by the Board of Regents. This revised guideline has all information and forms needed to ensure coaches meet certification requirements including currently accepted First Aid and CPR certifications. Please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/ape/toolkit docs/coachingguidelines_07_09.pdf (pdf document 151.10 KB)

NEW! Non-Teacher Coaching Licenses
Temporary and Professional Coaching Licenses must now be applied for online through the TEACH system (http://www.highered.nysed.gov/cert/teach/index.html). Applicants must establish an account on TEACH first (if they do not already have one) and then apply for the appropriate license online. A link is included on the TEACH page for online fingerprinting clearance. The local BOCES will still need to verify all First Aid and CPR certificates and coaching course completion certificates, SAVE, and child abuse workshops.

Six NYS Schools Awarded USDOE Carol White Physical Education Grants
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKERS!
The following NYS schools are this year's recipients of the United States Department of Education's Carol White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grants:

Berlin Central School District, Berlin, NY - $462,820
Alden Central School District, Alden, NY - $441,893
Rochester School for the Deaf, Rochester, NY - $90,636
Williamsburg Charter High School, Brooklyn, NY - $250,119
Scotia-Glenville Central School District, Scotia, NY - $464,468
Newfane Central School District, Burt, NY - $195,805

The Carol White Physical Education Program (PEP) from the USDOE provides funding to support professional development; purchase of equipment and support for students to participate actively in physical education activities. To view the entire list of winners visit http://www.ed.gov/programs/whitephysed/2009awards.html external link.

NYSED Approved On-line Coaching Courses
NYSED has approved seven agencies to teach all or some of the required coaching courses on-line. Some may be a blended course that require on-line work and face-to-face classes. For information on the courses offered, schedule of courses and registration information, call or email the contact person for each agency on the list, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/pe_online_coaching_courses.html.

REMINDER! NYS Education Department Physical Education Profile: A Commencement Level Assessment Tool
Four hundred and twenty six school districts have received copies of the State Developed Physical Education Profile - CDROM through participation in regional professional development. If your school district is one of the 273 districts who has not received the professional development, please contact your local BOCES Staff and Curriculum Development Network office to schedule a session for your school district. For additional information on this innovative State-developed commencement level assessment tool aligned to NYS Physical Education learning standards, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/profile.html. For more information on Physical Education, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/physed.html

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LOTE

NEW! German Language School Conference 2009
30th Annual Conference and Teacher Development Forum Building Bridges – “Teaching German to All Ages”.  The event is co-sponsored by the Bundesverwaltungsamt, Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen, Cologne, and the Consulate General of Germany in New York, and held in cooperation with the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Metropolitan New York Chapter, and is being held on Saturday, November 7, 2009, German Consulate General, 871 UN Plaza (1st Ave. / 49th St.), New York City. Friday, November 6, 6:00 p.m. is the Pre-Conference Membership Meeting, Kolping House, 165 E 88th St., New York City. For more information:  http://www.germanschools.org/Conference/2009/Program.htm external link

NEW!  2009 New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers 92nd Annual Conference
New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers 92nd Annual Conference is titled "Language Teachers: Seeing the Needs, Making a Difference" and is being held on October 9-11, 2009, in Buffalo, NY with Keynote Speaker Terry Caccavale. For more information:  http://conference.nysaflt.org/2009 external link

NEW!  National Directory of Early Foreign Language Programs
In the directory, you will find state-by-state listings of over 1,400 early foreign language programs (before grade 7), organized alphabetically by state, and within states, alphabetically by school or district name. For more information visit http://www.cal.org/resources/earlyfl external link

NEW! Arabic Listening Comprehension: Aswaat Arabiyya
Aswaat Arabiyya "Arabic Voices" is a web site designed for learners and teachers of Arabic seeking materials for listening comprehension.  Aswaat Arabiyya provides listening materials and accompanying activities that are intended for the various levels of proficiency from Novice to Superior. These listening materials have been selected from television stations throughout the Arab world and they treat a wide variety of topics and listening genres. For more information:  http://www.laits.utexas.edu/aswaat external link

NEW! Elementary Materials and Curricula
Find information on real-life K-8 curricula, a selection of the best teacher-created materials for early foreign language learning, as well as other online resources. For more information:  http://www.cal.org/earlylang/teaching/materials_and_curricula.html external link

NEW! Cantar de Mio Cid Project
The Cantar de mio Cid (Cid) web project is conceived as an educational tool that will allow students of the Spanish epic to understand and appreciate the oral essence of the genre and to recognize the enormous conceptual distance between an oral narrative poem and the modern textual editions used in the classroom.  The website presents the Spanish epic poem in various multimedia formats, in order to facilitate alternate learning styles. Visit the project website at http://www.laits.utexas.edu/cid external link

NEW! Videos about French Immersion in Ontario
A series of four short videos about French immersion in Ontario, Canada may be useful for any French or immersion teacher. The videos are as follows:

  1. What is French Immersion?
  2. When is it best for a child to begin French Immersion?
  3. Who is enrolling in French Immersion?
  4. What are the benefits of French Immersion?

For more information: http://www.tvo.org/cfmx/tvoorg/tvoparents/index.cfm?page_ id=483&event_id=1446&sitefolder=tvoparents external link

NEW! Summer 2009 Issue of the International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching
The summer 2009 issue of the International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching is now available online.  It includes the following articles:

  • Traditional and TPR Storytelling Instruction in the Beginning High School Spanish Classroom by Kelly Z. Varguez
  • Determining the Crucial Characteristics of Extensive Reading Programs: The Impact of Extensive Reading on EFL Writing by Sy-ying Lee and Ying-ying Hsu
  • A Comparison of TPRS and Traditional Foreign Language Instruction at the High School Level by Barbara J. Watson
  • Desire + Attitude + Effort: Successful Acquisition of English as a Foreign Language - A Real Life Story by D. Sankary

For more information:  http://www.tprstories.com/ijflt/index-summer09.htm external link

NEW!  New Website for Latin and Greek Promotional Materials
The National Committee for Latin and Greek  http://www.promotelatin.org has put together a brochure to promote the teaching and learning of Latin. For more information:  http://department.monm.edu/classics/pdf/2005/BarrettLatinBrochure.pdf (pdf document7.53 MB)

What does research show about the benefits of language learning?
In this age of accountability in education, policymakers and administrators, as well as parents, are increasingly demanding to know what research studies show regarding the benefits of language learning. This document will identify some of the major correlation studies that highlight how language learners benefit from their experiences.  For more information:  http://www.actfl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=4524external link.

Digest: Integrated Content and Language Instruction (CAL)
CAL has just published a new digest on “Integrated Content and Language Instruction.” This digest describes four key principles of practice found in classrooms where content and language instruction are integrated effectively. It can be downloaded for free at http://www.cal.org/resources/digest/integratedcontent.htmlexternal link.

For more information on Languages Other Than English (LOTE), visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/lote/

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

NEW! New York State Middle School Association Annual Conference: Putting Middle Level on the Fast Track.
The New York State Middle School Association will hold its annual conference this year on October 22nd-24th at the Watkins Glen High School and the Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, NY. To learn more about this event, please see www.nysmsa.org external link

Updated: New York State Middle Level Liaisons
The next meeting of the New York State Middle Level Liaisons will be held November 5-6, 2009 at the Albany Marriott on Wolf Road.    Middle Level practitioners interested in joining the Middle Level Liaisons can do so by visiting the link below.  Please note that due to the change in the New York State Grades 3-8 Assessment Schedule, the Spring 2010 meeting of the Middle Level Liaisons has been moved to March 22-23, 2010.  Work products and information from the May 2009 meeting can be found at the following link. http://www.nysmsa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=45 external link  

Coming Soon: New Essential Elements Schools to Watch Application
New York State is seeking applications for the 6th cohort of “Essential Elements Schools to Watch” ( EE: STW).  The EE:STW program is both a school improvement and recognition program designed to identify schools with exemplary Middle Level programs that adhere to a set of National and State criteria.  To learn more about this valuable program for schools with Middle grades and to download a self study visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/ or www.nysmsa.org external link and click on the Schools to Watch link on the left hand navigation bar.  An updated application due July 16th 2010 will be posted by September 15th.

2009 Essential Elements Schools to Watch (EE: STW) Designees
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKERS!
Designated 2009: Glens Falls Middle School, Glens Falls, NY, A.A. Kingston Middle School, Potsdam, NY and Jericho Middle School, Jericho NY.
Redesignated 2009: Sayville MS, Twelve Corners MS, Victor JHS, Barker Rd. MS, Calkins Rd. MS Oliver W. Winch MS and Moravia MS. Schools

More information about this valuable New York State program can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/eestw/home.html

NEW! Governor proclaims October as the “Month of the Young Adolescent”
Last month at the 2nd annual Middle Level Summit held in Albany, Governor David Paterson issued a proclamation identifying October as the “Month of the Young Adolescent” in New York State.  You can download a copy of the Governor’s official signed proclamation at http://nysmsa.org/associations/611/files/ColorProclamation.pdf (pdf document 452.56 KB)

For more information regarding Middle Level Education visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/middle.html.

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

NEW! NYSED/School Library Services Summit Action Steps
The New York State Education Department (NYSED), the New York Library Association (NYLA) http://www.nyla.org/ external link, the School Library Media Section of NYLA (SLMS) http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=52 external link, and the School Library System Association of New York State (SLSA) http://www.slsa-nys.org/ external link, co-sponsored a two day School Library Services Summit, June 29 - 30, 2009. The purpose of the Summit was to share ideas and to develop recommendations to support increased student achievement within the context of school library services, as they relate to curriculum, instruction, assessments and professional development. The Summit resulted in twelve mutually agreed upon action steps. These action steps are posted at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/summit NYSED commits to posting progress in meeting these actions on a regular basis. NYSED is grateful for the ongoing collaboration with NYLA, SLMS, and SLSA to accomplish these action steps and to build upon this work by partnering on future educational initiatives.

NEW! NOVELNY Use Continues to Climb in 2009
New Yorkers searched the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library over 35.5 million times since July 2008. This represents a 20 percent increase in the number of searches over the prior year. NOVELNY is a "virtual library" that connects New Yorkers in every community to state-of-the-art online information without regard to economic, geographic or physical barriers. This convenient online library includes a wide variety of full-text resources - books, magazines, newspapers, research, and reference resources and is available to New York State residents with no fees.New Yorkers can access NOVELNY 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by logging on with a public library card or with a New York driver license or non-driver ID. For more information visit: http://www.novelnewyork.org external link

NEW! September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!
Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month during September with the Kids! @ your library(r) Campaign. The online tool kit, at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/initiatives/kidscampaign/kidstoolkit.cfm external link provides ideas and templates that you can adapt to showcase materials and resources in your library. You can also find free resources at the official site for Library Card Sign-Up Month: http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/advocacy/publicawareness/alainitiatives/otherinitiatives/card/librarycard.cfm external link

NEW! Celebrate Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week (BBW), celebrating the freedom to read, is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, this annual event reminds us not to take precious democratic freedoms for granted. BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. The campaign stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them, and is endorsed by the American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. For more information on Banned Books Week, please visit http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm external link.

Regents Advisory Council Proposes New Commission On New York’s Libraries
Citing the dire fiscal struggle of New York’s libraries in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and evidence that library usage by the people of New York has increased dramatically, the members of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries have urged the Board of Regents to make state and federal funding for libraries a Regents priority budget and legislative item each and every year.   The Council’s 2009 annual report to the Regents, which includes this recommendation and others related to strengthening New York’s libraries is now posted on the Council’s webpage at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/2009rept.htm . The 2009 report also highlights the need for all schools in New York State, including elementary schools, to have school libraries and certified professional librarians. For more information, please visit the State Library's website at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/index.html For more information regarding School Library Services, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library.html.

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EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

NEW! Community Forums on the USNY Statewide Educational Technology Plan
We invite you to a public forum on the Statewide Educational Technology Plan to be held in nine locations across New York State this fall.  Each forum will provide a chance for all New Yorkers to recommend specific actions needed to achieve the goals of the technology plan.  Please see the schedule of community forums for more information.  We value your participation in forming a world class technology plan for New York State, and hope you are able to join us this fall.

NEW! Student Technology Survey 2.0
A short survey has been posted for student input on the development of a statewide educational technology plan: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=_2fnjMG1PK8b92nKxZP17A9Q_3d_3d Student Technology Survey 2.0 is for students at all levels and stages of learning. What kinds of technology do you use both in and out of school? What kinds of technology do you want to use, and how? This survey is an updated version of a student technology survey released by the State Education Department in June 2009. The deadline for completing the survey is September 30, 2009.

Draft USNY Statewide Educational Technology Plan
The Board of Regents discussed the USNY Statewide Educational Technology Plan at their May 2009 meeting. To access the plan, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/edtech or http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2009Meetings/May2009/0509brd2.doc The Board of Regents invites you to complete a brief survey to share your reactions to the proposed vision and goals which will be the foundation of the educational technology plan, and to share your best ideas for using technology to transform teaching and learning. Please take a moment to complete the survey at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/edtech/.

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TESTING

New! Revised 2009-10 Elementary- and Intermediate-Level Testing Schedule
Earlier this year, the Board of Regents solicited Statewide input on the scheduling of the grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA) and mathematics exams. The survey received over 22,500 responses that informed the policy discussions of the Board of Regents. This month the Board of Regents endorsed moving the administration of the 2009-2010 grades 3-8 ELA and math examinations to the month of May. The Office of State Assessment has issued the new Revised 2009-10 Elementary- and Intermediate-Level Testing Schedule. The 2009-10 schedule, which supersedes all previously published Elementary- and Intermediate-level testing schedules, reflects the revised administration and make-up dates for each of the required Elementary- and Intermediate-level tests, as well as the scoring dates and timeline for submission of answer sheets to the scanning centers. To review the official announcement and schedule visit, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/2010/3-8schedule-090721.pdf (pdf document 73.34 KB). Additional questions about these changes to the examination calendar may be directed to David Abrams, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Standards, Assessment, and Reporting at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov or (518) 473-7880.

For more information regarding Testing, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ .

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

Updates! NYS Education Department Virtual Learning System (VLS) The NYSED VLS, www.nysvls.org has been enhanced and recently expanded with additional content. Additions include: 59 MSP Morristown STEM project lesson plans for teachers K-12, with the addition of 40 more in the near future; 15 Robert F. Kennedy lesson plans, in cooperation with NYSUT; and the complete set of Alternative Grade Level Indicators for Students with Severe Disabilities in Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts and recently Social Studies. As always, thousands of lesson plans and instructional tasks are available by exploring the learning standards and performance indicators in the seven standards areas. We have also provided the Learning Standards in three Standard Servicing options, XML, HTML with the latest in PDF format.

MST Lesson Plans on the Virtual Learning System (VLS)
Lesson plans related to mathematics, science, and technology education have been added to the New York State Education Department’s Virtual Learning System (VLS). These K-12 lesson plans were developed by teachers involved with the St. Lawrence County STEM Partnership. The partnership, between all 18 St. Lawrence County School Districts, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, and Clarkson University, is a funded project of the NCLB Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships program. These new lesson plans, as well as other lesson plans, may be accessed at http://www.nysvls.org by choosing a standards area (e.g., MST), selecting a content area (e.g., science), and then by clicking on “Explore Standards Explore Resources.” The learning standards, key ideas, performance indicators, and aligned resources can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate links. The lesson plans may also be accessed by using the search engine on the VLS main page.

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WEB RESOURCES

NEW!  United States Global Competence Website
The American Council on Education and Coalition for International Education are pleased to announce the launch of www.usglobalcompetence.org external link.  Titled "Engaging the World: U.S. Global Competence for the 21st century," the site demonstrates through videos and highlights of a recent symposium the importance of strengthening U.S. global competence in the 21st century.  The site also includes a section on the Global Symposium – “Critical Challenges in an Unpredictable World: Implications for U.S. Engagement”.  This event took place on Capitol Hill in March 2009, and the website features downloadable presentations as well as other documentation of the event.  Finally, you will find useful links to information on the Title VI/ Fulbright-Hays programs and related U.S. Department of Education online resources. For more information:  http://www.usglobalcompetence.org/  external link

NEW! American Association of School Librarians announce Top 25 Web sites for Teaching and Learning
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces a new resource for school library media specialists and their teacher colleagues. The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, a list honoring the top twenty-five Internet sites for enhancing learning and curriculum development, is considered the "best of the best" by AASL. The Top 25 Web sites for Teaching and Learning were named so because they foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation and collaboration. All sites are free, web-based sites that are user-friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover. They also provide a foundation to support AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Valuable information on each site, including tips for effective classroom use are available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/bestlist/bestwebsites.cfm external link

NEW! PBS Raising Readers Research Results
Results of research evaluating Word World and SUPER WHY! have been released. Children who watch these programs make gains in early literacy skills compared to children who have not watched, and the gains are largest among children whose parents have had no more than a high school education. These two television programs, and their accompanying online resources, were funded by the US Department of Education through the Ready To Learn grant program. They join established programs like Sesame Street and Between the Lions in the PBS Kids Raising Readers literacy campaign. Also part of PBS Kids Raising Readers is the online PBS Kids Island – in which preschoolers can play reading games with favorite PBS KIDS characters, earn tickets, and win prizes. Parents and teachers can track children’s progress and find fun reading activities to do every day. http://pbskids.org/read/research/ external link and http://pbskids.org/read/play.html external link

NEW! Regional Education Labs (REL)--Northeast and Islands Reference Desk
In an effort to provide stakeholders with timely responses to research-based education questions, REL Northeast and Islands has launched a new service-the Reference Desk-which offers references, referrals, and citations in brief reports generated quickly, sometimes within a few days. Responses contain links to relevant websites, research reports, and journal articles, as well as targeted referrals to organizations or government-funded centers that might provide more information or offer technical assistance. http://www.relnei.org/referencedesk.2009-08-21.php external link

NEW! States Will Lead the Way Toward Reform: Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at the National Governors Association Education Symposium
In Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's recent speech to the National Governors Association Education Symposium, he discusses the common learning standards initiative and the need for reform in American education. http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/2009/06/06142009.html external link

Teachers TV: An Excellent Free Resource for Staff Training and Development
New training sessions focus on using Teachers TV as a resource to support professional development, as well as a training tool for use with new and existing staff in schools. For more information visit http://www.teachers.tv/training external link

College.gov--A New U.S. Department of Education Resource
College.gov
external link is a new website from the U.S. Department of Education which "aims to motivate students with inspirational stories and information about planning, preparing and paying for college. Designed with students' input and participation, College.gov external link was created by the U.S. Department of Education to be a go-to online resource for credible information about college that also provides real life experiences of peers who are already attending college." www.college.govexternal link.

US Federal Government Web Portal
The US Federal Government once again provides valuable resources for the entire school community. As you begin the new school year, check out the federal government's Web portal, which has posted a collection of web sites with resources for students, parents, and educators. Find out more at: http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Back_to_School.shtml external link.

U.S. Census Bureau Provides Downloadable Maps
The U.S. Census Bureau has downloadable maps that are available online for classroom use. Find the maps in the Geography section at: http://www.census.gov external link. Find more resources for students and teachers at: http://www.census.gov/dmd/www/teachers.htmlexternal link.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

NYSED For a complete listing of current NYSED Employment Opportunities, please visit http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/.

NYS Government NYS Government vacant positions are posted on the Department of Civil Service website at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/ external link. A list of current state exams being offered is posted at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/announ/scheduled/oc/opencompetitive_evt.cfmexternal link.

We suggest you bookmark all three sites and view them periodically as they change from week to week. For more information, please visit the NYS Civil Service website at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/jobseeker/public/opportunities.cfmexternal link

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CI&IT E-Blast Archives

June 2009 / May 2009 / April 2009 March 2009 / January 2009 / Archives

If you would like to receive email notifications of the monthly CI&IT E-Blast news and updates, please send an email request by clicking on the link below. Please submit all relevant contact information in your request. Sign up for E-Blast email notifications

In an effort to provide information and updates in a more timely manner and streamline the e-blast subscription process, several improvements to our e-blast will be rolled out this fall.

1. The CIIT's E-blast will be available as a real time RSS Feed which will allow us to provide frequent and incremental updates. No sign up or submitting your email address is necessary. You will not have to wait for the monthly email to be sent as e-blast items are identified throughout the year.

2. The CIIT's E-blast will continue to be sent as a monthly e-blast email. In an effort to improve the management of e-blast subscriptions - we will be automating the e-blast registration & cancellation process using online forms. You will also be able to personalize your e-blast email by specifying which e-blast topics you are interested in.

With these improvements we position ourselves to manage the every growing e-blast community (over 2,000 subscribers to date) and effectively disseminate our resources to the New York State educational community.

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