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NYSED

 

Education for a Global Economy

NYS Board of Regents
Commissioner Richard P. Mills
P-16 Education – A Plan for Action
December 2006
For a decade, student achievement has improved in response to Regents policy and action. But the improvement is not sufficient. The achievement gap has narrowed, but not closed. The world has also changed as billions of people have entered the global economy and ignited a global education boom. The Regents will engage with statewide and local partners to implement this plan for the next stage of educational reform to accomplish the six USNY aims. To read the Commissioner’s P-16 Education—A Plan for Action please visit: http://usny.nysed.gov/summit/p-16ed.htm (HTML version) or   http://usny.nysed.gov/summit/p-16ed.pdf (PDF version).

 

NYSED Town Meeting: “Education for a Global Economy” NY LEARNS Broadcast

Commissioner Richard P. Mills’ NY LEARNS broadcast previously aired on New York State Public Television stations on Monday, November 20th can now be viewed on the web courtesy of the New York Institute of Technology and the Safari Montage Video Library Company, and accessed through a series of simple steps:

        Go to http://nysed.nyit.edu and click Enter.

        Enter the keyword “global” and hit Search.

        Click on the video link (NYSED Town Meeting) - Education for a Global Economy.

        The default player is QuickTime.  If you don't have QuickTime, then choose which player you would like to use.  The options are directly below the box with the play button in small print.  After you choose your player, hit Play.

 

The Honorable Milton L. Cofield, NYS Board of Regents Welcomes NY ECLIPSE

Regent Cofield welcomes members of NY ECLIPSE in the kickoff event entitled Leadership Conference:  Building Awareness with Key Leaders and Stakeholders.

        Go to http://nysed.nyit.edu and click Enter.

        Enter the keyword “ECLIPSE” and hit Search.

        Click on the video link NYSED ECLIPSE -The Honorable Milton L. Cofield.

        The default player is QuickTime.  If you don't have QuickTime, then choose which player you would like to use.  The options are directly below the box with the play button in small print.  After you choose your player, hit Play.

 

The Committee for Economic Development (CED), an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and policy organization of business leaders and educators, published a 2006 report, Education for Global Leadership: The Importance of International Studies and Foreign Language Education for U.S. Economic and National Security.  This report recommends the following actions: 

        Teach International content across the curriculum and at all levels of learning to expand American students’ knowledge of other countries and cultures.

        Expand the training pipeline at every level of education to address the paucity of Americans fluent in foreign languages, especially critical, less-commonly taught languages.

        Inform the public through the media of the importance and the need of foreign language instruction and international studies.

 

The report is available at the CED Web site: http://www.ced.org/docs/report/report_foreignlanguages.pdf

 

 

The Second Annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning: A “World’s Fair for Educators”

Dubbed by many as the "World's Fair for Educators," the second annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning will take place March 23-24, 2007 in New York City with a theme of Science and Global Awareness.  Dr. Mel Levine, the co-founder and co-chair of All Kinds of Minds, a nonprofit institute that develops programs to help parents, teachers, clinicians, and children address differences in learning will keynote the conference.  Featured speakers include astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of NOVA scienceNOW and the Origins miniseries; NBC's Meet the Press anchor Tim Russert, who will host a Town Hall Meeting.  Other special guests include Daljit Dhaliwal, host of Wide Angle, BBC World News and CNN's World Report, and Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, star of The Second Voyage of the Mimi and co-founder and president of The International Canopy Network.  For more information and to register for the event, go to www.thirteencelebration.org.

 

 

NYSED Surveys

 

Use of Technology in Education Survey
The Board of Regents created a statewide Technology Policy and Practices Council to study the use of technology in education.  As part of this effort, the Metiri Group will be conducting random surveys of school districts and other members of the University of the State of New York.  Commissioner Mills urges all selected to participate in the survey process; a letter from him with additional information is available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/metirisurvey.htm.

NYSED Office of the Professions Career Survey
The New York State Education Department Office of the Professions is sponsoring a survey on improving linkages between New York State PreK-12 schools and the State Boards for the Professions, which oversees the licensure of over 40 professions ranging from architecture to medicine. You can access the survey at: http://www.surveys.nysed.gov/oplinkages.htm . Please feel free to forward the survey to those you know who might have opinions on this issue - including students, parents, teachers, school administrators, members of the State Boards for the Professions, the business community, and members of community and faith-based organizations. This survey is designed to obtain the opinions anyone with an interest in New York State's students and the career opportunities that await them in the licensed professions. It should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. This survey is part of a larger project to help spark the interest of K-12 students in careers in these licensed professions in New York State, and to make critical information on careers in the licensed professions more readily available to students and schools across the state. We appreciate your participation and look forward to hearing what you think on this vital issue.

 

2008 Teacher of the Year

The application for the 2008 New York State Teacher of the Year Award is now available. The Teacher of the Year program recognizes and celebrates outstanding teachers throughout New York State. Eligible teachers are appropriately credentialed, work directly with students in a public, private or charter school and have at least five years teaching experience. The deadline for applications is February 16, 2007. For more information, please visit

http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/TEACHING/toty/totyapp2008.html .

 

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 

2007 Summer Training for Teachers in Engineers of the Future Programs

State funds in the amount of $5 million are available from the State Education Department (SED) for grants to colleges and universities in New York State for the costs of providing college or university-based summer training for teachers necessary to implement rigorous pre-engineering curricula in the middle and high school levels. New York State college or university applicants must partner with public school district(s), charter school(s) and /or nonpublic schools and serve teachers that are or will be implementing rigorous pre-engineering programs at the middle and high school levels. Consortiums of colleges and universities may not apply. To view the RFP and read frequent grant application Q&A, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.htm.

 

Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education 2006-07
The Goldman Sachs Excellence in International Education has extended the deadline for acceptance of applications in the elementary, middle, high school, media/technology, and state categories to Monday, February 5, 2007. The prize program was created in 2003 to raise awareness of the growing importance of international knowledge and skills for U.S. students. Awards totaling $25,000 are made annually in each category.  For more information, please visit http://www.internationaled.org/prizes .

 

Teaching American History Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement Teaching American History Grant Program is accepting applications for the Teaching American History Grant Program. Teaching American History grants support projects to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of traditional American history. Grant awards assist LEAs, in partnership with entities that have extensive content expertise, to develop, document, evaluate, and disseminate innovative, cohesive models of professional development. By helping teachers to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of traditional American history as a separate subject within the core curriculum, these programs improve instruction and raise student achievement. Eligible applicants include local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law and regulations, that must work in partnership with one or more of the following entities:

        An institution of higher education.

        A non-profit history or humanities organization.

        A library or museum.

 

The Notice of Intent to Apply deadline is February 7, 2007. A pre-application meeting for prospective applicants will be held in January 2007 in Washington, DC. The Transmittal of Applications deadline is March 9, 2007. Further information on the date, time, and location will be made available through a notice published in the Federal Register and through the Teaching American History Web site at http://www.ed.gov/programs/teachinghistory.

 

E-rate Filing Window Open
Schools and libraries may begin applying for 2007 E-rate discounts, and all applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 7, 2007.  E-rate funding helps schools and libraries cover the cost of modern telecommunication and information services. The filing window will be open for 86 days. You may apply by going to http://www.sl.universalservice.org/menu.asp

 

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

 

English Language Arts Core Curriculum (2005)
The revised English Language Arts Core Curriculum 2005 provides grade-by-grade delineation of the performance indicators: what students should know, and be able to do, in Prekindergarten through Grade 12, as a result of skilled instruction. The four ELA learning standards approved by the Board of Regents in 1996 remain the same. The 2005 Core Curriculum also features a literacy strand, Prekindergarten through Grade 8. To view the 2005 Core Curriculum, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/cores.htm.

 

African-American Read-In in February, 2007

In celebration of literacy and Black History Month in February, the National Council of English Teachers and the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English will sponsor the Eighteenth National African American Read-In. The African-American Read-In has been endorsed by the International Reading Association. Communities can participate by simply bringing together friends to share a book or hosting a public reading. Schools, libraries, and community organizations are hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities on Sunday, February 4, 2007 and Monday, February 5, 2007. To read more about this upcoming event, please visit the NCTE site for an official Read-In packet, plus resources such as reading lists or idea starters for hosting an event. For more information, please visit  www.ncte.org/prog/readin/107901.htm?source=gs .

 

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award

The purpose of the Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award is to recognize, promote, and support excellence in humanities programming in elementary and middle school libraries that serve children K-8. In order to promote and encourage other school libraries interested in developing outstanding humanities programs, a professional development/training opportunity will be presented by the ALA Public Programs Office, in consultation with the Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). K-8 school libraries or school library programs are eligible for the award, and the deadline is February 28, 2007. For more information, please visit http://www.ala.org/ala/ppo/jaffarianaward.htm.

 

Teachers’ Choices List of Titles

Since 1989, the Teachers’ Choices project of the International Reading Association has developed an annual annotated reading list of new books that will encourage young people to read. These are books that kids will enjoy-and that contribute to learning across the curriculum. For more information, please visit

http://www.reading.org/resources/tools/choices_teachers.html .

 

Children’s Choices List of Titles

This is a booklist with a twist: Children themselves evaluate the books, and provide reviews of their favorites. Since 1974, Children’s Choices have been a trusted source of book recommendations used by teachers, librarians, parents-and children themselves. For more information, please visit

http://www.reading.org/resources/tools/choices_childrens.html . 

 

Free Books for Read Across America Day

The National Education Association's Read Across America is a reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child to celebrate reading on March 2, Dr. Seuss's birthday. NEA also provides resources and activities to keep children reading year around, which can be accessed at www.nea.org/readacross/index.html . The Literacy Empowerment Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, invites your school or other literacy project to apply for FREE books for Read Across America Day. The deadline for applications is February 11, 2007.  For more information, please visit http://www.lefbooks.org/ .

 

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MATHEMATICS

 

NYS Mathematics Resource Center

The NYS Mathematics Resource Center, in coordination with the BOCES district superintendents, the superintendents of the Big 4, and NYC School Improvement Team has conducted a statewide survey to assess the professional development needs of district personnel and teachers of mathematics. There was a return rate of 75% on this survey the results of which are currently being analyzed. A complete report along with a plan for building regional mathematics leadership teams will be posted on the NYSED Mathematics website when they become available.

 

Regulatory Changes Related to Commencement Level Mathematics Requirements Approved

At its May 22-23, 2006 meeting, the Board of Regents approved changes to Sections 100.5 (a)(3)(iv), 100.5 (a)(5)(b)(2), 100.5 (b)(iv)(c), 100.5 (b)(v)(a), and 100.5 (b)(x) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. The action clarifies policy changes for commencement level mathematics, including graduation requirements, units of credit, and types of diplomas, during and after the transition from Regents Examinations in Mathematics A and Mathematics B to Regents Examinations in Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. These changes are effective June 15, 2006 and will primarily affect students who first enter grade 9 in September of 2008.
View the chart that summarizes the changes.
View the revised regulatory language and related policy statements
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Mathematics Core Curriculum (2005)
The Mathematics Core Curriculum approved by the Board of Regents Prekindergarten through commencement level (http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/cores.htm) provides grade specific performance indicators for the content and process bands and strands. This information is available through the NYSED Virtual Learning System at www.nysvls.org. 

  

Charging Students for Calculators
Clarification regarding the responsibility of school districts to provide students with calculators is available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/mgtserv/charging_for_calculators.shtml

 

Guidance for Calculator Use in the Classroom and on State Assessments in Mathematics
This chart summarizes the policy decisions made regarding the use of calculators in classrooms and on State Assessment in Mathematics. Integration of technology into the classroom is a powerful student motivator. The usage of calculators helps students visualize concepts and ideas. To view, go to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/3-8/CalcChart.html.

 

PreK-8 and Commencement Mathematics Toolkits
The PreK-8 and Commencement Toolkits are available on the CIIT Mathematics homepage, and are also posted on the NYSED Virtual Learning System. The Toolkits include updates to the Glossary, Crosswalks between the 1999 and 2005 Curricula, Sample Tasks, Instructional Recommendations, Templates for the Analysis of Mathematics Programs, Alignment Guides, and other helpful resources. Please visit,
PreK-8: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/3-8/guidancepk8.htm

Commencement: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/3-8/guidance912.htm

 

Sample Tasks for all Performance Indicators in Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry are now available online in Word, PDF, and HTML formats. Sample tasks are statements which enhance teacher understanding of the performance indicators. They provide guidance for the field to support the transition to the Mathematics Core Curriculum (Revised 2005). These tasks can be viewed on the Toolkit page for Mathematics 9-12. Sample tasks are aligned to the performance indicators for both the content and process strands. See http://www.p12.nysed.gov/3-8/guidance912.htm and scroll down to Sample Tasks. 

 

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation: Mathematics Requirement
On December 8, 2005 the Board of Regents unanimously approved the Education Department's Implementation Timeline for Regents Examinations in Mathematics for Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 & Trigonometry. See http://www.p12.nysed.gov/3-8/mathexamsched.doc. During the phase-in of the new Regents Examinations, a student will be able to attain the mathematics portion of a Regents diploma with Advanced Designation by passing the Mathematics A Regents and the Algebra 2 & Trigonometry Regents, or by passing all three of the new Regents examinations-Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 & Trigonometry. For more information, see Commencement Level, Question 1 at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/mqa.html.

 

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SCIENCE

  

School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) / National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide which includes information related to safety in the high school chemistry laboratory is available on-line. The NIOSH Publication No. 2007-107: School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide, November 2006 may be accessed at http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/NIOSH2007107.pdf .

 

DEC School Seedling Program

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that free tree seedlings are available to schools across the State for spring planting through the DEC School Seedling Program. The program provides tree seedlings or a mixed packet of wildlife shrubs to any public or private school that would like to participate in the program and to plant the seedlings on school grounds or other community space. This program provides schools an opportunity to apply the interconnections between the K-12 NYS Learning Standards in science and real-world applications and experiences that enhance the environment in respective communities. To participate, schools should contact DEC’s Saratoga Tree Nursery at (518) 587-1120 or (518) 581-1439, starting January 2, 2007, or the nearest DEC regional forestry office and request a “School Seedling Program” brochure that contains all the information necessary to place an order. All orders must be received at the nursery by March 31, 2007.  For more information please visit http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/press/pressrel/2006/200603.html .

 

NY ECLIPSE

The New York State Education Department, in partnership with the National Science Resources Center (NSRC), is implementing a multi-year science education systemic change initiative – New York Enhancing Collaborative Leadership for Improved Performance in Science Education (NY ECLIPSE) – that will build leadership teams within local school districts.  This initiative provides research-based products and services to assist New York State school districts in initiating, implementing, and sustaining effective inquiry-centered pre-kindergarten through grade twelve science programs for all students.

NY ECLIPSE is based on the NSRC’s program, Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform, which is a nationally renowned professional development model that provides a comprehensive approach to district-wide systemic change in science education.  The NY ECLIPSE initiative targets “renewal” efforts in each of the State’s large urban school districts including Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Yonkers and New York City.  In addition, the initiative targets leadership teams from Capital Region BOCES, Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES, Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES, and Western Suffolk BOCES. Additional information may be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/NYEclipse/EclipseHome.html .

 

National Science Olympiad
The New York State Education Department, in cooperation with the National Science Olympiad and the New York State Science Olympiad, invites your students to participate in a Statewide Science Olympiad competition.  Teams of students from public and nonpublic middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools are eligible for participation in this event.  This New York Statewide Olympiad will consist of academic, interscholastic competitions between individuals and between teams.  Registered students would prepare during the year for scheduled regional, state, and possibly national competitions.  Competitions follow the formats of popular board games, Olympic games, and TV shows. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced among the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science content, concepts, processes, skills, and applications.  Competitive teams will be made up of students from grades 6-9 and from grades 9-12. Additional information and registration forms may be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/Olympiad.htm

 

National Youth Science Camp
The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC), http://www.nysc.org, offers a fantastic opportunity for graduating seniors who intend to pursue an education and profession oriented toward science, mathematics, engineering, or medicine.  The NYSC is a residential science education program that honors and challenges the two most promising high school science students from each state.  Applications are due by February 16, 2007.  More information and applications may be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/science/natyouth.html

 

Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) identifies outstanding teachers in mathematics and science at the national level. In 2007, teachers of grades 7-12 will be eligible for this award. New York State is looking for nominations for outstanding mathematics and science teachers who bring state and national standards to life in their classrooms, spark students’ imaginations, have a belief that all students can learn, engage students, and have an overall passion for teaching and learning.  If you know of a teacher you feel qualifies for this prestigious honor, visit our website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/science/presawardsci.htm and click on “Presidential Awards” to find out how to nominate them. Nominees must submit their applications by May 1, 2007 to be considered.

 

New Book Available on New York State BIODIVERSITY!

Conserving New York State’s Biodiversity is a new, 100-page, full-color book offering a remarkable glimpse into the vast array of life and beauty in New York State and to help improve the understanding of the state’s biodiversity and to identify both challenges and solutions to protect it. Included are the birds we see at our backyard feeders, giant salamanders that quietly eat crayfish, “bottomless” lakes, alpine tundra, forests that need fire to survive, and much, much more. Access additional information from the NYS Biodiversity Research Institute website: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/bri/index.html . To order a free copy, email BRI@mail.nysed.gov .

 

TE-MAT Teacher Education Materials for Mathematics and Science Professional Development Providers
http://www.te-mat.org/
TE-MAT is an on line database of reviews of materials for K-12 Mathematics and Science to support professional development providers as they design and implement programs for pre-service and in-service mathematics and science teachers. TE-MAT was originally funded as an NSF grant to Horizon Research. NSTA and AMTE will continue to provide resources to the database in the future. This site includes a Conceptual Framework section (http://www.te-mat.org/conceptual-framework.aspx) that highlights key elements critical to the design and implementation of effective professional development programs, with numerous links to relevant reviews of materials and practitioner essays. The Reviews of Materials section (http://www.te-mat.org/overview-reviews.aspx) is a searchable collection of reviews intended to help K-12 mathematics and science professional development providers more readily select materials appropriate for their program goals. Reviews may be browsed by purpose, subject/grade level, topic area, features, or author and title, using the navigation bar to the left.

 

Building a Presence (BaP) Points of Contact still needed in every school in NYS!
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), with funding from the Exxon/Mobil Foundation instituted a national initiative to create a comprehensive communications and professional development network of science education advocates which is referred to as Building a Presence BaP. The objectives of the project are to create a state and national network for K-12 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 will colleagues. Please forward this information to teachers of science in your district and have interested teachers contact Nancy Ridenour at nvr1943@clarityconnect.com for further details.

 

Teacher Workshops at the New York State Museum
The Museum Education Institute at the New York State Museum was established in 2001 to support a community of professionals dedicated to improving education. The Institute provides practicing teachers with opportunities to participate in the research process with access to current research information, and to interact with Museum research and collections staff. The Institute aids in the accomplishment of the Museum’s mission by fostering working relationships between teachers and researchers in the fields of geology, biology, anthropology and history. For more information about upcoming teacher workshops, please visit http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html.

 

New Reference Tables for Physical Setting/Physics
The 2006 edition of the Reference Tables for Physical Setting/Physics is an updated edition of the 2002 edition of the Reference Tables for Physical Setting/Physics and replaces all previously released editions. New Reference Tables for Physical Setting/Physics, 2006 Edition have been sent to school districts. Upon receipt of the new edition, please discard any 2002 Editions and use the 2006 Editions exclusively. The 2006 Edition of the Physical Setting/Physics Reference Tables is similar in layout and content to the 2002 Edition. A memorandum that includes the specific modifications made to the reference tables, as well as the Reference Tables for Physical Setting/Physics 2006 Edition, are available online and may be accessed or downloaded at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/scire/reftable.html.

 

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SOCIAL STUDIES

 

Online Survey for All Social Studies Rating Guides (Now Through Spring 2007)

The social studies unit of the Office of State Assessment is asking you to help by providing feedback on how social studies rating guides are used and how they might be improved.  The survey pertains to the rating guides for the Grades 5 and 8 Social Studies Tests, and the Regents Examinations in Global History and Geography and U.S. History and Government.  The survey asks what parts of each rating guide are particularly helpful or perhaps not as helpful to teachers as they score each examination. It is NOT intended as a method of critiquing each individual rating guide or examination, but rather affords teachers and supervisors the opportunity to comment on what they like and do not like about these rating guides in general. This survey can be completed and submitted online at http://www.forms.nysed.gov/emsc/osa/exameval/ssratingguides.htm.    

  

Update: Louis E. Yavner Award
The announcement of the 2006 Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards has been delayed. Winners will be notified in February 2007. The award ceremony will take place during the March 19-20, 2007 meeting of the Board of Regents.

 

NYSCSS / NYS4A 68th Annual Conference: March 21-24, 2007 in Rochester
"Social Studies: The Global Tapestry" is the theme of the 68th annual conference of the New York State Council for the Social Studies and the New York State Social Studies Supervisory Association.  The conference will be held in Rochester, March 21- 24, 2007, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel. For more information, please visit www.nyscss.org

 

Write for the NYS Social Studies Regents Examinations: 2007 Dates
The item writer training for the Global History and Geography Regents Examination will be held on Thursday-Friday, March 1-2, 2007 at the State Education Department in Albany. The item writer training for the United States History and Government Regents Examination will be held on Thursday-Friday, March 8-9, 2007 at the State Education Department in Albany. Preference will be given to people currently teaching. Participants' travel related expenses will be reimbursed in compliance with New York State travel regulations, and they will be paid an honorarium for the 2-day session. Participants attending these sessions must agree to accept an item writing assignment, and will be paid an honorarium for completing and submitting items. Download and print out an Item Writer Application form at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/inform/informarch/itemwriterapp.html .  

 

Social Studies Leaders’ Guide Survey Posted!
The Social Studies Leaders’ Guide is an online publication designed as a reference tool for school leaders and teachers of social studies. It is designed to provide essential information and resources to support standards based education programs to students of NYS schools Prekindergarten through Grade 12. It was posted in late February 2006 at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/leadersguide/ssintro.html. A survey has been added to provide NYSED feedback on this publication. Please take a few moments to review the Social Studies Leaders Guide and provide us feedback.

 

World Communities: What Is a Culture? Now Available Online
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/grade3/home.html

A new online teacher resource guide for grade 3 social studies includes is available and includes:
“What Is a Culture?” a short paper on studying cultures through anthropology;
“Culture: A Geographical Perspective,” a short paper on studying cultures through geography; a Crosswalk connecting each article to the NYS Learning Standards for Social Studies and the Grade 3 Units and Understandings as outlined in Social Studies Instructional Strategies & Resources: Prekindergarten through Grade 6; tips on “How to Select World Communities,” along with planning templates for the world communities selected; a Glossary of terms found throughout the papers; a “Call for Content,” where teachers can submit grade 3 standards-based learning experiences (lessons plans, units, teaching strategies) for future posting on this resource.

 

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THE ARTS

 

Music and Theatre Education Data Available

Charts that contain multi-year tallies of statewide student enrollments and teaching assignments in music and theatre education have been updated and posted. The Music Education Data chart covers approximately 30 years from 1975-76 until 2005-06. The Theatre Education Data chart includes information from 1999-2000 until 2005-06. Both are accessible at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/arts/musictheatredata.html.

 

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DRIVER EDUCATION

 

Application for Approval

The "Application for Approval of Summer Secondary School Driver and Traffic Safety Education 2007" must be postmarked by Friday, June 1, 2007Programs that do not have teachers with current MV 283 as of the date of the application will not be approvedApplications and more information on submission are available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/de/StopReadNotice.html

 

Driver Education Website

The Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Instructional Technology has launched its new website for Driver Education in New York State, at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/drive.html. This new site directs readers to information regarding the New York State Driver and Traffic Safety Education Guidelines, Driver Education Summer School Application Forms, News, Teacher Preparation and Accreditation information, and a helpful Q&A.

 

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

 

New Website
The Middle Level Education initiative has a new website to post timely notices regarding middle level initiatives. For ongoing information, please visit
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/MiddleLevel/middle.html

 

2006 Essential Elements: Schools-To-Watch: Models of Academic Excellence, Social Equity, Developmental Responsiveness, Organization and Structure

New York State has chosen its first cohort of Essential Elements Schools to Watch. Schools to Watch is a national recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. New York State has joined the Schools to Watch program and is one of 14 participating states. For more information, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/news/schools2watch.htm.

 

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TESTING

 

June 2007 Regents Examination Schedule can be viewed at http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/june07.pdf.

 

New York State Alternate Assessment Administration Manual

The 2006-2007 New York State Alternate Assessment Administration Manual provides procedures for assessing the academic achievement of students with severe cognitive disabilities and for constructing a New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) datafolio of student performance. In response to a 2005-06 review of the New York State Testing Program by the United States Department of Education, NYSAA has been restructured effective 2006-07. Please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/alterassessment/manual/admin0607.pdf.  

 

The School Administrator's Manuals (SAM) for Public and Non Public Schools for the 2007 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Tests provide guidelines to ensure that these tests are valid and equitable for all students. Included in this manual is a series of instructions to organize the materials, the testing schedule, and the scoring process. For more information, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/3-8/sam/home.htm.

 

Suggestions and Feedback from Teachers provide an important contribution to the test development process. The Department provides an online evaluation form for State assessments. It contains spaces for teachers to respond to several specific questions and to make suggestions. This examination evaluation form is posted at www.emsc.nysed.gov/osa/exameval. Please select the link “Regents Examinations - August 2006" to complete the evaluation form for any of the August 2006 Regents Examinations.

 

Teacher Directions for 2007 - ELA Test

Teacher Directions for the 2007 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts tests are now available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/3-8/directions/home.htm. Important Information for scoring the 2007 English Language Arts Grades 3-8 Tests is also available in the Scoring Leader Handbook at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/3-8/scorleaderbk-07.pdf. 

 

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WEB RESOURCES

 

FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

FREE Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies is a website that makes it easier to find teaching and learning resources from the federal government. FREE was originally conceived in 1997 by a federal working group and launched a year later. It was redesigned and re-launched for the first time in November 2006. More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies, and the site is among the most popular K-12 websites maintained by the U.S Department of Education. New sites are added regularly. For more information or to access federal resources, please see http://free.ed.gov/.

 

ED Pubs Online Ordering System

ED Pubs Online Ordering System is a source for U.S. Department of Education Publications. This system is intended to help educators identify and order U.S. Department of Education products. All publications are provided at no cost to the general public by the U.S. Department of Education. Please use the searching options to identify the specific products you are seeking, such as Helping Your Child Become A Reader, Put Reading First, and A Child Becomes A Reader. For more information and a full list of free publications, please visit http://www.edpubs.org/webstore/content/search.asp.

 

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

NYSED

 

Assistant in Instructional Services, NYS Education Department

The New York State Education Department’s Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology (CIIT) is seeking candidates to fill the vacancy of Assistant in Instructional Services with particular responsibility in the area of technology education. Deadline for the acceptance of applications is January 29, 2007. For more information on this position, please visit http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/AG432.htm . Questions should be addressed to Jim Garrity via e-mail at jgerrity@mail.nysed.gov.

The NYS Education Department announces its current vacancies on the Office of Operations and Management Services homepage at http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr, and also on the New York State.

 

NYS Government

 

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

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.cfm.

 

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