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April 16, 2007

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NYSED

NEW! Message from Johanna Duncan-Poitier

Senior Deputy Commissioner of Education - P-16

The Board of Regents and Commissioner Mills have recently announced a new P-16 structure within the State Education Department to improve achievement and close performance gaps across the Prekindergarten through higher education (P-16) continuum. To help carryout these goals, Johanna Duncan-Poitier has been named Senior Deputy Commissioner of Education - P-16 and will provide leadership for the combined offices of Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and Continuing Education (EMSC) and Higher Education. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/welcome.htm
 

NEW! Latest Information on the 2007-2008 State Budget

The new 2007-08 State budget includes an unprecedented increase of over $1.7 billion in aid to school districts across the State to improve student performance. The latest information on the budget, including State Aid projections by district, is now available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/latest_information_on_the_20072.htm . Information has been posted for Superintendents and District Superintendents statewide on using the additional State Aid, accountability standards, Contracts for Excellence, allowable programs, and other budget highlights. Updates and additional budget-related information will be shared on the Web as it becomes available.
 

NEW! New York Learns: A New Agenda for Education
New York Governor Elliot Spitzer has outlined a bold, innovative education budget with reforms that build upon what the Regents and many others have been doing. These long needed reforms and the resources to achieve them will create an opportunity for success for all the students of the state. New York State Education Department Commissioner Richard P. Mills explores these themes in a conversation with WNYT news anchorrnLydia Kulbida. Joining the conversation are New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, Deputy Chancellor Andres Alonso, Yonkers Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio, Syracuse Superintendent Daniel Lowengard and Buffalo Superintendent James Williams.

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

  • Enter the keyword global and hit Search.

  • Click on the video New York Learns: A New Agenda for Education - Education for a Global Economy.

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

NEW! Center for Urban Youth and Technology Science/Math Day
The Center for Urban Youth and Technology will sponsor a Science/Math Day for students from the capital region on Saturday, April 28, 2007 from 9am - 4pm at The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The Science/Math Day will incorporate hands-on activities for hour workshop sessions including Marine biology, Wind Energy, The Human Body, Origami, What Do Your Clothes Say About You, What is Pi, Life Skills through Chess, and Break Dancing. The Center for Urban Youth and Technology has been providing educational and career experiences for middle and high school students in order to stimulate students’ interest and appreciation for math, science, and technology, and to provide tutoring assistance as students prepare for their statewide and classroom exams, explore potential careers, and provide college recruitment opportunities in these related fields. In the past, corporate, community, and State support for the Math Day and Science/Math Day has attracted over 200 students, 100 parents, and 60 volunteers to the program activities--the goal this year is to convene a larger one-day event at the University at Albany and attract 300 youth, 100 parents, and more workshop activities. For more information, please call (518) 442-5035 or (518) 442-9083, or visit  www.albany.edu/cuyt/.htm .

Call for Expertise

The State Education Department (SED) encourages teachers, administrators and professionals to become involved in the development of variety of curriculum materials and resources related to the seven learning standard areas. In an effort to maintain up-to-date contact information and to allow you to select projects and committees that best fit your interest and expertise, task-specific Call for Expertise opportunities are now available on the Call for Expertise website. For more information or to view a current list of these opportunities, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/call.htm.

 

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 

NEW! Invent America! Funds for Student-Designed Inventions
The United States Patent Model Foundation announces the Invent America! Contest for student-designed inventions, K-8. Students identify a problem and create an innovative solution, keeping an inventor's log and naming their invention. Awards are made for each grade level: first place receives a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond and a medal of honor; second place wins a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and an award certificate; third place receives a $250 U.S. Savings Bond and an award certificate; and the honorable mentions (2 for each grade level) receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and award certificate. A free handbook is available for classroom use. Deadline for Applications: June 15, 2007. For more information, visit http://www.inventamerica.org/ .

 

2007 Summer Mathematics and/or Science Programs for Middle School Students

This competitive grant program is to support the costs of summer mathematics and/or science programs at community colleges for middle school students. Middle school students are students who will complete grades five, six, seven or eight in June 2007. These programs should support improved achievement of middle school students in mathematics and/or science through hands-on, engaging summer programs. Community Colleges in New York State are eligible, and must partner with one or more public school districts to serve middle school students from the district(s). Middle school students from charter schools and non-public schools located within the boundaries of the partnering public school district(s) must be given an equitable opportunity to participate in the summer program. Deadline for Applications: May 14, 2007. For more information and an application, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/2007MSSPMSS.htm . All questions regarding the application process should be directed to the program email box at mssumtchinst@mail.nysed.gov .

 

NCLB Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant Program 2007-2010

This competitive grant program is intended to increase academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. Partnerships between high-need school districts and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) departments in institutions of higher education are at the core of these improvement efforts. Deadline for Applications: May 7, 2007. For more information and an application, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/mspcover710.htm . Request for Proposal information can also be found on the “Funding Opportunities” link at http://www.p12.nysed.gov .  

 

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

NEW! Free Videos On Demand from the Annenberg Channel

In addition to offering the Annenberg Channel, a free satellite channel for schools, colleges, libraries, public broadcasting stations, public access channels, and other non-commercial community agencies, Annenberg Media's Teacher Resources presents Free Videos On Demand documenting teacher-researchers putting innovative curriculum and instructional strategies in action. Browse through the selection of Teacher Resources at www.learner.org .

The 2007 New York State Governor's Dr. King Leadership Symposium
Registration materials are now available for "Pathways to Peace in the Classroom and Community", the 2007 New York State Governor's Dr. King Leadership Symposium, an inter-agency community service initiative of the NYS Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance, to be held on April 26, 2007 in Albany. The event is FREE and open to the public. This year's event includes an opportunity for schools to enter an essay competition to win a peace pole, as described in a letter included with the registration materials. For additional information on both registration and the peace pole competition, please visit www.oms.nysed.gov/2007king/MLKsym.htm, and feel free to share with interested parties.

2007 Summer Workshop Schedule
The Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative is pleased to announce its 2007 Summer Workshop Schedule, which can be found at http://www.t2tweb.us/Workshops/Schedule.asp . Regional workshops will be held in 22 cities across the United States to provide free high-quality professional development opportunities for teachers. Prominent educators will share best practices in all grade levels and content areas. This year’s co-hosts include the National Park Service, NASA, Microsoft, Siemens, EMC, AMD, Symantec, University of Nevada, Motorola, General Motors, and Target.

Fifth Annual Middle Level Institute
The New York State Middle School Association will once again be offering a Middle Level Institute on June 25-26 at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Participants will select and participate in one of six instructional strands being offered by practitioner experts. Each session will provide participants with the tools needed to apply what is taught in practical ways. Instruction will include hands-on components with twenty-five or fewer individuals in each session. For more information please visit www.nysmsa.org .
 

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.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! Statewide Summer Reading Program: Get a Clue @ Your LibrarySummer break is not that far away! And that means schools need to start encouraging their students to take part in the New York State Summer Reading Program, Get a Clue @ Your Library. Studies have shown that library summer reading programs raise student learning levels. The positive impact is most evident in those communities where reading and literacy resources are less available to students and the achievement gap is most evident. Giving young people the chance to read for fun and enjoyment over the summer builds literacy skills, helps those from less advantaged environments catch up to their more advantaged peers and fosters future success in learning and school. Educators and school administrators across the state are urged to work with their school library media specialists to share information about this program and encourage K-12 youngsters to sign up for the Summer Reading Program at their local public library. For more information about Get a Clue @ Your Library, go to the New York State Library’s web site at www.nysl.nysed.gov and click on Statewide Summer Reading. Printer-friendly fliers in multiple languages for parents will be available online soon.

NEW! The 21st Century Literary Map Project
Literary maps have long been used to help students and readers learn about literature, writers, and places. Inspired by all these maps, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is sponsoring the 21st Century Literacies and The 21st Century Literary Map Project. The invitation is open to you, to your colleagues, and to your students--to create a literary map of your specific locale, region, or state, designing maps through: (1) researching literature, and (2) using the medium best suited to achieving your intended purpose. Chosen literary maps will be for showcased at the 2007 NCTE Annual Convention in New York City on November 15-18. To join, email your interest to Kathleen Yancey at affsec@ncte.org . Additional information will be forthcoming. http://www.ncte.org/announce/126207.htm

NEW! The National High School Center
The National High School Center (NHSC) is part of a national network of Content and Regional Comprehensive Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education to help build the capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement the provisions and goals of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). It is one of five content centers covering a spectrum of topical areas especially relevant to NCLB and school improvement.
http://www.betterhighschools.org/ .

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 Pre-kindergarten 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, Pre-kindergarten through Grade 8. To view the 2005 Core Curriculum, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/cores.htm

WRITING NEXT
The Alliance for Excellent Education has published a new report, Writing Next, that "trumpets writing as an important component to literacy instruction ... a predictor of academic success... and a basic requirement for participation in civic life and the global economy." The report in its entirety is available at http://www.all4ed.org/publications/WritingNext/index.html .

 

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   

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MATHEMATICS

 

NEW! Grant Winner Announcement

A list of the Summer Classes and/or Institutes for Teachers in Mathematics and/or Science Grant Winners 2007 is now posted at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/SummerClassTcher/GrantWinnerList2007.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.

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 .

 

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SCIENCE

 

NEW! NYS Museum: Earth Science Workshop

Held from July 8-13th, 2007 (Sun 6pm-Fri 6pm) The Earth Science Workshop is intended for science teachers who are assigned to teach Earth Science/Physical Setting during the school year. This workshop is designed to help Earth Science teachers improve Regents Examination scores by becoming more familiar with the geologic environment and geologic history of New York State. For a registration form and more information, please visit http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html .

 

NEW! Grant Winner Announcement

A list of the Summer Classes and/or Institutes for Teachers in Mathematics and/or Science Grant Winners 2007 is now posted at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/SummerClassTcher/GrantWinnerList2007.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. Click here for a briefing on the ECLIPSE initiative.

 

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.

 

Updated Information on Green Cleaning

A new field memorandum has been issued concerning the use of green cleaning products in schools. It provides resources for school districts to satisfy the requirements of the State law requiring the use of environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products in schools (a.k.a. green cleaning). The field memo is available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/facplan/. 

 

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.

 

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SOCIAL STUDIES

 

NEW! High School Media Contest to Promote Jury Service
The New York State Unified Court System is planning a statewide expansion of its Annual High School Media Contest to Promote Jury Service. The contest involves high school students in creatively learning about the jury system while developing various components of a media campaign for raising public awareness about the importance of serving as a juror. With teacher’s guidance, students can create posters, public service announcements, juror orientation videos, Internet banners, or redesign a jury summons. High School teachers are invited to review the current academic (2006-07) year’s categories and guidelines at http://www.nyjuror.gov/contest, although the deadline to participate has past. On the website teachers may sign up to receive next academic (2007-08) year’s information for student participation.

 

NEW! Law Day: May 1, 2007
Every year Law Day is nationally celebrated on May 1. Law Day is sponsored by the American Bar Association, and set aside to celebrate the rule of law, underscoring how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share. This celebration has created an occasion when everyone can reflect on our legal heritage, the role of law, and on the rights and duties that are the foundation of peace and prosperity. This year's Law Day theme is Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy. This theme was chosen because the future of our nation is in the hands of our young people. We all can and should play a role in assuring America’s future by addressing the needs of youth and focusing on the issues affecting them today. The Library of Congress provides information on Law Day, including a Law Day chronology and digital legal resources, at: http://www.loc.gov/law/public/lawday.html .  The American Bar Association also provides a Law Day Planning Guide at: http://www.abanet.org/publiced/lawday/guidemain.html . This planning guide focuses on planning Law Day activities; a planning time line; publicity tools that includes media tips and a sample proclamation; youth outreach; speaking on Law Day; talking points; contest entry forms for national Law Day Speech and Activity Awards; youth outreach; and connecting with schools. For additional information, please visit:
http://www.abanet.org/publiced/lawday/2007/home.shtml .

 

NEW! NYS Museum: Mohican & Dutch in New Netherland Workshop
Held on July 10, 11, and 12, 2007 (9:00AM - 5:00PM) this workshop is designed for teachers of middle school and high school social studies, this workshop is a collaborative offering by the NY State Museum, the State Library, and the State Archives, at the Cultural Education Center in Albany, NY. Featured are the cultural and historical legacy of 17th century Dutch settlement and Dutch interactions with Mohican Indians. We will compare Mohican and Dutch symbols of community, economic and social decision-making, adaptations to change over time, and lasting cultural influences. For a registration form and more information, please visit http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html .

NEW! NYS Museum: Using Archaeology to Teach Native American History
On July 23-27, 2007, teachers will work alongside Museum scientists and researchers in the archaeological investigation of primary source material in Native American history. This workshop is designed for social studies teachers in grades 3-7. Teachers will experience the process of archaeology and receive training in regional history through classroom lectures, fieldwork, and analysis of material objects in the Museum. In team exercises, participants will collect and organize specimens, record data, formulate hypotheses, defend explanations, and present findings in Native American history. For a registration form and more information, please visit http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html .

The New York State Archives' Student Research Awards
Three awards (grades 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12) will be presented in Fall 2007. All entrants must use historical records, which include photographs, letters, diaries, maps, broadsides/posters, deeds, and more. An official entry form must accompany each entry. Categories include: computer-based projects, exhibits, documentaries, performances, proposals for a historical marker, and research papers. Deadline for Applications: June 1, 2007. For official guidelines and entry forms, please visit http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/grantsawards/ga_student_sraguidelines.shtml.

 

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THE ARTS

NEW! High School Media Contest to Promote Jury Service

The New York State Unified Court System is planning a statewide expansion of its Annual High School Media Contest to Promote Jury Service. The contest involves high school students in creatively learning about the jury system while developing various components of a media campaign for raising public awareness about the importance of serving as a juror. With teacher’s guidance, students can create posters, public service announcements, juror orientation videos, Internet banners, or redesign a jury summons. High School teachers are invited to review the current academic (2006-07) year’s categories and guidelines at http://www.nyjuror.gov/contest, although the deadline to participate has past. On the website teachers may sign up to receive next academic (2007-08) year’s information for student participation.

Report on Middle Level Music Education
The New York State School Music Association’s Classroom Music Committee has produced A Report on PreK-12 Music Education in New York State with a Special Focus on the Middle Level. The report provides an overview of the status of classroom music education with specific information on middle level music programs, NYSSMA benefits/services, and the effect the learning standards have had on music education programs in the State. The report can be accessed at http://www.nyssma.org/committees.cfm?subpage=111 .

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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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

Physical Education Requirement
The State Education Department has issued a field memo dated January 2007, regarding Physical Education Programs in response to concerns that certain school districts may not be providing programs that lead to the attainment of NYS learning standards. This memo provides guidance for schools to better ascertain their compliance with Section 135.4 of the Commissioner's Regulations. School districts are encouraged to review the field memo to ensure that they are in compliance with the number of days per week and total minutes per week that are required for physical education at each grade level. The field memo and regulations may be accessed at www.fieldmemoPEjan07.pdf

 

Physical Education Profile

The New York State Physical Education Profile is a set of State-developed local assessments that may be used to provide evidence of the levels of student achievement for the physical education portion of the New York State learning standards for health, physical education, and family and consumer sciences (1996). This program is to be used at the discretion of local school districts to provide that evidence for physical education. Click here for a briefing on the NYS Physical Education Profile.

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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, 2007. Programs that do not have teachers with current MV 283 as of the date of the application will not be approvedApproval is contingent upon school district compliance with other NYSED summer school registration processes. This application must be filed even though as of March 2007, the State Education Department no longer requires submission of “Certification of Intent to Conduct Summer School” or the “Summer School Enrollment Summary Report” to operate a summer school program. Applications and more information on submission are available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/de/StopReadNotice.html .

 

Summer School Driver Education 2007

Districts, BOCES and nonpublic schools that will conduct summer schools in 2007 will not have to submit to the State Education Department a “Certification of Intent to Conduct Summer School” and the “Summer School Enrollment Summary Report”. The Department will continue to provide support to all districts, BOCES and nonpublic schools that do conduct summer school and will continue to provide support to SAANYS at its annual training conference on May 22-23, 2007 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs. The 2007 Handbook for Summer School Administrators will be placed on the summer school website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/SummerSchool/home.html by March 8, 2007.

 

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

 

NEW! 2007 Essential Elements: School to Watch Announced
NYSED in partnership with the New York State Middle School Association is pleased to announce the designation of the North Salem Middle School of North Salem NY as a 2007 Essential Elements: School to Watch. North Salem joins seven other middle schools in the state to earn this designation. Schools to Watch is a national recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. New York State is one of 18 participating states in this program. The school has undergone a rigorous application process and proven itself to be a model of Academic Excellence, Social Equity, Developmental Responsiveness, Organization and Structure. For more information, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/news/schools2watch.htm .

Home and Careers Skills Resource
The Family and Consumer Science (FACS) Associate in Career and Technical Education has just posted a brand new web page dedicated to Middle Level and the Home and Careers Skills course. This is a very comprehensive page and offers fantastic resources for Middle Level Administrators and teachers. Click on the Middle Level FACS link for Home and Careers Skills information or the FACS Home link for other important links to FACS information.

Middle Level FACS www.emsc.nysed.gov/cte/facse/middle
FACS Home www.emsc.nysed.gov/cte/facse

 

New Middle Level 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/mle/middle.html.

 

Essential Elements Schools-To-Watch (EE-STW) Application Available
Is your Middle Level Program a model of Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness, Social Equity and Organization and Structure ? Can you show evidence of effective school programs that have put your middle level program on a trajectory for increased student achievement? Is your school a School-To-Watch? The updated application for the third cohort of EE-STW is available on the New York State Middle School Association Website located at www.nysmsa.org. Click on “Schools-To-Watch” on the blue bar. Applications are due the third week of October. Click here for a briefing on NYS Essential Elements Schools-To-Watch.

Professional Development Opportunity - Fifth Annual Middle Level Institute
The New York State Middle School Association will once again be offering a Middle Level Institute on June 25-26 at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Participants will select and participate in one of six instructional strands being offered by practitioner experts. Each session will provide participants with the tools needed to apply what is taught in practical ways. Instruction will include hands-on components with twenty-five or fewer individuals in each session. For more information please visit www.nysmsa.org.
 

 

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GLOBAL EDUCATION

 

Inclusive Service Learning Manual
Service Learning is an approach to teaching and learning that combines real and needed community service with prescribed academic learning goals. The Magellan Foundation in collaboration with the New York State Education Department Learn and Serve America Program, with funding from the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) and the Corporation for National and Community Service, worked with numerous school districts in recent years to assist schools with including children with disabilities in service learning programs. As a result of this inclusive service learning project a Service Learning Manual was developed to provide instruct and technical assistance to other districts who are interested in students with and without disabilities working side-by-side on service learning activities. You may download a copy of the manual from the link below. If you are interested in obtaining a CD copy of the manual, please contact Fran Hollon at the NYS Education Department fhollon@mail.nysed.gov or Kerry Wiley at kwiley@ddpc.state.ny.us or call 1-800-395-3372.

CCSSO Publishes Policy Statement on Global Education
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), has published a policy statement on global education. Formulated at their Annual Summer Institute in July 2006, the statement updates a version released in 1985. Five major challenges faced by education policymakers are examined. Strategies to address the challenges include defining 21st century global knowledge and skills and redefining graduation requirements to include a thorough understanding of global studies. The policy statement can be found in its full-text at:http://www.ccsso.org/content/pdfs/Global%20Education%20FINAL%20lowrez.pdf .

Asia Society Presents: Chinese Language in the Schools
Asia Society is working with partners in the public and private sector to address the disparity between our need for more Chinese language programs in American schools and our current limited capacity. Find out more about schools that teach Chinese; sources of teachers; state certification and licensure; and links to other professional organizations at www.askasia.org/chinese/ .

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TESTING

 

2007 Regents Examination Schedules
Schedules for May 2007 Component Retesting, June 2007 Regents Examinations, and August 2007 Regents Examinations can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/sched.html .

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 .

Important Dates Added to English Language Arts Timeline
The 2007 3-8 English Language Arts Important Dates are online, including the Testing Schedule for Administration of Tests and Makeup Testing. Visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/3-8/sam/eladates-07.htm .  

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

 

NYS Education Department Virtual Learning System (VLS)
The NYSED VLS has been enhanced and expanded with interesting visuals and additional content and can be found at www.nysvls.org. Recent changes include updated home pages with added informational items. Thousands of lesson plans and instructional tasks are available by exploring the learning standards and performance indicators in the seven content areas. In response to several suggestions, a new VLS Resource Search has been implemented. A user can easily access VLS resources and related information with just a few mouse clicks (two-to-three). Additional search options continue to provide quick access to SED and GEM (Gateway to Educational Materials) resources. Click here for a briefing on the Virtual Learning System.
 

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WEB RESOURCES

 

U.S. Department of Education products
ED Pubs Online Ordering System is a source for Department of Education Publications. This system is intended to help you 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. Use the searching options to identify the specific products you are seeking. http://www.edpubs.org/webstore/content/search.asp.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

NEW! Associate in Instructional Services

The Office of Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education (EMSC) is seeking candidates to fill the vacancy of Associate in Instructional Services for the Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology Team (CIIT). This team provides statewide leadership in relation to the NYS learning standards and core curriculum in the areas of Arts, English language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, technology education, physical education and instructional technologies. Candidates must have a Master’s degree and permanent or professional New York State certification in teaching Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Earth Science AND five years of teaching experience in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Earth Science 7-12. Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to Human Resources by April 30, 2007. For more information, see http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/04092007/ALG464.html .

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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