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NEW! Green Schools Challenge
The Commissioners of the New York State Education Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation have co-announced the Green Schools Challenge. The goals of this exciting and vital initiative are to promote recycling in schools and to recognize the great strides that many schools have taken to develop responsible solid waste management practices.

More information about the Green Schools Challenge may be accessed online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/43349.html. Additional questions about the Challenge or how to set up a green schools program may be directed to Debbie Jackson, Environmental Program Specialist, NYSDEC by phone at 518-402-8705 or by email at dajackson@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

NEW! PBS Celebrates New York
Get into a New York State of Mind in April with NYS PBS as ThinkBright TV airs "Celebrate New York" with more than 60 specials and 28 series all with a NYS connection. The accompanying Teacher Guide includes program highlights, related lesson suggestions and NYS learning standard alignments. http://www.thinkbright.org/CelebrateNY.asp

NEW! Law Day 2008 - "The Rule of Law"
The New York State Bar Association's Law, Youth and Citizenship (LYC) Program will celebrate this year's American Bar Association Law Day, offering a variety of resources for teachers, schools and the general public. The theme for 2008, the 50th anniversary of Law Day, is "The Rule of Law." The effort is to provide resources and strategies for New York schools to help increase student achievement in citizenship education. The effort includes partnerships with State Ed and the Newspaper in Education Program.

An online civics education toolkit developed by the New York State Education Department includes materials that cut across multiple content areas. NYSBA and LYC's Law Day partnership includes the New York Newspaper Publishers Association's Newspaper in Education Program. Newspapers across the state are publishing a five-part series highlighting this year's theme, "The Rule of Law." Each part in the series focuses on a significant Supreme Court case that originated in New York State and includes a classroom activity. A teacher's guide with
student worksheets is available.

Teachers who share their Law Day plans with LYC will receive a free set www.lycny.org.

NEW! NYSED Civics Education Toolkit
Education in civics is fundamental to ensuring that all of New York State's students graduate ready for active and informed citizenship. This toolkit promotes a standards-based, interdisciplinary focus for civics education. It includes a crosswalk that describes the infusion of civics throughout all New York State Learning Standards. It includes a rationale for teachers, curriculum supervisors, and school district administrators with responsibilities for planning a standards-based instructional program that infuses civics education across content areas; definitions and frequently-asked questions about civics education; and strategies and online resources for strengthening civics education in local school districts. Visit the toolkit now at www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/civics.html.

NEW! FREE! Colorful! French and Indian War in New York 1755-1763 Posters Available to New York State’s Schools
The New York State French and Indian War 250th Anniversary Commemoration Commission is charged with broadening and promoting the public’s knowledge of the French and Indian War and its importance in New York State’s history. The Commission has produced a colorful, eye-appealing, 55” x 88” poster that is now available to schools across the state.  The poster includes: historical maps, diagrams, portraits of key historical individuals, images of soldiers and weapons, and a contemporary New York State map that features French and Indian War sites and museums. Primary source materials from Fort Ticonderoga, the Albany Institute of History and Art, and the New York State Military Museum have been incorporated into the poster. Click here to view poster (pdf)

For bulk orders of more than 50 posters, contact Scott Flaherty at I LOVE NEW YORK at sflaherty@empire.state.ny.us.

NEW! Transfer Student Q & A REVISED!
The Curriculum, Instruction, and Instructional Technology Team recently updated the questions and answers document on transfer student regulations and policy. This document includes a section on Special Education.   The q/a’s can be reached by going to the "Education Laws and Regulations" link on the CIIT website, clicking on the link to "Part 100 Regulations", and then on the "Policy" icon or by going directly to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/pages/policytransqainrevision.html

NEW! NYSED Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language's Critical Language Symposium
The NYSED Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Study, together with Teachers College, Columbia University, will be hosting a Critical Language Symposium on May 30 at Columbia University. Your school or district should consider attending if you are interested in starting or supporting existing language programs in Arabic ,Chinese, Japanese, Korean and/or Russian. For more information, please visit the NYSED Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Study website at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/lote/

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! "Books Across America"
The National Education Association's Books Across America Library Books Awards Program enables public school libraries serving economically disadvantaged students to purchase books. Maximum Award: $1,000. Eligibility: Practicing pre-kindergarten through grade 12 school librarians, teachers, or education support professionals in a U.S. public school in which at least 70 percent of the students are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program. Deadline: November 7, 2008.
http://www.neafoundation.org/grants/NEA-Grants_bro-web.pdf

NEW! Funds for Youth Art Programs
National Endowment for the Arts’ Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth grant program offers funding for projects that help children and youth acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. The application deadline is June 9, 2008. Detailed program and application information is available at http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/GAP09/LITA.html

NEW! 2007-2008 UNIVERSAL BROADBAND GRANTS
With monies awarded through the Universal Broadband Access Grant Program, administered by the New York State Office for Technology, the New York State Library will partner with public library systems and the New York Library Association in a statewide collaboration to enhance broadband access in public libraries that serve both urban and rural high-need areas of the state. The intent of this program is to provide access to high-speed, affordable broadband access; to help create jobs through innovative community-based digital literacy and technology training programs; to close the digital divide and increase digital literacy levels; to foster economic development and build stronger public/private partnerships; and to accelerate the use of New York State e-government services. Information on the grant program is available at http://www.ny.gov/governor/press/pdf/press_0319082.pdf Further information on the Universal Broadband Grant Program, key documents, and FAQ's can be found at:
http://www.oft.state.ny.us/oft/UniversalBroadband/overview.htm. If you have specific questions about the project, contact Mary Linda Todd, Library Development Specialist, New York State Library, at (518) 486-4858 or mtodd@mail.nysed.gov.

NEW! Grants for Athletics for Young Women
Women's Sports Foundation GoGirlGo! Grants provide financial assistance to sports/physical activity programs seeking to add new or expand program participation opportunities for an under-served population of girls, particularly economically disadvantaged girls and/or girls from populations with high incidences of health-risk behaviors. Average Award: $5,700. Eligibility: School, amateur, community and/or nonprofit organization whose program members are female, enrolled in 9th through 12th grade and residents of the United States. Some area restrictions apply. Applicants must provide a minimum eight-week sports/physical activity program with preference given to organizations working consistently with girls throughout the year. Deadline: May 9, 2008.
http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/cgi-bin/iowa/funding/featured.html?record=40

Grant Opportunity for School Libraries
Beyond Words: Dollar General School Library Relief Fund--Grants will be awarded to public school libraries that have incurred substantial damage or hardship due to a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide), fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. The goal is to provide funding for books, media, and/or library equipment that support learning in a school library environment. Application information can be found at http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aaslawards/dollargeneral/disasterrelief.cfm .

The Library of Congress’ Educational Outreach Program
Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) is now available in New York State. New York State has been selected to apply for participation in the regional expansion of this educational outreach program because of its affiliation with the National Council for the Social Studies. Waynesburg University is the Eastern Regional partner and invites educators to attend this inaugural event and explore the educational possibilities. For more information visit, http://tps.waynesburg.edu/TPS_2008_Eastern_Regional_Conference/index.htm .   

Quadricentenial Mini-Grants
Up to $1,000 for small projects, programs, events, and celebrations related to the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial/Explore NY 400 programs. The application dealine is April 30, 2008. For details visit, exploreny400.com .

Grants for Art and Music Education Programs
The Airborne Teacher Trust Fund provides support to elementary and middle school teachers from public and private schools for art and music programs that are in jeopardy of being lost due to budgetary limitations. Teachers and their schools may apply for grants from $200 to $10,000 to be used to implement their programs. Visit http://www.airbornetrust.com/ for more information.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! The National Council on Economic Education (NCEE), is announcing three teacher workshops in early May, to be conducted by our new HSBC National Center for Economic and Financial Education, using our Learning, Earning, and Investing publication. Each workshop will introduce teachers to lessons found in this activity-based publication, including lessons related to saving and investment, the stock market, mutual funds, investing internationally, portfolio management, and building long-term wealth. Register online at http://lei.ncee.net/nyworkshops. Each session is limited to the first 30 teachers, so register soon! For more information about the upcoming LEI and other workshops or for more information about how you can get involved in other NCEE activities, contact kchristensen@ncee.net or call 212-827-3602.

NEW! Recruiting New York Metropolitan Area Teachers for an Investment Education Workshop
The National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) announces three teacher workshops in early May, to be conducted by their new HSBC National Center for Economic and Financial Education, using their Learning, Earning, and Investing publication. Each workshop will introduce teachers to lessons found in this activity-based publication, including lessons related to saving and investment, the stock market, mutual funds, investing internationally, portfolio management, and building long-term wealth. All workshops will be held at the Science, Industry, and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue and 34th Street, New York, NY 10016. There is no registration fee and every teacher attending will receive a FREE copy of the materials and a stipend of $75. NCEE is pleased to make this offer to New York area teachers through the generous support of The Moody's Foundation. Register online at http://lei.ncee.net/nyworkshops

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! 2007 NAEP Writing Results Now Available
Results of the 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) writing assessment are now available. It was administered to a nationally representative sample of more than 165,000 eighth- and twelfth-graders from public and private schools. In addition to national results, the report includes state and urban district results for grade 8 public school students. Forty-five states, the Department of Defense schools, and 10 urban districts voluntarily participated. http://nces.ed.gov/naep3/

NEW! Explore the Virtual Learning System for English Language Arts Lesson Plans
Did you know that Virtual Learning System includes English Language Arts lesson plans which are aligned to New York State English Language Arts Learning Standards?

To access this feature, please follow these steps:
* Go to www.nysvls.org
* In the upper right hand corner, under "VLS Resources," go to the "Resource" pull-down menu and select "Lesson Plan."
* Under "Subject Area," select "ELA"
* Under "Level/Grade," select the grade level you would like to access
* Push the "Go" button to see the results of your search

Once you reach the next page, you will be able to view ELA lesson plans which are aligned to New York State English Language Arts Standards (see the "View alignments" link on the right hand side). On this page, you may also search for specific keywords using the "Search Text" function.

Virtual Learning System also features an English Language Arts homepage, which can be accessed here http://eservices.nysed.gov/vls/subjectAreaHome.do?lmid=11

New English Language Arts Homepage Design
The Curriculum, Instruction, and Instructional Technology English Language Arts homepage has been redesigned. The new format includes up-to-date news and resources, organized under the categories of “Information,” “Resources,” and “Assessment.” Helpful links to a variety of resources are included on this page.
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/ela.htm

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

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MATHEMATICS

Call for Expertise
NYSED is seeking Integrated Algebra teachers to serve on a Standard Setting committee for the NYS Integrated Algebra Regents Examination in Mathematics, June 23-24. Your participation as a committee member in each of the testing processes is very important. We value your expertise as a currently practicing New York State educator. It is also critical that these processes include a wide range of diverse teachers from across New York State to represent our diverse student population. Committee members will find that the experience of interacting with fellow educators is invaluable.

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 2008, teachers of grades K-6 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 the Presidential Awards website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/paemstaward.htm and click on “Presidential Awards” to find out how to nominate them. Nominees must submit their applications by May 1, 2008 to be considered.

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

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SCIENCE

NEW! World Science Festival
Between May 28 and June 1, 2008 New York City will be alive with science thanks to Brian Greene and Tracy Day, Co-founders of the World Science Festival. The mission of the World Science Festival is to cultivate and sustain a general public informed by the content of science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future. Numerous events, all centered on science, will be held throughout many parts of the city. For more information, please visit http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.


NEW! Important Notice: Change to June 2008 Regents Examination in Physical Setting/Earth Science
An important notice concerning the revision of the new June 2008 Physical Setting/Earth Science Performance Test (Part D) and a significant change in the procedures for students retaking the Regents Examination in Physical Setting/Earth Science has been posted on the Department's website. This information may be accessed at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/scire/earthscience-performance.pdf.

In addition to reviewing this notice yourself, it is of critical importance that it be distributed either electronically or in printed form to all Earth Science teachers in your school and any other staff members who will be involved in the administration of this Regents Examination. We welcome any questions you may have on this or any other aspect of New York State's testing programs. Please direct all inquiries to us at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov.

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 2008, teachers of grades K-6 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 the Presidential Awards website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/paemstaward.htm and click on “Presidential Awards” to find out how to nominate them. Nominees must submit their applications by May 1, 2008 to be considered.

Building a Presence (BaP) Points of Contact still needed in every school in NYS!
Building a Presence (BaP) 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. Please forward this information to teachers of science in your district, and have interested teachers contact Nancy Ridenour at nridenour@twcny.rr.com for further details.

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! Call for Content: Global History and Geography
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking standards-based global history and geography learning experiences created by New York State teachers for each subsection the Global History and Geography core curriculum. Learning experiences can include individual lesson plans, teaching strategies, and resources - such as books, internet sites, and multimedia -- and will be featured in the new Global History and Geography Online Resource Guide.

Submissions will be juried using criteria similar to those established by the New York State Academy for Teaching and Learning (NYSATL) for its Statewide Peer Review process. A learning experience should identify specific New York State Social Studies Learning Standards, list key ideas and performance indicators for each standard addressed, and be linked to the existing New York State Global History and Geography Core Curriculum. It should require students to demonstrate the use of the content, skills and methodologies that are central to the learning standard. Learning experiences accepted according to pre-established criteria will be shared through the NYSED Virtual Learning System and the Global History and Geography Online Resource Guide.The deadline for submitting work is Friday, August 29, 2008. Please e-mail all submissions to either Jo Ann Larson at jlarson@mail.nysed.gov or Lawrence Paska at lpaska@mail.nysed.gov. Please note that you will be contacted only if your work is accepted. You will be able to have one final review of your work prior to its posting online. No work will be returned to you.

Submission Form: PDF or Word , Current Learning Experiences (by unit and title): PDF or Word

NEW! Global History and Geography Online Resource Guide
The New York State Education Department has posted the Global History and Geography Online Resource Guide at http://www.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/ghgonline/home.html to help school districts implement their Global History and Geography instructional programs.

This rich online resource provides direct access to:
* the New York State Learning Standards for Social Studies
* the Global History and Geography Core Curriculum
* detailed Global History and Geography unit and subsection information and resources
* Global History and Geography turning points
* course models and pacing calendars
* key world history scholars
* essential questions
* Global History and Geography audio glossaries
* student projects
* thematic and document-based instructional strategies
* archived Global History and Geography Regents examinations

The Library of Congress’ Educational Outreach Program Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) is now available in New York State. New York State has been selected to apply for participation in the regional expansion of this educational outreach program because of New York State's affiliation with the National Council for the Social Studies. For more information, visit, http://www.loc.gov/teachers/tps .

The NYSED Champlain/Hudson/Fulton Commemoration Online Resource
The Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology Team has been posted a Champlain/Hudson/Fulton Commemorations Online Resource at:  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/chf/chf.html to help local school districts celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Samuel de Champlain and Henry Hudson explorations, and the 200th anniversary of the launching of Robert Fulton’s steamboat, Clermont. This online resource includes 10 standards-based, interdisciplinary elementary, middle and commencement level instructional modules and 3 scholarly overviews that focus on the broad themes of encounter, trade and commerce. It also provides Strategies for Using the Champlain, Hudson, Fulton Online Resource that was designed to help local school districts infuse the modules into their local instructional programs.

For more information on Social Studies, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/social.html

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THE ARTS

NEW! Schenectady City School District Board of Education Wins National Recognition for Outstanding Support for the Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that the Schenectady City School District, Schenectady, New York has been chosen to receive the 20th annual Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award. This district was singled out for their outstanding support of high-quality arts education. Schenectady City School District was nominated for this national award by the New York State Alliance for Arts Education (NYSAAE), located in Albany, NY. www.nysaae.org . Visit www.schenectady.k12.ny.us/news/Inthenews/faprogram.dailygazette.040108.pdf for more information.

NEW! Funds for Youth Art Programs
National Endowment for the Arts’ Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth grant program offers funding for projects that help children and youth acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. The application deadline is June 9, 2008. Detailed program and application information is available at http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/GAP09/LITA.html

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

NEW! Grants for Athletics for Young Women
Women's Sports Foundation GoGirlGo! Grants provide financial assistance to sports/physical activity programs seeking to add new or expand program participation opportunities for an under-served population of girls, particularly economically disadvantaged girls and/or girls from populations with high incidences of health-risk behaviors. Average Award: $5,700. Eligibility: School, amateur, community and/or nonprofit organization whose program members are female, enrolled in 9th through 12th grade and residents of the United States. Some area restrictions apply. Applicants must provide a minimum eight-week sports/physical activity program with preference given to organizations working consistently with girls throughout the year. Deadline: May 9, 2008.
http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/cgi-bin/iowa/funding/featured.html?record=40

For more information on Physical Education, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/physed.html

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HEALTH EDUCATION

Guidance Document for Achieving the New York State Learning Standards in Health Education
In November of 2005, the State Education Department approved the "Guidance Document" as a resource to help school district personnel to construct Health curricula to meet New York State Learning Standards in a way that models best practice teaching and learning. This document is available at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/coordinatedschoolhealth/health.html

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)
The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) can help school districts, schools, and others conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of Effective Health Education Curricula.http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/HECAT/index.htm

School Health Education Resources (SHER)
A wide variety of science-based and other instructional materials that can help schools enhance existing health education curriculum and instruction consolidated in an online database. SHER features instructional materials aligned with the National Health Education Standards, Second Edition, 2007, and CDC's Characteristics of Effective Health Education Curriculum.http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/SHER

For more information on Health Education, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/coordinatedschoolhealth/health.html

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DRIVER EDUCATION

New York State Driver and Traffic Safety Education Website
The New York State Driver and Traffic Safety Education website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/drive.html has been updated. The format is slightly different to address field recommendations. Please be reminded that all summer school applications must be postmarked June 2, 2008 for consideration this year.

The "Application for Approval of Summer Secondary School Driver and Traffic Safety Education 2008" (PDF) must be postmarked by Monday, June 2, 2008. Programs that do not have teachers with current MV 283 as of the date of the application will not be approved. For further information, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/de/StopReadNotice.html

To print forms/applications regarding Driver Education, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/drive.html

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

Essential Elements Schools to Watch - Designees for 2008
NYSED is pleased to announce the 4th cohort of Essential Elements Schools to Watch. Pioneer MS in Yorkshire, NY and Islip MS in Islip, NY have joined eight other NY Middle Schools as models of Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness, Social Equity and Organization. Visit this site for more information, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/EESTW/eestwdesignees08.htm.

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! Statewide Summer Reading Program Website Online with Activities and Ideas for Summer Reading
The Statewide Summer Reading Program web site is now online with ideas, links, and activities for librarians and educators planning for the 2008 program – Catch the Reading Bug@ Your Library.  Go to www.summerreadingnys.org.  

Studies have shown that library summer reading programs raise student learning levels, especially 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 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.  Watch the web site for games, puzzles, activities, videos, books and a special quiz that teaches online research skills.  Printer-friendly fliers in multiple languages for parents are now available on the New York State Library’s web site.  Go to www.nysl.nysed.gov and click on “Statewide Summer Reading.”

NEW! IMLS Announces Results of Study on the Internet’s Impact on Museums and Libraries
Libraries and museums are the most trusted sources of online information among adults of all ages, education levels, races, and
ethnicities. Libraries and museums rank higher in trustworthiness than all other information sources including government, commercial, and private Web sites. The Internet is not replacing in-person visits to libraries and museums and may actually increase onsite use of libraries and museums. There is a positive relationship between Internet use and in-person visits to museums and public libraries. To view the report, please go to http://interconnectionsreport.org.

NEW! School Library Media Month Kick-off in New York City School
Spokesperson for School Library Media Month (SLMM) and award-winning author Carmen Agra Deedy will help kick off SLMM with an event at a New York City public school. Deedy will present her stories to one second- and one third-grade class at the 600-student elementary school P.S. 89 at 9:30 a.m. on April 7. After the reading, students will have the opportunity to interact with Ms. Deedy and ask questions. To read the press release, visit:
http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2008/march2008/Carmen_Agra_Deedy_lends_her_voice_to_School_Library_Media_Mo.cfm

NEW! New York School Library System Coordinator named "Mover and Shaker"
New York School Library System Coordinator named "Mover and Shaker" in National Library Journal Christopher Harris, Genesee Valley BOCES was named "Mover and Shakers" in the March 15 issue of Library Journal. Congratulations to you on your well-deserved recognition! To read the Library Journal article, visit the Library Journal archives at:
http://www.libraryjournal.com/toc-archive/2008/20080315.html?section=Movers+%26%+Shakers

For more information regarding School Library Services visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library.html

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TESTING

NEW! 2008-09 Administration of the New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA)
New Age Criteria
The age criteria for the 2008-09 administration of the New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) are currently available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/nysaa/home.shtml.  This timely information will assist Committees on Special Education and lead special education teachers in planning for students with severe cognitive disabilities who will be eligible for NYSAA in 2008-09.  The required content areas are also provided for each age range. 

NEW! Administration Period Dates
The 2008-09 NYSAA administration period is October 6, 2008 through February 13, 2009. During this time, lead special education teachers are required to administer NYSAA on an individual basis and compile students’ performance data into a datafolio. The administration dates are posted on the Office of State Assessment’s alternate assessment website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/nysaa/home.shtml.

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

NYS Education Department Virtual Learning System (VLS)
The NYSED VLS, www.nysvls.org, has been enhanced and expanded with additional content. Recent additions include links to instructional modules developed for the Champlain, Hudson, Fulton Commemoration Online Resource, and to VITAL (Video in Teaching and Learning)videos and related instructional activities in mathematics and English language arts. Additionally, the Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) extended search feature has been reactivated. Thousands of lesson plans and instructional tasks are available by exploring the learning standards and performance indicators in the seven standards areas.

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WEB RESOURCES

NEW! Global History and Geography Online Resource Guide
The New York State Education Department has posted the Global History and Geography Online Resource Guide at http://www.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/ghgonline/home.html to help school districts implement their Global History and Geography instructional programs.

This rich online resource provides direct access to:
* the New York State Learning Standards for Social Studies
* the Global History and Geography Core Curriculum
* detailed Global History and Geography unit and subsection information and resources
* Global History and Geography turning points
* course models and pacing calendars
* key world history scholars
* essential questions
* Global History and Geography audio glossaries
* student projects
* thematic and document-based instructional strategies
* archived Global History and Geography Regents examinations

NEW! NYSED Civics Education Toolkit
Education in civics is fundamental to ensuring that all of New York State's students graduate ready for active and informed citizenship. This toolkit promotes a standards-based, interdisciplinary focus for civics education. It includes a crosswalk that describes the infusion of civics throughout all New York State Learning Standards. It includes a rationale for teachers, curriculum supervisors, and school district administrators with responsibilities for planning a standards-based instructional program that infuses civics education across content areas; definitions and frequently-asked questions about civics education; and strategies and online resources for strengthening civics education in local school districts.

Visit the toolkit now at www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/civics.html.

Doing What Works
Doing What Works (DWW) is a new website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. It relies primarily on the Institute of Education Sciences, is dedicated to helping educators identify and make use of effective teaching practices, and provides examples of possible ways educators might apply research findings to classroom practice. Additional information and resources are available at http://dww.ed.gov/index.cfm

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

NYSED Graduate Student Internship Program
The NYSED Graduate Student Intern Program is intended to provide a diverse group of graduate students with work assignments that provide an opportunity to participate in educational leadership and learning situations in the areas of public policy and administration. Each internship is part-time when school is in session. Candidates must be currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, a graduate program approved by the State Education Department. Visit http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/GSISpring07/GSIFlyer07.html for more information.

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/. 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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