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NEW! New York State Talking Book & Braille Library (TBBL)
Do you or your colleagues work with students who have learning disabilities, who are blind or have low vision, or who have physical disabilities? Do these students need books in an audio or braille format to help them with reading assignments? The New York State Talking Book & Braille Library (TBBL) can help you serve the reading needs of your students with disabilities. TBBL loans cassette books and books in braille, as well as special cassette players FREE to eligible students and to their schools. Both home and school service is available at no cost.

For further information on eligibility, or to request a registration packet, please call TBBL at 1-800-342-3688 or go to www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl service to the 55 upstate NY counties is provided from TBBL in Albany. Service to the downstate area and Long Island is provided by the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, located in Manhattan. They can be reached at (212) 206-5400 or by going to http://talkingbooks.nypl.org

NEW! 2007 New Website Provides Information on Careers in Information Science
Opportunities are diverse, interesting and plentiful for those with a degree in Library and Information Science.  A web site sponsored by the New York State Library and the State Education Department through the “Making It REAL!” project, funded  by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services features information on careers in librarianship and the skills and knowledge it provides.  High school and college career counselors, librarians and other educators looking for new opportunities, and students are encouraged to visit the web site at www.librarycareersny.org.  For more information go to the New York State Library web site at www.nysl.nysed.gov and click on Librarycareersny.org, or call 518-474-5930.

Summer Reading Program Gearing Up! One of  the most important summer learning programs for students and schools, the Statewide Summer Reading Program, is gearing up for 2008.   More than 1.3 million students participated in 2007, and more are anticipated for 2008.  Studies have shown that library summer reading programs raise student learning levels, and this program has become an important part of the efforts to close the achievement gap.   The themes of the 2008 program are Catch the Reading Bug (children's theme) and Metamorphosis @ Your Library (Teen theme).   A web site and other materials for 2008 are in the works and will be ready for educators and school administrators to view in March.   Some information is currently available and can be accessed by going to the New York State Library web site at www.nysl.nysed.gov and pointing to “Statewide Summer Reading.”  Watch for more information next month.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! 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 .

NEW! 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 .   

NEW! 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! 2008 Lexile National Conference & Quantile Symposium:  Successful Teachers, Successful Students Successful educators foster successful students by providing them with targeted instruction and resources that meet and challenge their individual abilities and interests. MetaMetrics’ 2008 Lexile National Conference & Quantile Symposium will explore how today’s educators are raising student achievement in reading, writing and mathematics and preparing them for the postsecondary demands of higher education, the workplace and life. The June 16-19 Lexile National Conference & Quantile Symposium is a collaborative forum to share innovative ideas and proven practices for linking assessment with the instructional resources that make differentiation possible. Additional information for this conference to be held in San Antonio, TX, is available at www.lexile.com/conference2008

NEW! Teaching the Hudson Valley 2008 Institute, July 29-31, Teaching Hudson Valley Diversity: Culture, History, and Nature
Henry A. Wallace Education Center, FDR National Historic Site and the FDR Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY, for more information visit, http://www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/THVdetailsAndLogistics.html

NEW! HIV/AIDS Online Professional Development Course
The HIV/AIDS Online Course is a web-based, self-study professional development opportunity for self-directed education professionals who have responsibility for teaching students about the prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, and unintended pregnancy. This course is framed from a supportive learning environment perspective and coordinated school health approach. The HIV/AIDS Online Course is managed by the Statewide Student Support Services Technical Assistance Center and supported through funding from the NYS Department of Health, AIDS Institute. There is no cost to this training. For More Information or to Register Contact: Desiree Voorhies, HIV/AIDS Coordinator; NYS Student Support Services Center; dvoorhies@gvboces.org; (518) 344-7572; 80 Munson Street, LeRoy, New York 14482, website: www.gvboces.org : click on NYS Student Support Services Center; Programs and Services; HIV/AIDS.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! 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

NEW! Synopsis of Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle & High Schools [4-12]
Although writing has received less attention than reading, it is a critical aspect of literacy and one in which effective instructional techniques and intervention models are needed. This synopsis distills the findings reported in Writing Next, with special attention to findings for students with learning disabilities. It identifies 11 instructional strategies, listed in decreasing order of effect size. http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/COI%20SPED%20synopsis1.pdf

NEW! Identifying and Implementing Key Components of Effective Writing Instruction
The Center on Instruction Special Education Strand hosted a WebEx on February 20, 2008, focused on writing as a critical aspect of literacy and one in which effective instructional techniques and models for intervention are needed. Presenter Dr. Steve Graham, co-author of Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle & High Schools, described the results and the implications for selecting and implementing effective instructional methods for adolescent writing, especially for students who are struggling or have learning disabilities. The PowerPoint presentation and the synopsis of the Writing Next document are available for download below. The archived WebEx is available at https://rmcres.webex.com/rmcres/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=9302927&rKey=97D4B274E08F086F . For details and to access these professional development events/ materials from the Center on Instruction, please refer to www.CENTERONINSTRUCTION.ORG

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! Mathematics Home Page
The Welcome to Mathematics page has been updated, including the Frequently Asked Questions.

NEW! National Mathematics Advisory Panel
The report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, appointed two years ago by President Bush has recommended that schools focus on key skills that prepare students to learn algebra.  The president convened the panel to advise on how to improve math education. Its members include math and psychology professors from leading universities, a middle-school math teacher and the president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  The report, adopted unanimously by the panel on March 13 and presented to Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, said that prekindergarten-to-eighth-grade math curriculums should be streamlined and put focused attention on skills like the handling of whole numbers and fractions and certain aspects of geometry and measurement.

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! New York State Finalists for the Intel Science Talent Search 2008
Congratulations to the fifteen New York State students recently recognized as the top forty finalists for the nationally acclaimed Intel Science Talent Search 2008. Deserving of special recognition are fourth place finisher, Katherine Banks from Stuyvesant High School in New York City, sixth place finisher, David Rosengarten from John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School in Great Neck, and ninth place finisher, Alexis Mychajliw from Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington.

To be recognized as a finalist in this prestigious talent search is a dream of many students but a reality of few. More than 1,600 students entered this year's competition. All fifteen finalists, their parents, their schools, and their communities should be very proud of this remarkable achievement. More information on Intel's annual science talent search may be accessed at http://www.intel.com/education/sts/index.htm.

NEW! 2008 National Youth Science Camp New York State Delegates Announced
Congratulations to Vanessa Baratta from Thomas High School in Webster and Sheel Tyle from Pittsford Mendon High School in Pittsford for their selection as the New York State delegates to the 2008 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC). Emily Melvin from General Douglas MacArthur High School, William Hutchison from Warwick Valley High School, and Cornelia Willis from Clarence High School were selected as first, second, and third alternates, respectively. The delegates and alternates, as well as, their parents, schools, and communities should be very proud of this accomplishment.

Established in 1963 as a part of West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration, the NYSC is an annual summer forum where two delegates representing each state exchange ideas with leading scientists and other professionals from academic and corporate worlds. Delegates to the NYSC are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with resident staff members. Delegates also present seminars covering their own areas of research and interest. More information about the NYSC may be accessed at http://www.nysc.org/.

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! 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! 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 their teachers guidance, students can create posters, public service announcements, juror orientation videos, or Internet banners. For more information about this and other educational initiatives of the New York State Unified Court System visit www.nyjuror.gov/contest.

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

New York State Department of HealthSwimming Pool Regulations
NYS State Sanitary Code, Subpart 6-1 – Swimming Pools, Effective November 7, 2007

MRSA Resources (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
A joint Health Advisory on MRSA by the New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of Health on MRSA and resources for schools may be found on the Statewide School Health Services Center web page at: www.schoolhealthservicesny.com Click on the “A-Z Index” then click on “M” for the Health Advisory

NYS Physical Education Profile (PE Profile)
The PE 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), and these results may also be used to evaluate the district physical education program. The PE Profile is to be used at the discretion of local school districts to provide that evidence for physical education. The statewide roll-out of the PE Profile will begin during the 2007-08 school year through professional development events planned by the Staff and Curriculum Development Network of each BOCES and the Big 5 school districts. Updates, frequently asked questions, and the physical education profile toolkit are available online at the web link above.

Physical Education Requirement
The State Education Department has issued a field memo dated January 2007, regarding Physical Education Programs in response to concerns about the administration of physical education 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 http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/fieldmemPEjan07.pdf.

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

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HEALTH EDUCATION

NEW! 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

NEW! 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

NEW! 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! 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

NEW! 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! New Website for School Library Services
Associates in School Library Services, John P. Brock and Joanne Shawhan, NYSED P-16, EMSC, Curriculum, Instruction, and Instructional Technology, are pleased to announce the School Library Services Website, a new website to post timely notices regarding P-16 EMSC CI&IT initiatives for School Library Media Specialists and School Library Media Centers in New York. For ongoing information, please visit: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library.html

NEW! The Youth Services Section (YSS) and School Library Media (SLMS) Sections of the New York Library Association (NYLA) announce The 2008 3 Apples Book Award
The Youth Services Section (YSS) and School Library Media (SLMS) Sections of the New York Library Association (NYLA) announce The 2008 3 Apples Book Award goes to GREEN EGGS AND HAM by Dr. Seuss (Random House), and The 2008 3 Apples Teen Book Award goes to A CHILD CALLED IT: ONE CHILDS COURAGE TO SURVIVE by Dave Pelzer (HCI).

The 3 Apples Book Award was developed to encourage the joy of reading for pleasure, and to give the children and teens of New York State the opportunity to participate in honoring their favorite books. Each year in New York, children in grades three through six, ages 8 to 12, and teens in grades seventh and up, ages 12+, have the opportunity to nominate their favorite book at either their school or public library. The top fifteen nominees are then announced and children and teens are encouraged to read or listen to three of the books selected. More information can be found at www.3applesbookaward.org .

NEW! American Library Association (ALA) Report
The American Library Association (ALA) reports that test scores in New York State schools with certified librarians are higher than in those schools without librarians. Current research being conducted by the Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies shows preliminary findings with a 10-point increase of ELA test scores amongst 4th graders in schools with library media specialists. To address this gap in student achievement, ALA President Dr. Loriene Roy and library advocates in New York and the nation support the inclusion of the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLs) Act in the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), to place a state-certified school library media specialist in every school in America. To view the full study on the Syracuse University Center for Digital Literacy Web page, visit: http://digital-literacy.syr.edu/projects/nyss.shtml .

NEW! New York Library Initiative
The NEW YORK LIBRARY INITIATIVE is the Regents legislative and budget initiative for libraries for 2008-2009. The total request for libraries from the Board of Regents is $57.3 million, which includes the NEW YORK LIBRARY INITIATIVE and an item in the STATE AID TO SCHOOLS Proposal to increase School Library Materials Aid from the current $6.25 per pupil to $10 per pupil. More information on the NEW YORK LIBRARY INITIATIVE can be found at their Web site at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/fundingproposals/

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

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TESTING

NEW! High School Examination Schedules
The Office of State Assessment has posted the following information regarding high school examination schedules at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/apda/sched.html
* Memorandum Regarding the June 2008 Regents Examination Schedule
* June 2008 Regents Examination Schedule
* January 2008 Examination Schedule
* Regents Examination Dates for January and June, 2007-2009

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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! 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

NEW! The Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES)/What Works Clearinghouse publishes practice guides in education to bring the best available evidence and expertise to bear on the types of challenges that cannot currently be addressed by single interventions or programs. The What Works Clearinghouse was established in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education.

IES practice guides consist of a list of discrete recommendations for educators that are intended to be actionable, are written by panels of nationally recognized experts, and are subjected to rigorous external peer review and include such titles as Encouraging Girls in Math and Science, Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning, and Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades. http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/practiceguides

NEW! PBS Teachers Offers Free Resources for Teaching & Learning
Sign up at http://www.pbs.org/teachers/ for high-quality preK-12 educational resources including thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations. These resources are correlated to state and national educational standards and are tied to PBS' award-winning on-air and online programming like NOVA, Nature, Cyberchase, Between the Lions and more. PBS Teachers is also the gateway for local resources and services offered by your local PBS station. Find your local station at http://www.oce.nysed.gov/etvpb/tv.html

Organizing Instruction and Learning to Improve Student Learning [3-12]
This practice guide from the National Center for Education Research, Institute of Education Sciences, offers teachers ways to improve their instruction and their students' study habits to enhance learning and remembering information. It offers seven of the more concrete and applicable recommendations available for improving instruction and student learning. Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning (958.27 KB)

Preparing Students for College
High School Teaching for the Twenty-First Century: Preparing Students for College

"Studies show that college remediation rates are high and college completion rates are low, signaling that a fundamental disconnect exists between the way that high school teachers prepare their students for the future and what students truly need to know to meet the demands of college…” This quote comes from the new Alliance for Excellent Education report, High School Teaching for the Twenty-First Century: Preparing Students for College. Information about college readiness and the connection between high schools and higher education is available at http://www.all4ed.org/publications/HSTeach21st.pdf.

A New Center on Instruction Document
Improving Literacy Instruction in Middle and High Schools: A Guide for Principals [6-12]
This "quick start" guide for principals of both middle and high schools identifies three goals for secondary school literacy initiatives and provides elements of instruction required to meet these goals. It then outlines the critical elements of a school-level literacy action plan.
http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Principal%20s%20Guide%20Secondary.pdf

What is Scientifically Based Research? A Guide for Teachers
More than ever, educators are expected to make decisions that guarantee quality instruction. As knowledge emerges, so do philosophies, opinions, and rhetoric about definitions of instructional excellence. From policy makers to classroom teachers, educators need ways to separate misinformation from genuine knowledge and to distinguish scientific research from poorly supported claims. Effective teachers use scientific thinking in their classrooms all the time. This booklet, provides a brief introduction to understanding and using scientifically based research. Visit http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/ScientificallyBasedResearch.pdf

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! Thank You Christine Levine, Associate in English Language Arts
Christine Levine, Associate in English Language Arts in Curriculum, Instruction, and Instructional Technology, will be retiring in April 2008. We appreciate Chris’s years of service and her guidance as she led the charge to organize the 2004 ELA Summit and the development of the English Language Arts Core Curriculum (2005). We wish her luck with her future plans and will indeed miss her!

The Education Department will be hiring a new Associate in English Language Arts. The posting for this position will be announced in a future E-Blast and on the English Language Arts website under NEWS. Questions about the New York State English Language Arts Learning Standards or ELA Core Curriculum should be sent to Erik Sweet, Associate in ELA, at esweet@mail.nysed.gov.

NEW! Welcome New Curriculum Specialist
It is with pleasure that the Curriculum, Instruction, and Instructional Technology (CIIT) team welcomes six new members. Each new team member is strongly committed to academic excellence for all students in New York State and possesses respected leadership abilities and an enthusiastic and strong work ethic. Visit What's New for short bios and click here for contact information.

NYSED Employment Opportunities: Article 7 Positions
A list of positions under recruitment for the Office of P-16 Education, including a link to the duties, salary and minimum qualifications for each position is available at http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/article7.html. Recruitment for these positions will be conducted continuously over the next two months. This webpage will be updated throughout the recruitment period.

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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