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September 21, 2007



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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 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.

Statewide Graduation Results Report
The statewide graduation results press release, PowerPoint presentation, enrollment outcomes of students who first entered grade 9 in 2002, and a database of public schools and school district data can be found on the Office of Information and Reporting Services webpage at

General Education & Diploma Requirements
In response to many field inquiries, the Department has produced a website with updated information on General Education & Diploma Requirements, Commencement Level (Grades 9-12). The site provides access to charts highlighting the diploma requirements for students. The centerpiece of the site is a new chart, which reflects changes in regulations enacted within the recent past, such as the phasing out of some local diploma options and the phasing in of new mathematics examinations and courses. Each column of the chart is hyperlinked to a page that provides more detailed information in html format. The site is available at:
For the math chart, it is available at:

Call for Expertise
The NYS Education Department 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 opportunities are now available on the Call for Expertise website. To view a current list of these opportunities, please visit

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NSTA New Science Teacher Academy Associate Fellowships
The National Science Teachers Association's NSTA New Science Teacher Academy Associate Fellowships are available for promising first- and second-year teachers. Fellowships with the New Science Teacher Academy offer a yearlong term with access to a wide array of professional development opportunities. Deadline for applications is September 30, 2007. For more information, visit

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 for more information.

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2007 Albany Institute of History and Art Teacher Workshop Opportunities
The Albany Institute is a great resource for teachers who are looking for ways to integrate art, objects and primary sources into the classroom, and the Albany Institute’s Education Department welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with schools in curriculum development and special projects by designing and implementing teacher workshops to meet specific needs within the classroom. Sessions can occur at your site or at the museum. Contact via email or visit for more information about collaborative partnerships with the Albany Institute of History and Art.

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

The Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative
The Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative has been created by and for America's teachers. Please visit to learn more about professional development workshops and eLearning, and the sharing of relevant information through email updates. Research confirms that teachers are the single most important factor in raising student achievement. You may be able to earn professional development credit for Teacher-to-Teacher workshops and eLearning through your district or state. Please visit to find out about state's policies, and also to view or download PowerPoints and hand-outs from the 2007 workshops. To learn more about the Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative visit

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English Language Arts Toolkit
These curriculum guidance materials and resources provide a rich set of tools to use in teaching and for research/informational purposes. The weblink is

Bring Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest to Your School!
Poetry Out Loud provides a new and exciting channel for learning in high school English classrooms by inviting the dynamic aspects of classic world literature and charismatic public speaking into English classes. Poetry Out Loud also helps students to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. It is administered by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York State Alliance for Arts Education (NYSAAE) and sponsored by Time Warner Cable. Poetry Out Loud was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to encourage students to read a wide range of literature, building an understanding of texts and the world around them.The deadline to register for Poetry Out Loud is October 31, 2007. To learn more about Poetry Out Loud, please visit

The National Institute for Literacy
The National Institute for Literacy, a federal agency, provides leadership on literacy issues, including the improvement of reading instruction for children, youth, and adults. In consultation with the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, the Institute serves as a national resource on current, comprehensive literacy research, practice, and policy. This site includes information on publications, facts & statistics, grants & contracts, as well as other resources related to literacy. The weblink is

Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas: Getting to the Core of Middle and High School Improvement
This Alliance for Excellent Education brief argues that reading and writing instruction must be included in all academic areas if literacy is to improve to levels that will ensure the nation's middle and high school students are prepared for success in college, work, and citizenship. “Even as their schools help them to catch up in the basics, students also must be taught the advanced literacy skills that will enable them to succeed in the academic content areas, particularly the core content areas of math, science, English, and history.” Please visit the following link to read this brief at

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2006 Presidential Award Winner
Please join us in congratulating Ms. Heather Shaw of Spencerport Central School District as the 2006 K-6 Presidential Award winner in mathematics. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) identifies outstanding teachers in mathematics and science at the national level. Ms. Shaw will receive a citation signed by the President, a paid trip to Washington, DC, to attend a week-long series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and $10,000 from the National Science Foundation. More information can be found at

New York State Formative Assessment Technical Assistance Study
The Formative Assessment Technical Assistance Study (FAS) is a two-year pilot program intended to support the development of a model formative assessment process and program in the Syracuse City School District. It is a collaborative effort of the Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center (AACC), the New York Comprehensive Center (NYCC), and the New York State Education Department (NYSED). This program will be used as a beacon for formative assessment processes and programs for districts throughout the state.

NEW! Call for Expertise
Item Reviewers are needed the week of October 29th for the field tests in Integrated Algebra and Geometry. New York State Regents Examinations are written by New York State constituents. Mathematics educational professionals are needed for all phases of Regents Examinations in the new Integrated Algebra and Geometry courses. Stipends and travel expenses to Albany will be included. For committees and dates, please refer to the Call for Expertise site at

NEW! Test Specifications for Regents Examinations in Geometry, Algebra 2 and Trigonometry
The test specifications are now available for the Regents Examination in Geometry (first administration June 2009). See the following links for the Geometry test specifications: or The test specifications are also now available for the Regents Examination in Algebra 2 and Trigonometry (first administration June 2010). See the following links for these test specifications: or

Regulatory Changes Related to Commencement Level Mathematics Requirements Approved
At its May 22-23, 2006 meeting, the Board of Regents approved changes to Sections of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. The action clarifies policy changes for commencement level mathematics, including graduation requirements, units of credit, and types of diplomas, during and after the transition from Regents Examinations in Mathematics A and Mathematics B to Regents Examinations in Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. These changes are effective June 15, 2006 and will primarily affect students who first enter grade 9 in September of 2008. View the chart that summarizes the changes at View the revised regulatory language and related policy statements.

Grant Winners Announcement

NEW! Fulbright-Hayes Seminars Abroad Program
This program, which provides opportunities for overseas experience in India, is offering a special seminar for math and science educators only. For more information, please visit

FREE: Teaching and Learning Resources
The Federal Resources for Educational Excellence: Teaching and Learning Resources (FREE) website links to 16 resources in Numbers and Operations, 19 resources in Geometry, and more in other content areas of the core curriculum. For other mathematics resources from FREE, please visit .

100 Recommended Math Sites
The Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS) Publications Committee has compiled a list of 100 Recommended Math Sites. Sites are organized according to grade levels K-12, offer a brief summary of what type of material the site addresses, and outlines whether the site best serves teachers, parents, or students. To view the AMTNYS 100 Recommended Math Sites, visit

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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.

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, has developed 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 with colleagues. Please forward this information to teachers of science in your district, and have interested teachers contact Nancy Ridenour at for further details.

The NSTA Learning Center
Every teacher wants to grow their understanding of the subjects they teach and the pedagogical implications. To address this challenge, NSTA is proud to make available the Beta release of their electronic professional development (PD) website.

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Annual Law,Youth, and Citizenship Program of the New York State Bar Association Education Conference
New York's Constitution is the focus of the 31st Annual LYC/NYSBA Education Conference. “From Kingdom to Kingston ~ New York’s Constitutional Journey,” will be held at the Fort William Henry Resort and Conference Center in Lake George, NY from October 24-26, 2007. To register, visit the LYC website at LYC is also accepting nominations for Distinguished Attorney and Distinguished Teacher for those professionals involved in law-related education. Applications are on the program's website.

Announcing the 2007-2008 United States Senate Youth Program
Information regarding this scholarship, including a full description of the program and an application form, is now available online. Applications are due to the NYS Education Department by Friday, October 5, 2007.

Unified Court System Launches New Youth Website
The Unified Court System (UCS) launched a youth-focused website as part of the Law Day celebration held at the Court of Appeals on April 30, 2007. The new educational site provides information about New York courts, proceedings and laws that involve and affect youth. It will also serve as a clearinghouse for information on statewide and local youth-oriented programs, activities and support resources.

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, 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.

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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

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

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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

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.

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NYS Department of Health: Passenger Safety Tip Cards
The NYS Departmetn of Health's Bureau of Injury Prevention has developed passenger safety tip cards for teen drivers and their passengers as part of their Teen Driving Safety Project. This publication is available at no charge. Contact the Bureau of Injury Prevention to request cards at

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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 Click on “Schools-To-Watch” on the blue bar. Applications are due by October 15. Click here for a briefing on Essential Elements Schools-To-Watch.

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 16 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

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:
FACS Home:

Middle Level Website
Middle Level Education has a new website to post timely notices regarding middle level initiatives. For ongoing information, please visit

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2007 Yavner Awards
The Board of Regents invites nominations for the Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards for 2007. These awards provide recognition of a teacher and a citizen who have made outstanding contributions to New York State education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights. The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, February 1, 2008. Please visit the site for applications.

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Elementary/Intermediate/High School Examination Schedules
Please check this website for elementary/intermediate/high school examination schedules as they become available.

Improvement in 3-8 NYS 2007 Assessment Results
Achievement in grades 3-8 math has improved overall this year, according to State test results. The improvement is notable in middle school, from grades 5-8. This year, 73 percent of students across grades 3-8 achieved the math standards, compared to 66 percent last year. Further details can be found at

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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 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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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

Center on Instruction
The Center on Instruction (COI), a partnership of five organizations, provides resources and expertise to the Regional Comprehensive Centers in reading, mathematics, science, special education, and English language learners. This array of research summaries and policy documents for students in grades 4-12 includes discussions of all the current important research issues and the development of state- and district-level policies to support improved learning outcomes. Please visit the Center on Instruction at

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.

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.

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NEW! 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 Recruitment for these positions will be conducted continuously over the next two months. This webpage will be updated throughout the recruitment period.

NEW! 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 for more information.

Office of Teaching Initiatives
A new link to the state Office of Teaching Initiatives has been added to our curriculum homepages for quick access to teaching certification information. The goal of the Office of Teaching Initiatives is to provide qualified and certified teachers for employment in the State's public schools. The office issues certificates, develops teaching policy, and provides supportive services for teachers, schools, and the public. The Office of Teaching Initiatives website can be found at

For a complete listing of current NYSED Employment Opportunities, please visit

NYS Government
NYS Government vacant positions are posted on the Department of Civil Service website at A list of current state exams being offered is posted at 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

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