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NYSED/USNY

NEW! Board of Regents Appoint Bernard A. Margolis as the New York State Librarian
The Board of Regents just announced the appointment of Bernard A. Margolis as the New York State Librarian. He will assume his new responsibilities in January 2009.  For further information, visit http://www.nysed.gov/

NEW! Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fine Arts and Essay Display
New York State schools are invited to submit student artwork based on Dr. King's Six Principles of Nonviolence and essays on celebrating his birthday throughout the year. The categories are writing, painting, drawing, sculpting and photography. All entries must be postmarked by December 5, 2008 and will be placed on display for viewing one week prior to the King Holiday January 19, 2009 in Albany, New York. Please encourage your students to take part in this historic celebration of Dr. King's life and ideals. This event is co-sponsored by the New York State Education Department and the NYS Office of General Services. For more information visit: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/MLK08Arts_EssayMemo.html, and http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/2009mlk.pdf (pdf), http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/2009mlk.htm (html).

NEW! New York State Museum Fall Lecture Series
A series of FREE Wednesday evening lectures continue through December at the New York State Museum. Scientists, historians, and curators offer information and answer questions on current Museum Research and Collections at 7:00 PM in the Huxley Theater. Weekly lecture topics include biodiversity, 17th century artifacts, and “Birds Are Dinosaurs”. The Museum is in the Cultural Education Center, Empire State Plaza, in downtown Albany. FREE EVENT PARKING is available next to the Museum. For a complete Fall Lecture Schedule please visit http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/calendar

Part 100 Website Revised and Updated
Sections 100.1-100.9 on the Department’s Part 100 pages have been revised, updated and aligned with current Commissioner’s Regulations.  The pages have been reformatted for easier navigation to specific portions of the regulations with titles and links to subdivisions (e.g., a, b, c, etc.) appearing at the top of each section. Additionally, the appearance of the pages has been updated and printing the pages, in portions or in whole, has been made more functional. You may access the site by going to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/opener.html and selecting “Sections 100.1-100.9” at the top of the page.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! American Association of Physics Teachers High School Physics Teacher Grant
The American Association of Physics Teachers High School Physics Teacher Grant will reward a proposal designed to result in better teaching, student understanding and interest, and increased class enrollment. The proposal may use a new teaching method or an adaptation of an existing idea. Maximum award: $500. Eligibility: members of AAPT. Deadline: Dec. 1, 2008, visit http://www.aapt.org/Grants/hsgrant.cfm

NEW! American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Science and Math Programs
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Science and Math Programs Grants assist educators in presenting mathematics, science, and technology principles to K-12 students in an exciting, hands-on manner.
Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: AIAA Educator Associate K-12 teachers. Deadline: Nov. 30, 2008,. visit http://www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=216

NEW! Grants Available to Support Summer Camps to Introduce Young People to Careers in Manufacturing and Engineering
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Foundation and the Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation offer grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions offering overnight or day-camp experiences in summer 2009 that introduce young people to careers in manufacturing and engineering. The purpose of the manufacturing camps is to provide a positive, hands-on experience so young people will consider manufacturing as a future career option. Camps must target young people, ages 12-16. Preference will be given to organizations serving minority populations. Grant funds may be used for expenses related to curriculum development and instruction, as well as direct expenses such as housing, meals, transportation, and supplies. Deadline: December 12, 2008, visit http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15015331/fmafdn

NEW! “15 by 15” Energy Education Grants
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is sponsoring the 2nd Annual “15 by 15” Energy Education Grant Program for K-12 teachers to focus on educating students, their families, and the community on ways to reduce electricity consumption by 15%. $500 grants are available for energy efficiency and conservation projects. Grants are designed to spur creative approaches to using energy-efficient behavior in the classroom, school, home, and community. For more information and to download an application visit http://www.getenergysmart.org/EnergyEducation/Default.aspx Deadline for proposals: December 15, 2008.

NEW! Geometry Grants
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is currently seeking applicants for its "Improving Students' Understanding of Geometry Grants for Grades K-8 Teachers". Grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching at the grades K-8 level. Proposals must address the following: geometry content, the appropriateness of the application, the link between the Geometry Standard and the project's activities, and the anticipated impact on students' learning. Applications must be postmarked by November 14, 2008. Find out more online at http://www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=1324

NEW! The College Board
The College Boards honors exemplary educators and schools for their outstanding work in inspiring and helping their students succeed through the Inspiration Awards (http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/inspiration) and the Bob Costas Grants (http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/costas) for the Teaching of Writing. Applications for both grant programs are available now.  The deadline for all Inspiration Award and Bob Costas Grant applications is Friday, November 21, 2008.

NEW! Apply for an AP Start-Up Grant Today!  The College Board will award as many as five AP Start-Up Grants valued at up to $30,000 each, and work hand in hand with winning schools to successfully implement the AP program over multiple years.  The application deadline is December 1, 2008. For more information: http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/ap-grants/start-up?CampaignID=1583  

NEW! 2009-2010 Fiscal Year Grant Programs of the Japan Foundation
For more information:  http://www.jflalc.org/index.php?act=tpt&id=229. Application Deadline: 12/1/2008

  • Grant Program for Japanese-Language Courses Abroad
  • Japanese Speech Contest Support Program
  • Grant Program for Developing Networks of Japanese Language Teachers and Institutions
  • Japanese Language Teacher Training Programs
  • Advanced Training for Lead Teachers
  • Graduate Program on Japanese Language and Cultures (Master's Course) Japanese Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields

NEW! New York Library Association School Library Media Section (NYLA/SLMS) Awards
Applications for the New York Library Association School Library Media Section (NYLA/SLMS) awards are now being accepted. The deadline is Monday, November 17, 2008. for more information, please visit our Web page at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/GrantsandAwards.htm

NEW! 2009 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants
Nominate yourself, colleagues or your library for the 2009 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants. Unless otherwise noted, the deadline for awards is December 1.

The following lists some of the major ALA awards:
•ALA Information Today Library of the Future Award
•W. Y. Boyd Literary Award
•Melvil Dewey Medal and award for creative professional library management
•EBSCO ALA Conference Sponsorship
•Equality Award honors contribution to promote equality in the library profession
•Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award
•Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award
•Greenwood Publishing Group Award for the Best Book in Library Literature
•Paul Howard Award for Courage
•Joseph W. Lippincott Award for distinguished service to the profession
•Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children
•H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant
•World Book-ALA /Information Literacy Goal Award.

For general information about these and other ALA awards, Please visit our Web pages at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/GrantsandAwards.htm or visit http://www.ala.org/ala/awardsgrants/index.cfm

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! Effective Strategies for Classroom Behavior Management
A one-day professional development workshop for K-12 teachers, administrators, and others working with difficult, defiant, unmotivated, angry, or emotionally disturbed children and adolescents in regular or special education classes or alternative schools. This program can be scheduled as part of your school’s or district’s professional development program at a time that fits your schedule. For details, visit http://fc.lovett.org/~bposten/profdev or email info@valitytraininganddevelopment.org

NEW! Teaching Evolution Workshop
The NY State Museum in Albany offers this two-day workshop for high school and middle school science teachers February 6 and 7, 2009 (15 contact hours). Museum scientists provide current research on natural selection and deep time; the relevance of evolution in modern life; phylogenetic analysis; speciation; and biodiversity. Included will be resources and ideas for effective classroom exercises. New York State Learning Standards for Science #4.2, 4.3, 4.7 and ELA #1 & #3 will be addressed.    To register for this workshop, go to: http://www.teachercenter.org  

NEW! New York State Reading Association Spring 2009 Conference
The New York State Reading Association's 2009 conference will be held from March 29-April 1, 2009 in Saratoga Springs, New York. The conference theme is SPRINGboard to Literacy. To learn more about this event, please visit NYSRA's webpage at http://www.nysreading.org/.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! Register your school to participate in Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud is a national program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners will advance to the school-wide competition, then to the state capital competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC. More than 100,000 students are expected to take part in Poetry Out Loud this year! If you would like to bring Poetry Out Loud to you school, click here http://www.nysaae.org/POL-School_Registration_Form_2009.pdf to download a registration form. To learn more about this program, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page at http://www.nysaae.org/faq.htm Registrations must be received by October 31st!

NEW! Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fine Arts and Essay Display
New York State schools are invited to submit student artwork based on Dr. King's Six Principles of Nonviolence and essays on celebrating his birthday throughout the year. The categories are writing, painting, drawing, sculpting and photography. All entries must be postmarked by December 5, 2008 and will be placed on display for viewing one week prior to the King Holiday January 19, 2009 in Albany, New York. Please encourage your students to take part in this historic celebration of Dr. King's life and ideals. This event is co-sponsored by the New York State Education Department and the NYS Office of General Services. For more information visit: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/MLK08Arts_EssayMemo.html, http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/2009mlk.pdf (pdf), and http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/2009mlk.htm (html).

NEW! IES Practice Guide Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices
This guide presents strategies that classroom teachers and specialists can use to increase the reading ability of adolescent students. The recommendations aim to help students gain more from their reading tasks, improve their motivation for and engagement in the learning process, and assist struggling readers who may need intensive and individualized attention. http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practiceguides/adlit_pg_082608.pdf (pdf)

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! Rewarding and Inspiring Great Teaching
Nominations are now being accepted online for the 2009 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for grades 7-12 in 2009 and K-6 in 2010. This Program was established in 1983 by The White House and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The PAEMST Web site can provide additional information about the awards, nomination, application, selection, awardees, and state coordinators.  Nominate an outstanding teacher today!  Visit: http://www.paemst.org  

NEW! Einstein Fellowship
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 math, science, and technology teachers.  As an Einstein Fellow you will spend a school year in Washington, DC sharing your expertise with policy makers, such as Congress, the Department of Energy, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  The goal of the Einstein Fellows program is to provide an opportunity for teachers to inform national policy and improve communication between the K-12 STEM education community and national leaders.  The Triangle Coalition administers the program under the direction of the Department of Energy. The application deadline is January 13, 2009.  Apply online at https://applicationlink.labworks.org/applicationlink/default.htm  .  For more information about the Einstein Fellows program visit www.trianglecoalition.org/ein.htm

NEW! U.S. Department of Education Teaching and Learning Resources
The United States Department of Education's Teaching and Learning Resources http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=33 provide free mathematics resources for K-12 educators from contributing federal agencies. This website includes 161 mathematics resources, such as Mathematics Across the Curriculum. http://www.math.dartmouth.edu/~matc/eBookshelf/index.html

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

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SCIENCE

NEW! CERN - The World's Largest Particle Accelerator
The Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies includes a resource regarding the excitement surrounding CERN's (The European Center for Nuclear Research) particle accelerator. Learn more about the possibilities that may open through the use of this powerful scientific instrument by visiting http://www.free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=1414&subject_id=58&toplvl=56.

 

NEW! American Institute of Physics (AIP) - Reaching the Critical Mass: The Twenty Year Surge in High School Physics
The American Institute of Physics, in conjunction with the American Association of Physics Teachers, conducts periodic study to assess changes in physics's education in our nation's schools. This final 2008 report is based on the findings from the nationwide survey of High School Physics Teachers. To access this report visit www.aip.org/statistics ; AIP Publication Number: R-442 ; ISBN: 978-0-7354-0564-6

 

NEW! Teaching Resources: Einstein, Earth Science, and More
Einstein's Big Idea tells the story behind the world's most famous equation, E=mc². Learn about its discovery and legacy. Meet scientists whose experiments laid the groundwork. Read about the unknown patent clerk's bleak career prospects before his "miracle year" (1905). Hear top physicists describe the equation. Discover its role in the careers of three young physicists. Explore time dilation and the energy in a paper clip. Find a teacher's guide and transcript of this PBS program. (Public Broadcasting Service, National Science Foundation) http://www.free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=2079

Enduring Resources for Earth Sciences Education is a database of materials for teaching earth science concepts. Created by teachers and Earth scientists, the database includes maps, documents, and other resources for teaching about earthquakes, volcanoes, rocks, oceans, plate tectonics, hyrdrothermal systems, earth's magnetic field, geological time, and more. (National Science Foundation) http://www.free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=2086

Paleontology Portal invites students to discover prehistoric life in the U.S. by state and time period, see famous fossil localities and assemblages, and search fossil images and paleontology collections from participating museums. Find field guides, maps, curricula, and K-12 resources. Learn about careers in paleontology. (University of California Museum of Paleontology, National Science Foundation) http://www.free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=2084

Education Law- §809 Instruction in the Humane Treatment of Animals
School districts are reminded to review Education Law Section 809 - Instruction in the Humane Treatment of Animals on an annual basis. The provisions of the law can be accessed on the Department’s website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/scinews.html. Certain specified types of lessons or experimental studies on live vertebrate animals require submission of an application for a waiver from the Commissioner of Education. Information regarding the §809(5) Treatment of Live Vertebrate Animals and the waiver process, including an application form can be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/science/809_5waiver.htm.

 

Building a Presence (BaP) Points of Contact 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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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

NEW! WomenTech Portal
The International Technology Education association (ITEA) http://www.iteaconnect.org launches it's WomenTech Portal, http://www.iteaconnect.org/Resources/womentechportal.htm, including a virtual Women In Technology Interest Group, http://www.iteaconnect.org/Networking/technologyinterestgroups.htm. This forum is dedicated to those interested in the topics of recruiting and retaining women and girls in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! Updated Social Studies FAQ
* What is the time requirement for social studies instruction each year?
* What other requirements are in New York State Education Law related to social studies education?
* Can a school replace the Participation in Government and Economics courses with either Advanced Placement (AP) Government or AP Economics courses?
* Does New York State require instruction in financial literacy?

These questions and more are answered in an updated Frequently-Asked Questions page on the social studies web site. Please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/ssfaq.html .

NEW! National Student / Parent Mock Election
The national voter education program for K-16 students gives young Americans the chance to make their voices heard in the electoral process. The Mock Election will take place on October 30, five days before the rest of America votes in the November election. Real time results will be displayed on a Google Map. Every American student, parent and educator is invited to participate at no cost.The Mock Election is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most successful voter education projects, dating from 1980. In 2004, the Mock Election helped over 4 million students from all 50 states and from American schools around the world cast mock ballots. Participants in the Mock Election are kindergartners through college students.To enroll, please visit www.nationalmockelection.org.

NEW! Administration Dates for the November 2008 Grade 5 Social Studies Test
Administration Dates: Wednesday, November 12 (Booklet 1), Thursday, November 13 (Booklet 2)
Make-Up Dates: Friday, November 14, Monday, November 17, Tuesday, November 18

Visit the Office of State Assessment’s Examination Schedules Web link to obtain the 2008-2009 dates for all New York State assessments.

NEW! Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fine Arts and Essay Display
New York State schools are invited to submit student artwork based on Dr. King's Six Principles of Nonviolence and essays on celebrating his birthday throughout the year. The categories are writing, painting, drawing, sculpting and photography. All entries must be postmarked by December 5, 2008 and will be placed on display for viewing one week prior to the King Holiday January 19, 2009 in Albany, New York. Please encourage your students to take part in this historic celebration of Dr. King's life and ideals. This event is co-sponsored by the New York State Education Department and the NYS Office of General Services. For more information visit: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/MLK08Arts_EssayMemo.html, http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/2009mlk.pdf (pdf), and http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/2009mlk.htm (html).

Call for Content: World Communities: What Is a Culture?
Submission Form: PDF or Word

• Does your school want to spotlight its efforts to increase student achievement at the elementary level?
• Does your school or district want to share best curriculum practices with a statewide audience?

Here is an opportunity to start a professional dialogue with other New York State educators, and be referenced as a contributor to statewide core curriculum guidance material.The New York State Education Department (NYSED), in partnership with the New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS) and the New York State Social Studies Supervisors Association (NYS4A), is seeking standards-based course models, curriculum maps, and case studies created by New York State teachers of the grade 3 social studies core curriculum. Submissions will be linked to the World Communities: What Is a Culture? online teacher resource guide for grade 3 social studies http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/grade3/.

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

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THE ARTS

NEW! Bridging the Achievement Gap Using Art with Technology
A day-long conference for teaching artists and educators, Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Radisson, Corning, NY. The New York State Alliance for Arts Education, in partnership with Partners for Arts, Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County Education, Southern Tier Arts in Education Roundtable (STARR), and TST BOCES will present a variety of workshops discussing Media art and education. Facilitators will provide a conceptual framework for integrating the arts using technology across the curriculum for all learners! For more information or to download a registration form visit http://www.nysaae.org/Corning-11-08.htm.

NEW! Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fine Arts and Essay Display
New York State schools are invited to submit student artwork based on Dr. King's Six Principles of Nonviolence and essays on celebrating his birthday throughout the year. The categories are writing, painting, drawing, sculpting and photography. All entries must be postmarked by December 5, 2008 and will be placed on display for viewing one week prior to the King Holiday January 19, 2009 in Albany, New York. Please encourage your students to take part in this historic celebration of Dr. King's life and ideals. This event is co-sponsored by the New York State Education Department and the NYS Office of General Services. For more information visit: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/MLK08Arts_EssayMemo.html, http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/2009mlk.pdf (pdf), and http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/2009mlk.htm (html).

NEW! The New York State Alliance for Arts Education Recognition Awards International Young Soloist Music Program - Due Nov. 15, 2008
Since 1984, the VSA arts International Young Soloists Program has been seeking to identify talented musicians who have a disability. The VSA arts International Young Soloists Award is given annually to four outstanding musicians, two from the United States and two from the international arena. For more information, and to view the 2009 Young Soloist Music Program application, click here http://nysaae.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT0xNTQxNDcmcD0xJnU9MTAwNDE4NDA4NyZsaT00NjIwMjM/index.htm) .

NEW! Superintendent Recognition Award - Due Oct. 31, 2008
Believing that the influence of school superintendents is a major factor in improving arts education in school systems across the state, NYSAAE presents the Annual School Superintendent Recognition Award to a New York State school district superintendent who demonstrates outstanding support for and commitment to high-quality sequential arts education programs in their schools. This is one way of recognizing an exceptional school superintendent, and to attract public attention to school-based arts education. Applications are due to NYSAAE by October 31, 2008. To view the 2009 Superintendent Recognition Award application, click here http://nysaae.informz.net/nysaae/data/images/superaward09.pdf .

NEW! School Board Recognition Award - Due Oct. 31, 2008
The School Board Recognition Award is an annual award presented to a New York State school board that has demonstrated support for, and commitment to a high-quality arts education in its school district and community. This state-level award recognizes districts that have included all four major artistic disciplines - visual arts, music, theatre, and dance - in their programs. The final selection from New York State is sent to the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) to be included in a national pool of nominees. The national award is administered by KCAAEN and the National School Board Association. State-level nominations are due to NYSAAE by October 31, 2008. To view the 2008-09 School Board Recognition Award application, click here. http://nysaae.informz.net/nysaae/data/images/superawardapplication09.pdf . For more information on any of the above NYSAAE Recognition programs, please contact Sharon Scarlata at sharon@nysaae.org

NEW! everything but anchovies!
Invite everything but anchovies to your school and discover how much fun learning through the Arts can be! From important current issues and health awareness to multi-cultural tales, eba has a program to fit your curriculum, budget and performance needs. For more information visit http://www.eventurenow.com/eventureSites/136/optional_section3/full.cfm?ID=29 . eba, Inc. is dedicated to cultivating, promoting, and developing an understanding of and public interest in the performing, visual and technological arts; through creation, performance, training, touring and idea sharing.

NEW! Invite Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest into Your High School's ELA Classrooms!
Poetry Out Loud is a national program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Registration Deadline: October 31, 2008. If you would like to bring Poetry Out Loud to your school, click here http://www.nysaae.org/POL-School_Registration_Form_2009.pdf to download a registration form. To learn more about this program, visit the Frequently Asked Questions http://www.nysaae.org/faq.htm page. For more information about registration, contact Sharon Scarlata at sharon@nysaae.org.

Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Grants for New York State Teaching Artists, Schools & Non-Profit Cultural Organizations
TAP supports the exchange of professional expertise among New York State schools, cultural organizations, teaching artists and consultants to promote the continued growth and improvement of long-term, in-depth partnerships centered on teaching and learning in and through the arts to benefit pre-K through 12th grade children. Deadlines for TAP in the coming academic year 2008-09 will be: September 15, November 17, January 15, March 16, May 18 and July 1. For more information, visit http://www.arts4ed.org/funding/TAP/TAP_index.shtml

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

NEW! The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) has released the National Coaching Report
The National Coaching Report:
*Provides evidence of the need for quality coaching education at the youth and interscholastic sport levels.
*Illustrates the need to increase the quality of training adults receive prior to engaging in coaching responsibilities.
*Is a resource and advocacy tool for developing policy and legislation that requires coaching education. To download a copy go to: http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/coachingReport/pdf_files/fullReport.pdf

NEW! House of Representatives Committee Hearing on Physical and Health Education
For a copy of the transcript of the House of Representatives committee hearing on the benefits of physical and health education for our nation’s children held 7/24/08, go to the following: http://edlabor.house.gov/hearings/fc-2008-07-24.shtml

REMINDER! NYS Education Department Physical Education Profile: A Commencement Level Assessment Tool
Four hundred and twenty six school districts have received copies of the State Developed Physcial Education Profile - CDROM through participation in the regional professional development. If your school district is one of the 273 districts who has not received the professional development, please contact your local BOCES Staff and Curriculum Development Network office to schedule a session for your school district. For additional information on this innovative commencement level assessment tool aligned to NYS Physical Education learning standards, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/physed.html.

Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed the Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT).  This tool will help school districts conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of written physical education curricula, based upon national physical education standards. The PECAT is customizable to include local standards. The results from the analysis can help school districts enhance existing curricula, develop their own curricula, or select a published curriculum, for the delivery of quality physical education in schools. http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/PECAT/index.htm

Physical Education Teacher Evaluation Tool (PETET)
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), the preeminent national authority on physical education and a recognized leader in sport and physical activity, developed the Physical Education Teacher Evaluation Tool (PETET).  The PETET identifies the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to provide sound instruction in the K-12 physical education classroom. Its purpose is to assist principals, school district curriculum specialists, and others who evaluate physical education teachers as well as to guide physical education teachers in reflection and self-assessment, and serve as an instructional tool in college/university physical education teacher education programs. http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/pdf_files/pos_papers/TeacherEvaluationTool.pdf

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

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HEALTH EDUCATION

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

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LOTE

NEW! The Language Immersion Institute Workshops at SUNY New Paltz
The Language Immersion Institute at SUNY New Paltz, in concert with the Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies at the State Education Department, is hosting a workshop entitled, Best Practices in Language Immersion Education. The goal is to provide professional development on integrating more language into the classroom through immersion at the K-12 levels, including teaching in the target language, creating activities that produce authentic speech, and reaching students of diverse levels of language proficiency. For more information: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/lote/

NEW! The U.S. Department of Education released a report entitled, Enhancing Foreign Language Proficiency in the United States, which describes the preliminary results of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) since its inception in 2006. To view the report visit
http://www.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/competitiveness/nsli/nsli-preliminary-results.pdf

NEW! Student Contest on Europe. 
Student Contest on Europe's deadline: November 3, 2008.  To celebrate France’s European Union presidency, the French Embassy in partnership with the French-American Chamber of Commerce, the French Institute Alliance Française and the French-American Foundation is organizing the "Concours sur l'Europe" essay competition opened to high school students (grades 9 to 12 only) in the Tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut).For more information:  http://www.teacheurope.org/ 

NEW! The Language Flagship
The Language Flagship is a breakthrough initiative in foreign language and culture instruction designed to help establish and institutionalize programs that afford individuals an opportunity to achieve superior-level proficiency.  These programs focus on critical languages including African languages (Swahili and Yoruba), Arabic, Central Asian Turkic languages, Chinese, Eurasian languages, Hindi/Urdu, Korean, and Persian. For more information: http://www.thelanguageflagship.org/downloads/FY2009_Promoting_the_Diffusion_of_Innovation.pdf  

NEW! The College Board
The College Boards honors exemplary educators and schools for their outstanding work in inspiring and helping their students succeed through the Inspiration Awards at http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/inspiration and the Bob Costas Grants at http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/costas for the Teaching of Writing. Applications for both grant programs are available now.  The deadline for all Inspiration Award and Bob Costas Grant applications is Friday, November 21, 2008.

NEW! U.S.-China Teachers Exchange Program Announcement.  Now in its thirteenth year, the program sends American K-12 teachers to China to teach English in Chinese secondary schools, and places Chinese secondary school teachers of English in American schools to teach Chinese language and culture, and where appropriate, English as a Second Language.  Experienced American K-12 teachers are sought of any level and any subject who will return to the U.S. committed to improving teaching about China in American schools.  For more information:  http://www.ncuscr.org/?q=programs/tep

NEW!Testing Accommodations on New York State Examinations to Former Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners
The Board of Regents has recently approved a policy that permits schools to provide testing accommodations on New York State examinations to former Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners (LEP/ELLs). This memo from David Abrams, Assistant Commissioner for Standards, Assessment, and Report, provides a list of approved testing accommodations that can be provided to former LEP/ELLs and further information on the conditions and time frame in which these testing accommodations are permissible. To view the policy, visit. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sar/accommodations10-08.pdf or http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sar/

ACTFL 2008 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo
ACTFL 2008 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, entitled, "Opening Minds to the World Through Languages" is being held on November 21-23, 2008 in Orlando, Florida, venues at various hotels. For more information contact convention@actfl.org or visit http://actfl.org/i4a/calendar/?pageid=3429 

For more information on Languages Other Than English, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/lote/

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DRIVER EDUCATION

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

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

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 York Teacher Call for Book Recommendations
New York Teacher is NYSUT's statewide, official membership newspaper, published bimonthly during the school year and mailed to the homes of all NYSUT members. NYSUT has asked for book recommendations from New York Library Association/School Library Media Specialists members that would be included in each edition of New York Teacher. One title correlated to one grade level per book is recommended. A book recommendation submission form is available at www.nyla.org/slms

NEW! ALA Information Today Library of the Future Award
ALA Information Today Library of the Future Award honors a library, library consortium, group of librarians or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting. The award includes $1,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated by Information Today, Inc. www.ala.org/ala/awardsgrants/awardsrecords/libraryofthefutu/libraryfuture.cfm

NEW! Beta Phi Mu Award
Beta Phi Mu Award is presented to a faculty member of a library school or an individual for distinguished service to education in librarianship. The award includes $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation donated by Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honorary Society. www.ala.org/ala/awardsgrants/awardsrecords/betaphimuaward/betaphimuaward.cfm

NEW! New York Library Association School Library Media Section (NYLA/SLMS) Awards
Applications for the New York Library Association School Library Media Section (NYLA/SLMS) awards are now being accepted. The deadline is Monday, November 17, 2008, for more information please visit our Web page at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/GrantsandAwards.htm

NEW! 2009 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants
Nominate yourself, colleagues or your library for the 2009 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants. Unless otherwise noted, the deadline for awards is December 1.

The following lists some of the major ALA awards:
•ALA Information Today Library of the Future Award
•W. Y. Boyd Literary Award
•Melvil Dewey Medal and award for creative professional library management
•EBSCO ALA Conference Sponsorship
•Equality Award honors contribution to promote equality in the library profession
•Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award
•Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award
•Greenwood Publishing Group Award for the Best Book in Library Literature
•Paul Howard Award for Courage
•Joseph W. Lippincott Award for distinguished service to the profession
•Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children
•H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant
•World Book-ALA /Information Literacy Goal Award.

For general information about these and other ALA awards, Please visit our Web pages at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/GrantsandAwards.htm or visit www.ala.org/awards

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

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TESTING

NEW! January 2009 Regents & RCT Dates
January 2009 Regents & RCT dates are listed below:

  • Global RCT - Tuesday, January 27 (9:15am)
  • USHG RCT - Wednesday, January 28 (9:15am)
  • USHG Regents - Thursday, January 29 (9:15am)
  • GHG Regents - Friday, January 30 (9:15am)

NEW! Administration Dates for the November 2008 Grade 5 Social Studies Test
Administration Dates: Wednesday, November 12 (Booklet 1), Thursday, November 13 (Booklet 2)
Make-Up Dates: Friday, November 14, Monday, November 17, Tuesday, November 18

Visit the Office of State Assessment’s Examination Schedules Web link to obtain the 2008-2009 dates for all New York State assessments.

NEW! Testing Accommodations on New York State Examinations to Former Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners
The Board of Regents has recently approved a policy that permits schools to provide testing accommodations on New York State examinations to former Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners (LEP/ELLs). This memo from David Abrams, Assistant Commissioner for Standards, Assessment, and Report, provides a list of approved testing accommodations that can be provided to former LEP/ELLs and further information on the conditions and time frame in which these testing accommodations are permissible. To view the policy, visit. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sar/accommodations10-08.pdf

For more information regarding Testing, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/apda/ .

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

Updates! NYS Education Department Virtual Learning System (VLS)
The NYSED VLS, www.nysvls.org, has been enhanced and expanded with additional content. Recent additions include Mathematics Alternative Grade Level Indicators for Students with Severe Disabilities. Upcoming additions will include English Language Arts, Social Studies and Science Alternative Grade Level Indicators for Students with Severe Disabilities. As always, 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! College.gov--A New U.S. Department of Education Resource
College.gov is a new website from the U.S. Department of Education which "aims to motivate students with inspirational stories and information about planning, preparing and paying for college. Designed with students' input and participation, College.gov was created by the U.S. Department of Education to be a go-to online resource for credible information about college that also provides real life experiences of peers who are already attending college." www.college.gov

Thirteen/WNET Re-Launches VITAL New York
In September 2008, Thirteen/WNET New York renamed and re-launched VITAL (Video in Teaching and Learning), now called VITAL New York, a pioneering Web-based tool for New York teachers. VITAL NY now offers a dramatically expanded collection of more than 2,000 resources, including 300 developed to support the New York State core curriculum in English Language Arts and mathematics for grades 3-8, as well as more than 1,000 that have been aligned to the New York State Regents curriculum in Global History and Geography, US History, Living Environment, Earth Science, Physics, and Chemistry. VITAL NY requires simple, first-visit -only self-registration, and may be accessed via NYSED's Virtual Learning System at: www.nysvls.org or directly at:
http://vital.thirteen.org

US Federal Government Web Portal
The US Federal Government once again provides valuable resources for the entire school community. As you begin the new school year, check out the federal government's Web portal, which has posted a collection of web sites with resources for students, parents, and educators. Find out more at: http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Back_to_School.shtml

U.S. Census Bureau Provides Downloadable Maps
The U.S. Census Bureau has downloadable maps that are available online for classroom use. Find the maps in the Geography section at: http://www.census.gov Find more resources for students and teachers at:
http://www.census.gov/dmd/www/teachers.html

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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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