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April 30, 2009

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NYSED/USNY

NEW! The New York State Board of Regents Appoints Carole F. Huxley as Interim New York State Education Commissioner
The New York State Board of Regents announced on Tuesday, April 21st, that Carole F. Huxley has been appointed as Interim New York State Education Commissioner, effective July 1, 2009. Carole Huxley had previously served the Education Department as Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education for 24 years, retiring in November of 2006. Carole Huxley will begin service on May 15, working alongside current Commissioner Mills until he steps down at the end of June.   She will assume the office and duties of Education Commissioner and President of The University of New York on July 1, 2009. To review the News Release, visit http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/CHuxleyintcomm.html

NEW! The Better Beginnings Award
The Better Beginnings Award is sponsored by the Board of Regents. It celebrates the life and career of Helen Bach Moss by recognizing PreK to Sixth Grade teachers who are gifted in finding and nurturing the strengths of each individual student. Ms. Moss family and friends petitioned the Board of Regents to establish a memorial fund and provided an endowment to award an annual cash stipend of $1,000 to the winning teacher. This award recognizes early childhood education as the most effective investment for long-term educational success. For more information, visit http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/TEACHING/BBA/bbaindex.htm

Search for Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York
The New York State Board of Regents seeks applications and nominations for the position of Commissioner of Education.  Our goal is to find an accomplished leader who will bring New York State to the forefront in educational achievement.  We need a visionary to manage the State’s educational resources to raise achievement for all students, close the achievement gap, and raise the State’s graduation rate. To view the full notification visit http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/search/

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! 2009-2010 New York State $14 Million Public Library Construction Grant  
State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis announced today that the application materials for the new 2009-2010 New York State Public Library Construction Grant Program are now available on the New York State Library’s website at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/ external link There is $14 million in capital funds available to public libraries and public library systems for matching grants.  The State may fund up to fifty percent of eligible project costs.   Detailed information about the New York State $14 million Public Library Construction Grant Program, including a comprehensive FAQ, is posted on the State Library’s website at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/ external link

For current funding opportunities throughout NYSED/USNY visit http://usny.nysed.gov/grants/

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! The Bill of Rights Institute's On-Demand Constitutional Seminar

  • An online course that you complete at your own pace; stop and start wherever you choose, whenever you have time (average completion time between 5 and 6 hours)
  • Content and pedagogical strategies on the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, America's civic values, American heroes, and American citizenship
  • Lessons introduced with a narrative, objectives, and a pretest
  • Interactive elements that allow you to compare your answers with other teachers
  • Streamed audio presentations by scholars with a broad knowledge of Constitutional issues
  • Interactive simulations and presentations of seminar materials designed to engage you with the curriculum

Between now and June 1st, you can purchase the On Demand Constitutional Seminar at the special introductory rate of only $15!   Take full advantage of the instructional materials, classroom strategies, and online professional development and sign up now at http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/CS4OnDemand.

Professional Learning Conference
The 2009 New York State Staff Development Council (NYSSDC) Annual Conference will be held May 7-8, 2009 at the Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool, Liverpool, NY. This year's theme is Relationships and Learning: The Keys to Improving Student Achievement. The event is co-sponsored by NY ASCD. Among the 30 different concurrent sessions sharing best practices in professional learning are How Policy Affects Professional Learning including effective teacher contacts, and a session on ASCD's Whole Child Initiative. This year's keynote presenters include Ray McNulty and Sheila Evans-Tranumn. To register and learn more about the conference go to http://www.nyssdc.orgexternal link

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! Alliance for Excellent Education Adolescent Literacy Fact Sheet
Did you know that “For many adolescent students, ongoing difficulties with reading and writing figure prominently into the decision to drop out of school”? This brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education presents up-to-date facts regarding the state of adolescent literacy.http://www.all4ed.org/files/AdolescentLiteracyFactSheet.pdf pdf link

NEW! New Center on Instruction Resource: Assessments to Guide Adolescent Literacy Instruction
This guide is a companion volume to two other publications from the Center on Instruction, Academic Literacy Instruction for Adolescents and Improving Literacy Instruction in Middle and High Schools: A Guide for Principals. It provides information about the key elements of a comprehensive assessment plan to improve literacy instruction for adolescents and provides examples of assessments and assessment systems currently in use or under development to improve literacy instruction for students in grades 4-12.
http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Assessment%20Guide.pdf pdf link

NEW! Center on Instruction Resource: Adolescent Literacy Resources: An Annotated Bibliography, Second Edition 2009
According to the introduction, “This annotated bibliography is intended as a resource for technical assistance providers as they work with states on adolescent literacy. Updated from an earlier edition published in 2007, this revision includes important research and documents of practical use in guiding improvements in grades 4–12 reading instruction in the content areas and in interventions for struggling readers.”
http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Annotated%20Biblio%20Second%20Edition%202009.pdf pdf link.

NEW! Writing between the Lines—and Everywhere Else: A new report from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
This report, the third in a series of NCTE reports on writing and 21st Century literacies,focuses on in-school and out-of-school literacies. http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Press/WritingbetweentheLinesFinal.pdf pdf link.

NEW!  Read-Write-Think Monthly Calendar
Read-Write-Think, in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association, produces a monthly calendar with interesting literary and cultural dates. Want to know what happened today in history—check the calendar! http://www.readwritethink.org/calendar/index.asp external link

2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program
The 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program theme is “The Arts” with the slogans “Be Creative @ YourLibrary” (children) and “Express Yourself @Your Library” (teens). In addition, this year New York is celebrating the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial; therefore, New York State History related materials will be highlighted through the additional slogan, “Be Creative: Explore New York. Information about the 2009 Summer Reading Program can be found at http://www.summerreadingnys.org/external link

National Day on Writing: October 20, 2009
To draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in and help make better writers from all walks of life aware of their craft, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is working to establish October 20, 2009, as the National Day on Writing. NCTE will build an archive of writing submissions throughout 2009 in the National Gallery of Writing. To learn more about how to participate in this event, please see the NCTE website at www.ncte.org/action/dayonwriting external link.

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! NEW MSP PAPER: "District-Wide Reform of Mathematics and Science Instruction: Case Studies of Four SCALE Partner Districts," William H. Clune, SCALE MSP Working Paper, March 2009.
This paper is a synthesis of case studies of four districts that implemented multifaceted reforms aimed at offering rigorous instruction in mathematics and science for all students. The districts-urban or urbanizing and ranging in size from medium to very large-were partners with three universities in System-wide Change for All Learners and Educators (SCALE), a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Math and Science Partnership (MSP) project. Rigorous instruction for all students requires depth and breadth of impact. To achieve these ambitious goals, the districts adopted and adapted a combination of policies (formal and informal) under a common theory of action jointly articulated and developed by and for the partnership. This paper describes the partnership, the common theory of action, evaluative criteria derived from the theory, implementation in each district, and the effectiveness of the reforms measured against the theory of action. The paper concludes by suggesting models for effective district policy in other districts. http://hub.mspnet.org/entry.cfm/17794 external link.

NEW! MSP-Knowledge Management and Dissemination: Database of Measures of Teachers' Mathematics/Science Content Knowledge
A searchable database of measures of teachers' mathematics/science content knowledge in now available on the MSP-Knowledge Management and Dissemination (KMD) website.  The database includes descriptions of instruments, scoring information, and validity and reliability information, when available.  Instruments can be searched by subject, types of knowledge (e.g., disciplinary, pedagogical content, ways of knowing), the nature of the assessment items (e.g., selected response, constructed responses, other), and the grade level of teachers studied.  Information on 103 instruments is included in the database to-date. With the addition of the instrument database, the MSP-KMD website has a new look.  Be sure to check it out! http://hub.mspnet.org/entry.cfm/17779 external link.

NEW! WEBINAR: Algebra Intervention: Not Business as Usual…May 6, 2009
“Algebra for all students" has created the need for intervention and supplemental programs to support students through the rigors of algebraic content. This need raises the issue of how to evaluate and choose an intervention or readiness program for students. Participants in this webinar will engage in an examination of essential elements for intervention and support curricula that will assist and guide them as they search for appropriate programs. Participants will also learn about an algebra intervention program appropriate for in-school use, as part of existing programs or as a stand-alone, or for use as an extended day program. This intervention program has potential for use as pre-algebra curriculum as well. This webinar will be helpful for middle and high school teachers of mathematics, math coaches, math curriculum supervisors/consultants, administrators, and district personnel in charge of intervention/support/extended day programs. For more information, go to http://www.schoolsmovingup.net/cs/smu/view/e/3590external link.

NEW! WEBINAR: Math Pathways & Pitfalls: Jump-Starting Effective and Equitable Instruction - May 21, 2009
WestEd's Math Pathways & Pitfalls (MPP)external link.instructional strategies support increasingly sophisticated mathematical reasoning and academic language use—two competencies that are fundamental to learning mathematics in the earlier grades and promoting success in high school and college. MPP also uses scaffolding techniques to cultivate productive and respectful classroom conversations and achieve equitable learning among students of all language backgrounds. In this webinar, Carne Clarke and Alma Ramírez, Senior Research Associates at WestEd and developers of MPP, will identify several powerful strategies that all teachers can apply to their mathematics lessons, regardless of their adopted curriculum. Clarke and Ramiréz will provide an overview of the MPP research foundation and give examples of how these strategies boost learning in the MPP Intervention Curriculum. For more information, go to http://www.schoolsmovingup.net/cs/smu/view/e/3660 external link.

NEW! Georgia PRISM (Partnership for Reform in Science and Mathematics) Leaders address STEM education in new book
"Increasing the Competitive Edge in Math and Science" encourages local, regional and statewide partnerships between K-12 schools and colleges and universities to be formed so that education reform efforts can be scaled. It then lays out the necessary steps for K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, administrators at all levels, and policy makers to work collaboratively to prepare American youth for meaningful participation in the twenty-first century science and technologically-based economy. It also provides tips and instruction for building student interest in STEM, improving the quality of STEM teaching and creating learning communities among educators and experts. For more information, go to http://hub.mspnet.org/entry.cfm/17694external link.

New MST Lesson Plans on the Virtual Learning System (VLS)
Lesson plans related to mathematics, science, and technology education have been added to the New York State Education Department’s Virtual Learning System (VLS). These K-12 lesson plans were developed by teachers involved with the St. Lawrence County STEM Partnership. The partnership, between all 18 St. Lawrence County School Districts, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, and Clarkson University, is a funded project of the NCLB Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships program. These new lesson plans, as well as other lesson plans, may be accessed at http://www.nysvls.org by choosing a standards area (e.g., MST), selecting a content area (e.g., science), and then by clicking on “Explore Standards Explore Resources.” The learning standards, key ideas, performance indicators, and aligned resources can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate links. The lesson plans may also be accessed by using the search engine on the VLS main page.

Professional Development for Math Coaching (PDMC) and a New Institute for Leaders Professional Development for Math Coaching Facilitation Based on: Cultivating a Math Coaching Practice: A Guide for K-8 Educators.
The Professional Development for Math Coaching Institute (PDMC) is based on the Center for the Development of Coaching and Math Leadership (CMCP) materials and is structured to bring together math coaches from kindergarten through middle school and those who provide professional development or course-work for math coaching. During the Institute, participants engage in discussions of cases of coaching and investigate mathematics related to K-8 classroom settings. Sessions also explore essential pedagogical issues of math coaching. This is being held this summer, July 19-24, for application and information go to http://www.edc.org/MLP external link

UPDATE! The Cohort of 2006 Section in the Regents Diploma Requirements for Mathematics
The section for the cohort of 2006 within the Regents Diploma Requirements for Mathematics chart has been updated. This cohort has been combined with 2007 to reflect the current implementation of the Mathematics Core Curriculum (Revised 2005) and the administration of the Regents Examinations in Mathematics. In order to fulfill the mathematics portion of a Regents Diploma, students must earn three units of commencement-level mathematics credit and pass one Regents examination in mathematics. For further information, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/mathregchanges.html

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

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SCIENCE

NEW! Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign
From elementary school maintenance closets to high school chemistry labs, schools use a variety of chemicals. When they are mismanaged, these chemicals can put students and school personnel at risk from spills, fires, and other accidental exposures. Chemical accidents disrupt school schedules and can cost thousands of dollars to repair. For more information please access the Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sc3 external link.

NEW! EurekaFest 2009
EurekaFest is a multi-day celebration at MIT designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models, and encourage creativity and problem solving. This year's celebration will commence with the announcement of the 2009 winner of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize on June 24, 2009, and will culminate with a design challenge at the Museum of Science, Boston, on June 27, 2009. Further details for EurekaFest external link will be posted online and you will receive an electronic reminder with more specifics. If you would like more information about the Lemelson-MIT Program, please visit our web site external linkor contact us at EurekaFest@mit.edu external link.

NEW! Benchmarks for Science Literacy [4-12]
The AAAS document, Benchmarks for Science Literacy, complements the National Science Education Standards (NSES) in forming a comprehensive statement of what science students should know and be able to do. Benchmarks defines the essential concepts in twelve areas: the nature of science; the nature of mathematics; the nature of technology; physical setting; the living environment; the human organism; human society; the designed world; the mathematical world; historical perspectives; common themes; and habits of mind.
American Association for the Advancement of Science. (1993). Benchmarks for science literacy. New York: Oxford University Press.  http://www.project2061.org/publications/bsl/online/bolintro.htmexternal link

NEW! World Science Festival 
June 10-14, 2009 - The World Science Festival turns New York City into a grand stage with science as the headliner. Bringing together an all-star cast from an impressive array of disciplines, the Festival presents a carefully designed spectrum of programs, ranging from climate change to cryogenics; from neuroscience to nanotechnology; from black holes to the big bang.  Through a series of gripping debates, captivating performances and interactive events, the Festival showcases cutting edge ideas and discoveries, reveals science's pivotal role in addressing critical global issues, and explores how it profoundly shapes modern life. For more information please visit http://www.worldsciencefestival.com external link.

NEW! The Math and Science Partnership Network
MSPnet is an electronic learning community for the Math and Science Partnership Program external link. With the MSP program, the National Science Foundation implemented an important facet of the President's No Child Left Behind (NCLB) vision for K-12 education. A major research and development effort, the MSP program responds to concern over the performance of the nation's children in mathematics and science. Institutions of higher education - their disciplinary faculty in departments of mathematics, the sciences and/or engineering, education faculty and administrators - partner with K-12 districts and others to effect deep, lasting improvement in K-12 mathematics and science education through five key features: Partnership-Driven, Teacher Quality, Quantity and Diversity, Challenging Courses and Curricula, Evidence-Based Design, and Institutional Change and Sustainability. For more information please visit http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/home external link.

New MST Lesson Plans on the Virtual Learning System (VLS)
Lesson plans related to mathematics, science, and technology education have been added to the New York State Education Department’s Virtual Learning System (VLS). These K-12 lesson plans were developed by teachers involved with the St. Lawrence County STEM Partnership. The partnership, between all 18 St. Lawrence County School Districts, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, and Clarkson University, is a funded project of the NCLB Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships program. These new lesson plans, as well as other lesson plans, may be accessed at http://www.nysvls.org by choosing a standards area (e.g., MST), selecting a content area (e.g., science), and then by clicking on “Explore Standards Explore Resources.” The learning standards, key ideas, performance indicators, and aligned resources can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate links. The lesson plans may also be accessed by using the search engine on the VLS main page.


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 external link 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 MST Lesson Plans on the Virtual Learning System (VLS)
Lesson plans related to mathematics, science, and technology education have been added to the New York State Education Department’s Virtual Learning System (VLS). These K-12 lesson plans were developed by teachers involved with the St. Lawrence County STEM Partnership. The partnership, between all 18 St. Lawrence County School Districts, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, and Clarkson University, is a funded project of the NCLB Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships program. These new lesson plans, as well as other lesson plans, may be accessed at http://www.nysvls.org by choosing a standards area (e.g., MST), selecting a content area (e.g., science), and then by clicking on “Explore Standards Explore Resources.” The learning standards, key ideas, performance indicators, and aligned resources can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate links. The lesson plans may also be accessed by using the search engine on the VLS main page.

WomenTech Portal
The International Technology Education association (ITEA) http://www.iteaconnect.org external link launches it's WomenTech Portal, http://www.iteaconnect.org/Resources/womentechportal.htm external link, including a virtual Women In Technology Interest Group, http://www.iteaconnect.org/Networking/technologyinterestgroups.htm external link.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! The Bill of Rights Institute's On-Demand Constitutional Seminar

  • An online course that you complete at your own pace; stop and start wherever you choose, whenever you have time (average completion time between 5 and 6 hours)
  • Content and pedagogical strategies on the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, America's civic values, American heroes, and American citizenship
  • Lessons introduced with a narrative, objectives, and a pretest
  • Interactive elements that allow you to compare your answers with other teachers
  • Streamed audio presentations by scholars with a broad knowledge of Constitutional issues
  • Interactive simulations and presentations of seminar materials designed to engage you with the curriculum

Between now and June 1st, you can purchase the On Demand Constitutional Seminar at the special introductory rate of only $15!   Take full advantage of the instructional materials, classroom strategies, and online professional development and sign up now at http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/CS4OnDemand.

Yale Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad to Russia in July 2009
PIER/European Studies at Yale’s MacMillan Center has applied for a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) grant to lead 14 high school teachers from New England, New York, and New Jersey on a study tour/curriculum development project, “Understanding Medvedev’s Russia in Historical Context,” in Russia this summer. The proposed GPA will offer a rich and diverse range of experiences during a four-week study tour in Russia (July 5-August 3, 2009) that will provide an in-depth view of its people and culture, constituting a unique opportunity to develop resource materials for teaching and for professional and curriculum development through classroom instruction, individual research, field visits, and home-stays in contemporary Moscow and historic Vladimir. Among the topics to be covered are: privatization and the making of the new elite; daily life in the USSR and today; Russian public opinion; the media today; the rebirth of Russian Orthodoxy; education at the crossroads; the business world; individual initiative and entrepreneurship; and art and theater in the New Russia. There will be an orientation conference at Yale July 2-4 and a series of five Saturday follow-up sessions, Sept. ’09 through Oct. ’10, to complete curriculum modules and to organize the dissemination of what participants have learned, including presentations at professional workshops and conferences over the next several years. Each participant will be required to pay a $1,000 fee toward the cost of the program.

Yale is accepting applications now for early selection of participants, but grant approval is pending and the proposed GPA is contingent on funding by the US Department of Education. The deadline for application is March 20, 2009. Sponsored by Yale’s European Studies Council, the MacMillan Center, and the U.S. Department of Education through a Fulbright-Hays grant (pending). Information and applications are at http://www.yale.edu/macmillan/pier/institutes.htm external link.

New York Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program Head to Washington and to Receive $5000 Scholarship
On January 9th, Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the names of Erica Pincus of Bayville, and Charlotte Saul of Orchard Park, as New York State’s delegates to the 47th annual United States Senate Youth Program. Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students -- two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity -- to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. Chosen as alternates to the 2009 program were Christina Johnson, a resident of Bronx, who attends Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology and Ilham Elkatani, a resident of Bronx, who attends Community High School for Social Justice. Information regarding the 2009-2010 United State Senate Youth Program and application forms will be posted on the Social Studies Website http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/social.html in early August 2009.

NYS Archives Sponsors 19th Annual Student Research Contest
To encourage students to use historical records, the New York State Archives is sponsoring the 19th annual Student Research Awards. The deadline for entry is July 1, 2009 and the contest is open to all New York students in grades 4-12 who use historical records in their research projects. Three awards are presented each year: grades 4-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. The awards consist of a framed certificate, a check for $100, an invitation to an award ceremony, lunch with the Board of Regents in Albany, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the State Archives. Eligible projects are computer-based entries, such as websites or PowerPoint presentations; exhibits; documentaries; performances; research for a historical marker, property or district; and traditional research papers. For information about this year’s program, visit http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_awards.shtml or email archedu@mail.nysed.gov.

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

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THE ARTS

NEW! Worried About Your Arts Program?
The New York State Alliance for Arts Education has a new resource for struggling arts programs that provides support materials and effective advocacy strategies. Visit the NYSAAE ARTS SHELTER at http://www.nysaae.org/arts_shelter.htm external link for more information.

NEW! Bold Steps Forward in a New Economy
Dance/USA announces its national ANNUAL CONFERENCE taking place this year in Houston, Texas, from Wednesday, June 3 through Saturday, June 6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Houston. With the dance field facing the same new economic challenges as the rest of the Nation, the Conference presents an invaluable opportunity for regional and national dance leaders to network and strategize to face our common new realities. For more information visit http://www.danceusa.org/danceusanewsandpress external link.

NEW! THE CENTER FOR ARTS EDUCATION RELEASES HANDBOOKS
The Center for Arts Education in New York City has released two new guides for parents and teachers.  The handbooks, titled "Your Child, Your School and the Arts: A Guide for Parents with Children,” provide parents with information that introduces them to the benefits and need for arts education, raise awareness about the current state of arts education in NYC public schools, and demonstrate how parents can support arts in education at home and at school.  The handbooks (available in 9 different languages) address parents with children in grades 3-5 and grades 6-8, respectively. To view and download the handbook for grades 3-5, click on http://www.cae-nyc.org/pages/2008-grades-3-5-parent-guide/ external link For grades 6-8, click on http://www.cae-nyc.org/pages/2008-parent-guide-grades-6-8/ external link

NEW! ARIZONA’S OPENING MINDS THROUGH THE ARTS' PROGRAM
Opening Minds Through the Arts (OMA) is a student-achievement program that uses music, dance, and visual arts to teach skills used in reading, writing, math, science, and other subjects. The curriculum, based on brain-development research, is designed to engage specific skills targeted to each grade level. Independent research demonstrates that OMA has dramatically improved test scores and teacher effectiveness. Launched as a pilot program in 2000, OMA now thrives in more than 40 Tucson, Arizona, public elementary schools. To learn more, and to watch a video of this program, visit http://www.edutopia.org/arts-opening-minds-integration-videoexternal link

Report: The American Curriculum After NCLB
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement has released Getting Narrower at the Base: the American Curriculum after NCLB, an analysis of five major federal datasets that finds that curriculum has narrowed at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The report also shows that art classes have become distinctly less common, drawing 78% of all students in 1992, but only 71% in 2004. To read the full report, visit http://www.civicyouth.org/?p=325 external link

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

NEW! On-line Coaching Courses
There are 7 agencies that have been approved to teach all or some of the coaching courses on-line. Some may be a blended course that require on-line work and face-to-face classes. For information on the courses offered, schedule of courses and registration information, call or email the contact person for each agency on the list. See attached...list of agencies.

UPDATE! Health Advisory: Prevention of Methicillin
Health Advisory: Prevention of Methicillin - Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infections in the School Setting originally issued on October 25, 2007, has been recently updated. Updated sections are indicated by underlined text in this most recent advisory. You may view this new advisory from the NYS Department of Health and NYS Education Department at the following website (http://schoolhealthservicesny.com external link) in the A-Z Index, under "M" for MRSA.

FAQ on the Physical Education website regarding required instruction.
This item has been added to the Physical Education FAQ’s at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/peqa.html

OSC Audit Report on Physical Education Compliance has been issued
To review and download the report, click on the following link: http://osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/swr/2008/physical_ed/physical_edfinal.pdf pdf link.

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 Physical 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.

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

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LOTE

NEW! Regents Prep On-line
Debuting and continuing the first week of May, NYSAFLT's language specialists will offer free webinar presentations to students across New York State who are preparing for the June 2009 Comprehensive Language exams. This service will be available to all teachers and their students, regardless of NYSAFLT membership.  For more information, visit http://www.nysaflt.org/webinars/ external link.

NEW! Workshop: An Online Language Portfolio Approach to the Development of Speaking and Listening Proficiency
July 9th, 2009 (Thursday) -- Jul 11th, 2009 (Saturday).  This workshop focuses on speaking and listening performances that can be recorded, evaluated and revised by means of a new online language portfolio program. Learn more about this and other CLEAR summer 2009 workshops at http://clear.msu.edu/clear/professionaldev/summerworkshops.phpexternal link.

NEW! Developing and Implementing Dual Language, Two-Way Immersion Programs
The Illinois Resource Center (IRC) will offer a five-day institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from June 14 to June 19, 2009 for teachers and administrators developing and implementing dual language, two-way immersion programs. The training is intended for all dual language stakeholders: administrators, teachers, parents, and school board members . DUSI offers two strands; the first is an introduction to the foundations and research behind dual language education; and the second is a trainer of trainers strand where participants will gain the expertise to use the Dual U curriculum as a professional development tool.  For further information please go to http://www.thecenterweb.org/irc/ external link.

NEW! Let’s Review Greek! Website
You can review grammar (including some on-line exercises), read easy texts from the New Testament and Greek Mythology, explore intermediate-level texts about a case of murder and adultery or about the death of Socrates, or even challenge yourself by reading some ancient writers. This website is especially designed for students with one or two years of classical Greek, but there will be more and more texts added as time goes by.  Visit Let’s Review Greek! at http://cornellcollege.edu/classical_studies/reviewgreek/index.shtml external link.

NEW! 12th Annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages
May 8-9, 2009.  The annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL) at the University of California, Santa Barbara is presented by the Native American Indian Languages study group (NAIL), which has been meeting regularly in Santa Barbara since 1990 to discuss issues relating to Native American language and culture. The workshop is a forum for the discussion of theoretical and descriptive linguistic studies of indigenous languages of the Americas. WAIL is also sponsored by the UCSB Linguistics Department.  Visit the conference website at http://orgs.sa.ucsb.edu/nailsg/index.html external link.

NEW! Spanish Curriculum Competition
The RedEle competition is being sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Social Politics and Sport. American teachers of Spanish as a Second Language are invited to submit a didactic unit of study. The deadline for submission is May 26, 2009. Download details in Spanish from http://www.boe.es/boe/dias/2009/03/27/pdfs/BOE-A-2009-5122.pdf pdf link or go to http://www.mepsyd.es/redele/premios.shtml external link for more information.

NEW! The Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) provides grants to local educational agencies (LEAs)
The Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) provides grants to local educational agencies (LEAs)
for innovative model programs providing for the establishment, improvement, or expansion of foreign language study for elementary and secondary school students. An LEA that receives a grant under this program must use the funds to support programs that show promise of being continued beyond the grant period and demonstrate approaches that can be disseminated to and duplicated in other LEAs. Projects supported under this program may also include a professional development component. For more information, please see: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/lote/

What does research show about the benefits of language learning?
In this age of accountability in education, policymakers and administrators, as well as parents, are increasingly demanding to know what research studies show regarding the benefits of language learning. This document will identify some of the major correlation studies that highlight how language learners benefit from their experiences.  For more information:  http://www.actfl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=4524 external link.

Digest: Integrated Content and Language Instruction
CAL has just published a new digest on “Integrated Content and Language Instruction.” This digest describes four key principles of practice found in classrooms where content and language instruction are integrated effectively. It can be downloaded for free at http://www.cal.org/resources/digest/integratedcontent.html external link.

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

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DRIVER EDUCATION

Final report of the Temporary Special Advisory Panel on Driver Education Availability and Curriculum Enhancement is now available.
The report, which was sent to the Governor and the Legislature, provides recommendations on improving driver education and making it more available to young drivers across New York State.  Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death in young people ages 16-24. From 2004 to 2006, 32 percent of all fatalities occurred in crashes that involved drivers ages 16-24. The report emphasizes that teen driver safety is a public health, education and safety priority. It concluded that New York must take a comprehensive, multi-pronged strategic approach that includes standards, an appropriate curriculum, use of technology, more certified driver education teachers, and driver education  that is available and affordable for all students. The full report is available at: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/NYSSpecAdvsPanelDrEd.pdf pdf link.Additional information is available in the report appendix which is available at: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/Appendix_Drivers_Education_Report.pdfpdf link

Application for the 2009 Summer Secondary School Driver Education is Now Available. The "Application for Approval of Summer Secondary School Driver and Traffic Safety Education 2009" (PDF) must be postmarked by June 1, 2009. Applications postmarked after the June 1st deadline will not be processed. Note: Summer School approval is separate from the regular three-year approval cycle. All schools offering a Summer School driver education course must file an annual application form postmarked on or before June 1, 2009.

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

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

2009 Essential Elements Schools to Watch (EE: STW) Designees
2009 Essential Elements Schools to Watch (EE: STW) Designees: Glens Falls Middle School, Glens Falls, NY, A.A. Kingston Middle School, Potsdam, NY and Jericho Middle School, Jericho NY have joined 10 other schools as the newest model middle schools in New York State. Joining these new school are seven previously designated schools earning a second designation. Re-designated schools are Sayville MS, Twelve Corners MS, Victor JHS, Barker Rd. MS, Calkins Rd. MS Oliver W. Winch MS and Moravia MS. Schools earning this designation will travel to Washington DC in June to be honored at the National Schools to Watch Conference. Congratulations to all! More information about this valuable New York State program can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/eestw.html

ALERT: Essential Elements Schools to Watch Application Due Date Changed
Essential Elements Schools to Watch Application Due Date Changed: Please be advised the due date for the application for the next cohort of Essential Elements Schools to Watch has been changed. Any school submitting an application for consideration must do so by July 17, 2009. Applications are available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/middle.html and www.nysmsa.orgexternal link.

New York State Middle Level Liaisons
The New York State Middle Level Liaisons met in Albany on November 13 and 14 for their semiannual two day meeting. Work products and information from that meeting can be found at the following link. http://www.nysmsa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=45 external link. The next meeting will be held in Albany on May 7, and 8, 2009.

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! The Regents Advisory Council On Libraries Announces The 2009 Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award, Co-Sponsored By Ebsco Information Services And The Friends Of The New York State Library
Mr. Norman Jacknis, Chair of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, has announced that applications are now available for the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award, which recognizes the achievements of small, medium and large libraries and library consortia of New York State. The Award was first established as part of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries 1994-95 centennial observance, and it is named after Joseph F. Shubert who served as New York State Librarian from 1977 until 1996.  The 2009 Award Committee members are Samuel L. Simon (Chair), Ellen Bach, and Sara Kelly Johns. The Award will recognize a library or library consortium that has taken significant steps to improve the quality of library service to its users. This year, the award of $1,000 is co-sponsored by EBSCO Information Services and The Friends of the New York State Library. for more information visit:http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/award/index.html

NEW! Second Evaluation of Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program, Now Available
The Federal Department of Education has just published its Second Evaluation of Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program. The report details how this grant program helped participating libraries expand their collections, increase collaboration between library media specialists, teachers and administrators, and increase student achievement.  Copies of this report are available at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/opepd/ppss/reports.html#librariesexternal link.

NEW! Regents Advisory Council Proposes New Commission On New York’s Libraries
Citing the dire fiscal struggle of New York’s libraries in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and evidence that library usage by the people of New York has increased dramatically, the members of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries have urged the Board of Regents to make state and federal funding for libraries a Regents priority budget and legislative item each and every year.   The Council’s 2009 annual report to the Regents, which includes this recommendation and others related to strengthening New York’s libraries is now posted on the Council’s webpage at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/2009rept.htm . The 2009 report also highlights the need for all schools in New York State, including elementary schools, to have school libraries and certified professional librarians. For more information, please visit the State Library's website at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/index.html
http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/2009rept.htm

NEW! Humanities Collections and Reference Resources  Grant
The Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities will be  accepting applications for grants in its Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program.  These grants support projects to preserve and create intellectual access to such collections as books, journals, manuscript and archival materials, maps, still and moving images, sound recordings, art, and objects of material culture.  Awards also support the creation of reference materials, online resources, and research tools of major importance to the humanities.  Maximum awards are $350,000 for up to three years. The new guidelines, which include sample proposal narratives, can be found at:  http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/HCRR.html external link.The application receipt deadline of July 15, 2009 is for projects beginning May 2010. All applications to NEH must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov external link.

NEW! Invite a Legislator to your School Library
AASL urges school library media specialists to advocate for their school library media programs by inviting local representatives to visit during School Library Media Month. It is important to help your legislator understand why school library media specialists are indispensable to a students educational career. AASL has created downloadable tip sheets and additional information at: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslissues/aasladvocacy/schoollibrary.cfmexternal link.

NEW! 2009-2010 New York State $14 Million Public Library Construction Grant  
State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis announced today that the application materials for the new 2009-2010 New York State Public Library Construction Grant Program are now available on the New York State Library’s website at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/ external link There is $14 million in capital funds available to public libraries and public library systems for matching grants.  The State may fund up to fifty percent of eligible project costs.   Detailed information about the New York State $14 million Public Library Construction Grant Program, including a comprehensive FAQ, is posted on the State Library’s website at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/ external link

Summer Reading Program--New York State History Reading Lists
To commemorate the New York State Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial, the New York State Library, as part of the 2009 Summer Reading Program, has created four selected reading lists that celebrate the history, culture, and diversity of New York State. Each of the four lists covers one reader age group: Picture Books; Elementary; Tween; and Teen and up. The reading lists can be found at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/readlist.htm external link.

Amendments to Commissioner’s Regulation 90.18, School Library Systems
Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education Jeffrey Cannell announced on December 16, 2008 that the New York State Board of Regents formally adopted proposed amendments to Commissioner’s Regulation 90.18, School Library Systems. The amended regulations took effect on January 8, 2009. The changes update and clarify terminology relating to school library systems and will make the regulations consistent with recent changes in related Commissioner’s Regulations and Education Law. To see the text of the amended regulations, please visit the State Library website at:
http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/excerpts/finished_regs/9018.htmexternal link.

ALA Releases Tough Economy Toolkit
The American Library Association has just released resources to help library advocates make the case for libraries during times of economic downturn. With city, county, state and federal budgets under increasing pressure, too often libraries are the first to receive budget cuts. Libraries play an essential role in our society and economy, with usage up significantly in this tough economy. The toolkit contains information on how to work with decision-makers, and the media to help articulate the role of libraries in times of economic downturn. The "Advocating in a Tough Economy" toolkit is available at: www.ala.org/tougheconomytoolkitexternal link.

Thinkfinity @ your library
ALA has debuted a new collection of resources specifically for school library media specialists on Thinkfinity.org external link. This collection is a starting place for school library media specialists to explore Thinkfinity content. Using the Campaign for America's Libraries @ your library brand, the collection features rotating librarian-specific content from ALA and library initiatives. To learn more about the homework help features, engaging interactive games and tools, and resources for literacy instruction and life long learning offered free through Thinkfinity, visit: http://www.thinkfinity.org/AtYourLibrary.aspxexternal link.

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

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TESTING

Information for the 2008-09 New York State Regents Examinations
Please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/apda/sched.html to obtain the 2008-2009 dates for all New York State assessments. All students must complete their course of study before they are entitled to take a social studies Regents examination. Therefore, students who are completing their course of study in January or who have completed the course, albeit unsuccessfully, in a previous school year may take a social studies Regents examination in January. Schools may not administer January Regents Examinations to classes of students who are enrolled in a full year social studies course of study in Global History and Geography or U.S. History and Government. For complete information, please see http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/ssfaq.html#fourth

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.pdfpdf link.

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 recently expanded with additional content. Additions include: 59 MSP Morristown STEM project lesson plans for teachers K-12, with the addition of 40 more in the near future; 15 Robert F. Kennedy lesson plans, in cooperation with NYSUT; and the complete set of Alternative Grade Level Indicators for Students with Severe Disabilities in Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts and recently Social Studies. As always, thousands of lesson plans and instructional tasks are available by exploring the learning standards and performance indicators in the seven standards areas. We have also provided the Learning Standards in three Standard Servicing options, XML, HTML with the latest in PDF format.

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WEB RESOURCES

New Translations of Key Terms
The New York State Education Department Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies has translated key content area terms in mathematics, science, and social studies as an accommodation for ELL students in grades 3 - 8. These translations of key terms are aligned with New York State Learning Standards and assessments.It is recommended that teachers use the translations as part of the classroom instructional program throughout the school year to familiarize the students with their proper use. This will maximize the effectiveness of the translations as a test accommodation for ELL students. The content area translations of key terms are available in New York State's major languages and can be downloaded at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/biling/bilingual_glossaries.htm (NYSED) and http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/metrocenter/programs/ALBETAC/Resources/translatedglossaries.html (ALBETAC)external link.

New York State Bar Association Offers Resources To Help Teachers with Humane Education Curricula
The New York State Bar Association's Committee on Animals and the Law reminds educators that humane education is important to the well rounded development of children. It is widely accepted that the way young children are taught to treat animals often lays the groundwork for the way they will learn to interact with adults. New York State's humane education law requires instruction on the elementary school level "in the humane treatment and protection of animals and the importance of the part they play in the economy of nature." An abundance of free resources -- ranging from lesson plans and policies on humane education (www.animalearn.org) to alternatives to hands-on dissection of animals -- are available to assist schools. Educators can visit the website at www.nysba.org/animals external link for further information.

College.gov--A New U.S. Department of Education Resource
College.gov external link 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.govexternal link.

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 external link.

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 external link. Find more resources for students and teachers at:
http://www.census.gov/dmd/www/teachers.htmlexternal link.

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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/ external link. A list of current state exams being offered is posted at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/announ/scheduled/oc/opencompetitive_evt.cfm external link. 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 external link

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