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NYSED/USNY

NEW! New York's Education Commissioner, Richard P. Mills, Announces Plans to Step Down Next Year
After serving more than thirteen years as New York’s Education Commissioner, Richard P. Mills today announced on November 1 that he has notified the Board of Regents of his decision to resign from Office by the end of June 2009. Commissioner Mills said, "The Regents, my colleagues and I, together with our partners, have completed an enormous body of work and have taken the first steps in the next phase of the Board’s agenda to raise achievement. We have established a timetable that ensures a seamless transition for my successor. I will complete the tasks the Regents assigned to me as we prepare the education system for the future."

In his letter to the Board of Regents, Mills wrote “It has been exhilarating to serve for 13 years as your Commissioner. Even the hardest days have a clear purpose and I have never tired of it. I am grateful to the Regents, my colleagues in SED, and thousands of educators, elected leaders and other citizens with whom I have worked.” For the full press release on the Commissioner's announcement, please visit: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/CommMillsAnnouncesResignation.htm

NEW! 4th Annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning "Where Knowledge Meets Inspiration" March 6 & 7, 2009 - Hilton New York
Looking to the New Year, a national dialogue will take place on the innovative policies and new approaches that could drive classroom instruction. The 4th annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning will tackle the latest issues surrounding Whole School Policy as well as many key content areas.

The Celebration welcomes Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone and subject of the recently published book "Whatever It Takes", discussing how to succeed in closing achievement gaps for children; Joel Klein, New York City schools chancellor, and Pedro Noguera, professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, exchanging ideas on the policy issues confronting today's educators, moderated by PBS awarding winning host, David Brancaccio; Tony Wagner, Co-Director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, sharing his views on change efforts and accountability in schools; leaders from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills addressing their newest information; Richard Iannuzzi, Ernest Logan, Sandra Stein, and former Thirteen president William F. Baker discussing leadership; a look into new initiatives focusing on strategic management of human capital in public education with Jim Kelly and Allan Odden; and the growing field of service learning from The League.

You also won't want to miss the plenary sessions featuring: Alan Alda (on science); Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt, interviewed by Charlie Rose (on technology); Sir Kenneth Robinson (on creativity); math author and former star of the long-running television series "Wonder Years," Danica McKellar (on math); the cast of the new Electric Company (on literacy), and Temple Grandin, world-renown professor/author in the field of autism.

To extend the statewide conversation on autism launched by the Regents at the April 2008 Summit, the Celebration is offering (on Saturday, March 7) eight different featured speaker/panel sessions on autism with some of the country's leading authorities on the topic including Shirley Cohen, Bryn Hogan, David Kirby, Gary Mayerson, Dr. Cecilia McCarton, Dr. Marc Siegel, Patti Ralabate, and many others.

Visit www.thirteencelebration.org to register, enter the Chase Multimedia in the Classroom Awards Competition, learn more about the speakers and workshops in the fields of Science, Math, Autism, Technology, Global Awareness, Literacy, English Language Learners, and Whole School Policy, and to see the wide array of exhibitors. Early Bird price discount ends December 19th!

NEW! NYSED Seeking Chief Data Director Position
The NYS Education Department is seeking skilled professionals interested in joining a team to oversee the transformation of New York State’s data collection, management and reporting processes that contribute to the State education accountability and school improvement system, including implementing and monitoring the Department’s data collection schedule and reporting calendar for federal and State accountability. The Chief Data Director will supervise the Office of Information and Reporting Services. For more information about this position visit http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/EMS670.htm

NEW! The Electronic Schoolhouse/La Escuela Electrónica
The Electronic Schoolhouse/La Escuela Electrónica is a bilingual educational resource from the New York State Archives, the Archives Partnership Trust, and Time Warner that focuses on using historical records as learning tools in elementary, middle and secondary education. Classroom teachers developed the content to correlate with the New York State Learning Standards.

Available in English and Spanish, The Electronic Schoolhouse examines the Latino experience in New York through photographs, letters, broadsides, flyers, and more dating from 1861 to the present. Introductory videos explain how teachers can use such primary sources in their classrooms and the kinds of institutions that care for these one-of-a-kind materials. The Electronic Schoolhouse combines historical records and technology to promote the development of critical thinking skills (analyzing and interpreting information), reading and writing skills, understanding historical content and context, and may be used for a range of purposes for foreign language, English as a second language and bilingual education proficiency. Visit the Electronic Schoolhouse today at: http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/escuela/

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).

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! IMPORTANT NOTICE - - Update Regarding the 2009-2012 Statewide Learning Technology Grant
The 2009-2012 Learning Technology Grant Request for Proposals (LTG RFP) posted on New York State Education Department's "Funding Opportunities" Web site on November 4th, 2008 has been removed pending approval by the Division of the Budget (DOB) and the Office of State Operations, in compliance with the Governor's "Agency Spending Controls" directive issued to State agency Commissioners on November 3rd, 2008, http://www.state.ny.us/governor/press/press_1103083.html NYSED will renotify all potential applicants if and when the revised LTG RFP becomes available under the new mandate.

NEW! Funding for Education Projects: Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) is pleased to announce small-scale funding opportunities for education initiatives. CGP’s Education Program seeks to increase awareness and understanding of Japan through support of teacher training and related community outreach programs addressing the needs of K-12 students, teachers and the surrounding community. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for projects that commence before March 31, 2009. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified of the decision 1-2 months after formal submission of the proposal. Thus, applications must be submitted at least 2 months prior to the project's starting date. For more information, go to http://www.cgp.org/index.php?option=article&task=default&articleid=346&id=6

NEW! Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant Applications
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites proposals from libraries, archives, and library agencies, associations, and consortia for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant program. Categories of funding for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program are Doctoral programs in library and information science, Master's programs in library and information science, research about library and information science as a profession, pre-professional programs to interest future professionals in library and information science as a career, and continuing education for library and archives staff. The amount of awards range from $50,000 to $1,000,000. For more information on the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant program please visit http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/21centuryLibrarian.shtm . Application Deadline: December 15, 2008.

NEW! AASL Awards Program
AASL has over $45,000 to give away and you could be eligible. Do you work with a school administrator who provides exemplary support for the library media program in your school? Perhaps you are a beginning school
library media specialist who would like to attend an American Association of School Librarians (AASL) or American Library Association (ALA) annual conference for the first time but need financial assistance. The AASL Awards program supports these situations and others through nine awards and grants totaling more than $45,000. For more information, NYSED Web pages at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/GrantsandAwards.htm, or the AASL Web site at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslawards/aaslawards.cfm

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

“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.

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

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! Formative Assessment: Improving Teaching and Learning Webinar
This webinar, presented by Margaret Heritage and Ellen Osmundson from the Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center, will provide information on the knowledge base for formative assessment, ways to elicit evidence to guide instruction, how to provide effective feedback to students, and how to involve students in the assessment process. This webinar is co-sponsored by SchoolsMovingUp and the Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center. Wednesday, Decenber 10, 2008
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time (1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time)
. To sign up for this webinar, please visit http://www.schoolsmovingup.net/webinars/formassess

NEW! Gilder Lehman Institute Summer Seminars
Throughout the summer of 2009, the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History will be offering 40 seminars across the United States and abroad. These seminars are designed to strengthen participants’ commitment to high quality history teaching, public, parochial, independent school teachers, and National Park Service rangers are eligible. These weeklong seminars provide intellectual stimulation and a collaborative context for developing practical resources and strategies to take back to elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. For further information and a  full listing of the seminars and go to: http://gilderlehrman.org/teachers/seminars1.html Or call (646) 366-9666. Application Deadline: February 15, 2009.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! New Center on Instruction Resource: Reviewing a Reading Program
The Center on Instruction has developed a two-day professional development module based on the Florida Center for Reading Research's "Guidelines for Reviewing a Reading Program." The training module is designed to guide reviewers of reading programs through the review process to determine if a program is consistent with the scientific research on reading. The Participant's Guide contains resources (charts, summaries, and the Guidelines themselves) that are discussed during the professional development session but it can also serve as a stand-alone tool for reviewing any reading program.
http://www.centeroninstruction.org/resources_searchresults.cfm?searchterms=reviewing+a+reading+program

NEW! National Education Association's 100 Best Books
The National Education Association has a list of 100 books they believe are great books for children and young people. School districts in New York State can use this list as a resource as they make decisions about books they will use in their districts to support achievement of the English Language Arts Standards.
http://www.teachersfirst.com/100books.cfm To see results of the NEA's 2007 online survey of best books, please visit their site at http://www.teachersfirst.com/getsource.cfm?id=8498

NEW! National Institute of Literacy Resources
The National Institute for Literacy, a federal agency, provides leadership on literacy issues, including the improvement of reading instruction for children, youth, and adults. This website includes publications, facts and statistics, research studies, and resources for adult learners. http://www.nifl.gov/

NEW! John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to write an original 1000 word essay on the political courage of a U. S. elected official since 1956. The essay should describe and analyze the political decisions, actions, and risks that elected public official has courageously addressed at local, state, national, or international levels. First-place winner will receive $5,000; second-place winner will receive $1,000; up to five finalists will receive $500 each. The first-place winner will receive recognition by Caroline Kennedy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy at the Profile in Courage Award ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. Deadline for submission is January 10, 2009. For contest information, registration, and to submit your essay online, visit the Profile in Courage Award Program at www.jfklibrary.org. 

NEW! Legacies of New Netherland: A New York State Quadricentennial Essay Contest
Students in grades 4-12 are invited to celebrate New York State’s 400th birthday by investigating its early colonial history and developing an engaging historical essay.  Students have the opportunity to research early New York’s Dutch history and write about the Dutch roots of three American cultural traditions: religious tolerance, freedom of speech, and New York as a center of world trade. The essay contest is co-sponsored by the New York State Historical Association and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington D.C.  For more information, including contest and submission guidelines, visit http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers and click on “Contests” in the left-hand menu.

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

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

NEW! Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science (PAEMST)
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) identifies outstanding teachers in mathematics and science at the state and national levels. In 2009, teachers of grades 7-12 are eligible for this award. New York State is looking for nominations for outstanding mathematics and science teachers who bring state and national standards to life in their classrooms, spark students’ imaginations, have a belief that all students can learn, engage students, and have an overall passion for teaching and learning. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House, the PAEMST Award is the highest honor in the Nation that teachers of mathematics and science may receive for outstanding teaching and leadership in their respective fields. If you know of a teacher you feel qualifies for this prestigious honor, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/paemstaward.htm for eligibility requirements, nomination guidelines, and application information. The deadline for complete applications are due May 1, 2009.

NEW! Translated Mathematics Glossaries in several languages have been developed by the Asian Languages Bilingual/ESL Technical Assistance Center (ALBETAC) which is one of the three language BETACS funded by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).  They are available at:  http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/metrocenter/programs/ALBETAC/Resources/translatedglossaries.html 

NEW! Now Available, the Geometry Test Sampler for the Regents Examination in Mathematics
The State Education Department has posted the Regents Examination in Geometry Test Sampler and Scoring Guide at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/apda/math-sample.htm.  This Test Sampler consists of examples of varied types of questions and formats that will be seen on the actual examination. The first administration of the Regents Examination in Geometry will be in June 2009.

NEW! Professional Development Webcast on Teaching Fractions Effectively K-7
This webcast, “Beyond Slices of Pizza: Teaching Fractions Effectively” is sponsored by the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement at Learning Point Associates, and showcases best practices for teaching fractions. Also featured are videotaped segments from Dr. Hung-Hsi Wu's Mathematics Professional Development Institute that address the mathematics needed for teaching number sense in K-7 classrooms.  This webcast can be accessed at http://www.centerforcsri.org/webcasts/fractions/.

NEW! Research on Improving Mathematics Education
This case study from IES/REL Northeast and Islands describes in-depth practices at six schools that are making targeted efforts to improve math achievement for students with disabilities and other struggling learners. It examines each school's practices for improving the math learning of all students as well as specific supports for students with disabilities and other struggling learners and identifies the challenges that schools face to serve students with diverse needs. The report is available for download at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/project.asp?projectID=161&productID=110

NEW! Mega Math (M3) Challenge is an Internet-based applied mathematics contest that is now open to high school juniors and seniors in all New England and Mid-Atlantic states, from Maine to Washington, D.C.   Past Challenge problems have covered areas such as social security solvency, stock portfolios, and the wisdom of replacing gas with ethanol.  Conducted annually by The Moody's Foundation and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) as part of their shared commitment to increasing students' interest in studying and pursuing careers in applied mathematics, the M3 Challenge spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool, as a vital contributor to advances in an increasingly technical society, and as a viable and exciting profession. For more information, visit http://m3challenge.siam.org/ .

NEW! A Webinar Conversation with Deborah Ball: Knowing Mathematics for Teaching: Implications for Professional Development  November 25, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (EST)  Deborah Ball, Dean of the University of Michigan's School of Education and member of the National Mathematics Panel, will discuss findings from her recent work in mathematics instruction, including recommendations from the National Mathematics Panel Report.  Registration is limited to 100 and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Register (required) to receive log-in information:  http://registrations.rmcres.com/   Event/Form ID: ball2 (not case sensitive)

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

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SCIENCE

NEW! Effective Science Instruction: What Does Research Tell Us? [K-12]
A debate continues over what constitutes effective science instruction. This brief endeavors to distill the research on science learning to inform a common vision of science instruction and to describe the extent to which K-12 science education currently reflects this vision. A final section on implications for policymakers and science education practitioners describes actions that could integrate the findings from research into science education. To download the brief, visit http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Characteristics%20of%20Effective%20Science%20Instruction%20REVISED%20FINAL.pdf

 

NEW! Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science (PAEMST)
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) identifies outstanding teachers in mathematics and science at the state and national levels. In 2009, teachers of grades 7-12 are eligible for this award. New York State is looking for nominations for outstanding mathematics and science teachers who bring state and national standards to life in their classrooms, spark students’ imaginations, have a belief that all students can learn, engage students, and have an overall passion for teaching and learning. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House, the PAEMST Award is the highest honor in the Nation that teachers of mathematics and science may receive for outstanding teaching and leadership in their respective fields. If you know of a teacher you feel qualifies for this prestigious honor, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/paemstaward.htm for eligibility requirements, nomination guidelines, and application information. The deadline for complete applications are due May 1, 2009.

 

NEW! New York State Science Olympiad 2008-2009
The State Education Department, in cooperation with the National Science Olympiad and the New York State Science Olympiad, invites your students to participate in a Statewide Science Olympiad competition. Teams of students from public and nonpublic middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools are eligible for participation in this event. This New York State Science Olympiad will consist of academic, interscholastic competitions between teams. Registered teams would prepare during the year for scheduled regional, state and possible national competitions. Some events will follow the formats of popular board games, Olympic Games, and TV shows. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced among the various science disciplines of biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science content, concepts, processes, skills and applications. Competitive teams will be made up of students from grades 6-9 and from grades 9-12. Additional information and registration forms may be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/Olympiad.htm

 

NEW! 2009 National Youth Science Camp
Applications to attend the 2009 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) are now available online at www.nysc.org/2009. Two graduating high school students will be selected to represent New York at the all-expenses paid honors program which will be held from July 1 through July 25, 2009. To apply, please download the application packet from www.nysc.org/2009 and follow the enclosed instructions. For more information about the NYSC, please visit www.nysc.org. For questions about the application process, please contact Will Jaacks at 518-474-5922 or by e-mail at ajaacks@mail.nysed.gov. The NYSC is hosted and operated by the National Youth Science Foundation (www.nysf.com).

 

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 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

 

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

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! Gilder Lehman Institute Summer Seminars
Throughout the summer of 2009, the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History will be offering 40 seminars across the United States and abroad. These seminars are designed to strengthen participants’ commitment to high quality history teaching, public, parochial, independent school teachers, and National Park Service rangers are eligible. These weeklong seminars provide intellectual stimulation and a collaborative context for developing practical resources and strategies to take back to elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. For further information and a  full listing of the seminars and go to: http://gilderlehrman.org/teachers/seminars1.html Or call (646) 366-9666. Application Deadline: February 15, 2009.

NEW! John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to write an original 1000 word essay on the political courage of a U. S. elected official since 1956. The essay should describe and analyze the political decisions, actions, and risks that elected public official has courageously addressed at local, state, national, or international levels. First-place winner will receive $5,000; second-place winner will receive $1,000; up to five finalists will receive $500 each. The first-place winner will receive recognition by Caroline Kennedy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy at the Profile in Courage Award ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. Deadline for submission is January 10, 2009. For contest information, registration, and to submit your essay online, visit the Profile in Courage Award Program at www.jfklibrary.org. 

NEW! Legacies of New Netherland: A New York State Quadricentennial Essay Contest
Students in grades 4-12 are invited to celebrate New York State’s 400th birthday by investigating its early colonial history and developing an engaging historical essay.  Students have the opportunity to research early New York’s Dutch history and write about the Dutch roots of three American cultural traditions: religious tolerance, freedom of speech, and New York as a center of world trade. The essay contest is co-sponsored by the New York State Historical Association and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington D.C.  For more information, including contest and submission guidelines, visit http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers and click on “Contests” in the left-hand menu.

NEW! NYSCSS / NYS4A 71st Annual Conference: April 1-4, 2009 in Saratoga Springs
The 71st annual conference of the New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS) and the New York State Social Studies Supervisory Association (NYS4A) will be held on April 1-4, 2009 at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs. The conference theme is "Social Studies: Pathways to Global Citizenship". For more information, please visit www.nyscss.org.

NEW! Information for the January 2009 Social Studies Regents Examinations
Tuesday, January 27: RCT in Global Studies (9:15am)
Wednesday: January 28: RCT in U.S. History and Government (9:15am)
Thursday, January 29: Regents Examination in U.S. History and Government (9:15am)
Friday, January 30: Regents Examination in Global History and Geography (9:15am)

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

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

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THE ARTS

NEW! Visual Understanding in Education (VUE)
Visual Understanding in Education (VUE) conducts educational research focused on aesthetic and cognitive development that results from interaction with art. Based on its findings, VUE develops programs for schools and museums, principally Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). For more information visit http://www.vue.org

NEW! Olympics of the Visual Arts (OVA)
OVA provides an opportunity for students to participate in individual or group artistic problem solving. The Olympics of the Visual Arts will be held at the Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY on Tuesday, April 29, 2009. Registration forms must be postmarked by February 15, 2009. For more information visit http://www.nysata.org/vaolympics.php

NEW! Art21 Educators’ Guides
Art21 Educators’ Guides are designed to be used in conjunction with the Art in the Twenty-First Century series on PBS.The Season Three Educators’ Guide is a 32-page full color manual that provides additional background information about each of the featured artists and themes. The guide is designed to be used in schools, museums, galleries, teacher training programs, community-based programs, and cultural and educational institutions. The guide facilitates connections with a variety of subject areas and learning contexts. Visit http://beta.art21.org/doc/3501/order_season_3_educators-_guide/ for more information.

NEW! Recognition Awards Programs
The New York State Alliance for Arts Education is offering a series of Recognition Awards programs. For more information visit http://www.nysaae.org/projectsrec.htm

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

REMINDER! The Office of the State Comptroller Physical Education Audits
The Office of the State Comptroller is continuing to audit school districts for physical education compliance per the Regulations of the Commissioner. If your district needs technical assistance to address physical education compliance issues, please contact Trish Kocialski, Associate in Physical Education at pkocials@mail.nysed.gov

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

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 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.

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! Resources for Including Students with Disabilities in Foreign Language Classes
Two UK resources address foreign language teaching strategies for students with disabilities. Locate these web links "Bibliography on Modern Languages and Disability" and "International Book on Language Learners and Disability" listed under the Links and News section at the bottom of MIUSA’s Foreign Language and Disability Spotlight page at http://www.miusa.org/ncde/spotlight/foreignlanguage .

NEW! International Education Week (November 17-21, 2008)
International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. For IEW resources, including promotional materials, a global IQ quiz, and events, go to http://iew.state.gov .

NEW! Upcoming Dickinson College Workshops for Latin
What: Dickinson Latin Workshop: Roman Myth
When: Saturday, February 21, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA
Speaker: Stephen Heyworth, Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Wadham College, Oxford University
The workshop is free of charge, but pre-registration is required so that materials can be sent in advance. For directions and pre-registration, please contact Mrs. Barbara McDonald by email before February 1, 2009 at mcdonalb@dickinson.edu

NEW! Funding for Education Projects: Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) is pleased to announce small-scale funding opportunities for education initiatives. CGP’s Education Program seeks to increase awareness and understanding of Japan through support of teacher training and related community outreach programs addressing the needs of K-12 students, teachers and the surrounding community. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for projects that commence before March 31, 2009. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified of the decision 1-2 months after formal submission of the proposal. Thus, applications must be submitted at least 2 months prior to the project's starting date. For more information, go to http://www.cgp.org/index.php?option=article&task=default&articleid=346&id=6

NEW! NEH Seminar on Modern French Theater in Avignon, France, "La Théâtralité et la réalité dans le théâtre français moderne" Source: North Carolina State University from http://www.chass.ncsu.edu/nehwitt2009
Dr. Mary Ann Frese Witt of North Carolina State University will direct a seminar on modern French theater, to be conducted in French, for U.S. teachers, from June 29 through July 24, 2009 in Avignon, France. The seminar will consist of intensive reading and study of major twentieth-century plays by Sartre, Genet, Ionesco, and Beckett. In addition, seminar participants will have the opportunity to attend and discuss plays produced at the annual Avignon theater festival. Applications are due March 2, 2009. Successful applicants will receive a $3200 stipend.
For more information, visit http://www.chass.ncsu.edu/nehwitt2009 .

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! Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant Applications
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites proposals from libraries, archives, and library agencies, associations, and consortia for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant program. Categories of funding for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program are Doctoral programs in library and information science, Master's programs in library and information science, research about library and information science as a profession, pre-professional programs to interest future professionals in library and information science as a career, and continuing education for library and archives staff. The amount of awards range from $50,000 to $1,000,000. For more information on the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant program please visit http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/21centuryLibrarian.shtm Application Deadline: December 15, 2008.

NEW! AASL Awards Program
AASL has over $45,000 to give away and you could be eligible. Do you work with a school administrator who provides exemplary support for the library media program in your school? Perhaps you are a beginning school
library media specialist who would like to attend an American Association of School Librarians (AASL) or American Library Association (ALA) annual conference for the first time but need financial assistance. The AASL Awards program supports these situations and others through nine awards and grants totaling more than $45,000. For more information, NYSED Web pages at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/GrantsandAwards.htm, or the AASL Web site at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslawards/aaslawards.cfm

NEW! Application Guidelines Now Available for Institute of Museum and Library Services Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is pleased to announce the availability of guidelines and application forms for the 2009 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. This a grant program that enhances institutional capacity and sustainability in the nation's African American museums through professional training, technical assistance, internships, outside expertise, and other important tools. Application Deadline: January 15, 2009 For more information please visit http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/AfricanAmerican.shtm

NEW! The Big Read
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), announces the fifth deadline for The Big Read. The purpose of The Big Read is to revitalize the role of literature in American popular culture. Grants ranging from $5,000 - $20,000 are available to encourage local communities to inspire reading by developing and carrying out programming revolving around a single work of literature. Programming must be conducted between September 2009 and June 2010. Application Deadline: February 3, 2009. For more information go to: http://www.imls.gov/news/2008/102208a.shtm The Request for Proposals can be downloaded at www.NEABigRead.org. Questions should be directed to Arts Midwest or TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org.

NEW! Creation of a New York State History Reading List for the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program
The New York State Library is looking for input from local school and public librarians who work with youth for the creation of New York State history reading lists for pre-schoolers and school age children and teens. The reading list will be used as part of the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program and will be available to libraries and families statewide. The New York State Library's Statewide Summer Reading Program (SSRP), the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association (YSS), and the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association (SLMS) are partnering with “Explore 400” (Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial) http://www.exploreny400.com/Home.aspx to compile reading lists for children and teens that celebrate New York State’s history and culture. For more information visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/libnews.html

NEW! AASL Releases 2008 Longitudinal Study Results
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released the results from its 2008 School Libraries Count Longitudinal Study. This year's survey received responses from 6,988 public and independent school library media specialists. Highlights from the survey include surprising findings about the usage of 2.0 tools in schools at all grade levels. Schools are using collaborative tools, like wikis, to support and enhance classroom teaching. Among the other highlights: 74.1% of respondents said they offer remote access to the school library media program's online databases; schools ranking in the 95th percentile show an annual per student expenditure of $48.02 for school library media programs; and, half of responding schools report at least 16 computers in the school library media center and at least another 112 elsewhere in the school. To see the results of the survey, visit http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/schlibrariesandyou/slcsurvey.cfm

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

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

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TESTING

NEW! Information for the January 2009 Social Studies Regents Examinations
Tuesday, January 27: RCT in Global Studies (9:15am)
Wednesday: January 28: RCT in U.S. History and Government (9:15am)
Thursday, January 29: Regents Examination in U.S. History and Government (9:15am)
Friday, January 30: Regents Examination in Global History and Geography (9:15am)

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.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

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

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

NEW! NYSED Seeking Chief Data Director Position
The NYS Education Department is seeking skilled professionals interested in joining a team to oversee the transformation of New York State’s data collection, management and reporting processes that contribute to the State education accountability and school improvement system, including implementing and monitoring the Department’s data collection schedule and reporting calendar for federal and State accountability. The Chief Data Director will supervise the Office of Information and Reporting Services. For more information about this position visit http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/EMS670.htm

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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