C&I

Curriculum and Instruction

From the Desk of Anne Schiano, Assistant Director
Office of Curriculum Instruction and Instructional Technology, October 16, 2009

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NYSED/USNY

National Information Literacy Awareness Month - October 2009
Barack Obama officially proclaimed October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month, underscoring the important role information plays in lives, and the need for a greater understanding of its impact. The President states: “…Though we may know how to find the information we need, we must also know how to evaluate it. Over the past decade, we have seen a crisis of authenticity emerge. Our Nation's educators and institutions of learning must be aware of -- and adjust to -- these new realities. In addition to the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, it is equally important that our students are given the tools required to take advantage of the information available to them."  To view the complete press release, visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Proclamation-National-Information-Literacy-Awareness-Month/  

October Proclaimed "Month of the Young Adolescent"
Governor proclaims October as the “Month of the Young Adolescent”.   In August at the 2nd annual Middle Level Summit held in Albany, Governor David Paterson issued a proclamation identifying October as the “Month of the Young Adolescent” in New York State. You can download a copy of the Governor’s official signed proclamation at http://nysmsa.org/associations/611/files/ColorProclamation.pdf  

NYS 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fine Arts & Essay Display
New York State schools are invited annually to submit student artwork and essays based on Dr. King's Six Principles of Nonviolence. This initiative encourages student participation in educational activities in celebration of his birthday throughout the year. The categories are writing, painting, drawing, sculpting and photography. All entries must be postmarked by December 7, 2009 and will be placed on display for viewing one week prior to the King Holiday January 18, 2010 on the Concourse of the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York. Please encourage your students to take part in this historic celebration of Dr. King's life and ideals. For more information visit http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/MLKArts2010.html

Common Core State Standards Initiative Call for Public Comment
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices have convened a State-led process to develop common core standards in English language arts and in mathematics. On September 21st, 2009, the NGA Center and CCSSO released the first official draft of the college- and career-readiness standards and would like public feedback. Governor David Paterson and former Commissioner Richard Mills signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) along with forty-nine states and territories to participate in the national dialogue to develop these voluntary standards. The common core standards initiative is centered on creating common learning standards (what students should know and be able to do as a result of instruction) in mathematics and ELA. Please note that the current ELA revision work under the Board of Regents Standards Review Initiative will continue as a parallel track with the national standards dialogue. New York’s participation in these parallel tracks will bring together the research, scholarship, and expertise necessary to ensure world class standards for all New York students. To learn more about the common core standards initiative and provide feedback, please visit the Common Core Standards website at http://www.corestandards.org/. Feedback on the draft is being accepted until October 21, 2009.

January 2010 Testing Schedule
The January 2010 NYSED Testing Schedule is now available at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/504-0110.pdf  (pdf document  81.01KB)

2009 Louis E. Yavner Awards Information
The Board of Regents invites nominations for the 2009 Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards. These awards provide recognition of a teacher and citizen who have made outstanding contributions to New York State Education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights. The awards were established by the Regents and funded by the late Regent Emeritus Louis E. Yavner. Complete information including nomination forms are available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/yavner.html  . The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, January 29, 2010.

NYSED/School Library Services Summit Action Steps
The New York State Education Department (NYSED), the New York Library Association (NYLA) http://www.nyla.org/  , the School Library Media Section of NYLA (SLMS) http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=52  , and the School Library System Association of New York State (SLSA) http://www.slsa-nys.org/  , co-sponsored a two day School Library Services Summit, June 29 - 30, 2009. The purpose of the Summit was to share ideas and to develop recommendations to support increased student achievement within the context of school library services, as they relate to curriculum, instruction, assessments and professional development. The Summit resulted in twelve mutually agreed upon action steps. These action steps are posted at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/summit NYSED commits to posting progress in meeting these actions on a regular basis. NYSED is grateful for the ongoing collaboration with NYLA, SLMS, and SLSA to accomplish these action steps and to build upon this work by partnering on future educational initiatives.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

STARTALK 2010 - Proposals Due November 5, 2009
STARTALK is soliciting proposals for summer language programs from schools, post-secondary institutions, or community-based organizations to participate in the STARTALK project. STARTALK is part of a federal initiative to enhance the national capacity for critical need languages (Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu). The goal of these programs is to increase the number and expertise of students and teachers in these critical languages. The online application process for 2010 begins on October 7, 2009, and completed proposals will be due on November 5, 2009. For more information: http://startalk.umd.edu/proposals   

Blakemore Grants for East and Southeast Asian Language Study
Blakemore language grants are awarded for study of the principal modern languages of East and Southeast Asia: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer, and Burmese. Consideration will be given to other East or Southeast Asian languages on an individual basis. Grants will not be made for the study of Asian languages not in current use. The next deadline for applications is December 30, 2009. Grants will be awarded for study starting between June 2010 and May 2011. For more information: http://www.blakemorefoundation.org/Language%20Grants/Language.htm   

NEA Foundation-Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation provides funds to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area. The proposed work should engage students in critical-thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The grant amount is $5,000.  Funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software, or scholars-in-residence. Applications are reviewed three times per year, every year.  For more information and guidelines for applying for this grant, visit http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/educators/grant-programs/grant-application/student-achievement-grants/

Davidson Institute Seeks Extraordinary Achievers for Scholarships
The Davidson Institute for Talent Development is offering high achieving young people across the country the opportunity to be named as 2009 Davidson Fellows, an honor accompanied by a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship in recognition of a significant piece of work in Science, Technology, Mathematics, Music, Literature, Philosophy or Outside the Box. To be eligible, applicants must be under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2010, and a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident residing in the United States. There is no minimum age for eligibility. The deadline is March 3, 2010. For more information, please visit http://www.davidsongifted.org/fellows/  .

Toyota TAPESTRY 20th Annual Science Grant Competition
The Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and administered by NSTA, is now accepting entries for the 2009–2010 competition. Now in its 20th year, the program offers grants up to $10,000 to K–12 science teachers for innovative projects that enhance science education in their school and/or school district over a one-year period. More information may be accessed at www.nsta.org/pd/tapestry 

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Education Alliance at Brown University Offers Webinar
Effective Professional Development for Teachers of ELLs: District and School Readiness What Needs to Be in Place for Effective Professional Development for Teachers of English Language Learners? Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern),  Info & Registration - http://www.alliance.brown.edu/webinars/   Archives & resources related to two previous web briefings now available: 1. Ensure That Your Improvement Efforts are Systemic, Strategic, and Sustainable: The Strategic Mapping Process 2. Adolescent Literacy—Key to Raising Student Achievement in the Content Areas http://www.alliance.brown.edu/webinars/webinars_archived.php 

Online Professional Development Program for Arts Specialists
Membership in the Lincoln Center Institute/Dana Foundation Fellows Program provides a rich online professional development experience for arts specialists currently working in a pre-K-12 school. Applications for the winter Fellows Program are due by January 4, 2010 . For more information go to www.lcinstitute.org/images/Dana_App.pdf  and www.lcinstitute.org/images/Dana_App.doc .

NanoTeach
NanoTeach is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded professional development project that utilizes the Designing Effective Science Instruction (DESI) framework to integrate nanoscience and technology content into existing science curricula. It is a collaboration between Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF), the Georgia Institute of Technology, the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), and ASPEN Associates. Organizers are seeking 30 public high school science teachers to participate in the year-long, nationwide pilot test of NanoTeach beginning summer 2010. Teachers who complete all requirements will receive a stipend of $3,000 (15 days at $200/day) for the out-of-classroom time required for participation. The application deadline is January 8, 2010. A special NanoTeach Question-and-Answer webinar is scheduled for November 17th  at 5 p.m. EST. For more information, go to: http://www.mcrel.org/NanoTeach/Recruiting 

James Madison Fellowships
The James Madison Fellowships were created to honor the legacy of James Madison, President, Secretary of State, Father of the Constitution by providing fellowship for graduate studies that focus on the Constitution. The Foundation offers secondary level teachers of government and history up to $24,000 to undertake graduate studies on topics related to the United States Constitution. The Fellows receive the opportunity to deepen critical research and writing skills, develop professional ties that can significantly affect their career paths, and strengthen their teaching proficiency. Each year, this federal program attempts to award at least one James Madison Fellowship in each state. For additional information and detailed regulations about the Foundation and the fellowship visit: http://www.jamesmadison.gov  Applications are due by March 1, 2010.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

National Day on Writing: October 20, 2009
October 20, 2009 will be the first National Day on Writing. According to the National Council of Teachers of English, “In light of the significance of writing in our national life, to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, and to help writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives, October 20, 2009, will be celebrated as The National Day on Writing.” To learn more about this event please visit  the National Council of Teachers of English National Day on Writing website at www.ncte.org/dayonwriting/about

American Society of Human Genetics-DNA Day Essay Contest
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 5th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! It is only open to 9th – 12th grade students this year. The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on the important concepts of genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay questions. Deadline for essay submission is March 15, 2010.  More information may be accessed online at http://www.ashg.org/education/dnadaycontest.shtml.

Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
The New York State Alliance for Arts Education (NYSAAE) is now accepting registrations for the 2009-10 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. This contest, for high school aged students, provides a new and exciting channel for learning in English Language Arts classrooms by inviting the dynamic aspects of classic world literature and charismatic public speaking into English classes. The registration deadline is November 6, 2009. http://www.nysaae.org/appinfo.htm

Common Core State Standards Initiative Call for Public Comment
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices have convened a State-led process to develop common core standards in English language arts and in mathematics. On September 21st, 2009, the NGA Center and CCSSO released the first official draft of the college- and career-readiness standards and would like public feedback. Governor David Paterson and former Commissioner Richard Mills signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) along with forty-nine states and territories to participate in the national dialogue to develop these voluntary standards. The common core standards initiative is centered on creating common learning standards (what students should know and be able to do as a result of instruction) in mathematics and ELA. Please note that the current ELA revision work under the Board of Regents Standards Review Initiative will continue as a parallel track with the national standards dialogue. New York’s participation in these parallel tracks will bring together the research, scholarship, and expertise necessary to ensure world class standards for all New York students. To learn more about the common core standards initiative and provide feedback, please visit the Common Core Standards website at http://www.corestandards.org/. Feedback on the draft is being accepted until October 21, 2009.

New York State English Council Annual Conference
The New York State English Council will hold its annual conference this year on October 21st-23rd at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York. To learn more about this event, please see http://www.nysecteach.org/

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence: Literature Resources
This U.S. Department of Education website features free resources about literature and writers, including sections on poetry and American literature. http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=81&toplvl=78&res_feature_request=0  For example, Knowing Poe, a site sponsored by Maryland Public Television and the U.S. Department of Education, introduces us to the life, works, and writing techniques of Edgar Allan Poe. According to the U. S. Department of Education website, you can learn about point of view in "The Cask of Amontillado" or discover how Poe used code in "The Gold Bug" and imagery in "The Black Cat." http://www.free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=1891&subject_id=259&toplvl=81

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

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MATHEMATICS

Presidential Awards for Excellence (PAEMST)
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKERS! James Brown of South Colonie School District is the recipient of the 2008 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching!
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), established by The White House and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a program that identifies outstanding mathematics and science teachers, kindergarten through 12th grade, in each state and the four U.S. jurisdictions. A direct link to the PAEMST program is available on the Department's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/paemstaward.html .

Mathematics and Science Partnership - Weekly News
Visit the weekly Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) news website at http://hub.mspnet.org/  . This site includes a library of educational research in science and mathematics education.

NCTM Releases New Mathematics Publication
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), has released a new publication, "Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making." The document suggests practical changes to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on reasoning and sense making. This shift is not a minor refinement but constitutes a substantial rethinking of the high school math curriculum. NCTM's new publication urges grounding all students in mathematics that connects them with real-world situations. According to NCTM, the more each mathematics lesson builds on the previous lesson and each year's math experience builds on the previous year's, the more students will be able to learn and retain as they progress from prekindergarten through college. Focusing on reasoning and sense making has the potential to streamline the curriculum and make it more powerful and effective. "Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making" is a conceptual framework to guide the development of future publications and tools related to 9-12 mathematics curriculum and instruction. The document highlights reasoning opportunities in five specific content areas of the high school mathematics curriculum: Reasoning with Numbers and Measurements, Reasoning with Algebraic Symbols, Reasoning with Functions, Reasoning with Geometry, and Reasoning with Statistics and Probability. For more information and resources, visit http://www.nctm.org/standards/default.aspx?id=58  

A New Mathematics Resource from the Center on Instruction
The Center on Instruction announced a new resource entitled Identifying Professional Development Needs in Mathematics: A Planning Tool for Grades 3-7 .  This resource identifies professional development needs specific to mathematics. It includes a series of guiding questions that help districts evaluate their existing programs and identify professional development activities that meet their needs. A Word version of the tool itself is provided for easy use. For more Information visit  http://centeroninstruction.org/resources.cfm?category=math&subcategory  

$11.5M Awarded to Boston College for TIMSS 2011
The Trends for International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) & Progress in International Ready Literacy Study (PIRLS) International Study Center at Boston College, has been awarded more than $11.5 million to conduct TIMSS 2011, the latest in a continuing series of international assessments of student achievement in math and science. TTIMSS is conducted every four years since its inception in 1995 and is the largest global assessment of student achievement in the world. It was the first to provide data about trends in math and science achievement over time. More than 60 countries are expected to participate in TIMSS 2011, the fifth installment of the TIMSS series, which involves collecting information on fourth and eighth grade student achievement in mathematics and science. Additional information and links to prior studies are at http://timss.bc.edu/  .

Common Core State Standards Initiative Call for Public Comment
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices have convened a State-led process to develop common core standards in English language arts and in mathematics. On September 21st, 2009, the NGA Center and CCSSO released the first official draft of the college- and career-readiness standards and would like public feedback. Governor David Paterson and former Commissioner Richard Mills signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) along with forty-nine states and territories to participate in the national dialogue to develop these voluntary standards. The common core standards initiative is centered on creating common learning standards (what students should know and be able to do as a result of instruction) in mathematics and ELA. Please note that the current ELA revision work under the Board of Regents Standards Review Initiative will continue as a parallel track with the national standards dialogue. New York’s participation in these parallel tracks will bring together the research, scholarship, and expertise necessary to ensure world class standards for all New York students. To learn more about the common core standards initiative and provide feedback, please visit the Common Core Standards website at http://www.corestandards.org/. Feedback on the draft is being accepted until October 21, 2009.

Curriculum Guidance for Grades 3-8 Mathematics
At their June meeting, the Board of Regents made a policy decision to implement a new administration schedule for the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests to start in this upcoming school year. As a consequence, the 2009-10 Elementary- and Intermediate-level testing schedule has undergone several changes. For curriculum guidance for the revised Grades 3-8 Mathematics Testing Program, go to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/elintmath.html  . Please use this guidance to ensure that your local curriculum sequencing is aligned with the May administration of the Grades 3-8 Mathematics Tests. NOTE: The first administration of the 3-8 Mathematics Tests in May 2010, and ONLY this administration, will include post March performance indicators of the previous year through April of the current year. You may direct any questions that arise in connection with this rescheduling to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov .

Update! Cohort 2006 Section of Regents Diploma Requirements for Math
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. Regents Diploma Requirements for Mathematics  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/math/documents/RegDipReqMathCht.pdf  PDF (37 KB) Regents Diploma Requirements for Mathematics   http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/math/documents/RegDipReqMathCht.doc  Word (57 KB)

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

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SCIENCE

Blog on the Universe
Blog on the Universe is a remarkably novel approach to a science education web site. It is not a content aggregator. It is not about reporting the latest news in science research. It is not a mass resource listing for educators. It is full of ORIGINAL content in the Earth and space sciences that addresses, at a deep conceptual level, National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks for Science Literacy. More information can be found online at http://blogontheuniverse.org.

Mathematics and Science Partnership - Weekly News
Visit the weekly Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) news website at http://hub.mspnet.org/  . This site includes a library of educational research in science and mathematics education.

American Society of Human Genetics-DNA Day Essay Contest
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 5th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! It is only open to 9th – 12th grade students this year. The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on the important concepts of genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay questions. Deadline for essay submission is March 15, 2010.  More information may be accessed online at http://www.ashg.org/education/dnadaycontest.shtml.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in PAEMST
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKER! Suzanne Monagan Pilon of Hilton Central School District is the recipient of the 2008 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching!
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), established by The White House and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a program that identifies outstanding mathematics and science teachers, kindergarten through 12th grade, in each state and the four U.S. jurisdictions. For more information about Suzanne's accomplishment and this prestigious honor please visit http://www.hilton.k12.ny.us/news/suzanne-pilon.htm. A direct link to the PAEMST program is available on the Department's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/paemstaward.html  .

2010 Edition Physical Setting/Earth Science Reference Tables
The 2010 Edition of the Physical Setting/Earth Science Reference Tables (ESRT) has been completed and is now available on the Department’s web site at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/scire/reftable.html. This publication replaces all previous editions and should be put into use in all schools at the start of the 2009-10 school year. It will be used in conjunction with the Regents Examination in Physical Setting/Earth Science beginning with the January 2010 administration. A notice related to the distribution of these NEW reference tables may be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/reftable/esrt2010-memo.pdf  ( 51.13 KB)

International Youth Day Serves as Kick-Off Site for Siemens Foundation
National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA), the Siemens Foundation, and Discovery Education are partnering again this year to educate, empower and engage students and teachers nationwide to become “Agents of Change” in improving their communities through the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. The second year of this national sustainability challenge—now expanded to include elementary school students—encourages students in kindergarten through eighth grade to team up with their classmates to create replicable solutions to environmental issues in their classroom (grades K–2), school (grades 3–5) and community (grades 6–8). For more information, and to register for the challenge please visit www.wecanchange.com.

NSTA's Building a Presence (BaP) Renamed Science Matters Network
Why Science Matters? As the world’s largest organization devoted to excellence in science teaching and learning, NSTA is uniquely positioned to make science education reform a national priority for schools and families. With this in mind, the new public awareness campaign--entitled Science Matters—will work to build a vital coalition of parents and teachers committed to rekindling a national sense of urgency and action about science education and science literacy. Building a Presence (BaP)/Science Matters 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. You are invited to visit the new Science Matters website at http://sciencematters.nsta.org  .Clicking on the Teachers button found on this page will take you to the Science Matters/BaP Web site portal. To go directly to the portal, visit http://bap.nsta.org/ .

NanoTeach
NanoTeach is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded professional development project that utilizes the Designing Effective Science Instruction (DESI) framework to integrate nanoscience and technology content into existing science curricula. It is a collaboration between Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF), the Georgia Institute of Technology, the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), and ASPEN Associates. Organizers are seeking 30 public high school science teachers to participate in the year-long, nationwide pilot test of NanoTeach beginning summer 2010. Teachers who complete all requirements will receive a stipend of $3,000 (15 days at $200/day) for the out-of-classroom time required for participation. The application deadline is January 8, 2010. A special NanoTeach Question-and-Answer webinar is scheduled for November 17th  at 5 p.m. EST. For more information, go to: http://www.mcrel.org/NanoTeach/Recruiting 

Education Law- Sect. 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/sci/news.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 

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

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

Free NYSERDA Energy Smart Students Workshops
The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) is now offering Energy Smart Students workshops across the State. Attendees will receive FREE curriculum correlated to the New York State Learning Standards in Math, Science, Technology Education, Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Family and Consumer Science. For more information, visit http://www.getenergysmart.org/EnergyEducation/Workshop.aspx external link.

SUNY Oswego Department of Technology Annual Fall Conference
The SUNY Oswego Department of Technology Annual Fall Conference is the largest Technology Education conference in New York State, with the 2008 event drawing almost 500 professionals. The Fall Conference is being held on October 28th & 29th and this year's theme is "Technology Education Connections to Math, Science, and Engineering". For more information please go to www.fallconference.com.

NYSTEA This We Believe Statement
As a result of the NYSED/NYS Technology Education Association (NYSTEA) Technology Education Summit (2008) action step #7 a “This We Believe Statement” has been published at www.nystea.com external link. For more information on the NYSED/NYSTEA Technology Education Summit (2008) please go to the New York State Technology Education Web page at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cte/technology/.

NYSED Technology Education Publications are Now Available Online
Over 40 NYSED technology education curricular support documents are now available on line as downloadable pdf files. These publications are located via the technology education Web page http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cte/technology/ under the publications link.  Included in these publications is the middle level curricular support document titled, Introduction To Technology Grades 7 & 8, commonly referred to as the "Blue Book". Although technology related publications become outdated rather quickly, these documents can still be of value as reference materials to be used at the local discretion of a school district.

For more information on Technology Education, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cte/technology/

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SOCIAL STUDIES

Our Courts: 21st Century Civics
Our Courts is a free, interactive, web-based program designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. Our Courts is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Justice O’Connor, in partnership with Georgetown Law and Arizona State University, has recruited experts in education, law, history, and technology to craft a program that teaches usable and engaging civics. For further information and teaching resources visit http://www.ourcourts.org/about-our-courts  

FREE Online Shipwreck Broadcast
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) presents a live webcast on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 10 am (EST) of  the shipwrecked schooner Sarah Ellen.  This FREE hour-long broadcast will take you deep under the cold dark waters of Lake Champlain where you'll hear the tragic story of the  schooner's sinking in the winter of 1860, meet nautical archaeologists  who tell of her underwater discovery in 1989, and watch footage captured by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), over 300 feet below the surface.  It's a great program for all ages: families, teachers, students, and  entire classrooms. A high-speed Internet connection is necessary. Find out more information at LCMM's website: http://www.lcmm.org  

The Civic Voices International Democracy Memory Bank Project
The Civic Voices International Democracy Memory Bank Project is a civic education exchange program that involves teachers and students from around the world in the preservation of the legacy of their countries’ democratic struggles. The project will help to commemorate the stories of these important struggles including but not limited to Solidarity Movement in Poland, Troubles in Northern Ireland, People Power Revolution in the Philippines,  Anti-Apartheid Struggle in South Africa, Democratic Transition in Mongolia, Struggle for Rule of Law in Colombia, Rose Revolution in Georgia.   The American Federation of Teachers Education Foundation is a proud partner in this project with teachers’ unions in seven countries. Social Studies teachers interested in participating in the project can download an application at http://www.aft.org/civicvoices/index.htm 

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THE ARTS

Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
The New York State Alliance for Arts Education (NYSAAE) is now accepting registrations for the 2009-10 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. This contest, for high school aged students, provides a new and exciting channel for learning in English Language Arts classrooms by inviting the dynamic aspects of classic world literature and charismatic public speaking into English classes. The registration deadline is November 6, 2009. http://www.nysaae.org/appinfo.htm 

Online Professional Development Program for Arts Specialists
Membership in the Lincoln Center Institute/Dana Foundation Fellows Program provides a rich online professional development experience for arts specialists currently working in a pre-K-12 school. Applications for the winter Fellows Program are due by January 4, 2010 . For more information go to www.lcinstitute.org/images/Dana_App.pdf  and www.lcinstitute.org/images/Dana_App.doc .

USDE "I Am What I Learn" Video Contest
U.S. Department of Education has announced the video contest, “I Am What I Learn.”  On September 8, the Department of Education invited students age 13 and older to submit a video no longer than two minutes in length, explaining why education is important and how education will help them achieve their dreams. Teachers are welcome to incorporate the same or a similar video project into a classroom assignment. More details at http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/09/09212009.html

NYS 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fine Arts & Essay Display
New York State schools are invited annually to submit student artwork and essays based on Dr. King's Six Principles of Nonviolence. This initiative encourages student participation in educational activities in celebration of his birthday throughout the year. The categories are writing, painting, drawing, sculpting and photography. All entries must be postmarked by December 7, 2009 and will be placed on display for viewing one week prior to the King Holiday January 18, 2010 on the Concourse of the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York. Please encourage your students to take part in this historic celebration of Dr. King's life and ideals. For more information visit http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/MLKArts2010.html

NEA Foundation-Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation provides funds to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area. The proposed work should engage students in critical-thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The grant amount is $5,000.  Funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software, or scholars-in-residence. Applications are reviewed three times per year, every year.  For more information and guidelines for applying for this grant, visit http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/educators/grant-programs/grant-application/student-achievement-grants/

U.S. Department of Education 2009-2010 Arts in Education Surveys
The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) are collaborating to conduct surveys on arts education in U.S. public schools during the 2009-10 school year. The surveys will be conducted through the NCES Fast Response Survey System (FRSS), which was used to conduct previous national surveys on arts education in 1999-2000 and 1994-95. The FRSS reports on the status and trends of how arts education is delivered in public schools. NCES anticipates releasing initial data results by early and mid 2011. A larger, more comprehensive report will follow the initial releases and provide combined and detailed findings for all of the surveys, including comparisons between the 1999-2000 and 2009-10. These studies are essential to studying and improving access to the arts as a core academic subject. For more information visit http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/frss/   .

NAEP 2008 Arts Results Released
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in the Arts was administered to a nationally representative sample of 8th grade students in the United States for the first time in more than a decade. It measured student knowledge and skills in music and visual arts with moderate levels of achievement reported.  The report suggested students have about the same access to music and art as in 1997. The NAEP Arts Assessment results reveal a significant achievement gap in student performance in music and the visual arts according to economic status, racial and ethnic identification, gender, and school type and location. For more information, see: http://nationsreportcard.gov , http://www.aep-arts.org  

Collaborations Between Schools and Cultural Organizations
Empire State Partnerships (ESP) is dedicated to identifying, developing and nurturing promising practices in arts education through support of long-term collaborations between cultural organizations and schools. For more information visit http://www.espartsed.org/

Arts for Academic Achievement (AAA)
AAA is a successful school reform model that creates collaborations between classroom teachers, artists and arts organizations. AAA is designed to improve student achievement through engaging lesson design, the use of data, strong content focus and arts strategies. For more information, visit http://aaa.mpls.k12.mn.us/  

U.S. Secretary of Education Affirms Value of Arts Education
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released an August 2009 letter to school officials and community leaders across the nation reminding them of the important role of arts education in a student's life. This letter offers strong encouragement to education decision makers to find time and funds in the school day to offer a comprehensive, sequential and standards-based arts education. The full text can be accessed at http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/secletter/090826.html  

Distribution to Underserved Communities(DUC)Library Program
The DUC Library Program distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge to rural and inner-city public libraries, public schools and alternative reading centers. To browse titles or place an order, visit http://www.ducprogram.org/  

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

NYSED Physical Education Profile: 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 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 State-developed commencement level assessment tool aligned to NYS Physical Education learning standards, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/profile.html . For more information on Physical Education, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/physed.html  

NYSED Guidelines - Coaching Requirements
The  NYSED guidelines for coaching have been revised to reflect Section 135.4 and 135.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education effective July 16, 2009.  This revised guideline has all information and forms needed to ensure coaches meet certification requirements including First Aid and CPR certifications. Please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/toolkitdocs/coachingguidelines_07_09.pdf ( 151.10 KB)

Non-Teacher Coaching Licenses
Temporary and Professional Coaching Licenses must now be applied for online through the TEACH system ( http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/home.html ). Applicants must establish an account on TEACH first (if they do not already have one) and then apply for the appropriate license online. A link is included on the TEACH page for online fingerprinting clearance. The local BOCES will still need to verify all First Aid and CPR certificates and coaching course completion certificates, SAVE, and child abuse workshops.

Revised Regulations Regarding Physical Education
At its meeting on June 23, 2009, the Board of Regents revised Section 135.4 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education regarding physical education. The revised regulation is posted in the toolkit of the NYSED Physical Education website with changes in bold for easy referencing. Please visit the PE Toolkit at the NYSED Physical Education homepage at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/ .

NYSED Approved On-line Coaching Courses
NYSED has approved seven agencies to teach all or some of the required 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, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/pe_online_coaching_courses.html .

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

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LOTE

Interactive Game Lets High Schoolers Explore Berlin Race 4 The Future.
This interactive web-based game allows high school students to explore Berlin while receiving clues from kiosks spread throughout the city. It features visits to the Brandenburg Gate, Sony Center, Holocaust Memorial, Reichstag, Ka De We and several more. This game takes between 60-90 minutes to complete and can end early if time runs out. A broadband collection is highly recommended. To play the game: http://www.americanepic.org/goethe/goethe.html   

STARTALK 2010 - Proposals Due November 5, 2009
STARTALK
is soliciting proposals for summer language programs from schools, post-secondary institutions, or community-based organizations to participate in the STARTALK project. STARTALK is part of a federal initiative to enhance the national capacity for critical need languages (Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu). The goal of these programs is to increase the number and expertise of students and teachers in these critical languages. The online application process for 2010 begins on October 7, 2009, and completed proposals will be due on November 5, 2009. For more information: http://startalk.umd.edu/proposals   

Blakemore Grants for East and Southeast Asian Language Study
Blakemore language grants are awarded for study of the principal modern languages of East and Southeast Asia: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer, and Burmese. Consideration will be given to other East or Southeast Asian languages on an individual basis. Grants will not be made for the study of Asian languages not in current use. The next deadline for applications is December 30, 2009. Grants will be awarded for study starting between June 2010 and May 2011. For more information: http://www.blakemorefoundation.org/Language%20Grants/Language.htm   

Workshop in Italy for AP Latin Teachers: Vergil, Aeneas and Augustus July 17 – 28, 2010.
This program is designed to help high school teachers in teaching the AP Vergil syllabus. Much of the program will take place on the sites either where Vergil lived and wrote or where the Aeneid was set. The workshop will be organized with mornings spent on study sessions and reading the Aeneid in Latin, a lunch break, and then afternoon site and museum visits, with some on-site readings. Graduate Credits and Continuing Education Units are available through Miami University. Ohio residents qualify for a 50% discount on graduate tuition. Scholarships are available for High School teachers and graduate students. For more information: http://vergil.clarku.edu/cumae.htm and http://vergil.clarku.edu/aptour.htm  

JOINT Fall 2009 Online Course of Advanced High School Japanese
The JOINT online professional development program of the Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) will offer “Maximizing the Effectiveness of Your Advanced High School Japanese Course” in Fall 2009. This 6-week course will provide high school teachers of Japanese at the advanced level (including those who are preparing their students for the AP Japanese Language and Culture Test) with training and resources to develop a curriculum that enhances students’ proficiency in all four skills as well as cultural knowledge. The course, which features the use of interactive technologies and collaborative work by participants, will be conducted between September 24 and November 12, 2009. For more information: http://www.aatj.org/joint/AdvancedJPCourse.html  

Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program
The U.S. State Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is offering an exciting opportunity  for educators.  The Distinguished Awards program offers fellowships to highly accomplished U.S. and international teachers to receive a grant to study at a university, conduct research, teach classes and workshops, and develop a capstone project pertaining to their field of educational inquiry during a semester overseas. This year's participating countries include: Argentina, Finland, India, Israel, Singapore, South Africa, and the United States. Deadline for applying to the Distinguished Awards program is January 15, 2010. *Additional countries may be added prior to the January 15th deadline. For more information: http://www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org/dteIndex.cfm   

Article: Second Language Teacher Education Today
The featured article of the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC) September 2009 newsletter is entitled Second Language Teacher Education Today, by Jack C. Richards. Here is an excerpt: Language teaching is sometimes considered a solitary and private activity, something teachers do within the confines of their own classrooms. But this view of teaching fails to capitalize on the potential for learning and growth that comes from participating in a community of teachers having shared goals, values and interests. Read the full article at http://www.nclrc.org/about_teaching/topics/feature.html    Access the NCLRC September 2009 newsletter at http://www.nclrc.org/newsletter.html   

Japan Foundation Fellowships, 2010-2011
The Japan Foundation is now accepting applications for its Japanese Studies Fellowships, 2010-2011. The Japanese Studies Fellowship Programs give scholars, researchers, and professionals the opportunity to conduct research in Japan. Starting this year, the Foundation is introducing an online application system. Submission deadline is November 2, 2009. For more information: http://www.jfny.org/japanese_studies/fellowship.html   

U.S. Global Competence for the 21st Century
The American Council on Education and Coalition for International Education announces the launch of a new website, which highlights the urgent need for international and foreign language education to become part of the core mission of the U.S. education system from K-12 through graduate school. For more information: http://www.usglobalcompetence.org   

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  http://www.cal.org/earlylang/benefits/index.html and  http://nnell.org/about.php

Digest: Integrated Content and Language Instruction
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) has just published a 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 

ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo
Speaking Up for Languages…The Power of Many Voices ACTFL 2009 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo November 20-22, 2009 Pre-convention Workshops: November 19, 2009 San Diego, CA For more information: http://www.actfl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?  

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

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LITERACY



New NAEP Report: The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress’s website, “The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) assesses the reading achievement of fourth-graders and collects data on their teachers’ reading instruction practices and strategies. Presenting data from the United States and the 44 other jurisdictions that participated in PIRLS 2006, this Statistics in Brief describes international patterns in the strategies reported by teachers to help fourth-graders falling behind in reading.” http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2009/2009013.pdf  

Time to Act: A New Report from the Carnegie Corporation
The Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy has just released Time to Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success. Along with this report, the Council has authored five corresponding reports, which delve deeper into how to advance literacy and learning for all students. http://www.carnegie.org/literacy/tta/   

PBS Raising Readers Research Results
Results of research evaluating Word World and SUPER WHY! have been released. Children who watch these programs make gains in early literacy skills compared to children who have not watched, and the gains are largest among children whose parents have had no more than a high school education. These two television programs, and their accompanying online resources, were funded by the US Department of Education through the Ready To Learn grant program. They join established programs like Sesame Street and Between the Lions in the PBS Kids Raising Readers literacy campaign. Also part of PBS Kids Raising Readers is the online PBS Kids Island – in which preschoolers can play reading games with favorite PBS KIDS characters, earn tickets, and win prizes. Parents and teachers can track children’s progress and find fun reading activities to do every day. http://pbskids.org/read/research/and http://pbskids.org/read/play.html  

 

MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

October Proclaimed "Month of the Young Adolescent"
Governor proclaims October as the “Month of the Young Adolescent”.   In August at the 2nd annual Middle Level Summit held in Albany, Governor David Paterson issued a proclamation identifying October as the “Month of the Young Adolescent” in New York State. You can download a copy of the Governor’s official signed proclamation at http://nysmsa.org/associations/611/files/ColorProclamation.pdf  

Updated: New York State Middle Level Liaisons
The semi-annual meetings for the 2009-2010 school year of the New York State Middle Level Liaisons have been scheduled for November 5-6, 2009 and March 22-23, 2010.  Both meetings will be held  at the  Marriott on Wolf Road in Albany, NY.   Middle Level practitioners interested in joining the Middle Level Liaisons can do so by visiting the link below.  Work products and information from previous Liaison meetings meeting can be found at the following link. http://www.nysmsa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=45 .  

2009 Essential Elements Schools to Watch (EE: STW) Designees
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKERS!
Designated 2009: Glens Falls Middle School, Glens Falls, NY, A.A. Kingston Middle School, Potsdam, NY and Jericho Middle School, Jericho NY.
Redesignated 2009: Sayville MS, Twelve Corners MS, Victor JHS, Barker Rd. MS, Calkins Rd. MS Oliver W. Winch MS and Moravia MS. Schools

More information about this valuable New York State program can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/eestw/home.html

For more information regarding Middle Level Education visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/middle.html.

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

NOVELNY Use Continues to Climb in 2009
New Yorkers searched the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library over 35.5 million times since July 2008. This represents a 20 percent increase in the number of searches over the prior year. NOVELNY is a "virtual library" that connects New Yorkers in every community to state-of-the-art online information without regard to economic, geographic or physical barriers. This convenient online library includes a wide variety of full-text resources - books, magazines, newspapers, research, and reference resources and is available to New York State residents with no fees.New Yorkers can access NOVELNY 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by logging on with a public library card or with a New York driver license or non-driver ID. For more information visit: http://www.novelnewyork.org

Regents Advisory Council Proposes New Commission On NY 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 .  

New AASL Toolkit Helps Parents Become Advocates
AASL has launched a new resource on its website, the Parent Outreach Toolkit, created to help school library media specialists educate and garner support from parents. The toolkit asks the question, "How can parents help their child succeed in this changing global economy?" The answer: by equipping every school with a full-time certified school library media specialist, the AASL Parent Outreach Toolkit helps parents understand what they can do to help ensure their child’s school is staffed by a full-time certified school librarian.  The school librarian is uniquely trained in helping students, teachers, and other school and community leaders develop the knowledge, abilities, and attitudes that are crucial to their success. To view the full toolkit, visit: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslissues/toolkits/parentoutreach.cfm

Distribution to Underserved Communities(DUC)Library Program
The DUC Library Program distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge to rural and inner-city public libraries, public schools and alternative reading centers. To browse titles or place an order, visit http://www.ducprogram.org/  

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

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EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Community Forums on the USNY Statewide Educational Technology Plan
We invite you to a public forum on the Statewide Educational Technology Plan to be held in nine locations across New York State this fall, for dates and locations. Each forum will provide a chance for all New Yorkers to recommend specific actions needed to achieve the goals of the technology plan. Please visit for the schedule of community forums for more information at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/edtech/forums.html. We value your participation in forming a world class technology plan for New York State, and hope you are able to join us this fall.

Interactive Game Lets High Schoolers Explore Berlin Race 4 The Future.
This interactive web-based game allows high school students to explore Berlin while receiving clues from kiosks spread throughout the city. It features visits to the Brandenburg Gate, Sony Center, Holocaust Memorial, Reichstag, Ka De We and several more. This game takes between 60-90 minutes to complete and can end early if time runs out. A broadband collection is highly recommended. To play the game: http://www.americanepic.org/goethe/goethe.html   

USDE "I Am What I Learn" Video Contest
U.S. Department of Education has announced the video contest, “I Am What I Learn.”  On September 8, the Department of Education invited students age 13 and older to submit a video no longer than two minutes in length, explaining why education is important and how education will help them achieve their dreams. Teachers are welcome to incorporate the same or a similar video project into a classroom assignment. More details at http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/09/09212009.html

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TESTING

The January 2010 NYSED Testing Schedule
The January 2010 NYSED Testing Schedule is now available at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/504-0110.pdf  (pdf document  81.01KB)

Revised 2009-10 Elementary- and Intermediate-Level Testing Schedule
Earlier this year, the Board of Regents solicited Statewide input on the scheduling of the grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA) and mathematics exams. The survey received over 22,500 responses that informed the policy discussions of the Board of Regents. This month the Board of Regents endorsed moving the administration of the 2009-2010 grades 3-8 ELA and math examinations to the month of May. The Office of State Assessment has issued the new Revised 2009-10 Elementary- and Intermediate-Level Testing Schedule. The 2009-10 schedule, which supersedes all previously published Elementary- and Intermediate-level testing schedules, reflects the revised administration and make-up dates for each of the required Elementary- and Intermediate-level tests, as well as the scoring dates and timeline for submission of answer sheets to the scanning centers. To review the official announcement and schedule visit, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/2010/3-8schedule-090721.pdf (pdf document 73.34 KB). Additional questions about these changes to the examination calendar may be directed to David Abrams, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Standards, Assessment, and Reporting at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov or (518) 473-7880.

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

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

NYS Education Department Virtual Learning System (VLS)
The NYSED VLS, www.nysvls.org  has been enhanced and recently expanded with additional content. Additions include: lesson plans for teachers K-12 generated through The Mathematics Science Partnership Program (MSP); 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

Interactive Game Lets High Schoolers Explore Berlin Race 4 The Future.
This interactive web-based game allows high school students to explore Berlin while receiving clues from kiosks spread throughout the city. It features visits to the Brandenburg Gate, Sony Center, Holocaust Memorial, Reichstag, Ka De We and several more. This game takes between 60-90 minutes to complete and can end early if time runs out. A broadband collection is highly recommended. To play the game: http://www.americanepic.org/goethe/goethe.html   

United States Global Competence Website
The American Council on Education and Coalition for International Education are pleased to announce the launch of www.usglobalcompetence.org  . Titled "Engaging the World: U.S. Global Competence for the 21st century," the site demonstrates through videos and highlights of a recent symposium the importance of strengthening U.S. global competence in the 21st century. The site also includes a section on the Global Symposium – “Critical Challenges in an Unpredictable World: Implications for U.S. Engagement”. This event took place on Capitol Hill in March 2009, and the website features downloadable presentations as well as other documentation of the event. Finally, you will find useful links to information on the Title VI/ Fulbright-Hays programs and related U.S. Department of Education online resources. For more information: http://www.usglobalcompetence.org/  

AASL Announce Top 25 Web sites for Teaching and Learning
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces a new resource for school library media specialists and their teacher colleagues. The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, a list honoring the top twenty-five Internet sites for enhancing learning and curriculum development, is considered the "best of the best" by AASL. The Top 25 Web sites for Teaching and Learning were named so because they foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation and collaboration. All sites are free, web-based sites that are user-friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover. They also provide a foundation to support AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Valuable information on each site, including tips for effective classroom use are available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/bestlist/bestwebsites.cfm  

USDOE - Doing What Works: How to Organize Your Teaching
This multimedia practice guide from the U.S. Department of Education's Doing What Works website includes seven research-based recommendations on organizing teaching and learning experiences. These resources include essential concepts, recommended practices, and planning templates. School districts can use the videos and supporting materials offered to discuss how teachers organize their teaching and learning. The four research-based recommendations for effective teaching and learning include: "Space learning over time with review and quizzing; Alternate worked examples with problem-solving practice; Connect abstract and concrete representations of concepts; and Use higher-order questions to help students build explanations"  See  http://dww.ed.gov/topic/topic_landing.cfm?PA_ID=9&T_ID=19 

Regional Education Labs (REL)--Northeast and Islands Reference Desk
In an effort to provide stakeholders with timely responses to research-based education questions, REL Northeast and Islands has launched a new service-the Reference Desk-which offers references, referrals, and citations in brief reports generated quickly, sometimes within a few days. Responses contain links to relevant websites, research reports, and journal articles, as well as targeted referrals to organizations or government-funded centers that might provide more information or offer technical assistance. http://www.relnei.org/referencedesk.2009-08-21.php

Teachers TV: Online Professional Development
New training sessions focus on using Teachers TV as a resource to support professional development, as well as a training tool for use with new and existing staff in schools. For more information visit http://www.teachers.tv/training  

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

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.cfmexternal 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.cfmexternal link

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