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October 2010

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With these improvements we position ourselves to manage the ever growing NYSED C&I E-Blast community and effectively disseminate news and information on curriculum and instructional resources to the New York State educational community.

USNY/NYSED

NEW! Call for feedback on additions to the Common Core State Standards
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on recommended student expectations to add to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and CCSS for Mathematics that were adopted in July 2010. On July 19th, 2010, New York State adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and CCSS for Mathematics. To support the state’s adoption plan, a group of P-12 and higher education English Language Arts and Mathematics practitioners met in Albany to analyze the Common Core State Standards to determine if there are necessary additions for New York State (up to 15% of the whole). To access the Workgroup's recommended additions and the survey, please go to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/ and click on the appropriate link (ELA or Mathematics) at the top of the page. The surveys will be available from October 20th, 2010 until November 29th, 2010.

NEW! Nationwide Video Contest for High School Students
Human population is set to reach seven billion by the end of 2011.  As this historic moment approaches, Population Connection is hosting a nationwide video contest for high school students.  The contest challenges students to create a video public service announcement that illustrates the impact of population reaching seven billion as it relates to environmental and global issues.   With cash prizes of up to $1,000 available to winning videos, the deadline for entries is March 1, 2011.  But there's something in it for you, the teacher, as well!  If at least 10 of your students submit videos, we'll send you a set of free classroom resources.  This is a teachable moment you don't want to miss! Contest information and forms are available at www.Worldof7Billion.org.  You can use this  printable flyer(635 KB) to hang in your classroom to let students know about the contest. 

NEW! Race to the Top Employment Opportunities
Please be advised that the New York State Education Department is currently recruiting for upwards of 25 positions directly related to supporting our recent success in securing a federal "Race to the Top" award.  Please share the following link with your various professional networks to help us get the word out about these new, exciting employment opportunities: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/listing.html

First Freedom Student Competition
The First Freedom Center has announceed that its 2010-2011 First Freedom Student Competition has added a second category—that of video—to its annual essay competition.  The 2010/2011 national ESSAY and VIDEO contest will offer 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and the history and implementation of religious freedom and freedom of conscience in American democracy. The online registration deadline is Monday, November 15, 2010. The postmark entry deadline is Saturday November 27, 2010. Announcement of winners weill be Wednesday, April 13, 2011. To qualify, students must comply with all requirements. Essay and video guidelines can be accessed at: http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/studentcomp/guidelines.html .  For the complete topic, written essay and video guidelines, registration, classroom poster, student flyer and other details, visit www.firstfreedom.org, and then click on the red First Freedom Student Competition button (center column). 

Regents Examination Dates for 2011-2012
Provided here are the final dates for the January, June and August Regents examination periods for 2011 and 2012 administrations, along with the tentative dates for the 2013 administration.   http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/regentsexamdates11-13.pdf(61 KB) .  Having this information now will enable schools to establish their calendars and facilitate planning and arrangements for important events such as staff development activities, class trips, and commencement exercises.

Grade 3-8 English and Math Test Results Released
On July 28, 2010 Commissioner Steiner and Chancellor Tisch held a press conference to release information regarding the change in cut scores and its effect on the Grade 3-8 ELA and Math test results. On average, 53% of grade 3-8 students across the state met or exceeded the new ELA Proficiency standard, and 61% of students met or exceeded the new Mathematics Proficiency standard.  For more information, please see the following:
July 28th press release: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/Grade3-8_Results07282010.html
Video of the conference: http://usny.nysed.gov/webcasts.html
School data: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/pressRelease/20100728/

For more NYSED/USNY information, visit http://www.nysed.gov/

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! Nationwide Video Contest for High School Students
Human population is set to reach seven billion by the end of 2011.  As this historic moment approaches, Population Connection is hosting a nationwide video contest for high school students.  The contest challenges students to create a video public service announcement that illustrates the impact of population reaching seven billion as it relates to environmental and global issues.   With cash prizes of up to $1,000 available to winning videos, the deadline for entries is March 1, 2011.  But there's something in it for you, the teacher, as well!  If at least 10 of your students submit videos, we'll send you a set of free classroom resources.  This is a teachable moment you don't want to miss! Contest information and forms are available at www.Worldof7Billion.org.  You can use this  printable flyer(635 KB) to hang in your classroom to let students know about the contest.

NEW! Einstein Fellowship - Application is Now Open!
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. To be considered for an Einstein Fellowship for the 2011-2012 school year, apply online now, and submit your application and three letters of recommendation no later than January 4, 2011. To learn more about the program and apply, visit http://www.trianglecoalition.org/fellows/einapp.htm,

If you have questions about the program or application, contact Program Manager Kathryn Culbertson at culbertsonk@triangle-coalition.org.

NEW! IMLS Releases Guidelines Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums
Washington, DC-The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces the release of grant guidelines for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums (http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/SparksIgnition.shtm). This new grant program will provide one-year grants of $10,000 to $25,000 for innovative projects that respond to the challenges and opportunities facing cultural heritage institutions in a rapidly changing information environment. Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to museums, libraries, or archives, will test innovative responses to these problems, and will make the findings of these tests widely and openly accessible. Grant funding may include all activities associated with planning, deploying, and evaluating the innovation.  The submission deadline is November 15, 2010.

NEW! The 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 30 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. To look up your regional guidelines and deadlines go to http://www.artandwriting.org/awards

Teaching with Primary Sources Grant Opportunities
The TPS Eastern Region Coordinator (http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion) is currently accepting grant applications to support the development of local TPS projects on a rolling deadline. You are invited to develop and submit a grant proposal ( http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion/introduction.html) to initiate and implement a TPS program for pre- or in-service K-16 educators and/or librarians. Seed grants in the between $5,000 and $15,000 will be awarded. Descriptions of ongoing TPS Eastern Region projects are available at: http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion/participants.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/

For more information on NYSED funding opportunities, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.html

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! Einstein Fellowship - Application is Now Open!
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. To be considered for an Einstein Fellowship for the 2011-2012 school year, apply online now, and submit your application and three letters of recommendation no later than January 4, 2011. To learn more about the program and apply, visit http://www.trianglecoalition.org/fellows/einapp.htm,

If you have questions about the program or application, contact Program Manager Kathryn Culbertson at culbertsonk@triangle-coalition.org.

NEW! Sustainable Living
Engage in hands-on activities, and receive a teaching tool kit you can use with your class to explore sustainability practices in energy, water, transportation, food, and the consumption of goods. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of sustainable actions. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

NEW! Green Chemistry Survey
A survey to garner interest and availability to participate in professional development related to high school-level green chemistry science lessons and laboratory experiments has been developed and is now posted online. The workshops will be sponsored by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Pollution Prevention Unit (NYSDEC P2 Unit). The NYSDEC P2 Unit invites you to complete the short survey that may be accessed at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z8J6FWJ. The survey will close on November 19, 2010.

The NYSDEC P2 Unit thanks you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to complete the survey.

NEW! Take Action at Home
This energy efficiency workshop combines thinking and talking about energy with strategies for taking action at home. Engage in hands-on activities and explore ways to motivate your students to take home the message of energy efficiency. Each teacher receives a class set of Take Home Energy Kits for their students. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of energy-saving actions. Sign up today. Limited number of workshops this school year! The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

2010 NYS Historical Association's October Conference for Teachers
The New York State Historical Association's (NYSHA) annual October Conference for Teachers is a professional development opportunity which focuses on current issues, topics, concerns, project-based instruction, curriculum, and best practices in social studies education.  The 52nd conference will take place on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2010. Registration information can be found at http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers/october_conference .   Proposals for the 2010 October Conference are also being accepted  http://www.nysha.org/files/october_teachers_conf/presentation_proposal_form_2010.pdf(158 KB).    The proposal submission deadline has been extended to August 13, 2010. Selected presenters will receive complementary registration to the conference. 

Teaching with Primary Sources Grant Opportunities
The TPS Eastern Region Coordinator (http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion) is currently accepting grant applications to support the development of local TPS projects on a rolling deadline. You are invited to develop and submit a grant proposal (http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion/introduction.html) to initiate and implement a TPS program for pre- or in-service K-16 educators and/or librarians. Seed grants in the between $5,000 and $15,000 will be awarded. Descriptions of ongoing TPS Eastern Region projects are available at: http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion/participants.html.   

Teaching New American History
Through a partnership with National Council for the Social Studies, American Public University has established a graduate-level history course specifically designed for the professional membership of NCSS. The course, HIST-681: Teaching New American History, prepares teachers to offer a professional development workshop based on the principles of Powerful and Authentic Social Studies (PASS), a program developed by the NCSS. Teachers will learn the three criteria of PASS and how these are applied to standards for developing curriculum, creating assessments, and providing effective instruction. Using content from “new” American history that reflects a change in perspective or interpretation, teachers will learn how to critique and create their own curriculum units, assessment tasks, and instructional video-recordings. Teachers will consider a variety of factors in providing PASS workshops to others. To register, visit  http://www.apu.apus.edu/academic/schedule/course/hist681?utm_
source=TSSP+Update&utm_campaign=5b108623b1-July2010TsspUpdate&utm_medium=email

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THE ARTS

NEW! International Youth Art Exchange 2011 Program
The World Awareness Children’s Museum is an educational institution which fosters knowledge and appreciation of world cultures through exhibitions, interactive programming, the International Youth Art Exchange and educator-led tours. Now in its 24th consecutive year, the International Youth Art Exchange is a global art share and exhibition program. Your students can participate with others throughout the world, and original museum quality exhibitions of youth art from our international collection are available to you and your school community. The deadline for award eligibility is April 1st, 2011. For more information visit http://www.worldchildrensmuseum.org/Pages/announcement.html

NEW! The 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 30 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. To look up your regional guidelines and deadlines go to http://www.artandwriting.org/awards

NEW! 2011 VSA International Young Soloists Award Call for Entries
VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. Since 1984, the VSA International Young Soloists Program has been seeking to identify talented musicians who have a disability. The VSA International Young Soloists Award is given annually to four outstanding musicians, two from the United States and two from the international arena. The award provides an opportunity for these emerging musicians to each earn a $5,000 award and a performance in Washington, D.C. Applications must be received no later than November 15. Application Guidelines are available at http://www.vsarts.org/documents/programs/soloists/2011%20Int'l%20Young%
20Soloists%20Guidelines.pdf 

Application Guidelines available in Spanish at http://www.vsarts.org/documents/programs/soloists/2011%20Int'l%20Young%
20Soloist%20Guidelines_SPANISH.PDF
(142 KB) .

Application for individual musicians available at http://www.vsarts.org/documents/programs/soloists/2011%20Int'l%20Young%
20Soloists%20Individual%20Application.pdf


and in Spanish at http://www.vsarts.org/documents/programs/soloists/2011%20Int'l%20Young%
20Soloists%20Ensemble%20Application.pdf


Application for ensembles available at http://www.vsarts.org/documents/programs/soloists/2011%20Int'l%20Young%
20Soloists%20Ensemble%20Application.pdf


and in Spanish at http://www.vsarts.org/documents/programs/soloists/2011%20Int'l%20Young%
20Soloists%20Ensemble%20Application_SPANISH.PDF

21st Century Skills Map for the Arts Released
In collaboration with national arts organizations, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) has charted how arts education promotes key 21st-century skills in a map released earlier this month. The 21st Century Skills Map: The Arts is the fifth in a series of core content maps designed for educators, administrators and policy-makers. The map provides examples of how art subjects (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) can be fused with skills to create engaging learning experiences that promote 21st century knowledge and skill acquisition. In addition to aligning teaching and learning to the demands of today’s world, the map cites specific student outcomes and provides project examples for grades four, eight and twelve. All of the Partnership's resources are freely available at http://www.p21.org/.

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/

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

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! Call for feedback on additions to the Common Core State Standards
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on recommended student expectations to add to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and CCSS for Mathematics that were adopted in July 2010. On July 19th, 2010, New York State adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and CCSS for Mathematics. To support the state’s adoption plan, a group of P-12 and higher education English Language Arts and Mathematics practitioners met in Albany to analyze the Common Core State Standards to determine if there are necessary additions for New York State (up to 15% of the whole). To access the Workgroup's recommended additions and the survey, please go to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/ and click on the appropriate link (ELA or Mathematics) at the top of the page. The surveys will be available from October 20th, 2010 until November 29th, 2010.

 

NEW! 11th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Fine Arts and Essay Display
The New York State Education Department, in collaboration with the New York State Office of General Services, is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Fine Arts and Essay Display. All New York State schools are invited to submit student artwork and essays based on Dr. King's Six Principles of Nonviolence for a celebration of his birthday in January of 2011. All entries must be postmarked no later than Monday, December 6, 2010, and will be placed on display for viewing in the Empire State Plaza one week prior to the celebration of the King Holiday, on Monday, January 17, 2011 in Albany, New York. For more information, please visit 
http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/MLKArts2011 (MLK Program Information) http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/MLKArtDisplay2011.pdf(1685 KB) (MLK Program Flyer)

NEW! PARCC Consortium Awarded Race to the Top Assessment Funds
In early September 2010, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Race to the Top assessment funds to the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). New York is one of 11 governing states that will lead the 26-state Partnership in the development of a shared set of K-12 assessments in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy. The goal of PARCC is to create an assessment system that will ensure students graduate college and career ready from high school. The new assessments will be ready for states to administer by the 2014-15 school year.

NYSED press release: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/PARCCConsortiumAwardedRacetotheTopAssessmentFunds.html
PARCC summary (from Achieve, Inc.): http://www.achieve.org/PARCCsummary

NEW! Document-Based Resources Available for Teachers
The New York State Archives has document-based resources written by teachers for teachers available on their website.  These websites incorporate historical records from across New York State for Pre-K through grade 12 teachers in all subject areas.  Several websites includes a "Build Your Own Worksheet" function enabling teachers to customize these lessons to their students. These document-based resources can be found on the State Archives' education website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_web.shtml.

NEW! Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest for High School Students
Poetry Out Loud provides a new and exciting channel for learning about poetry in ELA classrooms! Supported by the NYS Alliance for Arts Education, the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Out Loud builds on the popular slam poetry movement by inviting the dynamic aspects of poetry, spoken work and theater into the English class. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. Find out more at  http://poetryoutloud.org/  The registration deadline is November 5, 2010. Free teleconferences for educators, entitled "Implementing Poetry Out Loud" occur Sept. 30 and October 28.  To involve your students, please visit http://www.nysaae.org/POL.htm  for more details!

September 11th Personal Stories of Transfomation - Class Materials
FREE ONLINE classroom materials: September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is a classroom resource kit using 8 videos of personal stories to teach important lessons of 9/11.  Each story is accompanied by discussion questions, research links and suggested service projects are available at http://www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html  

First Freedom Student Competition
The First Freedom Center has announceed that its 2010-2011 First Freedom Student Competition has added a second category—that of video—to its annual essay competition.  The 2010/2011 national ESSAY and VIDEO contest will offer 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and the history and implementation of religious freedom and freedom of conscience in American democracy. The online registration deadline is Monday, November 15, 2010. The postmark entry deadline is Saturday November 27, 2010. Announcement of winners weill be Wednesday, April 13, 2011. To qualify, students must comply with all requirements. Essay and video guidelines can be accessed at: http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/studentcomp/guidelines.html .  For the complete topic, written essay and video guidelines, registration, classroom poster, student flyer and other details, visit www.firstfreedom.org, and then click on the red First Freedom Student Competition button (center column). 

Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]
The Center on Instruction has released "Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]," which provides research-based guidance on academic literacy instruction in the content areas, specifically focusing on the effective use of text in content areas. It reviews the research evidence about content-area literacy instruction for adolescents and suggests ways teachers can use content-area texts to enable students to understand the vocabulary and concepts they contain.This document is available as a pdf at http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Bringing%20Literacy%20Strategies%
20into%20Content%20Instruction.pdf
(896 KB)

Grade 3-8 English and Math Test Results Released
On July 28, 2010 Commissioner Steiner and Chancellor Tisch held a press conference to release information regarding the change in cut scores and its effect on the Grade 3-8 ELA and Math test results. On average, 53% of grade 3-8 students across the state met or exceeded the new ELA Proficiency standard, and 61% of students met or exceeded the new Mathematics Proficiency standard.  For more information, please see the following:
July 28th press release: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/Grade3-8_Results07282010.html
Video of the conference: http://usny.nysed.gov/webcasts.html
School data: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/pressRelease/20100728/

IRA Standards for Reading and Writing Assessments
In Fall 2007, the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English appointed a Joint Task Force on Assessment to update the Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing the two organizations published originally in 1994. The revised document aims to improve the quality of assessment by providing standards to guide decisions about assessing the teaching and learning of literacy in 21st-century classrooms. To view the document visit, http://www.reading.org/General/CurrentResearch/Standards/AssessmentStandards.aspx

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

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

NEW! Nationwide Video Contest for High School Students
Human population is set to reach seven billion by the end of 2011.  As this historic moment approaches, Population Connection is hosting a nationwide video contest for high school students.  The contest challenges students to create a video public service announcement that illustrates the impact of population reaching seven billion as it relates to environmental and global issues.   With cash prizes of up to $1,000 available to winning videos, the deadline for entries is March 1, 2011.  But there's something in it for you, the teacher, as well!  If at least 10 of your students submit videos, we'll send you a set of free classroom resources.  This is a teachable moment you don't want to miss! Contest information and forms are available at www.Worldof7Billion.org.  You can use this  printable flyer(635 KB) to hang in your classroom to let students know about the contest. 

NEW! Broadband Speed Tests for New York Residents
The Center for Technology in Government (CTG) at the University at Albany is partnering with the New York State Office of Cyber Security (OCS) to collect actual broadband speeds from New York State residents. OCS has received funding to do carry this out through a grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).  CTG has developed a website with a simple speed test that residents can take from their home computer that will collect real-time broadband speeds. The data collected will inform the development of a comprehensive map of broadband internet availability throughout New York State. The map will be used to inform future policy decisions and funding for broadband activities in New York State.  New York State residents can take the test from their home. Visit www.nyspeedtest.org, click on "Take the Speed Test," and follow the prompts. Also a 'widget' can be placed on an organization's Web page to direct viewers to the speed test website, by following this link http://www.nyspeedtest.com/share.php.

NEW! American Association of School Librarians commends NYSED CI&IT
The Affiliate Assembly of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commended six programs based on their support of the profession and their alignment with AASL’s learning standards and program guidelines and principles expressed in AASL’s mission and value statements – to include the Curriculum Instruction and Instructional Technology Section, New York State Education Department– at the ALA 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. NYSED CI&IT was nominated by the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association. The section was commended for its outstanding support of school librarians in New York State. For more information on NYSED C&I's commendation, visit: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/aasl-lauds-six-programs-programs-align-association-s-values-mission    

Teaching New American History
Through a partnership with National Council for the Social Studies, American Public University has established a graduate-level history course specifically designed for the professional membership of NCSS. The course, HIST-681: Teaching New American History, prepares teachers to offer a professional development workshop based on the principles of Powerful and Authentic Social Studies (PASS), a program developed by the NCSS. Teachers will learn the three criteria of PASS and how these are applied to standards for developing curriculum, creating assessments, and providing effective instruction. Using content from “new” American history that reflects a change in perspective or interpretation, teachers will learn how to critique and create their own curriculum units, assessment tasks, and instructional video-recordings. Teachers will consider a variety of factors in providing PASS workshops to others. To register, visit  http://www.apu.apus.edu/academic/schedule/course/hist681?utm_source=TSSP+Update&utm_campaign=5b108623b1-July2010TsspUpdate&utm_medium=email

The Trading Game, A New Economics Lesson for 6-12 Students
A new economics lesson  for students in Grades 6-8 and 9-12, from the Council of Economic  Education entitled "The Trading Game."  In this lesson students will participate in a trading game. The game is designed to demonstrate that when voluntary trade takes place, both parties benefit.  Voluntary trade allows individuals to obtain the goods and services they desire and for societies to specialize in the production of those goods and services they are most efficient at producing. Other gains to trade in the presence of such trade implies competition. This means there is a greater variety of products at lower prices for consumers. Students will learn about trade and why countries participate in it; understand the gains available from trade; and participate in an interactive trading game to illustrate that in a voluntary transaction both parties can gain. For more information, visit   http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lesson=855&page=teacher&utm_source
=newLessons&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=lessons20100727

Updated Internet Safety Resource Page
The Office of Educational Design and Technology is pleased to announce the release of an updated Internet safety resource page, which can be found though our website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/technology/internet_safety/ .  This resource provides guidelines on acceptable use policies, Internet filtering, and other relevant information pertaining to Internet safety for teachers, students, parents, and school administrators.

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

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DRIVER EDUCATION

NEW! Traffic Safety Tool Kit: Free Resources
The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee has made available the School Resource Officer - Traffic Safety Tool Kit. Approved Driver & Traffic Safety Education programs are encouraged to link with the SRO Tool Kit's resources to enhance the delivery of DTSE programming at their local level. For more information please go to http://www.safeny.com/SRO-Toolkit/default.html.

 

LITERACY

NEW! 11th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Fine Arts and Essay Display
The New York State Education Department, in collaboration with the New York State Office of General Services, is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Fine Arts and Essay Display. All New York State schools are invited to submit student artwork and essays based on Dr. King's Six Principles of Nonviolence for a celebration of his birthday in January of 2011. All entries must be postmarked no later than Monday, December 6, 2010, and will be placed on display for viewing in the Empire State Plaza one week prior to the celebration of the King Holiday, on Monday, January 17, 2011 in Albany, New York. For more information, please visit 
http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/MLKArts2011 (MLK Program Information) http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/MLKArtDisplay2011.pdf(1685 KB) (MLK Program Flyer)

NEW! Nationwide Video Contest for High School Students
Human population is set to reach seven billion by the end of 2011.  As this historic moment approaches, Population Connection is hosting a nationwide video contest for high school students.  The contest challenges students to create a video public service announcement that illustrates the impact of population reaching seven billion as it relates to environmental and global issues.   With cash prizes of up to $1,000 available to winning videos, the deadline for entries is March 1, 2011.  But there's something in it for you, the teacher, as well!  If at least 10 of your students submit videos, we'll send you a set of free classroom resources.  This is a teachable moment you don't want to miss! Contest information and forms are available at www.Worldof7Billion.org.  You can use this  printable flyer(635 KB) to hang in your classroom to let students know about the contest.

NEW! Document-Based Resources Available for Teachers
The New York State Archives has document-based resources written by teachers for teachers available on their website.  These websites incorporate historical records from across New York State for Pre-K through grade 12 teachers in all subject areas.  Several websites includes a "Build Your Own Worksheet" function enabling teachers to customize these lessons to their students. These document-based resources can be found on the State Archives' education website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_web.shtml.

NEW! 6th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 6th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! It is open to students in grades 9th – 12th. Please visit http://www.ashg.org/education/dnaday.shtml for the rules, rubric, and more information. The deadline for entries is March 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST.

September 11th Personal Stories of Transfomation - Class Materials
FREE ONLINE classroom materials: September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is a classroom resource kit using 8 videos of personal stories to teach important lessons of 9/11.  Each story is accompanied by discussion questions, research links and suggested service projects are available at http://www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html  

Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]
The Center on Instruction has released "Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]," which provides research-based guidance on academic literacy instruction in the content areas, specifically focusing on the effective use of text in content areas. It reviews the research evidence about content-area literacy instruction for adolescents and suggests ways teachers can use content-area texts to enable students to understand the vocabulary and concepts they contain.This document is available as a pdf at http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Bringing%20Literacy%20Strategies
%20into%20Content%20Instruction.pdf
(896 KB)

IRA Standards for Reading and Writing Assessments
In Fall 2007, the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English appointed a Joint Task Force on Assessment to update the Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing the two organizations published originally in 1994. The revised document aims to improve the quality of assessment by providing standards to guide decisions about assessing the teaching and learning of literacy in 21st-century classrooms. To view the document visit, http://www.reading.org/General/CurrentResearch/Standards/AssessmentStandards.aspx

For more information on Literacy, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/literacy

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LOTE

NEW! 2011 New York State Spanish Spelling Bee Final Competition
To be eligible to participate in the statewide Spanish Spelling Bee, schools/districts must submit their intent to participate by Tuesday, November 30, 2010. For more information, please see the NYSED Office of Bilingual Education & Foreign Language Studies memo at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/biling/docs/2011SpanishSpellingBeeLetterfromDrPedroRuiz.pdf

NEW! Information Memo Regarding the Elimination of Certain Exams
In consideration of the elimination of the Second Language Proficiency Exam, the Regents comprehensive exam in Hebrew, Latin and German and the grades 5 and 8 social studies assessments an information memo has been issued by the Senior Deputy of P-12 Education.  The memo clarifies questions and concerns related to the earning of diploma credit in languages other than English as well as Regents diplomas with advanced designation.  In addition it addresses questions related to academic intervention services in Social Studies.  The full text of the memo can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/memos/lote092110.html

Change in Regents Exams for 2011
At the June 2010 Board of Regents meeting, the Board discussed the projected deficit of approximately $11.5 million in available funding for 2010-11 for P-12 programs, including the assessment program. An update on the effects of the projected deficit and the State's 2010-2011 budget on the NYSED assessment program may be accessed online at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/hsgen/111/januaryregentsnotice.pdf(59 KB).

For more information on LOTE, visit
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/lote/

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! Call for feedback on additions to the Common Core State Standards
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on recommended student expectations to add to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and CCSS for Mathematics that were adopted in July 2010. On July 19th, 2010, New York State adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and CCSS for Mathematics. To support the state’s adoption plan, a group of P-12 and higher education English Language Arts and Mathematics practitioners met in Albany to analyze the Common Core State Standards to determine if there are necessary additions for New York State (up to 15% of the whole). To access the Workgroup's recommended additions and the survey, please go to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/ and click on the appropriate link (ELA or Mathematics) at the top of the page. The surveys will be available from October 20th, 2010 until November 29th, 2010.

NEW! Sustainable Living
Engage in hands-on activities, and receive a teaching tool kit you can use with your class to explore sustainability practices in energy, water, transportation, food, and the consumption of goods. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of sustainable actions. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

NEW! Take Action at Home
This energy efficiency workshop combines thinking and talking about energy with strategies for taking action at home. Engage in hands-on activities and explore ways to motivate your students to take home the message of energy efficiency. Each teacher receives a class set of Take Home Energy Kits for their students. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of energy-saving actions. Sign up today. Limited number of workshops this school year! The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]
The Center on Instruction has released "Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]," which provides research-based guidance on academic literacy instruction in the content areas, specifically focusing on the effective use of text in content areas. It reviews the research evidence about content-area literacy instruction for adolescents and suggests ways teachers can use content-area texts to enable students to understand the vocabulary and concepts they contain.This document is available as a pdf at http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Bringing%20Literacy%20Strategies%20into%20
Content%20Instruction.pdf
(896 KB)

Grade 3-8 English and Math Test Results Released
On July 28, 2010 Commissioner Steiner and Chancellor Tisch held a press conference to release information regarding the change in cut scores and its effect on the Grade 3-8 ELA and Math test results. On average, 53% of grade 3-8 students across the state met or exceeded the new ELA Proficiency standard, and 61% of students met or exceeded the new Mathematics Proficiency standard.  For more information, please see the following:
July 28th press release: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/Grade3-8_Results07282010.html
Video of the conference: http://usny.nysed.gov/webcasts.html
School data: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/pressRelease/20100728/

2010-11 School Year Elementary and Intermediate Level Testing Schedule
Due to the fiscal crisis, the Board of Regents has had to take steps to achieve cost reductions in the State Assessment Program. One such step has been the elimination of 5th and 8th grade social studies tests previously scheduled for November 2010 and June 2011, respectively. The schedule(0 KB) reflects the elimination of these tests. Additionally, the last dates for scoring the Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests and for submitting the answer sheets to the scanning centers have been revised.  Please direct any questions to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov . We appreciate the efforts of all teachers and school officials and look forward to further collaboration as the new testing schedule is implemented during the 2010–11 school year.  Thank you for all the hard work that you do and for your continued cooperation.

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

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

NEW! Inspiring 9/11 Stories & Civics Lessons Free Online Resource
Please check out this excellent online resource that consists of 8 units that provides middle and high school students a deeper understanding of September 11. Each unit is a story of individual who was directly impacted by 9/11 and who responded by creating projects to better their communities. Each multimedia narrative is enriched with critical thinking questions, historical context, research resource links and community service projects. The materials are available for free at www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html . Also this program is available as a free DVD-ROM. If you would like a copy sent to you, please send a request to education@tributewtc.org . Include your name, school name, grade, address of school.

NEW! Einstein Fellowship - Application is Now Open!
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. To be considered for an Einstein Fellowship for the 2011-2012 school year, apply online now, and submit your application and three letters of recommendation no later than January 4, 2011. To learn more about the program and apply, visit http://www.trianglecoalition.org/fellows/einapp.htm,

If you have questions about the program or application, contact Program Manager Kathryn Culbertson at culbertsonk@triangle-coalition.org.

NEW! Wastewater Treatment Poster Contest
A great project for middle and high school sciences classes - "The Importance of Wastewater Treatment Poster Contest."  This contest is an excellent tool for teaching students about water quality issues and the importance of environmental protection.  The contest is sponsored by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the NY Water Environment Association.  All students who participate will receive a certificate of appreciation.  The two overall winners will receive $50 and engraved plaques.  Runners-up receive $25 and plaques.  The two winning teachers will get a water test kit for use in the classroom and also plaques.  The filing deadline is January 7, 2011.  The rules, application form, and the previous winners may be accessed online at www.dec.ny.gov/education/1896.html or www.nywea.org. A flyer describing the contest may be downloaded at http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/water_pdf/postercont.pdf(67 KB).

NEW! Sustainable Living
Engage in hands-on activities, and receive a teaching tool kit you can use with your class to explore sustainability practices in energy, water, transportation, food, and the consumption of goods. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of sustainable actions. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

NEW! Take Action at Home
This energy efficiency workshop combines thinking and talking about energy with strategies for taking action at home. Engage in hands-on activities and explore ways to motivate your students to take home the message of energy efficiency. Each teacher receives a class set of Take Home Energy Kits for their students. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of energy-saving actions. Sign up today. Limited number of workshops this school year! The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

NEW! Information Memo Regarding the Elimination of Certain Exams
In consideration of the elimination of the Second Language Proficiency Exam, the Regents comprehensive exam in Hebrew, Latin and German and the grades 5 and 8 social studies assessments an information memo has been issued by the Senior Deputy of P-12 Education.  The memo clarifies questions and concerns related to the earning of diploma credit in languages other than English as well as Regents diplomas with advanced designation.  In addition it addresses questions related to academic intervention services in Social Studies.  The full text of the memo can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/memos/lote092110.html

NEW! October is the Month of the Young Adolescent
In a proclamation signed by Governor Patterson in August of 2009, October was designated in New York as the the Month of the Young Adolescent (MOYA).  Visit the following websites to learn more about how you can celebrate young adolescents in your school.  http://www.nmsa.org/moya/  and   http://www.nysmsa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=68

2010 NYS Historical Association's October Conference for Teachers
The New York State Historical Association's (NYSHA) annual October Conference for Teachers is a professional development opportunity which focuses on current issues, topics, concerns, project-based instruction, curriculum, and best practices in social studies education.  The 52nd conference will take place on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2010. Registration information can be found at http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers/october_conference .   Proposals for the 2010 October Conference are also being accepted  http://www.nysha.org/files/october_teachers_conf/presentation_proposal_form_2010.pdf(158 KB).    The proposal submission deadline has been extended to August 13, 2010. Selected presenters will receive complementary registration to the conference. 

September 11th Personal Stories of Transfomation - Class Materials
FREE ONLINE classroom materials: September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is a classroom resource kit using 8 videos of personal stories to teach important lessons of 9/11.  Each story is accompanied by discussion questions, research links and suggested service projects are available at http://www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html  

Teaching September 11 Classroom Toolkit
FREE ONLINE classroom materials - September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is a classroom resource kit using 8 videos of personal stories to teach important lessons of 9/11. Each story is accompanied by discussion questions, research links and suggested service projects. The materials are available at http://www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html

Change in Regents Exams for 2011
At the June 2010 Board of Regents meeting, the Board discussed the projected deficit of approximately $11.5 million in available funding for 2010-11 for P-12 programs, including the assessment program. An update on the effects of the projected deficit and the State's 2010-2011 budget on the NYSED assessment program may be accessed online at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/hsgen/111/januaryregentsnotice.pdf(59 KB).

21st Century Skills Map for the Arts Released
In collaboration with national arts organizations, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) has charted how arts education promotes key 21st-century skills in a map released earlier this month. The 21st Century Skills Map: The Arts is the fifth in a series of core content maps designed for educators, administrators and policy-makers. The map provides examples of how art subjects (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) can be fused with skills to create engaging learning experiences that promote 21st century knowledge and skill acquisition. In addition to aligning teaching and learning to the demands of today’s world, the map cites specific student outcomes and provides project examples for grades four, eight and twelve. All of the Partnership's resources are freely available at http://www.p21.org/.

Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]
The Center on Instruction has released "Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]," which provides research-based guidance on academic literacy instruction in the content areas, specifically focusing on the effective use of text in content areas. It reviews the research evidence about content-area literacy instruction for adolescents and suggests ways teachers can use content-area texts to enable students to understand the vocabulary and concepts they contain.This document is available as a pdf at http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Bringing%20Literacy%20Strategies%
20into%20Content%20Instruction.pdf
(896 KB)

Learning Resource Available on the Gulf Oil Spill
Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) station WSRE (at Pensacola State College) has compiled a list of resources for parents, teachers, and kids regarding the Gulf oil spill and is available at wsre.org/OilSpill/teachers-students-kids.asp. This website provides information that teachers and parents can use to help students understand the science and environmental concerns behind an oil spill.

The Trading Game, A New Economics Lesson for 6-12 Students
A new economics lesson  for students in Grades 6-8 and 9-12, from the Council of Economic  Education entitled "The Trading Game."  In this lesson students will participate in a trading game. The game is designed to demonstrate that when voluntary trade takes place, both parties benefit.  Voluntary trade allows individuals to obtain the goods and services they desire and for societies to specialize in the production of those goods and services they are most efficient at producing. Other gains to trade in the presence of such trade implies competition. This means there is a greater variety of products at lower prices for consumers. Students will learn about trade and why countries participate in it; understand the gains available from trade; and participate in an interactive trading game to illustrate that in a voluntary transaction both parties can gain. For more information, visit   http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lesson=855&page=teacher&utm_source
=newLessons&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=lessons20100727

Updated Internet Safety Resource Page
The Office of Educational Design and Technology is pleased to announce the release of an updated Internet safety resource page, which can be found though our website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/technology/internet_safety/ .  This resource provides guidelines on acceptable use policies, Internet filtering, and other relevant information pertaining to Internet safety for teachers, students, parents, and school administrators.

Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades: Research Study
What district and school policies and practices are linked to higher student performance in the middle grades? To find out, a research team led by EdSource spent 18 months conducting the most extensive study ever of middle grades.  To download a copy of the narrative summary or the entire study visit http://www.edsource.org/middle-grades-study.html . 

For more information on Middle Level Education, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Athletic Eligibility Regulation Change
The Board of Regents recently approved an emergency amendment to provide a waiver of the age 19 and 5th year of eligibility regulation for students with disabilities.  The new regulation is located at the following link on page 9 of the document under the section on Duration of Competition(75 KB)

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

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

NEW! Nationwide Video Contest for High School Students
Human population is set to reach seven billion by the end of 2011.  As this historic moment approaches, Population Connection is hosting a nationwide video contest for high school students.  The contest challenges students to create a video public service announcement that illustrates the impact of population reaching seven billion as it relates to environmental and global issues.   With cash prizes of up to $1,000 available to winning videos, the deadline for entries is March 1, 2011.  But there's something in it for you, the teacher, as well!  If at least 10 of your students submit videos, we'll send you a set of free classroom resources.  This is a teachable moment you don't want to miss! Contest information and forms are available at www.Worldof7Billion.org.  You can use this  printable flyer(635 KB) to hang in your classroom to let students know about the contest.  

NEW! Applications for SLMS/NYLA Awards Open
Both the Beatrice E. Griggs Elementary Administrator's Award and the Secondary Administrator's Award are awarded to building or district administrators who have effectively supported the maintenance and improvement of a School Library Media Program in NY State. Applications for the following SLMS awards are now being accepted. The deadline is Monday, November 15, 2010.  All application/nomination criteria and forms are available online at: http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=609 

NEW! IMLS Releases Guidelines Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums
Washington, DC-The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces the release of grant guidelines for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums (http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/SparksIgnition.shtm). This new grant program will provide one-year grants of $10,000 to $25,000 for innovative projects that respond to the challenges and opportunities facing cultural heritage institutions in a rapidly changing information environment. Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to museums, libraries, or archives, will test innovative responses to these problems, and will make the findings of these tests widely and openly accessible. Grant funding may include all activities associated with planning, deploying, and evaluating the innovation.  The submission deadline is November 15, 2010.

NEW! Broadband Speed Tests for New York Residents
The Center for Technology in Government (CTG) at the University at Albany is partnering with the New York State Office of Cyber Security (OCS) to collect actual broadband speeds from New York State residents. OCS has received funding to do carry this out through a grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).  CTG has developed a website with a simple speed test that residents can take from their home computer that will collect real-time broadband speeds. The data collected will inform the development of a comprehensive map of broadband internet availability throughout New York State. The map will be used to inform future policy decisions and funding for broadband activities in New York State.  New York State residents can take the test from their home. Visit www.nyspeedtest.org, click on "Take the Speed Test," and follow the prompts. Also a 'widget' can be placed on an organization's Web page to direct viewers to the speed test website, by following this link http://www.nyspeedtest.com/share.php.

NEW! American Association of School Librarians commends NYSED CI&IT
The Affiliate Assembly of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commended six programs based on their support of the profession and their alignment with AASL’s learning standards and program guidelines and principles expressed in AASL’s mission and value statements – to include the Curriculum Instruction and Instructional Technology Section, New York State Education Department– at the ALA 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. NYSED CI&IT was nominated by the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association. The section was commended for its outstanding support of school librarians in New York State. For more information on NYSED C&I's commendation, visit: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/aasl-lauds-six-programs-programs-align-association-s-values-mission    

NEW! Sustainable Living
Engage in hands-on activities, and receive a teaching tool kit you can use with your class to explore sustainability practices in energy, water, transportation, food, and the consumption of goods. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of sustainable actions. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

NEW! Take Action at Home
This energy efficiency workshop combines thinking and talking about energy with strategies for taking action at home. Engage in hands-on activities and explore ways to motivate your students to take home the message of energy efficiency. Each teacher receives a class set of Take Home Energy Kits for their students. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of energy-saving actions. Sign up today. Limited number of workshops this school year! The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

NEW! Document-Based Resources Available for Teachers
The New York State Archives has document-based resources written by teachers for teachers available on their website.  These websites incorporate historical records from across New York State for Pre-K through grade 12 teachers in all subject areas.  Several websites includes a "Build Your Own Worksheet" function enabling teachers to customize these lessons to their students. These document-based resources can be found on the State Archives' education website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_web.shtml.

NEW! Global History and Geography Images Available on State Archives' website
The New York State Archives has global history and geography images now available on their website.  These photographic images held in the State Archives' collections show people and places as they appeared in the early twentieth century. The descriptions of the images are contemporary to that period.  Locations include the Asia Minor, Brazil, England, Mexico, Japan, Netherlands and Yugoslavia along with many others!  See these images on the State Archives website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_global.shtml.

2010 NYS Historical Association's October Conference for Teachers
The New York State Historical Association's (NYSHA) annual October Conference for Teachers is a professional development opportunity which focuses on current issues, topics, concerns, project-based instruction, curriculum, and best practices in social studies education.  The 52nd conference will take place on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2010. Registration information can be found at http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers/october_conference .   Proposals for the 2010 October Conference are also being accepted  http://www.nysha.org/files/october_teachers_conf/presentation_proposal_form_2010.pdf(158 KB).    The proposal submission deadline has been extended to August 13, 2010. Selected presenters will receive complementary registration to the conference. 

First Freedom Student Competition
The First Freedom Center has announceed that its 2010-2011 First Freedom Student Competition has added a second category—that of video—to its annual essay competition.  The 2010/2011 national ESSAY and VIDEO contest will offer 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and the history and implementation of religious freedom and freedom of conscience in American democracy. The online registration deadline is Monday, November 15, 2010. The postmark entry deadline is Saturday November 27, 2010. Announcement of winners weill be Wednesday, April 13, 2011. To qualify, students must comply with all requirements. Essay and video guidelines can be accessed at: http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/studentcomp/guidelines.html .  For the complete topic, written essay and video guidelines, registration, classroom poster, student flyer and other details, visit www.firstfreedom.org, and then click on the red First Freedom Student Competition button (center column). 

Teaching with Primary Sources Grant Opportunities
The TPS Eastern Region Coordinator (http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion) is currently accepting grant applications to support the development of local TPS projects on a rolling deadline. You are invited to develop and submit a grant proposal ( http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion/introduction.html) to initiate and implement a TPS program for pre- or in-service K-16 educators and/or librarians. Seed grants in the between $5,000 and $15,000 will be awarded. Descriptions of ongoing TPS Eastern Region projects are available at: http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion/participants.html.   

Organization of American Historians Annual Award
The Organization of American Historians (OAH)  sponsors an annual award to recognize the contributions made by precollegiate teachers to improve history education. The award, to be given for activities which enhance the intellectual development of other history teachers and/or students, memorializes the career of Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau, University of Louisville, for her path breaking efforts to build bridges between university and precollegiate history teachers. Learn more at www.oah.org/activities/awards/tachau/index.html. Applications must be received by December 1, 2010.

Learning Resource Available on the Gulf Oil Spill
Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) station WSRE (at Pensacola State College) has compiled a list of resources for parents, teachers, and kids regarding the Gulf oil spill and is available at wsre.org/OilSpill/teachers-students-kids.asp. This website provides information that teachers and parents can use to help students understand the science and environmental concerns behind an oil spill.

The Trading Game, A New Economics Lesson for 6-12 Students
A new economics lesson  for students in Grades 6-8 and 9-12, from the Council of Economic  Education entitled "The Trading Game."  In this lesson students will participate in a trading game. The game is designed to demonstrate that when voluntary trade takes place, both parties benefit.  Voluntary trade allows individuals to obtain the goods and services they desire and for societies to specialize in the production of those goods and services they are most efficient at producing. Other gains to trade in the presence of such trade implies competition. This means there is a greater variety of products at lower prices for consumers. Students will learn about trade and why countries participate in it; understand the gains available from trade; and participate in an interactive trading game to illustrate that in a voluntary transaction both parties can gain. For more information, visit   http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lesson=855&page=teacher&utm_source=newLessons&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=lessons20100727

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

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SCIENCE

NEW! Einstein Fellowship - Application is Now Open!
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. To be considered for an Einstein Fellowship for the 2011-2012 school year, apply online now, and submit your application and three letters of recommendation no later than January 4, 2011. To learn more about the program and apply, visit http://www.trianglecoalition.org/fellows/einapp.htm,

If you have questions about the program or application, contact Program Manager Kathryn Culbertson at culbertsonk@triangle-coalition.org.

NEW! Green Chemistry Survey
A survey to garner interest and availability to participate in professional development related to high school-level green chemistry science lessons and laboratory experiments has been developed and is now posted online. The workshops will be sponsored by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Pollution Prevention Unit (NYSDEC P2 Unit). The NYSDEC P2 Unit invites you to complete the short survey that may be accessed at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z8J6FWJ. The survey will close on November 19, 2010.

The NYSDEC P2 Unit thanks you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to complete the survey.

NEW! Wastewater Treatment Poster Contest
A great project for middle and high school sciences classes - "The Importance of Wastewater Treatment Poster Contest."  This contest is an excellent tool for teaching students about water quality issues and the importance of environmental protection.  The contest is sponsored by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the NY Water Environment Association.  All students who participate will receive a certificate of appreciation.  The two overall winners will receive $50 and engraved plaques.  Runners-up receive $25 and plaques.  The two winning teachers will get a water test kit for use in the classroom and also plaques.  The filing deadline is January 7, 2011.  The rules, application form, and the previous winners may be accessed online at www.dec.ny.gov/education/1896.html or www.nywea.org. A flyer describing the contest may be downloaded at http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/water_pdf/postercont.pdf(67 KB).

NEW! Sustainable Living
Engage in hands-on activities, and receive a teaching tool kit you can use with your class to explore sustainability practices in energy, water, transportation, food, and the consumption of goods. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of sustainable actions. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

NEW! Take Action at Home
This energy efficiency workshop combines thinking and talking about energy with strategies for taking action at home. Engage in hands-on activities and explore ways to motivate your students to take home the message of energy efficiency. Each teacher receives a class set of Take Home Energy Kits for their students. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of energy-saving actions. Sign up today. Limited number of workshops this school year! The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

NEW! Document-Based Resources Available for Teachers
The New York State Archives has document-based resources written by teachers for teachers available on their website.  These websites incorporate historical records from across New York State for Pre-K through grade 12 teachers in all subject areas.  Several websites includes a "Build Your Own Worksheet" function enabling teachers to customize these lessons to their students. These document-based resources can be found on the State Archives' education website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_web.shtml.

NEW! 6th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 6th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! It is open to students in grades 9th – 12th. Please visit http://www.ashg.org/education/dnaday.shtml for the rules, rubric, and more information. The deadline for entries is March 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST.

Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]
The Center on Instruction has released "Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]," which provides research-based guidance on academic literacy instruction in the content areas, specifically focusing on the effective use of text in content areas. It reviews the research evidence about content-area literacy instruction for adolescents and suggests ways teachers can use content-area texts to enable students to understand the vocabulary and concepts they contain.This document is available as a pdf at http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Bringing%20Literacy%20Strategies%20into%20
Content%20Instruction.pdf
(896 KB)

2010-11 School Year Elementary and Intermediate Level Testing Schedule
Due to the fiscal crisis, the Board of Regents has had to take steps to achieve cost reductions in the State Assessment Program. One such step has been the elimination of 5th and 8th grade social studies tests previously scheduled for November 2010 and June 2011, respectively. The schedule(0 KB) reflects the elimination of these tests. Additionally, the last dates for scoring the Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests and for submitting the answer sheets to the scanning centers have been revised.  Please direct any questions to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov . We appreciate the efforts of all teachers and school officials and look forward to further collaboration as the new testing schedule is implemented during the 2010–11 school year.  Thank you for all the hard work that you do and for your continued cooperation.

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! Nationwide Video Contest for High School Students
Human population is set to reach seven billion by the end of 2011.  As this historic moment approaches, Population Connection is hosting a nationwide video contest for high school students.  The contest challenges students to create a video public service announcement that illustrates the impact of population reaching seven billion as it relates to environmental and global issues.   With cash prizes of up to $1,000 available to winning videos, the deadline for entries is March 1, 2011.  But there's something in it for you, the teacher, as well!  If at least 10 of your students submit videos, we'll send you a set of free classroom resources.  This is a teachable moment you don't want to miss! Contest information and forms are available at www.Worldof7Billion.org.  You can use this  printable flyer(635 KB) to hang in your classroom to let students know about the contest. 

NEW! Inspiring 9/11 Stories & Civics Lessons Free Online Resource
Please check out this excellent online resource that consists of 8 units that provides middle and high school students a deeper understanding of September 11. Each unit is a story of individual who was directly impacted by 9/11 and who responded by creating projects to better their communities. Each multimedia narrative is enriched with critical thinking questions, historical context, research resource links and community service projects. The materials are available for free at www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html . Also this program is available as a free DVD-ROM. If you would like a copy sent to you, please send a request to education@tributewtc.org . Include your name, school name, grade, address of school.

NEW! Sustainable Living
Engage in hands-on activities, and receive a teaching tool kit you can use with your class to explore sustainability practices in energy, water, transportation, food, and the consumption of goods. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of sustainable actions. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

NEW! Take Action at Home
This energy efficiency workshop combines thinking and talking about energy with strategies for taking action at home. Engage in hands-on activities and explore ways to motivate your students to take home the message of energy efficiency. Each teacher receives a class set of Take Home Energy Kits for their students. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of energy-saving actions. Sign up today. Limited number of workshops this school year! The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

NEW! Document-Based Resources Available for Teachers
The New York State Archives has document-based resources written by teachers for teachers available on their website.  These websites incorporate historical records from across New York State for Pre-K through grade 12 teachers in all subject areas.  Several websites includes a "Build Your Own Worksheet" function enabling teachers to customize these lessons to their students. These document-based resources can be found on the State Archives' education website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_web.shtml.

NEW! Global History and Geography Images Available on State Archives' website
The New York State Archives has global history and geography images now available on their website.  These photographic images held in the State Archives' collections show people and places as they appeared in the early twentieth century. The descriptions of the images are contemporary to that period.  Locations include the Asia Minor, Brazil, England, Mexico, Japan, Netherlands and Yugoslavia along with many others!  See these images on the State Archives website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_global.shtml.

NEW! Information Memo Regarding the Elimination of Certain Exams
In consideration of the elimination of the Second Language Proficiency Exam, the Regents comprehensive exam in Hebrew, Latin and German and the grades 5 and 8 social studies assessments an information memo has been issued by the Senior Deputy of P-12 Education.  The memo clarifies questions and concerns related to the earning of diploma credit in languages other than English as well as Regents diplomas with advanced designation.  In addition it addresses questions related to academic intervention services in Social Studies.  The full text of the memo can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/memos/lote092110.html

2010 NYS Historical Association's October Conference for Teachers
The New York State Historical Association's (NYSHA) annual October Conference for Teachers is a professional development opportunity which focuses on current issues, topics, concerns, project-based instruction, curriculum, and best practices in social studies education.  The 52nd conference will take place on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2010. Registration information can be found at http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers/october_conference .   Proposals for the 2010 October Conference are also being accepted  http://www.nysha.org/files/october_teachers_conf/presentation_proposal_form_2010.pdf(158 KB).    The proposal submission deadline has been extended to August 13, 2010. Selected presenters will receive complementary registration to the conference. 

September 11th Personal Stories of Transfomation - Class Materials
FREE ONLINE classroom materials: September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is a classroom resource kit using 8 videos of personal stories to teach important lessons of 9/11.  Each story is accompanied by discussion questions, research links and suggested service projects are available at http://www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html  

Teaching September 11 Classroom Toolkit
FREE ONLINE classroom materials - September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is a classroom resource kit using 8 videos of personal stories to teach important lessons of 9/11. Each story is accompanied by discussion questions, research links and suggested service projects. The materials are available at http://www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html

First Freedom Student Competition
The First Freedom Center has announceed that its 2010-2011 First Freedom Student Competition has added a second category—that of video—to its annual essay competition.  The 2010/2011 national ESSAY and VIDEO contest will offer 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and the history and implementation of religious freedom and freedom of conscience in American democracy. The online registration deadline is Monday, November 15, 2010. The postmark entry deadline is Saturday November 27, 2010. Announcement of winners weill be Wednesday, April 13, 2011. To qualify, students must comply with all requirements. Essay and video guidelines can be accessed at: http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/studentcomp/guidelines.html .  For the complete topic, written essay and video guidelines, registration, classroom poster, student flyer and other details, visit www.firstfreedom.org, and then click on the red First Freedom Student Competition button (center column). 

Teaching with Primary Sources Grant Opportunities
The TPS Eastern Region Coordinator (http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion) is currently accepting grant applications to support the development of local TPS projects on a rolling deadline. You are invited to develop and submit a grant proposal ( http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion/introduction.html) to initiate and implement a TPS program for pre- or in-service K-16 educators and/or librarians. Seed grants in the between $5,000 and $15,000 will be awarded. Descriptions of ongoing TPS Eastern Region projects are available at: http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion/participants.html.   

Organization of American Historians Annual Award
The Organization of American Historians (OAH)  sponsors an annual award to recognize the contributions made by precollegiate teachers to improve history education. The award, to be given for activities which enhance the intellectual development of other history teachers and/or students, memorializes the career of Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau, University of Louisville, for her path breaking efforts to build bridges between university and precollegiate history teachers. Learn more at www.oah.org/activities/awards/tachau/index.html. Applications must be received by December 1, 2010.

Change in Regents Exams for 2011
At the June 2010 Board of Regents meeting, the Board discussed the projected deficit of approximately $11.5 million in available funding for 2010-11 for P-12 programs, including the assessment program. An update on the effects of the projected deficit and the State's 2010-2011 budget on the NYSED assessment program may be accessed online at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/hsgen/111/januaryregentsnotice.pdf(59 KB).

Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]
The Center on Instruction has released "Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]," which provides research-based guidance on academic literacy instruction in the content areas, specifically focusing on the effective use of text in content areas. It reviews the research evidence about content-area literacy instruction for adolescents and suggests ways teachers can use content-area texts to enable students to understand the vocabulary and concepts they contain.This document is available as a pdf at http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Bringing%20Literacy%20Strategies%20into%20
Content%20Instruction.pdf
(896 KB)

Learning Resource Available on the Gulf Oil Spill
Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) station WSRE (at Pensacola State College) has compiled a list of resources for parents, teachers, and kids regarding the Gulf oil spill and is available at wsre.org/OilSpill/teachers-students-kids.asp. This website provides information that teachers and parents can use to help students understand the science and environmental concerns behind an oil spill.

Bill of Rights Institute
The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America's Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society. It offers a variety of educational resources free of charge. Weekly eLessons offer 20-minute discussion guides for middle and high school history and government teachers. Each lesson includes a lively background reading, discussion questions and extension options. They also offer complete lesson plans based on primary source documents. http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/  

Teaching New American History
Through a partnership with National Council for the Social Studies, American Public University has established a graduate-level history course specifically designed for the professional membership of NCSS. The course, HIST-681: Teaching New American History, prepares teachers to offer a professional development workshop based on the principles of Powerful and Authentic Social Studies (PASS), a program developed by the NCSS. Teachers will learn the three criteria of PASS and how these are applied to standards for developing curriculum, creating assessments, and providing effective instruction. Using content from “new” American history that reflects a change in perspective or interpretation, teachers will learn how to critique and create their own curriculum units, assessment tasks, and instructional video-recordings. Teachers will consider a variety of factors in providing PASS workshops to others. To register, visit  http://www.apu.apus.edu/academic/schedule/course/hist681?utm_source=TSSP+
Update&utm_campaign=5b108623b1-July2010TsspUpdate&utm_medium=email

2010-11 School Year Elementary and Intermediate Level Testing Schedule
Due to the fiscal crisis, the Board of Regents has had to take steps to achieve cost reductions in the State Assessment Program. One such step has been the elimination of 5th and 8th grade social studies tests previously scheduled for November 2010 and June 2011, respectively. The schedule(0 KB) reflects the elimination of these tests. Additionally, the last dates for scoring the Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests and for submitting the answer sheets to the scanning centers have been revised.  Please direct any questions to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov . We appreciate the efforts of all teachers and school officials and look forward to further collaboration as the new testing schedule is implemented during the 2010–11 school year.  Thank you for all the hard work that you do and for your continued cooperation.

The Trading Game, A New Economics Lesson for 6-12 Students
A new economics lesson  for students in Grades 6-8 and 9-12, from the Council of Economic  Education entitled "The Trading Game."  In this lesson students will participate in a trading game. The game is designed to demonstrate that when voluntary trade takes place, both parties benefit.  Voluntary trade allows individuals to obtain the goods and services they desire and for societies to specialize in the production of those goods and services they are most efficient at producing. Other gains to trade in the presence of such trade implies competition. This means there is a greater variety of products at lower prices for consumers. Students will learn about trade and why countries participate in it; understand the gains available from trade; and participate in an interactive trading game to illustrate that in a voluntary transaction both parties can gain. For more information, visit   http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lesson=855&page=teacher&utm_source
=newLessons&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=lessons20100727

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

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

NEW! Sustainable Living
Engage in hands-on activities, and receive a teaching tool kit you can use with your class to explore sustainability practices in energy, water, transportation, food, and the consumption of goods. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of sustainable actions. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

NEW! Take Action at Home
This energy efficiency workshop combines thinking and talking about energy with strategies for taking action at home. Engage in hands-on activities and explore ways to motivate your students to take home the message of energy efficiency. Each teacher receives a class set of Take Home Energy Kits for their students. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of energy-saving actions. Sign up today. Limited number of workshops this school year! The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

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

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TESTING

NEW! PARCC Consortium Awarded Race to the Top Assessment Funds
In early September 2010, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Race to the Top assessment funds to the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). New York is one of 11 governing states that will lead the 26-state Partnership in the development of a shared set of K-12 assessments in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy. The goal of PARCC is to create an assessment system that will ensure students graduate college and career ready from high school. The new assessments will be ready for states to administer by the 2014-15 school year.
NYSED press release: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/PARCCConsortiumAwardedRacetotheTopAssessmentFunds.html PARCC summary (from Achieve, Inc.): http://www.achieve.org/PARCCsummary

NEW! Information Memo Regarding the Elimination of Certain Exams
In consideration of the elimination of the Second Language Proficiency Exam, the Regents comprehensive exam in Hebrew, Latin and German and the grades 5 and 8 social studies assessments an information memo has been issued by the Senior Deputy of P-12 Education.  The memo clarifies questions and concerns related to the earning of diploma credit in languages other than English as well as Regents diplomas with advanced designation.  In addition it addresses questions related to academic intervention services in Social Studies.  The full text of the memo can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/memos/lote092110.html

Regents Examination Dates for January, June, and August 2011-2013
The Office of State Assessment has released the final dates for the January, June, and August Regents examination periods for 2011 and 2012 administrations, along with the tentative dates for the 2013 administration. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/regentsexamdates11-13.pdf(61 KB)

Change in Regents Exams for 2011
At the June 2010 Board of Regents meeting, the Board discussed the projected deficit of approximately $11.5 million in available funding for 2010-11 for P-12 programs, including the assessment program. An update on the effects of the projected deficit and the State's 2010-2011 budget on the NYSED assessment program may be accessed online at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/hsgen/111/januaryregentsnotice.pdf(59 KB).

Regents Examination Dates for 2011-2012
Provided here are the final dates for the January, June and August Regents examination periods for 2011 and 2012 administrations, along with the tentative dates for the 2013 administration.   http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/regentsexamdates11-13.pdf(61 KB) .  Having this information now will enable schools to establish their calendars and facilitate planning and arrangements for important events such as staff development activities, class trips, and commencement exercises.

Grade 3-8 English and Math Test Results Released
On July 28, 2010 Commissioner Steiner and Chancellor Tisch held a press conference to release information regarding the change in cut scores and its effect on the Grade 3-8 ELA and Math test results. On average, 53% of grade 3-8 students across the state met or exceeded the new ELA Proficiency standard, and 61% of students met or exceeded the new Mathematics Proficiency standard.  For more information, please see the following:
July 28th press release: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/Grade3-8_Results07282010.html
Video of the conference: http://usny.nysed.gov/webcasts.html
School data: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/pressRelease/20100728/

2010-11 School Year Elementary and Intermediate Level Testing Schedule
Due to the fiscal crisis, the Board of Regents has had to take steps to achieve cost reductions in the State Assessment Program. One such step has been the elimination of 5th and 8th grade social studies tests previously scheduled for November 2010 and June 2011, respectively. The schedule(0 KB) reflects the elimination of these tests. Additionally, the last dates for scoring the Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests and for submitting the answer sheets to the scanning centers have been revised.  Please direct any questions to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov . We appreciate the efforts of all teachers and school officials and look forward to further collaboration as the new testing schedule is implemented during the 2010–11 school year.  Thank you for all the hard work that you do and for your continued cooperation.

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

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

NEW! Nationwide Video Contest for High School Students
Human population is set to reach seven billion by the end of 2011.  As this historic moment approaches, Population Connection is hosting a nationwide video contest for high school students.  The contest challenges students to create a video public service announcement that illustrates the impact of population reaching seven billion as it relates to environmental and global issues.   With cash prizes of up to $1,000 available to winning videos, the deadline for entries is March 1, 2011.  But there's something in it for you, the teacher, as well!  If at least 10 of your students submit videos, we'll send you a set of free classroom resources.  This is a teachable moment you don't want to miss! Contest information and forms are available at www.Worldof7Billion.org.  You can use this  printable flyer(635 KB) to hang in your classroom to let students know about the contest.

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

NEW! Inspiring 9/11 Stories & Civics Lessons Free Online Resource
Please check out this excellent online resource that consists of 8 units that provides middle and high school students a deeper understanding of September 11. Each unit is a story of individual who was directly impacted by 9/11 and who responded by creating projects to better their communities. Each multimedia narrative is enriched with critical thinking questions, historical context, research resource links and community service projects. The materials are available for free at www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html . Also this program is available as a free DVD-ROM. If you would like a copy sent to you, please send a request to education@tributewtc.org . Include your name, school name, grade, address of school.

NEW! Document-Based Resources Available for Teachers
The New York State Archives has document-based resources written by teachers for teachers available on their website.  These websites incorporate historical records from across New York State for Pre-K through grade 12 teachers in all subject areas.  Several websites includes a "Build Your Own Worksheet" function enabling teachers to customize these lessons to their students. These document-based resources can be found on the State Archives' education website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_web.shtml.

NEW! Global History and Geography Images Available on State Archives' website
The New York State Archives has global history and geography images now available on their website.  These photographic images held in the State Archives' collections show people and places as they appeared in the early twentieth century. The descriptions of the images are contemporary to that period.  Locations include the Asia Minor, Brazil, England, Mexico, Japan, Netherlands and Yugoslavia along with many others!  See these images on the State Archives website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_global.shtml.

September 11th Personal Stories of Transfomation - Class Materials
FREE ONLINE classroom materials: September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is a classroom resource kit using 8 videos of personal stories to teach important lessons of 9/11.  Each story is accompanied by discussion questions, research links and suggested service projects are available at http://www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html  

Teaching September 11 Classroom Toolkit
FREE ONLINE classroom materials - September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is a classroom resource kit using 8 videos of personal stories to teach important lessons of 9/11. Each story is accompanied by discussion questions, research links and suggested service projects. The materials are available at http://www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html

First Freedom Student Competition
The First Freedom Center has announceed that its 2010-2011 First Freedom Student Competition has added a second category—that of video—to its annual essay competition.  The 2010/2011 national ESSAY and VIDEO contest will offer 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and the history and implementation of religious freedom and freedom of conscience in American democracy. The online registration deadline is Monday, November 15, 2010. The postmark entry deadline is Saturday November 27, 2010. Announcement of winners weill be Wednesday, April 13, 2011. To qualify, students must comply with all requirements. Essay and video guidelines can be accessed at: http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/studentcomp/guidelines.html .  For the complete topic, written essay and video guidelines, registration, classroom poster, student flyer and other details, visit www.firstfreedom.org, and then click on the red First Freedom Student Competition button (center column). 

21st Century Skills Map for the Arts Released
In collaboration with national arts organizations, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) has charted how arts education promotes key 21st-century skills in a map released earlier this month. The 21st Century Skills Map: The Arts is the fifth in a series of core content maps designed for educators, administrators and policy-makers. The map provides examples of how art subjects (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) can be fused with skills to create engaging learning experiences that promote 21st century knowledge and skill acquisition. In addition to aligning teaching and learning to the demands of today’s world, the map cites specific student outcomes and provides project examples for grades four, eight and twelve. All of the Partnership's resources are freely available at http://www.p21.org/.

Learning Resource Available on the Gulf Oil Spill
Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) station WSRE (at Pensacola State College) has compiled a list of resources for parents, teachers, and kids regarding the Gulf oil spill and is available at wsre.org/OilSpill/teachers-students-kids.asp. This website provides information that teachers and parents can use to help students understand the science and environmental concerns behind an oil spill.

The Trading Game, A New Economics Lesson for 6-12 Students
A new economics lesson  for students in Grades 6-8 and 9-12, from the Council of Economic  Education entitled "The Trading Game."  In this lesson students will participate in a trading game. The game is designed to demonstrate that when voluntary trade takes place, both parties benefit.  Voluntary trade allows individuals to obtain the goods and services they desire and for societies to specialize in the production of those goods and services they are most efficient at producing. Other gains to trade in the presence of such trade implies competition. This means there is a greater variety of products at lower prices for consumers. Students will learn about trade and why countries participate in it; understand the gains available from trade; and participate in an interactive trading game to illustrate that in a voluntary transaction both parties can gain. For more information, visit   http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lesson=855&page=teacher&utm_source
=newLessons&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=lessons20100727

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! Race to the Top Employment Opportunities
Please be advised that the New York State Education Department is currently recruiting for upwards of 25 positions directly related to supporting our recent success in securing a federal "Race to the Top" award.  Please share the following link with your various professional networks to help us get the word out about these new, exciting employment opportunities: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/listing.html

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 these 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

NYSED Employment Opportunities
For a complete listing of current NYSED Employment Opportunities, please visit http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/

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