C&I

Curriculum and Instruction

Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology's E-Blast

From the Desk of Anne Schiano, Assistant Director
Curriculum, Instruction & Instructional Technology

December 18, 2009

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Welcome to the new and improved NYSED CI&IT E-Blast!  We have made several improvements to our monthly E-Blast based on your feedback over the past several months.  Thanks to each of you for taking the time to help us with these improvements.

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

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NYSED/USNY

NYSED Common Core State Standards Website
In April 2009, Governor David Paterson and former Education Commissioner Richard P. Mills signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) along with forty-nine states and territories to participate in the national dialog to develop Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. New York State is committed to be a part of this dialog and will provide updates to the public through this website about opportunities for public engagement, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html.

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

NYSED Seeks Comments on Draft Mentoring Standards
The State Education Department has released the New York State Preliminary Draft of Mentoring Standards for public review and comment. To view a letter from Deputy Commissioner Joseph Frey, the preliminary draft standards and the web response form click on this direct link http://www.highered.nysed.gov/memos/memo110609.html .
The deadline for comment is January 15, 2010.

Community Service/Service Learning Statewide Survey
The New York State Education Department Learn and Serve America Program and Governor's Summit Drop-out Prevention Statewide Organizations Group are conducting a statewide survey to learn how community service and service-learning are impacting education both in school and out of school. We are especially interested in how community service and service learning is helping your organization address the issue of drop-out prevention. Please have the person in your school or organization who can provide the most comprehensive information about your community service or service-learning program complete this survey by 1/29/10. The survey can be found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=wET_2fWlI7fnVp0531xw3KdQ_3d_3d external link.

Celebration of Teaching & Learning: Where Knowledge Meets Inspiration
Join education colleagues from across the state at Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21 public television's 5th Annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning on March 5-6, 2010. Gathering in New York City, educators and administrators will be able to connect with global experts, activists, academics and thinkers including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Lisa Henson, Queen Latifah, Bobby McFerrin, Steve Spangler, David Rose, Linda Darling-Hammond, Diane Ravitch, Nancie Atwell, Alan Blankstein and others to share the best in education practice. Visit www.thirteencelebration.org external link to register, sign-up for Celebration eblasts, read blogs and explore the latest list of conference presenters.

Amistad Commission Survey for School Districts
The Amistad Commission is seeking information regarding the extent and breadth of instruction that both public and non-public schools provide to students regarding the contributions of African Americans to American society and culture. By appealing to elementary, middle, and high schools across New York State, we are hoping to learn about the various ways that schools explore such topics as the African slave trade, slavery in America, the vestiges of slavery in this country and how the contributions of African Americans to our society are infused into the curriculum of school districts across the state. We invite school administrators and the public to complete a brief survey of only 12 questions. The first few questions ask participants to tell us a little about their local school district so that we can better understand the depth and breadth of instruction in New York regarding the contributions of African Americans to American society and culture.  You can access the survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CVVVRQT external link

United States Senate Youth Program
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKERS!!  New York State’s United States Senate Youth 2010 delegates are Daniel Hoffman of New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle, NY and Joshua Rubin, Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island, Glen Cove, NY.

Each year the William Randolph Hearst Foundation sponsors a scholarship for two student leaders from each state and the District of Columbia to visit Washington, D. C. (all expenses paid), as guest of the Hearst Foundation and a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies at an accredited United States university or college. During the visit to Washington, D.C., students engage in a series of seminars and briefings with Senators and members of the House of Representatives and meet with officials from the executive and judicial branches of government.

Important 2010-2011 United States Senate Youth Dates
• August 2, 2010 - Announcement of the 2010-2011 United States Senate Youth Program
• October 8, 2010 - Student Application forms + essays due
• November 8, 2010 - Semi-Finalist Interviews
• 49th Annual United States Senate Youth Program that will take place in Washington, D.C. March 5-12, 2011

For more details, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/senateyouth.html

State Archives Sponsors 20th Annual Student Research Contest
To promote and recognize excellence in student research, the New York State Archives, a program of the State Education Department in the Office of Cultural Education, is sponsoring the 20th annual Student Research Awards. The program is open to all New York students in grades 4-12 who use historical records in their research projects. The entry deadline is July 1, 2010. For information about this year’s program, visit http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/grants/grants_student_sraguidelines.shtml 
 
Evolution Workshop for Teachers
The NY State Museum and the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center announce the 8th annual Workshop on Evolution on February  5 and 6, 2010 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM  (15 hours) designed for high school and middle school science teachers.  Topics include current research in biodiversity, phylogenetic reconstruction, speciation, hominid evolution and the relevance of evolution in modern life.  For more information, please visit http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html

Legacy Magazine
The NY State Museum quarterly publication highlights scientific and historic research, exhibitions, public programs, and treasured collections.  For a free copy of the Fall 2009 issue or previous archived issues go to: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/information/aboutus/legacy.html

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

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

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

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NCLB Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships Grant 2010-2013
The New York State Education Department administers this competitive grant program intended to increase academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. Partnerships between high-need school districts and the science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) departments in institutions of higher education are at the core of these improvement efforts. Applications must be postmarked by January 22, 2010. More information and an application may be accessed online at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.html  Abstracts of currently funded projects may be accessed online at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/msp/abstracts.html

IMLS National Leadership Grant program
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications for the agency's 2010 National Leadership Grant (NLG) program. Applications, guidelines, and examples of successful proposals can be found on the agency's Web site at http://www.imls.gov/news/2009/102809b.shtm external link. The deadline for submitting applications is February 1, 2010. For the past 12 years, the National Leadership Grants program has been the capstone program for IMLS, providing the agency's highest level of support for innovative projects that provide important research, tools,and models for library and museum programs across the country. Grant Amounts range from: $50,000 to $1,000,000, with up to $100,000 for planning grants.

Give Your School Library a Technology Makeover
Acer and Intel are accepting nominations for Acer's School Library Technology Makeover which will award 10 notebook computers and 2 desktop computer to the winning school library.  Nominations are due January 17, 2010.  For further information, please go to https://usspringpromo.acer.com/Campaign/SchoolLibraryMakeover/index.htm?LS=Intel  external link.

Opportunity for Schools: Teaching American History Grants
Partner with the Gilder Lehrman Institute on Your Teaching American History (TAH) Grants.  Gilder Lehrman offers school districts support at every stage of the TAH Grant development and administration process, providing grant opportunities tailored to the needs of your teachers and students. Grant partners also receive access to Gilder Lehrman's extensive network of renowned scholars, collection of primary-source documents, and interactive classroom materials.  Since 2001, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has partnered on over 120 successful TAH Grants with urban, rural, and suburban school districts in thirty-three states across the country.  Get a jump start on your TAH Grant before the 2010 deadline is announced! Discover how Gilder Lehrman can help by visiting http://www.gilderlehrman.org/teachers/grants.html external link

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/ external link

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

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

America's Media Makers Development and Production Grants
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers two categories of grants for media projects: Development Grants and Production Grants. Grants for America’s Media Makers support projects in the humanities that explore stories, ideas, and beliefs that deepen our understanding of our lives and our world. Grants for America’s Media Makers should encourage dialogue, discussion, and civic engagement, and they should foster learning among people of all ages. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and format and to prepare programs for production. Applications may be submitted for any phase of a project. Applicants are not required to obtain a development grant before applying for a production grant. Eligible Applicants include private, public, and State controlled institutions of higher education. Current Closing Date for Applications is Jan. 13, 2010. For more information go to http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/AmMediaMakers_development.html external link or for production grants go to http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=49873   external link

National Security Language Initiative for Youth
The US Department of State through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer, semester, and academic year international immersion programs.  Merit-based scholarships are available to study overseas for summer, semester and academic year programs in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Farsi), Russian and Turkish. In addition, your school, school system and/or local university can apply for a sub-grantee award to organize and implement six- to eight-week overseas intensive language programs to take place in summer 2010. Interested students should visit http://www.nsliforyouth.org external link, where they can complete the online application. The deadline is December 4, 2009. Organizations interested in Summer 2010 sub-grant opportunities can view the Request for Proposal (RFP) at http://www.americancouncils.org/news/8b/National_Security_Language_
Institute_for_Youth_2010_Subgrantee_Competition
external link. The submission deadline for proposals is November 16, 2009.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Celebration of Teaching & Learning: Where Knowledge Meets Inspiration
Join education colleagues from across the state at Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21 public television's 5th Annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning on March 5-6, 2010. Gathering in New York City, educators and administrators will be able to connect with global experts, activists, academics and thinkers including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Lisa Henson, Queen Latifah, Bobby McFerrin, Steve Spangler, David Rose, Linda Darling-Hammond, Diane Ravitch, Nancie Atwell, Alan Blankstein and others to share the best in education practice. Visit www.thirteencelebration.org external link to register, sign-up for Celebration eblasts, read blogs and explore the latest list of conference presenters.

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

N.Y. State Reading Association Annual Conference: On Track with Literacy
The New York State Reading Association external link will hold its annual conference this year from March 7 – 9, 2010 in Saratoga, New York. To learn more about this conference, please visit http://www.nysreading.org/Conferences/index.html  external link

2010 Summer Seminars in American History
Social Studies, K-12 history and English teachers are invited to apply to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American history 2010 Summer Seminars. These seminars are taught by renowned historians on college campuses in the United States and the United Kingdom. These one-week seminars give educators the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in American history while gaining practical resources and strategies to take back to their classrooms. for a list of all thirty-nine seminars, information about full and partial fellowships, graduate, credit, and to apply online visit: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/education/seminar.php?seminar_id=73 external link Apply early, space is limited.

"Incorporating Culture in the Japanese Language Classroom"
AATJ ( Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese) and the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa, will sponsor a four-week summer institute in Japan for Japanese language teachers in 2010. The theme will be "Incorporating Culture in the Japanese Language Classroom” (tentative dates, June 18 – July 17, 2010). This program is designed for both native and non-native speakers of Japanese and for teachers at all levels of instruction. It will provide participants the opportunity to improve their teaching skills and methodology, to master new technologies and develop materials for their classrooms and to deepen their knowledge of Japanese traditional and contemporary culture and society.  For more information vist http://www.aatj.org/classroom/SummerInstitute2010/index.html external link and http://www.jflalc.org/index.php?act=tpt&id=236  external link

Workshop: "Integrating Language Learning Strategies Instruction"
One-day workshop for K-16 teachers of Japanese: “Integrating language learning strategies instruction into a standards-based Japanese-language curriculum” presented by Dr. Jill Robbins, Associate Director of the National Capital Language Resource Center, at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) on Sunday, January 10, 2010, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  This event is free of charge, but you must register online in advance to attend.   Online registration is available at: http://www.jflalc.org/questionnaires_s/2010GMUW/index.php external link

Second UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education Scheduled for May 2010
The second UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education, the largest global event in the field, will take place in Seoul, South Korea, May 25–28, 2010, with some 2,000 participants coming from Korea and abroad. The meeting in Seoul will target the socio-cultural dimensions of arts education and reinforce the importance of research. The conference is expected to contribute to the development of new strategies and strengthen collaboration between its main participants, national authorities, local governments, teachers, artists, researchers, associations and to work together to reinforce the importance of arts education in schools as well as within society. For more information go to http://www.artsedu2010.kr/ external link

Enhancing Reading Strategies and Teaching Skills in Japanese
The JOINT (Japanese On-line Instruction Network for Teachers) online professional development program of the Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) is offering "Enhancing Your Reading Strategies and Teaching Skills" in Spring 2010. This 6- week online course is designed for non-native-speaking Japanese language teachers who wish to advance their reading skills in Japanese by becoming independent, autonomous, life-long learners of Japanese. Specifically, the course aims to help participants (a) deepen their understanding of reading strategies and (b) better implement reading strategies in their own teaching. The course, which features the use of interactive technologies and collaborative work by participants, will be conducted between February 20 and April 11, 2010 (six weeks of class and one week of orientation and technology familiarization).  For more information visit http://www.aatj.org/joint/ReadingCourse.html  external link

Opportunity for Schools: Teaching American History Grants
Partner with the Gilder Lehrman Institute on Your Teaching American History (TAH) Grants.  Gilder Lehrman offers school districts support at every stage of the TAH Grant development and administration process, providing grant opportunities tailored to the needs of your teachers and students. Grant partners also receive access to Gilder Lehrman's extensive network of renowned scholars, collection of primary-source documents, and interactive classroom materials.  Since 2001, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has partnered on over 120 successful TAH Grants with urban, rural, and suburban school districts in thirty-three states across the country.  Get a jump start on your TAH Grant before the 2010 deadline is announced! Discover how Gilder Lehrman can help by visiting http://www.gilderlehrman.org/teachers/grants.html external link

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

Center for Language Education and Research(CLEAR)Fall Newsletter
CLEAR’s Fall 2009 issue is now available for download. The main article, with tips and techniques for teaching idioms, was written by Dr. Eve Zyzik of the University of California, Santa Cruz. You can always go to the "Newsletter" link on the CLEAR website to download the current or any past issue of the newsletter at http://clear.msu.edu/clear/newsletter  external link Download the latest newsletter from   http://clear.msu.edu/clear/newsletter/files/fall2009.pdf pdf document

CLEAR Summer 2010 Workshops
Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) summer 2010 workshops for language teachers are open for application and registration. Next summer will feature the following workshops:
July 12-14 -Using Video to Promote Language Development in the Classroom
July 15-17 -Blending Language Classes 101
July 19-21 -Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques
July 22-24 -Rich Internet Applications for Language Assessment
July 26-28 -The Second “C”: Culture Teaching in the Language Classroom
For more information: http://clear.msu.edu/clear/professionaldev/summerworkshops.php external link

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

Ethiopia for Teachers!
From July 1-31, 2010, Kansas State University & Ethiopia Reads are offering a four-week study tour to Ethiopia for grades 4-8 teachers and grades 4-8 administrators who supervise modern languages or areas studies. During April and May 2010, four pre-Departure workshop will be conducted online. Teachers will work in teams to develop classroom materials on history, culture, languages, religion, and current challenges in Ethiopia.  Participants must deliver lessons in classrooms during the 2010-2011 academic year. Application materials are available online at: http://coe.k-state.edu/opportunity/ethiopia.htm  external link.  Applications are due February 15, 2010. 

Web Portal of the Russian Federation
The web portal of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation is specially designed for all admirers of the Russian language and Russian culture. The project is targeted at the following audiences:

  • Schoolchildren, who are learning Russian and want to continue their education in the framework of Russian Distance education or to deepen their knowledge of the Russian language, receive Russian General Certificate of Secondary Education, prepare to enter a Russian higher education institution, study in the framework of Russian system of Additional education.
  • Students, who have chosen a certain education institution in Russia in the framework of pre-higher education system. Young specialists, who have a bachelor’s degree and want to continue their education in Russia. Future post-graduate students of Russian higher educational institutions and research centers.
  • Teachers of Russian and other subjects, who want to do a refresher course, obtain information about Web sites containing useful data, teacher training aids, refresher courses in the country of residence or in Russia (on-site or off-site); training periods, Master’s degree program, post-graduate studies, doctorate.
  • Journalists and analysts, interested in the Russian language popularity in the CIS countries and the Baltic states. 

Visit the Russian for All web portal and check out the latest news and resources at http://world.russianforall.ru/enexternal link
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THE ARTS

Career Music Teacher Survey Available
Statistics reveal that over 50% of teachers leave the profession within their first five years. In order to reverse this trend, education needs to know why music educators elect to STAY in their field. To help in the understanding of teacher retention, the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) Teacher Retention Committee has designed an electronic survey titled "Profile of a Career Music Teacher;" it asks those with five years or more of music teaching experience to respond to inquiries about their background, current teaching position, and other information. There will be national representation in this survey audience in order to gain responses from many geographical areas. Results from the survey will be collated and analyzed for presentation at the Music Educators Nation Conference (MENC) research conference in Anaheim in late March, 2010. Please take the survey at http://www.zipsurvey.com/LaunchSurvey.aspx?suid=41119&key=29DC9EC0 external link and help New York State educators provide input into the future direction of music education practices.

Second UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education Scheduled for May 2010
The second UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education, the largest global event in the field, will take place in Seoul, South Korea, May 25–28, 2010, with some 2,000 participants coming from Korea and abroad. The meeting in Seoul will target the socio-cultural dimensions of arts education and reinforce the importance of research. The conference is expected to contribute to the development of new strategies and strengthen collaboration between its main participants, national authorities, local governments, teachers, artists, researchers, associations and to work together to reinforce the importance of arts education in schools as well as within society. For more information go to http://www.artsedu2010.kr/ external link

What Does "Quality" look like in Arts Education?
In 'The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education', Harvard researchers at Project Zero explore what first-rate arts education entails and offer tools to help educators and others make smart choices about arts education in schools and communities. To read the report, go to http://cts.vresp.com/c/?TheWallaceFoundation/91a99db961/03f955ba05/bd6bb69351 external link.

CARTS: Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students
A clearinghouse of online resources pertaining to folklore, anthropology, traditional arts, oral history, and community-based education. Co-sponsored by the National Task Force on Folk Arts in Education and City Lore, CARTS is designed to serve the needs of K-12 educators, students, and community members interested in developing meaningful linkages between school curricula and local cultural traditions. Teachers will be interested in the folklorist mentoring project. A stipend is available for teachers to develop folklore-related projects in their classrooms. http://www.carts.org/ external link

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/ external link

America's Media Makers Development and Production Grants
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers two categories of grants for media projects: Development Grants and Production Grants. Grants for America’s Media Makers support projects in the humanities that explore stories, ideas, and beliefs that deepen our understanding of our lives and our world. Grants for America’s Media Makers should encourage dialogue, discussion, and civic engagement, and they should foster learning among people of all ages. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and format and to prepare programs for production. Applications may be submitted for any phase of a project. Applicants are not required to obtain a development grant before applying for a production grant. Eligible Applicants include private, public, and State controlled institutions of higher education. Current Closing Date for Applications is Jan. 13, 2010. For more information go to http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/AmMediaMakers_development.html external link or for production grants go to http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=49873   external link

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

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

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

Updated Arts Education Data for Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts
The NYSED Arts Education Data in Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts has been updated with information from the 2008-09 school year. The Arts Education Data charts contain statewide totals for public school student enrollments and teacher assignments in selected arts courses. The data is from the Basic Education Data System (BEDS) annually reported by teachers and administrators across New York State. Arts Education personnel in the State Education Department have received the yearly reports and compiled these charts to show trends in enrollments and teaching assignments across the years. To view the charts visit:  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/arts/data

JFK Center for the Performing Arts' Any Given Child Initiative
The Any Given Child initiative, created by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is a program designed to bring Kennedy Center staff and consultants to work with community leaders and school administrators to develop a long-range plan for arts education that is tailor-made for the school district. For more information visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/anygivenchild/ external link

2010 Olympics of the Visual Arts(OVA)
OVA provides an opportunity for students to participate in individual or group artistic problem solving. A new series of challenges is posed every fall. Students create long-range solutions at their schools, and travel to the Albany area to compete in a day-long celebration of creativity. There are awards for each of the "problem categories" at every level. Artistic problem solving is a great way to get students learning, experiencing and creating! The Olympics of the Visual Arts will be held at the Saratoga Springs Civic Center, Saratoga Springs, New York on Thursday, April 15, 2010. Registration forms must be postmarked by February 15, 2010. For more information or to register, visit http://www.nysata.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=87223 external link

Museum Learning Initiative
The primary goal of Museum Learning Initiative (MLI) is to strengthen and expand the educational use of museum and cultural organization resources by schools of the Upper Hudson Valley Region. The Albany Institute of History & Art has taken this unique opportunity to encourage partnerships with over sixty area organizations whose educational offerings include options for school groups utilizing object-based learning strategies. For more information visit http://www.albanyinstitute.org/mli/ external link

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

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

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

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NYSED Common Core State Standards Website
In April 2009, Governor David Paterson and former Education Commissioner Richard P. Mills signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) along with forty-nine states and territories to participate in the national dialog to develop Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. New York State is committed to be a part of this dialog and will provide updates to the public through this website about opportunities for public engagement, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html.

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

3 Apples Book Award Nominations
The 3 Apples Book Award nominations are in and it's time to start reading!   
The 3 Apples Book Award was developed to encourage the joy of reading for pleasure, and to give the readers of New York State the opportunity to participate in honoring their favorite books. The award is divided into 3 sections; Young Readers in grades PreK-2 (ages 3-8); Children in grades 3-6 (ages 8-12) and Teens in grades 7-12 (ages 13+). Brochures for each section of the award are available on the 3 Apples Web site at http://www.3applesbookaward.org external link. Included on the Web site are short annotations for each title as well as information about the timeline of the award. Students may vote on the top 15 nominated titles beginning in April, 2010.

2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program Results
New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, Bernard A. Margolis announced  that for the second consecutive year, over 1.5 million children and teens enjoyed a summer of reading fun and learning by participating in the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program at 1100 local libraries and neighborhood branches. Participation in summer reading programs at New York libraries has grown a phenomenal 440% since 2000.  Mr. Margolis explained, Public libraries, through their summer reading programs, put books in the hands of children. This is the best antidote for the summer slide in children's reading achievement. Access to books and library programs over the summer results in more reading which, in turn, results in improved reading skills.  For the summer reading participation chart and other information please see: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/resource.htm

NEA'S Read Across America
The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA's Read Across America. Now in its fourteenth year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships and reading resources.   NEA's Read Across America Day, NEA's national reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by brining together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! http://www.nea.org/readacross/  external link

Guide to Reading Comprehension Assessments for Adolescents
This guide draws together evidence on nine of the most commonly used, commercially available reading comprehension assessments for use with adolescents. It provides a critical view into the strengths and weaknesses of each. Authors Lelia Morsy, Michael Kieffer, and Catherine Snow focus on the utility of assessments for the purposes of screening groups of students to identify those who struggle and diagnosing their specific needs. The guide is available at http://www.carnegie.org/literacy/tta/pdf/tta_Morsy.pdf pdf document.

Lyrical Legacy: 400 Years of American Song and Poetry
This Library of Congress resource examines 18 historical American songs and poems. Organized by time periods and considered from historical perspectives, songs and poems include Bonny Barbara Allan, Yankee Doodle, John Brown's Body/The Battle Hymn of the Republic, and others. Sound recordings and original documents are provided.
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/lyrical/  external link Connections to New York State Standards:
~Make connections to NYS English Language Art Standard 2: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for literary response and expression

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

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

IRA Standards for Reading and Writing Assessments
In Fall 2007, the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English external linkappointed a Joint Task Force on Assessment external link 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 external link

2010 National African-American Read-In
The Twenty-First National African-American Read-In will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2010 and Monday, February 22, 2010 (for schools.) This event is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and is endorsed by the International Reading Association. For additional information, including supporting materials, see http://www.ncte.org/action/aari external linkand http://www.ncte.org/action/aari/packetinfo external link

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to write an original essay on the political courage of a U.S. Elected official. To write an excellent essay, students must present a compelling argument, provide specific examples based on authentic research, and critically analyze the evidence. Essays are held to high standards, and are judged on both content and presentation. For contest information, registration, and to submit essay online, visit Profile in Courage Award Program external link.  To participate in the 2009-2010 contest, students need to register online and submit essays by January 9, 2010.

Changes to the Regents Comprehensive Examination in English
The State Education Department's Office of State Assessment has issued a memo regarding changes to the Regents Comprehensive Examination in English. The first administration of the new three-hour, one-day Regents Comprehensive Examination in English will take place in January 2011. This examination will replace the current two-session examination that will continue to be administered during each Regents examination period prior to January 2011. Additional information, including test specifications, is included in the memo 
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/retest/specs-cr-eng.pdf pdf document

National Gallery of Writing
The National Gallery of Writing was unveiled to the public on the National Day on Writing (October 20, 2009) and will remain open for submissions/viewing/reading through June 30, 2010. According to the National Council of Teachers of English statement, “The National Gallery of Writing is a virtual space—a website—where people who perhaps have never thought of themselves as writers—mothers, bus drivers, fathers, veterans, nurses, firefighters, sanitation workers, stockbrokers—select and post writing that is important to them. The Gallery accommodates any composition format—from word processing to photography, audio/video recording to text messages—and all types of writing—from letters to lists, memoirs to memos.” For additional information, please visit http://www.galleryofwriting.org external link

Common Core State Standards K-12 Work and Feedback Groups Announced
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices external link(NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers external link(CCSSO) have announced the individuals who will develop the K-12 standards for English language arts and mathematics in the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Fifty-one states and territories have joined this state-led process. To read the press release and view the workgroup and feedback group lists, go to http://www.corestandards.org external linkand click on the news item on the left navigation bar.

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

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LEARNING TECHNOLOGY

Cyber Safety Resource from USDE
"Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online" addresses several topics, including safe use of social networking Web sites, cyberbullying, and the importance of protecting computers from viruses and other harmful software. The booklet also offers parents tips on where to find additional information on Internet safety, and covers issues to raise with kids about "living their lives online," according to a federal Web site dedicated to safeguarding Americans' information online. The free guidebook is also available to schools. It can be downloaded at www.onguardonline.gov external link.

Talking Book and Braille Library
The Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL): A major transition is occurring with the Talking Book and Braille Library at the State Library. TBBL has transitioned to a new internal computer operating system for managing the services provided, and has also begun the first distribution of "new" digital machines and the first downloading of online talking books. Thousands of readers (listeners) will be receiving new (much smaller and lighter weight) machines on which to play books and magazines. This important service is available free to anyone who cannot read ‘normal’ print or who cannot hold a book. It is easy to get signed up. If you know of individuals who would benefit from this great service, visit the TBBL Web pages at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/contacttb.htm 

NYSED Instructional Technology Comments Regarding National Ed Tech Plan
The first draft of the National Education Technology plan is scheduled for release in January 2010. The public was invited to comment on four key elements of the plan: learning, teaching, assessment, and productivity. Comment closed on December 6.  On November 30, the NYSED Instructional Technology Task Force submitted comments regarding the National Ed Tech Plan. Included in the comment were statements on the importance of technology applications that deliver digital resources for the curriculum (beyond textbooks) and virtual library research resources, the significant role of librarians in fostering the practice of reading, and school libraries as essential components in the learning environment. Register on the U.S. Department of Education site at www.edtechfuture.org  external link, to read the comment, which is labeled under "NYSED Instructional Technology Task Force."

"Incorporating Culture in the Japanese Language Classroom"
AATJ ( Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese) and the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa, will sponsor a four-week summer institute in Japan for Japanese language teachers in 2010. The theme will be "Incorporating Culture in the Japanese Language Classroom” (tentative dates, June 18 – July 17, 2010). This program is designed for both native and non-native speakers of Japanese and for teachers at all levels of instruction. It will provide participants the opportunity to improve their teaching skills and methodology, to master new technologies and develop materials for their classrooms and to deepen their knowledge of Japanese traditional and contemporary culture and society.  For more information vist http://www.aatj.org/classroom/SummerInstitute2010/index.html external link and http://www.jflalc.org/index.php?act=tpt&id=236   external link

Enhancing Reading Strategies and Teaching Skills in Japanese
The JOINT (Japanese On-line Instruction Network for Teachers) online professional development program of the Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) is offering "Enhancing Your Reading Strategies and Teaching Skills" in Spring 2010. This 6- week online course is designed for non-native-speaking Japanese language teachers who wish to advance their reading skills in Japanese by becoming independent, autonomous, life-long learners of Japanese. Specifically, the course aims to help participants (a) deepen their understanding of reading strategies and (b) better implement reading strategies in their own teaching. The course, which features the use of interactive technologies and collaborative work by participants, will be conducted between February 20 and April 11, 2010 (six weeks of class and one week of orientation and technology familiarization).  For more information visit http://www.aatj.org/joint/ReadingCourse.html  external link

Give Your School Library a Technology Makeover
Acer and Intel are accepting nominations for Acer's School Library Technology Makeover which will award 10 notebook computers and 2 desktop computer to the winning school library.  Nominations are due January 17, 2010.  For further information, please go to https://usspringpromo.acer.com/Campaign/SchoolLibraryMakeover/index.htm?LS=Intel  external link.

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

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

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LITERACY

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

Talking Book and Braille Library
The Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL): A major transition is occurring with the Talking Book and Braille Library at the State Library. TBBL has transitioned to a new internal computer operating system for managing the services provided, and has also begun the first distribution of "new" digital machines and the first downloading of online talking books. Thousands of readers (listeners) will be receiving new (much smaller and lighter weight) machines on which to play books and magazines. This important service is available free to anyone who cannot read ‘normal’ print or who cannot hold a book. It is easy to get signed up. If you know of individuals who would benefit from this great service, visit the TBBL Web pages at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/contacttb.htm  

N.Y. State Reading Association Annual Conference: On Track with Literacy
The New York State Reading Association external linkwill hold its annual conference this year from March 7 – 9, 2010 in Saratoga, New York. To learn more about this conference, please visit http://www.nysreading.org/Conferences/index.html  external link

Guide to Reading Comprehension Assessments for Adolescents
This guide draws together evidence on nine of the most commonly used, commercially available reading comprehension assessments for use with adolescents. It provides a critical view into the strengths and weaknesses of each. Authors Lelia Morsy, Michael Kieffer, and Catherine Snow focus on the utility of assessments for the purposes of screening groups of students to identify those who struggle and diagnosing their specific needs. The guide is available at http://www.carnegie.org/literacy/tta/pdf/tta_Morsy.pdf pdf document.

3 Apples Book Award Nominations
The 3 Apples Book Award nominations are in and it's time to start reading!   
The 3 Apples Book Award was developed to encourage the joy of reading for pleasure, and to give the readers of New York State the opportunity to participate in honoring their favorite books. The award is divided into 3 sections; Young Readers in grades PreK-2 (ages 3-8); Children in grades 3-6 (ages 8-12) and Teens in grades 7-12 (ages 13+). Brochures for each section of the award are available on the 3 Apples Web site at http://www.3applesbookaward.org external link. Included on the Web site are short annotations for each title as well as information about the timeline of the award. Students may vote on the top 15 nominated titles beginning in April, 2010.

The Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act
The Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act, which was recently introduced into the House and Senate, is a comprehensive literacy bill promoting reading and writing across the K-12 levels and in all disciplines. To view the bills, visit S.2740: A bill to establish a comprehensive literacy program external link, H.R.4037 : To establish a comprehensive literacy program, and for other purposes. external link

NCTE Participated in to Write the LEARN Act
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) participated in a coalition of six literacy organizations to write The LEARN Act. The coalition includes the Alliance for Excellent Education, the International Reading Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Middle School Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. A summary of the legislation can be found on the NCTE website,  http://www.ncte.org/action/alerts/learn external link.

NEA'S Read Across America
The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA's Read Across America. Now in its fourteenth year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships and reading resources.   NEA's Read Across America Day, NEA's national reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by brining together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! http://www.nea.org/readacross/  external link

2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program Results
New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, Bernard A. Margolis announced  that for the second consecutive year, over 1.5 million children and teens enjoyed a summer of reading fun and learning by participating in the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program at 1100 local libraries and neighborhood branches. Participation in summer reading programs at New York libraries has grown a phenomenal 440% since 2000.  Mr. Margolis explained, Public libraries, through their summer reading programs, put books in the hands of children. This is the best antidote for the summer slide in children's reading achievement. Access to books and library programs over the summer results in more reading which, in turn, results in improved reading skills.  For the summer reading participation chart and other information please see: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/resource.htm

NYSRA Charlotte Award
The New York State Reading Association's (NYSRA) Charlotte Award is a biannual children’s choice book award. In 2008, over 11,000 votes were cast by students in NYS schools for their favorite books from ballots in the primary, intermediate, and young adult categories. Voting for the 2010 award is underway and will continue until April 2010.  Please visit  the NYSRA website at:  http://www.nysreading.org/Awards/charlotte/index.html external link

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

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

IRA Standards for Reading and Writing Assessments
In Fall 2007, the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English external linkappointed a Joint Task Force on Assessment external linkto 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 external link

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

2010 National African-American Read-In
The Twenty-First National African-American Read-In will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2010 and Monday, February 22, 2010 (for schools.) This event is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and is endorsed by the International Reading Association. For additional information, including supporting materials, see http://www.ncte.org/action/aari> external linkand http://www.ncte.org/action/aari/packetinfo external link

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

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LOTE

"Incorporating Culture in the Japanese Language Classroom"
AATJ ( Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese) and the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa, will sponsor a four-week summer institute in Japan for Japanese language teachers in 2010. The theme will be "Incorporating Culture in the Japanese Language Classroom” (tentative dates, June 18 – July 17, 2010). This program is designed for both native and non-native speakers of Japanese and for teachers at all levels of instruction. It will provide participants the opportunity to improve their teaching skills and methodology, to master new technologies and develop materials for their classrooms and to deepen their knowledge of Japanese traditional and contemporary culture and society.  For more information vist http://www.aatj.org/classroom/SummerInstitute2010/index.htmlexternal link and http://www.jflalc.org/index.php?act=tpt&id=236  external link

Workshop: "Integrating Language Learning Strategies Instruction"One-day workshop for K-16 teachers of Japanese: “Integrating language learning strategies instruction into a standards-based Japanese-language curriculum” presented by Dr. Jill Robbins, Associate Director of the National Capital Language Resource Center, at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) on Sunday, January 10, 2010, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  This event is free of charge, but you must register online in advance to attend.   Online registration is available at: http://www.jflalc.org/questionnaires_s/2010GMUW/index.php external link 

Enhancing Reading Strategies and Teaching Skills in Japanese
The JOINT (Japanese On-line Instruction Network for Teachers) online professional development program of the Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) is offering "Enhancing Your Reading Strategies and Teaching Skills" in Spring 2010. This 6- week online course is designed for non-native-speaking Japanese language teachers who wish to advance their reading skills in Japanese by becoming independent, autonomous, life-long learners of Japanese. Specifically, the course aims to help participants (a) deepen their understanding of reading strategies and (b) better implement reading strategies in their own teaching. The course, which features the use of interactive technologies and collaborative work by participants, will be conducted between February 20 and April 11, 2010 (six weeks of class and one week of orientation and technology familiarization).  For more information visit http://www.aatj.org/joint/ReadingCourse.html  external link

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Web Portal of the Russian Federation
The web portal of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation is specially designed for all admirers of the Russian language and Russian culture. The project is targeted at the following audiences:

  • Schoolchildren, who are learning Russian and want to continue their education in the framework of Russian Distance education or to deepen their knowledge of the Russian language, receive Russian General Certificate of Secondary Education, prepare to enter a Russian higher education institution, study in the framework of Russian system of Additional education.
  • Students, who have chosen a certain education institution in Russia in the framework of pre-higher education system. Young specialists, who have a bachelor’s degree and want to continue their education in Russia. Future post-graduate students of Russian higher educational institutions and research centers.
  • Teachers of Russian and other subjects, who want to do a refresher course, obtain information about Web sites containing useful data, teacher training aids, refresher courses in the country of residence or in Russia (on-site or off-site); training periods, Master’s degree program, post-graduate studies, doctorate.
  • Journalists and analysts, interested in the Russian language popularity in the CIS countries and the Baltic states. 

Visit the Russian for All web portal and check out the latest news and resources at http://world.russianforall.ru/en external link 

National Security Language Initiative for Youth
The US Department of State through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer, semester, and academic year international immersion programs.  Merit-based scholarships are available to study overseas for summer, semester and academic year programs in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Farsi), Russian and Turkish. In addition, your school, school system and/or local university can apply for a sub-grantee award to organize and implement six- to eight-week overseas intensive language programs to take place in summer 2010. Interested students should visit http://www.nsliforyouth.org external link, where they can complete the online application. The deadline is December 4, 2009. Organizations interested in Summer 2010 sub-grant opportunities can view the Request for Proposal (RFP) at http://www.americancouncils.org/news/8b/National_Security_Language_
Institute_for_Youth_2010_Subgrantee_Competition
external link. The submission deadline for proposals is November 16, 2009.

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

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MATHEMATICS

NCLB Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships Grant 2010-2013
The New York State Education Department administers this competitive grant program intended to increase academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. Partnerships between high-need school districts and the science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) departments in institutions of higher education are at the core of these improvement efforts. Applications must be postmarked by January 22, 2010. More information and an application may be accessed online at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.html Abstracts of currently funded projects may be accessed online at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/msp/abstracts.html

NYSED Common Core State Standards Website
In April 2009, Governor David Paterson and former Education Commissioner Richard P. Mills signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) along with forty-nine states and territories to participate in the national dialog to develop Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. New York State is committed to be a part of this dialog and will provide updates to the public through this website about opportunities for public engagement, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html.

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

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

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

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

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

Update! Cohort 2006 Section of Regents Diploma Requirements for Math
The section for the cohort of 2006 within the Regents Diploma Requirements for Mathematics chart has been updated. This cohort has been combined with 2007 to reflect the current implementation of the Mathematics Core Curriculum (Revised 2005) and the administration of the Regents Examinations in Mathematics. In order to fulfill the mathematics portion of a Regents Diploma, students must earn three units of commencement-level mathematics credit and pass one Regents examination in mathematics.
Regents Diploma Requirements for Mathematics  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/math/documents/RegDipReqMathCht.pdf  pdf document (37 KB)
Regents Diploma Requirements for Mathematics   http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/math/documents/RegDipReqMathCht.doc  word document (57 KB)

Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Test Sampler Now Available
The new Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Test Sampler and Scoring Guide are now available for the Regents Examination in Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. The first administration of this examination is in June 2010. This Test Sampler consists of examples of the types of questions, the formatting, and the scoring guides that are being developed for the examination. To view the sampler and scoring guide visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/mathre/algebra2trigonometrysampler.pdf  pdf document http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/mathre/algebra2trigonometryscoringsampler.pdf pdf document

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

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

Guide to Reading Comprehension Assessments for Adolescents
This guide draws together evidence on nine of the most commonly used, commercially available reading comprehension assessments for use with adolescents. It provides a critical view into the strengths and weaknesses of each. Authors Lelia Morsy, Michael Kieffer, and Catherine Snow focus on the utility of assessments for the purposes of screening groups of students to identify those who struggle and diagnosing their specific needs. The guide is available at http://www.carnegie.org/literacy/tta/pdf/tta_Morsy.pdf pdf document.

2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program Results
New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, Bernard A. Margolis announced  that for the second consecutive year, over 1.5 million children and teens enjoyed a summer of reading fun and learning by participating in the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program at 1100 local libraries and neighborhood branches. Participation in summer reading programs at New York libraries has grown a phenomenal 440% since 2000.  Mr. Margolis explained, Public libraries, through their summer reading programs, put books in the hands of children. This is the best antidote for the summer slide in children's reading achievement. Access to books and library programs over the summer results in more reading which, in turn, results in improved reading skills.  For the summer reading participation chart and other information please see: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/resource.htm external link

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

Corning Institute - Save the Date
Save the Date: The New York State Middle School Association (NYSMSA)  will host the 8th Annual Middle Level Institute at the Corning Museum of Glass on June 28-29, 2010.  More information will be posted related to  workshops at it becomes available at www.nysmsa.org external link. Click on Professional Development

New Best Practice Resource
The New York State Middle School Association (NYSMSA) has launched a new resource making available a data base of best practices in Middle Level Education.  The best practice submissions are organized under the umbrella of the Seven Essential Elements of a Standards Focused Middle Level Program.  To view or contribute to this database visit http://www.nysmsa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=46 external link

Reading in the Disciplines: The Challenges of Adolescent Literacy
This guidance document discusses some of the challenges for adolescents who struggle with written texts in the academic subject: areas of history, science, mathematics, and literacy. It also explores how standards, assessments, and teach instruction can be strengthened in order to support these readers. The guidance document is available at http://www.carnegie.org/literacy/tta/pdf/tta_Lee.pdf pdf document

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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

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

NYSED Guidelines - Coaching Requirements
The  NYSED guidelines for coaching have been revised to reflect Section 135.4 and 135.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education effective July 16, 2009.  This revised guideline has all information and forms needed to ensure coaches meet certification requirements including First Aid and CPR certifications. Please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/toolkitdocs/coachingguidelines_07_09.pdf ( pdf document151.10 KB)

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

NYSED Approved On-line Coaching Courses
NYSED has approved seven agencies to teach all or some of the required coaching courses on-line. Some may be a blended course that require on-line work and face-to-face classes. For information on the courses offered, schedule of courses and registration information, call or email the contact person for each agency on the list, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/pe_online_coaching_courses.html .

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

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

2009 Shubert Library Excellence Award Winner Announced
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKERS!! The New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries announced that the 2009 Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award has been awarded to the New York City School Library System, New York City Department of Education for their project entitled, and “Tween to Teen”.

The New York City School Library System’s “Tween to Teen” program for New York City middle school libraries focused on the social and emotional issues confronting middle school students which often interfere with academic success. The School Library System offered a grant opportunity aimed to facilitate the exploration of these social and emotional issues through the use of carefully selected fiction and nonfiction titles in book discussion groups and in the library collection. More information about this project, including the lists of recommended book titles, can be found on the New York State Library’s website at: www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/index.html.

NYSED Instructional Technology Comments Regarding National Ed Tech Plan
The first draft of the National Education Technology plan is scheduled for release in January 2010. The public was invited to comment on four key elements of the plan: learning, teaching, assessment, and productivity. Comment closed on December 6.  On November 30, the NYSED Instructional Technology Task Force submitted comments regarding the National Ed Tech Plan. Included in the comment were statements on the importance of technology applications that deliver digital resources for the curriculum (beyond textbooks) and virtual library research resources, the significant role of librarians in fostering the practice of reading, and school libraries as essential components in the learning environment. Register on the U.S. Department of Education site at www.edtechfuture.org  external link, to read the comment, which is labeled under "NYSED Instructional Technology Task Force."

Talking Book and Braille Library
The Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL): A major transition is occurring with the Talking Book and Braille Library at the State Library. TBBL has transitioned to a new internal computer operating system for managing the services provided, and has also begun the first distribution of "new" digital machines and the first downloading of online talking books. Thousands of readers (listeners) will be receiving new (much smaller and lighter weight) machines on which to play books and magazines. This important service is available free to anyone who cannot read ‘normal’ print or who cannot hold a book. It is easy to get signed up. If you know of individuals who would benefit from this great service, visit the TBBL Web pages at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/contacttb.htm 

3 Apples Book Award Nominations
The 3 Apples Book Award nominations are in and it's time to start reading!   
The 3 Apples Book Award was developed to encourage the joy of reading for pleasure, and to give the readers of New York State the opportunity to participate in honoring their favorite books. The award is divided into 3 sections; Young Readers in grades PreK-2 (ages 3-8); Children in grades 3-6 (ages 8-12) and Teens in grades 7-12 (ages 13+). Brochures for each section of the award are available on the 3 Apples Web site at http://www.3applesbookaward.org external link. Included on the Web site are short annotations for each title as well as information about the timeline of the award. Students may vote on the top 15 nominated titles beginning in April, 2010.

Give Your School Library a Technology Makeover
Acer and Intel are accepting nominations for Acer's School Library Technology Makeover which will award 10 notebook computers and 2 desktop computer to the winning school library.  Nominations are due January 17, 2010.  For further information, please go to https://usspringpromo.acer.com/Campaign/SchoolLibraryMakeover/
index.htm?LS=Intel
  external link.

Amistad Commission Survey for School Districts
The Amistad Commission is seeking information regarding the extent and breadth of instruction that both public and non-public schools provide to students regarding the contributions of African Americans to American society and culture. By appealing to elementary, middle, and high schools across New York State, we are hoping to learn about the various ways that schools explore such topics as the African slave trade, slavery in America, the vestiges of slavery in this country and how the contributions of African Americans to our society are infused into the curriculum of school districts across the state. We invite school administrators and the public to complete a brief survey of only 12 questions. The first few questions ask participants to tell us a little about their local school district so that we can better understand the depth and breadth of instruction in New York regarding the contributions of African Americans to American society and culture.  You can access the survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CVVVRQT external link

2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program Results
New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, Bernard A. Margolis announced  that for the second consecutive year, over 1.5 million children and teens enjoyed a summer of reading fun and learning by participating in the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program at 1100 local libraries and neighborhood branches. Participation in summer reading programs at New York libraries has grown a phenomenal 440% since 2000.  Mr. Margolis explained, Public libraries, through their summer reading programs, put books in the hands of children. This is the best antidote for the summer slide in children's reading achievement. Access to books and library programs over the summer results in more reading which, in turn, results in improved reading skills.  For the summer reading participation chart and other information please see: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/resource.htm

NEA'S Read Across America
The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA's Read Across America. Now in its fourteenth year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships and reading resources.   NEA's Read Across America Day, NEA's national reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by brining together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! http://www.nea.org/readacross/  external link

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

NYSRA Charlotte Award
The New York State Reading Association's (NYSRA) Charlotte Award is a biannual children’s choice book award. In 2008, over 11,000 votes were cast by students in NYS schools for their favorite books from ballots in the primary, intermediate, and young adult categories. Voting for the 2010 award is underway and will continue until April 2010.  Please visit  the NYSRA website at:  http://www.nysreading.org/Awards/charlotte/index.html external link

IMLS National Leadership Grant program
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications for the agency's 2010 National Leadership Grant (NLG) program. Applications, guidelines, and examples of successful proposals can be found on the agency's Web site at http://www.imls.gov/news/2009/102809b.shtm external link. The deadline for submitting applications is February 1, 2010. For the past 12 years, the National Leadership Grants program has been the capstone program for IMLS, providing the agency's highest level of support for innovative projects that provide important research, tools,and models for library and museum programs across the country. Grant Amounts range from: $50,000 to $1,000,000, with up to $100,000 for planning grants.

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

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

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SCIENCE

NCLB Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships Grant 2010-2013
The New York State Education Department administers this competitive grant program intended to increase academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. Partnerships between high-need school districts and the science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) departments in institutions of higher education are at the core of these improvement efforts. Applications must be postmarked by January 22, 2010. More information and an application may be accessed online at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.html  Abstracts of currently funded projects may be accessed online at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/msp/abstracts.html

2010 National Youth Science Camp Applications Now Available
Applications to attend the 2010 National Youth Science Camp are now available online at http://bit.ly/NYSC2010 external link. Two graduating high school students will be selected to represent New York at the all-expenses paid honors program which will be held from June 29 through July 23, 2010. To apply, please download the application packet from www.nysc.org/2010 external linkand follow the enclosed instructions. For more information about the NYSC, please visit www.nysc.org external link. The NYSC is hosted and operated by the National Youth Science Foundation ( www.nysf.com external link). 

DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition
The 24th annual DuPont Challenge© Science Essay Competition is underway and is accepting entries now through January 31, 2010. Designed to inspire young people to excel in scientific writing, the competition invites students in 7th through 12th grade to research and write a 700- to 1,000-word essay about a scientific discovery, theory, event or technological application that has captured their interest. Essays are judged on mechanics and conventions; ideas and content; organization; style and creativity; and voice. Winners receive savings bonds up to $5,000 and an expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center. The program also rewards the unique contributions of the teachers of the winning students with trips with winners, $500 education grants, and sponsorship to attend the 2011 NSTA National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco. Created to honor the Challenger astronauts, this competition is a great way to get students to push the limits of imagination and discovery. For more information on classroom use and the competition, visit the DuPont Challenge website  external link( http://thechallenge.dupont.com external link).

Evolution Workshop for Teachers
The NY State Museum and the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center announce the 8th annual Workshop on Evolution on February  5 and 6, 2010 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM  (15 hours) designed for high school and middle school science teachers.  Topics include current research in biodiversity, phylogenetic reconstruction, speciation, hominid evolution and the relevance of evolution in modern life.  For more information, please visit http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html

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

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

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

NSTA's Building a Presence (BaP) Renamed Science Matters Network
Why Science Matters? As the world’s largest organization devoted to excellence in science teaching and learning, NSTA is uniquely positioned to make science education reform a national priority for schools and families. With this in mind, the new public awareness campaign--entitled Science Matters—will work to build a vital coalition of parents and teachers committed to rekindling a national sense of urgency and action about science education and science literacy. Building a Presence (BaP)/Science Matters is an electronic network initiative from NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) and sponsored in NYS by STANYS (Science Teachers Association of New York State) in partnership with NYSED. The objectives of the project are to create a state and national network for K-16 teachers of science to share resources about effective science teaching and learning, lessen science teacher isolation, help science teachers implement state and national science education standards in their schools, stimulate professional development opportunities for science teachers, and provide teachers with resources to help all students learn science. NYS is seeking a point of contact in each school to receive email announcements and to share them with colleagues. You are invited to visit the new Science Matters website at http://sciencematters.nsta.org external link .Clicking on the Teachers button found on this page will take you to the Science Matters/BaP Web site portal. To go directly to the portal, visit http://bap.nsta.org/ external link.

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

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

Environmental Education 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 8, 2010.  Please, visit www.dec.ny.gov/education/1896.html external link or www.nywea.org external link for the application form, rules, and previous winners.

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

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

2010 Summer Seminars in American History
Social Studies, K-12 history and English teachers are invited to apply to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American history 2010 Summer Seminars. These seminars are taught by renowned historians on college campuses in the United States and the United Kingdom. These one-week seminars give educators the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in American history while gaining practical resources and strategies to take back to their classrooms. for a list of all thirty-nine seminars, information about full and partial fellowships, graduate, credit, and to apply online visit: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/education/seminar.php?seminar_id=73  external link . Apply early, space is limited.

Navigate the Landmines of Technology Misuse
School policymakers, administrators, counselors and educators can explore the latest on timely subjects such as cyberbullying, how educators and school districts can work with law enforcement, sexting dangers, court decisions and Constitutional issues in the Digital Age at the Public Education and the Law session at the New York State Bar Association's Annual Meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 9 am to noon, at the Hilton Hotel in New York City. "Navigate the Landmines of Technology Misuse - How Can Districts Protect the School Environment?" will be led by Jay Worona,Esq., General Counsel for the New York State School Boards Association.   To register or for more information,  visit http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Law_Youth_and_
Citizenship_Program
  external link

United States Senate Youth Program
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKERS!!  New York State’s United States Senate Youth 2010 delegates are Daniel Hoffman of New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle, NY and Joshua Rubin, Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island, Glen Cove, NY.

Each year the William Randolph Hearst Foundation sponsors a scholarship for two student leaders from each state and the District of Columbia to visit Washington, D. C. (all expenses paid), as guest of the Hearst Foundation and a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies at an accredited United States university or college. During the visit to Washington, D.C., students engage in a series of seminars and briefings with Senators and members of the House of Representatives and meet with officials from the executive and judicial branches of government.

Important 2010-2011 United States Senate Youth Dates
• August 2, 2010 - Announcement of the 2010-2011 United States Senate Youth Program
• October 8, 2010 - Student Application forms + essays due
• November 8, 2010 - Semi-Finalist Interviews
• 49th Annual United States Senate Youth Program that will take place in Washington, D.C. March 5-12, 2011

For more details, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/senateyouth.html

Amistad Commission Survey for School Districts
The Amistad Commission is seeking information regarding the extent and breadth of instruction that both public and non-public schools provide to students regarding the contributions of African Americans to American society and culture. By appealing to elementary, middle, and high schools across New York State, we are hoping to learn about the various ways that schools explore such topics as the African slave trade, slavery in America, the vestiges of slavery in this country and how the contributions of African Americans to our society are infused into the curriculum of school districts across the state. We invite school administrators and the public to complete a brief survey of only 12 questions. The first few questions ask participants to tell us a little about their local school district so that we can better understand the depth and breadth of instruction in New York regarding the contributions of African Americans to American society and culture.  You can access the survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CVVVRQT external link

Opportunity for Schools: Teaching American History Grants
Partner with the Gilder Lehrman Institute on Your Teaching American History (TAH) Grants.  Gilder Lehrman offers school districts support at every stage of the TAH Grant development and administration process, providing grant opportunities tailored to the needs of your teachers and students. Grant partners also receive access to Gilder Lehrman's extensive network of renowned scholars, collection of primary-source documents, and interactive classroom materials.  Since 2001, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has partnered on over 120 successful TAH Grants with urban, rural, and suburban school districts in thirty-three states across the country.  Get a jump start on your TAH Grant before the 2010 deadline is announced! Discover how Gilder Lehrman can help by visiting http://www.gilderlehrman.org/teachers/grants.html external link

Ethiopia for Teachers!
From July 1-31, 2010, Kansas State University & Ethiopia Reads are offering a four-week study tour to Ethiopia for grades 4-8 teachers and grades 4-8 administrators who supervise modern languages or areas studies. During April and May 2010, four pre-Departure workshop will be conducted online. Teachers will work in teams to develop classroom materials on history, culture, languages, religion, and current challenges in Ethiopia.  Participants must deliver lessons in classrooms during the 2010-2011 academic year. Application materials are available online at: http://coe.k-state.edu/opportunity/ethiopia.htm  external link.  Applications are due February 15, 2010. 

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to write an original essay on the political courage of a U.S. Elected official. To write an excellent essay, students must present a compelling argument, provide specific examples based on authentic research, and critically analyze the evidence. Essays are held to high standards, and are judged on both content and presentation. For contest information, registration, and to submit essay online, visit Profile in Courage Award external linkProgram  .  To participate in the 2009-2010 contest, students need to register online and submit essays by January 9, 2010.

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

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

Careers In Transportation Curriculum Project
The United State Department of Transportation is sponsoring the development of Careers in Transportation curriculum materials. The purpose of this project is to develop a series of curriculum units (grades 6-12) that will introduce students to careers, skills, and concepts one would need to succeed in the transportation industry. The lessons focus on transportation careers and academic content, and are targeted for 6th through 12th grade students.  Teachers who wish to pilot test one or more lessons between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010 will receive a $25 stipend per lesson. For Information on how to get involved go to http://www.transportationcareers.org/?page_id=2 external link

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

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

NCLB Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships Grant 2010-2013
The New York State Education Department administers this competitive grant program intended to increase academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. Partnerships between high-need school districts and the science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) departments in institutions of higher education are at the core of these improvement efforts. Applications must be postmarked by January 22, 2010. More information and an application may be accessed online at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.html  Abstracts of currently funded projects may be accessed online at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/msp/abstracts.html

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

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TESTING

June 2010 NYSED Regents Examinations Schedule
The final June 2010 Regents Examination Schedule has been released and can be found on the NYSED Office of State Assessment's website at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/sched.html.  

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

Changes to the Regents Comprehensive Examination in English
The State Education Department's Office of State Assessment has issued a memo regarding changes to the Regents Comprehensive Examination in English. The first administration of the new three-hour, one-day Regents Comprehensive Examination in English will take place in January 2011. This examination will replace the current two-session examination that will continue to be administered during each Regents examination period prior to January 2011. Additional information, including test specifications, is included in the memo 
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/retest/specs-cr-eng.pdf pdf document . For more information on Testing, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

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

Cyber Safety Resource from USDE
"Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online" addresses several topics, including safe use of social networking Web sites, cyberbullying, and the importance of protecting computers from viruses and other harmful software. The booklet also offers parents tips on where to find additional information on Internet safety, and covers issues to raise with kids about "living their lives online," according to a federal Web site dedicated to safeguarding Americans' information online. The free guidebook is also available to schools. It can be downloaded at www.onguardonline.gov external link.

Teaching for a New World
This new policy brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education external link “offers a new vision for secondary teacher preparation that ensures teacher candidates possess the critical skills necessary to help all high school students graduate ready for college, career, and life.” According to Alliance President Bob Wise, “The job of teaching has changed, but in many cases, the preparation of teacher candidates has not.” http://www.all4ed.org/files/TeachingForANewWorld.pdf pdf document

CARTS: Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students
A clearinghouse of online resources pertaining to folklore, anthropology, traditional arts, oral history, and community-based education. Co-sponsored by the National Task Force on Folk Arts in Education and City Lore, CARTS is designed to serve the needs of K-12 educators, students, and community members interested in developing meaningful linkages between school curricula and local cultural traditions. Teachers will be interested in the folklorist mentoring project. A stipend is available for teachers to develop folklore-related projects in their classrooms. http://www.carts.org/

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

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

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

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

College.gov--A New U.S. Department of Education Resource
College.gov is a new website from the U.S. Department of Education which "aims to motivate students with inspirational stories and information about planning, preparing and paying for college. Designed with students' input and participation, College.gov was created by the U.S. Department of Education to be a go-to online resource for credible information about college that also provides real life experiences of peers who are already attending college. www.college.gov external link.

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

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

New York State Archives Launches Innovative New Tool for Educators
Students, researchers, and lovers of New York State history will have a better sense of the types of records held by the New York State Archives with the launch of Document Showcase, a quarterly feature on the New York State Archives’ website, highlighting iconic records by investigating specific historical topics. Quarterly Document Showcase submissions feature a display of 3-5 hand-picked historical records on a selected topic, background information on those records, a link to educational activities for classroom use, and other related information. October’s edition examines industrialization and child labor in New York State. The Document Showcase is accessed from the State Archives website www.archives.nysed.gov,  but to directly visit this quarter's Document Showcase visit http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/index.shtml

AASL Announce Top 25 Web sites for Teaching and Learning
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces a new resource for school library media specialists and their teacher colleagues. The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, a list honoring the top twenty-five Internet sites for enhancing learning and curriculum development, is considered the "best of the best" by AASL. The Top 25 Web sites for Teaching and Learning were named so because they foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation and collaboration. All sites are free, web-based sites that are user-friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover. They also provide a foundation to support AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Valuable information on each site, including tips for effective classroom use are available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/bestlist/
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State Archives Launches RSS Feed
The New York State Archives has launched a news feed using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) technology. Subscribers will be among the first to find out about Archives events, new records brought into the Archives, press releases, resources for state agencies and local governments, and any major changes to the website – such as new guides to records, new educational sites for teachers and students, and award and grant opportunities. To sign up for the RSS feed, go to http://www.archives.nysed.gov/rss/news.xml .

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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

NYS Government
NYS Government vacant positions are posted on the Department of Civil Service website at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/ . A list of current state exams being offered is posted at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/announ/scheduled/oc/opencompetitive_evt.cfm. We suggest you bookmark 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

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Last Updated: January 13, 2010