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NYSED/USNY

NEW! Board of Regents Approves Additions to the Common Core State Standards
On January 10, 2011, the Board of Regents approved recommended additions to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The Board also approved new Prekindergarten Standards.To review these additions and learn more about the timeline for implementation in schools, please visit the SED Common Core website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/.

NEW! RFP:Graduate Level Clinically Rich Teacher Prep Pilot Program 2011-16
Several weeks ago, NYSED issued a request for proposals calling on eligible collegiate or non-collegiate institutions within New York State in partnership with one or more high needs school(s), and optionally including other institutions and/or community based organizations (CBOs) to develop Graduate Level Clinically Rich Teacher Preparation Pilot Programs. The Webinar outlining the program was held on December 17th. The recording of the Webinar is now available for viewing. Additionally, the responses to the 169 questions received from potential applicants are now posted on the website. Finally, in response to the questions, the Application Cover Page was modified and an additional Budget Summary was added, which should be completed in addition to the Budget Summary and FS-10 in Attachment B.

All RFP and required application materials can be found at: http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/rfp.html

NEW! NYSED Seeking Information on Development of Curriculum Models
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking information about the development of statewide Curriculum Models and related guidance materials designed to aid school districts and teachers in implementation of the new P-12 New York State Standards in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (including the Common Core plus any state additions) for all students in New York State.  Any parties interested in helping inform the development of these important resources should review and respond to the Request For Information (RFI). The RFI is available at http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/docs/rfi/curriculummodels.html

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf (100 KB) ).  The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session.   Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R   This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline for your input is January 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

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

Request for Proposal (RFP) - Smart Scholars Early College High School
Request for Proposal (RFP) - Smart Scholars Early College High School - The New York State Education Departments announces the release of the Smart Scholars Early College High School RFP for the second cohort. Please visit http://www.highered.nysed.gov/ss/rfp/  for full details.

Better Beginnings Award
Nominations are being sought for the 2010-2011 Helen Bach Moss Memorial Better Beginnings Award. Additional information can be found at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/ted/BBA/  . 

State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
Teachers will have a new tool available to them this year as they cover World War I in their classes.  The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons for the students.  This website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics.  The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, the Harlem Hellfighters, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more.  Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources in their lessons.  A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option allows teachers to print a worksheet for each image.  Each worksheet can customize by including information from the website or teachers can edit and/or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions for each image.  View this incredible resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml.

2012 Teacher of the Year
2012 Teacher of the Year - Nominations are being sought for the 2012 Teacher of the Year. Please visit http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/ted/toty/ for additional information as well as the nomination form.

2011-2015 STEP Request for Proposals
Proposals are being sought for the 2011-2015 Science and Technology Entry Program, STEP. The RFP may be viewed at www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/step

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

New York State Museum Hosts Capital Region History Day Competition
The Capital Region History Day, an affiliate of the National History Day program encourages students to explore local, state, national and world history.  After selecting a historical topic that relates to the annual theme, this year’s theme is: Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences, students conduct research using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews.  They analyze significance in history, and create final projects that present their work.  These projects can be entered into a series of competitions from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by historians and educators.  The contest is open to students in grades 6-12.  All types of students participate in History Day – public, private parochial and home schooled.  The contest takes place on Saturday, March 26 at the New York State Museum.  Students must register by March 4, 2011.  For more information go to:  http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/  or http://www.nyshistoryday.org/  or contact Patricia Jordan at PJORDAN@MAIL.NYSED.GOV or via phone at 518-474-4458. 

State Archives Highlights 19th Century African American Voting Rights
The New York State Archives is highlighting voting rights for African Americans during the 19th century in its latest edition of Document Showcase.  Document Showcase is a regular feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use.  The topics are based upon the State Education Department’s core curriculum for 7th and 8th grade social studies as well as special events in New York history.  The educational activities are created by a teacher and correlate to New York State learning standards.  Each Showcase also provides links within the State Archives’ website for further information on the topic.  Document Showcase can be viewed on the Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/index.shtml.

For more NYSED/USNY information, visit
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa
The inaugural Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa will provide teachers first-hand exposure to the social and environmental complexity of South Africa, The program will focus on sustainable development and emphasizing the links between history, culture, power, and the environment.  Teachers will explore the country’s natural and cultural diversity through arrange of site visits and hands-on activities. The Toyota International Teacher Program is a fully-funded international professional development program for U.S. educators and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program advances environmental stewardship and global connectedness in U.S. schools and communities. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2011. Visit  www.iie.org/toyota  for eligibility requirements, application instructions, FAQs, and to apply online.

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

Best Practices for Information Literacy Courses
The Association of College and Research Libraries has published Best Practices for Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses edited by Christopher Hollister. The work is a collection of previously unpublished papers in which contributing authors describe and recommend best practices for creating, developing, and teaching credit-bearing information literacy courses at the college and university level. Contributors discuss useful and effective methods for developing, teaching, assessing, and marketing courses. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/characteristics.cfm 

Summer Seminars in American History for Teachers
K-12 history, social studies and English teachers are invited to apply to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History 2011 Summer Seminars. Taught by renowned historians on college campuses in the US and the UK, these one-week seminars give educators the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of topics in American history—while gaining practical resources and strategies to take back to their classrooms.  Apply early : seminar space is limited. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2011. For a complete list of Gilder Lehrman’s 2011 seminars, information about full and partial fellowships, graduate credit, and to apply online, visit: www.gilderlehrman.org/summerseminars.htm  

NYS Council for the Social Studies March Convention, March 17-19, 2011
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with The March from Civil War to Civility Through Social Justice Education theme for the New York State Council for the Social Studies Convention, March 17-19, 2011.  Kerry Kennedy, Steve Goldberg, Maria Niera, Lee Cutler, politicians, NYS Regents, Milken Award Winners, National Board Certified Teachers, and Outstanding NYS Social Studies Teachers have agree to be speakers. Here is your opportunity for a marvelous profession development experience. This year's NYSCSS Annual Conference will be held at the beautiful Rochester Convention Center in Rochester, New York, visit http://www.nyscss.org/Default.aspx?pageId=643958  for more information.

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THE ARTS

NEW! NYSED Seeking Information on Development of Curriculum Models
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking information about the development of statewide Curriculum Models and related guidance materials designed to aid school districts and teachers in implementation of the new P-12 New York State Standards in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (including the Common Core plus any state additions) for all students in New York State.  Any parties interested in helping inform the development of these important resources should review and respond to the Request For Information (RFI). The RFI is available at http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/docs/rfi/curriculummodels.html

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf (100 KB) ).  The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session.   Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R   This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline for your input is January 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! College Arts Program Survey (CAPS) Guide
The New York State Education Department in partnership with the New York State Alliance for Arts Education (NYSAAE) has conducted a Survey of Higher Education Providers of Degrees in Fine and Applied Arts. The purpose of the survey is to develop a compendium of resources available to New York State high school students considering pursuing a degree in the Arts. This compendium will also provide high school counselors, teachers and administrators, and libraries with the tools they need to help students exploring higher education in the arts fields. To view the complete listing of schools offering degree bearing arts programs or to search the degree programs by discipline or region visit http://www.nysaae.org/CAPS/index.htm  .

NEW! EdSteps Launches Work Collection for Creativity
The Council of Chief State School Officers’ EdSteps program is now officially collecting work samples that demonstrate creativity. EdSteps is an innovative online resource for teaching and assessment that is being built by people from every corner of the country and across the globe who submit and review student work samples. The work is focused on five skill areas that are important to college and career readiness, and are typically difficult and costly to assess: writing, global competence, creativity, problem solving, and analyzing information. In order to foster creativity in schools, educators must have a practical means of appreciating, understanding, and assessing creativity in partnership with their students.  EdSteps is seeking creativity work samples that represent a broad spectrum of student work in terms of grade level, subject area, demographics, ability level, and geography. It can be a video of a school play or a picture. It can be a graph about baseball statistics or a poem. To help build EdSteps by submitting work or reviewing work, visit http://www.edsteps.org  for more information.

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

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

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

Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest
The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest celebrates its 13th year as a proven interdisciplinary education program that uses art to capture the imagination of students while teaching aquatic resource stewardship. Students create a portfolio including an illustration of their state-fish and an essay detailing its habitat, behavior, and efforts to conserve it. Winners are recognized from each state in three grade categories, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art contest deadline for entries is March 31st, 2011.  Visit http://www.StateFishArt.com  for complete details.

2011 Olympics of the Visual Arts
The 2011 Olympics of the Visual Arts (OVA) will be held at the Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs, New York on Wednesday, March 30, 2010. The OVA program provides an opportunity for students to participate in individual or group artistic problem solving. A new series of problems is posed every fall. Students create long-range solutions at their schools, and travel to the Albany area to compete on short-range problems in a day-long celebration of creativity. There are awards for each of the problem categories at every level. Registration must be received by Friday, February 18, 2011.  For more information visit http://www.nysata.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=87223&orgId=nysata

Joy2Learn Resources
Joy2Learn brings America’s greatest artists into the classroom free of charge via the Internet. Visit www.Joy2Learn.org  and click on e-Presentations to view artists as they demonstrate and explain their art. Learn about various art forms as you navigate through exciting videos and interactive multimedia elements including performances, history, artists’ insights and quiz games.

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

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! Board of Regents Approves Additions to the Common Core State Standards
On January 10, 2011, the Board of Regents approved recommended additions to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The Board also approved new Prekindergarten Standards.To review these additions and learn more about the timeline for implementation in schools, please visit the SED Common Core website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/.

NEW! NYSED Seeking Information on Development of Curriculum Models
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking information about the development of statewide Curriculum Models and related guidance materials designed to aid school districts and teachers in implementation of the new P-12 New York State Standards in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (including the Common Core plus any state additions) for all students in New York State.  Any parties interested in helping inform the development of these important resources should review and respond to the Request For Information (RFI). The RFI is available at http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/docs/rfi/curriculummodels.html

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf (100 KB) ).  The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session.   Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R   This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline for your input is January 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! Training Materials for New 3-hour Regents Examination in ELA
The Office of Assessment Policy, Development and Administration has released a PowerPoint training for scoring the 2-credit short constructed responses for the new three-hour one-day Regents Comprehensive Examination in English. Please see the following PowerPoint presentation for additional information:  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/english/hs/english-ppt.pdf (580 KB)

NEW! Speak Truth to Power
New York State United Teachers and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights have collaborated to develop the Speak Truth to Power curriculum, which focuses on human rights defenders who are changing our world. This online resource includes materials and classroom lesson plans aligned to the New York State Learning Standards. For more information, please see http://blogs.nysut.org/sttp/   

"Celebrate America" 5th Grade Creative Writing Contest
Sponsored by the American Immigration Council (formerly AILF).  Through this contest, AIC seeks to engage local 5th grade children on the topic of immigration. Participants will write a 500 word essay based on the theme, "Why I am Glad America Is a Nation of Immigrants." Note that all essay entries this year will be due by Wednesday, February 16, 2011.  Two years ago, the first place winner of New York's local contest received an honorable mention in the national contest.   The top three winners will be honored and awarded prizes during AIC's monthly meeting on June 6, 2011.  Also, the local winner will be entered into AIC's national contest and will have a chance of winning an all-expense paid trip to AIC's Annual Benefit Dinner to be held at AIC's annual conference in San Diego, CA. Additional information about the contest is found at  http://www.communityeducationcenter.org/community/essay-contest 

State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
Teachers will have a new tool available to them this year as they cover World War I in their classes.  The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons for the students.  This website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics.  The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, the Harlem Hellfighters, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more.  Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources in their lessons.  A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option allows teachers to print a worksheet for each image.  Each worksheet can customize by including information from the website or teachers can edit and/or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions for each image.  View this incredible resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml.

Scanning Regents Examination Answer Sheets: June 2011
At their April 2010 meeting, the Board of Regents approved a two-step implementation schedule for the statewide scanning of Regents Exam answer sheets. For more information, please see the following memo from the Office of State Assessment: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/apda/memos-10/scanning-101810.pdf (52 KB)

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

Guides to new 3-8 Testing Program now available
The 2011 Guide to the Grades 3-8 Testing Program in English Language Arts and Mathematics is now available at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-11.pdf (625 KB)  A memo on the new guide is also available on OSA's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-memo-11.pdf (49 KB)

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

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

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

Educators & Parents Speak Up! National Research Project
Get the pulse of your stakeholders about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. The online survey is open to students, educators (including future educators) and parents; it’s quick and easy to get involved.   Best of all, you can view your results online, free of charge. Survey is open October 18th 2010 – January 21st, 2011.  Sign up today to take the survey: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2010/ 

NYSED Launches Internet Safety Resource Toolkit
NYS Education Law - Section 814, Courses of Study in Internet Safety, calls for education of students for safe and appropriate use of Internet technology and resources. In response to this law, the NYSED Office of Educational Design and Technology (ED&T) has launched an Internet Safety Resource Toolkit, available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/technology/internet_safety/ . The toolkit is designed as a suite of resources across a spectrum of applications, including an alignment of principles and practices of Internet Safe Usage to state and nationally-benchmarked learning standards; pointers for an Internet safety curriculum aligned with learning standards; an instrument for evaluation of a school and district's overall Internet Safety teaching and learning program; and a process for peer review and dissemination of leading learning experiences with organizational partners such as NYSCATE and Model Schools. The toolkit is designed to assist school administrators, educators, and students in developing polices and programs to infuse Internet safety in teaching, learning, and assessment across a district-wide, standards-based program.

Joy2Learn Resources
Joy2Learn brings America’s greatest artists into the classroom free of charge via the Internet. Visit www.Joy2Learn.org  and click on e-Presentations to view artists as they demonstrate and explain their art. Learn about various art forms as you navigate through exciting videos and interactive multimedia elements including performances, history, artists’ insights and quiz games.

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

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LITERACY

NEW! NYSED Seeking Information on Development of Curriculum Models
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking information about the development of statewide Curriculum Models and related guidance materials designed to aid school districts and teachers in implementation of the new P-12 New York State Standards in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (including the Common Core plus any state additions) for all students in New York State.  Any parties interested in helping inform the development of these important resources should review and respond to the Request For Information (RFI). The RFI is available at http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/docs/rfi/curriculummodels.html

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf (100 KB) ).  The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session.   Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R   This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline for your input is January 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

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

NEW! EdSteps Launches Work Collection for Creativity
The Council of Chief State School Officers’ EdSteps program is now officially collecting work samples that demonstrate creativity. EdSteps is an innovative online resource for teaching and assessment that is being built by people from every corner of the country and across the globe who submit and review student work samples. The work is focused on five skill areas that are important to college and career readiness, and are typically difficult and costly to assess: writing, global competence, creativity, problem solving, and analyzing information. In order to foster creativity in schools, educators must have a practical means of appreciating, understanding, and assessing creativity in partnership with their students.  EdSteps is seeking creativity work samples that represent a broad spectrum of student work in terms of grade level, subject area, demographics, ability level, and geography. It can be a video of a school play or a picture. It can be a graph about baseball statistics or a poem. To help build EdSteps by submitting work or reviewing work, visit http://www.edsteps.org  for more information.

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

State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
Teachers will have a new tool available to them this year as they cover World War I in their classes.  The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons for the students.  This website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics.  The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, the Harlem Hellfighters, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more.  Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources in their lessons.  A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option allows teachers to print a worksheet for each image.  Each worksheet can customize by including information from the website or teachers can edit and/or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions for each image.  View this incredible resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml.

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

New York State Museum Hosts Capital Region History Day Competition
The Capital Region History Day, an affiliate of the National History Day program encourages students to explore local, state, national and world history.  After selecting a historical topic that relates to the annual theme, this year’s theme is: Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences, students conduct research using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews.  They analyze significance in history, and create final projects that present their work.  These projects can be entered into a series of competitions from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by historians and educators.  The contest is open to students in grades 6-12.  All types of students participate in History Day – public, private parochial and home schooled.  The contest takes place on Saturday, March 26 at the New York State Museum.  Students must register by March 4, 2011.  For more information go to:  http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/  or http://www.nyshistoryday.org/  or contact Patricia Jordan at PJORDAN@MAIL.NYSED.GOV or via phone at 518-474-4458. 

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

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

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LOTE

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

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf (100 KB) ).  The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session.   Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R   This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline for your input is January 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! Board of Regents Approves Additions to the Common Core State Standards
On January 10, 2011, the Board of Regents approved recommended additions to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The Board also approved new Prekindergarten Standards.To review these additions and learn more about the timeline for implementation in schools, please visit the SED Common Core website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/.

NEW! NYSED Seeking Information on Development of Curriculum Models
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking information about the development of statewide Curriculum Models and related guidance materials designed to aid school districts and teachers in implementation of the new P-12 New York State Standards in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (including the Common Core plus any state additions) for all students in New York State.  Any parties interested in helping inform the development of these important resources should review and respond to the Request For Information (RFI). The RFI is available at http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/docs/rfi/curriculummodels.html

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf (100 KB) ).  The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session.   Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R   This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline for your input is January 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

Moody's Mega Math Challenge 2011
Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge is an Internet-based, applied math contest for high school juniors and seniors. Participating teams are required to solve an open-ended, applied math-modeling problem focused on a real-world issue in 14 hours. Now in its sixth year, the competition is open to high schools in 18 states along the East Coast. Winners receive scholarships totaling $100,000 toward the pursuit of higher education. Registration and participation are free. The goal of the Challenge is to introduce applied mathematics to students as a powerful problem-solving tool, as a viable and exciting profession, and as a vital contributor to advances in an increasingly technical society.
Registration is now open! Go to http://m3challenge.siam.org/participate/   to participate.

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

Guides to new 3-8 Testing Program now available
The 2011 Guide to the Grades 3-8 Testing Program in English Language Arts and Mathematics is now available at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-11.pdf (625 KB)  A memo on the new guide is also available on OSA's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-memo-11.pdf (49 KB) 

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

NEW! NYSED Seeking Information on Development of Curriculum Models
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking information about the development of statewide Curriculum Models and related guidance materials designed to aid school districts and teachers in implementation of the new P-12 New York State Standards in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (including the Common Core plus any state additions) for all students in New York State.  Any parties interested in helping inform the development of these important resources should review and respond to the Request For Information (RFI). The RFI is available at http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/docs/rfi/curriculummodels.html

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

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf (100 KB) ).  The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session.   Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R   This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline for your input is January 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa
The inaugural Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa will provide teachers first-hand exposure to the social and environmental complexity of South Africa, The program will focus on sustainable development and emphasizing the links between history, culture, power, and the environment.  Teachers will explore the country’s natural and cultural diversity through arrange of site visits and hands-on activities. The Toyota International Teacher Program is a fully-funded international professional development program for U.S. educators and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program advances environmental stewardship and global connectedness in U.S. schools and communities. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2011. Visit  www.iie.org/toyota  for eligibility requirements, application instructions, FAQs, and to apply online.

State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
Teachers will have a new tool available to them this year as they cover World War I in their classes.  The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons for the students.  This website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics.  The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, the Harlem Hellfighters, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more.  Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources in their lessons.  A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option allows teachers to print a worksheet for each image.  Each worksheet can customize by including information from the website or teachers can edit and/or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions for each image.  View this incredible resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml.

National Academy of Engineering Essay Contest
Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. This year the topic will be "Engineering & Human Service – Relief from a Disaster".  The contest is open to both boys and girls from grades 3-12.  For more information visit http://www.engineergirl.org/?id=13161  

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

New York State Museum Hosts Capital Region History Day Competition
The Capital Region History Day, an affiliate of the National History Day program encourages students to explore local, state, national and world history.  After selecting a historical topic that relates to the annual theme, this year’s theme is: Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences, students conduct research using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews.  They analyze significance in history, and create final projects that present their work.  These projects can be entered into a series of competitions from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by historians and educators.  The contest is open to students in grades 6-12.  All types of students participate in History Day – public, private parochial and home schooled.  The contest takes place on Saturday, March 26 at the New York State Museum.  Students must register by March 4, 2011.  For more information go to:  http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/  or http://www.nyshistoryday.org/  or contact Patricia Jordan at PJORDAN@MAIL.NYSED.GOV or via phone at 518-474-4458. 

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

State Archives Highlights 19th Century African American Voting Rights
The New York State Archives is highlighting voting rights for African Americans during the 19th century in its latest edition of Document Showcase.  Document Showcase is a regular feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use.  The topics are based upon the State Education Department’s core curriculum for 7th and 8th grade social studies as well as special events in New York history.  The educational activities are created by a teacher and correlate to New York State learning standards.  Each Showcase also provides links within the State Archives’ website for further information on the topic.  Document Showcase can be viewed on the Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/index.shtml.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

NEW! NYSED Seeking Information on Development of Curriculum Models
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking information about the development of statewide Curriculum Models and related guidance materials designed to aid school districts and teachers in implementation of the new P-12 New York State Standards in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (including the Common Core plus any state additions) for all students in New York State.  Any parties interested in helping inform the development of these important resources should review and respond to the Request For Information (RFI). The RFI is available at http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/docs/rfi/curriculummodels.html

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf (100 KB) ).  The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session.   Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R   This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline for your input is January 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

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

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf (100 KB) ).  The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session.   Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R   This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline for your input is January 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! College Arts Program Survey (CAPS) Guide
The New York State Education Department in partnership with the New York State Alliance for Arts Education (NYSAAE) has conducted a Survey of Higher Education Providers of Degrees in Fine and Applied Arts. The purpose of the survey is to develop a compendium of resources available to New York State high school students considering pursuing a degree in the Arts. This compendium will also provide high school counselors, teachers and administrators, and libraries with the tools they need to help students exploring higher education in the arts fields. To view the complete listing of schools offering degree bearing arts programs or to search the degree programs by discipline or region visit http://www.nysaae.org/CAPS/index.htm  .

Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa
The inaugural Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa will provide teachers first-hand exposure to the social and environmental complexity of South Africa, The program will focus on sustainable development and emphasizing the links between history, culture, power, and the environment.  Teachers will explore the country’s natural and cultural diversity through arrange of site visits and hands-on activities. The Toyota International Teacher Program is a fully-funded international professional development program for U.S. educators and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program advances environmental stewardship and global connectedness in U.S. schools and communities. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2011. Visit  www.iie.org/toyota  for eligibility requirements, application instructions, FAQs, and to apply online.

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

Educators & Parents Speak Up! National Research Project
Get the pulse of your stakeholders about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. The online survey is open to students, educators (including future educators) and parents; it’s quick and easy to get involved.   Best of all, you can view your results online, free of charge. Survey is open October 18th 2010 – January 21st, 2011.  Sign up today to take the survey: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2010/  

State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
Teachers will have a new tool available to them this year as they cover World War I in their classes.  The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons for the students.  This website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics.  The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, the Harlem Hellfighters, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more.  Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources in their lessons.  A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option allows teachers to print a worksheet for each image.  Each worksheet can customize by including information from the website or teachers can edit and/or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions for each image.  View this incredible resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml.

Best Practices for Information Literacy Courses
The Association of College and Research Libraries has published Best Practices for Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses edited by Christopher Hollister. The work is a collection of previously unpublished papers in which contributing authors describe and recommend best practices for creating, developing, and teaching credit-bearing information literacy courses at the college and university level. Contributors discuss useful and effective methods for developing, teaching, assessing, and marketing courses. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/characteristics.cfm 

NYSED Launches Internet Safety Resource Toolkit
NYS Education Law - Section 814, Courses of Study in Internet Safety, calls for education of students for safe and appropriate use of Internet technology and resources. In response to this law, the NYSED Office of Educational Design and Technology (ED&T) has launched an Internet Safety Resource Toolkit, available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/technology/internet_safety/ . The toolkit is designed as a suite of resources across a spectrum of applications, including an alignment of principles and practices of Internet Safe Usage to state and nationally-benchmarked learning standards; pointers for an Internet safety curriculum aligned with learning standards; an instrument for evaluation of a school and district's overall Internet Safety teaching and learning program; and a process for peer review and dissemination of leading learning experiences with organizational partners such as NYSCATE and Model Schools. The toolkit is designed to assist school administrators, educators, and students in developing polices and programs to infuse Internet safety in teaching, learning, and assessment across a district-wide, standards-based program.

State Archives Highlights 19th Century African American Voting Rights
The New York State Archives is highlighting voting rights for African Americans during the 19th century in its latest edition of Document Showcase.  Document Showcase is a regular feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use.  The topics are based upon the State Education Department’s core curriculum for 7th and 8th grade social studies as well as special events in New York history.  The educational activities are created by a teacher and correlate to New York State learning standards.  Each Showcase also provides links within the State Archives’ website for further information on the topic.  Document Showcase can be viewed on the Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/index.shtml.

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SCIENCE

NEW! NYSED Seeking Information on Development of Curriculum Models
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking information about the development of statewide Curriculum Models and related guidance materials designed to aid school districts and teachers in implementation of the new P-12 New York State Standards in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (including the Common Core plus any state additions) for all students in New York State.  Any parties interested in helping inform the development of these important resources should review and respond to the Request For Information (RFI). The RFI is available at http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/docs/rfi/curriculummodels.html

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf (100 KB) ).  The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session.   Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R   This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline for your input is January 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! Science Curriculum and Instruction Update - Winter 2010
New York State's Race to the Top initiative and efforts to develop new science education standards at the national level will have an impact on P-12 science education in New York State. For more information please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci/scicurricupdate2010rttt.pdf (25 KB). 

2011 National Youth Science Camp Applications Now Available
Applications to attend the 2011 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) are now available online at http://www.nysc.org/w/2011.html . 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 30 through July 24, 2011. To apply, please download the application packet from http://www.nysc.org/w/2011.html  and follow the enclosed instructions. For more information about the NYSC, please visit http://www.nysc.org . The NYSC is hosted and operated by the National Youth Science Foundation ( http://www.nysf.com/ ). Applications must be received no later than January 21, 2011.

Real World Design Challenge
Registration is now open for the 2010-2011 Real World Design Challenge. Participation in the Challenge is totally free and open to teams of 3-7 high school students. The competition centers on aviation design and requires the use of real engineering tools. Some new tools have been added this year and each teacher that participates gets more than $1 million in professional engineering software. Teams get access to mentors, and state winners get an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC to compete in the National Finals. Please check out the new website at  www.realworlddesignchallenge.org  and sign up.  More information about the Challenge may be accessed at http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org .

National Academy of Engineering Essay Contest
Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. This year the topic will be "Engineering & Human Service – Relief from a Disaster".  The contest is open to both boys and girls from grades 3-12.  For more information visit http://www.engineergirl.org/?id=13161  

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

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

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! Speak Truth to Power
New York State United Teachers and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights have collaborated to develop the Speak Truth to Power curriculum, which focuses on human rights defenders who are changing our world. This online resource includes materials and classroom lesson plans aligned to the New York State Learning Standards. For more information, please see http://blogs.nysut.org/sttp/   

NEW! NYSED Seeking Information on Development of Curriculum Models
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking information about the development of statewide Curriculum Models and related guidance materials designed to aid school districts and teachers in implementation of the new P-12 New York State Standards in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (including the Common Core plus any state additions) for all students in New York State.  Any parties interested in helping inform the development of these important resources should review and respond to the Request For Information (RFI). The RFI is available at http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/docs/rfi/curriculummodels.html

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

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf (100 KB) ).  The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session.   Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R   This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline for your input is January 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa
The inaugural Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa will provide teachers first-hand exposure to the social and environmental complexity of South Africa, The program will focus on sustainable development and emphasizing the links between history, culture, power, and the environment.  Teachers will explore the country’s natural and cultural diversity through arrange of site visits and hands-on activities. The Toyota International Teacher Program is a fully-funded international professional development program for U.S. educators and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program advances environmental stewardship and global connectedness in U.S. schools and communities. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2011. Visit  www.iie.org/toyota  for eligibility requirements, application instructions, FAQs, and to apply online.

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

"Celebrate America" 5th Grade Creative Writing Contest
Sponsored by the American Immigration Council (formerly AILF).  Through this contest, AIC seeks to engage local 5th grade children on the topic of immigration. Participants will write a 500 word essay based on the theme, "Why I am Glad America Is a Nation of Immigrants." Note that all essay entries this year will be due by Wednesday, February 16, 2011.  Two years ago, the first place winner of New York's local contest received an honorable mention in the national contest.   The top three winners will be honored and awarded prizes during AIC's monthly meeting on June 6, 2011.  Also, the local winner will be entered into AIC's national contest and will have a chance of winning an all-expense paid trip to AIC's Annual Benefit Dinner to be held at AIC's annual conference in San Diego, CA. Additional information about the contest is found at  http://www.communityeducationcenter.org/community/essay-contest 

State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
Teachers will have a new tool available to them this year as they cover World War I in their classes.  The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons for the students.  This website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics.  The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, the Harlem Hellfighters, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more.  Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources in their lessons.  A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option allows teachers to print a worksheet for each image.  Each worksheet can customize by including information from the website or teachers can edit and/or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions for each image.  View this incredible resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml.

Summer Seminars in American History for Teachers
K-12 history, social studies and English teachers are invited to apply to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History 2011 Summer Seminars. Taught by renowned historians on college campuses in the US and the UK, these one-week seminars give educators the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of topics in American history—while gaining practical resources and strategies to take back to their classrooms.  Apply early : seminar space is limited. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2011. For a complete list of Gilder Lehrman’s 2011 seminars, information about full and partial fellowships, graduate credit, and to apply online, visit: www.gilderlehrman.org/summerseminars.htm  

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

New York State Museum Hosts Capital Region History Day Competition
The Capital Region History Day, an affiliate of the National History Day program encourages students to explore local, state, national and world history.  After selecting a historical topic that relates to the annual theme, this year’s theme is: Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences, students conduct research using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews.  They analyze significance in history, and create final projects that present their work.  These projects can be entered into a series of competitions from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by historians and educators.  The contest is open to students in grades 6-12.  All types of students participate in History Day – public, private parochial and home schooled.  The contest takes place on Saturday, March 26 at the New York State Museum.  Students must register by March 4, 2011.  For more information go to:  http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/  or http://www.nyshistoryday.org/  or contact Patricia Jordan at PJORDAN@MAIL.NYSED.GOV or via phone at 518-474-4458. 

National History Teacher of the Year Award
Do you know an outstanding K-6 teacher passionate about American history? All Social Studies and elementary educators who teach American History are welcome.  The National History Teacher of the Year Award gives $10,000 to the best American history teacher. The national winner is chosen from outstanding teachers in each state, district, and U.S. territory. State winners receive $1,000 and an archive of books and other resources for their school. The award is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute, Preserve America, and HISTORY (The History Channel). Nominations for the National History Teacher of the Year can be made by a student, parent, colleague, supervisor, or other education professional familiar with the teacher’s work. In 2011, the Gilder Lehrman Institute will honor a teacher of grades K-6. Middle and high school teachers are honored every other year.  To nominate a teacher and learn more about the award, visit:  http://www.gilderlehrman.org/nhtoy  . Nomination deadline: February 1, 2011. 

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

NYS Council for the Social Studies March Convention, March 17-19, 2011
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with The March from Civil War to Civility Through Social Justice Education theme for the New York State Council for the Social Studies Convention, March 17-19, 2011.  Kerry Kennedy, Steve Goldberg, Maria Niera, Lee Cutler, politicians, NYS Regents, Milken Award Winners, National Board Certified Teachers, and Outstanding NYS Social Studies Teachers have agree to be speakers. Here is your opportunity for a marvelous profession development experience. This year's NYSCSS Annual Conference will be held at the beautiful Rochester Convention Center in Rochester, New York, visit http://www.nyscss.org/Default.aspx?pageId=643958  for more information.

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

State Archives Highlights 19th Century African American Voting Rights
The New York State Archives is highlighting voting rights for African Americans during the 19th century in its latest edition of Document Showcase.  Document Showcase is a regular feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use.  The topics are based upon the State Education Department’s core curriculum for 7th and 8th grade social studies as well as special events in New York history.  The educational activities are created by a teacher and correlate to New York State learning standards.  Each Showcase also provides links within the State Archives’ website for further information on the topic.  Document Showcase can be viewed on the Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/index.shtml.

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

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

National Academy of Engineering Essay Contest
Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. This year the topic will be "Engineering & Human Service – Relief from a Disaster".  The contest is open to both boys and girls from grades 3-12.  For more information visit http://www.engineergirl.org/?id=13161  

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

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TESTING

NEW! Training Materials for New 3-hour Regents Examination in ELA
The Office of Assessment Policy, Development and Administration has released a PowerPoint training for scoring the 2-credit short constructed responses for the new three-hour one-day Regents Comprehensive Examination in English. Please see the following PowerPoint presentation for additional information:  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/english/hs/english-ppt.pdf (580 KB)

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

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

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

Guides to new 3-8 Testing Program now available
The 2011 Guide to the Grades 3-8 Testing Program in English Language Arts and Mathematics is now available at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-11.pdf (625 KB)  A memo on the new guide is also available on OSA's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-memo-11.pdf (49 KB)

For more information on Testing, visit
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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

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

Educators & Parents Speak Up! National Research Project
Get the pulse of your stakeholders about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. The online survey is open to students, educators (including future educators) and parents; it’s quick and easy to get involved.   Best of all, you can view your results online, free of charge. Survey is open October 18th 2010 – January 21st, 2011.  Sign up today to take the survey: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2010/ 

NYS Education Department Virtual Learning System (VLS)
The NYSED VLS, www.nysvls.org  has been enhanced and recently expanded with additional content. Additions include: lesson plans for teachers K-12 generated through The Mathematics Science Partnership Program (MSP); 15 Robert F. Kennedy lesson plans, in cooperation with NYSUT; and the complete set of Alternative Grade Level Indicators for Students with Severe Disabilities in Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts and recently Social Studies. As always, thousands of lesson plans and instructional tasks are available by exploring the learning standards and performance indicators in the seven standards areas. We have also provided the Learning Standards in three Standard Servicing options, XML, HTML with the latest in PDF format.

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WEB RESOURCES

NEW! Speak Truth to Power
New York State United Teachers and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights have collaborated to develop the Speak Truth to Power curriculum, which focuses on human rights defenders who are changing our world. This online resource includes materials and classroom lesson plans aligned to the New York State Learning Standards. For more information, please see http://blogs.nysut.org/sttp/   

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

NEW! College Arts Program Survey (CAPS) Guide
The New York State Education Department in partnership with the New York State Alliance for Arts Education (NYSAAE) has conducted a Survey of Higher Education Providers of Degrees in Fine and Applied Arts. The purpose of the survey is to develop a compendium of resources available to New York State high school students considering pursuing a degree in the Arts. This compendium will also provide high school counselors, teachers and administrators, and libraries with the tools they need to help students exploring higher education in the arts fields. To view the complete listing of schools offering degree bearing arts programs or to search the degree programs by discipline or region visit http://www.nysaae.org/CAPS/index.htm  .

NEW! EdSteps Launches Work Collection for Creativity
The Council of Chief State School Officers’ EdSteps program is now officially collecting work samples that demonstrate creativity. EdSteps is an innovative online resource for teaching and assessment that is being built by people from every corner of the country and across the globe who submit and review student work samples. The work is focused on five skill areas that are important to college and career readiness, and are typically difficult and costly to assess: writing, global competence, creativity, problem solving, and analyzing information. In order to foster creativity in schools, educators must have a practical means of appreciating, understanding, and assessing creativity in partnership with their students.  EdSteps is seeking creativity work samples that represent a broad spectrum of student work in terms of grade level, subject area, demographics, ability level, and geography. It can be a video of a school play or a picture. It can be a graph about baseball statistics or a poem. To help build EdSteps by submitting work or reviewing work, visit http://www.edsteps.org  for more information.

State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
Teachers will have a new tool available to them this year as they cover World War I in their classes.  The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons for the students.  This website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics.  The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, the Harlem Hellfighters, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more.  Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources in their lessons.  A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option allows teachers to print a worksheet for each image.  Each worksheet can customize by including information from the website or teachers can edit and/or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions for each image.  View this incredible resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml.

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

State Archives Highlights 19th Century African American Voting Rights
The New York State Archives is highlighting voting rights for African Americans during the 19th century in its latest edition of Document Showcase.  Document Showcase is a regular feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use.  The topics are based upon the State Education Department’s core curriculum for 7th and 8th grade social studies as well as special events in New York history.  The educational activities are created by a teacher and correlate to New York State learning standards.  Each Showcase also provides links within the State Archives’ website for further information on the topic.  Document Showcase can be viewed on the Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/index.shtml.

Joy2Learn Resources
Joy2Learn brings America’s greatest artists into the classroom free of charge via the Internet. Visit www.Joy2Learn.org  and click on e-Presentations to view artists as they demonstrate and explain their art. Learn about various art forms as you navigate through exciting videos and interactive multimedia elements including performances, history, artists’ insights and quiz games.

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DRIVER EDUCATION

NEW! Teen Electronic Event Notification Service (TEENS)
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has developed enhancements to the Teen Electronic Event Notification service or TEENS. TEENS is a voluntary free service offered by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that notifies the parent or guardian of a minor, under the age of 18, in the event that a conviction, suspension, revocation or accident appears on the minor's driver's license record.  For more information regarding TEENS please go to http://nysdmv.com/press/pr102010.htm . 

NEW! Educational Teen Driver Videos: "iDriveSmart" Series
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has recently produced a series of educational teen driver videos. The video series, entitled "iDriveSmart" and filmed on the Shaker High School campus are featured on the DMV's Younger Driver Web site (http://www.nysdmv.com/youngerdriver/ ) and on You Tube. The videos focus on topics including speed, distracted driving, inexperience and the use of seat belts.

NEW! Driver & Traffic Safety Education (DTSE) December 2010 Memo To The Field
A December memo to the field announcing the Spring 2011 DE-1 Program Approval Form and Recent Program Changes is available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cte/de/ . Memos to the field are accessible via the Featured Items box located on the right side of the Web page.

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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/  external link icon for 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  external link icon for 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  external link icon for http://www.cs.state.ny.us/jobseeker/public/opportunities.cfm

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