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

March 15, 2010

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

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NEW! NGA/CCSSO Seeks Public Comment on Common Core State Standards by 4/2/10
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers has issued for public comment the K-12 Common Core State Standards. Since spring 2009, New York State, along with 50 other states, territories, and the District of Columbia has been involved in the process of creating common core standards in English language arts and mathematics.

The New York State Education Department is seeking your feedback on the draft standards through an online survey (one for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science and one for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics). To access the draft materials and respond to the surveys, please visit the NYSED Common Core State Standards toolkit at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/toolkit.html .  Your comments will be compiled and forwarded to NGA/CCSSO. If you would like to respond directly to NGA/CCSSO, please visit http://www.corestandards.org  to access their survey.  Please share with others as appropriate.

NEW! Nat'l Board for Professional Teaching Standards Awards 117 NYS Teachers
Congratulations New Yorkers:
In January 2010, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) awarded national teaching certificates to 117 New York State teachers, representing 64 public school districts and BOCES. As a result, there are now 999 pre K-12 educators teaching in New York State schools who have earned National Board Certification. National Board Certification is awarded to teachers who normally commit between 200 and 400 hours toward completing the rigorous candidacy process. In New York State, qualified public school teachers may have all or part of the $2,500 registration fee underwritten by either the NY Albert Shanker Grant or the Federal Candidate Fee Subsidy Program. For additional information on National Board Certification, go to www.nbpts.org  For further information about the Albert Shanker Grant and the Candidate Fee Subsidy visit www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/albertshanker.html  

NEW! General Education & Diploma Requirements
The New York State Education Department has updated the General Education & Diploma Requirements webpage.This page provides access to a General Education & Diploma Requirements Chart  (71.86 KB) updated January 2010, which highlights diploma requirements for students entering Grade 9 in 2002 through 2010.  This chart includes information on the required units of credit and examinations for a Regents diploma, a Regents diploma with advanced designation, or a local diploma. It reflects the change in regulations that was enacted in 2009 to extend the existing Regents Competency Test (RCT) safety net to all eligible students with disabilities entering grade 9 prior to the 2011-12 school year. The chart is similar in format to the ones previously distributed by the Department entitled General Education & Requirements Chart (June 2007) and Diploma Requirements for Students Entering Grade 9 (September 2000) (20.86 KB). Each column of the current chart is linked to a page that provides more detailed information in html format.

NEW! 2010 Schools to Watch: Exemplar Middle Level Programs Identified
Congratulations New Yorkers:  New York has designated 4 schools as this years' Essential Elements Schools to Watch (EE:STW).  The 2010 EE:STW designees are Bay Trail Middle School - Penfield, NY, Merton Williams MS - Hilton, NY and Lakeland Copper Beech MS - Yorktown Heights, NY.  Joining these schools and earning a second EE:STW designation is North Salem MS - North Salem, NY.  In addition,  3 schools have been recognized as Rising Schools to Watch: PS/IS 180 Hugo Newman College Prep - New York, NY, Van Wyck JHS - Wappingers Falls NY, and Carrie Palmer Weber MS - Port Washington NY.  All of these schools have shown a continued trajectory of improvement and a dedication to the full implementation of the Regents Policy Statement on Middle Level Education and the Essential Elements of a Standards Focused Middle Level Program.  They are models of excellence and success and continue to seek ways to improve their programs for young adolescents in their communities.  The designated schools will be honored nationally at a gala awards ceremony hosted by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform  on June 24th in Washington DC.  For more information on identified schools and the Essential Elements Schools to Watch Program in NY visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/eestw/home.html  

NEW! Customize Learning Activities with State Archives' Web Tool Throughout the Ages, A Visual Document-Based Resource is a website created by the NYS Archives. It contains more than 500 historical documents and photographs and hundreds of teacher-developed, standards-based lessons.  Use the lessons as presented or modify them online to create activities for all learners.  Throughout the Ages is an interdisciplinary resource that combines historical records and technology to promote the development of students' critical thinking skills, improve their reading and writing, and help them understand historical content and context.  http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/throughout/index.shtml 

State Archives Sponsors 20th Annual Student Research Contest
To promote and recognize excellence in student research, the New York State Archives, a program of the State Education Department in the Office of Cultural Education, is sponsoring the 20th annual Student Research Awards. The program is open to all New York students in grades 4-12 who use historical records in their research projects. The entry deadline is July 1, 2010. For information about this year’s program, visit http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/grants/grants_student_sraguidelines.shtml 
For more NYSED/USNY information, visit http://www.nysed.gov/

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! Nominate A Student For A $2,500 Barron Prize
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its 2010 awards. The Barron Prize honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, ten national winners each receive $2,500 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline is April 30. For more information and to nominate, visit http://www.barronprize.org/ 

NEW! Improving Literacy through School Libraries Grant
The $100,000 to $600,000 Improving Literacy through School Libraries Awards are intended to improve student reading skills and academic achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media centers; and well-trained, professionally certified school library media specialists.  Eligible applicants are LEAs, including charter schools and State-administered schools that are considered LEAs under State law, in which at least 20 percent of the students served by the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line based on the most recent satisfactory data available from the U.S. Census Bureau.  Applications due April 20, 2010.  For additional information, please go to http://www2.ed.gov/programs/lsl/index.html

Grant Opportunities from ARRA EETT Funds
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides funds to New York State for the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Program to support the efforts to improve student academic performance and promote transformational change in our school system through effective use of technology. A total of $52.8 million is available for the competitive grant projects for the ARRA EETT program operation from May 1, 2010 to September 2011. The focus of the ARRA EETT Program is to turn around schools, improve students’ academic performance, and promote transformational change in teaching and learning with four program priorities.  For specific information on the program, please read the Request for Proposal (RFP) which is posted on the Department’s Website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.htm. Proposals must be submitted by March 26, 2010.

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

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

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! Corning Middle Level Institute June 28-29, 2010
The New York State Middle School Association and The Corning Museum of Glass are proud to host the eighth annual NYSMSA/CMoG Middle-Level Institute in Corning, New York. Participants will select and participate in one of six instructional strands being offered by practitioner experts. Each session will provide participants with the tools needed to apply what is taught in practical ways. Instruction will include hands-on components with twenty-five or fewer individuals in each session. For more information visit www.nysmsa.org

NEW! Middle School Science Lab Enhancement Project
The Middle School Lab Science Enhancement Project will provide Middle School teachers (grades 5 – 8) with updated information and techniques that can be used to enhance student learning and interest in science. Participants will explore laboratory-based activities in biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics that address components within the NY State Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum. (All expenses paid; stipend for participating teachers.) More information may be accessed at http://www.stonybrook.edu/cesame/teachers/mssep.shtml.

NEW! Call for Presenters for the LYC October Conference
The 34th Annual Law, Youth & Citizenship (LYC)/New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Civics and Law-Related Education Conference, Oct. 14-15, 2010, will be held in Wyoming County at the Beaver Hollow Conference Center in Java Center, New York. The theme this year is "Iroquois to Internet ~ An Examination of the 21st Century New York Classroom."  A series of seminars and workshops addressing two critical areas for New York educators ~~ teaching Native American history and culture; and best practices for embracing technology in the classroom. Interested in being part of our 34th Annual Conference? Go to our http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Law_Youth_and_Citizenship_Program and click the proposal link. http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22A8DA9WPYL  

NEW! Real World Science - Exploring Horizons
This workshop will provide High School science teachers with professional development in cutting edge applications of science concepts in biology, earth sciences, and physical sciences. Real world science is part of every discipline and information addressed in this workshop will enable teachers to better incorporate New York State MST Standards 1, 2, 6 and 7 in their instruction. (All expenses paid; stipend for participating teachers.) More information may be accessed at http://www.stonybrook.edu/cesame/teachers/RealWorldScience.shtml.

NEW! New York State Art Teachers Association 19th Annual Summer Institute
A Sense of Wonder, Sunday, July 25th - Friday, July 30, 2010, Sagamore National Historic Landmark, Raquette Lake, NY.  If you are making plans now for summer professional growth, don't miss the NYSATA Sagamore Summer Institute.  It offers 48 hours of professional development with the option for 3 in-service credits, all completed in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains! For further information go to http://www.nysata.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=100506&orgId=nysata

NEW! Founders Fellowship for New Teachers
The Bill of Rights Institute is pleased to invite 20 early career grades 7-12 American history and civics teachers to apply for its Founders Fellowship Program! Selected Fellows will participate in a year-long educational program to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the American Founding. The Founders Fellows will convene in Washington, D.C. on July 6, 2010 for an all- expenses paid multi-day educational program. During the program, Founders Fellows will participate in lectures, discussions, and scholar-led visits to historic sites including Mount Vernon, the National Archives, Gunston Hall, Monticello, and Montpelier.  Upon completion of the Washington program, each Fellow will submit a lesson plan drawing upon the readings, discussions, and topics from the program. The Fellowship will continue during the following academic year, when Fellows will reconvene online for periodic discussions about reading and pedagogical issues. The Founders Fellowship Program will select promising social studies teachers, grades 7-12, who have been teaching for five years or fewer. Twenty top teachers, representing 20 states will be selected to participate.Fellows will be selected based upon their knowledge of the Founding era, their talent in the classroom, and dedication to educating their students. Application requirements include the application form, a letter explaining the candidate’s interest in the program, a brief resume, and a letter of recommendation. The application form can be found at www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/Fellows. All application materials must be submitted by 5:00 PM EST on March 24, 2010.  

NEW! Earth Science Workshop for Teachers Ice, Wind, Water & Resources
Scientists at the NY State Museum focus on the role of climate change, glacial geology, recolonization, and distribution of natural resources as a result of glaciation. The workshop is limited to 50 teachers, and all participants receive 15 contact hours. Fee includes field guide, box lunch, Saturday bus trip, and a CD with lectures, maps, and classroom exercises. Friday, April 23–Saturday, April 24.  For details please go to: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html

NEW! NASA Mission Educator Fellowship Opportunity
NASA is pleased to announce the release of the Announcement of Opportunity to become a MESSENGER Educator Fellow. MESSENGER is a NASA Discovery mission that was launched in 2004. The spacecraft flew by Mercury three times in 2008 and 2009, sending back the first pictures of the previously unseen side of the planet. In March 2011 MESSENGER will go into orbit around Mercury and begin a year-long, comprehensive study of the planet. Thirty practicing teachers or teacher trainers will be recruited to become the next cadre of MESSENGER Educator Fellows. These Fellows are volunteers who help bring the excitement of this challenging mission to classrooms nationwide by training teachers on the Solar System-focused education materials written in support of the mission. The Fellowship includes an all-expense paid five-day training workshop in Washington, DC, in July 2010. More information may be accessed at http://messenger-education.org/teachers/ao.php.

2010 Summer School Administrators Workshop
SAVE THE DATE!! May 18-19, 2010, Holiday Inn, Saratoga Springs, NY.  2010 Summer School Administrators Workshop - Addressing the Needs of Summer School Leaders,  Topics of the workshops include, Curriculum, Staffing, Data; AIS – RTI; State Education Department Updates, Legal, Liability and Legislative Issues.  Sponsored by the SAANYS Summer School Administrators Group

Professional Development from the Library of Congress: Primary Sources
The Library of Congress now offers a free professional development resource for educators: Teaching with Primary Sources Direct.  http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/ .  The Library of Congress has designed this new resource to facilitate the process of integrating primary sources into classroom teaching. It offers educators the opportunity to customize professional development activities for use at the school, district or regional level. This online resource includes professional development modules and classroom lessons and primary sources from the Library of Congress arranged thematically. It is designed to teach both content knowledge and critical thinking skills.

Earth Science In Space Has No Boundaries
This summer institute (August 9-13, 2010) is brought to teachers of Earth Science though a NASA grant written by Dr. Heidi Newberg, Rensselaer Astrophysicist and the Dudley Observatory Curriculum Committee. Using a combination of hands-on activities and lectures from prominent scientists, teachers will learn how to integrate their improved knowledge of space science into their classrooms. For more detailed information, visit http://summer.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=77

Safety Training for Teachers of Science
John Van Raalte, Certified Industrial Hygienist, conducts free safety training through a NYS Department of Labor grant. The two workshops available are: School Chemical Hygiene Plans - Attendees will become familiar with the requirements of PESH*s Chemical Hygiene Plan requirements for chemistry classes, 1910.1450, which include the need for toxicity evaluations of chemicals, training of school personnel, ventilation system requirements and standards, air monitoring, and safe storage, handling and disposal of chemicals and the need for and use of emergency equipment. Participants will also understand the proper use, training requirements, and other issues with personal protective equipment (PPE). There will be a hands-on segment with attendees illustrating the proper donning and doffing of chemical protective gloves; and K-12 Science Class Health and Safety - Participants will get a basic understanding of chemical health and safety. They will also gain knowledge of the OSHA Hazard Communication standard, emergency response and evacuation procedures for fires, explosions, and other incidents, ventilation, electrical safety, storage of materials and chemicals and potential allergens in the classroom, including the care and handling of animals. For more information please contact your NYSUT Regional Office and speak with your Labor Relation Specialist who is responsible for health and safety. For a list of NYSUT Regional Offices please visit http://www.nysut.org/cps/rde/xchg/nysut/hs.xsl/about_offices.htm.

Free Solar & Wind Energy Workshops by NYSERDA
The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) in conjunction with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering free workshops for New York State teachers on solar and wind energy. For more information please go to http://www.nesea.org/k-12/events/.

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

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THE ARTS

NEW! NGA/CCSSO Seeks Public Comment on Common Core State Standards by 4/2/10
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers has issued for public comment the K-12 Common Core State Standards. Since spring 2009, New York State, along with 50 other states, territories, and the District of Columbia has been involved in the process of creating common core standards in English language arts and mathematics.

The New York State Education Department is seeking your feedback on the draft standards through an online survey (one for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science and one for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics). To access the draft materials and respond to the surveys, please visit the NYSED Common Core State Standards toolkit at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/toolkit.html .  Your comments will be compiled and forwarded to NGA/CCSSO. If you would like to respond directly to NGA/CCSSO, please visit http://www.corestandards.org  to access their survey.  Please share with others as appropriate.

NEW! New York State Art Teachers Association 19th Annual Summer Institute
A Sense of Wonder, Sunday, July 25th - Friday, July 30, 2010, Sagamore National Historic Landmark, Raquette Lake, NY.  If you are making plans now for summer professional growth, don't miss the NYSATA Sagamore Summer Institute.  It offers 48 hours of professional development with the option for 3 in-service credits, all completed in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains! For further information go to http://www.nysata.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=100506&orgId=nysata

What Does "Quality" look like in Arts Education?
In 'The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education', Harvard researchers at Project Zero explore what first-rate arts education entails and offer tools to help educators and others make smart choices about arts education in schools and communities. To read the report, go to http://cts.vresp.com/c/?TheWallaceFoundation/91a99db961
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Second UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education Scheduled for May 2010
The second UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education, the largest global event in the field, will take place in Seoul, South Korea, May 25–28, 2010, with some 2,000 participants coming from Korea and abroad. The meeting in Seoul will target the socio-cultural dimensions of arts education and reinforce the importance of research. The conference is expected to contribute to the development of new strategies and strengthen collaboration between its main participants, national authorities, local governments, teachers, artists, researchers, associations and to work together to reinforce the importance of arts education in schools as well as within society. For more information go to http://www.artsedu2010.kr/

New York State Summer School of the Arts Auditions
If you know a New York State high school student who is considering a career in the arts or entertainment industries, the NYS Summer School of the Arts offers intensive pre-professional summer training programs that are exciting, challenging, and fun. The eight residential summer schools include Ballet, Choral Studies, Dance, Jazz Studies, Media Arts, Orchestral studies, Theatre and Visual Arts.  The program is open to all NYS high school age students who qualify through regional auditions beginning February 2010. Tuition assistance is available based on financial need. To learn more visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/nysssa/ .

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

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

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

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

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DRIVER EDUCATION

Driver, Traffic, & Safety Education Junior Driver Law Changes
On February 22, 2010, the following changes to New York's licensing laws will effect young drivers:
1) Reduction of non-family passengers
2) Elimination of the limited use junior license
3) Increased supervised driving hours
To find out more information on these law changes please go to http://nysdmv.com/rtreq.htm  and http://www.nysdmv.com/broch/GDL2010.pdf  on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Web site. You can also visit the New York State Education Department's Driver, Traffic, & Safety Education Web site at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cte/de/ .

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! NGA/CCSSO Seeks Public Comment on Common Core State Standards by 4/2/10
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers has issued for public comment the K-12 Common Core State Standards. Since spring 2009, New York State, along with 50 other states, territories, and the District of Columbia has been involved in the process of creating common core standards in English language arts and mathematics.

The New York State Education Department is seeking your feedback on the draft standards through an online survey (one for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science and one for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics). To access the draft materials and respond to the surveys, please visit the NYSED Common Core State Standards toolkit at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/toolkit.html .  Your comments will be compiled and forwarded to NGA/CCSSO. If you would like to respond directly to NGA/CCSSO, please visit http://www.corestandards.org  to access their survey.  Please share with others as appropriate.

NEW! Nominate a Student For a $2,500 Barron Prize
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its 2010 awards. The Barron Prize honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, ten national winners each receive $2,500 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline is April 30. For more information and to nominate, visit http://www.barronprize.org/ 

NEW! April is National Poetry Month
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April. For resources and ideas on how to celebrate poetry, visit the Academy of American Poets page for more information. http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41   Additionally, the NYSED Virtual Learning System (VLS) also includes links to many lesson plans and sample tasks related to poetry, which are aligned to the New York State English Language Arts Learning Standards. To access this, visit http://www.nysvls.org and use the “VLS Resources” search engine in the upper right corner. You can search by key word (the name of the poet, etc.) and subject area.

NEW! Grades 3-8 ELA Tests School Administrator's Manual: 2010 Edition
The Grades 3–8 English Language Arts Tests School Administrator’s Manual (2010 Edition) is now available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/sam/ela/elaei-sam-10.pdf

NEW! 2010 Summer Reading at New York Libraries "Explore New York"
The 2010 Summer Reading at New York Libraries "Explore New York" annotated reading lists and bookmarks are now available. The reading lists are divided into four sections: picture books, elementary, tween, and teen. They are designed to provide a flavor of New York State and to spark an interest in the fascinating story of New York State. These materials are suitable for sharing with libraries and schools. The reading lists and bookmarks are available for download at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/explore.htm  
These materials have been designed to encourage reading for fun and information.
--School Library Media Specialists can use these materials in collaboration with subject area teachers. 
--Public libraries can share lists and materials especially during the summer reading season.  
--Public and school libraries are encouraged to use these lists as an opportunity to work together on literacy projects that cross over from the school year to the summer vacation.

Read.gov Resources
Read.gov, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, offers many reading resources for kids, teens, adults, and educators & parents. This site includes a Young Readers Center, digitized classic books, author webcasts, contests, local/community resources, and suggested reading lists. To learn more, visit
http://www.read.gov

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

NY State English Council Call for 2010 Program Proposals and Awards
The New York State English Council (NYSEC) will hold its 60th Annual Conference from October 20-22, 2010 in Albany. Every year, the New York State English Council selects programs and presents awards that provide opportunities for professional leadership, promote excellence in English education, and foster collegiality and camaraderie among ELA educators throughout New York State. For information on how to submit a program proposal for the conference, entitled “New Literacies for a New Age: Teaching With the Tools of Our Times,” please see http://nysecteach.org/2009_nysec_conference.html  . For details about NYSEC programs and awards, please see http://nysecteach.org/2010_awards_document.pdf .

Academy of American Poets Resources
The Academy of American Poets offers many free resources through their website, Poets.org. This website includes poems and biographical information for hundreds of poets, audio/visual resources, poetry resources for teens, a poetry map  along with a page for New York State.  And don't forget, April is National Poetry Month!

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

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

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EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

NEW! NGA/CCSSO Seeks Public Comment on Common Core State Standards by 4/2/10
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers has issued for public comment the K-12 Common Core State Standards. Since spring 2009, New York State, along with 50 other states, territories, and the District of Columbia has been involved in the process of creating common core standards in English language arts and mathematics.

The New York State Education Department is seeking your feedback on the draft standards through an online survey (one for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science and one for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics). To access the draft materials and respond to the surveys, please visit the NYSED Common Core State Standards toolkit at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/toolkit.html .  Your comments will be compiled and forwarded to NGA/CCSSO. If you would like to respond directly to NGA/CCSSO, please visit http://www.corestandards.org  to access their survey.  Please share with others as appropriate.

NEW! Call for Presenters for the LYC October Conference
The 34th Annual Law, Youth & Citizenship (LYC)/New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Civics and Law-Related Education Conference, Oct. 14-15, 2010, will be held in Wyoming County at the Beaver Hollow Conference Center in Java Center, New York. The theme this year is "Iroquois to Internet ~ An Examination of the 21st Century New York Classroom."  A series of seminars and workshops addressing two critical areas for New York educators ~~ teaching Native American history and culture; and best practices for embracing technology in the classroom. Interested in being part of our 34th Annual Conference? Go to our http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Law_Youth_and_Citizenship_Program and click the proposal link. http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22A8DA9WPYL  

Grant Opportunities from ARRA EETT Funds
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides funds to New York State for the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Program to support the efforts to improve student academic performance and promote transformational change in our school system through effective use of technology. A total of $52.8 million is available for the competitive grant projects for the ARRA EETT program operation from May 1, 2010 to September 2011. The focus of the ARRA EETT Program is to turn around schools, improve students’ academic performance, and promote transformational change in teaching and learning with four program priorities.  For specific information on the program, please read the Request for Proposal (RFP) which is posted on the Department’s Website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.htm. Proposals must be submitted by March 26, 2010.

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

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

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LITERACY

NEW! NGA/CCSSO Seeks Public Comment on Common Core State Standards by 4/2/10
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers has issued for public comment the K-12 Common Core State Standards. Since spring 2009, New York State, along with 50 other states, territories, and the District of Columbia has been involved in the process of creating common core standards in English language arts and mathematics.

The New York State Education Department is seeking your feedback on the draft standards through an online survey (one for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science and one for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics). To access the draft materials and respond to the surveys, please visit the NYSED Common Core State Standards toolkit at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/toolkit.html .  Your comments will be compiled and forwarded to NGA/CCSSO. If you would like to respond directly to NGA/CCSSO, please visit http://www.corestandards.org  to access their survey.  Please share with others as appropriate.

NEW! April is National Poetry Month
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April. For resources and ideas on how to celebrate poetry, visit the Academy of American Poets page for more information. http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41   Additionally, the NYSED Virtual Learning System (VLS) also includes links to many lesson plans and sample tasks related to poetry, which are aligned to the New York State English Language Arts Learning Standards. To access this, visit http://www.nysvls.org and use the “VLS Resources” search engine in the upper right corner. You can search by key word (the name of the poet, etc.) and subject area.

NEW! Improving Literacy through School Libraries Grant
The $100,000 to $600,000 Improving Literacy through School Libraries Awards are intended to improve student reading skills and academic achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media centers; and well-trained, professionally certified school library media specialists.  Eligible applicants are LEAs, including charter schools and State-administered schools that are considered LEAs under State law, in which at least 20 percent of the students served by the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line based on the most recent satisfactory data available from the U.S. Census Bureau.  Applications due April 20, 2010.  For additional information, please go to http://www2.ed.gov/programs/lsl/index.html

NEW! 2010 Summer Reading at New York Libraries "Explore New York" The 2010 Summer Reading at New York Libraries "Explore New York" annotated reading lists and bookmarks are now available. The reading lists are divided into four sections: picture books, elementary, tween, and teen. They are designed to provide a flavor of New York State and to spark an interest in the fascinating story of New York State. These materials are suitable for sharing with libraries and schools. The reading lists and bookmarks are available for download at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/explore.htm  
These materials have been designed to encourage reading for fun and information.
--School Library Media Specialists can use these materials in collaboration with subject area teachers. 
--Public libraries can share lists and materials especially during the summer reading season.  
--Public and school libraries are encouraged to use these lists as an opportunity to work together on literacy projects that cross over from the school year to the summer vacation.

K-12 Language/Reading Interventions for ELL Students
This report presents information about assessment, instructional interventions, and professional development with a particular focus on ELL students who have been identified with a language and/or learning disability or who are at risk for reading difficulties.  To review this report, visit http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Lang%20and%20Rdng%20
Interventions%20for%20ELLs%20and%20ELLs%20with%20Disabilities.pdf

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

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

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

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

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

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LOTE

NEW! NGA/CCSSO Seeks Public Comment on Common Core State Standards by 4/2/10
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers has issued for public comment the K-12 Common Core State Standards. Since spring 2009, New York State, along with 50 other states, territories, and the District of Columbia has been involved in the process of creating common core standards in English language arts and mathematics.

The New York State Education Department is seeking your feedback on the draft standards through an online survey (one for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science and one for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics). To access the draft materials and respond to the surveys, please visit the NYSED Common Core State Standards toolkit at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/toolkit.html .  Your comments will be compiled and forwarded to NGA/CCSSO. If you would like to respond directly to NGA/CCSSO, please visit http://www.corestandards.org  to access their survey.  Please share with others as appropriate.

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

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

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! NGA/CCSSO Seeks Public Comment on Common Core State Standards by 4/2/10
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers has issued for public comment the K-12 Common Core State Standards. Since spring 2009, New York State, along with 50 other states, territories, and the District of Columbia has been involved in the process of creating common core standards in English language arts and mathematics.

The New York State Education Department is seeking your feedback on the draft standards through an online survey (one for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science and one for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics). To access the draft materials and respond to the surveys, please visit the NYSED Common Core State Standards toolkit at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/toolkit.html .  Your comments will be compiled and forwarded to NGA/CCSSO. If you would like to respond directly to NGA/CCSSO, please visit http://www.corestandards.org  to access their survey.  Please share with others as appropriate.

2009 State Finalists Announced for Presidential Awards for Excellence
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKERS! Camsie Matis of New York City School District 01, Carol Lorandini of Carle Place Union Free School District, and Nancy Zumpano of Clinton Central School District are the mathematics state finalists for the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Jeanne Kaidy  of McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester is the science state finalist for the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. State-finalist applications will be reviewed by a national selection committee in Washington, DC. This national selection committee then determines the Presidential awardee in each of Mathematics and Science from each state.  The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), established by The White House and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a program that identifies outstanding mathematics and science teachers, kindergarten through 12th grade, in each state and the four U.S. jurisdictions. A direct link to the PAEMST program is available on the Department's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/paemstaward.html  .  

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

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

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

NEW! NGA/CCSSO Seeks Public Comment on Common Core State Standards by 4/2/10
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers has issued for public comment the K-12 Common Core State Standards. Since spring 2009, New York State, along with 50 other states, territories, and the District of Columbia has been involved in the process of creating common core standards in English language arts and mathematics.

The New York State Education Department is seeking your feedback on the draft standards through an online survey (one for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science and one for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics). To access the draft materials and respond to the surveys, please visit the NYSED Common Core State Standards toolkit at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/toolkit.html .  Your comments will be compiled and forwarded to NGA/CCSSO. If you would like to respond directly to NGA/CCSSO, please visit http://www.corestandards.org  to access their survey.  Please share with others as appropriate.

NEW! Middle School Science Lab Enhancement Project
The Middle School Lab Science Enhancement Project will provide Middle School teachers (grades 5 – 8) with updated information and techniques that can be used to enhance student learning and interest in science. Participants will explore laboratory-based activities in biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics that address components within the NY State Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum. (All expenses paid; stipend for participating teachers.) More information may be accessed at http://www.stonybrook.edu/cesame/teachers/mssep.shtml.

NEW! Corning Middle Level Institute June 28-29, 2010
The New York State Middle School Association and The Corning Museum of Glass are proud to host the eighth annual NYSMSA/CMoG Middle-Level Institute in Corning, New York. Participants will select and participate in one of six instructional strands being offered by practitioner experts. Each session will provide participants with the tools needed to apply what is taught in practical ways. Instruction will include hands-on components with twenty-five or fewer individuals in each session. For more information visit www.nysmsa.org

NEW! Call for Presenters for the LYC October Conference
The 34th Annual Law, Youth & Citizenship (LYC)/New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Civics and Law-Related Education Conference, Oct. 14-15, 2010, will be held in Wyoming County at the Beaver Hollow Conference Center in Java Center, New York. The theme this year is "Iroquois to Internet ~ An Examination of the 21st Century New York Classroom."  A series of seminars and workshops addressing two critical areas for New York educators ~~ teaching Native American history and culture; and best practices for embracing technology in the classroom. Interested in being part of our 34th Annual Conference? Go to our http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Law_Youth_and_Citizenship_Program and click the proposal link. http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22A8DA9WPYL  

NEW! 2010 Schools to Watch: Exemplar Middle Level Programs Identified
Congratulations New Yorkers:  New York has designated 4 schools as this years' Essential Elements Schools to Watch (EE:STW).  The 2010 EE:STW designees are Bay Trail Middle School - Penfield, NY, Merton Williams MS - Hilton, NY and Lakeland Copper Beech MS - Yorktown Heights, NY.  Joining these schools and earning a second EE:STW designation is North Salem MS - North Salem, NY.  In addition,  3 schools have been recognized as Rising Schools to Watch: PS/IS 180 Hugo Newman College Prep - New York, NY, Van Wyck JHS - Wappingers Falls NY, and Carrie Palmer Weber MS - Port Washington NY.  All of these schools have shown a continued trajectory of improvement and a dedication to the full implementation of the Regents Policy Statement on Middle Level Education and the Essential Elements of a Standards Focused Middle Level Program.  They are models of excellence and success and continue to seek ways to improve their programs for young adolescents in their communities.  The designated schools will be honored nationally at a gala awards ceremony hosted by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform  on June 24th in Washington DC.  For more information on identified schools and the Essential Elements Schools to Watch Program in NY visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/eestw/home.html  

NEW! Elementary- and Intermediate-Level Testing Schedule for 2010-11
The complete schedule for the administration and scoring of the 2010−11 Elementary- and Intermediate-Level tests is available on the Department web site at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/home.html.

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

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

NEW! NGA/CCSSO Seeks Public Comment on Common Core State Standards by 4/2/10
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers has issued for public comment the K-12 Common Core State Standards. Since spring 2009, New York State, along with 50 other states, territories, and the District of Columbia has been involved in the process of creating common core standards in English language arts and mathematics.

The New York State Education Department is seeking your feedback on the draft standards through an online survey (one for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science and one for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics). To access the draft materials and respond to the surveys, please visit the NYSED Common Core State Standards toolkit at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/toolkit.html .  Your comments will be compiled and forwarded to NGA/CCSSO. If you would like to respond directly to NGA/CCSSO, please visit http://www.corestandards.org  to access their survey.  Please share with others as appropriate.

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

Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit Available from CDC
This toolkit can be used by anyone who promotes youth physical activity, including community leaders; physical education and health education teachers; physical activity coordinators at the school, district, and state levels; and physical activity practitioners working in health or community-based organizations. The toolkit is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/physicalactivity/guidelines.htm  

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

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

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

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

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

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

NEW! NGA/CCSSO Seeks Public Comment on Common Core State Standards by 4/2/10
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers has issued for public comment the K-12 Common Core State Standards. Since spring 2009, New York State, along with 50 other states, territories, and the District of Columbia has been involved in the process of creating common core standards in English language arts and mathematics.

The New York State Education Department is seeking your feedback on the draft standards through an online survey (one for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science and one for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics). To access the draft materials and respond to the surveys, please visit the NYSED Common Core State Standards toolkit at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/toolkit.html .  Your comments will be compiled and forwarded to NGA/CCSSO. If you would like to respond directly to NGA/CCSSO, please visit http://www.corestandards.org  to access their survey.  Please share with others as appropriate.

NEW! Nominate A Student For A $2,500 Barron Prize
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its 2010 awards. The Barron Prize honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, ten national winners each receive $2,500 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline is April 30. For more information and to nominate, visit http://www.barronprize.org/ 

NEW! April is National Poetry Month
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April. For resources and ideas on how to celebrate poetry, visit the Academy of American Poets page for more information. http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41   Additionally, the NYSED Virtual Learning System (VLS) also includes links to many lesson plans and sample tasks related to poetry, which are aligned to the New York State English Language Arts Learning Standards. To access this, visit http://www.nysvls.org and use the “VLS Resources” search engine in the upper right corner. You can search by key word (the name of the poet, etc.) and subject area.

NEW! Empire State Book Festival
The first ever Empire State Book Festival at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY is scheduled for April 10, 2010. This family-focused educational event is presented by the New York Library Association and funded in part by a legislative grant. The event is free and open to everyone. The Book Festival commences with a Writers Hall of Fame Gala Friday evening, April 9th, at the Crowne Plaza, where we will showcase New York State writers, past and present, and induct the first twelve honorees into the Writers Hall of Fame. For complete details visit: www.empirestatebookfestival.org . 

NEW! Improving Literacy through School Libraries Grant
The $100,000 to $600,000 Improving Literacy through School Libraries Awards are intended to improve student reading skills and academic achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media centers; and well-trained, professionally certified school library media specialists.  Eligible applicants are LEAs, including charter schools and State-administered schools that are considered LEAs under State law, in which at least 20 percent of the students served by the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line based on the most recent satisfactory data available from the U.S. Census Bureau.  Applications due April 20, 2010.  For additional information, please go to http://www2.ed.gov/programs/lsl/index.html 

NEW! 2010 Summer Reading at New York Libraries "Explore New York"
The 2010 Summer Reading at New York Libraries "Explore New York" annotated reading lists and bookmarks are now available. The reading lists are divided into four sections: picture books, elementary, tween, and teen. They are designed to provide a flavor of New York State and to spark an interest in the fascinating story of New York State. These materials are suitable for sharing with libraries and schools. The reading lists and bookmarks are available for download at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/explore.htm  
These materials have been designed to encourage reading for fun and information.
-School Library Media Specialists can use these materials in collaboration with subject area teachers. 
-Public libraries can share lists and materials especially during the summer reading season.  
-Public and school libraries are encouraged to use these lists as an opportunity to work together on literacy projects that cross over from the school year to the summer vacation.

NEW! National Library Week 2010 is April 11-17
National Library Week 2010 is April 11-17, and will be celebrated with the theme, "Communities Thrive @ your Library." National Library Week is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate. This year's theme, Communities Thrive@ your library reminds us that the library is a place where people of all backgrounds grow together. For ways to raise awareness about libraries and library services during National Library Week, promotional tools to promote the message of National Library Week and further information about National Library Week are available from the American Library Association (ALA) at www.ala.org/nlw

PBS Teachers Offers Collections for Economic and Financial Literacy Based on the recent global financial crisis, to help students understand complex economic concepts, PBS Teachers has developed Access, Analyze, Act: From Economic Theory to Financial Reality, a special collection of educational digital media resources about the economy for use in school and home learning environments. Access, Analyze, Act is available for free at http://www.pbs.org/teachers/access-analyze-act-economy/

Guidance on Library Materials Aid
The New York State Education Department, the New York Library Association (NYLA) , the School Library Media Section of NYLA (SLMS) , and the School Library System Association of New York State (SLSA) , co-sponsored a  School Library Services Summit, June 29 - 30, 2009. The purpose was to develop recommendations to support increased student achievement in the context of school library services, as they relate to curriculum, instruction, assessments and professional development. The Summit resulted in twelve mutually agreed upon action steps. NYSED commits to posting progress in meeting these actions on a regular basis.   One Action Step is that NYSED will issue guidance material to clarify the use of Library Materials Aid (LMA), for statewide dissemination.   That guidance  on Library Materials Aid, in the format of 14 questions and answers (Q & A) is posted on the NYSED School Library Services website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/libmataid.html 

Professional Development from the Library of Congress: Primary Sources
The Library of Congress now offers a free professional development resource for educators: Teaching with Primary Sources Direct.  http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/ .  The Library of Congress has designed this new resource to facilitate the process of integrating primary sources into classroom teaching. It offers educators the opportunity to customize professional development activities for use at the school, district or regional level. This online resource includes professional development modules and classroom lessons and primary sources from the Library of Congress arranged thematically. It is designed to teach both content knowledge and critical thinking skills.

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

2010 New York State Summer School of the Arts
The New York State Education Department's New York Summer School for the Arts is publicizing a unique opportunity for high school-age students.  Booklets for the 2010 New York State Summer School of the Arts program are now being distributed to the School Library Media Specialists throughout all public and non-public junior/senior high schools.  We know that if students see general information in their school library media center, they are more likely to follow up with a request for an application for a specific school.  We ask that School Library Media Specialists make this booklet visible to students.  The school library media program, as an advocate for students considering careers in the arts or sciences, can make a critical difference in many young lives.  For a poster that provides basic information on the program, to hang on bulletin boards where students and parents can view it, and to request additional information or materials please visit the NYSSSA web site at www.emsc.nysed.gov/nysssa/.

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

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SCIENCE

NEW! NGA/CCSSO Seeks Public Comment on Common Core State Standards by 4/2/10
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers has issued for public comment the K-12 Common Core State Standards. Since spring 2009, New York State, along with 50 other states, territories, and the District of Columbia has been involved in the process of creating common core standards in English language arts and mathematics.

The New York State Education Department is seeking your feedback on the draft standards through an online survey (one for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science and one for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics). To access the draft materials and respond to the surveys, please visit the NYSED Common Core State Standards toolkit at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/toolkit.html .  Your comments will be compiled and forwarded to NGA/CCSSO. If you would like to respond directly to NGA/CCSSO, please visit http://www.corestandards.org  to access their survey.  Please share with others as appropriate.

NEW! Middle School Science Lab Enhancement Project
The Middle School Lab Science Enhancement Project will provide Middle School teachers (grades 5 – 8) with updated information and techniques that can be used to enhance student learning and interest in science. Participants will explore laboratory-based activities in biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics that address components within the NY State Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum. (All expenses paid; stipend for participating teachers.) More information may be accessed at http://www.stonybrook.edu/cesame/teachers/mssep.shtml.

NEW! Real World Science - Exploring Horizons
This workshop will provide High School science teachers with professional development in cutting edge applications of science concepts in biology, earth sciences, and physical sciences. Real world science is part of every discipline and information addressed in this workshop will enable teachers to better incorporate New York State MST Standards 1, 2, 6 and 7 in their instruction. (All expenses paid; stipend for participating teachers.) More information may be accessed at http://www.stonybrook.edu/cesame/teachers/RealWorldScience.shtml.

NEW! 2010 National Youth Science Camp New York State Delegates Announced
Congratulations New Yorkers!  Divya Seth from Brighton High School in Rochester and Rena Chen from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan for their selection as the New York State delegates to the 2010 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC). Angela Binion from East Syracuse-Minoa Central High School was selected as first alternate. The delegates and alternate, as well as, their parents, schools, and communities should be very proud of this accomplishment.  Established in 1963 as a part of West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration, the NYSC is an annual summer forum where two delegates representing each state exchange ideas with leading scientists and other professionals from academic and corporate worlds. Delegates to the NYSC are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with resident staff members. Delegates also present seminars covering their own areas of research and interest. More information about the NYSC may be accessed at http://www.nysc.org/.

NEW! Earth Science Workshop for Teachers Ice, Wind, Water & Resources
Scientists at the NY State Museum focus on the role of climate change, glacial geology, recolonization, and distribution of natural resources as a result of glaciation. The workshop is limited to 50 teachers, and all participants receive 15 contact hours. Fee includes field guide, box lunch, Saturday bus trip, and a CD with lectures, maps, and classroom exercises. Friday, April 23–Saturday, April 24.  For details please go to: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html

NEW! Electronic Field Trip from Bryce Canyon National Park
Each year the National Park Foundation hosts two live Electronic Field Trips (EFTs) from national parks. Each EFT is broadcast live via cable and webcast and is also accompanied by online learning modules that serve as stand-alone teacher resources. The next EFT will air from Bryce Canyon National Park on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 10:00am Eastern and at 1:00pm Eastern.  To see an example of the EFT hosted in November 2009 from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, please visit www.nationalparks.org/eft .  And, to see the online learning modules that accompanied that live broadcast, please visit  www.smokymountainseft.org.

NEW! NASA Mission Educator Fellowship Opportunity
NASA is pleased to announce the release of the Announcement of Opportunity to become a MESSENGER Educator Fellow. MESSENGER is a NASA Discovery mission that was launched in 2004. The spacecraft flew by Mercury three times in 2008 and 2009, sending back the first pictures of the previously unseen side of the planet. In March 2011 MESSENGER will go into orbit around Mercury and begin a year-long, comprehensive study of the planet. Thirty practicing teachers or teacher trainers will be recruited to become the next cadre of MESSENGER Educator Fellows. These Fellows are volunteers who help bring the excitement of this challenging mission to classrooms nationwide by training teachers on the Solar System-focused education materials written in support of the mission. The Fellowship includes an all-expense paid five-day training workshop in Washington, DC, in July 2010. More information may be accessed at http://messenger-education.org/teachers/ao.php.

2009 State Finalists Announced for Presidential Awards for Excellence
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKERS! Camsie Matis of New York City School District 01, Carol Lorandini of Carle Place Union Free School District, and Nancy Zumpano of Clinton Central School District are the mathematics state finalists for the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Jeanne Kaidy  of McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester is the science state finalist for the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. State-finalist applications will be reviewed by a national selection committee in Washington, DC. This national selection committee then determines the Presidential awardee in each of Mathematics and Science from each state.  The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), established by The White House and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a program that identifies outstanding mathematics and science teachers, kindergarten through 12th grade, in each state and the four U.S. jurisdictions. A direct link to the PAEMST program is available on the Department's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/paemstaward.html  .  

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

Earth Science In Space Has No Boundaries
This summer institute (August 9-13, 2010) is brought to teachers of Earth Science though a NASA grant written by Dr. Heidi Newberg, Rensselaer Astrophysicist and the Dudley Observatory Curriculum Committee. Using a combination of hands-on activities and lectures from prominent scientists, teachers will learn how to integrate their improved knowledge of space science into their classrooms. For more detailed information, visit http://summer.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=77

Safety Training for Teachers of Science
John Van Raalte, Certified Industrial Hygienist, conducts free safety training through a NYS Department of Labor grant. The two workshops available are: School Chemical Hygiene Plans - Attendees will become familiar with the requirements of PESH*s Chemical Hygiene Plan requirements for chemistry classes, 1910.1450, which include the need for toxicity evaluations of chemicals, training of school personnel, ventilation system requirements and standards, air monitoring, and safe storage, handling and disposal of chemicals and the need for and use of emergency equipment. Participants will also understand the proper use, training requirements, and other issues with personal protective equipment (PPE). There will be a hands-on segment with attendees illustrating the proper donning and doffing of chemical protective gloves; and K-12 Science Class Health and Safety - Participants will get a basic understanding of chemical health and safety. They will also gain knowledge of the OSHA Hazard Communication standard, emergency response and evacuation procedures for fires, explosions, and other incidents, ventilation, electrical safety, storage of materials and chemicals and potential allergens in the classroom, including the care and handling of animals. For more information please contact your NYSUT Regional Office and speak with your Labor Relation Specialist who is responsible for health and safety. For a list of NYSUT Regional Offices please visit http://www.nysut.org/cps/rde/xchg/nysut/hs.xsl/about_offices.htm.

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

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

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

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! NGA/CCSSO Seeks Public Comment on Common Core State Standards by 4/2/10
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers has issued for public comment the K-12 Common Core State Standards. Since spring 2009, New York State, along with 50 other states, territories, and the District of Columbia has been involved in the process of creating common core standards in English language arts and mathematics.

The New York State Education Department is seeking your feedback on the draft standards through an online survey (one for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science and one for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics). To access the draft materials and respond to the surveys, please visit the NYSED Common Core State Standards toolkit at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/toolkit.html .  Your comments will be compiled and forwarded to NGA/CCSSO. If you would like to respond directly to NGA/CCSSO, please visit http://www.corestandards.org  to access their survey.  Please share with others as appropriate.

NEW! Why wait for college when you can experience it now.
Apply for the Constitutional Academy, a six-week long distance learning program which culminates in a week-long residential program in Washington, D.C. this summer!  Students, take this chance to experience the challenge of college-level instruction before you leave high school! The Bill of Rights Institute's Constitutional Academy gives you the opportunity to ask important questions with other bright students from across the country who share your interest in history, American government, and personal liberty, and to explore these questions under the guidance of a faculty of distinguished teachers and college professors. For more details, visit http://www.constacademy.org/ 

NEW! Call for Presenters for the LYC October Conference
The 34th Annual Law, Youth & Citizenship (LYC)/New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Civics and Law-Related Education Conference, Oct. 14-15, 2010, will be held in Wyoming County at the Beaver Hollow Conference Center in Java Center, New York. The theme this year is "Iroquois to Internet ~ An Examination of the 21st Century New York Classroom."  A series of seminars and workshops addressing two critical areas for New York educators ~~ teaching Native American history and culture; and best practices for embracing technology in the classroom. Interested in being part of our 34th Annual Conference? Go to our http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Law_Youth_and_Citizenship_Program and click the proposal link. http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22A8DA9WPYL  

NEW! Founders Fellowship for New Teachers
The Bill of Rights Institute is pleased to invite 20 early career grades 7-12 American history and civics teachers to apply for its Founders Fellowship Program! Selected Fellows will participate in a year-long educational program to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the American Founding. The Founders Fellows will convene in Washington, D.C. on July 6, 2010 for an all- expenses paid multi-day educational program. During the program, Founders Fellows will participate in lectures, discussions, and scholar-led visits to historic sites including Mount Vernon, the National Archives, Gunston Hall, Monticello, and Montpelier.  Upon completion of the Washington program, each Fellow will submit a lesson plan drawing upon the readings, discussions, and topics from the program. The Fellowship will continue during the following academic year, when Fellows will reconvene online for periodic discussions about reading and pedagogical issues. The Founders Fellowship Program will select promising social studies teachers, grades 7-12, who have been teaching for five years or fewer. Twenty top teachers, representing 20 states will be selected to participate.Fellows will be selected based upon their knowledge of the Founding era, their talent in the classroom, and dedication to educating their students. Application requirements include the application form, a letter explaining the candidate’s interest in the program, a brief resume, and a letter of recommendation. The application form can be found at www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/Fellows. All application materials must be submitted by 5:00 PM EST on March 24, 2010.  

NEW! Customize Learning Activities with State Archives' Web Tool
Throughout the Ages, A Visual Document-Based Resource is a website created by the NYS Archives. It contains more than 500 historical documents and photographs and hundreds of teacher-developed, standards-based lessons.  Use the lessons as presented or modify them online to create activities for all learners.  Throughout the Ages is an interdisciplinary resource that combines historical records and technology to promote the development of students' critical thinking skills, improve their reading and writing, and help them understand historical content and context.  http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/throughout/index.shtml 

PBS Teachers Offers Collections for Economic and Financial Literacy Based on the recent global financial crisis, to help students understand complex economic concepts, PBS Teachers has developed Access, Analyze, Act: From Economic Theory to Financial Reality, a special collection of educational digital media resources about the economy for use in school and home learning environments. Access, Analyze, Act is available for free at http://www.pbs.org/teachers/access-analyze-act-economy/

Professional Development from the Library of Congress: Primary Sources
The Library of Congress now offers a free professional development resource for educators: Teaching with Primary Sources Direct.  http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/ .  The Library of Congress has designed this new resource to facilitate the process of integrating primary sources into classroom teaching. It offers educators the opportunity to customize professional development activities for use at the school, district or regional level. This online resource includes professional development modules and classroom lessons and primary sources from the Library of Congress arranged thematically. It is designed to teach both content knowledge and critical thinking skills.

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

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

NEW! NGA/CCSSO Seeks Public Comment on Common Core State Standards by 4/2/10
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers has issued for public comment the K-12 Common Core State Standards. Since spring 2009, New York State, along with 50 other states, territories, and the District of Columbia has been involved in the process of creating common core standards in English language arts and mathematics.

The New York State Education Department is seeking your feedback on the draft standards through an online survey (one for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science and one for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics). To access the draft materials and respond to the surveys, please visit the NYSED Common Core State Standards toolkit at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/toolkit.html .  Your comments will be compiled and forwarded to NGA/CCSSO. If you would like to respond directly to NGA/CCSSO, please visit http://www.corestandards.org  to access their survey.  Please share with others as appropriate.

NEW! New York State Technology Educators Association State Conference
The New York State Technology Education Association (NYSTEA) will hold its 2010 Annual Conference in Poughkeepsie, New York April 14th - 16th. The 2010 NYSTEA Conference theme will be “Setting the Course for Technology Education” with a strong focus on the “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative”.  For more information on the conference go to www.nystea.com.

Free Solar & Wind Energy Workshops by NYSERDA
The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) in conjunction with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering free workshops for New York State teachers on solar and wind energy. For more information please go to http://www.nesea.org/k-12/events/.

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

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TESTING

NEW! Elementary- and Intermediate-Level Testing Schedule for 2010-11
The complete schedule for the administration and scoring of the 2010−11 Elementary- and Intermediate-Level tests is available on the Department web site at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/home.html.

NEW! August 2010 Regents Examination Schedule
Schedule for the August 2010 Regents Examinations and Regents Competency Tests is available at   http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/home.html .

Teachers Needed for Final Eyes Reviews
The Office of State Assessment is seeking high school teachers to participate on Final Eyes Review Committees. More information related to the final eyes review may be accessed at  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/itemwriterapp.htm

Item Writer Orientation Applications Being Accepted by NYSED
Each year the New York State Education Department (NYSED) provides a professional development opportunity in the form of item writer orientation. The purpose of this orientation is to train individuals to develop multiple-choice and constructed-response items or to select passages for possible use on future State assessments. More information related to this very important part of the test development process may be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/itemwriterapp.htm.

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

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

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

NEW! Founders Fellowship for New Teachers
The Bill of Rights Institute is pleased to invite 20 early career grades 7-12 American history and civics teachers to apply for its Founders Fellowship Program! Selected Fellows will participate in a year-long educational program to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the American Founding. The Founders Fellows will convene in Washington, D.C. on July 6, 2010 for an all- expenses paid multi-day educational program. During the program, Founders Fellows will participate in lectures, discussions, and scholar-led visits to historic sites including Mount Vernon, the National Archives, Gunston Hall, Monticello, and Montpelier.  Upon completion of the Washington program, each Fellow will submit a lesson plan drawing upon the readings, discussions, and topics from the program. The Fellowship will continue during the following academic year, when Fellows will reconvene online for periodic discussions about reading and pedagogical issues. The Founders Fellowship Program will select promising social studies teachers, grades 7-12, who have been teaching for five years or fewer. Twenty top teachers, representing 20 states will be selected to participate.Fellows will be selected based upon their knowledge of the Founding era, their talent in the classroom, and dedication to educating their students. Application requirements include the application form, a letter explaining the candidate’s interest in the program, a brief resume, and a letter of recommendation. The application form can be found at www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/Fellows. All application materials must be submitted by 5:00 PM EST on March 24, 2010.  

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! General Education & Diploma Requirements
The New York State Education Department has updated the General Education & Diploma Requirements webpage.This page provides access to a General Education & Diploma Requirements Chart  (71.86 KB) updated January 2010, which highlights diploma requirements for students entering Grade 9 in 2002 through 2010.  This chart includes information on the required units of credit and examinations for a Regents diploma, a Regents diploma with advanced designation, or a local diploma. It reflects the change in regulations that was enacted in 2009 to extend the existing Regents Competency Test (RCT) safety net to all eligible students with disabilities entering grade 9 prior to the 2011-12 school year. The chart is similar in format to the ones previously distributed by the Department entitled General Education & Requirements Chart (June 2007) and Diploma Requirements for Students Entering Grade 9 (September 2000) (20.86 KB). Each column of the current chart is linked to a page that provides more detailed information in html format.

NEW! Electronic Field Trip from Bryce Canyon National Park
Each year the National Park Foundation hosts two live Electronic Field Trips (EFTs) from national parks. Each EFT is broadcast live via cable and webcast and is also accompanied by online learning modules that serve as stand-alone teacher resources. The next EFT will air from Bryce Canyon National Park on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 10:00am Eastern and at 1:00pm Eastern.  To see an example of the EFT hosted in November 2009 from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, please visit www.nationalparks.org/eft .  And, to see the online learning modules that accompanied that live broadcast, please visit  www.smokymountainseft.org.

Professional Development from the Library of Congress: Primary Sources
The Library of Congress now offers a free professional development resource for educators: Teaching with Primary Sources Direct.  http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/ .  The Library of Congress has designed this new resource to facilitate the process of integrating primary sources into classroom teaching. It offers educators the opportunity to customize professional development activities for use at the school, district or regional level. This online resource includes professional development modules and classroom lessons and primary sources from the Library of Congress arranged thematically. It is designed to teach both content knowledge and critical thinking skills.

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

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

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

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

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

Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit Available from CDC
This toolkit can be used by anyone who promotes youth physical activity, including community leaders; physical education and health education teachers; physical activity coordinators at the school, district, and state levels; and physical activity practitioners working in health or community-based organizations. The toolkit is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/physicalactivity/guidelines.htm  

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

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

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

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

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

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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

We suggest you bookmark these sites and view them periodically as they change from week to week. For more information, please visit the NYS Civil Service website at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/jobseeker/public/opportunities.cfm

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

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