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NEW! Help Shape World History This Summer!
New Web-based resources from the New York State Education Department and its New York Public Television Station partners to support summer curriculum development in Global History and Geography.

* Global History and Geography Online Resource Guide
* Window Into Global History
* Champlain/Hudson/Fulton Commemoration Online Resource
* NYSED Civics Education Toolkit
* An Introduction to the DBQ
* Global History and Geography
* Throughout the Ages: A Visual Document Resource
* PBS Teacher Source

NEW! Update on Regents Diplomas with Honors
For an update on criteria for Regents diplomas with honors and Regents diplomas with advanced designation with honors visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/EducationLawandRegulations.htm

NEW! Helen Bach Moss Memorial Better Beginnings Award
The award, which is sponsored by the Board of Regents, celebrates the life and career of Helen Bach Moss, a local NYS educator who passed away in 1988. Mrs. Moss touched the lives of many people, and her career was distinguished by a genuine respect for and love of children. She was ever caring toward students and their parents and acted as a worthy role model in all of her endeavors. Her family and friends petitioned the Board of Regents to establish a memorial fund and provided an endowment to award an annual cash stipend of $1,000 to an elementary teacher. This award competition recognizes early childhood education as the most effective investment for long-term educational success. The spirit of the award, which celebrates the life and career of Helen Bach Moss, is that better beginnings make for stronger completions. It strives to recognize elementary teachers who are gifted in finding and nurturing the strengths of each student and fostering trusting relationships among pupils, parents, teachers, and administrators. For more information, visit http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/TEACHING/BBA/bbaindex.htm

NEW! New York State Teacher of the Year
The purpose of the NYS Teacher of the Year award is to recognize and celebrate outstanding teachers throughout New York State. It is run in conjunction with the National Teacher of the Year program. Any exceptionally skilled and dedicated teacher, appropriately credentialed within his or her current teaching area, who works directly with children in a State-approved public or private school in any grade from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve who has a minimum of five years teaching experience is eligible. For more information, visit http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/TEACHING/toty/totyindex.htm.

NEW! Scholarships
For information on several scholarship opportunites, please visit http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/scholarships/home.htm

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! The World Book/ALA Information Literacy Goal Award
The World Book/ALA Information Literacy Goal Award seeks to promote exemplary information literacy programs in public and school libraries. The annual awards are designed to encourage and support innovative and effective information literacy programs in today’s school and public libraries by providing start-up funding of $5,000 to a promising public library information literacy program and $5,000 to a promising school library information literacy program. Information literacy is defined as the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. Applications will be accepted from June 1, 2008 to December 1, 2008. Further information can be found at
http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=awards&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=172716

"Books Across America"
The National Education Association's Books Across America Library Books Awards Program enables public school libraries serving economically disadvantaged students to purchase books. Maximum Award: $1,000. Eligibility: Practicing pre-kindergarten through grade 12 school librarians, teachers, or education support professionals in a U.S. public school in which at least 70 percent of the students are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program. Deadline: November 7, 2008.
http://www.neafoundation.org/grants/NEA-Grants_bro-web.pdf

Funds for Youth Art Programs
National Endowment for the Arts’ Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth grant program offers funding for projects that help children and youth acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. The application deadline is June 9, 2008. Detailed program and application information is available at http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/GAP09/LITA.html

2007-2008 UNIVERSAL BROADBAND GRANTS
With monies awarded through the Universal Broadband Access Grant Program, administered by the New York State Office for Technology, the New York State Library will partner with public library systems and the New York Library Association in a statewide collaboration to enhance broadband access in public libraries that serve both urban and rural high-need areas of the state. The intent of this program is to provide access to high-speed, affordable broadband access; to help create jobs through innovative community-based digital literacy and technology training programs; to close the digital divide and increase digital literacy levels; to foster economic development and build stronger public/private partnerships; and to accelerate the use of New York State e-government services. Information on the grant program is available at http://www.ny.gov/governor/press/pdf/press_0319082.pdf Further information on the Universal Broadband Grant Program, key documents, and FAQ's can be found at:
http://www.oft.state.ny.us/oft/UniversalBroadband/overview.htm. If you have specific questions about the project, contact Mary Linda Todd, Library Development Specialist, New York State Library, at (518) 486-4858 or mtodd@mail.nysed.gov.

Grant Opportunity for School Libraries
Beyond Words: Dollar General School Library Relief Fund--Grants will be awarded to public school libraries that have incurred substantial damage or hardship due to a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide), fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. The goal is to provide funding for books, media, and/or library equipment that support learning in a school library environment. Application information can be found at http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aaslawards/dollargeneral/disasterrelief.cfm .

Grants for Art and Music Education Programs
The Airborne Teacher Trust Fund provides support to elementary and middle school teachers from public and private schools for art and music programs that are in jeopardy of being lost due to budgetary limitations. Teachers and their schools may apply for grants from $200 to $10,000 to be used to implement their programs. Visit http://www.airbornetrust.com/ for more information.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! NYS Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Summer Institute
NYSASCD presents a three day summer institute with Jay McTighe "Understanding by Design", July 8, 9, 10, 2008 in Latham, NY. Jay McTighe is well known for his work with "thinking skills" having coordinated statewide efforts to develop instructional strategies, curriculum models, and assessment procedures for improving the quality of student thinking. Since understanding is enhanced through application, participants at this Institute will use the tools and templates of "Understanding by Design" to create or refine a unit of study. For additional information and registration forms visit http://newyorkstate.ascd.org/option.html

NEW! The Global Economic Forum for Upstate New York Educators
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York presents a free, one-day professional development seminar on Wednesday, August 20, 2008, from 8:30am - 3:00pm, at South Colonie High School in Albany. Participants will dialog with specialists from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s International Research and Emerging Markets/International Affairs Departments on key economic issues and nations affecting the global economy; gain knowledge to prepare students for statewide tests, like the New York State Global History and Geography Regents exam; participate in a demonstration of the Global Economic Summit simulation in which you will play the role of key international economic decision-makers; and receive free materials. Staff development credits may be earned based on approval from individual schools or districts.For more information, please contact Lloyd Bromberg at (212) 720-7966. The registration deadline is Friday, June 18, 2008.

NEW! Free Constitutional Day Professional Development
A partnership between the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Education Department established the Law, Youth and Citizenship (LYC) Program in 1974 to promote law-related education in New York’s public and private schools. A free professional development day, for teachers, school administrators and board of education members, funded by the NYS Bar Foundation/Law, Youth, & Citizenship Program, will be held on Wednesday, July 16 from 10:45-2:00 at Roberts Wesleyan College to explore federally mandated instruction in the United States Constitution that must be provided by every school district, receiving federal funds, on or about September 17th, “Constitution Day” each school year. Participants will receive a packet of K-12 materials including lesson plans, a DVD, instructional materials, infusion strategies, information regarding local resources, and more. Please register via the following link: (hold “control” and click on following link) http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=NkU21Y39zGICITVffHVMZw_3d_3d or contact Kym Woodard, 594-6610; woodard_kym@roberts.edu

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! The Pew Internet and American Life Project
The Pew Internet and American Life Project has just released Writing, Technology and Teens, a report on writing and technology. For more information, visit http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/247/report_display.asp

2007 NAEP Writing Results Now Available
Results of the 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) writing assessment are now available. It was administered to a nationally representative sample of more than 165,000 eighth- and twelfth-graders from public and private schools. In addition to national results, the report includes state and urban district results for grade 8 public school students. Forty-five states, the Department of Defense schools, and 10 urban districts voluntarily participated. http://nces.ed.gov/naep3/

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! National Mathematics Advisory Panel
The National Mathematics Advisory Panel has published its Final Report. Copies of these ground-breaking reports, rich with information for parents, teachers, policy makers, the research community, and others, are available at http://www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/mathpanel/index.html

NEW! Resources Available for Title I Mathematics Programs
To assist Title I teachers, administrators, schools, and parents, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) offers a collection of resources. These resources can be accessed at http://www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=9320 . A collection of News Bulletin articles and other resources regarding intervention, remediation, and differentiation are available at http://www.nctm.org/intervention.aspx . The Educational Development Center (EDC) offers a set of tools and professional development offerings to support success in mathematics to all middle school students (developed with support of the National Science Foundation (NSF)) at http://www2.edc.org/accessMath/resources/strategies.asp .

NEW! June 2008 Regents Examination in Integrated Algebra
The first administration of the Regents Examination in Integrated Algebra will be administered on the morning of June 17. All schools that administer the examination in June 2008 will be participating in the post-operational score collection for standard setting. The conversion chart for determining each student's final examination scale score from the total raw score will be posted on the Department's web site no later than the Rating Day, Thursday, June 26.  For further information click here http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/mathre/interalg-memo07.pdf

NEW! Integrated Algebra Test Sampler and Scoring Guide
The Integrated Algebra Test Sampler and Scoring Guide have been posted and can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/new-math.htm and at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/math-sample.htm

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

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SCIENCE

World Science Festival
Between May 28 and June 1, 2008 New York City will be alive with science thanks to Brian Greene and Tracy Day, Co-founders of the World Science Festival. The mission of the World Science Festival is to cultivate and sustain a general public informed by the content of science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future. Numerous events, all centered on science, will be held throughout many parts of the city. For more information, please visit http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.


Important Notice: Change to June 2008 Regents Examination in Physical Setting/Earth Science
An important notice concerning the revision of the new June 2008 Physical Setting/Earth Science Performance Test (Part D) and a significant change in the procedures for students retaking the Regents Examination in Physical Setting/Earth Science has been posted on the Department's website. This information may be accessed at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/scire/earthscience-performance.pdf.

In addition to reviewing this notice yourself, it is of critical importance that it be distributed either electronically or in printed form to all Earth Science teachers in your school and any other staff members who will be involved in the administration of this Regents Examination. We welcome any questions you may have on this or any other aspect of New York State's testing programs. Please direct all inquiries to us at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov.

Building a Presence (BaP) Points of Contact still needed in every school in NYS!
Building a Presence (BaP) 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. Please forward this information to teachers of science in your district, and have interested teachers contact Nancy Ridenour at nridenour@twcny.rr.com for further details.

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! Free Constitutional Day Professional Development
A partnership between the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Education Department established the Law, Youth and Citizenship (LYC) Program in 1974 to promote law-related education in New York’s public and private schools. A free professional development day, for teachers, school administrators and board of education members, funded by the NYS Bar Foundation/Law, Youth, & Citizenship Program, will be held on Wednesday, July 16 from 10:45-2:00 at Roberts Wesleyan College to explore federally mandated instruction in the United States Constituted that must be provided by every school district, receiving federal funds, on or about September 17th, “Constitution Day” each school year. Participants will receive a packet of K-12 materials including lesson plans, a DVD, instructional materials, infusion strategies, information regarding local resources, and more. Please register via the following link: (hold “control” and click on following link) http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=NkU21Y39zGICITVffHVMZw_3d_3d or contact  Kym Woodard, 594-6610; woodard_kym@roberts.edu

NEW! Help Shape World History This Summer!
New Web-based resources from the New York State Education Department and its New York Public Television Station partners to support summer curriculum development in Global History and Geography.

* Global History and Geography Online Resource Guide
* Window Into Global History
* Champlain/Hudson/Fulton Commemoration Online Resource
* NYSED Civics Education Toolkit
* An Introduction to the DBQ
* Global History and Geography
* Throughout the Ages: A Visual Document Resource
* PBS Teacher Source

Call for Content: Global History and Geography
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking standards-based global history and geography learning experiences created by New York State teachers for each subsection the Global History and Geography core curriculum. Learning experiences can include individual lesson plans, teaching strategies, and resources - such as books, internet sites, and multimedia -- and will be featured in the new Global History and Geography Online Resource Guide. For additional information visit: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/ssnews.htm#Call

Global History and Geography Online Resource Guide
The New York State Education Department has posted the Global History and Geography Online Resource Guide at http://www.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/ghgonline/home.html to help school districts implement their Global History and Geography instructional programs.

This rich online resource provides direct access to:
* the New York State Learning Standards for Social Studies
* the Global History and Geography Core Curriculum
* detailed Global History and Geography unit and subsection information and resources
* Global History and Geography turning points
* course models and pacing calendars
* key world history scholars
* essential questions
* Global History and Geography audio glossaries
* student projects
* thematic and document-based instructional strategies
* archived Global History and Geography Regents examinations

The NYSED Champlain/Hudson/Fulton Commemoration Online Resource
The Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology Team has been posted a Champlain/Hudson/Fulton Commemorations Online Resource at:  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/chf/chf.html to help local school districts celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Samuel de Champlain and Henry Hudson explorations, and the 200th anniversary of the launching of Robert Fulton’s steamboat, Clermont. This online resource includes 10 standards-based, interdisciplinary elementary, middle and commencement level instructional modules and 3 scholarly overviews that focus on the broad themes of encounter, trade and commerce. It also provides Strategies for Using the Champlain, Hudson, Fulton Online Resource that was designed to help local school districts infuse the modules into their local instructional programs.

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

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THE ARTS

NEW! National Museum of Education
The National Museum of Education is sponsoring the National Gallery for America's Young ArtistsTM (www.nmoe.org), an exciting new concept in a national youth art gallery (Kindergarten thru 12th grade). Students' artwork will be reviewed by a nationally prominent jury of artists and art teachers. Juried artwork will be posted online for potential sale to corporations, universities and private collectors. Ten talented students will have their artwork chosen to be hung with the Vatican Splendors exhibit in Cleveland, Ohio. For further information on this program please contact the National Museum of Education at artists@nmoe.org

Funds for Youth Art Programs
National Endowment for the Arts’ Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth grant program offers funding for projects that help children and youth acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. The application deadline is June 9, 2008. Detailed program and application information is available at http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/GAP09/LITA.html

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

NEW! Office of State Comptroller To Audit Physical Education Compliance (pdf)
The Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) will be auditing school district compliance to the Regulations of the Commissioner, Section 135.4 on physical education. A guidance tool (pdf) has been developed by SED at the request of OSC to complete these audits . Technical assistance is available from SED on meeting these requirements. Contact Trish Kocialski, Associate in Physical Education for assistance at: pkocials@mail.nysed.gov

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

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HEALTH EDUCATION

Guidance Document for Achieving the New York State Learning Standards in Health Education
In November of 2005, the State Education Department approved the "Guidance Document" as a resource to help school district personnel to construct Health curricula to meet New York State Learning Standards in a way that models best practice teaching and learning. This document is available at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/coordinatedschoolhealth/health.html

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)
The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) can help school districts, schools, and others conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of Effective Health Education Curricula.http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/HECAT/index.htm

School Health Education Resources (SHER)
A wide variety of science-based and other instructional materials that can help schools enhance existing health education curriculum and instruction consolidated in an online database. SHER features instructional materials aligned with the National Health Education Standards, Second Edition, 2007, and CDC's Characteristics of Effective Health Education Curriculum.http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/SHER

For more information on Health Education, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/coordinatedschoolhealth/health.html

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** NEW ** LOTE **NEW**

NEW! Legislation for LOTE
Legislative Bill #11092  is currently being debated in the Education Committee in the State Assembly.  This Bill requires review and evaluation of standards for languages other than English as soon as possible but no later than 2012, calls on the Regents to include proficiency-based instruction in their review of learning standards and to set up pilot programs to do field research, develop data and make recommendations about teaching and learning languages other than English. The Bills intention is to assert the importance of foreign language instruction and the need for proficiency based instruction.  For full details, please search on the Legislative website at http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/

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

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DRIVER EDUCATION

NEW! 2008 Summer Driver and Traffic Safety Education (DTSE) Programs
No summer school driver education program can commence without NYSED approval. Applications postmarked after June 1, 2008 will be returned to sender unprocessed. The Department of Motor Vehicles can only issue MV-285 "blue cards" to NYSED approved DTSE summer programs. Approval for DTSE programs is based on meeting the DTSE guidelines posted on the NYSED website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/de/dtse.pdf

To print forms/applications regarding Driver Education, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/drive.html

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

Essential Elements Schools to Watch - Designees for 2008
NYSED is pleased to announce the 4th cohort of Essential Elements Schools to Watch. Pioneer MS in Yorkshire, NY and Islip MS in Islip, NY have joined eight other NY Middle Schools as models of Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness, Social Equity and Organization. Visit this site for more information, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/EESTW/eestwdesignees08.htm.

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

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

NEW! The World Book/ALA Information Literacy Goal Award
The World Book/ALA Information Literacy Goal Award seeks to promote exemplary information literacy programs in public and school libraries. The annual awards are designed to encourage and support innovative and effective information literacy programs in today’s school and public libraries by providing start-up funding of $5,000 to a promising public library information literacy program and $5,000 to a promising school library information literacy program. Information literacy is defined as the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. Applications will be accepted from June 1, 2008 to December 1, 2008. Further information can be found at
http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=awards&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=172716

Statewide Summer Reading Program Website Online with Activities and Ideas for Summer Reading
The Statewide Summer Reading Program web site is now online with ideas, links, and activities for librarians and educators planning for the 2008 program – Catch the Reading Bug@ Your Library.  Go to www.summerreadingnys.org.  

Studies have shown that library summer reading programs raise student learning levels, especially in those communities where reading and literacy resources are less available to students and the achievement gap is most evident.   Giving young people the chance to read for fun and enjoyment over the summer builds literacy skills and fosters future success in learning and school.   Educators and school administrators across the state are urged to work with their school library media specialists to share information about this program and encourage K-12 youngsters to sign up for the Summer Reading Program at their local public library.  Watch the web site for games, puzzles, activities, videos, books and a special quiz that teaches online research skills.  Printer-friendly fliers in multiple languages for parents are now available on the New York State Library’s web site.  Go to www.nysl.nysed.gov and click on “Statewide Summer Reading.”

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

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TESTING

NEW! Integrated Algebra Test Sampler and Scoring Guide
The Integrated Algebra Test Sampler and Scoring Guide have been posted and can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/new-math.htm and at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/math-sample.htm

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

NYS Education Department Virtual Learning System (VLS)
The NYSED VLS, www.nysvls.org, has been enhanced and expanded with additional content. Recent additions include links to instructional modules developed for the Champlain, Hudson, Fulton Commemoration Online Resource, and to VITAL (Video in Teaching and Learning)videos and related instructional activities in mathematics and English language arts. Additionally, the Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) extended search feature has been reactivated. Thousands of lesson plans and instructional tasks are available by exploring the learning standards and performance indicators in the seven standards areas.

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WEB RESOURCES

Doing What Works
Doing What Works (DWW) is a new website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. It relies primarily on the Institute of Education Sciences, is dedicated to helping educators identify and make use of effective teaching practices, and provides examples of possible ways educators might apply research findings to classroom practice. Additional information and resources are available at http://dww.ed.gov/index.cfm

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

NYSED Graduate Student Internship Program
The NYSED Graduate Student Intern Program is intended to provide a diverse group of graduate students with work assignments that provide an opportunity to participate in educational leadership and learning situations in the areas of public policy and administration. Each internship is part-time when school is in session. Candidates must be currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, a graduate program approved by the State Education Department. Visit http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/GSISpring07/GSIFlyer07.html for more information.

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

NYS Government
NYS Government vacant positions are posted on the Department of Civil Service website at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/. 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 all three sites and view them periodically as they change from week to week. For more information, please visit the NYS Civil Service website at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/jobseeker/public/opportunities.cfm.

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