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May 2010

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NYSED/USNY

NEW! New Workshop for Teachers: Native Americans in New York State

Native Americans in New York State: Continuing Legacies is a new workshop offered by the New York State Museum and the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center to be held Thursday July 29 and Friday July 30, 2010. 8:30AM – 5:00PM.  Designed for middle and high school social studies teachers, the workshop features the cultural and historical legacies of Native Americans associated with New York State, and their contemporary life-ways. Participants will investigate issues of cultural continuity, change, and diversity and will use ethnological and archaeological artifacts, contemporary Native art, primary source documents, videos, maps, and bibliographic resources. Teachers will have access to collections of original materials now held by the State Museum, the State Library, and the State Archives, all programs of the Office of Cultural Education, in the State Education Department. The State Learning Standards addressed in the workshop are: Social Studies #1.3 & #1.4 (NY State History); #3.2 (Geography); #4.1 (Economics); and #5.1 (Govt.); English Language Arts #1, #3, & #4; Math #3.5; and Science #4.7   For more information please go to: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html

 

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 It contains more than 500 historical documents and photographs and hundreds of teacher-developed, standards-based lessons.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the development of students' critical thinking skills, improve their reading and writing, and help them understand historical content and context.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 

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  

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

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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! 2010 Schools to Watch Conference

The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform will hold its annual Schools to Watch Conference in Washington DC  June 23rd - 26th.  The Schools to Watch® program is a significant force in middle-grades reform. It identifies and honors schools so all might learn how to achieve academic success through best practices for all young adolescents. Sites selected as Schools to Watch® exemplify the National Forum’s vision and serve as resources for other schools.  Four schools from New York will be honored at this annual event.  More information can be found at http://www.schoolstowatch.org/Conference/tabid/147/Default.aspx  

NEW! Master of Professional Studies in Art Education

The Pennsylvania State University's Art Education program offers a new online Master of Professional Studies in Art Education program delivered through the World Campus. The curriculum for this 30-credit course of study offers art and museum education professionals new ways of looking at familiar teaching situations while advancing their careers. Please visit http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/MasterinArtEducation.shtml  to learn more.

NEW! World Science Festival - Hold the Date

June 2 - 6, 2010 - The World Science Festival turns New York City into a grand stage with science as the headliner. Bringing together an all-star cast from an impressive array of disciplines, the Festival presents a carefully designed spectrum of programs, ranging from climate change to cryogenics; from neuroscience to nanotechnology; from black holes to the big bang.  Through a series of gripping debates, captivating performances and interactive events, the Festival showcases cutting edge ideas and discoveries, reveals science's pivotal role in addressing critical global issues, and explores how it profoundly shapes modern life. For more information please visit http://www.worldsciencefestival.com 

NEW! Middle Level Institute

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. The Institute will be held at The Corning Museum of Glass’s ultra-modern facility on June 28-29, 2010.   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 on this valuable professional development opportunity for Middle Level practitioners visit http://www.nysmsa.org/ 

NEW! Social Studies Workshop for Teachers July 19-22, 2010

Unearthing History: Teaching Social Studies through the Study of Archaeology is a professional development workshop offered by the New York State Museum designed for social studies teachers in grades 2-8. Teachers work side-by-side with museum scientists and researchers at an archaeological investigation site of Native American and early Euro-American primary source material. Participants will learn how to collect and organize specimens, record data, generate questions, formulate hypotheses, develop and defend explanations, and present findings in Native American and early Euro-American history. Please go to http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html for more information.

NEW! New Workshop for Teachers: Native Americans in New York State

Native Americans in New York State: Continuing Legacies is a new workshop offered by the New York State Museum and the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center to be held Thursday July 29 and Friday July 30, 2010. 8:30AM – 5:00PM.  Designed for middle and high school social studies teachers, the workshop features the cultural and historical legacies of Native Americans associated with New York State, and their contemporary life-ways. Participants will investigate issues of cultural continuity, change, and diversity and will use ethnological and archaeological artifacts, contemporary Native art, primary source documents, videos, maps, and bibliographic resources. Teachers will have access to collections of original materials now held by the State Museum, the State Library, and the State Archives, all programs of the Office of Cultural Education, in the State Education Department. The State Learning Standards addressed in the workshop are: Social Studies #1.3 & #1.4 (NY State History); #3.2 (Geography); #4.1 (Economics); and #5.1 (Govt.); English Language Arts #1, #3, & #4; Math #3.5; and Science #4.7   For more information please go to: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html

 

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_Programand click the proposal link. http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22A8DA9WPYL   

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.

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/  

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 

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THE ARTS

NEW! Master of Professional Studies in Art Education
The Pennsylvania State University's Art Education program offers a new online Master of Professional Studies in Art Education program delivered through the World Campus. The curriculum for this 30-credit course of study offers art and museum education professionals new ways of looking at familiar teaching situations while advancing their careers. Please visit http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/MasterinArtEducation.shtml  to learn more.

NEW! Winning School Board Support for Arts Learning
It's budget building season -- prime time for arts education advocates to team up and implement a winning strategy that will influence the school board to include arts learning as one of the priorities for delivering a high quality education. Keep Arts in Schools has released School Board for Arts Learning Toolkit aimed towards winning school board support for arts learning. For more information visit http://keepartsinschools.org/School_board/schoolboard.html  .

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/  

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

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

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DRIVER EDUCATION

NEW! Driver & Traffic Safety Education Summer Program Approvals
The annual summer rush to apply for Driver & Traffic Safety Education program approval is almost upon us. The New York State Department of Education published a memo to the field offering guidance to programs seeking approval to conduct DTSE courses. The memo can be found in the News section of the State Education Department's DTSE Website located at www.emsc.nysed.gov/cte/de.

New! Driver & Traffic Safety Education Guidelines
The New York State Department of Education published a memo to the field announcing the revised 2010 version of the Driver & Traffic Safety Education Guidelines. The memo can be found under the news section on the State Education Department's Driver and Traffic Safety Education Web site located at www.emsc.nysed.gov/cte/de. The DTSE Website also has links to the new DTSE Guidelines as well as new forms for program and teacher approvals.

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  (565 KB)  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/ .

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! Summer Reading at New York Libraries
This year the New York statewide summer reading program in public libraries has a new name and logo: “Summer Reading at New York Libraries.” This year’s theme is “water,” with the slogans of “Make a Splash-Read” (children) and “Make Waves at Your Library” enticing children and families to visit their local public library during the summer months.  For information and materials about summer reading that all educators can use, please visit the New York State Library summer reading site: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer . Of special interest is the School Library Partnering Manual and additional materials available in nine languages (click on “downloadable materials”) and the New York State History Reading Lists and Bookmarks (click on “Explore New York”).

NEW! Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading
The Carnegie Corporation has released Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading. This report, published by the Alliance for Excellent Education, "finds that while reading and writing are closely connected, writing is an often-overlooked tool for improving reading skills and content learning. Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading identifies three core instructional practices that have been shown to be effective in improving student reading." http://www.all4ed.org/files/WritingToRead.pdf  (593 KB)

NEW! Research Findings on Summer Reading and Learning
Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, announce the issuance of a Research Brief, "The Importance of Summer Reading: Research Findings on Summer Reading and Learning." This Research Brief, including an extensive annotated bibliography, recommendations, and quotes from Education Commissioner David Steiner, Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Education Jeffrey W. Cannell, and State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Bernard A. Margolis is available on the New York State library Summer Reading at New York Libraries web site: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/research.htm  

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.

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

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

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

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   

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! Summer Reading at New York Libraries
This year the New York statewide summer reading program in public libraries has a new name and logo: “Summer Reading at New York Libraries.” This year’s theme is “water,” with the slogans of “Make a Splash-Read” (children) and “Make Waves at Your Library” enticing children and families to visit their local public library during the summer months.  For information and materials about summer reading that all educators can use, please visit the New York State Library summer reading site: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer . Of special interest is the School Library Partnering Manual and additional materials available in nine languages (click on “downloadable materials”) and the New York State History Reading Lists and Bookmarks (click on “Explore New York”).

NEW! Research Findings on Summer Reading and Learning
Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, announce the issuance of a Research Brief, "The Importance of Summer Reading: Research Findings on Summer Reading and Learning." This Research Brief, including an extensive annotated bibliography, recommendations, and quotes from Education Commissioner David Steiner, Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Education Jeffrey W. Cannell, and State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Bernard A. Margolis is available on the New York State library Summer Reading at New York Libraries web site: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/research.htm  

NEW! Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading
The Carnegie Corporation has released Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading. This report, published by the Alliance for Excellent Education, "finds that while reading and writing are closely connected, writing is an often-overlooked tool for improving reading skills and content learning. Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading identifies three core instructional practices that have been shown to be effective in improving student reading." http://www.all4ed.org/files/WritingToRead.pdf  (593 KB)

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%20Interventions%20for%20ELLs%20and%20ELLs%20with%20Disabilities.pdf  (3500 KB)

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

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

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LOTE

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

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MATHEMATICS

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! 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! 2010 Schools to Watch Conference
The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform will hold its annual Schools to Watch Conference in Washington DC  June 23rd - 26th.  The Schools to Watch® program is a significant force in middle-grades reform. It identifies and honors schools so all might learn how to achieve academic success through best practices
for all young adolescents. Sites selected as Schools to Watch® exemplify the National Forum’s vision and serve as resources for other schools.  Four schools from New York will be honored at this annual event.  More information can be found at http://www.schoolstowatch.org/Conference/tabid/147/Default.aspx  

NEW! Middle Level Liaisons 2010-11 Meetings Announced
The semi-annual meetings for the 2010-2011 school year of the New York State Middle Level Liaisons have been scheduled for November 4-5, 2010 and March 24-25, 2011. 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   .

NEW! Middle Level Institute
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. The Institute will be held at The Corning Museum of Glass’s ultra-modern facility on June 28-29, 2010.   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 on this valuable professional development opportunity for Middle Level practitioners visit http://www.nysmsa.org/ 

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   

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.

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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   

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

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

NEW! The Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award
The Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award was created by the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to honor long-serving State Librarian Joe Shubert. Joe’s 22 year service was characterized by great energy and great change. The award in his honor is intended to recognize achievements by New York State libraries and library consortia of all sizes and types. The award is given annually to individual libraries and to library consortia to recognize achievements that improve the quality of library service to their users. The Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award recognizes the many ways that libraries, through their programs, staff, and services, make a significant difference in their communities. The 2010 award announcement will be posted shortly on NYLINE and libraries and library systems are encouraged to apply. For more information on the Award, visit the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries website at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/award/index.html 

NEW! School Librarian Position Statement on Common Core Standards
A statement released by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) urges school librarians to examine the grade level bands in the draft of the K-12 Common Core State Standards, and provide feedback through the Common Core Standards Web site at www.corestandards.org . As students strive to meet the rigor of the Common Core Standards, certified school librarians will play an essential part in ensuring that 21st-Century information literacy skills, dispositions, responsibilities and assessments are integrated throughout all curriculum areas. A task force has been charged with preparing a crosswalk from the AASL “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner” to the Common Core Standards to guide school librarians as they collaborate with classroom teachers.   For more information about the Common Core Standards Initiative, visit www.corestandards.org . To view AASL’s statement on the Common Core College and Career Readiness Standards, visit the AASL Web site at www.ala.org/aasl/collegecareerstandards . 

NEW! Summer Reading at New York Libraries
This year the New York statewide summer reading program in public libraries has a new name and logo: “Summer Reading at New York Libraries.” This year’s theme is “water,” with the slogans of “Make a Splash-Read” (children) and “Make Waves at Your Library” enticing children and families to visit their local public library during the summer months.  For information and materials about summer reading that all educators can use, please visit the New York State Library summer reading site: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer . Of special interest is the School Library Partnering Manual and additional materials available in nine languages (click on “downloadable materials”) and the New York State History Reading Lists and Bookmarks (click on “Explore New York”).

NEW! Research Findings on Summer Reading and Learning

Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, announce the issuance of a Research Brief, "The Importance of Summer Reading: Research Findings on Summer Reading and Learning." This Research Brief, including an extensive annotated bibliography, recommendations, and quotes from Education Commissioner David Steiner, Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Education Jeffrey W. Cannell, and State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Bernard A. Margolis is available on the New York State library Summer Reading at New York Libraries web site: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/research.htm

NEW! ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Programs for School Librarian Preparation Draft revised ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Programs for School Librarian Preparation. 
As part of the process for revising the Standards for Initial Programs for School Librarian Preparation, the American Association or School Librarians /National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (AASL/NCATE) Coordinating Committee seeks comment from a wide range of constituents, including school librarians and educators at school librarianship programs. Draft revised Standards and a comment survey can be found at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aasleducation/
schoollibrarymed/DraftStandardsforComment.cfm#Introduction
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NCATE accreditation with AASL national recognition is an assurance of quality for programs in school librarianship. The Standards are the basis for AASL/NCATE program review and the process leading to decisions that a program meets standards and should receive national recognition. The Standards describe what proficient candidates should know and be able to do as they complete their program.

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/ 

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.

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 School Library Services, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/

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SCIENCE

NEW! World Science Festival - Hold the Date
June 2 - 6, 2010 - The World Science Festival turns New York City into a grand stage with science as the headliner. Bringing together an all-star cast from an impressive array of disciplines, the Festival presents a carefully designed spectrum of programs, ranging from climate change to cryogenics; from neuroscience to nanotechnology; from black holes to the big bang.  Through a series of gripping debates, captivating performances and interactive events, the Festival showcases cutting edge ideas and discoveries, reveals science's pivotal role in addressing critical global issues, and explores how it profoundly shapes modern life. For more information please visit http://www.worldsciencefestival.com 

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 .

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 KB)

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! Constitutional Academy 2010, Application Deadline Extended to May 15
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/   Application deadline is now May 15, 2010.

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

NEW! Social Studies Workshop for Teachers July 19-22, 2010
Unearthing History: Teaching Social Studies through the Study of Archaeology is a professional development workshop offered by the New York State Museum designed for social studies teachers in grades 2-8. Teachers work side-by-side with museum scientists and researchers at an archaeological investigation site of Native American and early Euro-American primary source material. Participants will learn how to collect and organize specimens, record data, generate questions, formulate hypotheses, develop and defend explanations, and present findings in Native American and early Euro-American history. Please go to http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html for more information.

NEW! New Workshop for Teachers: Native Americans in New York State
Native Americans in New York State: Continuing Legacies is a new workshop offered by the New York State Museum and the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center to be held Thursday July 29 and Friday July 30, 2010. 8:30AM – 5:00PM.  Designed for middle and high school social studies teachers, the workshop features the cultural and historical legacies of Native Americans associated with New York State, and their contemporary life-ways. Participants will investigate issues of cultural continuity, change, and diversity and will use ethnological and archaeological artifacts, contemporary Native art, primary source documents, videos, maps, and bibliographic resources. Teachers will have access to collections of original materials now held by the State Museum, the State Library, and the State Archives, all programs of the Office of Cultural Education, in the State Education Department. The State Learning Standards addressed in the workshop are: Social Studies #1.3 & #1.4 (NY State History); #3.2 (Geography); #4.1 (Economics); and #5.1 (Govt.); English Language Arts #1, #3, & #4; Math #3.5; and Science #4.7   For more information please go to: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html

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/ 

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 

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   

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

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

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TESTING

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 .

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.

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

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! Master of Professional Studies in Art Education
The Pennsylvania State University's Art Education program offers a new online Master of Professional Studies in Art Education program delivered through the World Campus. The curriculum for this 30-credit course of study offers art and museum education professionals new ways of looking at familiar teaching situations while advancing their careers. Please visit http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/MasterinArtEducation.shtml  to learn more.

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 .

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  .

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.

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   

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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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