C&I

Curriculum and Instruction

From the Desk of Anne Schiano, Assistant Director
Office of Curriculum Instruction and Instructional Technology, June 24, 2009

NYSED / Funding Opportunities / Professional Development /
English Language Arts / Mathematics / Science /Technology Education /
Social Studies / The Arts / Physical Education / LOTE
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NYSED/USNY

NEW! Modifications to Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics Examination Schedule for 2009-2010
Earlier this year, the Board of Regents solicited Statewide input on the scheduling of the grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA) and mathematics exams. The survey received over 22,500 responses that informed the policy discussions of the Board of Regents. This month the Board of Regents endorsed moving the administration of the 2009-2010 grades 3-8 ELA and math examinations to the month of May. The State Education Department is currently working on specific details that must be addressed. For example, work is underway to revise current examination calendars and scoring timelines. Updated revised versions reflecting the new administration dates and scoring timelines for the grades 3-8 ELA and math exams will be shared with you as soon as possible. Additional questions about these changes to the examination calendar may be directed to David Abrams, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Standards, Assessment, and Reporting at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov or (518) 473-7880.

GRADUATION: DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS
Section 100.5 of the Commissioner's Regulations outline requirements for specific units of credit and assessment requirements for purposes of graduation. Additionally, information can be obtained regarding requirements for the following diplomas: Regents diploma, Regents diploma with advanced designation, state high school equivalency diploma and high school individualized education program diploma. Information concerning alternative options for students' attainment of Regents and local diploma requirements can be accessed through this link: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/pages/1005.html

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! $10M in EPA Grants Available to Develop Local and Tribal
Government "Climate Showcase Communities"
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of up to $10 million in "Climate Showcase Communities" grants for local and tribal governments to establish and implement climate change initiatives. Eligibility for the program includes local governments (a county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority, school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments, any other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government), federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and inter-tribal consortia. A 50 percent cost-match or cost- share is required for this program with the exception of tribal governments and intertribal consortia, which are exempt from matching requirements.

The Climate Showcase Communities grant program is administered by EPA's Local Climate and Energy Program, an initiative to assist local and tribal governments to identify, implement, and track policies and programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions within their operations and surrounding communities. Over the course of the grant program, EPA will offer peer exchange, trainings, and technical support to grant recipients, and share lessons learned with communities across the nation. More information on the grant program is available at: http://epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-programs/state-and-local/showcase.htmlexternal link

Proposals are due by July 22, 2009, at 4 p.m. EDT. An optional notice of
intent to apply is requested by July 1, 2009. Awards are expected in
January 2010 and may run through January 2013.

2009-2012 Statewide Learning Technology Grant (LTG) Applications Available
The purpose of this grant program is to provide progressive integration of instructional technology in classrooms and library media centers, and to provide sustained professional development to increase the skills of teachers in the use of instructional technology, in order to help students attain higher levels of performance in the New York State Learning Standards. Public school districts and BOCES, or consortiums thereof are eligible to apply. Applicants must give nonpublic schools of all denominations within their boundaries the opportunity to participate. Applicants must also include at least one SURR or SINI school building in the application to be considered for funding. Completed application must be postmarked by August 21, 2009.

Questions about this RFP must be sent to emscltg@mail.nysed.gov no later than June 26, 2009. Answers to these questions will be posted by July 10, 2009 at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.htm. No questions received after June 26, 2009 will be answered. For additional information, please visit NYSED EMSC website at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.htm.

2009-2010 New York State $14 Million Public Library Construction Grant  
Application materials for the new 2009-2010 New York State Public Library Construction Grant Program are now available on the New York State Library’s website at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/ There is $14 million in capital funds available to public libraries and public library systems for matching grants.  The State may fund up to fifty percent of eligible project costs.   Detailed information about the New York State $14 million Public Library Construction Grant Program, including a comprehensive FAQ, is posted on the State Library’s website at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! Teacher Resources and Teacher Professional Development Programming Across the Curriculum
Annenberg Media uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools. This mandate is carried out chiefly by the funding and broad distribution of educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers.Annenberg Media resources can be accessed for FREE at http://www.learner.org/

NEW! State Museum Offers Workshop for Social Studies Teachers in July, Using Archaeology to Teach Native American History
Monday, July 20–Friday, July 24, 2009   (35 hrs/ 2 credits)
The State Museum and the Greater Capitol Region Teacher Center offer a new workshop for classroom teachers of grades 3-7 work side-by-side with Museum scientists at an archaeological field investigation of Native American and early Euro-American primary source material. They collect and organize specimens, record data, and present findings. For information go to: www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops external link.

National Humanities Center Presents Live, Online Professional Development Seminars for Teachers of U.S. History and American Literature
These online seminars are designed for high school teachers but middle and elementary school teachers are welcome. Three to four weeks before the seminar, participants will receive the syllabus, which will require fifty to seventy-five pages of reading. Each participant will be expected to complete a Seminar-to-Classroom Guide on a syllabus text of his or her choice and e-mail the completed Guide to the National Humanities Center prior to the seminar. During the seminar the Guides will serve as the focus of a discussion of instructional content and strategies. The Great Migration; or Leaving My Trouble in Dixie: July 7, 2009 Battle and Memory: The Civil War in Art: July 8, 2009 . American Insurgents: American Revolution From the People’s Perspective: July 9, 2009. For more information visit and to register for courses, visit http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/ows/pdseminarssum2009.htm external link

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

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! U.S. Department of Education: 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 through this site 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
http://dww.ed.gov/topic/topic_landing.cfm?PA_ID=9&T_ID=19external link

NEW! Free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence: Summer Workshops
This U.S. Department of Education resource provides materials from dozens of teacher presentations on literacy, math, science, history, and the arts at the U.S. Department of Education's Teacher-to-Teacher Summer Workshops. Topics include reading, writing, English language learners, Chinese language and culture, algebra, computation, data, geometry, peer teaching, earth systems, cells, physical science, labs, science mysteries, historical literacy, arts and reading, and more.
http://www.free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=1802&subject_id=245&toplvl=78external link

NEW! Free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence: Reading Resources
This U.S. Department of Education website includes links to dozens of free reading resources. For example, how to help your child become a reader, or improving adolescent literacy
http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=80&toplvl=78&res_feature_request=1 external link

NEW! Library of Congress Resource--Children's Literature: Digitized Print Materials
This website provides 50 digitized texts of rare books: The Arabian Nights, A Child's Garden of Verses, Ballad of the Lost Hare, A Christmas Carol, Humpty Dumpty, The Grasshopper Stories, Mother Goose Finger Plays, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Rocket Book, The Secret Garden, Stories from Hans Andersen, The Three Bears, Three Little Pigs, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and others.
http://www.loc.gov/rr/rarebook/digitalcoll/digitalcoll-children.html external link

NEW! Guidance for Locally Required Summer Reading Assignments
The State Education Department has long encouraged students to read during the summer. If your school district is requiring a student to complete a reading assignment over the summer, there are a few requirements to consider. Please see the the following 2009 memo issued by the Department http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/ela/summerreading09.html

Center on Instruction Resource: Principal's Reading Walk-Through: Kindergarten-Grade 3 -- Professional Development Module [K-3]
The Principal's Reading Walk-Through (PRWT) K-3 is a suite of professional development materials designed as a user-friendly tool for classroom walk-through implementation that can identify research-based reading instruction in the classroom quickly and accurately.
http://www.centeroninstruction.org/resources.cfm?category=
reading&subcategory=&grade_start=&grade_end=#203
external link

2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program
The New York Statewide Summer Reading Program is an annual program that brings children and families into local public libraries for reading and activities. Over 1.5 million of New York's children and teens participated in the State Library-sponsored program in 2008. http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/

National Day on Writing: October 20, 2009
To draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in and help make better writers from all walks of life aware of their craft, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is working to establish October 20, 2009, as the National Day on Writing. NCTE will build an archive of writing submissions throughout 2009 in the National Gallery of Writing. To learn more about how to participate in this event, please see the NCTE website at www.ncte.org/action/dayonwritingexternal link.

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! MSP PAPER: “The Opportunity Equation: Transforming Mathematics and Science Education for Citizenship and the Global Economy," Carnegie-IAS Commission on Mathematics and Science Education, 2009.
In [this] new report, the Carnegie-IAS Commission on Mathematics and Science Education challenges the nation to mobilize for coordinated action to:
    * Establish common standards for the nation in mathematics and science--standards that are fewer, clearer, and higher--along with high-quality assessments
    * Improve math and science teaching--and our methods for recruiting and preparing teachers and for managing the nation's teaching talent
    * Redesign schools and systems to deliver excellent, equitable math and science learning
Download the report, or read it online for more examples of promising practices, resources, and opportunities for action. http://hub.mspnet.org/entry.cfm/15319  external link

NCTM Resources. Explore the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) library of 103 on line activities that help to make mathematics come alive in the classroom or at home.  Also, view their collection of 508 lessons (Pre K -12) and hundreds of exemplary online resources.  http://illuminations.nctm.org/ external link

NEW ! A Road Map for Mathematics Achievement for All Students: Findings from the National Mathematics Panel [K-12]
The National Mathematics Advisory Panel report outline six overarching recommendations as a comprehensive approach to mathematics education. This research brief from The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and
Improvement at Learning Point Associates focuses on the first three topics
(curricular content and instructional materials and learning processes) and
the recommendations for PK-12 education. http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/ external link
A%20Road%20Map%20for%20Math%20Achievement.pdf
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NCTM LAUNCHES CALCULATION NATION
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), recently launched "Calculation Nation" external link -- a free online world of math strategy games. The site allows visitors to challenge opponents anywhere in the world. Students use their "passport" to track their opponents' location. Links for parents and educators provide guidance about how to help kids uncover the math in the games. "The games on Calculation Nation provide an entertaining environment where students can explore rich mathematics," said Jim Rubillo, NCTM executive director.

UPDATE! The Cohort of 2006 Section in the Regents Diploma Requirements for Mathematics
The section for the cohort of 2006 within the Regents Diploma Requirements for Mathematics chart has been updated. This cohort has been combined with 2007 to reflect the current implementation of the Mathematics Core Curriculum (Revised 2005) and the administration of the Regents Examinations in Mathematics. In order to fulfill the mathematics portion of a Regents Diploma, students must earn three units of commencement-level mathematics credit and pass one Regents examination in mathematics.

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

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SCIENCE

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

NEW! NASA Space Place Newsletter
NASA supports a bi-monthly newsletter for formal and informal educators. The newsletter is all about the many useful resources on The Space Place website that can be helpful to classrooms, after-school program directors, museum and library program directors, and other informal educators.

Educators can access the news letter at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/educators external link

NEW! Government "Climate Showcase Communities"
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of up to $10 million in "Climate Showcase Communities" grants for local and tribal governments to establish and implement climate change initiatives. Eligibility for the program includes local governments (a county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority, school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments, any other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government), federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and inter-tribal consortia. A 50 percent cost-match or cost- share is required for this program with the exception of tribal governments and intertribal consortia, which are exempt from matching requirements.

The Climate Showcase Communities grant program is administered by EPA's Local Climate and Energy Program, an initiative to assist local and tribal governments to identify, implement, and track policies and programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions within their operations and surrounding communities. Over the course of the grant program, EPA will offer peer exchange, trainings, and technical support to grant recipients, and share lessons learned with communities across the nation. More information on the grant program is available at: http://epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-programs/state-and-local/showcase.htmlexternal link

Proposals are due by July 22, 2009, at 4 p.m. EDT. An optional notice of
intent to apply is requested by July 1, 2009. Awards are expected in
January 2010 and may run through January 2013.

NASA’s INSPIRE Online Learning Community
NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research and Education Experience, or INSPIRE will be accepting applications again beginning today, May 1, 2009 through June 30, 2009.  This program encourages the next generation of explorers from the 9th through 12th grade to pursue an education and career in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The centerpiece of INSPIRE is the Online Learning community (OLC) where students can interact with peers, NASA experts and education specialists. It also provides grade-level educational activities, chats and a discussion board, allowing students and their families to explore the many careers and opportunities at NASA.  As a member of the OLC, students may compete for the following years' summer STEM experiences. For more information please visit http://www.nasa.gov/education/INSPIREexternal link.

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

You are invited to visit the new Science Matters website at http://sciencematters.nsta.org external link.Clicking on the Teachers button found on this page will take you to the Science Matters/BaP Web site portal.  To go directly to the portal, visit http://bap.nsta.org/external link.

Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign
From elementary school maintenance closets to high school chemistry labs, schools use a variety of chemicals. When they are mismanaged, these chemicals can put students and school personnel at risk from spills, fires, and other accidental exposures. Chemical accidents disrupt school schedules and can cost thousands of dollars to repair. For more information please access the Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sc3 external link.

Benchmarks for Science Literacy [4-12]
The AAAS document, Benchmarks for Science Literacy, complements the National Science Education Standards (NSES) in forming a comprehensive statement of what science students should know and be able to do. Benchmarks defines the essential concepts in twelve areas: the nature of science; the nature of mathematics; the nature of technology; physical setting; the living environment; the human organism; human society; the designed world; the mathematical world; historical perspectives; common themes; and habits of mind.
American Association for the Advancement of Science. (1993). Benchmarks for science literacy. New York: Oxford University Press.  http://www.project2061.org/publications/bsl/online/bolintro.htmexternal link

Education Law- §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/scinews.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.

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

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION


NEW! NYSERDA To Pay For The First 100 Teachers Registering For The New Ideas in Educating a Workforce in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Conference
Training is at the core of the new "green" economy, and educators play a key role in preparing our green workforce. Want to learn more and get involved? Plan to attend the New Ideas in Educating a Workforce in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Conference, being held on November 18, 19 and 20, 2009 at the Marriott Hotel, Albany, New York. The conference Web site can be found at http://www.meetmax.com/sched/mie1109/~public/conference_home.html?event_id=3120 external link. Through support from the New York State Department of Labor, the registration fee of $195 will be waived for the first 100 educators to apply. Don't miss out on this great opportunity! For information on waiving registration, please contact the NYSERDA Energy Smart Student Program at tat@nyserda.org, and request a conference fee waiver and registration form.

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

MST Lesson Plans on the Virtual Learning System (VLS)
Lesson plans related to mathematics, science, and technology education have been added to the New York State Education Department’s Virtual Learning System (VLS). These K-12 lesson plans were developed by teachers involved with the St. Lawrence County STEM Partnership. The partnership, between all 18 St. Lawrence County School Districts, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, and Clarkson University, is a funded project of the NCLB Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships program. These new lesson plans, as well as other lesson plans, may be accessed at http://www.nysvls.org by choosing a standards area (e.g., MST), selecting a content area (e.g., science), and then by clicking on “Explore Standards Explore Resources.” The learning standards, key ideas, performance indicators, and aligned resources can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate links. The lesson plans may also be accessed by using the search engine on the VLS main page.

WomenTech Portal
The International Technology Education association (ITEA) http://www.iteaconnect.org external link launches it's WomenTech Portal, http://www.iteaconnect.org/Resources/womentechportal.htm external link, including a virtual Women In Technology Interest Group, http://www.iteaconnect.org/Networking/technologyinterestgroups.htm external link.This forum is dedicated to those interested in the topics of recruiting and retaining women and girls in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! State Museum Offers Workshop for Social Studies Teachers in July, Using Archaeology to Teach Native American History
Monday, July 20–Friday, July 24, 2009   (35 hrs/ 2 credits)
Classroom teachers of grades 3-7 work side-by-side with Museum scientists at an archaeological field investigation of Native American and early Euro-American primary source material. They collect and organize specimens, record data, and present findings. For information go to: www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.

NEW! 2009 Louis E. Yavner Awards Information
The Board of Regents invites nominations for the 2009 Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards. these awards provide recognition of a teacher and citizen who have made outstanding contributions to New York State Education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights. The awards were established by thee Regents and funded by the late Regent Emeritus Louis E. Yavner. State Education Department staff are not eligible for these awards. Complete information including nomination forms are available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/yavner.html . The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, January 29, 2010.

National Humanities Center Present Live, Online Professional Development Seminars for Teachers of U.S. History and American Literature
These online seminars are designed for high school teachers but middle and elementary school teachers are welcome. Three to four weeks before the seminar, participants will receive the syllabus, which will require fifty to seventy-five pages of reading. Each participant will be expected to complete a Seminar-to-Classroom Guide on a syllabus text of his or her choice and e-mail the completed Guide to the National Humanities Center prior to the seminar. During the seminar the Guides will serve as the focus of a discussion of instructional content and strategies. The Great Migration; or Leaving My Trouble in Dixie: July 7, 2009 Battle and Memory: The Civil War in Art: July 8, 2009 . American Insurgents: American Revolution From the People’s Perspective: July 9, 2009. For more information visit and to register for courses, visit http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/ows/pdseminarssum2009.htmexternal link

NYS Archives Sponsors 19th Annual Student Research Contest
To encourage students to use historical records, the New York State Archives is sponsoring the 19th annual Student Research Awards. The deadline for entry is July 1, 2009 and the contest is open to all New York students in grades 4-12 who use historical records in their research projects. Three awards are presented each year: grades 4-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. The awards consist of a framed certificate, a check for $100, an invitation to an award ceremony, lunch with the Board of Regents in Albany, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the State Archives. Eligible projects are computer-based entries, such as websites or PowerPoint presentations; exhibits; documentaries; performances; research for a historical marker, property or district; and traditional research papers. For information about this year’s program, visit http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_awards.shtml or email archedu@mail.nysed.gov.

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

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THE ARTS

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

NEW! Need Resources for Your Arts Program?
These annual awards, sponsored by the National Art Education Foundation, are given to selected art educators whose proposals seek art equipment and/or instructional curriculum resources used to focus on student learning specifically related to the National Visual Arts Standards. The deadline for submission of proposals is October 1, 2009. For more information visit http://www.arteducators.org/olc/pub/NAEA/grants/grants_page_9.html external link

NEW! Music and the Young Mind: Enhancing Brain Development and Engaging Learning
A new publication published by MENC: The National Association for Music Education and Rowman & Littlefield Education (RLE), describes an early childhood music program that is easily incorporated into the classroom routine. Written for the early childhood educator, this book describes a music-enriched environment for teaching the whole child. http://www.menc.org/news/view/press-release-music-and-the-young-mind-offers-practical-imaginative-ideas external link

NEW! Need a Partner in School Improvement?
Different Ways of Knowing is an adaptable, research-based, field-validated
school improvement partner for elementary, middle, and K-12 schools. DWOK is an exemplary general education program for culturally diverse learners and/or students from low-economic backgrounds. A customized approach is adopted for each school and district and involves working with teachers, site administrators, and district officials. For more information visit http://www.differentways.org/galef/different_ways.html external link

NEW! Watch Arts Integration in Action
A variety of videos demonstrate how teachers in the UK incorporate the arts into the curriculum. View at http://www.teachers.tv/artanddesign   external link

Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts That Value Arts Education
Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts That Value Arts Education is a report that responds to questions posed by school and community leaders throughout the U.S. about public school districts that have made literacy and competence in the arts one of the fundamental purposes of schooling for all students, and is the first national study to examine the implementation of arts education throughout entire school districts. www.pcah.gov/pdf/GainingArtsAdvantage.pdf (PDF file icon 778.72 KB)

Keep Arts In Schools 
This website provides a collection of opinion research and seeks to arm advocates with the tools and resources they need to be more effective in their work and in their communications to keep arts education in public schools.  www.keepartsinschools.orgexternal link

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

On-line Coaching Courses
There are 7 agencies that have been approved to teach all or some of the 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.

UPDATE! Health Advisory: Prevention of Methicillin
Health Advisory: Prevention of Methicillin - Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infections in the School Setting originally issued on October 25, 2007, has been recently updated. Updated sections are indicated by underlined text in this most recent advisory. You may view this new advisory from the NYS Department of Health and NYS Education Department at the following website (http://schoolhealthservicesny.com external link) in the A-Z Index, under "M" for MRSA.

FAQ on the Physical Education website regarding required instruction.
This item has been added to the Physical Education FAQ’s at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/peqa.html

OSC Audit Report on Physical Education Compliance has been issued
To review and download the report, click on the following link: http://osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/swr/2008/physical_ed/physical_edfinal.pdf (pdf link 466.44 KB).

REMINDER! NYS Education Department Physical Education Profile: A 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 the 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 commencement level assessment tool aligned to NYS Physical Education learning standards, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/physed.html.

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

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LOTE

NEW!  2009 NYSAFLT Summer Institute. Source:  New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Inc. (NYSAFLT)
In concert with the State Education Department, NYSAFLT is hosting a Summer Institute (August 4-7, 2009) featuring workshops that that will be professionally enriching and challenging.  The theme for this year’s institute is “Building on the Basics: Raising the Standards”.  As the theme suggests, attendees will be shown a variety of methods designed to build on the basics that we, as teachers, have mastered, and raise the standards for ourselves and for our students. For more information:  http://www.nysaflt.org/conferences/summerinstitute/index.htmlexternal link

NEW!  Arabic Institutes 2009. Source: National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC)
NCLRC offers two back to back Arabic institutes this summer.  Stipend available.

  • June 29-July 3, 2009 – Writing and Implementing an Arabic Curriculum K-12
  • July 6-10, 2009 – Arabic K-12:  Hands On

Location:  In/near Washington, D.C., For more information: 
http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Agenda.aspx?i=c3687e43-6e4d-4b62-af58-dd6af5c0f941 external link

NEW!  Workshop: Excellence Through Classics – Elementary/Middle Levels. Source: The American Classical League
July 22-24, 2009.  Elementary and Middle School teachers will learn creative ways to bring the ancient past into the present through history, culture, language, art, food fashion, and technology. No previous background in Classics is required. Certificates of attendance will be issued and ACT 48 Credits provided for PA Teachers. For more information:  http://www.etclassics.org/events.htmlexternal link

NEW!  AATF Annual Convention. Source:  American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)
July 2-5, 2009.  San Jose, CA.  L'Education et ses defies.
For more information:  ttp://www.frenchteachers.org/convention/default.htmexternal link

NEW!  Online Journal:  Reading in a Foreign Language
Source: National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) and the University of Hawai‘i

The April 2009 issue (Volume 21, Number 1) contains two special-themed articles edited by Cindy Brantmeir and Keiko Koda on reading in languages other than English.  Eugenia Kerek and pekka Niemi explore how Russian orthography influences the acquisition of reading skills in Russian; and Christine E. Parsons and Fiona Lyddy examine the reading strategies used by children when reading Irish.  Also in this issue, Lawrence Jun Zhang and Aijiao Wu assess metacognitive awareness and reading-strategy use of Chinese senior high school EFL students; Ismail Hakki Erten and Salim Razi present research into the effects of cultural familiarity on reading comprehension.  Three books, on English L2 Reading, Sociocultural Research on Literacy, and Teaching Reading to ELLs respectively, are reviewed in this edition.  For more information:  http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/rfl external link

NEW!  New Paper:  Strategies for Building U.S. Foreign Language Capacity. Source:  Center for Applied Linguistics
Building the Foreign Language Capacity We Need: Toward a Comprehensive Strategy for a National Language Framework.  This paper describes the need for skilled speakers of language other than English in the United States and outlines the necessary components of an effective long-term strategy to meet that need. Download the paper from http://www.cal.org/resources/languageframework.pdf ( pdf link 589.60 KB) 

NEW!  Article:  How to Forge Partnerships with Businesses: The Chicago Story and Chinese. Source:  The Asia Society

Illinois ranks 49th in educational funding, but despite this, Chicago has built a pipeline to graduate multi-lingual, world-savvy students.  For example, Chicago Public Schools has nearly 40 schools that offer Chinese language instruction. The Chinese classrooms are populated with underserved students, many whom are below their target reading levels. Yet, parents embrace a rigorous globalized curriculum that includes foreign language study.  Robert Davis, director of Chicago Public Schools’ International Education program, reached out to local businesses with a message that explained the premise and promise of the Chicago Public Schools international education programs. These companies believe that investing in the local community and in the next generation will ultimately benefit the company. Motorola, for example, agreed to fund students to travel to China to participate in homestays and collaborative learning experiences with their Chinese peers.

For more information:  http://asiasociety.org/education/pgl/article-businesspartners.htm

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=4524external link.

Digest: Integrated Content and Language Instruction
CAL has just published a new 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.htmlexternal link.

MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

Updated: New York State Middle Level Liaisons
The New York State Middle Level Liaisons met in Albany May 7th and 8th for their semiannual two day meeting. Work products and information from that meeting can be found at the following link. http://www.nysmsa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=45 external link.   The 2009-2010 meeting dates will be November 5 & 6, 2009 and May 6 & 7, 2010.  Middle Level practitioners interested in joining the Middle Level Liaisons can do so by visiting the link above.

2009 Essential Elements Schools to Watch (EE: STW) Designees
2009 Essential Elements Schools to Watch (EE: STW) Designees: Glens Falls Middle School, Glens Falls, NY, A.A. Kingston Middle School, Potsdam, NY and Jericho Middle School, Jericho NY have joined 10 other schools as the newest model middle schools in New York State. Joining these new school are seven previously designated schools earning a second designation. Re-designated schools are Sayville MS, Twelve Corners MS, Victor JHS, Barker Rd. MS, Calkins Rd. MS Oliver W. Winch MS and Moravia MS. Schools earning this designation will travel to Washington DC in June to be honored at the National Schools to Watch Conference. Congratulations to all! More information about this valuable New York State program can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/eestw/home.html

ALERT: Essential Elements Schools to Watch Application Due Date Changed
Essential Elements Schools to Watch Application Due Date Changed: Please be advised the due date for the application for the next cohort of Essential Elements Schools to Watch has been changed. Any school submitting an application for consideration must do so by July 17, 2009. Applications are available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/middle.html and www.nysmsa.org external link.

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! New York State Library Launches 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program
The New York State Library launched the 2009 New York Statewide Summer Reading Program at an event in the New York State Museum, Albany. The annual free program is offered in more than 1,100 public libraries
and branch libraries throughout the state.  In eight years, participation has increased by 300 percent, with more than 1.5 million participants last year. Two new summer reading themes for this year are— Express Yourself @ Your Library for teens and Be Creative @ Your Library for children. The New York Statewide Summer Reading Program helps improve reading capabilities over the summer, which in turn leads to achievement advances in the next school year. For additional information about 2009 Statewide summer Reading Program please visit www.summerreadingnys.org and
http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/kickoff.htm

NEW! School Library Systems Association of New York State 2009 Distinguished Service Award
Judith Dzikowski, Director of the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison School Library System, is the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the School Library Systems Association of New York State (SLSA). As Director of the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES School Library System Judi developed a nationally recognized project called Partners in Achievement:  Libraries and Students (PALS) which received the prestigious national American Library Association Highsmith Research Grant Award. This collaborative effort between administrators and school library media specialists has influenced library instruction and information literacy throughout the country. For more information visit School Library Systems Association of New York at http://www.slsa-nys.org/news.cfm external link

2009 AASL National School Library Media Program of the Year - District
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has announced the 2009 AASL Award winners for the National School Library Media Program of the Year (NSLMPY) for a School District as Livonia Central School District (Livonia, N.Y.). This award is presented annually to one district and two individual schools to honor excellence in library programs, and is considered amongst the most prestigious award in the field. For Livonia, this recognition celebrates the powerful connections they have built between their libraries and with the rest of the district. The crystal obelisk award and $10,000 prize will be presented to the librarians from Livonia CSD at the 2009 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago on July 13th. For more information on the AASL NSLMPY visit: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslawards/natlslmprogram/aaslnational.cfm external link

The Regents Advisory Council On Libraries Announces The 2009 Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award, Co-Sponsored By Ebsco Information Services And The Friends Of The New York State Library
Mr. Norman Jacknis, Chair of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, has announced that applications are now available for the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award, which recognizes the achievements of small, medium and large libraries and library consortia of New York State. The Award was first established as part of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries 1994-95 centennial observance, and it is named after Joseph F. Shubert who served as New York State Librarian from 1977 until 1996.  The 2009 Award Committee members are Samuel L. Simon (Chair), Ellen Bach, and Sara Kelly Johns. The Award will recognize a library or library consortium that has taken significant steps to improve the quality of library service to its users. This year, the award of $1,000 is co-sponsored by EBSCO Information Services and The Friends of the New York State Library. for more information visit:http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/award/index.html

Second Evaluation of Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program, Now Available
The Federal Department of Education has just published its Second Evaluation of Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program. The report details how this grant program helped participating libraries expand their collections, increase collaboration between library media specialists, teachers and administrators, and increase student achievement.  Copies of this report are available at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/opepd/ppss/reports.html#libraries external link.

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

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources  Grant
The Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities will be  accepting applications for grants in its Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program.  These grants support projects to preserve and create intellectual access to such collections as books, journals, manuscript and archival materials, maps, still and moving images, sound recordings, art, and objects of material culture.  Awards also support the creation of reference materials, online resources, and research tools of major importance to the humanities.  Maximum awards are $350,000 for up to three years. The new guidelines, which include sample proposal narratives, can be found at:  http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/HCRR.html external link.The application receipt deadline of July 15, 2009 is for projects beginning May 2010. All applications to NEH must be submitted electronically through Grants.govexternal link.

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

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EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW! Update on the Draft USNY Statewide Educational Technology Plan
Two new surveys have been posted for public input on the development of a statewide educational technology plan. They are available at www.emsc.nysed.gov/edtech.

  • Student Technology Survey: For students at all levels and stages of learning - What kinds of technology do you use both in and out of school? What kinds of technology do you want to use, and how? The deadline for completing the survey is June 30, 2009.
  • Public Comment Form: Share the draft USNY Statewide Educational Technology Plan by hosting your own discussion group with colleagues or community members. Pose and respond to discussion questions about the draft plan through the online public comment form. The form will be posted until September 30, 2009.

Draft USNY Statewide Educational Technology Plan
The Board of Regents discussed the USNY Statewide Educational Technology Plan at their May 2009 meeting. To access the plan, please visit www.emsc.nysed.gov/edtech or http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2009Meetings/May2009/0509brd2.doc The Board of Regents invites you to complete a brief survey to share your reactions to the proposed vision and goals which will be the foundation of the educational technology plan, and to share your best ideas for using technology to transform teaching and learning. Please take a moment to complete the survey at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/edtech/.

 

TESTING

Modifications to Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics Examination Schedule for 2009-2010
Earlier this year, the Board of Regents solicited Statewide input on the scheduling of the grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA) and mathematics exams. The survey received over 22,500 responses that informed the policy discussions of the Board of Regents. This month the Board of Regents endorsed moving the administration of the 2009-2010 grades 3-8 ELA and math examinations to the month of May. The State Education Department is currently working on specific details that must be addressed. For example, work is underway to revise current examination calendars and scoring timelines. Updated revised versions reflecting the new administration dates and scoring timelines for the grades 3-8 ELA and math exams will be shared with you as soon as possible. Additional questions about these changes to the examination calendar may be directed to David Abrams, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Standards, Assessment, and Reporting at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov or (518) 473-7880.

Press Release and Data for 2009 Grades 3-8 ELA Test Results
The State Education Department has issued a press release with links to the test results for the 2009 ELA Grades 3-8 Tests http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/ELA3-8TestResults2009.htm
The assessment results can also be accessed at the following Information and Reporting Services site http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/ela-math/.

Information for the 2008-09 New York State Regents Examinations
Please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/sched.html to obtain the 2008-2009 dates for all New York State assessments. All students must complete their course of study before they are entitled to take a social studies Regents examination. Therefore, students who are completing their course of study in January or who have completed the course, albeit unsuccessfully, in a previous school year may take a social studies Regents examination in January. Schools may not administer January Regents Examinations to classes of students who are enrolled in a full year social studies course of study in Global History and Geography or U.S. History and Government. For complete information, please see http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/ssfaq.html#fourth

Testing Accommodations on New York State Examinations to Former Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners
The Board of Regents has recently approved a policy that permits schools to provide testing accommodations on New York State examinations to former Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners (LEP/ELLs). This memo from David Abrams, Assistant Commissioner for Standards, Assessment, and Report, provides a list of approved testing accommodations that can be provided to former LEP/ELLs and further information on the conditions and time frame in which these testing accommodations are permissible. To view the policy, visit. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sar/accommodations10-08.pdf (pdf link 61.02 KB) .

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

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

Updates! NYS Education Department Virtual Learning System (VLS)
The NYSED VLS, www.nysvls.org has been enhanced and recently expanded with additional content. Additions include: 59 MSP Morristown STEM project lesson plans for teachers K-12, with the addition of 40 more in the near future; 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! States Will Lead the Way Toward Reform: Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at the National Governors Association Education Symposium
In Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's recent speech to the National Governors Association Education Symposium, he discusses the common learning standards initiative and the need for reform in American education.
http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/2009/06/06142009.html external link

Adolescent Literacy Walk-through for Principals: A Guide for Instructional Leaders
This guide, designed to help principals monitor and support adolescent literacy instruction in their schools more effectively, can be used at the late elementary school level, in content-area classes in middle and high school, and with intervention groups or classes. It provides a scaffold to build principals' understanding of scientifically based reading instruction, as a means for a principal to gather information about the quality of literacy and reading intervention instruction in a school, and as a data collection guide for planning targeted professional development and resource allocation. It includes examples of what a principal might expect to see in a classroom as well as templates that states, districts, and schools may use or adapt.This resource pertains to the following categories: Reading: Grades 4-12. For more Information, visit www.centeroninstruction.org external link.

New York State Bar Association Offers Resources To Help Teachers with Humane Education Curricula
The New York State Bar Association's Committee on Animals and the Law reminds educators that humane education is important to the well rounded development of children. It is widely accepted that the way young children are taught to treat animals often lays the groundwork for the way they will learn to interact with adults. New York State's humane education law requires instruction on the elementary school level "in the humane treatment and protection of animals and the importance of the part they play in the economy of nature." An abundance of free resources -- ranging from lesson plans and policies on humane education (www.animalearn.org) to alternatives to hands-on dissection of animals -- are available to assist schools. Educators can visit the website at www.nysba.org/animals external link for further information.

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

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

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 external link. Find more resources for students and teachers at:
http://www.census.gov/dmd/www/teachers.htmlexternal link.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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/ external link. A list of current state exams being offered is posted at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/announ/scheduled/oc/opencompetitive_evt.cfmexternal link.

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.cfmexternal link

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