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June 2010

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NYSED/USNY

NEW! Final Common Core State Standards Released
On June 2, 2010, the National Governors Association  external website and the Council of Chief State School Officers  external website released the final Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The final documents, as well as supporting materials, are available at http://www.corestandards.org  external website  and the SED Common Core State Standards Initiative website. The SED Common Core State Standards Initiative website includes a Frequently Asked Questions page, a video of Commissioner Steiner, and additional supporting information. This can be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/home.html

NEW! Release Date of Grades 3-8 Test Scores Announced
The New York State Board of Regents approved a recommendation by Education Commissioner David Steiner to move the release of scores on the Grades 3-8 Math and English exams to the week of July 26, 2010. Results from these tests, taken in late April/early May 2010, were originally scheduled to be returned to schools by June 24.
Additional time is necessary to complete a study of the revised Grades 3-8 assessments that will ensure valid and reliable information is returned to school districts, parents, and students. The state assessments were revised this year to cover more content and to be less predictable.   Regents Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner Steiner have asked nationally recognized testing experts Dan Koretz and Howard Everson to conduct a series of studies concerning the resetting of cut scores. These studies will analyze the relationship between Grade 8 ELA and math scores and Regents scores and the relationship between Regents exam performance and post secondary remediation rates. To view the full press release, go to http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/ 

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

NEW! Partnership for Global Learning Annual Conference
The Partnership for Global Learning, http://www.asiasociety.org/education-learning/partnership-for-global-learning  external website ,  is an Asia Society membership network that connects state and district decision makers, school leaders, teachers, university faculty, and other stakeholders. Its focus is to increase the number of American schools offering rigorous international studies curriculum.  The Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning annual conference will be held at the Hilton Washington D.C./Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Rockville, MD from July 8-10, 2010 . The Asia Society Partnership encourages schools and districts to send teams to the Forum for greatest impact in your community.  To obtain registration information about the visit http://www.certain.com/system/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x8656798202 external website  .

NEW! Summer Economics Professional Development
This summer, the Council for Economic Education will host a total of 14 technology-based professional development training workshops.  Some of the Council’s exciting summer workshops include The Financial Crisis: New Methods for Teaching Economics (July 22), The Classroom Mini-Economy: Real Life Learning in the K-8 Classroom (July 28), Credit, Loans, and Careers (August 5), and many more.  For more information and a complete schedule of summer professional development opportunities visit: http://www.councilforeconed.org/nationalcenter/  external website   and register for summer workshops. Secure your spot today!

NEW! Teaching September 11th in Your School
OUR HISTORY / OUR FUTURE Teaching September 11th in Your School Preparing for the 10th Anniversary; A Professional Development Workshop co-taught by Facing History and Ourselves and Tribute WTC Visitor Center. This 1½ day workshop will guide teachers to create their own school project using oral histories as the foundation of understanding the impact of 9/11 locally and globally. The workshop will take place at Tribute WTC Visitor Center 120 Liberty Street, south side of Ground Zero), July 13 and 14, 2010.  Visit www.facinghistory.org/workshops  external website  to register online.

NEW! The Center for Arts Education Bestows Scholarships to Young Artists
Congratulations New Yorkers! The Center for Arts Education (CAE), the New York City-based nonprofit leading the effort to stimulate and sustain quality arts education as an essential part of every child’s K-12 education in the city’s public schools, has announced the recipients of the 2010 Edward R. Wiener Arts Scholarship Program. Six outstanding high school students who participated in CAE’s 13-week Career Development Program (CDP) internship and are interested in pursuing a career in the arts will each receive $4,000 toward their post-secondary education in the arts. The Edward R. Wiener Arts Scholarship provides an opportunity for high school students to pursue their education and ultimately their careers in the arts. Since 1999, the program has matched over 450 promising students with many of the city’s top creative industry organizations.  The winners of the 2010 Edward R. Wiener Arts Scholarship are: Tasnuva Ahmed, Fotis Banis, Dominique Davenport, Yasha Gruben, Alysha Holligan, Maria Estefania Pardo Becerra. Visit www.caenyc.org  external website to learn more.

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  external website

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

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! Teaching with Primary Sources Grant Opportunities
The TPS Eastern Region Coordinator (http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion external website) is currently accepting grant applications to support the development of local TPS projects on a rolling deadline. You are invited to develop and submit a grant proposal ( http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion/introduction.html external website ) to initiate and implement a TPS program for pre- or in-service K-16 educators and/or librarians. Seed grants in the between $5,000 and $15,000 will be awarded. Descriptions of ongoing TPS Eastern Region projects are available at: http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion/participants.html  external website .   

NEW! Teacher Incentive Fund Grant Application
The Teacher Incentive Fund supports efforts to develop and implement performance-based teacher and principal compensation systems in high-need schools. The application for the Teacher Incentive Fund is available at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherincentive/applicant.html  external website . The deadline for submission is July 6, 2010.

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

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

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! FREE Harris Corp/Rochester STEM Teaching Institutes for K-12 Teachers
The Harris Corporation and the Rochester Area Colleges' Center for Excellence in Math and Science (RAC-CEMS) are teaming up to offer nine no-cost, hands-on science institutes for teachers. These intensive learning opportunities are offered to K-12 teachers of mathematics, science, and related technologies in Allegany, Cayuga, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties.  Each Institute is led by regional college or institution faculty in a summer classroom, lab and/or field experience, followed by ongoing follow-up and support activities that continue throughout the 2010-2011 academic year. The institutes are offered at no cost to the participants. More information and an online application are available at http://www.raccems.org  external website .

NEW! Summer Energy Workshops
Energy Smart Students workshops are free of charge and are offered year-round for teachers and community educators in New York State. Workshops focus on such topics as energy forms and sources, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Teachers in attendance will receive hands-on instruction, earn six staff development hours, and get FREE curriculum correlated to the New York State Learning Standards in Math, Science, Technology, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, and Family and Consumer Science. Curriculum materials include an assortment of lesson plans, colorful posters, reproducible worksheets, kits, and supplemental materials for students. More information may be accessed online at http://www.getenergysmart.org/EnergyEducation/Workshop.aspx  external website .

NEW! Partnership for Global Learning Annual Conference
The Partnership for Global Learning, http://www.asiasociety.org/education-learning/partnership-for-global-learning ,  is an Asia Society membership network that connects state and district decision makers, school leaders, teachers, university faculty, and other stakeholders. Its focus is to increase the number of American schools offering rigorous international studies curriculum.  The Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning annual conference will be held at the Hilton Washington D.C./Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Rockville, MD from July 8-10, 2010 . The Asia Society Partnership encourages schools and districts to send teams to the Forum for greatest impact in your community.  To obtain registration information about the visit http://www.certain.com/system/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x8656798202  external website .

NEW! Summer Economics Professional Development
This summer, the Council for Economic Education will host a total of 14 technology-based professional development training workshops.  Some of the Council’s exciting summer workshops include The Financial Crisis: New Methods for Teaching Economics (July 22), The Classroom Mini-Economy: Real Life Learning in the K-8 Classroom (July 28), Credit, Loans, and Careers (August 5), and many more.  For more information and a complete schedule of summer professional development opportunities visit: http://www.councilforeconed.org/nationalcenter/  external website and register for summer workshops. Secure your spot today!

NEW! Teaching September 11th in Your School
OUR HISTORY / OUR FUTURE Teaching September 11th in Your School Preparing for the 10th Anniversary;
A Professional Development Workshop co-taught by Facing History and Ourselves and Tribute WTC Visitor Center. 
This 1½ day workshop will guide teachers to create their own school project using oral histories as the foundation of understanding the impact of 9/11 locally and globally. The workshop will take place at Tribute WTC Visitor Center
120 Liberty Street, (south side of Ground Zero),  July 13 and 14, 2010.  Visit  www.facinghistory.org/workshops  external website  to register online.

NEW! Native Americans in New York State: Continuing Legacies for Teachers
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 on Thursday July 29 and Friday July 30, 2010, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.  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  external website

NEW! Teaching the Hudson Valley Summer Institute
Learn and practice new ways to use the Hudson Valley's rich resources to teach reading, writing, and thinking across all disciplines and grade levels. This three-day program, July 27 -29, 2010, will take place at the FDR Home & Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY. Participants can choose from a variety of sessions including hands-on workshops, panel discussions, field trips, and more formal talks. Facilitators and speakers span all disciplines and include scholars, teachers, activists, library/media specialists, scientists, and more.For more information go to: http://www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/NEW-Summer-Institute/NEW-Summer-Institute/2010-Reading-Writing-Thinking-the-Hudson-Valley.html   external website

NEW! CARE for Teachers Summer Retreat
The Third Annual Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE) Summer Retreat is being held on August 14-19, 2010 at the Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY.  The CARE Teacher Training Development Project provides a training to help teachers bring greater awareness to the way they teach by giving them tools to establish and maintain supportive relationships with their pupils, manage classroom behaviors effectively and compassionately and to promote awareness and concentration among their pupils. For more information visit
http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm
/event/info&reset=1&id=41&Itemid=998
  external website

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   external website to learn more.

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/  external website .  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.

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  external website

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  external website for more information.

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  external website  and click the proposal link. http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22A8DA9WPYL   external website

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THE ARTS

NEW! YoungArts Program Application Due October 15, 2010
For 29 years, YoungArts www.youngarts.org   external website , the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA), has taken pride in rewarding talented young adults in the performing, literary and visual arts. Details about the program and applications are available at http://yarts.bluecadet.com/apply   external website .  Registration deadline is Friday, October 15, 2010, 9:00pm EST.

NEW! The Center for Arts Education Bestows Scholarships to Young Artists
Congratulations New Yorkers! The Center for Arts Education (CAE), the New York City-based nonprofit leading the effort to stimulate and sustain quality arts education as an essential part of every child’s K-12 education in the city’s public schools, has announced the recipients of the 2010 Edward R. Wiener Arts Scholarship Program. Six outstanding high school students who participated in CAE’s 13-week Career Development Program (CDP) internship and are interested in pursuing a career in the arts will each receive $4,000 toward their post-secondary education in the arts. The Edward R. Wiener Arts Scholarship provides an opportunity for high school students to pursue their education and ultimately their careers in the arts. Since 1999, the program has matched over 450 promising students with many of the city’s top creative industry organizations.  The winners of the 2010 Edward R. Wiener Arts Scholarship are: Tasnuva Ahmed, Fotis Banis, Dominique Davenport, Yasha Gruben, Alysha Holligan, Maria Estefania Pardo Becerra. Visit www.caenyc.org  external website to learn more.

NEW! Native Americans in New York State: Continuing Legacies for Teachers
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 on Thursday July 29 and Friday July 30, 2010, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.  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  external website .

NEW! Nationwide Research Study on NCLB and Art Education
Supported by a grant from the National Art Education Foundation, a nationwide study titled "NCLB: A Study of Its Impact on Art Education Programs" has been released. You can view this study at
http://www.arteducators.org/research/NCLB_Proj_Report_2-10.pdf   

NEW! CARE for Teachers Summer Retreat
The Third Annual Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE) Summer Retreat is being held on August 14-19, 2010 at the Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY.  The CARE Teacher Training Development Project provides a training to help teachers bring greater awareness to the way they teach by giving them tools to establish and maintain supportive relationships with their pupils, manage classroom behaviors effectively and compassionately and to promote awareness and concentration among their pupils. For more information visit
http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm
/event/info&reset=1&id=41&Itemid=998
  external website

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  external website  to learn more.

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/  external website

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

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! Final Common Core State Standards Released
On June 2, 2010, the National Governors Association  external website and the Council of Chief State School Officers  external website   released the final Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The final documents, as well as supporting materials, are available at http://www.corestandards.org   external website and the SED Common Core State Standards Initiative website. The SED Common Core State Standards Initiative website includes a Frequently Asked Questions page, a video of Commissioner Steiner, and additional supporting information. This can be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/home.html

NEW! Summer Energy Workshops
Energy Smart Students workshops are free of charge and are offered year-round for teachers and community educators in New York State. Workshops focus on such topics as energy forms and sources, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Teachers in attendance will receive hands-on instruction, earn six staff development hours, and get FREE curriculum correlated to the New York State Learning Standards in Math, Science, Technology, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, and Family and Consumer Science. Curriculum materials include an assortment of lesson plans, colorful posters, reproducible worksheets, kits, and supplemental materials for students. More information may be accessed online at http://www.getenergysmart.org/EnergyEducation/Workshop.aspx  external website .

NEW! Release Date of Grades 3-8 Test Scores Announced
The New York State Board of Regents approved a recommendation by Education Commissioner David Steiner to move the release of scores on the Grades 3-8 Math and English exams to the week of July 26, 2010. Results from these tests, taken in late April/early May 2010, were originally scheduled to be returned to schools by June 24.
Additional time is necessary to complete a study of the revised Grades 3-8 assessments that will ensure valid and reliable information is returned to school districts, parents, and students. The state assessments were revised this year to cover more content and to be less predictable.   Regents Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner Steiner have asked nationally recognized testing experts Dan Koretz and Howard Everson to conduct a series of studies concerning the resetting of cut scores. These studies will analyze the relationship between Grade 8 ELA and math scores and Regents scores and the relationship between Regents exam performance and post secondary remediation rates. To view the full press release, go to http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/ 

NEW! September 11th Personal Stories of Transfomation - Class Materials
FREE ONLINE classroom materials: September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is a classroom resource kit using 8 videos of personal stories to teach important lessons of 9/11.  Each story is accompanied by discussion questions, research links and suggested service projects are available at http://www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html    external website

NEW! Regents Comprehensive Examination in English Test Sampler Available
The first administration of the new three-hour, one-day Regents Comprehensive Examination in English will take place in January 2011. This examination will replace the current two-session examination that will continue to be administered during each Regents examination period prior to January 2011.  The Regents Comprehensive Examination in English Test Sampler, Spring 2010, has been posted at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/english/. This Test Sampler provides examples of the types of passages, questions, the formatting, and the scoring guides that are being developed for the examination. It may be duplicated for classroom instruction. Additionally, a PowerPoint overview of the new Regents Comprehensive Examination in English is available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/english/samplers/new-english-exam.pdf.
 

NEW! Summer Reading at New York Libraries
Calling all readers. Find out more about the 2010 Summer Reading at New York Libraries program at http://www.summerreadingnys.org/   external website . This Web site offers all sorts of information for everyone: librarians, teachers, parents, teens, and kids. Just click on one of the links on top of the Page and choose among the different resources. Happy reading.

NEW! Updated 2011 Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics Test Specifications
The Office of State Assessment (OSA) just released an updated memo which supersedes the notification from OSA dated June 2010, which includes the test specifications for the 2011 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics tests http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/2011-testspecs-rev.pdf (136 KB) .  

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 external website

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)

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   external website

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  external website  and click the proposal link. http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22A8DA9WPYL   external website

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

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LITERACY

NEW! Final Common Core State Standards Released
On June 2, 2010, the National Governors Association  external website and the Council of Chief State School Officers   external website released the final Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The final documents, as well as supporting materials, are available at http://www.corestandards.org   external website and the SED Common Core State Standards Initiative website. The SED Common Core State Standards Initiative website includes a Frequently Asked Questions page, a video of Commissioner Steiner, and additional supporting information. This can be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/home.html

NEW! September 11th Personal Stories of Transfomation - Class Materials
FREE ONLINE classroom materials: September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is a classroom resource kit using 8 videos of personal stories to teach important lessons of 9/11.  Each story is accompanied by discussion questions, research links and suggested service projects are available at http://www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html   external website  

NEW! Summer Economics Professional Development
This summer, the Council for Economic Education will host a total of 14 technology-based professional development training workshops.  Some of the Council’s exciting summer workshops include The Financial Crisis: New Methods for Teaching Economics (July 22), The Classroom Mini-Economy: Real Life Learning in the K-8 Classroom (July 28), Credit, Loans, and Careers (August 5), and many more.  For more information and a complete schedule of summer professional development opportunities visit: http://www.councilforeconed.org/nationalcenter/  external website and register for summer workshops. Secure your spot today!

NEW! Summer Reading at New York Libraries
Calling all readers. Find out more about the 2010 Summer Reading at New York Libraries program at http://www.summerreadingnys.org/  external website . This Web site offers all sorts of information for everyone: librarians, teachers, parents, teens, and kids. Just click on one of the links on top of the Page and choose among the different resources. Happy reading.

NEW! Teaching the Hudson Valley Summer Institute
Learn and practice new ways to use the Hudson Valley's rich resources to teach reading, writing, and thinking across all disciplines and grade levels. This three-day program, July 27 -29, 2010, will take place at the FDR Home & Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY. Participants can choose from a variety of sessions including hands-on workshops, panel discussions, field trips, and more formal talks. Facilitators and speakers span all disciplines and include scholars, teachers, activists, library/media specialists, scientists, and more.For more information go to: http://www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/NEW-Summer-Institute/NEW-Summer-Institute/2010-Reading-Writing-Thinking-the-Hudson-Valley.html  external website

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)

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  

IRA Standards for Reading and Writing Assessments
In Fall 2007, the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English  external website   appointed a Joint Task Force on Assessment  external website 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  external website  

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

NEW! Final Common Core State Standards Released
On June 2, 2010, the National Governors Association  external website  and the Council of Chief State School Officers  external website released the final Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The final documents, as well as supporting materials, are available at http://www.corestandards.org  external website  and the SED Common Core State Standards Initiative website. The SED Common Core State Standards Initiative website includes a Frequently Asked Questions page, a video of Commissioner Steiner, and additional supporting information. This can be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/home.html

NEW! Summer Energy Workshops
Energy Smart Students workshops are free of charge and are offered year-round for teachers and community educators in New York State. Workshops focus on such topics as energy forms and sources, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Teachers in attendance will receive hands-on instruction, earn six staff development hours, and get FREE curriculum correlated to the New York State Learning Standards in Math, Science, Technology, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, and Family and Consumer Science. Curriculum materials include an assortment of lesson plans, colorful posters, reproducible worksheets, kits, and supplemental materials for students. More information may be accessed online at http://www.getenergysmart.org/EnergyEducation/Workshop.aspx  external website  .

NEW! Release Date of Grades 3-8 Test Scores Announced
The New York State Board of Regents approved a recommendation by Education Commissioner David Steiner to move the release of scores on the Grades 3-8 Math and English exams to the week of July 26, 2010. Results from these tests, taken in late April/early May 2010, were originally scheduled to be returned to schools by June 24.
Additional time is necessary to complete a study of the revised Grades 3-8 assessments that will ensure valid and reliable information is returned to school districts, parents, and students. The state assessments were revised this year to cover more content and to be less predictable.   Regents Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner Steiner have asked nationally recognized testing experts Dan Koretz and Howard Everson to conduct a series of studies concerning the resetting of cut scores. These studies will analyze the relationship between Grade 8 ELA and math scores and Regents scores and the relationship between Regents exam performance and post secondary remediation rates. To view the full press release, go to http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/ 

NEW! Updated 2011 Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics Test Specifications
The Office of State Assessment (OSA) just released an updated memo which supersedes the notification from OSA dated June 2010, which includes the test specifications for the 2011 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics tests http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/2011-testspecs-rev.pdf (136 KB) .  

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! September 11th Personal Stories of Transfomation - Class Materials
FREE ONLINE classroom materials: September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is a classroom resource kit using 8 videos of personal stories to teach important lessons of 9/11.  Each story is accompanied by discussion questions, research links and suggested service projects are available at http://www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html external website

NEW! Summer Economics Professional Development
This summer, the Council for Economic Education will host a total of 14 technology-based professional development training workshops.  Some of the Council’s exciting summer workshops include The Financial Crisis: New Methods for Teaching Economics (July 22), The Classroom Mini-Economy: Real Life Learning in the K-8 Classroom (July 28), Credit, Loans, and Careers (August 5), and many more.  For more information and a complete schedule of summer professional development opportunities visit: http://www.councilforeconed.org/nationalcenter/ external website Secure your spot today!

NEW! Teaching September 11th in Your School
OUR HISTORY / OUR FUTURE Teaching September 11th in Your School Preparing for the 10th Anniversary;
A Professional Development Workshop co-taught by Facing History and Ourselves and Tribute WTC Visitor Center. 
This 1½ day workshop will guide teachers to create their own school project using oral histories as the foundation of understanding the impact of 9/11 locally and globally. The workshop will take place at Tribute WTC Visitor Center
120 Liberty Street, (south side of Ground Zero),  July 13 and 14, 2010.  Visit  www.facinghistory.org/workshops external website  to register online.

NEW! Teaching September 11 Classroom Toolkit
FREE ONLINE classroom materials - September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is a classroom resource kit using 8 videos of personal stories to teach important lessons of 9/11. Each story is accompanied by discussion questions, research links and suggested service projects. The materials are available at http://www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html  external website

NEW! Teaching the Hudson Valley Summer Institute
Learn and practice new ways to use the Hudson Valley's rich resources to teach reading, writing, and thinking across all disciplines and grade levels. This three-day program, July 27 -29, 2010, will take place at the FDR Home & Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY. Participants can choose from a variety of sessions including hands-on workshops, panel discussions, field trips, and more formal talks. Facilitators and speakers span all disciplines and include scholars, teachers, activists, library/media specialists, scientists, and more.For more information go to: http://www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/NEW-Summer-Institute/NEW-Summer-Institute/2010-Reading-Writing-Thinking-the-Hudson-Valley.html  external website

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 external website  and click the proposal link. http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22A8DA9WPYL  external website

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  

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  external website 

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

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

NEW! Spring/Summer Energy Workshops
The Energy Smart Students program offers free workshops including free instructional material, and substitute stipends of up to $125 per teacher per day for workshops that take place during normal school hours. A list of upcoming workshops scheduled across New York State from late June through August are listed by region with a direct link to an online registration page on the Energy Smart Students program Web site at http://www.getenergysmart.org/EnergyEducation/Workshop.aspx external website. All workshops are open to school and public librarians, with one workshop exclusively designed for librarians. The Energy Smart Students program is sponsored by NYSERDA, the New York State Energy  and Research Development Authority.

NEW! Teaching with Primary Sources Grant Opportunities
The TPS Eastern Region Coordinator (http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion external website ) is currently accepting grant applications to support the development of local TPS projects on a rolling deadline. You are invited to develop and submit a grant proposal ( http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion/introduction.html external website) to initiate and implement a TPS program for pre- or in-service K-16 educators and/or librarians. Seed grants in the between $5,000 and $15,000 will be awarded. Descriptions of ongoing TPS Eastern Region projects are available at: http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion/participants.html external website.   

NEW! Partnership for Global Learning Annual Conference
The Partnership for Global Learning, http://www.asiasociety.org/education-learning/partnership-for-global-learning external website,  is an Asia Society membership network that connects state and district decision makers, school leaders, teachers, university faculty, and other stakeholders. Its focus is to increase the number of American schools offering rigorous international studies curriculum.  The Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning annual conference will be held at the Hilton Washington D.C./Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Rockville, MD from July 8-10, 2010 . The Asia Society Partnership encourages schools and districts to send teams to the Forum for greatest impact in your community.  To obtain registration information about the visit http://www.certain.com/system/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x8656798202 external website.

NEW! Summer Reading at New York Libraries
Calling all readers. Find out more about the 2010 Summer Reading at New York Libraries program at http://www.summerreadingnys.org/ external website  . This Web site offers all sorts of information for everyone: librarians, teachers, parents, teens, and kids. Just click on one of the links on top of the Page and choose among the different resources. Happy reading.

NEW! 2010/2011 NOVELNY Databases
Jeffrey Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, is pleased to announce the selection of electronic products to constitute the NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) statewide collection for July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.   2010/2011 NOVELNY Databases:
EBSCO’s Primary Search (including Searchasaurus and Kids Search interfaces), Gale’s Academic OneFile (new)
Gale’s Business and Company Resource Center, Gale’s Health Reference Center Academic (new)
Gale’s General OneFile (new), Gale’s InfoTrac Custom Newspapers, Gale’s National Newspaper Index, Gale’s New York State Newspapers, Gale’s Twayne Authors Series, Grolier Online (includes Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia
Encyclopedia, and the New Book of Knowledge)
The above databases will be available through more than 5,500 public, school, academic and special libraries registered for NOVELNY and to individuals who are residents of New York State that visit http://www.novelnewyork.org external website and log on with a driver license ID or a non-driver ID.

NEW! Teaching the Hudson Valley Summer Institute
Learn and practice new ways to use the Hudson Valley's rich resources to teach reading, writing, and thinking across all disciplines and grade levels. This three-day program, July 27 -29, 2010, will take place at the FDR Home & Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY. Participants can choose from a variety of sessions including hands-on workshops, panel discussions, field trips, and more formal talks. Facilitators and speakers span all disciplines and include scholars, teachers, activists, library/media specialists, scientists, and more.For more information go to: http://www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/NEW-Summer-Institute/NEW-Summer-Institute/2010-Reading-Writing-Thinking-the-Hudson-Valley.html  

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  

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 K-12 Common Core State Standards. 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 external website. 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 external website

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/ external website .  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.

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 

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/ external website

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 external website. 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.

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

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SCIENCE

NEW! FREE Harris Corp/Rochester STEM Teaching Institutes for K-12 Teachers
The Harris Corporation and the Rochester Area Colleges' Center for Excellence in Math and Science (RAC-CEMS) are teaming up to offer nine no-cost, hands-on science institutes for teachers. These intensive learning opportunities are offered to K-12 teachers of mathematics, science, and related technologies in Allegany, Cayuga, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties.  Each Institute is led by regional college or institution faculty in a summer classroom, lab and/or field experience, followed by ongoing follow-up and support activities that continue throughout the 2010-2011 academic year. The institutes are offered at no cost to the participants. More information and an online application are available at http://www.raccems.org external website .

NEW! Summer Energy Workshops
Energy Smart Students workshops are free of charge and are offered year-round for teachers and community educators in New York State. Workshops focus on such topics as energy forms and sources, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Teachers in attendance will receive hands-on instruction, earn six staff development hours, and get FREE curriculum correlated to the New York State Learning Standards in Math, Science, Technology, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, and Family and Consumer Science. Curriculum materials include an assortment of lesson plans, colorful posters, reproducible worksheets, kits, and supplemental materials for students. More information may be accessed online at http://www.getenergysmart.org/EnergyEducation/Workshop.aspx external website .

NEW! Native Americans in New York State: Continuing Legacies for Teachers
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 on Thursday July 29 and Friday July 30, 2010, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.  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 external website

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! Summer Energy Workshops
Energy Smart Students workshops are free of charge and are offered year-round for teachers and community educators in New York State. Workshops focus on such topics as energy forms and sources, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Teachers in attendance will receive hands-on instruction, earn six staff development hours, and get FREE curriculum correlated to the New York State Learning Standards in Math, Science, Technology, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, and Family and Consumer Science. Curriculum materials include an assortment of lesson plans, colorful posters, reproducible worksheets, kits, and supplemental materials for students. More information may be accessed online at http://www.getenergysmart.org/EnergyEducation/Workshop.aspx external website.

NEW! Teaching with Primary Sources Grant Opportunities
The TPS Eastern Region Coordinator (http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion external website) is currently accepting grant applications to support the development of local TPS projects on a rolling deadline. You are invited to develop and submit a grant proposal ( http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion/introduction.html external website) to initiate and implement a TPS program for pre- or in-service K-16 educators and/or librarians. Seed grants in the between $5,000 and $15,000 will be awarded. Descriptions of ongoing TPS Eastern Region projects are available at: http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion/participants.html external website.   

NEW! September 11th Personal Stories of Transfomation - Class Materials
FREE ONLINE classroom materials: September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is a classroom resource kit using 8 videos of personal stories to teach important lessons of 9/11.  Each story is accompanied by discussion questions, research links and suggested service projects are available at http://www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html external website 

NEW! Partnership for Global Learning Annual Conference
The Partnership for Global Learning, http://www.asiasociety.org/education-learning/partnership-for-global-learning external website,  is an Asia Society membership network that connects state and district decision makers, school leaders, teachers, university faculty, and other stakeholders. Its focus is to increase the number of American schools offering rigorous international studies curriculum.  The Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning annual conference will be held at the Hilton Washington D.C./Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Rockville, MD from July 8-10, 2010 . The Asia Society Partnership encourages schools and districts to send teams to the Forum for greatest impact in your community.  To obtain registration information about the visit http://www.certain.com/system/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x8656798202 external website.

NEW! Summer Economics Professional Development
This summer, the Council for Economic Education will host a total of 14 technology-based professional development training workshops.  Some of the Council’s exciting summer workshops include The Financial Crisis: New Methods for Teaching Economics (July 22), The Classroom Mini-Economy: Real Life Learning in the K-8 Classroom (July 28), Credit, Loans, and Careers (August 5), and many more.  For more information and a complete schedule of summer professional development opportunities visit: http://www.councilforeconed.org/nationalcenter/ external website and register for summer workshops. Secure your spot today!

NEW! Teaching September 11th in Your School
OUR HISTORY / OUR FUTURE Teaching September 11th in Your School Preparing for the 10th Anniversary;
A Professional Development Workshop co-taught by Facing History and Ourselves and Tribute WTC Visitor Center. 
This 1½ day workshop will guide teachers to create their own school project using oral histories as the foundation of understanding the impact of 9/11 locally and globally. The workshop will take place at Tribute WTC Visitor Center
120 Liberty Street, (south side of Ground Zero),  July 13 and 14, 2010.  Visit  www.facinghistory.org/workshops external website to register online.

NEW! Teaching September 11 Classroom Toolkit
FREE ONLINE classroom materials - September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is a classroom resource kit using 8 videos of personal stories to teach important lessons of 9/11. Each story is accompanied by discussion questions, research links and suggested service projects. The materials are available at http://www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html external website  

NEW! Native Americans in New York State: Continuing Legacies for Teachers
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 on Thursday July 29 and Friday July 30, 2010, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.  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 external website.

NEW! Teaching the Hudson Valley Summer Institute
Learn and practice new ways to use the Hudson Valley's rich resources to teach reading, writing, and thinking across all disciplines and grade levels. This three-day program, July 27 -29, 2010, will take place at the FDR Home & Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY. Participants can choose from a variety of sessions including hands-on workshops, panel discussions, field trips, and more formal talks. Facilitators and speakers span all disciplines and include scholars, teachers, activists, library/media specialists, scientists, and more.For more information go to: http://www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/NEW-Summer-Institute/NEW-Summer-Institute/2010-Reading-Writing-Thinking-the-Hudson-Valley.html external website

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/ external website .  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.

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 external website

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.

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 external website and click the proposal link. http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22A8DA9WPYL external website 

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/ external website 

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/ external website  

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

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

NEW! Summer Energy Workshops
Energy Smart Students workshops are free of charge and are offered year-round for teachers and community educators in New York State. Workshops focus on such topics as energy forms and sources, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Teachers in attendance will receive hands-on instruction, earn six staff development hours, and get FREE curriculum correlated to the New York State Learning Standards in Math, Science, Technology, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, and Family and Consumer Science. Curriculum materials include an assortment of lesson plans, colorful posters, reproducible worksheets, kits, and supplemental materials for students. More information may be accessed online at http://www.getenergysmart.org/EnergyEducation/Workshop.aspx external website.

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

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TESTING

NEW! Release Date of Grades 3-8 Test Scores Announced
The New York State Board of Regents approved a recommendation by Education Commissioner David Steiner to move the release of scores on the Grades 3-8 Math and English exams to the week of July 26, 2010. Results from these tests, taken in late April/early May 2010, were originally scheduled to be returned to schools by June 24.
Additional time is necessary to complete a study of the revised Grades 3-8 assessments that will ensure valid and reliable information is returned to school districts, parents, and students. The state assessments were revised this year to cover more content and to be less predictable.   Regents Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner Steiner have asked nationally recognized testing experts Dan Koretz and Howard Everson to conduct a series of studies concerning the resetting of cut scores. These studies will analyze the relationship between Grade 8 ELA and math scores and Regents scores and the relationship between Regents exam performance and post secondary remediation rates. To view the full press release, go to http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/ 

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

NEW! Regents Comprehensive Examination in English Test Sampler Available
The first administration of the new three-hour, one-day Regents Comprehensive Examination in English will take place in January 2011. This examination will replace the current two-session examination that will continue to be administered during each Regents examination period prior to January 2011.  The Regents Comprehensive Examination in English Test Sampler, Spring 2010, has been posted at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/english/. This Test Sampler provides examples of the types of passages, questions, the formatting, and the scoring guides that are being developed for the examination. It may be duplicated for classroom instruction. Additionally, a PowerPoint overview of the new Regents Comprehensive Examination in English is available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/english/samplers/new-english-exam.pdf.  

NEW! Regents Examination Dates for January, June, and August 2011-2013
The Office of State Assessment has released the final dates for the January, June, and August Regents examination periods for 2011 and 2012 administrations, along with the tentative dates for the 2013 administration. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/regentsexamdates11-13.pdf (61 KB)

NEW! Updated 2011 Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics Test Specifications
The Office of State Assessment (OSA) just released an updated memo which supersedes the notification from OSA dated June 2010, which includes the test specifications for the 2011 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics tests http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/2011-testspecs-rev.pdf (136 KB) .  

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 .

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

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

NEW! Summer Economics Professional Development
This summer, the Council for Economic Education will host a total of 14 technology-based professional development training workshops.  Some of the Council’s exciting summer workshops include The Financial Crisis: New Methods for Teaching Economics (July 22), The Classroom Mini-Economy: Real Life Learning in the K-8 Classroom (July 28), Credit, Loans, and Careers (August 5), and many more.  For more information and a complete schedule of summer professional development opportunities visit: http://www.councilforeconed.org/nationalcenter/ external website  and register for summer workshops. Secure your spot today!

NEW! Teaching the Hudson Valley Summer Institute
Learn and practice new ways to use the Hudson Valley's rich resources to teach reading, writing, and thinking across all disciplines and grade levels. This three-day program, July 27 -29, 2010, will take place at the FDR Home & Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY. Participants can choose from a variety of sessions including hands-on workshops, panel discussions, field trips, and more formal talks. Facilitators and speakers span all disciplines and include scholars, teachers, activists, library/media specialists, scientists, and more.For more information go to: http://www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/NEW-Summer-Institute/NEW-Summer-Institute/2010-Reading-Writing-Thinking-the-Hudson-Valley.html external website 

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! September 11th Personal Stories of Transfomation - Class Materials
FREE ONLINE classroom materials: September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is a classroom resource kit using 8 videos of personal stories to teach important lessons of 9/11.  Each story is accompanied by discussion questions, research links and suggested service projects are available at http://www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html   

NEW! Teaching September 11 Classroom Toolkit
FREE ONLINE classroom materials - September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is a classroom resource kit using 8 videos of personal stories to teach important lessons of 9/11. Each story is accompanied by discussion questions, research links and suggested service projects. The materials are available at http://www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html   

NEW! 2010/2011 NOVELNY Databases
Jeffrey Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, is pleased to announce the selection of electronic products to constitute the NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) statewide collection for July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.   2010/2011 NOVELNY Databases: EBSCO’s Primary Search (including Searchasaurus and Kids Search interfaces), Gale’s Academic OneFile (new), Gale’s Business and Company Resource Center, Gale’s Health Reference Center Academic (new), Gale’s General OneFile (new), Gale’s InfoTrac Custom Newspapers, Gale’s National Newspaper Index, Gale’s New York State Newspapers, Gale’s Twayne Authors Series, Grolier Online (includes Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia, Encyclopedia, and the New Book of Knowledge)
The above databases will be available through more than 5,500 public, school, academic and special libraries registered for NOVELNY and to individuals who are residents of New York State that visit http://www.novelnewyork.org external website and log on with a driver license ID or a non-driver ID.

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  external website to learn more.

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/ external website .  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 external website 

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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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