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June 23, 2008: Statewide Student Achievement Improves Across Grades 3-8 on 2008 Math & English Tests
Achievement in grades 3-8 math and English has improved overall this year, according to State test results announced today by Regents Chancellor Robert M. Bennett and State Education Commissioner Richard Mills.
Press Release: HTML | MS Word Commissioner's Press Conference: HTML Graphics Version | MS PowerPoint | Text-Only Version Webcast of the Grades 3-8 English and Math Assessments News Conference: Windows Media Player File (51:47)

NEW! Overview of The New York State Learning Standards
The New York State Learning Standards and core curriculum guidance documents are the State’s expectations of what students should know and be able to do as the result of skilled instruction. They are the foundation upon which local school districts develop curricula and implement instruction. Every public school student in New York State must be provided an opportunity to receive instruction in order to achieve the State Learning Standards. Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2007 mandated a review of the New York State Learning Standards, which were originally approved the Board of Regents in 1996. To access the Learning Standards and to learn more about the Standards Revision process, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/cores.htm

NEW! School Leadership Examinations
All candidates for certification as a School Building Leader (SBL,) School District Leader (SDL,) or School District Business Leader (SDBL) graduating from preparation programs after February 1, 2009 will be required to pass the appropriate New York State School Leadership Examination. The frameworks and preparation guides for these tests are available on the website of Pearson/National Evaluation Systems, at www.nystce.nesinc.com Information about the certification requirements is available at www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert . Inquiries should be directed to the SED Office of Teaching Initiatives, (518) 474-4661.

NEW! Examples on How to Average Scores for Regents Diplomas with Honors and Regents Diplomas with Honors with Advanced Designation
Examples on how to average scores for Regents diplomas with honors and Regents diplomas with advanced designation are now included in the information on this topic.   To access this information, go to  Education Law and Regulations Related to Curriculum and Instruction: Notices/Informational Items, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/EducationLawandRegulations.htm

NEW! 2008 Louis E. Yavner Awards Information
The Board of Regents invites nominations for the 2008 Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards. These awards provide recognition of a teacher and a 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 the 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 www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/yavner.html. The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, January 30, 2009.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants are provided to improve students' academic achievement by engaging them in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work also should improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Maximum Award: $5,000. Eligibility: practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, and faculty and staff members at public institutions of higher education. Deadline: Oct. 5, 2008. For more information: http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/StudentAchievement_Guidelines.htm

NEW! Grants for Technology - Deadline September 13
The Foundation for Rural Education and Development's Technology Grants for Rural Schools program was created to help meet the growing need for innovative technology in the classroom. In 2007, the program awarded a total of $50,000 in technology grants to public schools. Visit www.fred.org/tech.html

NEW! Guitar Center Foundation Provides Funds for Music Instruction - Ongoing
The Foundation accepts application throughout the year from 501c3 organizations that have established and sustainable music programs. The programs must provide music instruction for people that would otherwise not have the opportunity to make music. Visit http://www.edweek.org/ew/section/grants/grant_info.html?grant_id=17990 for more information (scroll down the page to reach the content).

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

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! Hold March 6-7, 2009 for the next TEACHING & LEARNING CELEBRATION - Public Television's Largest Professional Development Conference for Educators.
Sir Ken Robinson, an inspirational speaker with a unique talent for conveying profoundly serious messages with enormous humor, passion and wit, has agreed to be the keynote speaker. As a creativity expert, he challenges the way we're educating our children and champions a radical rethinking of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. He has published widely on creativity, innovation and culture. Enjoy his 20 min. talk at the Technology Entertainment, Design Conference at http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html. For further information, visit http://www.thirteencelebration.org.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! Poetry Everywhere
Poetry Everywhere provides 10 videos, as well as essays and lessons, to help students explore the power of language and build reading and writing skills. The videos feature seminal voices of poetry, past and present, from Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson to Seamus Heaney, Marie Howe, and Yusef Komunyakaa. (Teachers' Domain, Multiple Agencies) http://free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=2052

NEW! Teaching Literacy in English to K-5 English Learners
Teaching Literacy in English to K-5 English Learners provides videos, slideshows, and tools for teaching reading to K-5 English learners. The site is based on five research-based recommendations: screen and monitor students' progress; provide small-group reading interventions; provide vocabulary instruction throughout the day; develop academic English competence beginning in primary grades; and schedule regular peer-assisted learning opportunities, including structured language practice. (Department of Education) http://free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=2055

NEW! New Center on Instruction Resource: Effective Instruction for Adolescent Struggling Readers: Professional Development Module
A new component of the Center on Instruction's "Effective Instruction for Adolescent Struggling Readers" is now available from the Center on Instruction's website. A professional development module consisting of a PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes and a Facilitator's Guide enhances the previously released meta-analysis and practice brief on the subject.   This resource is available under "2. Effective Instruction for Adolescent Struggling Readers [K-12]" on the following website. http://www.centeroninstruction.org/resources.cfm?category=reading&subcategory=&grade_start=&grade_end=

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

The Association for Library Service to Children Releases a New Bibliography
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released a new bibliography, “Great Early Elementary Reads.” The annotated book list is divided into two categories: “Starting to Read” and “Reading on My Own.” The books included were published between 2005 and 2008. However, many are part of a larger series that young readers also will enjoy. A PDF of the book list is available on the ALSC Web site in full color and black and white at www.ala.org/ala/alsc/booklists and is free to download, copy and distribute.

Statewide Summer Reading Program, Website for Students and Families
Students and their families can now find unusual and interesting games, fun activities, reading lists, and links online for the Statewide Summer Reading Program at http://summerreadingnys.org.   

The web site includes special features like a quiz for children and teens related to this summer’s themes: “Catch the Reading Bug” and “Metamorphosis @ your library.” Whether a youth is a budding entomologist or environmentalist, or just loves puzzles and games, these quizzes will delight and educate.   Thanks to the generosity of EBSCO, the quizzes provide direct access to the NOVELny Searchasauraus database. Searchasaurus is one of the many databases available through the NOVELny databases program.  Children and teens taking the quiz will not need a login ID or password to access to the database through the quiz.New links and activities will be added all summer long - so bookmark this site and visit it often.

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

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! NYSED Funds 2008 Summer Institutes for Teachers of Mathematics and Science in Grades Five through Eight
This competitive state grant program is intended to strengthen the professional content knowledge and pedagogy of teachers responsible for providing instruction leading to student attainment of the intermediate portion of the New York State Leaning Standards in Mathematics (Revised 2005) and Science. Special attention is placed on enhancing teachers' competencies in the use of educational technology to assure appropriate integration of tools resulting in improved student achievement. Funds are used to support the costs of teachers attending universities or college-based summer institutes. A list of awarded projects along with contact information and program abstracts can be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/GrantInfo.html.

NEW! Encouraging Girls in Math and Science
Encouraging Girls in Math and Science offers tools for teachers to help girls achieve at the same level as boys in math and science. The site is based on five research-based recommendations: teach students that the brain grows when they practice and learn; provide prescriptive, informational feedback on strategies and effort; show female role models; spark initial curiosity and foster long-term interest in math and science; and teach spatial skills. (Department of Education) http://free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=2056

REMINDER! Regulatory Changes in Commencement Level Mathematics (May 2006)
A detailed explanation of regulatory changes in mathematics, as well as links to a Regents Diploma Requirements for Mathematics chart, revised regulatory language and related policy statements can be accessed by going to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/mathregchanges.html

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

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

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

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SCIENCE

NEW! NYSED Funds for the 2008 Excelsior Scholars Programs for Grade Seven Mathematics and Science Students
The New York State Education Department has announced the 2008 awards for the Excelsior Scholars Programs for Grade Seven Mathematics and Science Students. The purpose of this competitive grant program is for New York State public and independent colleges and universities to provide advanced course work for high performing mathematics and science students who will have completed seventh grade in June 2008. The advanced course work must be in mathematics and science and must be aligned to the New York State learning standards at the commencement-level. A list of awarded projects can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/GrantInfo.html.

 

NEW! NYSED Funds 2008 Summer Institutes for Teachers of Mathematics and Science in Grades Five through Eight
This competitive state grant program is intended to strengthen the professional content knowledge and pedagogy of teachers responsible for providing instruction leading to student attainment of the intermediate portion of the New York State Leaning Standards in Mathematics (Revised 2005) and Science. Special attention is placed on enhancing teachers' competencies in the use of educational technology to assure appropriate integration of tools resulting in improved student achievement. Funds are used to support the costs of teachers attending universities or college-based summer institutes. A list of awarded projects along with contact information and program abstracts can be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/GrantInfo.html.


NEW! Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears is a new online magazine to help elementary school teachers develop their knowledge of the Arctic and Antarctica and organize science and literacy instruction around polar themes. The first two issues, "A Sense of Place" and "Learning from the Polar Past," provide lessons and readings on data collection and representation, map skills, comparing the Arctic and Antarctica, measuring ice sheets, and paleontology and archaeology. Book recommendations are included. (Ohio State University, National Science Foundation) http://free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=2048

NEW! Energy and Material Cycles Visualizations
Energy and Material Cycles Visualizations provides animations, images, graphs, and photos on the carbon cycle, greenhouse gases, sea ice, sea level change, interglacial cycle, continental drift, tectonic cycle, and the hydrologic cycle. (Carleton College, National Science Foundation) http://free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=2061

NEW! NSF Multimedia Gallery
NSF Multimedia Gallery features nearly 100 videos and webcasts on a range of science topics: a fossil that may represent the first vertebrate to emerge from the sea, turning forest-industry waste into fuel and textiles, "superglue" produced by aquatic bacteria, a house built on a "shake table" (earthquake research), teaching robots to swim, 14 engineering challenges for the 21st century, solving a crime scene mystery, a 60-second history of the universe, earth's deep-time archives, dinosaurs, and more. (National Science Foundation) http://free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=2050

NEW! Nuclear Energy Learning Resources
Nuclear Energy Learning Resources for Schools Nuclear Energy Learning Resources for Schools offers a list of resources for learning about nuclear energy topics. Find information about how nuclear reactors work, what makes certain materials radioactive, the importance of nuclear energy in the 21st century, and more. (Argonne National Laboratory, Department of Energy) http://free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=2053

NEW! Rock Cycle Animations
Rock Cycle Animations shows common rock-forming processes. See magma crystallize to form igneous rock, rock erosion to create sediment, transportation of sediment, deposition of sediment to create sedimentary rock, and the creation of a metamorphic rock. Animations can be paused and rewound to stress important points. (Carleton College, National Science Foundation) http://free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=2060

NEW! Secrets of Plant Genomes Revealed!
Secrets of Plant Genomes Revealed is a lively, upbeat video exploration of how plants got to be the way they are and how we can make better use of them in the future. Learn how plant genome research is revolutionizing the field of biology. Find out how scientists are unlocking the secrets of corn, cotton, potatoes, and other plants that are important in our lives. Discover why the study of plants is exciting and how learning more about plants can improve our everyday lives. (National Science Foundation)

NEW! ToxMystery
ToxMystery features an animated game that helps elementary students learn about common household hazards. Students enter a house and go room to room, mousing over items, clicking on those that move, and answering questions. Lesson plans and parent resources are included. (National Library of Medicine) http://free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=2051

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

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

NEW! Online Academy
As a result of the NYSED and NYSTEA April 30th and May 1st Summit deliberations, NYSTEA and New York Institute of Technology have agreed to support a Teacher Center Online Academy (OLA). This 45 hour OLA course is available to educators who are interested in becoming an online facilitator for Technology Education and/or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses. The training is intended to prepare participants to create and offer an original 15 hour online course with a focus on the development of curriculum and structure for the course. For more information on the Online Academy go to http://www.nystea.com./node/86 .

NYSED/NYSTEA Technology Education Summit
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York State Technology Education Association (NYSTEA) engaged in a two day Technology Education Summit on April 30 - May 1, 2008. The purpose of the Summit was to share ideas and to develop recommendations that would foster increased student achievement in Technology Education as defined by NYS learning standards. The summit resulted in seven mutually agreed upon action steps for the upcoming year. NYSED commits to posting progress in meeting these actions on a quarterly basis. For further information, please visit "News" from the NYSED Technology Education Curriculum Page at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/tech.html

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

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

NEW! Important Scoring Notice Affecting Social Studies Regents Examinations
In order to make the Regents level social studies scoring materials easier to use, the Rating Guides for the Regents examinations in Global History and Geography and United States History and Government have each been split into two volumes, beginning with the August 2008 administration. Volume 1 for each examination contains the scoring key for Part I (multiple-choice questions) and Rating Guide for Part II (thematic essay). Volume 2 contains the Rating Guide for Part III A (scaffold questions) and Part III B (document-based essay question). The Department welcomes your reaction to this change by e-mailing your comments to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov.

NEW! Constitution Day: Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Educational institutions which receive Federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. In 2008, schools can celebrate Constitution Day on Wednesday, September 17.For a description of Constitution Day resources available online, please visit: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/constitutionday.html.

NEW! Democracy and Human Rights
Democracy and Human Rights features publications about the U.S. government, democracy, and human rights. Learn about the intellectual history of democracy and what makes the U.S. government unique. See how our federal, state, and local governments are organized; how our executive, legislative, and judicial branches operate; and how nongovernmental organizations influence government policy. Read about the origins of human rights, women in politics, the civil rights movement, and elections. (Department of State) http://free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=2058

NEW! Outline of U.S. History
Outline of U.S. History presents 15 chapters on U.S. history: early America, the colonial period, independence, formation of a national government, westward expansion and regional differences, sectional conflict, the Civil War and reconstruction, growth and transformation, discontent and reform, war, prosperity and depression, the New Deal and World War II, postwar America, decades of change (1960-1980), new conservatism and a new world order, and bridge to the 21st century. (Department of State) http://free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=2059

NEW! National Postal Museum
National Postal Museum has developed curriculum guides that explore stamps and postal history, and encourage students to write letters. Topics include historic letters and stamps from American wars; stamps and other countries, history, and art; the place of letter writing in American history; letter writing for advanced English learners; and letter writing between students and older adults (using cultural landmarks in the community). (National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution) http://free.ed.gov/resource.cfm?resource_id=2057

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

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THE ARTS

NEW! Arts Regulatory Summary - Update-July 1, 2008
An update to the “Summary of the Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts) Provisions in the Part 100 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education” has been produced. The update addresses changes in the regulations that have occurred since the distribution of the Arts Regulatory Summary in November of 2005. In particular, section 100.3(a) requirements for Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten programs has been updated to reflect an amendment effective October 4, 2007. For further information visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/arts/artsummary.html.

NEW! Findings Reported from Dana Arts and Cognition Consortium
A three-year study to discover whether early training in the performing arts has a visible impact on cognition through detectable changes in brain processes has reported its results. The group of nine investigators have published findings that will allow further research and discussion of the preliminary, but promising impact of the arts on the brain. To read about their research, go to http://dana.org/news/publications/detail.aspx?id=11528#Top

NEW! NEA Offers Access to Artistic Excellence Grants - Deadline August 11
The Access to Artistic Excellence encourages and supports artistic creativity, preserves our diverse cultural heritage, and makes the arts more widely available in communities throughout the United States. NEA gives support to organizations for projects that meet certain specifications. To learn more, visit http://www.nea.gov/Grants/apply/GAP09/LocalsAAE.html

NEW! Surdna Grants for Arts Teachers - Deadline November 16
The Surdna Foundation invites arts teachers from specialized, public arts high schools to apply for funding for artistic development through its Arts Teachers Fellowship Program. Surdna provides grants of up to $5,000 to enable selected teachers to make art with professionals in their disciplines and stay current with new practices and resources. A complementary grant of $1,500 is awarded to each Fellow's school to support related post-Fellowship activities. Visit http://www.surdna.org/programs/programs_show.htm?doc_id=326426&attrib_id=12040 to learn more.

NEW! Guitar Center Foundation Provides Funds for Music Instruction
The Foundation accepts application throughout the year from 501c3 organizations that have established and sustainable music programs. The programs must provide music instruction for people that would otherwise not have the opportunity to make music. Visit http://www.edweek.org/ew/section/grants/grant_info.html?grant_id=17990 for more information (scroll down the page to reach the content).

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

NEW! NASPE STARS Grants - Call for Applications
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is pleased to announce the availability of grants of $150 to be used to fund the application fee for STARS portfolio submission, as part of the NASPE STARS application process. Funding is available to qualifying schools in states funded by CDC/DASH for coordinated school health programs to pay for the costs of the STARS review process. There is a $150.00 fee for submitting a STARS portfolio for review. The fee is used to offset the cost of administering the review process. A STARS grant will pay for the submission fee for the intent school. Funding for STARS grants is made possible by cooperative agreement award number U58/DP-000420 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For additional information, contact Megan Wolfe at mwolfe@aahperd.org by phone at 800.213.7193, X 476. Contact Cindy Lins, STARS Project Coordinator, at clins@aahperd.org , to clarify any mentoring activity, project issues, interpretation of specific criteria, and/or questions to facilitate the portfolio completion. Phone 1.800.213.7193 ext. 395.

Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed the Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT).  This tool will help school districts conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of written physical education curricula, based upon national physical education standards. The PECAT is customizable to include local standards. The results from the analysis can help school districts enhance existing curricula, develop their own curricula, or select a published curriculum, for the delivery of quality physical education in schools. http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/PECAT/index.htm

Physical Education Teacher Evaluation Tool (PETET)
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), the preeminent national authority on physical education and a recognized leader in sport and physical activity, developed the Physical Education Teacher Evaluation Tool (PETET).  The PETET identifies the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to provide sound instruction in the K-12 physical education classroom. Its purpose is to assist principals, school district curriculum specialists, and others who evaluate physical education teachers as well as to guide physical education teachers in reflection and self-assessment, and serve as an instructional tool in college/university physical education teacher education programs. http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/pdf_files/pos_papers/TeacherEvaluationTool.pdf

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

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

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HEALTH EDUCATION

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

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LOTE

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

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DRIVER EDUCATION

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

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

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! A mid-summer reminder that the NYS Summer Reading Program
A mid-summer reminder that the NYS Summer Reading Program website has lots of fun games and activities to supplement your own summer reading programs. To find out more, visit CI&IT School Library services Web page at:
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/libnews.html#ReadingProgram or contact Polly-Alida Farrington, New York State Library 2008 Summer Reading Program, Consultant/Website Manager, http://www.summerreadingnys.org

NEW! Learning for Life -L4L- American Association of School Librarians/ Learning Standards National Implementation Model
The American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Board of Directors has approved the development of Learning 4 Life (L4L). L4L is a 3-5–year plan to nationally implement the "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner" and other guidelines being developed for school library media programs. The plan was approved during the American Library Association's (ALA) 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. A full launch of L4L is scheduled for fall 2008. For more information, visit the CI&IT, School Library Services 'News" page at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/libnews.html#L4L

NEW! 2009 AASL National School Library Media Program of the Year Award - NSLMPY Award
The application for the 2009 AASL National School Library Media Program of the Year Award NSLMPY - is now available online for AASL member download and submission at http://acrl.org/ala/aasl/aaslawards/natlslmprogram/aaslnational.cfmThe deadline is January 2, 2009. The NSLMPY award honors school library media programs, at both a school and district level, that ensure students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. For more information on the SLMPY Award, please visit the CI&IT School Library Services Grants and Awards Web page at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/GrantsandAwards.htm

NEW! Small Grants Available for Public Schools and Public Libraries
The Ezra Jack Keats Mini-grant Program for Public Schools and Public Libraries supports educators, parents, and children in their efforts to spread literacy and love of learning. To be eligible, the public schools and libraries must be anywhere in the U.S. or its protectorates. The maximum award amount is $500, and the deadline to apply is September 15, 2008. For more information on the mini-grants visit:
http://www.ezra-jack-eats.org/programs/minigrant.html

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

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TESTING

NEW! Office of Assessment Exam Schedule
For information on August 2008 exam schedules, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/sched.html

NEW! Important Scoring Notice Affecting Social Studies Regents Examinations
In order to make the Regents level social studies scoring materials easier to use, the Rating Guides for the Regents examinations in Global History and Geography and United States History and Government have each been split into two volumes, beginning with the August 2008 administration. Volume 1 for each examination contains the scoring key for Part I (multiple-choice questions) and Rating Guide for Part II (thematic essay). Volume 2 contains the Rating Guide for Part III A (scaffold questions) and Part III B (document-based essay question). The Department welcomes your reaction to this change by e-mailing your comments to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov.

New 2008 School Administrator's Manual Online
The 2008 revised Office of State Assessment School Administrator's Manual is now available online with a search text box and other interactive features. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/sam/secondary/home.html

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

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

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WEB RESOURCES

NEW! National Association of State Directors of Special Education
NASDSE, a services-focused organization to help state agencies promote and support specially designed instruction and related services for children and youth with disabilities is featuring a new document entitled Universal Design for Learning: Implementation in Six Local Education Agencies. This in depth policy analysis defines Universal Design for Learning as “the pro-active design of curricula (including learning goals, instructional methods and materials, and assessments) that are accessible and usable by all students with little or no need for additional accommodations and are compatible with assistive technology.” Additional information and resources are available at www.projectforum.org

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

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

NYSED Graduate Student Internship Program
The NYSED Graduate Student Intern Program is intended to provide a diverse group of graduate students with work assignments that provide an opportunity to participate in educational leadership and learning situations in the areas of public policy and administration. Each internship is part-time when school is in session. Candidates must be currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, a graduate program approved by the State Education Department. Visit http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/GSISpring07/GSIFlyer08.html for more information.

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

NYS Government
NYS Government vacant positions are posted on the Department of Civil Service website at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/. A list of current state exams being offered is posted at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/announ/scheduled/oc/opencompetitive_evt.cfm. We suggest you bookmark all three sites and view them periodically as they change from week to week. For more information, please visit the NYS Civil Service website at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/jobseeker/public/opportunities.cfm.

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