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NEW! Regents Adopt Common Core State Standards
On July 19, 2010, the NYS Board of Regents adopted the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics with the understanding that our state may add additional K-12 expectations (up to 15%, as necessary). Recommendations for additional NYS standards and aligned Pre-Kindergarten standards will be brought to the Regents in the fall for discussion and then shared with the public for comment. After the Board of Regents adopts the final set of ELA and Mathematics P-12 Learning Standards, the Department will develop additional curriculum and instruction resources for teachers and students, including English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities. The new P-12 combined standards are scheduled to be introduced in the spring of 2011 and implementation in New York State schools is expected to begin with the 2011-2012 school year.  

The State Education Department's Common Core State Standards website is available at:
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/home.html   More information is available on the Common Core State Standards website at: http://www.corestandards.org/   

NEW! Earning Units of Credit
In response to requests from the field, the Department has posted information on the options available for New York State students to earn units of credit that can be used to fulfill high school diploma requirements. The web page provides an overview of current Part 100 Regulations of the Commissioner of Education ("NYCRR") pertaining to awarding units of credit. It also provides an opportunity for viewers to submit questions on the topic. The page is available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/earningcredit/.

NEW! State Archives' Document Showcase Highlights Tourism in New York
Document Showcase is a quarterly feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use. The Tourism in New York showcase includes scenes from Coney Island, the Adirondacks, the Catskills and the "I Love New York" photos and videos from the 1970s and 1980s.  Find Document Showcase on the State Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/201007tourism/index.shtml.

NEW! Grade 3-8 English and Math Test Results Released
On July 28, 2010 Commissioner Steiner and Chancellor Tisch held a press conference to release information regarding the change in cut scores and its effect on the Grade 3-8 ELA and Math test results. On average, 53% of grade 3-8 students across the state met or exceeded the new ELA Proficiency standard, and 61% of students met or exceeded the new Mathematics Proficiency standard.  For more information, please see the following:
July 28th press release: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/Grade3-8_Results07282010.html
Video of the conference: http://usny.nysed.gov/webcasts.html
School data: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/pressRelease/20100728/

NEW! State Archives Announces Tutorial to Teach with Historical Records
The New York State Archives is highlighting a web tutorial that shows teachers how they can use historical records in the classroom.  This tutorial is in two parts with part one explaining the basics of using historical records in the classroom and part two explaining how to combine DBQs with historical records.   The tutorial can be found on SED's Curriculum and Instruction website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/dbq/home.html.

NEW! State Archives Makes Primary Sources Available on Flickr and YouTube
The New York State Archives has a variety of primary sources for teachers now available on Flickr and YouTube.  These videos and images were all created by state agencies such as the New York Thruway Authority, the New York State Department of Commerce, State Education Department, and the New York State War Council.  Videos include environmental messages, I Love New York videos, health public service announcements and explanations of what archives are and many more!  Images on Flickr include geographical places such as Niagara Falls, agricultural images, labor in New York and many others!  Many more videos and images are available on the New York State Archives website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/images_video/index.shtml.

NEW! U.S. Senate Youth Program
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation sponsors an annual scholarship for two student leaders from each state and the District of Columbia to visit Washington, D. C. (all expenses paid), as guest of the Hearst Foundation and a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies at an accredited United States university or college. During the visit to Washington, D.C., students engage in a series of seminars and briefings with Senators and members of the House of Representatives and meet with officials from the executive and judicial branches of government.   The NYSED is seeking applicants. A full description of the program, application form and important dates can be downloaded at:  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/senateyouth.html.  New York State’s United States Senate Youth 2010 delegates were Daniel Hoffman of New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle, NY and Joshua Rubin of Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island, Glen Cove, NY.

NEW! First Freedom Student Competition
The First Freedom Center has announceed that its 2010-2011 First Freedom Student Competition has added a second category—that of video—to its annual essay competition.  The 2010/2011 national ESSAY and VIDEO contest will offer 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and the history and implementation of religious freedom and freedom of conscience in American democracy. The online registration deadline is Monday, November 15, 2010. The postmark entry deadline is Saturday November 27, 2010. Announcement of winners weill be Wednesday, April 13, 2011. To qualify, students must comply with all requirements. Essay and video guidelines can be accessed at: http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/studentcomp/guidelines.html  .  For the complete topic, written essay and video guidelines, registration, classroom poster, student flyer and other details, visit www.firstfreedom.org , and then click on the red First Freedom Student Competition button (center column). 

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.

Final Common Core State Standards Released
On June 2, 2010, the National Governors Association  and the Council of Chief State School Officers  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  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

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

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Teaching with Primary Sources Grant Opportunities
The TPS Eastern Region Coordinator (http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion ) 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 ) 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 .   

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

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

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! New Literacies for a New Age: Teaching with the Tools of Our Times
The New York State English Council will hold its annual conference this year on October 20th-22nd, 2010 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York . To learn more about this event, please see http://www.nysecteach.org 

NEW! 2010 NYS Historical Association's October Conference for Teachers
The New York State Historical Association's (NYSHA) annual October Conference for Teachers is a professional development opportunity which focuses on current issues, topics, concerns, project-based instruction, curriculum, and best practices in social studies education.  The 52nd conference will take place on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2010. Registration information can be found at http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers/october_conference  .   Proposals for the 2010 October Conference are also being accepted  http://www.nysha.org/files/october_teachers_conf/presentation_
proposal_form_2010.pdf
  (158 KB).    The proposal submission deadline has been extended to August 13, 2010. Selected presenters will receive complementary registration to the conference. 

NEW! Teaching New American History
Through a partnership with National Council for the Social Studies, American Public University has established a graduate-level history course specifically designed for the professional membership of NCSS. The course, HIST-681: Teaching New American History, prepares teachers to offer a professional development workshop based on the principles of Powerful and Authentic Social Studies (PASS), a program developed by the NCSS. Teachers will learn the three criteria of PASS and how these are applied to standards for developing curriculum, creating assessments, and providing effective instruction. Using content from “new” American history that reflects a change in perspective or interpretation, teachers will learn how to critique and create their own curriculum units, assessment tasks, and instructional video-recordings. Teachers will consider a variety of factors in providing PASS workshops to others. To register, visit  http://www.apu.apus.edu/academic/schedule/course/hist681?utm_source=
TSSP+Update&utm_campaign=5b108623b1-July2010TsspUpdate&utm_medium=email
 

NEW! State Archives Announces Tutorial to Teach with Historical Records
The New York State Archives is highlighting a web tutorial that shows teachers how they can use historical records in the classroom.  This tutorial is in two parts with part one explaining the basics of using historical records in the classroom and part two explaining how to combine DBQs with historical records.   The tutorial can be found on SED's Curriculum and Instruction website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/dbq/home.html.

NEW! African Art Institute for Teachers
June 19-27, 2011, at Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY  or  July 10-17, 2011, at Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, KS.  You are invited to an intensive summer institute to study traditional West African arts with indigenous Ashanti artisans in a traditional village-like setting. You’ll be working for a day with each artist, followed by several days for firing, working with curriculum specialists, and a public exhibition. This opportunity to interact with authentic Ashanti artisans will provide you with a richer understanding of the social, political and ritual functions, symbolic meanings, and the cultural contexts of these arts. Cost is $200, due October 15, 2010, does not include room and board. For more information, visit http://art.nku.edu/africanartinstitute/  .

Teaching with Primary Sources Grant Opportunities
The TPS Eastern Region Coordinator (http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion ) 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 ) 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 .   

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 .

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  

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

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 .

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THE ARTS

NEW! 21st Century Skills Map for the Arts Released
In collaboration with national arts organizations, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) has charted how arts education promotes key 21st-century skills in a map released earlier this month. The 21st Century Skills Map: The Arts is the fifth in a series of core content maps designed for educators, administrators and policy-makers. The map provides examples of how art subjects (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) can be fused with skills to create engaging learning experiences that promote 21st century knowledge and skill acquisition. In addition to aligning teaching and learning to the demands of today’s world, the map cites specific student outcomes and provides project examples for grades four, eight and twelve. All of the Partnership's resources are freely available at http://www.p21.org/ .

NEW! African Art Institute for Teachers
June 19-27, 2011, at Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY  or  July 10-17, 2011, at Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, KS.  You are invited to an intensive summer institute to study traditional West African arts with indigenous Ashanti artisans in a traditional village-like setting. You’ll be working for a day with each artist, followed by several days for firing, working with curriculum specialists, and a public exhibition. This opportunity to interact with authentic Ashanti artisans will provide you with a richer understanding of the social, political and ritual functions, symbolic meanings, and the cultural contexts of these arts. Cost is $200, due October 15, 2010, does not include room and board. For more information, visit http://art.nku.edu/africanartinstitute/  .

NEW! Congress Approves Arts In Education Week
In late July the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation designating the second week of September as "Arts in Education Week." Authored and introduced by California Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), this resolution is the first Congressional expression of support celebrating all the disciplines comprising arts education. This week joins Arts Education month in March. “Arts in Education” is meant to acknowledge the importance of arts integration as well as discipline-based instruction. The resolution seeks to support the attributes of arts education that are recognized as instrumental to developing a well-rounded education such as creativity, imagination, and cross-cultural understanding. This is a very positive showing of support for arts education and comes at a key time when Congress is making plans to overhaul federal education policy. You can read the resolution at http://www.arteducators.org/advocacy/HR_275_Arts_in_Education_Week_Resolution.pdf   

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
 

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

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   

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/ 

YoungArts Program Application Due October 15, 2010
For 29 years, YoungArts www.youngarts.org  , 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  .  Registration deadline is Friday, October 15, 2010, 9:00pm EST.

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

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DRIVER EDUCATION

NEW! Recent News Web Page Launched by NYS Department of Motor Vehicle
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicle's Office For The Younger Driver launches it's Recent News Web page. This page maintains current newsletter updates as well as the Temporary Special Advisory Panel On Driver Education Availability and Curriculum Enhancement panel report and appendix.  The Office For The Younger Driver will be updating this page on a regular basis. The page is located at http://nysdmv.com/youngerdriver/news.htm .

Driver, Traffic, & Safety Education Junior Driver Law Changes
On February 22, 2010, the following changes to New York's licensing laws will effect young drivers:
1) Reduction of non-family passengers
2) Elimination of the limited use junior license
3) Increased supervised driving hours
To find out more information on these law changes please go to http://nysdmv.com/rtreq.htm   and http://www.nysdmv.com/broch/GDL2010.pdf  (565 KB)  on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Web site. You can also visit the New York State Education Department's Driver, Traffic, & Safety Education Web site at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cte/de/ .

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! Regents Adopt Common Core State Standards
On July 19, 2010, the NYS Board of Regents adopted the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics with the understanding that our state may add additional K-12 expectations (up to 15%, as necessary). Recommendations for additional NYS standards and aligned Pre-Kindergarten standards will be brought to the Regents in the fall for discussion and then shared with the public for comment. After the Board of Regents adopts the final set of ELA and Mathematics P-12 Learning Standards, the Department will develop additional curriculum and instruction resources for teachers and students, including English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities. The new P-12 combined standards are scheduled to be introduced in the spring of 2011 and implementation in New York State schools is expected to begin with the 2011-2012 school year.  

The State Education Department's Common Core State Standards website is available at:
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/home.html   More information is available on the Common Core State Standards website at: http://www.corestandards.org/   

NEW! State Archives Announces Tutorial to Teach with Historical Records
The New York State Archives is highlighting a web tutorial that shows teachers how they can use historical records in the classroom.  This tutorial is in two parts with part one explaining the basics of using historical records in the classroom and part two explaining how to combine DBQs with historical records.   The tutorial can be found on SED's Curriculum and Instruction website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/dbq/home.html.

NEW! State Archives Makes Primary Sources Available on Flickr and YouTube
The New York State Archives has a variety of primary sources for teachers now available on Flickr and YouTube.  These videos and images were all created by state agencies such as the New York Thruway Authority, the New York State Department of Commerce, State Education Department, and the New York State War Council.  Videos include environmental messages, I Love New York videos, health public service announcements and explanations of what archives are and many more!  Images on Flickr include geographical places such as Niagara Falls, agricultural images, labor in New York and many others!  Many more videos and images are available on the New York State Archives website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/images_video/index.shtml.

NEW! First Freedom Student Competition
The First Freedom Center has announceed that its 2010-2011 First Freedom Student Competition has added a second category—that of video—to its annual essay competition.  The 2010/2011 national ESSAY and VIDEO contest will offer 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and the history and implementation of religious freedom and freedom of conscience in American democracy. The online registration deadline is Monday, November 15, 2010. The postmark entry deadline is Saturday November 27, 2010. Announcement of winners weill be Wednesday, April 13, 2011. To qualify, students must comply with all requirements. Essay and video guidelines can be accessed at: http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/studentcomp/guidelines.html  .  For the complete topic, written essay and video guidelines, registration, classroom poster, student flyer and other details, visit www.firstfreedom.org , and then click on the red First Freedom Student Competition button (center column). 

NEW! New Literacies for a New Age: Teaching with the Tools of Our Times
The New York State English Council will hold its annual conference this year on October 20th-22nd, 2010 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York . To learn more about this event, please see http://www.nysecteach.org 

NEW! Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]
The Center on Instruction  has released "Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]," which provides research-based guidance on academic literacy instruction in the content areas, specifically focusing on the effective use of text in content areas. It reviews the research evidence about content-area literacy instruction for adolescents and suggests ways teachers can use content-area texts to enable students to understand the vocabulary and concepts they contain.This document is available as a pdf at http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Bringing%20Literacy%20Strategies% 20into%20Content %20Instruction.pdf  (896 KB)

NEW! Writing, Learning and Leading in the Digital Age
Teachers Are the Center of Education: Writing, Learning and Leading in the Digital Age is a series of reports developed to highlight the importance of teachers and the quality of their work. Conceptualized and written by the College Board, the National Writing Project and Phi Delta Kappa International, this report focuses on the use of technology to teach writing skills. The profiled teachers, including two from New York, were nominated by the College Board and the National Writing Project, and were selected to provide a diverse set of disciplines, locations, kinds of schools and student populations. http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/3154  

NEW! State Archives' Document Showcase Highlights Tourism in New York
Document Showcase is a quarterly feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use. The Tourism in New York showcase includes scenes from Coney Island, the Adirondacks, the Catskills and the "I Love New York" photos and videos from the 1970s and 1980s.  Find Document Showcase on the State Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/201007tourism/index.shtml.

NEW! Grade 3-8 English and Math Test Results Released
On July 28, 2010 Commissioner Steiner and Chancellor Tisch held a press conference to release information regarding the change in cut scores and its effect on the Grade 3-8 ELA and Math test results. On average, 53% of grade 3-8 students across the state met or exceeded the new ELA Proficiency standard, and 61% of students met or exceeded the new Mathematics Proficiency standard.  For more information, please see the following:
July 28th press release: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/Grade3-8_Results07282010.html
Video of the conference: http://usny.nysed.gov/webcasts.html
School data: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/pressRelease/20100728/

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/  . 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.

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)

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   

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.
 

Final Common Core State Standards Released
On June 2, 2010, the National Governors Association  and the Council of Chief State School Officers  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  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

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) .  

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 

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 .

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

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

NEW! Teaching New American History
Through a partnership with National Council for the Social Studies, American Public University has established a graduate-level history course specifically designed for the professional membership of NCSS. The course, HIST-681: Teaching New American History, prepares teachers to offer a professional development workshop based on the principles of Powerful and Authentic Social Studies (PASS), a program developed by the NCSS. Teachers will learn the three criteria of PASS and how these are applied to standards for developing curriculum, creating assessments, and providing effective instruction. Using content from “new” American history that reflects a change in perspective or interpretation, teachers will learn how to critique and create their own curriculum units, assessment tasks, and instructional video-recordings. Teachers will consider a variety of factors in providing PASS workshops to others. To register, visit  http://www.apu.apus.edu/academic/schedule/course/hist681?utm_source=TSSP+ Update&utm_campaign=5b108623b1-July2010TsspUpdate&utm_medium=email 

NEW! The Trading Game, A New Economics Lesson for 6-12 Students
A new economics lesson  for students in Grades 6-8 and 9-12, from the Council of Economic  Education entitled "The Trading Game."  In this lesson students will participate in a trading game. The game is designed to demonstrate that when voluntary trade takes place, both parties benefit.  Voluntary trade allows individuals to obtain the goods and services they desire and for societies to specialize in the production of those goods and services they are most efficient at producing. Other gains to trade in the presence of such trade implies competition. This means there is a greater variety of products at lower prices for consumers. Students will learn about trade and why countries participate in it; understand the gains available from trade; and participate in an interactive trading game to illustrate that in a voluntary transaction both parties can gain. For more information, visit   http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lesson=855&page=teacher&utm_ source=newLessons&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=lessons20100727 

NEW! Updated Internet Safety Resource Page
The Office of Educational Design and Technology is pleased to announce the release of an updated Internet safety resource page, which can be found though our website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/technology/internet_safety/ .  This resource provides guidelines on acceptable use policies, Internet filtering, and other relevant information pertaining to Internet safety for teachers, students, parents, and school administrators.

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

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LITERACY

NEW! State Archives Announces Tutorial to Teach with Historical Records
The New York State Archives is highlighting a web tutorial that shows teachers how they can use historical records in the classroom.  This tutorial is in two parts with part one explaining the basics of using historical records in the classroom and part two explaining how to combine DBQs with historical records.   The tutorial can be found on SED's Curriculum and Instruction website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/dbq/home.html.

NEW! State Archives Makes Primary Sources Available on Flickr and YouTube
The New York State Archives has a variety of primary sources for teachers now available on Flickr and YouTube.  These videos and images were all created by state agencies such as the New York Thruway Authority, the New York State Department of Commerce, State Education Department, and the New York State War Council.  Videos include environmental messages, I Love New York videos, health public service announcements and explanations of what archives are and many more!  Images on Flickr include geographical places such as Niagara Falls, agricultural images, labor in New York and many others!  Many more videos and images are available on the New York State Archives website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/images_video/index.shtml.

NEW! Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]
The Center on Instruction  has released "Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]," which provides research-based guidance on academic literacy instruction in the content areas, specifically focusing on the effective use of text in content areas. It reviews the research evidence about content-area literacy instruction for adolescents and suggests ways teachers can use content-area texts to enable students to understand the vocabulary and concepts they contain.This document is available as a pdf at http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Bringing%20Literacy%20Strategies% 20into%20Content%20Instruction.pdf  (896 KB)

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/  . 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.

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)

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   

Final Common Core State Standards Released
On June 2, 2010, the National Governors Association  and the Council of Chief State School Officers  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  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

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

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

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LOTE

NEW! Change in Regents Exams for 2011
At the June 2010 Board of Regents meeting, the Board discussed the projected deficit of approximately $11.5 million in available funding for 2010-11 for P-12 programs, including the assessment program. An update on the effects of the projected deficit and the State's 2010-2011 budget on the NYSED assessment program may be accessed online at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/hsgen/111/januaryregentsnotice.pdf (59 KB).

NEW! State Archives Makes Primary Sources Available on Flickr and YouTube
The New York State Archives has a variety of primary sources for teachers now available on Flickr and YouTube.  These videos and images were all created by state agencies such as the New York Thruway Authority, the New York State Department of Commerce, State Education Department, and the New York State War Council.  Videos include environmental messages, I Love New York videos, health public service announcements and explanations of what archives are and many more!  Images on Flickr include geographical places such as Niagara Falls, agricultural images, labor in New York and many others!  Many more videos and images are available on the New York State Archives website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/images_video/index.shtml.

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! Regents Adopt Common Core State Standards
On July 19, 2010, the NYS Board of Regents adopted the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics with the understanding that our state may add additional K-12 expectations (up to 15%, as necessary). Recommendations for additional NYS standards and aligned Pre-Kindergarten standards will be brought to the Regents in the fall for discussion and then shared with the public for comment. After the Board of Regents adopts the final set of ELA and Mathematics P-12 Learning Standards, the Department will develop additional curriculum and instruction resources for teachers and students, including English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities. The new P-12 combined standards are scheduled to be introduced in the spring of 2011 and implementation in New York State schools is expected to begin with the 2011-2012 school year.  

The State Education Department's Common Core State Standards website is available at:
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/home.html   More information is available on the Common Core State Standards website at: http://www.corestandards.org/   

NEW! 2010-11 School Year Elementary and Intermediate Level Testing Schedule
Due to the fiscal crisis, the Board of Regents has had to take steps to achieve cost reductions in the State Assessment Program. One such step has been the elimination of 5th and 8th grade social studies tests previously scheduled for November 2010 and June 2011, respectively. The schedule (108 KB) reflects the elimination of these tests. Additionally, the last dates for scoring the Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests and for submitting the answer sheets to the scanning centers have been revised.  Please direct any questions to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov . We appreciate the efforts of all teachers and school officials and look forward to further collaboration as the new testing schedule is implemented during the 2010–11 school year.  Thank you for all the hard work that you do and for your continued cooperation.

NEW! Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]
The Center on Instruction  has released "Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]," which provides research-based guidance on academic literacy instruction in the content areas, specifically focusing on the effective use of text in content areas. It reviews the research evidence about content-area literacy instruction for adolescents and suggests ways teachers can use content-area texts to enable students to understand the vocabulary and concepts they contain.This document is available as a pdf at http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Bringing%20Literacy%20Strategies% 20into%20Content%20Instruction.pdf  (896 KB)

NEW! Grade 3-8 English and Math Test Results Released
On July 28, 2010 Commissioner Steiner and Chancellor Tisch held a press conference to release information regarding the change in cut scores and its effect on the Grade 3-8 ELA and Math test results. On average, 53% of grade 3-8 students across the state met or exceeded the new ELA Proficiency standard, and 61% of students met or exceeded the new Mathematics Proficiency standard.  For more information, please see the following:
July 28th press release: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/Grade3-8_Results07282010.html
Video of the conference: http://usny.nysed.gov/webcasts.html
School data: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/pressRelease/20100728/

Final Common Core State Standards Released
On June 2, 2010, the National Governors Association  and the Council of Chief State School Officers  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  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

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) .  

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 .

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

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

NEW! 2010 NYS Historical Association's October Conference for Teachers
The New York State Historical Association's (NYSHA) annual October Conference for Teachers is a professional development opportunity which focuses on current issues, topics, concerns, project-based instruction, curriculum, and best practices in social studies education.  The 52nd conference will take place on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2010. Registration information can be found at http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers/october_conference  .   Proposals for the 2010 October Conference are also being accepted  http://www.nysha.org/files/october_teachers_conf/presentation_proposal_form_2010.pdf  (158 KB).    The proposal submission deadline has been extended to August 13, 2010. Selected presenters will receive complementary registration to the conference. 

NEW! Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]
The Center on Instruction  has released "Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]," which provides research-based guidance on academic literacy instruction in the content areas, specifically focusing on the effective use of text in content areas. It reviews the research evidence about content-area literacy instruction for adolescents and suggests ways teachers can use content-area texts to enable students to understand the vocabulary and concepts they contain.This document is available as a pdf at http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Bringing%20Literacy%20Strategies% 20into%20Content%20Instruction.pdf  (896 KB)

NEW! State Archives' Document Showcase Highlights Tourism in New York
Document Showcase is a quarterly feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use. The Tourism in New York showcase includes scenes from Coney Island, the Adirondacks, the Catskills and the "I Love New York" photos and videos from the 1970s and 1980s.  Find Document Showcase on the State Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/201007tourism/index.shtml.

NEW! Electronic Field Trip
On October 13, 2010 the National Park Foundation’s Electronic Field Trip series will broadcast from North Cascades National Park to teach 4th to 8th grade students around the country about climate change. Two shows will air on that date at 10am ET and 1pm ET. Educators and students can take advantage of the program by registering for free to watch the show premiere. They will also have access to a companion website, launching September 1, 2010, that features downloadable lesson plans and online activities to enhance the learning experience. Educators can register to participate in this broadcast now by clicking on “Registration for Teachers” at www.nationalparks.org/eft . 

NEW! The Trading Game, A New Economics Lesson for 6-12 Students
A new economics lesson  for students in Grades 6-8 and 9-12, from the Council of Economic  Education entitled "The Trading Game."  In this lesson students will participate in a trading game. The game is designed to demonstrate that when voluntary trade takes place, both parties benefit.  Voluntary trade allows individuals to obtain the goods and services they desire and for societies to specialize in the production of those goods and services they are most efficient at producing. Other gains to trade in the presence of such trade implies competition. This means there is a greater variety of products at lower prices for consumers. Students will learn about trade and why countries participate in it; understand the gains available from trade; and participate in an interactive trading game to illustrate that in a voluntary transaction both parties can gain. For more information, visit   http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lesson=855&page=teacher&utm_ source=newLessons&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=lessons20100727 

NEW! Learning Resource Available on the Gulf Oil Spill
Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) station WSRE (at Pensacola State College) has compiled a list of resources for parents, teachers, and kids regarding the Gulf oil spill and is available at wsre.org/OilSpill/teachers-students-kids.asp . This website provides information that teachers and parents can use to help students understand the science and environmental concerns behind an oil spill.

NEW! 21st Century Skills Map for the Arts Released
In collaboration with national arts organizations, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) has charted how arts education promotes key 21st-century skills in a map released earlier this month. The 21st Century Skills Map: The Arts is the fifth in a series of core content maps designed for educators, administrators and policy-makers. The map provides examples of how art subjects (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) can be fused with skills to create engaging learning experiences that promote 21st century knowledge and skill acquisition. In addition to aligning teaching and learning to the demands of today’s world, the map cites specific student outcomes and provides project examples for grades four, eight and twelve. All of the Partnership's resources are freely available at http://www.p21.org/ .

NEW! State Archives Announces Tutorial to Teach with Historical Records
The New York State Archives is highlighting a web tutorial that shows teachers how they can use historical records in the classroom.  This tutorial is in two parts with part one explaining the basics of using historical records in the classroom and part two explaining how to combine DBQs with historical records.   The tutorial can be found on SED's Curriculum and Instruction website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/dbq/home.html.

NEW! Updated Internet Safety Resource Page
The Office of Educational Design and Technology is pleased to announce the release of an updated Internet safety resource page, which can be found though our website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/technology/internet_safety/ .  This resource provides guidelines on acceptable use policies, Internet filtering, and other relevant information pertaining to Internet safety for teachers, students, parents, and school administrators.

NEW! Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades: Research Study
What district and school policies and practices are linked to higher student performance in the middle grades? To find out, a research team led by EdSource spent 18 months conducting the most extensive study ever of middle grades.  To download a copy of the narrative summary or the entire study visit http://www.edsource.org/middle-grades-study.html  . 

NEW! Change in Regents Exams for 2011
At the June 2010 Board of Regents meeting, the Board discussed the projected deficit of approximately $11.5 million in available funding for 2010-11 for P-12 programs, including the assessment program. An update on the effects of the projected deficit and the State's 2010-2011 budget on the NYSED assessment program may be accessed online at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/hsgen/111/januaryregentsnotice.pdf (59 KB).

NEW! State Archives Makes Primary Sources Available on Flickr and YouTube
The New York State Archives has a variety of primary sources for teachers now available on Flickr and YouTube.  These videos and images were all created by state agencies such as the New York Thruway Authority, the New York State Department of Commerce, State Education Department, and the New York State War Council.  Videos include environmental messages, I Love New York videos, health public service announcements and explanations of what archives are and many more!  Images on Flickr include geographical places such as Niagara Falls, agricultural images, labor in New York and many others!  Many more videos and images are available on the New York State Archives website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/images_video/index.shtml.

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 

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   

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

NEW! Revised First Aid & Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificates
The First Aid & Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Approved Certificate list has been revised and updated on page 19 of the Appendix for the Coaching Requirement Guideline (125 KB) found on the Physical Education Webpage/Toolkit.

NEW! Athletic Eligibility Regulation Change
The Board of Regents recently approved an emergency amendment to provide a waiver of the age 19 and 5th year of eligibility regulation for students with disabilities.  The new regulation is located at the following link on page 9 of the document under the section on Duration of Competition (75 KB)

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

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

NEW! State Archives Announces Tutorial to Teach with Historical Records
The New York State Archives is highlighting a web tutorial that shows teachers how they can use historical records in the classroom.  This tutorial is in two parts with part one explaining the basics of using historical records in the classroom and part two explaining how to combine DBQs with historical records.   The tutorial can be found on SED's Curriculum and Instruction website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/dbq/home.html.

NEW! 2010 NYS Historical Association's October Conference for Teachers
The New York State Historical Association's (NYSHA) annual October Conference for Teachers is a professional development opportunity which focuses on current issues, topics, concerns, project-based instruction, curriculum, and best practices in social studies education.  The 52nd conference will take place on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2010. Registration information can be found at http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers/october_conference  .   Proposals for the 2010 October Conference are also being accepted  http://www.nysha.org/files/october_teachers_conf/presentation_proposal_form_2010.pdf  (158 KB).    The proposal submission deadline has been extended to August 13, 2010. Selected presenters will receive complementary registration to the conference. 

NEW! State Archives Makes Primary Sources Available on Flickr and YouTube
The New York State Archives has a variety of primary sources for teachers now available on Flickr and YouTube.  These videos and images were all created by state agencies such as the New York Thruway Authority, the New York State Department of Commerce, State Education Department, and the New York State War Council.  Videos include environmental messages, I Love New York videos, health public service announcements and explanations of what archives are and many more!  Images on Flickr include geographical places such as Niagara Falls, agricultural images, labor in New York and many others!  Many more videos and images are available on the New York State Archives website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/images_video/index.shtml.

NEW! First Freedom Student Competition
The First Freedom Center has announceed that its 2010-2011 First Freedom Student Competition has added a second category—that of video—to its annual essay competition.  The 2010/2011 national ESSAY and VIDEO contest will offer 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and the history and implementation of religious freedom and freedom of conscience in American democracy. The online registration deadline is Monday, November 15, 2010. The postmark entry deadline is Saturday November 27, 2010. Announcement of winners weill be Wednesday, April 13, 2011. To qualify, students must comply with all requirements. Essay and video guidelines can be accessed at: http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/studentcomp/guidelines.html  .  For the complete topic, written essay and video guidelines, registration, classroom poster, student flyer and other details, visit www.firstfreedom.org , and then click on the red First Freedom Student Competition button (center column).   

NEW! State Archives' Document Showcase Highlights Tourism in New York
Document Showcase is a quarterly feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use. The Tourism in New York showcase includes scenes from Coney Island, the Adirondacks, the Catskills and the "I Love New York" photos and videos from the 1970s and 1980s.  Find Document Showcase on the State Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/201007tourism/index.shtml.

NEW! Organization of American Historians Annual Award
The Organization of American Historians (OAH)  sponsors an annual award to recognize the contributions made by precollegiate teachers to improve history education. The award, to be given for activities which enhance the intellectual development of other history teachers and/or students, memorializes the career of Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau, University of Louisville, for her path breaking efforts to build bridges between university and precollegiate history teachers. Learn more at www.oah.org/activities/awards/tachau/index.html . Applications must be received by December 1, 2010.

 NEW! The Trading Game, A New Economics Lesson for 6-12 Students
A new economics lesson  for students in Grades 6-8 and 9-12, from the Council of Economic  Education entitled "The Trading Game."  In this lesson students will participate in a trading game. The game is designed to demonstrate that when voluntary trade takes place, both parties benefit.  Voluntary trade allows individuals to obtain the goods and services they desire and for societies to specialize in the production of those goods and services they are most efficient at producing. Other gains to trade in the presence of such trade implies competition. This means there is a greater variety of products at lower prices for consumers. Students will learn about trade and why countries participate in it; understand the gains available from trade; and participate in an interactive trading game to illustrate that in a voluntary transaction both parties can gain. For more information, visit   http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lesson=855&page=teacher&utm_ source=newLessons&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=lessons20100727 

NEW! Learning Resource Available on the Gulf Oil Spill
Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) station WSRE (at Pensacola State College) has compiled a list of resources for parents, teachers, and kids regarding the Gulf oil spill and is available at wsre.org/OilSpill/teachers-students-kids.asp . This website provides information that teachers and parents can use to help students understand the science and environmental concerns behind an oil spill.

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/  . 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.

Teaching with Primary Sources Grant Opportunities
The TPS Eastern Region Coordinator (http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion ) 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 ) 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 .   

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  and log on with a driver license ID or a non-driver ID.

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

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SCIENCE

NEW! 2010-11 School Year Elementary and Intermediate Level Testing Schedule
Due to the fiscal crisis, the Board of Regents has had to take steps to achieve cost reductions in the State Assessment Program. One such step has been the elimination of 5th and 8th grade social studies tests previously scheduled for November 2010 and June 2011, respectively. The schedule (108 KB) reflects the elimination of these tests. Additionally, the last dates for scoring the Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests and for submitting the answer sheets to the scanning centers have been revised.  Please direct any questions to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov . We appreciate the efforts of all teachers and school officials and look forward to further collaboration as the new testing schedule is implemented during the 2010–11 school year.  Thank you for all the hard work that you do and for your continued cooperation.

NEW! Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]
The Center on Instruction  has released "Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]," which provides research-based guidance on academic literacy instruction in the content areas, specifically focusing on the effective use of text in content areas. It reviews the research evidence about content-area literacy instruction for adolescents and suggests ways teachers can use content-area texts to enable students to understand the vocabulary and concepts they contain.This document is available as a pdf at http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Bringing%20Literacy%20Strategies% 20into%20Content%20Instruction.pdf  (896 KB)

NEW! Electronic Field Trip
On October 13, 2010 the National Park Foundation’s Electronic Field Trip series will broadcast from North Cascades National Park to teach 4th to 8th grade students around the country about climate change. Two shows will air on that date at 10am ET and 1pm ET. Educators and students can take advantage of the program by registering for free to watch the show premiere. They will also have access to a companion website, launching September 1, 2010, that features downloadable lesson plans and online activities to enhance the learning experience. Educators can register to participate in this broadcast now by clicking on “Registration for Teachers” at www.nationalparks.org/eft . 

 

NEW! State Archives Makes Primary Sources Available on Flickr and YouTube
The New York State Archives has a variety of primary sources for teachers now available on Flickr and YouTube.  These videos and images were all created by state agencies such as the New York Thruway Authority, the New York State Department of Commerce, State Education Department, and the New York State War Council.  Videos include environmental messages, I Love New York videos, health public service announcements and explanations of what archives are and many more!  Images on Flickr include geographical places such as Niagara Falls, agricultural images, labor in New York and many others!  Many more videos and images are available on the New York State Archives website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/images_video/index.shtml.

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 .

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 .

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! 2010-11 School Year Elementary and Intermediate Level Testing Schedule
Due to the fiscal crisis, the Board of Regents has had to take steps to achieve cost reductions in the State Assessment Program. One such step has been the elimination of 5th and 8th grade social studies tests previously scheduled for November 2010 and June 2011, respectively. The schedule (108 KB) reflects the elimination of these tests. Additionally, the last dates for scoring the Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests and for submitting the answer sheets to the scanning centers have been revised.  Please direct any questions to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov . We appreciate the efforts of all teachers and school officials and look forward to further collaboration as the new testing schedule is implemented during the 2010–11 school year.  Thank you for all the hard work that you do and for your continued cooperation.

NEW! 2010 NYS Historical Association's October Conference for Teachers
The New York State Historical Association's (NYSHA) annual October Conference for Teachers is a professional development opportunity which focuses on current issues, topics, concerns, project-based instruction, curriculum, and best practices in social studies education.  The 52nd conference will take place on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2010. Registration information can be found at http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers/october_conference  .   Proposals for the 2010 October Conference are also being accepted  http://www.nysha.org/files/october_teachers_conf/presentation_proposal_form_2010.pdf  (158 KB).    The proposal submission deadline has been extended to August 13, 2010. Selected presenters will receive complementary registration to the conference. 

NEW! Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]
The Center on Instruction  has released "Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction [4-12]," which provides research-based guidance on academic literacy instruction in the content areas, specifically focusing on the effective use of text in content areas. It reviews the research evidence about content-area literacy instruction for adolescents and suggests ways teachers can use content-area texts to enable students to understand the vocabulary and concepts they contain.This document is available as a pdf at http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Bringing%20Literacy%20Strategies% 20into%20Content%20Instruction.pdf  (896 KB)

NEW! Teaching New American History
Through a partnership with National Council for the Social Studies, American Public University has established a graduate-level history course specifically designed for the professional membership of NCSS. The course, HIST-681: Teaching New American History, prepares teachers to offer a professional development workshop based on the principles of Powerful and Authentic Social Studies (PASS), a program developed by the NCSS. Teachers will learn the three criteria of PASS and how these are applied to standards for developing curriculum, creating assessments, and providing effective instruction. Using content from “new” American history that reflects a change in perspective or interpretation, teachers will learn how to critique and create their own curriculum units, assessment tasks, and instructional video-recordings. Teachers will consider a variety of factors in providing PASS workshops to others. To register, visit  http://www.apu.apus.edu/academic/schedule/course/hist681?utm_
source=TSSP+Update&utm_campaign=5b108623b1-July2010TsspUpdate&utm_medium=email
 

NEW! State Archives' Document Showcase Highlights Tourism in New York
Document Showcase is a quarterly feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use. The Tourism in New York showcase includes scenes from Coney Island, the Adirondacks, the Catskills and the "I Love New York" photos and videos from the 1970s and 1980s.  Find Document Showcase on the State Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/201007tourism/index.shtml.

NEW! Organization of American Historians Annual Award
The Organization of American Historians (OAH)  sponsors an annual award to recognize the contributions made by precollegiate teachers to improve history education. The award, to be given for activities which enhance the intellectual development of other history teachers and/or students, memorializes the career of Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau, University of Louisville, for her path breaking efforts to build bridges between university and precollegiate history teachers. Learn more at www.oah.org/activities/awards/tachau/index.html . Applications must be received by December 1, 2010.

NEW! New President of the National Council for the Social Studies
Congratulations Steven A. Goldberg! Steven A. Goldberg, a high school teacher and department chairman at New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York is the new president of National Council for the Social Studies .  A member of the local, state, and national social studies councils for more than two decades, Goldberg is past president of the NYSCSS, the Westchester-Lower Hudson Council for the Social Studies (WLHCSS), and the New York State Social Studies Supervisory Association (NYS4A) and has previously served on the NCSS Board of Directors, as NCSS House of Delegates steering committee chair and on several NCSS committees. He began his one-year term as president July 1, 2010.

Steve has been a consultant to the New York State Education Department, and has served on  Regents Examination Committees, as well as the design team for the revision of the mandated Global History and Geography course. He also sits on the Westchester Holocaust and Human Rights Education Committee. He has received the WLHCSS Distinguished Social Studies Educator Award, the NYSCSS Distinguished Service Award and the NYS4A Leadership Award, among others. In addition, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Long Island University-Westchester Graduate Campus (Purchase, NY).

NEW! The Trading Game, A New Economics Lesson for 6-12 Students
A new economics lesson  for students in Grades 6-8 and 9-12, from the Council of Economic  Education entitled "The Trading Game."  In this lesson students will participate in a trading game. The game is designed to demonstrate that when voluntary trade takes place, both parties benefit.  Voluntary trade allows individuals to obtain the goods and services they desire and for societies to specialize in the production of those goods and services they are most efficient at producing. Other gains to trade in the presence of such trade implies competition. This means there is a greater variety of products at lower prices for consumers. Students will learn about trade and why countries participate in it; understand the gains available from trade; and participate in an interactive trading game to illustrate that in a voluntary transaction both parties can gain. For more information, visit   http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lesson=855&page=teacher&utm_ source=newLessons&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=lessons20100727 

NEW! Learning Resource Available on the Gulf Oil Spill
Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) station WSRE (at Pensacola State College) has compiled a list of resources for parents, teachers, and kids regarding the Gulf oil spill and is available at wsre.org/OilSpill/teachers-students-kids.asp . This website provides information that teachers and parents can use to help students understand the science and environmental concerns behind an oil spill.

NEW! State Archives Announces Tutorial to Teach with Historical Records
The New York State Archives is highlighting a web tutorial that shows teachers how they can use historical records in the classroom.  This tutorial is in two parts with part one explaining the basics of using historical records in the classroom and part two explaining how to combine DBQs with historical records.   The tutorial can be found on SED's Curriculum and Instruction website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/dbq/home.html.

NEW! African Art Institute for Teachers
June 19-27, 2011, at Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY  or  July 10-17, 2011, at Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, KS.  You are invited to an intensive summer institute to study traditional West African arts with indigenous Ashanti artisans in a traditional village-like setting. You’ll be working for a day with each artist, followed by several days for firing, working with curriculum specialists, and a public exhibition. This opportunity to interact with authentic Ashanti artisans will provide you with a richer understanding of the social, political and ritual functions, symbolic meanings, and the cultural contexts of these arts. Cost is $200, due October 15, 2010, does not include room and board. For more information, visit http://art.nku.edu/africanartinstitute/  .

NEW! Change in Regents Exams for 2011
At the June 2010 Board of Regents meeting, the Board discussed the projected deficit of approximately $11.5 million in available funding for 2010-11 for P-12 programs, including the assessment program. An update on the effects of the projected deficit and the State's 2010-2011 budget on the NYSED assessment program may be accessed online at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/hsgen/111/januaryregentsnotice.pdf (59 KB).

NEW! State Archives Makes Primary Sources Available on Flickr and YouTube
The New York State Archives has a variety of primary sources for teachers now available on Flickr and YouTube.  These videos and images were all created by state agencies such as the New York Thruway Authority, the New York State Department of Commerce, State Education Department, and the New York State War Council.  Videos include environmental messages, I Love New York videos, health public service announcements and explanations of what archives are and many more!  Images on Flickr include geographical places such as Niagara Falls, agricultural images, labor in New York and many others!  Many more videos and images are available on the New York State Archives website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/images_video/index.shtml.

NEW! U.S. Senate Youth Program
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation sponsors an annual scholarship for two student leaders from each state and the District of Columbia to visit Washington, D. C. (all expenses paid), as guest of the Hearst Foundation and a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies at an accredited United States university or college. During the visit to Washington, D.C., students engage in a series of seminars and briefings with Senators and members of the House of Representatives and meet with officials from the executive and judicial branches of government.   The NYSED is seeking applicants. A full description of the program, application form and important dates can be downloaded at:  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/senateyouth.html.  

New York State’s United States Senate Youth 2010 delegates were Daniel Hoffman of New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle, NY and Joshua Rubin of Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island, Glen Cove, NY.

NEW! First Freedom Student Competition
The First Freedom Center has announceed that its 2010-2011 First Freedom Student Competition has added a second category—that of video—to its annual essay competition.  The 2010/2011 national ESSAY and VIDEO contest will offer 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and the history and implementation of religious freedom and freedom of conscience in American democracy. The online registration deadline is Monday, November 15, 2010. The postmark entry deadline is Saturday November 27, 2010. Announcement of winners weill be Wednesday, April 13, 2011. To qualify, students must comply with all requirements. Essay and video guidelines can be accessed at: http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/studentcomp/guidelines.html  .  For the complete topic, written essay and video guidelines, registration, classroom poster, student flyer and other details, visit www.firstfreedom.org , and then click on the red First Freedom Student Competition button (center column). 

Teaching with Primary Sources Grant Opportunities
The TPS Eastern Region Coordinator (http://tps.waynesburg.edu/eregion ) 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 ) 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 .   

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 

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   

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/   

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 .

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

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

NEW! State Archives Makes Primary Sources Available on Flickr and YouTube
The New York State Archives has a variety of primary sources for teachers now available on Flickr and YouTube.  These videos and images were all created by state agencies such as the New York Thruway Authority, the New York State Department of Commerce, State Education Department, and the New York State War Council.  Videos include environmental messages, I Love New York videos, health public service announcements and explanations of what archives are and many more!  Images on Flickr include geographical places such as Niagara Falls, agricultural images, labor in New York and many others!  Many more videos and images are available on the New York State Archives website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/images_video/index.shtml.

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 .

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

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TESTING

NEW! 2010-11 School Year Elementary and Intermediate Level Testing Schedule
Due to the fiscal crisis, the Board of Regents has had to take steps to achieve cost reductions in the State Assessment Program. One such step has been the elimination of 5th and 8th grade social studies tests previously scheduled for November 2010 and June 2011, respectively. The schedule (108 KB) reflects the elimination of these tests. Additionally, the last dates for scoring the Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests and for submitting the answer sheets to the scanning centers have been revised.  Please direct any questions to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov . We appreciate the efforts of all teachers and school officials and look forward to further collaboration as the new testing schedule is implemented during the 2010–11 school year.  Thank you for all the hard work that you do and for your continued cooperation.

NEW! Grade 3-8 English and Math Test Results Released
On July 28, 2010 Commissioner Steiner and Chancellor Tisch held a press conference to release information regarding the change in cut scores and its effect on the Grade 3-8 ELA and Math test results. On average, 53% of grade 3-8 students across the state met or exceeded the new ELA Proficiency standard, and 61% of students met or exceeded the new Mathematics Proficiency standard.  For more information, please see the following:
July 28th press release: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/Grade3-8_Results07282010.html
Video of the conference: http://usny.nysed.gov/webcasts.html
School data: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/pressRelease/20100728/

NEW! Change in Regents Exams for 2011
At the June 2010 Board of Regents meeting, the Board discussed the projected deficit of approximately $11.5 million in available funding for 2010-11 for P-12 programs, including the assessment program. An update on the effects of the projected deficit and the State's 2010-2011 budget on the NYSED assessment program may be accessed online at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/hsgen/111/januaryregentsnotice.pdf (59 KB).

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.
 

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)

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 .

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.

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) .  

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

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

NEW! Earning Units of Credit
In response to requests from the field, the Department has posted information on the options available for New York State students to earn units of credit that can be used to fulfill high school diploma requirements. The web page provides an overview of current Part 100 Regulations of the Commissioner of Education ("NYCRR") pertaining to awarding units of credit. It also provides an opportunity for viewers to submit questions on the topic. The page is available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/earningcredit/.

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! First Freedom Student Competition
The First Freedom Center has announceed that its 2010-2011 First Freedom Student Competition has added a second category—that of video—to its annual essay competition.  The 2010/2011 national ESSAY and VIDEO contest will offer 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and the history and implementation of religious freedom and freedom of conscience in American democracy. The online registration deadline is Monday, November 15, 2010. The postmark entry deadline is Saturday November 27, 2010. Announcement of winners weill be Wednesday, April 13, 2011. To qualify, students must comply with all requirements. Essay and video guidelines can be accessed at: http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/studentcomp/guidelines.html  .  For the complete topic, written essay and video guidelines, registration, classroom poster, student flyer and other details, visit www.firstfreedom.org , and then click on the red First Freedom Student Competition button (center column). 

 

NEW! State Archives' Document Showcase Highlights Tourism in New York
Document Showcase is a quarterly feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use. The Tourism in New York showcase includes scenes from Coney Island, the Adirondacks, the Catskills and the "I Love New York" photos and videos from the 1970s and 1980s.  Find Document Showcase on the State Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/201007tourism/index.shtml.

NEW! The Trading Game, A New Economics Lesson for 6-12 Students
A new economics lesson  for students in Grades 6-8 and 9-12, from the Council of Economic  Education entitled "The Trading Game."  In this lesson students will participate in a trading game. The game is designed to demonstrate that when voluntary trade takes place, both parties benefit.  Voluntary trade allows individuals to obtain the goods and services they desire and for societies to specialize in the production of those goods and services they are most efficient at producing. Other gains to trade in the presence of such trade implies competition. This means there is a greater variety of products at lower prices for consumers. Students will learn about trade and why countries participate in it; understand the gains available from trade; and participate in an interactive trading game to illustrate that in a voluntary transaction both parties can gain. For more information, visit   http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lesson=855&page=teacher&utm_ source=newLessons&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=lessons20100727 

NEW! Learning Resource Available on the Gulf Oil Spill
Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) station WSRE (at Pensacola State College) has compiled a list of resources for parents, teachers, and kids regarding the Gulf oil spill and is available at wsre.org/OilSpill/teachers-students-kids.asp . This website provides information that teachers and parents can use to help students understand the science and environmental concerns behind an oil spill.

NEW! 21st Century Skills Map for the Arts Released
In collaboration with national arts organizations, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) has charted how arts education promotes key 21st-century skills in a map released earlier this month. The 21st Century Skills Map: The Arts is the fifth in a series of core content maps designed for educators, administrators and policy-makers. The map provides examples of how art subjects (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) can be fused with skills to create engaging learning experiences that promote 21st century knowledge and skill acquisition. In addition to aligning teaching and learning to the demands of today’s world, the map cites specific student outcomes and provides project examples for grades four, eight and twelve. All of the Partnership's resources are freely available at http://www.p21.org/ .

NEW! State Archives Announces Tutorial to Teach with Historical Records
The New York State Archives is highlighting a web tutorial that shows teachers how they can use historical records in the classroom.  This tutorial is in two parts with part one explaining the basics of using historical records in the classroom and part two explaining how to combine DBQs with historical records.   The tutorial can be found on SED's Curriculum and Instruction website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/dbq/home.html.

NEW! State Archives Makes Primary Sources Available on Flickr and YouTube
The New York State Archives has a variety of primary sources for teachers now available on Flickr and YouTube.  These videos and images were all created by state agencies such as the New York Thruway Authority, the New York State Department of Commerce, State Education Department, and the New York State War Council.  Videos include environmental messages, I Love New York videos, health public service announcements and explanations of what archives are and many more!  Images on Flickr include geographical places such as Niagara Falls, agricultural images, labor in New York and many others!  Many more videos and images are available on the New York State Archives website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/images_video/index.shtml.

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 

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   

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  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  to learn more.

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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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