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NEW! Part 100 Website Revised and Updated
Sections 100.1-100.9 on the Department’s Part 100 pages have been revised, updated and aligned with current Commissioner’s Regulations.  The pages have been reformatted for easier navigation to specific portions of the regulations with titles and links to subdivisions (e.g., a, b, c, etc.) appearing at the top of each section. Additionally, the appearance of the pages has been updated and printing the pages, in portions or in whole, has been made more functional. You may access the site by going to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/opener.html and selecting “Sections 100.1-100.9” at the top of the page.

NEW! Grade Eight Acceleration for Diploma Credits - Clarification
Subdivision 100.4(d) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education provides public school students in grade eight the opportunity to take high school courses in mathematics, English, social studies, languages other than English, art, music, career and technical education subjects or science courses.

  • This provision was put in place to provide opportunities for individual students rather an as a vehicle for accelerating entire cohorts of students into high school courses.

  • Superintendents or their designees shall determine whether an eighth grade student has demonstrated readiness to take high school courses. School districts are encouraged to develop and use a written set of criteria to determine each student's readiness for acceleration.

  • Grade eight students who are accelerated for diploma credit must have been provided instruction designed to facilitate their attainment of, by the end of grade seven, the State intermediate level performance indicators in each standard area in which they are accelerated.

  • Part 100 Regulations of the Commissioner of Education allow only grade eight students the opportunity to be accelerated into high school courses in the eighth grade and to receive credit for use in satisfying diploma requirements. This provision does not extend to grade seven students.

Grade eight acceleration for diploma credit may be found in subdivision 100.4(d) of the Part 100 Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Section 100.4 may be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/pages/1004.html. (December 20, 2007 News and Notes)

NEW! NYS Museum Fall Lecture Series
A series of FREE Wednesday evening lectures starts on October 1st at the New York State Museum. Scientists, historians, and curators offer information and answer questions on current Museum Research and Collections at 7:00 PM in the Huxley Theater. Weekly lecture topics include “Insect Biodiversity in the World's Wild Places”, “The Rocket Car” and “Birds Are Dinosaurs”. The Museum is located in the Cultural Education Center at the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany. FREE EVENT PARKING is available next to the Museum. The New York State Museum is a program of the University of the State of New York/State Education Department. For complete information on the Fall Lecture Schedule please visit http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/calendar

NEW! New York Libraries Awarded Five National Leadership Grants
New York libraries were awarded five out of 44 National Leadership Grants our from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and one of the eight 21st Century Museum Professionals grants. National Leadership Grant winners are *Southeastern New York Library Resources Council - Highland, NY; *New York University's Steinhardt School - New York, NY; *Poets House - New York, NY; *New York Public Library - New York, NY; and *Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY. 21st Century Museum Professionals grant winner is *State University of New York, Oneonta - Albany, NY. To find out more about these grant winners and their projects, please Visit http://www.imls.gov/news/2008/091008a_list.shtm#NY for descriptions of these initiatives.

REMINDER! Transfer Student Q & A REVISED!
The Curriculum, Instruction, and Instructional Technology Team recently updated the questions and answers document on transfer student regulations and policy. This document includes information on bilingual education and a section on special education.   The Q&A's can be reached by going to the "Education Laws and Regulations" link on the CIIT website, clicking on the link to "Part 100 Regulations", and then on the "Policy" icon or by going directly to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/pages/policytransqainrevision.html

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

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant Program.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites proposals from libraries, archives, and library agencies, associations, and consortia for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant program.
Categories of funding for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program are as follows: * Doctoral programs in library and information science; * Master's programs in library and information science; * Research about library and information science as a profession, establishment of ongoing research capacity in graduate schools of library and information science, and research conducted by untenured, tenure-track faculty in graduate schools of library and information science in their field of research (Early Career Development program); * Pre-professional programs to interest future professionals in library and information science as a career; * Programs to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science by developing or enhancing programs; and * Continuing education for library and archives staff. The grant period for these projects is up to three years, except for doctoral program projects, which may be up to four years. Application guidelines and instructions are available at www.imls.gov.

NEW! American Association of School Librarians Offers More Than $45,000 through 2009 Awards
In 2009 AASL will offer more than $45,000 in awards to AASL members. AASL's ten awards recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library media field in categories that include research, collaboration, leadership, and innovation. The awards include the AASL Collaborative School Library Media Award, the AASL Research Grant, the ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant, the Distinguished Service Award, the Distinguished School Administrator Award, the Frances Henne Award, the Information Technology Pathfinder Award, the Innovative Reading Grant, the Intellectual Freedom Award, and the National School Library Media Program of the Year (NSLMPY) Award. Applications can be viewed and downloaded at: http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards

NEW! 2008 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education
The Goldman Sachs Foundation and Asia Society are seeking applications for the 2008 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education. The prize program was created in 2003 to raise awareness of the growing importance of international knowledge and skills for U.S. students and annually awards prizes totaling $150,000 in five different categories. Applications for the elementary/middle school, high school, district/state, and media/technology prizes are due Monday, December 1st, 2008. For more information and to access the online application, please visit http://asiasociety.org/gsfprizes.

NEW! Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Grants for New York State Teaching Artists, Schools & Non-Profit Cultural Organizations
TAP supports the exchange of professional expertise among New York State schools, cultural organizations, teaching artists and consultants to promote the continued growth and improvement of long-term, in-depth partnerships centered on teaching and learning in and through the arts to benefit pre-K through 12th grade children. Deadlines for TAP in the coming academic year 2008-09 will be: September 15, November 17, January 15, March 16, May 18 and July 1. For more information, visit http://www.arts4ed.org/funding/TAP/TAP_index.shtm

NEW! New York Foundation for the Arts 2008-2009 Artists' Fellowships
Fellowships are $7,000 cash awards to individual artists living in the state of N.Y. Grants are awarded in 16 artistic disciplines, with applications accepted in eight categories each year. The application will be available online in August 2008, with deadlines starting October 2008. To read more, visit http://www.nyfa.org/level2.asp?id=1&fid=1&sid=95

NEW! The US Department of Education Hosts Teaching Ambassador Fellowships
The US Department of Education is hosting 25 teachers as part of the Teaching Ambassador Fellowships. One of those selected is an art teacher. To read more about Cheri Isgreen of Montrose, CO, visit: http://www.gjsentinel.com/hp/content/news/stories/2008/07/22/072308_1B_local_teacher.html

NEW! Doris Duke Fund for National Projects - Deadline Nov. 1, 2008
Doris Duke's Fund supports projects designed to strengthen the national infrastructure for performing arts and artists to improve conditions for the national community of performing artists. For more information, visit http://www.ddcf.org/page.asp?pageId=700

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

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! 2009 Celebration of Teaching and Learning. Save the Date and register for this year's Celebration of Teaching & Learning, where content meets inspiration!!
Thirteen/WNET, New York's flagship public television station, will again host thousands of K-12 educators in New York City on March 6 & 7, 2009, for this premier professional development conference. This year's Celebration will provide the latest thinking in education across disciplines, including Science, Math, Technology, Global Awareness, Literacy, Autism, English Language Learning, and Whole School Policy. Educators will hear from a range of dynamic, nationally acclaimed speakers, including confirmed keynoters Alan Alda (on science), Sir Kenneth Robinson (on creativity), Temple Grandin (on autism), and the cast of the new "Electric Company" (on literacy). To join the conversation, receive updates and register, please visit http://www.thirteencelebration.org

NEW! NYSCOSS Fall Conference 2008
NYSCOSS Fall Conference 2008 "Connecting Quality Curriculum to Manage Success" October 5-7, 2008 Saratoga Springs, NY. Keynotes including Jay McTigh, Educational Consultant – known for his work with “thinking skills” and developing instructional strategies, curriculum models, and assessment procedures; Dr. Andrew Hargreaves, Lynch School of Education, Boston College – expertise on “emotional geographies and emotional politics of teaching and leading”; Dr. Phillip C. Schlechty, CEO, Schlechty Center for Leadership in School Reform – foremost author and speaker on school reform. Presentations by Commissioner Richard Mills and Dr. Thomas L. Rogers, The Council's Executive Director. For further information see http://www.nyscoss.org/conferences.php

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! The National Council of Teachers of English Releases "Writing Now"
NCTE's newest policy research brief "Writing Now" explores what writing means in our changing world. The brief defines key terms, debunks common myths about school-based writing, outlines our understanding of writing now, and shares research-based recommendations for effective writing instruction and assessment.
http://www.ncte.org/library/files/Publications/Newspaper/Chron0908Policy_Writing_Now.pdf

NEW! New Center on Instruction Document on Struggling Learners
Meeting the Needs of Significantly Struggling Learners in High School: A Look at Approaches to Tiered Intervention [6-12]. This 2007 brief developed by the National High School Center describes issues related to the implementation of RTI at the high school level. It provides an overview of RTI, describes current research on RTI and secondary education, and provides an example, the Long Beach, CA school district, that implemented RTI so successfully at the high school level that they are applying it to their middle schools. The document is available for download at http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Meeting%20the%20Needs.pdf (pdf) Center on Instruction: http://www.centeroninstruction.org/index.cfm

NEW! U.S. Department of Education Teaching and Learning Resources
The United States Department of Education's Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies provides free American Literature resources. This website includes 28 resources, such as Language of the Land: Journeys Into Literary America; Hawthorne in Salem; First Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920; plus many others. http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=261&toplvl=81

More English Language Arts and Reading resources from the USDOE's Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies webpage can be found at http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=78.

NEW! EDSITEment Offers Lesson Plans in Language Arts and Literature
The EDSITEment Literature and Language Arts site includes lesson plans for Language Arts and Literature, aligned to National Council of Teachers of English and International Reading Association Standards. EDSITEment is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Humanities, Verizon Foundation, and the National Trust for the Humanities. http://edsitement.neh.gov/tab_lesson.asp?subjectArea=4

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! Part 100 Website Revised and Updated
The Part 100 Pages at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/opener.html have been revised and updated.  These revisions and updates clarify policy changes for commencement level mathematics, including graduation requirements, units of credit, and types of diplomas, during and after the transition from Regents Examinations in Mathematics A and Mathematics B to Regents Examinations in Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry.  To view the mathematics changes, go to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/mathregchanges.html

NEW! New York State Mathematics Resource Center
The New York State Mathematics Resource Center (NYS MRC) continues to build school, district, and regional capacity for improving mathematics teaching and learning. During the summer of 2008, district level teams participated in leadership training that focused on professional learning communities, monitoring student progress, response to intervention, and planning for differentiated instruction in mathematics.  Each Leadership Team returned to their home district ready to lead others by sharing a district action plan to implement the major dimensions of systemic reform in mathematics.  They are supported by the ability to communicate online with other Leadership Teams as well as access to additional resources through the MRC web site.  These teams have committed to participating in regional and local activities to support improved mathematics achievement for all students.

NEW! Coming Soon! Geometry Test Sampler for the Regents Examination in Mathematics
The test sampler for the Regents Examination in Geometry will be available by the end of October 2008. This test sampler will have the same format and number of questions (test specifications can be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/mathre/testspecs-geometry.pdf ) that students and teachers will see in the Geometry Regents Examination.  The first administration will be in June 2009.

NEW! Call for Expertise
Field Test Form Reviewers are needed the week of October 27th for the field tests in Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. New York State Regents Examinations are written by New York State constituents. Mathematics educators are needed for all phases of development of Regents Examinations in the new Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry courses. Stipends and travel expenses to Albany will be included. For committees and dates, please refer to the Call for Expertise site at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/call.htm.

NEW! The Grades 3-8 2007 Mathematics Tests
The Grades 3-8 2007 Mathematics Tests are now available on-line at http://www.nysedregents.org/testing/mathei/07exams/home.htm Item maps with the performance indicators and multiple choice answers keys are also available. 

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

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SCIENCE

NEW! No-fee NASA, NSF and NOAA-sponsored Opportunities this Fall!
Comprehensive new curriculum and training are now available for no-fee. Teachers across the country may now apply to participate in three independent NASA, NSF and NOAA-award programs. Engage classrooms in cutting-edge science and meet state standards at the same time! Students learn in various contexts including the ocean and Earth's Polar Regions as exciting hooks such as live animal tracking (polar bears, bald eagles, and sea turtles), 3D, and climate change fuel their thirst for learning and help them achieve scientific literacy. For further information see http://www.us-satellite.net.

 

NEW! Education Law- §809 Instruction in the Humane Treatment of Animals
School districts are reminded to review Education Law Section 809 - Instruction in the Humane Treatment of Animals on an annual basis. The provisions of the law can be accessed on the Department’s website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/scinews.html. Certain specified types of lessons or experimental studies on live vertebrate animals require submission of an application for a waiver from the Commissioner of Education. Information regarding the §809(5) Treatment of Live Vertebrate Animals and the waiver process, including an application form can be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/science/809_5waiver.htm.

 

Green Schools Challenge
The Commissioners of the New York State Education Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation have co-announced the Green Schools Challenge. The goals of this exciting and vital initiative are to promote recycling in schools and to recognize the great strides that many schools have taken to develop responsible solid waste management practices. More information about the Green Schools Challenge may be accessed online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/43349.html. Additional questions about the Challenge or how to set up a green schools program may be directed to Debbie Jackson, Environmental Program Specialist, NYSDEC by phone at 518-402-8705 or by email at dajackson@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Building a Presence (BaP) Points of Contact still needed in every school in NYS!
Building a Presence (BaP) is an electronic network initiative from NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) and sponsored in NYS by STANYS (Science Teachers Association of New York State) in partnership with NYSED. The objectives of the project are to create a state and national network for K-16 teachers of science to share resources about effective science teaching and learning, lessen science teacher isolation, help science teachers implement state and national science education standards in their schools, stimulate professional development opportunities for science teachers, and provide teachers with resources to help all students learn science. NYS is seeking a point of contact in each school to receive email announcements and to share them with colleagues. Please forward this information to teachers of science in your district, and have interested teachers contact Nancy Ridenour at nridenour@twcny.rr.com for further details.

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

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

NEW! Bubblewrap Competition for Young Inventors!
Sealed Air Corporation, the creator of Bubble Wrap® cushioning, and The National Museum of Education are proud to announce the third annual BubbleWrap® Competition for Young Inventors for grades 5-8. This innovative contest incorporates national and state academic standards in the fields of engineering design, problem-solving, entrepreneurship and all of the core curricular subjects, by challenging students to create an invention that incorporates the use of Bubble Wrap® cushioning. Entries must be received at The National Museum of Education no later than 6:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 3, 2008 and applications may be sent via hard copy mail, email or FAX. The details for the competition are available at www.nmoe.org.

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! Announcing the 2008-2009 United States Senate Youth Program
Each year the William Randolph Hearst Foundation sponsors a scholarship for two student leaders from each state and the District of Columbia to visit Washington, D.C. (all expenses paid), as guests 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. Applications due Monday, October 6. For more information, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/senateyouth.html

NEW! The Euro Challenge
The Euro Challenge is an exciting educational opportunity for high school students (grades 9 and 10) to learn about the European Union (EU) and the euro. Student teams are asked to make presentations answering specific questions about the European economy as a whole and the single currency, the euro. They will also be asked to pick one member country of the euro area, to examine an economic problem at the country level, and to identify policies for responding to that problem. In 2009, up to 100 teams, nationally, will compete in regional rounds and in New York City. Winners will receive cash awards and a trip to Washington D.C., made possible by The Moody’s Foundation. The Euro Challenge is a program launched and supported by the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States in Washington, D.C. in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, The Moody’s Foundation and Credit Suisse. Euro Challenge is managed by Working In Support of Education (W!SE). For more information, visit www.wise-ny.org.

NEW! Call for Content: World Communities: What Is a Culture?
Submission Form: PDF or Word

• Does your school want to spotlight its efforts to increase student achievement at the elementary level?
• Does your school or district want to share best curriculum practices with a statewide audience?

Here is an opportunity to start a professional dialogue with other New York State educators, and be referenced as a contributor to statewide core curriculum guidance material.

The New York State Education Department (NYSED), in partnership with the New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS) and the New York State Social Studies Supervisors Association (NYS4A), is seeking standards-based course models, curriculum maps, and case studies created by New York State teachers of the grade 3 social studies core curriculum. Submissions will be linked to the World Communities: What Is a Culture? online teacher resource guide for grade 3 social studies http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/grade3/.

NEW! Announcing the New York State Historical Association Annual October Conference
The New York State Historical Association Annual October Conference, Thursday, October 16 - Saturday, October 18, 2008. During this 50th anniversary event, classroom teachers, museum educators, consultants, and NYSED representatives will offer a diverse selection of workshops and seminars that include: pedagogical discussions, hand-on activities, classroom best-practices, technological innovations, and museum and village tours.For further information, visit http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers/october_conference

NEW! LYC/NYSBA Education Conference: Effective Democracy ~ Social Movements & Social Engagement
The 32nd annual education conference sponsored by the Law, Youth, and Citizenship (LYC) and the New York State Bar Association will be held from October 22-24, 2008 at the Fort William Henry Conference Center, Lake George. The conference will feature a series of seminars and workshops addressing civic and law-related education issues, including (but not limited to) voting history, civic engagement, participatory government, lobbying, the right to petition, advocacy for change, and teaching for action. Attendees historically include teachers, administrators, program directors, youth leaders, lawyers, academicians, historians and constitutional scholars. Please visit www.lycny.org to pre-register.

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

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THE ARTS

NEW! Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Grants for New York State Teaching Artists, Schools & Non-Profit Cultural Organizations
TAP supports the exchange of professional expertise among New York State schools, cultural organizations, teaching artists and consultants to promote the continued growth and improvement of long-term, in-depth partnerships centered on teaching and learning in and through the arts to benefit pre-K through 12th grade children. Deadlines for TAP in the coming academic year 2008-09 will be: September 15, November 17, January 15, March 16, May 18 and July 1. For more information, visit http://www.arts4ed.org/funding/TAP/TAP_index.shtml

NEW! Institute for Global Environmental Strategies 13th Annual Art Contest for Children in Grades 2-4
Theme: "Trees: Making a World of Difference!" Entries Due: Oct. 24, 2008. An art contest for grades 2-4 challenges students to explore trees and their importance to the world by reading stories and books, searching Web sites and watching movies, and then draw a picture showing what they learned. The contest supports national education standards in science and geography for grades K-4. For more information, please visit: http://www.strategies.org/ArtContest

NEW! Artsource Curriculum for K-8 Classrooms
Artsource Curriculum, developed by the Music Center, is designed to bring the expressive world of the arts into K-8 classrooms. Artsource allows a teacher to: Present artistic models in dance, music and theatre to students;
Integrate the arts with other subject areas, such as Language Arts, Social Studies, History and Science;
Explore a broad spectrum of multicultural art forms with students in the classroom; and Guide students through varied levels of Standards-based lessons. Visit www.MusicCenter.org /Artsource for more information.

NEW! NEA Jazz in the Schools
New Jazz in the Schools traces the history of jazz from its birth in New Orleans to the swing era, bebop, and new frontiers. Five lessons include essays, videos, photos, and nearly 100 music clips of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Louie Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and others. Lessons include social and political context and are designed for history classes as well as music. http://www.neajazzintheschools.org/home.php

NEW! World In Tune
World in Tune is a curriculum which integrates math, literature and history with music as core. The Power of Music in the Ancient World incorporates ideas from World In Tune. For more information:
www.carousel-music.com/mediaancientmusic.html (media version)

NEW! Teacher and Student Resources at the National Museum of American Art
offers the "Pueblo Indian Watercolors" teachers guide on interpreting the meaning of artistic images, an interactive guide on one of America's most powerful African-American painters, William H. Johnson, plus other guides and student activity packets. (National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)
http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/education/index.cfm

NEW! A Dynamic Online Resource: Picturing America
Picturing America is a free education resource that brings great American art directly to classrooms and libraries in order to enhance the study of American history and culture.<http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/> The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is pleased to inform you that Picturing America applications are currently being accepted online <http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/about.php?subPage=about_apply> . The deadline for this round of applications is October 31, 2008, for delivery of materials in Spring of 2009.

NEW! Annual High School Media Contest to Promote Jury Service
The contest involves high school students in creatively learning about the jury system while developing various components of a media campaign for raising public awareness about the importance of serving as a juror. With their teachers guidance, students can create posters, public service announcements, juror orientation videos, or Internet banners. For more information about this and other educational initiatives of the New York State Unified Court System visit www.nyjuror.gov/contest.

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

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

REMINDER! NYS Education Department Physical Education Profile: A Commencement Level Assessment Tool
Four hundred and twenty six school districts have received copies of the State Developed Physcial Education Profile - CDROM through participation in the regional professional development. If your school district is one of the 273 districts who has not received the professional development, please contact your local BOCES Staff and Curriculum Development Network office to schedule a session for your school district. For additional information on this innovative commencement level assessment tool aligned to NYS Physical Education learning standards, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/physed.html.

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

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

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

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

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HEALTH EDUCATION

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

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LOTE

NEW! 2008 NYSAFLT Annual Meeting
2008 NYSAFLT Annual Meeting, entitled, "Teaching Languages in a Changing World: Rethinking Literacies and Learners" is being held on October 10-12, 2008 in Saratoga Springs, New York, at the Saratoga Hotel and Conference Center. For more information contact ievangelista@nysaflt.org (Irma Evangelista, Annual Meeting Chairperson) or visit http://annualmeeting.nysaflt.org/2008/ 

NEW! Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) is pleased to announce the CGP Grant Program Guidelines for 2009. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is Wednesday,October 1, 2008. CGPs Grant Program supports Japan-U.S. collaborative policy-oriented projects inspecific target areas. In addition, CGP recognizes the value of including a multinational dimension within projects, and therefore gives priority to those that incorporate Asia into its agenda. For additional information and for grant program guidelines, visit http://www.cgp.org/index.php?option=article&task=default&articleid=354

NEW! ACTFL 2008 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo
ACTFL 2008 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, entitled, "Opening Minds to the World Through Languages" is being held on November 21-23, 2008 in Orlando, Florida, venues at various hotels. For more information contact convention@actfl.org or visit http://actfl.org/i4a/calendar/?pageid=3429 

NEW! Horseheads High School Foreign Language Teacher is named 2009 New York State Teacher of the Year
For more information, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/lote/  

NEW! World Language Assessment: Get in the Mode!
World Language Assessment: Get in the Mode supports and empowers world language educators to improve student proficiency through a variety of assessment strategies. Focusing on the three modes of communication (interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal), this resource provides a framework of formative, interim, and summative assessments for use at any grade level. For more information visit,
http://www.ecb.org/worldlanguageassessment/Video.htm

NEW! International Flag of Language Design Contest
Organized by the National Museum of Language (NML) in College Park, MD.  The NML explores the transformative powers of language.  It examines the history, impact, and art of language. For more information, visit http://languagemuseum.org/flag/ 

NEW! NYSAFLT Mentoring Program
Beginning this fall, NYSAFLT will pilot a LOTE-specific mentoring program to provide support to up to 20 of its members who submit a request. Unlike most mentoring programs, this one acknowledges that LOTE teachers may need support at different points in their careers for a variety of reasons. NYSAFLT members may submit online requests or applications beginning September 1, 2008, for the 2008-09 school year. Drawing on the contents of the requests and applications, the program facilitators will match members who request mentoring with volunteer mentors who can best meet their identified needs. For further information please visit,  http://www.nysaflt.org/mentoring.shtml

NEW! ACTFL LIVE!
ACTFL is launching an online radio channel, ACTFL Talk Radio - Promoting Quality Language Education, on BlogTalkRadio.com as a new way of reaching out to the profession.  For more information, visit
http://www.actfl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1  

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

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DRIVER EDUCATION

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

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

For more information regarding Middle Level Education visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/middle.html.

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

NEW! 3 Apples Nomination Time!
Dear School & Public Librarians, 3 Apples has changed their awards cycle to coincide with the school year. Between now and October 20th, students can nominate their favorite book. ANY book can be nominated, even one that was nominated last year. Children ages 8-12 and/or in Grades 3-6 can nominate titles for the Children’s Choice Award. Teens ages 13+ and in Grades 7-12 will nominate titles for the Teen Choice Award. Please enter your nominations on the website at www.3applesbookaward.org before midnight on October 31st. Voting will close at 11:59 PM on the 31st. Thank you for participating!

NEW! ALA and Scholastic Library Publishing announce 2009 National Library
Week Grant. Libraries across the United States are invited to apply for the $3,000 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant, which will be awarded to a single library for the best public awareness campaign incorporating the 2009 National Library Week theme, "Worlds connect @ your library®."This year's application deadline is October 17, 2008. National Library Week is April 12-18, 2009. The grant application form and guidelines are available on The Campaign for America's Libraries Web site at www.ala.org/@yourlibrary/nlwgrant Information also is available from the ALA Public Information Office. Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 2148. E-mail: mmcfarlane@ala.org.

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

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TESTING

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

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

Updates! NYS Education Department Virtual Learning System (VLS)
The NYSED VLS, www.nysvls.org, has been enhanced and expanded with additional content. Recent additions include Mathematics Alternative Grade Level Indicators for Students with Severe Disabilities. Upcoming additions will include English Language Arts, Social Studies and Science Alternative Grade Level Indicators for Students with Severe Disabilities. As always, thousands of lesson plans and instructional tasks are available by exploring the learning standards and performance indicators in the seven standards areas.

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WEB RESOURCES

NEW! Thirteen/WNET Re-Launches VITAL New York
In September 2008, Thirteen/WNET New York renamed and re-launched VITAL (Video in Teaching and Learning), now called VITAL New York, a pioneering Web-based tool for New York teachers. VITAL NY now offers a dramatically expanded collection of more than 2,000 resources, including 300 developed to support the New York State core curriculum in English Language Arts and mathematics for grades 3-8, as well as more than 1,000 that have been aligned to the New York State Regents curriculum in Global History and Geography, US History, Living Environment, Earth Science, Physics, and Chemistry. VITAL NY requires simple, first-visit -only self-registration, and may be accessed via NYSED's Virtual Learning System at: www.nysvls.org or directly at:
http://vital.thirteen.org

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

NEW! U.S. Census Bureau Provides Downloadable Maps
The U.S. Census Bureau has downloadable maps that are available online for classroom use. Find the maps in the Geography section at: http://www.census.gov Find more resources for students and teachers at:
http://www.census.gov/dmd/www/teachers.html

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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