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NEW! New York State Teacher of the Year Program is Seeking Nominations for 2010.
Do you know an exceptionally skilled and effective educator? Nominate an outstanding teacher in your school for the 2010 New York State Teacher of the Year. Deadline for Applications are due by Friday, February 13, 2009. The New York State Teacher of the Year Program, now in its 40th year, is affiliated with the National Teacher of the Year program administered through the Council of Chief State School Officers and sponsored by leading education associations.  The nominee must be an exceptionally skilled and dedicated teacher, appropriately credentialed within his or her current teaching area, who works directly with children in a State-approved public or private school, at any grade level or subject from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, and who is planning to continue in an active teaching status.  A minimum of five years of current teaching experience is required. The nominee must have the respect and admiration of students, parents, faculty members, the school administration, and local business leaders.  The nominee must serve an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school. Because selection as New York State Teacher of the Year carries with it an obligation to make a number of public appearances, the nominee must be poised and articulate, possessing the energy and equanimity to withstand a busy schedule.  While all of these qualifications are to be considered, the most important one is the superior ability to inspire learning in students of all backgrounds and competencies. Further information and nomination materials are located at: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/TEACHING/toty/totyindex.htm

The Electronic Schoolhouse/La Escuela Electrónica
The Electronic Schoolhouse/La Escuela Electrónica is a bilingual educational resource from the New York State Archives, the Archives Partnership Trust, and Time Warner that focuses on using historical records as learning tools in elementary, middle and secondary education. Classroom teachers developed the content to correlate with the New York State Learning Standards.

Available in English and Spanish, The Electronic Schoolhouse examines the Latino experience in New York through photographs, letters, broadsides, flyers, and more dating from 1861 to the present. Introductory videos explain how teachers can use such primary sources in their classrooms and the kinds of institutions that care for these one-of-a-kind materials. The Electronic Schoolhouse combines historical records and technology to promote the development of critical thinking skills (analyzing and interpreting information), reading and writing skills, understanding historical content and context, and may be used for a range of purposes for foreign language, English as a second language and bilingual education proficiency. Visit the Electronic Schoolhouse today at: http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/escuela/

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! Grant Funding for Document-Based Education Projects
Grant funding is available from the New York State Archives for educational projects that use local government records. Projects may include: teacher training programs to train teachers how to use local government records in the classroom; document-based teaching packets; projects combining multimedia technology with local government records to enable educators, students and others to actively participate in the learning process; and school history and local history projects. The grant applicant must be a New York State local government (e.g., public schools, teacher centers, BOCES, towns, villages, cities, counties, cooperative extensions, and more). In the 2008/2009 grant cycle, the average grant award for educational projects was $10,000. Grant applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2009 for the grant period beginning July 1, 2009 and ending June 30, 2010. For grant guidelines and application forms visit www.archives.nysed.gov, click on "Grants and Awards", and click on "Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund". Or e-mail archgrants@mail.nysed.gov.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - - Update Regarding the 2009-2012 Statewide Learning Technology Grant
The 2009-2012 Learning Technology Grant Request for Proposals (LTG RFP) posted on New York State Education Department's "Funding Opportunities" Web site on November 4th, 2008 has been removed pending approval by the Division of the Budget (DOB) and the Office of State Operations, in compliance with the Governor's "Agency Spending Controls" directive issued to State agency Commissioners on November 3rd, 2008, http://www.state.ny.us/governor/press/press_1103083.html NYSED will renotify all potential applicants if and when the revised LTG RFP becomes available under the new mandate.

AASL Awards Program
AASL has over $45,000 to give away and you could be eligible. Do you work with a school administrator who provides exemplary support for the library media program in your school? Perhaps you are a beginning school
library media specialist who would like to attend an American Association of School Librarians (AASL) or American Library Association (ALA) annual conference for the first time but need financial assistance. The AASL Awards program supports these situations and others through nine awards and grants totaling more than $45,000. For more information, NYSED Web pages at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/GrantsandAwards.htm, or the AASL Web site at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslawards/aaslawards.cfm

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! Hudson River Panorama: 400 Years of History, Art and Culture at the Albany Institute of History & Art
The Albany Institute of History & Art will offer professional development opportunities and digital curriculum resources with the exhibition, HUDSON RIVER PANORAMA: 400 Years of History, Art and Culture from February 7, 2009 through January 3, 2010, produced in conjunction with the statewide Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial. The Hudson River Panorama curriculum resource (a set of lessons with digital reproductions and supporting materials) will provide teachers with tools to introduce students to people of the past through authentic materials. Up to six hours of professional development credits can be earned. Admission by application; limited to 15 teachers each day:
• Elementary School Teachers March 4 or September 30, 2009
• Middle School Teachers March 5 or October 1, 2009
• High School Teachers March 6 or October 2, 2009

All workshops are 9 am to 4 pm. Teachers will be provided with:
• Reimbursement for the substitute teacher for their classroom for the day of training (up to $100)
• Free admission for one class to visit the Albany Institute
• A $100 subsidy for bus transportation for the class trip
• A digital and printed copy of the curriculum
For a copy of the application visit www.albanyinstitute.org  and click on education.

NEW! Teaching Evolution Workshop
Scientists at the NY State Museum in Albany offer a two-day workshop for science teachers February 6 and 7, 2009 (15 hrs). Topics include natural selection and deep time; phylogenetic analysis; the relevance of evolution in modern life; plus resources for effective classroom exercises. Learning Standards addressed are Science #4.2, 4.3, 4.7 and ELA #1 & #3. Register at http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html. For more information contact V Fish at 518 474-5817 or vfish@mail.nysed.gov.

Gilder Lehman Institute Summer Seminars
Throughout the summer of 2009, the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History will be offering 40 seminars across the United States and abroad. These seminars are designed to strengthen participants’ commitment to high quality history teaching, public, parochial, independent school teachers, and National Park Service rangers are eligible. These weeklong seminars provide intellectual stimulation and a collaborative context for developing practical resources and strategies to take back to elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. For further information and a  full listing of the seminars and go to: http://gilderlehrman.org/teachers/seminars1.html Or call (646) 366-9666. Application Deadline: February 15, 2009.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! 2009 Twentieth National African American Read-In
To participate in the February 2009 National African-American Read-In, please see the following website for idea starters and a read-in packet. This event is sponsored by the Black Caucus of National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the NCTE. http://www.ncte.org/action/aari

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

NEW! New York State Reading Association's Annual Conference March 29-April 1, 2009
The annual New York State Reading Association conference will be held in Saratoga Springs, New York from March 29-April 1, 2009. The theme of the conference is "Springboard to Literacy." Please see the NYSRA website for additional information about this event www.nysreading.org.

New Center on Instruction Resource: Reviewing a Reading Program
The Center on Instruction has developed a two-day professional development module based on the Florida Center for Reading Research's "Guidelines for Reviewing a Reading Program." The training module is designed to guide reviewers of reading programs through the review process to determine if a program is consistent with the scientific research on reading. The Participant's Guide contains resources (charts, summaries, and the Guidelines themselves) that are discussed during the professional development session but it can also serve as a stand-alone tool for reviewing any reading program.
http://www.centeroninstruction.org/resources_searchresults.cfm?searchterms=reviewing+a+reading+program

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to write an original 1000 word essay on the political courage of a U. S. elected official since 1956. The essay should describe and analyze the political decisions, actions, and risks that elected public official has courageously addressed at local, state, national, or international levels. First-place winner will receive $5,000; second-place winner will receive $1,000; up to five finalists will receive $500 each. The first-place winner will receive recognition by Caroline Kennedy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy at the Profile in Courage Award ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. Deadline for submission is January 10, 2009. For contest information, registration, and to submit your essay online, visit the Profile in Courage Award Program at www.jfklibrary.org. 

Legacies of New Netherland: A New York State Quadricentennial Essay Contest
Students in grades 4-12 are invited to celebrate New York State’s 400th birthday by investigating its early colonial history and developing an engaging historical essay.  Students have the opportunity to research early New York’s Dutch history and write about the Dutch roots of three American cultural traditions: religious tolerance, freedom of speech, and New York as a center of world trade. The essay contest is co-sponsored by the New York State Historical Association and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington D.C.  For more information, including contest and submission guidelines, visit http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers and click on “Contests” in the left-hand menu.

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities or Difficulty Learning Mathematics
Two documents are available from the Center on Instruction.  A Synthesis of the Intervention Research (K-12) discusses the implications for practice, and suggests next steps for research and professional development efforts in this field. http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Teaching%20Math%20to%20SLD%20Meta-analysis.pdf  A Guide for Teachers (K-12) is based on the findings of the above report.  Seven effective instructional practices are identified for teaching mathematics to K-12 students with learning disabilities. This guide for teachers describes these practices and, incorporating recommendations from The Final Report of The National Mathematics Advisory Panel as well, specifies research-based recommendations for students with learning disabilities and for students who are experiencing difficulties in learning mathematics but are not identified as having a math learning disability.  http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Teaching%20Math%20to%20SLD%20LD%20Guide.pdf

NEW! Doing What Works is a website dedicated to assisting teachers in the implementation of effective educational practices. It contains practice guides developed by U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES).  IES evaluates research on the effectiveness of teaching practices described in the guides and examples of possible ways this research may be used. To access this website, visit http://dww.ed.gov/priority_area/priority_landing.cfm?PA_ID=8 .

UPDATE! The Cohort of 2006 Section in the Regents Diploma Requirements for Mathematics
The section for the cohort of 2006 within the Regents Diploma Requirements for Mathematics chart has been updated. This cohort has been combined with 2007 to reflect the current implementation of the Mathematics Core Curriculum (Revised 2005) and the administration of the Regents Examinations in Mathematics. In order to fulfill the mathematics portion of a Regents Diploma, students must earn three units of commencement-level mathematics credit and pass one Regents examination in mathematics. For further information, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/mathregchanges.html

Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science (PAEMST)
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) identifies outstanding teachers in mathematics and science at the state and national levels. In 2009, teachers of grades 7-12 are eligible for this award. New York State is looking for nominations for outstanding mathematics and science teachers who bring state and national standards to life in their classrooms, spark students’ imaginations, have a belief that all students can learn, engage students, and have an overall passion for teaching and learning. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House, the PAEMST Award is the highest honor in the Nation that teachers of mathematics and science may receive for outstanding teaching and leadership in their respective fields. If you know of a teacher you feel qualifies for this prestigious honor, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/paemstaward.htm for eligibility requirements, nomination guidelines, and application information. The deadline for complete applications are due May 1, 2009.

Translated Mathematics Key Terms (Glossaries)
Translated Mathematics Key Terms (glossaries) in several languages have been developed by the Asian Languages Bilingual/ESL Technical Assistance Center (ALBETAC) which is one of the three language BETACS funded by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).  They are available at:  http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/metrocenter/programs/ALBETAC/Resources/translatedglossaries.html 

Now Available, the Geometry Test Sampler for the Regents Examination in Mathematics
The State Education Department has posted the Regents Examination in Geometry Test Sampler and Scoring Guide at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/math-sample.htm.  This Test Sampler consists of examples of varied types of questions and formats that will be seen on the actual examination. The first administration of the Regents Examination in Geometry will be in June 2009.

Professional Development Webcast on Teaching Fractions Effectively K-7
This webcast, “Beyond Slices of Pizza: Teaching Fractions Effectively” is sponsored by the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement at Learning Point Associates, and showcases best practices for teaching fractions. Also featured are videotaped segments from Dr. Hung-Hsi Wu's Mathematics Professional Development Institute that address the mathematics needed for teaching number sense in K-7 classrooms.  This webcast can be accessed at http://www.centerforcsri.org/webcasts/fractions/.

Research on Improving Mathematics Education
This case study from IES/REL Northeast and Islands describes in-depth practices at six schools that are making targeted efforts to improve math achievement for students with disabilities and other struggling learners. It examines each school's practices for improving the math learning of all students as well as specific supports for students with disabilities and other struggling learners and identifies the challenges that schools face to serve students with diverse needs. The report is available for download at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/project.asp?projectID=161&productID=110

Mega Math (M3) Challenge is an Internet-based applied mathematics contest that is now open to high school juniors and seniors in all New England and Mid-Atlantic states, from Maine to Washington, D.C.   Past Challenge problems have covered areas such as social security solvency, stock portfolios, and the wisdom of replacing gas with ethanol.  Conducted annually by The Moody's Foundation and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) as part of their shared commitment to increasing students' interest in studying and pursuing careers in applied mathematics, the M3 Challenge spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool, as a vital contributor to advances in an increasingly technical society, and as a viable and exciting profession. For more information, visit http://m3challenge.siam.org/ .

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

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SCIENCE

NEW! NASA Earth Observatory
The NASA Earth Observatory provides new satellite imagery and scientific information about Earth's climate and environmental change. It features stories about the atmosphere, oceans, land, life, heat and energy, and remote sensing. Visitors may build and view animations showing changes in population, vegetation, precipitation, and other phenomena. This site may be accessed at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/

 

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

 

NEW! Teaching Evolution Workshop
Scientists at the NY State Museum in Albany offer a two-day workshop for science teachers February 6 and 7, 2009 (15 hrs). Topics include natural selection and deep time; phylogenetic analysis; the relevance of evolution in modern life; plus resources for effective classroom exercises. Learning Standards addressed are Science #4.2, 4.3, 4.7 and ELA #1 & #3. Register at http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html. For more information contact V Fish at 518 474-5817 or vfish@mail.nysed.gov.


Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science (PAEMST)
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) identifies outstanding teachers in mathematics and science at the state and national levels. In 2009, teachers of grades 7-12 are eligible for this award. New York State is looking for nominations for outstanding mathematics and science teachers who bring state and national standards to life in their classrooms, spark students’ imaginations, have a belief that all students can learn, engage students, and have an overall passion for teaching and learning. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House, the PAEMST Award is the highest honor in the Nation that teachers of mathematics and science may receive for outstanding teaching and leadership in their respective fields. If you know of a teacher you feel qualifies for this prestigious honor, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/paemstaward.htm for eligibility requirements, nomination guidelines, and application information. The deadline for complete applications are due May 1, 2009.

 

New York State Science Olympiad 2008-2009
The State Education Department, in cooperation with the National Science Olympiad and the New York State Science Olympiad, invites your students to participate in a Statewide Science Olympiad competition. Teams of students from public and nonpublic middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools are eligible for participation in this event. This New York State Science Olympiad will consist of academic, interscholastic competitions between teams. Registered teams would prepare during the year for scheduled regional, state and possible national competitions. Some events will follow the formats of popular board games, Olympic Games, and TV shows. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced among the various science disciplines of biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science content, concepts, processes, skills and applications. Competitive teams will be made up of students from grades 6-9 and from grades 9-12. Additional information and registration forms may be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/Olympiad.htm

 

2009 National Youth Science Camp
Applications to attend the 2009 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) are now available online at www.nysc.org/2009. Two graduating high school students will be selected to represent New York at the all-expenses paid honors program which will be held from July 1 through July 25, 2009. To apply, please download the application packet from www.nysc.org/2009 and follow the enclosed instructions. For more information about the NYSC, please visit www.nysc.org. The NYSC is hosted and operated by the National Youth Science Foundation (www.nysf.com).

 

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.

 

Building a Presence (BaP) Points of Contact 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

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

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! Hudson River Panorama: 400 Years of History, Art and Culture at the Albany Institute of History & ArtThe Albany Institute of History & Art will offer professional development opportunities and digital curriculum resources with the exhibition, HUDSON RIVER PANORAMA: 400 Years of History, Art and Culture from February 7, 2009 through January 3, 2010, produced in conjunction with the statewide Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial. The Hudson River Panorama curriculum resource (a set of lessons with digital reproductions and supporting materials) will provide teachers with tools to introduce students to people of the past through authentic materials. Up to six hours of professional development credits can be earned. Admission by application; limited to 15 teachers each day:
• Elementary School Teachers March 4 or September 30, 2009
• Middle School Teachers March 5 or October 1, 2009
• High School Teachers March 6 or October 2, 2009

All workshops are 9 am to 4 pm. Teachers will be provided with:
• Reimbursement for the substitute teacher for their classroom for the day of training (up to $100)
• Free admission for one class to visit the Albany Institute
• A $100 subsidy for bus transportation for the class trip
• A digital and printed copy of the curriculum
For a copy of the application visit www.albanyinstitute.org  and click on education.

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

NEW! Creation of a New York State History Reading List for the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program
The New York State Library is looking for input from local school and public librarians who work with youth for the creation of New York State history reading lists for pre-schoolers and school age children and teens. The reading list will be used as part of the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program and will be available to libraries and families statewide. The New York State Library's Statewide Summer Reading Program (SSRP), the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association (YSS), and the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association (SLMS) are partnering with “Explore 400” (Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial) http://www.exploreny400.com/Home.aspx to compile reading lists for children and teens that celebrate New York State’s history and culture. For more information visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/libnews.html

NEW! Application Guidelines Now Available for Institute of Museum and Library Services Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is pleased to announce the availability of guidelines and application forms for the 2009 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. This a grant program that enhances institutional capacity and sustainability in the nation's African American museums through professional training, technical assistance, internships, outside expertise, and other important tools. Application Deadline: January 15, 2009 For more information please visit http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/AfricanAmerican.shtm

Gilder Lehman Institute Summer Seminars
Throughout the summer of 2009, the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History will be offering 40 seminars across the United States and abroad. These seminars are designed to strengthen participants’ commitment to high quality history teaching, public, parochial, independent school teachers, and National Park Service rangers are eligible. These weeklong seminars provide intellectual stimulation and a collaborative context for developing practical resources and strategies to take back to elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. For further information and a  full listing of the seminars and go to: http://gilderlehrman.org/teachers/seminars1.html Or call (646) 366-9666. Application Deadline: February 15, 2009.

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to write an original 1000 word essay on the political courage of a U. S. elected official since 1956. The essay should describe and analyze the political decisions, actions, and risks that elected public official has courageously addressed at local, state, national, or international levels. First-place winner will receive $5,000; second-place winner will receive $1,000; up to five finalists will receive $500 each. The first-place winner will receive recognition by Caroline Kennedy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy at the Profile in Courage Award ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. Deadline for submission is January 10, 2009. For contest information, registration, and to submit your essay online, visit the Profile in Courage Award Program at www.jfklibrary.org. 

Legacies of New Netherland: A New York State Quadricentennial Essay Contest
Students in grades 4-12 are invited to celebrate New York State’s 400th birthday by investigating its early colonial history and developing an engaging historical essay.  Students have the opportunity to research early New York’s Dutch history and write about the Dutch roots of three American cultural traditions: religious tolerance, freedom of speech, and New York as a center of world trade. The essay contest is co-sponsored by the New York State Historical Association and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington D.C.  For more information, including contest and submission guidelines, visit http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers and click on “Contests” in the left-hand menu.

NYSCSS / NYS4A 71st Annual Conference: April 1-4, 2009 in Saratoga Springs
The 71st annual conference of the New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS) and the New York State Social Studies Supervisory Association (NYS4A) will be held on April 1-4, 2009 at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs. The conference theme is "Social Studies: Pathways to Global Citizenship". For more information, please visit www.nyscss.org.

Information for the January 2009 Social Studies Regents Examinations
Tuesday, January 27: RCT in Global Studies (9:15am)
Wednesday: January 28: RCT in U.S. History and Government (9:15am)
Thursday, January 29: Regents Examination in U.S. History and Government (9:15am)
Friday, January 30: Regents Examination in Global History and Geography (9:15am)

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

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

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THE ARTS

NEW! 2009 New York State Summer School of the Arts
The New York State Summer Institutes Office of the State Education Department is requesting assistance in publicizing a unique opportunity for high school-age students. Booklets for the 2009 New York State Summer School of the Arts are now being distributed to the School Library Media Specialists throughout all public and non-public junior/senior high schools. If students see general information in their school library media center, they are much more likely to follow up with a request for an application. We ask that you encourage your School Library Media Specialists to make this booklet visible to students. The school library media center, as an advocate for students who are considering careers in the arts or sciences, can make a critical difference in many young lives. Call the Summer Institutes Office at (518) 474-8773 or e-mail: nysssa@mail.nysed.gov. Audition information and applications can also be found on the NYSSSA web site at www.emsc.nysed.gov/nysssa/.

NEW! Travel the World from the Comfort of Your Own Classroom
OneWorld Classrooms welcomes teachers, parents and after school programs to register to participate in the 2008/2009 K-12 International Art Exchange. Foster cross-cultural understanding by building bridges of learning between the classrooms of the world through the arts and technology. OneWorld Classrooms is a nonprofit organization that offers FREE online travel and a variety of opportunities for K-12 classrooms to interact with overseas partners. Details are online at www.oneworldclassrooms.org/iae.html

NEW! FREE Distance Learning Performing Arts Series From the Kennedy Center
Nine new programs and four rebroadcasts are included in the 2008-09 Kennedy Center Distance Learning Performing Arts Series. All programs are broadcast via cable/satellite on the Web and registration is free. Programs from past seasons along with background information, resources and instructional activities are posted on the website. For details, go to www.kennedycenter.org/pwtv

NEW! Colorado Study Shows Link Between Arts and Student Success
In a new study by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Council on the Arts, researchers found that the more arts education offered in schools, the more successful students were. Arts education was linked to higher scores on high school state assessments in reading, writing and science and lower dropout rates, regardless of ethnicity or socioeconomic status. Visit http://192.70.175.153/programs/education/study/Colorado%20Arts%20Ed%20Study%20Statistical%20Report%20Final.pdf for the full report.

NEW! Arts for All: Differentiated Instruction and The Arts
A workshop for educators and teaching artists, January 5, 8, and 16, 2009 is offered in three different locations across New York State! This program is designed for sequential arts and general classroom teachers who may work with children with special needs. For more information visit www.nysaae.org/

NEW! “Speakers in the Schools” Brings the Best of New York's Scholarship to School Classrooms Statewide
The New York Council for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities,
is offering a free speakers bureau, Speakers in the Schools, for high school communities, available to all NY high schools, public and private. Applications are simple and online: www.nyhumanities.org/speakers/schools

Visual Understanding in Education (VUE)
Visual Understanding in Education (VUE) conducts educational research focused on aesthetic and cognitive development that results from interaction with art. Based on its findings, VUE develops programs for schools and museums, principally Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). For more information visit http://www.vue.org

Olympics of the Visual Arts (OVA)
OVA provides an opportunity for students to participate in individual or group artistic problem solving. The Olympics of the Visual Arts will be held at the Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY on Tuesday, April 29, 2009. Registration forms must be postmarked by February 15, 2009. For more information visit http://www.nysata.org/vaolympics.php

Art21 Educators’ Guides
Art21 Educators’ Guides are designed to be used in conjunction with the Art in the Twenty-First Century series on PBS.The Season Three Educators’ Guide is a 32-page full color manual that provides additional background information about each of the featured artists and themes. The guide is designed to be used in schools, museums, galleries, teacher training programs, community-based programs, and cultural and educational institutions. The guide facilitates connections with a variety of subject areas and learning contexts. Visit http://beta.art21.org/doc/3501/order_season_3_educators-_guide/ for more information.

Recognition Awards Programs
The New York State Alliance for Arts Education is offering a series of Recognition Awards programs. For more information visit http://www.nysaae.org/projectsrec.htm

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

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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

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

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

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

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! High School Students Go Abroad to Learn Asian and other Languages Source: iEARN - USA
Sponsored by the National Security Language Initiative - Youth Programs and administered by the American Councils for International Education, iEARN-USA, AFS-USA and Concordia Language Villages, this new program will provide full scholarships to send 550 high school and gap year students abroad to learn Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Russian, Hindi, Farsi, and Turkish in 2009-2010. Students will participate in language an cultural immersion programs for 6-8 week summer programs, as well as semester and year-long experiences. For more information: http://www.nsliforyouth.org/

NEW! Summer Program, Scholarship Opportunity, Professional and Internship Opportunities (Japanese)
Source: Keio Academy of New York, Keio University

Summer Program for Junior High School Students. A two-week bilingual summer program for junior high school students, aged 13 to 15 (July 25th to August 8 2009). The program requires the participants to live in a bilingual (English and Japanese) bicultural dormitory. For more information visit http://www2.keio.edu/summercamp/ .This summer program program is seeking assistants and interns who have a strong interest in working in a bilingual-bicultural educational environment who can help facilitate cross-cultural communications between Japanese and American students. Also available are scholarship opportunities for 9th or 10th Graders. The Aratani Foundation Nikkei-jin Scholarship was made possible through the generous contribution of Mr. George Aratani, a Japanese-American businessman and philanthropist. Successful applicant will be admitted to Keio Academy of New York as a 9th or 10th graders. For more information: http://www.keio.edu/english/tabid/270/Default.aspx

NEW! ACC-CLASS K-12 Summer Chinese Language Teachers Institute Source: Hamilton College.
The Associated Colleges in China (ACC), in collaboration with the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Secondary Schools (CLASS), is pleased to announce its intensive summer training program for in-service and pre-service K-12 Chinese language teachers whose first language is not Chinese. This 6-week institute (June 27 - August 7) will be held in Beijing and Chengdu at Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB) and Southwest University for Nationalities (SWUN), respectively. The institute will offer refresher language courses, culture lectures and pedagogical workshops for teachers of Chinese whose native language is NOT Chinese. The institute will be operated by ACC using its course curriculum, language faculty and teaching facilities. Please visit the ACC website at http://www.hamilton.edu/china to download the application and information about the application process. The application deadline is March 2, 2009. To download more information visit https://my.hamilton.edu/academics/acc/08K12CTT.html https://my.hamilton.edu/academics/acc/Program2009_K12_English.pdf .

NEW! Heritage Language Journal: Special Issue on Korean as a Heritage Language. Source: Heritage Language Journal
Volume 6, No. 2 of the Heritage Language Journal is on line at www.heritagelanguages.org . This issue, which focuses on Korean as a Heritage Language, was guest edited by Sarah Shin (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) and Jin Sook Lee (University of California, Santa Barbara). Papers include Korean Heritage Language Education in the United States: The Current State, Opportunities, and Possibilities, Voluntary Writing in the Heritage Language: A Study of Biliterate Korean-Heritage Adolescents in the U.S, etc. This free online journal is available at http://www.heritagelanguages.org

Resources for Including Students with Disabilities in Foreign Language Classes
Two UK resources address foreign language teaching strategies for students with disabilities. Locate these web links "Bibliography on Modern Languages and Disability" and "International Book on Language Learners and Disability" listed under the Links and News section at the bottom of MIUSA’s Foreign Language and Disability Spotlight page at http://www.miusa.org/ncde/spotlight/foreignlanguage .

Funding for Education Projects: Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) is pleased to announce small-scale funding opportunities for education initiatives. CGP’s Education Program seeks to increase awareness and understanding of Japan through support of teacher training and related community outreach programs addressing the needs of K-12 students, teachers and the surrounding community. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for projects that commence before March 31, 2009. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified of the decision 1-2 months after formal submission of the proposal. Thus, applications must be submitted at least 2 months prior to the project's starting date. For more information, go to http://www.cgp.org/index.php?option=article&task=default&articleid=346&id=6

NEH Seminar on Modern French Theater in Avignon, France, "La Théâtralité et la réalité dans le théâtre français moderne" Source: North Carolina State University from http://www.chass.ncsu.edu/nehwitt2009
Dr. Mary Ann Frese Witt of North Carolina State University will direct a seminar on modern French theater, to be conducted in French, for U.S. teachers, from June 29 through July 24, 2009 in Avignon, France. The seminar will consist of intensive reading and study of major twentieth-century plays by Sartre, Genet, Ionesco, and Beckett. In addition, seminar participants will have the opportunity to attend and discuss plays produced at the annual Avignon theater festival. Applications are due March 2, 2009. Successful applicants will receive a $3200 stipend.
For more information, visit http://www.chass.ncsu.edu/nehwitt2009 .

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

NEW! The New York State Middle Level Liaisons met in Albany on November 13 and 14 for their semiannual two day meeting.  Work products and information from that meeting can be found at the following link. http://www.nysmsa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=45

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! IMLS National Leadership grants, $50,000-$1,000,000, due February 1, 2009
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications for the agency's 2009 National Leadership Grant (NLG) program. Applications, guidelines, and examples of successful proposals can be found on the agency's Web site, www.imls.gov. The deadline for submitting applications is February 1, 2009. For the past 11 years, the National Leadership Grants program has been the capstone program for IMLS, providing the agency's highest level of support for innovative projects that provide important research, tools, and models for library and museum programs across the country.

NEW! National Endowment for the Humanities Small Grants to Libraries: Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War
The Small Grants to Libraries program brings humanities public programming to libraries across the country. “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Constitution Center (NCC) and the American Library Association (ALA). The exhibition is based upon an original NCC-developed interactive exhibition of the same name, which will be reformatted into a traveling exhibition for libraries. The traveling exhibition and tour are funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to the National Constitution Center. This funding opportunity offers successful applicants up to $2,500. Receipt Deadline: January 30, 2009 (For projects beginning July 2009). For full details please visit: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/SGL_Lincoln.html

NEW! IMLS Publishes FY 2007 State Library Agency Report
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) issued its second library statistics report on state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year (FY) 2007. The State Library Agency Report for FY 2007 includes a wide array of information on topics such as libraries' Internet access and electronic services, collections, staff, and revenue. The survey provides state and federal policymakers, researchers, and other interested users information on the range of roles played by state library agencies and the financial, human, and informational resources invested in the agencies' work. The full report, with many details about the New York State Library and the services they provide can be downloaded from http://harvester.census.gov/imls/pubs/stla/pub_detail.asp?id=120#

NEW! 2009 New York State Summer School of the Arts
The New York State Summer Institutes Office of the State Education Department is requesting assistance in publicizing a unique opportunity for high school-age students. Booklets for the 2009 New York State Summer School of the Arts are now being distributed to the School Library Media Specialists throughout all public and non-public junior/senior high schools. If students see general information in their school library media center, they are much more likely to follow up with a request for an application. We ask that you encourage your School Library Media Specialists to make this booklet visible to students. The school library media center, as an advocate for students who are considering careers in the arts or sciences, can make a critical difference in many young lives. Call the Summer Institutes Office at (518) 474-8773 or e-mail: nysssa@mail.nysed.gov. Audition information and applications can also be found on the NYSSSA web site at www.emsc.nysed.gov/nysssa/.

AASL Awards Program
AASL has over $45,000 to give away and you could be eligible. Do you work with a school administrator who provides exemplary support for the library media program in your school? Perhaps you are a beginning school
library media specialist who would like to attend an American Association of School Librarians (AASL) or American Library Association (ALA) annual conference for the first time but need financial assistance. The AASL Awards program supports these situations and others through nine awards and grants totaling more than $45,000. For more information, NYSED Web pages at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/GrantsandAwards.htm, or the AASL Web site at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslawards/aaslawards.cfm

Application Guidelines Now Available for Institute of Museum and Library Services Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is pleased to announce the availability of guidelines and application forms for the 2009 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. This a grant program that enhances institutional capacity and sustainability in the nation's African American museums through professional training, technical assistance, internships, outside expertise, and other important tools. Application Deadline: January 15, 2009 For more information please visit http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/AfricanAmerican.shtm

The Big Read
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), announces the fifth deadline for The Big Read. The purpose of The Big Read is to revitalize the role of literature in American popular culture. Grants ranging from $5,000 - $20,000 are available to encourage local communities to inspire reading by developing and carrying out programming revolving around a single work of literature. Programming must be conducted between September 2009 and June 2010. Application Deadline: February 3, 2009. For more information go to: http://www.imls.gov/news/2008/102208a.shtm The Request for Proposals can be downloaded at www.NEABigRead.org. Questions should be directed to Arts Midwest or TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org.

Creation of a New York State History Reading List for the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program
The New York State Library is looking for input from local school and public librarians who work with youth for the creation of New York State history reading lists for pre-schoolers and school age children and teens. The reading list will be used as part of the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program and will be available to libraries and families statewide. The New York State Library's Statewide Summer Reading Program (SSRP), the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association (YSS), and the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association (SLMS) are partnering with “Explore 400” (Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial) http://www.exploreny400.com/Home.aspx to compile reading lists for children and teens that celebrate New York State’s history and culture. For more information visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/libnews.html

AASL Releases 2008 Longitudinal Study Results
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released the results from its 2008 School Libraries Count Longitudinal Study. This year's survey received responses from 6,988 public and independent school library media specialists. Highlights from the survey include surprising findings about the usage of 2.0 tools in schools at all grade levels. Schools are using collaborative tools, like wikis, to support and enhance classroom teaching. Among the other highlights: 74.1% of respondents said they offer remote access to the school library media program's online databases; schools ranking in the 95th percentile show an annual per student expenditure of $48.02 for school library media programs; and, half of responding schools report at least 16 computers in the school library media center and at least another 112 elsewhere in the school. To see the results of the survey, visit http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/schlibrariesandyou/slcsurvey.cfm

New York Teacher Call for Book Recommendations
New York Teacher is NYSUT's statewide, official membership newspaper, published bimonthly during the school year and mailed to the homes of all NYSUT members. NYSUT has asked for book recommendations from New York Library Association/School Library Media Specialists members that would be included in each edition of New York Teacher. One title correlated to one grade level per book is recommended. A book recommendation submission form is available at www.nyla.org/slms

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

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TESTING

Information for the January 2009 Social Studies Regents Examinations
Tuesday, January 27: RCT in Global Studies (9:15am)
Wednesday: January 28: RCT in U.S. History and Government (9:15am)
Thursday, January 29: Regents Examination in U.S. History and Government (9:15am)
Friday, January 30: Regents Examination in Global History and Geography (9:15am)

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

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

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, Science and English Language Arts Alternative Grade Level Indicators for Students with Severe Disabilities. Upcoming additions will include Social Studies 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! New Translations of Key Terms
The New York State Education Department Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies has translated key content area terms in mathematics, science, and social studies as an accommodation for ELL students in grades 3 - 8. These translations of key terms are aligned with New York State content curriculum, standards and assessments.It is recommended that teachers use the translations as part of the classroom instructional program throughout the school year to familiarize the students with their proper use. This will maximize the effectiveness of the translations as a test accommodation for ELL students. The content area translations of key terms are available in New York State's major languages and can be downloaded at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/biling/bilingual_glossaries.htm (NYSED) and http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/metrocenter/programs/ALBETAC/Resources/translatedglossaries.html (ALBETAC).

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

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

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

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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