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NYSED/USNY

NEW! NYSED's Call for Feedback on Draft PreK Learning Standards
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on the final draft of the New York State PreK Learning Standards, which will be presented for discussion and adoption at their January 2011 meeting. As someone invested in the education of young children, your professional opinion is important to the finalization of this project. The New York State PreKindergarten Learning Standards are arranged in five developmental domains: Approaches to Learning; Physical Development and Health; Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; and Cognition and Knowledge of the World. Each domain identifies clearly the benchmarks that children should meet during their prekindergarten experience and performance indicators that can be observed as children meet these benchmarks. A survey is posted on the Universal PreK website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/upk  , for you to share your comments and recommendations. Any questions about the survey may be sent to emsceeri@mail.nysed.gov. The deadline for your input is December 22, 2010. Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of the young learners in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! New York State Museum Hosts Capital Region History Day Competition
The Capital Region History Day, an affiliate of the National History Day program encourages students to explore local, state, national and world history.  After selecting a historical topic that relates to the annual theme, this year’s theme is: Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences, students conduct research using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews.  They analyze significance in history, and create final projects that present their work.  These projects can be entered into a series of competitions from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by historians and educators.  The contest is open to students in grades 6-12.  All types of students participate in History Day – public, private parochial and home schooled.  The contest takes place on Saturday, March 26 at the New York State Museum.  Students must register by March 4, 2011.  For more information go to:  http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/  external link icon for http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/ or http://www.nyshistoryday.org/  external link icon for http://www.nyshistoryday.org/ or contact Patricia Jordan at PJORDAN@MAIL.NYSED.GOV or via phone at 518-474-4458. 

NEW! Elementary- and Intermediate-Level Testing Schedule for 2010-11
Please see the following Office of State Assessment memo for changes in the Elementary/Intermediate testing calendar for the 2010–11 school year: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/2011/3-8-schedule-101810.pdf  pdf icon for http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/2011/3-8-schedule-101810.pdf(98 KB) 

NEW! New York State Archives Announces Student Research Award Contest
The New York State Archives announces its twenty-first annual Student Research Awards program to promote and recognize excellence in student research.  The main purpose of the awards program is to encourage students to explore the wealth of historical records in New York State.  A secondary purpose is to increase cooperation between schools and organizations that administer historical records useful for education.  The New York State Archives encourages the participation of school library media specialists in this project.  The Student Research Awards program is a statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades 4-12.  A total of three awards will be given, one each for students in grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12.  For more information, contact the State Archives at archedu@mail.nysed.gov or see our webpage at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_awards.shtml.

NEW! Nationwide Video Contest for High School Students
Human population is set to reach seven billion by the end of 2011.  As this historic moment approaches, Population Connection is hosting a nationwide video contest for high school students.  The contest challenges students to create a video public service announcement that illustrates the impact of population reaching seven billion as it relates to environmental and global issues.   With cash prizes of up to $1,000 available to winning videos, the deadline for entries is March 1, 2011.  But there's something in it for you, the teacher, as well!  If at least 10 of your students submit videos, we'll send you a set of free classroom resources.  This is a teachable moment you don't want to miss! Contest information and forms are available at www.Worldof7Billion.org  external link icon for www.Worldof7Billion.org.  You can use this  printable flyer  external link icon for printable flyer  pdf icon for printable flyer(635 KB) to hang in your classroom to let students know about the contest.  

NEW! New York State Teaching Standards Second Round of Public Feedback
The State Education Department has just released the revised draft of the New York State Teaching Standards for a second round of public feedback. The preliminary draft of the NYS Teaching Standards was revised after the teaching standards workgroup reviewed public comment and feedback from the first survey conducted in July. This current draft was discussed by the Board of Regents at their October 2010 meeting. The Board of Regents and the Department would like to hear from as broad an audience of interested parties as possible.

To view a letter from Deputy Commissioner Joseph Frey, the current draft of the NYS Teaching Standards and the second survey, click on this direct link http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/memo11172010.html  . The deadline for completing the survey is December 14, 2010.

We ask that you assist us by forwarding the above message to your membership. If you have an organization website on which a link to our request for feedback can be posted we would appreciate your adding the notification to your website. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Oleaga at poleaga@mail.nysed.gov  .

NEW! State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
Teachers will have a new tool available to them this year as they cover World War I in their classes.  The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons for the students.  This website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics.  The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, the Harlem Hellfighters, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more.  Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources in their lessons.  A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option allows teachers to print a worksheet for each image.  Each worksheet can customize by including information from the website or teachers can edit and/or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions for each image.  View this incredible resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml.

NEW! Request for Proposal: Teacher Preparation Pilot Program
In an effort to improve the retention and effectiveness of novice teachers in high-need schools, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is offering a Request for Proposal (RFP). Through this RFP, NYSED seeks to identify Institutions which will partner with high-need schools with demonstrated shortages of certified teachers to participate in a pilot project to address the teacher shortage issue through a graduate level clinically rich teacher preparation pilot program.

NEW! State Archives Highlights 19th Century African American Voting Rights
The New York State Archives is highlighting voting rights for African Americans during the 19th century in its latest edition of Document Showcase.  Document Showcase is a regular feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use.  The topics are based upon the State Education Department’s core curriculum for 7th and 8th grade social studies as well as special events in New York history.  The educational activities are created by a teacher and correlate to New York State learning standards.  Each Showcase also provides links within the State Archives’ website for further information on the topic.  Document Showcase can be viewed on the Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/index.shtml.

NEW! Request for Proposal (RFP) - Smart Scholars Early College High School
Request for Proposal (RFP) - Smart Scholars Early College High School - The New York State Education Departments announces the release of the Smart Scholars Early College High School RFP for the second cohort. Please visit http://www.highered.nysed.gov/ss/rfp/  for full details.

NEW!New York Statewide Literacy Resource Center RFP Opportunity
The Office of Curriculum and Instruction requests proposals to the RFP New York Statewide Literacy Resource Center. The New York State Education Department is seeking proposals to develop, implement, and sustain a web based Statewide Literacy Resource Center (SLRC). The goals of the project are to provide web based literacy support to all schools in New York State through online professional development, technical assistance, and collaboration with other organizations. 

NYSED is issuing RFP#10-011 New York Statewide Literacy Resource Center. The RFP and all required Submission Documents can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/compcontracts.html  .  Questions regarding this RFP must be E-Mailed to SLRC@mail.nysed.gov  no later than close of business Monday, December 6, 2010. A Questions and Answers Summary will be available to all parties at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/compcontracts.html  no later than Wednesday, December 15, 2010.  Bids are due on Friday, January 7, 2011 and must be received at NYSED in Albany before 3:00 PM that day.

NEW! RFP-Graduate Level Clinically Rich Teacher Preparation Pilot Program
The New York State Education Department announces the release of the Graduate Level Clinically Rich Teacher Preparation Pilot Program RFP. Please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/rttt/teacherprep/  for full details.

NEW! 2012 Teacher of the Year
2012 Teacher of the Year - Nominations are being sought for the 2012 Teacher of the Year. Please visit http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/ted/toty/ for additional information as well as the nomination form.

NEW! Better Beginnings Award
Nominations are being sought for the 2010-2011 Helen Bach Moss Memorial Better Beginnings Award. Additional information can be found at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/ted/BBA/  . 

NEW! 2011-2015 STEP Request for Proposals
Proposals are being sought for the 2011-2015 Science and Technology Entry Program, STEP. The RFP may be viewed at www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/step

NEW! State Archives and Library Now Open on Saturdays
Teachers and students can now access the collections of the New York State Archives and the New York State Library easier than ever.  The State Archives and Library, housed in the Cultural Education Center with the State Museum, are now open on Saturdays enabling those who work Monday through Friday to do research on Saturdays from 9:30 to 4:30.  Free public parking will be available in the Madison Avenue parking lots adjacent to the CEC.  Directions and parking information is available on the New York State Museum website at http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/information/general/muswhere.html. The Archives and the Library will be open Monday through Saturday, except major holidays (e.g. July 4th, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day).  Researchers are advised to check their websites for such holidays.  In case of inclement weather, researchers are encouraged to call the State Archives at (518) 474-8955 or call the State Library at (518) 474-5355 prior to their visit.

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

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

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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

NEW! Nationwide Video Contest for High School Students
Human population is set to reach seven billion by the end of 2011.  As this historic moment approaches, Population Connection is hosting a nationwide video contest for high school students.  The contest challenges students to create a video public service announcement that illustrates the impact of population reaching seven billion as it relates to environmental and global issues.   With cash prizes of up to $1,000 available to winning videos, the deadline for entries is March 1, 2011.  But there's something in it for you, the teacher, as well!  If at least 10 of your students submit videos, we'll send you a set of free classroom resources.  This is a teachable moment you don't want to miss! Contest information and forms are available at www.Worldof7Billion.org  external link icon for www.Worldof7Billion.org.  You can use this  printable flyer  external link icon for printable flyer  pdf icon for printable flyer(635 KB) to hang in your classroom to let students know about the contest.  

The 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 30 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. To look up your regional guidelines and deadlines go to http://www.artandwriting.org/awards
  external link icon for http://www.artandwriting.org/awards

Einstein Fellowship - Application is Now Open!
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. To be considered for an Einstein Fellowship for the 2011-2012 school year, apply online now, and submit your application and three letters of recommendation no later than January 4, 2011. To learn more about the program and apply, visit http://www.trianglecoalition.org/fellows/einapp.htm  external link icon for http://www.trianglecoalition.org/fellows/einapp.htm,

If you have questions about the program or application, contact Program Manager Kathryn Culbertson at culbertsonk@triangle-coalition.org.

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

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW!Best Practices for Information Literacy Courses
The Association of College and Research Libraries has published Best Practices for Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses edited by Christopher Hollister. The work is a collection of previously unpublished papers in which contributing authors describe and recommend best practices for creating, developing, and teaching credit-bearing information literacy courses at the college and university level. Contributors discuss useful and effective methods for developing, teaching, assessing, and marketing courses. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/characteristics.cfm  external link icon for http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/characteristics.cfm

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

NEW! Visual Understanding in Education
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  external link icon for http://www.vue.org

NEW! Summer Seminars in American History for Teachers
K-12 history, social studies and English teachers are invited to apply to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History 2011 Summer Seminars. Taught by renowned historians on college campuses in the US and the UK, these one-week seminars give educators the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of topics in American history—while gaining practical resources and strategies to take back to their classrooms.  Apply early  external link icon for Apply early: seminar space is limited. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2011. For a complete list of Gilder Lehrman’s 2011 seminars, information about full and partial fellowships, graduate credit, and to apply online, visit: www.gilderlehrman.org/summerseminars.htm  external link icon for www.gilderlehrman.org/summerseminars.htm 

NEW! NYS Council for the Social Studies March Convention, March 17-19, 2011
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with The March from Civil War to Civility Through Social Justice Education theme for the New York State Council for the Social Studies Convention, March 17-19, 2011.  Kerry Kennedy, Steve Goldberg, Maria Niera, Lee Cutler, politicians, NYS Regents, Milken Award Winners, National Board Certified Teachers, and Outstanding NYS Social Studies Teachers have agree to be speakers. Here is your opportunity for a marvelous profession development experience. This year's NYSCSS Annual Conference will be held at the beautiful Rochester Convention Center in Rochester, New York, visit http://www.nyscss.org/Default.aspx?pageId=643958  external link icon for http://www.nyscss.org/Default.aspx?pageId=643958 for more information.

NEW! Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa
The inaugural Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa will provide teachers first-hand exposure to the social and environmental complexity of South Africa, The program will focus on sustainable development and emphasizing the links between history, culture, power, and the environment.  Teachers will explore the country’s natural and cultural diversity through arrange of site visits and hands-on activities. The Toyota International Teacher Program is a fully-funded international professional development program for U.S. educators and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program advances environmental stewardship and global connectedness in U.S. schools and communities. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2011. Visit  www.iie.org/toyota  external link icon for www.iie.org/toyota for eligibility requirements, application instructions, FAQs, and to apply online.

Sustainable Living
Engage in hands-on activities, and receive a teaching tool kit you can use with your class to explore sustainability practices in energy, water, transportation, food, and the consumption of goods. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of sustainable actions. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org  external link icon for www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

Take Action at Home
This energy efficiency workshop combines thinking and talking about energy with strategies for taking action at home. Engage in hands-on activities and explore ways to motivate your students to take home the message of energy efficiency. Each teacher receives a class set of Take Home Energy Kits for their students. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of energy-saving actions. Sign up today. Limited number of workshops this school year! The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org  external link icon for www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

Einstein Fellowship - Application is Now Open!
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. To be considered for an Einstein Fellowship for the 2011-2012 school year, apply online now, and submit your application and three letters of recommendation no later than January 4, 2011. To learn more about the program and apply, visit http://www.trianglecoalition.org/fellows/einapp.htm  external link icon for http://www.trianglecoalition.org/fellows/einapp.htm,

If you have questions about the program or application, contact Program Manager Kathryn Culbertson at culbertsonk@triangle-coalition.org.

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THE ARTS

NEW! Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest
The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest celebrates its 13th year as a proven interdisciplinary education program that uses art to capture the imagination of students while teaching aquatic resource stewardship. Students create a portfolio including an illustration of their state-fish and an essay detailing its habitat, behavior, and efforts to conserve it. Winners are recognized from each state in three grade categories, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art contest deadline for entries is March 31st, 2011.  Visit http://www.StateFishArt.com   external link icon for http://www.StateFishArt.com for complete details.

NEW! 21st Annual Legislative Student Art Exhibition
The 2011 New York State Art Teachers Association’s Legislative Exhibit is co-sponsored by the New York State Alliance for Arts Education and will take place February 28–March 4. This student art exhibit is held in the Legislative Office Building in Albany each spring. Open to all students of NYSATA members in grades K-12. The work for this year's show must be submitted by January 11, 2011. To register on-line visit the NYSATA website: www.nysata.org  external link icon for www.nysata.org.

NEW! Joy2Learn Resources
Joy2Learn brings America’s greatest artists into the classroom free of charge via the Internet. Visit www.Joy2Learn.org  external link icon for www.Joy2Learn.org and click on e-Presentations to view artists as they demonstrate and explain their art. Learn about various art forms as you navigate through exciting videos and interactive multimedia elements including performances, history, artists’ insights and quiz games.

NEW! NYSED's Call for Feedback on Draft PreK Learning Standards
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on the final draft of the New York State PreK Learning Standards, which will be presented for discussion and adoption at their January 2011 meeting. As someone invested in the education of young children, your professional opinion is important to the finalization of this project.  The New York State PreKindergarten Learning Standards are arranged in five developmental domains: Approaches to Learning; Physical Development and Health; Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; and Cognition and Knowledge of the World. Each domain identifies clearly the benchmarks that children should meet during their prekindergarten experience and performance indicators that can be observed as children meet these benchmarks.   A survey is posted on the Universal PreK website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/upk , for you to share your comments and recommendations. Any questions about the survey may be sent to ( emsceeri@mail.nysed.gov ). The deadline for your input is December 22, 2010.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of the young learners in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! Visual Understanding in Education
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  external link icon for http://www.vue.org

NEW! New York State Teaching Standards Second Round of Public Feedback
The State Education Department has just released the revised draft of the New York State Teaching Standards for a second round of public feedback. The preliminary draft of the NYS Teaching Standards was revised after the teaching standards workgroup reviewed public comment and feedback from the first survey conducted in July. This current draft was discussed by the Board of Regents at their October 2010 meeting. The Board of Regents and the Department would like to hear from as broad an audience of interested parties as possible.

To view a letter from Deputy Commissioner Joseph Frey, the current draft of the NYS Teaching Standards and the second survey, click on this direct link http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/memo11172010.html  . The deadline for completing the survey is December 14, 2010.

We ask that you assist us by forwarding the above message to your membership. If you have an organization website on which a link to our request for feedback can be posted we would appreciate your adding the notification to your website. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Oleaga at poleaga@mail.nysed.gov  .

NEW! Director of Curriculum Services position
The NY State Education Department is accepting applications for Director of Curriculum Services. Under the general direction of the Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education and the Associate Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction and Standards, the Director is responsible for leading the formulation of policy related to curriculum and instruction for the New York State Education System. The Curriculum Director is a key decision maker, policy developer, and confidential advisor to the P-12 Education and NYSED leadership team. To learn more about this position, please see http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/EMS796.htm

NEW! 2011 Olympics of the Visual Arts
The 2011 Olympics of the Visual Arts (OVA) will be held at the Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs, New York on Wednesday, March 30, 2010. The OVA program provides an opportunity for students to participate in individual or group artistic problem solving. A new series of problems is posed every fall. Students create long-range solutions at their schools, and travel to the Albany area to compete on short-range problems in a day-long celebration of creativity. There are awards for each of the problem categories at every level. Registration must be received by Friday, February 18, 2011.  For more information visit http://www.nysata.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=87223&orgId=nysata
  external link icon for http://www.nysata.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=87223&orgId=nysata

The 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 30 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. To look up your regional guidelines and deadlines go to http://www.artandwriting.org/awards
  external link icon for http://www.artandwriting.org/awards

International Youth Art Exchange 2011 Program
The World Awareness Children’s Museum is an educational institution which fosters knowledge and appreciation of world cultures through exhibitions, interactive programming, the International Youth Art Exchange and educator-led tours. Now in its 24th consecutive year, the International Youth Art Exchange is a global art share and exhibition program. Your students can participate with others throughout the world, and original museum quality exhibitions of youth art from our international collection are available to you and your school community. The deadline for award eligibility is April 1st, 2011. For more information visit http://www.worldchildrensmuseum.org/Pages/announcement.html   external link icon for http://www.worldchildrensmuseum.org/Pages/announcement.html

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

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! Elementary- and Intermediate-Level Testing Schedule for 2010-11
Please see the following Office of State Assessment memo for changes in the Elementary/Intermediate testing calendar for the 2010–11 school year: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/2011/3-8-schedule-101810.pdf  pdf icon for http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/2011/3-8-schedule-101810.pdf(98 KB) 

NEW! Scanning Regents Examination Answer Sheets: June 2011
At their April 2010 meeting, the Board of Regents approved a two-step implementation schedule for the statewide scanning of Regents Exam answer sheets. For more information, please see the following memo from the Office of State Assessment: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/apda/memos-10/scanning-101810.pdf  pdf icon for http://www.p12.nysed.gov/apda/memos-10/scanning-101810.pdf(52 KB)

NEW! New York State Teaching Standards Second Round of Public Feedback
The State Education Department has just released the revised draft of the New York State Teaching Standards for a second round of public feedback. The preliminary draft of the NYS Teaching Standards was revised after the teaching standards workgroup reviewed public comment and feedback from the first survey conducted in July. This current draft was discussed by the Board of Regents at their October 2010 meeting. The Board of Regents and the Department would like to hear from as broad an audience of interested parties as possible.

To view a letter from Deputy Commissioner Joseph Frey, the current draft of the NYS Teaching Standards and the second survey, click on this direct link http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/memo11172010.html  . The deadline for completing the survey is December 14, 2010.

We ask that you assist us by forwarding the above message to your membership. If you have an organization website on which a link to our request for feedback can be posted we would appreciate your adding the notification to your website. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Oleaga at poleaga@mail.nysed.gov  .

NEW! NYSED's Call for Feedback on Draft PreK Learning Standards
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on the final draft of the New York State PreK Learning Standards, which will be presented for discussion and adoption at their January 2011 meeting. As someone invested in the education of young children, your professional opinion is important to the finalization of this project.  The New York State PreKindergarten Learning Standards are arranged in five developmental domains: Approaches to Learning; Physical Development and Health; Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; and Cognition and Knowledge of the World. Each domain identifies clearly the benchmarks that children should meet during their prekindergarten experience and performance indicators that can be observed as children meet these benchmarks.   A survey is posted on the Universal PreK website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/upk , for you to share your comments and recommendations. Any questions about the survey may be sent to ( emsceeri@mail.nysed.gov ). The deadline for your input is December 22, 2010.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of the young learners in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! "Celebrate America" 5th Grade Creative Writing Contest
Sponsored by the American Immigration Council (formerly AILF).  Through this contest, AIC seeks to engage local 5th grade children on the topic of immigration. Participants will write a 500 word essay based on the theme, "Why I am Glad America Is a Nation of Immigrants." Note that all essay entries this year will be due by Wednesday, February 16, 2011.  Two years ago, the first place winner of New York's local contest received an honorable mention in the national contest.   The top three winners will be honored and awarded prizes during AIC's monthly meeting on June 6, 2011.  Also, the local winner will be entered into AIC's national contest and will have a chance of winning an all-expense paid trip to AIC's Annual Benefit Dinner to be held at AIC's annual conference in San Diego, CA. Additional information about the contest is found at  http://www.communityeducationcenter.org/community/essay-contest  external link icon for http://www.communityeducationcenter.org/community/essay-contest

NEW! Director of Curriculum Services position
The NY State Education Department is accepting applications for Director of Curriculum Services. Under the general direction of the Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education and the Associate Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction and Standards, the Director is responsible for leading the formulation of policy related to curriculum and instruction for the New York State Education System. The Curriculum Director is a key decision maker, policy developer, and confidential advisor to the P-12 Education and NYSED leadership team. To learn more about this position, please see http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/EMS796.htm

NEW! State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
Teachers will have a new tool available to them this year as they cover World War I in their classes.  The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons for the students.  This website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics.  The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, the Harlem Hellfighters, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more.  Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources in their lessons.  A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option allows teachers to print a worksheet for each image.  Each worksheet can customize by including information from the website or teachers can edit and/or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions for each image.  View this incredible resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml.

NEW! New York Statewide Literacy Resource Center RFP Opportunity
The Office of Curriculum and Instruction requests proposals to the RFP New York Statewide Literacy Resource Center. The New York State Education Department is seeking proposals to develop, implement, and sustain a web based Statewide Literacy Resource Center (SLRC). The goals of the project are to provide web based literacy support to all schools in New York State through online professional development, technical assistance, and collaboration with other organizations. 

NYSED is issuing RFP#10-011 New York Statewide Literacy Resource Center. The RFP and all required Submission Documents can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/compcontracts.html  .  Questions regarding this RFP must be E-Mailed to SLRC@mail.nysed.gov  no later than close of business Monday, December 6, 2010. A Questions and Answers Summary will be available to all parties at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/compcontracts.html  no later than Wednesday, December 15, 2010.  Bids are due on Friday, January 7, 2011 and must be received at NYSED in Albany before 3:00 PM that day.

NEW! State Archives and Library Now Open on Saturdays
Teachers and students can now access the collections of the New York State Archives and the New York State Library easier than ever.  The State Archives and Library, housed in the Cultural Education Center with the State Museum, are now open on Saturdays enabling those who work Monday through Friday to do research on Saturdays from 9:30 to 4:30.  Free public parking will be available in the Madison Avenue parking lots adjacent to the CEC.  Directions and parking information is available on the New York State Museum website at http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/information/general/muswhere.html. The Archives and the Library will be open Monday through Saturday, except major holidays (e.g. July 4th, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day).  Researchers are advised to check their websites for such holidays.  In case of inclement weather, researchers are encouraged to call the State Archives at (518) 474-8955 or call the State Library at (518) 474-5355 prior to their visit.

NEW! Guides to new 3-8 Testing Program now available
The 2011 Guide to the Grades 3-8 Testing Program in English Language Arts and Mathematics is now available at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-11.pdf  pdf icon for http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-11.pdf(625 KB)  A memo on the new guide is also available on OSA's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-memo-11.pdf  pdf icon for http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-memo-11.pdf(49 KB) 

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

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

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

NEW! Joy2Learn Resources
Joy2Learn brings America’s greatest artists into the classroom free of charge via the Internet. Visit www.Joy2Learn.org  external link icon for www.Joy2Learn.org and click on e-Presentations to view artists as they demonstrate and explain their art. Learn about various art forms as you navigate through exciting videos and interactive multimedia elements including performances, history, artists’ insights and quiz games.

NEW! Educators & Parents Speak Up! National Research Project
Get the pulse of your stakeholders about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. The online survey is open to students, educators (including future educators) and parents; it’s quick and easy to get involved.   Best of all, you can view your results online, free of charge. Survey is open October 18th 2010 – January 21st, 2011.  Sign up today to take the survey: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2010/  external link icon for http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2010/

NEW! Nationwide Video Contest for High School Students
Human population is set to reach seven billion by the end of 2011.  As this historic moment approaches, Population Connection is hosting a nationwide video contest for high school students.  The contest challenges students to create a video public service announcement that illustrates the impact of population reaching seven billion as it relates to environmental and global issues.   With cash prizes of up to $1,000 available to winning videos, the deadline for entries is March 1, 2011.  But there's something in it for you, the teacher, as well!  If at least 10 of your students submit videos, we'll send you a set of free classroom resources.  This is a teachable moment you don't want to miss! Contest information and forms are available at www.Worldof7Billion.org  external link icon for www.Worldof7Billion.org.  You can use this  printable flyer  external link icon for printable flyer  pdf icon for printable flyer(635 KB) to hang in your classroom to let students know about the contest.  

NEW! Top 10 U.S. School Districts in Digital Technology Named
Top school districts have been announced in the seventh annual Digital School Districts Survey by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association (NSBA). The purpose of the survey is to recognize exemplary school boards and districts’ use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and the community and to improve district operations, http://www.convergemag.com/awards/digital-districts/2010-Digital-School-Districts-Survey.html  external link icon for http://www.convergemag.com/awards/digital-districts/2010-Digital-School-Districts-Survey.html Congratulations to Springville-Griffith Institute CSD -- 2nd place in the Small Student Population Category, the only New York State district honored.

NEW! NYSED Launches Internet Safety Resource Toolkit
NYS Education Law - Section 814, Courses of Study in Internet Safety, calls for education of students for safe and appropriate use of Internet technology and resources. In response to this law, the NYSED Office of Educational Design and Technology (ED&T) has launched an Internet Safety Resource Toolkit, available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/technology/internet_safety/ . The toolkit is designed as a suite of resources across a spectrum of applications, including an alignment of principles and practices of Internet Safe Usage to state and nationally-benchmarked learning standards; pointers for an Internet safety curriculum aligned with learning standards; an instrument for evaluation of a school and district's overall Internet Safety teaching and learning program; and a process for peer review and dissemination of leading learning experiences with organizational partners such as NYSCATE and Model Schools. The toolkit is designed to assist school administrators, educators, and students in developing polices and programs to infuse Internet safety in teaching, learning, and assessment across a district-wide, standards-based program.

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

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LITERACY

NEW! Director of Curriculum Services position
The NY State Education Department is accepting applications for Director of Curriculum Services. Under the general direction of the Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education and the Associate Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction and Standards, the Director is responsible for leading the formulation of policy related to curriculum and instruction for the New York State Education System. The Curriculum Director is a key decision maker, policy developer, and confidential advisor to the P-12 Education and NYSED leadership team. To learn more about this position, please see http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/EMS796.htm

NEW! NYSED's Call for Feedback on Draft PreK Learning Standards
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on the final draft of the New York State PreK Learning Standards, which will be presented for discussion and adoption at their January 2011 meeting. As someone invested in the education of young children, your professional opinion is important to the finalization of this project.  The New York State PreKindergarten Learning Standards are arranged in five developmental domains: Approaches to Learning; Physical Development and Health; Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; and Cognition and Knowledge of the World. Each domain identifies clearly the benchmarks that children should meet during their prekindergarten experience and performance indicators that can be observed as children meet these benchmarks.   A survey is posted on the Universal PreK website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/upk , for you to share your comments and recommendations. Any questions about the survey may be sent to ( emsceeri@mail.nysed.gov ). The deadline for your input is December 22, 2010.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of the young learners in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! NYSED's Call for Feedback on Draft PreK Learning Standards
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on the final draft of the New York State PreK Learning Standards, which will be presented for discussion and adoption at their January 2011 meeting. As someone invested in the education of young children, your professional opinion is important to the finalization of this project. The New York State PreKindergarten Learning Standards are arranged in five developmental domains: Approaches to Learning; Physical Development and Health; Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; and Cognition and Knowledge of the World. Each domain identifies clearly the benchmarks that children should meet during their prekindergarten experience and performance indicators that can be observed as children meet these benchmarks. A survey is posted on the Universal PreK website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/upk  , for you to share your comments and recommendations. Any questions about the survey may be sent to emsceeri@mail.nysed.gov. The deadline for your input is December 22, 2010. Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of the young learners in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! New York State Teaching Standards Second Round of Public Feedback
The State Education Department has just released the revised draft of the New York State Teaching Standards for a second round of public feedback. The preliminary draft of the NYS Teaching Standards was revised after the teaching standards workgroup reviewed public comment and feedback from the first survey conducted in July. This current draft was discussed by the Board of Regents at their October 2010 meeting. The Board of Regents and the Department would like to hear from as broad an audience of interested parties as possible.

To view a letter from Deputy Commissioner Joseph Frey, the current draft of the NYS Teaching Standards and the second survey, click on this direct link http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/memo11172010.html  . The deadline for completing the survey is December 14, 2010.

We ask that you assist us by forwarding the above message to your membership. If you have an organization website on which a link to our request for feedback can be posted we would appreciate your adding the notification to your website. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Oleaga at poleaga@mail.nysed.gov  .

NEW! New York State Museum Hosts Capital Region History Day Competition
The Capital Region History Day, an affiliate of the National History Day program encourages students to explore local, state, national and world history.  After selecting a historical topic that relates to the annual theme, this year’s theme is: Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences, students conduct research using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews.  They analyze significance in history, and create final projects that present their work.  These projects can be entered into a series of competitions from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by historians and educators.  The contest is open to students in grades 6-12.  All types of students participate in History Day – public, private parochial and home schooled.  The contest takes place on Saturday, March 26 at the New York State Museum.  Students must register by March 4, 2011.  For more information go to:  http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/  external link icon for http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/ or http://www.nyshistoryday.org/  external link icon for http://www.nyshistoryday.org/ or contact Patricia Jordan at PJORDAN@MAIL.NYSED.GOV or via phone at 518-474-4458. 

NEW! Visual Understanding in Education
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  external link icon for http://www.vue.org

NEW! Nationwide Video Contest for High School Students
Human population is set to reach seven billion by the end of 2011.  As this historic moment approaches, Population Connection is hosting a nationwide video contest for high school students.  The contest challenges students to create a video public service announcement that illustrates the impact of population reaching seven billion as it relates to environmental and global issues.   With cash prizes of up to $1,000 available to winning videos, the deadline for entries is March 1, 2011.  But there's something in it for you, the teacher, as well!  If at least 10 of your students submit videos, we'll send you a set of free classroom resources.  This is a teachable moment you don't want to miss! Contest information and forms are available at www.Worldof7Billion.org  external link icon for www.Worldof7Billion.org.  You can use this  printable flyer  external link icon for printable flyer  pdf icon for printable flyer(635 KB) to hang in your classroom to let students know about the contest.  

NEW! State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
Teachers will have a new tool available to them this year as they cover World War I in their classes.  The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons for the students.  This website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics.  The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, the Harlem Hellfighters, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more.  Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources in their lessons.  A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option allows teachers to print a worksheet for each image.  Each worksheet can customize by including information from the website or teachers can edit and/or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions for each image.  View this incredible resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml.

NEW! New York Statewide Literacy Resource Center RFP Opportunity
The Office of Curriculum and Instruction requests proposals to the RFP New York Statewide Literacy Resource Center. The New York State Education Department is seeking proposals to develop, implement, and sustain a web based Statewide Literacy Resource Center (SLRC). The goals of the project are to provide web based literacy support to all schools in New York State through online professional development, technical assistance, and collaboration with other organizations. 

NYSED is issuing RFP#10-011 New York Statewide Literacy Resource Center. The RFP and all required Submission Documents can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/compcontracts.html  .  Questions regarding this RFP must be E-Mailed to SLRC@mail.nysed.gov  no later than close of business Monday, December 6, 2010. A Questions and Answers Summary will be available to all parties at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/compcontracts.html  no later than Wednesday, December 15, 2010.  Bids are due on Friday, January 7, 2011 and must be received at NYSED in Albany before 3:00 PM that day.

NEW! State Archives and Library Now Open on Saturdays
Teachers and students can now access the collections of the New York State Archives and the New York State Library easier than ever.  The State Archives and Library, housed in the Cultural Education Center with the State Museum, are now open on Saturdays enabling those who work Monday through Friday to do research on Saturdays from 9:30 to 4:30.  Free public parking will be available in the Madison Avenue parking lots adjacent to the CEC.  Directions and parking information is available on the New York State Museum website at http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/information/general/muswhere.html. The Archives and the Library will be open Monday through Saturday, except major holidays (e.g. July 4th, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day).  Researchers are advised to check their websites for such holidays.  In case of inclement weather, researchers are encouraged to call the State Archives at (518) 474-8955 or call the State Library at (518) 474-5355 prior to their visit.

6th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 6th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! It is open to students in grades 9th – 12th. Please visit http://www.ashg.org/education/dnaday.shtml  external link icon for http://www.ashg.org/education/dnaday.shtml for the rules, rubric, and more information. The deadline for entries is March 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST.

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

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

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LOTE

NEW! New York State Teaching Standards Second Round of Public Feedback
The State Education Department has just released the revised draft of the New York State Teaching Standards for a second round of public feedback. The preliminary draft of the NYS Teaching Standards was revised after the teaching standards workgroup reviewed public comment and feedback from the first survey conducted in July. This current draft was discussed by the Board of Regents at their October 2010 meeting. The Board of Regents and the Department would like to hear from as broad an audience of interested parties as possible.

To view a letter from Deputy Commissioner Joseph Frey, the current draft of the NYS Teaching Standards and the second survey, click on this direct link http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/memo11172010.html  . The deadline for completing the survey is December 14, 2010.

We ask that you assist us by forwarding the above message to your membership. If you have an organization website on which a link to our request for feedback can be posted we would appreciate your adding the notification to your website. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Oleaga at poleaga@mail.nysed.gov  .

NEW! Director of Curriculum Services position
The NY State Education Department is accepting applications for Director of Curriculum Services. Under the general direction of the Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education and the Associate Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction and Standards, the Director is responsible for leading the formulation of policy related to curriculum and instruction for the New York State Education System. The Curriculum Director is a key decision maker, policy developer, and confidential advisor to the P-12 Education and NYSED leadership team. To learn more about this position, please see http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/EMS796.htm

NEW! State Archives and Library Now Open on Saturdays
Teachers and students can now access the collections of the New York State Archives and the New York State Library easier than ever.  The State Archives and Library, housed in the Cultural Education Center with the State Museum, are now open on Saturdays enabling those who work Monday through Friday to do research on Saturdays from 9:30 to 4:30.  Free public parking will be available in the Madison Avenue parking lots adjacent to the CEC.  Directions and parking information is available on the New York State Museum website at http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/information/general/muswhere.html. The Archives and the Library will be open Monday through Saturday, except major holidays (e.g. July 4th, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day).  Researchers are advised to check their websites for such holidays.  In case of inclement weather, researchers are encouraged to call the State Archives at (518) 474-8955 or call the State Library at (518) 474-5355 prior to their visit.

Information Memo Regarding the Elimination of Certain Exams
In consideration of the elimination of the Second Language Proficiency Exam, the Regents comprehensive exam in Hebrew, Latin and German and the grades 5 and 8 social studies assessments an information memo has been issued by the Senior Deputy of P-12 Education.  The memo clarifies questions and concerns related to the earning of diploma credit in languages other than English as well as Regents diplomas with advanced designation.  In addition it addresses questions related to academic intervention services in Social Studies.  The full text of the memo can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/memos/lote092110.html

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! New York State Teaching Standards Second Round of Public Feedback
The State Education Department has just released the revised draft of the New York State Teaching Standards for a second round of public feedback. The preliminary draft of the NYS Teaching Standards was revised after the teaching standards workgroup reviewed public comment and feedback from the first survey conducted in July. This current draft was discussed by the Board of Regents at their October 2010 meeting. The Board of Regents and the Department would like to hear from as broad an audience of interested parties as possible.

To view a letter from Deputy Commissioner Joseph Frey, the current draft of the NYS Teaching Standards and the second survey, click on this direct link http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/memo11172010.html  . The deadline for completing the survey is December 14, 2010.

We ask that you assist us by forwarding the above message to your membership. If you have an organization website on which a link to our request for feedback can be posted we would appreciate your adding the notification to your website. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Oleaga at poleaga@mail.nysed.gov  .

NEW! NYSED's Call for Feedback on Draft PreK Learning Standards
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on the final draft of the New York State PreK Learning Standards, which will be presented for discussion and adoption at their January 2011 meeting. As someone invested in the education of young children, your professional opinion is important to the finalization of this project.  The New York State PreKindergarten Learning Standards are arranged in five developmental domains: Approaches to Learning; Physical Development and Health; Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; and Cognition and Knowledge of the World. Each domain identifies clearly the benchmarks that children should meet during their prekindergarten experience and performance indicators that can be observed as children meet these benchmarks.   A survey is posted on the Universal PreK website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/upk , for you to share your comments and recommendations. Any questions about the survey may be sent to ( emsceeri@mail.nysed.gov ). The deadline for your input is December 22, 2010.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of the young learners in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! Director of Curriculum Services position
The NY State Education Department is accepting applications for Director of Curriculum Services. Under the general direction of the Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education and the Associate Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction and Standards, the Director is responsible for leading the formulation of policy related to curriculum and instruction for the New York State Education System. The Curriculum Director is a key decision maker, policy developer, and confidential advisor to the P-12 Education and NYSED leadership team. To learn more about this position, please see http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/EMS796.htm

NEW! Moody's Mega Math Challenge 2011
Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge is an Internet-based, applied math contest for high school juniors and seniors. Participating teams are required to solve an open-ended, applied math-modeling problem focused on a real-world issue in 14 hours. Now in its sixth year, the competition is open to high schools in 18 states along the East Coast. Winners receive scholarships totaling $100,000 toward the pursuit of higher education. Registration and participation are free. The goal of the Challenge is to introduce applied mathematics to students as a powerful problem-solving tool, as a viable and exciting profession, and as a vital contributor to advances in an increasingly technical society.
Registration is now open! Go to http://m3challenge.siam.org/participate/  external link icon for http://m3challenge.siam.org/participate/  to participate.

NEW! Guides to new 3-8 Testing Program now available
The 2011 Guide to the Grades 3-8 Testing Program in English Language Arts and Mathematics is now available at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-11.pdf  pdf icon for http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-11.pdf(625 KB)  A memo on the new guide is also available on OSA's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-memo-11.pdf  pdf icon for http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-memo-11.pdf(49 KB) 

Sustainable Living
Engage in hands-on activities, and receive a teaching tool kit you can use with your class to explore sustainability practices in energy, water, transportation, food, and the consumption of goods. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of sustainable actions. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org  external link icon for www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

Take Action at Home
This energy efficiency workshop combines thinking and talking about energy with strategies for taking action at home. Engage in hands-on activities and explore ways to motivate your students to take home the message of energy efficiency. Each teacher receives a class set of Take Home Energy Kits for their students. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of energy-saving actions. Sign up today. Limited number of workshops this school year! The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org  external link icon for www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

2010-11 School Year Elementary and Intermediate Level Testing Schedule
Due to the fiscal crisis, the Board of Regents has had to take steps to achieve cost reductions in the State Assessment Program. One such step has been the elimination of 5th and 8th grade social studies tests previously scheduled for November 2010 and June 2011, respectively. The schedule  pdf icon for schedule(0 KB) reflects the elimination of these tests. Additionally, the last dates for scoring the Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests and for submitting the answer sheets to the scanning centers have been revised.  Please direct any questions to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov . We appreciate the efforts of all teachers and school officials and look forward to further collaboration as the new testing schedule is implemented during the 2010–11 school year.  Thank you for all the hard work that you do and for your continued cooperation.

For more information on Mathematics, visit
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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

NEW! NYSED's Call for Feedback on Draft PreK Learning Standards
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on the final draft of the New York State PreK Learning Standards, which will be presented for discussion and adoption at their January 2011 meeting. As someone invested in the education of young children, your professional opinion is important to the finalization of this project. The New York State PreKindergarten Learning Standards are arranged in five developmental domains: Approaches to Learning; Physical Development and Health; Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; and Cognition and Knowledge of the World. Each domain identifies clearly the benchmarks that children should meet during their prekindergarten experience and performance indicators that can be observed as children meet these benchmarks. A survey is posted on the Universal PreK website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/upk  , for you to share your comments and recommendations. Any questions about the survey may be sent to emsceeri@mail.nysed.gov. The deadline for your input is December 22, 2010. Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of the young learners in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! New York State Museum Hosts Capital Region History Day Competition
The Capital Region History Day, an affiliate of the National History Day program encourages students to explore local, state, national and world history.  After selecting a historical topic that relates to the annual theme, this year’s theme is: Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences, students conduct research using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews.  They analyze significance in history, and create final projects that present their work.  These projects can be entered into a series of competitions from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by historians and educators.  The contest is open to students in grades 6-12.  All types of students participate in History Day – public, private parochial and home schooled.  The contest takes place on Saturday, March 26 at the New York State Museum.  Students must register by March 4, 2011.  For more information go to:  http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/  external link icon for http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/ or http://www.nyshistoryday.org/  external link icon for http://www.nyshistoryday.org/ or contact Patricia Jordan at PJORDAN@MAIL.NYSED.GOV or via phone at 518-474-4458. 

NEW! New York State Teaching Standards Second Round of Public Feedback
The State Education Department has just released the revised draft of the New York State Teaching Standards for a second round of public feedback. The preliminary draft of the NYS Teaching Standards was revised after the teaching standards workgroup reviewed public comment and feedback from the first survey conducted in July. This current draft was discussed by the Board of Regents at their October 2010 meeting. The Board of Regents and the Department would like to hear from as broad an audience of interested parties as possible.

To view a letter from Deputy Commissioner Joseph Frey, the current draft of the NYS Teaching Standards and the second survey, click on this direct link http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/memo11172010.html  . The deadline for completing the survey is December 14, 2010.

We ask that you assist us by forwarding the above message to your membership. If you have an organization website on which a link to our request for feedback can be posted we would appreciate your adding the notification to your website. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Oleaga at poleaga@mail.nysed.gov  .

NEW! NYSED's Call for Feedback on Draft PreK Learning Standards
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on the final draft of the New York State PreK Learning Standards, which will be presented for discussion and adoption at their January 2011 meeting. As someone invested in the education of young children, your professional opinion is important to the finalization of this project.  The New York State PreKindergarten Learning Standards are arranged in five developmental domains: Approaches to Learning; Physical Development and Health; Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; and Cognition and Knowledge of the World. Each domain identifies clearly the benchmarks that children should meet during their prekindergarten experience and performance indicators that can be observed as children meet these benchmarks.   A survey is posted on the Universal PreK website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/upk , for you to share your comments and recommendations. Any questions about the survey may be sent to ( emsceeri@mail.nysed.gov ). The deadline for your input is December 22, 2010.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of the young learners in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! Director of Curriculum Services position
The NY State Education Department is accepting applications for Director of Curriculum Services. Under the general direction of the Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education and the Associate Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction and Standards, the Director is responsible for leading the formulation of policy related to curriculum and instruction for the New York State Education System. The Curriculum Director is a key decision maker, policy developer, and confidential advisor to the P-12 Education and NYSED leadership team. To learn more about this position, please see http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/EMS796.htm

NEW! New York State Archives Announces Student Research Award Contest
The New York State Archives announces its twenty-first annual Student Research Awards program to promote and recognize excellence in student research.  The main purpose of the awards program is to encourage students to explore the wealth of historical records in New York State.  A secondary purpose is to increase cooperation between schools and organizations that administer historical records useful for education.  The New York State Archives encourages the participation of school library media specialists in this project.  The Student Research Awards program is a statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades 4-12.  A total of three awards will be given, one each for students in grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12.  For more information, contact the State Archives at archedu@mail.nysed.gov or see our webpage at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_awards.shtml.

NEW! State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
Teachers will have a new tool available to them this year as they cover World War I in their classes.  The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons for the students.  This website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics.  The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, the Harlem Hellfighters, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more.  Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources in their lessons.  A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option allows teachers to print a worksheet for each image.  Each worksheet can customize by including information from the website or teachers can edit and/or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions for each image.  View this incredible resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml.

NEW! National Academy of Engineering Essay Contest
Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. This year the topic will be "Engineering & Human Service – Relief from a Disaster".  The contest is open to both boys and girls from grades 3-12.  For more information visit http://www.engineergirl.org/?id=13161  external link icon for http://www.engineergirl.org/?id=13161 

NEW! State Archives Highlights 19th Century African American Voting Rights
The New York State Archives is highlighting voting rights for African Americans during the 19th century in its latest edition of Document Showcase.  Document Showcase is a regular feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use.  The topics are based upon the State Education Department’s core curriculum for 7th and 8th grade social studies as well as special events in New York history.  The educational activities are created by a teacher and correlate to New York State learning standards.  Each Showcase also provides links within the State Archives’ website for further information on the topic.  Document Showcase can be viewed on the Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/index.shtml.

NEW! New York Statewide Literacy Resource Center RFP Opportunity
The Office of Curriculum and Instruction requests proposals to the RFP New York Statewide Literacy Resource Center. The New York State Education Department is seeking proposals to develop, implement, and sustain a web based Statewide Literacy Resource Center (SLRC). The goals of the project are to provide web based literacy support to all schools in New York State through online professional development, technical assistance, and collaboration with other organizations. 

NYSED is issuing RFP#10-011 New York Statewide Literacy Resource Center. The RFP and all required Submission Documents can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/compcontracts.html  .  Questions regarding this RFP must be E-Mailed to SLRC@mail.nysed.gov  no later than close of business Monday, December 6, 2010. A Questions and Answers Summary will be available to all parties at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/compcontracts.html  no later than Wednesday, December 15, 2010.  Bids are due on Friday, January 7, 2011 and must be received at NYSED in Albany before 3:00 PM that day.

NEW! Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa
The inaugural Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa will provide teachers first-hand exposure to the social and environmental complexity of South Africa, The program will focus on sustainable development and emphasizing the links between history, culture, power, and the environment.  Teachers will explore the country’s natural and cultural diversity through arrange of site visits and hands-on activities. The Toyota International Teacher Program is a fully-funded international professional development program for U.S. educators and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program advances environmental stewardship and global connectedness in U.S. schools and communities. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2011. Visit  www.iie.org/toyota  external link icon for www.iie.org/toyota for eligibility requirements, application instructions, FAQs, and to apply online.

NEW! State Archives and Library Now Open on Saturdays
Teachers and students can now access the collections of the New York State Archives and the New York State Library easier than ever.  The State Archives and Library, housed in the Cultural Education Center with the State Museum, are now open on Saturdays enabling those who work Monday through Friday to do research on Saturdays from 9:30 to 4:30.  Free public parking will be available in the Madison Avenue parking lots adjacent to the CEC.  Directions and parking information is available on the New York State Museum website at http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/information/general/muswhere.html. The Archives and the Library will be open Monday through Saturday, except major holidays (e.g. July 4th, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day).  Researchers are advised to check their websites for such holidays.  In case of inclement weather, researchers are encouraged to call the State Archives at (518) 474-8955 or call the State Library at (518) 474-5355 prior to their visit.

Sustainable Living
Engage in hands-on activities, and receive a teaching tool kit you can use with your class to explore sustainability practices in energy, water, transportation, food, and the consumption of goods. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of sustainable actions. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org  external link icon for www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

Take Action at Home
This energy efficiency workshop combines thinking and talking about energy with strategies for taking action at home. Engage in hands-on activities and explore ways to motivate your students to take home the message of energy efficiency. Each teacher receives a class set of Take Home Energy Kits for their students. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of energy-saving actions. Sign up today. Limited number of workshops this school year! The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org  external link icon for www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

Information Memo Regarding the Elimination of Certain Exams
In consideration of the elimination of the Second Language Proficiency Exam, the Regents comprehensive exam in Hebrew, Latin and German and the grades 5 and 8 social studies assessments an information memo has been issued by the Senior Deputy of P-12 Education.  The memo clarifies questions and concerns related to the earning of diploma credit in languages other than English as well as Regents diplomas with advanced designation.  In addition it addresses questions related to academic intervention services in Social Studies.  The full text of the memo can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/memos/lote092110.html

Einstein Fellowship - Application is Now Open!
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. To be considered for an Einstein Fellowship for the 2011-2012 school year, apply online now, and submit your application and three letters of recommendation no later than January 4, 2011. To learn more about the program and apply, visit http://www.trianglecoalition.org/fellows/einapp.htm  external link icon for http://www.trianglecoalition.org/fellows/einapp.htm,

If you have questions about the program or application, contact Program Manager Kathryn Culbertson at culbertsonk@triangle-coalition.org.

Wastewater Treatment Poster Contest
A great project for middle and high school sciences classes - "The Importance of Wastewater Treatment Poster Contest."  This contest is an excellent tool for teaching students about water quality issues and the importance of environmental protection.  The contest is sponsored by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the NY Water Environment Association.  All students who participate will receive a certificate of appreciation.  The two overall winners will receive $50 and engraved plaques.  Runners-up receive $25 and plaques.  The two winning teachers will get a water test kit for use in the classroom and also plaques.  The filing deadline is January 7, 2011.  The rules, application form, and the previous winners may be accessed online at www.dec.ny.gov/education/1896.html  external link icon for www.dec.ny.gov/education/1896.html or www.nywea.org  external link icon for www.nywea.org. A flyer describing the contest may be downloaded at http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/water_pdf/postercont.pdf  external link icon for http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/water_pdf/postercont.pdf  pdf icon for http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/water_pdf/postercont.pdf(67 KB).

Inspiring 9/11 Stories & Civics Lessons Free Online Resource
Please check out this excellent online resource that consists of 8 units that provides middle and high school students a deeper understanding of September 11. Each unit is a story of individual who was directly impacted by 9/11 and who responded by creating projects to better their communities. Each multimedia narrative is enriched with critical thinking questions, historical context, research resource links and community service projects. The materials are available for free at www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html  external link icon for www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html . Also this program is available as a free DVD-ROM. If you would like a copy sent to you, please send a request to education@tributewtc.org . Include your name, school name, grade, address of school.

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

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

NEW! NYSED's Call for Feedback on Draft PreK Learning Standards
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on the final draft of the New York State PreK Learning Standards, which will be presented for discussion and adoption at their January 2011 meeting. As someone invested in the education of young children, your professional opinion is important to the finalization of this project.  The New York State PreKindergarten Learning Standards are arranged in five developmental domains: Approaches to Learning; Physical Development and Health; Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; and Cognition and Knowledge of the World. Each domain identifies clearly the benchmarks that children should meet during their prekindergarten experience and performance indicators that can be observed as children meet these benchmarks.   A survey is posted on the Universal PreK website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/upk , for you to share your comments and recommendations. Any questions about the survey may be sent to ( emsceeri@mail.nysed.gov ). The deadline for your input is December 22, 2010.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of the young learners in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! New York State Teaching Standards Second Round of Public Feedback
The State Education Department has just released the revised draft of the New York State Teaching Standards for a second round of public feedback. The preliminary draft of the NYS Teaching Standards was revised after the teaching standards workgroup reviewed public comment and feedback from the first survey conducted in July. This current draft was discussed by the Board of Regents at their October 2010 meeting. The Board of Regents and the Department would like to hear from as broad an audience of interested parties as possible.

To view a letter from Deputy Commissioner Joseph Frey, the current draft of the NYS Teaching Standards and the second survey, click on this direct link http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/memo11172010.html  . The deadline for completing the survey is December 14, 2010.

We ask that you assist us by forwarding the above message to your membership. If you have an organization website on which a link to our request for feedback can be posted we would appreciate your adding the notification to your website. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Oleaga at poleaga@mail.nysed.gov  .

NEW! Director of Curriculum Services position
The NY State Education Department is accepting applications for Director of Curriculum Services. Under the general direction of the Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education and the Associate Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction and Standards, the Director is responsible for leading the formulation of policy related to curriculum and instruction for the New York State Education System. The Curriculum Director is a key decision maker, policy developer, and confidential advisor to the P-12 Education and NYSED leadership team. To learn more about this position, please see http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/EMS796.htm

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

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

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

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

NEW! Best Practices for Information Literacy Courses
The Association of College and Research Libraries has published Best Practices for Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses edited by Christopher Hollister. The work is a collection of previously unpublished papers in which contributing authors describe and recommend best practices for creating, developing, and teaching credit-bearing information literacy courses at the college and university level. Contributors discuss useful and effective methods for developing, teaching, assessing, and marketing courses. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/characteristics.cfm  external link icon for http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/characteristics.cfm

NEW! New York State Teaching Standards Second Round of Public Feedback
The State Education Department has just released the revised draft of the New York State Teaching Standards for a second round of public feedback. The preliminary draft of the NYS Teaching Standards was revised after the teaching standards workgroup reviewed public comment and feedback from the first survey conducted in July. This current draft was discussed by the Board of Regents at their October 2010 meeting. The Board of Regents and the Department would like to hear from as broad an audience of interested parties as possible.

To view a letter from Deputy Commissioner Joseph Frey, the current draft of the NYS Teaching Standards and the second survey, click on this direct link http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/memo11172010.html  . The deadline for completing the survey is December 14, 2010.

We ask that you assist us by forwarding the above message to your membership. If you have an organization website on which a link to our request for feedback can be posted we would appreciate your adding the notification to your website. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Oleaga at poleaga@mail.nysed.gov  .

NEW! NYSED's Call for Feedback on Draft PreK Learning Standards
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on the final draft of the New York State PreK Learning Standards, which will be presented for discussion and adoption at their January 2011 meeting. As someone invested in the education of young children, your professional opinion is important to the finalization of this project.  The New York State PreKindergarten Learning Standards are arranged in five developmental domains: Approaches to Learning; Physical Development and Health; Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; and Cognition and Knowledge of the World. Each domain identifies clearly the benchmarks that children should meet during their prekindergarten experience and performance indicators that can be observed as children meet these benchmarks.   A survey is posted on the Universal PreK website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/upk , for you to share your comments and recommendations. Any questions about the survey may be sent to ( emsceeri@mail.nysed.gov ). The deadline for your input is December 22, 2010.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of the young learners in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! Educators & Parents Speak Up! National Research Project
Get the pulse of your stakeholders about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. The online survey is open to students, educators (including future educators) and parents; it’s quick and easy to get involved.   Best of all, you can view your results online, free of charge. Survey is open October 18th 2010 – January 21st, 2011.  Sign up today to take the survey: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2010/  external link icon for http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2010/ 

NEW! Director of Curriculum Services position
The NY State Education Department is accepting applications for Director of Curriculum Services. Under the general direction of the Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education and the Associate Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction and Standards, the Director is responsible for leading the formulation of policy related to curriculum and instruction for the New York State Education System. The Curriculum Director is a key decision maker, policy developer, and confidential advisor to the P-12 Education and NYSED leadership team. To learn more about this position, please see http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/EMS796.htm

NEW! New York State Archives Announces Student Research Award Contest
The New York State Archives announces its twenty-first annual Student Research Awards program to promote and recognize excellence in student research.  The main purpose of the awards program is to encourage students to explore the wealth of historical records in New York State.  A secondary purpose is to increase cooperation between schools and organizations that administer historical records useful for education.  The New York State Archives encourages the participation of school library media specialists in this project.  The Student Research Awards program is a statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades 4-12.  A total of three awards will be given, one each for students in grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12.  For more information, contact the State Archives at archedu@mail.nysed.gov or see our webpage at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_awards.shtml.

NEW! Nationwide Video Contest for High School Students
Human population is set to reach seven billion by the end of 2011.  As this historic moment approaches, Population Connection is hosting a nationwide video contest for high school students.  The contest challenges students to create a video public service announcement that illustrates the impact of population reaching seven billion as it relates to environmental and global issues.   With cash prizes of up to $1,000 available to winning videos, the deadline for entries is March 1, 2011.  But there's something in it for you, the teacher, as well!  If at least 10 of your students submit videos, we'll send you a set of free classroom resources.  This is a teachable moment you don't want to miss! Contest information and forms are available at www.Worldof7Billion.org  external link icon for www.Worldof7Billion.org.  You can use this  printable flyer  external link icon for printable flyer  pdf icon for printable flyer(635 KB) to hang in your classroom to let students know about the contest.  

NEW! Top 10 U.S. School Districts in Digital Technology Named
Top school districts have been announced in the seventh annual Digital School Districts Survey by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association (NSBA). The purpose of the survey is to recognize exemplary school boards and districts’ use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and the community and to improve district operations, http://www.convergemag.com/awards/digital-districts/2010-Digital-School-Districts-Survey.html  external link icon for http://www.convergemag.com/awards/digital-districts/2010-Digital-School-Districts-Survey.html Congratulations to Springville-Griffith Institute CSD -- 2nd place in the Small Student Population Category, the only New York State district honored.

NEW! New York State Talking Book and Braille Library
The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) in Albany would like to remind all educators that the new digital talking books and players are now available to students who have print disabilities and are already registered for library service with TBBL. The analog cassette books and players are gradually being phased out, and the National Library Service has discontinued the production of new titles on cassette as of October 1, 2010.  So please check with your registered students and encourage their parents to contact TBBL if they have not yet received one of the new digital talking book players. Digital talking books are now also available for download, which makes access quicker and easier.  Also, if you have students with a qualifying print disability who are not receiving talking or braille books from TBBL, please consider sending an application home with them, or submitting an application for them to receive service through the school. Please see the TBBL web site located at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/  for information about eligibility, information about the new players and downloadable books, and applications for service. if you have any questions.  Remember...the service is FREE! Please contact me or TBBL staff

NEW! State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
Teachers will have a new tool available to them this year as they cover World War I in their classes.  The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons for the students.  This website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics.  The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, the Harlem Hellfighters, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more.  Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources in their lessons.  A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option allows teachers to print a worksheet for each image.  Each worksheet can customize by including information from the website or teachers can edit and/or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions for each image.  View this incredible resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml.

NEW! State Archives Highlights 19th Century African American Voting Rights
The New York State Archives is highlighting voting rights for African Americans during the 19th century in its latest edition of Document Showcase.  Document Showcase is a regular feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use.  The topics are based upon the State Education Department’s core curriculum for 7th and 8th grade social studies as well as special events in New York history.  The educational activities are created by a teacher and correlate to New York State learning standards.  Each Showcase also provides links within the State Archives’ website for further information on the topic.  Document Showcase can be viewed on the Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/index.shtml.

NEW! New York Statewide Literacy Resource Center RFP Opportunity
The Office of Curriculum and Instruction requests proposals to the RFP New York Statewide Literacy Resource Center. The New York State Education Department is seeking proposals to develop, implement, and sustain a web based Statewide Literacy Resource Center (SLRC). The goals of the project are to provide web based literacy support to all schools in New York State through online professional development, technical assistance, and collaboration with other organizations. 

NYSED is issuing RFP#10-011 New York Statewide Literacy Resource Center. The RFP and all required Submission Documents can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/compcontracts.html  .  Questions regarding this RFP must be E-Mailed to SLRC@mail.nysed.gov  no later than close of business Monday, December 6, 2010. A Questions and Answers Summary will be available to all parties at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/compcontracts.html  no later than Wednesday, December 15, 2010.  Bids are due on Friday, January 7, 2011 and must be received at NYSED in Albany before 3:00 PM that day.

NEW! Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa
The inaugural Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa will provide teachers first-hand exposure to the social and environmental complexity of South Africa, The program will focus on sustainable development and emphasizing the links between history, culture, power, and the environment.  Teachers will explore the country’s natural and cultural diversity through arrange of site visits and hands-on activities. The Toyota International Teacher Program is a fully-funded international professional development program for U.S. educators and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program advances environmental stewardship and global connectedness in U.S. schools and communities. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2011. Visit  www.iie.org/toyota  external link icon for www.iie.org/toyota for eligibility requirements, application instructions, FAQs, and to apply online.

NEW! State Archives and Library Now Open on Saturdays
Teachers and students can now access the collections of the New York State Archives and the New York State Library easier than ever.  The State Archives and Library, housed in the Cultural Education Center with the State Museum, are now open on Saturdays enabling those who work Monday through Friday to do research on Saturdays from 9:30 to 4:30.  Free public parking will be available in the Madison Avenue parking lots adjacent to the CEC.  Directions and parking information is available on the New York State Museum website at http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/information/general/muswhere.html. The Archives and the Library will be open Monday through Saturday, except major holidays (e.g. July 4th, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day).  Researchers are advised to check their websites for such holidays.  In case of inclement weather, researchers are encouraged to call the State Archives at (518) 474-8955 or call the State Library at (518) 474-5355 prior to their visit.

NEW! NYSED Launches Internet Safety Resource Toolkit
NYS Education Law - Section 814, Courses of Study in Internet Safety, calls for education of students for safe and appropriate use of Internet technology and resources. In response to this law, the NYSED Office of Educational Design and Technology (ED&T) has launched an Internet Safety Resource Toolkit, available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/technology/internet_safety/ . The toolkit is designed as a suite of resources across a spectrum of applications, including an alignment of principles and practices of Internet Safe Usage to state and nationally-benchmarked learning standards; pointers for an Internet safety curriculum aligned with learning standards; an instrument for evaluation of a school and district's overall Internet Safety teaching and learning program; and a process for peer review and dissemination of leading learning experiences with organizational partners such as NYSCATE and Model Schools. The toolkit is designed to assist school administrators, educators, and students in developing polices and programs to infuse Internet safety in teaching, learning, and assessment across a district-wide, standards-based program.

Sustainable Living
Engage in hands-on activities, and receive a teaching tool kit you can use with your class to explore sustainability practices in energy, water, transportation, food, and the consumption of goods. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of sustainable actions. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org  external link icon for www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

Take Action at Home
This energy efficiency workshop combines thinking and talking about energy with strategies for taking action at home. Engage in hands-on activities and explore ways to motivate your students to take home the message of energy efficiency. Each teacher receives a class set of Take Home Energy Kits for their students. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of energy-saving actions. Sign up today. Limited number of workshops this school year! The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org  external link icon for www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

For more information on School Library Services, visit
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SCIENCE

NEW! Real World Design Challenge
Registration is now open for the 2010-2011 Real World Design Challenge. Participation in the Challenge is totally free and open to teams of 3-7 high school students. The competition centers on aviation design and requires the use of real engineering tools. Some new tools have been added this year and each teacher that participates gets more than $1 million in professional engineering software. Teams get access to mentors, and state winners get an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC to compete in the National Finals. Please check out the new website at  www.realworlddesignchallenge.org  external link icon for www.realworlddesignchallenge.org and sign up.  More information about the Challenge may be accessed at http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org  external link icon for http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org.

NEW! New York State Teaching Standards Second Round of Public Feedback
The State Education Department has just released the revised draft of the New York State Teaching Standards for a second round of public feedback. The preliminary draft of the NYS Teaching Standards was revised after the teaching standards workgroup reviewed public comment and feedback from the first survey conducted in July. This current draft was discussed by the Board of Regents at their October 2010 meeting. The Board of Regents and the Department would like to hear from as broad an audience of interested parties as possible.

To view a letter from Deputy Commissioner Joseph Frey, the current draft of the NYS Teaching Standards and the second survey, click on this direct link http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/memo11172010.html  . The deadline for completing the survey is December 14, 2010.

We ask that you assist us by forwarding the above message to your membership. If you have an organization website on which a link to our request for feedback can be posted we would appreciate your adding the notification to your website. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Oleaga at poleaga@mail.nysed.gov  .

NEW! NYSED's Call for Feedback on Draft PreK Learning Standards
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on the final draft of the New York State PreK Learning Standards, which will be presented for discussion and adoption at their January 2011 meeting. As someone invested in the education of young children, your professional opinion is important to the finalization of this project.  The New York State PreKindergarten Learning Standards are arranged in five developmental domains: Approaches to Learning; Physical Development and Health; Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; and Cognition and Knowledge of the World. Each domain identifies clearly the benchmarks that children should meet during their prekindergarten experience and performance indicators that can be observed as children meet these benchmarks.   A survey is posted on the Universal PreK website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/upk , for you to share your comments and recommendations. Any questions about the survey may be sent to ( emsceeri@mail.nysed.gov ). The deadline for your input is December 22, 2010.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of the young learners in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! Director of Curriculum Services position
The NY State Education Department is accepting applications for Director of Curriculum Services. Under the general direction of the Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education and the Associate Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction and Standards, the Director is responsible for leading the formulation of policy related to curriculum and instruction for the New York State Education System. The Curriculum Director is a key decision maker, policy developer, and confidential advisor to the P-12 Education and NYSED leadership team. To learn more about this position, please see http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/EMS796.htm

NEW! National Academy of Engineering Essay Contest
Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. This year the topic will be "Engineering & Human Service – Relief from a Disaster".  The contest is open to both boys and girls from grades 3-12.  For more information visit http://www.engineergirl.org/?id=13161  external link icon for http://www.engineergirl.org/?id=13161 

NEW! 2011 National Youth Science Camp Applications Now Available
Applications to attend the 2011 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) are now available online at http://www.nysc.org/w/2011.html  external link icon for http://www.nysc.org/w/2011.html. Two graduating high school students will be selected to represent New York at the all-expenses paid honors program which will be held from June 30 through July 24, 2011. To apply, please download the application packet from http://www.nysc.org/w/2011.html  external link icon for http://www.nysc.org/w/2011.html and follow the enclosed instructions. For more information about the NYSC, please visit http://www.nysc.org  external link icon for http://www.nysc.org. The NYSC is hosted and operated by the National Youth Science Foundation ( http://www.nysf.com/  external link icon for http://www.nysf.com/). Applications must be received no later than January 21, 2011.

Sustainable Living
Engage in hands-on activities, and receive a teaching tool kit you can use with your class to explore sustainability practices in energy, water, transportation, food, and the consumption of goods. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of sustainable actions. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org  external link icon for www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

Take Action at Home
This energy efficiency workshop combines thinking and talking about energy with strategies for taking action at home. Engage in hands-on activities and explore ways to motivate your students to take home the message of energy efficiency. Each teacher receives a class set of Take Home Energy Kits for their students. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of energy-saving actions. Sign up today. Limited number of workshops this school year! The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org  external link icon for www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

6th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 6th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! It is open to students in grades 9th – 12th. Please visit http://www.ashg.org/education/dnaday.shtml  external link icon for http://www.ashg.org/education/dnaday.shtml for the rules, rubric, and more information. The deadline for entries is March 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST.

2010-11 School Year Elementary and Intermediate Level Testing Schedule
Due to the fiscal crisis, the Board of Regents has had to take steps to achieve cost reductions in the State Assessment Program. One such step has been the elimination of 5th and 8th grade social studies tests previously scheduled for November 2010 and June 2011, respectively. The schedule  pdf icon for schedule(0 KB) reflects the elimination of these tests. Additionally, the last dates for scoring the Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests and for submitting the answer sheets to the scanning centers have been revised.  Please direct any questions to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov . We appreciate the efforts of all teachers and school officials and look forward to further collaboration as the new testing schedule is implemented during the 2010–11 school year.  Thank you for all the hard work that you do and for your continued cooperation.

Einstein Fellowship - Application is Now Open!
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. To be considered for an Einstein Fellowship for the 2011-2012 school year, apply online now, and submit your application and three letters of recommendation no later than January 4, 2011. To learn more about the program and apply, visit http://www.trianglecoalition.org/fellows/einapp.htm  external link icon for http://www.trianglecoalition.org/fellows/einapp.htm,

If you have questions about the program or application, contact Program Manager Kathryn Culbertson at culbertsonk@triangle-coalition.org.

Wastewater Treatment Poster Contest
A great project for middle and high school sciences classes - "The Importance of Wastewater Treatment Poster Contest."  This contest is an excellent tool for teaching students about water quality issues and the importance of environmental protection.  The contest is sponsored by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the NY Water Environment Association.  All students who participate will receive a certificate of appreciation.  The two overall winners will receive $50 and engraved plaques.  Runners-up receive $25 and plaques.  The two winning teachers will get a water test kit for use in the classroom and also plaques.  The filing deadline is January 7, 2011.  The rules, application form, and the previous winners may be accessed online at www.dec.ny.gov/education/1896.html  external link icon for www.dec.ny.gov/education/1896.html or www.nywea.org  external link icon for www.nywea.org. A flyer describing the contest may be downloaded at http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/water_pdf/postercont.pdf  external link icon for http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/water_pdf/postercont.pdf  pdf icon for http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/water_pdf/postercont.pdf(67 KB).

For more information on Science, visit
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SOCIAL STUDIES

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

NEW! New York State Museum Hosts Capital Region History Day Competition
The Capital Region History Day, an affiliate of the National History Day program encourages students to explore local, state, national and world history.  After selecting a historical topic that relates to the annual theme, this year’s theme is: Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences, students conduct research using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews.  They analyze significance in history, and create final projects that present their work.  These projects can be entered into a series of competitions from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by historians and educators.  The contest is open to students in grades 6-12.  All types of students participate in History Day – public, private parochial and home schooled.  The contest takes place on Saturday, March 26 at the New York State Museum.  Students must register by March 4, 2011.  For more information go to:  http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/  external link icon for http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/ or http://www.nyshistoryday.org/  external link icon for http://www.nyshistoryday.org/ or contact Patricia Jordan at PJORDAN@MAIL.NYSED.GOV or via phone at 518-474-4458. 

NEW! NYSED's Call for Feedback on Draft PreK Learning Standards
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on the final draft of the New York State PreK Learning Standards, which will be presented for discussion and adoption at their January 2011 meeting. As someone invested in the education of young children, your professional opinion is important to the finalization of this project.  The New York State PreKindergarten Learning Standards are arranged in five developmental domains: Approaches to Learning; Physical Development and Health; Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; and Cognition and Knowledge of the World. Each domain identifies clearly the benchmarks that children should meet during their prekindergarten experience and performance indicators that can be observed as children meet these benchmarks.   A survey is posted on the Universal PreK website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/upk , for you to share your comments and recommendations. Any questions about the survey may be sent to ( emsceeri@mail.nysed.gov ). The deadline for your input is December 22, 2010.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of the young learners in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! New York State Teaching Standards Second Round of Public Feedback
The State Education Department has just released the revised draft of the New York State Teaching Standards for a second round of public feedback. The preliminary draft of the NYS Teaching Standards was revised after the teaching standards workgroup reviewed public comment and feedback from the first survey conducted in July. This current draft was discussed by the Board of Regents at their October 2010 meeting. The Board of Regents and the Department would like to hear from as broad an audience of interested parties as possible.

To view a letter from Deputy Commissioner Joseph Frey, the current draft of the NYS Teaching Standards and the second survey, click on this direct link http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/memo11172010.html  . The deadline for completing the survey is December 14, 2010.

We ask that you assist us by forwarding the above message to your membership. If you have an organization website on which a link to our request for feedback can be posted we would appreciate your adding the notification to your website. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Oleaga at poleaga@mail.nysed.gov  .

NEW! National History Teacher of the Year Award
Do you know an outstanding K-6 teacher passionate about American history? All Social Studies and elementary educators who teach American History are welcomeThe National History Teacher of the Year Award gives $10,000 to the best American history teacher. The national winner is chosen from outstanding teachers in each state, district, and U.S. territory. State winners receive $1,000 and an archive of books and other resources for their school. The award is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute, Preserve America, and HISTORY (The History Channel). Nominations for the National History Teacher of the Year can be made by a student, parent, colleague, supervisor, or other education professional familiar with the teacher’s work. In 2011, the Gilder Lehrman Institute will honor a teacher of grades K-6. Middle and high school teachers are honored every other year.  To nominate a teacher and learn more about the award, visit:  http://www.gilderlehrman.org/nhtoy  external link icon for http://www.gilderlehrman.org/nhtoy . Nomination deadline: February 1, 2011. 

NEW! Summer Seminars in American History for Teachers
K-12 history, social studies and English teachers are invited to apply to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History 2011 Summer Seminars. Taught by renowned historians on college campuses in the US and the UK, these one-week seminars give educators the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of topics in American history—while gaining practical resources and strategies to take back to their classrooms.  Apply early  external link icon for Apply early: seminar space is limited. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2011. For a complete list of Gilder Lehrman’s 2011 seminars, information about full and partial fellowships, graduate credit, and to apply online, visit: www.gilderlehrman.org/summerseminars.htm  external link icon for www.gilderlehrman.org/summerseminars.htm 

NEW! New York State Archives Announces Student Research Award Contest
The New York State Archives announces its twenty-first annual Student Research Awards program to promote and recognize excellence in student research.  The main purpose of the awards program is to encourage students to explore the wealth of historical records in New York State.  A secondary purpose is to increase cooperation between schools and organizations that administer historical records useful for education.  The New York State Archives encourages the participation of school library media specialists in this project.  The Student Research Awards program is a statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades 4-12.  A total of three awards will be given, one each for students in grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12.  For more information, contact the State Archives at archedu@mail.nysed.gov or see our webpage at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_awards.shtml.

NEW! Nationwide Video Contest for High School Students
Human population is set to reach seven billion by the end of 2011.  As this historic moment approaches, Population Connection is hosting a nationwide video contest for high school students.  The contest challenges students to create a video public service announcement that illustrates the impact of population reaching seven billion as it relates to environmental and global issues.   With cash prizes of up to $1,000 available to winning videos, the deadline for entries is March 1, 2011.  But there's something in it for you, the teacher, as well!  If at least 10 of your students submit videos, we'll send you a set of free classroom resources.  This is a teachable moment you don't want to miss! Contest information and forms are available at www.Worldof7Billion.org  external link icon for www.Worldof7Billion.org.  You can use this  printable flyer  external link icon for printable flyer  pdf icon for printable flyer(635 KB) to hang in your classroom to let students know about the contest.  

NEW! "Celebrate America" 5th Grade Creative Writing Contest
Sponsored by the American Immigration Council (formerly AILF).  Through this contest, AIC seeks to engage local 5th grade children on the topic of immigration. Participants will write a 500 word essay based on the theme, "Why I am Glad America Is a Nation of Immigrants." Note that all essay entries this year will be due by Wednesday, February 16, 2011.  Two years ago, the first place winner of New York's local contest received an honorable mention in the national contest.   The top three winners will be honored and awarded prizes during AIC's monthly meeting on June 6, 2011.  Also, the local winner will be entered into AIC's national contest and will have a chance of winning an all-expense paid trip to AIC's Annual Benefit Dinner to be held at AIC's annual conference in San Diego, CA. Additional information about the contest is found at  http://www.communityeducationcenter.org/community/essay-contest  external link icon for http://www.communityeducationcenter.org/community/essay-contest

NEW! Director of Curriculum Services position
The NY State Education Department is accepting applications for Director of Curriculum Services. Under the general direction of the Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education and the Associate Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction and Standards, the Director is responsible for leading the formulation of policy related to curriculum and instruction for the New York State Education System. The Curriculum Director is a key decision maker, policy developer, and confidential advisor to the P-12 Education and NYSED leadership team. To learn more about this position, please see http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/EMS796.htm

NEW! NYS Council for the Social Studies March Convention, March 17-19, 2011
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with The March from Civil War to Civility Through Social Justice Education theme for the New York State Council for the Social Studies Convention, March 17-19, 2011.  Kerry Kennedy, Steve Goldberg, Maria Niera, Lee Cutler, politicians, NYS Regents, Milken Award Winners, National Board Certified Teachers, and Outstanding NYS Social Studies Teachers have agree to be speakers. Here is your opportunity for a marvelous profession development experience. This year's NYSCSS Annual Conference will be held at the beautiful Rochester Convention Center in Rochester, New York, visit http://www.nyscss.org/Default.aspx?pageId=643958  external link icon for http://www.nyscss.org/Default.aspx?pageId=643958 for more information.

NEW! State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
Teachers will have a new tool available to them this year as they cover World War I in their classes.  The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons for the students.  This website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics.  The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, the Harlem Hellfighters, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more.  Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources in their lessons.  A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option allows teachers to print a worksheet for each image.  Each worksheet can customize by including information from the website or teachers can edit and/or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions for each image.  View this incredible resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml.

NEW! State Archives Highlights 19th Century African American Voting Rights
The New York State Archives is highlighting voting rights for African Americans during the 19th century in its latest edition of Document Showcase.  Document Showcase is a regular feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use.  The topics are based upon the State Education Department’s core curriculum for 7th and 8th grade social studies as well as special events in New York history.  The educational activities are created by a teacher and correlate to New York State learning standards.  Each Showcase also provides links within the State Archives’ website for further information on the topic.  Document Showcase can be viewed on the Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/index.shtml.

NEW! Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa
The inaugural Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa will provide teachers first-hand exposure to the social and environmental complexity of South Africa, The program will focus on sustainable development and emphasizing the links between history, culture, power, and the environment.  Teachers will explore the country’s natural and cultural diversity through arrange of site visits and hands-on activities. The Toyota International Teacher Program is a fully-funded international professional development program for U.S. educators and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program advances environmental stewardship and global connectedness in U.S. schools and communities. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2011. Visit  www.iie.org/toyota  external link icon for www.iie.org/toyota for eligibility requirements, application instructions, FAQs, and to apply online.

NEW! State Archives and Library Now Open on Saturdays
Teachers and students can now access the collections of the New York State Archives and the New York State Library easier than ever.  The State Archives and Library, housed in the Cultural Education Center with the State Museum, are now open on Saturdays enabling those who work Monday through Friday to do research on Saturdays from 9:30 to 4:30.  Free public parking will be available in the Madison Avenue parking lots adjacent to the CEC.  Directions and parking information is available on the New York State Museum website at http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/information/general/muswhere.html. The Archives and the Library will be open Monday through Saturday, except major holidays (e.g. July 4th, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day).  Researchers are advised to check their websites for such holidays.  In case of inclement weather, researchers are encouraged to call the State Archives at (518) 474-8955 or call the State Library at (518) 474-5355 prior to their visit.

Sustainable Living
Engage in hands-on activities, and receive a teaching tool kit you can use with your class to explore sustainability practices in energy, water, transportation, food, and the consumption of goods. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of sustainable actions. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org  external link icon for www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

Take Action at Home
This energy efficiency workshop combines thinking and talking about energy with strategies for taking action at home. Engage in hands-on activities and explore ways to motivate your students to take home the message of energy efficiency. Each teacher receives a class set of Take Home Energy Kits for their students. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of energy-saving actions. Sign up today. Limited number of workshops this school year! The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org  external link icon for www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

Information Memo Regarding the Elimination of Certain Exams
In consideration of the elimination of the Second Language Proficiency Exam, the Regents comprehensive exam in Hebrew, Latin and German and the grades 5 and 8 social studies assessments an information memo has been issued by the Senior Deputy of P-12 Education.  The memo clarifies questions and concerns related to the earning of diploma credit in languages other than English as well as Regents diplomas with advanced designation.  In addition it addresses questions related to academic intervention services in Social Studies.  The full text of the memo can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/memos/lote092110.html

2010-11 School Year Elementary and Intermediate Level Testing Schedule
Due to the fiscal crisis, the Board of Regents has had to take steps to achieve cost reductions in the State Assessment Program. One such step has been the elimination of 5th and 8th grade social studies tests previously scheduled for November 2010 and June 2011, respectively. The schedule  pdf icon for schedule(0 KB) reflects the elimination of these tests. Additionally, the last dates for scoring the Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests and for submitting the answer sheets to the scanning centers have been revised.  Please direct any questions to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov . We appreciate the efforts of all teachers and school officials and look forward to further collaboration as the new testing schedule is implemented during the 2010–11 school year.  Thank you for all the hard work that you do and for your continued cooperation.

Inspiring 9/11 Stories & Civics Lessons Free Online Resource
Please check out this excellent online resource that consists of 8 units that provides middle and high school students a deeper understanding of September 11. Each unit is a story of individual who was directly impacted by 9/11 and who responded by creating projects to better their communities. Each multimedia narrative is enriched with critical thinking questions, historical context, research resource links and community service projects. The materials are available for free at www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html  external link icon for www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html . Also this program is available as a free DVD-ROM. If you would like a copy sent to you, please send a request to education@tributewtc.org . Include your name, school name, grade, address of school.

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

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

TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

NEW! NYSED's Call for Feedback on Draft PreK Learning Standards
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on the final draft of the New York State PreK Learning Standards, which will be presented for discussion and adoption at their January 2011 meeting. As someone invested in the education of young children, your professional opinion is important to the finalization of this project.  The New York State PreKindergarten Learning Standards are arranged in five developmental domains: Approaches to Learning; Physical Development and Health; Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; and Cognition and Knowledge of the World. Each domain identifies clearly the benchmarks that children should meet during their prekindergarten experience and performance indicators that can be observed as children meet these benchmarks.   A survey is posted on the Universal PreK website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/upk , for you to share your comments and recommendations. Any questions about the survey may be sent to ( emsceeri@mail.nysed.gov ). The deadline for your input is December 22, 2010.  Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of the young learners in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! Director of Curriculum Services position
The NY State Education Department is accepting applications for Director of Curriculum Services. Under the general direction of the Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education and the Associate Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction and Standards, the Director is responsible for leading the formulation of policy related to curriculum and instruction for the New York State Education System. The Curriculum Director is a key decision maker, policy developer, and confidential advisor to the P-12 Education and NYSED leadership team. To learn more about this position, please see http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/EMS796.htm

NEW! National Academy of Engineering Essay Contest
Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. This year the topic will be "Engineering & Human Service – Relief from a Disaster".  The contest is open to both boys and girls from grades 3-12.  For more information visit http://www.engineergirl.org/?id=13161  external link icon for http://www.engineergirl.org/?id=13161 

Sustainable Living
Engage in hands-on activities, and receive a teaching tool kit you can use with your class to explore sustainability practices in energy, water, transportation, food, and the consumption of goods. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of sustainable actions. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org  external link icon for www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

Take Action at Home
This energy efficiency workshop combines thinking and talking about energy with strategies for taking action at home. Engage in hands-on activities and explore ways to motivate your students to take home the message of energy efficiency. Each teacher receives a class set of Take Home Energy Kits for their students. Following the workshop, you and your class can qualify for incentives and prizes based on your implementation of energy-saving actions. Sign up today. Limited number of workshops this school year! The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also offers substitute stipends for any workshop taking place during school hours.  Alternatively, we can bring these free workshops to your district on a staff development day. To learn more, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org  external link icon for www.GetEnergySmart.org, (Click on ‘Energy Education’ and select ‘Workshops.’) call 1-877- NY-SMART (Option 6), or e-mail info@nyess.org.

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

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TESTING

NEW!Elementary- and Intermediate-Level Testing Schedule for 2010-11
Please see the following Office of State Assessment memo for changes in the Elementary/Intermediate testing calendar for the 2010–11 school year: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/2011/3-8-schedule-101810.pdf  pdf icon for http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/schedules/2011/3-8-schedule-101810.pdf(98 KB) 

NEW! Guides to new 3-8 Testing Program now available
The 2011 Guide to the Grades 3-8 Testing Program in English Language Arts and Mathematics is now available at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-11.pdf  pdf icon for http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-11.pdf(625 KB)  A memo on the new guide is also available on OSA's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-memo-11.pdf  pdf icon for http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-memo-11.pdf(49 KB) 

Information Memo Regarding the Elimination of Certain Exams
In consideration of the elimination of the Second Language Proficiency Exam, the Regents comprehensive exam in Hebrew, Latin and German and the grades 5 and 8 social studies assessments an information memo has been issued by the Senior Deputy of P-12 Education.  The memo clarifies questions and concerns related to the earning of diploma credit in languages other than English as well as Regents diplomas with advanced designation.  In addition it addresses questions related to academic intervention services in Social Studies.  The full text of the memo can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/memos/lote092110.html

2010-11 School Year Elementary and Intermediate Level Testing Schedule
Due to the fiscal crisis, the Board of Regents has had to take steps to achieve cost reductions in the State Assessment Program. One such step has been the elimination of 5th and 8th grade social studies tests previously scheduled for November 2010 and June 2011, respectively. The schedule  pdf icon for schedule(0 KB) reflects the elimination of these tests. Additionally, the last dates for scoring the Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests and for submitting the answer sheets to the scanning centers have been revised.  Please direct any questions to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov . We appreciate the efforts of all teachers and school officials and look forward to further collaboration as the new testing schedule is implemented during the 2010–11 school year.  Thank you for all the hard work that you do and for your continued cooperation.

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

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

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

NEW! Educators & Parents Speak Up! National Research Project
Get the pulse of your stakeholders about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. The online survey is open to students, educators (including future educators) and parents; it’s quick and easy to get involved.   Best of all, you can view your results online, free of charge. Survey is open October 18th 2010 – January 21st, 2011.  Sign up today to take the survey: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2010/  external link icon for http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2010/ 

NEW! New York State Archives Announces Student Research Award Contest
The New York State Archives announces its twenty-first annual Student Research Awards program to promote and recognize excellence in student research.  The main purpose of the awards program is to encourage students to explore the wealth of historical records in New York State.  A secondary purpose is to increase cooperation between schools and organizations that administer historical records useful for education.  The New York State Archives encourages the participation of school library media specialists in this project.  The Student Research Awards program is a statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades 4-12.  A total of three awards will be given, one each for students in grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12.  For more information, contact the State Archives at archedu@mail.nysed.gov or see our webpage at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_awards.shtml.

NEW! Nationwide Video Contest for High School Students
Human population is set to reach seven billion by the end of 2011.  As this historic moment approaches, Population Connection is hosting a nationwide video contest for high school students.  The contest challenges students to create a video public service announcement that illustrates the impact of population reaching seven billion as it relates to environmental and global issues.   With cash prizes of up to $1,000 available to winning videos, the deadline for entries is March 1, 2011.  But there's something in it for you, the teacher, as well!  If at least 10 of your students submit videos, we'll send you a set of free classroom resources.  This is a teachable moment you don't want to miss! Contest information and forms are available at www.Worldof7Billion.org  external link icon for www.Worldof7Billion.org.  You can use this  printable flyer  external link icon for printable flyer  pdf icon for printable flyer(635 KB) to hang in your classroom to let students know about the contest.  

NYS Education Department Virtual Learning System (VLS)
The NYSED VLS, www.nysvls.org  has been enhanced and recently expanded with additional content. Additions include: lesson plans for teachers K-12 generated through The Mathematics Science Partnership Program (MSP); 15 Robert F. Kennedy lesson plans, in cooperation with NYSUT; and the complete set of Alternative Grade Level Indicators for Students with Severe Disabilities in Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts and recently Social Studies. As always, thousands of lesson plans and instructional tasks are available by exploring the learning standards and performance indicators in the seven standards areas. We have also provided the Learning Standards in three Standard Servicing options, XML, HTML with the latest in PDF format.

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WEB RESOURCES

NEW! Joy2Learn Resources
Joy2Learn brings America’s greatest artists into the classroom free of charge via the Internet. Visit www.Joy2Learn.org  external link icon for www.Joy2Learn.org and click on e-Presentations to view artists as they demonstrate and explain their art. Learn about various art forms as you navigate through exciting videos and interactive multimedia elements including performances, history, artists’ insights and quiz games.

NEW! State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
Teachers will have a new tool available to them this year as they cover World War I in their classes.  The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons for the students.  This website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics.  The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, the Harlem Hellfighters, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more.  Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources in their lessons.  A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option allows teachers to print a worksheet for each image.  Each worksheet can customize by including information from the website or teachers can edit and/or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions for each image.  View this incredible resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml.

NEW! State Archives Highlights 19th Century African American Voting Rights
The New York State Archives is highlighting voting rights for African Americans during the 19th century in its latest edition of Document Showcase.  Document Showcase is a regular feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use.  The topics are based upon the State Education Department’s core curriculum for 7th and 8th grade social studies as well as special events in New York history.  The educational activities are created by a teacher and correlate to New York State learning standards.  Each Showcase also provides links within the State Archives’ website for further information on the topic.  Document Showcase can be viewed on the Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/index.shtml.

NEW! State Archives and Library Now Open on Saturdays
Teachers and students can now access the collections of the New York State Archives and the New York State Library easier than ever.  The State Archives and Library, housed in the Cultural Education Center with the State Museum, are now open on Saturdays enabling those who work Monday through Friday to do research on Saturdays from 9:30 to 4:30.  Free public parking will be available in the Madison Avenue parking lots adjacent to the CEC.  Directions and parking information is available on the New York State Museum website at http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/information/general/muswhere.html. The Archives and the Library will be open Monday through Saturday, except major holidays (e.g. July 4th, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day).  Researchers are advised to check their websites for such holidays.  In case of inclement weather, researchers are encouraged to call the State Archives at (518) 474-8955 or call the State Library at (518) 474-5355 prior to their visit.

Inspiring 9/11 Stories & Civics Lessons Free Online Resource
Please check out this excellent online resource that consists of 8 units that provides middle and high school students a deeper understanding of September 11. Each unit is a story of individual who was directly impacted by 9/11 and who responded by creating projects to better their communities. Each multimedia narrative is enriched with critical thinking questions, historical context, research resource links and community service projects. The materials are available for free at www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html  external link icon for www.tributewtc.org/programs/toolkit.html . Also this program is available as a free DVD-ROM. If you would like a copy sent to you, please send a request to education@tributewtc.org . Include your name, school name, grade, address of school.

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

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! Director of Curriculum Services position
The NY State Education Department is accepting applications for Director of Curriculum Services. Under the general direction of the Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education and the Associate Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction and Standards, the Director is responsible for leading the formulation of policy related to curriculum and instruction for the New York State Education System. The Curriculum Director is a key decision maker, policy developer, and confidential advisor to the P-12 Education and NYSED leadership team. To learn more about this position, please see http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/EMS796.htm

NYSED Employment Opportunities
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/  external link icon for 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  external link icon for http://www.cs.state.ny.us/announ/scheduled/oc/opencompetitive_evt.cfm.

We suggest you bookmark these sites and view them periodically as they change from week to week. For more information, please visit the NYS Civil Service website at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/jobseeker/public/opportunities.cfm  external link icon for http://www.cs.state.ny.us/jobseeker/public/opportunities.cfm

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