C&I

Curriculum and Instruction

Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology's E-Blast


From the Desk of Anne Schiano, Assistant Director
Curriculum, Instruction & Instructional Technology

January 2010

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Welcome to the new and improved NYSED CI&IT E-Blast!  We have made several improvements to our monthly E-Blast based on your feedback over the past several months.  Thanks to each of you for taking the time to help us with these improvements.

With these improvements we position ourselves to manage the ever growing NYSED CIIT E-Blast community and effectively disseminate news and information on curriculum and instructional resources to the New York State educational community.

NYSED/USNY

NYSED Common Core State Standards Website
In April 2009, Governor David Paterson and former Education Commissioner Richard P. Mills signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) along with forty-nine states and territories to participate in the national dialog to develop Common Core State Standards external link for English Language Arts and Mathematics. New York State is committed to be a part of this dialog and will provide updates to the public through this website about opportunities for public engagement, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html.

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

THIRTEEN & WLIW21's Celebration of Teaching & Learning
THIRTEEN & WLIW21's Celebration of Teaching & Learning will mark an important milestone on March 5 & 6, 2010 in New York City at the Hilton New York - five years of bringing educators together to share experiences, keep pace with the latest thinking in education, inspire creativity and curiosity in classrooms, and shape the future of schools! The Celebration is where knowledge meets inspiration as global experts, activists, academics, thinkers and more than 8,500 educators address today's most relevant issues in education related to English Language Arts, Instructional Technology, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Social Studies and Whole School Issues.

Educators will hear from dynamic, nationally acclaimed speakers and artists. Plenary Speakers include U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; David Gregory, Moderator, NBC's Meet the Press; Lisa Henson, Chief Executive Officer of The Jim Henson Company; Queen Latifah, musician and television & film actress; Bobby McFerrin, ten-time Grammy Award winning composer, vocalist and conductor; Her Majesty Queen Noor, international public servant; Commissioner David Milton Steiner, New York State Education Department.

Featured Speakers include Franklin Chang Diaz, former NASA astronaut; Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford professor; Katherine Paterson, acclaimed author and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; Diane
Ravitch, historian and education author; David Rose, founder and CEO of the Center for Applied Special Technology; Steve Spangler, "the science guy" from the Ellen Degeneres Show; as well as many others.
For complete event program and to register, sign-up for e-mail updates, contribute to the blog, share or connect with others, please visit www.thirteencelebration.org external link.

State Archives Highlights Women's Rights in Early New York History
Document Showcase is a quarterly feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives.   This quarter's topic highlights examples of the rights of women during the Dutch and English colonial periods and under New York State law.  Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use.   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.   For more information, please visit Document Showcase at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml

NOVELNY Use Continues to Climb in 2009
New Yorkers searched the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library over 35.5 million times since July 2008. This represents a 20 percent increase in the number of searches over the prior year. NOVELNY is a "virtual library" that connects New Yorkers in every community to state-of-the-art online information without regard to economic, geographic or physical barriers. This convenient online library includes a wide variety of full-text resources - books, magazines, newspapers, research, and reference resources and is available to New York State residents with no fees.New Yorkers can access NOVELNY 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by logging on with a public library card or with a New York driver license or non-driver ID. For more information visit: http://www.novelnewyork.org external link

State Archives Sponsors 20th Annual Student Research Contest
To promote and recognize excellence in student research, the New York State Archives, a program of the State Education Department in the Office of Cultural Education, is sponsoring the 20th annual Student Research Awards. The program is open to all New York students in grades 4-12 who use historical records in their research projects. The entry deadline is July 1, 2010. For information about this year’s program, visit http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/grants/grants_student_sraguidelines.shtml 

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

Each year the William Randolph Hearst Foundation sponsors a scholarship for two student leaders from each state and the District of Columbia to visit Washington, D. C. (all expenses paid), as guest of the Hearst Foundation and a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies at an accredited United States university or college. During the visit to Washington, D.C., students engage in a series of seminars and briefings with Senators and members of the House of Representatives and meet with officials from the executive and judicial branches of government. For more details, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/senateyouth.html

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

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

2010-2013 NY Mathematics & Science Partnerships Program Evaluation
A statewide program evaluation component of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) Title II Part B of the Mathematics and Science Partnerships(MSP) program will be conducted to report the progress of the MSP 2010-2013 funded projects. For more detailed information pertaining to the 2010-2013 NY Mathematics & Science Partnerships (MSP) Statewide Program Evaluation RFP please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/compcontracts.html .

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

Opportunity for Schools: Teaching American History Grants
Partner with the Gilder Lehrman Institute on Your Teaching American History (TAH) Grants.  Gilder Lehrman offers school districts support at every stage of the TAH Grant development and administration process, providing grant opportunities tailored to the needs of your teachers and students. Grant partners also receive access to Gilder Lehrman's extensive network of renowned scholars, collection of primary-source documents, and interactive classroom materials.  Since 2001, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has partnered on over 120 successful TAH Grants with urban, rural, and suburban school districts in thirty-three states across the country.  Get a jump start on your TAH Grant before the 2010 deadline is announced! Discover how Gilder Lehrman can help by visiting http://www.gilderlehrman.org/teachers/grants.html external link

James Madison Fellowships
The James Madison Fellowships were created to honor the legacy of James Madison, President, Secretary of State, Father of the Constitution by providing fellowship for graduate studies that focus on the Constitution. The Foundation offers secondary level teachers of government and history up to $24,000 to undertake graduate studies on topics related to the United States Constitution. The Fellows receive the opportunity to deepen critical research and writing skills, develop professional ties that can significantly affect their career paths, and strengthen their teaching proficiency. Each year, this federal program attempts to award at least one James Madison Fellowship in each state. For additional information and detailed regulations about the Foundation and the fellowship visit: http://www.jamesmadison.gov external link Applications are due by March 1, 2010.

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

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Free Solar & Wind Energy Workshops by NYSERDA
The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) in conjunction with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering free workshops for New York State teachers on solar and wind energy. For more information please go to http://www.nesea.org/k-12/events/ external link.

National Gallery of Art Teacher Summer Institutes
The National Gallery of Art invites K-12 teachers to apply for two separate six-day seminars entitled: Crosscurrents of American Art: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.  They explore American art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Individual sessions integrate art, social history, language arts, and learning theory through examination of the collections of the National Gallery.  The application deadline is March 15, 2010. For information on fellowship funding and an online application, visit : http://www.nga.gov/education/teacinst.shtm external link

2010 NEH Summer Seminar in England
Dr. Gerard M. Koot, Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, will offer a five week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for School Teachers, and for prospective teachers in graduate school, on Interpretations of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. The seminar for 16 paricipants will be held at the University of Nottingham and at the Institute for Historical Research in London, from June 27 to July 30, 2010. NEH will provide a $3,900 stipend to cover accommodations, most meals, weekly field trips in England and about $900 toward international travel expenses. Applications are due March 2, 2010. For further information  visit http://www.umassd.edu/ir/ external link

STEM Education 2010 Summer Institute Call For Presenters
The New York State STEM Education Collaborative, http://www.nysstemeducation.org external link, will be holding its first Summer Institute at SUNY Oswego between Sunday, August 8th and Wednesday, August 11th.  Please join AMTNYS, NYSTEA, and STANYS in presenting professional development within the STEM disciplines. Deadline for presentation submissions is set for February 27, 2010. Presentations should contain two or more STEM elements. Presenter forms can be obtained at http://www.nysstemeducation.org/2010Institute.html external link.

"Incorporating Culture in the Japanese Language Classroom" AATJ ( Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese) and the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa, will sponsor a four-week summer institute in Japan for Japanese language teachers in 2010. The theme will be "Incorporating Culture in the Japanese Language Classroom” (tentative dates, June 18 – July 17, 2010). This program is designed for both native and non-native speakers of Japanese and for teachers at all levels of instruction. It will provide participants the opportunity to improve their teaching skills and methodology, to master new technologies and develop materials for their classrooms and to deepen their knowledge of Japanese traditional and contemporary culture and society.  For more information vist http://www.aatj.org/classroom/SummerInstitute2010/index.html external link and http://www.jflalc.org/index.php?act=tpt&id=236 external link

Second UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education Scheduled for May 2010
The second UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education, the largest global event in the field, will take place in Seoul, South Korea, May 25–28, 2010, with some 2,000 participants coming from Korea and abroad. The meeting in Seoul will target the socio-cultural dimensions of arts education and reinforce the importance of research. The conference is expected to contribute to the development of new strategies and strengthen collaboration between its main participants, national authorities, local governments, teachers, artists, researchers, associations and to work together to reinforce the importance of arts education in schools as well as within society. For more information go to http://www.artsedu2010.kr/ external link

N.Y. State Reading Association Annual Conference: On Track with Literacy
The New York State Reading Association external link will hold its annual conference this year from March 7 – 9, 2010 in Saratoga, New York. To learn more about this conference, please visit http://www.nysreading.org/Conferences/index.html external link

2010 Summer Seminars in American History
Social Studies, K-12 history and English teachers are invited to apply to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American history 2010 Summer Seminars. These seminars are taught by renowned historians on college campuses in the United States and the United Kingdom. These one-week seminars give educators the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in American history while gaining practical resources and strategies to take back to their classrooms. for a list of all thirty-nine seminars, information about full and partial fellowships, graduate, credit, and to apply online visit: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/education/seminar.php?seminar_id=73 external link Apply early, space is limited.

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THE ARTS

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

The Power of Art: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities
The Power of Art is a national competition which celebrates excellence in art education and innovative teaching methods. The one day workshop is for art teachers who work with students with learning disabilities. A total of 32 art teachers will be selected from the applications received. Sponsored by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation at The Lab School of Washington, the program will present ways art can be used to teach academic skills for students with learning disabilities. Workshop Date: April 30, 2010. Deadline For Applications: March 22, 2010. For more information http://www.labschool.org/content/powerart external link

National Gallery of Art Teacher Summer Institutes
The National Gallery of Art invites K-12 teachers to apply for two separate six-day seminars entitled: Crosscurrents of American Art: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.  They explore American art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Individual sessions integrate art, social history, language arts, and learning theory through examination of the collections of the National Gallery.  The application deadline is March 15, 2010. For information on fellowship funding and an online application, visit : http://www.nga.gov/education/teacinst.shtm external link

What Does "Quality" look like in Arts Education?
In 'The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education', Harvard researchers at Project Zero explore what first-rate arts education entails and offer tools to help educators and others make smart choices about arts education in schools and communities. To read the report, go to http://cts.vresp.com/c/?TheWallaceFoundation/91a99db961/03f955ba05/bd6bb69351 external link.

Second UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education Scheduled for May 2010
The second UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education, the largest global event in the field, will take place in Seoul, South Korea, May 25–28, 2010, with some 2,000 participants coming from Korea and abroad. The meeting in Seoul will target the socio-cultural dimensions of arts education and reinforce the importance of research. The conference is expected to contribute to the development of new strategies and strengthen collaboration between its main participants, national authorities, local governments, teachers, artists, researchers, associations and to work together to reinforce the importance of arts education in schools as well as within society. For more information go to http://www.artsedu2010.kr/ external link

JFK Center for the Performing Arts' Any Given Child Initiative
The Any Given Child initiative, created by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is a program designed to bring Kennedy Center staff and consultants to work with community leaders and school administrators to develop a long-range plan for arts education that is tailor-made for the school district. For more information visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/anygivenchild/ external link

Arts for Academic Achievement (AAA)
AAA is a successful school reform model that creates collaborations between classroom teachers, artists and arts organizations. AAA is designed to improve student achievement through engaging lesson design, the use of data, strong content focus and arts strategies. For more information, visit http://aaa.mpls.k12.mn.us/ external link

Museum Learning Initiative
The primary goal of Museum Learning Initiative (MLI) is to strengthen and expand the educational use of museum and cultural organization resources by schools of the Upper Hudson Valley Region. The Albany Institute of History & Art has taken this unique opportunity to encourage partnerships with over sixty area organizations whose educational offerings include options for school groups utilizing object-based learning strategies. For more information visit http://www.albanyinstitute.org/mli/ external link

CARTS: Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students
A clearinghouse of online resources pertaining to folklore, anthropology, traditional arts, oral history, and community-based education. Co-sponsored by the National Task Force on Folk Arts in Education and City Lore, CARTS is designed to serve the needs of K-12 educators, students, and community members interested in developing meaningful linkages between school curricula and local cultural traditions. Teachers will be interested in the folklorist mentoring project. A stipend is available for teachers to develop folklore-related projects in their classrooms. http://www.carts.org/ external link

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

A Collaboration Between Schools and Cultural Organizations Through ESP
Empire State Partnerships (ESP) is dedicated to identifying, developing and nurturing promising practices in arts education through support of long-term collaborations between cultural organizations and schools. For more information visit http://www.espartsed.org/ external link

U.S. Secretary of Education Affirms Value of Arts Education
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released an August 2009 letter to school officials and community leaders across the nation reminding them of the important role of arts education in a student's life. This letter offers strong encouragement to education decision makers to find time and funds in the school day to offer a comprehensive, sequential and standards-based arts education. The full text can be accessed at http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/secletter/090826.html external link

Updated Arts Education Data for Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts
The NYSED Arts Education Data in Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts has been updated with information from the 2008-09 school year. The Arts Education Data charts contain statewide totals for public school student enrollments and teacher assignments in selected arts courses. The data is from the Basic Education Data System (BEDS) annually reported by teachers and administrators across New York State. Arts Education personnel in the State Education Department have received the yearly reports and compiled these charts to show trends in enrollments and teaching assignments across the years. To view the charts visit:  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/arts/data

Career Music Teacher Survey Available
Statistics reveal that over 50% of teachers leave the profession within their first five years. In order to reverse this trend, education needs to know why music educators elect to STAY in their field. To help in the understanding of teacher retention, the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) Teacher Retention Committee has designed an electronic survey titled "Profile of a Career Music Teacher;" it asks those with five years or more of music teaching experience to respond to inquiries about their background, current teaching position, and other information. There will be national representation in this survey audience in order to gain responses from many geographical areas. Results from the survey will be collated and analyzed for presentation at the Music Educators Nation Conference (MENC) research conference in Anaheim in late March, 2010. Please take the survey at http://www.zipsurvey.com/LaunchSurvey.aspx?suid=41119&key=29DC9EC0 external link and help New York State educators provide input into the future direction of music education practices.

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

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NYSED Common Core State Standards Website
In April 2009, Governor David Paterson and former Education Commissioner Richard P. Mills signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) along with forty-nine states and territories to participate in the national dialog to develop Common Core State Standards external link for English Language Arts and Mathematics. New York State is committed to be a part of this dialog and will provide updates to the public through this website about opportunities for public engagement, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html.

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

2009-10 Application for Exception to the One Percent CAP
The application by which local educational agencies may request an exception from NYSED to exceed the 1.0 percent cap in counting as proficient and advanced for accountability purposes, during the 2009-10 school year, the scores of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities based on alternate academic achievement standards is now available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/applications/1percent-2010.htm

Library of Congress Literature and Poetry Resources
Through this website, teachers can access historic documents related to literature and poetry including selected Walt Whitman notebooks, digitized rare books, and presentations on a variety of literary figures ranging from Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley to Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway. This Library of Congress resource also includes sample lesson plans external link, multimedia presentations external link, and other online activities. To access this site visit : http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/themes/literature/ external link

NY State English Council Call for 2010 Program Proposals and Awards
The New York State English Council (NYSEC) will hold its 60th Annual Conference from October 20-22, 2010 in Albany. Every year, the New York State English Council selects programs and presents awards that provide opportunities for professional leadership, promote excellence in English education, and foster collegiality and camaraderie among ELA educators throughout New York State. For information on how to submit a program proposal for the conference, entitled “New Literacies for a New Age: Teaching With the Tools of Our Times,” please see http://nysecteach.org/2009_nysec_conference.html external link. For details about NYSEC programs and awards, please see http://nysecteach.org/2010_awards_document.pdf external link.

Academy of American Poets Resources
The Academy of American Poets offers many free resources through their website, Poets.org external link. This website includes poems and biographical information for hundreds of poets external link, audio/visual resources external link, poetry resources for teens external link, a poetry map external link along with a page for New York State external link.  And don't forget, April is National Poetry Month!

Lyrical Legacy: 400 Years of American Song and Poetry
This Library of Congress resource examines 18 historical American songs and poems. Organized by time periods and considered from historical perspectives, songs and poems include Bonny Barbara Allan, Yankee Doodle, John Brown's Body/The Battle Hymn of the Republic, and others. Sound recordings and original documents are provided.

IRA Standards for Reading and Writing Assessments
In Fall 2007, the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English external link appointed a Joint Task Force on Assessment external link 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

2010 National African-American Read-In
The Twenty-First National African-American Read-In will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2010 and Monday, February 22, 2010 (for schools.) This event is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and is endorsed by the International Reading Association. For additional information, including supporting materials, see http://www.ncte.org/action/aari external link and http://www.ncte.org/action/aari/packetinfo external link

Summer Reading at New York Libraries
State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis recently announced a new name, logo and brand for New York’s immensely popular Statewide Summer Reading Program. The new name, which will be used for the first time during 2010, is Summer Reading at New York Libraries. For more information, visit the Summer Reading at New York Libraries website http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/index.html 

Guide to Reading Comprehension Assessments for Adolescents
This guide draws together evidence on nine of the most commonly used, commercially available reading comprehension assessments for use with adolescents. It provides a critical view into the strengths and weaknesses of each. Authors Lelia Morsy, Michael Kieffer, and Catherine Snow focus on the utility of assessments for the purposes of screening groups of students to identify those who struggle and diagnosing their specific needs. The guide is available at http://www.carnegie.org/literacy/tta/pdf/tta_Morsy.pdf external link.

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

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Cyber Safety Rescoure from USDE
"Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online" addresses several topics, including safe use of social networking Web sites, cyberbullying, and the importance of protecting computers from viruses and other harmful software. The booklet also offers parents tips on where to find additional information on Internet safety, and covers issues to raise with kids about "living their lives online," according to a federal Web site dedicated to safeguarding Americans' information online. The free guidebook is also available to schools. It can be downloaded at www.onguardonline.gov external link.

Talking Book and Braille Library
The Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL): A major transition is occurring with the Talking Book and Braille Library at the State Library. TBBL has transitioned to a new internal computer operating system for managing the services provided, and has also begun the first distribution of "new" digital machines and the first downloading of online talking books. Thousands of readers (listeners) will be receiving new (much smaller and lighter weight) machines on which to play books and magazines. This important service is available free to anyone who cannot read ‘normal’ print or who cannot hold a book. It is easy to get signed up. If you know of individuals who would benefit from this great service, visit the TBBL Web pages at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/contacttb.htm 

NYSED Instructional Technology Comments Regarding National Ed Tech Plan
The first draft of the National Education Technology plan is scheduled for release in January 2010. The public was invited to comment on four key elements of the plan: learning, teaching, assessment, and productivity. Comment closed on December 6.  On November 30, the NYSED Instructional Technology Task Force submitted comments regarding the National Ed Tech Plan. Included in the comment were statements on the importance of technology applications that deliver digital resources for the curriculum (beyond textbooks) and virtual library research resources, the significant role of librarians in fostering the practice of reading, and school libraries as essential components in the learning environment. Register on the U.S. Department of Education site at www.edtechfuture.org external link, to read the comment, which is labeled under "NYSED Instructional Technology Task Force."

"Incorporating Culture in the Japanese Language Classroom"
AATJ ( Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese) and the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa, will sponsor a four-week summer institute in Japan for Japanese language teachers in 2010. The theme will be "Incorporating Culture in the Japanese Language Classroom” (tentative dates, June 18 – July 17, 2010). This program is designed for both native and non-native speakers of Japanese and for teachers at all levels of instruction. It will provide participants the opportunity to improve their teaching skills and methodology, to master new technologies and develop materials for their classrooms and to deepen their knowledge of Japanese traditional and contemporary culture and society.  For more information vist http://www.aatj.org/classroom/SummerInstitute2010/index.html external link and http://www.jflalc.org/index.php?act=tpt&id=236 external link

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

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LITERACY

NYSED Common Core State Standards Website
In April 2009, Governor David Paterson and former Education Commissioner Richard P. Mills signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) along with forty-nine states and territories to participate in the national dialog to develop Common Core State Standards external link for English Language Arts and Mathematics. New York State is committed to be a part of this dialog and will provide updates to the public through this website about opportunities for public engagement, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html.

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

2010 National African-American Read-In
The Twenty-First National African-American Read-In will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2010 and Monday, February 22, 2010 (for schools.) This event is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and is endorsed by the International Reading Association. For additional information, including supporting materials, see http://www.ncte.org/action/aari external link and http://www.ncte.org/action/aari/packetinfo external link

Time to Act: A New Report from the Carnegie Corporation
The Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy has just released Time to Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success. Along with this report, the Council has authored five corresponding reports, which delve deeper into how to advance literacy and learning for all students.

IRA Standards for Reading and Writing Assessments
In Fall 2007, the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English external link appointed a Joint Task Force on Assessment external link 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

Talking Book and Braille Library
The Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL): A major transition is occurring with the Talking Book and Braille Library at the State Library. TBBL has transitioned to a new internal computer operating system for managing the services provided, and has also begun the first distribution of "new" digital machines and the first downloading of online talking books. Thousands of readers (listeners) will be receiving new (much smaller and lighter weight) machines on which to play books and magazines. This important service is available free to anyone who cannot read ‘normal’ print or who cannot hold a book. It is easy to get signed up. If you know of individuals who would benefit from this great service, visit the TBBL Web pages at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/contacttb.htm 

NYSRA Charlotte Award
The New York State Reading Association's (NYSRA) Charlotte Award is a biannual children’s choice book award. In 2008, over 11,000 votes were cast by students in NYS schools for their favorite books from ballots in the primary, intermediate, and young adult categories. Voting for the 2010 award is underway and will continue until April 2010.  Please visit  the NYSRA website at:  http://www.nysreading.org/Awards/charlotte/index.html external link

PBS Raising Readers Research Results
Results of research evaluating Word World and SUPER WHY! have been released. Children who watch these programs make gains in early literacy skills compared to children who have not watched, and the gains are largest among children whose parents have had no more than a high school education. These two television programs, and their accompanying online resources, were funded by the US Department of Education through the Ready To Learn grant program. They join established programs like Sesame Street and Between the Lions in the PBS Kids Raising Readers literacy campaign. Also part of PBS Kids Raising Readers is the online PBS Kids Island – in which preschoolers can play reading games with favorite PBS KIDS characters, earn tickets, and win prizes. Parents and teachers can track children’s progress and find fun reading activities to do every day. http://pbskids.org/read/research/ external link and http://pbskids.org/read/play.html external link

New NAEP Report: The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress’s website, “The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) assesses the reading achievement of fourth-graders and collects data on their teachers’ reading instruction practices and strategies. Presenting data from the United States and the 44 other jurisdictions that participated in PIRLS 2006, this Statistics in Brief describes international patterns in the strategies reported by teachers to help fourth-graders falling behind in reading.” http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2009/2009013.pdf external link

2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program Results
New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, Bernard A. Margolis announced  that for the second consecutive year, over 1.5 million children and teens enjoyed a summer of reading fun and learning by participating in the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program at 1100 local libraries and neighborhood branches. Participation in summer reading programs at New York libraries has grown a phenomenal 440% since 2000.  Mr. Margolis explained, Public libraries, through their summer reading programs, put books in the hands of children. This is the best antidote for the summer slide in children's reading achievement. Access to books and library programs over the summer results in more reading which, in turn, results in improved reading skills.  For the summer reading participation chart and other information please see: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/resource.htm

Guide to Reading Comprehension Assessments for Adolescents
This guide draws together evidence on nine of the most commonly used, commercially available reading comprehension assessments for use with adolescents. It provides a critical view into the strengths and weaknesses of each. Authors Lelia Morsy, Michael Kieffer, and Catherine Snow focus on the utility of assessments for the purposes of screening groups of students to identify those who struggle and diagnosing their specific needs. The guide is available at http://www.carnegie.org/literacy/tta/pdf/tta_Morsy.pdf external link.

N.Y. State Reading Association Annual Conference: On Track with Literacy
The New York State Reading Association external link will hold its annual conference this year from March 7 – 9, 2010 in Saratoga, New York. To learn more about this conference, please visit http://www.nysreading.org/Conferences/index.html external link

 

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LOTE

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

Language Advocacy Resources
An extensive annotated list of websites, articles, information on brochures that help language educators to prepare for advocating world language programs is available from Penn State's Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER). For more information:  http://calper.la.psu.edu/languageadvocacy.php external link

Le Grand Concours: National French Contest
Le Grand Concours is an annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.  Students of French in grades 1-12, in all 50 states and abroad, compete against each other for prizes. Grades 1-6 participate in the FLES Contest. Grades 7-12 in the Secondary Contest.  Students take a written test and compete against students with similar educational background for prizes including certificates, medals, books, dvds, trips, and scholarships.  Teachers should contact local Chapter Contest Administrator for information on local deadlines and entry fees.  For more information:  http://www.frenchteachers.org/concours external link

Perseus Digital Library's Classical Projects
Perseus has a particular focus upon the Greco-Roman world and upon classical Greek and Latin, but the larger mission is to help make the full record for humanity as intellectually accessible as possible to every human being, providing information adapted to as many linguistic and cultural backgrounds as possible.  Their work in the 2008-09 academic year focused upon the three most widespread classical languages of the Mediterranean world: Greek, Latin, and Arabic.  For more information:  http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper external link

Digest: Integrated Content and Language Instruction
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) has just published a digest on “Integrated Content and Language Instruction.” This digest describes four key principles of practice found in classrooms where content and language instruction are integrated effectively. It can be downloaded for free at: http://www.cal.org/resources/digest/integratedcontent.html external link 

What Does Research Show About the Benefits of Language Learning?
In this age of accountability in education, policymakers and administrators, as well as parents, are increasingly demanding to know what research studies show regarding the benefits of language learning. This document will identify some of the major correlation studies that highlight how language learners benefit from their experiences.
For more information: http://www.actfl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=4524 external link http://www.cal.org/earlylang/benefits/index.html external link and  http://nnell.org/about.php external link

"Incorporating Culture in the Japanese Language Classroom" AATJ ( Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese) and the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa, will sponsor a four-week summer institute in Japan for Japanese language teachers in 2010. The theme will be "Incorporating Culture in the Japanese Language Classroom” (tentative dates, June 18 – July 17, 2010). This program is designed for both native and non-native speakers of Japanese and for teachers at all levels of instruction. It will provide participants the opportunity to improve their teaching skills and methodology, to master new technologies and develop materials for their classrooms and to deepen their knowledge of Japanese traditional and contemporary culture and society.  For more information vist http://www.aatj.org/classroom/SummerInstitute2010/index.html external link and http://www.jflalc.org/index.php?act=tpt&id=236 external link

Workshop in Italy for AP Latin Teachers: Vergil, Aeneas and Augustus
July 17 – 28, 2010. This program is designed to help high school teachers in teaching the AP Vergil syllabus. Much of the program will take place on the sites either where Vergil lived and wrote or where the Aeneid was set. The workshop will be organized with mornings spent on study sessions and reading the Aeneid in Latin, a lunch break, and then afternoon site and museum visits, with some on-site readings. Graduate Credits and Continuing Education Units are available through Miami University. Ohio residents qualify for a 50% discount on graduate tuition. Scholarships are available for High School teachers and graduate students. For more information: http://vergil.clarku.edu/cumae.htm external link and http://vergil.clarku.edu/aptour.htm external link

Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program
The U.S. State Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is offering an exciting opportunity  for educators.  The Distinguished Awards program offers fellowships to highly accomplished U.S. and international teachers to receive a grant to study at a university, conduct research, teach classes and workshops, and develop a capstone project pertaining to their field of educational inquiry during a semester overseas. This year's participating countries include: Argentina, Finland, India, Israel, Singapore, South Africa, and the United States. Deadline for applying to the Distinguished Awards program is January 15, 2010. *Additional countries may be added prior to the January 15th deadline. For more information: http://www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org/dteIndex.cfm external link

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

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MATHEMATICS

NYSED Common Core State Standards Website
In April 2009, Governor David Paterson and former Education Commissioner Richard P. Mills signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) along with forty-nine states and territories to participate in the national dialog to develop Common Core State Standards external link for English Language Arts and Mathematics. New York State is committed to be a part of this dialog and will provide updates to the public through this website about opportunities for public engagement, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html.

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

STEM Education 2010 Summer Institute Call For Presenters
The New York State STEM Education Collaborative, http://www.nysstemeducation.org external link, will be holding its first Summer Institute at SUNY Oswego between Sunday, August 8th and Wednesday, August 11th.  Please join AMTNYS, NYSTEA, and STANYS in presenting professional development within the STEM disciplines. Deadline for presentation submissions is set for February 27, 2010. Presentations should contain two or more STEM elements. Presenter forms can be obtained at http://www.nysstemeducation.org/2010Institute.html external link.

2010-2013 NY Mathematics & Science Partnerships Program Evaluation
A statewide program evaluation component of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) Title II Part B of the Mathematics and Science Partnerships(MSP) program will be conducted to report the progress of the MSP 2010-2013 funded projects. For more detailed information pertaining to the 2010-2013 NY Mathematics & Science Partnerships (MSP) Statewide Program Evaluation RFP please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/compcontracts.html .

2009-10 Application for Exception to the One Percent CAP
The application by which local educational agencies may request an exception from NYSED to exceed the 1.0 percent cap in counting as proficient and advanced for accountability purposes, during the 2009-10 school year, the scores of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities based on alternate academic achievement standards is now available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/applications/1percent-2010.htm

Curriculum Guidance for Grades 3-8 Mathematics
At their June meeting, the Board of Regents made a policy decision to implement a new administration schedule for the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests to start in this upcoming school year. As a consequence, the 2009-10 Elementary- and Intermediate-level testing schedule has undergone several changes. For curriculum guidance for the revised Grades 3-8 Mathematics Testing Program, go to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/elintmath.html  . Please use this guidance to ensure that your local curriculum sequencing is aligned with the May administration of the Grades 3-8 Mathematics Tests. NOTE: The first administration of the 3-8 Mathematics Tests in May 2010, and ONLY this administration, will include post March performance indicators of the previous year through April of the current year. You may direct any questions that arise in connection with this rescheduling to the Office of State Assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov .

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

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

New York State Middle Level Liaisons The semi-annual meetings for the 2009-2010 school year of the New York State Middle Level Liaisons have been scheduled for November 5-6, 2009 and March 22-23, 2010.  Both meetings will be held  at the  Marriott on Wolf Road in Albany, NY.   Middle Level practitioners interested in joining the Middle Level Liaisons can do so by visiting the link below.  Work products and information from previous Liaison meetings meeting can be found at the following link. http://www.nysmsa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=45 external link.  

New Best Practice Resource
The New York State Middle School Association (NYSMSA) has launched a new resource making available a data base of best practices in Middle Level Education.  The best practice submissions are organized under the umbrella of the Seven Essential Elements of a Standards Focused Middle Level Program.  To view or contribute to this database visit http://www.nysmsa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=46 external link

Reading in the Disciplines: The Challenges of Adolescent Literacy
This guidance document discusses some of the challenges for adolescents who struggle with written texts in the academic subject: areas of history, science, mathematics, and literacy. It also explores how standards, assessments, and teach instruction can be strengthened in order to support these readers. The guidance document is available at http://www.carnegie.org/literacy/tta/pdf/tta_Lee.pdf external link

2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program Results
New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, Bernard A. Margolis announced  that for the second consecutive year, over 1.5 million children and teens enjoyed a summer of reading fun and learning by participating in the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program at 1100 local libraries and neighborhood branches. Participation in summer reading programs at New York libraries has grown a phenomenal 440% since 2000.  Mr. Margolis explained, Public libraries, through their summer reading programs, put books in the hands of children. This is the best antidote for the summer slide in children's reading achievement. Access to books and library programs over the summer results in more reading which, in turn, results in improved reading skills.  For the summer reading participation chart and other information please see: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/resource.htm

Guide to Reading Comprehension Assessments for Adolescents
This guide draws together evidence on nine of the most commonly used, commercially available reading comprehension assessments for use with adolescents. It provides a critical view into the strengths and weaknesses of each. Authors Lelia Morsy, Michael Kieffer, and Catherine Snow focus on the utility of assessments for the purposes of screening groups of students to identify those who struggle and diagnosing their specific needs. The guide is available at http://www.carnegie.org/literacy/tta/pdf/tta_Morsy.pdf external link.

Corning Institute - Save the Date
Save the Date: The New York State Middle School Association (NYSMSA)  will host the 8th Annual Middle Level Institute at the Corning Museum of Glass on June 28-29, 2010.  More information will be posted related to  workshops at it becomes available at www.nysmsa.org external link. Click on Professional Development

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit Available from CDC
This toolkit can be used by anyone who promotes youth physical activity, including community leaders; physical education and health education teachers; physical activity coordinators at the school, district, and state levels; and physical activity practitioners working in health or community-based organizations. The toolkit is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/physicalactivity/guidelines.htm external link 

NYSED Guidelines - Coaching Requirements
The  NYSED guidelines for coaching have been revised to reflect Section 135.4 and 135.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education effective July 16, 2009.  This revised guideline has all information and forms needed to ensure coaches meet certification requirements including First Aid and CPR certifications. Please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/toolkitdocs/coachingguidelines_07_09.pdf ( 151.10 KB)

Non-Teacher Coaching Licenses
Temporary and Professional Coaching Licenses must now be applied for online through the TEACH system ( http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/home.html ). Applicants must establish an account on TEACH first (if they do not already have one) and then apply for the appropriate license online. A link is included on the TEACH page for online fingerprinting clearance. The local BOCES will still need to verify all First Aid and CPR certificates and coaching course completion certificates, SAVE, and child abuse workshops.

Revised Regulations Regarding Physical Education
At its meeting on June 23, 2009, the Board of Regents revised Section 135.4 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education regarding physical education. The revised regulation is posted in the toolkit of the NYSED Physical Education website with changes in bold for easy referencing. Please visit the PE Toolkit at the NYSED Physical Education homepage at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/ .

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

NYSED Approved On-line Coaching Courses
NYSED has approved seven agencies to teach all or some of the required coaching courses on-line. Some may be a blended course that require on-line work and face-to-face classes. For information on the courses offered, schedule of courses and registration information, call or email the contact person for each agency on the list, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/pe_online_coaching_courses.html .

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

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

2010 New York State Summer School of the Arts
The New York State Education Department's New York Summer School for the Arts is publicizing a unique opportunity for high school-age students.  Booklets for the 2010 New York State Summer School of the Arts program are now being distributed to the School Library Media Specialists throughout all public and non-public junior/senior high schools.  We know that if students see general information in their school library media center, they are more likely to follow up with a request for an application for a specific school.  We ask that School Library Media Specialists make this booklet visible to students.  The school library media program, as an advocate for students considering careers in the arts or sciences, can make a critical difference in many young lives.  For a poster that provides basic information on the program, to hang on bulletin boards where students and parents can view it, and to request additional information or materials please visit the NYSSSA web site at www.emsc.nysed.gov/nysssa/.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries
State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis recently announced a new name, logo and brand for New York’s immensely popular Statewide Summer Reading Program. The new name, which will be used for the first time during 2010, is Summer Reading at New York Libraries. For more information, visit the Summer Reading at New York Libraries website http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/index.html 

2009 Shubert Library Excellence Award Winner Announced
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKERS!! The New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries announced that the 2009 Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award has been awarded to the New York City School Library System, New York City Department of Education for their project entitled, and “Tween to Teen”.

The New York City School Library System’s “Tween to Teen” program for New York City middle school libraries focused on the social and emotional issues confronting middle school students which often interfere with academic success. The School Library System offered a grant opportunity aimed to facilitate the exploration of these social and emotional issues through the use of carefully selected fiction and nonfiction titles in book discussion groups and in the library collection. More information about this project, including the lists of recommended book titles, can be found on the New York State Library’s website at: www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/index.html.

Distribution to Underserved Communities(DUC)Library Program
The DUC Library Program distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge to rural and inner-city public libraries, public schools and alternative reading centers. To browse titles or place an order, visit http://www.ducprogram.org/ external link

Regents Advisory Council Proposes New Commission On NY Libraries
Citing the dire fiscal struggle of New York’s libraries in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and evidence that library usage by the people of New York has increased dramatically, the members of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries have urged the Board of Regents to make state and federal funding for libraries a Regents priority budget and legislative item each and every year. The Council’s 2009 annual report to the Regents, which includes this recommendation and others related to strengthening New York’s libraries is now posted on the Council’s webpage at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/2009rept.htm  . The 2009 report also highlights the need for all schools in New York State, including elementary schools, to have school libraries and certified professional librarians. For more information, please visit the State Library's website at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/index.html .  

Talking Book and Braille Library
The Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL): A major transition is occurring with the Talking Book and Braille Library at the State Library. TBBL has transitioned to a new internal computer operating system for managing the services provided, and has also begun the first distribution of "new" digital machines and the first downloading of online talking books. Thousands of readers (listeners) will be receiving new (much smaller and lighter weight) machines on which to play books and magazines. This important service is available free to anyone who cannot read ‘normal’ print or who cannot hold a book. It is easy to get signed up. If you know of individuals who would benefit from this great service, visit the TBBL Web pages at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/contacttb.htm 

NYSRA Charlotte Award
The New York State Reading Association's (NYSRA) Charlotte Award is a biannual children’s choice book award. In 2008, over 11,000 votes were cast by students in NYS schools for their favorite books from ballots in the primary, intermediate, and young adult categories. Voting for the 2010 award is underway and will continue until April 2010.  Please visit  the NYSRA website at:  http://www.nysreading.org/Awards/charlotte/index.html external link

NOVELNY Use Continues to Climb in 2009
New Yorkers searched the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library over 35.5 million times since July 2008. This represents a 20 percent increase in the number of searches over the prior year. NOVELNY is a "virtual library" that connects New Yorkers in every community to state-of-the-art online information without regard to economic, geographic or physical barriers. This convenient online library includes a wide variety of full-text resources - books, magazines, newspapers, research, and reference resources and is available to New York State residents with no fees.New Yorkers can access NOVELNY 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by logging on with a public library card or with a New York driver license or non-driver ID. For more information visit: http://www.novelnewyork.org external link

 

NYSED Instructional Technology Comments Regarding National Ed Tech Plan
The first draft of the National Education Technology plan is scheduled for release in January 2010. The public was invited to comment on four key elements of the plan: learning, teaching, assessment, and productivity. Comment closed on December 6.  On November 30, the NYSED Instructional Technology Task Force submitted comments regarding the National Ed Tech Plan. Included in the comment were statements on the importance of technology applications that deliver digital resources for the curriculum (beyond textbooks) and virtual library research resources, the significant role of librarians in fostering the practice of reading, and school libraries as essential components in the learning environment. Register on the U.S. Department of Education site at www.edtechfuture.org external link, to read the comment, which is labeled under "NYSED Instructional Technology Task Force."

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

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SCIENCE

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

2010-2013 NY Mathematics & Science Partnerships Program Evaluation
A statewide program evaluation component of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) Title II Part B of the Mathematics and Science Partnerships(MSP) program will be conducted to report the progress of the MSP 2010-2013 funded projects. For more detailed information pertaining to the 2010-2013 NY Mathematics & Science Partnerships (MSP) Statewide Program Evaluation RFP please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/compcontracts.html .

2010 Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors
Innovative students in grades 5-8 are invited to demonstrate their ingenuity by creating an invention that incorporates the use of rubber bands in the SECOND ANNUAL RUBBER BAND CONTEST FOR YOUNG INVENTORS! This exciting contest encourages engineering design, creative thinking and problem-solving, while incorporating national and state academic content standards. There is more than $15,000 in prizes for students and their mentoring teachers so start their imaginations s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g right away! The deadline is February 10, 2010 and applications may be received via hard copy mail, email or FAX. The details for the competition are available online at www.rubberbandcontest.org external link.  

STEM Education 2010 Summer Institute Call For Presenters
The New York State STEM Education Collaborative, http://www.nysstemeducation.org external link, will be holding its first Summer Institute at SUNY Oswego between Sunday, August 8th and Wednesday, August 11th.  Please join AMTNYS, NYSTEA, and STANYS in presenting professional development within the STEM disciplines. Deadline for presentation submissions is set for February 27, 2010. Presentations should contain two or more STEM elements. Presenter forms can be obtained at http://www.nysstemeducation.org/2010Institute.html external link.

2010 National Youth Science Camp Applications Now Available
Applications to attend the 2010 National Youth Science Camp are now available online at http://bit.ly/NYSC2010 external link. 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 29 through July 23, 2010. To apply, please download the application packet from www.nysc.org/2010 external link and follow the enclosed instructions. For more information about the NYSC, please visit www.nysc.org external link. The NYSC is hosted and operated by the National Youth Science Foundation (www.nysf.com) external link

DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition
The 24th annual DuPont Challenge© Science Essay Competition is underway and is accepting entries now through January 31, 2010. Designed to inspire young people to excel in scientific writing, the competition invites students in 7th through 12th grade to research and write a 700- to 1,000-word essay about a scientific discovery, theory, event or technological application that has captured their interest. Essays are judged on mechanics and conventions; ideas and content; organization; style and creativity; and voice. Winners receive savings bonds up to $5,000 and an expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center. The program also rewards the unique contributions of the teachers of the winning students with trips with winners, $500 education grants, and sponsorship to attend the 2011 NSTA National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco. Created to honor the Challenger astronauts, this competition is a great way to get students to push the limits of imagination and discovery. For more information on classroom use and the competition, visit the DuPont Challenge website external link.

American Society of Human Genetics-DNA Day Essay Contest
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 5th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! It is only open to 9th – 12th grade students this year. The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on the important concepts of genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay questions. Deadline for essay submission is March 15, 2010.  More information may be accessed online at http://www.ashg.org/education/dnadaycontest.shtml external link.

NSTA's Building a Presence (BaP) Renamed Science Matters Network
Why Science Matters? As the world’s largest organization devoted to excellence in science teaching and learning, NSTA is uniquely positioned to make science education reform a national priority for schools and families. With this in mind, the new public awareness campaign--entitled Science Matters—will work to build a vital coalition of parents and teachers committed to rekindling a national sense of urgency and action about science education and science literacy. Building a Presence (BaP)/Science Matters is an electronic network initiative from NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) and sponsored in NYS by STANYS (Science Teachers Association of New York State) in partnership with NYSED. The objectives of the project are to create a state and national network for K-16 teachers of science to share resources about effective science teaching and learning, lessen science teacher isolation, help science teachers implement state and national science education standards in their schools, stimulate professional development opportunities for science teachers, and provide teachers with resources to help all students learn science. NYS is seeking a point of contact in each school to receive email announcements and to share them with colleagues. You are invited to visit the new Science Matters website at http://sciencematters.nsta.org external link. Clicking on the Teachers button found on this page will take you to the Science Matters/BaP Web site portal. To go directly to the portal, visit http://bap.nsta.org/ external link.

2010 Edition Physical Setting/Earth Science Reference Tables
The 2010 Edition of the Physical Setting/Earth Science Reference Tables (ESRT) has been completed and is now available on the Department’s web site at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/scire/reftable.html. This publication replaces all previous editions and should be put into use in all schools at the start of the 2009-10 school year. It will be used in conjunction with the Regents Examination in Physical Setting/Earth Science beginning with the January 2010 administration. A notice related to the distribution of these NEW reference tables may be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/reftable/esrt2010-memo.pdf PDF file icon (51.13 KB)

International Youth Day Serves as Kick-Off Site for Siemens Foundation
National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA), the Siemens Foundation, and Discovery Education are partnering again this year to educate, empower and engage students and teachers nationwide to become “Agents of Change” in improving their communities through the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. The second year of this national sustainability challenge—now expanded to include elementary school students—encourages students in kindergarten through eighth grade to team up with their classmates to create replicable solutions to environmental issues in their classroom (grades K–2), school (grades 3–5) and community (grades 6–8). For more information, and to register for the challenge please visit www.wecanchange.com external link.

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

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

National Gallery of Art Teacher Summer Institutes
The National Gallery of Art invites K-12 teachers to apply for two separate six-day seminars entitled: Crosscurrents of American Art: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.  They explore American art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Individual sessions integrate art, social history, language arts, and learning theory through examination of the collections of the National Gallery.  The application deadline is March 15, 2010. For information on fellowship funding and an online application, visit : http://www.nga.gov/education/teacinst.shtm external link

State Archives Highlights Women's Rights in Early New York History
Document Showcase is a quarterly feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives.   This quarter's topic highlights examples of the rights of women during the Dutch and English colonial periods and under New York State law.  Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use.   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.   For more information, please visit Document Showcase at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml

2010 NEH Summer Seminar in England
Dr. Gerard M. Koot, Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, will offer a five week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for School Teachers, and for prospective teachers in graduate school, on Interpretations of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. The seminar for 16 paricipants will be held at the University of Nottingham and at the Institute for Historical Research in London, from June 27 to July 30, 2010. NEH will provide a $3,900 stipend to cover accommodations, most meals, weekly field trips in England and about $900 toward international travel expenses. Applications are due March 2, 2010. For further information  visit http://www.umassd.edu/ir/ external link

Opportunity for Schools: Teaching American History Grants
Partner with the Gilder Lehrman Institute on Your Teaching American History (TAH) Grants.  Gilder Lehrman offers school districts support at every stage of the TAH Grant development and administration process, providing grant opportunities tailored to the needs of your teachers and students. Grant partners also receive access to Gilder Lehrman's extensive network of renowned scholars, collection of primary-source documents, and interactive classroom materials.  Since 2001, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has partnered on over 120 successful TAH Grants with urban, rural, and suburban school districts in thirty-three states across the country.  Get a jump start on your TAH Grant before the 2010 deadline is announced! Discover how Gilder Lehrman can help by visiting http://www.gilderlehrman.org/teachers/grants.html external link

 

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

Each year the William Randolph Hearst Foundation sponsors a scholarship for two student leaders from each state and the District of Columbia to visit Washington, D. C. (all expenses paid), as guest of the Hearst Foundation and a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies at an accredited United States university or college. During the visit to Washington, D.C., students engage in a series of seminars and briefings with Senators and members of the House of Representatives and meet with officials from the executive and judicial branches of government.

For more details, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/senateyouth.html

2010 Summer Seminars in American History
Social Studies, K-12 history and English teachers are invited to apply to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American history 2010 Summer Seminars. These seminars are taught by renowned historians on college campuses in the United States and the United Kingdom. These one-week seminars give educators the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in American history while gaining practical resources and strategies to take back to their classrooms. for a list of all thirty-nine seminars, information about full and partial fellowships, graduate, credit, and to apply online visit: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/education/seminar.php?seminar_id=73 external link Apply early, space is limited.

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

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

2010-2013 NY Mathematics & Science Partnerships Program Evaluation
A statewide program evaluation component of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) Title II Part B of the Mathematics and Science Partnerships(MSP) program will be conducted to report the progress of the MSP 2010-2013 funded projects. For more detailed information pertaining to the 2010-2013 NY Mathematics & Science Partnerships (MSP) Statewide Program Evaluation RFP please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/compcontracts.html .

STEM Education 2010 Summer Institute Call For Presenters
The New York State STEM Education Collaborative, http://www.nysstemeducation.org external link, will be holding its first Summer Institute at SUNY Oswego between Sunday, August 8th and Wednesday, August 11th.  Please join AMTNYS, NYSTEA, and STANYS in presenting professional development within the STEM disciplines. Deadline for presentation submissions is set for February 27, 2010. Presentations should contain two or more STEM elements. Presenter forms can be obtained at http://www.nysstemeducation.org/2010Institute.html external link.

Free Solar & Wind Energy Workshops by NYSERDA
The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) in conjunction with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering free workshops for New York State teachers on solar and wind energy. For more information please go to http://www.nesea.org/k-12/events/ external link.

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

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TESTING

Teachers Needed for Final Eyes Reviews
The Office of State Assessment is seeking high school teachers to participate on Final Eyes Review Committees. More information related to the final eyes review may be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/finaleyes/home.htm. 

2009-10 Application for Exception to the One Percent CAP
The application by which local educational agencies may request an exception from NYSED to exceed the 1.0 percent cap in counting as proficient and advanced for accountability purposes, during the 2009-10 school year, the scores of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities based on alternate academic achievement standards is now available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/applications/1percent-2010.htm

Item Writer Orientation Applications Being Accepted by NYSED
Each year the New York State Education Department (NYSED) provides a professional development opportunity in the form of item writer orientation. The purpose of this orientation is to train individuals to develop multiple-choice and constructed-response items or to select passages for possible use on future State assessments. More information related to this very important part of the test development process may be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/itemwriterapp.htm.

June 2010 NYSED Regents Examinations Schedule
The final June 2010 Regents Examination Schedule has been released and can be found on the NYSED Office of State Assessment's website at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/sched.html.

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

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

Common Core Standards Initiative NYSED Public Comment Toolkit is Online
The Common Core Standards Initiative website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards.html has been expanded to include a toolkit for public comment. As soon as the Common Core Standards for ELA and mathematics are released in early January, they will be added to the toolkit. Once the proposed standards are posted, you are invited to comment on the Common Core Standards through two online survey instruments - one for ELA and one for mathematics. Also included in the toolkit is a video of the Commissioner inviting public comment, a power point presentation further explaining the initiative, and links to related materials.

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

Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit Available from CDC
This toolkit can be used by anyone who promotes youth physical activity, including community leaders; physical education and health education teachers; physical activity coordinators at the school, district, and state levels; and physical activity practitioners working in health or community-based organizations. The toolkit is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/physicalactivity/guidelines.htm external link

Library of Congress Literature and Poetry Resources
Through this website, teachers can access historic documents related to literature and poetry including selected Walt Whitman notebooks, digitized rare books, and presentations on a variety of literary figures ranging from Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley to Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway. This Library of Congress resource also includes sample lesson plans external link, multimedia presentations external link, and other online activities. To access this site visit : http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/themes/literature/ external link

Language Advocacy Resources
An extensive annotated list of websites, articles, information on brochures that help language educators to prepare for advocating world language programs is available from Penn State's Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER). For more information:  http://calper.la.psu.edu/languageadvocacy.php external link

Perseus Digital Library's Classical Projects
Perseus has a particular focus upon the Greco-Roman world and upon classical Greek and Latin, but the larger mission is to help make the full record for humanity as intellectually accessible as possible to every human being, providing information adapted to as many linguistic and cultural backgrounds as possible.  Their work in the 2008-09 academic year focused upon the three most widespread classical languages of the Mediterranean world: Greek, Latin, and Arabic.  For more information:  http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper external link

Cyber Safety Rescoure from USDE
"Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online" addresses several topics, including safe use of social networking Web sites, cyberbullying, and the importance of protecting computers from viruses and other harmful software. The booklet also offers parents tips on where to find additional information on Internet safety, and covers issues to raise with kids about "living their lives online," according to a federal Web site dedicated to safeguarding Americans' information online. The free guidebook is also available to schools. It can be downloaded at www.onguardonline.gov external link.

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

USDOE - Doing What Works: How to Organize Your Teaching
This multimedia practice guide from the U.S. Department of Education's Doing What Works website includes seven research-based recommendations on organizing teaching and learning experiences. These resources include essential concepts, recommended practices, and planning templates. School districts can use the videos and supporting materials offered to discuss how teachers organize their teaching and learning. The four research-based recommendations for effective teaching and learning include: "Space learning over time with review and quizzing; Alternate worked examples with problem-solving practice; Connect abstract and concrete representations of concepts; and Use higher-order questions to help students build explanations"  See  http://dww.ed.gov/topic/topic_landing.cfm?PA_ID=9&T_ID=19  external link

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

United States Global Competence Website
The American Council on Education and Coalition for International Education are pleased to announce the launch of www.usglobalcompetence.org external link. Titled "Engaging the World: U.S. Global Competence for the 21st century," the site demonstrates through videos and highlights of a recent symposium the importance of strengthening U.S. global competence in the 21st century. The site also includes a section on the Global Symposium – “Critical Challenges in an Unpredictable World: Implications for U.S. Engagement”. This event took place on Capitol Hill in March 2009, and the website features downloadable presentations as well as other documentation of the event. Finally, you will find useful links to information on the Title VI/ Fulbright-Hays programs and related U.S. Department of Education online resources. For more information: http://www.usglobalcompetence.org/ external link

Regional Education Labs (REL)--Northeast and Islands Reference Desk
In an effort to provide stakeholders with timely responses to research-based education questions, REL Northeast and Islands has launched a new service-the Reference Desk-which offers references, referrals, and citations in brief reports generated quickly, sometimes within a few days. Responses contain links to relevant websites, research reports, and journal articles, as well as targeted referrals to organizations or government-funded centers that might provide more information or offer technical assistance. http://www.relnei.org/referencedesk.2009-08-21.php external link

New York State Archives Launches Innovative New Tool for Educators
Students, researchers, and lovers of New York State history will have a better sense of the types of records held by the New York State Archives with the launch of Document Showcase, a quarterly feature on the New York State Archives’ website, highlighting iconic records by investigating specific historical topics. Quarterly Document Showcase submissions feature a display of 3-5 hand-picked historical records on a selected topic, background information on those records, a link to educational activities for classroom use, and other related information. October’s edition examines industrialization and child labor in New York State. The Document Showcase is accessed from the State Archives website www.archives.nysed.gov,  but to directly visit this quarter's Document Showcase visit http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/index.shtml

CARTS: Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students
A clearinghouse of online resources pertaining to folklore, anthropology, traditional arts, oral history, and community-based education. Co-sponsored by the National Task Force on Folk Arts in Education and City Lore, CARTS is designed to serve the needs of K-12 educators, students, and community members interested in developing meaningful linkages between school curricula and local cultural traditions. Teachers will be interested in the folklorist mentoring project. A stipend is available for teachers to develop folklore-related projects in their classrooms. http://www.carts.org/ external link

Teachers TV: Online Professional Development
New training sessions focus on using Teachers TV as a resource to support professional development, as well as a training tool for use with new and existing staff in schools. For more information visit http://www.teachers.tv/training external link

AASL Announce Top 25 Web sites for Teaching and Learning
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces a new resource for school library media specialists and their teacher colleagues. The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, a list honoring the top twenty-five Internet sites for enhancing learning and curriculum development, is considered the "best of the best" by AASL. The Top 25 Web sites for Teaching and Learning were named so because they foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation and collaboration. All sites are free, web-based sites that are user-friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover. They also provide a foundation to support AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Valuable information on each site, including tips for effective classroom use are available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/bestlist/bestwebsites.cfm external link

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

Web Portal of the Russian Federation
The web portal of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation is specially designed for all admirers of the Russian language and Russian culture. The project is targeted at the following audiences:

  • Schoolchildren, who are learning Russian and want to continue their education in the framework of Russian Distance education or to deepen their knowledge of the Russian language, receive Russian General Certificate of Secondary Education, prepare to enter a Russian higher education institution, study in the framework of Russian system of Additional education.
  • Students, who have chosen a certain education institution in Russia in the framework of pre-higher education system. Young specialists, who have a bachelor’s degree and want to continue their education in Russia. Future post-graduate students of Russian higher educational institutions and research centers.
  • Teachers of Russian and other subjects, who want to do a refresher course, obtain information about Web sites containing useful data, teacher training aids, refresher courses in the country of residence or in Russia (on-site or off-site); training periods, Master’s degree program, post-graduate studies, doctorate.
  • Journalists and analysts, interested in the Russian language popularity in the CIS countries and the Baltic states. 

Visit the Russian for All web portal and check out the latest news and resources at http://world.russianforall.ru/en external link

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

NYS Government
NYS Government vacant positions are posted on the Department of Civil Service website at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/ external link. 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.

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

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

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E-BLAST ARCHIVES

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