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


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

February 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

NEW! 2009 State Finalists Announced for Presidential Awards for Excellence
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKERS! Camsie Matis of New York City School District 01, Carol Lorandini of Carle Place Union Free School District, and Nancy Zumpano of Clinton Central School District are the mathematics state finalists for the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Jeanne Kaidy  of McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester is the science state finalist for the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. State-finalist applications will be reviewed by a national selection committee in Washington, DC. This national selection committee then determines the Presidential awardee in each of Mathematics and Science from each state.  The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), established by The White House and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a program that identifies outstanding mathematics and science teachers, kindergarten through 12th grade, in each state and the four U.S. jurisdictions. A direct link to the PAEMST program is available on the Department's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/paemstaward.html  .  

NEW! USDOE Evaluates Online Course Effectiveness for Secondary Students
You are invited to contribute to an important study about the effectiveness of online learning for high school students. The U.S. Department of Education is sponsoring the Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Online Courses for Secondary Students, which will include a series of rigorous studies to determine the effectiveness of different models of online learning relative to traditional face-to-face courses.  Please visit the wiki, www.oll-c.wikispaces.com ,  for more information about the study. Specific requirements for participation will be negotiated with individual sites meeting the initial qualifications listed above.

NEW! PBS Teachers Innovation Awards-March 12 Deadline!
America's teachers innovate every day. Your inventive thinking continuously fuels, inspires and engages young minds. Whether you teach your students physics by using rocket launchers, social studies by re-enacting historical events, or literature by inviting kids to create digital stories, you are innovating and making a difference. Win a four-day, three-night trip to the PBS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas on May 17-20, 2010. For complete contest rules, go to pbsteachers.org .

NEW! PBS Teachers Offers Collections for Economic and Financial Literacy
Based on the recent global financial crisis, to help students understand complex economic concepts, PBS Teachers has developed Access, Analyze, Act: From Economic Theory to Financial Reality, a special collection of educational digital media resources about the economy for use in school and home learning environments. Access, Analyze, Act is available for free at http://www.pbs.org/teachers/access-analyze-act-economy/

NEW! New Research- PreK-12 Educators,Value and Use of Digital Media
The annual PBS/Grunwald survey, "Digitally Inclined," was recently released. The survey includes data collected from Pre-K educators for the first time and reveals the growing use of digital media among educators. Here's a link to the release for more details and to download a free copy of the survey: http://www.pbs.org/aboutpbs/news/20100105_grunwaldpbs.html  

NEW! NYS Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association's New Web Site
The New York State Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association (NYSDTSEA) launches its new Web site located at http://www.nysdtsea.org/. This newly formed professional association is composed primarily of high school and college driver education instructors, supervisors, coordinators and safety enthusiasts throughout New York.

NEW! NYS Teacher of the Year Program is Seeking Nominations for 2011
Do you know an exceptionally skilled and effective educator? If so, Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Higher Education, Joseph P. Frey invites you to nominate this outstanding professional for the 2011 New York State Teacher of the Year. This program, now in its 41st year, is affiliated with the National Teacher of the Year program administered through the Council of Chief State School Officers and sponsored by leading education associations. The nominee must be an exceptionally skilled and dedicated teacher, appropriately credentialed within his or her current teaching area, who works directly with children in a State-approved public or private school, at any grade level or subject from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, and who is planning to continue in an active teaching status. A minimum of five years of current teaching experience is required. The nominee must have the respect and admiration of students, parents, faculty members, the school administration, and local business leaders. The nominee must serve an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school. Because selection as New York State Teacher of the Year carries with it an obligation to make a number of public appearances, the nominee must be poised and articulate, possessing the energy and equanimity to withstand a busy schedule. While all of these qualifications are to be considered, the most important one is the superior ability to inspire learning in students of all backgrounds and competencies. For information and nomination materials visit: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/ted/toty . Applications are due by Friday, March 19, 2010.

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; the Honorable Richard W. Riley; 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; Gwendolyn Wright, one of PBS's History Detectives and Columbia professor; 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 up-to-date 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  .

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 

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

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! Grant Opportunities from ARRA EETT Funds
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides funds to New York State for the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Program to support the efforts to improve student academic performance and promote transformational change in our school system through effective use of technology. A total of $52.8 million is available for the competitive grant projects for the ARRA EETT program operation from May 1, 2010 to September 2011. The focus of the ARRA EETT Program is to turn around schools, improve students’ academic performance, and promote transformational change in teaching and learning with four program priorities.  For specific information on the program, please read the Request for Proposal (RFP) which is posted on the Department’s Website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.htm. Proposals must be submitted by March 26, 2010.

NEW! Arts Education Grant Opportunity
The U. S. Department of Education has announced a grant competition for the "Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program." Applicants need to notify the Department that they intend to apply by February 16; final applications are due on March 16. Among the eligible applicants are state or local non-profit or governmental arts organizations and institutions of higher education. All applications, however, need to be made with either a state or local education agency (school district). Grants range from $250,000 - 300,000.  You can read the full announcement of the grant opportunity at  http://www.ed.gov/programs/artsedmodel/applicant.html

NEW! Teaching American History Grant (TAH)
The Teaching American History Grant (TAH) Program supports projects that aim to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of traditional American history. Grant awards assist local educational agencies (LEAs), in partnership with entities that have extensive content expertise, in developing, implementing, documenting, evaluating, and disseminating innovative, cohesive models of professional development. By helping teachers to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of traditional American history as a separate subject within the core curriculum, these programs are intended to improve instruction and raise student achievement. Each applicant LEA must propose to work in partnership with one or more of the following: An institution of higher education; a non-profit history or humanities organization; a library or museum.  Important Deadlines:  Applications available: January 21, 2010, deadline for Notice of Intent To Apply: February 22, 2010; deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 22, 2010; deadline for Intergovernmental Review: May 21, 2010.  For further information visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/teachinghistory/applicant.html

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/

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

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! Safety Training for Teachers of Science
John Van Raalte, Certified Industrial Hygienist, conducts free safety training through a NYS Department of Labor grant. The two workshops available are: School Chemical Hygiene Plans - Attendees will become familiar with the requirements of PESH*s Chemical Hygiene Plan requirements for chemistry classes, 1910.1450, which include the need for toxicity evaluations of chemicals, training of school personnel, ventilation system requirements and standards, air monitoring, and safe storage, handling and disposal of chemicals and the need for and use of emergency equipment. Participants will also understand the proper use, training requirements, and other issues with personal protective equipment (PPE). There will be a hands-on segment with attendees illustrating the proper donning and doffing of chemical protective gloves; and K-12 Science Class Health and Safety - Participants will get a basic understanding of chemical health and safety. They will also gain knowledge of the OSHA Hazard Communication standard, emergency response and evacuation procedures for fires, explosions, and other incidents, ventilation, electrical safety, storage of materials and chemicals and potential allergens in the classroom, including the care and handling of animals. For more information please contact your NYSUT Regional Office and speak with your Labor Relation Specialist who is responsible for health and safety. For a list of NYSUT Regional Offices please visit http://www.nysut.org/cps/rde/xchg/nysut/hs.xsl/about_offices.htm.

NEW! 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 1, 2010. For more information http://www.labschool.org/content/powerart

NEW! 2010 Summer School Administrators Workshop
SAVE THE DATE!! May 18-19, 2010, Holiday Inn, Saratoga Springs, NY.  2010 Summer School Administrators Workshop - Addressing the Needs of Summer School Leaders,  Topics of the workshops include, Curriculum, Staffing, Data; AIS – RTI; State Education Department Updates, Legal, Liability and Legislative Issues.  Sponsored by the SAANYS Summer School Administrators Group

NEW! The Biomimicry Institute
The Biomimicry Institute is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators who can use those models to create sustainable technologies. The Biomimicry Institute offers short-term workshops and two-year certificate courses in biomimicry for professionals, and helps to develop and share biomimicry-related curricula used in a range of educational venues, from K-12 classrooms to universities, as well as in non-formal settings such as zoos and museums. The Biomimicry Institute does not conduct its own research; rather, it serves as a clearinghouse and resource for those who do. For more information please visit http://www.biomimicryinstitute.org/ .

NEW! 72nd New York State Council for the Social Studies Annual Meeting
The 72nd Annual Meeting of the New York State Council for the Social Studies promises to help teachers, supervisors and administrators strengthen social studies programs for improved student achievement. “Engaging the Past, To Transform Our Future”  is the theme of this year's program with  keynote speakers, Dr. Parker who recently contributed an article in the American Educator titled: “Before Their Time” and Dr. Harry Reicher from the University of Pennsylvania and Touro law schools. Dr. Reicher will raise the question of how the Nuremberg Laws “legalized” the Holocaust. This year’s program will showcase best practices in meeting the needs of varied student populations and will explore ways to incorporate technology into social studies classrooms.  For information on registration, visit: http://www.nyscss.org/ 

NEW! Earth Science In Space Has No Boundaries
This summer institute (August 9-13, 2010) is brought to teachers of Earth Science though a NASA grant written by Dr. Heidi Newberg, Rensselaer Astrophysicist and the Dudley Observatory Curriculum Committee. Using a combination of hands-on activities and lectures from prominent scientists, teachers will learn how to integrate their improved knowledge of space science into their classrooms. For more detailed information, visit http://summer.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=77

NEW! Writing to Read Science: Text, Lab Experiment, Lecture
The dynamic variables that affect evolution and ecology, and diverse writing to learn strategies, provide the framework for an investigation of the drosophila and its intestinal symbionts. Using materials and organisms accessible to middle and high school classrooms and laboratories, this workshop brings together the textual, didactic, and experimental components of teaching science to consider the role writing plays in developing students’ understanding of science. The workshop will be led by Institute faculty associate, biologist, and teacher, Sandra Bornstein, and by Mercedes Ebert, biologist and faculty member in Bard College’s MAT program. For more information please visit http://www.bard.edu/iwt/workshops/descriptions/?listing_id=2449842.

NEW! Professional Development from the Library of Congress: Primary Sources
The Library of Congress now offers a free professional development resource for educators: Teaching with Primary Sources Direct.  http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/ .  The Library of Congress has designed this new resource to facilitate the process of integrating primary sources into classroom teaching. It offers educators the opportunity to customize professional development activities for use at the school, district or regional level. This online resource includes professional development modules and classroom lessons and primary sources from the Library of Congress arranged thematically. It is designed to teach both content knowledge and critical thinking skills.

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/.

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/

N.Y. State Reading Association Annual Conference: On Track with Literacy
The New York State Reading Association 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 

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THE ARTS

NEW! Arts Education Grant Opportunity
The U. S. Department of Education has announced a grant competition for the "Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program." Applicants need to notify the Department that they intend to apply by February 16; final applications are due on March 16. Among the eligible applicants are state or local non-profit or governmental arts organizations and institutions of higher education. All applications, however, need to be made with either a state or local education agency (school district). Grants range from $250,000 - 300,000.  You can read the full announcement of the grant opportunity at  http://www.ed.gov/programs/artsedmodel/applicant.html

NEW! 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 1, 2010. For more information http://www.labschool.org/content/powerart

NEW! New York State Summer School of the Arts Auditions
If you know a New York State high school student who is considering a career in the arts or entertainment industries, the NYS Summer School of the Arts offers intensive pre-professional summer training programs that are exciting, challenging, and fun. The eight residential summer schools include Ballet, Choral Studies, Dance, Jazz Studies, Media Arts, Orchestral studies, Theatre and Visual Arts.  The program is open to all NYS high school age students who qualify through regional auditions beginning February 2010. Tuition assistance is available based on financial need. To learn more visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/nysssa/ .

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.

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/

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/

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/

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  

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

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

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DRIVER EDUCATION

NEW! NYS Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association's New Web Site
The New York State Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association (NYSDTSEA) launches its new Web site located at http://www.nysdtsea.org/. This newly formed professional association is composed primarily of high school and college driver education instructors, supervisors, coordinators and safety enthusiasts throughout New York.

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

NEW! New Driver Education MV-285 R Form
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has published the new MV-285 R form, which is available at http://www.nysdmv.com/driveschool.htm. Programs wishing to submit their roster of student completers are expected to digitally fill out the new form, print, and then mail it to: NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, State Office Building, Testing and Investigation Unit, 44 Hawley Street, 6th Floor, Binghamton, NY 13901.

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

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! 2010 National African-American Read-In
The Twenty-First National African-American Read-In will be held throughout the month of February 2010.  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 and http://www.ncte.org/action/aari/packetinfo

NEW! 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.
http://carnegie.org/fileadmin/Media/Publications/PDF/tta_Main.pdf

NEW! Read.gov Resources
Read.gov, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, offers many reading resources for kids, teens, adults, and educators & parents. This site includes a Young Readers Center, digitized classic books, author webcasts, contests, local/community resources, and suggested reading lists. To learn more, visit
http://www.read.gov

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.

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.

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  . For details about NYSEC programs and awards, please see http://nysecteach.org/2010_awards_document.pdf .

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

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, multimedia presentations, and other online activities. To access this site visit : http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/themes/literature/

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

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

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EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

NEW! USDOE Evaluates Online Course Effectiveness for Secondary Students
You are invited to contribute to an important study about the effectiveness of online learning for high school students. The U.S. Department of Education is sponsoring the Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Online Courses for Secondary Students, which will include a series of rigorous studies to determine the effectiveness of different models of online learning relative to traditional face-to-face courses.  Please visit the wiki, www.oll-c.wikispaces.com ,  for more information about the study. Specific requirements for participation will be negotiated with individual sites meeting the initial qualifications listed above.

NEW! Grant Opportunities from ARRA EETT Funds
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides funds to New York State for the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Program to support the efforts to improve student academic performance and promote transformational change in our school system through effective use of technology. A total of $52.8 million is available for the competitive grant projects for the ARRA EETT program operation from May 1, 2010 to September 2011. The focus of the ARRA EETT Program is to turn around schools, improve students’ academic performance, and promote transformational change in teaching and learning with four program priorities.  For specific information on the program, please read the Request for Proposal (RFP) which is posted on the Department’s Website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.htm. Proposals must be submitted by March 26, 2010.

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 .

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

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LITERACY

NEW! 2010 National African-American Read-In
The Twenty-First National African-American Read-In will be held throughout the month of February 2010.  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 and http://www.ncte.org/action/aari/packetinfo

NEW! 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.
http://carnegie.org/fileadmin/Media/Publications/PDF/tta_Main.pdf

NEW! K-12 Language/Reading Interventions for ELL Students
This report presents information about assessment, instructional interventions, and professional development with a particular focus on ELL students who have been identified with a language and/or learning disability or who are at risk for reading difficulties.  To review this report, visit http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Lang%20and%20Rdng%20Interventions%20for%20ELLs%20and%20ELLs%20with%20Disabilities.pdf

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.

N.Y. State Reading Association Annual Conference: On Track with Literacy
The New York State Reading Association 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 

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

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

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/  and http://pbskids.org/read/play.html  

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  

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

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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.

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  http://www.cal.org/earlylang/benefits/index.html and  http://nnell.org/about.php

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   

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! 2009 State Finalists Announced for Presidential Awards for Excellence
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKERS! Camsie Matis of New York City School District 01, Carol Lorandini of Carle Place Union Free School District, and Nancy Zumpano of Clinton Central School District are the mathematics state finalists for the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Jeanne Kaidy  of McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester is the science state finalist for the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. State-finalist applications will be reviewed by a national selection committee in Washington, DC. This national selection committee then determines the Presidential awardee in each of Mathematics and Science from each state.  The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), established by The White House and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a program that identifies outstanding mathematics and science teachers, kindergarten through 12th grade, in each state and the four U.S. jurisdictions. A direct link to the PAEMST program is available on the Department's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/paemstaward.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.

2010-2013 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 .

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

NEW! NYSMSA Seeking Middle Level Art Submissions
It's not too late! The New York State Middle School Association in collaboration with the New York State Art Teachers Association and the NYS Alliance for Arts Education is looking for middle level students to submit electronic images created around this central theme: Middle Level Students: Who We Are.  All NYS middle schools teachers are encouraged to gather 5 total submissions from their students. Electronic images selected will be presented at upcoming NYSMSA events, as well as in NYSMSA publications. For more information visit http://www.nysmsa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=68  and click on Student Art Competition   Submissions are due March 18, 2010.

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 .  

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

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  

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.

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 .

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/ .

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

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

NEW! Guidance on Library Materials Aid
The New York State Education Department, the New York Library Association (NYLA) , the School Library Media Section of NYLA (SLMS) , and the School Library System Association of New York State (SLSA) , co-sponsored a  School Library Services Summit, June 29 - 30, 2009. The purpose was to develop recommendations to support increased student achievement in the context of school library services, as they relate to curriculum, instruction, assessments and professional development. The Summit resulted in twelve mutually agreed upon action steps. NYSED commits to posting progress in meeting these actions on a regular basis.   One Action Step is that NYSED will issue guidance material to clarify the use of Library Materials Aid (LMA), for statewide dissemination.   That guidance  on Library Materials Aid, in the format of 14 questions and answers (Q & A) is posted on the NYSED School Library Services website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library/libmataid.html 

NEW! PBS Teachers Offers Collections for Economic and Financial Literacy
Based on the recent global financial crisis, to help students understand complex economic concepts, PBS Teachers has developed Access, Analyze, Act: From Economic Theory to Financial Reality, a special collection of educational digital media resources about the economy for use in school and home learning environments. Access, Analyze, Act is available for free at http://www.pbs.org/teachers/access-analyze-act-economy/

NEW! New Research- PreK-12 Educators,Value and Use of Digital Media
The annual PBS/Grunwald survey, "Digitally Inclined," was recently released. The survey includes data collected from Pre-K educators for the first time and reveals the growing use of digital media among educators. Here's a link to the release for more details and to download a free copy of the survey: http://www.pbs.org/aboutpbs/news/20100105_grunwaldpbs.html  

NEW! Professional Development from the Library of Congress: Primary Sources
The Library of Congress now offers a free professional development resource for educators: Teaching with Primary Sources Direct.  http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/ .  The Library of Congress has designed this new resource to facilitate the process of integrating primary sources into classroom teaching. It offers educators the opportunity to customize professional development activities for use at the school, district or regional level. This online resource includes professional development modules and classroom lessons and primary sources from the Library of Congress arranged thematically. It is designed to teach both content knowledge and critical thinking skills.

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.

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

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/.

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

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SCIENCE

NEW! Safety Training for Teachers of Science
John Van Raalte, Certified Industrial Hygienist, conducts free safety training through a NYS Department of Labor grant. The two workshops available are: School Chemical Hygiene Plans - Attendees will become familiar with the requirements of PESH*s Chemical Hygiene Plan requirements for chemistry classes, 1910.1450, which include the need for toxicity evaluations of chemicals, training of school personnel, ventilation system requirements and standards, air monitoring, and safe storage, handling and disposal of chemicals and the need for and use of emergency equipment. Participants will also understand the proper use, training requirements, and other issues with personal protective equipment (PPE). There will be a hands-on segment with attendees illustrating the proper donning and doffing of chemical protective gloves; and K-12 Science Class Health and Safety - Participants will get a basic understanding of chemical health and safety. They will also gain knowledge of the OSHA Hazard Communication standard, emergency response and evacuation procedures for fires, explosions, and other incidents, ventilation, electrical safety, storage of materials and chemicals and potential allergens in the classroom, including the care and handling of animals. For more information please contact your NYSUT Regional Office and speak with your Labor Relation Specialist who is responsible for health and safety. For a list of NYSUT Regional Offices please visit http://www.nysut.org/cps/rde/xchg/nysut/hs.xsl/about_offices.htm.

NEW! 2009 State Finalists Announced for Presidential Awards for Excellence
CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORKERS! Camsie Matis of New York City School District 01, Carol Lorandini of Carle Place Union Free School District, and Nancy Zumpano of Clinton Central School District are the mathematics state finalists for the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Jeanne Kaidy  of McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester is the science state finalist for the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. State-finalist applications will be reviewed by a national selection committee in Washington, DC. This national selection committee then determines the Presidential awardee in each of Mathematics and Science from each state.  The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), established by The White House and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a program that identifies outstanding mathematics and science teachers, kindergarten through 12th grade, in each state and the four U.S. jurisdictions. A direct link to the PAEMST program is available on the Department's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/paemstaward.html  .  

NEW! The Biomimicry Institute
The Biomimicry Institute is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators who can use those models to create sustainable technologies. The Biomimicry Institute offers short-term workshops and two-year certificate courses in biomimicry for professionals, and helps to develop and share biomimicry-related curricula used in a range of educational venues, from K-12 classrooms to universities, as well as in non-formal settings such as zoos and museums. The Biomimicry Institute does not conduct its own research; rather, it serves as a clearinghouse and resource for those who do. For more information please visit http://www.biomimicryinstitute.org/ .

NEW! Earth Science In Space Has No Boundaries
This summer institute (August 9-13, 2010) is brought to teachers of Earth Science though a NASA grant written by Dr. Heidi Newberg, Rensselaer Astrophysicist and the Dudley Observatory Curriculum Committee. Using a combination of hands-on activities and lectures from prominent scientists, teachers will learn how to integrate their improved knowledge of space science into their classrooms. For more detailed information, visit http://summer.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=77

NEW! Writing to Read Science: Text, Lab Experiment, Lecture
The dynamic variables that affect evolution and ecology, and diverse writing to learn strategies, provide the framework for an investigation of the drosophila and its intestinal symbionts. Using materials and organisms accessible to middle and high school classrooms and laboratories, this workshop brings together the textual, didactic, and experimental components of teaching science to consider the role writing plays in developing students’ understanding of science. The workshop will be led by Institute faculty associate, biologist, and teacher, Sandra Bornstein, and by Mercedes Ebert, biologist and faculty member in Bard College’s MAT program. For more information please visit http://www.bard.edu/iwt/workshops/descriptions/?listing_id=2449842.

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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  ( 51.13 KB)

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 

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  .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/ .

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! Teaching American History Grant (TAH)
The Teaching American History Grant (TAH) Program supports projects that aim to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of traditional American history. Grant awards assist local educational agencies (LEAs), in partnership with entities that have extensive content expertise, in developing, implementing, documenting, evaluating, and disseminating innovative, cohesive models of professional development. By helping teachers to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of traditional American history as a separate subject within the core curriculum, these programs are intended to improve instruction and raise student achievement. Each applicant LEA must propose to work in partnership with one or more of the following: An institution of higher education; a non-profit history or humanities organization; a library or museum.  Important Deadlines:  Applications available: January 21, 2010, deadline for Notice of Intent To Apply: February 22, 2010; deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 22, 2010; deadline for Intergovernmental Review: May 21, 2010.  For further information visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/teachinghistory/applicant.html

NEW! PBS Teachers Offers Collections for Economic and Financial Literacy
Based on the recent global financial crisis, to help students understand complex economic concepts, PBS Teachers has developed Access, Analyze, Act: From Economic Theory to Financial Reality, a special collection of educational digital media resources about the economy for use in school and home learning environments. Access, Analyze, Act is available for free at http://www.pbs.org/teachers/access-analyze-act-economy/

NEW! 72nd New York State Council for the Social Studies Annual Meeting
The 72nd Annual Meeting of the New York State Council for the Social Studies promises to help teachers, supervisors and administrators strengthen social studies programs for improved student achievement. “Engaging the Past, To Transform Our Future”  is the theme of this year's program with  keynote speakers, Dr. Parker who recently contributed an article in the American Educator titled: “Before Their Time” and Dr. Harry Reicher from the University of Pennsylvania and Touro law schools. Dr. Reicher will raise the question of how the Nuremberg Laws “legalized” the Holocaust. This year’s program will showcase best practices in meeting the needs of varied student populations and will explore ways to incorporate technology into social studies classrooms.  For information on registration, visit: http://www.nyscss.org/ 

NEW! Professional Development from the Library of Congress: Primary Sources
The Library of Congress now offers a free professional development resource for educators: Teaching with Primary Sources Direct.  http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/ .  The Library of Congress has designed this new resource to facilitate the process of integrating primary sources into classroom teaching. It offers educators the opportunity to customize professional development activities for use at the school, district or regional level. This online resource includes professional development modules and classroom lessons and primary sources from the Library of Congress arranged thematically. It is designed to teach both content knowledge and critical thinking skills.

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.

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

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

NEW! The 2010 New York State Virtual Wind Contest
New West Technologies, LLC is implementing an exciting new wind energy contest for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under the School Power…NaturallySM (SPN) program.  Students across New York State are invited compete in the design of the most efficient virtual wind farm using the New York State Virtual Wind Farm Tool prior to February 24th.  Complete information regarding this educational contest and all necessary contest materials are found on NYSERDA’s SPN Virtual Wind Farm page at the following URL address: http://www.powernaturally.org/Programs/SchoolPowerNaturally/VirtualWindFarm.asp

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 .

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/.

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

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TESTING

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.

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.

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. 

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

NEW! The Biomimicry Institute
The Biomimicry Institute is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators who can use those models to create sustainable technologies. The Biomimicry Institute offers short-term workshops and two-year certificate courses in biomimicry for professionals, and helps to develop and share biomimicry-related curricula used in a range of educational venues, from K-12 classrooms to universities, as well as in non-formal settings such as zoos and museums. The Biomimicry Institute does not conduct its own research; rather, it serves as a clearinghouse and resource for those who do. For more information please visit http://www.biomimicryinstitute.org/ .

NEW! Professional Development from the Library of Congress: Primary Sources
The Library of Congress now offers a free professional development resource for educators: Teaching with Primary Sources Direct.  http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/ .  The Library of Congress has designed this new resource to facilitate the process of integrating primary sources into classroom teaching. It offers educators the opportunity to customize professional development activities for use at the school, district or regional level. This online resource includes professional development modules and classroom lessons and primary sources from the Library of Congress arranged thematically. It is designed to teach both content knowledge and critical thinking skills.

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  

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 .

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 .

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 

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

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  .

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, multimedia presentations, and other online activities. To access this site visit : http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/themes/literature/

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  . 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/  

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  

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  

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 .

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

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

NYS Government
NYS Government vacant positions are posted on the Department of Civil Service website at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/ . A list of current state exams being offered is posted at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/announ/scheduled/oc/opencompetitive_evt.cfm.

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

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

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Last Updated: March 4, 2010