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NYSED/USNY

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey Deadline Extended
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf (100 KB)  ). The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session. Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R  This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline to complete the survey is now February 18, 2011. Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! NYS Summer School of the Arts 2011 Auditions
The New York State Summer School of the Arts is pleased to announce that information regarding auditions for the Summer 2011 session is now available. Information on auditions for the Summer School’s eight arts programs – the Schools of Ballet, Choral Studies, Dance, Jazz Studies, Media Arts, Orchestral Studies, Theatre, and Visual Arts – is now available at the NYSSSA website: www.P12.nysed.gov/nysssa/   . Operation of the 2011 NYSSSA programs is contingent upon funding in the 2011-2012 New York State Budget.

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

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

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

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

Board of Regents Approves Additions to the Common Core State Standards
On January 10, 2011, the Board of Regents approved recommended additions to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The Board also approved new Prekindergarten Standards.To review these additions and learn more about the timeline for implementation in schools, please visit the SED Common Core website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/.

RFP:Graduate Level Clinically Rich Teacher Prep Pilot Program 2011-16
Several weeks ago, NYSED issued a request for proposals calling on eligible collegiate or non-collegiate institutions within New York State in partnership with one or more high needs school(s), and optionally including other institutions and/or community based organizations (CBOs) to develop Graduate Level Clinically Rich Teacher Preparation Pilot Programs. The Webinar outlining the program was held on December 17th. The recording of the Webinar is now available for viewing. Additionally, the responses to the 169 questions received from potential applicants are now posted on the website. Finally, in response to the questions, the Application Cover Page was modified and an additional Budget Summary was added, which should be completed in addition to the Budget Summary and FS-10 in Attachment B.

All RFP and required application materials can be found at: http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/rfp.html

For more NYSED/USNY information, visit
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! Summer Institute: Federal Trials and Great Debates
Secondary school teachers of U.S. history and governent are invited to apply for a summer institute, Federal Trials and Great Debates in United States History, to be held June 19-24, 2011, in Washington, DC. The institute is co-sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center and the American Bar Association Division for Public Education. The institute will provide teachers with the training and resources to engage students in the history of landmark federal cases. This year's institute will study the Amistad case, the trial of Eugene Debs and the organizers of the Pullman strike, and the New Orleans school desegregation case. Faculty will include Tomiko Brown-Nagin of the University of Virginia, Ariela Gross of the University of Southern California, and Christopher Tomlins of the University of California-Irvine. Teachers will visit the Supreme Court and the U.S. Courthouse for the District of Columbia, and will participate in workshops at the National Archives and the National Portrait Gallery. Participation will be limited to 20 teachers. Travel, lodging, and meal expenses will be reimbursed. Further information and application materials are available on line at:  http://www.abanet.org/publiced/summerinstitute/home.shtml  . Completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2011.

NEW! Sagamore Summer Institute
The NYS Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) Sagamore Summer Institute offers the most refreshing professional development anywhere! This week of professional development offers 45 hours of hands-on workshops based on the New York State Learning Standards as well as stimulating discussions. Experience the natural wonders first-hand as we dive into solar plate printing, calligraphy, and photography. Add field excursions, outdoor watercolor painting, fairy houses from natural resources, and sculptural book-making. Participate in current strategies to advocate for arts in our schools at the state and national levels. For more information go to http://www.nysata.org/page/summerinstitute .

NEW! The Not So Underground Underground Railroad
The Underground Railway History Project of the Capital Region, in collaboration with the Rensselaer County History Society is presenting an interactive diversity workshop designed to provide valuable information and resources to all participants that can be used in classrooms for students of all ages on Friday, April 8, 2011 at the Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 Second Street, Troy, NY 12180. The Registration Fee is $30.00 that includes, walking tour, hand-outs, refreshments and lunch. This workshop qualifies for 6 PD hours through the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center. Additional conference workshops and cultural performances will be held on Friday evening April 8th, Saturday, April 9th, and Sunday, April 10th.  For further information regarding this workshop see http://www.ugrworkshop.com or call (58)432-4432. Please register by Friday, April 1, 201.

NEW! The Celebration of Teaching and Learning, Presented by WNET/New York
Join us at the 2011 Celebration of Teaching & Learning, hosted by WNET - parent company of New York public television stations, THIRTEEN & WLIW21 - on March 18-19, 2011, in New York City! The sixth annual Celebration will once again bring together global experts, advocates, practitioners, and academics with PreK-12 educators to create a unique professional development experience where knowledge meets inspiration. Speakers this year include Brian Williams, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Oliver Sacks, Leymah Gbowee, Walter Dean Myers, Diane Ravitch and many more, who will address the Arts, English Language Arts, Global Awareness, Health & Wellness, Instructional Technology, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Social Studies, Special Education and Whole School Issues.  Register, sign-up for e-mail updates, access resources and find the latest information and speaker lineup at http://thirteencelebration.org/ .

NEW! Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for Schoolteachers
Two separate one-week Summer 2011 sessions that focuses on Abraham Lincoln and the Forging of  Modern America funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities will be held on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). http://www.siue.edu/education/neh . Applications are due on March 1, 2011. Teachers selected to participate will receive a stipend of $1,200 at the end of the residential workshop. Stipends are intended to help cover ordinary living expenses, books, and travel expenses to and from the workshop location. Stipends might be taxable. Participants who might want graduate credit (History or Education) will be provided with an SIUE graduate tuition waiver for up to three units of graduate course credit for this workshop. University fees will still apply. To receive course credit and a grade, an additional series of three lesson plans will be required to be submitted to the project director, following workshop participation. Registration for this tuition waiver will be processed on campus during the workshop SIUE can provide you with documentation of your attendance and participation in this workshop; Continuing Education Professional Development Units (CPDUs) are available (School of Education fee applies).

NEW! Deadline Extended for Summer Seminars in American History
K-12 history, social studies and English teachers are invited to apply to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History 2011 Summer Seminars. Taught by renowned historians on college campuses in the US and the UK, these one-week seminars give educators the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of topics in American history—while gaining practical resources and strategies to take back to their classrooms.  For a complete list of Gilder Lehrman’s 2011 seminars, information about full and partial fellowships, graduate credit, and to apply online, visit: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/education/seminar_overview.php . New Seminars include: Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Caribbean; William Faulkner and Southern History; Culture and Politics in the Age of the Cold War; Native American History. Applications are due February 15, 2011; notification sent to applicants by March 15, 2011.

NEW! Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP)
The goal of "TOP" is to encourage cross-cultural dialogue and to provide Social Studies educators with global understanding from an international perspective using Modern Germany as the basis for comparison and contrast. From Berlin to Frankfurt, from Stuttgart to Munich, from Hamburg to Kiel, from Dresden to Schwerin, and from Weimar to Leipzig, each corner of Germany is sampled through sight, sound, touch, and taste! These all-expense-paid study tours are two weeks in length and take place during the summer. Eligible applicants include the following from the United States and Canada: Social Studies teachers (grades K-12), Social Studies methods professors, curriculum coordinators, and applicable States Departments of Education employees. Applications are due February 7, 2011. Notification letters will be mailed by April 1, 2011. TOP pays for most expenses through the generosity of its program partners. TOP pays for most domestic and international transportation fees, hotel accommodation fees, two meals per day while abroad (usually breakfast and dinner), and any mandatory study tour related fees, such as museum entry fees, bicycle rental fees, etc. Download application form: http://www.toponline.org/application/top_app_2011.pdf ( 1001 KB)

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

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

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

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THE ARTS

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey Deadline Extended
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf ( 100 KB)  ). The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session. Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R . This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline to complete the survey is now February 18, 2011. Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! Sagamore Summer Institute
The NYS Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) Sagamore Summer Institute offers the most refreshing professional development anywhere! This week of professional development offers 45 hours of hands-on workshops based on the New York State Learning Standards as well as stimulating discussions. Experience the natural wonders first-hand as we dive into solar plate printing, calligraphy, and photography. Add field excursions, outdoor watercolor painting, fairy houses from natural resources, and sculptural book-making. Participate in current strategies to advocate for arts in our schools at the state and national levels. For more information go to http://www.nysata.org/page/summerinstitute .

NEW! NYSMSA Seeks Entries for an Art Exhibit and Publications
The New York State Middle School Association (NYSMSA) is looking for middle-level students to submit electronic images created around this central theme: Middle-Level Students: My Social Concern.  Learn more about this opportunity for Middle School Art students at http://www.nysmsa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=73  .

NEW! The Celebration of Teaching and Learning, Presented by WNET/New York
Join us at the 2011 Celebration of Teaching & Learning, hosted by WNET - parent company of New York public television stations, THIRTEEN & WLIW21 - on March 18-19, 2011, in New York City! The sixth annual Celebration will once again bring together global experts, advocates, practitioners, and academics with PreK-12 educators to create a unique professional development experience where knowledge meets inspiration. Speakers this year include Brian Williams, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Oliver Sacks, Leymah Gbowee, Walter Dean Myers, Diane Ravitch and many more, who will address the Arts, English Language Arts, Global Awareness, Health & Wellness, Instructional Technology, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Social Studies, Special Education and Whole School Issues.  Register, sign-up for e-mail updates, access resources and find the latest information and speaker lineup at http://thirteencelebration.org/ .

NEW! NYS Summer School of the Arts 2011 Auditions
The New York State Summer School of the Arts is pleased to announce that information regarding auditions for the Summer 2011 session is now available. Information on auditions for the Summer School’s eight arts programs – the Schools of Ballet, Choral Studies, Dance, Jazz Studies, Media Arts, Orchestral Studies, Theatre, and Visual Arts – is now available at the NYSSSA website: www.P12.nysed.gov/nysssa/   . Operation of the 2011 NYSSSA programs is contingent upon funding in the 2011-2012 New York State Budget.

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

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

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

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

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

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

College Arts Program Survey (CAPS) Guide
The New York State Education Department in partnership with the New York State Alliance for Arts Education (NYSAAE) has conducted a Survey of Higher Education Providers of Degrees in Fine and Applied Arts. The purpose of the survey is to develop a compendium of resources available to New York State high school students considering pursuing a degree in the Arts. This compendium will also provide high school counselors, teachers and administrators, and libraries with the tools they need to help students exploring higher education in the arts fields. To view the complete listing of schools offering degree bearing arts programs or to search the degree programs by discipline or region visit http://www.nysaae.org/CAPS/index.htm .

EdSteps Launches Work Collection for Creativity
The Council of Chief State School Officers’ EdSteps program is now officially collecting work samples that demonstrate creativity. EdSteps is an innovative online resource for teaching and assessment that is being built by people from every corner of the country and across the globe who submit and review student work samples. The work is focused on five skill areas that are important to college and career readiness, and are typically difficult and costly to assess: writing, global competence, creativity, problem solving, and analyzing information. In order to foster creativity in schools, educators must have a practical means of appreciating, understanding, and assessing creativity in partnership with their students.  EdSteps is seeking creativity work samples that represent a broad spectrum of student work in terms of grade level, subject area, demographics, ability level, and geography. It can be a video of a school play or a picture. It can be a graph about baseball statistics or a poem. To help build EdSteps by submitting work or reviewing work, visit http://www.edsteps.org for more information.

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

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey Deadline Extended
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf ( 100 KB)  ). The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session. Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R .  This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline to complete the survey is now February 18, 2011. Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! Summer Reading at New York Libraries
The 2011 Summer Reading at New York Libraries’ theme is “Global” with the slogans “One World, Many Stories” (children) and “You Are Here” (teens). As in past years, the New York State Library is developing materials to help public and school libraries collaborate to help all children continue to read and use the public library during the summer months.The “One World, Many Stories” 2011 New York State School Library Partner Manual can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/facts.htm .

NEW! The Celebration of Teaching and Learning, Presented by WNET/New York
Join us at the 2011 Celebration of Teaching & Learning, hosted by WNET - parent company of New York public television stations, THIRTEEN & WLIW21 - on March 18-19, 2011, in New York City! The sixth annual Celebration will once again bring together global experts, advocates, practitioners, and academics with PreK-12 educators to create a unique professional development experience where knowledge meets inspiration. Speakers this year include Brian Williams, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Oliver Sacks, Leymah Gbowee, Walter Dean Myers, Diane Ravitch and many more, who will address the Arts, English Language Arts, Global Awareness, Health & Wellness, Instructional Technology, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Social Studies, Special Education and Whole School Issues.  Register, sign-up for e-mail updates, access resources and find the latest information and speaker lineup at http://thirteencelebration.org/ .

NEW! Teens Summer Reading Video Contest
New York State is participating in the Nationwide Contest for Teens to Create Summer Reading Video Promotion.  The New York State Library, in conjunction with the nationwide Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), is taking a new approach to involve teenagers in promoting summer reading and public libraries. The Teen Video Challenge is a CSLP sponsored competition, “You Are Here” Teen Video Challenge 2011, is a CSLP sponsored competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program. Teens are asked to create a video to promote reading, libraries, and the 2011 CSLP slogan, “You Are Here.”  A New York State teen with the winning entry will be awarded $250 and his or her library will receive $100.  For details please visit: http://www.summerreadingnys.org/ and click on "You Are Here."  Deadline for entry is March 3, 2011.

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 .

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

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

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

Speak Truth to Power
New York State United Teachers and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights have collaborated to develop the Speak Truth to Power curriculum, which focuses on human rights defenders who are changing our world. This online resource includes materials and classroom lesson plans aligned to the New York State Learning Standards. For more information, please see http://blogs.nysut.org/sttp/   .

Board of Regents Approves Additions to the Common Core State Standards
On January 10, 2011, the Board of Regents approved recommended additions to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The Board also approved new Prekindergarten Standards.To review these additions and learn more about the timeline for implementation in schools, please visit the SED Common Core website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/.

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

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey Deadline Extended
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf ( 100 KB)  ). The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session. Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R  . This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline to complete the survey is now February 18, 2011. Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! The Celebration of Teaching and Learning, Presented by WNET/New York
Join us at the 2011 Celebration of Teaching & Learning, hosted by WNET - parent company of New York public television stations, THIRTEEN & WLIW21 - on March 18-19, 2011, in New York City! The sixth annual Celebration will once again bring together global experts, advocates, practitioners, and academics with PreK-12 educators to create a unique professional development experience where knowledge meets inspiration. Speakers this year include Brian Williams, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Oliver Sacks, Leymah Gbowee, Walter Dean Myers, Diane Ravitch and many more, who will address the Arts, English Language Arts, Global Awareness, Health & Wellness, Instructional Technology, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Social Studies, Special Education and Whole School Issues.  Register, sign-up for e-mail updates, access resources and find the latest information and speaker lineup at http://thirteencelebration.org/ .

NEW! AASL Longitudinal Study, entitled "School Libraries Count!"
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has announced the launch of the fifth year of its longitudinal study. “School Libraries Count!” gathers basic data about the status of school library programs across the country. AASL will use this information to develop advocacy tools to support school library programs at the local, state and national levels. The survey may be accessed directly at www.aaslsurvey.org . The last day to complete the survey is March 18.  All K-12 schools, public and private, are invited to participate on a voluntary basis. Past participants’ continued involvement is encouraged, since those responses are crucial to examining trends. The survey’s questions cover the library program’s hours, staff and selected staff activities, collection, technology, usage and expenditures.  The AASL survey page is available at:  www.ala.org/aasl/slcsurvey .

NEW! Teens Summer Reading Video Contest
New York State is participating in the Nationwide Contest for Teens to Create Summer Reading Video Promotion.  The New York State Library, in conjunction with the nationwide Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), is taking a new approach to involve teenagers in promoting summer reading and public libraries. The Teen Video Challenge is a CSLP sponsored competition, “You Are Here” Teen Video Challenge 2011, is a CSLP sponsored competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program. Teens are asked to create a video to promote reading, libraries, and the 2011 CSLP slogan, “You Are Here.”  A New York State teen with the winning entry will be awarded $250 and his or her library will receive $100.  For details please visit: http://www.summerreadingnys.org/ and click on "You Are Here."  Deadline for entry is March 3, 2011.

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

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

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

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LITERACY

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey Deadline Extended
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf ( 100 KB)  ). The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session. Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R . This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline to complete the survey is now February 18, 2011. Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! Summer Reading at New York Libraries
The 2011 Summer Reading at New York Libraries’ theme is “Global” with the slogans “One World, Many Stories” (children) and “You Are Here” (teens). As in past years, the New York State Library is developing materials to help public and school libraries collaborate to help all children continue to read and use the public library during the summer months.The “One World, Many Stories” 2011 New York State School Library Partner Manual can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/facts.htm .

NEW! Teens Summer Reading Video Contest
New York State is participating in the Nationwide Contest for Teens to Create Summer Reading Video Promotion.  The New York State Library, in conjunction with the nationwide Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), is taking a new approach to involve teenagers in promoting summer reading and public libraries. The Teen Video Challenge is a CSLP sponsored competition, “You Are Here” Teen Video Challenge 2011, is a CSLP sponsored competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program. Teens are asked to create a video to promote reading, libraries, and the 2011 CSLP slogan, “You Are Here.”  A New York State teen with the winning entry will be awarded $250 and his or her library will receive $100.  For details please visit: http://www.summerreadingnys.org/ and click on "You Are Here."  Deadline for entry is March 3, 2011.

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 .

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

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

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

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

EdSteps Launches Work Collection for Creativity
The Council of Chief State School Officers’ EdSteps program is now officially collecting work samples that demonstrate creativity. EdSteps is an innovative online resource for teaching and assessment that is being built by people from every corner of the country and across the globe who submit and review student work samples. The work is focused on five skill areas that are important to college and career readiness, and are typically difficult and costly to assess: writing, global competence, creativity, problem solving, and analyzing information. In order to foster creativity in schools, educators must have a practical means of appreciating, understanding, and assessing creativity in partnership with their students.  EdSteps is seeking creativity work samples that represent a broad spectrum of student work in terms of grade level, subject area, demographics, ability level, and geography. It can be a video of a school play or a picture. It can be a graph about baseball statistics or a poem. To help build EdSteps by submitting work or reviewing work, visit http://www.edsteps.org for more information.

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

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

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LOTE

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey Deadline Extended
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf ( 100 KB)  ). The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session. Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R . This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline to complete the survey is now February 18, 2011. Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

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

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey Deadline Extended
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf ( 100 KB)  ). The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session. Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R . This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline to complete the survey is now February 18, 2011. Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! The Celebration of Teaching and Learning, Presented by WNET/New York
Join us at the 2011 Celebration of Teaching & Learning, hosted by WNET - parent company of New York public television stations, THIRTEEN & WLIW21 - on March 18-19, 2011, in New York City! The sixth annual Celebration will once again bring together global experts, advocates, practitioners, and academics with PreK-12 educators to create a unique professional development experience where knowledge meets inspiration. Speakers this year include Brian Williams, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Oliver Sacks, Leymah Gbowee, Walter Dean Myers, Diane Ravitch and many more, who will address the Arts, English Language Arts, Global Awareness, Health & Wellness, Instructional Technology, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Social Studies, Special Education and Whole School Issues.  Register, sign-up for e-mail updates, access resources and find the latest information and speaker lineup at http://thirteencelebration.org/ .

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

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

Board of Regents Approves Additions to the Common Core State Standards
On January 10, 2011, the Board of Regents approved recommended additions to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The Board also approved new Prekindergarten Standards.To review these additions and learn more about the timeline for implementation in schools, please visit the SED Common Core website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/.

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

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey Deadline Extended
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf (100 KB)  ). The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session. Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R .  This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline to complete the survey is now February 18, 2011. Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! Student Experiments Aboard Final Space Shuttle Flight
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) announces a truly remarkable opportunity for your school district on the final flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-135) - which is the historic final flight of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.  This is an opportunity for your school district to be part of a high visibility, keystone U.S. national STEM education program of the highest caliber, and capable of garnering significant media coverage. More information may be accessed online at http://ssep.ncesse.org .

NEW! NYSMSA Seeks Entries for an Art Exhibit and Publications
The New York State Middle School Association (NYSMSA) is looking for middle-level students to submit electronic images created around this central theme: Middle-Level Students: My Social Concern.  Learn more about this opportunity for Middle School Art students at http://www.nysmsa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=73  .

NEW! The Not So Underground Underground Railroad
The Underground Railway History Project of the Capital Region, in collaboration with the Rensselaer County History Society is presenting an interactive diversity workshop designed to provide valuable information and resources to all participants that can be used in classrooms for students of all ages on Friday, April 8, 2011 at the Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 Second Street, Troy, NY 12180. The Registration Fee is $30.00 that includes, walking tour, hand-outs, refreshments and lunch. This workshop qualifies for 6 PD hours through the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center. Additional conference workshops and cultural performances will be held on Friday evening April 8th, Saturday, April 9th, and Sunday, April 10th.  For further information regarding this workshop see http://www.ugrworkshop.com or call (58)432-4432. Please register by Friday, April 1, 2011.

NEW! John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for Educators
Explore, discover and examine history with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the nation’s largest online digitized presidential archive. Teachers and students with internet access may now search, browse, and retrieve original documents from the Kennedy Library’s collection, gaining a first-hand look into the life of President Kennedy and the issued that defined his administration. In addition to the archives the website also provides classroom resources including interactive exhibits and lesson plans featuring newly-digitized archival materials for elementary, middle, and high school audiences. The digital archive may be accessed through the Library’s website, http://www.jfklibrary.org/  .

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

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

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

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

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey Deadline Extended
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf ( 100 KB)  ). The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session. Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R .  This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline to complete the survey is now February 18, 2011. Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

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

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey Deadline Extended
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf ( 100 KB)  ). The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session. Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R  . This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline to complete the survey is now February 18, 2011. Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! AASL Longitudinal Study, entitled "School Libraries Count!"
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has announced the launch of the fifth year of its longitudinal study. “School Libraries Count!” gathers basic data about the status of school library programs across the country. AASL will use this information to develop advocacy tools to support school library programs at the local, state and national levels. The survey may be accessed directly at www.aaslsurvey.org . The last day to complete the survey is March 18.  All K-12 schools, public and private, are invited to participate on a voluntary basis. Past participants’ continued involvement is encouraged, since those responses are crucial to examining trends. The survey’s questions cover the library program’s hours, staff and selected staff activities, collection, technology, usage and expenditures.  The AASL survey page is available at:  www.ala.org/aasl/slcsurvey .

NEW! The Celebration of Teaching and Learning, Presented by WNET/New York
Join us at the 2011 Celebration of Teaching & Learning, hosted by WNET - parent company of New York public television stations, THIRTEEN & WLIW21 - on March 18-19, 2011, in New York City! The sixth annual Celebration will once again bring together global experts, advocates, practitioners, and academics with PreK-12 educators to create a unique professional development experience where knowledge meets inspiration. Speakers this year include Brian Williams, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Oliver Sacks, Leymah Gbowee, Walter Dean Myers, Diane Ravitch and many more, who will address the Arts, English Language Arts, Global Awareness, Health & Wellness, Instructional Technology, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Social Studies, Special Education and Whole School Issues.  Register, sign-up for e-mail updates, access resources and find the latest information and speaker lineup at http://thirteencelebration.org/ .

NEW! Summer Reading at New York Libraries
The 2011 Summer Reading at New York Libraries’ theme is “Global” with the slogans “One World, Many Stories” (children) and “You Are Here” (teens). As in past years, the New York State Library is developing materials to help public and school libraries collaborate to help all children continue to read and use the public library during the summer months.The “One World, Many Stories” 2011 New York State School Library Partner Manual can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/facts.htm .

NEW! The Not So Underground Underground Railroad
The Underground Railway History Project of the Capital Region, in collaboration with the Rensselaer County History Society is presenting an interactive diversity workshop designed to provide valuable information and resources to all participants that can be used in classrooms for students of all ages on Friday, April 8, 2011 at the Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 Second Street, Troy, NY 12180. The Registration Fee is $30.00 that includes, walking tour, hand-outs, refreshments and lunch. This workshop qualifies for 6 PD hours through the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center. Additional conference workshops and cultural performances will be held on Friday evening April 8th, Saturday, April 9th, and Sunday, April 10th.  For further information regarding this workshop see http://www.ugrworkshop.com or call (58)432-4432. Please register by Friday, April 1, 2011.

NEW! Teens Summer Reading Video Contest
New York State is participating in the Nationwide Contest for Teens to Create Summer Reading Video Promotion.  The New York State Library, in conjunction with the nationwide Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), is taking a new approach to involve teenagers in promoting summer reading and public libraries. The Teen Video Challenge is a CSLP sponsored competition, “You Are Here” Teen Video Challenge 2011, is a CSLP sponsored competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program. Teens are asked to create a video to promote reading, libraries, and the 2011 CSLP slogan, “You Are Here.”  A New York State teen with the winning entry will be awarded $250 and his or her library will receive $100.  For details please visit: http://www.summerreadingnys.org/ and click on "You Are Here."  Deadline for entry is March 3, 2011.

NEW! John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for Educators
Explore, discover and examine history with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the nation’s largest online digitized presidential archive. Teachers and students with internet access may now search, browse, and retrieve original documents from the Kennedy Library’s collection, gaining a first-hand look into the life of President Kennedy and the issued that defined his administration. In addition to the archives the website also provides classroom resources including interactive exhibits and lesson plans featuring newly-digitized archival materials for elementary, middle, and high school audiences. The digital archive may be accessed through the Library’s website, http://www.jfklibrary.org/  .

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

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

College Arts Program Survey (CAPS) Guide
The New York State Education Department in partnership with the New York State Alliance for Arts Education (NYSAAE) has conducted a Survey of Higher Education Providers of Degrees in Fine and Applied Arts. The purpose of the survey is to develop a compendium of resources available to New York State high school students considering pursuing a degree in the Arts. This compendium will also provide high school counselors, teachers and administrators, and libraries with the tools they need to help students exploring higher education in the arts fields. To view the complete listing of schools offering degree bearing arts programs or to search the degree programs by discipline or region visit http://www.nysaae.org/CAPS/index.htm .

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

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

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SCIENCE

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey Deadline Extended
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf (100 KB)  ). The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session. Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R .  This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline to complete the survey is now February 18, 2011. Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! Student Experiments Aboard Final Space Shuttle Flight
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) announces a truly remarkable opportunity for your school district on the final flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-135) - which is the historic final flight of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.  This is an opportunity for your school district to be part of a high visibility, keystone U.S. national STEM education program of the highest caliber, and capable of garnering significant media coverage. More information may be accessed online at http://ssep.ncesse.org .

NEW! The Celebration of Teaching and Learning, Presented by WNET/New York
Join us at the 2011 Celebration of Teaching & Learning, hosted by WNET - parent company of New York public television stations, THIRTEEN & WLIW21 - on March 18-19, 2011, in New York City! The sixth annual Celebration will once again bring together global experts, advocates, practitioners, and academics with PreK-12 educators to create a unique professional development experience where knowledge meets inspiration. Speakers this year include Brian Williams, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Oliver Sacks, Leymah Gbowee, Walter Dean Myers, Diane Ravitch and many more, who will address the Arts, English Language Arts, Global Awareness, Health & Wellness, Instructional Technology, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Social Studies, Special Education and Whole School Issues.  Register, sign-up for e-mail updates, access resources and find the latest information and speaker lineup at http://thirteencelebration.org/ .

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

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

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

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey Deadline Extended
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf ( 100 KB)  ). The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session. Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R .  This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline to complete the survey is now February 18, 2011. Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

NEW! Summer Institute: Federal Trials and Great Debates
Secondary school teachers of U.S. history and government are invited to apply for a summer institute, Federal Trials and Great Debates in United States History, to be held June 19-24, 2011, in Washington, DC. The institute is co-sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center and the American Bar Association Division for Public Education. The institute will provide teachers with the training and resources to engage students in the history of landmark federal cases. This year's institute will study the Amistad case, the trial of Eugene Debs and the organizers of the Pullman strike, and the New Orleans school desegregation case. Faculty will include Tomiko Brown-Nagin of the University of Virginia, Ariela Gross of the University of Southern California, and Christopher Tomlins of the University of California-Irvine. Teachers will visit the Supreme Court and the U.S. Courthouse for the District of Columbia, and will participate in workshops at the National Archives and the National Portrait Gallery. Participation will be limited to 20 teachers. Travel, lodging, and meal expenses will be reimbursed. Further information and application materials are available on line at:  http://www.abanet.org/publiced/summerinstitute/home.shtml . Completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2011.

NEW! The Celebration of Teaching and Learning, Presented by WNET/New York
Join us at the 2011 Celebration of Teaching & Learning, hosted by WNET - parent company of New York public television stations, THIRTEEN & WLIW21 - on March 18-19, 2011, in New York City! The sixth annual Celebration will once again bring together global experts, advocates, practitioners, and academics with PreK-12 educators to create a unique professional development experience where knowledge meets inspiration. Speakers this year include Brian Williams, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Oliver Sacks, Leymah Gbowee, Walter Dean Myers, Diane Ravitch and many more, who will address the Arts, English Language Arts, Global Awareness, Health & Wellness, Instructional Technology, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Social Studies, Special Education and Whole School Issues.  Register, sign-up for e-mail updates, access resources and find the latest information and speaker lineup at http://thirteencelebration.org/ .

NEW! The Not So Underground Underground Railroad
The Underground Railway History Project of the Capital Region, in collaboration with the Rensselaer County History Society is presenting an interactive diversity workshop designed to provide valuable information and resources to all participants that can be used in classrooms for students of all ages on Friday, April 8, 2011 at the Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 Second Street, Troy, NY 12180. The Registration Fee is $30.00 that includes, walking tour, hand-outs, refreshments and lunch. This workshop qualifies for 6 PD hours through the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center. Additional conference workshops and cultural performances will be held on Friday evening April 8th, Saturday, April 9th, and Sunday, April 10th.  For further information regarding this workshop see http://www.ugrworkshop.com or call (58)432-4432. Please register by Friday, April 1, 201.

NEW! John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for Educators
Explore, discover and examine history with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the nation’s largest online digitized presidential archive. Teachers and students with internet access may now search, browse, and retrieve original documents from the Kennedy Library’s collection, gaining a first-hand look into the life of President Kennedy and the issued that defined his administration. In addition to the archives the website also provides classroom resources including interactive exhibits and lesson plans featuring newly-digitized archival materials for elementary, middle, and high school audiences. The digital archive may be accessed through the Library’s website, http://www.jfklibrary.org/ 

NEW! Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for Schoolteachers
Two separate one-week Summer 2011 sessions that focuses on Abraham Lincoln and the Forging of  Modern America funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities will be held on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). http://www.siue.edu/education/neh . Applications are due on March 1, 2011. Teachers selected to participate will receive a stipend of $1,200 at the end of the residential workshop. Stipends are intended to help cover ordinary living expenses, books, and travel expenses to and from the workshop location. Stipends might be taxable. Participants who might want graduate credit (History or Education) will be provided with an SIUE graduate tuition waiver for up to three units of graduate course credit for this workshop. University fees will still apply. To receive course credit and a grade, an additional series of three lesson plans will be required to be submitted to the project director, following workshop participation. Registration for this tuition waiver will be processed on campus during the workshop SIUE can provide you with documentation of your attendance and participation in this workshop; Continuing Education Professional Development Units (CPDUs) are available (School of Education fee applies).

NEW! Deadline Extended for Summer Seminars in American History
K-12 history, social studies and English teachers are invited to apply to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History 2011 Summer Seminars. Taught by renowned historians on college campuses in the US and the UK, these one-week seminars give educators the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of topics in American history—while gaining practical resources and strategies to take back to their classrooms.  For a complete list of Gilder Lehrman’s 2011 seminars, information about full and partial fellowships, graduate credit, and to apply online, visit: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/education/seminar_overview.php .  New Seminars include: Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Caribbean; William Faulkner and Southern History; Culture and Politics in the Age of the Cold War; Native American History. Applications are due February 15, 2011; notification sent to applicants by March 15, 2011.

NEW! Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP)
The goal of "TOP" is to encourage cross-cultural dialogue and to provide Social Studies educators with global understanding from an international perspective using Modern Germany as the basis for comparison and contrast. From Berlin to Frankfurt, from Stuttgart to Munich, from Hamburg to Kiel, from Dresden to Schwerin, and from Weimar to Leipzig, each corner of Germany is sampled through sight, sound, touch, and taste! These all-expense-paid study tours are two weeks in length and take place during the summer. Eligible applicants include the following from the United States and Canada: Social Studies teachers (grades K-12), Social Studies methods professors, curriculum coordinators, and applicable States Departments of Education employees. Applications are due February 7, 2011. Notification letters will be mailed by April 1, 2011. TOP pays for most expenses through the generosity of its program partners. TOP pays for most domestic and international transportation fees, hotel accommodation fees, two meals per day while abroad (usually breakfast and dinner), and any mandatory study tour related fees, such as museum entry fees, bicycle rental fees, etc. Download application form: http://www.toponline.org/application/top_app_2011.pdf ( 1001 KB)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speak Truth to Power
New York State United Teachers and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights have collaborated to develop the Speak Truth to Power curriculum, which focuses on human rights defenders who are changing our world. This online resource includes materials and classroom lesson plans aligned to the New York State Learning Standards. For more information, please see http://blogs.nysut.org/sttp/  .

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

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

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

NEW! College and Career Readiness Survey Deadline Extended
The Board of Regents would like your feedback on a College and Career Readiness Survey which focuses on three topics: College and Career Readiness Frameworks, Necessary Skills and Knowledge for College and Workforce Success, and New York State Graduation Requirements (current requirements can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/gradreq3columnstyle01_10.pdf ( 100 KB)  ). The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one session. Please follow this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R  . This survey is one aspect of a series of meetings, presentations, and data collection processes conducted in 2010 by the NYS Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group. Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of Regents at their March meeting. The deadline to complete the survey is now February 18, 2011. Thank you in advance for your time and your continued support of all students in New York State. Your input matters!

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

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

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TESTING

NEW! 2010-11 Application for Exception to the One Percent Cap
The 2010-11 application for exception to the one percent cap on proficient or above scores based on alternate achievement standards 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 2010-11 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/onepercent-2011.htm .

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

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

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

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.

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

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WEB RESOURCES

NEW! John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for Educators
Explore, discover and examine history with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the nation’s largest online digitized presidential archive. Teachers and students with internet access may now search, browse, and retrieve original documents from the Kennedy Library’s collection, gaining a first-hand look into the life of President Kennedy and the issued that defined his administration. In addition to the archives the website also provides classroom resources including interactive exhibits and lesson plans featuring newly-digitized archival materials for elementary, middle, and high school audiences. The digital archive may be accessed through the Library’s website, http://www.jfklibrary.org/  .

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

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

College Arts Program Survey (CAPS) Guide
The New York State Education Department in partnership with the New York State Alliance for Arts Education (NYSAAE) has conducted a Survey of Higher Education Providers of Degrees in Fine and Applied Arts. The purpose of the survey is to develop a compendium of resources available to New York State high school students considering pursuing a degree in the Arts. This compendium will also provide high school counselors, teachers and administrators, and libraries with the tools they need to help students exploring higher education in the arts fields. To view the complete listing of schools offering degree bearing arts programs or to search the degree programs by discipline or region visit http://www.nysaae.org/CAPS/index.htm .

EdSteps Launches Work Collection for Creativity
The Council of Chief State School Officers’ EdSteps program is now officially collecting work samples that demonstrate creativity. EdSteps is an innovative online resource for teaching and assessment that is being built by people from every corner of the country and across the globe who submit and review student work samples. The work is focused on five skill areas that are important to college and career readiness, and are typically difficult and costly to assess: writing, global competence, creativity, problem solving, and analyzing information. In order to foster creativity in schools, educators must have a practical means of appreciating, understanding, and assessing creativity in partnership with their students.  EdSteps is seeking creativity work samples that represent a broad spectrum of student work in terms of grade level, subject area, demographics, ability level, and geography. It can be a video of a school play or a picture. It can be a graph about baseball statistics or a poem. To help build EdSteps by submitting work or reviewing work, visit http://www.edsteps.org for more information.

Speak Truth to Power
New York State United Teachers and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights have collaborated to develop the Speak Truth to Power curriculum, which focuses on human rights defenders who are changing our world. This online resource includes materials and classroom lesson plans aligned to the New York State Learning Standards. For more information, please see http://blogs.nysut.org/sttp/  .

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

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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DRIVER EDUCATION

Driver & Traffic Safety Education (DTSE) December 2010 Memo To The Field
A December memo to the field announcing the Spring 2011 DE-1 Program Approval Form and Recent Program Changes is available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cte/de/ . Memos to the field are accessible via the Featured Items box located on the right side of the Web page.

Teen Electronic Event Notification Service (TEENS)
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has developed enhancements to the Teen Electronic Event Notification service or TEENS. TEENS is a voluntary free service offered by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that notifies the parent or guardian of a minor, under the age of 18, in the event that a conviction, suspension, revocation or accident appears on the minor's driver's license record.  For more information regarding TEENS please go to http://nysdmv.com/press/pr102010.htm

Educational Teen Driver Videos: "iDriveSmart" Series
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has recently produced a series of educational teen driver videos. The video series, entitled "iDriveSmart" and filmed on the Shaker High School campus are featured on the DMV's Younger Driver Web site (http://www.nysdmv.com/youngerdriver/ ) and on You Tube. The videos focus on topics including speed, distracted driving, inexperience and the use of seat belts.

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