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January 29, 2009

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NYSED/USNY

NEW! Ag Literacy Week
During National Agriculture Week (March 16th-20th), students throughout New York will discover how much it takes to journey from apple seed to apple sauce.  Coordinated by New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC), Ag Literacy Week will coincide with National Agriculture week and be celebrated across the state in second grade classrooms with a visit from a community member involved in agriculture. Students will be read a children’s book written by NYAITC and benefit from hands-on activities. Teachers will receive follow up lessons, activities and resources. The book is donated to the school library with a bookplate recognizing the donor and NY Ag Literacy Week. For more information, please visit www.nyaged.org/aitc.

** Update as of 2/12/09, Teacher of the Year application deadline has been extended to 3/6/09**
NEW! New York State Teacher of the Year Program is Seeking Nominations for 2010
Do you know an exceptionally skilled and effective educator? If so, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Education - P-16, Johanna Duncan-Poitier invites you to nominate this outstanding professional for the 2010 New York State Teacher of the Year. This program, now in its 40th year, is affiliated with the National Teacher of the Year program administered through the Council of Chief State School Officers and sponsored by leading education associations. The nominee must be an exceptionally skilled and dedicated teacher, appropriately credentialed within his or her current teaching area, who works directly with children in a State-approved public or private school, at any grade level or subject from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, and who is planning to continue in an active teaching status. A minimum of five years of current teaching experience is required. The nominee must have the respect and admiration of students, parents, faculty members, the school administration, and local business leaders. The nominee must serve an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school. Because selection as New York State Teacher of the Year carries with it an obligation to make a number of public appearances, the nominee must be poised and articulate, possessing the energy and equanimity to withstand a busy schedule. While all of these qualifications are to be considered, the most important one is the superior ability to inspire learning in students of all backgrounds and competencies. Further information and nomination materials are located at: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/TEACHING/toty/totyindex.htm. Applications are due by Friday, *March 6, 2009.

NEW! LYC Program Presents "Public Education and the Law: The Year in Review"
The Law, Youth and Citizenship (LYC) Program of the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Education Department will present a special seminar, Public Education and the Law: The Year in Review; Where are We Going and From Where Have We Come?, on Wednesday, January 28, 2009, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. A special registration fee of $75 for non-attorneys is offered to teachers and administrators.

Topics to be presented include: The New Supreme Court-What Direction Are Our Justices Going?; Our New President: Where Will He Take Public Education-Will the No Child Left Behind Act Survive or Be Made Stronger?; Providing Free "Appropriate" Special Education Services-Who Decides What's Appropriate?; and Implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments. An interactive session entitled, "You Be the Judge" in which audience members get to decide a constitutional challenge brought against a school district, will be held. The 2009 edition of "Public Education and the Law" will be provided to each participant. Full details and registration information is available at www.lycny.org

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! AASL is offering 30 grants for travel to its 14th National Conference and Exhibition in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 5-8, 2009
The AASL grants for first-time attendees are for $750 to be used for travel, hotel, or registration. All applications must be postmarked by March 2, 2009. Those interested in applying can download the application on the AASL National Conference web pages at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/index.cfm.

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

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

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! The Celebration of Teaching & Learning March 6 & 7, 2009 - Hilton New York Where Knowledge Meets Inspiration
The 4th annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning will host dynamic panels, speakers, and workshops from eight content strands, including Literacy. Friday kicks off with a rousing Opening Plenary on literacy featuring Sesame Workshop's new cast of "The Electric Company." Sesame Workshop will also host an interactive panel on Saturday with curriculum and research specialists offering insight and classroom applications. Plus later on Saturday, a stimulating panel features renowned children's book authors including Tony Abbott, Shana Corey, and Myles and Sandra Pinkney, along with curricular expert and author, Francie Alexander, Scholastic's Chief Academic Officer, who will have a discussion moderated by Kylene Beers, President of NCTE, about how to foster a love of reading in students. Visit thirteencelebration.org to register and learn about discounted hotel accommodations only available until January 28th.

NEW! 2009 American Civic Education Teacher Awards
February 23, 2009 is the application deadline for individuals who wish to be considered for the 2009 American Civic Education Teacher Awards (ACETA). The Awards are given annually to elementary and secondary teachers of civics, government and related fields who have demonstrated exceptional expertise, dynamism and creativity in motivating students to learn about Congress, the Constitution, and public policy. The ACETA program is jointly sponsored by the Center on Congress at Indiana University, the Center for Civic Education, and the National Education Association. Each year the ACETA program selects and showcases three teachers who are doing exemplary work in preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens. Applicants must be full-time classroom teachers of grades K-12. The honored teachers receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in July to participate in an educational program that includes observing floor sessions and committee hearings in Congress, meeting members of Congress and other key officials, and visiting sites such as the National Archives and the U.S. Supreme Court. The winners also are recognized at a national conference of civic educators. There is no fee to apply. In addition to a two-page "self-portrait" essay, applicants must submit three letters of recommendation - two from teaching peers and one from their school principal. The application form is at http://www.centeroncongress.org/learn_about/feature/2009_aceta_call_for_apps.php.

NEW! Goethe-Institut Sponsors Travel to Germany This Summer
The Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) of the Goethe-Institut sponsors its annual study tours of Germany. Educators may select from the following 2009 study tour dates: June 12-June 27; June 26-July 11; July 10-July 25; or July 24-August 8. K-12 social studies educators, social studies university methods professors, social studies curriculum coordinators, applicable authors, and applicable State Departments of Education employees are eligible to attend. A refundable deposit of $250 is required upon acceptance. Otherwise, the study tours are all expenses paid. The application deadline is February 12, 2009. For more information, please visit the TOP site at www.goethe.de/top.

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

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

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel
The National Early Literacy Panel's primary goal was to identify interventions, parenting activities, and instructional practices that promote the development of children’s early literacy skills. This report, which focuses on early literacy development, can be accessed at http://nifl.gov/nifl/NELP/NELPreport.html

NEW! More American Adults Read Literature According to New NEA Study
According to Reading on the Rise, a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts,
"For the first time in the history of the survey - conducted five times since 1982 - the overall rate at which adults read literature (novels and short stories, plays, or poems) rose by seven percent." To read more about this report, visit the NEA's site at http://arts.endow.gov/news/news09/ReadingonRise.html

NEW! Tips for Parents from the National Council of Teachers of English: Helping Your Teenager to Write Better
This "Tips for Parents" sheet from the National Council of Teachers of English includes examples of how parents can help their teenage children write better. Visit http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Resources/Positions/tips-parents.pdf

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

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

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

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW!  What key factors should be considered when implementing programs to deepen teacher content knowledge?
The MSP Knowledge Management and Dissemination project is pleased to announce the next in a series of reviews from research and practice in the areas of deepening teacher content knowledge, teacher leadership, and teacher induction.  MSPnet is an electronic learning community for the Math and Science Partnership Program. By following the link at http://hub.mspnet.org/entry.cfm/15319 , you will have an opportunity to learn from and add to the information about implementing programs to deepen teachers' mathematics/science content knowledge.

NEW! CCSSO Professional Development Materials: A Navigation Guide [K-12]
This brief guide provides assistance in exploring the large collection of professional development materials and resources available from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) website, particularly its Study of Math and Science Professional Development Programs: Improving Evaluation of Professional Development, available at http://www.ccsso.org/projects/improving_evaluation_of_professional_development/Cross_State_Study/. This guide includes a statement of the purpose of the CCSSO materials, a description of the types of materials available, an explanation of how to use the materials, summaries of their major strengths and limitations, and points to consider before using the materials.

NEW! NOW AVAILABLE The Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Reference Sheet for the Regents Examination in Mathematics
NYSED has posted the Reference Sheet for the Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Regents Examination in mathematics as page two of the test specifications at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/mathre/testspecs-alger2trig.pdf . The first administration of the Regents Examination in Algebra 2 and Trigonometry will be in June 2010.

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

NEW! ARC - Oak Ridge National Laboratory Institute
Each year the Appalachian Regional Commission, in collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, sponsors a two-week residential hands-on learning institute focusing on math, science, and technology for high school students and teachers from New York State’s Appalachian Region (Allegany, Broome Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties). This year’s institute will be held from July 11 – 24, 2009. Spaces have been reserved for two students and two teachers from New York’s Appalachian Region. All expenses, including airfare, are paid by the ARC. The application deadline is February 15, 2009. Information and applications for this unique program can be found on the SED website at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/nysssa/si.shtml

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

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

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SCIENCE

NEW! Science in Informal Environments
The (U.S.) National Research Council (NRC) has recently released its highly-anticipated report Learning Science in Informal Environments: Places, People, and Pursuits. According to the NRC, "tens of millions of Americans, young and old, choose to learn about science in informal ways - by visiting museums and aquariums, attending after-school programs, pursuing personal hobbies, and watching TV documentaries, for example. There is abundant evidence that these programs and settings, and even everyday experiences such as a walk in the park, contribute to people's knowledge and interest in science." For an overview of the report, which was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and a link to read it in its entirety, please visit: http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=12190

 

NEW! ARC - Oak Ridge National Laboratory Institute
Each year the Appalachian Regional Commission, in collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, sponsors a two-week residential hands-on learning institute focusing on math, science, and technology for high school students and teachers from New York State’s Appalachian Region (Allegany, Broome Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties). This year’s institute will be held from July 11 – 24, 2009. Spaces have been reserved for two students and two teachers from New York’s Appalachian Region. All expenses, including airfare, are paid by the ARC. The application deadline is February 15, 2009. Information and applications for this unique program can be found on the SED website at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/nysssa/si.shtml

 

NEW! Stream Cleaner Environmental Forum, 4th Annual
Cacapon Institute's Stream Cleaner Environmental Forum is a project-based learning exercise in which students seek solutions to the complex problems of non-point source water pollution. Through an extended, collaborative process, students investigate the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort. Although specifically related to the Susquehanna and Chemung River Basins in New York, similar issues confront all waterways. This is a chance to foster future leaders in watershed stewardship. Students will engage their peers across the internet and role play as stakeholders, problem solvers, and consensus builders to formulate solutions. They strengthen their critical thinking abilities and decision making skill, and are given an opportunity to not only investigate, but also become actively engaged in watershed restoration efforts. Classes might plant a riparian buffer, establish a watershed friendly schoolyard management plan, control erosion, or do any number of best management practices. This is a free, curriculum-based internet activity available 24/7 to high school classes throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Cacapon Institute lesson are available and on-line now, www.cacaponinstitute.org/index.htm. Dialogue runs March 9th to April 10th, 2009.

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

Building a Presence (BaP) Points of Contact in Every School in NYS!
Building a Presence (BaP) is an electronic network initiative from NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) and sponsored in NYS by STANYS (Science Teachers Association of New York State) in partnership with NYSED. The objectives of the project are to create a state and national network for K-16 teachers of science to share resources about effective science teaching and learning, lessen science teacher isolation, help science teachers implement state and national science education standards in their schools, stimulate professional development opportunities for science teachers, and provide teachers with resources to help all students learn science. NYS is seeking a point of contact in each school to receive email announcements and to share them with colleagues. Please forward this information to teachers of science in your district, and have interested teachers contact Nancy Ridenour at nridenour@twcny.rr.com for further details.

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

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

NEW! ACTE Essay Contest Asks Students to Address President-elect Obama
The Association for Career and Technical Education today announced the topic for the Cliff Weiss Essay contest in the memory of former ACTE Senior Director of Communications Cliff Weiss (1951-2004). This year’s topic for secondary and postsecondary students is “What would you tell President Obama about your CTE experience?” The contest is open to secondary and postsecondary students taking at least one course in CTE. A secondary and postsecondary student winner will each receive an award of $250 in addition to having their essay published in ACTE’s Techniques Magazine. To find out more about this essay contest go to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/technews.html#summittresults

NEW! ARC - Oak Ridge National Laboratory Institute
Each year the Appalachian Regional Commission, in collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, sponsors a two-week residential hands-on learning institute focusing on math, science, and technology for high school students and teachers from New York State’s Appalachian Region (Allegany, Broome Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties). This year’s institute will be held from July 11 – 24, 2009. Spaces have been reserved for two students and two teachers from New York’s Appalachian Region. All expenses, including airfare, are paid by the ARC. The application deadline is February 15, 2009. Information and applications for this unique program can be found on the SED website at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/nysssa/si.shtml

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

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! The New York Economics Challenge ONLINE!
This year, the New York Economics Challenge will be held online from March 26-31, 2009. Students and educators throughout New York will be able to participate regardless of travel or budgetary constraints. Coaches select the most convenient three hour time period between March 26-31 for all team members to complete the online exam which covers topics in macro, micro and international economics. This program is sponsored by the Goldman Sachs Foundation and the Council for Economic Education (formerly the National Council on Economic Education). Teams will compete with students from across New York for a chance to compete at the Regional Competition in Baltimore, Maryland on April 27, 2009 and the National Competition in New York City from May 16-18, 2009. For complete information and registration forms visit: http://cts.vresp.com/c/?CouncilforEconomicEd/23190b74ea/TEST/b0fb97dd8d

NEW! New York Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program Head to Washington and to Receive $5000 Scholarship
On January 9th, Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the names of Erica Pincus of Bayville, and Charlotte Saul of Orchard Park, as New York State’s delegates to the 47th annual United States Senate Youth Program. Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students -- two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity -- to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. Chosen as alternates to the 2009 program were Christina Johnson, a resident of Bronx, who attends Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology and Ilham Elkatani, a resident of Bronx, who attends Community High School for Social Justice. Information regarding the 2009-2010 United State Senate Youth Program and application forms will be posted on the Social Studies Website http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/social.html in early August 2009.

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

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

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

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

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THE ARTS

NEW! Visual Arts Education: A Landscape for 21st Century Learning NAEA National Convention 2009, April 17-21, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The NAEA National Convention is an annual conference providing substantive professional development services that include the advancement of knowledge in all sessions, events, and activities for the purpose of improving visual arts instruction in American schools. For more information visit www.arteducators.org

NEW! Schools of Distinction In Arts Education Awards
Schools of Distinction In Arts Education Awards are annual awards presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to schools that exemplify arts integrated education, specifically the role that schools play in providing a creative learning environment for outstanding student achievement. State winners are submitted for consideration at the national level, where winners receive a modest honorarium to support their programs, a plaque for display in their building, and the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center as part of KCAAEN events. State-level Schools of Distinction nominations are due by March 27, 2009. For application details visit http://www.nysaae.org/projectsrec.htm

NEW! Educational Programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
In conjunction with Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard, exhibition on February 3-May 25, 2009, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will offer an array of educational programs. Highlights include a teacher workshop consisting of online discussion and activities, live webinars, and an in-person workshop. For more details, visit http://www.metmuseum.org/press_room/full_release.asp?prid={000CEEDA-F752-43B8-B206-6D6897EB8501}

NEW! National Principals Magazine Features Arts Education
The quarterly publication of the National Association of Elementary School Principals is all about arts education this month. To read the full publication, visit http://www.naesp.org/Principal_Magazine.aspx .

NEW! Art Education 21; The Challenge of Change
ART EDUCATION 21; THE CHALLENGE OF CHANGE, a symposium to discuss the future of Art Education, is open to tri-state art educators, on February 6th, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The keynote address will be delivered by NAEA Member Dr. Dennis Fehr, Art Education Advisor to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Visit www.ucae.org for registration details.

NEW! Lincoln Center Institute's National Educator Workshops - Summer 2009
The Lincoln Center will be offering professional development workshops in the summer of 2009. Professional artists and educators will conduct high-quality instruction to support stellar performances as part of the Institute’s rigorous aesthetic education approach. Workshops will be held in NYC and Albany. To find out more, and to register, visit http://lcilearn.lcinstitute.org/LCIdocs/LCINEW.htm.

NEW! National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Opportunities - March 3, 2009
The grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities support national faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and university teachers. Seminars and institutes may be as short as two weeks or as long as six weeks. To learn more, click here http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=44509 .

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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

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

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

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

Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed the Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT).  This tool will help school districts conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of written physical education curricula, based upon national physical education standards. The PECAT is customizable to include local standards. The results from the analysis can help school districts enhance existing curricula, develop their own curricula, or select a published curriculum, for the delivery of quality physical education in schools. http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/PECAT/index.htm

Physical Education Teacher Evaluation Tool (PETET)
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), the preeminent national authority on physical education and a recognized leader in sport and physical activity, developed the Physical Education Teacher Evaluation Tool (PETET).  The PETET identifies the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to provide sound instruction in the K-12 physical education classroom. Its purpose is to assist principals, school district curriculum specialists, and others who evaluate physical education teachers as well as to guide physical education teachers in reflection and self-assessment, and serve as an instructional tool in college/university physical education teacher education programs. http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/pdf_files/pos_papers/TeacherEvaluationTool.pdf

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

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LOTE

NEW! What does research show about the benefits of language learning?
In this age of accountability in education, policymakers and administrators, as well as parents, are increasingly demanding to know what research studies show regarding the benefits of language learning. This document will identify some of the major correlation studies that highlight how language learners benefit from their experiences.  For more information:  http://www.actfl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=4524

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

NEW! The National Security Language Initiative for Youth: Critical Language Study Abroad
The US Department of State through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI for Youth) provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer, semester, and academic-year overseas immersion programs.  Eligible applicants must be US citizens between 15 and 18 years of age. Languages to be studied are Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, and Turkish. Application deadline is February 2, 2009. For more information, go to http://nsliforyouth.org

NEW! American Classical League Scholarships
Four scholarships for Classics teachers are available through the American Classical League. The Arthur Patch McKinlay Scholarship, the Ed Phinney Commemorative Scholarship, and the Glenn Knudsvig Memorial Scholarship have application deadlines of January 15. The Maureen O'Donnell Scholarship’s next deadline is March 1. For information about all of these scholarships, go to http://www.aclclassics.org/tr_grants.html

NEW! Article 11: ACTFL 2009 Summer Study Scholarships
ACTFL is pleased to announce three (3) scholarships available for members to study abroad in Mexico during the summer of 2009. New this year, ACTFL is also offering a student scholarship for two weeks of study in Mexico. Applications for all these scholarships must be received by ACTFL before March 13, 2009.  For more information or to download the applications, please visit the scholarships page in the membership area at http://actfl.org.

NEW! Article 10: Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award
The Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award is open to current full-time K-12 classroom teachers of any relevant subject focused on Japan and consists of a certificate of recognition, a $2,500 monetary award, and $5,000 in project funds. There are two award categories, one in the humanities and one in Japanese language. Deadline: February 2, 2009.   For more information please go to http://www.us-jf.org/elginHeinz.html .

For more information on Languages Other Than English, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/lote/

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DRIVER EDUCATION

To print forms/applications regarding Driver Education, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/drive.html

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

NEW! Application Available: The 2009-10 Essential Elements: Schools to Watch (EE: STW)
The application for the 2009-10 Essential Elements Schools to Watch (EE: STW) is now available for the 5th cohort of schools seeking designation as a "School to Watch". The EE: STW program seeks to identify high performing schools with middle grades that adhere to the Regents Policy Statement on Middle Level Education and the seven Essential Elements of a Standards Focused Middle Level School or Program. To find out more about this program visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/eestw.html

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

For more information regarding Middle Level Education visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/middle.html.

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

NEW! Amendments to Commissioner’s Regulation 90.18, School Library Systems
Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education Jeffrey Cannell announced on December 16, 2008 that the New York State Board of Regents formally adopted proposed amendments to Commissioner’s Regulation 90.18, School Library Systems. The amended regulations took effect on January 8, 2009. The changes update and clarify terminology relating to school library systems and will make the regulations consistent with recent changes in related Commissioner’s Regulations and Education Law. To see the text of the amended regulations, please visit the State Library website at:
http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/excerpts/finished_regs/9018.htm

NEW! ALA Releases Tough Economy Toolkit
The American Library Association has just released resources to help library advocates make the case for libraries during times of economic downturn. With city, county, state and federal budgets under increasing pressure, too often libraries are the first to receive budget cuts. Libraries play an essential role in our society and economy, with usage up significantly in this tough economy. The toolkit contains information on how to work with decision-makers, and the media to help articulate the role of libraries in times of economic downturn. The "Advocating in a Tough Economy" toolkit is available at: www.ala.org/tougheconomytoolkit

NEW! Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Competition (Federal)
The purpose of this program is to improve student reading skills and academic achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media centers; and well-trained, professionally certified school library media specialists.
Applications Available: January 6, 2009. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 6, 2009. Eligible Applicants: LEAs, including charter schools in which at least 20 percent of the students served by the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line. A list of LEAs with their family poverty rates (based on the Census Bureau data) is posted at: http://www.ed.gov/programs/lsl/eligibility.html. Estimated Range of Awards: $30,000-$500,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $231,849 Estimated Number of Awards: 80. Additional information is available online at:
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2009-1/010609d.html

NEW! Thinkfinity @ your library
ALA has debuted a new collection of resources specifically for school library media specialists on Thinkfinity.org. This
collection is a starting place for school library media specialists to explore Thinkfinity content. Using the Campaign for America's Libraries @ your library brand, the collection features rotating librarian-specific content from ALA and library initiatives. To learn more about the homework help features, engaging interactive games and tools, and resources for literacy instruction and life long learning offered free through Thinkfinity, visit: http://www.thinkfinity.org/AtYourLibrary.aspx

NEW! AASL is offering 30 grants for travel to its 14th National Conference and Exhibition in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 5-8, 2009
The AASL grants for first-time attendees are for $750 to be used for travel, hotel, or registration. All applications must be postmarked by March 2, 2009. Those interested in applying can download the application on the AASL National Conference web pages at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/index.cfm.

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

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

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

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

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TESTING

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

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

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

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

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

Updates! NYS Education Department Virtual Learning System (VLS)
The NYSED VLS, www.nysvls.org, has been enhanced and expanded with additional content. Additions include Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts and recently Social Studies Alternative Grade Level Indicators for Students with Severe Disabilities. As always, thousands of lesson plans and instructional tasks are available by exploring the learning standards and performance indicators in the seven standards areas.

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WEB RESOURCES

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

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

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

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

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

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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

NYS Government
NYS Government vacant positions are posted on the Department of Civil Service website at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/. A list of current state exams being offered is posted at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/announ/scheduled/oc/opencompetitive_evt.cfm. We suggest you bookmark all three sites and view them periodically as they change from week to week. For more information, please visit the NYS Civil Service website at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/jobseeker/public/opportunities.cfm.

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