This is the banner for EMSC and CIIT. It reads New York State Education Department, Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and Continuing Education. Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology, CI&IT. Anne Schiano, Assistant Director EMSC
SED
CI&IT
Disclaimers and Notices
 

CI&IT E-Blast

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

March 27, 2009

PLEASE SHARE WITH NETWORKS AS APPROPRIATE

If you would like to receive email notifications of the monthly CI&IT E-Blast news and updates, please send an email request by clicking on the link below. Please submit all relevant contact information in your request.
Sign up for E-Blast email notifications

NYSED/USNY

NEW! Search for Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York
The New York State Board of Regents seeks applications and nominations for the position of Commissioner of Education.  Our goal is to find an accomplished leader who will bring New York State to the forefront in educational achievement.  We need a visionary to manage the State’s educational resources to raise achievement for all students, close the achievement gap, and raise the State’s graduation rate. To view the full notification visit http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/search/

NEW! Dr. Merryl H. Tisch Elected Chancellor of the Board of Regents
At the March 16th meeting of the Board of Regents, Vice-Chancellor Dr. Merryl H. Tisch was nominated and elected Chancellor of the Board of Regents. She will serve as the first female Chancellor in the history of the Board of Regents. Dr. Tisch “will insist that we continue to raise standards for all of our children and hold every school district accountable for their results, while providing the support necessary to get that done.” A former first grade teacher, Dr. Tisch holds an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her election follows Chancellor Bennett’s recent resignation as Chancellor. He will stay on as a Regent to represent the Western New York district. Press release: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/StatementofDr.MerrylH.Tisch.htm

Dr. Tisch bio: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/members/bios/tisch.html

NEW! Dr. Milton Cofield Elected Vice-Chancellor of the Board of Regents
Dr. Milton Cofield will serve as the new Vice Chancellor of the Board of Regents, replacing former Vice Chancellor Dr. Merryl Tisch, who will serve as Chancellor. Dr. Cofield, whose professional interests include management of technology and innovation, higher education administration, and international management and education, represents the Seventh Judicial District. Vice Chancellor-elect Cofield is currently Executive Director for Undergraduate Business Administration in the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Milton Cofield’s bio: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/members/bios/cofield.html

NEW! 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program
The 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program theme is “The Arts” with the slogans “Be Creative @ YourLibrary” (children) and “Express Yourself @Your Library” (teens). In addition, this year New York is celebrating the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial; therefore, New York State History related materials will be highlighted through the additional slogan, “Be Creative: Explore New York. Information about the 2009 Summer Reading Program can be found at http://www.summerreadingnys.org/

NEW! 2008-09 Application for Exception to the One Percent Cap on Proficient or Above Scores Based on Alternate Achievement Standards
The application by which local educational agencies may request an exception from NYSED to exceed the 1.0 percent cap in counting as proficient and advanced for accountability purposes, during the 2008-09 school year, the scores of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities based on alternate academic achievement standards is now available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/applications/1percent-2009.htm

Back to Top

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

For current funding opportunities throughout NYSED/USNY visit http://usny.nysed.gov/grants/

Back to Top

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! Professional Learning Conference
The 2009 New York State Staff Development Council (NYSSDC) Annual Conference will be held May 7-8, 2009 at the Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool, Liverpool, NY. This year's theme is Relationships and Learning: The Keys to Improving Student Achievement. The event is co-sponsored by NY ASCD. Among the 30 different concurrent sessions sharing best practices in professional learning are How Policy Affects Professional Learning including effective teacher contacts, and a session on ASCD's Whole Child Initiative. This year's keynote presenters incude Ray McNulty and Sheila Evans-Tranumn. To register and learn more about the conference go to http://www.nyssdc.org

Back to Top

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! April is National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. According to the AAP, "the concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media-to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern." To learn more about this event, please see the Academy of American Poets website at http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/4.

NEW! New Center on Instruction Resource: Reviewing a Reading Program
The Center on Instruction has developed a two-day professional development module based on the Florida Center for Reading Research's "Guidelines for Reviewing a Reading Program." The Participant's Guide contains resources (charts, summaries, and the Guidelines themselves) that are discussed during the professional development session but it can also serve as a stand-alone tool for reviewing any reading program.
http://www.centeroninstruction.org/resources_searchresults.cfm?searchterms=reviewing+a+reading+program

NEW! New Center on Instruction Resource: Assessments to Guide Adolescent Literacy Instruction
This guide is a companion volume to two other publications from the Center on Instruction, Academic Literacy Instruction for Adolescents and Improving Literacy Instruction in Middle and High Schools: A Guide for Principals it provides information about the key elements of a comprehensive assessment plan to improve literacy instruction for adolescents and provides examples of assessments and assessment systems currently in use or under development to improve literacy instruction for students in grades 4-12.
http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Assessment%20Guide.pdf (PDF)

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

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

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

Back to Top

MATHEMATICS

NEW! New MST Lesson Plans on the Virtual Learning System (VLS)
Lesson plans related to mathematics, science, and technology education have been added to the New York State Education Department’s Virtual Learning System (VLS). These K-12 lesson plans were developed by teachers involved with the St. Lawrence County STEM Partnership. The partnership, between all 18 St. Lawrence County School Districts, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, and Clarkson University, is a funded project of the NCLB Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships program. These new lesson plans, as well as other lesson plans, may be accessed at http://www.nysvls.org by choosing a standards area (e.g., MST), selecting a content area (e.g., science), and then by clicking on “Explore Standards Explore Resources.” The learning standards, key ideas, performance indicators, and aligned resources can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate links. The lesson plans may also be accessed by using the search engine on the VLS main page.

NEW! Professional Development for Math Coaching (PDMC) and a New Institute for Leaders Professional Development for Math Coaching Facilitation Based on: Cultivating a Math Coaching Practice: A Guide for K-8 Educators.
The Professional Development for Math Coaching Institute (PDMC) is based on the Center for the Development of Coaching and Math Leadership (CMCP) materials and is structured to bring together math coaches from kindergarten through middle school and those who provide professional development or course-work for math coaching. During the Institute, participants engage in discussions of cases of coaching and investigate mathematics related to K-8 classroom settings. Sessions also explore essential pedagogical issues of math coaching. This is being held this summer, July 19-24, for application and information go to http://www.edc.org/MLP

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.

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.

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.

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

Back to Top

SCIENCE

NEW! New MST Lesson Plans on the Virtual Learning System (VLS)
Lesson plans related to mathematics, science, and technology education have been added to the New York State Education Department’s Virtual Learning System (VLS). These K-12 lesson plans were developed by teachers involved with the St. Lawrence County STEM Partnership. The partnership, between all 18 St. Lawrence County School Districts, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, and Clarkson University, is a funded project of the NCLB Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships program. These new lesson plans, as well as other lesson plans, may be accessed at http://www.nysvls.org by choosing a standards area (e.g., MST), selecting a content area (e.g., science), and then by clicking on “Explore Standards Explore Resources.” The learning standards, key ideas, performance indicators, and aligned resources can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate links. The lesson plans may also be accessed by using the search engine on the VLS main page.


NEW! World Science Festival - June 10-14, 2009
The countdown to the 2009 World Science Festival has begun. From climate change to the cosmos; from neuroscience to nanotechnology; from mathematical magic to the multiverse--this year's Festival will feature some of the world's leading scientific minds, celebrated artists and innovative thinkers including: Nobel Prize-winning scientists James Watson, Harold Varmus, David Gross, Frank Wilczek, Sir Paul Nurse and William Phillips; renowned authors Bill McKibben and Irene Pepperberg; esteemed researchers E.O. Wilson, James Hansen, Daniel Wegner, Erich Jarvis, Daniel Levitin and Margaret Livingstone; and acclaimed artists Alan Alda, Marin Alsop and Anna Deavere Smith. Complete information about the 2009 Festival's programming and special guests will be announced later this spring. Tickets will go on sale in late April. Please keep visiting www.worldsciencefestival.com for new announcements about programs, participants, and tickets.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

Back to Top

TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

NEW! New MST Lesson Plans on the Virtual Learning System (VLS)
Lesson plans related to mathematics, science, and technology education have been added to the New York State Education Department’s Virtual Learning System (VLS). These K-12 lesson plans were developed by teachers involved with the St. Lawrence County STEM Partnership. The partnership, between all 18 St. Lawrence County School Districts, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, and Clarkson University, is a funded project of the NCLB Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships program. These new lesson plans, as well as other lesson plans, may be accessed at http://www.nysvls.org by choosing a standards area (e.g., MST), selecting a content area (e.g., science), and then by clicking on “Explore Standards Explore Resources.” The learning standards, key ideas, performance indicators, and aligned resources can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate links. The lesson plans may also be accessed by using the search engine on the VLS main page.

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

Back to Top

SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! Yale Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad to Russia in July 2009
PIER/European Studies at Yale’s MacMillan Center has applied for a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) grant to lead 14 high school teachers from New England, New York, and New Jersey on a study tour/curriculum development project, “Understanding Medvedev’s Russia in Historical Context,” in Russia this summer. The proposed GPA will offer a rich and diverse range of experiences during a four-week study tour in Russia (July 5-August 3, 2009) that will provide an in-depth view of its people and culture, constituting a unique opportunity to develop resource materials for teaching and for professional and curriculum development through classroom instruction, individual research, field visits, and home-stays in contemporary Moscow and historic Vladimir. Among the topics to be covered are: privatization and the making of the new elite; daily life in the USSR and today; Russian public opinion; the media today; the rebirth of Russian Orthodoxy; education at the crossroads; the business world; individual initiative and entrepreneurship; and art and theater in the New Russia. There will be an orientation conference at Yale July 2-4 and a series of five Saturday follow-up sessions, Sept. ’09 through Oct. ’10, to complete curriculum modules and to organize the dissemination of what participants have learned, including presentations at professional workshops and conferences over the next several years. Each participant will be required to pay a $1,000 fee toward the cost of the program.

Yale is accepting applications now for early selection of participants, but grant approval is pending and the proposed GPA is contingent on funding by the US Department of Education. The deadline for application is March 20, 2009. Sponsored by Yale’s European Studies Council, the MacMillan Center, and the U.S. Department of Education through a Fulbright-Hays grant (pending). Information and applications are at http://www.yale.edu/macmillan/pier/institutes.htm.

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.

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

Back to Top

THE ARTS

NEW! Report: The American Curriculum After NCLB
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement has released Getting Narrower at the Base: the American Curriculum after NCLB, an analysis of five major federal datasets that finds that curriculum has narrowed at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The report also shows that art classes have become distinctly less common, drawing 78% of all students in 1992, but only 71% in 2004. To read the full report, visit http://www.civicyouth.org/?p=325 .

NEW! Envision A New World of Learning
Edutopia.org provides not just the vision for this new world of learning but also the leading-edge interactive tools and resources to help make it a reality. Edutopia.org contains a deep archive of continually updated best practices, from classroom tips to recommendations for districtwide change. Visit http://www.edutopia.org/aboutus

NEW! Children's Theatre Foundation of America Grant Opportunities, April 1, 2009
The Children's Theatre Foundation of America's grant making focus is on theatre for children and youth, the utilization of drama-theatre in education for children grades K-12, and development opportunities for theatre artists working in the area of children's theatre in the United States. The program supports diverse projects of national significance. There are additional programs through the Children's Theatre Foundation that support projects with children as well. To read more, and for an application, go to http://www.childrenstheatrefoundation.org .

NEW! Professional development from the College Board for Teachers of Fine Arts
College Board workshops in fine arts touch on a variety of topics related to AP courses and exams, Pre-AP strategies, and AP Vertical Teams. Workshop participants learn techniques and tactics for teaching, and engage in discussion with peers. Some workshops provide materials and handouts for instruction or use in the classroom. Use the link below to explore workshops in fine arts offered by the College Board. http://professionals.collegeboard.com/prof-dev/workshops/fine-arts

NEW! The Ohio Arts Council Releases Focusing the Light: The Art and Practice of Planning
The Ohio Arts Council Releases Focusing the Light: The Art and Practice of Planning, a seven-volume series which provides those who work in the arts and nonprofits with strategies, tips, and techniques for successful project planning, advocacy and evaluation. The complete set is available for $20 including shipping and handling. For more information and to order visit www.focusingthelight.org. In addition to the text series, the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) has developed the Focusing the Light iTool. The iTool illustrates clear connections between needs, inputs, activities and desired outcomes. It can be used during the planning process and also to present, implement and evaluate a plan. This tool is available at the OAC Web site http://oac.ohio.gov/FTL/Default.asp.

NEW! The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Summer Seminar
The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Summer Seminar, is a scholarship program available nationally to artistically gifted high school juniors (2008-09) in public and private schools. The Summer Seminar, held on the campus of The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is designed as an art institute offering an intensive visual art studio program for the students. Dates for the 2009 Summer Seminars and more information available at http://sharpeartfdn.qwestoffice.net/summer1.htm

NEW! Teacher Resources from the Getty Museum
The Getty Museum Education Department has created a guide to help teachers and curriculum developers create successful arts-focused lessons. Included are ideas for preparing lessons, a step-by-step guide for teaching visual arts for each grade level, and ideas for evaluation and assessment approaches. For more information, visit http://www.getty.edu/education/for_teachers/

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

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}

Lincoln Center Institute's National Educator Workshops
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.

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Opportunities
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

Back to Top

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

Back to Top

LOTE

NEW! ACTFL Writing Proficiency Guidelines Familiarization Workshop
“Lettuce intro deuce ewe two the guyed lines.” You will learn about the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines – Writing (Revised 2001). The trainer will introduce participants to the major and minor level descriptors and the criteria for assigning a global writing proficiency rating. You will explore a variety of writing tasks across levels of proficiency, evaluate language samples based on the criteria as described in the Guidelines, and design appropriate writing activities and writing assessment prompts at the four major levels. In addition, you will discuss the implications of the ACTFL Proficiency Scale, and its relation to the New York State Learning Standards, the Checkpoint A Second Language Proficiency Exam, and the Checkpoint B Comprehensive Regents Exam for establishing program goals, and for planning curriculum, instruction, and assessment. For more information: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/lote/

NEW! German Information Center Essay Contest
The German Information Center USA fulfills the public diplomacy mission of the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. To encourage American students to get to know modern Germany, the GIC is sponsoring an essay contest o familiarize students with today’s Germany. The contest offers students and their teachers an opportunity to discuss traditional and modern German culture, language and society. Detailed contest information such as rules, deadlines and the essay questions can be found on the website listed below. All entries must be submitted electronically by April 15, 2009. http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/__PR/GIC/2009/02/25__Essay__Contest,archiveCtx=1992696.html

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

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 .

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

Back to Top

DRIVER EDUCATION

NEW! Final report of the Temporary Special Advisory Panel on Driver Education Availability and Curriculum Enhancement is now available.
The report, which was sent to the Governor and the Legislature, provides recommendations on improving driver education and making it more available to young drivers across New York State.  Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death in young people ages 16-24. From 2004 to 2006, 32 percent of all fatalities occurred in crashes that involved drivers ages 16-24. The report emphasizes that teen driver safety is a public health, education and safety priority. It concluded that New York must take a comprehensive, multi-pronged strategic approach that includes standards, an appropriate curriculum, use of technology, more certified driver education teachers, and driver education  that is available and affordable for all students. The full report is available at: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/NYSSpecAdvsPanelDrEd.pdf Additional information is available in the report appendix which is available at: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/Appendix_Drivers_Education_Report.pdf

NEW! Application for the 2009 Summer Secondary School Driver Education is Now Available. The "Application for Approval of Summer Secondary School Driver and Traffic Safety Education 2009" (PDF) must be postmarked by June 1, 2009. Applications postmarked after the June 1st deadline will not be processed. Note: Summer School approval is separate from the regular three-year approval cycle. All schools offering a Summer School driver education course must file an annual application form postmarked on or before June 1, 2009.

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

Back to Top

MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

NEW! 2009 Essential Elements Schools to Watch (EE: STW) Designees: Glens Falls Middle School, Glens Falls, NY, A.A. Kingston Middle School, Potsdam, NY and Jericho Middle School, Jericho NY have joined 10 other schools as the newest model middle schools in New York State.  Joining these new school are seven previously designated schools earning a second designation.  Re-designated schools are Sayville MS, Twelve Corners MS, Victor JHS, Barker Rd. MS, Calkins Rd. MS Oliver W. Winch MS and Moravia MS. Schools earning this designation will travel to Washington DC in June to be honored at the National Schools to Watch Conference.   Congratulations to all!  A full EE: STW listing and more information about this valuable New York State program can be found at  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/eestw.html

ALERT: Due Date Changed: Please be advised the due date for the application for the next cohort of Essential Elements Schools to Watch has been changed.  Any school submitting an application for consideration must do so by July 17, 2009.  Applications are available at  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/middle.html and www.nysmsa.org

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 . The next meeting will be held in Albany on May 7, and 8, 2009.

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

Back to Top

SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

NEW! Summer Reading Program--New York State History Reading Lists
To commemorate the New York State Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial, the New York State Library, as part of the 2009 Summer Reading Program, has created four selected reading lists that celebrate the history, culture, and diversity of New York State. Each of the four lists covers one reader age group: Picture Books; Elementary; Tween; and Teen and up. The reading lists can be found at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/readlist.htm.

NEW! Public Comments on Commissioners Regulation 90.3 Public Library Systems
The New York State Board of Regents is proposing an amendment to Section 90.3 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education related to public library systems; specifically Outreach Services, Family Literacy Library Services and Adult Literacy Library Services. The Notice of Proposed Rule Making was published in the State Register at www.dos.state.ny.us/info/register.htm on March 4, 2009, for a 60-day public comment period through May 4, 2009. Please send any comments on the proposed regulations to Jeffrey W. Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, State Education Department, Room 10A33, Albany, NY 12230.

NEW! Nominate A Young Leader for a $2,500 Barron Prize!
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, founded by author T.A. Barron, seeks nominations for its 2009 awards. The Barron Prize honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, ten national winners each receive $2,500 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline is April 30. For more information and to nominate, visit http://www.barronprize.org/

NEW! I Love My Librarian New York award Winners Honored
Librarians make a difference in the lives of people every day. On December 9, 2008, two New York librarians - and ten librarians nation-wide - were recognized for service to their communities, schools, and campuses as winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. The NY recipients are: Paul McIntosh, Library Media Specialist, Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts, New York, NY. Arezoo Moseni, senior librarian, The New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Library, The Art Collection, New York, NY. Each award winner received a $5,000 cash award and was honored at a ceremony and reception in New York, at The Times Center. Nominations were open to all types of librarians throughout the nation, and there were a total of ten award recipients nation-wide.

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

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

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

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

Back to Top

TESTING

NEW! Adjustments to High School Testing Procedures to Address Weather-Related School Closings on January 28, 2009
Please see the recently released memo from Senior Deputy Commissioner Johanna Duncan-Poitier for information about Regents Examinations and procedures for schools impacted by the January 28th weather-related school closings. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sar/weather.pdf

Information for the 2008-09 New York State Regents Examinations
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/ .

Back to Top

VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

Updates! NYS Education Department Virtual Learning System (VLS)
The NYSED VLS, www.nysvls.org, has been enhanced and recently expanded with additional content. Additions include: 59 MSP Morristown STEM project lesson plans for teachers K-12, with the addition of 40 more in the near future; 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.

Back to Top

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 Learning 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

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top

CI&IT E-Blast Archives

If you would like to receive email notifications of the monthly CI&IT E-Blast news and updates, please send an email request by clicking on the link below. Please submit all relevant contact information in your request.
Sign up for E-Blast email notifications

Note: To view or print PDF and/or special reader for Word documents you will need to have the free Adobe Reader installed on your computer and the Word Viewer 2003.
Please follow the links below to install Adobe Reader and the Word Viewer 2003.
PDF: http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html
Word Viewer 2003: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=95e24c87-8732-48d5-8689-ab826e7b8fdf&DisplayLang=en