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February 21, 2008



 

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NYSED/USNY

NEW! The 2008 Teaching and Learning Celebration in NYC March 7 and 8 offers two full days of professional development opportunities to celebrate teaching & learning with much of the content aligned to specific curriculum areas. On Friday, March 7, hear Dr. Jane Goodall as she discusses our closest animal relative - the chimpanzee, then blast off with teacher/astornaut Barbara Morgan. On Saturday, March 8, join Jean-Michel Cousteau on a Great Ocean Adventure, then discover the global perspectives of international women in a Town Hall Meeting hosted by NOW's Maria Hinojosa. Check back for updates about the 2008 Celebration schedule, including speakers, panels, workshops, and events! http://www.thirteencelebration.org/

NEW! A New NYS Museum Chief Curator. Robert Weible, the current director of public history at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, a unit of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), will take on his new role as New York State’s chief curator of history in late March.

Weible will work with Museum management and history staff to plan and implement movement of the history collections and staff to a new collections facility. He also will be instrumental in planning for a new history gallery at the Museum, slated to open in 2010, which is part of an overall plan to renew the Museum galleries. Weible also will work with local historians and academic and cultural institutions to increase the public’s understanding of New York State history and its role in U.S. history. He will also oversee management of the Museum’s history collections and help develop content for public programs and teacher workshops. Further information about programs and events can be obtained by calling (518) 474-5877 or visiting the museum website at www.nysm.nysed.gov.

General Education & Diploma Requirements
In response to many field inquiries, the Department has produced a website with updated information on General Education & Diploma Requirements, Commencement Level (Grades 9-12). The site provides access to charts highlighting the diploma requirements for students. The centerpiece of the site is a new chart, which reflects changes in regulations enacted within the recent past, such as the phasing out of some local diploma options and the phasing in of new mathematics examinations and courses. Each column of the chart is hyperlinked to a page that provides more detailed information in html format. The site is available at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/gradreq/intro.html For the math chart, it is available at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/RegDipReqMathCht.htm.

Office of Teaching Initiatives
A new link to the state Office of Teaching Initiatives has been added to our curriculum homepages for quick access to teaching certification information. The goal of the Office of Teaching Initiatives is to provide qualified and certified teachers for employment in the State's public schools. The office issues certificates, develops teaching policy, and provides supportive services for teachers, schools, and the public. The Office of Teaching Initiatives website can be found at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/.

Unified Court System Launches New Youth Website
The Unified Court System (UCS) launched a youth-focused website as part of the Law Day celebration held at the Court of Appeals on April 30, 2007. The new educational site provides information about New York courts, proceedings and laws that involve and affect youth. It will also serve as a clearinghouse for information on statewide and local youth-oriented programs, activities and support resources.

Homework Hotline Helps Students Across The State
HOMEWORK HOTLINE, the live, statewide call-in show where master teachers help kids with homework on the air launches its 17th season on New York’s public television stations. Geared to students in grades 4 through 12, HOMEWORK HOTLINE provides the tools students need to succeed with homework and supports academic achievement across a variety of New York State Learning Standards. The new HOMEWORK HOTLINE website complements the live show with special features focusing on health, animals, book reviews, historic sites and figures, and environmental issues. The website can be accessed at http://homework-hotline.org/ or consult your local public television station.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! Carol M. White Physical Education Program Competition.
Applications are now available and the deadline for submission is March 24, 2008. PEP grants support the initiation, expansion, and improvement of physical education programs (which may include after-school programs) in order to make progress toward meeting State standards for physical education for kindergarten through 12th grade students by (1) providing equipment and support to enable students to participate actively in physical education activities; and (2) providing funds for staff and teacher training and education. For more information, go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=16880

NEW! Improving Literacy Through School Libraries
Improving Literacy Through School Libraries is a grant program from the US Department of Education to help school districts improve reading achievement by improving school library services. Groups of districts may apply, but individual schools may not. Eligible districts must have at least 20% of their students below the poverty line. These are large grants; last year the 78 awards ranged between $30,000 and $300,000. Complete information, including an application form, can be found at http://www.ed.gov/programs/lsl/applicant.html . Please note: the deadline for this year is March 7, 2008.

Grants for Art and Music Education Programs
The Airborne Teacher Trust Fund provides support to elementary and middle school teachers from public and private schools for art and music programs that are in jeopardy of being lost due to budgetary limitations. Teachers and their schools may apply for grants from $200 to $10,000 to be used to implement their programs. Visit http://www.airbornetrust.com/ for more information.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! FREEDOM’S SONGS - VOICES OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
The Underground Railroad History Conference will be held in Albany, NY, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 22, 23, 24, 2008. For a complete press release of this event, please visit the following link http://atwork.nysed.gov/diverse/PRUndergroundRR.pdf.

The Underground Railroad History Project/URHPCR of the Capital Region, Inc. will present Kim and Reggie Harries and "Nzinga’s Daughters" in concert on Saturday evening, February 23rd, 2008, at 7:30 PM at St. Joseph’s Hall at the College of Saint Rose on Madison Ave in Albany, NY.The presentation will bring to an end a full day of workshops and events that comprise part of the 7th annual conference on the Underground Railroad Movement in New York State: “The Underground Railroad: How It Worked: Two Centuries of Resistance, Escape, and the Underground Railroad in New York and Across the Continent.”The Conference will be held in Albany, NY, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 22, 23, 24, 2008. It will begin on Friday evening at the Best Western Sovereign, 1228 Western Avenue, Albany, NY, with dinner and a speech by Spencer Crew, Director of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Saturday’s events will be at the College Of Saint Rose. The fee for Saturday evening is $10. There will be open seating.

The conference schedule, description of featured events, a list of workshops, and an online registration form are available at the URHPCR web site: www.ugrworkshop.com/conference.

The Academy for Character Education at the Sages Colleges
The Academy for Character Education at the Sage Colleges, in collaboration with the National Character Education Partnership, has been designated as the agency responsible for the New York State Schools of Character awards program. The Academy has announced the creation of the New York State Schools of Character awards program (NYSSOC). The NYSSOC program will recognize schools or districts that excel in exemplifying The Principles of Effective Character Education and demonstrate an outstanding character education initiative that yields positive results in student behavior, school climate, and academic performance. Contact The Academy for Character Education at the Sage Colleges for further information regarding the application and the conference. These application guidelines can be downloaded from www.sage.edu/resources/charactereducation.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! What Happened Today? The ReadWriteThink Monthly Calendar
This monthly calendar includes information on the birthdays of writers and the history of important events, all with accompanying activities and reading. The classroom activity links include sample lesson plans, web links, and texts. ReadWriteThink, established in April of 2002, is a partnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Verizon Foundation. http://www.readwritethink.org/calendar/

NEW! Federal Resources for Educational Excellence Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies
This U.S. Department of Education resource offers free English language arts resources, including resources for teaching poetry, grammar, and reading. This site also includes materials from 2007 summer teacher workshops sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=78

NEW! Improving Literacy Instruction in Middle and High Schools: A Guide for Principals [6-12]
This "quick start" guide for principals of both middle and high schools identifies three goals for secondary school literacy initiatives and provides elements of instruction required to meet these goals. It then outlines the critical elements of a school-level literacy action plan. http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Principal%20s%20Guide%20Secondary.pdf

NEW! Summer Reading Program Gearing Up! One of  the most important summer learning programs for students and schools, the Statewide Summer Reading Program, is gearing up for 2008.   More than 1.3 million students participated in 2007, and more are anticipated for 2008.  Studies have shown that library summer reading programs raise student learning levels, and this program has become an important part of the efforts to close the achievement gap.   The themes of the 2008 program are Catch the Reading Bug (children's theme) and Metamorphosis @ Your Library (Teen theme).   A web site and other materials for 2008 are in the works and will be ready for educators and school administrators to view in March.   Some information is currently available and can be accessed by going to the New York State Library web site at www.nysl.nysed.gov and pointing to “Statewide Summer Reading.”  Watch for more information next month.

Teaching All Students to Read in Elementary School: A Guide for Principals [K-5]
This "quick start" guide for elementary school-level instructional leaders is based on scientific research on reading and reading instruction as well as on studies of successful schools and interviews with successful principals. It includes critical elements of an effective reading program in elementary school, critical tasks for principals as literacy leaders, and special considerations for reading instruction after third grade.
http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Principals%20Guide%20Elementary.pdf (pdf)

Improving Literacy Instruction in Middle and High Schools: A Guide for Principals [6-12]
This "quick start" guide for principals of both middle and high schools identifies three goals for secondary school literacy initiatives and provides elements of instruction required to meet these goals. It then outlines the critical elements of a school-level literacy action plan. This guide was created by the Center on Instruction.
http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Principal%20s%20Guide%20Secondary.pdf

2007 American Stars of Teaching Award Winners
The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the names of the 2007 American Stars of Teaching award winners. Parents, students, colleagues, school administrators, and others nominated these exemplary teachers believed to have the qualities to be an American Star of Teaching. New York's 2007 winner is Nick Timpone, Harlem Village Academy, New York. View a complete list of all American Stars of Teaching @ https://www.t2tweb.us/AmStar/Prior.asp Nominations for 2008 American Stars of Teaching will open in January at www.ed.gov/teacherinitiative . http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/tools/initiative/index.html

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! Call for Expertise
NYSED is seeking Integrated Algebra teachers to serve on a Standard Setting committee for the NYS Integrated Algebra Regents Examination in Mathematics, June 23-24. Your participation as a committee member in each of the testing processes is very important. We value your expertise as a currently practicing New York State educator. It is also critical that these processes include a wide range of diverse teachers from across New York State to represent our diverse student population. Committee members will find that the experience of interacting with fellow educators is invaluable.

Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) identifies outstanding teachers in mathematics and science at the national level. In 2008, teachers of grades K-6 will be 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.  If you know of a teacher you feel qualifies for this prestigious honor, visit the Mathematics website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/inform/presaward.htm and the Science website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/science/presawardsci.htm and click on “Presidential Awards” to find out how to nominate them. Nominees must submit their applications by May 1, 2008 to be considered.

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

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SCIENCE

Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) identifies outstanding teachers in mathematics and science at the national level. In 2008, teachers of grades K-6 will be 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.  If you know of a teacher you feel qualifies for this prestigious honor, visit the Mathematics website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/inform/presaward.htm and the Science website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/science/presawardsci.htm and click on “Presidential Awards” to find out how to nominate them. Nominees must submit their applications by May 1, 2008 to be considered.

 

Physical Setting/Earth Science Performance Test (Part D)
The new version of the Physical Setting/Earth Science Performance Test (Part D) will be administered for the first time in June 2008. Part D is the hands-on portion of the Physical Setting/Earth Science Regents Examination. In order to prepare teachers and school districts for the implementation of the new Part D version of the test, the Department is providing eight teacher-training sessions in September and October in seven regional locations around the State. Regionally trained Earth Science teachers will serve as turnkey- trainers at additional professional development sessions hosted by each BOCES for component school districts. Information pertaining to the implementation of the Physical Setting/Earth Science Performance Test (Part D) is posted on the Department's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/hssci. You may contact the Office of Standards, Assessment, and Reporting via e-mail at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov if you have questions regarding the new version of the Physical Setting/Earth Science Performance Test.

National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA)
The 2007 fall edition of the NSELA newsletter, The Navigator, is now available at http://www.nsela.org/navigator/navigator1.html. This is an exciting newsletter that shares highlights of professional development opportunities, information about outstanding science leaders, dates and previews of upcoming NSELA events, updates of NSELA committee actions, and articles of interest for science educators. NSELA’s Professional Development Institute is taking place in Boston on March 26, 2008 and NSELA’s 2008 Summer Leadership Institute is in Asheville, North Carolina from July 7-10.

NY ECLIPSE
The New York State Education Department, in partnership with the National Science Resources Center (NSRC), is implementing a multi-year science education systemic change initiative — New York Enhancing Collaborative Leadership for Improved Performance in Science Education (NY ECLIPSE) — that will build leadership teams within local school districts. This initiative provides research-based products and services to assist New York State school districts in initiating, implementing, and sustaining effective inquiry-centered pre-kindergarten through grade twelve science programs for all students. NY ECLIPSE is based on the NSRC’s program, Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform, which is a nationally renowned professional development model that provides a comprehensive approach to district-wide systemic change in science education. The NY ECLIPSE initiative targets “renewal” efforts in each of the State’s large urban school districts including Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Yonkers and New York City.

Building a Presence (BaP) Points of Contact still needed 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.

The NSTA Learning Center
Every teacher wants to grow their understanding of the subjects they teach and the pedagogical implications. To address this challenge, NSTA is proud to make available the Beta release of their electronic professional development (PD) website.

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! Teaching the Hudson Valley invites public and private schools in Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester counties, and the Towns of Waterford in Saratoga County to create place-based curriculum units in partnership with significant sites in the Hudson Valley.  Significant places include but are not limited to archives, art galleries, historic sites, libraries, museums, nature preserves, and parks. Place-based grants are matching grants of up to $10,000 or one-half of a project’s total cost, whichever is less. Working collaboratively with sites of cultural, historic, or natural importance, educators produce place-based lessons that complement core curriculum. THV prefers to fund site visits by students, and teachers, or site staff visits to schools. THV Information regarding these grants can be obtained by contacting http://www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/  or calling (845) 229-9116, ext.35. The deadline for Place-based education grant applications are due on or before March 17, 2008.  

The NYSED Champlain/Hudson/Fulton Commemoration Online Resource
The Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology Team has been posted a Champlain/Hudson/Fulton Commemorations Online Resource at:  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/chf/chf.html to help local school districts celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Samuel de Champlain and Henry Hudson explorations, and the 200th anniversary of the launching of Robert Fulton’s steamboat, Clermont. This online resource includes 10 standards-based, interdisciplinary elementary, middle and commencement level instructional modules and 3 scholarly overviews that focus on the broad themes of encounter, trade and commerce. It also provides Strategies for Using the Champlain, Hudson, Fulton Online Resource that was designed to help local school districts infuse the modules into their local instructional programs.

Revised Instructional Resource on Social Studies Document-Based Questions (DBQs)
The Department's online instructional social studies resource, An Introduction to the DBQ, has been revised and is now available online at www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/dbq/home.html. This resource provides an overview of DBQs, and how to develop them for local classroom instruction to model the structure of DBQs found on State assessments. Revisions to this tutorial include:

* New and updated web links.
* Additional guidance on using DBQs for instruction.
* A revised Sample DBQ and Sample DBQ Scoring Rubric for instructional use that model the format of DBQs on New York State social studies assessments.
* Connections to the revised generic scoring rubrics for State social studies assessments.

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

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THE ARTS

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

New York State Department of HealthSwimming Pool Regulations
NYS State Sanitary Code, Subpart 6-1 – Swimming Pools, Effective November 7, 2007

MRSA Resources (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
A joint Health Advisory on MRSA by the New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of Health on MRSA and resources for schools may be found on the Statewide School Health Services Center web page at: www.schoolhealthservicesny.com Click on the “A-Z Index” then click on “M” for the Health Advisory

NYS Physical Education Profile (PE Profile)
The PE Profile is a set of State-developed local assessments that may be used to provide evidence of the levels of student achievement for the physical education portion of the New York State learning standards for health, physical education, and family and consumer sciences (1996), and these results may also be used to evaluate the district physical education program. The PE Profile is to be used at the discretion of local school districts to provide that evidence for physical education. The statewide roll-out of the PE Profile will begin during the 2007-08 school year through professional development events planned by the Staff and Curriculum Development Network of each BOCES and the Big 5 school districts. Updates, frequently asked questions, and the physical education profile toolkit are available online at the web link above.

Physical Education Requirement
The State Education Department has issued a field memo dated January 2007, regarding Physical Education Programs in response to concerns about the administration of physical education programs that lead to the attainment of NYS learning standards. This memo provides guidance for schools to better ascertain their compliance with Section 135.4 of the Commissioner's Regulations. School districts are encouraged to review the field memo to ensure that they are in compliance with the number of days per week and total minutes per week that are required for physical education at each grade level. The field memo and regulations may be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/fieldmemPEjan07.pdf.

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

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DRIVER EDUCATION

NEW! The "Application for Approval of Summer Secondary School Driver and Traffic Safety Education 2008" (PDF) must be postmarked by Monday, June 2, 2008. Programs that do not have teachers with current MV 283 as of the date of the application will not be approved. For further information, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/de/StopReadNotice.html

For information regarding Driver Education, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/drive.html

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

Middle Level Website
Middle Level Education has a new website to post timely notices regarding middle level initiatives. For ongoing information, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/middle.html.

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

NEW! Summer Reading Program Gearing Up! One of  the most important summer learning programs for students and schools, the Statewide Summer Reading Program, is gearing up for 2008.   More than 1.3 million students participated in 2007, and more are anticipated for 2008.  Studies have shown that library summer reading programs raise student learning levels, and this program has become an important part of the efforts to close the achievement gap.   The themes of the 2008 program are Catch the Reading Bug (children's theme) and Metamorphosis @ Your Library (Teen theme).   A web site and other materials for 2008 are in the works and will be ready for educators and school administrators to view in March.   Some information is currently available and can be accessed by going to the New York State Library web site at www.nysl.nysed.gov and pointing to “Statewide Summer Reading.”  Watch for more information next month.

2007 New Web Site Provides Information on Careers in Information Science
Opportunities are diverse, interesting and plentiful for those with a degree in Library and Information Science.  A web site sponsored by the New York State Library and the State Education Department through the “Making It REAL!” project, funded  by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services features information on careers in librarianship and the skills and knowledge it provides.  High school and college career counselors, librarians and other educators looking for new opportunities, and students are encouraged to visit the web site at www.librarycareersny.org.  For more information go to the New York State Library web site at www.nysl.nysed.gov and click on Librarycareersny.org, or call 518-474-5930.

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GLOBAL EDUCATION

National Chinese Language Conference
April 17 - 19, 2008 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC., organized by the Asia Society and the College Board. For more information, please visit http://www.askasia.org/chinese. If you sense the urgency of preparing our students for this interconnected world, this Conference is for you! We welcome: policymakers; school board members; state or local education administrators; school principals and teachers; university faculty; parents and concerned citizens.

You will hear U.S. and international, political, economic, and educational leaders share their visions, plans, and programs for Chinese language education in the global age. You will learn how to:
• make the case for Chinese in your school and community;
• bring meaningful Chinese language programs to all students;
• model your program after best practices and research;
• prepare or find highly qualified Chinese language teachers; and
• obtain information, technical assistance, and resources.

This event is organized by the Asia Society and the College Board.

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TESTING

The Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Tests 2008 School Administrator's Manual for Public and Nonpublic Schools and the English Language Arts Tests Teacher’s Directions are available on the Office of State Assessment website. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/elintela.html

High School Examination Schedules
The Office of State Assessment has posted the following information regarding high school examination schedules at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/sched.html
* Memorandum Regarding the June 2008 Regents Examination Schedule
* June 2008 Regents Examination Schedule
* January 2008 Examination Schedule
* Regents Examination Dates for January and June, 2007-2009

Social Studies Generic Scoring Rubrics
All grade 3 – 12 students and teachers should now be using the revised generic scoring rubrics to prepare for future Grade 5, Grade 8 or Regents-level social studies examinations. The respective rating guides used to score each examination are now based on these revised rubrics. In addition, a revised Grade 5 generic scoring rubric has just been released for use beginning with the November 2007 examination. A complete explanation of these revisions and copies of the Revised Generic Scoring Rubrics are available on our social studies website. The student activities have been correlated with NYS standards and performance indicators. The packet used microfilmed newspapers, a primary resource that can be used by students of all ages without having to fear that they might accidentally damage the original material. Images of the actual newspaper articles are posted with transcriptions.

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

NEW! NYS Education Department Virtual Learning System (VLS)
The NYSED VLS, www.nysvls.org, has been enhanced and expanded with additional content. Recent additions include links to instructional modules developed for the Champlain, Hudson, Fulton Commemoration Online Resource, and to VITAL (Video in Teaching and Learning)videos and related instructional activities in mathematics and English language arts. Additionally, the Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) extended search feature has been reactivated. 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

Organizing Instruction and Learning to Improve Student Learning [3-12]
This practice guide from the National Center for Education Research, Institute of Education Sciences, offers teachers ways to improve their instruction and their students' study habits to enhance learning and remembering information. It offers seven of the more concrete and applicable recommendations available for improving instruction and student learning. Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning (958.27 KB)

Preparing Students for College
High School Teaching for the Twenty-First Century: Preparing Students for College

"Studies show that college remediation rates are high and college completion rates are low, signaling that a fundamental disconnect exists between the way that high school teachers prepare their students for the future and what students truly need to know to meet the demands of college…” This quote comes from the new Alliance for Excellent Education report, High School Teaching for the Twenty-First Century: Preparing Students for College. Information about college readiness and the connection between high schools and higher education is available at http://www.all4ed.org/publications/HSTeach21st.pdf.

A New Center on Instruction Document
Improving Literacy Instruction in Middle and High Schools: A Guide for Principals [6-12]
This "quick start" guide for principals of both middle and high schools identifies three goals for secondary school literacy initiatives and provides elements of instruction required to meet these goals. It then outlines the critical elements of a school-level literacy action plan.
http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Principal%20s%20Guide%20Secondary.pdf

What is Scientifically Based Research? A Guide for Teachers
More than ever, educators are expected to make decisions that guarantee quality instruction. As knowledge emerges, so do philosophies, opinions, and rhetoric about definitions of instructional excellence. From policy makers to classroom teachers, educators need ways to separate misinformation from genuine knowledge and to distinguish scientific research from poorly supported claims. Effective teachers use scientific thinking in their classrooms all the time. This booklet, provides a brief introduction to understanding and using scientifically based research. Visit http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/ScientificallyBasedResearch.pdf

U.S. Department of Education Products
ED Pubs Online Ordering System is a source for Department of Education Publications. This system is intended to help you identify and order U.S. Department of Education products. All publications are provided at no cost to the general public by the U.S. Department of Education. Use the searching options to identify the specific products you are seeking. http://www.edpubs.org/webstore/content/search.asp.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

NYSED Employment Opportunities: Article 7 Positions
A list of positions under recruitment for the Office of P-16 Education, including a link to the duties, salary and minimum qualifications for each position is available at http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/article7.html. Recruitment for these positions will be conducted continuously over the next two months. This webpage will be updated throughout the recruitment period.

Associate in Instructional Services (Science) Position
The Office of Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education (EMSC) is seeking candidates to fill the vacancy of Associate in Instructional Services for the Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology Team (CIIT). This team provides statewide leadership in relation to the NYS learning standards and core curriculum in the areas of arts, English language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, technology education, physical education and instructional technologies. To be eligible for permanent appointment, candidates must have one year of permanent competitive services as an Associate in Instructional Services (Science) OR to be eligible for permanent appointment via section 70.4 of the Civil Service Law, candidates must have one year of permanent competitive service as a SG-24 or higher and meet the minimum qualifications listed under provisional appointment. To be eligible for provisional appointment pending a Civil Service exam, candidates must have a Masters degree AND permanent or professional New York State certification in teaching Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Earth Science AND five years of teaching experience in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Earth Science 7-12. For more information please see http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/ALG521.htm.

NYSED Graduate Student Internship Program
The NYSED Graduate Student Intern Program is intended to provide a diverse group of graduate students with work assignments that provide an opportunity to participate in educational leadership and learning situations in the areas of public policy and administration. Each internship is part-time when school is in session. Candidates must be currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, a graduate program approved by the State Education Department. Visit http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/GSISpring07/GSIFlyer07.html for more information.

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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