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NEW! Guide to Common Canal Structures Now Available Online
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has a new online Guide to Common Canal Structures. The guide is intended as a quick and easy reference for millions canal visitors and students looking to identify some of the historic and current-day working structures along the New York State Canal System. “The guide offers every fourth grader who studies the Erie Canal the opportunity to see the canals’ famous locks, low bridges, and other working parts,” said Beth Sciumeca, Erie Canalway Executive Director. “Though the Erie Canal was known worldwide as an engineering marvel, those of us who are not engineers don’t always know what we’re looking at. The guide answers the frequently asked question ‘What is that?’” The New York State Canal System is the oldest continually operating canal in the nation. By creating the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Congress recognized the canal’s leading role in our nation’s history. The National Heritage Corridor spans 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York.   View the Guide to Common Canal Structures at http://www.eriecanalway.org/gallery.htm external link

NEW! Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and Its Legacy
As a reaction to the March 25, 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, New York State formed a Factory Investigating Commission to inspect and examine the working conditions in factories and businesses in all the major cities in the state. The investigation revealed unsafe and unhealthy conditions in numerous factories, including lack of fire prevention and escapes and inadequate sanitary conditions. This web exhibition highlights the Commission’s investigation and its impact on the development of laws for workers, including women and children. http://www.archives.nysed.gov/exhibitions/triangle

NEW! Conservation and the Capitol Fire of 1911 - A New Web Exhibition
The New York State Archives cares for historical documents that were damaged in the New York State Capitol fire of 1911.  A new web exhibition, A Century of Stewardship: Conservation and the Capitol Fire of 1911, shows how the Archives’ conservators are working to preserve these fragile records. Conservation has been described as an art, a craft, and a science. Using photographs and video learn how conservators are working to save New York’s heritage. http://www.archives.nysed.gov/exhibitions/conservation.

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

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! Invitation to the Dana Brain Science Educator Fellowship
Want to learn to integrate brain science into the curriculum, create innovative lesson plans, and motivate students? The New York Hall of Science invites you to participate in the Dana Brain Science Educator Series and become a Dana Fellow. The series is open to K-8 educators throughout the country and participation is limited to 20 teachers. Upon completion of the program, each Dana Fellow will be awarded a stipend of $300.  The series is entirely online, providing an opportunity for educators from across the nation to learn and collaborate, highlighting the Best of the Dana Brain Science Educator Series with six sessions that combine the most popular activities and materials from past years. Dana Fellows will be required to create and submit a unit on the brain that consists of at least six lessons. The dates for the synchronous sessions are June 4 & 18, July 9 & 23, and August 6 & 20. Sessions will be held from 3-6 pm EST (12-3 pm PST).  To apply, follow the survey link below and fill out the online application at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GQ83CCH. For more information visit http://www.nysci.org/learn/education/teachers/danabrain2011.

NEW! Modeling the Molecular World Workshop for NYS High School Teachers
During the Modeling the Molecular World course, we will use physical models to connect the macroscopic world in which students live with the invisible world of molecules. We will begin by using the models to explore general principles of chemistry underlying molecular structure and function and how these give rise to a complex array of 'molecular machines' that work coordinately to maintain the living state. We will focus on proteins and how they fold following their synthesis as linear polymers of amino acids.  In addition to the physical models, we will introduce the use of Jmol -- a computer visualization tool that can be used to expand on the concepts of protein structure. A variety of teaching strategies and 'pedagogical moments' will be presented in the workshop, and we will prepare teachers to either coach a Science Olympiad Protein Modeling team or to organize a SMART (Students Modeling A Research Topic) Team http://cbm.msoe.edu/stupro/smart/index.html. Participants will be provided with a $100 stipend to cover lunch and travel expenses, as well as models and teaching aids valued at $800. More information may be accessed at http://www.rockefeller.edu/outreach/modeling/.

NEW! Summer Institute: Connecting Collections
In collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney presents a comprehensive, in-depth institute for 3rd–12th grade educators. Through observation, analysis, and interpretation of modern and contemporary art, educators develop techniques for integrating the study of visual images into their classroom curricula. This week-long professional development seminar includes guided tours, lectures by leading scholars in the field of education, research projects, and curriculum planning. July 11- July 15, 2011.  Applications are due April 15 and are available at https://metmuseum.wufoo.com/forms/connecting-collections-application/

NEW! Rockefeller University Summer Science Outreach Program
The Rockefeller University Summer Science Outreach Program (SOP) provides high school teachers with an opportunity to conduct hands-on research under the mentorship of leading scientific researchers at one of the world's premier biomedical research facilities. Over the seven weeks of the Program, participants will be immersed in the content, process, and culture of scientific research. Participants will engage in all aspects of the lab experience including doing research, reading the relevant literature, and participating in lab meetings. By the end of the summer, many participants experience the exhilaration of discovering something that nobody previously knew.  Teachers will also meet once a week to work together to translate their lab work into hands-on curriculum to use in their classrooms. Generous stipends are provided, as are opportunities to return for a second summer. More information may be accessed at http://www.rockefeller.edu/outreach/summer_science

NEW! Professional Development for Economics and History Teachers
The Foundation for Teaching Economics provides free professional development for Economics and History Teachers. As a participant you receive; lesson plans & activities for your classroom; in-depth economics instruction by university professors; hands-on experiences running the new lessons and activities; free housing with most meals paid by FTE while attending the conference; the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the nation; and optional graduate credit, two or three units available, only $55  per unit.  Applying is easy! Just visit http://www.fte.org/ and click on Teacher Programs for more details.

NEW! Conference on New York State History, June 2-4, 2011
The Conference on New York State History is an annual meeting of historians, librarians, archivists, educators, students, and community members who are interested in the history, people, and culture of New York State and who want to share information and ideas about historical research and programming. This year’s conference will be held on June 2-4 in Cooperstown. For more information: http://www.nysha.org/for_teachers/the_conference_on_new_york_state_history.

NEW! NYS Museum's Teacher Workshop on Evolution
The New York State Museum will offer its annual teacher workshop on evolution on one day only, Thursday July 14, 2011, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Presentations and discussions will be led by the scientists and educators from the State Museum who specialize in evolutionary biology. Discussions will highlight the role of Museum research and exhibits in studying and preserving the evidence of evolution.  This one-day workshop is designed for science teachers of grades 7-12 and addresses New York State Learning Standards for Science #4 and English Language Arts #1 and #3. For more information please go to:  http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html

NEW! State Museum Workshop for Social Studies Teachers
The NYS Museum is offering a workshop "Unearthing History: Teaching Social Studies through the Study of Archaeology" for teachers. It is designed for social studies teachers in grades 2-8 and will take place July 18 - 21, 2011. This workshop is a unique experience where teachers work side-by-side with Museum scientists and researchers in an archaeological investigation of Native American and early Euro-American primary source material. Teachers actively participate in the process of archaeology and learn about regional history through classroom lectures, fieldwork, and analysis of material objects in Museum collection areas. Teachers may earn 32 professional development contact hours for participating. For more information please go to: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html

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

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THE ARTS

NEW! Summer Institute: Connecting Collections
In collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney presents a comprehensive, in-depth institute for 3rd–12th grade educators. Through observation, analysis, and interpretation of modern and contemporary art, educators develop techniques for integrating the study of visual images into their classroom curricula. This week-long professional development seminar includes guided tours, lectures by leading scholars in the field of education, research projects, and curriculum planning. July 11- July 15, 2011.  Applications are due April 15 and are available at https://metmuseum.wufoo.com/forms/connecting-collections-application/

NEW! State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons. The website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics. The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, African Americans, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more. Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources into classroom instruction. A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option offers teachers the ability to customize a lesson. Teachers may use the lesson provided, or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions; then print out the lesson with the document. View this resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml .

NEW! Conservation and the Capitol Fire of 1911 - A New Web Exhibition
The New York State Archives cares for historical documents that were damaged in the New York State Capitol fire of 1911.  A new web exhibition, A Century of Stewardship: Conservation and the Capitol Fire of 1911, shows how the Archives’ conservators are working to preserve these fragile records. Conservation has been described as an art, a craft, and a science. Using photographs and video learn how conservators are working to save New York’s heritage. http://www.archives.nysed.gov/exhibitions/conservation.

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

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

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

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

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

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! New Report: Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing
The Council of Writing Program Administrators, National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Writing Project have published Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing. The framework, written by college and high school faculty, describes the rhetorical and twenty-first-century skills as well as habits of mind and experiences that are critical for college success. http://wpacouncil.org/framework

NEW! New Grades 3-8 ELA Testing Program Memo and Resources
The Office of State Assessment has released the following resources that relate to the Grades 3-8 Testing Program:
Memo: Update on Grades 3–8 Elementary and Intermediate Level Testing for the 2010–11 School Year(60 KB) (PDF 61 KB)
2011 Scoring Site Operations Manual (SSOM) (1371 KB)(PDF 1.34 MB)
2011 ELA Scoring Leader Handbook, Grades 3-8(271 KB) (PDF 272 KB)
2011 English Language Arts Tests Teachers Directions, Grades 3, 4, and 5 (265 KB)((PDF 266 KB)
2011 English Language Arts Tests Teachers Directions, Grades 6, 7, and 8 (281 KB)(PDF 281 KB)

NEW! Report Cites Benefits of Good Writing Instruction on ReadingIn the new Writing to Read report, authors Graham and Hebert used a rigorous methodology known as Meta-Analysis to summarize data from individual studies addressing the relationship between writing instruction and reading outcomes.  They describe a range of writing instructional practices that have demonstrated a positive effect on students' reading outcomes.  Such information can help classroom teachers in selecting effective instructional strategies and planning lessons designed to improve writing instruction.  For more information, please go to the Center on Instruction website: http://www.centeroninstruction.org/index.cfm  For a Synopsis:

http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Synopsis%20Writing%20to%20Read.pdf(179 KB) (PDF 179 KB). Entire Report:
http://carnegie.org/fileadmin/Media/Publications/WritingToRead_01.pdf(556 KB) (PDF 566 KB)

NEW! Canal Stories and Videos Now Online
Nine video stories featuring people who lived or work on the Erie and Champlain Canals from 1900 to the present are now available online at the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor website (http://www.eriecanalway.org/gallery.htm ). From hiding bootleg liquor in the 1920s to learning from old time canal workers, each short story offers a glimpse into life on the canal. “These colorful stories are valuable part of the ‘people’s history’ of New York, and they would simply be lost if not recorded and shared,” said Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Executive Director Beth Scuimeca. www.eriecanalway.org

NEW! OSA Memo: Canceled Regents Examinations Due to Inclement Weather
The Office of State Assessment has issued a memo providing guidance for schools that canceled Regents  Examinations due to inclement weather in January 2011. Please see the following memo for additional information: Allowance for January 2011 Graduating Seniors Attending Schools that Canceled Regents Examinations Due to Inclement Weather--http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/hsgen/weather-allow-111.pdf(56 KB)

NEW! State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons. The website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics. The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, African Americans, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more. Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources into classroom instruction. A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option offers teachers the ability to customize a lesson. Teachers may use the lesson provided, or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions; then print out the lesson with the document. View this resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml .

NEW! NYS Archives Student Research Contest - Deadline July 1
The New York State Archives Student Research Awards program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research.  The program encourages students to explore the wealth of historical records in New York State.  Students must use historical records as part of their research and include an annotated bibliography with their entry.  The Student Research Awards program is a statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades 4-12.  A total of three awards will be given, one each for students in grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12.  For more information, contact the State Archives at archedu@mail.nysed.gov or http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_awards.shtml. The deadline for submitting entries is July 1, 2011.

NEW! 2011 Regents Review 2.0 Soon to be Available
This year’s Regents Review 2.0 will soon be available! This comprehensive TV and web-based test-prep series is designed for high school students studying for the June 2011 Regents exams. The series features one-hour, in depth review programs on 14 different subjects – one program each for the specific NYS curriculum areas tested annually through Regents exams. The shows will begin airing in early may on all nine NYS Public Television stations. http://www.regentsreviewlive.net/

NEW! Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and Its Legacy
As a reaction to the March 25, 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, New York State formed a Factory Investigating Commission to inspect and examine the working conditions in factories and businesses in all the major cities in the state. The investigation revealed unsafe and unhealthy conditions in numerous factories, including lack of fire prevention and escapes and inadequate sanitary conditions. This web exhibition highlights the Commission’s investigation and its impact on the development of laws for workers, including women and children. http://www.archives.nysed.gov/exhibitions/triangle

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

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

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

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

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

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

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

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

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LITERACY

NEW! New Report: Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing
The Council of Writing Program Administrators, National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Writing Project have published Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing. The framework, written by college and high school faculty, describes the rhetorical and twenty-first-century skills as well as habits of mind and experiences that are critical for college success. http://wpacouncil.org/framework

NEW! Professional Development for Economics and History Teachers
The Foundation for Teaching Economics provides free professional development for Economics and History Teachers. As a participant you receive; lesson plans & activities for your classroom; in-depth economics instruction by university professors; hands-on experiences running the new lessons and activities; free housing with most meals paid by FTE while attending the conference; the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the nation; and optional graduate credit, two or three units available, only $55  per unit.  Applying is easy! Just visit http://www.fte.org/ and click on Teacher Programs for more details.

NEW! Report Cites Benefits of Good Writing Instruction on Reading

In the new Writing to Read report, authors Graham and Hebert used a rigorous methodology known as Meta-Analysis to summarize data from individual studies addressing the relationship between writing instruction and reading outcomes.  They describe a range of writing instructional practices that have demonstrated a positive effect on students' reading outcomes.  Such information can help classroom teachers in selecting effective instructional strategies and planning lessons designed to improve writing instruction.  For more information, please go to the Center on Instruction website: http://www.centeroninstruction.org/index.cfm  For a Synopsis:
http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Synopsis%20Writing%20to%20Read.pdf(179 KB) (PDF 179 KB). Entire Report:
http://carnegie.org/fileadmin/Media/Publications/WritingToRead_01.pdf(556 KB) (PDF 566 KB)

NEW! State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons. The website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics. The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, African Americans, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more. Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources into classroom instruction. A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option offers teachers the ability to customize a lesson. Teachers may use the lesson provided, or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions; then print out the lesson with the document. View this resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml .

NEW! NYS Archives Student Research Contest - Deadline July 1
The New York State Archives Student Research Awards program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research.  The program encourages students to explore the wealth of historical records in New York State.  Students must use historical records as part of their research and include an annotated bibliography with their entry.  The Student Research Awards program is a statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades 4-12.  A total of three awards will be given, one each for students in grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12.  For more information, contact the State Archives at archedu@mail.nysed.gov or http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_awards.shtml. The deadline for submitting entries is July 1, 2011.

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

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

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

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

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LOTE

NEW! 2011 Regents Review 2.0 Soon to be Available
This year’s Regents Review 2.0 will soon be available! This comprehensive TV and web-based test-prep series is designed for high school students studying for the June 2011 Regents exams. The series features one-hour, in depth review programs on 14 different subjects – one program each for the specific NYS curriculum areas tested annually through Regents exams. The shows will begin airing in early may on all nine NYS Public Television stations. http://www.regentsreviewlive.net/

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

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! Guidance Documents for the Common Core Learning Standards in Mathematics
As New York State schools plan for the NYS P-12 Common Core Learning Standards in Mathematics, the following two documents offer guidance from the national level; Coming Together to Raise Achievement (PDF 850 KB), and Learning Trajectories in Mathematics, Learning Trajectories in Mathematics: A Foundation for Standards, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction(1542 KB)  (PDF 1.15 MB) both provide useful information for leaders planning implementation.

NEW! 2011 Regents Review 2.0 Soon to be Available
This year’s Regents Review 2.0 will soon be available! This comprehensive TV and web-based test-prep series is designed for high school students studying for the June 2011 Regents exams. The series features one-hour, in depth review programs on 14 different subjects – one program each for the specific NYS curriculum areas tested annually through Regents exams. The shows will begin airing in early may on all nine NYS Public Television stations. http://www.regentsreviewlive.net/

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

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

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

NEW! Summer Institute: Connecting Collections
In collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney presents a comprehensive, in-depth institute for 3rd–12th grade educators. Through observation, analysis, and interpretation of modern and contemporary art, educators develop techniques for integrating the study of visual images into their classroom curricula. This week-long professional development seminar includes guided tours, lectures by leading scholars in the field of education, research projects, and curriculum planning. July 11- July 15, 2011.  Applications are due April 15 and are available at https://metmuseum.wufoo.com/forms/connecting-collections-application/

NEW! Canal Stories and Videos Now Online
Nine video stories featuring people who lived or work on the Erie and Champlain Canals from 1900 to the present are now available online at the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor website (http://www.eriecanalway.org/gallery.htm ). From hiding bootleg liquor in the 1920s to learning from old time canal workers, each short story offers a glimpse into life on the canal. “These colorful stories are valuable part of the ‘people’s history’ of New York, and they would simply be lost if not recorded and shared,” said Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Executive Director Beth Scuimeca. www.eriecanalway.org

NEW! Professional Development for Economics and History Teachers
The Foundation for Teaching Economics provides free professional development for Economics and History Teachers. As a participant you receive; lesson plans & activities for your classroom; in-depth economics instruction by university professors; hands-on experiences running the new lessons and activities; free housing with most meals paid by FTE while attending the conference; the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the nation; and optional graduate credit, two or three units available, only $55  per unit.  Applying is easy! Just visit http://www.fte.org/ and click on Teacher Programs for more details.

NEW! Report Cites Benefits of Good Writing Instruction on Reading
In the new Writing to Read report, authors Graham and Hebert used a rigorous methodology known as Meta-Analysis to summarize data from individual studies addressing the relationship between writing instruction and reading outcomes.  They describe a range of writing instructional practices that have demonstrated a positive effect on students' reading outcomes.  Such information can help classroom teachers in selecting effective instructional strategies and planning lessons designed to improve writing instruction.  For more information, please go to the Center on Instruction website: http://www.centeroninstruction.org/index.cfm  For a Synopsis:

http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Synopsis%20Writing%20to%20Read.pdf(179 KB) (PDF 179 KB). Entire Report:
http://carnegie.org/fileadmin/Media/Publications/WritingToRead_01.pdf(556 KB) (PDF 566 KB)

NEW! State Archives Launches "Civil War," A Document-Based Resource
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, the New York State Archives presents its latest edition of Document Showcase.  Document Showcase is a regular feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use.  The topics are based upon the State Education Department’s core curriculum for 7th and 8th grade social studies as well as special events in New York history.  The educational activities are created by a teacher and correlate to the learning standards. Document Showcase can be viewed on the Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/index.shtml.

NEW! State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons. The website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics. The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, African Americans, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more. Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources into classroom instruction. A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option offers teachers the ability to customize a lesson. Teachers may use the lesson provided, or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions; then print out the lesson with the document. View this resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml .

NEW! NYS Archives Student Research Contest - Deadline July 1
The New York State Archives Student Research Awards program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research.  The program encourages students to explore the wealth of historical records in New York State.  Students must use historical records as part of their research and include an annotated bibliography with their entry.  The Student Research Awards program is a statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades 4-12.  A total of three awards will be given, one each for students in grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12.  For more information, contact the State Archives at archedu@mail.nysed.gov or http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_awards.shtml. The deadline for submitting entries is July 1, 2011.

NEW! Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and Its Legacy
As a reaction to the March 25, 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, New York State formed a Factory Investigating Commission to inspect and examine the working conditions in factories and businesses in all the major cities in the state. The investigation revealed unsafe and unhealthy conditions in numerous factories, including lack of fire prevention and escapes and inadequate sanitary conditions. This web exhibition highlights the Commission’s investigation and its impact on the development of laws for workers, including women and children. http://www.archives.nysed.gov/exhibitions/triangle

NEW! NYS Museum's Teacher Workshop on Evolution
The New York State Museum will offer its annual teacher workshop on evolution on one day only, Thursday July 14, 2011, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Presentations and discussions will be led by the scientists and educators from the State Museum who specialize in evolutionary biology. Discussions will highlight the role of Museum research and exhibits in studying and preserving the evidence of evolution.  This one-day workshop is designed for science teachers of grades 7-12 and addresses New York State Learning Standards for Science #4 and English Language Arts #1 and #3. For more information please go to:  http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html

NEW! State Museum Workshop for Social Studies Teachers
The NYS Museum is offering a workshop "Unearthing History: Teaching Social Studies through the Study of Archaeology" for teachers. It is designed for social studies teachers in grades 2-8 and will take place July 18 - 21, 2011. This workshop is a unique experience where teachers work side-by-side with Museum scientists and researchers in an archaeological investigation of Native American and early Euro-American primary source material. Teachers actively participate in the process of archaeology and learn about regional history through classroom lectures, fieldwork, and analysis of material objects in Museum collection areas. Teachers may earn 32 professional development contact hours for participating. For more information please go to: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

NEW! Canal Stories and Videos Now Online
Nine video stories featuring people who lived or work on the Erie and Champlain Canals from 1900 to the present are now available online at the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor website (http://www.eriecanalway.org/gallery.htm ). From hiding bootleg liquor in the 1920s to learning from old time canal workers, each short story offers a glimpse into life on the canal. “These colorful stories are valuable part of the ‘people’s history’ of New York, and they would simply be lost if not recorded and shared,” said Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Executive Director Beth Scuimeca. www.eriecanalway.org

NEW! Report Cites Benefits of Good Writing Instruction on Reading
In the new Writing to Read report, authors Graham and Hebert used a rigorous methodology known as Meta-Analysis to summarize data from individual studies addressing the relationship between writing instruction and reading outcomes.  They describe a range of writing instructional practices that have demonstrated a positive effect on students' reading outcomes.  Such information can help classroom teachers in selecting effective instructional strategies and planning lessons designed to improve writing instruction.  For more information, please go to the Center on Instruction website: http://www.centeroninstruction.org/index.cfm  For a Synopsis: http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Synopsis%20Writing%20to%20Read.pdf(179 KB) (PDF 179 KB). Entire Report: http://carnegie.org/fileadmin/Media/Publications/WritingToRead_01.pdf(556 KB) (PDF 566 KB)

NEW! Professional Development for Economics and History Teachers
The Foundation for Teaching Economics provides free professional development for Economics and History Teachers. As a participant you receive; lesson plans & activities for your classroom; in-depth economics instruction by university professors; hands-on experiences running the new lessons and activities; free housing with most meals paid by FTE while attending the conference; the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the nation; and optional graduate credit, two or three units available, only $55  per unit.  Applying is easy! Just visit http://www.fte.org/ and click on Teacher Programs for more details.

NEW! State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons. The website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics. The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, African Americans, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more. Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources into classroom instruction. A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option offers teachers the ability to customize a lesson. Teachers may use the lesson provided, or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions; then print out the lesson with the document. View this resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml .

NEW! NYS Archives Student Research Contest - Deadline July 1
The New York State Archives Student Research Awards program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research.  The program encourages students to explore the wealth of historical records in New York State.  Students must use historical records as part of their research and include an annotated bibliography with their entry.  The Student Research Awards program is a statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades 4-12.  A total of three awards will be given, one each for students in grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12.  For more information, contact the State Archives at archedu@mail.nysed.gov or http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_awards.shtml. The deadline for submitting entries is July 1, 2011.

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

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SCIENCE

NEW! Invitation to the Dana Brain Science Educator Fellowship
Want to learn to integrate brain science into the curriculum, create innovative lesson plans, and motivate students? The New York Hall of Science invites you to participate in the Dana Brain Science Educator Series and become a Dana Fellow. The series is open to K-8 educators throughout the country and participation is limited to 20 teachers. Upon completion of the program, each Dana Fellow will be awarded a stipend of $300.  The series is entirely online, providing an opportunity for educators from across the nation to learn and collaborate, highlighting the Best of the Dana Brain Science Educator Series with six sessions that combine the most popular activities and materials from past years. Dana Fellows will be required to create and submit a unit on the brain that consists of at least six lessons. The dates for the synchronous sessions are June 4 & 18, July 9 & 23, and August 6 & 20. Sessions will be held from 3-6 pm EST (12-3 pm PST).  To apply, follow the survey link below and fill out the online application at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GQ83CCH. For more information visit http://www.nysci.org/learn/education/teachers/danabrain2011.

NEW! Modeling the Molecular World Workshop for NYS High School Teachers
During the Modeling the Molecular World course, we will use physical models to connect the macroscopic world in which students live with the invisible world of molecules. We will begin by using the models to explore general principles of chemistry underlying molecular structure and function and how these give rise to a complex array of 'molecular machines' that work coordinately to maintain the living state. We will focus on proteins and how they fold following their synthesis as linear polymers of amino acids.  In addition to the physical models, we will introduce the use of Jmol -- a computer visualization tool that can be used to expand on the concepts of protein structure. A variety of teaching strategies and 'pedagogical moments' will be presented in the workshop, and we will prepare teachers to either coach a Science Olympiad Protein Modeling team or to organize a SMART (Students Modeling A Research Topic) Team http://cbm.msoe.edu/stupro/smart/index.html. Participants will be provided with a $100 stipend to cover lunch and travel expenses, as well as models and teaching aids valued at $800. More information may be accessed at http://www.rockefeller.edu/outreach/modeling/.

NEW! Rockefeller University Summer Science Outreach Program
The Rockefeller University Summer Science Outreach Program (SOP) provides high school teachers with an opportunity to conduct hands-on research under the mentorship of leading scientific researchers at one of the world's premier biomedical research facilities. Over the seven weeks of the Program, participants will be immersed in the content, process, and culture of scientific research. Participants will engage in all aspects of the lab experience including doing research, reading the relevant literature, and participating in lab meetings. By the end of the summer, many participants experience the exhilaration of discovering something that nobody previously knew.  Teachers will also meet once a week to work together to translate their lab work into hands-on curriculum to use in their classrooms. Generous stipends are provided, as are opportunities to return for a second summer. More information may be accessed at http://www.rockefeller.edu/outreach/summer_science

NEW! 2011 Regents Review 2.0 Soon to be Available
This year’s Regents Review 2.0 will soon be available! This comprehensive TV and web-based test-prep series is designed for high school students studying for the June 2011 Regents exams. The series features one-hour, in depth review programs on 14 different subjects – one program each for the specific NYS curriculum areas tested annually through Regents exams. The shows will begin airing in early may on all nine NYS Public Television stations. http://www.regentsreviewlive.net/

NEW! Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and Its Legacy
As a reaction to the March 25, 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, New York State formed a Factory Investigating Commission to inspect and examine the working conditions in factories and businesses in all the major cities in the state. The investigation revealed unsafe and unhealthy conditions in numerous factories, including lack of fire prevention and escapes and inadequate sanitary conditions. This web exhibition highlights the Commission’s investigation and its impact on the development of laws for workers, including women and children. http://www.archives.nysed.gov/exhibitions/triangle

NEW! Conservation and the Capitol Fire of 1911 - A New Web Exhibition
The New York State Archives cares for historical documents that were damaged in the New York State Capitol fire of 1911.  A new web exhibition, A Century of Stewardship: Conservation and the Capitol Fire of 1911, shows how the Archives’ conservators are working to preserve these fragile records. Conservation has been described as an art, a craft, and a science. Using photographs and video learn how conservators are working to save New York’s heritage. http://www.archives.nysed.gov/exhibitions/conservation.

NEW! NYS Museum's Teacher Workshop on Evolution
The New York State Museum will offer its annual teacher workshop on evolution on one day only, Thursday July 14, 2011, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Presentations and discussions will be led by the scientists and educators from the State Museum who specialize in evolutionary biology. Discussions will highlight the role of Museum research and exhibits in studying and preserving the evidence of evolution.  This one-day workshop is designed for science teachers of grades 7-12 and addresses New York State Learning Standards for Science #4 and English Language Arts #1 and #3. For more information please go to:  http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! Canal Stories and Videos Now Online
Nine video stories featuring people who lived or work on the Erie and Champlain Canals from 1900 to the present are now available online at the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor website (http://www.eriecanalway.org/gallery.htm ). From hiding bootleg liquor in the 1920s to learning from old time canal workers, each short story offers a glimpse into life on the canal. “These colorful stories are valuable part of the ‘people’s history’ of New York, and they would simply be lost if not recorded and shared,” said Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Executive Director Beth Scuimeca. www.eriecanalway.org

NEW! Professional Development for Economics and History Teachers
The Foundation for Teaching Economics provides free professional development for Economics and History Teachers. As a participant you receive; lesson plans & activities for your classroom; in-depth economics instruction by university professors; hands-on experiences running the new lessons and activities; free housing with most meals paid by FTE while attending the conference; the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the nation; and optional graduate credit, two or three units available, only $55  per unit.  Applying is easy! Just visit http://www.fte.org/ and click on Teacher Programs for more details.

NEW! State Archives Launches "Civil War," A Document-Based Resource
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, the New York State Archives presents its latest edition of Document Showcase.  Document Showcase is a regular feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use.  The topics are based upon the State Education Department’s core curriculum for 7th and 8th grade social studies as well as special events in New York history.  The educational activities are created by a teacher and correlate to the learning standards. Document Showcase can be viewed on the Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/index.shtml.

NEW! State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons. The website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics. The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, African Americans, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more. Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources into classroom instruction. A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option offers teachers the ability to customize a lesson. Teachers may use the lesson provided, or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions; then print out the lesson with the document. View this resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml .

NEW! NYS Archives Student Research Contest - Deadline July 1
The New York State Archives Student Research Awards program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research.  The program encourages students to explore the wealth of historical records in New York State.  Students must use historical records as part of their research and include an annotated bibliography with their entry.  The Student Research Awards program is a statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades 4-12.  A total of three awards will be given, one each for students in grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12.  For more information, contact the State Archives at archedu@mail.nysed.gov or http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/ed_awards.shtml. The deadline for submitting entries is July 1, 2011.

NEW! Guide to Common Canal Structures Now Available Online
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has a new online Guide to Common Canal Structures. The guide is intended as a quick and easy reference for millions canal visitors and students looking to identify some of the historic and current-day working structures along the New York State Canal System. “The guide offers every fourth grader who studies the Erie Canal the opportunity to see the canals’ famous locks, low bridges, and other working parts,” said Beth Sciumeca, Erie Canalway Executive Director. “Though the Erie Canal was known worldwide as an engineering marvel, those of us who are not engineers don’t always know what we’re looking at. The guide answers the frequently asked question ‘What is that?’” The New York State Canal System is the oldest continually operating canal in the nation. By creating the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Congress recognized the canal’s leading role in our nation’s history. The National Heritage Corridor spans 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York.   View the Guide to Common Canal Structures at http://www.eriecanalway.org/gallery.htm

NEW! Conference on New York State History, June 2-4, 2011
The Conference on New York State History is an annual meeting of historians, librarians, archivists, educators, students, and community members who are interested in the history, people, and culture of New York State and who want to share information and ideas about historical research and programming. This year’s conference will be held on June 2-4 in Cooperstown. For more information: http://www.nysha.org/for_teachers/the_conference_on_new_york_state_history.

NEW! 2011 Regents Review 2.0 Soon to be Available
This year’s Regents Review 2.0 will soon be available! This comprehensive TV and web-based test-prep series is designed for high school students studying for the June 2011 Regents exams. The series features one-hour, in depth review programs on 14 different subjects – one program each for the specific NYS curriculum areas tested annually through Regents exams. The shows will begin airing in early may on all nine NYS Public Television stations. http://www.regentsreviewlive.net/

NEW! Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and Its Legacy
As a reaction to the March 25, 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, New York State formed a Factory Investigating Commission to inspect and examine the working conditions in factories and businesses in all the major cities in the state. The investigation revealed unsafe and unhealthy conditions in numerous factories, including lack of fire prevention and escapes and inadequate sanitary conditions. This web exhibition highlights the Commission’s investigation and its impact on the development of laws for workers, including women and children. http://www.archives.nysed.gov/exhibitions/triangle

NEW! Conservation and the Capitol Fire of 1911 - A New Web Exhibition
The New York State Archives cares for historical documents that were damaged in the New York State Capitol fire of 1911.  A new web exhibition, A Century of Stewardship: Conservation and the Capitol Fire of 1911, shows how the Archives’ conservators are working to preserve these fragile records. Conservation has been described as an art, a craft, and a science. Using photographs and video learn how conservators are working to save New York’s heritage. http://www.archives.nysed.gov/exhibitions/conservation.

NEW! NYS Museum's Teacher Workshop on Evolution
The New York State Museum will offer its annual teacher workshop on evolution on one day only, Thursday July 14, 2011, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Presentations and discussions will be led by the scientists and educators from the State Museum who specialize in evolutionary biology. Discussions will highlight the role of Museum research and exhibits in studying and preserving the evidence of evolution.  This one-day workshop is designed for science teachers of grades 7-12 and addresses New York State Learning Standards for Science #4 and English Language Arts #1 and #3. For more information please go to:  http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html

NEW! State Museum Workshop for Social Studies Teachers
The NYS Museum is offering a workshop "Unearthing History: Teaching Social Studies through the Study of Archaeology" for teachers. It is designed for social studies teachers in grades 2-8 and will take place July 18 - 21, 2011. This workshop is a unique experience where teachers work side-by-side with Museum scientists and researchers in an archaeological investigation of Native American and early Euro-American primary source material. Teachers actively participate in the process of archaeology and learn about regional history through classroom lectures, fieldwork, and analysis of material objects in Museum collection areas. Teachers may earn 32 professional development contact hours for participating. For more information please go to: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops.html

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

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

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TESTING

NEW! New Grades 3-8 ELA Testing Program Memo and Resources
The Office of State Assessment has released the following resources that relate to the Grades 3-8 Testing Program:
Memo: Update on Grades 3–8 Elementary and Intermediate Level Testing for the 2010–11 School Year(60 KB) (PDF 61 KB)
2011 Scoring Site Operations Manual (SSOM) (1371 KB)(PDF 1.34 MB)
2011 ELA Scoring Leader Handbook, Grades 3-8(271 KB) (PDF 272 KB)
2011 English Language Arts Tests Teachers Directions, Grades 3, 4, and 5 (265 KB)((PDF 266 KB)
2011 English Language Arts Tests Teachers Directions, Grades 6, 7, and 8 (281 KB)(PDF 281 KB)

NEW! OSA Memo: Canceled Regents Examinations Due to Inclement Weather
The Office of State Assessment has issued a memo providing guidance for schools that canceled Regents  Examinations due to inclement weather in January 2011. Please see the following memo for additional information: Allowance for January 2011 Graduating Seniors Attending Schools that Canceled Regents Examinations Due to Inclement Weather--http://www.p12.nysed.gov/apda/hsgen/weather-allow-111.pdf(56 KB)

NEW! 2011 Regents Review 2.0 Soon to be Available
This year’s Regents Review 2.0 will soon be available! This comprehensive TV and web-based test-prep series is designed for high school students studying for the June 2011 Regents exams. The series features one-hour, in depth review programs on 14 different subjects – one program each for the specific NYS curriculum areas tested annually through Regents exams. The shows will begin airing in early may on all nine NYS Public Television stations. http://www.regentsreviewlive.net/

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

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

NYS Education Department Virtual Learning System (VLS)
The NYSED VLS, www.nysvls.org  has been enhanced and recently expanded with additional content. Additions include: lesson plans for teachers K-12 generated through The Mathematics Science Partnership Program (MSP); 15 Robert F. Kennedy lesson plans, in cooperation with NYSUT; and the complete set of Alternative Grade Level Indicators for Students with Severe Disabilities in Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts and recently Social Studies. As always, thousands of lesson plans and instructional tasks are available by exploring the learning standards and performance indicators in the seven standards areas. We have also provided the Learning Standards in three Standard Servicing options, XML, HTML with the latest in PDF format.

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WEB RESOURCES

NEW! Canal Stories and Videos Now Online
Nine video stories featuring people who lived or work on the Erie and Champlain Canals from 1900 to the present are now available online at the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor website (http://www.eriecanalway.org/gallery.htm ). From hiding bootleg liquor in the 1920s to learning from old time canal workers, each short story offers a glimpse into life on the canal. “These colorful stories are valuable part of the ‘people’s history’ of New York, and they would simply be lost if not recorded and shared,” said Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Executive Director Beth Scuimeca. www.eriecanalway.org

NEW! Guidance Documents for the Common Core Learning Standards in Mathematics
As New York State schools plan for the NYS P-12 Common Core Learning Standards in Mathematics, the following two documents offer guidance from the national level; Coming Together to Raise Achievement (PDF 850 KB), and Learning Trajectories in Mathematics, Learning Trajectories in Mathematics: A Foundation for Standards, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction(1542 KB)  (PDF 1.15 MB) both provide useful information for leaders planning implementation.

NEW! State Archives Launches "Civil War," A Document-Based Resource
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, the New York State Archives presents its latest edition of Document Showcase.  Document Showcase is a regular feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use.  The topics are based upon the State Education Department’s core curriculum for 7th and 8th grade social studies as well as special events in New York history.  The educational activities are created by a teacher and correlate to the learning standards. Document Showcase can be viewed on the Archives' website at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/index.shtml.

NEW! State Archives Highlights World War I Historical Records
The New York State Archives holds a plethora of records pertaining to the role New York played in the Great War and has placed many of them online with accompanying lessons. The website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics. The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, African Americans, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more. Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources into classroom instruction. A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option offers teachers the ability to customize a lesson. Teachers may use the lesson provided, or write in their own caption, historical background information, and questions; then print out the lesson with the document. View this resource at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/wwi/index.shtml .

NEW! Guide to Common Canal Structures Now Available Online
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has a new online Guide to Common Canal Structures. The guide is intended as a quick and easy reference for millions canal visitors and students looking to identify some of the historic and current-day working structures along the New York State Canal System. “The guide offers every fourth grader who studies the Erie Canal the opportunity to see the canals’ famous locks, low bridges, and other working parts,” said Beth Sciumeca, Erie Canalway Executive Director. “Though the Erie Canal was known worldwide as an engineering marvel, those of us who are not engineers don’t always know what we’re looking at. The guide answers the frequently asked question ‘What is that?’” The New York State Canal System is the oldest continually operating canal in the nation. By creating the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Congress recognized the canal’s leading role in our nation’s history. The National Heritage Corridor spans 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York.   View the Guide to Common Canal Structures at http://www.eriecanalway.org/gallery.htm

NEW! 2011 Regents Review 2.0 Soon to be Available
This year’s Regents Review 2.0 will soon be available! This comprehensive TV and web-based test-prep series is designed for high school students studying for the June 2011 Regents exams. The series features one-hour, in depth review programs on 14 different subjects – one program each for the specific NYS curriculum areas tested annually through Regents exams. The shows will begin airing in early may on all nine NYS Public Television stations. http://www.regentsreviewlive.net/

NEW! Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and Its Legacy
As a reaction to the March 25, 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, New York State formed a Factory Investigating Commission to inspect and examine the working conditions in factories and businesses in all the major cities in the state. The investigation revealed unsafe and unhealthy conditions in numerous factories, including lack of fire prevention and escapes and inadequate sanitary conditions. This web exhibition highlights the Commission’s investigation and its impact on the development of laws for workers, including women and children. http://www.archives.nysed.gov/exhibitions/triangle

NEW! Conservation and the Capitol Fire of 1911 - A New Web Exhibition
The New York State Archives cares for historical documents that were damaged in the New York State Capitol fire of 1911.  A new web exhibition, A Century of Stewardship: Conservation and the Capitol Fire of 1911, shows how the Archives’ conservators are working to preserve these fragile records. Conservation has been described as an art, a craft, and a science. Using photographs and video learn how conservators are working to save New York’s heritage. http://www.archives.nysed.gov/exhibitions/conservation.

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

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

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

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

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Last Updated: April 29, 2011