Curriculum and Instruction

From the Desk of Anne Schiano, Assistant Director
Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology
May, 29, 2009 E-Blast


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Social Studies / The Arts / Physical Education / LOTE
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NEW! NYSED Office of Educational Technology Policy and Programs (ETPP)
The Office of Educational Technology Policy and Programs (ETPP) coordinates the development, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of the USNY Statewide Educational Technology Plan. It also coordinates State Education Department programs and initiatives to foster and implement educational technologies across learning environments statewide. For more information on the educational technology plan, please visit the new office web site at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/technology. This site will be expanded to include more resources as the educational technology plan is further developed.

NEW! Draft USNY Statewide Educational Technology Plan
The Board of Regents discussed the USNY Statewide Educational Technology Plan at their May 2009 meeting. To access the plan, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/technology or http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2009Meetings/May2009/0509brd2.doc The Board of Regents invites you to complete a brief survey to share your reactions to the proposed vision and goals which will be the foundation of the educational technology plan, and to share your best ideas for using technology to transform teaching and learning. Please take a moment to complete the survey at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/edtech/.

NEW! The Better Beginnings Award - Applications Now Available
The New York State Education Department is please to announce that the application for the 2009 Better Beginnings Award is now available at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/pdf/BetterBeginnings2009.pdf . We look forward to receiving many applications from our statewide teachers for this important teacher recognition initiative.

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Funding Opportunities

NEW! 2009-2012 Statewide Learning Technology Grant (LTG) Applications Available
The purpose of this grant program is to provide progressive integration of instructional technology in classrooms and library media centers, and to provide sustained professional development to increase the skills of teachers in the use of instructional technology, in order to help students attain higher levels of performance in the New York State Learning Standards.

Public school districts and BOCES, or consortiums thereof are eligible to apply. Applicants must give nonpublic schools of all denominations within their boundaries the opportunity to participate. Applicants must also include at least one SURR or SINI school building in the application to be considered for funding. Completed application must be postmarked by August 21, 2009.

Questions about this RFP must be sent to emscltg@mail.nysed.gov no later than June 26, 2009. Answers to these questions will be posted by July 10, 2009 at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.htm. No questions received after June 26, 2009 will be answered. For additional information, please visit NYSED EMSC website at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.htm.

NEW! NYAITC Pre-Service Educator Grant
Are you a student in a teacher education program? Are You looking for fun and innovative ideas before you begin student teaching or enter into a classroom of your own? If you answered yes to these questions the New York Agriculture in the Classroom Program has a great opportunity for you! NYAITC is sponsoring 20 grants to bring pre-service teachers from any grade level or subject area to attend the nationally recognized New York Agriculture Teacher Professional Development Conference at the Oswegatchie Education Center from June 20th- June 24th, 2009. This conference features workshops packed with exciting activity-based workshops that help educators incorporate important agricultural and environmental concepts into their programs. Each attendee will walk away with hundreds of dollars in resources and lesson plans, not to mention a wonderful experience at one of the most beautiful locations in New York State. Please visit the following link to access the application form and to learn more about the NY Agriculture in the Classroom program/. http://www.nyaged.org/aitc/events/index.htm external link icon

2009-2010 New York State $14 Million Public Library Construction Grant  
State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis announced today that the application materials for the new 2009-2010 New York State Public Library Construction Grant Program are now available on the New York State Library’s website at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/ There is $14 million in capital funds available to public libraries and public library systems for matching grants.  The State may fund up to fifty percent of eligible project costs.   Detailed information about the New York State $14 million Public Library Construction Grant Program, including a comprehensive FAQ, is posted on the State Library’s website at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/

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

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Professional Development

NEW! National Humanities Center Present Live, Online Professional Development Seminars for Teachers of U.S. History and American Literature

These online seminars are designed for high school teachers but middle and elementary school teachers are welcome. Three to four weeks before the seminar, participants will receive the syllabus, which will require fifty to seventy-five pages of reading. Each participant will be expected to complete a Seminar-to-Classroom Guide on a syllabus text of his or her choice and e-mail the completed Guide to the National Humanities Center prior to the seminar. During the seminar the Guides will serve as the focus of a discussion of instructional content and strategies. The Great Migration; or Leaving My Trouble in Dixie: July 7, 2009 Battle and Memory: The Civil War in Art: July 8, 2009 . American Insurgents: American Revolution From the People’s Perspective: July 9, 2009. For more information visit and to register for courses, visit http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/ows/pdseminarssum2009.htm external link icon

NEW! Response to Intervention - Reading First Connections Statewide Conference, June 29-30, 2009, Desmond Hotel, Albany, New York
Are You Ready for Response to Intervention? What Do You Need to Know and What Do You Need to Do? The conference will feature nationallyl-recognized Response to Intervention (RtI) implementers and will provide sound guidance on establishing a systemic and multi-tiered approach to evidence-based instructional practice in curriculum, instruction and assessment in literacy. Speakers include Doug and Lynn Fuchs of Vanderbilt University; Daryl Mellard and Michael Hock, University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning; Wayne Callendar of the University of Oregon; additional presenters from the National Center on RtI and the New York State RtI Technical Assistance Center, as well as practitioners of note from Reading First and other schools. The conference is co-sponsored by the Long Island Regional School Support Center, the Special Education Training and Resource Center of Suffolk County, the New York State Reading Resource Center and the New York State Education Department RtI Technical Assistance Center at Buffalo State College. For registration information, please visit the Mikogroup website: www.mikogroup.com/events external link icon to create a profile and register as a new user. Once logged in, you will be directed to a page with a listing of events - select the RtI-Reading First Connections Conference by clicking on the title. Then just follow the directions on the page to register.

NEW! Cultural Encounters in 17th-Century New Netherland
July 8-10, 2009   8:30 AM to 5 PM    (22 hours)
The State Museum and the Greater Capitol Region Teacher Center offer a new workshop for teachers of grades 4-8 to investigate surviving artifacts and documents that illustrate the dynamics of Algonquian cultures and Dutch settler life. For information go to: www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops external link icon.

NEW! Unearthing History: Teaching Social Studies Through the Study of Archaeology
Monday, July 20–Friday, July 24, 2009   (35 hrs/ 2 credits)
The State Museum and the Greater Capitol Region Teacher Center offer a new workshop for classroom teachers of grades 3-7 work side-by-side with Museum scientists at an archaeological field investigation of Native American and early Euro-American primary source material. They collect and organize specimens, record data, and present findings. For information go to: www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops external link icon.

NEW! Teachers TV: An Excellent Free Resource for Staff Training and Development
New training sessions focus on using Teachers TV as a resource to support professional development, as well as a training tool for use with new and existing staff in schools. For more information visit http://www.teachers.tv/training external link icon.

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English Language Arts

NEW! Center on Instruction Resource: Principal's Reading Walk-Through: Kindergarten-Grade 3 -- Professional Development Module [K-3]
The Principal's Reading Walk-Through (PRWT) K-3 is a suite of professional development materials designed as a user-friendly tool for classroom walk-through implementation that can identify research-based reading instruction in the classroom quickly and accurately.
http://www.centeroninstruction.org/resources.cfm?category=reading&subcategory=&grade_start=&grade_end=#203 external link icon

Alliance for Excellent Education Adolescent Literacy Fact Sheet
Did you know that “For many adolescent students, ongoing difficulties with reading and writing figure prominently into the decision to drop out of school”? This brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education presents up-to-date facts regarding the state of adolescent literacy. http://www.all4ed.org/files/AdolescentLiteracyFactSheet.pdf external link icon

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

Center on Instruction Resource: Adolescent Literacy Resources: An Annotated Bibliography, Second Edition 2009
According to the introduction, “This annotated bibliography is intended as a resource for technical assistance providers as they work with states on adolescent literacy. Updated from an earlier edition published in 2007, this revision includes important research and documents of practical use in guiding improvements in grades 4–12 reading instruction in the content areas and in interventions for struggling readers.”
http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Annotated%20Biblio%20Second%20Edition%202009.pdf external link icon.

2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program
The New York Statewide Summer Reading Program is an annual program that brings children and families into local public libraries for reading and activities. Over 1.5 million of New York's children and teens participated in the State Library-sponsored program in 2008. http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/

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

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

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NEW! MSP PAPER: "Mathematical knowledge for teaching and the mathematical quality of instruction: An exploratory study," Heather Hill, Merrie Blunk, Charalambos Charalambous, Jennifer Lewis, Geoffrey Phelps, Laurie Sleep, Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Cognition and Instruction, 2008.
This study illuminates claims that teachers' mathematical knowledge plays an important role in their teaching of this subject matter. In particular, we focus on teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching (MKT), which includes both the mathematical knowledge that is common to individuals working in diverse professions and the mathematical knowledge that is specialized to teaching. We use a series of five case studies and associated quantitative data to detail how MKT is associated with the mathematical quality of instruction. Although there is a significant, strong, and positive association between levels of MKT and the mathematical quality of instruction, we also find that there are a number of important factors that mediate this relationship, either supporting or hindering teachers' use of knowledge in practice. http://hub.mspnet.org/entry.cfm/17818 external link icon

NEW! MSP- "Factors Influencing Middle Grades Students' Algebra Learning: Multiple Research Perspectives," by Linda Dager Wilson, et al., presented at the AERA Annual Meeting, April 14, 2009, San Diego, California.
How do instruction, curriculum, and professional development influence middle grades students' algebra learning? To find out, Project 2061 and its university partners collected nearly 240 videos of instruction on a single algebra learning goal and assessment data on that learning goal for almost 2500 students over three years. At the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in April, they reported on their investigations of this data set, one of the largest of its type ever collected. http://hub.mspnet.org/entry.cfm/17926 external link icon

NEW! U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Speaks at NCTM Annual Meeting
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the Closing Session of the NCTM Annual Meeting. Secretary Duncan spoke about the Obama administration's education agenda and the importance of math education for all students. To view the webcast, go to http://hub.mspnet.org/entry.cfm/17850 external link icon

NEW! Now Available: Webinar Recording of "School Practices to Improve Elementary Mathematics Teaching and Learning for Students with Disabilities"
In conjunction with its Mathematics Education Leaders Network, NECC co-sponsored a webinar with the Regional Education Laboratory - Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) on math education for students with disabilities and other struggling students. Researchers Amy Brodesky and Josephine Louis described a recent REL-NEI Fast Response Study on practices in schools with exemplary math teaching and learning. Senior REL-NEI researcher Michelle LaPointe and NECC math specialist Fred Gross facilitated a discussion on connecting this research to practice and applying the findings in schools. To view the webinar, go to http://www.relnei.org/events.webinararchives.schoolpractices.php external link icon. The full report can be accessed at: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/project.asp?projectID=161&productID=110 external link icon.

NEW! Long-Term Reading and Math Scores on the Nation's Report Card
Students at ages 9 and 13 have posted significant gains in both reading and mathematics since the early 1970s, while the average scores for 17-year-olds were not significantly different in either subject, according to the new long-term trend report on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The Nation's Report Card: NAEP 2008 Trends in Academic Progress charts the educational progress of students at ages 9, 13, and 17 in reading and mathematics on the NAEP. The report compares results from the most recent NAEP long-term trend assessments, which were given in the 2007-08 school year, to results from 2004 and to the first years the reading and mathematics assessments were given in1971 and 1973, respectively. The report provides national results only. According to the report, the average scores in mathematics, rose 24 points for 9-year-olds and 15 points for 13-year-olds from 1973.

Also, in mathematics, both Black and Hispanic students at all age groups made greater gains than White students since 1973. In comparison to 2004, only White students at age 9 saw an increase in scores. Score gaps in mathematics between White students and both Black and Hispanic students narrowed from 1973 to 2008 at all three ages, but showed no significant changes from 2004. Most gender gaps did not change significantly, though there were exceptions. In mathematics, there was no significant difference between 9-year-old male and female students in 2008, though male students continued to score higher at ages 13 and 17. While the male-female gap for 13-year-olds in 2008 was not significantly different from 2004, it was larger than in 1973. The mathematics scores of 13- and 17-year-olds whose parents did not finish high school have increased significantly in 2008 compared to 1978. The report also found an association between higher-level mathematics courses and higher NAEP scores at ages 13 and 17. For example, 13-year-olds who were enrolled in algebra scored higher on average than those enrolled in pre-algebra or regular mathematics. The 2007-08 NAEP assessments in reading and mathematics were administered by the National Center for Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education to a nationally representative sample of over 26,000 public and private school students in each subject area. The Nation's Report Card: NAEP 2008 Trends in Academic Progress and additional data collected from the 2008 long-term trend assessments are available online at http://nationsreportcard.gov external link icon.

NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, known as Inspire, is accepting applications from high school students through June 30. The Inspire project is designed to encourage ninth through 12th grade students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The summer experience provides students a hands-on opportunity to investigate education and careers in those disciplines. The Inspire project is part of NASA's education strategy to attract and retain students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines critical to NASA's missions. For information about the project, including details about how to apply, visit www.nasa.gov/education/INSPIRE external link icon.

Bobby Shen of Sugar Land, Texas, was crowned the winner of the 2009 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition. This year's winning Mathlete answered the following math problem in less than 45 seconds: How many 2 x 2 x 2 cubes must be added to an 8 x 8 x 8 cube to make a 10 x 10 x 10 cube? The 8th grader from First Colony Middle School competed against 227 other middle school students in this prestigious competition. Shen was victorious in the intense, one-on-one oral Countdown Round where the top 12 Mathletes competed for the title. As National Champion, Shen won the $8,000 Donald G. Weinert Scholarship and a trip to the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, AL. Additionally, he and his winning team were invited by William H. Swanson, Chairman and CEO, Raytheon Company, to the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL, to be his guests for the official opening of "The Sum of All Thrills," an interactive, math-based ride developed by Raytheon to help instill a lifelong passion for math, science, and technology. Part of Raytheon's MathMovesU initiative, "The Sum of All Thrills" will open this fall at INNOVENTIONS within Disney's Epcot Center. MATHCOUNTS and programs like Raytheon's MathMovesU are working to motivate the country's brightest students with the idea that with math, there are no limits. Find out more at www.mathcounts.org external link icon.

NEW! The M3 Challenge website has been updated with photos and videos of the final judging round on May 5 at Moody's Corporation in NYC
Moody's Mega Math Challenge 2009 Final Presentations and Awards videos are now available at http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=57786 external link icon. Check out videos of presentations by the top six teams, the awards ceremony, and interviews with the students and M3 Challenge staff and judges.  The 2009 Photo Gallery at http://m3challenge.siam.org/archives/2009/gallery.php external link iconhas also been updated with photos of each of the top six teams, the judges, and awards ceremony. View the winning papers at http://m3challenge.siam.org/archives/2009/winners.php external link icon.

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

Professional Development for Math Coaching (PDMC) and a New Institute for Leaders Professional Development for Math Coaching Facilitation Based on: Cultivating a Math Coaching Practice: A Guide for K-8 Educators.
The Professional Development for Math Coaching Institute (PDMC) is based on the Center for the Development of Coaching and Math Leadership (CMCP) materials and is structured to bring together math coaches from kindergarten through middle school and those who provide professional development or course-work for math coaching. During the Institute, participants engage in discussions of cases of coaching and investigate mathematics related to K-8 classroom settings. Sessions also explore essential pedagogical issues of math coaching. This is being held this summer, July 19-24, for application and information go to http://www.mathleadership.org/page.php?id=10 external link icon.

UPDATE! The Cohort of 2006 Section in the Regents Diploma Requirements for Mathematics
The section for the cohort of 2006 within the Regents Diploma Requirements for Mathematics chart has been updated. This cohort has been combined with 2007 to reflect the current implementation of the Mathematics Core Curriculum (Revised 2005) and the administration of the Regents Examinations in Mathematics. In order to fulfill the mathematics portion of a Regents Diploma, students must earn three units of commencement-level mathematics credit and pass one Regents examination in mathematics.

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

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NEW! World Science Festival 
June 10-14, 2009 - The World Science Festival turns New York City into a grand stage with science as the headliner. Bringing together an all-star cast from an impressive array of disciplines, the Festival presents a carefully designed spectrum of programs, ranging from climate change to cryogenics; from neuroscience to nanotechnology; from black holes to the big bang.  Through a series of gripping debates, captivating performances and interactive events, the Festival showcases cutting edge ideas and discoveries, reveals science's pivotal role in addressing critical global issues, and explores how it profoundly shapes modern life. To purchase tickets and get more information please visit http://www.worldsciencefestival.com external link icon.

NEW! NASA’s INSPIRE Online Learning Community
NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research and Education Experience, or INSPIRE will be accepting applications again beginning today, May 1, 2009 through June 30, 2009.  This program encourages the next generation of explorers from the 9th through 12th grade to pursue an education and career in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The centerpiece of INSPIRE is the Online Learning community (OLC) where students can interact with peers, NASA experts and education specialists. It also provides grade-level educational activities, chats and a discussion board, allowing students and their families to explore the many careers and opportunities at NASA.  As a member of the OLC, students may compete for the following years' summer STEM experiences. For more information please visit http://www.nasa.gov/education/INSPIRE external link icon.

NEW! NSTA’s Building a Presence (BaP) Renamed Science Matters Network
Why Science Matters?  As the world’s largest organization devoted to excellence in science teaching and learning, NSTA is uniquely positioned to make science education reform a national priority for schools and families. With this in mind, the new public awareness campaign--entitled Science Matters—will work to build a vital coalition of parents and teachers committed to rekindling a national sense of urgency and action about science education and science literacy. Building a Presence (BaP)/Science Matters 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.

You are invited to visit the new Science Matters website at http://sciencematters.nsta.org external link icon. Clicking on the Teachers button found on this page will take you to the Science Matters/BaP Web site portal.  To go directly to the portal, visit http://bap.nsta.org/ external link icon.

Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign
From elementary school maintenance closets to high school chemistry labs, schools use a variety of chemicals. When they are mismanaged, these chemicals can put students and school personnel at risk from spills, fires, and other accidental exposures. Chemical accidents disrupt school schedules and can cost thousands of dollars to repair. For more information please access the Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sc3 external link icon.

EurekaFest 2009
EurekaFest is a multi-day celebration at MIT designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models, and encourage creativity and problem solving. This year's celebration will commence with the announcement of the 2009 winner of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize on June 24, 2009, and will culminate with a design challenge at the Museum of Science, Boston, on June 27, 2009. Further details for EurekaFest external link icon will be posted online and you will receive an electronic reminder with more specifics. If you would like more information about the Lemelson-MIT Program, please visit http://web.mit.edu/invent/ external link icon or contact EurekaFest@mit.edu .

Benchmarks for Science Literacy [4-12] external link icon
The AAAS document, Benchmarks for Science Literacy, complements the National Science Education Standards (NSES) in forming a comprehensive statement of what science students should know and be able to do. Benchmarks defines the essential concepts in twelve areas: the nature of science; the nature of mathematics; the nature of technology; physical setting; the living environment; the human organism; human society; the designed world; the mathematical world; historical perspectives; common themes; and habits of mind.
American Association for the Advancement of Science. (1993). Benchmarks for science literacy. New York: Oxford University Press.  http://www.project2061.org/publications/bsl/online/bolintro.htm external link icon

The Math and Science Partnership Network
MSPnet is an electronic learning community for the Math and Science Partnership Program external link icon. With the MSP program, the National Science Foundation implemented an important facet of the President's No Child Left Behind (NCLB) vision for K-12 education. A major research and development effort, the MSP program responds to concern over the performance of the nation's children in mathematics and science. Institutions of higher education - their disciplinary faculty in departments of mathematics, the sciences and/or engineering, education faculty and administrators - partner with K-12 districts and others to effect deep, lasting improvement in K-12 mathematics and science education through five key features: Partnership-Driven, Teacher Quality, Quantity and Diversity, Challenging Courses and Curricula, Evidence-Based Design, and Institutional Change and Sustainability. For more information please visit http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/homeexternal link icon.

Education Law- §809 Instruction in the Humane Treatment of Animals
School districts are reminded to review Education Law Section 809 - Instruction in the Humane Treatment of Animals on an annual basis. The provisions of the law can be accessed on the Department’s website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci/news.html. Certain specified types of lessons or experimental studies on live vertebrate animals require submission of an application for a waiver from the Commissioner of Education. Information regarding the §809(5) Treatment of Live Vertebrate Animals and the waiver process can be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci/documents/809_5Wav.pdf PDF file icon (172 KB).

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

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Technology Education

NEW! NYSED Technology Education Publications are Now Available Online as Downloadable PDF's
Several NYSED technology education publications are now available on line as downloadable pdf files. The technology education publications page is located at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cte/technology/pub/. Included in these publications is the middle level curricular support document titled, Introduction To Technology Grades 7 & 8, commonly referred to as the "Blue Book". Although technology related publications become outdated rather quickly, these documents can still be of value as reference materials to be used at the local discretion of a school district.

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

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

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

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Social Studies

NEW! National Humanities Center Present Live, Online Professional Development Seminars for Teachers of U.S. History and American Literature
These online seminars are designed for high school teachers but middle and elementary school teachers are welcome. Three to four weeks before the seminar, participants will receive the syllabus, which will require fifty to seventy-five pages of reading. Each participant will be expected to complete a Seminar-to-Classroom Guide on a syllabus text of his or her choice and e-mail the completed Guide to the National Humanities Center prior to the seminar. During the seminar the Guides will serve as the focus of a discussion of instructional content and strategies. The Great Migration; or Leaving My Trouble in Dixie: July 7, 2009 Battle and Memory: The Civil War in Art: July 8, 2009 . American Insurgents: American Revolution From the People’s Perspective: July 9, 2009. For more information visit and to register for courses, visit http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/ows/pdseminarssum2009.htm external link icon.

NEW! LYC/P.A.T.C.H Summer Institute, Northport, NY (Long Island), June 29-July 3, 2009
The Law, Youth and Citizenship Program (LYC) of the New York State Bar Association, and Project PATCH, Participatory Awareness Through Community Help (the nationally recognized Law and Civic Education Program of the Northport - East Northport UFSD) will offer a 2009 Law and Civic Education Summer Institute. The dates are June 29 - July 2, 2009. Sessions are 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Northport High School. K-12 and Pre-service teachers may apply. The registration fee is $30 per teacher for the entire 30-hour program. All participants are eligible for either in-service credit or a graduate credit option through SUNY Stony Brook’s School of Professional Development. Registration materials and further information can be found at: http://www.northport.k12.ny.us/~patch external link icon.

The Bill of Rights Institute's On-Demand Constitutional Seminar

  • An online course that you complete at your own pace; stop and start wherever you choose, whenever you have time (average completion time between 5 and 6 hours)
  • Content and pedagogical strategies on the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, America's civic values, American heroes, and American citizenship
  • Lessons introduced with a narrative, objectives, and a pretest
  • Interactive elements that allow you to compare your answers with other teachers
  • Streamed audio presentations by scholars with a broad knowledge of Constitutional issues
  • Interactive simulations and presentations of seminar materials designed to engage you with the curriculum

Between now and June 1st, you can purchase the On Demand Constitutional Seminar at the special introductory rate of only $15!   Take full advantage of the instructional materials, classroom strategies, and online professional development and sign up now at http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/CS4OnDemand external link icon.

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

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

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The Arts

NEW! Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts That Value Arts Education
Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts That Value Arts Education is a report that responds to questions posed by school and community leaders throughout the U.S. about public school districts that have made literacy and competence in the arts one of the fundamental purposes of schooling for all students, and is the first national study to examine the implementation of arts education throughout entire school districts. http://www.pcah.gov/pdf/GainingArtsAdvantage.pdf external link icon

NEW! Minneapolis Institute of the Arts and the Walker Art Center Welcome you to the new ArtsConnectEd! 
Explore hundreds of new features in ArtsConnectEd. Search over 100,000 resources in the Art Finder, including works of art, texts, audio, video, and interactive resources. Save and customize items in the redesigned Art Collector. Start by clicking this link http://www.artsconnected.org/ external link icon

NEW! The Philadelphia Museum of Art features the Wachovia Education Resource Center for Teachers
The Resource Center is available throughout the year to teachers in all disciplines to assist in making connections via the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collections. As a high-tech research site and a lending library, the Resource Center houses materials selected specifically to help make cross-curricular connections. Explore how this can enhance your teaching by visiting: www.philamuseum.org/education external link icon

NEW! Keep Arts In Schools 
This website provides a collection of opinion research and seeks to arm advocates with the tools and resources they need to be more effective in their work and in their communications to keep arts education in public schools.  www.keepartsinschools.org external link icon

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

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Physical Education

NEW! On-line Coaching Courses
There are 7 agencies that have been approved to teach all or some of the coaching courses on-line. Some may be a blended course that require on-line work and face-to-face classes. For information on the courses offered, schedule of courses and registration information, call or email the contact person for each agency on the list. See attached...list of agencies.

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

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

OSC Audit Report on Physical Education Compliance has been issued
To review and download the report, click on the following link: http://osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/swr/2008/physical_ed/physical_edfinal.pdf (pdf link 466.44 KB).

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

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

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NEW! Mandarin Elementary Immersion Summer Teacher Education Program (MEISTEP)
The StarTalk MEISTEP, June 22-July 17, 2009, is an exciting new four-week program for Chinese immersion teachers to learn how to integrate language, literacy, content, and culture in their classrooms. Teachers participating in this program will begin with an intensive research-based introduction to the challenges, options, and issues in the unique world of K-12 immersion education.  Week one consists of learning the fundamentals of immersion teaching of Chinese and Japanese; week two focuses on theory and methods of teaching elementary mathematics in a language immersion setting; and weeks three and four focus on application of the previous two weeks of learning. For more information:  http://www.confucius.umn.edu/meistep/external link icon

NEW! Workshop:  Revisiting, Reinventing, and Restarting a Language Program: A Step by Step Approach external link icon
July 27 – July 29, 2009.This workshop is intended for teachers, teacher trainers, administrators, parents, community members, faculty members, and staff involved or interested in building or revising a language program.  The workshop has five components:  (1) presentation of theoretical information; (2) demonstration of practical experiences of workshop leaders; (3) exchange of ideas amongst workshop participants; (4) individual consultations with the workshop leaders; and (5) observations of a language program in progress.

NEW! Summer Intensive Teacher Training Program 2009: Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Persian
The NYU StarTalk program will offer two intensive teacher training workshops – one in Hindi and Urdu; the other in Arabic and Persian.  These are intensive, ten-day residential workshops designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of current and prospective school, community, and college teachers of Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, or Persian.  Participants learn the most up-to-date, standards-based teaching methodologies and are required to develop, observe, and critique classroom procedures, strategies, and teaching techniques.  The programs include a cultural component in which participants learn how to use the resources available in the community environment.  For more information:  http://www.scps.nyu.edu/areas-of-study/foreign-languages/continuing-education/startalk.html external link icon

NEW!  Workshop: Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: Introductory Techniques
July 13-15, 2009.  This workshop is for language teachers who want to learn how to use CLEAR’s free tools for creating interactive web-based multimedia language materials. Learn more about this and other CLEAR summer 2009 workshops at http://clear.msu.edu/clear/professionaldev/summerworkshops.php external link icon.

NEW!  Distance Learning Certificates in TESOL and Bilingual Education
The Westchester Graduate Campus of Long Island University and NYSED Intensive Teacher Institute now offer New York State-approved online 15 credit Advanced Certificates in TESOL for General and Special Education.  In addition, the Westchester Graduate Campus in collaboration with Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus and NYSED Intensive Teacher Institute now offer New York State approved, online 15 credit Advanced Certificates in Bilingual Education and Bilingual Special Education. For more information:  http://www.liu.edu/westchester external link icon. Download a pamphlet:  http://www.liu.edu/westchester/forms/Online_programs_flyer.pdf external link icon.

NEW!  Institute:  Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom
July 13-17, 2009.  Weaving together theory and practice, this interactive institute will help teachers develop instructional strategies and practical tools for integrating language learning with a systematic culture curriculum. Learn more about this and other CARLA summer 2009 workshops at http://www.carla.umn.edu/institutes external link icon.

NEW! Beginning Russian Through Film
Short digitized clips from Russian films are the primary source of language and culture in this course.  The creators collected close to 400 clips and placed them on this website along with many supporting materials.  No registration is necessary, and no credit is given, unless the student is registered for first-year Russian at Cornell. Access Beginning Russian Through Film at http://russian.cornell.edu/brtf/index.htm external link icon. Browse the many other Russian resources at Cornell at http://russian.cornell.edu external link icon.

NEW! CAPL, the Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon
CAPL is a free, online, non-commercial visual glossary comprised of authentic photos for language and cultural instruction. Created at Washington and Jefferson College, CAPL seeks to provide teachers and learners with high-quality authentic images for their classrooms and teaching materials. For more information:  http://capl.washjeff.edu/external link icon.

NEW!  Multimedia Resource:  Teaching Heritage and Domestic Language Learners
CALPER developed a multimedia instructional resource for teachers of heritage and domestic language learners that can be used by language program directors in pre-service orientation courses for novice teachers; instructors of methods courses in foreign language and education programs; and individual novice or experienced teachers who wish to advance their professional knowledge and skills. For more information:  http://calper.la.psu.edu/publication.php?page=hl_korean external link icon.

NEW! Building Bridges:  A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding
This booklet, available online, provides short, adaptable lesson plans and activities that build cross-cultural awareness, respect, and communication in your classroom.  Lessons are flexible, easy to use, and standards-based.  For more information: http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/publications/bridges/index.cfm?cid=wwspubbridgesexternal link icon.

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

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

Middle Level Education

Updated: New York State Middle Level Liaisons

The New York State Middle Level Liaisons met in Albany May 7th and 8th for their semiannual two day meeting. Work products and information from that meeting can be found at the following link. http://www.nysmsa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=45 external link icon.   The 2009-2010 meeting dates will be November 5 & 6, 2009 and May 6 & 7, 2010.  Middle Level practitioners interested in joining the Middle Level Liaisons can do so by visiting the link above.

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

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

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

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School Library Services

NEW! 2009 AASL National School Library Media Program of the Year - District
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has announced the 2009 AASL Award winners for the National School Library Media Program of the Year (NSLMPY) for a School District as Livonia Central School District (Livonia, N.Y.). This award is presented annually to one district and two individual schools to honor excellence in library programs, and is considered amongst the most prestigious award in the field. For Livonia, this recognition celebrates the powerful connections they have built between their libraries and with the rest of the district. The crystal obelisk award and $10,000 prize will be presented to the librarians from Livonia CSD at the 2009 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago on July 13th. For more information on the AASL NSLMPY visit: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslawards/natlslmprogram/aaslnational.cfm external link icon

The Regents Advisory Council On Libraries Announces The 2009 Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award, Co-Sponsored By Ebsco Information Services And The Friends Of The New York State Library
Mr. Norman Jacknis, Chair of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, has announced that applications are now available for the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award, which recognizes the achievements of small, medium and large libraries and library consortia of New York State. The Award was first established as part of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries 1994-95 centennial observance, and it is named after Joseph F. Shubert who served as New York State Librarian from 1977 until 1996.  The 2009 Award Committee members are Samuel L. Simon (Chair), Ellen Bach, and Sara Kelly Johns. The Award will recognize a library or library consortium that has taken significant steps to improve the quality of library service to its users. This year, the award of $1,000 is co-sponsored by EBSCO Information Services and The Friends of the New York State Library. for more information visit:http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/award/index.html

Second Evaluation of Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program, Now Available
The Federal Department of Education has just published its Second Evaluation of Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program. The report details how this grant program helped participating libraries expand their collections, increase collaboration between library media specialists, teachers and administrators, and increase student achievement.  Copies of this report are available at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/opepd/ppss/reports.html#libraries external link icon.

Regents Advisory Council Proposes New Commission On New York’s Libraries
Citing the dire fiscal struggle of New York’s libraries in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and evidence that library usage by the people of New York has increased dramatically, the members of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries have urged the Board of Regents to make state and federal funding for libraries a Regents priority budget and legislative item each and every year.   The Council’s 2009 annual report to the Regents, which includes this recommendation and others related to strengthening New York’s libraries is now posted on the Council’s webpage at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/2009rept.htm. The 2009 report also highlights the need for all schools in New York State, including elementary schools, to have school libraries and certified professional librarians. For more information, please visit the State Library's website at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/index.html

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources  Grant
The Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities will be  accepting applications for grants in its Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program.  These grants support projects to preserve and create intellectual access to such collections as books, journals, manuscript and archival materials, maps, still and moving images, sound recordings, art, and objects of material culture.  Awards also support the creation of reference materials, online resources, and research tools of major importance to the humanities.  Maximum awards are $350,000 for up to three years. The new guidelines, which include sample proposal narratives, can be found at:  http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/HCRR.html external link icon.The application receipt deadline of July 15, 2009 is for projects beginning May 2010. All applications to NEH must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov external link icon.

Invite a Legislator to your School Library
AASL urges school library media specialists to advocate for their school library media programs by inviting local representatives to visit during School Library Media Month. It is important to help your legislator understand why school library media specialists are indispensable to a students educational career. AASL has created downloadable tip sheets and additional information at: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslissues/aasladvocacy/schoollibrary.cfm external link icon.

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

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NEW! Press Release and Data for 2009 Grades 3-8 ELA Test Results
The State Education Department has issued a press release with links to the test results for the 2009 ELA Grades 3-8 Tests http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/ELA3-8TestResults2009.htm
The assessment results can also be accessed at the following Information and Reporting Services site http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/ela-math/.

Information for the 2008-09 New York State Regents Examinations
Please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/sched.html to obtain the 2008-2009 dates for all New York State assessments. All students must complete their course of study before they are entitled to take a social studies Regents examination. Therefore, students who are completing their course of study in January or who have completed the course, albeit unsuccessfully, in a previous school year may take a social studies Regents examination in January. Schools may not administer January Regents Examinations to classes of students who are enrolled in a full year social studies course of study in Global History and Geography or U.S. History and Government. For complete information, please see http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/ssfaq.html#fourth

Testing Accommodations on New York State Examinations to Former Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners
The Board of Regents has recently approved a policy that permits schools to provide testing accommodations on New York State examinations to former Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners (LEP/ELLs). This memo from David Abrams, Assistant Commissioner for Standards, Assessment, and Report, provides a list of approved testing accommodations that can be provided to former LEP/ELLs and further information on the conditions and time frame in which these testing accommodations are permissible. To view the policy, visit. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sar/accommodations10-08.pdf (pdf link 61.02 KB) .

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

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Virtual Learning System

Updates! NYS Education Department Virtual Learning System (VLS)
The NYSED VLS, www.nysvls.org has been enhanced and recently expanded with additional content. Additions include: 59 MSP Morristown STEM project lesson plans for teachers K-12, with the addition of 40 more in the near future; 15 Robert F. Kennedy lesson plans, in cooperation with NYSUT; and the complete set of Alternative Grade Level Indicators for Students with Severe Disabilities in Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts and recently Social Studies. As always, thousands of lesson plans and instructional tasks are available by exploring the learning standards and performance indicators in the seven standards areas. We have also provided the Learning Standards in three Standard Servicing options, XML, HTML with the latest in PDF format.

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Web Resources

NEW! Adolescent Literacy Walk-through for Principals: A Guide for Instructional Leaders
This guide, designed to help principals monitor and support adolescent literacy instruction in their schools more effectively, can be used at the late elementary school level, in content-area classes in middle and high school, and with intervention groups or classes. It provides a scaffold to build principals' understanding of scientifically based reading instruction, as a means for a principal to gather information about the quality of literacy and reading intervention instruction in a school, and as a data collection guide for planning targeted professional development and resource allocation. It includes examples of what a principal might expect to see in a classroom as well as templates that states, districts, and schools may use or adapt.This resource pertains to the following categories: Reading: Grades 4-12. For more Information, visit www.centeroninstruction.org external link.

NEW! Ensure That Your Improvement Efforts are Systemic, Strategic, and Sustainable: The Strategic Mapping Process, Wednesday, June 10, 2009; 12:30 - 1:30 (Eastern) REGISTRATION (required): http://www.alliance.brown.edu/webinars/20090610/docs/SMP_ParticipantWorksheets.pdf external link
You have a district improvement plan; your schools have school improvement plans; and there is a district strategic plan. However, how confident are you that those plans directly and systemically address the issues and challenges that might be impeding student achievement? Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, The Education Alliance has developed a 1.5 day process for ensuring that district and school improvement efforts are: systemic, strategic, inclusive, and sustainable. Hear highlights about how the process works and learn about a toolbox of free resources for facilitating the process in your own district and schools, including PowerPoint Presentation, Worksheets, Facilitator's Guide, Analysis and Outcomes Report.

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

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

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

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

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Employment Opportunities

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

NYS Government
NYS Government vacant positions are posted on the Department of Civil Service website at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/ external link. A list of current state exams being offered is posted at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/announ/scheduled/oc/opencompetitive_evt.cfm external link. 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 external link.

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