Curriculum and Instruction

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The New York State Education Department’s Resources and Publications  

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The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is a large organization with many offices serving the needs of all New York State citizens. Therefore, navigating its website—and the various department websites—can be challenging. You can access offices directly, or visit the general home page, to find resources of interest.

New York State Education Department

This home page is the entry point to all of NYSED websites. It provides the latest information and resource links for all residents of New York State and other interested professionals. NYSED is the acronym for New York State Education Department. This page can be bypassed if you are looking for specific information pertaining to social studies, and if you know some handy acronyms.

Office of Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and
Continuing Education

All matters pertaining to curriculum, instruction, and assessment are directed to this office. EMSC stands for "Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and Continuing Education."

Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology Team

This team’s website, part of the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support, is where you will find information on curriculum development in social studies and in all standard areas. CIAI stands  for "Curriculum, Instruction, and Instructional Technology."

Anne Schiano, Assistant Director  aschiano@mail.nysed.gov
Jo Ann Larson, Associate in Social Studies Education jlarson@mail.nysed.gov
Lawrence Paska, Associate in Social Studies Education lpaska@mail.nysed.gov 

Phone: (518) 474-5922
Fax: (518) 473-4884
General email: emscurric@mail.nysed.gov

New York State Education Department
Room 320 EB
Albany, New York 12234

Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies


This office's website is where you will find bilingual education information for, English as a Second Language (ESL), Limited English Proficient (LEP) students, foreign languages, and New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSLAT). General information, information on assessments, publications, and resources are available from this site.

Pedro Ruiz,Ph.D, Coordinator  pruiz@mail.nysed.gov

Edith Cruz, Associate  ecruz@mail.nysed.gov
Mary Enright, Associate  menright@mail.nysed.gov
Ileana Olazagasti, Associate IOlazaga@mail.nysed.gov

Phone: (518) 474-8775
Fax: (518) 473-4678
General email: OBEFLS@mail.nysed.gov

Office of State Assessment

This office’s website contains regularly updated information about New York State’s assessment programs. Test samples, past examinations, and publications are available for downloading and printing, and provide insight into the research and practice of test development. Application forms are available for teachers who want to become item writers, reviewers, and other consultants on state examinations. A link describes the test distribution and scoring process. OSA stands for the "Office of State Assessment."

Donna Merlau, Associate in Social Studies Education  dmerlau@mail.nysed.gov
Gary Warren, Associate in Social Studies Education  gwarren@mail.nysed.gov

Phone: (518) 474-3860
General email: emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov

New York State Education Department
Room 769 EBA,
Albany, New York 12234

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Office of Planning and Professional Development


The Professional Development Plan (PDP) was developed in 1999 to address professional development for local school districts across New York State. Complete information about PDP’s and their implications for your school district can be found at this website.

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Social Studies

This site is your vital link to social studies initiatives, curriculum development projects, news updates, assessment information, and other resources available from the New York State Education Department. It is divided into four key sections.

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Office of Teaching Initiatives

This site, located within the Office of Higher Education, is an invaluable resource for you and your staff.

The primary goal of this office is to provide qualified and certified teachers for employment in the State's public schools. It issues certificates, develops teaching policy, and provides supportive services for teachers, schools, and the public.

Office of Teaching Initiatives
Executive Directors and Policy Unit
New York State Education Department
5N Education Building
Albany, New York 12234

Certification Unit Telephone Number
Phone (518) 474-3901

Telephone Hours: Customer service representatives are available weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Wednesday.

The automated call attendant is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Using the automated system, you may request:

  1. Certificate application materials
  2. Information on your application for a certificate based on completion of a teacher education program
  3. Information on your modified temporary license

After 4:30 p.m. daily, you may listen to detailed messages on the following subjects:

  1. Application procedure
  2. Testing requirement, child abuse identification requirement, student teaching practicum or internship requirement
  3. Certification regulations

Certification Unit Email: tcert@mail.nysed.gov 

Relay Center Telephone Number for the Deaf in New York State: 1 (800) 421-1220 (TTY)
Nationwide AT&T Relay Operator for the Deaf: 1 (800) 855-2880 (TTY)

Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability
NYS Education Department, 987 EBA
Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-2998
Fax: (518) 473-8812

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Navigating the NYSED Website

This PowerPoint ( 99 KB) provides an informational presentation of the New York State Education Department's websites that can be used to present the information to schools and district-level personnel.

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The New York State Education Department has produced many curriculum guidance resources, available in print or online.

There are many ways to find out about materials of interest to you. Get a copy of the latest edition of the Publications Catalog by phone or online at www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/pub/pubcat.html

To place an order for materials, call the Publications Sales Desk: (518) 474-3806 or submit your order to:

The New York State Education Department
Publications Sales Desk
Third Floor Education Building
Albany, New York 12234

Last Updated: May 26, 2009