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MaryEllen Elia
voteState Museum Honors 100 Years of Women's Right to Vote

Earlier this month, the New York State Museum opened a new exhibition,   Votes for Women: Celebrating New York's Suffrage Centennial. On display through May 13, 2018, the exhibition honors the centennial of women's suffrage in New York State and raises awareness of the struggle for equal rights through the present day. The exhibition features more than 250 artifacts and images from the collections of the State Museum, State Archives, State Library, cultural institutions, and private lenders from across the state. 

It's important for everyone - especially our students - to fully understand this pivotal moment in our history. The women's suffrage movement in New York isn't just about the struggle for women's rights; it also teaches us about cultural heritage, activism, democracy, and the struggle for equal rights for all. It's up to us to inspire the next generation and show our children that they too can raise their voices and achieve great things. If you can, I encourage you to visit the State Museum with your children and see this exhibition.
paemstNYSED Announces State Finalists for 2016-17 PAEMST

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Last week, NYSED announced that seven New York State mathematics and science teachers are state-level finalists for the 2016-17 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) at the secondary level (grades 7-12). The PAEMST is one of the highest honors in the nation for teachers of mathematics and science. The award recognizes outstanding teaching and leadership in science and mathematics education. The teachers being recognized here have become masters of their craft, and our students are lucky to have them and all the other teachers who do an outstanding job every day in our classrooms. For more information and the list of finalists, see our PAEMST news release.
cbNYSED Partners with College Board to Prepare Students for College Success

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This week, NYSED announced a partnership with the College Board to help students identify and prepare for a postsecondary program that best fits their needs. Through this partnership, NYSED will work with the College Board to expand student access to unique, personalized learning pathways, including free, Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The partnership builds upon the College Board's ongoing work with school districts and BOCES across the state, including in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Yonkers, and New York City.
gProposed Regulation Changes to Transitional G Teaching Certification

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This week, NYSED proposed regulatory changes to expand the Transitional G teaching certificate for career changers beyond the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to include any area for which there is a teaching certificate title.

In addition, NYSED proposed to allow individuals employed as pre-professional teaching assistants to complete student teaching or practica experience while employed under their pre-professional certificate to meet the student teaching component of their educator preparation programs. Public comment periods on both proposed amendments will be held from Nov 29 through Jan 15.

sr2.2 Million Children Participated in State Library's 2017 Summer Reading Program

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We're pleased to announce that 2.2 million children statewide participated in the 2017 summer reading program, an increase of approximately 94,000 participants over last year's program.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the State Library's summer reading program. The free annual program is supported by the State Assembly and Senate and partners like Hunger Solutions New York, the New York State Reading Association, 4-H, and the New York Council for the Humanities.

Learn more about the State Library's summer reading program and how you can participate in next year's program.
diVast Majority of Schools in Receivership Made Demonstrable Improvement in 2016-17

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NYSED recently announced that more than  95 percent of schools in receivership made demonstrable improvement in the 2016-17 school year . A total of 61 of 63 schools in receivership showed progress on performance indicators jointly selected by NYSED and the districts in which the schools are located. The two schools that did not make demonstrable improvement will now be placed under an independent receiver.
grantFunding Opportunity: MBK Exemplary School Models and Practices (ESMP) Grant
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NYSED has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for
My Brother's Keeper Exemplary School Models and Practices (ESMP) . NYSED  will award grants to districts that will develop and/or expand exemplary high quality college and career readiness school models, programs, and practices that demonstrate cultural and linguistic responsiveness and emphasize the needs of boys and young men of color.  Full proposals must be postmarked by December 18, 2017.
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