• As a reminder to superintendents, engaging in National Board Certification may be included in the BOCES or district Professional Development Plan for CTLE hours. When a teacher completes National Board Certification in any five-year cycle, this rigorous, research-based teacher quality initiative and professional learning meets the required 100 hours of CTLE provided the required CTLE in language acquisition is met.
    • Districts will be eligible to apply for a one time reimbursement of up to $500  for candidate support services for each teacher in the district awarded the Albert Shanker Grant during the  2016-2017 school year.  The District can apply for reimbursement during the period from April 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017.  Additional information regarding this reimbursement and necessary forms may be found at:  http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/ashanker/albertshanker.html
    • Questions can be directed to shankergrant@nysed.gov or visit www.nbcny.org for additional information on National Board candidate support and regional offerings in NYS.

    National Board Certification as part of Districts Professional Development Plan


    • You are receiving this communication to advise you of the timeline for the transition from English Braille American Edition (EBAE) to Unified English Braille (UEB) format for New York State assessments. This information is available at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ei/eigen.html and http://www.p12.nysed. gov/assessment/hsgen/.
    • This memorandum also includes information on how to order instructional materials in UEB. Schools must order instructional materials and provide instruction in UEB to ensure students who are blind and visually impaired receive instruction in reading UEB and can practice and refine this skill prior to their participation in State assessments in the UEB format.
    • Questions may be directed to the Office of Special Education at (518) 473-2878 or speced@nysed.gov and to the Office of State Assessment at (518) 474-5900 or  EMSCASSESSINFO@nysed.gov

    Timelines for Transition of State Assessments to Unified English Braille

    STEM Summer Opportunity  - Appalachian Regional Commission (extended deadline)

    • You are receiving this communication to inform you of a STEM summer opportunity for high school students and teachers, and middle school students from New York State's Appalachian Region (Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties).
    • The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is sponsoring a two-week residential hands-on learning institute focusing on math, science, and technology.
    • The two-week Summer Institute for high school students and teachers will be held from July 8-21, 2017. The 2017 Middle School Summer Science Academy will be held from July 16-21, 2017.
    • Applications must be submitted to New York State Education Department, Office of Curriculum and Instruction and are due no later than March 8, 2017 (extended deadline)  New York State will select two nominees for each teacher and student summer session. Alternates may also be nominated to attend on a space-available basis.
    • For more information about this exciting STEM opportunity and details about the program and application process please visit the Office of Curriculum and Instruction  website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/arc/home.html .



    • The National Youth Science Camp is a residential science education program for young STEM enthusiasts the summer after they graduate from high school.
    • Two graduating high school students will be selected to represent New York at the all-expenses paid honors program which will be held from June 14 through July 8, 2017. More information can be found on the Department’s web site at  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci/programs.html 
    • The online application to attend the 2017 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is now available at http://apply.nysc.org/. All applications and all supporting documents/forms must be submitted online no later than 6:00 PM EST March 1, 2017.
    • For questions about the application process, please contact Ms. Elisabeth Egetemeyr at 518-474-5922 or by e-mail at elisabeth.egetemeyr@nysed.gov