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Dear Colleagues,
If things look a little different, they are. We've updated the look and feel of this newsletter to mirror design changes that are coming to EngageNY.org early this summer. We've also heard from you that we need to provide more support around viewing our Common Core videos. So, we've created individual and group professional development exercises that you can use on your own or with a team of educators. We will continue to make improvements and will share those directly with you.

I recently sent a note to superintendents regarding the Grades 3-8 ELA and math assessments, including resources to support teachers and parents. Click here to read the letter.
John B. King, Jr.
Follow me on Twitter @JohnKingNYSED
New: Video Professional Development Series: Grade 5 ELA

To kick off our new video professional development series, we have two videos for small groups of educators to learn from the Common Core in practice. The first video does not include captions of evidence of Common Core alignment. The second video includes captions that highlight when the task or teacher move is illustrating Common Core aligned instruction.
Who: small group of educators (1-4)
What: video professional development

Math Video: Diving Deeper into Math with Common Core

Shaun Rhodes, a 5th grade math teacher in Rochester, New York sees the Common Core helping his students truly understand how they arrive at an answer.

ELA Video: Making Real World Connections with Common Core

In Smithtown, New York, 6th grade ELA teacher Michelle Labuski sees her students making real world connections through deeper understanding and problem solving with the Common Core.

Commissioner King Visits Cooperstown Elementary

Kristin Butler leads an engaging lesson to develop students' skills subtracting mixed numbers.
New York Perspectives

Engage Erie 2
March 20, 2014
Michelle Helmer, Staff Development Specialist at Erie 2 BOCES, talks about the deeper level of conceptual understanding and fluency with numbers that she sees in her sons as they learn Common Core math.
The Hechinger Report
March 16, 2014
Andria Finch stresses the importance of the Common Core in ensuring the best education we can provided for our students.
EngagedVoices Blog: Just Warming Up

Don't judge...we've all been there. We run out to our car only to realize that the windows are covered in frost. As we slowly back out of the driveway, we can start to see the beginnings of the defroster kicking in so we become encouraged, only to look again and realize that we can't clearly make out the world in front of us, therefore becoming nervous and anxious about the ride ahead. But again, we trust that in just another minute, all will be clear. Before we know it, that stop sign a few feet down the street can be seen in all of its red and white authority! We sigh a breath of relief knowing that we are well on our way ...
Nominate an Outstanding Educator Now!

March 28 Deadline: Nominate an educator for the 2015 New York State Teacher of the Year!
New York State (NYS) wishes to recognize and celebrate an exceptionally skilled and passionate educator to be an ambassador for NYS teachers and to serve as the NYS nominee for the National Teacher of the Year Program. 
March 28 Deadline: Helen Bach Moss Memorial Better Beginnings Award
The purpose of the award, which celebrates the life and career of Helen Bach Moss, is to recognize elementary teachers who are gifted in finding and nurturing the strengths of each student and fostering trusting relationships among pupils, parents, teachers, and administrators. 
EngageNY Updates

General Updates
See below for March 2014 curriculum module updates