Welcome to the March edition of News and Notes!
First, a Finger Lakes mom describes how math is starting to add up for her sixth grader. This year, her son has gained a deeper understanding of math, which has given him the confidence to raise his hand in class.
Next, a veteran teacher in the Adirondacks explains his strategy for adapting Common Core modules so they work for his students and his teaching style. He has also created two websites to share his lessons with other teachers and to provide homework help for kids and parents!
Also, listen to educators describe how Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness grants (STLE) are driving professional development and student achievement. The Board of Regents has included $80 million for STLE in its 2015-16 State Aid Proposal.
Then, in our latest "Engaged Voices" blog, a first-grade teacher and librarian write about the benefits of teaching a coherent sequence of content. This approach is helping young readers build knowledge and acquire higher-level vocabulary more quickly.
Additionally, you will find information about the next Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core Conference, scheduled for August 11 and 12 at the Cultural Education Center in Albany.
Lastly, check out an important article about school bus safety from the Office of Pupil Transportation, and we take a look ahead to spring in the Office of Facilities Planning newsletter.