News and Notes: Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week offers us - as a state and nation - the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the incredible difference teachers make in the lives of their students each day. From the elementary school teacher who introduced me to fractions to the middle school social studies teacher whose inquiry-driven classroom inspired a life-long interest in history and geography to the high school English teacher who helped me to discover the powerful writing of Ralph Ellison and Zora Neale Hurston, I will be forever grateful for the teachers who inspired and challenged me as a student. Since the start of the school year, I've visited more than 70 schools. I have been continually impressed by the rigorous and engaging instruction that I see as teachers across the state endeavor to ensure all of our students are prepared for success in college, careers, and life. On behalf of the Board of Regents and the State Education Department, thank you to all of our New York State teachers for their passionate dedication to their students.

In this edition of News and Notes, we highlight some success stories and exciting initiatives around the state, including a video about Common Core in the Bilingual Classroom in Harlem, a math blog to help connect with parents in Smithtown, and perspectives on the new Social Studies Framework from Webster social studies teacher and 2013 Teacher of the Year, Greg Ahlquist. In addition, we want to share some helpful resources with you, including information about summer teacher workshops at the State Museum and data reports available to help analyze state test results. We hope you will find these resources useful.

View this week's edition of News and Notes here