2016 Teen Video Challenge

November 19, 2015: The New York State Library announces its participation in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) sponsored 2016 Teen Video Challenge.

New York State, as part of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, is very pleased to participate in the 2016 Teen Video Challenge. New York State has taken part in the Teen Video Challenge every year since 2011. Please encourage teens ages 13 to 18 to create and submit an entry promoting summer reading and libraries.  This year’s slogan for the Teen Video Challenge is “Get in the Game – Read!”

Teens are directed to submit entry forms to their local library by March 4, 2016.

All information and forms for the competition are available on the “Summer Reading at New York Libraries” website at  http://www.summerreadingnys.org/teens/teens-video-challenge/.


ESIFC and the Social Studies Inquiries

The alignments of the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum developed by the Premier Learning Team during #ILEADUSA are now available to view.  The team is now seeking feedback on the alignments to further develop this work.  The alignments have been developed to integrate with the supporting questions and activities of the Social Studies inquiries.  For each supporting question, a chart frames the teaching of the information skills, practices, and formative assessments with the inquiry process.

The site developed is available at http://esifc.weebly.com.  At the bottom of the home page, please submit your name, email, and any comments.

NYS K-12 Social Studies Toolkit

The New York State K-12 Social Studies Toolkit project is now complete and available to teachers across the state on C3Teachers.org. The 84 curriculum inquiries—six at each grade K-11 and twelve at grade 12—can be accessed directly through the C3 Teachers website (http://www.c3teachers.org/inquiries/) and through EngageNY ( https://www.engageny.org/resource/new-york-state-k-12-social-studies-resource-toolkit). The inquiries are accessible by grade level and topic and they are available for downloading in both PDF and Word formats.

While the inquiries form the bulk of the Toolkit project, three other pieces support that work:

  • The Conceptual Foundations document presents a rationale grounded in research and practice for the Toolkit project in general and for the Inquiry Design Model format in which the inquiries were constructed in particular.
  • The Toolkit Professional Development Materials offer teachers and professional developers a set of four Power Point slide decks that introduce the Toolkit project and then present the three key elements: questions, tasks, and sources.
  • The Toolkit Video Series showcases teachers and students discussing four important features of the inquiries including the overall approach, questions, arguments, and taking informed action.

These pieces of the Toolkit are available online through the New York C3 Hub at http://www.c3teachers.org/newyork.

The Toolkit project was developed through a grant by the New York State Department of Education.


OER Commons

OER Commons is a digital library where educators can find resources to develop, support and amplify their practice. The site is searchable by subject, grade level or standard. Users can also filter results to include topics, such as activities and labs, games, videos, lesson plans, and interactive tools.


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