Majority of States Opting Out of NCLB

He doesn’t come right out and say it however this opens the Federal door to the Common Core Standards and PARCC assessments.

Watch MSNBC Morning Joe video: Arne Duncan: Give schools flexibility to hit high bar –   http://on.msnbc.com/qHbIF6 via @msnbc

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Rochester’s Native American Resource Center Delivers Free Presentations to GCSD Teachers!

The Native American Resource Center in Rochester has been providing excellent presentations to Greece classrooms for years please consider asking them to come to your class room to deliver content-rich, standards-based programs for our students.

The Cultural Encounters presentations see flyer Cultural Encounters flyer 2011-12 (Read-Only)is one of the ways that they accomplish this goal.

They are interested in assisting any grade level not just the 4th and 5th grade teachers.

Its Free!

Greece qualifies for these free programs because of a consortium grant that the office writes each year.

Announcing GeoFest – RACSS 2011

Celebrating Communities
Monroe Community College, Bldg. 11
1000 E. Henrietta Rd.Rochester, New York 14623
Saturday October 22, 2011 8:45 AM – 3:30 PM
The New York Geographic Alliance, the Rochester Area Council for the Social  Studies and the Chemistry/ Geosciences Department of Monroe Community College are proud to sponsor GeoFest-RACSS 2011 – Celebrating Our Communities.
This all-day workshop is open to all teachers, pre-teachers, college instructors, and anyone else who loves geography. There will be three workshop
sessions on a wide variety of topics appropriate for all grade levels (K-University).
After the workshops, all participants are invited to join us for a tour around Rochester focusing on communities. Stops will include the High Falls, the
Genesee Aqueduct, and a Geography Walk in the South Wedge neighborhood. Lunch will be provided.
The cost for advanced registrations is $10 for the morning workshops and $25 for the workshops and the cruise. Pre-teachers get a $5 discount! For those
registering at the door, the cost is $15 for the workshops and $30 for the workshop/field trip combination. Register early to ensure your seat on the Community Tour Bus.
We are currently accepting registrations for GeoFest-RACSS 2011 Registration is available at http://www.nygeographicalliance.org
If you have any other questions, contact Tim McDonnell at tmcdonnell@monroecc.edu.

Great PD opportunity for teachers of curriculum related to Asia

Great PD opportunity!
A seminar program through the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) run by Terry Noonan at Nazareth. It is very informational from a content standpoint and another benefit is a $300 stipend to purchase classroom materials related to Asia. The web address is listed below, if you would share this with anyone who might be interested.

http://www.smith.edu/fcceas/ncta/states/ny.html

VIP Tour of the Greece Historical Society


Many thanks to Kathy, Lee, Alan, and Bill for the VIP treatement at the Greece Historical Society on Thursday. There is so much to see here and a great resource for Greece teachers and students!  Check them out at www.greecehistoricalsociety.net