In this newsletter, you can watch a video blog post by a Manhattan middle school teacher who describes the difference in math instruction – before and after the Common Core – as his students engage in group problem solving. On Long Island, kindergartners show us how they’re using technology in library class to reinforce what they’re learning in the classroom.

Our new video series, “ELA Studio Talk,” features veteran educators David Liben and Meredith Liben, who offer fresh insights and concrete steps to improve literacy instruction in the elementary school classroom. We also get an inside look at how two districts are using the Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) grant and school-community partnerships to expand STEM education.

In addition, a high school ELA teacher in Northern New York writes about the importance for her students to delve into non-fiction texts in order to better analyze fiction. Plus, there’s some news from the Special Education office.


Elizabeth Frangella, Ed.D
Associate Superintendent for Curriculum