News and Notes: Happy American Education Week!

It's American Education Week! This week is a good opportunity to celebrate public education and also to reflect on everything you do to make a difference for children in New York State. I truly appreciate all of your contributions and efforts to help students succeed.

Funding Opportunity: State-Level Evaluation of the New York State 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals for the State-level evaluation of its 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program that is required by the United States Department of Education (USDOE). The selected evaluator will assess the extent to which the expected outcomes of this program have been achieved. The results of this evaluation will be used to guide NYSED’s efforts to: direct and improve its administration of the program; provide assistance to local grantees; and improve program quality and outcomes for participating students.

Funding Opportunity: Intensive Teacher Institute for Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired (ITI-TVI)

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) intends to establish an Intensive Teacher Institute (ITI) for Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired (TVI) for a five-year period, subject to continued availability of funds for such purposes. NYSED anticipates that two awards will be made. The annual maximum award amount made to each of the two programs will be $122,750.

Funding Opportunity: National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant for School Food Authorities

The School Food Service Equipment Grant is intended to improve the infrastructure of the NSLP. This will be achieved by providing the opportunity for schools to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns, improve the overall quality of meals, improve efficiency of production and service and expand participation in school meals programs.

News and Notes: $7 Million in Grants Available; Medications in Schools; Arts and EngageNY Surveys

In this issue, we provide important updates related to New York State's My Brother's Keeper initiative; a law permitting students to carry certain medications in schools; surveys related to the Arts and EngageNY; the spring 2016 grades 3-8 ELA and math assessment results; and NYSED's comments on federal ESSA rulemaking guidance. We also highlight a public outreach video about our Professional Assistance Program for licensed professionals with substance use problems and provide updates from the New York State Library.