Hello Everyone,

We are very excited to announce that the Uncommon Voices blog has moved locations. We are now located at http://nysculturaled.org/uncommon-voicesThis is the official New York State Education Department (NYSED) website for Cultural Education, developed and maintained by the Northeast Comprehensive Center through a contract with the US Department of Education to support the implementation of the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). The resources featured on the website make it easy to experience the wealth of cultural and educational programs and events New York State has to offer and to apply these experiences directly to the K-12 curriculum. Some of the website features include a list of cultural institutions, upcoming events, open educational resources, lesson plans, a social collaboration space, and the Uncommon Voices blog. We thank you for your contributions to this blog and look forward to collaborating with you in the future at NYSculturaled.org!


EEZ Training Coming Up in Albany!

On Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 10:00am to 2:30pm the NYIT Educational Enterprise Zone (EEZ) will be facilitating a face-to-face training at the Albany Institute of History and Art. The training will focus on the process for successfully planning and executing an interactive and engaging webinar using BlackBoard Collaborate or Safari Montage Live. A draft agenda for the training can be viewed here.

If you would like to attend this training at the Albany Institute of History and Art please RSVP using this online form.

We will be hosting another training at the NYIT campus in Manhattan that will also focus on webinar planning and execution. More information about that training will be available shortly.

If you have any questions please contact Ed Murray (emurra03@nyit.edu).


ATTN: Capital Region Educators

CNSE CMOST and the Traveling Museum have announced an educator open house from 4 to 7pm on Thursday, October 16, at -

CNSE Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CNSE CMOST)
250 Jordan Road (in Rensselaer Technology Park)
Troy, New York 12180

Phone: 518-235-2120
Fax: 518-235-6836

Email: info@cmost.org


Join the EEZ!

All cultural institutions in New York state are invited to join the New York Institute of Technology Educational Enterprise Zone. It's a free membership, and it will entitle your institution to use the suite of web-based tools for distance learning that the EEZ has created.

You'll be able to provide webinars, share your resources, and give access to your collection to teachers and students no matter where they are in the state. There is no charge to use these tools.

Visit http://eez.nyittbls.org/ to get started. In-person training sessions will be scheduled around the state so that you will be able to take full advantage of the tools.

The Office of Cultural Education extends its sincere thanks to NYIT for making this extraordinary offer possible.


Post-Conference Greetings!

Thank you to all who attended Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core 2 this week! Feel free to fill out the conference evaluation at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UncommonCommonCore2014 or send comments to us at uncommoncc@gmail.com.

And keep an eye on the Uncommon Voices blog at our new website, nysculturaled.org, for information about ongoing activities around the state.


Next Week . . .

Our conference begins with registration at 7:30 this coming Tuesday, 8/12. We're very excited!

At the conference, participants will learn about our new website, nysculturaled.org, which will debut at the conference. This blog will migrate to the new website at this address:

If you visit the new blog now, you'll have a sneak preview at the whole site. Take a look and let us know if you have resources to add to it.


Only 2 weeks to go -

We are looking forward to an exciting and productive conference, beginning in just two weeks. 

We hope to see you there!