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Arts in Ed News

It’s that time again, to start letting Wendy Petry know of any authors you would like to pursue for school visits through Celebrities in the Schools for next year.  The deadline for 2018-19 purchase orders to Monroe One BOCES is mid-April.  Please have all Arts in Education purchase orders to her by then at the latest for new requests.  Please let your teachers know of this deadline.

Also, a reminder to teachers and librarians to fill out evaluations on-line after an event at the AIE website, Arts in Education Evaluation (link).


New Safari Content

For those districts participating in the Multimedia Service, Safari has been adding new content. The packages listed below are already available to you in our SAFARI Montage system.

  • Simple History Video Links – 58 Web streaming links to animated history videos. Topics include: the Industrial Revolution, California Gold Rush, Berlin Wall, Space Race, Thanksgiving and more. Grades 7-12.
  • Osmosis Video Links – 39 web streaming links to videos exploring a variety of medical concepts including: asthma, concussion, HIV & AIDS, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bulimia nervosa and more. Grades 9-Adult.
  • Basho and Friends Video Links – 62 web streaming links to Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese instructional music videos. Grades PreK-4.
  • NUMBEROCK Video Links – 70 web streaming links to musical animated math videos. Topics include: angles, order of operations, addition, subtraction, fractions and more. Grades PreK-6.

We will keep you updated as they add content!

Author Webcasts at

The Library of Congress Center for the Book hosts a series of author webcasts and posts them on their website. Here you can see and hear favorite authors discuss their work.

The list of authors includes webcasts by R.L. Stine, Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, Stephenie Meyer, Toni Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Jan Brett and more.

Scroll through the list at

On-Demand Programming: American Graduate: Getting to Work

In 2018, together with 19 stations (including our own WXXI), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting launched the American Graduate initiative’s, “American Graduate: Getting To Work,” to partner with schools and businesses, and help prepare students with the skill sets and training needed to be part of the new workforce, especially for high-demand fields.  As part of this, WXXI is offering on-demand programming highlighting local career opportunities that may not require an expensive 4-year college degree.

American Graduate is one of the largest public media collaborations across the country with over 125 local public media organizations, and national television and radio producers and distributors, working with more than 1,700 community partners.

Click here to find their local career pathway videos

Call for Proposals: High School to College: Supporting Student Success

We’re currently looking for poster sessions and breakout sessions for this one day conference, being held May 22nd from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at the SUNY College at Brockport.

Poster Sessions:
We’re looking for poster sessions featuring research projects from both high school and first year college level that represent a wide range of student experiences.

Breakout Sessions:
We’re also looking for breakout sessions on all topics related to student success, such as:

  • First generation college students
  • Scaffolding instructional sessions for classes with a range of research skill levels
  • Teaching strategies
  • How college culture and research/classroom learning come together
  • Student resilience & self-advocacy
  • Preparing for college level writing in all its modalities
  • Crosswalking information literacy standards and frameworks (AASL & ACRL)
  • Helping English language learners achieve success
  • Thinking inclusively & universal design
  • Information literacy and its connection to critical thinking
  • Digital citizenship
  • Supporting the whole student (social emotional learning)
  • How public libraries support high school & college students


Use this form to submit your idea for a poster session or breakout session (or both!). Please submit one form for each session that you want to present if proposing multiple sessions.

Deadline to submit is Friday, March 15th. Accepted session will be notified no later than Friday, March 29th.

A full conference program will be available the week of April 11th.


Registration is also open for this full-day conference where you’ll have the opportunity to learn from your colleagues as we talk about ways to help our students successfully transition from high school to college. This conference will feature breakouts, panels, and poster sessions, with plenty of time for one-on-one conversations and making connections with educators from around the region.

*Registration is hosted by Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES MyLearningPlan. If registering from an institution not listed under District/Institution please select “Other, Not on List” and then type in the institution under Building/Division. – If you have any questions, contact Jim Belair (

Ten Ways Teacher Librarians Improve Literacy in Schools

This article, published in “The Conversation” takes a deep dive into the strategies that School Librarians use to promote reading and support literacy initiatives. Although it is written about Australian schools, the strategies are the same across the board. This article could help administrators understand the work that Librarians do every day and the benefits of having full-time Librarians in every school library.

Click link or paste this into your browser window to read it:

New Library of Congress collection

The only known surviving Muslim American slave autobiography has been acquired by the Library of Congress, and has been made available to the public online as a part of the Omar Ibn Said Collection. The autobiography (of Omar Ibn Said) is only 15 pages long, and while written in Arabic, is accompanied by an English translation.

The fact that this was written in Arabic may make it more authentic, as many slave autobiographies that were written in English were edited and changed by their owners. It is also proof of the level of education that existed in Africa at the time.

To view the collection go to:

To read a more informative article on the collection go to:

Travel Grants for AASL Conference

If you have never attended the AASL conference, you may be eligible to win a travel grant. AASL is offering 30 travel grants to first time attendees for its 2019 National Conference and Exhibition, taking place November 14-16 in Louisville, Kentucky.

To find out more about the conference, see:

Travel grant applications are due February 1st. (

The $750 grants are sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books.