News and Notes: Multiple Pathways Offer Students New Opportunities

All students deserve an education that prepares them for success in college, careers, and life. That's why the Board of Regents passed a ground-breaking initiative on October 20 to offer students new options to meet the State's high school graduation requirements. The new regulations establish multiple pathways to graduation, including pathways in Career and Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); the Arts; Biliteracy; and the Humanities. I encourage you to watch an overview video below and to learn more about the ways multiple pathways will help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in postsecondary education and a variety of demanding, high-skill career paths.

Also in News & Notes, we hear perspectives from students on Long Island and the Finger Lakes about meeting the challenges of higher standards. And as auditions draw near for the 2015 New York State Summer School of the Arts, we share a video profile of the modern dance program, where students are learning college and career ready skills, while putting on a great show.

In addition, I hope you'll enjoy reading about districts and BOCES throughout the state that were just awarded $11 million in grants to provide professional development to current principals and teacher leaders, plus a unique perspective from the Niagara Falls City School District on the changing role of the principal. Finally, I am pleased to announce a new opportunity for teacher engagement, the Hope Street Group New York State Teacher Fellows Program.

View this edition of News and Notes from October 27, 2014 here