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Next Generation Learning Standards

New York City Regional Supporting All Students Conference - Hunter College: June 8, 2018

New York State Next Generation Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics

Conference Materials

Keynote Presentation

NYS Next Generation Learning Standards: Leading Advanced Literacies Instruction For the 21st Century

Dr. Nonie Lesaux

Unlike in past decades, reading and writing have become prerequisites for participation in nearly every aspect of day-to-day, 21st century life. Developing the advanced literacy skills necessary to be academically and personally successful in today’s literacy-and knowledge-based society and economy requires an instructional experience, from early childhood through adolescence, that cultivates knowledge and builds language. This session will focus on the Next Generation Learning Standards and how educators can provide all learners with more and deeper interactions with text and talk in order to foster academic language, ensure an understanding of academic writing and speaking, and deepen knowledge of abstract concepts and ideas.

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Morning Break-out Sessions

English Language Arts Session:
Let Me Introduce Myself: The Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards Introduction

Presenters: Dawn Shannon, Assistant Superintendent for The Center of Educational Support and Technology at Broome-Tioga BOCES; Michelle G. Bulla, English Department Chair and English Teacher at Monroe-Woodbury High School in Orange County 

Mathematics Session:
Let Me Introduce Myself: The Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards Introduction

Presenter: Teri Calabrese-Gray, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and 21st Century Learning at Champlain Valley Educational Services; with help from Allison Peet, Jody Popple, Kim Louttit, Andrew Mitchell, Paul Volkert, and Christine Willmart.

The Next Generation Mathematics and English Language Arts Learning Standards are a result of a two-year exercise in reflective practice that has demonstrated how a collaborative process of review can create a stronger, more focused, and cohesive set of learning outcomes, accessible for all types of learners. Why is there a need for change, and how do the Next Generation Learning Standards reflect this need? The morning session will allow participants to actively engage in a discussion of the introductory documents to seek answers to those questions. Participants will look at how standards are defined, how they relate to curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and how they impact student learning. The session will also include discussion around how the introductory documents can be used as meaningful tools to guide local decisions about instructional practice, curriculum, and local assessment.

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Afternoon Workshops

Developing a Standards-Based IEP 

Presenter: MaryAnn White, OTR/L, MS.Ed., Regional Special Education Training Specialist at the Western Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center (RSE-TASC)

What is a standards-based IEP? How do we develop a standards-based IEP? Join us in a collegial conversation and review of various resources and tools to develop students’ IEPs that:

  • ensure “access, participation and progress” in the general education curriculum;
  • consider the standards students are expected to meet at their grade level;
  • provide students with the opportunity to receive specifically designed instruction to support achievement of grade-level expectations; and
  • provide information for teachers to effectively provide accommodations, supports, and instruction to students with disabilities to address the needs of the student to positively impact academic performance.

Family Engagement and the Next Generation Learning Standards

Presenters: Luarben (Lulu) Bencosme, M.S.Ed., Bilingual Information and Outreach Specialist at the Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center and Lower Hudson Early Childhood Direction Center; Beverly Guity, Resource Specialist for the Hudson Valley Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network.

Parent and family engagement in the educational process is critical to the success of all of our students. As NYSED shares the Next Generation Learning Standards, we invite you to consider how you may engage or strengthen engagement with families of students from diverse backgrounds and provide guidance in understanding the learning standards, where to look for resources, how to foster family support for students’ academic goals and effective techniques for school-family communication.

Best Practices for Using AIR Engage NY ELL Scaffolds and the ACCEL Model

Presenter: Diane August, Managing Researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR)

During this presentation participants will learn about resources for teachers that will support English learners/multilingual learners in attaining the New York State Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards. The presentation will focus specifically on methods for supporting ELs prior to and during close reading and writing to sources. Participants will have an opportunity to practice implementing elements of these methods.

Let’s Talk Crosswalk: How to Utilize the NYS Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards Crosswalk Documents

Presenters: Kim Louttit, Math Coordinator, Staff and Curriculum Development, Differentiated Instruction and Data Analysis for Erie 1 BOCES; Jody Popple, PK-12 Math Specialist at Madison Oneida BOCES.

In this session, participants will become familiar with the evolution of the New York State Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards. The focus of the presentation will be on the similarities and differences between the NYS P-12 CCLS for Mathematics and the NYS Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards and how districts can use the support crosswalk documents to develop a needs assessment with respect to student learning, curriculum, and instruction.

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The Lifelong Practices for Readers and Writers: What are the Practices and How Should They Be Implemented in the Classroom?

Presenter: Dawn Shannon, Assistant Superintendent for The Center of Educational Support and Technology at Broome-Tioga BOCES; Michelle Bulla, English Department Chair at Monroe-Woodbury High School in Orange County 

The Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards include the new Lifelong Practices for Readers and Writers, which articulate important lifelong literacy practices. Why were the Practices added to the Next Genera-tion Standards? How can school district leaders use the Practices to inform curriculum and instruction? How can teachers use these practices to improve student learning? This workshop will be interactive and will include time for table discussion and questions.

The Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards: What Is New and What Do I need to Know?

Presenters: AnnMarie Dull, the Deputy Executive Director of Instructional Strategy and Evaluation in the Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Learning (CIPL), New York City Department of Education; Erik Sweet, Associate in Instructional Services (English Language Arts), NYSED Office of Curriculum and Instruction; John Harmon, member of the ELA Standards Revision Team

The Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards were developed over a two-year period with educators and parents from across New York State. What is new with the revised standards? During this presentation, Erik Sweet from the NYSED Office of Curriculum and Instruction, and John Harmon, from the New York State English Council, will present an overview about what is new, how the new standards connect to New York’s rich history of standards, and share an overview of the ELA crosswalks that are available for each grade. This interactive session will include a full presentation, as well as small group discussions.

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Specially Designed Instruction and the Next Generation Learning Standards

Presenter: Ruairi Gribbon & Susana Don

Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) is the foundation upon which special education is built. Educators are responsible for implementing and reviewing IEPs to ensure that students are meeting their annual goals. During this workshop, participants will explore current New York State Education Department (NYSED) Part 200 regulations related to SDI, develop an operational understanding of the definition of SDI, and review the role of standards in SDI. These essential understandings are indispensable to ensure access to the general curriculum through accommodations and modifications so that students can meet the same academic standards as their all of their peers, and to ensure progress toward meeting IEP goals and objectives.

New York State Assessments – Educators and the Test Development Process

Participants in both the English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessment workshops will see an overview of the test development process, which is a multi-year process that relies on educator involvement at many stages. Participants in the Mathematics Assessment workshop will then consider Reference Sheets for the Grades 3-8 math assessments and Regents exams, and how information is selected for inclusion, while participants in the English Language Arts Assessment Workshop will learn about the passage selection process. Following both presentations, workshop participants will be asked to complete a survey to provide the Office of State Assessment with feedback on these topics, which will be considered in preparation for the development of future State examinations and assessments.


Presenters: Paul Anderson, Nancy Viall (NYSED Office of State Assessment)


English Language Arts

Presenters: Emily Bryans, Rosie Heinegg (NYSED Office of State Assessment)


Standards and the Instructional Cycle: A Tool for Prekindergarten-Grade 3

Presenters: Sarah Hughes, Senior Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation and the early learning lead for the federal Northeast Comprehensive Center (NCC); Lynnette Pannucci, Associate in Instructional Services, NYSED Office of Early Learning; Meg McNiff, Associate in Education Improvement Services, NYSED Office of Early Learning

Over the past several years, many educators and parents have raised questions about New York State’s Learning Standards and locally-determined curriculum, instruction, and assessment. For example, is a standards-based curriculum compatible with developmentally-appropriate instructional practices? How do we ensure progress towards English Language Arts and Math goals in the early grades while supporting the other key domains of learning and development? With a specialized focus on prekindergarten through third grade, participants will be presented with a tool for understanding and communicating the relationships and distinctions between learning standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the early grades; engage in discussions about implementation; and, work through a process that can be used at the local level to support effective planning across all domains of learning in the earliest grades.


Technology and the Next Generation Learning Standards

Presenter: Shannon Logan, Coordinator of Technology Policy at NYSED

Technology is a powerful tool that should be utilized in everyday instruction, across all subjects, to enhance teaching and learning in order to prepare students for success in college, careers, and citizenship in the 21st Century. Join the NYSED Office of Educational Design and Technology as well as educational technology leaders from New York State in exploring the ways in which teaching and learning the Next Generation English language arts and mathematics standards can be enhanced through the use of technology. This session will identify specific connections between educational technology and the NGLS standards, and will provide strategies for utilizing technology to support increased student achievement and engagement.

Understanding the Every Student Succeeds Act

Presenter: Jason Harmon, Title I School and Community Services, NYSED

Signed into law in December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESSA both builds upon and departs in significant ways from the previous version of the law, the No Child Left Behind Act. With an increased focus on equity and transparency, a well-rounded education for students, support for effective teaching, and multiple measures of accountability for schools and districts, ESSA provides opportunities for educators across New York. This workshop is designed to inform educators regarding the key features of New York’s approved plan, what ESSA means for educational practices, how schools and districts will be held accountable for performance and supported in their improvement efforts, and how New York’s plan is intended to assist educators to improve educational outcomes for all students.

Utilizing the New Teacher-Support Features Built Into the New Math Standards Document

Presenter: Andrew Mitchell, Coordinator of Regional Math Initiatives at Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES; Paul Volkert, Mathematics Specialist at Broome-Tioga BOCES

In this session, participants will learn how the new Next Generation Mathematics Standards document can be used to inform districts’ and teachers’ curriculum and instruction. The focus of the presentation will be on understanding the numerous resources built into the Next Generation Mathematics Standards document and how they can be fully utilized. The new document will be showcased with the audience interacting with the presenter to become familiar with the way this resource can be utilized to support teaching and learning.

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Designing Science Lessons Aligned to the New Standards to Promote English Learners’ Science and Language Learning

Presenter: Lorena Llosa, Associate Professor of Education in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University

Dr. Llosa will discuss the principles informing the development of “Science and Integrated Language” (SAIL), a fifth-grade science curriculum for English learners aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards. Using examples from SAIL, the presenter will illustrate how science lessons that blend the three dimensions promoted by the new standards—disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices—create a rich context for language use and development.


Hunter College

New York, NY

June 8, 2018 from 7:30am to 4:00pm

For more information call 518-474-5922 or email