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Jillian grew up and did her student teaching in the Hudson Valley. She now works with the University of Michigan Children’s Centers. In her recent blog post, she explores the ways to interact with the community without leaving the classroom. After reading the book: Cultivating Joy & Wonder: Educating for Sustainability in Early Childhood Through Nature, Food, & Community by Emily Hoyler and Linda Wellings, Jillian works with her students to come up with engagin lesson plans that bring the community to the students.

A new resource, called the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum, is now available thanks to the NYC School Library System. This resource emphasizes the importance of inquiry in learning and establishes information fluency standards for grades K-12, which are aligned with Common Core Learning Standards. The fusion of the two sets of standards aims to create students who are capable of absorbing and applying appropriate information to any situation.

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.

Last month, Stan Silverman and Ed Murray from NYIT presented at the Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core Conference at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY. During the presentation they discussed how the Educational Enterprise Zone (EEZ) helps to support museums, libraries, science centers, and other cultural institutions build capacity to deliver programs using web-based distance learning tools.

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 out for information about ongoing activities around the state.