About the Site

About NYSCulturalEd:

NYSCulturalEd.org is a Site developed and maintained by the Northeast Comprehensive Center through a contract with the United States Department of Education to support the implementation of the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). This is the official New York State Education Department (NYSED) Site for current materials and resources related to New York State’s cultural institutions, open educational resources (OER), and cultural events.

NYSCulturalEd.org is dedicated to providing educators, parents, and families across New York State with access to free cultural resources that support the State’s vision for a college and career ready education for all students.

Goals of NYSCulturalEd:

The purpose of www.NYSCulturalEd.org is to provide a secure place in which teachers and cultural organizations can find one another, collaborate, share resources, share lesson plans and other related materials, and demonstrate the value of their work and resources for all stakeholders. Our Site will also increase understanding of resources available through cultural institutions across the New York State.

What you will find on NYSCulturalEd:

Cultural Institutions

Interactive map of New York State with cultural institutions divided into each county. A menu of cultural institutions divides these cultural institutions into the following categories: Archives, Libraries, Museums, Public Media, Parks and Zoos.

Open Educational Resources

Publicly available resources provided by cultural institutions that relate to specific Common Core Learning Standards. A menu categorizes these open educational resources (OER) into the following subject areas: Arts, English Language Arts, Languages Other Than English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Lesson Plans

Detailed lesson plans that utilize cultural institutions and/or OERs in New York State that align to the Common Core Learning Standards. A menu categorized these lesson plans into the following subject areas: Arts, English Language Arts, Languages Other Than English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Best Practices

Description of each section of the Site. Tutorial videos that outline the best practices of the Site for teachers and parents/families.

Social Collaboration

Discussion forum in which you can explore different discussion topics and collaborate with other educators or families by logging into your existing social media accounts (Facebook or Twitter).

Upcoming Events

Chronological list of free upcoming events provided by cultural institutions in the New York State that users can register for directly on our Site.


Our partners:

New York State Education Department Office of Cultural Education:

The Office of Cultural Education (OCE) operates three major cultural institutions with stewardship responsibilities for collections - the New York State Museum, State Library, and State archives - and the Office of Educational Television and Public Broadcasting. These institutions are responsible for increasing the knowledge and information resources of State and local government, businesses, and individuals. The Office supports research, operates programs, and develops collections that serve the long-term interests of the institutions and residents of New York. The Office of Cultural Education provides services directly to individuals and government at the New York State Library , the State Archives and State Museum. OCE also distributes aid to libraries and library systems, local governments, and public broadcasting stations, and provides instructional television services through the Public Broadcasting Program.

For more information about OCE, please visit www.oce.nysed.gov/

Northeast Comprehensive Center:

The mission of the Northeast Comprehensive Center (NCC) is to develop the capacity of the state education agencies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont and their networks and agencies to assist districts and schools in improving achievement outcomes for all students. In doing so, we strive to engage with state education leaders in:

  • Thinking systemically about the relationships among all elements to create coherence and articulate a common purpose
  • Using research-based findings and rigorous evidence to evaluate impact, refine practices, seek new solutions, and meet learners’ needs
  • Acting strategically to maximize opportunities and to make the best use of available resources
  • Working collaboratively across leadership levels and organizations to leverage resources and overcome barriers.

For more information about the NCC and our work, please visit www.northeastcompcenter.org.

The future of NYSCulturalEd:

As New York’s cultural institutions and the resources they have to offer grow, NYSCulturalEd will also expand and reflect the most current materials and resources available. Please reach out to us via the Contact Us link if you have questions regarding our Site.

Last Updated: August 8, 2014