Want to Upskill? Study Grant Opportunity at Touro University, TESOL/BLE Department -Clinically Rich Intensive Teacher Institute programs (CR-ITI)

The New York State Education Department is intending to make new grant awards for the operation of Clinically Rich Intensive Teacher Institute programs (CR-ITI). These Institutes are targeted at NYC teachers who want to obtain a TESOL or Bilingual General Education teaching certificate.

Touro College’s Graduate School of Education is successfully operating a 5-year CR-ITI Program under NYSED. Under the Touro program, an annual cohort of 20 teachers will take 5 courses and upon completion of the program, will be recommended to NYSED for either an ESOL (PreK-12) or Bilingual Extension. Under the grant, participants will receive tuition support of $900 per course, as well as a 15% Touro College discount for the remainder of tuition expenses. To complete the entire one-year certificate program,

     Eligibility Requirements for Participating Teachers:

  • Participants must be NYC DOE teachers (with an initial or professional classroom teaching certificate) and must be recommended by their principals.
  • Teachers must be highly motivated and dedicated to better serving ELLs in their schools or districts.
  • TESOL candidates will need to provide proof of experience with learning a foreign language (equivalent to 12 college credits). Candidates may complete the necessary credits while in the program.
  • Bilingual Extension candidates will need to provide verification of target language proficiency.

For more details about this great opportunity program please see the attachment.  For other information including deadlines for application please contact

Dr. Olga De Jesus-Diaz

To apply send  required information to : Dr. Olga De Jesus-Diaz

Chair, TESOL/BLE Advance Certification Programs 

212-463-0400 ext. 55122


World Book Day at Touro University Graduate School of Education Thursday, April 7th, 2022

Touro University Graduate School of Education will celebrate World Book Day Thursday, April 7th, 2022 through a marathon read-aloud from 9 am to 4 pm. Concurrently, Touro University celebrates its 50th anniversary by sharing award-winning books and resources for teachers, parents, and caregivers. Click here for the complete schedule: https://www.touro.edu/news–events/events/world-book-day-2022.php

Registration Required for This Free Event: Webinar Registration – Zoom

Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin presents Reimagine and Redesign: Augmented Reality Digital Technologies and 21st Century Education at ICLTTE 2022, the 16th International Conference on Language Teaching and Teacher Education in Jeddah

I am pleased to share my presentation and abstract for Reimagine and Redesign: Augmented Reality Digital Technologies and 21st Century Education.

The International Conference on Language Teaching and Teacher Education aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Language Teaching and Teacher Education. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Language Teaching and Teacher Education.

Algorithmic approaches to decision-making are starting to permeate both institutional and personal spheres through decision support systems. In education, AI and intelligent systems are poised to become change agents with deep impacts not only on assessment, administrative functions, organizational strategic planning, student acquisition, and retention but also on curriculum design, and personal learning networks (PNL). The global competitiveness of educational institutions and their graduates’ rests on their ability to be agile and nimble in adopting adaptive technology spaces.

Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin

This paper explores augmented reality digital technologies (ARDTs) and their use in educational cases in the artificial intelligence (AI) age. The future of education and work are evolving to a fluid landscape with an uncertain job or career trajectories due to a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) environment. Structuring education as a menu of predefined
disciplines and degrees, situated in brick-and-mortar educational institutions may no longer be an optimal education model.
Algorithmic approaches to decision-making are starting to permeate both institutional and personal spheres through decision support systems. In education, AI and intelligent systems will become change agents with deep impacts not only on assessment, administrative functions, organizational strategic planning, student acquisition, and retention but also on curriculum design and pedagogies.
The convergence of three areas: ARDTs, big data, and global demand for a highly qualified teacher workforce will bring forth far-reaching consequences to the field of education while raising fundamental questions about the functions of educational institutions and educators.
Transformative ways of knowledge generation and pedagogy come on top of business processes enabled through data aggregation and analytic forecasts. Areas in which AI is already entwined in education include smart content, intelligent tutoring systems, virtual facilitators, ARDTs, and yet-to-be-invented learning environments with the distinct possibility of blockchain or Holochain integration for administrative organizational purposes.
The future of education will need to be reimagined and redesigned while implementing and harnessing innovative technologies. Reshaping educational philosophies and their underpinning pedagogies will transform the modes of delivery in educational institutions worldwide. Ultimately, 21st-century ARDTs present significant opportunities and challenges to educational institutions and learners alike.
Fourth Industrial Revolution, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality Digital Technologies, Distributed Ledger Technology

Cowin, Jasmin. “Reimagine and Redesign: Augmented Reality Digital Technologies and 21st Century Education.” virtual presentation, ICLTTE 2022: 16. International Conference on Language Teaching and Teacher Education, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Cowin publishes in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics on “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Technology and Education.”

I am pleased to share that my latest article on The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Technology and Education was published:

Cowin, J. (2021). The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Technology and Education. Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (2021) 19(8), 53 63,

Touro TESOL/Bilingual Candidate Ashley Cosenza’s Materials Critique and Redesign for EDPN-673

The Touro College TESOL/Bilingual Program course EDPN-673 – Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language provides a historical overview of second language acquisition theories and teaching methods. Students learn how to apply current approaches, methods, and techniques, with attention to the effective use of materials, in teaching English as a second language. Students engage in the planning and implementation of standards-based ESL instruction which includes differentiated learning experiences geared to students’ needs. Emphasis is placed on creating culturally responsive learning environments. Includes 15 hours of fieldwork.

One assignment is the Materials Critique & Redesign where candidates will: (1) prepare a written critique description of the material or resource, analyzing its effectiveness for ELLs and (2) based on your analysis, redesign one section/activity of the original material so that it meets the need of ELLs. The materials chosen will promote culturally and linguistically responsive classrooms and instructional practices.

Ashley Cosenza:

Touro TESOL/Bilingual candidate Ashley Cosenza submitted an exemplary project. She is receiving her Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language in Spring 2022. She is in her second to last semester at Touro College with Professor Cowin. Ms. Cosenza, “I enjoy learning different strategies to include in my 5th-grade classroom for students to learn the English language. It is important to me to deliver each lesson in such a way to captivate ELLs in each subject.”

GLoCALL 2021 accepted proposal – Simulation-Based Learning Environments: Practice-Based Teacher Education for TESOL Teacher Candidates

What is GLoCALL 2021? GLoCALL 2021 is an international academic conference focusing on the use of computer technology for language learning (CALL). GLoCALL conferences have been held annually since 2007 in various countries across Asia.

When is GLoCALL 2021? The GLoCALL 2021 conference will be held 16th-18th December 2021. Details of important dates are listed on the Important dates page.

Where will GLoCALL 2021 be held? The GLoCALL 2021 conference will be held online with online sessions presented via the website.


Simulation-Based Learning Environments: Practice-Based Teacher Education for TESOL Teacher Candidates

Jasmin (Bey) Cowin, Ed.D.

Touro College, GSE

Post-pandemic, teacher education programs across the globe are searching for alternative pathways addressing practicum and fieldwork completion for teacher candidates. Simulation-based learning (SBL) with emotionally intelligent student avatars no longer seems a futuristic endeavor. Organizations focusing on medicine, nursing education, aviation, corporate work safety training, and the military have used simulations for years, enabling trainees to make decisions based on best industry standards through practice in virtual environments. With the growing diverse population in US schools, it is essential for Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) teachers to practice incorporation of culturally responsive pedagogy and providing a safe environment for English Language Learners (ELLs). This presentation focuses on reviewing, contrasting, and framing two different virtual training environments for TESOL educators searching for additional opportunities to offer interactive field and practicum experiences: simSchool and Mursion. The presentation and paper will identify, illustrate, and interpret practice-based teacher education (PBTE) and SBL. PBTE illustrates high-level teaching practices, with a specific focus on situated context of use. A PBTE model in SBL can engage TESOL teacher candidates in task-based approaches and help candidates to solidify their knowledge of the distinctions between teaching approaches, methods and techniques.

Keywords: Simulation-based learning, practice-based teacher education, simSchool, Mursion, practice-based teacher education, avatars, practicum. 

Dr. Abdullah M. Al Ghurbani and Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin presented: Fulbright Alumni, Global Friendships & Action: Teacher Training in Yemen October 21st, 2021

Dr. Al Ghurbani, Sana’a, Yemen and I were honored to present at the conference “Fulbright at 75: Celebrating a Legacy of Global Friendships.”

“For 75 years, the Fulbright Program has engaged passionate and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals of all backgrounds. We believe that by living and learning together with people from different countries and cultures we can shape a more positive vision for our communities and our world. A hallmark of the Fulbright Program has been its longstanding commitment to Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). We strive to ensure that Fulbright reflects and values the diversity of U.S. society and societies. Equally important to diversity is inclusion. Fulbright takes steps to ensure that the Program’s diverse participants have successful and rewarding exchange experiences.” US Fulbright Program – Diversity & Inclusion (fulbrightonline.org)

Touro candidate Noelia Feliz, PSGN 698 Field Experiences in Bilingual Pupil Personnel Services, on bilingual assessments

As part of the Touro practicum experience for Bilingual Pupil Personnel Services candidates research bilingual assessment, which is the evaluation of a bilingual individual, by a bilingual individual in a bilingual manner (Rhodes, Ochoa & Ortiz, 2005).

Noelia Feliz is a second-generation immigrant of Hispanic descent. As a school psychologist for Yonkers Public Schools, she proudly serves underprivileged communities and families by aiding them in receiving and obtaining the best service possible. Noelia is currently working towards her bilingual extension at Touro College because she wants to be able to work with a broader population and be a hand and voice for families who are often underserved.

WISC-IV Spanish – What Does It Measure?

The Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children has been broadly utilized in research and clinical applications to distinguish designs of cognitive performance such as neurodevelopmental disorders like attention-deficit disorders autism as well as to obtained conditions such as traumatic brain damage and helping identify learning disabilities. The WISC-V Spanish is a linguistically and culturally diverse test that is used to measure cognitive ability in Spanish for children ages 6:0 through 16:11. This test was adapted from the English WISC-V, however, test items have been validated to limit cultural bias amongst different origins and regions. Factors such as acculturation, socioeconomic status, educational disadvantage, and bilingualism may affect the child’s performance on cognitive tests (McGill & Canivez, 2017).


The Spanish WISC-V is composed of Four indexes that make up the Full-Scale Index Quotient (FSIQ). These four include Verbal Comprehension (similarities, Vocabulary, Comprehension, & Information), Perceptional Reasoning (Block Design, Picture concepts, Matrix reasoning Picture completion), Working Memory (Digit Span, Letter-Number Sequencing, & Arithmetic), and Processing Speed (Coding, Symbol, Search, and Cancellation). In supplement to cognitive abilities measured in these areas, the WISC-V Spanish offers language-environment amended scores for the verbal subtests and indexes. The FSIQ is derived from 7 subtests and is considered what is most typical of universal intellectual functioning (Maccow & Henke, 2016).

Subtest Item Content:

The quantity of adjustment necessary was different across subtests. For the Processing Speed and Visual-Spatial subtests, and all Fluid Reasoning subtests with the exception of Arithmetic, only instruction translation to the child was needed; and all items, stimuli, and art, stayed mirroring that of the English WISC–V. On the Arithmetic, Verbal Comprehension subtests and Letter–Number Sequencing, changes throughout languages needed some modification of item content (Maccow & Henke, 2016).

Subjectivity can be viewed in terms of the Verbal subtests in which the child wither gives you a definition of a word, or compare two things together. The subjectivity comes when depending on the cultural background (dialects) of administrator vs that of the child, the definition of words might vary, thus affecting scoring.

Who should be the users of the WISC-V- Spanish?

Someone who is able to comprehend and communicate in both English and Spanish. Also, someone who is experienced and trained in the assessment linguistically diverse children, in this case, Spanish, who are comparable in linguistic background, cultural, age, clinical, and educational history to the children examiners will be evaluating with the WISC-V Spanish (Maccow & Henke, 2016).

Norming Sample


Restructured normative sample standardized on 2,200 children aged 6:0–16:1. The primary language of the children in the sample is Spanish and have gone to schools across the United States for as little as 5 consecutive years. It is compared to the English normative sample using Item Response Theory (IRT) approach (Maccow & Henke, 2016). Normative sample stratified to correlate with the recent US census data based on race/ethnicity, parent education level, sex, and geographic region for the groups. This entails the added validity evidence based on Spanish-speaking clinical and validity samples. The accumulative weight of reliability and validity evidence proposes that psychologists should focus their efforts interpretively at the general level and have a lot of caution when using group factor scores to make decisions (Maccow & Henke, 2016).

Optional Language-Environment Verbal Score Adjustments

Psychologists who assess children from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds have to face unique trials and complexities. Specifically, practical approaches are needed to weed out the impression of non-cognitive factors (socioeconomic status, educational disadvantage, acculturation, bilingualism) that may affect cognitive test performance (Maccow & Henke, 2016). The adjusted scores give us an approximation (not a precise) of the level to which personal (preferences and language use) and environmental (school, home, neighborhood) variables may have impacted the performance of the child. These adjusted scores have not been validated for determining eligibility for special education. This is why the standard age-adjusted norms are advocated to make such decisions about eligibility (Maccow & Henke, 2016).

Overall Impressions/appropriateness

Overall, The WISC-V Spanish is available, for online/manual administration. It is an easy tool to use both ways. The full kits run for $1,300. The kit includes the manual, the technical interpretive manual, record forms, three stimulus books, 25 response booklets, symbol search and coding scoring keys, and the block design block set (www.pearsonassessments.com). I really do enjoy the assessment, in terms of the time it takes to complete it beats it’s opposite, The Woodcock Munoz which is another cognitive measure and the Spanish version of the Woodcock Johnson. The WISC-V Spanish is typically between 45-65 minutes to complete. The updated norms have updated tremendously from the WISC-IV Spanish and it makes the test that much more reliable to use. They went from having a norm sample of sole Puerto Rican students for the WISC-IV, to expanding on that sample to ELL students across the US. This update makes the test more reliable. The English WISC-V is a personal favorite of mine, and I have seen collogues use the WISC-V Spanish and it looks like something I would enjoy just as much.

The Leiter-III (cognitive)

What does it measure?

The Leiter-III is an assessment tool that is used to evaluate neuropsychological, attentional, and nonverbal abilities in typical and atypical children, adolescents and adults. The test is administered completely in pantomime, and it is not verbally charged like a WISC-V or WJ would be. Administration age is 3–75+ years and takes about 20-25 minutes to administer. This non-verbal assessment is perfect for population of those with Speech/Language disorders, autism, and the English Language Learners (ELLs). With the Leiter-3 postulates an IQ score, and it also gives the percentile and age-equivalent scores for each subtest. The test kit runs for $1,185, and it is only administered manually. ((Leiter-3) Leiter International Performance Scale, Third Edition).

Leiter-3 Subtests

Cognitive Scales (Fluid Intelligence)

Unlike other cognitive testing, the Leiter-3 highlights fluid intelligence, the firmest measure of an individual’s distinctive cognitive abilities.

· Sequential Order (SO)

· Form Completion (FC)

· Classification and Analogies (CA)

· Figure Ground (FG)

· Matching/Repeated Patterns (M/RP)- optional. ((Leiter-3) Leiter International Performance Scale, Third Edition).


The Leiter-3 gives individual subtest, and various composite scores, that measure intelligence, and discrete abilities. These scores recognize the weaknesses and strengths of individual aptitudes, as well as skills. Percentile and age-equivalent scores are provided. Growth Scores are given for all domains, empowering experts to measure little, but imperative, cognitive shifts inside their skill set, especially vital for children with cognitive inabilities. Following these shifts permits experts, teachers and guardians to see the change (development) over time, independent of age-based standard scores. With the Leiter there is little room for subjectivity. Everything is done completely non-verbal. The pantomime signs are all standardized ((Leiter-3) Leiter International Performance Scale, Third Edition).

· Appropriateness/Limitations

When a student is linguistically diverse, it is important to, along with a verbally charged cognitive test, to include a non-verbal to see the difference in the person’s IQ. See if there is a discrepancy in scores based on the child’s language or ability and use those scores and results appropriately. This is something we do in our district. However, the fact that we do not have a verbal aspect to this tests limits our overall picture of the diverse child, which is why it is essential, if the student is able to speak, to include another measure with the Leiter-III.


· Validity / Reliability

The norm of the Leiter-III is based on a sample of 1,600+ typical individuals reflecting the general population in terms of ethnicity/race, gender, and age, and cultural background. The technical appropriateness of the instrument, including standardization and reliability, is strong. However, the data for this measure suggests flexibility in performance over the course of time. validity was supported for both language groups. ((Leiter-3) Leiter International Performance Scale, Third Edition).

Overall Impressions

Overall, I am not a fan of this assessment it is a personal choice. There is nothing wrong with this test, it is just out of my personal comfort zone. My times administering this test have not been the most fun. It was difficult for me initially to get a hang of it as it is different than anything I have ever done before. Sometimes I find students get easily distracted with all the manipulatives that this test does entail, and it is time-consuming. One limitation I find is that since one does not speak on this test, for bilinguals especially, the different pantomime signs might be confusing. Culturally non-verbal signs might vary from culture to culture and that could serve as a downfall if the student is pretty new to the American culture.


“(Leiter-3) Leiter International Performance Scale, Third Edition.” WPS, http://www.wpspublish.com/leiter-3-leiter-international-performance-scale-third-edition.

Maccow, Gloria, and James Henke. “Introducing WISC-V Spanish.” Pearson Clinical, 2017. pearsonclinical.com.

Touro TESOL Teacher Candidate Christine Agnello’s website review for EDDN 639 – Trends and Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition

Christine Agnello is currently a TESOL candidate at the Touro College TESOL graduate program. She has worked with children for over fifteen years and looks forward “to becoming a classroom teacher who can help my English language learners succeed in their academic career.”

Ms. Angelo’s submission is exemplary as it focuses on 6 websites or applications featuring:

  1. The Common Core Standards as they relate to ELLs
  2. The New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT)
  3. The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP), the Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English Protocol (SDAIE), and the Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach Protocol (SIOP)
  4. NCLB & AYP requirements and RTTT
  5. Bilingual Education

Website 1: Common Core


This website is about the New York State common core standards and how they apply to English language learners. This website offers a wide variety of information to help guide parents and guardians in understanding the common core standards and how they apply to ELLs. When you first click on this link, you are brought to a page that showcases a video of a bilingual classroom; from there, you will find information regarding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It is explained that the CCSS are meant to make sure that all children succeed once they graduate from high school. This website explains that the CCSS are essential because they help all children, regardless of their age, race, gender, or background. The website offers a description of the CCSS, which states clear expectations for what each student should know in key critical areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This website is meant to provide parents and guardians with the standards as a way to help them work along with their child’s teachers in guiding their children to be successful. 

A positive aspect of this website is that it provides a ‘Parent Workshop Backpack Guide’ in multiple languages. This will allow all families to become familiar with the CCSS, regardless of their home language. The backpack guide is a two-page information sheet, which details the CCSS and what they should expect to find in their child’s backpack in regards to learning. This information is vital to helping parents keep up to date on what is going on in their child’s academic learning. This website also offers a wide variety of information about ELLs regarding their education. Parents and guardians can navigate the website and view extra details by clicking on the links located on the left side of the screen. While it is significant that the website offers so much information, I do believe a negative is that there might be too much information which will cause parents and guardians to become overwhelmed. 

In the future, I would use this website to help guide the parents and guardians of my English language learners. I may reference this website during parent/teacher conferences, and use it as a guide to show parents and guardians where their children are in terms of their academics and what steps we could take together to get them on the level they need to be in regards to the common core standards. 

Website 2: NYSESLAT


This website is designed to detail The New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). This website offers a wide variety of information in regards to the NYSESLAT, such as a description of the exam, how the exam is measured, and a checklist for review. This website provides a lot of information regarding the exam, and on the left side of the screen, you can view resources and materials that will be used to assess the exam. 

While this website is full of a lot of information, I do believe that it could be overwhelming for English language learner parents and guardians. The website is only in English, which will make it difficult for others to read and understand. At the bottom of the screen, this is another link which brings you to a ‘Parent Brochure.’ Once you click on this link, you are brought to another website which provides a brochure detailing the exam in a variety of languages. 

Although this website may be more geared towards teachers, I believe it is helpful for parents and guardians to view the information provided here. This information can help parents and guardians understand what the NYSESLAT is and what it entails for their children. In the future, I would love for my school’s main office to provide the information regarding this website to newly registered parents, as they can view the data before their child takes the exam. 


Website 3: The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP)  


This website is designed to offer you information regarding The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP). As stated on the homepage of the website, it is understood that The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol approach is for teaching content to English language learners in a strategic way which will make the subject matter and its concepts comprehensible while promoting student’s English language development. This website provides information on the eight components of SIOP, as well as resources that can be used to implement. 

This website is very clean; there aren’t many areas to explore, which makes it easy to navigate. When you view the eight components link, you are brought to a well thought out PDF that details the eight components that you can use. This information can be useful for future teaching and is easily accessible. A negative to the website is that unfortunately, some of the links do not work, and you are brought to a website that is not helpful. 

In the future, I would use this website to help reference how I could use the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) in my classroom. With its clean interface, I feel like I would access it more often, as all the information easily laid out for me. 

Website 4: No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act


This website provides an article detailing the information regarding the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act, and how it especially applies to English language learners. The article explains that the NCLB act requires all English language learners to receive quality instruction for learning English and grade-level academic content. This act allows flexibility for choosing programs of instruction, especially for ELLs. The article explains that states are required to develop standards for English language proficiency, and to link those stands to the state’s academic content standards. The article goes on to list the requirements of the NCLB act in correlation to English language learners. 

This website provides short but very insightful information regarding the No Child Left Behind act and its relation to English language learners. It gives details that I believe would be beneficial to parents and guardians of English language learners. The website provides alternative links to some terms which are not easily understood by parents or guardians unfamiliar to the act. While I find the site useful, I do find it disconcerting that the information is only provided in English.  

In my future, as an educator, I would use this website to inform parents/guardians about the No Child Left Behind act. I think this website would be excellent if it were used during a parent/guardian workshop, which could be set up for the beginning of the school year. This workshop could be conducted during the parent/guardian outreach time, which is mandated by the Department of Education for all teachers on Mondays and Tuesdays. I think it would be beneficial for there to be translators available, as each translator could assist in helping parents and guardians of a variety of languages understand what is being discussed. 

Website 5: https://www.nysut.org/resources/all-listing/research/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-nys-requirements-bilingual-education-and-english-new-language-programs 

This website provides information regarding the requirements for bilingual education and English as a new language program. This website offers a fact sheet, which gives you an outline and guide on these requirements. The website starts off by providing a background in bilingual education and English as a new language program and explains the amendments that are required of school districts in order to provide English language learners with opportunities to achieve the same educational goals and standards established for all students. The website also contains resources for English language learners, as well as definitions of key terms regarding English language learners. 

This website provides a lot of information and has it broken down into easy to follow sections. I believe that this information is vital for any teacher of English language learners, and it is essential to be knowledgeable of this information to reach your students. The definitions of the key terms are a positive aspect of this website, as they can be referenced frequently for clarification. Along the top of the site you can find resources that lead you to another page that has more information regarding educational news. The website itself is self-explanatory and easily accessible. There is also a PDF fact sheet, which is beneficial for understanding the information. 

In my future endeavors as an educator, I will use this website to reference the NYS requirements for bilingual education and English as new language programs. I think it is essential to keep yourself abreast of any new information regarding these programs, as that knowledge will help me better understand the opportunities available for my English language learners, and how I can apply them to my teachings. 

Application 6: NY State Learning Standards, developed by MasteryConnect, for ios. 


This application provides you with an overview of the New York State Common Core Standards. Upon opening the application, you are brought to a straightforward screen which states the standards and information regarding the developer of the application. Once you click on standards, you are brought to a screen that allows for a personal search, or you may click between standards for mathematics, language arts, social studies or science. Each standard provided you with a list of kindergarten through high school, and as you further explore the application you will be brought to the common core standards for each grade in each subject area. You can change the font, and you can make notes that can be referenced at a later time. 

I believe that this application is extremely beneficial to teachers. This application provides you with all the information you need regarding the New York State Common Core Standards, at the tips of your fingers. They are easily accessible, and the design of the application is clean and clear. There isn’t much to get confused by, even there are a lot of standards to reference. I believe that the ability to add notes and providing the user to do their own search is especially helpful. The only negative that I found was the lack of a bookmark of some sort just so it is easier to find the next time. 

I know that I will be able to implement this application in my future teaching practice, as it will provide a guide for myself to ensure that my lessons are aligned with the New York State Common Core Standards. I will be able to reference this application when designing my lessons and use the information provided to me to confirm that I am indeed teaching the information I need to help my students become successful.