- February 15, 2016 : Mid-winter Recess (Schools Closed)
Schools are closed for Midwinter Recess (including Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln’s Birthday - DOE observed)
Central offices are closed on Feb. 15, 2016.
- February 15, 2016 : Washington's Birthday (Offices Closed)
All central headquarters offices of the Department of Education will be closed. Except for "prevailing wage rate employees" subject to Section 220 of the New York State Labor Law, absence of per annum, per diem, hourly non-competitive employees, and monthly salaried employees of the administrative staff and headquarters’ pedagogical personnel scheduled to work on this day shall be excused without loss of pay and without charge to annual leave.
- February 16, 2016 - February 19, 2016 : No School
- February 19, 2016 : Lincoln's Birthday Observed
All central headquarters offices of the Department of Education will be OPEN, and limited staff will be accessible on Friday, February 19, 2016 (Lincoln’s Birthday Observed).
For all non-managerial/non-confidential employees (i.e., administrative employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement), Lincoln’s Birthday Observed is scheduled as a holiday on Friday, February 19, 2016.
This day will remain a paid holiday for Administrative employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement, but managerial/confidential employees hired on or before June 30, 2004, and working on Lincoln’s Birthday Observed (Friday, February 19, 2016) in central headquarters offices are entitled to be excused on another day, without charge to annual leave.
- February 22, 2016 : School resumes
School resumes after Mid-winter recess
Teachers and Writers Collective
Teachers & Writers Collaborative promotes and provides literary arts education by supporting writers and teachers in developing and implementing strategies to enhance students’ interest in and love of literature and writing.
Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.
Web English Teacher
Web English Teacher presents the best of K-12 English / Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, WebQuests, videos, biography, e-texts, criticism, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities.
Provides a list of web resources on a particular topic. These resources may be general information sites, webquests, lesson plans, critical articles, or anything in between.
This site provides:
An annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources available on the Internet.
Presents unique Shakespeare material unavailable elsewhere on the Internet
The Harlem Angels
Written as a TV Pilot, "The Harlem Angels" may be used in-class as an interactive exercise and as a jumping off point for creative writing based on a student's own experiences (or what's in the news that would fall into this area), and discussions on ethics and self-reliance.
An award-winning website which provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry and receives a million unique users each month.
The Elements of Style (Strunk & White)
This classic reference book is intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.
The Online Books Page
Listing over 30,000 free books on the Web.
Scholastic Teacher Book Wizard: Leveled Book Matching
Teacher Book Wizard makes it easier than ever to make and customize book lists. The Leveling system makes finding 'just right' books easy.
The American Literature Archive
Links to General Sites
New York State Literary Tree
Serves NYSCA-funded organizations with literary programs, their curators, and the poets and writers they present. The site offers in-depth information about the organizations and their curators as well as detailed event and special events calendars, serving as a learning center and clearing house not only for those involved in literature-based presentation but for all those interested in the various aspects of literature.
A Literary Map of Manhattan
Find out where imaginery New Yorkers lived, worked, played, drank, walked and looked at ducks.
Free Online Literature with more than 2000 Classic Texts.