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Detailed Description

Subseries 1: Video Recordings

Dates:
1972-1981
Physical Description:
36 video recordings

Scope and Content Note:

This subseries contains video recordings of speeches, television appearances, and news footage featuring Gordon M. Ambach. Some of the videos were created when Ambach was Deputy Commissioner of Education under Ewald B. Nyquist. These include speeches delivered via videotape to meetings of education organizations in New York, meant to show the benefits of videotape for educational communications and instruction. Also in the subseries are a number of television programs and portions of television programs intended for broadcast on New York public television stations, and for distribution via videotape through the communications networks of school districts and BOCES. These include appearances by Commissioner Ambach in videos on the Degrees of Reading Power test (regarding reading comprehension), the selection of district superintendents, school breakfast programs, and the importance of instructional television. The subseries also contains segments and interviews from Albany-area television news programs, including those reporting on Ambach's appointment to the post of Commissioner of Education, and on a 1980 scandal involving the illegal sale of questions from that year's Regents examinations. In addition, there are television programs in which in-studio and telephone audiences ask Commissioner Ambach questions about educational issues and NYSED policies. Also included are public service announcements for American Education Week, in which Commissioner Ambach encourages parents to visit their children's schools, and for the Parent Reading Partners program, which advise parents to read to their children for at least 15 minutes a day.

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Contents Box Othertype

Accretion: B0563-05
Video Tape 1
Video Tape 2
Video Tape 3

Accretion: B0563-98
Video Recordings 1

Subseries 2: Audio Recordings

Dates:
1979-1981
Physical Description:
13 audio recordings

Scope and Content Note:

This subseries consists of audio recordings of Commissioner of Education Gordon M. Ambach. Included are speeches and addresses given at Nazareth College and State University of New York at Geneseo, as well as at meetings of education-related organizations. These organizations include the New York State School Boards Association, the New York State Council of School District Administrators, the American Association of Museums, and the New York State Retired Teachers Association. Also recorded are two appearances on call-in radio programs in Albany and Schenectady, as well as a Christmas Eve 1979 recording of a bell-ringing ceremony at the State Education Department in solidarity with the American hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Iran. Educational topics covered by the recordings include Regents Competency Examinations, public attitudes toward education, teacher education and recruitment, school discipline, the role of libraries and museums in education, standardized test scores, and federal and state funding for education.

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Contents Box

Accretion: B0563-80
Audio Recordings 1

Accretion: B0563-98
Audio Recordings 2