The DOE provides free professional development to schools and networks to support their inquiry work and implementation of the citywide instructional expectations. View and register for central sessions, webinars, and P-Credit Opportunities.
Pupil accounting secretaries are invited to a half-day training session which will cover ELL-related matters, such as what governs ELL education, who are our ELLs, readmits and transfer students, PreK-12 registration, and many ATS functions. This training will help secretaries support ELL education in the schools, as well as provide the information necessary to help them facilitate their important roles. To register, click here. For further information on this training, contact your senior ELL CPS.
3GNY is committed to actively involving educators in teaching this profoundly important history. As grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, they appreciate the vital role teachers play in helping carrying on their grandparents’ legacy, and would like to be a guest speaker in your classroom. Each lesson is tailored to last 45 minutes (or the length of a classroom session). Thus far, they have visited The Beacon School, Forest Hills High School, Livingston High School, Satellite Academy on the Lower East Side, and many others. To learn more, visit www.3gnewyork.org/wedu.
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center invites students to participate in it's Project ACES (Alternative Classroom Environment for Students) program. Students will learn the history of the sport of tennis, go on a tour of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, and receive on court tennis instruction. There is a fee of $10.00/per student, and no fee for adult staff and chaperones. Please see this flyer to learn more and find out how to register.
Staff, students, and families are invited to attend this free event which will include activities, sports, special performances and giveaways. For more information, see this flyer. Click here to register. Please share this information with your school community.
Want to increase student engagement in your classroom? YSA has teamed up with State Farm to offer grants of up to $1,500 for programs enhancing student achievement through service-learning in K-12 public schools. Each grantee will receive comprehensive resources, in-person professional development, and on-going technical assistance to implement a service-learning program that promotes academic achievement and workplace readiness. Apply today and watch your students achieve. Close date June 23, 2013. Click here to apply.
Through the STARTALK Summer Hindi Language Program, students interested in learning Hindi will undergo an intensive language program, in addition to attending field trips and cultural shows, and visiting various museums and temples. The program will be held at Thomas A. Edison High School (165-65 84th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432). Registration is ongoing. Students will have an opportunity to receive high school foreign language credit as well as earn college credit from NYU. For information, log on http://www.startalk.99k.org/.
The NYC Parent Academy is accepting applications for the second year of the School-Based Trainings. The application deadline has been extended to June 30th.
For program requirements click here, and to download an application, click here. Contact email@example.com for more information. The Parent Academy, a collaboration between the DOE and Long Island University, is dedicated to ensuring that both schools and families have the resources they need to have families actively involved in the education of their children.
Teachers from kindergarten to college are invited to make the Schomburg Center your destination for a spectacular “education vacation” this year! Join hundreds of educators and premier scholars from across the country for lectures, interactive workshops, curriculum labs, curator talks and community walks that explore the history and cultures of African Americans and African peoples throughout the Diaspora. Educators will gain valuable content knowledge and learn inquiry-based approaches to teaching across the grades using the Schomburg's rich primary resource collections on-site and online. For more information, click here.
Baruch College's NYC High School Journalism Collaborative is now accepting submissions for our 2013 student journalism contest, The Newsies! For the first time, we will also be accepting submissions from middle school under the Best Middle School Newspaper category. Participation is FREE and the contest is a great teaching tool and a way to validate the hard work your students do on the newspaper. For a full list of categories and submission criteria, click here. Schools are encouraged to apply for the early bird deadline of June 30 to receive a full critique by a media profession. Questions? Call Katina Paron at 718-755-6225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
7th NUA SUMMER ACADEMY, Metropolitan Minneapolis, MN (Adath Jeshurun)
The National Urban Alliance for Effective Education's (NUA) Summer Academy is back for the seventh year. Join district and school leadership teams to:
NUA Featured Keynote Speakers:
Learn more at www.nuatc.org/summeracademy or call 1-800-NUA-4556.
Created for teachers of Grades K-2, the Seedlings Summer Institute provides an immersion in nature and plant science with an emphasis on providing hands-on strategies and management techniques for teaching science inside and outside of the classroom. Content includes a focus on basic botany. The training is $200 including all curriculum materials and reproducible handouts. Three “P” in-service credits from the New York City Department of Education are available (additional fees and requirements apply).
Announcement Summary: One-week fully paid STEM educator workshops at Cornell (Hudson Valley) & Rutgers (Bordentown, NJ), including $300 stipend to offset travel costs. Provides guest speakers, labs, and field trips covering topics of bioenergy & bioproducts. Open to pre-service and in-service middle school and high school science, technology, engineering, and math educators. USDA-sponsored, continuing education credits and classroom-ready teaching materials included (aligned with common core/ NGSS). Applications accepted on a rolling basis, until all positions filled: http://www.bioenergyed.org/apply.php.
Created for teachers of Grades 3-5, the Saplings Summer Institute focuses on how to strengthen science instruction using botanical and ecological concepts and inquiry-based activities to support cross-curricular connections to math and literacy. Emphasis is placed on incorporating the outdoors to support instruction. The training is $200 including all curriculum materials and reproducible handouts. Three “P” in-service credits from the New York City Department of Education are available (additional fees and requirements apply).
For more than twenty years, Chess-in-the-Schools has placed chess teachers in hundreds of schools to teach thousands of children to play chess. The benefits of learning chess include increased reading comprehension, better problem solving skills, and even higher scores on standardized reading tests. Now we want to share our proven curriculum with you so that even more students can learn chess and improve their academic performance.
The workshops and materials are provided at no cost to New York City public school teachers, Principals and Assistant Principals. Each workshop participant will receive enough materials to start a chess club in their school, or to simply use in their classrooms. The chess materials include chess sets and boards, a step by step easy to follow curriculum, a chess demonstration board and chess work books. For further information and online registration please visit: http://www.chessintheschools.org/s/index.cfm?SSID=30. You can also register by email by contacting email@example.com.
Strengthen student engagement using your school garden! These workshops are designed to provide classroom teachers with practical skills, content knowledge and improved confidence to integrate a garden into the school-learning environment. This Institute is crucial for integrating a garden throughout an interdisciplinary curriculum. Pedagogical support will be modeled through hands-on, inquiry-based activities throughout the course.
For centuries people all over the world have used plants for a variety of purposes that aid in human survival. Medicinal plants are just one example of how humans and plants interact. Participants will become “Ethnobotany Explorers” as they learn more about how plants have factored into cultural history, scientific discovery, and technological innovation through exploration of the grounds and exhibitions at The New York Botanical Garden. Three “P” in-service credits from the New York City Department of Education are available (additional fees and requirements apply). To register, contact Judith Hutton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All middle schools are invited to apply to participate in the Urban Advantage program for the 2013-2014 school year. Urban Advantage is a collaboration of the NYC Department of Education and eight of NYC’s science-rich cultural institutions, including American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The New York Botanical Garden, New York Hall of Science, Queens Botanical Garden, Staten Island Zoo and Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium. Through Urban Advantage, teachers, students and their families experience the excitement of scientific inquiry and learning. Urban Advantage provides:
If you participated in Urban Advantage in 2012-2013, your school should reapply via the unique application link that was emailed to your principal. Schools that have not previously participated in Urban Advantage should have their Principal apply by clicking here. For more information, please contact STEMMattersNYC@schools.nyc.gov.
Dads Take Your Child to School (DTYCS) Day is an annual event held throughout New York State celebrating the special relationship that fathers have with their children. Scheduled this year on September 17, 2013, DTYCS occurs at the beginning of the school year inviting fathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, godfathers, and other significant male caregivers to accompany their child to school on a specific day, and encouraging them to make a commitment to participate in their child’s education throughout the year.Schools are invited to help make DTYCS 2013 a success by working with DTYCS representatives to plan and execute a day that will benefit schools, children, and families of New York City. Please contact the ACS point person Robert Martinez at Robert.Martinez2@dfa.state.ny.us for assistance, or go to the DTYCS website for more information on planning a day. Helpful planning tools are also available here.
Discover more resources to combat summer learning loss on the new Summer Learning Resources page now available on the Principals’ Portal. The page provides links to information including summer learning research, tips on supporting summer learning for your students, funding opportunities, partnership development strategies, and program quality measurement tools. The DOE has also launched a webpage to help parents find city programs and information that will keep their students learning, engaged, and healthy during the summer months.
You may direct parents to the Summer Opportunities For Students webpage to read about summer learning tips and to find the right opportunities for their children.
School staff can access professional development this summer and during the upcoming school year at this link, with topics that include quality IEPs, behavior, instructional supports, autism, and transition. Other available resources include the archive Modified Promotion Criteria webinar and the Universal Design for Learning webinars (accessed by signing up for a UDL Connect account here, responding to the confirmation email you receive, and then joining the webinar website).
The After School Professional Development Program Spring 2013 Catalogue is now open, offering many P-credit courses for teachers. The catalogue has been expanded to include additional courses focused on deepening knowledge of the Common Core Learning Standards and the Danielson Framework for Teaching. Please encourage your teachers to take advantage of these low-cost professional development opportunities. Courses are available in both online and in-person formats.
For further information, please contact the Office of Teacher Effectiveness at ASPDP@schools.nyc.gov.
The Teaching Residents at Teachers College Program is looking for additional schools to work in collaboration to prepare Special Education and TESOL teachers for the 2013-2014 school year. This program allows preservice teachers to be prepared in a residency model, spending an entire school year in their student teaching placement with a highly qualified educator. This partnership opens opportunities for professional development, teacher leadership and more. To qualify, NYC DOE public schools must meet the following free and reduced lunch percentages: 45% for secondary grade levels and 60% for elementary grade levels. Please visit www.tc.edu/teachingresidents to learn more.
The Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners (DSwDELL) is supporting special education initiatives with its new professional development registration site. Sessions are open to all DOE educators, including school leaders, general and special education teachers, paraprofessionals and related service providers. October offerings include mini-institutes and workshops on collaborative planning, curriculum, literacy, technology, positive behavior supports, and meeting the needs of ELLs with disabilities.
The LYFE program is a NYC Department of Education program whose mission is to foster a generational impact which positively influences the life outcomes of student parents and their children by providing high-quality childcare, academic guidance, and social advocacy. To receive LYFE services, student parents must be enrolled in a NYC Department of Education school and have a child between the ages of 8 weeks and 3 years of age. Not only do student parents receive ongoing academic guidance and advocacy services through LYFE, but their children also receive a free high-quality early childhood education, aligned with New York State's Early Learning Guidelines, that prepares them for future academic success. LYFE has 38 sites across the 5 boroughs to meet student parents' needs throughout the DOE. Student parents may enroll at anytime throughout the school year and do not have to attend the same school as the LYFE site in which they enroll their child. Please visit the links below to find out more about enrolling in LYFE and to see a directory of where to find a LYFE site.
LYFE site directory
LYFE Frequently Asked Questions
All NYC public schools are invited to take advance of the NYC Center for Space Science Education, a NYC Department of Education experiential space and aviation resource center located in downtown Manhattan. Students can take a simulated mission into space in our Challenger Learning Center or learn about how airplanes fly in our NASA Aerospace Education Lab. Programs are aligned with the NYC Scope and Sequence and High School Core Curriculum. There is a $200 per class fee.
New programs include Astronaut Adventures for 2nd and 3rd graders and 5th grade variables program. Highlights of our programs include: Rendezvous with a Comet for 4th-12th grade, Mission to Mars for 7th-12th grade, Aeronautics Variables for 5th grade, Aeronautics Weather for 6th-12th grade, Aeronautics Forces and Motion for 6th-12th grade, Toys in Space - Microgravity Training for 3rd-12th grade, and Astronaut Adventures for 2nd-3rd grade.
Teachers can find more information and register online.
School leadership teams (SLT) are invited to listen to NYC Department of Education’s Two Webinar Recordings for SLT.
The Division of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) has provided the “School Leadership Teams” recording, which provides an overview of the history and purpose of SLT, and the “Supporting Title I Programs” recording, which focuses on Title 1 requirements for SLT. SLT members should view the latter recording as a team or individually to fulfill annual training requirements as outlined in Chancellor Regulation A-655.
Supporting documents are provided with each recording.
The Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners hosted a series of optional Special Education Reform webinars for school-based staff working in general education as well as special education. The topics include: Universal Design for Learning, Developing High-Quality IEPs, and Behavioral Supports. All webinars and materials are archived at the website linked above.
A video series focusing on the implementation of a successful RTI model with English language learners is available. There are currently seven videos in the series; view them here.
For questions, contact your senior ELL CPS.
At the core of the 9/12 Generation Project is a Service Activation Kit which contains a documentary film, teacher discussion guides based on the core values in the film, and service-learning project guides which meet Common Core curriculum standards and empower teachers to engage students in six unique volunteer projects focused on disaster relief, community revitalization, and the arts.
The family of Christina-Taylor Green, who was born on September 11, 2001 and died during the Tucson tragedy when Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot, has generously donated the 9/12 Generation Project to every public middle school in New York City and Arizona. Roxanne Green said, "Christina loved to volunteer and this project will help pass that passion to other students for generations."
A menu of Professional Development opportunities is now available for School Social Workers and School Psychologists for school year 2012-2013. Please contact your Supervisor of Psychology with questions.
The Office of Arts and Special Projects offers school leaders the opportunity to work with colleagues in their cluster through The Shubert Arts Leadership Institute. This institute addresses issues and concerns relating to all aspects of high-quality arts education and alignment with common core and citywide instructional initiatives.
For more information on your cluster’s Shubert Arts Institute events, click here.
Professional learning opportunities, relating to special education requirements and researched-based instructional practices for teaching students with disabilities, are offered in each borough. All workshops are facilitated by RSE TASC Regional Training Specialists Denise Khatri (email@example.com) and Sandra Lenon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Administrators, general and special education instructional staff, and related service providers are invited to attend.
This new resource, released in the fall of 2012, provides informational texts, maps, and essays investigating a range of topics through in-depth units that highlight forty-six works of art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newly installed galleries focusing on art from the Arab lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and later South Asia. The packet includes thirteen lesson plans aligned with National Standards and Common Core State Standards supporting English language arts, mathematics, science, visual arts, and world history instruction. To obtain the printed version of the guide, which includes posters, a CD, and a gallery guide for children, teachers may request a complimentary copy here. A digital version is available by clicking here.
Foster your students’ learning and your own in workshops and events and with online, print, and other resources. Click here to learn more.
The DOE provides free professional development to schools and networks to support their inquiry work and implementation of the citywide instructional expectations. View and register for central sessions and webinars by clicking here. P-Credit opportunities can be found here.
Middle and high school classes have an opportunity to partner with a sister class in China as part of a free ePals pilot program in Chinese schools.
Once matched, the brother-sister classes will participate in a basic cultural email exchange where students will be matched up to do a series of emails that help them get to know their ePals and discuss topics such as family, school, and career goals. After the email exchange, the brother-sister classrooms can work together to select the projects on which to collaborate, and continue to do email exchanges around a variety of topics. Get more information or sign up.
Do you want to learn more about how to support your ELLs within the RTI model? OELL has created a helpful set of guidance documents that address Core Curriculum/Tier 1, Tiers 2 and 3, as well as interventions and assessments. To access this resource, click here.
The Mayor’s Office and the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues invites principals of students in grades 6 through 8 to nominate exceptional young women for the Junior High School Leadership Awards. Since 1987, New York City junior high schools have recognized female students in their June graduating classes who have demonstrated leadership through school and community activities while also achieving academic excellence.
If you would like to award a female student in grades 6 through 8 with a JHS Leadership Award, please email email@example.com the following information:
The New York City Commission on Women’s Issues was established by Mayoral Executive Order in 1975 as an advisory body to the Mayor on matters impacting the lives of New York City women. The Commission serves as a vehicle through which women and families can connect with City services that support and address their needs. To learn more, please visit www.nyc.gov/women.
The DOE provides free professional development to schools and networks to support their inquiry work and implementation of the citywide instructional expectations. View and register for central sessions, webinars and P-Credit Opportunities.
Guidance counselors and teachers in New York City schools can now order free copies of Those Amazing Builders, a colorful, engaging 34-page book that introduces middle and high school students to careers in the construction industry. Click on Those Amazing Builders and fill out and submit the form for educators. Books will be shipped in September 2013 for the 2013-14 school year.
Funding to provide Those Amazing Builders to schools is provided by private corporations and associations. Additional information is available at http://www.trilogypublications.com/.
High-quality summer learning programs can counteract the negative impact of summer learning loss on a student’s academic success and can further promote positive development. During the summer of 2012, five NYC public school principals who offer innovative summer learning programs were interviewed about their programs. Learn more about what school principals can do to support exciting, enriching, and high-impact summer learning programs? To access this resource, click here.
School staff can receive PD on the DOE’s social media guidelines; see this page on the Intranet for information about the sessions that are available. To schedule PD, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or be in touch with your network.
This summer, the NYCDOE will offer a series of professional development opportunities to help prepare you and your staff to implement the 2013-14 citywide instructional expectations, including support for implementing a new teacher evaluation and development system and new Common Core-aligned curriculum options. Earlier this month you received an email from TEPD@schools.nyc.gov with instructions on how to register for the first set of these activities, “A” and “B” in this overview of summer PD opportunities. One of these opportunities is a partnership with the NYCDOE and the Danielson Group to offer training focused on deepening understanding of the Danielson Framework for Teaching for up to two teachers per school this summer. Schools with student enrollment greater than 750 may send one additional teacher for a total of three (3) attendees. For Teacher PD (If your school is located in the Bronx or Brooklyn), register HERE. For Teacher PD (If your school is located in the Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island), register HERE. The first teacher PDs begin on June 15th.