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Updated as of Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
Disclaimer: The NYC Department of Education does not endorse and is not responsible for the policies and practices of external partners. All work with external partners should be conducted in accordance with the Chancellor's Regulations. Teacher participation in opportunities that occur during school hours require principal's approval.
Middle Schools: Apply Now for the Citizen Science Program
Application Deadline: September 20, 2017
Middle school science teachers are invited to apply with a partner teacher to participate in the STEM Matters NYC Citizen Science program. Citizen Science connects teachers and students to ongoing research “missions” that focus on preserving and restoring the health of New York City’s estuary ecosystem. Each research mission enables teachers and students to directly participate in an ongoing scientific investigation, while simultaneously exploring ways that they can improve estuary health within their local community through a student-designed service-learning project. Click here for more information and to apply.
Middle and High Schools: Attend Teen Maker Night at the New York Hall of Science
Registration Deadline: September 21, 2017
Event: September 21, 2017
Contact: Priya Mohabir
Students who are curious about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are invited to Maker Night to learn about the wide range of career opportunities available in the maker world. At this free event, participants will engage in hands-on activities, hear from experts in the field through career conversations, and network with STEM professionals. Light refreshments will be provided. Chaperones are required for students under age 16. Please bring your student or teacher ID. Click here for more information.
Middle and High School: Facing History Workshop – Literacy: Developing Student Voice
Registration Deadline: September 25, 2017
Event: September 29, 2017
Contact: Renee Harleston
One of Facing History’s primary goals is to help students develop their voice and a sense of civic agency. In order for that to occur, students need to be able to interpret evidence and marshal that evidence to make an argument. Speaking, listening, reading, and writing are all essential elements of a Facing History class. This workshop will explore Facing History's resource, Common Core Writing Prompts and Strategies: Holocaust and Human Behavior, a supplement to our Holocaust and Human Behavior resources. Participants will receive examples of in-depth, argumentative writing assessments. Click here for more information.
Middle Schools: Apply Now to Become a NYC Junior Ambassadors Classroom
Application Deadline: October 2, 2017
Contact: Aissata Camara /212-319-9300
The NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs is accepting applications for the 2017-18 NYC Junior Ambassadors, an initiative empowering grade 7 students in all five boroughs of New York City to become actively engaged with the United Nations and its mission of addressing the most pressing challenges in the world. Program benefits will include: a curated tour of the United Nations headquarters, a classroom visit from a United Nations diplomat, a private year-end event celebration with all NYC Junior Ambassadors classrooms, and a program certificate. Educators will be required to include the United Nations in their classroom curriculum. Click here to apply.
Application Deadline: October 10, 2017
Event: October 24 and 25, 2017
Contact: Robert Croonquist
In this daylong workshop for young women and men, students will learn about what life is like for women in prison, about the struggle to rebuild lives upon release, and about how they can become involved in the movement to demarcate women and girls by creating alternatives to mass incarceration. Students will hear first-hand testimonies of five women whose incarceration at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution Camp in 2004/2005 was chronicled by Piper Kerman in her book Orange Is the New Black. Their felonies represent the spectrum from anti-nuclear peace activism to drug and gang-related activities. Sponsored by Youth Arts New York, a United Nations NGO. A fee of $5 per student includes a morning snack and lunch. There is a 75 student limit per day. Contact Robert Croonquist for more information and to apply.
Middle Schools: Green Horizons 2017
Registration Deadline: October 12, 2017
Event: October 19, 2017
Contact: Nancy Wolf /718-834-4589
This is a hands-on environmental careers event for selected middle school students, particularly students in grade 7. Students selected to participate will work directly with professionals in various fields that will focus on science, math, and outdoor activity. Twenty stations will be presented at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx from 9:00am-2:00pm. Each student will take home a resource booklet, describing the various careers presented and also containing high school, college, and intern information. Contact Nancy Wolf for more information and to register.
Middle and High Schools: Spin Me Around - Building a Conceptual Understanding of Circular Motion in the STEM Classroom
Registration Deadline: October 12, 2017
Event: October 14, 2017
Contact: Chris Kennedy
In this 3-hour workshop we will spend time in both student-mode and teacher-mode building a conceptual understanding of circular motion by using a combination of hands-on exploration and practicing explaining our understanding using multiple representations; oral, written, pictorial, and equations. The event will be held at Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W 120th Street, 4th Floor Zankel Hall. Click here for more information and to register.
Elementary and Middle School: Free Environmental Education Programs Fall 2017
Contact: Nina Salzman /212-333-2552
New York Restoration Project (NYRP) offers free hands-on environmental education to Kindergarten through eighth grade students. Nature in My Neighborhood
is the umbrella for five programs centered on the urban forest, garden, and aquatic ecology at Sherman Creek Park in northern Manhattan. Students learn about the importance of greening their communities through hands-on investigations of the Harlem River and woodland plants and animals. Click here
for more information and to apply.
Middle and High Schools: ROSES–Resilience, Opportunity, Safety, Education, and Strength
Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Contact: Sukhmani Singh
Girls between the ages of 11-17 who have been in the juvenile justice system are invited to join the Resilience, Opportunity, Safety, Education, and Strength (ROSES) program. The ROSES advocacy program is a free, voluntary, community-based, gender responsive, trauma-informed, and strengths-based program that pairs girls with an advocate to help them build up goals and necessary skills. ROSES operates across the five boroughs and is being implemented through New York University. Youth who are referred will have a 50 percent chance of receiving a ROSES advocate and all youth and parents will be invited to be part of the ROSES evaluation. Click here for more information.
Middle and High Schools: Guided School Visits at The Frick Collection
Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Tuesdays through Fridays
Contact: Rachel Himes /212-547-0704
Educators and students are invited to encounter paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts in the grand surroundings of a Gilded Age mansion. In small groups guided by experienced museum educators, students are encouraged to look closely, think deeply, and share freely during lively discussions. Guided school visits will inspire students to experience art in the galleries of The Frick and beyond. Guided school visits will last one hour and be available Tuesday through Friday, to students in grades 5-12. Guided school visits are free for New York City schools receiving Title I funding. Click here for more information and to register.