- September 07, 2015 : Labor Day (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.
- September 07, 2015 : Labor Day (Schools Closed)
Central offices will be closed
- September 08, 2015 : Staff Report
Classroom Teachers, Bilingual Teachers in School and Community Relations, Guidance Counselors, Attendance Teachers, Nurses, Therapists, Laboratory Specialists and Technicians, Educational Paraprofessionals report. School Secretaries, Psychologists and Social Workers report for a regular work day. Employees in titles not listed should consult the applicable collective bargaining agreement. For all UFT-represented employees who, pursuant to the June 22, 2009 agreement, report to school on the Tuesday following Labor Day, that Tuesday shall be utilized first and foremost for preparation of the classroom and for the arrival of students. If time permits, the remainder of the day may be utilized for professional development. Students will not be in attendance.
- September 09, 2015 : First Day of School
First Day of School
- Early dismissal for non-District 75 kindergarten students only.
- Partial school time for pre-kindergarten public school students.
- September 10, 2015 : First Full Day for Non-District 75 Kindergarten students
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.
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.
Middleweb Language Arts Resources
MiddleWeb provides a wealth of resources for schools, districts, educators, parents, and public school advocates working to raise achievement for all students in the middle grades.
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.
Tools for Reading, Writing, & Thinking
These tools should be used to help students engage in rigorous thinking, organize complex ideas, and scaffold their interactions with texts.
NYPL 100 Recommended Picture Books
100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know.
NYPL 100 Recommended Children's Books
100 Favorite Children's Books.
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.