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Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (in chronological order)

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All Schools: Educator Open House at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Event: January 28, 2015
Contact: Michelle Cheng

Educators are invited you to our new museum where we will introduce you to the free design resources Cooper Hewitt offers. Learn about our resources, professional development, field trips, high school programs, and how you can incorporate creative problem-solving into your teaching. Explore our exhibitions “Beautiful Users: Designing for People” and “Tools: Extending Our Reach,” and play designer in the Process Lab. The evening will also include raffle prizes, a reception with fellow educators, take home free giveaways, and design education resources. This free event will be held at 2 East 91st Street from 4:00-6:30p.m. For further information and to reserve your spot today, click here


All Schools: Arts Education Liaison Workshop #4 

Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015 
Event: February 4, 2015 
Contact: Darleen Garner/212-356-8557 

The NYCDOE’s Office of Arts and Special Projects announces the 4th workshop in our Arts Education Liaisons series. This mid-year check-up will focus on developing arts resources and communicating strategies that work. The target audience includes arts education liaisons or principal designees. The workshop will be held at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Please register here.


All Schools: Technology Certifications through Innovation Partner Professional Development (IPPD) Program

Application Deadline: January 30, 2015
Contact: tech@schools.nyc.gov

The Innovation Partner Professional Development Program connects NYC staff with best practices for using technology tools as well as resources for teaching and learning.Click here for a complete list of the program’s Winter/Spring 2015 offerings, including: Certified BrainPOP Educator, Common Sense Digital Citizenship: Certified Educator, Common Sense Graphite: Certified Educator, Edmodo Certified Trainer, EverFi Certified Teacher, and Intel Mobile Learning Expert. To apply for a program, click here. Applications are due by 5:00p.m. Friday, January 30th, 2015. You will be notified of your acceptance by Friday, February 6th, 2015. Watch this Summer 2014 IPPD video to learn more about the program.


All Schools: January Professional Development from the Special Education Office 

Event: January 2015 
Contact: Jessica Dickson 

Cluster, Network and school-based staff can register for January professional development workshops offered by the Special Education Office, with topics that include Orton Gillingham Methodology for both elementary and secondary educators, dyslexia, meeting the needs of diverse learners, and inclusive lesson planning. The DOE, in collaboration with Teachers College Incisive Classroom Project (TCICP), offers half day guided school observations and planning time to discuss practices in your own school. Information on additional opportunities and registration information is available in the professional development catalogue and on the professional development calendar

All Schools: Dim Sum & History with the New-York Historical Society & Museum of Chinese in America

Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015
Event: January 31, 2015
Contact: Leslie Hayes/212-485-9256

Explore questions of history, identity and belonging during this Saturday morning program co-hosted by the New-York Historical Society and the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). Consider how the history of immigration in the United States continues to shape the lives of Chinese American New Yorkers through this interactive workshop and guided tour of MOCA’s newest exhibition, Waves of Identity. Take home a copy of our brand-new Chinese American curriculum and enjoy a delicious dim sum lunch from local Chinatown favorite, Red Egg. This event will be held on Saturday, January 31 from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. at MOCA (215 Centre Street) and will cost $25 per person. RSVP at professional.learning@nyhistory.org or 212-485-9256.


All Schools: Girls Incorporated (Girls Inc.) One-Time Special Event Workshops

Event: Ongoing through January 30, 2015
Contact: Krystal Cason/212-531-620; ext. 402

Girls Inc. of New York City wants to reach your students. Starting the week of December 15th and ending the week of January 30th, Girls Inc. of New York City will provide one-time workshops for girls ages 8-18. Workshops offered include the following topics: Decoding Media Messages, Defining Beauty, Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead, Relationships 101, Grown-up Budget for an Independent Woman, and Six Stars of Self-defense. All workshops are conducted by trained Girls Inc. of New York City staff and accommodate groups of 20-50 girls. One-time workshops come equipped with supplies and staff for a fee of $100.00 per workshop. Workshops are conducted in 45 minute or 1 hour time slots and can take place during the school day or as a after school enrichment activity. Click here to register for a workshop online or contact Krystal Cason, Outreach Director.


All Schools: 2014-15 Guided School Visits at The Frick Collection

Event: Ongoing, Mondays through Fridays
Contact: Isabel Bird/212-547-0704

The Frick Collection invites students in grades 5-12 to study European painting, sculpture, and decorative art in the Gilded Age mansion of Henry Clay Frick. Guided by experienced museum educators, students will explore works of art through close observation and group discussion. For further information and to book a visit, please click here .


All Schools: Free Professional Development Day at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – Using Primary Sources

Registration Deadline: February 1, 2015
Event: February 2, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Elliott/646-381-5164

Participants will have the opportunity to explore different types of objects and archival materials from the collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The day will include guest speakers from the Museum’s Exhibits staff, the chance to examine topics in interdisciplinary subjects, including science and social studies, through primary sources, and Museum exploration. The event will be held on Monday, February 2nd from 8:30a.m.-3:30p.m. at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. For more information or to register, please click here.


All Schools: “How Can the Arts Bring History to Life?” Educator Event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Registration Deadline: February 2, 2015
Event: February 13, 2015
Contact: teachers@metmuseum.org/212-570-3985

Explore ways experiences with visual and performing arts can bring history to life during this educator event, including a reception, gallery activities, and a performance titled The Unknown "Lincoln-Douglass" Debate featuring historian Harold Holzer and Tony Award–nominated actor and singer Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess, The Phantom of the Opera, ABC's Scandal). The event takes place on February 13th from 4:00p.m. – 7:30p.m; there is a $25 fee for attending. Please click here to register online.


All Schools: Professional Development Workshop: Lower Stress-Increase Academic Achievement

Registration Deadline:  February 4, 2015
Event: February 10, 2015
Contact: Arlean Wells/212-879-4900; ext. 330

The workshop Lower Stress-Increase Academic Achievement will offer an incisive look at the relationship between students’ stress and success in school and in life. We will examine external and internal stressors that contribute to student stress, address differences between “good” and “bad” stress, and explore how certain types of stress can undermine readiness for learning and academic achievement. This workshop will also explore the roots of student stress and stress-related behavioral issues. Professionals will come away with a deeper conceptual framework as well as practical, stress-reduction techniques to take back to their school. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 10th, from 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m., at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, 936 Broadway, 3rd floor. Registration fee is $200. For further information and to register, please click here.


All Schools: Teaching LGBT Topics in Schools

Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
Event: February 9, 2015
Contact: Erin McAuliffe/718-230-2175

Come explore the Brooklyn Collection’s original materials from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement in Brooklyn with NYU professor Dr. Daniel Walkowitz. This workshop will provide teachers with content knowledge and materials needed to help students explore Brooklyn’s role in the LGBT movement. Teachers will have the opportunity to learn and practice constructive responses to prejudice in the classroom. The workshop will close with a panel discussion on LGBT activist experiences and resources available for LGBT youth and educators in Brooklyn. Each teacher will take home a packet of resources that can be used in the classroom. Free breakfast will be provided. Teachers from all grade levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. The event will take place from 9:00am-12:00pm.


All Schools: History of Food in New York: Teacher Workshop at the City Museum

Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
Event: February 7, 2015
Contact: Maeve Montalvo/212-534-1672; ext. 3492

Join Professor Cindy Lobel, author of the book Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth Century New York, for an illustrated lecture on historic public markets, private food shops, restaurants, ice cream parlors, oyster cellars, and private dining rooms. Afterwards, you’ll be ready to whet your students’ appetites for history with fun stories and exciting primary sources to bring the 19th century to life. You’ll also leave with a signed copy of Dr. Lobel’s book. The event will be held on Saturday, February 7, from 9:00-3:00p.m. at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. Fee $60. For further information and to register, please click here


All Schools:  Explore and Tour: The New Cooper Hewitt at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Event: February 7, 2015
Contact: Michelle Cheng

On Saturday, February 7th from 8:30a.m. to 3:00p.m., educators will play designer in the Process Lab and learn how to integrate content from two of our inaugural exhibitions, Tools and Beautiful Users, into their classroom curriculum through a special tour and hands-on activities. This event is free, with a light breakfast and lunch included. This event takes place in the Lecture Room at 2 E 91st Street. For further information and to reserve your spot today, click here.


All Schools: Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion with the New-York Historical Society and Facing History and Ourselves

Registration Deadline: February 9, 2015
Event: February 10, 2015
Contact: Leslie Hayes/212-485-9256

How did the Chinese American Community develop a sense of identity and belonging in the face of government-enforced exclusion? Join the New-York Historical Society and Teaching History and Ourselves for a daylong workshop that will consider this critical question. Tour Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, receives curriculum materials, and explore Facing History's study guide to the film Becoming American: The Chinese Experience. Lunch and materials will be provided. This event will be held on Tuesday, February 10 from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West). There is a fee of $35 per person. RSVP at professional.learning@nyhistory.org or 212-485-9256.


All Schools: From Mannahatta to Manhattan: Learning New York City History In-Depth - Midwinter Recess P Credit Course at the Museum of the City of New York

Registration Deadline: February 12, 2015
Event: February 16-February 21, 2015
Contact: Maeve Montalvo/212 534-1672; ext. 3492

Explore New York City’s history in-depth and earn 3 P Credits this Midwinter Recess. Using the collections and exhibitions of the Museum of the City of New York, historian lectures, walking tours, and hands-on workshops, this course focuses on providing teachers with content knowledge and pedagogic tools to engage their students in the study of their own city. The course spans topics such as Mannahatta (a Lenape settlement), Dutch New Amsterdam, immigration, the evolution of transportation, urban planning, and social activism. Participants will use the Museum’s collection of primary sources as a vehicle for developing techniques to enhance students’ observational and expository writing skills while making personal connections to the past. The course will be held Monday, February 16-Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m. each day at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. Fee $200 Educational Partner; $125 ASPDP (After School Professional Development Program). For further information and to register, please click here.


All Schools: Taking a Stand: New York City Activism in the 20th Century - Midwinter Recess P Credit Course at the Museum of the City of New York

Registration Deadline: February 12, 2015
Event: February 16-February 21, 2015
Contact: Maeve Montalvo/212 534-1672; ext. 3492

Taking a Stand: New York City Activism in the 20th Century provides a survey of the history of social activism in New York City using the collections and exhibitions of the Museum of the City of New York, historian lectures, walking tours, discussions with activists, and hands-on workshops. The emphasis of this 3 P Credit course is on providing teachers with content knowledge and pedagogic tools to engage their students in the study of the history of social activism in their own city. Participants will use the Museum’s collection of primary sources as a vehicle for developing techniques to enhance students’ observational and expository writing skills while making personal connections to the past. The course will be held Monday, February 16-Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m. at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. Fee $200 Educational Partner; $125 ASPDP (After School Professional Development Program). For further information and to register, please click here.


All Schools: Pizza & PD at the New-York Historical Society: Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage

Event: February 12, 2015
Contact: Leslie Hayes/212-485-9256

Contemporary photographer Annie Leibovitz shares an illuminating collection of photographs in the exhibition Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage. Explore the personal narratives she creates through content and composition, and learn how you can adapt her photographic process for your history or art classroom. Pizza will be served. This event will be held on Thursday, February 12 from 4:30 to 6:30p.m. at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West). There is a fee of $15 per person. RSVP at professional.learning@nyhistory.org or 212-485-9256.


All Schools: Working on Writing

Event: February 12, 2015
Contact: Rachel Ropeik/718-501-6228

Opinion pieces and explanatory text and narrative, oh my! These are just a few of the types of writing we ask students to produce. This month, the Brooklyn Museum will focus on an array of approaches that encourage students to improve and enjoy the writing process. Let our artwork help you produce inspired results during some unexpected writing activities. We'll use strategies that work in museum and classroom settings and that make use of analogue and digital tools. Come pick up some new teaching ideas and let your own creative writer out to play. And if you don’t think of yourself as a creative writer, come see if we can prove otherwise. This free monthly series of workshops helps teachers engage with the Museum's collections and exhibitions. We welcome K–12 educators in all subject areas. Please come at 4p.m. for coffee, snacks, and conversation. The workshop begins promptly at 4:30p.m. Click here to register in advance or call 718-501-6236.


All Schools: Join the New York Botanical Garden's Teacher Training: Gardening 101, Section 1

Registration Deadline: February 12, 2015
Event: February 16-21, 2015
Contact: Judith Hutton/718-817-8140

Strengthen student engagement using a school garden. These workshops are designed to provide the classroom teacher with important STEM content directly linked to relevant standards, while providing them with practical skills necessary to successfully design, construct, and integrate a garden into the school learning environment. Participants learn earth and life science content while exploring how to translate this learning into practical engineering and technological applications in their individual school settings. Sessions provide cross-curriculum connections to strengthen the relationship between science, technology, engineering and math while incorporating links to literacy and math.


All Schools: Attend a Free Open House for Educators at the Guggenheim Museum

Registration Deadline: February 18, 2015
Event: February 23, 2015
Contact: Carolyn Keogh/212-360-4254

Join the Guggenheim Museum for an afternoon of looking, learning, and mingling. This free event will also provide materials. This event will be held on February 23 from 3:30-6:30p.m. For further information, please click here.


All Schools: Call for Student Artwork for the 13th Annual P.S. Art Exhibition 

Submission Deadline: February 23, 2015 
Event: Mid-June, 2015 
Contact: Karen Rosner/212-356-8569 

The Office of Arts and Special Projects and Studio in a School invite all schools to nominate up to four pieces of outstanding student artwork (see guidelines for exceptions) to be considered for the 13th annual citywide exhibition, P.S. Art: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids. Approximately 80 works will be selected for the exhibition. The exhibition will open in mid-June and remain on view for at least two months at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Additionally, an accompanying catalogue will be published. P.S. Art highlights the talents of our students and the best practices of their teachers as benchmarked in the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts. For detailed information about P.S. Art 2015, and to download submission guidelines and instructions, please click here. All pieces being submitted must be registered online by February 23, 2015. Additionally, through Studio in a School funding, there will be a free full-day workshop for new visual arts teachers and those who submitted student work that advanced to only round one of the judging in previous years. This professional development will be held on Wednesday, January 7th. Details about the workshop are posted on the Office of Arts and Special Projects’ website.


All Schools: February Professional Development from the Special Education Office 

Event: February 2015
Contact: Jessica Dickson

Cluster, Network and school-based staff can register for February professional development workshops offered by the Special Education Office with topics that include language-based disabilities such as: Dyslexia (February 6), An Overview of Augmentative & Alternative Communication (February 6), Finding Accessible Books for Students with Disabilities (February 9), and Inclusive Lesson Planning (K-5) (February 9). Orton Gillingham workshops in February are available for both grades K-3 (February 9) and grades 3-12 (February 10), in addition to Orton Gillingham Multisensory Language Education workshops offered in April (April 16 and 17) and May (May 7 and 8). The Understanding Dyslexia workshops in February are currently at capacity; as an alternative, please see the dyslexia workshops offered in March (March 20 and 27), April (April 29), and May (May 15 and 22). Online registration is available here under Professional Development Opportunities, as are additional workshop opportunities covering quality IEPs, behavior, transition, and access to curriculum. In addition, click here to visit a TCICP demonstration school for a half-day workshop that includes guided observations and planning time to discuss applying practices in your own school. Information on additional opportunities and registration information is available on the professional development calendar.


All Schools: Visit Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Nellie A.V. Chaban/646-767-5091

Teachers in all subject areas are invited to bring their classes to Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. This iconic site, designed by Louis Kahn, is devoted to celebrating the life and legacy of the greatest President of the 20th Century, Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR). Four Freedoms Educators lead students through inquiry-driven tours and hands-on activities. Workshops focus on FDR’s 1941 Four Freedoms Speech, art and architecture, and an array of historical concepts. Aligning with Common Core Learning Standards in Social Studies and English Language Arts, workshops enable students to understand and connect with Roosevelt’s vision of international human rights. Just across the East River from the United Nations, Four Freedoms Park provides a platform for students to think about democracy, citizenship, and cultural diversity. Join us in our outdoor classroom, where history and aesthetics unfold against the backdrop of the New York City skyline. Guided Visits are offered Wednesdays and Thursdays for $75/class. For further information, click here.