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Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (in chronological order)

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

All Schools: Late October Professional Development from the Special Education Office

Events: Late October
Contact: Jessica Dickson

Educators can register for professional development workshops offered by the Office of Special Education, including Adapted Materials That Support Diverse Learners and Supporting Challenging Behaviors, on the PD website calendar; more information is available in the professional development catalogue listed under Professional Development Opportunities that contains description of workshops covering quality IEPs, behavior, college and career readiness, and more.


All Schools: Lunch & Learn: Creating History-Inspired Books Using Primary Sources

Registration Deadline: October 21, 2014
Event: October 22, 2014
Contact: Leslie Hayes / 212-485-9256

Join the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) for a free half-day workshop, in partnership with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the NYCDOE’s Office of Arts and Special Projects, which will explore the power of primary sources and the process for bringing the past to life through storytelling. Participants will learn about the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition and receive free resources. Guest speakers from the NYCDOE and Ezra Jack Keats Foundation will be on hand and lunch will be provided. This event will be held on Tuesday, October 22 from 12:00 - 3:00PM at the N-YHS, 170 Central Park West. To register, click here.


All Schools: Free Curator-Led Tour of Photography Exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York

Registration Deadline: October 21, 2014
Event: October 22, 2014
Contact: Maeve Montalvo /917-492-3492

Meet the artist! Join photographer Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao for a tour of over 40 panoramic works of the five boroughs, documented through multiple exposures resulting in fantastical composite photographs, in the new exhibition Assembled Realities: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s New York at the Museum of the City of New York. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 22 from 5:00-6:30PM at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. For further information and to register, please click here.


All Schools: Workshop #1 for Arts Education Liaisons

Registration Deadline: October 22, 2014
Event: October 24, 2014
Contact: Darleen Garner /212-356-8574  

The Office of Arts and Special Projects will sponsor a workshop for Arts Education Liaisons with topics to include: Arts Count Overview for the Year, Annual Arts Survey 2013 – 2014, Citywide Instructional Expectation and the Arts, and Discussion Around Teacher Effectiveness and the Arts Bonus - Connection to the Common Core Learning Standards (New-York Historical Society staff) and “The Four Pillars.” Space is very limited and is first respond, first confirmed. This workshop is from 9:00AM to 12:00PM and will be held at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street). Click here to register.


All Schools: Service in Schools Service-Learning Institute

Application Deadline: October 23, 2014
Contact: ServiceInSchools@schools.nyc.gov

Educators are invited to apply for the Service in Schools Service-Learning Institute, an exciting opportunity to participate in three (3) full-days of professional learning focused on developing best practices for implementing service-learning in your classroom and developing a culture of community service in your school. The Service-Learning Institute will be led by service-learning experts Cathryn Berger Kaye, President of CBK Associates, and Laura Rog, Director of Schools and Training at generationOn, and is appropriate for service coordinators and teachers of grades K-12 in all content areas. Session topics include: The Foundations of Service-Learning: Best Practice, Developing a Unit of Study with Service-Learning Integration, and Creating a Culture of Service through Documentation and Readiness for the Fall. If you are interested in participating in this unique opportunity, please view this flyer. For more information and to apply click here.


All Schools: K-12 Educator workshop, “America Today” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Registration Deadline: October 25, 2014
Event: October 26, 2014
Contact: teachers@metmuseum.org

Examine American life in the 1920s through the lens of the exhibition Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural Rediscovered and consider what a mural titled America Today featuring the 2010s might look like. Join us for a curatorial talk, gallery activities, and collaborative art making on Sunday, October 26, from 1:00– 4:00PM. Please register online. There is a $25 fee to attend.


All Schools: 40th Annual Family Involvement Conference

Registration Deadline: October 26, 2014
Event: October 26-29, 2014
Contact: L. Casari /570-455-8196

The 40th Annual Family Involvement Conference is based upon the premise that active family involvement in the education process is the key to effective schools and student achievement. Its goal is to bring together, in a common forum, school administrators, teachers, community members, and parents, to interact and address issues that are vital to academic success and the well being of our children. This includes afterschool and out-of-school-time programs, special needs children and early childhood education. Join with colleagues and parents to share ideas about how to make this partnership a reality in your school.


All Schools: Climate Change Webinar with UNICEF Experts

Event: October 28, 2014
Contact: Jennifer Irizarry

Free webinar: Attend the ‘Lessons in Climate Change Resiliency’ webinar with TeachUNICEF and get an inside look at the entire suite of multi-media resources that accompany the brand new Global Citizenship Brief for fall 2014: Building Back Better. Held in conjunction with Share My Lesson’s Ideas and Innovations virtual conference, this webinar is free to all on October 28th from 6-7pm EST. Visit Share My Lesson to register!


All Schools: Free Election Day PD at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Registration Deadline: October 29, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Amanda Lanceter / 646-437-4290

Election Day Professional Development at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan will focus on the experience of hidden children during the Holocaust. Through lecture, testimony, and the study of artifacts and primary sources, we will examine strategies for teaching this topic. Admission for active classroom teachers is free, but pre-registration is required. Lunch will be provided to those who register by October 29 and receive a confirmation email from the Museum. This event will be held on Tuesday, November 4, from 9:00AM - 2:30PM, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place. For more information and to register, click here.


All Schools: Free Sunday Conference at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Registration Deadline: October 29, 2014
Event: November 9, 2014
Contact: Amanda Lanceter/646-437-4290

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan will present a conference examining the experience of Deaf Jews during the Holocaust. Scholar Mark Zaurov will lecture in American Sign Language, with interpretation provided. The conference will be held on Sunday, November 9, from 11:00AM– 1:00PM at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place. Registration is free for classroom teachers, and lunch will be provided to those who register by the deadline and receive a confirmation email from the Museum. For more information and to register, click here.


All Schools: Election Day PD: Bolstering Learning through Building Social-Emotional Competencies

Registration Deadline: October 29, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Arlean Wells/ 212-879-4900; ext. 330

The course “Bolstering Learning through Building Social-Emotional Capacities will offer an in-depth look at social-emotional development as it relates to success in school and in life.  Research linking academic success to these two areas will be highlighted, including current perspectives on how social-emotional skill-building and common core standards align.  In addition, this course will define the elements of social-emotional competencies, highlight relational and contextual issues that impact social-emotional development, and discuss how social-emotional development can become derailed, and what professionals can do to help students get “on track”. Professionals will come away with a deeper conceptual framework as well as practical techniques to apply in their work with children. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 4th from 9:00AM-3:00PM 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: Showcase Schools Program: Registration is Now Open

Registration Deadline: October 30, 2014
Contact: showcaseschools@schools.nyc.gov

The Showcase Schools Program is designed to support interschool collaborative learning by coordinating school visits through a structured system. The Showcase Schools, which range from early education through grade 12, will open their doors to teachers and administrators across the city to share promising practices in an array of learning foci. Fall 2014 Showcase Schools visits will take place November 5-21, 2014. Each Showcase School will host two additional visits throughout the year. We encourage you or members from your school to attend. You can find visit descriptions and register here. Registration will close October 30th or once visitor capacity has been reached.


All Schools: Professional Development Workshop: Cultural Adaptation

Registration Deadline: October 30, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Adam Steinberg

Come to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum at 103 Orchard Street on Chancellor’s Day, Tuesday, November 4, for a full-day professional development workshop. The theme of this workshop: How do immigrants adapt their culture to their new home in the United States, and how does the United States adapt its culture to accommodate immigrants? The full-day workshop (9:00AM to 3:30PM) features a tour of our landmarked tenement building, a neighborhood walking tour, and activities designed to help teachers replicate the Tenement Museum experience in their own classrooms. Registration costs $100 per teacher. You can learn more about our scholarship program here.


All Schools: Join the 2014 National Student Parent Mock Election

Registration Deadline: October 30, 2014
Event: October 23-30, 2014
Contact: James F. Rodriguez /866-509-5921

All schools are invited to enroll in the 2014 National Student Parent Mock Election  (NSPME). The NSPME is looking for coordinators who can help guide their participating schools. Every two years, educational, civic, business and religious organizations join with NSPME to support the mock election. Participation is free to K-12 students, parents and teachers who enroll through the NSPME website.


All Schools: Teacher Professional Development at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Registration Deadline: October 31, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Jennifer Elliott/646-381-5164

View the exciting temporary exhibition HUBBLE@25 and engage in space science learning with colleagues. Topics will include spectral analysis, the shapes of galaxies and recent discoveries made possible by the Hubble Space Telescope. Materials are best suited for 6th-12th grade science teachers but all are welcome. Offered in partnership with the Space Telescope Science Institute, operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for NASA. The event will be held on November 4 from 8:30AM-3:30PM at the Intrepid Museum, 12th Avenue &  46th Street. This event is free and registration is required. Space is limited. For more information about HUBBLE@25 and to register online, click here.


All Schools: MoMA Teacher Workshop: Art and Activity

Registration Deadline: October 31, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Angelina Salgado

Intended for K-12 teachers from all disciplines, Art and Activity builds upon inquiry-based approaches, while delving into activity-based strategies that will make your students empowered participants in their own learning. These methods promote an open-ended, two-way exchange of ideas that will encourage students to engage more deeply with each other and the objects of study. During this workshop, MoMA Educators will demonstrate interactive strategies for exploring objects and images with students of all ages. Along the way, we’ll demonstrate how these strategies can not only push your teaching into exciting new directions, but also serve as tools for assessing student learning. The strategies and content that you will learn in this course parallel the proficiencies outlined in the Common Core State Standards as they relate to literacy, speaking and listening, critical thinking, analyzing informational text, and citing evidence to support arguments. Registration is required and cost is $40/person. For event information and to register online, click here.


All Schools: Solar One Green Design Lab- Free STEM Education Training for 3rd-12th grade teachers

Registration Deadline: October 31, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Sarah Pidgeon /646-576-5667

Teachers are introduced to Solar One's Green Design Lab (GDL) and Clean Tech curricula which explore sustainability and STEM through close study of five areas: Energy, Air, Water, Food, and Materials. The lessons, filled with hands-on activities, use the school building as both a learning laboratory and tool for environmental change. During the PD teachers will; participate in hands-on STEM activities, explore methods for integrating environmental education and sustainability across subject areas, and receive lesson plans from the GDL and CleanTech curricula. The event will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 9:00AM-3:30PM at the Urban Future Lab, 15 MetroTech Center, 19th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201. Lunch will be provided. For more information on GDL visit this site.To register click here.

All Schools: Morgan Library & Museum: Free Election Day Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

Registration Deadline: October 31, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Jacqueline Smith /212-685-0008; ext. 509


Social studies and visual arts teachers, grades 3-12 are invited to participate in a free all-day professional development workshop at the Morgan Library & Museum where they will discover the Morgan Book Project as a complement to the Common Core State Standards and a resource for meeting the professional criteria outlined in Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument, engage in Colors of the World: Illuminated Manuscripts in the Age of Exploration -- the quintessential Morgan school program that broadens students’ perspectives of books and museums--, explore strategies for teaching medieval painting techniques using professional grade and historical art materials, and reflect on integrating the arts and humanities in order to meet high learning standards. The event is on Tuesday, November 4th from 9:00AM until 3:30PM at the Morgan, 225 Madison Avenue New York, New York 10016. Coffee and tea will be provided. Please register early, as space is limited.


All Schools: Schedule a Free Emergency Preparedness Presentation for Your School        

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Parent Coordinator or OEM at readyny@oem.nyc.gov

The NYCDOE is partnering with the City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to offer emergency preparedness presentations for all grades, PTAs, school staff and other interested parties. Presentations can either be held as assemblies or smaller workshops and are geared towards different grade levels, from Pre-K to high school students and are generally 30 minutes in length. To schedule a presentation or learn more, please email readyny@oem.nyc.gov. For more information, click here.


All Schools: Professional Development for Parent Coordinators, District Family Advocates and School Arts Liaisons

Event: October 2014
Contact: FACE@schools.nyc.gov /212-374-4118  

The Division of Family and Community Engagement, in partnership with the Office of Arts and Special Projects, will be offering professional development around making culture and arts accessible to families. Parent Coordinators, district family advocates and school arts liaisons are welcome. There are six sessions throughout the city and the content is the same for each; participants should choose one to attend. The sessions are free, but attendees must register. Click here to participate.


All Schools: STEM Teaching Workshop: Introduction to Electrical Circuits

Event: November 1, 2014
Contact: Fernand Braunschwig

Led by John Roeder and Chris Aguda, this workshop features the Modeling approach to learning about electric circuits through the CASTLE program. Participants will build simple circuits, collect data, and build models to understand how the circuits work. No prior knowledge of electrical circuits or physics is required. The workshop will be held on Saturday, November 1 from 10:00AM-1:00 PM at Columbia Teachers College, 525 W. 120th St., NY, NY.  For registration and details click here. Event capacity is limited to first 36 participants who register. There is a $16.29 fee.


All Schools: Professional Learning with the Apollo Theater- The Apollo and Harlem: Teaching History through Arts and Community

Registration Deadline: November 2, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: education@apollotheater.org /212-531-5363

Join the Education Program for an inspiring full day of professional learning through the lens of Harlem and the Apollo Theater. Participants will explore the historical, social, and cultural context of early 20th century arts and entertainment in Harlem through hands-on activities, walking tours, and facilitated group discussions. Activities will provide educators with a number of exciting strategies for engaging students in the interdisciplinary study of the Arts, ELA, and Social Studies. There is a fee of $50 per person, which includes all program materials, light breakfast and lunch.  This event is on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 8:30AM to 3:00PM at 253 West 125th Street. For further information, and to register please click here.


All Schools: Response to Intervention and Academic Intervention Services (RtI/AIS) Professional Development Series for 2014-15

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Kira Bonn or prodev@schools.nyc.gov

Register for upcoming RtI/AIS professional development events. These include three series, The Literacy Intervention Practice Series for both elementary and adolescent levels, The Toolkit Series presenting published programs, and The Speaker Series presenting well-known speakers discussing topics in literacy intervention. These events are designed for school administrators and instructional staff, general and special education classroom teachers, intervention specialists, coaches, as well as cluster and network staff. For more information about upcoming events, see here


All Schools: Register for HMH Go Math! Technology Session

Registration Deadline: November 2, 2014
Contact: curriculumpd@schools.nyc.gov

Teachers can register for HMH Go Math! Technology sessions covering the online components of HMH's Go Math!.  Beginner participants will learn how to set up a class, add students to a class, navigate features of the “Dashboard”, access tools for help and self-study resources, ePlanner overview, set up basic lesson plans, explore digital features such as student ebooks. Advanced participants will learn how to search and browse for resources to be added to daily lesson plans, take a deeper dive into Soar to Success Math, Destination Math, and Mega Math for as support resources for differentiated instruction, examine interactive whiteboard resources, create customized assessments. To register, please click here. For further information click here.


All Schools: Attend Free Educator Open House Learning from NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial

Registration Deadline: November 3, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Nakeisha Gumbs /212-299-7759

Come discover the creative ways artists are inspired through observations of their local environments; sourcing inspiration from “experiences as a consumer, citizen, and inhabitant of the planet” in the words of Pepe Lopez.  Delving into the creative process of the Venezuela and Paris-based artist, Lopez will give a featured artist presentation and lead a hands-on workshop. Join MAD Museums’s education team for a first-day preview of New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America, an exhibition that explores collaborations between small manufacturing operations and craftspersons, artists, and designers, and demonstrates how the resulting work addresses not only the issues of commodification and production, but also of urbanization, displacement and sustainability. For more information, click here.

All Schools: Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in 19th Century New York at the Museum of the City of New York

Registration Deadline: November 3, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Maeve Montalvo /917-492-3492

Join the Museum of the City of New York for a full-day professional development opportunity that makes use of the City Museum's wealth of resources that support Common Core learning. Join Professor Cindy Lobel, author of the new 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. There is a fee of $60 per person. For further information and to register, please click here. Interested in receiving P Credit for your participation? Learn more here. This program will be held on Tuesday, November 4 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street.


All Schools: Gardening for Pollinators: Taking the Common Core Outdoors

Registration Deadline: November 3, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Emily Fano /646-502-7096

Join the National Wildlife Federation’s NYC Eco-Schools, Grow to Learn, Community Greenways Collaborative, Butterfly Project NYC, and City Parks Foundation staff on Tuesday, November 4th, from 9:00AM to 3:00PM, for an exciting PD day outdoors at P.S. 6's beautiful rooftop garden (45 East 81st Street in Manhattan). Participants will learn how schools can develop outdoor classrooms that attract and support local wildlife while meeting educational standards in ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Art. Breakfast and lunch provided. There is a $25 materials fee. Register here.


All Schools: Election Day Professional Development at the Rubin Museum: Arts as Cross-Curricular Connector

Registration Deadline: November 3, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Larissa Raphael

Join us for a professional development workshop for K-12 teachers that explores how classroom teachers can use art to collaborate across disciplines. We invite teachers from all disciplines to participate and brainstorm with us. How can art inspire writing? Is close looking in the galleries different from scientific observation? Can social studies and math connect? The day will include gallery time and exploration of artifacts from our teaching collection, as well as time to plan lessons and discuss with other teachers successes and challenges of implementing cross-curricular lessons. The event takes place from 10:00AM-3:00PM at 132 W 17th Street. To buy tickets, or for more information, please click here. Cost $25 per participant; registration is required.


All Schools: Election Day Workshop at New-York Historical Society

Registration Deadline: November 3, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Leslie Hayes/ 212-485-9256

New-York Historical Society's year’s annual Election Day workshop will highlight our newest exhibition, Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, and explore the profound impact of Chinese American history on U.S. laws, policies, and attitudes. Featuring a keynote by Amy Chin - whose family history is featured in the exhibition and related curriculum materials; a guided tour of Chinese American; and interactive, Common Core-aligned activities, this day-long workshop will encourage participants to consider the challenges of immigration, citizenship and belonging that shaped both the Chinese American experience and the development of our nation. All participants will receive free curriculum materials to use in the classroom. Coffee will be served. This event will be held on Tuesday, November 4 from 8:30am to 3:30pm at N-YHS 170 Central Park West. There is a fee of $35 per person. Register here.


All Schools: Join the New York Botanical Garden's Election Day PD: School Gardens

Registration Deadline: November 3, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Judith Hutton /718-817-8140


Teachers who are newcomers to school gardens can join New York Botanical Garden staff on Tuesday, November 4, for a half-day teacher workshop (8:30AM-12:30PM) on how to start or revive a school garden. Participants will learn about logistics, resources, and curriculum connections for creating, maintaining, and integrating gardens and other plant activities into the classroom. This workshop is an introduction to the Garden’s Seasonal Institutes, six-day training programs for teachers that provide hands-on, interactive immersion in nature, gardening, and science.

All Schools: New York City Writing Project Election Day Workshop – Writing to Create Community

Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Emmy Williamson

Join the New York City Writing Project on Tuesday, November 4 (Election Day) for a full-day Professional Development workshop that interrogates the uses of writing in the classroom as a means of building community, fostering collaboration and increasing student engagement. This workshop, which is appropriate for teachers of all grades/content areas, will provide teachers with interactive approaches to writing that are immediately applicable in classroom contexts, as well as the theory and pedagogy that support such activities. By exploring a variety of writing activities--both rigorous, academic writing as well as exploratory and process writing--teachers will learn to view writing not only as an outcome, but as a vehicle for student learning. All activities are aligned to the Common Core State Standards in Reading and Writing. The event is on Tuesday, November 4 from 8:30AM– 3:30PM, at Lehman College, CUNY (Bronx). There is a $40 fee. To register, click here. To learn more, see this flyer.


All Schools: Cityscapes: Teaching New York History Through Art Full-Day Workshop at the Museum of the City of New York

Registration Deadline: November 5, 2014
Event: November 9, 2014
Contact: Maeve Montalvo /917-492-3492

Join the Museum of the City of New York for a full-day professional development opportunity that makes use of the City Museum's wealth of resources and outstanding exhibitions that support Common Core learning. Led by Karen Rosner, Visual Arts Coordinator at the Department of Education, discover how to use works of art in the social studies classroom and introduce historical content into the art studio. There is a fee of $60 per person. For further information and to register, please click here. Interested in receiving P Credit for your participation? Learn more here.This program will be held on Sunday, November 9 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street.


 

All Schools: The 15th Annual Language Series at Bank Street College: Exploring Academic Language and Literacy Development- Connections to the Common Core

Registration Deadline: November 6, 2014
Event: November 7 and November 8, 2014
Contact: Gretchen Adams

The Language Series supports educators in understanding the critical role that language plays in the social and academic success of all students. Come and re-energize your practice by learning from experts in the field. They will share multiple ways to promote and support social and academic language growth in today's diverse educational settings that may include multilingual learners as well as students who have difficulties acquiring or developing language. Celia Genishi will give the keynote address. This event is on Friday, November 7 (4:00-8:00PM) and Saturday, November 8 (8:00AM- 4:00PM). For more information click here. To register click here.


All Schools: Workshop for Educators at the Guggenheim Museum

Registration Deadline: November 6, 2014
Event: November 8, 2014
Contact: Carolyn Keogh /212-360-4254

Focusing on ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s; educators will engage in conversations and activities that focus on ways in which works of art can be used in the classroom. There is a fee of $20 (includes materials). This event will be held on Saturday, November 8 from 10:00AM – 1:00PM. Click here to register. Registration is required.


All Schools: Understanding Slavery in New Netherland and Colonial New York at the Museum of the City of New York

Event: November 6, 2014
Contact: Maeve Montalvo /917-492-3492

New York's history of slavery began in the early days of seventeenth-century New Netherland and ended officially in the decades after the American Revolution. In this free lecture for educators, scholar Dr. Dennis J. Maika of the New Netherland Institute will present on the experience of the enslaved people and their enslavers during the colonial period, with a focus on New Netherland. All teachers will receive a letter of attendance. Click here to register. This program will be held on Thursday, November 6 from 5:00-6:30PM at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street.


All Schools: 2014-15 Dance Teacher Professional Development Winter Short Course - Engaging the Young Male Dancer: Three Approaches

Registration Deadline: November 7, 2014
Event: November 21 and December 12, 2014 and January 9, 2015; 12:00-3:00PM
Contact: Ana Fragoso/212-356-8574

This course will introduce you to three approaches of working with male students of all ages. Explore and discuss various ways of differentiating instruction to support the needs of the male physicality, motivation to move and thematic interests. The instructors will share lessons and strategies through specific movement exercises and improvisational activities designed to engage the young male dancer while enhancing the experience of the entire class. Course resources will enable you to apply the work in your dance classroom. Please note that course participation requires school release. For detailed course information click here.


All Schools: Three-Day Sustainability Teacher Professional Development Institute at the Queens Botanical Garden

Event: November 8, 15, and 22, 2014
Contact: Marnie Rackmill

Increase your understanding of sustainability while engaging in common core related work that can be brought back to the classroom. As we explore overall concepts related to sustainability, a special focus will be placed on energy, water, and waste. Teachers who attend this workshop will receive materials for classroom use. The course incorporates STEM as well as common core literacy and math practices. This free workshop will take place at the Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355) on three consecutive Saturdays, November 8, 15, and 22 from 10:00AM-4:00PM. Applicants must be able to commit to attending all three days. To apply please visit this site.


All Schools: Festival—A Journey through Land and Sea at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Event: November 9, 2014
Contact: Ariel Greene at familyprograms@metmuseum.org /212-570-3961

Bring your traveling companions to celebrate the Museum’s exhibition Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age. Navigate through art and the Museum with activities that bring to life the stories and cultures of this vast ancient world. This event is free with Museum admission; admission is free for children under 12 with an adult. The event is being held on Sunday, November 9 from 1:00-5:00PM. For more information, visit this site.


All Schools: Pluralism and the Problem of Religious Toleration in 17th Century New Netherland and New York at the Museum of the City of New York

Event: November 13, 2014
Contact: Maeve Montalvo /917-492-3492

New Netherland has long been remembered as a colony inhabited by settlers with different religious orientations, yet for many colonists the ability to live and worship according to their conscience was a struggle. In this free lecture for educators, scholar Dr. Noah L. Gelfand will explore religious pluralism and the meaning of toleration during this era. All teachers will receive a letter of attendance. Register here. This program will be held on Thursday, November 13 from 5:00-6:30PM at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street.


All Schools: November Professional Development from the Special Education Office 

Event: November 2014
Contact: Special Education Office Instructional Team    

Educators can register for professional development workshops offered by the Office of Special Education on the PD website calendar; more information is available in the professional development catalogue listed under “Professional Development Opportunities” and includes descriptions of workshops covering quality IEPsbehaviorcollege and career readiness, and more. Both one-day workshops and opportunities to attend a series are available. For example, the Inquiry to Action teams meet once per month with sessions featuring a variety of topics.


All Schools: Assembly Opportunities to Educate Students about Gun Violence

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Kareem Nelson /917-564-2897

Wheelchairs Against Guns (W.A.G.) works to inform inner city youth of the dangers of gun violence. W.A.G. utilizes first-hand experience to paint a real picture of how gun violence can harm students, their families, and everyone in the community. Using their members’ disabilities as the proof, W.A.G. hopes to use their stories to deter students from engaging in gun violence. W.A.G. also aims to educate students on the importance of staying in school and focusing on their education. To have W.A.G. visit your school and put on a gun violence prevention assembly, please contact Kareem Nelson.


All Schools: Visit FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island

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

Teachers 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. 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, the 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 NYC skyline. Guided visits are offered Wednesdays and Thursdays for $75/class. For further information click here.


All Schools: Borough Based Professional Learning Community Meetings for Library Professionals

Event Dates: Varies
Contact: Elizabeth Naylor-Gutierrez

Library professionals are highly encouraged to participate in series of six librarian meetings throughout the year. Four of these meetings are from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM and two are full day meetings. The meeting series will include Office of Library Services (OLS) updates, sharing of best practices, activities to meet state requirements, etc. Professional Learning Community (PLC) groups in the Bronx, North Brooklyn and Manhattan are divided by school level (Elementary and Secondary). Librarians serving  K-8 schools are encouraged to join the secondary meeting.  Meetings in Queens, Staten Island, and South Brooklyn accommodate all grade levels. We also encourage that you attend the PLC meeting in your borough; however, we know that some of you may prefer to join a PLC closer to where you live. This is OK, but please understand that once you join a PLC group, that is the group you stay with the rest of the year.
Four of these meetings are from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM and two are full day meetings. The meeting dates are below: 
Elementary (Bronx, North Brooklyn, Manhattan); Queens – East (All Levels); Staten Island (All Levels)
• September 23 (3:30 – 5:30)
• October 14 (3:30 – 5:30)
• November 13 (Full Day) @ CitiField
• January 6 (3:30 – 5:30)
• March 4 (3:30 – 5:30)
• May (Full Day – Date TBD)
Secondary (Bronx, North Brooklyn, Manhattan); Queens – West (All Levels); South Brooklyn (All Levels)
• September 30 (3:30 – 5:30)
• October 30 (3:30 – 5:30)
• November 13 (Full Day) @ CitiField
• January 28 (3:30 – 5:30)
• March 25 (3:30 – 5:30)
• May (Full Day – Date TBD)
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