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Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, July 28, 2015 (in chronological order)

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All Schools: Digital Learning at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Registration Deadline: July 30, 2015
Event: July 31, 2015

Join Sree Sreenivasan (Chief Digital Officer at The Met), Lisa Neilson (co-author of Teaching Generation Text: Using Cell Phones to Enhance Learning), and museum educators for an afternoon exploring the intersection of art, technology, and learning. Enhance your social media skills, connect with innovative colleagues, and leave with new ideas for promoting learning in the classroom and on field trips. Beginners and advanced technology users welcome. Click here to register. Fee: $25 (includes instruction, materials, and coffee).

All Schools: Teaching and Learning with the Apollo Theater: The Art of Listening: Connecting Oral History Pedagogy and the Arts

Registration Deadline: July 31, 2015
Event: August 5, 2015

This full day professional learning workshop will provide an introduction to oral history pedagogy, tools for connecting oral history interviews to classroom curricula, and ideas for using oral history to develop meaningful, creative projects. This workshop is open to educators from all grades and subject areas. Fee: $50 per person and includes all program materials, a light breakfast and lunch. This event takes place on Wednesday, August 5th from 8:30am to 3:00pm at 253 West 125th Street. For further information, and to register please click here.

All Schools: Girls Inc. of New York City Wants To Reach Your Students!

Event: Ongoing through July 31, 2015
Contact: Krystal Cason/212.531.7620; ext. 402 

Girls Inc. delivers life-changing programs that inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained professionals, equips girls to achieve academically, lead healthy and physically active lives, manage money, navigate media messages, and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. We have curriculum in the following areas: Health & Sexuality, Media Literacy, Economic Literacy, Self-Defense, Leadership & Community Action, Substance Abuse Prevention, College Readiness, STEM, and Sports. The semester begins the week of September 21st and runs through the week of December 21st. Program Fee: $3,350.00 for 13 weeks/hours of program. The program can serve two separate groups of 25 girls, up to 50 girls max. The program can take place during school day hours to supplement for electives, or as an after school club/enrichment. Sign your school up today; space is limited. Click here to visit the website. For more information and to register, click here.

All Schools: P-credit Opportunities for Salary Differential

Event: Ongoing in July and August
Contact: Jessica Fredston-Hermann

NYCDOE teachers are eligible to take P-credit courses to apply towards salary differential and the 175 hours of Professional Development requirement. The After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP) is offering over 200 courses this summer designed to enhance classroom skills. These courses are aligned with Common Core Standards and the Danielson Framework for Teaching, and they are offered both online and in-person. To view the full list of opportunities, visit the ASPDP course catalogue. Registration closes on a rolling basis through the end of July. Please email for more information.

All Schools: Deconstructing Reconstruction at the New-York Historical Society

Event: August 3, 2015
Contact: Leslie Hayes/212-485-9256

After a long and bloody Civil War, the United States faced its greatest challenge yet: piecing together a broken union. Through document analysis and group work, confront the tumultuous history of the Reconstruction Era, the impact of which is still felt today. Breakfast will be served. The cost of this event is $15 per person ($10 for museum members). The workshop will take place at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West) on Monday, August 3rd from 10:00am-12:00pm. Please click here to register or call 212-485-9256.

All Schools: Sign up to be a Dads Take Your Child to School Day Ambassador

Registration Deadline: August 3, 2015
Event: August 5, 2015
Contact: Nancy Santiago

Parent Coordinators, district staff and others are invited to sign-up to be a Dads Take Your Child to School Day Ambassador. Training takes place on August 5, and the event date is September 22. For more information, view this letter and flyer or email Nancy Santiago.

All Schools: Attend the Opera Learning Institute at The Metropolitan Opera Guild

Registration Deadline: August 5, 2015
Event: August 9-14, 2015
Contact: Aliza Greenberg/212-769-7031

This week-long intensive professional development workshop will help educators build the knowledge and skills to incorporate the elements of opera (text analysis, libretto writing, music composition, theatrical design and staging) into ongoing instruction. Teachers learn to guide students in creating original operatic material based on stories, poems, or historical events from the classroom curriculum. The Opera Learning Institute is designed for educators new to opera, as well as seasoned opera-lovers. Teachers can receive professional development credit through the NYCDOE ASPDP office. For further information and to register, please click here.

All Schools: Teacher Workshop: Natives and Newcomers at the New-York Historical Society

Event: August 11, 2015
Contact: Leslie Hayes/212-485-9256

Enhance your understanding of the interaction among New York’s earliest European settlers and the native people who called this land home long before the age of exploration. Study historic objects, images, and documents, and take home a copy of the Cultures, Commerce, and Community curriculum guide. Breakfast will be served. The cost of this event is $15 per person ($10 for museum members). The workshop will take place at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West) on Tuesday, August 11th from 10:00am-12:00pm. Please click here to register or call 212-485-9256.

All Schools: Apply to be Selected for the DOE’s Recycling Champions Program

Application Deadline: August 12, 2015
Event: Ongoing
Contact: or Elvia Colon

GrowNYC’s Recycling Champions Program (RCP) is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 semester from all NYC public schools. RCP is a free educational program available to schools struggling with school-wide recycling in classrooms and offices. Schools selected to be an RCP school will be provided a dedicated outreach coordinator who will work collaboratively with administration and faculty to bolster recycling through professional development, classroom lessons and activities, contests, free recycling bins, and more. RCP aims to empower schools to comply with, and exceed, NYC’s recycling laws. The RCP process engages students in responsible habits and action, and provides opportunities for environmental stewardship, public scholarship, and a platform for learning about STEM. To apply complete this application and email it to and Elvia Colon.

All Schools: Breakaway Workshop NYC

Registration Deadline: August 14, 2015
Event: August 21-23, 2015

Calling all dreamers, innovators, and educator maker-breakers! Join Breaker to attend the August Breakaway Workshop in NYC. Award-winning design studio Local Projects is our classroom and NYC is our laboratory for this hands-on workshop that will introduce you to a human-centered, prototype-driven process for innovation that can be replicated in your school. Click here to register and here to learn more about Breaker and our other upcoming workshops.

All Schools: Free Educator Workshop at Brooklyn Public Library - Adapting and Diversifying Lessons for All Learners

Event: August 17, 2015
Contact: Amy Mikel

Teachers and school librarians will learn tips and tricks for diversifying lesson plan content to meet the needs of all learners. The instructor will present two adapted lessons with a Q&A, followed by hands-on learning and play. NYC Educators who attend will receive a certificate for 2 professional development (PD) credit hours if registered in advance. The workshop features special guest John Huth, Young Adult Librarian, The Child’s Place for Kids & Teens with Special Needs. For further information and to register, please click here.

All Schools: Free Educator Workshop at Brooklyn Public Library – Comics in the Classroom

Registration Deadline: August 17, 2015
Event: August 20, 2015
Contact: Amie Wright

What do comics have to do with the classroom? Everything! Learn about new and favorite comic titles for the classroom (such as John Lewis' nonfiction memoir about civil rights, March: Books One and Two). Uncover ways to use comics for teaching and learning (for example, using comics to teach STEM) as well as how to align Common Core State Standards to classroom practice. NYC Educators who attend will receive a certificate for 2 professional development (PD) credit hours if registered in advance. The workshop features special guests Amie Wright and Thomas Knowlton, NYPL Librarians. For further information and to register, please click here.

All Schools: Attend a Book Signing and Presentation by Charles Gehring and Len F. Tantillo

Registration Deadline: August 19, 2015
Event: August 20, 2015
Contact: Kissa Thompson

Educators are invited to attend a book signing and presentation by Charles Gehring and Len F. Tantillo hosted by the NYCDOE and the National Archives at NYC as part of the “History Talks!” learning series. Dr. Charles Gehring, Director of the New Netherland Research Center and the New Netherland Project (NNP), has worked to translate and edit the surviving archival records of New Netherland for publication and to advance interest in the Dutch role in America's history. Len F. Tantillo is the premier historical artist in New York State. He specializes in painting scenes of Dutch, English and Native American life in Colonial New York. Mr. Tantillo and Dr. Gehring have co-authored numerous books and articles. The talk will take place on August 20th from 4:00–6:00 pm. All participants will receive a free signed copy of the book A Description of New Netherland. Space is limited. To attend, please register here.

All Schools: New York City Writing Project Partnership Opportunities

Registration Deadline: August 24, 2015
Event: September 2015 – June 2016
Contact: Jane Higgins

The New York City Writing Project (NYCWP) is currently seeking partner schools for the 2015-2016 school year. The NYCWP is an organization committed to the improved teaching of literacy in K-12 schools that has been providing professional development to schools and teachers for over 30 years. The NYCWP believes that access to high quality educational experiences is a basic right and a cornerstone of equity. Teachers in NYCWP programs engage students in active, inquiry-based approaches for using reading and writing across disciplines. We believe that reading, writing, and thinking are interrelated activities that contribute to students’ success in school and lead to college readiness. Partner schools can choose from a range of options including on-site consulting, school-based workshops and workshop series, and NYCWP professional learning opportunities at Lehman College. Interested schools should contact Director Jane Higgins to discuss partnership options and pricing. For more information click here.