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Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, October 6, 2015 (in chronological order)

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All Schools: Attend the Fifth Annual Inclusive Education Student Summit

Registration Deadline: October 9, 2015
Event: December 9, 2015 
Contact: Rebecca Meade/212-374-7928

The Inclusive Education Student Summit brings together students from across NYC to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work and commitment of schools in making their communities more inclusive. At the Summit, students engage in dialogue about inclusive education, share the practices that have helped to shape their school culture, and plan for the future. Whether your school is well developed in inclusive practices, or looking to build a more positive environment, you can benefit from this day of collaboration. This year’s theme is Sharing Our Talents in Inclusive Schools. Before the event, schools are asked to design and implement a project that focuses on the theme. The Summit will be held on Wednesday, December 9th at Baruch College. For event registration and details, including what and how to prepare for the project share, please visit the Summit’s webpage.

All Schools: History Uncorked: Think & Drink with Eric Foner at the New-York Historical Society

Event: October 14, 2015
Contact: Leslie Hayes/212-485-9256

Join Eric Foner, Columbia University professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, for a discussion of his newest work, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad. Wine and cheese will be served. The cost of this event is $20 per person and it will take place at the New-York Historical Society (located at 170 Central Park West) on Wednesday, October 14th from 4:30-6:30pm. Click here to register or call 212-485-9256.

All Schools: Educator Open House at the National Archives

Registration Deadline: October 14, 2015
Event: October 15, 2015
Contact: Christopher Zarr

The National Archives is hosting an Educator Open House for NYC teachers. Find out about your local National Archives and the free programs and services we offer. Learn about professional development and field trip opportunities throughout the year and our online resources to use with your students in the classroom. In support of our national initiative celebrating the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights, Professor Carol Berkin will speak about her recent book, The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America’s Liberties. The first 40 people in attendance will receive a copy of the book and related primary source documents. The program will be held on Thursday, October 15 from 4:00-6:00pm in the Learning Center of the National Archives at New York City (located on the 3rd Floor of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan). For more information, contact Christopher Zarr.

All Schools: Attend the Service in Schools Partner Fair!

Event: October 14, 2015

Educators are invited to attend the 3rd annual Service in Schools Partner Fair on Wednesday, October 14th between 3:00 and 6:00pm. At the event, participants will meet and network with community-based and non-profit organizations that can support them in building a culture of service and service-learning in their school community. For more information, please see this flyer. The Service in Schools Partner Fair will take place at the Forchelli Center at Brooklyn Law School (205 State Street, Brooklyn, NY). Please RSVP here.

All Schools: Reading Buildings/Reading History: Integrating Literacy Skills through Historical Building Analysis Workshop

Registration Deadline: October 15, 2015
Event: October 17 and October 23, 2015 
Contact: Steve Ackerman/212-678-8311

While many social studies and language arts teachers are familiar with using close reading strategies for historical thinking related to documents, traditional text can serve as a barrier for students who struggle with reading, particularly students with language-based learning disabilities or those who are non-native English speakers. In this workshop, participants will learn how to develop historical thinking skills through the analysis of historical buildings. We will draw upon literacy theory and practice to show how the process of historical building analysis supports students’ development of higher order thinking skills and meets Common Core State Standards. The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 17th from 9:00am-6:00pm and Friday, October 23rd from 5:00-7:00pm at Teachers College (525 West 120th Street). The workshop fee is $220. Participants are eligible to receive 1 CEU upon completion. For more information and to register, click here.

All Schools: Educator Open House at the Staten Island Museum

Event: October 16, 2015
Contact: Loretta Lonecke/718-483-7103

Educators can attend the free Educator Open House at the Staten Island Museum’s new Snug Harbor location (1000 Richmond Terrace, building A). Be among the first to tour the new facilities and visit the inaugural exhibitions including: Remember the Mastodon, Opening the Treasure Box, Staten Island SEEN and From Farm to City. Learn how to incorporate the Museum’s educator resources into your classroom. There will be a wine and cheese reception. The event will take place from 4:30pm-6:30pm on Friday, October 16th. For more information please contact Loretta Lonecke

All Schools: MISSION US Workshop on Ellis Island

Registration Deadline: October 17, 2015
Event: October 24, 2015
Contact: Carly Lagrotteria

Join WNET Education, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the National Park Service on Saturday, October 24th, for a full-day, free workshop on immigration at Ellis Island. Learn more about the WNET award-winning MISSION US “City of Immigrants” game and best practices for using primary sources with students. Participants will also tour Ellis Island. Click here to register. Space is limited; register early.

All Schools: Gaming Literacy and Learning Online Professional Development

Registration Deadline: October 19, 2015
Event: October 19 through December 8, 2015
Contact: Dr. Shiang-Kwei Wang

Canvas Network is offering an online course that provides an introduction to the educational value of games, game genres, gaming literacy, and new literacy. Teachers will play games and analyze how gaming can cultivate learners’ new literacy, understand how game debriefing can help scaffold students’ learning, and identify factors affecting the adoption of games in educational contexts. Enrollment in this course is free and a completion certificate is available for purchase (equivalent to 21 professional development hours) for $150. To be eligible for the certificate, participants must score higher than 85% in the course. To register for this opportunity, click here.

All Schools: Free Evening for Educators at Bard Graduate Center

Registration Deadline: October 19, 2015
Event: October 20, 2015
Contact: Tracy Grosner/212-501-3013

Our educator workshops provide professionals with an opportunity to convene and collaborate in specialist-led activities and moderated discussion. We invite you to join us for an evening exploring relationships between objects and classroom learning. Our aim is to support curriculum and to demonstrate value in investigating objects through encouraging evidence-based reasoning and critical thinking skills. We will also introduce you to our exhibitions: Swedish Wooden Toys and Re-visions: Zen on Film. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 20th from 4:00- 7:00pm at 18 West 86th Street. For further information and to register, click here or email

All Schools: Free Fall Preview Event at the Bronx Zoo

Registration Deadline: October 20, 2015
Event: October 21, 2015
Contact: Amanda Lindell

Enjoy light drinks and refreshments while getting a sneak peek at all the educational opportunities the Bronx Zoo offers during the colder months. All teachers are welcome to attend, and will be able to mingle with members of our Teacher Advisory Council to hear first-hand accounts of their experiences with Wildlife Conservation Society Education. Space is limited; advanced registration is required. Please click here to register.

All Schools: Native New York: American Indians and Early New Amsterdam – Two-Day Workshop at the Museum of the City of New York and the National Museum of the American Indian

Registration Deadline: October 22, 2015
Event: October 24 and October 25, 2015
Contact: Maeve Montalvo/917-492-3492

Join us for this two-session, in-depth learning opportunity. Become conversant in elements of the art and culture of Native Americans, discover how the geography and natural environs of Mannahatta in the 1600s impacted the city's growth and population, and compare and contrast the natural landscape and ecology of Mannahatta in 1609 to the island of Manhattan today. Educators will leave with resources to use in the classroom. There is a $150 per person fee for the two sessions; participants may also register for 1 P Credit through the ASPDP. These programs are made possible by a grant from the Netherlands Consulate General in New York. The two-day series will be held on Saturday, October 24 at the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029) and on Sunday, October 25 at the National Museum of the American Indian (One Bowling Green New York, NY 10004) from 9:00am – 4:00pm. For further information and to register, click here.

All Schools: Free Educator Open House at the Rubin Museum of Art

Event: October 23, 2015
Contact: Larissa Raphael/212-620-5000; ext. 359

Educators who work with students of all ages are invited to discover the immersive new exhibition Sacred Spaces and explore ways that the Rubin can connect with your curriculum. Learn how Sacred Spaces focuses on the culture of one of the most awe-inspiring places in the world, the Himalayan Mountains. Discover how landscape and geography can be sacred and explore the role of ritual. Hear how artifacts are used and about the importance of engaging all the senses. Through a lively discussion and gallery tours, discover how to help your students make deep and meaningful connections with the Rubin Museum. This event will be held on Friday, October 23rd from 4:00-6:30pm at the Rubin Museum Education Center (132 West 17th Street). For more information and to register, click here.

All Schools: MISSION US Chancellor's Day Workshop at Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Registration Deadline: October 27, 2015
Event: November 3, 2015
Contact: Carly Lagrotteria

Educators can participate in this full-day workshop at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum to discover new ways to teach immigration to their students. During this full-day workshop, participants will access two great resources: MISSION US “City of Immigrants,” a video game that immerses students in the dynamic world of New York City in the early 20th century, and the Tenement Museum, which features the recreated apartments of two real families who faced the same struggles depicted in the game. A primary resource workshop will also highlight tools to use when teaching about issues such as unsafe work conditions, overcrowded housing, and the challenges of becoming an American. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Click here to register.

All Schools: Attend Storefront Academy's 8th Annual Urban Education Symposium

Registration Deadline: October 27, 2015
Event: November 3, 2015
Contact: Christopher Cooper/212-427-7900; ext. 227

Join the Storefront Academy at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on Tuesday, November 3rd from 9:00am – 5:00pm for the 8th Annual Urban Education Symposium and add your voice to the national conversation on education. Storefront Academy’s annual Urban Education Symposium brings together an impressive array of cross-sector educational leaders and advocates to offer skills-based development opportunities for stakeholders from every part of the school community. The day-long symposium offers professional development for teaching staff and administrators in schools educating underserved students in urban areas. Workshops, speakers and panels are designed to provide concrete takeaways and best practices for all school community stakeholders -- teachers, administrators, parent coordinators, community-based organizations, trustees and supporters -- involved in the development of the whole child. For information call 212-427-7900, email, or visit this site. Click here to register. Group rates and exhibitor passes are available.

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

Registration Deadline: October 29, 2015
Event: November 3, 2015
Contact: Jacqueline Smith/212-685-0008; ext. 509

The Morgan invites social studies, language arts, and visual arts teachers, grades 3-12, to a free full-day professional development workshop 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, an interdisciplinary 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 will take place on Tuesday, November 3rd from 9:00am until 3:30pm at the Morgan (225 Madison Avenue New York, New York 10016). Breakfast will be provided. Register early by emailing, as space is limited.

All Schools: Pizza & PD: Women in the Industrialized Workplace at the New-York Historical Society

Event: October 29, 2015
Contact: Leslie Hayes/212-485-9256

Industrialization dramatically changed how we think about life and work. But how did this workplace transformation affect women specifically? Examine documents, photographs, and artifacts to comprehend the experience of female workers. Pizza will be served. The cost of this event is $15 per person and will take place at The New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West, New York, NY). To register, click here or call 212-485-9256.

All Schools: Learn to Teach Shakespeare's Othello with The Shakespeare Society

Registration Deadline: October 30, 2015
Event: November 3, 2015
Contact: Jackie Tralies/212-967-6802

Learn to engage students of all ages with Shakespeare's plays by attending one of The Shakespeare Society's Teaching Teachers workshops. Wendy Halm-Violette, veteran New York City teacher and co-founder of the Brooklyn Shakespeare Festival, will lead the workshop. It will focus on Othello, but methods are applicable to all of Shakespeare's plays. Membership to The Society is required to register, and is available to teachers for $30. The workshop will take place on November 3rd from 9:30am to 3:30pm at Ripley Grier Studios (520 Eighth Ave, New York, NY). See this flyer for more information and registration instructions.

All Schools: Election Day Professional Development: Increasing Family Engagement in Your School

Registration Deadline: October 30, 2015
Event: November 3, 2015
Contact: Arlean Wells/212-879-4900; ext. 330

Competent Kids, Caring Communities (CKCC), a social-emotional learning program of Ackerman Institute for the Family, is delighted to offer a workshop focused on deepening participants' understanding of what it means for families to be engaged with educators, and what it means for educators to be engaged with families and their communities. Furthermore, this workshop will provide practical tools for family engagement, which educators and school mental health professionals can bring back to their professional settings. Each participant will receive one copy of CKCC's Family-School Collaboration Manual. The course will be held at the Ackerman Institute for the Family (936 Broadway, 3rd floor, New York, NY). Registration fee is $250. For further information and to register, click here. If you would like to pay for the workshop with a DOE purchase order, please email Dr. Arlean Wells.

All Schools: Apply for a Service in Schools $1,000 Service-Learning Grant!

Application Deadline: October 30, 2015

In an effort to further engage and support schools in service-learning and school-led service, Service in Schools invites educators to apply for a $1,000 service-learning grant to be directed towards a service project(s). Grant monies can be allocated to supplies, transportation, per session, or partnering with external organizations. Service in Schools is looking for proposals that are student-led, apply classroom content/curriculum to community needs, develop students’ responsibility, critical thinking, decision-making, collaboration, leadership, and reflection skills, and have potential to make significant impact on students, their school, and the community at large. Please note that an individual school can only receive one Service-Learning Grant. For more information, and to apply for a Service-Learning Grant, click here.

All Schools: U.S. Citizenship: History, Meaning, and Conflict Workshop

Registration Deadline: October 30, 2015
Event: November 20-22, 2015
Contact: Emily Voss/540-308-2063

What does it mean to be and to become an American citizen? What combination of political principles, cultural identity, and historical experience does and should constitute U.S. citizenship? This seminar explores the meaning of citizenship and nationhood in different historical contexts, amidst competing constitutional interpretations, and at the center of contemporary policy debates. This event will be held at Montpelier, home of President James Madison, located in Orange, Virginia. Full scholarships and travel stipends are available for New York educators. Click here for more details and a seminar application.

All Schools: Scholarship for NYC Teachers, MA in American Studies at Columbia

Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Contact: Matt Sandler/212-854-3248

The MA program is offering a 50% tuition scholarship to active NYC teachers. The program has served as a professional development opportunity for NYC teachers for more than two decades, and has recently moved into the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, joining a vibrant and progressive group of students and faculty. The program has admissions cycles in spring and fall, and can be undertaken part-time. Click here for more information.

All Schools: 2015-16 Professional Learning Opportunities in Mathematics

Event: Ongoing

The Department of STEM is excited to announce the schedule of professional learning offerings in mathematics for teachers, administrators and borough field support staff for the 2015-16 school year. The calendar includes over 50 offerings that span elementary, middle and high school across a variety of topics including RtI, ECAM, the core curriculum, integrating science with math, and other supports for struggling students. To learn more and register, visit our professional learning page here.

All Schools: 2015-16 Professional Learning Opportunities in Science

Event: Ongoing

The Department of STEM is excited to announce the schedule of professional learning offerings in science for teachers, administrators and borough field support staff for the 2015-16 school year. The calendar includes over 60 offerings that span elementary, middle and high school across a variety of topics including support with the enhanced Science Scope and Sequence, formative and summative assessments, and integrating math with science. To learn more and register, visit our professional learning page here.

All Schools: Guided School Visits at The Frick Collection

Event: Ongoing, Tuesdays through Fridays
Contact: Rachel Himes/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: American History Resources for Teachers

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Josh Landon

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Affiliate School Program, free for all K-12 teachers, offers a unique gateway to education resources, events, and tools designed to bring American history to life in the classroom. Teachers benefit from free classroom materials, exclusive web content, and access to a collection of 60,000 rare primary source documents. Additionally, the program offers special opportunities to order traveling exhibitions and participate in teacher summer seminars, online graduate courses, and student essay contests. For more information and to register, click here.

All Schools: Professional Learning in the Arts 2015-16

Event: Various dates
Contact: Maria Palma/718-420-5628

The Office of Arts and Special Projects is committed to providing ongoing professional learning for arts teachers that aligns with the Chancellor’s goals to foster collaborative teaching, rigorous instruction, and cycles of continuous improvement. All arts teachers are invited to participate in an interwoven web of supports that focus on student achievement in the arts, content knowledge, skills, artistry, and reflective teacher practice. Each series will culminate in products for a professional learning portfolio that demonstrates professional growth. Click here for more information and to register.

All Schools: After School Professional Development Program Professional Development Opportunities

Registration Deadline: Rolling
Event: September 14, 2015 – January 4, 2016
Contact: Jessica Fredston-Hermann

NYC educators are eligible to take online and in-person courses to apply towards their salary differential and the 175 hours of Professional Development requirement. The After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP) is offering over 160 courses this fall designed to enhance classroom skills. The courses are aligned with Common Core Standards and the Danielson Framework for Teaching. To view the full list of opportunities, see the ASPDP course catalogue. Registration closes on a rolling basis; email for more information.

All Schools: AIS Professional Learning Opportunities

Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Nicole Bournas – Ney

The Office of Literacy and AIS invites educators to register for upcoming intervention, both AIS and RtI, workshops and events for the 2015-16 school year. We provide a varied and rich roster of professional learning events and recommend that you register for the entire practice series for either grades K-5 or grades 6-12. Each will be offered once in the fall and once in the winter/spring term. Registration is now open for events that will take place through December 2015. To register, click here.

All Schools: Wheelchairs Against Guns’ (WAG) Workshops for Students and Educators

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

WAG's mission is simple, protect children from guns, gangs and bullying. WAG is a non-profit organization of individuals who live with disabilities as a result of gun violence. WAG offers workshops that educate students and educators about the negative effects of guns, gangs, and bullying. Workshops cover the follow topics: Gun Violence Prevention Assembly, Conflict Resolution, Critical Thinking, Positive Self Esteem Building (4 day workshop), and De-escalation Techniques and Consultation. For more information, please click here or call 917-564-2897. Fees may apply.

All Schools: Guided Gallery Programs and Walking Tours at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Joy Liu/212-619-4785

MOCA’s guided programs are designed to enrich classroom learning in the arts, social studies, civics and government. Through an interdisciplinary and inquiry-based approach, each school program reinforces essential concepts and skills found in the New York State Social Studies Core Curriculum. Each school program lasts 75 minutes, is led by a museum educator and includes directed discussions, exploration of the exhibit and hands-on activities to allow students to experience history from original sources. For more information and to schedule a visit, please click here. For questions about school programs and offerings, please contact

All Schools: NYC H2O’s STEM Class Tours for Schools

Event: Ongoing Fall 2015
Contact: Matt Malina

NYC H2O offers walking tours of the City’s historic reservoirs in all five boroughs including: Central Park Reservoir (Manhattan), Ridgewood Reservoir (Brooklyn), Silver Lake Reservoir (Staten Island), Baisley Pond (Queens), and Jerome Park Reservoir (Bronx). Each of these reservoirs has its own dramatic story of how it supplied the city with drinking water. NYC H2O's team of talented, dynamic tour guides engage students in outdoor activities that explain how the reservoirs were built so that the city could grow. Students will learn how the parks were constructed to protect the reservoirs when they experience these seldom visited, yet public natural treasures. Tours are free; reservations require a $50 deposit, refunded once your class completes the tour, click here for more information.