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Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (in chronological order)

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All Schools: Host a Free MLB Pitch, Hit & Run for Students Ages 7-14

Event: March through mid-May, 2015
Contact: Kate Viebrock

Hosting a free MLB Pitch, Hit & Run competition gives boys and girls ages 7-14 the opportunity to showcase their baseball and softball skills. Whether the students are just learning the skills or are experienced ball players, they have the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at every Major League ballpark and the National Finals hosted during the 2015 MLB™ All-Star Week in Cincinnati, OH. The official skills competition of MLB can be hosted during P.E. Class, an after-school program as a one-day event, or over an extended amount of time, concluding by mid-May. After registering, you will receive an administrative kit including materials necessary to host the competition. Email for more information or visit

All Schools: Music! Activism! Free Historian Lecture on the History of New York’s Folk Music Revival of the 1950s and 60s at the Museum of the City of New York

Event: March 26, 2015
Contact: Maeve Montalvo/212-534-1672; ext. 3492

Greenwich Village’s folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s was inextricably linked to the civil rights, anti-war, and antinuclear movements. Dr. Stephen Petrus, curator at the Museum of the City of New York, will examine the connection between folk music and activism, and the strategies used to advance the causes of the southern freedom struggle and pacifism. This free event will be held Thursday, March 26, from 5:00-6:30p.m. at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. Register here.

All Schools: Finding Accessible Books for Students with Disabilities 

Registration Deadline: March 26, 2015 
Event: March 27, 2015 

This half-day professional learning opportunity focuses on finding appropriate books for students with intellectual disabilities reading at an early elementary level. A range of books will be demonstrated along with assistive technology tools to support students’ access to books. This workshop is for SETSS teachers, special education teachers, speech and language providers, general education teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and related service providers who push into or provide service in general education classrooms; this training is not recommended for content area teachers. Click here to register. 

All Schools: Attend the Fourth Annual Education Special Education Conference

Registration Deadline: March 27, 2015
Event: March 28, 2015
Contact: Dr. Pola Rosen/917- 375-0497

We are honoring an array of great minds who have expanded our knowledge, research and programs for individuals who learn differently. The keynote speakers are Dr. Harold Koplewicz, Founding President, Child Mind Institute and Dr. Cathy Lord, Founding Director, NY Center for Autism, NY Presbyterian Hospital. Additional speakers include Dr. John Russell, Head, Windward School; President George Hagerty, Beacon College; President Peter Eden, Landmark College; Brooke Garber Neidich, Founder and Chair of Board, Child Mind Institute. Six exceptional young people are receiving awards for conquering great difficulties and inspiring us to achieve great goals. Location: Weill Cornell Medical College, Griffis Faculty Club, 521 East 68th Street (at York Avenue), 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. To register, click here. Includes Certificate and lunch. Cost: $90, $25 for students.

All Schools: “Building Knowledge through Vocabulary Acquisition” Speaker Series Event Featuring Elfrieda Hiebert 

Registration Deadline: March 27, 2015 
Event: March 31, 2015 

The Speaker Series, presented by the Office of Interschool Collaborative Learning (OICL), is an opportunity for educators to engage in interactive professional learning with some of the nation’s leading educational experts. The three-hour, after school sessions will be held once a month and will focus on a range of instructional topics relevant to schools and aligned to the Chancellor’s Framework for Great Schools. Elfreida Hiebert is the founder, president, and CEO of, a project that aims to bring beginning and struggling readers to high levels of literary through a variety of strategies and tools. Through this in-person session and comprehensive online follow-up, Dr. Hiebert will discuss current understandings of academic vocabulary acquisition and its impact on building student knowledge. Click here to register by March 27th. For more information and future events, visit the OICL Speaker Series Page here

All Schools: Association of Black Educators of New York Offers Human Service Certificate

Registration Deadline: March 27, 2015
Contact: Dr. Sheilah Bobo/917-412-9099

Each year, ABENY, Inc. (Association of Black Educators of New York) offers a Human Service Certificate to all elementary, intermediate and high schools in the NYC public school system. We ask each school to select a student who has demonstrated the ability to bring together diverse groups of people within the school family in a spirit of friendship, unity and brotherhood. This award should be presented at a graduation, closing exercise or awards assembly to a student who has evidenced humanitarian service to school and community. To receive a certificate, submit the following information by the deadline to Sheilah Bobo: name of the student, school, contact person, full school address, and zip code. The award will be mailed to the contact person at the school. Click here for more information. 

All Schools: Latino Caucus Professional Development Day in Collaboration with NYS/NYC RBERN at Fordham University

Registration Deadline: March 31, 2015
Event: April 25, 2015
Contact: Dr. Nancy Westerband/347-726-0597

CSA’s Latino Caucus is offering a professional development day that will present New Changes to Part 154 and other workshops of interest to all NYCDOE educators. The event will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 8:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. at Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics at 260 Pleasant Avenue, New York, NY 10029. Limited to the first 300 to register. Free to all Latino Caucus members and $5.00 for non-members. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Click here to register.

All Schools: Delicate Connection of People and the Biology of the Rainforest

Application Deadline: April 1, 2015
Event: August 1 – August 15, 2015

The Bank Street College program in Costa Rica, Delicate Connection of People and the Biology of the Rainforest, will teach participants how to construct a meaningful, unsentimental, and accurate curriculum on rainforest ecology and the issues surrounding rainforest conservation. For more details and to download the application click here website. Applications with a course deposit are due April 1, 2015.

All Schools: Join the New York Botanical Garden's Teacher Training: Earth Science and Evolution

Registration Deadline: April 3, 2015
Event: April 6-11, 2015
Contact: Judith Hutton/718-817-8140

These workshops provide teachers with important science content and activities related to earth and life sciences with cross-curriculum connections to math and literacy. Learn about the importance of the living and non-living aspects of ecosystems in the science curriculum, and larger issues of the earth as a system. Teachers will be provided with new strategies for implementing science in the classroom and for creating lessons that are engaging and fun for students. *This class involves extensive outdoor walking.

All Schools: Apply for the New York City Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute

Application Deadline: April 3, 2015
Event: July 6 - 30, 2015
Contact: Mallory McMahon

The New York City Writing Project is now accepting applications for its Invitational Summer Institute (ISI), a four-week professional learning opportunity for teachers of grades PreK-12. The program runs Mondays through Thursdays, July 6-30th, and participants are compensated with either 6 tuition-waived graduate credits or a $700 stipend. The course focus includes engaging in personal writing, preparing professional development opportunities, and improving the teaching of reading and writing for students of all ages and abilities. Click here to apply. For more information, view this flyer.

All Schools: Reservoir Tour for School Groups

Event: April - June 2015
Contact: Matt Malina

NYC H2O offers walking tours of the City's historic reservoirs in all five boroughs. These include the Central Park Reservoir (Manhattan), the Ridgewood Reservoir (Brooklyn), the Silver Lake Reservoir (Staten Island), Baisley Pond (Queens) and the 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 and dynamic tour guides engage students in outdoor activities that explain how these reservoirs were built so that the city could grow. Students learn how the parks were built to protect the reservoirs when they get to experience these seldom visited, yet public 'natural' treasures. The tours are free; reservations require a $25 deposit, refunded once your class completes the tour. For more information click here.

All Schools: Writing Marathon! at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Registration Deadline: April 10, 2015
Event: April 17, 2015

Gather, look, write, and share during this evening cohosted by the New York City Writing Project and the Met. This free event concludes with a brainstorming session to consider ways your writing experience can enhance student learning. Click here to register.

All Schools: Orton-Gillingham Methodology Overview 

Registration Deadline: April 13, 2015
Event: April 14 and April 15, 2015 
Contact: Jessica Dickson  

The Orton-Gillingham Methodology Overview is a professional learning workshop presented in partnership by the Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support and the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education. This workshop demonstrates how to incorporate the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education’s multi-sensory reading method into your existing K-3 or 3-12 reading curriculum, including encoding/decoding of multi-syllabic words, lesson planning, and assessment. Click here to register for K-3 and here to register for 3-12.

All Schools: Pizza & PD at the New-York Historical Society: Audubon’s Aviary

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

Explore dazzling watercolors from John James Audubon’s The Birds of America and experience creative new ways to integrate these works of art into your social studies, art, or science classroom. Pizza will be served. This event will be held on Tuesday, April 14 from 4:30 to 6:30p.m. at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West). $15 per person. To register, email or call 212-485-9256.

All Schools: Kerlin Science Institute

Application Deadline: April 15, 2015

The Kerlin Science Institute is accepting application for the 2015-2016 cohort. Kerlin is a year-long, credit-bearing professional development program for K-12 teachers aimed at enhancing the content knowledge and inquiry-oriented science teaching strategies of school teachers. This year the content focus will be ecology. Reduced tuition rate available. Click here for more information.

All Schools: Free Professional Development Day – Teaching English Language Learners in the Museum

Registration Deadline: April 15, 2015
Event: April 18, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Elliott/646-381-5164

In this interactive workshop, teachers will explore the ways in which museums can enrich the learning of students who are English Language Learners through object-based learning and gallery exploration. Museum educators will share resources and strategies used in the Museum that can be transferred to the classroom and used on other field trips to enrich students’ language skills and build confidence. Teachers will have the opportunity to discuss their goals for field trips and share the challenges they have experienced as well as opportunities they foresee for their students. Participants will conclude the program by working together to develop lessons, strategies, and resources. This free program will be held Saturday, April 18, from 9:30a.m. to 3:30p.m. at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Advanced registration is required for this free program. For more information or to register, please click here.

All Schools: The Investment Theory: Promoting Independence in Early Childhood 

Registration Deadline: April 16, 2015 
Event: April 17, 2015
Contact: Jessica Dickson 

Elementary teachers, clinicians, and paraprofessionals will learn how to support students, including those with ASD and other disabilities, who struggle with understanding rules, procedures, and behavior expectations. This professional learning opportunity is designed to support teacher, clinician, and paraprofessional facility with prevention, intervention, and de-escalation strategies that focus on improving social and academic behaviors necessary for school success. Click here to register.

All Schools: History Uncorked at the New-York Historical Society: Think & Drink with Annette Gordon Reed

Event: April 16, 2015
Contact: Leslie Hayes/212-485-9256

In a lecture entitled “Are We ‘the People’ – Blacks, Law, and the American Imagination,” Harvard Law Professor Annette Gordon Reed will explore the role of the black community in the formation of our nation. Wine and refreshments will be served. This event will be held on Thursday, April 16 from 4:30 to 6:30p.m. at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West). Fee: $20 per person. RSVP at or 212-485-9256.

All Schools: Join the New York Botanical Garden's Teacher Training: Gardening 101, Section 2

Registration Deadline: April 17, 2015
Event: April 18, 25, 2015 and May 2, 9, 16, 30, 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 (science technology engineering and math) 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: History & Theater at the New-York Historical Society: Final Performance Strategies

Event: April 23, 2015
Contact: Leslie Hayes/212-485-9256

Curtain up! In this last workshop of our monthly series, engage in rehearsal and editing strategies that will help students give their monologues a final polish and make them truly performance ready. This event will be held on Thursday, April 23 from 4:30 to 6:30p.m. at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West). This event is free. RSVP at or 212-485-9256.

All Schools: Try USA TODAY Daily News on Curriculet

Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Contact: James Gagnon/410-299-4901

All schools can try USA TODAY Daily News on Curriculet for a 45-day free trial, now with integrated assessments and reporting. Straight from the headlines to your classroom; teach informational texts like never before. Classroom ready news from @USATODAY is available on Curriculet here.

All Schools: Attend a Workshop for Language Teachers at the International Linguistics Association (ILA) Conference on Linguistics & Education

Event: April 25, 2015
Contact: Dr. Jo Anne Kleifgen or Dr. Shoba Bandi-Rao/212-346-8547 

The ILA is offering two workshops for K-12 language teachers at their Annual Conference. The theme this year is Linguistics and Education. Workshops are conducted by a team of well-known linguists involved with education. Workshop I (10:25a.m. to 12:55p.m.): Editing for Grammar and Style: From Casual to Formal Writing, With Games and Giggles. Workshop II (2:15 to 4:45p.m.): Having Fun with Words. The keynote address will be given by William Labov, Professor of Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania from 5:00 to 6:15p.m. The event will be held at the Cowin Center, Teacher's College Columbia University (Broadway between 120th and 121st Street). There is a one-day registration fee of $60. Register onsight or online.

All Schools: New York City Mathematics Project Annual Conference

Event: April 25, 2015
Contact: Suzanne Libfeld

The NYC Mathematics Project 24th Annual Conference will be held at Lehman College, Bronx, NY. The conference is designed to provide professional development to enhance mathematics teaching and learning. Come join us to take advantage of these opportunities: hands-on and demonstration sessions for new and experienced educators; Network with other educators; Receive great classroom activities and ideas to support the Common Core Learning Standards; Return to your classroom with a renewed enthusiasm for teaching and meet with Exhibitors for resources. Pre-registration deadline is April 6, 2015. Registration fee is $25. Contact Suzanne Libfeld or access this form.