*Schools may hold their Parent teacher Conferences on non-citywide dates. Contact the individual school to confirm dates.
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. You’re invited to join us as Lucy West and Toni Cameron engage us in thinking about math leadership and early childhood routines. This session will focus on the use of routines that develop students’ understanding of mathematics and how school leaders can provide feedback that improves lessons and student learning. Click here to register by March 6th or for more information and future events, visit the OICL Speaker Series Page here.
The After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP) is excited to announce more than 140 classes for the spring semester. Teachers are invited to explore the course catalogue. All courses are aligned with the Common Core Standards, the Danielson Framework for Teaching, and the NYCDOE Citywide Instructional Expectations. All online and in-person courses can be credited toward salary differentials, and may be used by teachers toward the New York State requirement of 175 hours of Professional Development, following their principal’s approval.
All K-12 students are invited to submit poster designs that promote wellness in our schools for the 6th annual School Wellness Poster Contest. Designs should focus on the benefits of eating nutritious food, being physically fit, and getting an adequate amount of sleep. Winners’ schools receive up to $500 of wellness materials and the winning designs are displayed in calendars, schools, and on the DOE website. The deadline to submit entries is Friday, March 13, 2015. Full details are available here.
Highlight Your School's Successes at the 2015 School Technology Summit. The Tech Summit is an annual, day-long event that brings together NYCDOE employees for workshops about, and demonstrations of, education-related technology. This year’s summit is July 29th at LaGuardia High School. We are looking for: nominations for the annual Excellence in Technology Award, workshop topics, speakers, presenters, and panel ideas. Click here to visit the Summit’s website where you can propose a workshop and/or nominate a colleague—or even yourself.
What can educators, working together, learn from each other and their students? This half-day program includes a conversation with Diane Cunningham (author of Improving Teaching with Collaborative Action Research: An ASCD Action Tool) and a behind-the-scenes look at professional learning communities supported by cultural institutions throughout the city. This event is free and will take place on March 14th, 2015 from 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. Click here to register online.
Ever wish you could walk upside down on your hands or do a somersault? Release tension in your body? Quiet down your mind and experience inner peace? Teachers, would you like to learn techniques to help your students to focus better? If so, come learn the movement art of Yo-Dan-Nastics™ (blend of yoga, dance, and gymnastics). Classes are available for children 3 - 9 years, teens 16 years and older, adults, and special needs individuals. Classes are held at DaNY Studios, 305 West 38th St., in Manhattan. Fee: $70 - $150 (varies by class) for entire session. Special fee of $30 available for qualifying low-income individuals (conditions apply). Space is limited; register ASAP. Class field trips and teacher workshops can be arranged; fee varies by class size/length. For further information and/or to register, click here.
NYC FIRST invites you to the New York City Regional Competition and Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The four robotics competitions under NYC FIRST, aimed at K-12 students, build excitement and positive attitudes toward science, technology, engineering and learning. We are excited to showcase the energy and outstanding accomplishments of these participants. The teacher info session will be held on Saturday, March 14th from11:00a.m.-12:15p.m. at 655 West 34th Street For further information, please visit nycfirst.org.
The next Sustainability Basic Training is Thursday, March 12. The training is open to all school-based personnel who work on school sustainability initiatives (teachers, principals, custodians, volunteers, etc.). Click here for more information and to register.
Celebrate Women’s History Month. Explore the contributions of female New Yorkers in the American Revolution, Civil War, WWI, and WWII. We’ll uncover their stories and celebrate our city’s greatest unsung war heroes. Pizza lunch will be served. This event will be held on Saturday, March 14th from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West). To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-485-9256. Fee: $15 per person.
Educators are invited to attend a book signing and presentation by Professor Annette Gordon-Reed hosted by the NYCDOE and the National Archives at NYC as part of the “History Talks!” learning series. Annette Gordon-Reed is Professor of Law and History at Harvard. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History and 15 other prizes in 2009 for her work on the Hemings family of Monticello, and in 2010 she received the National Humanities Medal and was named a MacArthur Fellow. The talk will take place on March 19 from 4:00–6:30p.m. and will focus on Gordon-Reed’s book, The Hemingses of Monticello. All who attend will receive a free signed copy of the book. Space is limited. To attend, please register here.
Cornell will be holding its science workshops for teachers this Spring on Saturday, March 21st. The focus will be on presenting hands-on science activities that can be used by teachers in their classrooms. Workshops will be presented for activities ranging from Elementary to High School. The workshop also includes a presentation about current trends in science from a Cornell professor. Breakfast and lunch are provided, as well as a certificate recognizing 6 hours of science professional development. For registration and information about this event please click here.
Join Professor Alice Kessler-Harris of Columbia University, arguably the nation’s leading women and labor historian, for a scholarly perspective on gender and the workplace in American history. Free wine and refreshments will be served. This event will be held on Wednesday, March 18 from 4:30 to 6:30p.m. at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West). Fee: $20 per person. To register, email email@example.com or call 212-485-9256.
The Morgan Library & Museum invites teachers and administrators to attend an Open House showcasing two exceptional cross-curricular programs, available to schools, free of charge: Colors of the World: Illuminated Manuscripts in the Age of Exploration and the Morgan Book Project. The evening will include tours of the Morgan’s superb collection of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts and hands-on demonstrations of book arts. The Morgan Book Project is both a school program and a professional development program, developed in collaboration with the NYCDOE. The keynote speaker is Karen Rosner, Visual Arts Coordinator, Office of Arts and Special Projects, NYCDOE. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 4:30-6:30p.m. at the Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue New York, New York, 10016. Wine and light refreshments will be served. To register, contact Jacqueline Smith at 212-685-0008, ext. 509 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Led by Karen Rosner, Visual Arts Coordinator at the NYCDOE, participants in this workshop will discover how to use works of art in the social studies classroom and introduce historical content into the art studio. Afterwards, join museum educators for a hands-on exploration of 19th century New York City history through the paintings from the Museum’s extraordinary collection. The workshop will be held Friday, March 20, from 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m. at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. Fee $60. Register here.
Educators who work with students of all ages are invited to discover the new exhibition Becoming Another: The Power of Masks and explore ways to incorporate a trip to the Rubin into your curriculum. Whether you are teaching elementary students about communities around the world or discussing anthropology and psychology with high school students, we will help you make deep and meaningful connections with Becoming Another. The evening will include a curator-led talk about the exhibition by Jan van Alphen, Director of Exhibitons, Collections, and Research, tours of the galleries, and art-making workshop demonstrations, as well as refreshments and opportunities to meet educators from a variety of New York educational institutions. The event takes place 4:00-6:30p.m. at 132 W 17th Street. Registration is required, call 212-620-5000, ext. 273. Click here for more information.
Dr. Archer serves as an educational consultant to state departments, county agencies, and school districts on topics related to explicit instruction and literacy instruction. She is nationally known for her presentations and publications on instructional procedures and literacy instruction and has co-authored numerous curriculum materials with Dr. Mary Gleason, including the REWARDS reading and writing intervention programs (Sopris Learning). Most recently, Dr. Archer wrote a textbook on explicit instruction with Dr. Charles Hughes entitled Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching (Guilford, 2011). Click here to view the table of contents and first chapter. Dr. Archer always receives rave reviews because of her extraordinary talents as a speaker and also as a practitioner who knows instruction deeply. We are delighted to be able to share this unique and highly skilled speaker with you. The workshop is on March 27th from 8:30a.m. -3:30p.m. and there is no cost to attend, but you must register. To register, please click here and use the drop down menu at the top of the page to navigate.
Teachers will have the opportunity to learn about and experiment with strategies for making museum visits more successful and meaningful for students with disabilities. Representatives from the Museum Access Consortium (MAC) will share museum resources for special education teachers and students with disabilities across New York City. Following an introduction of the Intrepid Museum’s programs and resources, in-gallery demonstrations will address teaching science and social studies content, as well as practicing social-emotional skills. Teachers will have the opportunity to work in small groups to develop modifications for their own students. The event will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 9:30a.m.-3:00p.m. at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. For more information or to register, please click here.
Learn to engage students of all ages with Shakespeare's plays by attending one of The Shakespeare Society's "Teaching Teachers" workshops. Workshops are led by Wendy Halm Violette, veteran New York City teacher and co-founder of the Brooklyn Shakespeare Festival. This workshop will focus on Hamlet, but methods are applicable to all of Shakespeare's plays. Membership to The Society is required to register, but is available to teachers for as little as $30. The workshop will take place on March 25, 2015 from 9:30a.m. to 3:30p.m. at Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Ave., 16th Floor, New York, NY. See this attached professional development flyer for more information and instructions for registration.
Through this professional learning opportunity, teachers will develop IEPs that are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), ensuring that students have access to grade level curriculum with appropriate supports and accommodations. Participants will explore how the Present Levels of Performance drive the annual goals and recommendations leading to educational benefit. This training is for administrators and members of CSE teams (in particular school based CSE-teams): special education teachers, psychologists and related service providers. This training is open to general educators as well; general educators who work closely with special educators are encouraged to attend in teams. Click here to register.
The Inclusive Education Student Summit is an opportunity for students to share the inclusive practices that have helped to shape their school culture. Whether your school is well-developed in these practices or looking to build a more inclusive environment, please join us on this day of collaboration, which also celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This year, we will be placing a focus on our theme, “One School Community,” by asking students to share examples of the impact of inclusive education on academic achievement, embracing diversity and differences, creating accepting environments, and building relationships and opportunities, through project-based learning. Click here to register and to learn more about project ideas and event details.
Enjoy free wine and cheese and check out our newest exhibitions, Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein, Audubon’s Aviary: The Final Flight, and Lincoln and the Jews, at our Spring Educator Open House. This free event will be held on Tuesday, March 24 from 4:30 to 6:30pm at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West). RSVP at email@example.com or 212-485-9256.
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.
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.
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.
USA TODAY Education is currently offering complimentary, daily access to USA TODAY’s electronic edition of the newspaper to elementary, middle and high school educators who teach in a classroom setting. These no-cost grant subscriptions are available through the end of the school year. To register, click here. Grants are filled on a first come, first serve basis.