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Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, April 8, 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: Teaching American History Conference: Promising Practices in American History Classrooms

Registration Deadline: April 11
Event: May 12, 2014 
Contact: Brian Carlin

The DOE is celebrating over 10 years of Teaching American History (TAH) programs in the NYC schools. Join us for a full day of TAH teacher led workshops and a special presentation by Professor Edward T. O’Donnell. Workshops are available for elementary, middle and high school levels. Coffee and Lunch will be provided. For more information and to register, click here. Space is limited. 

All Schools: Free Arbor Day Trees

Ordering Deadline: April 11, 2014
Contact: Nancy Wolf at jlnwolfinc@aol.com or 718-834-4589

Free Arbor Day trees are available for schools interested in planting on Arbor Day (April 25, 2014). Foresters of the Parks Department will deliver the trees from John Bowne HS Nursery directly to schools. For an order form, contact Nancy Wolf at 718-834-4589 or jlnwolfinc@aol.com.

All Schools: Join the New York Botanical Garden's Teacher Training: Helping STEM Take Root

Event: April 13, 20, 2014; 9:00a.m. -4:00p.m.
Contact: Judith Hutton /718-817-8140

Bring the world of Citizen Science to your students! It involves exciting opportunities for students to engage in the process of authentic research. Participants will learn STEM (science technology engineering and math) content directly linked to the NYC Scope & Sequence and practical skills necessary to successfully design a unit of study that integrates Citizen Science to support instruction. **This course involves extensive walking**

All Schools: Hiring Teachers for Summer Enrichment Programs

Application Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis
Contact: Casey Randazzo

Provide your teaching expertise in a paid summer position with Practice Makes Perfect. Your professional insight will help guide our 6-week enrichment program geared to end summer learning loss for NYC children. Inspire a team of teachers, rebuild lost confidence in children and advance your professional experience in school leadership. Click here to apply.

All Schools: Kerlin Science Institute: Earth Science Professional Development

Application Deadline: April 15, 2014
Event: July 2014 through  June 2015
Contact: Jenny Ingber

The Kerlin Science Institute (KSI) is a year-long, credit-bearing professional development program aimed at enhancing the content knowledge and inquiry-oriented science teaching strategies of K-12 teachers. KSI begins with a content-focused Earth science course in July of 2014 (with 10 class meetings) and continues with student-focused courses throughout the 2014-2015 school year (meets six times per semester on Monday nights).  The summer program is co-taught by a scientist and a science educator and the content is grounded in the scientist’s current research. Teachers:
•      Gain content knowledge in Earth Science
•      Engage in science practices to find answers to research questions
•      Broaden their repertoire of science teaching strategies
•      Enhance skills in using data to inform their instruction, and
•      Build camaraderie with colleagues from other schools and grade bands
Scholarship and reduced tuition opportunities are available for qualifying applicants. For more information and application forms, please click here here.

All Schools: City Museum Free Lecture: Social Activism: Civil Rights and Segregation with Dr. Kris Burrell

Event: April 24, 2014; 5:00–6:30p.m.
Contact: EY Zipris 

Discuss the interconnections amongst African-American intellectuals, such as Kenneth Clark, Milton Galamison, Bayard Rustin, and Malcolm X, as they worked together, and at times competed with one another, to shape the course of the struggle for black equality in New York City during the 1950s and 1960s. This event will take place at the Museum of the City of New York located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. Register here.

All Schools: 2nd Annual Teaching Social Activism in the Classroom Conference: Empowering Teachers and Learners

Registration Deadline: April 25, 2014
Event: May 2 and 3, 2014
Contact: EY Zipris 

How does teaching social activism in the classroom prepare students to be active citizens in their communities, the city, and beyond? On May 2 and May 3, 2014, the Museum of the City of New York will host the 2nd Annual Teaching Social Activism in the Classroom Conference. Educators are invited to present and participate in this free two-day conference, which will highlight the various tools and techniques used by teachers to engage their students in the history and practice of social change, inspired by the content of the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition, Activist New York. Educators, activists, and historians will present their work to one another and will discuss the best practices for teaching this important subject to students of all ages. This event will take place at the Museum of the City of New York located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. Register and learn more here.

All Schools: “Westward Ho!: Oklahoma! and Paint Your Wagon” Teacher Workshop

Registration Deadline: April 27, 2014
Event: April 29, 2014
Contact: Mia Nagawiecki at 212-485-9236

Teachers are invited to circle up the wagons and get ready to head West with the New-York Historical Society. Beginning with the thrill of the California Gold Rush, the journey continues as you track the evolution of Oklahoma from Indian Territory to statehood. Through evocative primary sources from our collections, including newspaper articles and images, and video clips from the musicals Oklahoma! and Paint Your Wagon, see Westward Expansion come to life through the music and lyrics of these Broadway masterpieces. The workshop will be held at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York, NY 10024. It will run from 4:30-6:30 and will cost $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Pizza will be served. To register, visit this site. For more information, visit nyhistory.org/education.

All Schools: History Uncorked: Think and Drink with Harold Holzer- “The Civil War in 50 Objects”

Registration Deadline: April 28, 2014
Event: April 30, 2014
Contact: Mia Nagawiecki at 212-485-9236

Which artifacts do you think best capture the essence of the Civil War? Educators are invited to enjoy wine, cheese, and artifacts from the New-York Historical Society’s renowned collection with Harold Holzer, noted historian and New-York Historical Society Roger Hertog Fellow. Harold will uncover the unique stories underlying the most studied war in American History through objects in the Historical Society’s world-renowned collection. The workshop will be held at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York, NY 10024. It will run from 4:30-6:30 and cost $15 for members and $20 for non-members. To register, visit this site. For more information, visit nyhistory.org/education.

All Schools: Bilingual Symposium

Event: April 28, 2014; 9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Contact: Martine Santos

Bilingual school staff and schools interested in opening bilingual programs are invited to the NYCDOE’s annual Bilingual Symposium on April 28 from 9:00a.m.–3:00p.m. This year’s symposium is designed to build community among bilingual programs as well as provide schools interested in opening bilingual programs with information about instructional best practices, program development and support, and program supervision. This is a great opportunity for school leaders and educators to learn from one another, to share knowledge about strengthening existing programs, and to support the creation of new programs. To register, click here.

All Schools: 2014 NYC UnCommon Core Conference

Registration Deadline: May 16, 2014
Event: June 2, 2014
Contact: Elena Chon /212-374-7661

The 2014 NYC UnCommon Core Conference is a regional conference that seeks to connect educators from the NYC Metro area with their local cultural institutions. Find out how you can partner with your museum, historical society and cultural institution to build curriculum units that excite and engage students in authentic learning with high-quality resources and experiences. Register for this event here. Please read the session descriptions on the registration page to select the Breakout Sessions you want to attend.

All Schools: Special Offer for Title 1 Schools in Manhattan!

Event: Ongoing through June 5, 2014
Contact: teachers@metmuseum.org

This school year we are offering each Title 1 school in Manhattan two free admission coupons to a K–12 educator workshop (half-day or after-school) at the Museum; each coupon admits one educator. To take advantage of this opportunity view a list of upcoming programs online, select the program you are interested in attending, and enter "NYC1" in the coupon code field when you register for the program online. Coupons will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. A representative from the Museum will contact you if the two coupons for your school have already been used. Coupons must be entered during the online registration process; coupons cannot be applied retroactively. This promotion is valid for programs that take place between January 1, 2014 through June 26, 2014.

All Schools: K–12 Educator Programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Manuscript Fit for a King

Event: April 4, 2014, 4:00–6:00p.m.
Contact: teachers@metmuseum.org

Learn about materials and techniques employed in the making of albums and manuscripts—such as The Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp —during this interactive workshop featuring art of the Islamic world. Share in conversations with conservators, hands-on investigations of materials, and tips for flexing students' observation and critical thinking skills through experiences with works of art and related media. Please register here. This workshop has a fee of $25.
Common Core State Standards: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7)
National Learning Standards: Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes (NA-VA.9-12.1)

All Schools: ACT NOW! CALL FOR APPLICATIONS for Ensemble ACJW — The Academy - a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education 

Application Deadline: April 15, 2014 
Contact: Deanna Kennett 

Performance Residency for Instrumental School Programs for grades 3-12. Apply today to put “the brightest, most promising postgraduate musicians the city has to offer” (The New York Times) in your classroom. As part of a competitive two-year program, fellows of Ensemble ACJW are partnered with instrumental music specialists in NYC public schools for in-depth residencies focused on creative approaches to student-centered musical skill-building. Each year, Ensemble ACJW partner schools benefit from the following:
• Professional artist (ACJW fellow) for a 25-day performance residency, focusing on student-centered musical skill-building through creative approaches to skills-based work
• Two assembly ensemble performances
• $500 materials stipend
• Concert tickets to performances at Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School
• Group tour of Carnegie Hall
• Five professional development sessions for partner instrumental music specialists
• Administrative support from ACJW staff
To  learn more about the benefits of being an ACJW Partner School visit this site. Click here to apply online.

All Schools: Toby Nussbaum Jewish Heritage-NY2014 Writing Contest

Application Deadline: May 5, 2014
Contact: Marcy Fishman / 212-983-4800 x142

For more than 35 years, The Toby Nussbaum Jewish Heritage Writing Contest has encouraged cross-cultural dialogue and understanding among New York City youth. For the 2014 contest, NYC public school students grades 4 – 12 are asked to submit original writings which respond to the theme "L’Dor VaDor: Generation to Generation." Nine winners, three from grades 4-5, three from grades 6-8 and three from grades 9-12, will receive a cash reward. Winners will also be honored at a ceremony taking place at City Hall in June, hosted by the Chancellor; the ceremony date will be announced in the spring. If you know of a student who may be interested in participating in this contest, please have them visit http://www.jcrcny.org/ for more details.

All Schools: Fitness Challenge 2014 and NYC Parks Recreation Center Memberships

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Jennifer Jennings 

NYC Parks offers free Recreation Center memberships for students age 17 and under and low cost annual memberships for adults and seniors. This year, schools are invited to participate in the 2014 Fitness Challenge. Participating schools will have an opportunity to host a free 12-week fitness class if they sign up 100 youth and 10 adults for Recreation Center memberships. In order for your school to receive credit, you must sign up with your school’s representative. Families are also welcome to enroll directly with their local Recreation Center if their school is not participating in the Fitness Challenge. To learn more about the Fitness Challenge 2014 view this flyer, call 212- 360-3336 or e-mail Jennifer.Jennings@parks.nyc.gov. For more information about NYC Parks Recreation Centers visit nyc.gov/parks.

All Schools: Pennies for Patients Community Service Learning Program

Event: Any 3 to 4 week period from January through May 2014
Registration Deadline: Register here by March 1, 2014
Contact: Remi Kent/212-376-5150


Visit www.schoolandyouth.org/nyc to learn about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients Campaign. This three-week community service-learning program is designed for students to work together to aid in the fight against blood cancers. Students collect spare change during the spring. LLS provides all materials schools need to run the program. Prizes & Incentives: Schools raising $500 receive a Domino’s pizza party for the top class; Schools raising $1,000 receive gift cards for school supplies; Top fundraising prizes include a Mets game and a Fox Five Studio tour.

All Schools: Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Special Education (ITI-BSE)

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Jody Sperling 

The New York State Education Department Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities created the ITI-BSE to address the shortage of certified bilingual and English as a second language (ESL) special education teachers, bilingual teachers of the speech and hearing handicapped, and bilingual pupil personnel professionals. This state-funded program provides tuition assistance for fifteen credits of specialized coursework and facilitates the certification process for these professionals who are currently working in New York public schools or approved preschools. The ITI-BSE Program, which is housed at Eastern Suffolk BOCES, collaborates with school districts, preschools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) throughout the state. Eligibility requirements, coursework, program requirements and an application for the program can be found here.

All Schools: Monthly Inquiry-to-Action Team Professional Development

Event: Once per month from October through June
Apply: Apply here
Contact: Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project at TCICP


DSWDELL is partnering with the Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project (TCICP) to support New York City educators and leaders to design flexible services for all students through Inquiry-to-Action Team workshops. Click here to learn about the opportunities for the October through June, once-per-month Instructional Inquiry-to-Action teams that include topics such as: Principals’ Inquiry Team (K-12), Positive Approaches to Student Behavior (K-5), Literacy Practices in the Inclusive Classroom (K-5 and 6-12), Universal Design for Learning: Accessible Curriculum (K-12), Building Community and Peer Supports in the Classroom (K-5), Collaboration and Co-Planning (K-12), Engaging Learners Through Youth Culture (6-12), Restorative Justice Approaches (6-12), Technology in the Classroom (K-12).


All Schools: Task Force on Chronic Absenteeism--Model School Study Visits

Event: Various dates
Contact: Sarah Jonas /646-867-6668


Is your attendance stuck in a rut? Can't figure out how to get those 25 students to attend school more regularly? Schools looking for new approaches to reduce chronic absenteeism are encouraged to attend a Study Visit at one of 15 Model Schools that have, for the last three years, used exemplary strategies to drive attendance improvement. Dates and locations of study visits are available on the attendance page of the Principals' Portal.

All Schools: Universal Design for Learning: Archived Webinars

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Jessica Dickson

Principals, teachers, school staff, and other school leaders can learn about Universal Design for Learning through five archived webinars available here. These webinars present a framework for designing curriculum that addresses learner variability in every classroom.

All Schools: “Share Your Attendance Success Story” Monthly Contest

Event: Ongoing

Schools are invited to submit stories about how they improved attendance through a school-wide initiative or for an individual student. Each month there will be a random drawing among submissions to win $1000 in funding for student admissions to cultural and entertainment venues! For further information as well as to download the submission form, please visit the Principals’ Portal Attendance page here