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Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (in chronological order)

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All Schools: Special P-Credit Workshop: New York Divided

Registration Deadline: February 12, 2016
Event: February 15-20, 2016
Contact: Leslie Hayes/212-485-9256

This six-day course introduces teachers to the scholarship behind the groundbreaking curriculum guides Slavery in New York and New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War. Beginning with Colonial Era slavery and ending with the Civil War, this course will explore how to make the history of New York’s relationship with slavery and the Civil War accessible to students. This DOE-approved course carries three P-Credits for teachers’ 30-and-above salary differential. This event will take place at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West from 9:00am-4:00pm daily. The fee is $200 per person. Those seeking credit must pay an additional fee through the NYC DOE After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP). To register, click here

All Schools: Celebrate Latin American Culture at Symphony Space

Application Deadline: February 12, 2016
Event: February 25, 2016
Contact: Regina Larkin/212-864-1414; ext. 212

Symphony Space presents traditional dances, songs, and stories from Latin American culture, performed by members of Ballet Fiesta Mexicana, Capoeira Luanda, Sounds of Brazil, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, and Taino storyteller, Bobby Gonzalez. There is audience participation throughout the performance. This event is appropriate for grades pre-K-12. Click here to view performance clips. Tickets are $9, with one free ticket for every 20 purchased. Performances typically take place from 11:00am-12:15pm at Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway (corner of 95th Street) New York, NY 10025. Follow-up in-class workshops are also available. Performance ticket prices are reduced when combined with one or more workshops. Click here to read more information and purchase tickets.

All Schools: Join the New York Botanical Garden's Teacher Training: Gardening 101: Creating a Garden

Registration Deadline: February 12, 2016
Event: February 15-20, 2016
Contact: Judith Hutton/718-817-8140

Educators are invited to learn how to strengthen student engagement through the use of school gardens in this six-day Professional Development Institute at the New York Botanical Garden. Participants will be challenged to use problem solving and critical thinking to address issues associated with garden design and financial and community support while integrating local resources into their teaching practice. This course is most useful for those starting or reviving a garden program at their school. Pedagogical support will be modeled through hands-on activities throughout the course and guided curriculum review, focusing on life science and earth science. This PD will take place from 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday through Saturday. Click here for more information.

All Schools: P-Credit February Break Course: “Taking a Stand: New York City Activism”

Registration Deadline: February 14, 2016
Event: February 15-20, 2016
Contact: Maeve Montalvo/212-534-1672; ext. 3492

“Taking a Stand,” a weeklong course at the Museum of the City of New York, provides educators with content and resources to connect New York City’s rich history of activism to present-day issues. Each day of the course will feature a morning presentation highlighting the topics of civil rights, environmental activism, immigration, and gay rights, followed by gallery tours, discussions with contemporary activists, and hands-on activities. The fee is $250 per person. This course is also available for three P-Credits through the After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP). The event will be held for six days from 9:00am-4:00pm at 1220 5th Avenue at 103rd Street. Click here for information on how to register.

All Schools: New York City Writing Project Call for Conference Proposals

Registration Deadline: February 15, 2016
Event: April 2, 2016
Contact: Mallory McMahon

The New York City Writing Project (NYCWP) will host its all-day Teacher-to-Teacher Conference in April, and has opened its call for conference proposals from teachers of all grades and content areas. This year’s keynote speakers are Kylene Beers and Marlon Peterson. Workshop presentations will provide the opportunity for teachers to support colleagues by sharing their teaching practices as part of this day-long professional learning experience. As many as over 300 educators may attend. Strong proposals are interactive and focus on reading/writing in any discipline. Applications to present are being accepted on a rolling basis. Click here to view the NYCWP flyer. For more information or to submit a proposal, click here.

All Schools: Teacher Seminar at James Madison’s Montpelier—Orange, VA

Registration Deadline: February 15, 2016
Event: March 18-20, 2016
Contact: Raquel Suarez/540-672-2728; ext. 200

The Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier offers immersive three-day seminars for K-12 educators throughout the year. Seminar participants engage in interactive lectures and discussions, as well as tours of James Madison’s historic home. Seminars are taught at a graduate level by leading constitutional experts. The seminar, titled “The Political Thought of James Madison,” will be led by Colleen Sheehan of Villanova University. The event will be held at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, Virginia. Scholarships and travel stipends are available for teachers from New York and New Jersey. Click here to learn more and apply.

All Schools: Teaching LGBTQIA+ Topics in the Classroom: Educator Workshop at Brooklyn Public Library (Central Library)

Registration Deadline: February 16, 2016
Event: February 16, 2016
Contact: Leigh Hurwitz/718-230-2012

Led by educator Aaron McAuliffe, this workshop is for any pre-K-12 educator who knows a little or a lot about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual topics and would like to bring them into the classroom. This free workshop will be held from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Brooklyn Public Library (Central Library—Trustees’ Room), 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Click here for further information and to register. Space is limited.

All Schools: Grow to Learn School Garden Social

Registration Deadline: February 20, 2016
Event: February 25, 2016
Contact: Arielle Hartman

Now that veggies have been harvested and the cover crop has been planted, it’s time to celebrate. Join Grow to Learn in saluting NYC school gardeners at its School Garden Social. There will be workshops, silk screening, cooking demos, giveaways, and more. Teachers can enter the school garden photo contest by sending Grow to Learn pictures of their gardens. The categories are Best Fall Harvest, Most Colorful Garden, Most Diverse Garden, and Most Creative Vertical Garden. Email submissions to Arielle Hartman. Participants will have a chance to meet other school gardeners, celebrate their gardening work, vote for their favorite gardens, and hopefully take home some great prizes. The School Garden Social will take place from 4:00-7:00pm at the Horticultural Society of New York. RSVP is required. Click here to register.

All Schools: Sustainability Coordinator Gathering Queens

Registration Deadline: February 22, 2016
Event: February 24, 2016
Contact: Emily Fano/646-502-7096

Join NYC Eco-Schools for the first Sustainability Coordinator Gathering of 2016 at P.S. 69 Queens (77-02 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights) from 4:00-6:00pm. You’ll learn about how Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Specialist (SAPIS) counselor Pallavi Shastri has motivated elementary students to engage in school and community sustainability initiatives from energy conservation and recycling (going from 18 bags of cafeteria trash to four), creating and expanding an organic vegetable and herb garden, planting flowers, picking up litter, and giving back to others. This is a free event and is open to educators from across NYC. Catered Indian snacks will be provided. To get to the school, take the E train to the Roosevelt Avenue-Jackson Heights station. Click here to RSVP online. Only 50 spots are available.

All Schools: Free Illustrated Lecture: Taking it to the Schools: 1960s Civil Rights Activism in New York City Schools

Registration Deadline: February 24, 2016
Event: February 24, 2016 
Contact: Maeve Montalvo/212-534-1672; ext. 3492

Today’s ongoing debate about segregation and achievement gaps in New York City’s schools harkens back to activism during the Civil Rights Movement. Dominique Jean-Louis will explore the roots of this history in the 1960s and ’70s, covering the 1964 school boycott, the 1968 Ocean Hill-Brownsville teacher strike, and the student protests at City College and Columbia University at the close of the decade. This free lecture at the Museum of the City of New York is supported by the Puffin Foundation and will include refreshments. Participants will receive a copy of the newly published Activist New York Educator Resource Guide. The event will be held from 5:00-6:30pm at 1220 5th Avenue at 103rd Street. Click here to register. 

All Schools: History Uncorked at New-York Historical Society: Think & Drink with Jonathan W. Gray and Superheroes

Registration Deadline: February 25, 2016
Event: February 25, 2016
Contact: Leslie Hayes/212-485-9256

As a complement to the Superheroes in Gotham exhibition, Jonathan W. Gray, Associate Professor of English at John Jay College, will discuss his forthcoming book, Illustrating the Race: Representing Blackness in American Comics. This teacher program will take place at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West. The cost is $20 per person. Wine and cheese will be served. Click here to register.

All Schools: Attend the City Growers Education Conference at Brooklyn’s Academy of Arts & Letters

Registration Deadline: February 27, 2016
Event: February 27, 2016
Contact: Courtney Epton/917-426-4420

The City Growers Education Conference will engage educators in a day-long event geared towards facilitating conversations around urban farm education best practices, as well as creating links between educators, farmers, community gardeners, public employees, and funders in New York City. Through farm education, City Growers aims to create myriad opportunities for youth to meaningfully interact with the natural world and reconnect with food’s origin from the earth. A variety of panels and workshops will be led by experienced peers and experts in the field. Teachers will learn how to incorporate farm- and food-based education into their classroom curriculums or elevate their existing knowledge and practices with some more in-depth experience. The conference will be held at Arts & Letters, located at 225 Adelphi Street, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn from 9:00am-3:00pm. Tickets are $5. Registration will close once all the spots are filled. Click here for more information and to register.

All Schools: Register for Spring 2016 Workshops on Middle Eastern Studies at Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University

Registration Deadline: February 27, 2016
Event: March 5, March 12, April 2, and May 22, 2016
Contact: Diana Shin/212-998-8870

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies is pleased to announce its spring 2016 outreach events for K-12 educators. Registration is now open and free of charge to current K-12 classroom teachers. Topics include contemporary Iranian art, Syrian theater and resistance, refugee stories from the Middle East, and Kurdish nationalism and multiple identities in Turkey. A letter of completion can be provided to workshop participants upon request. Click here for more information and to register.

All Schools: 2016 School Wellness Poster Contest

Entry Deadline: March 4, 2016
Contact: Office of School Wellness Programs

All K-12 students are invited to submit designs to the seventh annual School Wellness Poster Contest. The contest focuses on the physical and mental health benefits of eating nutritious food, being physically fit, and having adequate sleep. The winning designs will be displayed in schools citywide, and schools with winning entries will receive up to $500 of wellness equipment and materials. Click here for more information. 

All Schools: NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest

Entry Deadline: March 4, 2016
Event: Ongoing until March 4, 2016
Contact: DEP Education Office 

 The NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Education Office is hosting its 30th Annual Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest. Students in grades 2-12 are invited to create original art and poetry that reflect an appreciation for shared water resources. The 2016 contest will focus on five central themes that incorporate STEM disciplines: water—a precious resource, NYC’s drinking water supply, NYC’s wastewater treatment system, harbor water quality, and water stewardship and climate change. A celebration will take place in May to honor student participants. Click here to view the 2016 contest guidelines and resource materials, submit entries online, see past winners, and learn more about New York City water.

All Schools: Attend the Cornell STEM Workshop at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City

Registration Deadline: March 5, 2016
Event: March 12, 2016
Contact: Mark Walsh/607-592-4053

This Cornell STEM workshop will focus on presenting hands-on science activities that can be used by teachers in their classrooms. Workshops will include activities for elementary through high school students. The workshop also includes a presentation about current trends in science from a Cornell professor. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Attendees will receive a certificate recognizing four hours of science professional development as well as a $20 stipend. Click here for more information and to register.

All Schools: Moving the Millions: New York City Transit with Brooklyn Connections

Registration Deadline: March 6, 2016
Event: March 7, 2016
Contact: Brendan Murphy

Join Brooklyn Connections at the New York Transit Museum (NYTM), the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history. Tour the NYTM and hear from transit experts on how this public service has contributed to uniting the city and changing the face of Brooklyn. Educators will learn techniques for engaging students’ interest in transit history and using primary source materials from the NYTM and the Brooklyn Collection to fulfill Common Core Standards in social studies, ELA, and science. This event will take place at the New York Transit Museum at Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 from 9:00am-3:00pm. Click here to register.

All Schools: Yoga-Dance-Gymnastics Classes for Children and Special Needs Individuals; Yoga Flow Class for Teens and Adults

Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Event: February 12-June 17, 2016
Contact: Paul Keoni Chun/212-643-9013

Keoni Movement Arts’ mission is to expand access to yoga, dance, and gymnastics. Registration is now open for the upcoming winter/spring session of Yoga-Dance-Gymnastics for children ages 3-9 and special needs individuals age 14+, and Yoga Flow for teens and adults age 14+. Classes are held in Manhattan at DANY Studios, 305 West 38th Street. Participants can receive reduced pricing if they register for a full session, and a 25% early-bird discount if full payment is received by January 31. Additionally, financial need-based scholarships are available for those who qualify; the deadline to apply is February 8. No one will be turned away for an inability to pay. Click here for program details and registration.

All Schools: Volunteer in Local Parks and Playgrounds

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Gloria Tate/212-602-5351

Educators are invited to join Partnership for Parks (PfP) in organizing meaningful service projects for their students and/or staff. Potential service projects include spreading woodchips, raking, and general clean-up, with the goal of making visible improvements in parks as well as teaching teamwork and discipline to young citizens. Partnerships for Parks is an innovative joint program of City Parks Foundation and NYC Parks. Its public-private program supports and champions a growing network of leaders who care and advocate for neighborhood parks and greenspaces. PfP does this by facilitating It’s My Park volunteer stewardship opportunities and providing free training and workshops. Focus will be placed on parks and playgrounds identified within the Community Parks Initiative, a mayoral program to advance equity in New York City parks. For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Gloria Tate.

All Schools: Free PD Webinar Series 

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Kelsey Kovner

Join the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for its free PD webinar series. Each webinar will feature a live conversation with a WCS scientist on his or her research. This talk will be followed by a presentation from the WCS PD staff on how to bring these relevant, real-world science topics into the classroom through engaging lessons. Webinars are 90 minutes long and a great way to incorporate local conservation into the science curriculum. It is completely free to register and participants of the live webinar are eligible for WCS PD credit and a WCS certificate. The next two webinars will take place in February and April. Click here to register. 

All Schools: Free Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run Competition for Students

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Kelly Peterson/770-641-5096

Educators are invited to host a free Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run (PHR) competition for their students this spring. PHR is an easily administered program that provides boys and girls ages 7 to 14 the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting, and running abilities. Participants compete in either the Baseball Division or Softball Division and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League Ballparks, and the National Finals at the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego, CA. Competitions can be held during PE class or during afterschool programming. To reserve a spot and administrative kit, sign up here or contact Kelly Peterson.

All Schools: Enjoy One Free Online PD Course from the Professional Learning Board

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Dana Baker/763-251-8412

The Professional Learning Board is offering one free online self-study course to any interested teachers. Simply enter the coupon code giftfromPLB and choose one free course from the PLB page. PD course categories include technology, math, reading, special education, behavior strategies, differentiation, integrating standards, and child safety courses. Teachers can click on the "catalog" button to search for courses and descriptions and choose any one course which best fits their needs. Please click here to sign up.

All Schools: New Professional Learning Offerings in Math

Event: Ongoing

The Department of STEM is excited to announce new professional learning offerings in mathematics for teachers, administrators, and borough field support staff. New offerings include a two-day session, Teaching K-8 Students Who Struggle in Mathematics, and a six-day series, Math Lesson Study (K-8) for teacher teams. To learn more and register, click here to visit the professional learning page. Questions can be directed to Additionally, science offerings can be viewed here, and STEM offerings can be viewed here.

All Schools: New Professional Learning Offerings in STEM

Event: Ongoing

The Department of STEM is excited to announce new professional learning offerings in STEM for teachers, administrators, and borough field support staff. Offerings in STEM include Engineering is Elementary (grades K-5), NaliniKIDS (grades 6-8), EverFi (grades 5-8), and Eco-STEM Digital Tools for Environmental Monitoring (grades 6-8). To learn more and register, please visit the professional learning page here. Questions can be directed to Additionally, math offerings can be viewed here, and science offerings can be viewed here.