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Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (in chronological order)

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All Schools: Attend a Book Signing and Presentation by Professor Cindy R. Lobel

Event: December 18, 2014
Contact: Carina Garcia

Educators are invited to attend a book signing and presentation by Professor Cindy R. Lobel hosted by the NYCDOE and The National Archives at New York City as part of the “History Talks!” learning series. Cindy Lobel is a professor of history at Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Professor Lobel is a long time presenter for the Organizations of American Historians, Teaching American History Grants, the Museum of the City of New York and many more historical and cultural institutions. The talk will take place on December 18 from 4:30–6:30pm and will focus on Lobel’s book Urban Appetites. All who attend will receive a free signed copy of her book. Space is limited. To attend, please register here


All Schools: Joy Maker Challenge Dates Extended!

Event: Ongoing through December 19, 2014
Contact: Aimee Wilder/917-746-8168

Calling all teachers, administrators and parents, there is still time to participate! Looking for a fun holiday project that gives joy to others? Take the 2014 Joy Maker Challenge. The Joy Maker Challenge connects students in grades K-12 to meaningful, hands-on service projects during the holiday season. Brought to you by generationOn with generous support from Hasbro, the month-long challenge donates a Hasbro toy or game to Toys for Tots for each action a child or teen takes to help others, up to 1 million dollars’ worth of toys and games. Participation is free and easy: 1) Click here to visit the Joy Maker Challenge microsite to sign-up your school, download a service-learning toolkit, and get project ideas; 2) plan and implement your volunteer service project; 3) share your story to be eligible to win great prizes for your school.


All Schools: Family Performance—Weave a Tale

Event: December 21, 2014
Contact: Ariel Greene/212-570-3961

Join shadow puppet artist Caroline Borderies for a performance that animates characters and stories from the exhibition Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry. Take part in a family tour or art activity before or after the performance. For more information click here. The event will be held on Sunday, December 21 from 1:15-1:45p.m. and 3:00-3:30p.m. at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


All Schools: Free Full-Day Professional Development in Support of P.S. Art 2015

Registration Deadline: December 22, 2014 by 5:00p.m. 
Event: January 7, 2015 
Contact: Karen Rosner/212-356-8569

On Wednesday, January 7th, there will be a free full-day professional development to support teachers who are entering work into P.S. Art 2015. The event will focus on looking at, analyzing, and discussing sample student artwork from grades pre K12. There will be ample time for exploring museum galleries. To be qualified to register for this event, teachers must fall into one of these categories: 1) Those who have never submitted work into P.S. Art; 2) past contributors to P.S. Art whose students’ work only reached the semi-finals, and thus were never exhibited in the P.S. Art exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 3) new visual arts teachers. The event will be held from 8:30a.m. -3:00p.m. at a major art institution, which will be sent with confirmation of registration. To register, click here.

All Schools: Respect For All- Supporting LGBTQ Students 

Registration Deadline: December 23, 2014  
Contact: Jolan Nagi 

The Office of Safety and Youth Development is pleased to offer Respect For All- Supporting LGBTQ Students, an online training module designed to help school staff create a supportive environment for LGBTQ students. This interactive course was designed with input from NYC public school staff members and students. On average the module takes between 30-40 minutes to complete depending on one’s responses and the additional information you choose to access at key points in the course. The deadline to participate is December 23.


All Schools: Encourage Your AP to Register for Assistant Principal Conference in January   

Registration Deadline: December 24, 2014
Contact: Laurel LeFebvre

In order to support assistant principals (APs) with their work in grades 2, 7, and 10, the NYCDOE will hold a series of conferences for APs this January. Each conference will take place from 2:00–6:00pm at Stuyvesant High School (345 Chambers Street in Manhattan) and will include a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, and remarks from Chancellor Fariña. If your school has students in the targeted grades, you should encourage your AP(s) to register and choose breakout sessions by December 24 using the following links: APs who work with students in grade 10 are invited to attend on January 15 register here; APs who work with students in grade 7 are invited to attend on January 20 register here; APs who work with students in grade 2 are invited to attend on January 22 register here.


All Schools: December Professional Development from the Special Education Office 

Event: December 2014
Contact: Jessica Dickson  

Educators can register for December professional development workshops offered by the Office of Special Education, with topics that include multisensory language education, dyslexia, writing about complex texts, and getting writing on the radar for students with disabilities, on the PD website calendar. More information is available in the professional development catalogue listed under “Professional Development Opportunities” that contains description of workshops covering quality IEPs, behavior, college and career readiness, and more. Also, click here to visit a TCICP demonstration school for a half-day workshop that includes guided observations and planning time to discuss applying practices in your own school.


All Schools: Learn to Teach Shakespeare with The Shakespeare Society

Registration Deadline: January 9, 2015
Event: January 12, 2015
Contact: Michelle Palmour/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. 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 Julius Caesar, 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 January 12, 2015 from 9:30am to 3:30pm at South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY. Click here for professional development flyer for more information and instructions for registration.


All Schools: “Drawn to Language” Exhibit at the Children’s Museum of the Arts

Event: Ongoing through January 11, 2015
Contact: Zahra Ahmed/917-409-1207

The current exhibit at the Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) in SoHo is “Drawn to Language”, which connects arts and literacy for students in PreK-10th grades. Fine Arts and Media Arts Workshops are project-based and led by experiences and practicing teaching artists. CMA offers both classroom visits to the museum and in-school programming -- all programs support Common Core Standards and include Teacher Curriculum Guides. At CMA students with special needs are supported and a limited number of scholarships are available for schools with Title 1 status. For more information on Arts & Literacy programs click here and visit the School Groups page on CMA’s website.


All Schools: Hands-on Workshop on Immigration and Identity at the Museum of the City of New York

Registration Deadline: January 13, 2015
Event: January 14, 2015
Contact: Maeve Montalvo/917-492-3492

What does it mean to be an American? What are the unique challenges immigrants face as they balance a relationship with their homeland and the realities of living in the United States? Join City Museum staff and Facing History and Ourselves to explore these questions while considering the historical and contemporary issues relating to immigration and identity in the United States. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 14 from 9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. There is a fee of $60 per person. This course is available as part of a P Credit package. For further information and to register, please email Maeve Montalvo.


All Schools: Teaching New York City Through Art: The Ashcan School - Hands-on Workshop

Registration Deadline: January 15, 2015
Event: January 17, 2015
Contact: Maeve Montalvo/917-492-3492

Join historian Dr. Robert W. Snyder and educators from the Museum of the City of New York for an intimate exploration of the art of the Ashcan School. Participants will develop an understanding of urban life during the Progressive Era as they gain tools to teach the history of late 19th and early 20th Century New York using these important works of art. The event will be held on Saturday, January 17 from 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m. at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. There is a fee of $60 per person. This course is available as part of a P Credit package. For further information and to register, please email Maeve Montalvo.


All Schools: January Professional Development from the Special Education Office 

Event: January 2015 
Contact: Jessica Dickson 

Cluster, Network and school-based staff can register for January professional development workshops offered by the Special Education Office, with topics that include Orton Gillingham Methodology for both elementary and secondary educators, dyslexia, meeting the needs of diverse learners, and inclusive lesson planning. The DOE, in collaboration with Teachers College Incisive Classroom Project (TCICP), offers half day guided school observations and planning time to discuss practices in your own school. Information on additional opportunities and registration information is available in the professional development catalogue and on the professional development calendar.

All Schools: Girls Incorporated (Girls Inc.) One-Time Special Event Workshops

Event: Ongoing through January 30, 2015
Contact: Krystal Cason/212-531-620; ext. 402

Girls Inc. of New York City wants to reach your students. Starting the week of December 15th and ending the week of January 30th, Girls Inc. of New York City will provide one-time workshops for girls ages 8-18. Workshops offered include the following topics: Decoding Media Messages, Defining Beauty, Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead, Relationships 101, Grown-up Budget for an Independent Woman, and Six Stars of Self-defense. All workshops are conducted by trained Girls Inc. of New York City staff and accommodate groups of 20-50 girls. One-time workshops come equipped with supplies and staff for a fee of $100.00 per workshop. Workshops are conducted in 45 minute or 1 hour time slots and can take place during the school day or as a after school enrichment activity. Click here to register for a workshop online or contact Krystal Cason, Outreach Director.


All Schools: 2014-15 Guided School Visits at The Frick Collection

Event: Ongoing, Mondays through Fridays
Contact: Isabel Bird/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: Call for Student Artwork for the 13th Annual P.S. Art Exhibition 

Submission Deadline: February 23, 2015 
Event: Mid-June, 2015 
Contact: Karen Rosner/212-356-8569 

The Office of Arts and Special Projects and Studio in a School invite all schools to nominate up to four pieces of outstanding student artwork (see guidelines for exceptions) to be considered for the 13th annual citywide exhibition, P.S. Art: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids. Approximately 80 works will be selected for the exhibition. The exhibition will open in mid-June and remain on view for at least two months at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Additionally, an accompanying catalogue will be published. P.S. Art highlights the talents of our students and the best practices of their teachers as benchmarked in the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts. For detailed information about P.S. Art 2015, and to download submission guidelines and instructions, please click here. All pieces being submitted must be registered online by February 23, 2015. Additionally, through Studio in a School funding, there will be a free full-day workshop for new visual arts teachers and those who submitted student work that advanced to only round one of the judging in previous years. This professional development will be held on Wednesday, January 7th. Details about the workshop are posted on the Office of Arts and Special Projects’ website.


All Schools: Visit Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Nellie A.V. Chaban/646-767-5091

Teachers in all subject areas are invited to bring their classes to Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. This iconic site, designed by Louis Kahn, is devoted to celebrating the life and legacy of the greatest President of the 20th Century, Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR). Four Freedoms Educators lead students through inquiry-driven tours and hands-on activities. Workshops focus on FDR’s 1941 Four Freedoms Speech, art and architecture, and an array of historical concepts. Aligning with Common Core Learning Standards in Social Studies and English Language Arts, workshops enable students to understand and connect with Roosevelt’s vision of international human rights. Just across the East River from the United Nations, Four Freedoms Park provides a platform for students to think about democracy, citizenship, and cultural diversity. Join us in our outdoor classroom, where history and aesthetics unfold against the backdrop of the New York City skyline. Guided Visits are offered Wednesdays and Thursdays for $75/class. For further information, click here.