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Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, September 16, 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: Participate in Dad's Take Your Child to School Day

Event: September 16, 2014
Contact: Melvin Alston /917-921-5036 or

Schools are invited to participate in the annual Dad's Take Your Child to School Day (DTYCTS) on September 16th to increase awareness of the importance of a father's involvement in their child's education. To participate in the annual DTYCTS, register your school here, plan the event, and provide a brief report on the activities your school held that day. If you need assistance or ideas to plan the event, review the Organizational Guide. Contact a member of the DTYCTS Core Team for assistance by sending a request to For more information click here.

All Schools: Discussion Program: “An Urban Education in Three Acts: Hold Fast to Dreams, Deborah Meier, and Yo, Miss” at Brooklyn Historical Society

Event: September 17, 2014
Contact: Katelyn Williams /347-381-3718

Joshua Steckel and Beth Zasloff, authors of Hold Fast to Dreams, join renowned educator Deborah Meier for an eye-opening discussion of the extreme challenges faced by low-income students reaching for a higher education. Teacher, Lisa Wilde, and two former students add to the conversation with a spoken work/rap performance based on Wilde's zine Yo, Miss: A Graphic Look at High School. Tickets are $5/free for Brooklyn Historical Society Members. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 17th from 7:00-9:00pm at Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201). For further information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

All Schools: Free Educator Open House at the Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)

Registration Deadline: September 19, 2014
Event: September 23, 2014
Contact: Susan Lim

Join CMOM for a free evening of family fun to celebrate NYC educators on Tuesday, September 23rd from 5:00 – 7:00pm.  The special evening will be full of fun, learning and free stuff! Discover more about our new Guided Group Visits, Outreach Programs, Professional Development opportunities, Parent Workshops and more. Tour our facilities and talk with CMOM staff. Educators may also sign up for trip discounts, professional development workshops and win a set of classroom books, all while exploring the Museum. Click here to RSVP.

All Schools: Free Educator Open House at the Rubin Museum of Art

Registration Deadline: September 19, 2014
Event: September 19, 2014
Contact: Marilyn Casey at

PreK-12 Educators are invited for a special evening of conversation and learning with fellow teachers.  Come meet Tibetan Buddhist monks from Namdroling Monastery in India and watch them create a traditional sand mandala. Learn how mandalas can connect to different subject areas, join us for an art-making workshop, and take a tour in the galleries. The evening includes a Q&A session with monks from Namdroling Monastery, talk about the mandalas in the permanent collection from curators and educators, free ongoing tours of the Rubin Museum, resources and ideas for the classroom, delicious refreshments and snacks, and much more!  The event takes place from 4:00-6:30PM at 132 W 17th Street. RSVP is required, call 212-620-5000 ext. 262. Visit this site for more information.

All Schools: September Workshops and PD Catalogue from the Special Education Office

Event: September Professional Development
Contact: Jessica Dickson

You can register for professional development workshops offered by the Office of Special Education 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.

All Schools: Project Citizen Teacher Professional Development 

Registration Deadline: September 19, 2014
Event: September 22, 2014
Contact: Carolyn Morway/ 212-580-5905

Attention Social Studies, History, Government, Law and Civics Teachers! Please join us on Monday, September 22, 2014 from1:00-3:30PM at the Justice Resource Center, 122 Amsterdam Avenue, Room 504, New York 10023. The Justice Resource Center (JRC) is offering an introductory professional development session to educators for the Project Citizen program. Project Citizen is a public policy and civic education program that engages students of all ages in the research and design of a public policy in their community. The program is appropriate for elementary, middle or high school. JRC provides teacher professional development sessions, age-appropriate case materials aligned with Common Core and an opportunity for students to showcase their presentations in front of a panel of judges. For more information and an application, please visit the Project Citizen webpage.

All Schools: Free Workshop in support of the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Project - Creating Picture Books Inspired by History

Registration Deadline: September 23, 2014
Event: September 30, 2014; 8:30AM - 3:00PM
Contact: Karen Rosner/212-356-8569

Visual arts teachers, librarians, and teachers of English and social studies, grades 3-12, committed to having students enter the 29th annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition, are invited to register for the workshop, Creating Picture Books Inspired by History. This full-day workshop will be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and include resources, guided gallery tours for all educators, and a presentation by noted author, Pat Cummings. Detailed information will be sent with confirmation. To participate in this full-day workshop, both librarian/teacher and principal must sign an agreement of commitment stating that the school will enter one student-created picture book into the 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition. Once registered, the agreement of commitment will be sent to participants with their workshop confirmation. This signed agreement is required for admission to the workshop. The workshop is limited to 60 participants. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, September 23rd. To register and for more information, please see information posted on the Arts Education website under Professional Development/Visual Arts.

All Schools: Attend Free Educator Open House Learning from NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial

Registration Deadline: September 23, 2014
Event: September 24, 2014
Contact: Nakeisha Gumbs / 212-299-7759

Join MAD’s education team to discover creative tips of interpreting and presenting NYC’s local cultural landscape in the classroom all year-round while supplementing your existing knowledge of contemporary art, craft and design.  This summer, the Museum of Arts and Design inaugurated NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, an exhibition that spotlights the creative communities thriving across the five boroughs today.  Exemplifying the Museum’s ongoing commitment to craftsmanship across all creative fields, the exhibition transforms MAD into a production studio, connecting elements of creativity, and innovation of skillful makers into one collaborative undertaking in the cultural capital of New York.  A select number of participants will receive free giveaways. The event is free and will be held on Wednesday, September 24 from 3:30-6:00PM at 2 Columbus Circle. For more information and registration, click here .

All Schools: Attend Project Chess Teacher Training Workshops at Chess in the Schools

Registration Deadline: September 26, 2014
Event: September 27, 2014
Contact: Ron Boocock /212-643-0025 x239

Come to a chess workshop at Chess in the Schools. This is a program that teaches educators how to use chess in the classroom and/or create an after school chess club. The workshop is provided free of charge to all NYC public school teachers. Each participant will also receive a free chess package that includes chess sets, workbooks, a chess demonstration board and step by step, easy to follow chess curriculum. Learn how chess can help your students with problem solving and critical thinking skills. Do not worry about your own chess ability, this workshop works for everyone. The event will be held on Saturday, September 27 at 520 Eighth Avenue, NY. NY 1008. For further information and to register, please click here.

All Schools: The Constitution Works Teacher Professional Development

Registration Deadline: September 26, 2014
Event: September 29, 2014
Contact: Carolyn Morway / 212-580-5905

Looking to engage your students in learning about the Constitution and experiencing the legal process for themselves? The Justice Resource Center (JRC) is offering an introductory professional development session to educators for The Constitution Works (TCW) program. TCW is a law-related/civics program fostering skills and dispositions for 21st century learners. The program is appropriate for grades 5-12. JRC provides teacher professional development sessions, age-appropriate case materials aligned with Common Core and an opportunity for students to role-play their case in a federal court. For more information and an application, please visit the TCW webpage.

All Schools: Join the New York Botanical Garden's Teacher Training: Gardening 301

Registration Deadline: September 27, 2014
Event: September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, and November 2 (Sundays), 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Contact: Judith Hutton/ 718-817-8140

Strengthen student engagement using your school garden! Participants will be challenged to use problem solving and critical thinking to address issues associated with maintenance and financial and community support, while integrating local resources and technology into their teaching practice. Pedagogical support will be modeled through hands-on activities throughout the course and guided curriculum review. Content will be focused on life and earth science, while exploring how to translate this learning into practical applications in their individual school settings. Three “P” in-service credits from the New York City Department of Education are available (additional fees and requirements apply).

All Schools: Teacher Open House at New-York Historical Society

Registration Deadline: September 30, 2014
Event: September 30, 2014
Contact: Leslie Hayes/ 212-485-9256

Summary: Mingle with colleagues and friends over wine and cheese and enjoy free access to Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, New-York Historical Society's (N-YHS) newest groundbreaking exhibition. During your visit, learn about the wide range of education programs on offer, meet N-YHS’s Education staff and receive free Chinese American curriculum materials to use in your classroom. This event will be held on Tuesday, September 30 from 4:30 to 6:30 at 170 Central Park West. This event is free, but RSVP is required here.

All Schools: Apollo Theater Education Program Annual Educators Open House

Registration Deadline: September 30, 2014
Event: October 1, 2014
Contact: /212-531-5363

Please join the Apollo Education Program to kick-off and celebrate the 2014-2015 school year! Learn about Education programs and upcoming events for schools, educators, families and adults. Explore ways to connect the Apollo to your classroom curriculum and meet the Apollo Theater Education Program staff and Teaching Artists. Connect with your colleagues. Refreshments will be served. The event is FREE for educators and will be held on Wednesday, October 1 from 4:45 to 7:00pm at 253 West 125th Street.  For further information, and to register please click here.

All Schools: Join the 2014 National Student Parent Mock Election

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2014
Event: October 30, 2014 
Contact: James F. Rodriguez

Principals and Teachers are invited to enroll in the 2014 National Student Parent Mock Election (NSPME). The NSPME is looking for coordinators who can help guide their participating schools. Every two years, educational, civic, business and religious organizations join with NSPME to support the mock election. Participation is free to students and teachers from kindergarten through college and technical schools, all of whom can enroll through the NSPME website. Click here for the Enrollment Form.

All Schools: Join the 2014-2015 Penny Harvest – Create a positive school culture and increase academic engagement

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2014
Contact: Gracie Rifino /212-579-0579; ext.114

Engage your whole school in community service while meeting core academic standards through Common Cents’ Penny Harvest program. Join over 600 NYC schools in the 2014/2015 Penny Harvest, the largest service-learning program in NYC. The Penny Harvest helps educators and students connect classroom lessons to real-world problems, teaches leadership and critical thinking skills, increases students’ engagement in school and creates a positive school environment. Choose 1-2 staff to serve as Penny Harvest Coaches and Common Cents does the rest including: providing two professional development sessions, subject-based curriculum and educational materials, and ongoing staff support to make sure your school maximizes the outcomes of the program.  Sign-up before October 1st to reserve your place in the 2014-2015 Penny Harvest, at no cost to your school. Register today by clicking here.

All Schools: 5th Annual K-12 Archives Education Institute

Registration Deadline: October 2, 2014
Event: October 11, 2014

The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.), in partnership with the National Archives at New York City, and with sponsorship from MetLife, announces the Fifth Annual K-12 Archives Education Institute (AEI). This event is part of New York Archives Week. The event will be held at the National Archives at New York City (located at 1 Bowling Green) from 9:30am to 4pm on Saturday, October 11. This program is intended to bring together 35 local K-12 educators, archivists, librarians, and museum professionals to discuss strategies for teaching with primary source materials on the topic of "Performance and the Arts." The Institute is free, and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participants. More information about the Archivists Round Table is available at here.

All Schools: Apply now for the Scientist-in-Residence Program!

Application Deadline: October 3, 2014
Event: November 2014-May 2015

Are you a K-12 teacher interested in collaborating with a scientist from one of New York City’s premier universities and science research institutions? Then apply now to host a Scientist-in-Residence. The Scientist-in-Residence Program will match you and your class with a scientist or STEM professional from November 2014-May 2015 to scope out and co-lead a research-based STEM project with your students. In addition to collaborating with a scientist to develop your research project, you will also have the opportunity to share your teaching expertise and skills with your Scientist-in-Residence, helping him/her to develop pedagogical skills and explore science teaching as a potential career. Click here to learn more about the Scientist-in-Residence Program and to apply. Email questions to

All Schools: Free Professional Learning for Teachers of the Arts: Teacher Effectiveness 

Registration Deadline: October 3, 2014 
Event: October 2014, December 2014 and February 2015 
Contact: Pascal Licciardi /212-356-8563

Teachers of dance, music, theater, and the visual arts are invited to attend a free series of three half-day (12PM-3PM) content-specific, borough-based, professional learning series hosted by the Office of Arts and Special Projects. This series will implement a new social learning platform, as well as offer targeted support grounded in standards-based instruction and quality teaching practices through the continued interaction with the Danielson Framework for Teaching and the Blueprint for Teaching in the Arts. The workshop series is FREE and space is limited, so registration will be completed on a first-come/first-served basis .Teachers may register here.

All Schools: Mac Conner: A New York Life - Free Educator Open House at the Museum of the City of New York

Registration Deadline: October 7, 2014
Event: October 8, 2014
Contact: Maeve Montalvo /212- 534-1672; ext. 3492

Come to the Museum of the City of New York to see our new exhibition Mac Conner: A New York Life. Join Curatorial Associate Sara Spink for a tour of the hand-painted illustrations and advertisements created by McCauley (“Mac”) Conner, one of the original “Mad Men,” during the years immediately following World War II. This event is free and will be held on Wednesday, October 8 from 5:00-6:30 pm at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. For further information and to register, please email

All Schools: Brooklyn Public Library’s Brooklyn Collection Educator Open House

Registration Deadline: October 7, 2014
Event: October 8, 2014
Contact: Brooklyn Connections at /718-230-2706

Join the Brooklyn Public Library on Monday, September 15 or Wednesday, October 8 from 4-6:00PM for a FREE Educator Open House at the Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library’s local history division and archive.
• Tour our facilities, including the Brooklyn Daily Eagle “morgue” and other restricted areas.
• View thousands of primary sources.
• Access our digital collections.
• Learn about class visits and the Brooklyn Connections program.
• Take home free copies of our educator resources.
Refreshments will be provided. To register, click here.

All Schools: 7th Annual Urban Education Symposium

Registration Deadline: October 9, 2014
Event: October 14, 2014
Contact: Melissa Benjamin

Storefront Academy Harlem (formerly The Children’s Storefront) is hosting its 7th Annual Urban Education Symposium at Baruch College (151 E. 25th Street, 7th Floor). The event will feature workshops focused on educating urban youth, and capped off by a keynote address from Dr. Eric J. Cooper, award-winning educator, radio host, frequent Huffington Post commentator, author, and Founder and President of National Urban Alliance for Effective Education. Cost: $50 for general attendees, $25 for college and graduate students. For further information and registration, click here.

All Schools: Citywide Professional Development Series: Impacting Arts Teacher Practice to Improve Student Learning

Registration Deadline: October 15, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014, January 30, 2015 and June 4, 2015
Contact: Heather Powell/212-356-8574

All assigned teachers of dance, music, theater and visual arts, PreK-12, are invited to a FREE, three-day, citywide professional development series in the Arts. Sessions will be held on Tuesday, November 4, Friday, January 30 and Thursday, June 4 from 8:30am to 3pm at various locations in Manhattan. The workshop series deepens arts instruction related to the NYCDOE Blueprint standards. Participants will explore teaching practices that engage and excite students to learn and develop skills in their arts discipline. All workshops align with the Chancellor’s Four Pillars, in particular, a focus on quality instruction aligned to CCLS and the opportunity to learn from one another in their respective art forms. Each three-part series also addresses components of Teacher Effectiveness including engaging students, designing clear curriculum and using assessment for instruction. These PD workshops emphasize arts content and pedagogy relevant for both new and experienced arts teachers. Participation in all three sessions is required. This one-time registration covers all three sessions for the year. Space is limited and registration will be completed on a first-come, first-served basis. Teachers may register here. For more information about each workshop please visit this site.

All Schools: Professional Development for Parent Coordinators, District Family Advocates and School Arts Liaisons

Event: October 2014
Contact: /212-374-4118  

The Division of Family and Community Engagement, in partnership with the Office of Arts and Special Projects, will be offering professional development around making culture and arts accessible to families. Parent Coordinators, district family advocates and school arts liaisons are welcome. There are six sessions throughout the city and the content is the same for each; participants should choose one to attend. The sessions are free, but attendees must register. Click here to participate.

All Schools: Borough Based Professional Learning Community Meetings for Library Professionals

Event Dates: Varies
Contact: Elizabeth Naylor-Gutierrez

Library professionals are highly encouraged to participate in series of six librarian meetings throughout the year. Four of these meetings are from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM and two are full day meetings. The meeting series will include Office of Library Services (OLS) updates, sharing of best practices, activities to meet state requirements, etc. Professional Learning Community (PLC) groups in the Bronx, North Brooklyn and Manhattan are divided by school level (Elementary and Secondary). Librarians serving  K-8 schools are encouraged to join the secondary meeting.  Meetings in Queens, Staten Island, and South Brooklyn accommodate all grade levels. We also encourage that you attend the PLC meeting in your borough; however, we know that some of you may prefer to join a PLC closer to where you live. This is OK, but please understand that once you join a PLC group, that is the group you stay with the rest of the year.
Four of these meetings are from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM and two are full day meetings. The meeting dates are below: 
Elementary (Bronx, North Brooklyn, Manhattan); Queens – East (All Levels); Staten Island (All Levels)
• September 23 (3:30 – 5:30)
• October 14 (3:30 – 5:30)
• November 13 (Full Day) @ CitiField
• January 6 (3:30 – 5:30)
• March 4 (3:30 – 5:30)
• May (Full Day – Date TBD)
Secondary (Bronx, North Brooklyn, Manhattan); Queens – West (All Levels); South Brooklyn (All Levels)
• September 30 (3:30 – 5:30)
• October 30 (3:30 – 5:30)
• November 13 (Full Day) @ CitiField
• January 28 (3:30 – 5:30)
• March 25 (3:30 – 5:30)
• May (Full Day – Date TBD)
To register for a PLC group, please click here.

All Schools: Symphony Space’s Curriculum Arts Project (CAP): Integrate the Arts into Your Social Studies Curriculum

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Regina Larkin /212-864-1414; ext. 212

The CAP program provides an enthralling exploration of one of the following cultures: Latin America, Asia, Africa, American History, or Native America. CAP uses music, dance, visual and literary arts to engage pre-K – 12 students more deeply in their social studies curriculum. The 8 – 10 week program comprises hands-on, in-class workshops; artist-led museum tours; and interactive performances at Symphony Space. Teachers receive a CAP Kit containing performing, literary and visual arts resources, suggested activities, and more.  Participants learn how to analyze works of art as primary source documents. The CCLS, NYS Learning Standards, and the NYCDOE Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts are meaningfully addressed in CAP. The cost for the package of activities described above (6 – 8 workshops, museum tour, performance, resource kit) is $950 per class of 35 (max) students. For more information, click here or contact Regina Larkin.