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Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (in chronological order)

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All Schools: History & Theater at the New-York Historical Society: Final Performance Strategies

Event: April 23, 2015
Contact: Leslie Hayes/212-485-9256

Curtain up! In this last workshop of our monthly series, engage in rehearsal and editing strategies that will help students give their monologues a final polish and make them truly performance ready. This event will be held on Thursday, April 23 from 4:30 to 6:30p.m. at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West). This event is free. RSVP at or 212-485-9256.

All Schools: Maximizing Instructional Time Featuring Michael Rettig 

Registration Deadline: April 24, 2015 
Event: April 28, 2015 

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. OICL is partnering with renowned school scheduling expert, Dr. Michael Rettig, founder of School Scheduling Associates, to offer professional learning and coaching opportunities this spring. On April 28, school administrators will get an overview of the essentials to consider when creating a school schedule and will be eligible for an opportunity to engage in one-on-one coaching with Dr. Rettig. The morning session is intended for elementary school educators only. To register, please click here. The afternoon session is intended for middle and high school educators. To register, please click here. For more information and future events, visit the OICL Speaker Series Page here.

All Schools: Border Crossers "Talking About Race in the Classroom: A Training for Educators Committed to Racial Justice"

Event: April 25, 2015
Contact: Laura Shmishkiss/646-688-4470

Border Crossers invites K-12 educators to participate in a day of professional development about how to foster racially equitable learning environments for students, and how to engage in conversations about race in the classroom. Through this training, educators will: 1) Strengthen their analysis of how racism manifests in schools and classrooms; 2) Enhance their understanding of how racism affects children; 3) Practice using tools and language to address race and racism in the classroom; 4) Gain strategies to support a school-wide culture of respect, equity and inclusivity. The training will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. at the Collegiate School (260 W. 78th Street, NY, NY 10024). Cost $150. To register, click here.

All Schools: Attend a Workshop for Language Teachers at the International Linguistics Association (ILA) Conference on Linguistics & Education

Event: April 25, 2015
Contact: Dr. Jo Anne Kleifgen or Dr. Shoba Bandi-Rao/212-346-8547 

The ILA is offering two workshops for K-12 language teachers at their Annual Conference. The theme this year is Linguistics and Education. Workshops are conducted by a team of well-known linguists involved with education. Workshop I (10:25a.m. to 12:55p.m.): Editing for Grammar and Style: From Casual to Formal Writing, With Games and Giggles. Workshop II (2:15 to 4:45p.m.): Having Fun with Words. The keynote address will be given by William Labov, Professor of Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania from 5:00 to 6:15p.m. The event will be held at the Cowin Center, Teacher's College Columbia University (Broadway between 120th and 121st Street). There is a one-day registration fee of $60. Register onsight or online.

All Schools: New York City Mathematics Project Annual Conference

Event: April 25, 2015
Contact: Suzanne Libfeld

The NYC Mathematics Project 24th Annual Conference will be held at Lehman College, Bronx, NY. The conference is designed to provide professional development to enhance mathematics teaching and learning. Come join us to take advantage of these opportunities: hands-on and demonstration sessions for new and experienced educators; Network with other educators; Receive great classroom activities and ideas to support the Common Core Learning Standards; Return to your classroom with a renewed enthusiasm for teaching and meet with Exhibitors for resources. Pre-registration deadline is April 6, 2015. Registration fee is $25. Contact Suzanne Libfeld or access this form.

All Schools: Crafting Quality IEPs Two-Day Workshop Series

Registration Deadline: April 27, 2015 
Event: April 28 and May 28, April 30 and May 5, May 7 and May 21, May 11 and May 12
Contact: Jessica Dickson

This two-day workshop series is offered on several dates in April and May. In workshop 1, participants will closely engage with each component of the Present Level of Performance (PLOP) through the exploration of resources and development of quality indicators for each section. Using this knowledge, participants will revise and develop an instructionally focused PLOP with evidence of identified high-leverage, cross-curricular Common Core skills based on the analysis of student data. In workshop 2, participants will learn how to unpack the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) to determine grade-specific requirements as well as analyze how skill bands develop in complexity across grades. Through this analysis, participants will develop annual goals based on student work aligned to the CCLS and monitor progress using curriculum-based measures. This series is for administrators and members of Committee on Special Education (CSE) teams (in particular school-based CSE-teams): special education teachers, psychologists and related service providers in addition to general educators. General educators who work closely with special educators are encouraged to attend in teams. Click here to register.

All Schools: Attend the Free Evening for Educators at Bard Graduate Center (BGC) Gallery

Event: April 28, 2015
Contact: Tracy Grosner/212-501-3013

Join the BGC Gallery Education Department and learn about our current exhibitions: Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette and The Interface Experience: Forty Years of Personal Computing. Tour the exhibitions with an educator, create an artwork, receive complimentary lesson plans, and enjoy light refreshments. Learn how these exhibitions connect to history, social studies and art. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 28 from 4:00 – 7:00p.m. at 18 W 86th Street. For further information and to register, please click here.

All Schools: 2015 Poem in Your Pocket Day

Event: April 30, 2015
Contact: Ryan Max/212-513-9323

New York City is hosting the annual Poem in Your Pocket Day celebration on Thursday, April 30, 2015 in honor of National Poetry Month. To join in the excitement, you and your students can write their own poems or borrow one from a poet they’re studying in class; just make sure to carry a poem in your pocket to share with your friends, family, students, and colleagues. All month long, cultural organizations will present poetry-inspired events throughout the five boroughs. Click here for more information on events, volunteer opportunities, and other special opportunities. The site also contains details on how to enter the #PoetweetNYC contest. Tweet a poem using #PoetweetNYC from April 6 - 13, 2015; winners will be published in Metro New York on Poem in Your Pocket Day April 30. Click here for poem recommendation.

All Schools: Evening for Educators: “Painting and Poetry”

Event: April 30, 2015
Contact: Rachel Ropeik/718-501-6228

Before National Poetry Month comes to a close, the Brooklyn Museum will be celebrating the often-poetic words in Jean-Michel Basquiat's notebooks and the opulent paintings and sculpture of Kehinde Wiley. This spring's Evening for Educators will highlight the visual and verbal creativity on display in two of our spring exhibitions, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks and Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic. Relax with colleagues over wine and small bites. Get the inside scoop from our curators, and let our museum educators show you lively ways you and your students can engage with art. Experiment with your own artistic process through hands-on art-making. Explore the galleries for unexpected experiences that will surprise and inspire you. All educators are welcome. Take home free teaching materials, and use your 10% discount in the Museum Shop. Feel free to stay after the event and keep exploring—the Museum will be open until 10:00 p.m. To register either click here or call 718-501-6236.

All Schools: Participate in the Make Your Mark on Hunger Campaign

Registration Deadline: April 30, 2015
Event: March 15- April 30, 2015
Contact: Aimee Wilder/917-746-8168

Did you know 16 million kids in America aren't getting the food they need? From March 15th through April 30th, for each youth engaged in service, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, up to 10,000 meals. Participation is free and easy. Click here to access great lesson plans, project guides and fact sheets. Plan and execute a service project between March 15th and April 30th. Share your service project at, and then ConAgra Food Foundation will donate to Feeding America. The Make Your Mark on Hunger campaign is brought to you with the generous support of presenting sponsor ConAgra Foods Foundation, with additional support from the National Turkey Federation and C&S Wholesale Grocers.

All Schools: Music Educator’s Workshop Opportunities

Registration Deadline: May 1, 2015 
Event: July 9-12, 2015
Contact: Aaron Siegel/212-903-9634 

Carnegie Hall offers two professional development opportunities for NYCDOE Music Teachers as part of the Music Educator’s Workshop. Register now for the summer intensive workshop from July 9–12, 2015. DOE P-Credit is available for both workshops. For more information and to register, click here

All Schools: Math and Mandalas at the Rubin Museum of Art

Event: May 1, 2015
Contact: Larissa Raphael 

Mandalas are geometric representations of celestial palaces and play an important role in the art of Himalayan Asia. This professional development workshop for teachers of grades 3-12 explores mandalas through gallery conversations, movement activities, and art-making. Participants will learn how the mandala's symmetry and balance can integrate math and the arts learning, discover connections to Common Core Learning Standards, and take away valuable resources and information for their classroom practice. The workshop is free for teachers at Title I schools and $25 for all other teachers. Event takes place from 4:00-7:30p.m. at 132 W. 17th St. Advance registration is required. To register, call 212-620-5000, ext. 359. Click here for more information.

All Schools: Free 3rd Annual Teaching Social Activism in the Classroom Conference: “Teaching Civil Rights: Then and Now” at the Museum of the City of New York

Registration Deadline: May 1, 2015
Event: May 2, 2015
Contact: Maeve Montalvo/212-534-1672; ext. 3492

How does teaching social activism in the classroom prepare students to be active citizens in their communities, the city, and beyond? On May 2nd, the Museum of the City of New York will host the 3rd Annual Teaching Social Activism in the Classroom Conference. 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 year’s theme is Teaching Civil Rights: Then and Now. The conference will be held Saturday, May 2, from 8:45a.m. to 3:30p.m. at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. Click here to register for this free event.

All Schools: Saving Place: Engaging Students with New York City Landmarks Workshop at the Museum of the City of New York

Registration Deadline: May 7, 2015
Event: May 9, 2015
Contact: Maeve Montalvo/212-534-1672; ext. 3492

Mark the 50th anniversary of New York’s pioneering Landmarks Law by joining us for a full day of presentations, gallery tours, and workshops. We'll explore our city's architectural heritage, and discuss the people and processes involved in landmarks designation as well as the roles of community activists, policy makers, owners, developers, and architects. You’ll return to your classroom with a timeline of events leading up to and following the passage of the Landmarks Law, suggestions of sites to visit with students, and further information about New York City during the 1960s. The workshop will be held on Saturday, May 9, from 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m. at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St. Workshop Fee $60; includes breakfast and materials. Click here to register.

All Schools: Attend Lisa Blackwell’s Speaking Engagement on Mindsets and Motivation                    

Registration Deadline: May 8, 2015
Event: May 12, 2015

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. Lisa Blackwell co-founded Mindset Works along with Carol Dweck to help schools cultivate student ownership of their own learning. At this session, Lisa will review the foundations of growth mindset theory and explain how educators can encourage challenge-seeking, effort, and resiliency in their students. Click here to register by May 8th. For more information and future events, visit the OICL Speaker Series Page here.

All Schools: Power of Collaboration: Making Education Best Practices a Reality

Registration Deadline: May 11, 2015
Event: May 12, 2015
Contact: Erin Solomon/718-722-4553

Connect with fellow educators and hear about the work, best practices, and lessons learned from the schools participating in New York State dissemination and replication grants. This conference will highlight the emerging outcomes of 11 charter schools and over 40 district schools involved in dynamic partnerships. The event will be held on Tuesday, May 12 from 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m. at the Center for Educational Innovation, 28 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036. The event is free, but RSVP is required. For further information and to register, please click here.

All Schools: AIDS Activism as American History – Free Historian Presentation and Conversation at the Museum of the City of New York

Registration Deadline: May 13, 2015
Event: May 14, 2015
Contact: Maeve Montalvo/212-534-1672; ext. 3492

Join some of the country’s most notable scholars for evenings of discussion on topics inspired by the City Museum’s Activist New York exhibition. May 14th’s session topic is The AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP). ACT UP, created in March 1987, drew on existing forms of activism and pioneered creative new ways to influence the political and medical system. Using publicly available oral histories, Dr. Claire Potter of The New School will examine the role that New York City activists played in the national response to the AIDS epidemic. This free event will be held Thursday, May 14, from 5:00-6:30p.m. at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St. To register online, click here.

All Schools: Online Program, Ask Big Questions: Conversations with Thought Leaders

Event: May 14, 2015

Join Jay McTighe, co-author of Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding, Susan Griffin, Executive Director of the National Council for the Social Studies, and Dennis Inhulsen, President of the National Art Education Association, for a conversation about the benefits of framing learning through investigations of big questions. This free, online event will take place on May 14th from 4:00-5:00p.m. Note: Participants must have access to a computer with high-speed Internet and a headset or speaker. To register, click here.

All Schools: AEL Workshop #8 - Arts Education Liaisons Celebrating the Past and Forging Ahead 

Registration Deadline: May 15, 2015 
Event: May 22, 2015 
Contact: Darleen Garner/212-356-8557

 By popular demand, the Office of Arts and Special Projects is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the final Arts Education Liaison workshop at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, conveniently located at Bowling Green in Manhattan. All Arts Education Liaisons are invited to attend this full-day special workshop to discuss, plan and collaborate with colleagues from across the city on their arts vision for the upcoming school year. There will be a light lunch and afternoon reflections to celebrate our end of year. The event will take place from 8:30a.m.-3:00p.m. First come; first served as space is limited. To register, click here

All Schools: Festival—Senses of Springtime: Celebrate India! At the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Event: May 17, 2015
Contact: Ariel Greene/212-570-3961

Immerse yourself in sights and sounds from central India! At the Festival, participants will experience performances, storytelling, a scent demonstration, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops for all ages. The Festival takes place on May 17th from 1:00-5:00p.m. Free with Museum admission; admission is free for children under 12 with an adult. For more information, click here.

All Schools: History Uncorked: Think & Drink with Brian Purnell at the New-York Historical Society

Event: May 18, 2015
Contact: Leslie Hayes/212-485-9256

Join Brian Purnell, author of Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings: The Congress of Racial Equality in Brooklyn, for a local perspective on how the civil rights movement unfolded right here in New York. Networking with free wine and cheese will precede the lecture. This event will be held on Monday, May 18th from 4:30 to 6:30p.m. at the New-York Historical Society  (170 Central Park West). Fee: $20 per person. To register, call 212-485-9256 or email

All Schools: Lunch & Learn – The Pro-Southern City: New York and the Civil War

Event: May 19, 2015
Contact: Leslie Hayes/212-485-9256

Caught between an economy fueled by the slave-based cotton crop, a growing abolitionist movement, and an expanding lower class disenchanted by the war, New York struggled to balance contradicting priorities. Use primary sources to explore the Civil War in New York and draw your own conclusions about the city’s controversial “pro-Southern” history. Pizza lunch will be served. This event will be held on Tuesday, May 19th from 12:00 to 3:00p.m. at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West). Fee: $15 per person. To register, email or call 212-485-9256.

All Schools: Attend the Thirteenth Annual Outstanding Educators of the Year

Nomination Deadline: May 20, 2015
Event: June 24, 2015
Contact: Dr. Pola Rosen/917-375-0497

Education Update is proud to celebrate out thirteenth year of honoring teachers and administrators who excel in enriching the lives of students in classrooms around the city every day. We are also honoring three Distinguished Leaders, including Chancellor Carmen Fariña, who have spent their lives dedicated to education. We request that superintendents and administrators nominate principals, assistant principals and supervisors and that principals and assistant principals nominate teachers. To make a nomination by May 20th, click here. Final decisions will be made by our illustrious Advisory Council of regents, college presidents, deans, administrators, professors and union leaders. The event will be held at The Harvard Club, 27 W. 44th St., from 9-10:30a.m. (breakfast included).

All Schools: Pizza & PD at the New-York Historical Society: Learning History Through Maps

Event: May 21, 2015
Contact: Leslie Hayes/212-485-9256

Navigate your way through history with a deep dive into the New-York Historical Society’s map collection. Explore maps, atlases, and guidebooks from the Dutch period through the 20th century and come away with strategies for strengthening your students’ map skills. Pizza will be served. This event will be held on Thursday, May 21st from 4:30 to 6:30p.m. at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West). Fee: $15 per person. To register, email or call 212-485-9256.

All Schools: Connecting Collections

Application Deadline: May 22, 2015
Event: July 13 – July 17, 2015

Learn techniques for analyzing and interpreting modern and contemporary art in New York City's premier art museums. This summer institute for educators of grades 3–12 (all subject areas) is cohosted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Participants will: learn and apply object-based teaching strategies, build confidence incorporating modern and contemporary art into lesson plans, and utilize great works of art as forums for interdisciplinary investigations. This week-long educator workshop takes place from July 13th–17th from 10:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily, and is sold as one unit (individual dates cannot be purchased). Up to forty participants will be accepted. Fee: $425 (includes instruction, materials, and lunch). To apply, click here.

All Schools: Yo-Dan-Nastics Classes: A Blend of Yoga, Dance, and Gymnastics

Event: Ongoing through June 19, 2015
Contact: Paul Keoni Chun/212-643-9013

Yo-Dan-Nastics™ is a yoga and dance approach to learning gymnastics tumbling skills. Come experience a free trial class. Classes for children ages 3 - 9, teens 16 years and older, and adults are offered on Monday afternoons and evenings; classes for special needs individuals are on Friday evenings. The program is held at DaNY Studios, 305 W. 38th St., in Manhattan. To reserve a free trial class, call or email Paul Keoni Chun. For further information about Yo-Dan-Nastics™, please click here.