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Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, November 25, 2014 (in chronological order)

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

Event: November 25, 2014
Contact: Leslie Hayes /212-485-9256

Think & Drink with Historians at the New-York Historical Society (NYHS). Enjoy a glass of wine after school in the company of a world-renowned historian. This month, explore our city's history one object at a time with Sam Roberts, New York Times contributor and author of A History of New York in 101 Objects. View the very objects he’ll discuss in our compendium exhibition, A Brief History of New York: Selections of New York in 101 Objects. The afternoon will include a lecture and lively discussion. This event will be held on Tuesday, November 25 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the N-YHS (170 Central Park West). There is a fee of $20 per person. To register, click here.

All Schools: November is CUNY Month!

Event: Ongoing through November 30, 2014
Contact: Matt Silverman

CUNY campuses celebrate CUNY Month by hosting a range of exciting events, from open houses to degree-program workshops, seminars, and college student performances. Highlights this year include study abroad and graduate programs in a range of fields. Every College Now program also offers activities targeted for participants. Learn more about CUNY Month events by clicking here Please encourage your students and colleagues to attend

All Schools: Immigration Stories: Past and Present at the Jewish Museum

Event: December 2, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Koppelman /212-423-3270

Join Jean-Michel Dissard, director of the acclaimed documentary I Learn America (2013), for a workshop examining personal narrative and immigration experiences. Clips from the film, which follows newly arrived immigrant teens at a Brooklyn high school, will complement tours of the exhibition Masterpieces and Curiosities: A Russian-American Quilt. Discussion around the film and the show’s centerpiece — a circa-1899 quilt bearing Eastern European and American imagery — will explore how art and media can tell stories of immigration, relocation, and assimilation. The event will be held at the Jewish Museum, located at 1109 Fifth Avenue, on Tuesday December 2 from 4:00-7:00pm at. Register by email to The workshop has a $15 fee (includes light dinner). Special education teachers may attend this workshop free of charge.

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

Event: December 2, 2014
Contact: Leslie Hayes /212-485-9256

Think & Drink with Historians at the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS). Enjoy a glass of wine after school in the company of a world-renowned historian. This month, join Peter Kwong, Professor at Hunter College and author of Chinese America: The Untold Story of America's Oldest New Community, for an expert’s perspective on some of the most compelling historical elements in our exhibition, Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion. The afternoon will include free wine and refreshments, a lecture, and a lively discussion. This event will be held on Tuesday, December 2 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the N-YHS (170 Central Park West). The event costs $20 per person. Register here.

All Schools: Educator Support Resources

Event: December 3 – December 12, 2014
Contact: Florence Noel

Educators may register here for half-day sessions on Schoolnet Data Analysis (December 4, 9 and 11), Creating Educator-Authored Assessments (Dec 3, 5, 8 and 10), Professional Development Intensive (December 12) and team Workshops (December 4 and 5). In addition, please note that the Periodic Assessment professional development calendar has been updated and is available on the Periodic Assessment wiki page. This year-long calendar provides dates for all currently scheduled professional development sessions for Periodic Assessment as well as session types and descriptions. You may also access direct links to sign up for all trainings via this calendar.

All Schools: History & Theater: 8th Grade Exit Project Strategies

Event: December 4, 2014
Contact: Leslie Hayes /212-485-9256

Join the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) for this new monthly series of free after-school workshops, offered in partnership with the NYCDOE Office of Arts and Special Projects, for middle school social studies and theater teachers. Link primary sources and theatrical performance to help your students embody a historical figure for their Exit Project oral presentations. This event will be held on Thursday, December 4 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the N-YHS (170 Central Park West). To register for this free event, click here

All Schools: STEM Conference  

Event: December 4 and December 18, 2014
Contact: Dery Rodriguez

FACE is delighted to partner with the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Urban Advantage, New York Hall of Science and NASA Glenn Research to offer parent coordinators, district family advocates, borough family advocates, and network family points for two exciting STEM professional development opportunities on December 4th and 18th. Not only will the events be engaging and educational, but attendees will also receive: resources, workshops, a lab tour, networking opportunities, a panel discussion by experts in the STEM field, and an address by the Keynote Speaker. Participants will leave understanding why STEM education matters, how it leads to student success, and how to incorporate strategies to facilitate STEM workshops in their community. These events are free; registration is required to attend. Register here for December 4, or here for December 18. Business casual attire is preferred.

All Schools: Arts Education Liaison Workshop #3 

Registration Deadline: December 1, 2014 
Event: December 5, 2014
Contact: Darleen Garner /212-356-8557

The Office of Arts and Special Projects will sponsor a free workshop for arts education liaisons to guide schools as they continue to utilize the blueprints for teaching and learning in the arts in supporting the Common Core Standards for College and Career Readiness Capacities, while gaining an understanding for the arts and the Quality Review. Works of art in the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be used to provide new ideas and strategies as we continue to unfold the “Four Pillars” and its relevancy to the arts. The event will be held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1-3:00pm on Friday, December 5. To register click here.

All Schools: K-12 Educator Workshop, “Come Play!” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Registration Deadline: December 5, 2014
Event: December 7, 2014

Join classroom teachers, museum educators, and technologists for gaming, "boss" level challenges (using the Greek and Roman Art galleries as our lab), and reflection on ways games can enhance learning. Please bring a game that you, or your students, love to share. Click here to register online. The event is being held on Sunday, December 7 from 1:00-4:00pm and there is a $25 fee to attend.

All Schools: Hour of Code: A One-Hour Introduction to Computer Science

Registration Deadline: December 5, 2014
Event: December 8-14, 2014
Contact: Jake Baskin

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. The Hour of Code website provides free tutorials and resources for educators to run an event in their classroom or school. Schools are encouraged to schedule an Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14. Schools can register online, and 100 classrooms across the United States will be selected to participate in 15-minute video Q&As with tech titans like Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates and Tumblr founder David Karp, as well as tech-loving celebrities Usher, Karlie Kloss and Ashton Kutcher.

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

Event: December 9, 2014
Contact: Leslie Hayes /212-485-9256

It's a history hat trick at the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS), with three new exhibitions on view. Come see Objects Tell Stories: Highlights from the Permanent Collection, Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage, and Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection at our upcoming Educator Open House. Mingle with colleagues and friends over wine and refreshments, enjoy free access to our galleries, and learn more about our wide range of education offerings for students and teachers. This free event will be held on Tuesday, December 9 from 4:30 to 6:30pm at N-YHS, 170 Central Park West. Click here to register.

All Schools: BetterLesson FastCycle PD Pilots

Deadline: December 9, 2014
Event: January-June 2015
Contact: Christine Glandorf

BetterLesson seeks thoughtful partner schools to pilot FastCycle PD, our innovative approach to continuous improvement. Partners will receive free professional development for the entire spring semester and discover a pragmatic new approach to improving instruction. Teams of teachers will work with virtual coaches and explore rigorous Teaching Challenges aligned with the Common Core. FastCycle PD gives teachers a practical framework for evaluating and innovating on their own practice. Click here to learn more or email The deadline to apply for the spring pilots is December 9th, 2014.

All Schools: Explore the Riches of the Gilded Age with a Free Curator-Led Tour at the City Museum

Event: December 10, 2014
Contact: Maeve Montalvo /917-492-3492

Join Phyllis Magidson, Curator of Costumes and Textiles at the Museum of the City of New York, for an intimate look at the Museum’s dazzling collection of the costumes, jewelry, and decorative objects from the 19th century, as we explore the jewel-box exhibition Gilded New York. The event will be held on Wednesday, December 10 from 5:00-6:30pm at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. For further information and to reserve your free spot, please visit our webpage.

All Schools: Morgan Library & Museum: Open House for Title I School Administrators

Registration Deadline: December 3, 2014
Event: December 10, 2014
Contact: Jacqueline Smith /212-685-0008; ext. 509

Principals, assistant principals, and arts education liaisons of Title I schools are cordially invited to attend an Open House for School Administrators at the Morgan. Join us to discover two cross-curricular programs available for your school, free of charge: Colors of the World: Illuminated Manuscripts in the Age of Exploration and the Morgan Book Project. The evening will include tours of the museum and demonstrations of Colors of the World. Keynote speaker: Dr. Sharon Dunn, Vice President for Education, New York-Historical Society, former Senior Instructional Manager for Arts Education, NYCDOE. Presenters: Dr. Jerry James, Director of Teaching and Learning and Dr. Eva Pataki, Associate Director of Teaching and Learning, Center for Arts Education. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 10 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Morgan, 225 Madison Avenue NY, NY 10016. Wine and cheese will be served.  To RSVP, contact Jacqueline Smith, 212-685-0008 ext. 509.

All Schools: Service in Schools Service-Learning Grant Opportunity

Application Deadline: December 11, 2014

Apply today for the 2014-2015 Service in Schools Service-Learning Grant! Educators from New York City public schools are encouraged to apply for this $1,000 grant to be directed towards a service-learning and/or school-led service project. Last year, Service in Schools  awarded grants to 150 schools, out of over 250 applicants, to support the growth of service-learning and community service in their school. This year, we expect a similarly competitive pool of applicants for up to 200 grants. Applications are due by December 11th and results will be communicated by January 2015. For more information and to apply, click here.

All Schools: Symphony Space Presents Traditional Music, Dance, and Storytelling of Africa

Deadline: December 12, 2014
Event: January 21, 2015
Contact: Regina Larkin /212-864-1414; ext. 212

Symphony Space presents traditional dances, songs, and stories from Africa and the African Diaspora, illustrating how African culture has permeated and influenced global culture. The performers, all professionals in their field, dressed in gorgeous African dress and playing beautifully handcrafted instruments, engage the audience with key elements of African culture: call-and-response, polyrhythm, and the very function of the arts in African society. There is audience participation throughout the performance. The event will be held on January 21 from 11:00am-12:15pm, and is appropriate for Pre-K – 12.Tickets are $9, with one free ticket for every 20 purchased. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway, NY, NY 10025.

All Schools: New York Rising: The American Revolution in New York

Registration Deadline: December 12, 2014
Event: December 13, 2014
Contact: Leslie Hayes /212-485-9256

Weekend workshops at the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS). Spend your Saturday examining the role of New York City during the Founding Era. Engage with amazing collections of the N-YHS and walk away with valuable strategies and primary sources for your classroom. Pizza lunch will be served. This event will be held on Saturday, December 13 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at N-YHS, 170 Central Park West. There is a fee of $15 per person. To register, please send an email to or call 212-485-9256.

All Schools: Educators Open House with Kosher Reception to Celebrate “Letters to Afar” Exhibition at the City Museum

Registration Deadline: December 14, 2014
Event: December 15, 2014
Contact: EY Zipris /917-492-3356

Educators and families are invited to join Museum staff and Jewish Education colleagues for a special afterschool kosher reception to celebrate the new exhibition, Letters to Afar: By Péter Forgács, music by the Klezmatics. This immersive video art installation is based on home movies made by New York City’s Jewish immigrants who traveled back to visit Poland during the 1920s and 30s. This free event will be held on Monday, December 15 from 4:30-6:30pm at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. For further information and to reserve your free spot, please email

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: 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: 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: 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: Attend Free Microsoft Leadership Event at NYC Microsoft Office

Event: Ongoing (with monthly event dates: 11/24/14, 12/17/14, 1/13/15, 2/10/15, 3/17/15, 4/21/15, 5/19/15, 6/9/15)
Contact: Marissa Waddell

Microsoft invites NYC school leaders to a private Envisioning Session in our “State of the Art” Technology Center. Learn how Microsoft applications and services support the development of 21st century skills, and what no cost tools and resources are available for NYC schools. The events are from 8:30 to 11:30am at the Microsoft Office located at 11 Times Square, New York, NY. To register, please click here.

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.