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Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, September 30, 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: 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: Assembly Opportunities to Educate Students about Gun Violence

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Kareem Nelson /917-564-2897

Wheelchairs Against Guns (W.A.G.) works to inform inner city youth of the dangers of gun violence. W.A.G. utilizes first-hand experience to paint a real picture of how gun violence can harm students, their families, and everyone in the community. Using their members’ disabilities as the proof, W.A.G. hopes to use their stories to deter students from engaging in gun violence. W.A.G. also aims to educate students on the importance of staying in school and focusing on their education. To have W.A.G. visit your school and put on a gun violence prevention assembly, please contact Kareem Nelson.

All Schools: New Teacher Mentoring

Event: October 1, 2014
Contact: Judi Fenton

The Office of Leadership and the UFT Teacher Center are collaborating to provide new teachers with a dynamic classroom management workshop. New teachers and new teacher mentors are invited to register and attend this 3.5 hour professional development on October 1, 2014 where Rick Smith, international presenter and author of Conscious Classroom Management will tackle how to manage your classroom with tools and tips. Click here to RSVP. Registration is required to attend and space is limited.

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: New Amsterdam Exposed: Debunking the Myths of Seventeenth-Century Dutch New York

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

Pizza & PD at New-York Historical Society! Did the Native Americans really sell Manhattan to Peter Minuit for 60 Dutch guiders? Was Peter Stuyvesant actually a magnetic, hero-like leader? Did the Dutch truly build New Amsterdam? During this session, teachers will learn about the myths surrounding the leaders of New Amsterdam. Using primary and secondary sources, paintings, and artifacts we will pull apart fact from fiction and uncover where and when these tall tales of the historical record came into existence. This event will be held on Thursday, October 9 from 4:30 to 6:30PM at New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, and cost $15 per person. Click here to register.

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: Attend the Free Educator Open House at the Environmental Study Center

Registration Deadline: October 14, 2014
Event: October 18, 2014
Contact: Christine Mazza at / 718-444-6560

Come to the Environmental Study Center and learn about our PreK-12 field trips, professional learning opportunities, student camps and high school research programs. See our state of the art hydroponic and aquaponic learning lab, meet our chickens out in the coop, tour the facility and enter to win a free class trip. We will have door prizes and light refreshments. Learn how our programming can connect to your science classes, meet the staff and book a trip during the event.The event will be held Thursday, October 16th from 3:00-8:00pm at 7151 Avenue T, Brooklyn. For futher information and to register, click here.

All Schools: The Service in Schools Partner Fair

Event: October 15, 2014
Contact: Service in Schools

Service in Schools is hosting The Partner Fair for educators on Wednesday, October 15 from 3:00-6:00PM. The Partner Fair will provide participants with the opportunity to network with several community-based and non-profit organizations that can support them in building a culture of service and service-learning within their school community. Free resources will be available and light refreshments will be served. For more information, please see this flyer. The Service in Schools Partner Fair will take place at Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY). Please RSVP here. Be sure to register early, as space is limited.

All Schools: Five Session Fall Afterschool Series for Educators: Reading, Writing, and Documenting the City, at the Museum of the City of New York

Registration Deadline: October 14, 2014
Event: October 15, 22, 29, 2014 and November 5 and 12, 2014
Contact: Maeve Montalvo /917-492-3492

What makes each borough unique? How does the history of each shape the city we live in today? In conjunction with the City Museum’s photography exhibition Assembled Realities: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's New York, and in partnership with the Urban Memory Project, discover the distinctive characteristics of the boroughs through reading, writing, and discussion techniques while interacting with primary and secondary sources from the Museum’s collection. The series will be held on Wednesdays, October 15, 22, 29, November 5 and 12 from 4:00-6:30PM at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. This series can also be taken for P Credit. Five session workshops cost $150 per participant. For further information and to register, please click here.

All Schools: Register Now for Student Matinees of El gato con botas (Puss in Boots) at Gotham Chamber Opera

Registration Deadline: October 15, 2014
Event: December 9 and 11, 2014

This December, Gotham Chamber Opera will present student matinees of the chamber opera, Puss in Boots (El gato con botas) by composer Xavier Montsalvatge. Praised as " A dazzling visual feast from start to finish" by TheaterMania, this production features 28 puppets including a Bunraku cat, a colony of mischievous rabbits and a terrifying 10-foot high ogre operated by five puppeteers. The opera is appropriate for grades 3-12 and will be performed in English. Participation in the program will include a professional development workshop for teachers introducing grade-specific lesson plans, classroom activities and a workshop on puppet-making. Performances will be held at El museo del barrio located at 1230 5th Avenue (Between 104th and 105th Streets) New York, NY 10029. To register for the student matinee performances of El gato con botas, please follow this link to download and print a registration form.

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: Attend Project Chess Teacher Training Workshop at Chess in the Schools

Registration Deadline: October 17, 2014
Event: October 18, 2014
Contact: Ron Boocock / 212-643-0025; ext. 239

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 receive a free chess package that includes chess sets, workbooks, a chess demonstration board and a step by step, easy to follow 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 from 10:00AM – 4:00PM on Saturday, October 18 at 520 Eighth Avenue, NY. NY 10008. For further information and to register, please follow this link.

All Schools: Lunch & Learn: Creating History-Inspired Books Using Primary Sources

Registration Deadline: October 21, 2014
Event: October 22, 2014
Contact: Leslie Hayes / 212-485-9256

Join the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) for a free half-day workshop, in partnership with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the NYCDOE’s Office of Arts and Special Projects, which will explore the power of primary sources and the process for bringing the past to life through storytelling. Participants will learn about the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition and receive free resources. Guest speakers from the NYCDOE and Ezra Jack Keats Foundation will be on hand and lunch will be provided. This event will be held on Tuesday, October 22 from 12:00 - 3:00PM at the N-YHS, 170 Central Park West. To register, click here.

All Schools: Free Curator-Led Tour of Photography Exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York

Registration Deadline: October 21, 2014
Event: October 22, 2014
Contact: Maeve Montalvo /917-492-3492

Meet the artist! Join photographer Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao for a tour of over 40 panoramic works of the five boroughs, documented through multiple exposures resulting in fantastical composite photographs, in the new exhibition Assembled Realities: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s New York at the Museum of the City of New York. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 22 from 5:00-6:30PM at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. For further information and to register, please click here.

All Schools: Visit FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island

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

Teachers 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. 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, the 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 NYC skyline. Guided visits are offered Wednesdays and Thursdays for $75/class. For further information click here.

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.