Pre-k teachers may register for a two-day Core Knowledge professional development session from December 10-11. At the conclusion of this session, all participants will be able to accurately identify the instructional and support materials (e.g., cards, posters) required for implementation of CKLA-Pre-K, identify areas of the daily routine employed by CKLA Pre-K, and learn and practice language stimulation and support strategies to support high-quality adult-child interactions within implementation of CKLA-Pre-K. This professional development assumes general prior knowledge about CKLA but no prior knowledge of CKLA-Pre-K. For schools or teachers who are interested in knowing more about CKLA-Pre-K prior to the professional development, please see the CKLA-Pre-K Overview webinar here.
Thursday, December 12, is a public school non-attendance day for pre-kindergarten students; pre-k teachers should attend professional development on this day. The Office of Early Childhood Education (OECE) is offering a professional development session from 8:30a.m.-3:30p.m. Locations for this professional development session will be available on November 26 on the OECE webpage. Due to space and staff capacity constraints, only lead teachers should attend these professional development sessions. All teachers should bring their copy of the NYS Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core. Other materials for the PD session are available here. Please note: teachers enrolled in the Work Sampling System professional development series will receive separate communication from Kelly Alexander regarding dates and logistics.
The NYC Leadership Academy will be facilitating the workshop “Effective Data Systems and Structures for Elementary and Middle School Leaders” on Friday, December 13 from 8:30-11:30a.m. George Foley, NYC Leadership Academy Vice President for Accountability and Data Systems, will lead this session. During the session, you will review the array of data available to your school, including both formative and summative data. You and your colleagues will identify which data to prioritize given your school’s performance and goals. We will review how to leverage existing structures in your school to encourage the effective use of this data. This session will make explicit the alignment to the Quality Review statements 4.1 and 5.2. Please note that we have limited spots so we will utilize a lottery system once our numbers go beyond 25.
Kindergarten teachers and clinicians can benefit from the following professional development workshops that focus on teaching social and academic behaviors in school. The Investment Theory: Promoting Independence in Kindergarten: Investment theory encompasses the body of knowledge used to support positive expectations and routines that teach students how to monitor and manage their own behavior. These include the key success indicators of self-regulation, self-management, engagement and community. This institute is designed to support teacher facility with prevention, intervention and de-escalation strategies aligned to Danielson that focus on improving social and academic behaviors necessary for success. Kindergarten to College and Careers: Access to Success with the Common Core: This institute will focus on understanding the ‘how’ of young children’s skill acquisition. Kindergarten teachers will cultivate precise linkage between their classroom environments, developmentally appropriate skills and embedded learning opportunities to enhance classroom level practices for all young students. Participants will: recognize how the alignment of CIE (citywide instructional expectations) and APB (academic and personal behaviors) contribute to post-secondary readiness from Kindergarten forward; naturally embed academic and personal behaviors in CCLS kindergarten activities; synthesize the connection between goals, academic and personal behaviors, specially designed instruction and the Common Core. Check the DSWDELL PD Calendar for dates.
NYBG is offering multi-day institutes for 3rd-5th grade science and classroom teachers. These five-day institutes will provide effective pedagogy and modeling to support successful implementation of authentic science activities inside and outside the classroom. Institutes will primarily target teachers new to teaching science, but can also serve as a refresher for more experienced teachers. Teachers will receive instruction on and practice with inquiry based science, through age-appropriate, short- and long-term investigations that are easily replicable in the classroom. They will also receive EXPO preparation support materials. For more information and to register, click here. Space is limited.
The NY Botanical Garden is offering four, single-day workshops for experienced teachers that focus on content and procedures related to particular life and earth science concepts. This workshop will focus on trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. Each workshop will act as a stand-alone. Workshops will introduce both citizen science protocols, which tend to be structured and easy to replicate, as well as open-ended projects that allow students more freedom to investigate their own questions about the natural world. Teachers will receive EXPO preparation support materials. Register now, space is limited.
NYBG is offering multi-day institutes for K-2nd grade science and classroom teachers. These five-day institutes will provide effective pedagogy and modeling to support successful implementation of authentic science activities inside and outside the classroom. Institutes will primarily target teachers new to teaching science, but can also serve as a refresher for more experienced teachers. Teachers will receive instruction on and practice with inquiry based science, through age-appropriate, short- and long-term investigations that are easily replicable in the classroom. They will also receive EXPO preparation support materials. For more information and to register, click here. Space is limited.
Bring local and community history into your classroom. Hear from historian, John Manbeck, work with original archival documents; practice using Brooklyn Collection materials to fulfill Common Core standards; and develop new methods for increasing student engagement using Brooklyn’s history. Teachers will gain the confidence and knowledge they need to use original primary sources in new ways. The session will focus on Brooklyn, but teachers from across NYC are welcome. Breakfast and lunch will be included and participants will receive a packet of resources. Learn more details here. RSVP is required.
School staff can access professional development this summer and during the upcoming school year at this link, with topics that include quality IEPs, behavior, instructional supports, autism, and transition. Other available resources include the archive Modified Promotion Criteria webinar and the Universal Design for Learning webinars (accessed by signing up for a UDL Connect account here, responding to the confirmation email you receive, and then joining the webinar website).
The Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners (DSwDELL) is supporting special education initiatives with its new professional development registration site. Sessions are open to all DOE educators, including school leaders, general and special education teachers, paraprofessionals and related service providers. October offerings include mini-institutes and workshops on collaborative planning, curriculum, literacy, technology, positive behavior supports, and meeting the needs of ELLs with disabilities.
All NYC public schools are invited to take advance of the NYC Center for Space Science Education, a NYC Department of Education experiential space and aviation resource center located in downtown Manhattan. Students can take a simulated mission into space in our Challenger Learning Center or learn about how airplanes fly in our NASA Aerospace Education Lab. Programs are aligned with the NYC Scope and Sequence and High School Core Curriculum. There is a $200 per class fee.
New programs include Astronaut Adventures for 2nd and 3rd graders and 5th grade variables program. Highlights of our programs include: Rendezvous with a Comet for 4th-12th grade, Mission to Mars for 7th-12th grade, Aeronautics Variables for 5th grade, Aeronautics Weather for 6th-12th grade, Aeronautics Forces and Motion for 6th-12th grade, Toys in Space - Microgravity Training for 3rd-12th grade, and Astronaut Adventures for 2nd-3rd grade.
Teachers can find more information and register online.
School leadership teams (SLT) are invited to listen to NYC Department of Education’s Two Webinar Recordings for SLT.
The Division of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) has provided the “School Leadership Teams” recording, which provides an overview of the history and purpose of SLT, and the “Supporting Title I Programs” recording, which focuses on Title 1 requirements for SLT. SLT members should view the latter recording as a team or individually to fulfill annual training requirements as outlined in Chancellor Regulation A-655.
Supporting documents are provided with each recording.
The Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners hosted a series of optional Special Education Reform webinars for school-based staff working in general education as well as special education. The topics include: Universal Design for Learning, Developing High-Quality IEPs, and Behavioral Supports. All webinars and materials are archived at the website linked above.
The State regulation on the use of Response to Intervention (RtI) in elementary school literacy takes effect this school year. To support implementation, the Office of Academic Policy is providing a series of professional development workshops for school-based teams, together with network support staff. Registration for the workshops is now open and may be accessed via the RtI intranet site for schools. Up to 3 staff members per school may register to participate. School-based RtI points are strongly encouraged to attend, as are school psychologists and teachers/instructional specialists.
As a reminder, the RtI Overview and RtI Reference Guide are available on the Principals’ Portal Academic Policy page and the RtI intranet site . Principals, teachers and support specialists are also invited to provide feedback about RtI professional development interests.
A video series focusing on the implementation of a successful RTI model with English language learners is available. There are currently seven videos in the series; view them here.
For questions, contact your senior ELL CPS.
A menu of Professional Development opportunities is now available for School Social Workers and School Psychologists for school year 2012-2013. Please contact your Supervisor of Psychology with questions
The Office of Arts and Special Projects offers school leaders the opportunity to work with colleagues in their cluster through The Shubert Arts Leadership Institute. This institute addresses issues and concerns relating to all aspects of high-quality arts education and alignment with common core and citywide instructional initiatives.
For more information on your cluster’s Shubert Arts Institute events, click here.
Professional learning opportunities, relating to special education requirements and researched-based instructional practices for teaching students with disabilities, are offered in each borough. All workshops are facilitated by RSE TASC Regional Training Specialists Denise Khatri (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sandra Lenon (email@example.com). Administrators, general and special education instructional staff, and related service providers are invited to attend.
The Central Park, Prospect Park and Queens Zoos are now offering all NYC public schools discounts on their educational programs. Teachers can bring their Pre K- 8th grade classes to the Zoo for a program with hands on activities, animal encounters, and a zoo tour. If your school can't make it to the Zoo, Wildlife Theater can come to you. Actors perform interactive theater shows in classrooms and also assembly programs for up to 300 students. School Programs priced from $150-$225 and Wildlife Theater priced from $250-$500, before discount.
To receive your 10% discount please email:
This new resource, released in the fall of 2012, provides informational texts, maps, and essays investigating a range of topics through in-depth units that highlight forty-six works of art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newly installed galleries focusing on art from the Arab lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and later South Asia. The packet includes thirteen lesson plans aligned with National Standards and Common Core State Standards supporting English language arts, mathematics, science, visual arts, and world history instruction. To obtain the printed version of the guide, which includes posters, a CD, and a gallery guide for children, teachers may request a complimentary copy here. A digital version is available by clicking here.
Foster your students’ learning and your own in workshops and events and with online, print, and other resources. Click here to learn more.
The DOE provides free professional development to schools and networks to support their inquiry work and implementation of the citywide instructional expectations. View and register for central sessions and webinars by clicking here. P-Credit opportunities can be found here.
Do you want to learn more about how to support your ELLs within the RTI model? OELL has created a helpful set of guidance documents that address Core Curriculum/Tier 1, Tiers 2 and 3, as well as interventions and assessments. To access this resource, click here.
High-quality summer learning programs can counteract the negative impact of summer learning loss on a student’s academic success and can further promote positive development. During the summer of 2012, five NYC public school principals who offer innovative summer learning programs were interviewed about their programs. Learn more about what school principals can do to support exciting, enriching, and high-impact summer learning programs? To access this resource, click here.