Elementary Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, September 29, 2015 (in chronological order)

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Elementary and Middle Schools: UNICEF’s Child Soldier Author Event

Registration Deadline: October 2, 2015
Event: October 9, 2015
Contact: shirschfeld@unicefusa.org

Educators can bring their students to UNICEF’s free author event. Michel Chikwanine was kidnapped by Congolese rebels and forced into warfare at the age of five. Child Soldier is the new graphic novel about his abduction and escape. Now an international speaker and peace activist, Michel will share his inspiring story of heartbreak and hope. Recommended for grades 5 – 8, this free program will take place at P.S. 126 Manhattan Academy of Technology on Friday, October 9th, from 10:00am–12:00pm. Space is limited; reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis. Contact shirschfeld@unicefusa.org for more information and to register.

Elementary and Middle Schools: Leaders and Superheroes Workshop at FDR Four Freedoms Park

Registration Deadline: October 2, 2015
Event: September 8 through December 4, 2015
Contact: Emily Davidson/646-767-5093

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. In our new art-making workshop, Leaders and Superheroes, students will compare and contrast the qualities and superpowers of two leaders from 1941 FDR and Captain America. Discovering connections between real events and fantastic superhero stories, students will analyze FDR’s idea of the Four Freedoms and investigate comic book images from the era. Then, summoning powers of speech and action, students will imagine and illustrate their own superhero alter-ego. Each student will write about their creation and leave with a moveable, paper figure. Aligning with the Common Core State Standards in Social Studies and ELA, this inquiry-based, hands-on workshop can supplement classroom units on human rights and responsibilities. This event takes place on Wednesdays and Thursdays; September 8th through December 4th. The workshop is appropriate for grades 4-6 and lasts 2 hours. Fee: $120/class of 30 students. For further information, click here.

Elementary Schools: Apply Now for Budding Scientists-The Urban Ecosystem Program

Application Deadline: October 5, 2015
Contact: STEMMattersNYC@schools.nyc.gov

Apply now for Budding Scientists-The Urban Ecosystem Program! This program brings elementary school teachers and their students together to explore NYC’s urban ecosystem through long-term and/or open-ended investigations in both the classroom and field-based settings. Participating teachers will attend four professional development workshops and will receive instructional materials and resources, including two class field trip vouchers to visit science-rich cultural institutions to extend students’ learning beyond the classroom. Participating teachers and students will present results of their science projects at the STEM Matters NYC Research Symposium in June 2016. Click here to learn more about the Budding Scientists Program and to apply.

Elementary and Middle Schools: Register for Daily News Spelling Bee Competition

Registration Deadline: October 15, 2015
Contact: Elizabeth Benjamin

Educators are invited to register their school to participate in the Daily News New York City Spelling Bee Competition by Thursday, October 15th; the registration fee is $118. Please note that the extended deadline on the website does not apply to New York City schools. Registrations submitted after the October 15 deadline will not be accepted. During registration, you will be asked to identify a spelling bee coordinator. In addition to other tasks that will be communicated after registration, the spelling bee coordinator will receive access to http://www.spellingbee.com/, which will provide your school with resources for your spelling bee program. Note that you must hold your school’s spelling bee by Friday, November 20th. For more information, visit here.

Pre-K: Free Two-Day Arts Professional Development for Pre-K Teachers

Event: Multiple dates; first session scheduled for October 27, 2015 
Contact: Ben Espinosa/917-521-3746

The Office of Arts and Special Projects is pleased to offer professional learning workshops for pre-K teachers. Provided by NYC arts and cultural partners with early childhood expertise, this free two-day workshop series will help teachers develop strategies to assure student-centered and imaginative arts practices in their pre-K classrooms. Participants who complete both days of their selected series will receive arts resources (valued at approximately $1,000) for use at their pre-K site. Please note that to be eligible, a school must not have participated in any Arts professional learning series in the 2014-15 school year. Registration is limited, and seats will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested educators should speak with their principal so that s/he can register them for this opportunity. Principals should click here to register and view additional workshop details, session dates, times, and locations. Principals can register one teacher per site for one professional learning series of their choice (Visual Arts, Music, Dance, or Theater).

Elementary Schools: Apply today for a Service in Schools Kids Care Club Grant!

Application Deadline: October 30, 2015
Contact: ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov

In an effort to further engage and support elementary schools in service-learning and school-led service, Service in Schools invites educators to apply for their school (grades K-5) to receive a $500 grant to build a Service in Schools Kids Care Club at their school. Selected elementary schools (grades K-5) will receive on and off-site support and guidance from Service in Schools, in partnership with generationOn, to initiate and sustain the club's activity, including project ideas and opportunities for action. Further, Service in Schools club facilitators will benefit from professional development and networking opportunities to maximize club impact and student engagement. Grant monies can be allocated to club collateral, supplies, transportation, per session, or partnering with external organizations. For more information, and to apply for a Service in Schools Kids Care Club Grant, click here.

Elementary and Middle Schools: Project Green Reach: Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s (BBG) Outreach Science Program

Event: Semester-Long Program, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016
Contact: Sara Epstein/718-623-7358

Project Green Reach is a semester-long botanical science outreach program for Brooklyn teachers and students of grades K through 8. Teachers will receive two PD sessions, one classroom visit where BBG staff will model a plant-based inquiry science lesson, one guided tour of the BBG (buses provided), and supplies and support to complete a plant-based community project. BBG works with two classes and their teachers per school each semester; the total fee is $200. For more information and an application, contact Sara Epstein or call 718-623-7358.

Elementary and Middle Schools: UNICEF Global Action

Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Half-Day Workshop, Flexible Dates
Contact: Betsy Root Godfrey

UNICEF Global Action is a free, half-day emergency simulation centered on the humanitarian crisis in the Sahel region of Africa. The program is an in-classroom workshop conducted by TeachUNICEF educators and is suggested for grades 5 – 8. This immersive experience deepens understanding of global human rights issues and prepares students to take meaningful action in response. Optional professional development and curricular resources are available for educators to incorporate global learning into their teaching practice. Learn more and register by clicking here.

Elementary and Middle Schools: Watch New Webinars Covering the 2015 Updates to the GO Math! Curriculum

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Curriculumpd@schools.nyc.gov/212-374-5550

Teachers using the GO Math! curriculum can access two new webinars discussing 2015 updates. These webinars are intended to support teachers in continuing to implement strong GO Math! programs. One webinar addresses the 2015 print updates, including information about the teacher’s edition, the chapter resources book, assessment and the student edition. The other webinar provides information about technology updates, including the online browse feature, online assessments, key online resources, the interactive student edition, and the personal math trainer. Teachers are encouraged to view or download these webinars here:
2015 Print Updates to New York City GO Math! Curriculum
2015 Technology Updates to New York City GO Math!