Teaching Resources

Elementary Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, April 8, 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.

Pre-K: Pre-K Non-Attendance Day for Teachers’ Professional Development 

Event: April 10, 2014 
Contact: Courtney Rajwani /212-374-5025

April 10 is a non-attendance day for prekindergarten (pre-k) students, therefore lead pre-k teachers should attend professional development (PD) on this day. Note that an earlier version of the pre-k calendar had an incorrect date of March 27 as the fourth and last non-attendance day for pre-k students; the correct date is April 10. Lead pre-k teachers may opt to attend a PD session covering gross motor development in pre-k, which will be held on April 10 from 8:30a.m.–3:30p.m. Lead pre-k teachers who are interested in participating in this session should attend at the location listed for their district. They should bring their copies of the NYS Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core and the materials listed on the Early Childhood Education Intranet page, which will be available on April 1. In addition, lead pre-k teachers who are also enrolled in the Work Sampling System PD series will receive an email with the dates and logistics for this series from Medo Soliman


Elementary and Middle Schools: NASA’s BEST Engineering Design Workshop for Grades 2-8

Registration Deadline: April 30, 2014
Event: May 8, 2014
Contact: SpaceCenter@schools.nyc.gov /212-608-6164 x112

The NYC Center for Space Science Education (NYCCSSE) is excited to offer a special professional development workshop focusing on the engineering design process. Teachers in grades 2-8 will be immersed in activities from the NASA’s BEST (Beginning Engineering Science and Technology) curriculum. Teachers participating in this FREE program will attend a one-day professional development and will receive over $250 worth of materials needed to implement the curriculum in their classroom. For more information and to register, click here. Space is limited. Preference will be given to Title I Priority and Focus schools.


Elementary Schools: Inquiry Based Science Investigations with the NY Botanical Garden for Grades K-5: SOIL INVESTIGATIONS

Registration Deadline: May 6, 2014
Event: May 8, 2014
Contact: Kristen Staffaroni /212-608-6164 x113

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 investigations of soils. Each workshop will act as a stand-alone. These workshops will introduce both citizen science protocols, which tend to be structured and easy to replicate, as well as open-ended projects that allow for more freedom for students to investigate their own questions about the natural world. Teachers will receive EXPO preparation support materials. Space is limited. To register click here.


Elementary Schools: Does your school Move-to-Improve (MTI)?

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Kristin Cappola /212-374-0565

Elementary schools that are interested in being leaders in school wellness can begin by becoming a Move-to-Improve (MTI)  All-Star school by having at least 85% of their K-5 classroom teachers trained in the program. The first 100 MTI All-Star schools will receive an equipment kit to support their PE program. MTI is a free K-5 classroom based fitness program designed to raise students’ physical activity levels while at the same time reinforcing academic concepts through movement. The program provides teachers with the tools to integrate grade-level academic concepts and physical activity in a 10-minute educational lesson aligned to New York State Physical Education Learning Standards and integrated with the new Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), leading to improved classroom management, increased student focus, and enhanced overall academic achievement. Additionally, MTI can supplement an elementary school's existing physical education (PE) program,helping schools meet the 120 minutes of PE per week required by the State and boosts the daily amount of physical activity students receive each day. Participating K-5 teachers will receive a new MTI Activity Guide (with CCLS academic integrations), Visual Aid Cards (VACs), music CD’s, and three hours of UFT training rate (no cost to schools). Click here to view the open workshop schedule for teachers, or contact us at 212.374.0565 or MTI@schools.nyc.gov to learn how to schedule an onsite training at your school. Our training calendar will fill up fast so take advantage of this opportunity now and join the movement to get all elementary school classrooms moving.

All Schools: Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum: A unique program that bridges humane education with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for students in grades Pre-K-12

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Jayne Vitale/ 516-426-3411

The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum is designed to enhance students’ social and emotional competence by teaching and reinforcing critical skills that are the foundation of academic success, including empathy, cooperation, and ethical decision-making. These skills help students care about themselves, the people around them, animals, and the environment. Developed in collaboration with Yale University’s School of the 21st Century and North Shore Animal League America, the curriculum provides teachers with scripted lesson plans, activities and ways to engage families in the school community. Complimentary curriculum kits are available for teachers in Pre-K through 12th grade. The program is designed for use in various classroom settings, character education and after-school programs. Many schools use the curriculum in conjunction with bullying prevention and efforts to enhance school climate. Lesson plans align with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and include vocabulary, hands-on activities and reading resources. Mutt-i-grees supports New York's Dignity for All Students Act. It is being used by teachers and counselors in thousands of schools in over 40 states. Professional Development and Curriculum Presentations can be provided at NO COST upon request. To order a COMPLIMENTARY copy of the curriculum, please click here.

All Schools: Social Media Guidelines PD to Support Common Core and Teacher Effectiveness

Event: Ongoing
Location: Various locations across New York City

The Office of Digital Communication and Strategy offers several free professional development opportunities for educators to support the use of social media for college and career readiness. New this year are classes that provide professional development on the use of social media to support the Common Core State Standards and Teacher Effectiveness. View "Upcoming Offerings" here or check out the "Overview of Offerings and How to Request a Training" here. The target audience includes: librarians, computer / technology teachers, and career educators. Hours: 9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m

All Schools: Access Resources for Educators Teaching Students with Disabilities

Contact: Jessica Dickson at jdickson4@schools.nyc.gov

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).


All Schools: One-Stop Information and Registration at New Professional Development Site

Contact: dswdellpd@schools.nyc.gov

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 Schools: Space and Aviation Student Programs

Contact: Peter Giles at pgiles@schools.nyc.gov or 212.608.6164 x115

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.


All Schools: Webinar Recordings for School Leadership Teams (SLT)

Contact: Division of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) face@schools.nyc.gov, FACEwebinars@schools.nyc.gov, or 212-374-4118

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.


All Schools: Archive of Special Education Reform Webinars

Contact: specialeducationreform@schools.nyc.gov

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.


Elementary Schools: Response to Intervention Professional Development Opportunities

Contact: Network RTI point at http://intranet.nycboe.net/NR/rdonlyres/0B64E8E2-D938-412C-8330-6A897A1BCB97/0/NetworkRTIPointsComplete.xlsx

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.


All Schools: Online Video Series on Implementing a Successful RTI Model with English Language Learners                 

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.


All Schools: Menu of Professional Development for School Social Workers and School Psychologists

Contact: Supervisor of Psychologists, Supervisor of Psychologists

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


All Schools: The Shubert Arts Leadership Institute    

Contact: Maria Palma at mpalma@schools.nyc.gov or 212-356-8574     

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.


All Schools: Research-based Instructional Practices for Students with IEPs

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 (dkhatri2@schools.nyc.gov) and Sandra Lenon (slenon@schools.nyc.gov). Administrators, general and special education instructional staff, and related service providers are invited to attend.


Elementary Schools: You, Your Students, and the Zoo

Contact: Bricken Sparacino at  bsparacino@wcs.org

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:


All Schools: Free resource from The Metropolitan Museum of Art—Art of the Islamic World

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.


All Schools: The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Resources for Educators Page

Foster your students’ learning and your own in workshops and events and with online, print, and other resources. Click here to learn more.


All Schools: Free Common Core Workshops and Professional Development

Contact: Edward Santos at esantos6@schools.nyc.gov

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.


All Schools: Response to Intervention (RTI) Guide

Contact: Stela Radovanovic, SRadova@schools.nyc.gov

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.


Elementary and Middle Schools: Advancing Summer Learning - Five Case Studies

Contact: Greg Jaenicke, GJaenicke@schools.nyc.gov

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.