Elementary Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (in chronological order)

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Elementary Schools: Independent Investigation Method (IIM) Research Model + CCLS: A Winning Combination for NYC Teachers and Students

Registration Deadline: October 28, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Kim Frazer/603-679-3332

Join the 100+ NYC schools already using this rigorous program to address the CCLS and the Chancellor’s directive for Social Studies and student engagement. Cindy Nottage and Virginia Morse, the creators of the IIM research model, will guide teachers through the 7 steps of authentic research, giving the structure and strategies that they can implement immediately in their elementary classrooms with all students. This special 1-day session is an introduction to, or a refresher of, IIM with the most current standards-based materials provided as part of the registration fee. The event will be held in two locations from 8:30AM – 3:00PM: Brooklyn: PS 09 – 80 Underhill Ave. and Staten Island: PS 48 – 1050 Targee St. There is a fee of $195 per person; 3 or more per school is $185 per person. There is an early bird discount available until October 15. Space is limited; register early. For further information and/or to register, please click here or visit our website

Elementary Schools: Fundations Professional Development (PD) sessions

Registration Deadline: October 31, 2014
Event: November 3 (K); November 7 (1); November 10 (2), 2014
Contact: Kira Bonn

Elementary school teachers, coaches, and administrators at schools that purchased Wilson’s Fundations through the Core Curriculum ordering process are invited to attend free Fundations professional development (PD) training sessions on November 3rd (K); November 7th (1); November 10th (2) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This Fundations Introductory Workshop provides practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations curriculum, including a practical, how-to overview of the curriculum and materials. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. To register follow these steps: Navigate to http://www.wilsonlanguage.com/register, then enter the Access Code for the Fundations workshop you wish to attend (Fundations Level K Workshop – Access Code is 971D8B37 , Fundations Level 1 Workshop – Access Code is BB309BF9, and Fundations Level 2 Workshop – Access Code is A3003DCC. Then complete and submit the form and check your email for confirmation. PRINT A COPY OF THE CONFIRMATION, AS THIS IS YOUR REQUIRED REGISTRATION TICKET FOR THE WORKSHOP. If you have any questions, please email info@wilsonlanguage.com or call Customer Service at 800-899-8454. Customer Service hours are Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM EST.

Elementary Schools: Chancellor’s Day PD Opportunity with the Wildlife Conservation Society

Registration Deadline: October 31, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Amanda Lindell

Join the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Professional Development for this one-day PD opportunity at the Bronx Zoo. Participants will explore how our wonderful animals and the zoo itself can be seamlessly integrated into Common Core-aligned activities. Work with WCS staff as well as your fellow elementary educators to explore and design lessons for your students. PD will begin promptly at 9:00AM and conclude at 3:00PM. Registration is $50 and can be completed here.

Elementary Schools: Register for the Gates-MacGinitie Information and Training Event

Registration Deadline: October 31, 2014
Event: November 5, 2014
Contact: Kira Bonn or prodev@schools.nyc.gov

The NYC Department of Education invites elementary-level principals and assistant principals to register for the November 5th, Gates-MacGinitie information and training event. This event is designed for administrators interested in implementing the Gates-MacGinite as an assessment tool in their schools. Registration is limited to 75 participants; additional sessions will be added as needed. The event will take place from 4:00- 6:00PM. Click here to register. Location details will be provided in the confirmation email upon registration.

Elementary and Middle Schools: Register for the Common Core Literacy Series for Non-adopting Schools

Registration Deadline: November 3, 2014
Contact: prodev@schools.nyc.gov 

ELA teachers in grades 3 – 8 who have not adopted a Core Curriculum program are invited to attend a two-part professional learning series focused on deepening their understanding of the Common Core State Standards and shifting pedagogy in English Language Arts. On the first day of the series, participants will closely examine selected Common Core Learning Standards in reading and deepen their knowledge of research-based instructional practices. In the second session, the same cohort will return to analyze their implementation of the practices introduced on day one, including through the examination of authentic student work, and refine implementation for future units. Teachers will attend on two dates: November 5th and January 14, November 6th and January 15, November 7 and January 16 or November 14 and January 22. For more information and to register please click here.

Elementary Schools: Free Science Professional Development-Plants, Pollinators and People for Grades K-2 and K-2 Classroom Teachers

Application Deadline: November 21, 2014
Event: December 20, 2014, January 10 and March 28, 2015
Contact: Christine Mazza at ESC@schools.nyc.gov /718-444-6560

During this three-day professional learning institute, grades K-2 teachers will explore the interactions of plants, pollinators, and people. Discover a variety of resources that can be used with students to discuss the importance of these relationships in our environment and to our food supply. On day three, teachers will have an opportunity to bring in samples of student work for group discussions and peer review. Teachers will receive a free class trip voucher for their class to experience the Incredible Insects program at the Environmental Study Center as an extension of their professional learning. For further information and to apply click here.