Elementary Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (in chronological order)

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Pre-K and Elementary Schools: Citywide Professional Development and Authentic Assessment Training for Prekindergarten Teachers

Registration Deadline: January 22, 2015
Event: January 29, 2015
Contact: prekpd@schools.nyc.gov 

The Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) will host the third session of the citywide professional development trainings for all pre-K lead teachers, assistant teachers and/or paraprofessionals. The training is a 3-hour session on Thursday, January 29th. All sessions offered by the DECE will focus on the Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core learning standards with an emphasis on literacy and language development in pre-K and culturally responsive practice. CBECCs and District Schools will work in partnership during all professional development. Space is limited. Use this registration link to register no later than 4pm on January 22. Please note, each attendee must register separately using their individual email address. Please note: When you register for Citywide PD, you will be given the opportunity to also register for the Supplemental Authentic Assessment Training— a 2 ½ hour long supplemental authentic assessment training on collecting evidence (i.e. observations, student work, photos). The supplemental training in authentic assessments will be at various locations throughout the city in the morning and afternoons, but may require travel from your designated citywide PD location.*The supplemental training in authentic assessments for Pre-K for All programs is recommended for new lead teachers and/or teachers who are new to using an authentic assessment tool. 


Elementary Schools: Space Camp

Application Deadline: February 2, 2015
Event: Session 1: February 16-20, 2015 or Session 2: April 6-10, 2015
Contact: SpaceCenter@schools.nyc.gov


Space Campers will train as pilots using flight simulators in a NASA Aerospace Education Lab and as astronauts in a Challenger Learning Center. Activities include building and programming Mars rovers with LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots, designing, constructing, and launching rockets, participating in activities that simulate astronaut training, and learning about the history of space exploration. These activities are all done in preparation for the campers’ ultimate mission: a simulated space adventure. Open to students in Grade 5. Click here for more information and to apply.


Pre-K and Elementary Schools: EatPlayGrow™ Early Childhood Health Curriculum Webinar Trainings

Event: February 3, 2015
Contact: Susan Lim

Join Children's Museum of Manhattan, Let's Move Faith and Communities, Let's Move! Child Care, and Let's Move! Museums & Gardens for a series of webinar trainings on EatPlayGrow™. EatPlayGrow™ is an early childhood health curriculum developed by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) in partnership with the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) We Can! program. This curriculum combines the most up-to-date science from the NIH with CMOM's creative educational approach to teach young children and their parents how to make healthy nutritional and physical-activity choices. Join CMOM educators as they present an interactive, engaging training session with topics including: EatPlayGrow™ obesity prevention lesson plans and activities, early childhood methodologies, wellness leadership and capacity building, and partner and community resource development for parents, educators and community leaders. A certificate of completion will be provided to participants who take the entire webinar training (does not apply to phone access only). Click here to register.


Elementary Schools: Seed to Table Camp

Application Deadline: March 6, 2015
Event: March 28, May 2 and 23, June 13 and 20, 2015
Contact: ESC@schools.nyc.gov

Campers will work with Queens Botanical Garden scientists and Environmental Study Center staff to plant and care for a garden, harvest the crops and prepare healthy and delicious foods with their bounty as they explore design elements that are critical to a garden’s success. This Saturday camp will engage students in selecting appropriate species for the garden as well as planting, maintaining and planning for its future. Open to students in Grades 3, 4 and 5. Click here for more information and to apply.


Elementary Schools: Planet Keepers and Climate Change Camp

Application Deadline: March 20, 2015
Event: April 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2015
Contact: ESC@schools.nyc.gov

Student scientists will learn the principles of environmental science at the Environmental Study Center. What is a carbon footprint? What is built-in obsolescence? How can we conserve our resources? How do our purchases affect the environment? Open to students in Grades 3, 4 and 5. Click here for more information and to apply.


Elementary Schools: Weapons of the Wild Camp

Application Deadline: April 17, 2015
Event: May 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2015
Contact: ESC@schools.nyc.gov

Poison, armor, camouflage, oh my! Come to the Environmental Study Center to discover how organisms defend themselves within their environment through hands-on learning and animal encounters at ESC. This program includes a trip to Prospect Park Zoo where student scientists will work with an animal behavior specialist. Open to students in Grades 3, 4 and 5. Click here for more information and to apply.