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, webinars, and P-Credit Opportunities.
Pupil accounting secretaries are invited to a half-day training session which will cover ELL-related matters, such as what governs ELL education, who are our ELLs, readmits and transfer students, PreK-12 registration, and many ATS functions. This training will help secretaries support ELL education in the schools, as well as provide the information necessary to help them facilitate their important roles. To register, click here. For further information on this training, contact your senior ELL CPS.
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center invites students to participate in it's Project ACES (Alternative Classroom Environment for Students) program. Students will learn the history of the sport of tennis, go on a tour of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, and receive on court tennis instruction. There is a fee of $10.00/per student, and no fee for adult staff and chaperones. Please see this flyer to learn more and find out how to register.
Staff, students, and families are invited to attend this free event which will include activities, sports, special performances and giveaways. For more information, see this flyer. Click here to register. Please share this information with your school community.
Want to increase student engagement in your classroom? YSA has teamed up with State Farm to offer grants of up to $1,500 for programs enhancing student achievement through service-learning in K-12 public schools. Each grantee will receive comprehensive resources, in-person professional development, and on-going technical assistance to implement a service-learning program that promotes academic achievement and workplace readiness. Apply today and watch your students achieve. Close date June 23, 2013. Click here to apply.
The NYC Parent Academy is accepting applications for the second year of the School-Based Trainings. The application deadline has been extended to June 30th.
For program requirements and an application, click here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The Parent Academy, a collaboration between the DOE and Long Island University, is dedicated to ensuring that both schools and families have the resources they need to have families actively involved in the education of their children.
Teachers from kindergarten to college are invited to make the Schomburg Center your destination for a spectacular “education vacation” this year! Join hundreds of educators and premier scholars from across the country for lectures, interactive workshops, curriculum labs, curator talks and community walks that explore the history and cultures of African Americans and African peoples throughout the Diaspora. Educators will gain valuable content knowledge and learn inquiry-based approaches to teaching across the grades using the Schomburg's rich primary resource collections on-site and online. For more information, click here.
While instructional leaders regularly rely on formal observations and evaluations to drive change within their schools, there is significant evidence that brief, structured, non- evaluative learning walks/walk throughs can significantly impact and improve teaching and learning. When leaders collaborate with staff to focus critically on school goals and then develop meaningful plans for implementation, learning walks positively impact instruction. This 4-week workshop will assist you as you (1) develop a critical focus for meaningful learning walks within your school; 2) plan and implement a structure and communication process for these classroom visits, and (3) evaluate the effectiveness of these learning walks. Instructor: Bernadette Anand
1CEU:$405 (not offered for credit)
7th NUA SUMMER ACADEMY, Metropolitan Minneapolis, MN (Adath Jeshurun)
The National Urban Alliance for Effective Education's (NUA) Summer Academy is back for the seventh year. Join district and school leadership teams to:
NUA Featured Keynote Speakers:
Learn more at www.nuatc.org/summeracademy or call 1-800-NUA-4556.
Created for teachers of Grades K-2, the Seedlings Summer Institute provides an immersion in nature and plant science with an emphasis on providing hands-on strategies and management techniques for teaching science inside and outside of the classroom. Content includes a focus on basic botany. The training is $200 including all curriculum materials and reproducible handouts. Three “P” in-service credits from the New York City Department of Education are available (additional fees and requirements apply).
Elementary principals are invited to nominate one or more experienced teachers to participate in i3 grant-funded Reading Recovery training in order to implement or expand high effective early literacy intervention in their school. Principal attendance at an information meeting is required. Click here for meeting dates and locations.
Created for teachers of Grades 3-5, the Saplings Summer Institute focuses on how to strengthen science instruction using botanical and ecological concepts and inquiry-based activities to support cross-curricular connections to math and literacy. Emphasis is placed on incorporating the outdoors to support instruction. The training is $200 including all curriculum materials and reproducible handouts. Three “P” in-service credits from the New York City Department of Education are available (additional fees and requirements apply).
For more than twenty years, Chess-in-the-Schools has placed chess teachers in hundreds of schools to teach thousands of children to play chess. The benefits of learning chess include increased reading comprehension, better problem solving skills, and even higher scores on standardized reading tests. Now we want to share our proven curriculum with you so that even more students can learn chess and improve their academic performance.
The workshops and materials are provided at no cost to New York City public school teachers, Principals and Assistant Principals. Each workshop participant will receive enough materials to start a chess club in their school, or to simply use in their classrooms. The chess materials include chess sets and boards, a step by step easy to follow curriculum, a chess demonstration board and chess work books. For further information and online registration please visit: http://www.chessintheschools.org/s/index.cfm?SSID=30. You can also register by email by contacting email@example.com.
Strengthen student engagement using your school garden! These workshops are designed to provide classroom teachers with practical skills, content knowledge and improved confidence to integrate a garden into the school-learning environment. This Institute is crucial for integrating a garden throughout an interdisciplinary curriculum. Pedagogical support will be modeled through hands-on, inquiry-based activities throughout the course.
For centuries people all over the world have used plants for a variety of purposes that aid in human survival. Medicinal plants are just one example of how humans and plants interact. Participants will become “Ethnobotany Explorers” as they learn more about how plants have factored into cultural history, scientific discovery, and technological innovation through exploration of the grounds and exhibitions at The New York Botanical Garden. Three “P” in-service credits from the New York City Department of Education are available (additional fees and requirements apply). To register, contact Judith Hutton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYSECTA’s inaugural Conference -- “A Teacher Takes A Hand, Opens A Mind, Touches A Heart"—will feature two world-renowned keynote speakers and the State Education Department Commissioner, Dr. John B. King. Your colleagues are encouraged to take a “professional field trip” in August and earn up to 17 3/4 hours of professional development hours for your APPR portfolio. For Conference Details and Registration Information, please click here.
Schools with grades pre-k–3 are invited to enroll for free Work Sampling System (WSS) assessment materials and professional development in the 2013-2014 school year. WSS is an authentic, performance-based assessment offered to schools with UPK-Grade 3 classes free of charge from the Office of Early Childhood Education. WSS provides teachers with a systematic way to collect student work and observation notes, and to use this information to evaluate student performance and progress in several developmental domains. WSS enables teachers to know their students’ personal and academic strengths and areas for growth across multiple domains of development, and is one of the approved authentic assessment tools for Universal Pre-K (UPK).
Dads Take Your Child to School (DTYCS) Day is an annual event held throughout New York State celebrating the special relationship that fathers have with their children. Scheduled this year on September 17, 2013, DTYCS occurs at the beginning of the school year inviting fathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, godfathers, and other significant male caregivers to accompany their child to school on a specific day, and encouraging them to make a commitment to participate in their child’s education throughout the year.Schools are invited to help make DTYCS 2013 a success by working with DTYCS representatives to plan and execute a day that will benefit schools, children, and families of New York City. Please contact the ACS point person Robert Martinez at Robert.Martinez2@dfa.state.ny.us for assistance, or go to the DTYCS website for more information on planning a day. Helpful planning tools are also available here.
Discover more resources to combat summer learning loss on the new Summer Learning Resources page now available on the Principals’ Portal. The page provides links to information including summer learning research, tips on supporting summer learning for your students, funding opportunities, partnership development strategies, and program quality measurement tools. The DOE has also launched a webpage to help parents find city programs and information that will keep their students learning, engaged, and healthy during the summer months.
You may direct parents to the Summer Opportunities For Students webpage to read about summer learning tips and to find the right opportunities for their children.
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 After School Professional Development Program Spring 2013 Catalogue is now open, offering many P-credit courses for teachers. The catalogue has been expanded to include additional courses focused on deepening knowledge of the Common Core Learning Standards and the Danielson Framework for Teaching. Please encourage your teachers to take advantage of these low-cost professional development opportunities. Courses are available in both online and in-person formats.
For further information, please contact the Office of Teacher Effectiveness at ASPDP@schools.nyc.gov.
The Teaching Residents at Teachers College Program is looking for additional schools to work in collaboration to prepare Special Education and TESOL teachers for the 2013-2014 school year. This program allows preservice teachers to be prepared in a residency model, spending an entire school year in their student teaching placement with a highly qualified educator. This partnership opens opportunities for professional development, teacher leadership and more. To qualify, NYC DOE public schools must meet the following free and reduced lunch percentages: 45% for secondary grade levels and 60% for elementary grade levels. Please visit www.tc.edu/teachingresidents to learn more.
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 (email@example.com) and Sandra Lenon (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
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, webinars and P-Credit Opportunities.
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.
School staff can receive PD on the DOE’s social media guidelines; see this page on the Intranet for information about the sessions that are available. To schedule PD, please email email@example.com or be in touch with your network.
This summer, the NYCDOE will offer a series of professional development opportunities to help prepare you and your staff to implement the 2013-14 citywide instructional expectations, including support for implementing a new teacher evaluation and development system and new Common Core-aligned curriculum options. Earlier this month you received an email from TEPD@schools.nyc.gov with instructions on how to register for the first set of these activities, “A” and “B” in this overview of summer PD opportunities. One of these opportunities is a partnership with the NYCDOE and the Danielson Group to offer training focused on deepening understanding of the Danielson Framework for Teaching for up to two teachers per school this summer. Schools with student enrollment greater than 750 may send one additional teacher for a total of three (3) attendees. For Teacher PD (If your school is located in the Bronx or Brooklyn), register HERE. For Teacher PD (If your school is located in the Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island), register HERE. The first teacher PDs begin on June 15th.