Elementary Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (in chronological order)

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 Teacher participation in opportunities that occur during school hours require principal's approval.

Elementary and Middle Schools: The Design-Make-Play STEM Institutes

Registration Deadline: February 15, 2016
Event: February 16-18, 2016
Contact: Georgette Williams

Learn how an innovative pedagogical approach called Design-Make-Play can help engage students in STEM learning. The Design-Make-Play approach fosters problem-solving and critical thinking skills with inquiry-based experiences that are student-driven and lead to materials literacy, divergent solutions, meaningful reflection, and creative collaboration. This series reinforces science content, correlates to standards, and strengthens literacy and 21st century skills. Topics include electricity, biology, and structures. Each participant will receive a one-year New York Hall of Science educator membership. The fee is $100 per participant. All programs include lunch. Click here for more information and to register.

Elementary Schools: Children’s Museum of Manhattan: Educator Open House

Registration Deadline: February 19, 2016
Event: February 29, 2016
Contact: Susan Lim

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan invites educators and their guests to an evening of celebration and discovery. Get an exclusive preview of the museum’s newest exhibition, America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far, and explore the many ways the programs and exhibitions at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan can enhance the curriculum. This first-of-its-kind exhibition celebrates the diversity of Muslim cultures in America and around the world through art, architecture, design, music, travel, trade, and more. The evening includes a tour of America to Zanzibar, discussion, and workshop. Click here to register.

Elementary and Middle Schools: Webinar: Help Students Develop a Positive Digital Footprint: EverFi's Ignition—Digital Citizenship Online Course

Registration Deadline: February 22, 2016
Event: February 23, 2016
Contact: Nicky Huels/334-521-2193

Educators interested in teaching students how to be safe online and develop a positive digital footprint are invited to sign up for this EverFi webinar. EverFi's Ignition—Digital Citizenship program is a supplemental online course designed to both inform students on the nuts and bolts of technology, as well as tackle tough issues like cyberbullying, digital relationships, validating online resources, and the viral nature of the web. The course features interactive mini-lessons, games, and story-based activities that challenge students to make choices in real-life scenarios. Students can earn a personalized Certificate of Completion at the close of the program. The ideal participant is a technology, STEM, or multi-media teacher of grades 5-8 or a middle school administrator. Participants will receive unlimited online access to the program, along with curriculum materials and ongoing implementation and technical support. The program is available to schools free of charge. Click here to learn more and sign up.

Elementary Schools: Celebrate World Read Aloud Day

Registration Deadline: February 22, 2016
Event: February 24, 2016
Contact: Megan Karges/646-237-8959

Join millions of people around the world in celebrating World Read Aloud Day, created by the international literacy non-profit LitWorld and proudly sponsored by Scholastic. All classrooms that participate in World Read Aloud Day will receive exciting resources. Interested educators can visit the LitWorld website to find everything they need to start planning, including downloadable activity kits, information on scheduling virtual read-alouds with an author or another classroom, and an interactive countdown to the big day. Registered participants are eligible to win free books for their schools, and on the evening of February 23 participants will receive exclusive access via email to two author read-aloud videos to watch with their students on World Read Aloud Day. Click here to register.  

Elementary and Middle Schools: Sign Up Now to Hold a NaliniKIDS Emotional and Physical Wellness Training for Teachers

Registration Deadline: February 29, 2016
Event: Ongoing 
Contact: Jenny Caruso

Teachers are invited to reserve a NaliniKIDS teacher workshop at their schools. The workshops are led by Rupa Mehta, a teacher, author, and fitness expert who has helped thousands of adults and youth become healthier individuals. She is the founder of NaliniKIDS, an in-school intervention program that is based on Mehta’s wellness philosophy that true health comes from being emotionally and physically fit. Workshops will incorporate concepts from Mehta’s new book, 7 Workouts for 7 Moods, which fuses yoga, pilates, strengthening exercises, and barre work to help teachers feel energized and de-stressed. The workshop will also feature strategies that teachers can apply in their own classrooms. Teachers can schedule workshops on Mondays during the 80-minute PD period in their schools. Click here for more information. To reserve training dates or ask questions specific to training, contact Jenny Caruso.

Pre-K: Free Two-Day Arts PD for Pre-K Teachers

Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Dates between February 29-March 29, 2016
Contact: Ben Espinosa/917-521-3746

Seats are still available for the Office of Arts and Special Projects’ 2015-16 Pre-K professional learning workshops in the theater and dance. Provided by NYC arts and cultural partners with early childhood expertise, these free, two-day workshops are grounded in the New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core and aim to help teachers develop strategies to implement student-centered and imaginative arts practices in their pre-K classrooms. As an added bonus, participants who complete both days of their selected series will receive substantial arts resources (valued at approximately $1,000) for use at their pre-K site. Registration is limited and seats will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-K Leaders may click here to register and view additional workshop details, session dates, times, and locations.

Elementary Schools: Dutch Breukelen is Brooklyn Historical Society’s Latest Addition to Free Digital Curriculum Library

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Emily Potter Ndiaye

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is pleased to announce the release of Dutch Breukelen: Where Brooklyn Began, the latest publication in BHS’s growing digital curriculum library. Designed to transform classrooms of grades 2-8 into learning labs on 17th-century Brooklyn, Dutch Breukelen contains primary sources (maps, diaries, cookbooks, account ledgers, and drawings) and prompts that will spark curiosity about the early colonial origins of New York’s most populous borough. This event is available free of cost via the organization’s website. For more information, contact Emily Potter Ndiaye.