High Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (in chronological order)

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High Schools: EngageNY 9-12 Curriculum Professional Development

Event: October 28, 2014
Contact: Brooke Gassel

Register for the first of three of PCG’s Grade 9-12 ELA EngageNY Curriculum Professional Development. These workshops are for teachers, administrators, and coaches who are implementing (or considering implementing) the EngageNY.org grade 9-12 ELA curriculum modules. The modules are developed by PCG for NYSED are available on EngageNY.org. Workshop #1 will run from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will focus on using the curriculum modules, and using UDL to scaffold to rigorous tasks in the high school ELA classroom. Please note that attendees are encouraged to attend all three workshops in the series. To register, click here.

High Schools: Nominate your 10th Grade Boys to Become a NYC Urban Ambassador

Application Deadline: October 31, 2014
Contact: Nicole Yarde

New York City Urban Ambassadors (NYCUA) leadership program is geared towards helping young men become positive role models by increasing their attitude and emotional well being towards academic and college success. In furtherance of this program, the DEA is seeking 30 young men from the 10th grade to participate in a three-year college bound program. There is no limit to the number of student applicants per school who can be nominated. Please see this flyer for more details. To learn more about the leadership program, please visit this site. The application form can be completed here.

High Schools: STEM Teaching Workshop: AP Physics 1 - Recent Changes and Rotational Motion

Event: November 1, 2014
Contact: Fernand Braunschwig

Led by Jesus Hernandez and John Eggebrecht, this workshop will focus on conceptual questions in the new AP exams, including comparing the approach used by the Modeling Physics community. Ideas to help students understand Rotational Motion, using simple equipment that can address some of the learning objectives, will be shared. All participants will receive a package of materials from the College Board. The workshop will be held on Saturday, November 1 from 10:00AM-1:00PM at Columbia Teachers College, 525 W. 120th St., NY, NY. For registration and details click here. Event capacity is limited to the first 30 participants who register. There is a $16.29 fee.

High Schools: Searching for Scholars: The McKinney Rogers Foundation $40,000 College Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 3, 2014
Contact: Mindy Wolfmayer /212 756-8020

The McKinney Rogers Foundation is searching for current high school seniors who will be entering college in Fall 2015, particularly those with entrepreneurial aspirations. This year, The Foundation will be offering a scholarship of up to $5,000/semester, or $40,000 total, for deserving scholars who otherwise would not be able to attend college without assistance. The Foundation targets and supports individuals or groups from underprivileged backgrounds who show the talent, passion and potential to achieve the extraordinary. The deadline for application submissions is November 3, 2014. For further information, please visit the scholarship website

Middle and High Schools: 12th National MoneyPOWER Conference for Financial Literacy at McGraw-Hill Conference Center in Midtown Manhattan

Registration Deadline: November 3, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Brian Scios/212-421-2700

The National MoneyPOWER Conference, organized by Working in Support of Education (w!se), helps middle and high school teachers strengthen their knowledge of personal finance and best practices for classroom instruction. The conference includes over 10 workshops on personal finance topics and instructional strategies, a resources fair, complimentary books and financial planning consultations. Participants will receive 6 hours of PD credit. The workshop runs from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Breakfast and lunch are included. Find information and register by clicking here; space is limited.

High Schools: Free College Readiness & Leadership Program for 10th Grade Boys

Application Deadline: November 3, 2014
Contact: Nicole Yarde

The New York City Urban Ambassadors (NYCUA) leadership program is geared towards helping young men become positive role models by increasing their attitude and emotional well-being towards academic and college success. In furtherance of this program, the DEA is seeking 30 young men from the 10th grade to participate in a three year college bound program. There is no limit to the number of student applicants per school who can be nominated. To learn more about the leadership program, please visit this site. Click here to complete the application. All applications must be accompanied by: transcripts from each student, 2 Letters of recommendation, and 2 Essays. To submit the transcripts, essays and letters of recommendation, you can scan to email nyarde@schools.nyc.gov.

High Schools: Brown vs. Board of Education: Celebrating 60 Years of a Movement 

Event: November 6, 2014
Contact: Nicole Yarde /718-935-3912   

The Senior Deputy Chancellor for the Division of School Support will be hosting a Closing the Achievement Gap series entitled Brown vs. Broad of Education: Celebrating 60 Years of a Movement. We request your presence at this Town Hall event being anchored by prestigious leaders in education including: President of Medgar Evers College, Dr. Rudy Crew Jr., President of Tuskegee University, Dr. Brian L. Johnson, and Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Dr. Ivory Toldson. Opening remarks will be given by NYCDOE Chancellor Carmen Fariña. For more information, click here. To register, click here. The event will be held on Thursday, November 6 at 5:30PM at Medgar Evers College, CUNY (1650 Bedford Avenue, Founder’s Auditorium, Brooklyn, NY 11225). Transportation to the venue is accessible via the train 2,3,4,5 to Franklin Ave; BUS No. 44 to Nostrand Avenue.

High Schools: 2nd Annual AFS-USA International Bazaar

Registration Deadline: November 5, 2014
Event: November 8, 2014
Contact: Megan Perlleshi /646 381-3306

Teachers, parents and students are invited to come and meet AFS-USA exchange students from 18 different countries. Students will talk about their customs and traditions and you can sample international treats. Participants will also learn about intercultural learning opportunities including studying abroad on short, affordable group programs tailored to your interest. This event will be held on Saturday, November 8th from 2:00 - 5:00PM at the Church of Latter-day Saints, 125 Columbus Ave., 3rd floor, across from Lincoln Center. This is event is free to the public. For further information and to register, please click here.

Middle and High Schools: Free Plant Science Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers

Registration Deadline: November 7, 2014
Event: November 8, 2014
Contact: Judith Hutton /718-817-8140

Middle and high school teachers are invited to meet scientist Paola Pedraza, an expert in the blueberry family (Ericaceae), who will share stories from her fascinating research on these plants across Colombia, and provide insights to The New York Botanical Garden’s plant collection. Educators also will lead hands-on sessions on plant structure, with helpful tips on how to introduce inquiry-based science activities into the classroom. Participants will take away a free copy of Glencoe Science’s Forensic Botany Investigations curriculum unit, which features lessons on the relationship between people and plants. This event takes place from 9:00AM-3:00PM on Saturday, November 8.

Middle and High Schools: Free Science Professional Development - Wildlife Forensics  for Science Teachers Grades 8-12 – Living  Environments

Application Deadline: November 7, 2014
Event: November 15, 22, 2014 and May 23, 2015
Contact: Christine Mazza at ESC@schools.nyc.gov / 718-444-6560

During this three-day professional learning, grade 8-12 science teachers learn about molecular genetics and how scientists use DNA as a tool in conservation genetics. This professional learning experience will prepare educators on how to incorporate literacy into a genetics unit and how to reflect and evaluate student work. Educators will learn how to run DNA samples, run labs and analyze the results. Teachers will be given a voucher (at no charge) to return with their class to co-facilitate in ESC's lab or they can rent (at no charge) the portable DNA kits to run the lab in their classroom. For further information and to apply click here.

Middle and High Schools: News Literacy Project Digital Unit

Registration Deadline: November 10, 2014
Event: November 17, 2014
Contact: Tamara Johnson /917-929-3900

The News Literacy Project (NLP) teaches young people to evaluate the credibility of news and information in the digital age. This week-long, drop-in blended e-learning unit is suitable for students in 7th through 12th grades. It includes digital videos hosted by well-known local and national journalists, interactive computer-based training and a live videoconference with a journalist. The curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies. NLP provides an orientation to the unit for teachers and learning kits for each student. The unit can be done in a computer lab setting (1:1) or in a regular classroom (1:many) and is available at no cost thanks to the support of NLP's major sponsors, including Charles H. Revson Foundation, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Dow Jones Foundation. Learn more or register here.

High Schools: Free Shakespeare Workshop for Teachers

Registration Deadline: November 14, 2014
Event: November 17, 2014
Contact: Katharine Moran /212-818-1200; ext. 223

Join the English-Speaking Union (ESU) for a free interactive workshop exclusively designed for high school teachers whose schools plan to participate in the 2015 ESU New York Shakespeare Competition. Both new and returning educators are welcome to attend the event. The program includes an overview of the Competition in New York City and performance workshops on the Bard's monologues. The event will be held on Monday, November 17th from 4:00-6:00PM at the ESU (144 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016). To register, click here.

High Schools: Paid High School Student Summer Apprenticeship

Application Deadline: November 14, 2014
Contact: Bonnie Unger/646-437-4303

The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan’s High School Apprenticeship Program offers NYCDOE high school students a challenging program of study and work. This Apprenticeship is designed to give students a behind-the-scenes look at what it is like to work in this history museum and to explore Jewish heritage as well as their own heritage. During the spring, apprentices will receive an after-school training to prepare them for the summer. Over the summer, apprentices work full-time in different museum departments and also lead tours. Apprentices are paid for their participation in the program. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Download an application here and return it via mail by November 14, 2014. Watch a video about the program here.

Middle and High Schools: World Savvy Classrooms

Deadline: November 14, 2014
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Aditi Naik /718-878-6433

World Savvy works with teachers and students during the school year to engage students in project-based learning around a global theme. Throughout the World Savvy program, teachers will be provided with professional development, consulting, and youth engagement activities. World Savvy supports teachers in building students’ global competency by executing a project that is rigorous and engaging, using students’ own lives and communities as a springboard for exploration. Click here for information on World Savvy Classrooms.

High Schools: Free Summer Program at Princeton

Application Deadline: November 14, 2014
Contact: Phillip Scotton /212-672-9706

The application for Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America’s  (LEDA) free 7-week program for high achieving junior students from low-income families is now open. The LEDA Scholars Program offers 100 students from across the country a life-changing experience beginning with the transformative Aspects of Leadership Summer institute hosted at Princeton University. At the institute, students will participate in a dynamic leadership development program, while receiving specialized writing instruction, college guidance and standardized test preparation. LEDA continues to support students throughout their senior year guiding them through their college, scholarship and financial aid applications.  While students are in college, LEDA continues to offer academic, professional, and psychosocial support to ensure their success in college and beyond.  Click here to access the application. For more information about the program and admissions criteria, click here. To download our brochure, click here. Watch LEDA on PBSNewsHour here.

High School: Paid Museum Ambassador Program at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Application Deadline: November 20, 2014
Contact: Noaa Stoler

The Museum Ambassador Program is a unique semester-long afterschool program for students in grades 10 to 12. Offering a behind-the-scenes look into the 9/11 Memorial Museum, students examine the Museum’s collection and the ongoing themes and issues raised by 9/11. With this foundation, students create, plan, and lead a tour of the Museum for members of their own community. In addition, Ambassadors gain professional experience by leading hands-on workshops for intergenerational audiences during six Saturday programs. Ambassadors who successfully complete the program earn a $1,000 stipend. Transportation costs are covered for all participants. Applications can be completed here.

High Schools: New York Film Academy Summer Program Scholarship  

Application Deadline: December 1, 2014  
Contact: Meghann Ziler

The New York Film Academy is a unique educational institution, devoted to providing the most focused filmmaking, acting, and animation instruction in the world. Our film school's workshops offer an intensive, hands-on experience that gives students the opportunity to develop their creative skills to the fullest extent possible. The New York Film Academy is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to our summer acting and filmmaking workshops for deserving high school students in New York City. Scholarships are given to public school students who demonstrate financial need, passion for the visual and performing arts, and outstanding academic achievement. Click here for further information.

High School: Research Project for High School Science Classes

Application Deadline: December 5, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth M. Waters

High school science teachers interested in doing research with their students can bring a class to the Science Outreach Teaching Laboratory at Rockefeller University to participate in an ongoing basic science research project. This research project examines the role of glia cells in learning and memory using the model organism, the nematode C. elegans. Click here for further information. Email Elizabeth M. Waters for more information and to apply.

High Schools: New York City Science and Engineering Fair

Application Deadline: December 17, 2014
Event: NYCSEF Preliminary Round, March 1, 2015
Contact: nycsef@cuny.edu /718-254-7252

The New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF), the city’s largest research competition for high school students, is an exceptional educational opportunity for students to engage in the research process, share their research with peers and scientists from around the city, and compete for a variety of prizes, including an all-expense paid trip representing NYC at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in May. A competitive science project requires students to develop essential literacy, numeracy, critical thinking, and communication skills – skills highlighted throughout the Common Core State Standards. To learn more about the application process, opportunities for teacher participation and general information visit this site.

High Schools: NYC Omega Black College Tour 2015  

Event: February 14 – 20, 2015  
Contact: Barbara White /516-567-9572 

NYC Omega Black College Tour takes high school students to visit 15 Historically Black College and Universities throughout the Southeast during a seven-day, six-night bus tour. The tour takes place during NYC's Mid-Winter Recess on February 14th – 20th, 2015. This year’s theme is “Educating Students for Success in a Changing World.” For more information, visit our website or contact Ed Murray (609-481-6849) or Barbara White (516-567-9572)