Teaching Resources

High Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, April 22, 2014 (in chronological order)


Disclaimer
: The NYC Department of Education does not endorse and is not responsible for the policies and practices of external partners.  All work with external partners should be conducted in accordance with the Chancellor's Regulations.

High Schools: Brooklyn High Schools Only: The 2014 Charles Robertson Scholarship Award 

Event: April 24, 2014 
Contact: Margarita Suero-Duran   

The 2014 Charles Robertson Scholarship Award will be presented to ONE male and ONE female student graduating from a Brooklyn public school in June 2014. Brooklyn high schools are encouraged to submit applications for no more than TWO eligible candidates for consideration. Please access application details here.


Middle and High Schools: Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Application is Now Available 

Application Deadline: April 25, 2014 
Contact: Imad Olmos /212-442-2812   

Summer will be here before you know it. Are you looking for a summer job? Applications for the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) are available now and have a deadline of April 25. SYEP serves New York City residents between the ages of 14 and 24 and is administered by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. The nation’s largest summer youth employment initiative, SYEP provides summer employment and educational experience that capitalize on individual strengths, develop skills and competencies and connect youth with positive adult role models. All applications are placed in a lottery and those youth who are selected will receive up to six weeks of entry-level work experience in a variety of jobs at thousands of worksites across all five boroughs of NYC. Specialized programming for disabled, foster care, runaway/homeless and court-involved young people are also available. Applications are available online at the DYCD website, at a participating community - based organization or by calling DYCD Youth Connect at 1(800) 246-4646 or 311.


Middle and High Schools: Motivation and Meaningful Whiteboarding: Nurturing Reflections and a Need to Know in Class Discussions

Event: April 27, 2014; 10:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.
Contact: Fernand Brunschwig

How can motivation and reflection help support meaningful discussions and whiteboard meetings in our classes? Join STEMteachersNYC for a workshop hosted by Mathematics, Science, and Technology Department, Teachers College, Columbia University. Student buy-in is essential for successful discourse in an inquiry-based class, but all of us struggle at times with how to motivate meaningful discussions. This workshop will explore specific strategies for helping students build a productive relationship to a discussion-based course, and provide a forum through which to explore new ideas. The first section of the workshop will be based on an assumption that focusing on students' motivation to learn is as crucial as focusing on activities that can support this learning. We will focus on how to effectively generate a "need to know" in a unit or lesson, as well as how to foster a greater sense of student ownership in and out of class. Special attention will be given to identifying similarities and differences between different student populations. The second section focus on how to encourage students to reflect on their learning more effectively - as individuals, in small groups, and as a class. The third section will include an opportunity to share various whiteboarding techniques and discuss conditions under which each technique can be most effective. To register, and for more information, click here. There is a $12 fee associated with this event.


Middle and High Schools: Law-Related/Civics Professional Development for Middle & High School Teachers  

Registration Deadline: April 28, 2014
Event: April 29, 2014
Contact: Carolyn Morway

The Justice Resource Center (JRC) is offering an introductory professional development session for assistant principals and teachers interested in implementing The Constitution Works (TCW), a law-related/civics programs appropriate for grades 5-12. JRC provides teacher professional development sessions, age-appropriate case materials aligned with Common Core, and an opportunity for students to role-play cases in real court rooms. To attend, RSVP to Carolyn Morway. For more information, visit The Constitution Works.


High Schools: 2014 Milton Fisher Scholarships

Application Deadline: April 30, 2014
Contact: Jermell Smart

The Milton Fisher Scholarship is a four-year college scholarship, for up to $20,000. The scholarship is rewarded to exceptionally innovative high school juniors, seniors and college freshmen from NYC or CT. Recipients demonstrate outside-the-box-thinking and have done a project: 1. solving an artistic, scientific, or technical problem in a new or unusual way; 2. created a distinctive solution to problems faced by your school, community or family, or 3. created a new group, organization, or institution that serves an important need. For more information and an application visit: http://www.rbffoundation.org/ 


Middle and High Schools: Professional Development in Academic Interventions in Literacy (grades 6-9)

Event: March-June 2014
Register: Register here
Contact: Esther Friedman

Registration is now open for spring term workshops on addressing the needs of adolescents who struggle in literacy. Workshops focus on strengthening literacy in ELA and across the disciplines, providing strategies to promote academic recovery, and supporting students who struggle in meeting the rigorous Common Core State Standards. These workshops are suitable for practitioners and administrators. In addition to the listed events, on-demand events are also provided to networks and superintendents across all topics related to literacy interventions and response to intervention (RtI). For a menu of workshop topics, please email NBournasney@schools.nyc.gov. For additional information about RtI, a comprehensive RtI Resource Guide is available here. For additional RtI resources please click here.  


High Schools: Select Students for School Art League Medals 

Application Deadline: May 2, 2014 
Event: June 6, 2014 
Contact: Ed Morgano 

High school principals can select three exemplary art students (two seniors and one 9th or 10th grader) to receive School Art League medals to be presented during the School Art League Awards Ceremony at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday, June 6, 2014, 3:00p.m. For further information and the online application please click here.


Middle and High Schools: Principals Can Win $10,000 to Build a Better School

Application Deadline: May 9, 2014
Contact: eb@schools.nyc.gov

Schools can win $10,000 to help students achieve their academic goals while improving their school. To win, principals are invited to work with middle and high school students to submit a three-minute video explaining why their school is in need of additional funding and what improvement they can undertake to build a better school. A completed submission form should accompany all video submissions to the address identified on the attached forms by May 9, 2014. The winners will be selected based on the school’s need, the spirit of student collaboration as demonstrated in the video, project creativity and the project’s connection to an academic goal. For more information see attached informational flyer or send inquires to eb@schools.nyc.gov.


Middle and High Schools: Inspire Your Ensemble - Music Educator Workshop 

Registration Deadline: May 9, 2014
Contact: Aaron Siegel   

In 2014–2015, up to 50 middle and high school ensemble directors will be selected to participate in a yearlong workshop that includes:  • monthly interactive workshops (on Saturdays) with top music educators that focus on pedagogy, ensemble leadership, and best teaching practices • attendance at concerts as a guest of Carnegie Hall • classroom observations and feedback from Music Educators Workshop faculty and peers • the opportunity to network with a peer group of New York City music teachers and conductors.  Plus, participants have the option to register for professional credit from the NYCDOE. To register, please visit this site.


Middle and High Schools: Google Science Fair 

Application Deadline: May 12, 2014
Contact: Google at https://plus.google.com/+GoogleScienceFair/posts   

The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to students ages 13 to 18 from around the globe. It encourages students to change the world through scientific inquiry. They will learn about their chosen topic and develop key skills along the way. Students sign up for the Science Fair with a free Google account at GoogleScienceFair.com. They’ll then carry out a test or experiment on a subject they’re passionate about, and submit their project online. The submissions deadline is May 12, 2014. Visit the website for resources designed to help participants through the competition. After the first round of judging, 90 regional finalists whose will be announced. The top 15 students, or teams, will be invited to the finalist event at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California where they’ll get to present their work to a group of distinguished scientists, tech innovators and Nobel Laureates. Google will honor three age category winners, including a Grand Prize winner, and winners of other special prizes. 


High Schools: Summer Hackers Immersion Program: 4 Week Program in Computer Science

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Accepting 50 students.
Event: July 7-31, Monday-Friday; 9:30a.m.-3:00p.m
Contact: Mike Zamansky at ship@cstuy.org

High school students are invited to apply for a place in CSTUY's Summer Hackers Immersion Program where they will learn to code or expand existing coding skills. CSTUY's goal is to bring high quality computer science education to students who would not have had access to it otherwise. All skill levels are welcome, from beginning to expert. The program will take place at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn. To apply, and for more information, please see this site.


High Schools: Big Ten Scholarship for Queens Seniors

Application Deadline: June 2, 2014
Contact: Arlene Dominguez /212-374-6823  

The Fund for Public Schools is pleased to invite applicants to apply for the Pearl and David Glaubman Memorial Scholarship (Big 10 University Scholarship). Beth L. Kaufman established the scholarship in memory of her parents, Pearl and David Glaubman. Mrs. Glaubman was a long-time teacher at P.S. 164Q, and both she and her husband were graduates of the New York City school system. Mrs. Glaubman was a graduate of Ohio State University. Ms. Kaufman graduated from P.S. 164Q, Parsons Junior High School, and Jamaica High School. The memorial fund will award a college scholarship to an outstanding public high school senior in Queens who will attend a Big 10 University in the of Fall 2014. To learn more, visit this site.


Middle and High Schools: STARTALK Summer Hindi Language Program

Event: June 27 and 30, 2014, July 1 – July 31, 2014; 8:30a.m. – 2:30p.m.
Contact: Sushma Malhotra

Through the STARTALK Summer Hindi Language Program, middle and high school students interested in learning Hindi will undergo an intensive language program, in addition to attending field trips and cultural shows, and visiting various museums and temples. The program will be held at Thomas A. Edison High School (165-65 84th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432). Registration is ongoing. Placement and orientation will be on Friday, June 27 and Monday, June 30, from 9:00a.m.–1:00p.m. Classes will be held from Tuesday, July 1 to Thursday, July 31 from 8:30a.m. to 2:30p.m. Students will have an opportunity to receive high school foreign language credit as well as earn college credit from NYU. For information, please visit the STARTALK website or email Sushma Malhotra.


Middle and High Schools: Student Opportunities for English Language Learners

Event: Dates Vary
Contact: Miguel Cordero  

Encourage your students to apply for one or all of the below opportunities, which are being offered as part of the DOE’s STEM initiative. More information, including eligibility requirements and registration links, can be found on the OELL website.
MicroMuseum Program at the American Museum of Natural History: Students will gain a better understanding of life at the microscopic level, including how it affects humans, animals, plants, and minerals.
Saltz Internship Program at the American Museum of Natural History: Saltz interns will “think like scientists” as they bring to life the scientific concepts of the Museum’s halls.
Eco Rangers Middle School Institute at the American Museum of Natural History: Participants will head out into the field to explore the local environment and get hands-on experience collecting data.
After School Program at the American Museum of Natural History: Students may enroll in various programs, including “The Cosmic Perspective,” “Our Concrete Jungle,” “Digging up Our Past,” and “Footprints in Time.”
STEM Project Showcase Fair / Opportunity for ELL Students: Students working on science, math, or technology projects will have the opportunity to present and defend their scientific inquiry.


High Schools: The New York City Comprehensive Examination in Visual Arts 

Event: June 17, 2014
Contact: Karen Rosner /212-356-8574

The New York City Comprehensive Examination in Visual Arts is the culminating assessment for the high school major art sequence. The date for the administration of this citywide examination is Monday, June 17, 2014, 1:15-4:15p.m.  The examination aligns with the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts. Click here for the memo, description and scope of the examination.


Middle Schools and High Schools: Speakers and Field Trips Offered in Law-Related Education 

Event: Ongoing through June 2014 
Contact: Justice Richard Price 

Middle and high schools can request for classroom speakers and field trips to active court rooms from the Law-Related Education Committee at the New York County Lawyers’ Association, chaired by New York State Supreme Court Justice Richard Lee Price.  Over the years, the committee has coordinated several courthouse tours including central booking, the arraignment room, holding cells and courtrooms. The committee has also facilitated attorneys and judges to visit classrooms to speak about the law, covering topics such as conflict resolution, criminal law, immigration law, civil law, family law, commercial law, constitutional law, and the career development as a lawyer and in the legal field. Requests should be sent to Justice Richard Lee Price at rprice@courts.state.ny.us . For additional questions, contact Debra Lesser.


Middle and High Schools: Free News Literacy E-Learning 

Event: Offered monthly, now through June 2014
Register: Register here
Contact: Darragh Worland /917-449-7933 

Middle and high school teachers are invited to sign up their classes for a free, blended e-learning unit offered by the News Literacy Project (NLP). The project teaches young people to evaluate the credibility of information in the digital age. This weeklong, drop-in unit is suitable for students in grades 7 through 12 and can be done in a computer lab or one-to-one setting, as well as in a regular classroom one-to-many. The unit includes digital videos hosted by familiar local and national journalists and interactive computer-based trainings. It is aligned with the Common Core Standards in ELA and Social Science. NLP provides teacher orientation and flash drives for each student. February is booked, but space is available for our March, April, May and June sessions. More info: Submit inquiries here. To learn more, watch this video.


Middle and High Schools: Free Gun Violence Prevention Assemblies

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Kareem Nelson at WheelchairsAgainstGuns@aol.com 

Wheelchairs Against Guns (W.A.G.) works to inform inner city youth of the dangers of gun violence. W.A.G. utilizes first-hand experience to paint a real picture of how gun violence can harm students, their families, and everyone in the community. Using their members’ disabilities as the proof, W.A.G. hopes to use their stories to deter students from engaging in gun violence. W.A.G. also works to educate students on the importance of staying in school and focusing on their education. To have W.A.G. visit your school and put on a gun violence prevention assembly, please contact Kareem at WheelchairsAgainstGuns@aol.com.


Middle and High Schools: 3GNY's WEDU Program: Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors Bring Stories to School Classrooms

Event: Ongoing through June 2014
Contact: Leora Klein/ 917-572-9048

3GNY is committed to actively involving educators in teaching holocaust history. As grandchildren of holocaust survivors, 3GNY appreciates the vital role that teachers play carrying on our grandparents’ legacy. Schools can invite members of 3GNY to be guest speakers in their classrooms; each lesson is tailored to last 45 minutes (or the length of a classroom session). In that short period, 3GNY can leave a lasting impression on students. To learn more, visit www.3gnewyork.org/wedu.


Middle and High Schools: News Literacy E-Learning 

Event: Offered each month from October through June
Register: Register here 
Contact: Darragh Worland /917-449-7933

Middle and high school teachers are invited to sign-up their classes for a free, blended e-learning unit offered by the News Literacy Project (NLP). The project teaches young people to evaluate the credibility of information in the digital age. This week-long, drop-in unit is suitable for students in 6th through 12th grade. NLP includes digital videos and computer-based training and is aligned to the Common Core Standards in ELA and Social Science. The unit starts October 21, 2013. To learn more, watch this video

All Schools: Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum: A unique program that bridges humane education with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for students in grades Pre-K-12

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Jayne Vitale/ 516-426-3411

The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum is designed to enhance students’ social and emotional competence by teaching and reinforcing critical skills that are the foundation of academic success, including empathy, cooperation, and ethical decision-making. These skills help students care about themselves, the people around them, animals, and the environment. Developed in collaboration with Yale University’s School of the 21st Century and North Shore Animal League America, the curriculum provides teachers with scripted lesson plans, activities and ways to engage families in the school community. Complimentary curriculum kits are available for teachers in Pre-K through 12th grade. The program is designed for use in various classroom settings, character education and after-school programs. Many schools use the curriculum in conjunction with bullying prevention and efforts to enhance school climate. Lesson plans align with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and include vocabulary, hands-on activities and reading resources. Mutt-i-grees supports New York's Dignity for All Students Act. It is being used by teachers and counselors in thousands of schools in over 40 states. Professional Development and Curriculum Presentations can be provided at NO COST upon request. To order a COMPLIMENTARY copy of the curriculum, please click here.


All Schools: Social Media Guidelines PD to Support Common Core and Teacher Effectiveness

Event: Ongoing
Locations: Various locations throughout New York City

The Office of Digital Communication and Strategy offers several free professional development opportunities for educators to support the use of social media for college and career readiness. New this year are classes that provide professional development on the use of social media to support the Common Core State Standards and Teacher Effectiveness. View "Upcoming Offerings" here or check out the "Overview of Offerings and How to Request a Training" here. The target audience includes: librarians, computer / tech teachers, and career educators. Hours: 9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.


All Schools: Students with Interrupted Formal Education

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Rachel Hoff

You are encouraged to view this video as a resource to improve your school’s learning community so that it is supportive of Students with Interrupted Education (SIFE). The video, entitled SIFE: Meeting the Challenge, illustrates how three NYC DOE schools set up their communities to meet both the academic and socio-emotional needs of their SIFE. In addition to featuring these case studies, three students are spotlighted in the video for their ability to overcome the challenges SIFE face when entering the NYC DOE school system.

All Schools: Physical Education and Health Education Responsibilities and Support

Event: Various Dates
Location: Varies Contact: wellness@schools.nyc.gov

All schools must provide comprehensive health education and physical education for all students, in accordance with New York State and City requirements. Free training for physical education and health education is available; see here for dates, locations, session topics and to enroll.


All Schools: Nuts and Bolts of ELL-Specific Topics for New ELL Coordinators

Event: Various Dates
Registration: Required
Location: Varies
Contact: your senior ELL CPS

This full-day workshop will provide an introduction to ELL topics including the regulations that govern ELL education, demographic and performance information, the ELL identification process, and ATS reports for ELLs. It will also include a brief introduction to the Language Allocation Policy and Title III Plans. This session is specifically designed to be an introduction for new ELL administrators and coordinators. School-based administrators and teachers may register here. For questions, contact  your senior ELL CPS.

All Schools: Secretary Training on ELL-Specific Topics 

Event: Various Dates
Registration: Required
Location: Varies
Contact: your senior ELL CPS

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. Register here. For questions, contact your senior ELL CPS.

High Schools: Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential Webinar

Event: Ongoing
Location: Online

If you are a principal of a high school that serves students with severe disabilities, you and your staff may opt to view a webinar, provided by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), by clicking here; it can also be found on the Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities webpage. The webinar provides information on the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential, the high school exiting credential for students with severe disabilities taking the New York State Alternate Assessment. NYSED recommends that you have the related guidance document (posted here) available while listening to the webinar. Please note there are some technical issues for the first 30 seconds of the webinar, after which the webinar begins again

Middle and High Schools: 20 Year Old Award Winning Author's Literacy Campaign

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Eloise Woods eloise_woods@woodsandassociates.biz / 866-862-1932

Just 20 years old, RJ Tolson, Author of Zephyr The West Wind is a 2013 Finalist for Beverly Hills Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Book Awards. At age 18 Tolson became a published author and international charity founder. Now at 20 he has gained nationwide popularity and been featured with legendary FOX News reporter Stan Simpson, ABC News Anchor Keith Kountz and Florida’s Hot 105 FM host James T. Tolson, Cheshire Academy and Rectory School alumnus, launched a national campaign designed to inspire children and young adults to read, write and participate in charity service.

For more information visit http://www.rjtolson.com/

Middle and High Schools: Free Afternoon Guided Tours for Teens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Event: October 1, 2013 through June 15, 2014
Contact: SchoolVisits@metmuseum.org or 212-570-3711

Museum-led guided tours offer extraordinary opportunities for your students to make the most of their encounters with great works of art. 'World of Art' afternoon guided visits offer teenage students the opportunity to think critically about cross-cultural connections between works of art, world history and their own lives. Experiences are ideal for students who can benefit from individualized attention and collaborative small-group work. Students are led by trained and experienced volunteer guides and sit on gallery stools to encourage close looking and penetrating exploration of artworks. To request a tour, visit http://authoring.nycboe.net/NR/exeres/www.metmuseum.org/schoolgroups

All Schools: Access Resources for Educators Teaching Students with Disabilities

Contact: Jessica Dickson at jdickson4@schools.nyc.gov

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).


High Schools: Prescription Drug Abuse Presentations

Contact: NYPD School Safety Division at 718-730-8550

The NYPD's School Safety Division, with support from the Office of Safety and Youth Development, is working on an initiative that focuses on outreach and education to public school students, parents and faculty concerning the dangers of prescription drug abuse.  A few schools have already availed themselves of this opportunity and found the mini-lessons to be most informative.  Principals are encouraged to reach out to NYPD School Safety Division to schedule classroom sessions on this important topic. For more information on this subject matter, please also visit http://www.nypdcommunityaffairs.org/, where you can proceed to the School Safety Division’s drop down screen and click “Combat Prescription Drugs.”


High Schools: Free On-Line Training for Teachers in Your School to Identify Students in Psychological Distress

Contact: Scott Bloom, Director of School Mental Health at SBloom5@schools.nyc.gov or 212-374-6846

The New York City Department of Education, in collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is offering a free on-line training for teaching staff and allied professionals that work directly with youth in NYC DOE managed High Schools. The At-Risk for High School Educators one hour on-line training course will help teachers and staff in your school identify students who are in psychological distress, approach these students, and refer him/her to support services. The on-line learning simulates the classroom environment and allows the user to practice his/her skill on avatars that are emotionally responsive.  Click here to access the course.


Middle and High Schools: Free High-Quality Childcare and Support Services for Student Parents

Contact: LYFE central office at 917-521-3789 or 917-521-3648

The LYFE program is a NYC Department of Education program whose mission is to foster a generational impact which positively influences the life outcomes of student parents and their children by providing high-quality childcare, academic guidance, and social advocacy. To receive LYFE services, student parents must be enrolled in a NYC Department of Education school and have a child between the ages of 8 weeks and 3 years of age. Not only do student parents receive ongoing academic guidance and advocacy services through LYFE, but their children also receive a free high-quality early childhood education, aligned with New York State's Early Learning Guidelines, that prepares them for future academic success. LYFE has 38 sites across the 5 boroughs to meet student parents' needs throughout the DOE. Student parents may enroll at anytime throughout the school year and do not have to attend the same school as the LYFE site in which they enroll their child. Please visit the links below to find out more about enrolling in LYFE and to see a directory of where to find a LYFE site.

LYFE site directory
LYFE Frequently Asked Questions


All Schools: Space and Aviation Student Programs 

Contact: Peter Giles at pgiles@schools.nyc.gov or 212-608-6164 x115

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.


All Schools: Webinar Recordings for School Leadership Teams (SLT)

Contact: Division of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) at face@schools.nyc.gov, FACEwebinars@schools.nyc.gov, or 212-374-4118

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.


All Schools: Archive of Special Education Reform Webinars

Contact: specialeducationreform@schools.nyc.gov

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.


All Schools: One-Stop Information and Registration at New Professional Development Site

Contact: dswdellpd@schools.nyc.gov

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 Schools: Online Video Series on Implementing a Successful RTI Model with English Language Learners

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.


All Schools: The Shubert Arts Leadership Institute    

Contact: Maria Palma at mpalma@schools.nyc.gov or 212-356-8574     

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.


All Schools: Research-based Instructional Practices for Students with IEPs

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 (dkhatri2@schools.nyc.gov) and Sandra Lenon (slenon@schools.nyc.gov). Administrators, general and special education instructional staff, and related service providers are invited to attend.


High Schools: NYC College Line Launched to Support New York City Students

Through the GraduateNYC! partnership, the NYCDOE and CUNY recently launched NYC College Line, a new web resource to provide city-specific information on the college process. This free, online community—available at NYCCollegeLine.org—will allow you, your students and families to get rapid responses to all of your NYC-college-related questions, from finding local programs, to admissions and application procedures, to tips on completing college successfully.


High Schools: Introduce Your Students to the World of Business and Entrepreneurship

Contact Jessica Leonard, Executive Director, at jessica.m.leonard@jpmorgan.com) or Priyanka Mehrotra, Head of Strategy, at priyanka.x.mehrotra@jpmchase.com

Founded in 2004, Tomorrow's Business Leaders is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that offers a free business and entrepreneurship class to NYC public high schools. TBL introduces students to important topics such as basic finance, business planning, and career development.  An outline of the TBL curriculum is available here.

TBL classes are taught in one-hour segments with the number of classes varying by school preference.  TBL also conducts weekend programs.


All Schools: Free resource from The Metropolitan Museum of Art—Art of the Islamic World

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.


All Schools: The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Resources for Educators Page

Foster your students’ learning and your own in workshops and events and with online, print, and other resources. Click here to learn more.


All Schools: Free Common Core Workshops and Professional Development

Contact: Edward Santos at esantos6@schools.nyc.gov

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.


Middle and High Schools: Connect with a Class in China

Contact: Stephanie Cohen at 703-885-3494 or scohen@corp.epals.com

Middle and high school classes have an opportunity to partner with a sister class in China as part of a free ePals pilot program in Chinese schools.

Once matched, the brother-sister classes will participate in a basic cultural email exchange where students will be matched up to do a series of emails that help them get to know their ePals and discuss topics such as family, school, and career goals. After the email exchange, the brother-sister classrooms can work together to select the projects on which to collaborate, and continue to do email exchanges around a variety of topics.  Get more information or sign up.


All Schools: Response to Intervention (RTI) Guide

Contact: Stela Radovanovic, SRadova@schools.nyc.gov

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.


Middle Schools and High Schools: 3GNY's WEDU Program: Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors Bring Stories to School Classrooms

Event: Ongoing through June 2014
Contact: Leora Klein/ 917-572-9048

3GNY is committed to actively involving educators in teaching holocaust history. As grandchildren of holocaust survivors, 3GNY appreciates the vital role that teachers play carrying on our grandparents’ legacy. Schools can invite members of 3GNY to be guest speakers in their classrooms; each lesson is tailored to last 45 minutes (or the length of a classroom session). In that short period, 3GNY can leave a lasting impression on students. To learn more, visit www.3gnewyork.org/wedu.


Middle and High Schools: News Literacy E-Learning 

Event: Offered each month from October through June
Register: Register here 
Contact: Darragh Worland /917-449-7933

Middle and high school teachers are invited to sign-up their classes for a free, blended e-learning unit offered by the News Literacy Project (NLP). The project teaches young people to evaluate the credibility of information in the digital age. This week-long, drop-in unit is suitable for students in 6th through 12th grade. NLP includes digital videos and computer-based training and is aligned to the Common Core Standards in ELA and Social Science. The unit starts October 21, 2013. To learn more, watch this video

Middle Schools and High Schools: Free Gun Violence Prevention Assemblies

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Kareem Nelson at WheelchairsAgainstGuns@aol.com 

Wheelchairs Against Guns (W.A.G.) informs inner city youth of the dangers of gun violence. W.A.G. uses first-hand experience to paint a real picture of how gun violence can harm students, their families, and their community. W.A.G. shares members’ disabilities and stories in hopes to deter students from engaging in gun violence. W.A.G. also educates students on the importance of staying in school and focusing on their education. To have W.A.G. visit your school and lead an assembly on gun violence prevention, please contact Kareem Nelson at WheelchairsAgainstGuns@aol.com.  


All Schools: Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum: A unique program that bridges humane education with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for students in grades Pre-K-12

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Jayne Vitale/ 516-426-3411

The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum is designed to enhance students’ social and emotional competence by teaching and reinforcing critical skills that are the foundation of academic success, including empathy, cooperation, and ethical decision-making. These skills help students care about themselves, the people around them, animals, and the environment. Developed in collaboration with Yale University’s School of the 21st Century and North Shore Animal League America, the curriculum provides teachers with scripted lesson plans, activities and ways to engage families in the school community. Complimentary curriculum kits are available for teachers in Pre-K through 12th grade. The program is designed for use in various classroom settings, character education and after-school programs. Many schools use the curriculum in conjunction with bullying prevention and efforts to enhance school climate. Lesson plans align with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and include vocabulary, hands-on activities and reading resources. Mutt-i-grees supports New York's Dignity for All Students Act. It is being used by teachers and counselors in thousands of schools in over 40 states. Professional Development and Curriculum Presentations can be provided at NO COST upon request. To order a COMPLIMENTARY copy of the curriculum, please click here.


All Schools: Social Media Guidelines PD to Support Common Core and Teacher Effectiveness

Event: Ongoing
Locations: Various locations throughout New York City

The Office of Digital Communication and Strategy offers several free professional development opportunities for educators to support the use of social media for college and career readiness. New this year are classes that provide professional development on the use of social media to support the Common Core State Standards and Teacher Effectiveness. View "Upcoming Offerings" here or check out the "Overview of Offerings and How to Request a Training" here. The target audience includes: librarians, computer / tech teachers, and career educators. Hours: 9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.


All Schools: Students with Interrupted Formal Education

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Rachel Hoff

You are encouraged to view this video as a resource to improve your school’s learning community so that it is supportive of Students with Interrupted Education (SIFE). The video, entitled SIFE: Meeting the Challenge, illustrates how three NYC DOE schools set up their communities to meet both the academic and socio-emotional needs of their SIFE. In addition to featuring these case studies, three students are spotlighted in the video for their ability to overcome the challenges SIFE face when entering the NYC DOE school system.

All Schools: Physical Education and Health Education Responsibilities and Support

Event: Various Dates
Location: Varies

All schools must provide comprehensive health education and physical education for all students, in accordance with New York State and City requirements. Free training for physical education and health education is available; see here for dates, locations, session topics and to enroll.


All Schools: Nuts and Bolts of ELL-Specific Topics for New ELL Coordinators

Event: Various Dates
Registration: Required
Location: Varies
Contact: your senior ELL CPS

This full-day workshop will provide an introduction to ELL topics including the regulations that govern ELL education, demographic and performance information, the ELL identification process, and ATS reports for ELLs. It will also include a brief introduction to the Language Allocation Policy and Title III Plans. This session is specifically designed to be an introduction for new ELL administrators and coordinators. School-based administrators and teachers may register here. For questions, contact  your senior ELL CPS.

All Schools: Secretary Training on ELL-Specific Topics 

Event: Various Dates
Registration: Required
Location: Varies
Contact: your senior ELL CPS

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. Register here. For questions, contact your senior ELL CPS.

High Schools: Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential Webinar

Event: Ongoing

If you are a principal of a high school that serves students with severe disabilities, you and your staff may opt to view a webinar, provided by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), by clicking here; it can also be found on the Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities webpage. The webinar provides information on the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential, the high school exiting credential for students with severe disabilities taking the New York State Alternate Assessment. NYSED recommends that you have the related guidance document (posted here) available while listening to the webinar. Please note there are some technical issues for the first 30 seconds of the webinar, after which the webinar begins again

Middle and High Schools: 20 Year Old Award Winning Author's Literacy Campaign

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Eloise Woods eloise_woods@woodsandassociates.biz / 866-862-1932

Just 20 years old, RJ Tolson, Author of Zephyr The West Wind is a 2013 Finalist for Beverly Hills Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Book Awards. At age 18 Tolson became a published author and international charity founder. Now at 20 he has gained nationwide popularity and been featured with legendary FOX News reporter Stan Simpson, ABC News Anchor Keith Kountz and Florida’s Hot 105 FM host James T. Tolson, Cheshire Academy and Rectory School alumnus, launched a national campaign designed to inspire children and young adults to read, write and participate in charity service.

For more information visit http://www.rjtolson.com/

Middle and High Schools: Free Afternoon Guided Tours for Teens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Event: October 1, 2013 through June 15, 2014
Contact: SchoolVisits@metmuseum.org or 212-570-3711

Museum-led guided tours offer extraordinary opportunities for your students to make the most of their encounters with great works of art. 'World of Art' afternoon guided visits offer teenage students the opportunity to think critically about cross-cultural connections between works of art, world history and their own lives. Experiences are ideal for students who can benefit from individualized attention and collaborative small-group work. Students are led by trained and experienced volunteer guides and sit on gallery stools to encourage close looking and penetrating exploration of artworks. To request a tour, visit www.metmuseum.org/schoolgroups.

All Schools: Access Resources for Educators Teaching Students with Disabilities

Contact: Jessica Dickson at jdickson4@schools.nyc.gov

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).


High Schools: Prescription Drug Abuse Presentations

Contact: NYPD School Safety Division at 718-730-8550

The NYPD's School Safety Division, with support from the Office of Safety and Youth Development, is working on an initiative that focuses on outreach and education to public school students, parents and faculty concerning the dangers of prescription drug abuse.  A few schools have already availed themselves of this opportunity and found the mini-lessons to be most informative.  Principals are encouraged to reach out to NYPD School Safety Division to schedule classroom sessions on this important topic. For more information on this subject matter, please also visit http://www.nypdcommunityaffairs.org/, where you can proceed to the School Safety Division’s drop down screen and click “Combat Prescription Drugs.”


High Schools: Free On-Line Training for Teachers in Your School to Identify Students in Psychological Distress

Contact: Scott Bloom, Director of School Mental Health at SBloom5@schools.nyc.gov or 212-374-6846

The New York City Department of Education, in collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is offering a free on-line training for teaching staff and allied professionals that work directly with youth in NYC DOE managed High Schools. The At-Risk for High School Educators one hour on-line training course will help teachers and staff in your school identify students who are in psychological distress, approach these students, and refer him/her to support services. The on-line learning simulates the classroom environment and allows the user to practice his/her skill on avatars that are emotionally responsive.  Click here to access the course.


Middle and High Schools: Free High-Quality Childcare and Support Services for Student Parents

Contact: LYFE central office at 917-521-3789 or 917-521-3648

The LYFE program is a NYC Department of Education program whose mission is to foster a generational impact which positively influences the life outcomes of student parents and their children by providing high-quality childcare, academic guidance, and social advocacy. To receive LYFE services, student parents must be enrolled in a NYC Department of Education school and have a child between the ages of 8 weeks and 3 years of age. Not only do student parents receive ongoing academic guidance and advocacy services through LYFE, but their children also receive a free high-quality early childhood education, aligned with New York State's Early Learning Guidelines, that prepares them for future academic success. LYFE has 38 sites across the 5 boroughs to meet student parents' needs throughout the DOE. Student parents may enroll at anytime throughout the school year and do not have to attend the same school as the LYFE site in which they enroll their child. Please visit the links below to find out more about enrolling in LYFE and to see a directory of where to find a LYFE site.

LYFE site directory
LYFE Frequently Asked Questions


All Schools: Space and Aviation Student Programs 

Contact: Peter Giles at pgiles@schools.nyc.gov or 212-608-6164 x115

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.


All Schools: Webinar Recordings for School Leadership Teams (SLT)

Contact: Division of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) at face@schools.nyc.gov, FACEwebinars@schools.nyc.gov, or 212-374-4118

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.


All Schools: Archive of Special Education Reform Webinars

Contact: specialeducationreform@schools.nyc.gov

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.


All Schools: One-Stop Information and Registration at New Professional Development Site

Contact: dswdellpd@schools.nyc.gov

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 Schools: Online Video Series on Implementing a Successful RTI Model with English Language Learners

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.


All Schools: The Shubert Arts Leadership Institute    

Contact: Maria Palma at mpalma@schools.nyc.gov or 212-356-8574     

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.


All Schools: Research-based Instructional Practices for Students with IEPs

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 (dkhatri2@schools.nyc.gov) and Sandra Lenon (slenon@schools.nyc.gov). Administrators, general and special education instructional staff, and related service providers are invited to attend.


High Schools: NYC College Line Launched to Support New York City Students

Through the GraduateNYC! partnership, the NYCDOE and CUNY recently launched NYC College Line, a new web resource to provide city-specific information on the college process. This free, online community—available at NYCCollegeLine.org—will allow you, your students and families to get rapid responses to all of your NYC-college-related questions, from finding local programs, to admissions and application procedures, to tips on completing college successfully.


High Schools: Introduce Your Students to the World of Business and Entrepreneurship

Contact Jessica Leonard, Executive Director, at jessica.m.leonard@jpmorgan.com) or Priyanka Mehrotra, Head of Strategy, at priyanka.x.mehrotra@jpmchase.com

Founded in 2004, Tomorrow's Business Leaders is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that offers a free business and entrepreneurship class to NYC public high schools. TBL introduces students to important topics such as basic finance, business planning, and career development.  An outline of the TBL curriculum is available here.

TBL classes are taught in one-hour segments with the number of classes varying by school preference.  TBL also conducts weekend programs.


All Schools: Free resource from The Metropolitan Museum of Art—Art of the Islamic World

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.


All Schools: The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Resources for Educators Page

Foster your students’ learning and your own in workshops and events and with online, print, and other resources. Click here to learn more.


All Schools: Free Common Core Workshops and Professional Development

Contact: Edward Santos at esantos6@schools.nyc.gov

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.


Middle and High Schools: Connect with a Class in China

Contact: Stephanie Cohen at 703-885-3494 or scohen@corp.epals.com

Middle and high school classes have an opportunity to partner with a sister class in China as part of a free ePals pilot program in Chinese schools.

Once matched, the brother-sister classes will participate in a basic cultural email exchange where students will be matched up to do a series of emails that help them get to know their ePals and discuss topics such as family, school, and career goals. After the email exchange, the brother-sister classrooms can work together to select the projects on which to collaborate, and continue to do email exchanges around a variety of topics.  Get more information or sign up.


High Schools: Presentation and Communications Programs

Contact: Arlene B. Isaacs, Dir. At 212-864-6892

Respectful Communications, Inc. helps your students distinguish themselves from the competition at job fairs and interviews.

Click here for more information.


All Schools: Response to Intervention (RTI) Guide

Contact: Stela Radovanovic, SRadova@schools.nyc.gov

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.


All Schools: Common Core Workshops and Professional Development

Contact: Ed Santos, esantos6@schools.nyc.gov

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.