High Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (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.Teacher participation in opportunities that occur during school hours require principal's approval. 

High Schools: Girls in Grade 9 Attending Brooklyn High Schools Can Apply to NYC Great!

Application Deadline: February 12, 2016
Contact: LeslieAnn Dunn

The Office of Equity and Access is pleased to announce the launch of NYC Great! A Young Women’s Leadership Initiative in Brooklyn. NYC Great! (Girls Reaching Every Apex Together) is designed to provide experiences that support the development of leadership and communication skills in young women who are currently attending high school. The program will begin with young women in the 9th grade who attend NYC DOE high schools serving community school districts in Brooklyn. Applicants are required to answer three short essay questions and attend a personal interview. Click here to apply.


High Schools: Spring 2016 Writing Internship at YCteen Magazine

Application Deadline: February 12, 2016
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Holly St. Lifer/212-279-0708; ext. 116

Motivated students who enjoy writing personal stories are invited to apply for the spring writing internship at award-winning magazine YCteen. Interning writers will be mentored by a professional editor as they learn memoir-writing and journalism skills, and their work will be published both in print and online. Writers must be between the ages of 15 and 20. The YCteen office is in Midtown Manhattan and is open to writers from 1:00-6:00pm, Monday through Thursday. Within that time frame, writers must commit to a minimum of two days a week, two hours a day, for a total of at least four hours per week. Writers must commit to participating for a minimum of three months. Interested students who meet the internship requirements can click here to read more information and submit an online application. Click here to read stories on the YCteen website.


High Schools: College Goal NY FAFSA Completion Events in New York

Event: Ongoing until February 13, 2016
Contact: James Rodriguez/866-509-5921

College Goal NY Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion events aim to help college-bound students complete the most important tool in securing financial aid: the FAFSA. The FAFSA completion events are scheduled in targeted areas throughout the state of New York that have a history of high financial need and where students submit a disproportionately small number of online FAFSA applications. At each event, students and families receive hands-on assistance with their online applications and get answers to questions specific to their circumstances. Participants can enter a drawing to win $500, provided through the College Access Challenge Grant (CACG), to help pay for college costs. A list of College Goal NY event locations, along with registration information and tips for completing the FAFSA, are posted on the College Goal NY website. Click here to view the flyer.


High Schools: Interactive Online Course—Unlocking the Mystery: Best Practices for Implementing the Sample 9th-Grade English Language Arts Mystery Unit

Registration Deadline: February 15, 2016
Event: February 21-March 26, 2016
Contact: AnnMarie Dull

In this interactive online course, participants will practice a variety of teaching strategies using a Sample Common Core Learning Standards reading unit on the mystery genre for 9th-grade English Language Arts. This course is for high school teachers who intend to teach or are teaching the unit. In this free five-week course, teachers will explore the instructional strategies featured in the unit, including using discussion to build reading comprehension, effective grouping and small-group instruction, and modeling and practicing of annotation techniques. In this course, teachers will watch videos that provide tips about the different strategies, submit lesson plans for peer and instructor feedback, and analyze student work in order to effectively plan lessons to meet the needs of students in their classrooms. Click here to register. Click here for more information about the course. Two P-Credits are available for completion of the course.


Middle and High Schools: Application Deadline Extended: 2016 Summer Arts Institute

Application Deadline: February 19, 2016
Event: July 5-29, 2016
Contact: Callie McGlone/917-521-3713

Summer Arts Institute is a free, four-week arts program for New York City public school students entering grades 8-12 in fall 2016 (i.e., students currently in grades 7-11). This intensive program is held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, and is administered by the NYC DOE’s Office of Arts and Special Projects. Students can major in dance, theater, instrumental music, orchestral strings, vocal music, film, or visual arts. The program is designed for students at an intermediate or advanced level of study in their discipline. Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with DOE arts specialists, cultural organizations, and guest artists. This experienced team guides students in building a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study: an arts-focused high school, college/university, or conservatory. The daily schedule includes studio work and experiences with professional artists. In the studios, students develop and improve their technical skills and creative expression in their art form. Time is dedicated to rehearsals, attending professional performances, visiting arts venues, and exploring careers. The Institute culminates with an exhibition and performance showcasing the students’ work. Admission to the Summer Arts Institute is by application and audition. Students may apply and audition for only one studio. Student auditions will be held on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. Click here for more information. Questions can be directed to summerarts@schools.nyc.gov or Callie McGlone.


Middle and High Schools: Online Class for Teachers by Teachers: Best Practices in Common Core-Aligned Literacy Instruction

Registration Deadline: February 21, 2016
Event: February 25-April 21, 2016
Contact: Melissa Cardinali

For Teachers by Teachers: Best Practices in Common Core-Aligned Literacy Instruction is an eight-week online class where teachers will practice a variety of classroom-tested strategies to increase the rigor and engagement in their literacy instruction. Teachers who enroll are expected to watch video lessons, implement the teaching strategies with their own students, and then discuss their experiences in small online discussion groups, which are facilitated by New York City middle and high school teachers. This class was created for teachers by teachers with content based on the Common Core Literacy Standards and supporting research. This class is designed for grades 6-12 teachers and the strategies demonstrated can be used immediately. Click here to watch a brief video about the class experience and view this one pager that describes the class. Click here to register. 


High Schools: Apply for Computer Science for All: Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles—Application Period Open

Application Deadline: February 22, 2016
Event: Ongoing (2016-2017 school year)
Contact: Aankit Patel

The Advanced Placement Computer Science (AP CS) Principles course is accepting applications for its next cohort of teachers. This course, modeled after the University of California, Berkeley’s undergraduate course Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC), trains teachers to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles exam as early as May 2017. Interested teachers are invited to register here for either the January 27 or February 2 webinar. Apply for the AP CS course (also known as BJC) here. For questions, email Aankit Patel


Middle and High Schools: Apply for Computer Science for All: Software Engineering Programs—Application Period Open

Application Deadline: February 22, 2016
Event: Ongoing (2016-2017 school year)
Contact: Raquel Cardona 

The Software Engineering Program (SEP), the flagship program in the mayor’s Computer Science for All initiative, is accepting applications for its next cohort. SEP is a comprehensive, standards-aligned computer science and software engineering education program for grades 6-12. School staff are invited to register for a webinar on either January 26 or February 3. Click here to apply for SEP. Applications are due by 5:00pm.


High Schools: Free Career Labs for Teens (Ages 15-18) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Event: February 26, March 4, April 15, June 17
Contact: Ariel Greene/212-570-3961

Teenagers interested in arts, museum, or creative careers are invited to join the Metropolitan Museum of Art for free career labs. Each session brings together professionals whose jobs are related to a single topic. The following months’ topics include Living Artists, Fashion, Working with Words, and Image Makers. Each session will include a workshop led by professionals, as well as a Q&A. In June, the Met’s high school interns will run the Career Lab. Come try out some of the skills they developed in their time at the Met and leave with an understanding of a wide range of museum careers. Attend three or more monthly sessions and receive a certificate of participation. The career labs are free and take place on select Fridays from 4:30-6:30pm. Reservations are encouraged but not required. For more information and to reserve a spot, click here


High Schools: iMentor is Looking for New School Partners for Fall 2016

Registration Deadline: February 29, 2016
Event Date: February 29, 2016
Contact: Jana Chandler

iMentor is looking for high schools interested in its three-year College Transition Program. The program partners with NYC public high schools committed to helping students from low-income communities achieve college attainment by matching each student with a college-educated mentor. Together, iMentor and public schools across New York City are implementing a new model of college success for students. Since 1999, iMentor has matched 13,000 public school students with mentors, and its work has been highlighted by President Obama, PBS, and Esquire Magazine as an effective strategy to expand college opportunity. To join iMentor’s growing network of school partners for fall 2016, click here or contact Jana Chandler.


High Schools: Apply for NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE)

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2016
Event: July 6-August 19, 2016
Contact: Center for K12 STEM Education/646-997-3524

The Center for K12 STEM Education at NYU Tandon School of Engineering is pleased to announce Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) 2016. Now in its fourth year, this seven-week selective summer research program is for academically strong NYC students in grades 10-11 who have a demonstrated interest in STEM. ARISE includes college-level workshops; a high-level mentored research experience in an NYU engineering, life sciences, or computer and data sciences lab; and training in public speaking. Students are matched to a lab according to their interests. The program will accommodate 36 motivated students who can commit to attend full-time. The program is free and is held at NYU buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Click here for more information and to apply. 


Middle and High Schools: Summer Travel Scholarships

Application Deadline: March 1, 2016
Event: Summer 2016
Contact: Stan Rosenberg/914-438-5834

Trip of a Lifetime is now accepting applications for its summer travel scholarships. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Trip of a Lifetime has sent 60 qualified students from NYC on teen tours and community service trips to the Western United States and Costa Rica. This opportunity is available to students currently in grades 7-11 and is a needs-based program; applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need. Click here for more information and to apply.


Middle School and High School: Attend the Cornell Team-RET (Research Experience for Teachers) Program in Ithaca, NY

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2016
Event: July 6-August 12, 2016
Contact: Mark Walsh/607-592-4053

Team-RET provides middle school, high school, and community college math and science teachers with an intense, six-week period of in-depth study at the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) laboratories with facility managers, faculty, and graduate students. In the Team-RET program, five select science teachers will spend the first five weeks primarily in the CCMR Shared Facilities. They will work together as a team to understand how the equipment in the facility works and solve research problems set out by the facility manager. The sixth week will be dedicated to developing a materials science-related lesson plan based on their experience in the facilities. Copies of Team-RET alumni lesson plans can be found on the RET Modules page. Cornell will also be offering an Independent-RET program this summer. This opportunity is only available to teachers who have completed the CCMR Team-RET program. Click here for more information and to register.


Middle and High School: The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

Registration Deadline: March 3, 2016
Event: March 7-8, 2016
Contact: Elena Cohen

Educators are invited to attend this workshop to learn how society can rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, during a time when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable. Participants will explore this significant period in U.S. history when Americans were faced with the challenge of restoring a nation amid the social and political upheaval of the Civil War. Click here to register.


Middle and High Schools: Guided School Visits at The Frick Collection

Event: Ongoing, Tuesdays through Fridays
Contact: Rachel Himes/212-547-0704

The Frick Collection invites students in grades 5-12 to study European painting, sculpture, and decorative art in the Gilded Age mansion of Henry Clay Frick. Guided by experienced museum educators, students will explore works of art through close observation and group discussion. For further information and to book a visit, click here.