High Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (in chronological order)

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High Schools: Spring 2015 Academic Policy Workshop  

Event: March 25, 31, 2015 
Contact: Margarita Suero-Duran/212-374-6837 

The NYCDOE Office of Guidance and School Counseling will host a series of Spring 2015 Academic Policy Workshops by borough. The workshop will be facilitated by the NYCDOE Office of Academic Policy and Systems. This presentation will review the High School Academic Policy Guide, and will provide the latest updates. This presentation is designed for high school administrators, school counselors, and programming chairs, who play a key role in academic policy. No meals will be provided; please plan accordingly. For further information, please visit the Guidance Portal


Middle and High Schools: Student Art Program Call for Art

Application Deadline: March 30, 2015
Event: Exhibitions will take place Spring 2015
Contact: Amanda Guest/212-302-7433; ext. 472

ArtsConnection’s Student Art Program curates and mounts exhibitions that showcase artists in grades 6-12 from New York City public schools. Exhibitions of selected artwork are hosted in spaces in New York City with an opening reception for artists and their guests. Students and teachers can access the online application and read more information here.


Middle and High Schools: NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Research Experiences for Teachers

Application Deadline: March 27, 2015
Event: July 6, 2015 – August 14, 2015
Contact: k12stem@poly.edu/718-260-3524

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering (SoE) is pleased to offer two, paid NSF-funded summer Research Experiences for Teachers professional development opportunities. Both are based on timely STEM-related topics: mechatronics/entrepreneurship and cyber security. Over six weeks, middle and high school teachers will receive full-time training in either mechatronics combined with entrepreneurship or in cyber security and will conduct research alongside faculty and students in an NYU SoE lab. After completion, teachers will be equipped to bring new and enriched STEM curriculum and after-school programming back to their students and schools, with the ultimate aim of expanding opportunity for students in STEM-related studies and careers. Applications are due by March 27, 2015. For program details and application instructions, click here.    


Middle and High Schools: News Literacy Project Digital Unit

Event: Ongoing through June
Contact: Elis Estrada/919-523-9134

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, embedded assessment 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 and the Ford Foundation. Learn more or register here.


High Schools: ScriptEd is Seeking Schools for Coding/Web Development Program               

Application Deadline: March 31, 2015
Event: Ongoing for school year 2015-2016    
Contact: Becca Novak     

ScriptEd (ScriptEd.org) is a nonprofit organization that equips students in under-resourced schools with the fundamental coding skills and professional experiences leading to careers in technology. Students who complete the web development classes (led by professional software developers) are eligible for paid summer internships to gain professional coding experiences and meet more professionals in the field. Previous internship partners include About.com, American Express, JP Morgan, and others. Eligibility criteria for interested schools include: 1) 75% or more of the student body qualifies for free or reduced price lunch; 2) have at least 20 working computers or laptops with internet; 3) have a dedicated classroom with a projector screen or smart board; 4) provide a ScriptEd liaison to coordinate efforts; and  5) have over 20 students in grades 10-12 interested in participating. For more information, review ScriptEd’s programs then complete this form. For questions, contact Becca Novak.


High Schools: Summer Study Projects Program at The Frick Collection

Application Deadline: March 31, 2015
Contact: Isabel Bird/212-547-0704

The Frick Collection is pleased to offer Summer Study Projects, a four-week program for high school juniors and seniors and college underclassmen with an interest in art and art history. Between July 7 and 31, participants will pursue independent research and develop talks on selected landscapes in the Frick’s permanent collection, all while learning about the inner workings of one of New York’s most cherished art institutions. This free program is by application only; for further information and to apply, please click here.


High Schools: Digital Skills Intensive for Journalism Teachers and Advisers

Application Deadline: April 1, 2015
Event: July 6 – 17, 2015
Contact: Assistant Dean Steve Dougherty

This two-week course is designed to provide high school journalism teachers with new tools for updating their student publications. Teachers will learn how to journalistically harness students’ smartphone, video and social media abilities to create or bolster online news products. The class will produce a digital project showcasing the skills taught. Teachers from other disciplines encouraged to apply.


Middle and High Schools: Attend the Cornell Team-Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program

Application Deadline: April 6, 2015
Event: July 6-August 14, 2015
Contact: Mark Walsh/607-255-9547

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 spend the first five weeks primarily in the CCMR Shared Facilities. They work together as a team to understand how the equipment in the facility works and to solve research problems set out by the facility manager. The sixth week is 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 our RET Modules page. We will also be offering an Independent-RET program this summer as well. This opportunity is only available to teachers who have completed the CCMR Team-RET program. Click here for registration and information on this program.


Middle and High Schools: Free Webinar: Protecting Wildlife in a Changing Climate

Event: April 7, 2015
Contact: Dhal Anglada

The Wildlife Conservation Society is offering a free webinar, "Protecting Wildlife in a Changing Climate," with Dr. Molly Cross. The webinar will share examples of how wildlife are being affected by changes in climate, and how governmental agencies and conservation organizations are taking action to protect wildlife in a time of rapid and uncertain change. Click here for information and registration - available under “Upcoming Webinars.” PD credits can be earned from this webinar.


High Schools: Paid Internships for High School Students at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Application Deadline: April 8, 2015
Event: July 6–August 13, 2015
Contact: Betsy Gibbons/212-650-2330

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers paid internships to students in grade 11 or 12 at any high school or home school in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.  Interns will get the inside scoop on a wide variety of Museum jobs in conservation, education, exhibition design, and more. They’ll also develop professional skills, explore the galleries, and assist an expert in one of the Museum’s departments. Students don’t need prior experience or specific knowledge to apply – just an interest in learning about museum careers and great works of art! The deadline to register for this event is Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 6:00p.m. For more information and to apply, please click here.


High Schools: NewsHive

Registration Deadline: April 17, 2015
Event: April 24-25, 2015 and May 8-9, 2015
Contact: Katina Paron/718-755-6225 

High school students interested in media, storytelling and digital skills are invited to a unique event for youth media makers called NewsHive. NewsHive is a pop-up newsroom where students work in teams led by mentors in the creation of a digital product that shares information or sheds light on an issue. Students have two NewsHives to choose from: NewsHive at St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) April 24-25 or NewsHive at CUNY J-School (Times Square) May 8-9. This is a free event. To register, student should click here


High Schools: The Met is Seeking Outstanding High School Teachers!

Application Deadline: April 27, 2015
Contact: Nicola Giardina

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is accepting applications from New York City high school teachers working in Title I or District 75 schools for the 2015-2016 cohort of Astor Educators. Fifteen exemplary teachers (visual arts, social studies, English language arts) will be selected to participate in an unprecedented professional learning community. Over the course of the year the cohort will develop lesson plans and instructional videos highlighting ways that experiences with works of art can support student learning and develop college and career readiness skills such as understanding other perspectives and cultures. For more information and to apply, please click here.


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

Event: Ongoing, Mondays through Fridays
Contact: Isabel Bird/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, please click here.


Middle and High Schools: News Literacy Project Digital Unit

Registration: Rolling through June 2015
Event: Offered monthly through June 2015
Contact: Elis Estrada/919-523-9134

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, embedded assessment 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 and the Ford Foundation. Learn more or register here.