Bring local and community history into your classroom. Hear from historian, John Manbeck, work with original archival documents; practice using Brooklyn Collection materials to fulfill Common Core standards; and develop new methods for increasing student engagement using Brooklyn’s history. Teachers will gain the confidence and knowledge they need to use original primary sources in new ways. The session will focus on Brooklyn, but teachers from across NYC are welcome. Breakfast and lunch will be included and participants will receive a packet of resources. Learn more details here. RSVP is required
The Student Leaders program is an eight-week summer experience for high school juniors and seniors. The program includes a paid internship with a local nonprofit organization as well as the Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. The program gives Student Leaders the opportunity to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on community work experience while discovering their own talents for serving their community and leading others.
Xi Phi, a New York City-based Graduate Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and Community Uplift through Perseverance (CUP) sponsors and underwrites the New York City Omega Black College Tour. The tour enables African American high school students enrolled in New York City schools and schools in the broader metropolitan area to visit 15 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Over the last 22 years, the vision that the African American experience for youth could be challenged through mentoring, leadership development, and exposure to educational opportunities available outside the boundaries of New York City has become an attainable reality. This resulted in transforming the futures of over 600 of our young people. The Black College Tour 2014 theme is “Expanding the Minds of Today’s Youth”. The tour is a seven-day, six-night tour scheduled for February 15 through 21, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Division for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners (DSWDELL) Fall 2013 Professional Development (PD) Catalog is located here. The PD Catalog lists workshop topics including: access to the least restrictive environment, Common Core-aligned curriculum, quality IEPs, autism spectrum disorders, positive behavior supports, transition planning, and bilingual special education. Schools can use this PD Catalog to identify appropriate support and training. To register for workshops, visit the DSWDELL PD site.
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
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).
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (email@example.com) and Sandra Lenon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Administrators, general and special education instructional staff, and related service providers are invited to attend.
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.
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.
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.
Foster your students’ learning and your own in workshops and events and with online, print, and other resources. Click here to learn more.
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 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.
Respectful Communications, Inc. helps your students distinguish themselves from the competition at job fairs and interviews.
Click here for more information.
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.
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.