High Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, May 19, 2015 (in chronological order)

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Middle and High Schools: Above and Beyond Community Service Award

Nomination Deadline: May 27, 2015
Contact: Moises Belizario

NYC public schools can nominate service-minded students to be honored by the Jefferson Awards Foundation throughout the months of May and June. The Jefferson Awards Foundation seeks to honor middle and high school students from across the five boroughs who have demonstrated strong leadership by making significant contributions—both locally and globally—with their time, talents, dedication, and service work. Students who have exhibited interest and enthusiasm for contributing to the benefit of others, and possess the motivation and potential to become leaders through service can also be nominated. To nominate a student, click here.


High Schools: 36th Annual Teen Summer Writing Workshop

Application Deadline: May 22, 2015
Event: July 6 - August 13, 2015
Contact: Holly St. Lifer/212-279-0708; ext.116

In this workshop, participants will get one-on-one mentoring from a professional editor, write and revise personal stories about their lives, go on field trips, and make friends with other writers. Their stories will be published in the award-winning YCteen and Represent magazines which are read by tens of thousands of people each year. This year's workshop theme is gender roles and expectations. Teens will participate in group activities and write about what it means to be a modern young man or young woman, as well as other topics that are important to them. No prior journalism experience is required, but teens must commit to a rigorous six-week schedule. The summer workshop will be held at Youth Communication's offices, located at 224 W. 29th St, 2nd Fl. For more information and to apply, click here.


Middle and High Schools: Apply for the second year of a STEM partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Application Deadline: June 1, 2015
Contact: Dave Johnston

Middle and high school principals are invited to apply for a partnership with WCS to implement the innovative new web platform, Visionmaker NYC in their classrooms. In the 2014-2015 school year, we successfully partnered with 11 NYC public schools and are looking to expand with our second cohort. Each school can name a team of 2-6 teachers to work with WCS educators, receiving direct support in integrating cutting edge science and technology across the disciplines through Visionmaker NYC as well as shaping curriculum for dissemination across the nation through the 2015-2016 school year. Interested schools can apply here.


Middle and High Schools: Chancellor’s Day 9/11 Memorial Museum Professional Development Workshop

Registration Deadline: May 27, 2015
Event: June 4, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Lagasse/646-757-5558

The 9/11 Memorial Museum is pleased to invite middle and high school educators to participate in a full day professional development workshop on Chancellor’s Day, Thursday, June 4th. This free foundational workshop will examine the 9/11 attacks and offer strategies for incorporating artifacts, images, and primary sources into your classroom to teach this difficult subject. The program, which runs from 9:00a.m.–3:00p.m., will feature a tour of the Museum, hands-on activities, and group discussion. All participants will receive free curricular materials at the completion of the program. The workshop is limited to 30 participants. Click here to register.


High Schools: 9/11 Memorial Museum Summer Volunteering Opportunities

Application Deadline: May 29, 2015
Contact: Lindsay Watts/212-857-0151

The 9/11 Memorial Museum is looking for students aged 16+ to volunteer over the Summer. Students can choose to help in either Visitor Services- greeting visitors to the Memorial and Museum, or welcoming and assisting visitors to our Museum store. Training is provided, and we ask for 2 shifts a week (about 8hrs) during the Summer and we are open 7 days a week. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about 9/11 and experience helping in a Museum. Students need to complete a background check and be friendly, polite and comfortable approaching visitors. For further information, click here or contact Lindsay Watts at volunteer@911memorial.org.


High Schools: Research Institute for Teachers and Their Students to Begin the Urban Barcoding Project

Application Deadline: May 29, 2015
Event: August 3-14, 2015
Contact: Christine Mazza

The NYCDOE’s Environmental Study Center (ESC) is pleased to offer a unique summer opportunity for teachers and their students to learn the Urban Barcoding Project from leading experts at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, DNA Learning Center. Teachers can apply to join us for two weeks, August 3- 14, with their team of 4 students. During the two weeks, teachers and their student teams will kick off their yearlong research project by exploring the local environment, the importance of this ecosystem and the concept of DNA barcoding. Teams will begin to understand the importance of species identification as it relates to this ecosystem. Teams will complete field work to gather samples for analysis, and then learn lab protocols and procedures to extract the DNA from their samples. Their extractions will be sent to an offsite lab for sequencing and bioinformatics analysis. Once species identification has been established, participants will continue researching the ecosystem and their species to uncover the interdependence of species to support a healthy ecosystem. For more information and to apply, click here.


High Schools: Free Online Primary Sources for High Schools

Registration Deadline: June 2, 2015
Event: June 4, 2015
Contact: Elizabeth Naylor-Gutierrez/212-356-8338

The Office of Library Services i¬s offering training for librarians and teachers on the access and use of primary source databases from Gale featuring historical newspapers, magazines, government documents and more. These eight college-level databases are available for free to all NYC schools courtesy of CUNY. Participants in the training will learn to plan instruction that allows students to read, interpret and analyze the types of high-level informational texts and sources they will be expected to use in college. Please click here more information and to register.


Middle and High Schools: Building Fluency with ELLs in the Content Areas

Registration Deadline: June 3, 2015
Event: June 4, 2015
Contact: Mallory McMahon

Join the New York City Writing Project (NYCWP) for a full-day experiential workshop exploring the ways that middle and high school teachers of all content areas can support students with diverse language needs. In this workshop, participants will strengthen their understanding of language development; explore the link between oral and written language; engage in activities that support students’ vocabulary development and fluency; read current educational theory and apply it to the needs of ELLs; and learn new protocols and strategies that support ELLs in independent reading, writing and speaking throughout the day. Cost is $50.00; breakfast and lunch provided. Click here to register. Click here to view flyer.