Middle Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (in chronological order)

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Elementary and Middle Schools: The Design-Make-Play STEM Institutes

Registration Deadline: February 15, 2016
Event: February 16-18, 2016
Contact: Georgette Williams

Learn how an innovative pedagogical approach called Design-Make-Play can help engage students in STEM learning. The Design-Make-Play approach fosters problem-solving and critical thinking skills with inquiry-based experiences that are student-driven and lead to materials literacy, divergent solutions, meaningful reflection, and creative collaboration. This series reinforces science content, correlates to standards, and strengthens literacy and 21st century skills. Topics include electricity, biology, and structures. Each participant will receive a one-year New York Hall of Science educator membership. The fee is $100 per participant. All programs include lunch. Click here for more information and to register.

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. 

Elementary and Middle Schools: Webinar: Help Students Develop a Positive Digital Footprint: EverFi's Ignition—Digital Citizenship Online Course

Registration Deadline: February 22, 2016
Event: February 23, 2016
Contact: Nicky Huels/334-521-2193

Educators interested in teaching students how to be safe online and develop a positive digital footprint are invited to sign up for this EverFi webinar. EverFi's Ignition—Digital Citizenship program is a supplemental online course designed to both inform students on the nuts and bolts of technology, as well as tackle tough issues like cyberbullying, digital relationships, validating online resources, and the viral nature of the web. The course features interactive mini-lessons, games, and story-based activities that challenge students to make choices in real-life scenarios. Students can earn a personalized Certificate of Completion at the close of the program. The ideal participant is a technology, STEM, or multi-media teacher of grades 5-8 or a middle school administrator. Participants will receive unlimited online access to the program, along with curriculum materials and ongoing implementation and technical support. The program is available to schools free of charge. Click here to learn more and sign up.

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.

Middle Schools: Free Workshop on Teaching Debate and Argumentation

Registration Deadline: February 25, 2016
Event: March 3, 2016
Contact: Carol Losos/212-818-1200

The English-Speaking Union of the United States invites teachers to the free Teaching Debate and Argumentation workshop, where participants can learn how to prepare students to engage in critical discussion and be productive citizens. This workshop is part of the English-Speaking Union's collaboration with the Middle School Public Debate League. Together, they sponsor the New York Debate League that currently includes nearly 30 public, charter, parochial, and independent schools. Teachers can join this workshop to learn more about integrating debate into their classroom curriculum, debate and the Common Core (speaking and listening, argumentation, using informational texts), and how to develop a debate program in your school. Curriculum materials will be provided. This event will take place at 144 East 39th Street, Manhattan, 10016 from 9:00am-3:00pm, view our flyer for more infomation or click here to visit our website.

Elementary and Middle Schools: Sign Up Now to Hold a NaliniKIDS Emotional and Physical Wellness Training for Teachers

Registration Deadline: February 29, 2016
Event: Ongoing 
Contact: Jenny Caruso

Teachers are invited to reserve a NaliniKIDS teacher workshop at their schools. The workshops are led by Rupa Mehta, a teacher, author, and fitness expert who has helped thousands of adults and youth become healthier individuals. She is the founder of NaliniKIDS, an in-school intervention program that is based on Mehta’s wellness philosophy that true health comes from being emotionally and physically fit. Workshops will incorporate concepts from Mehta’s new book, 7 Workouts for 7 Moods, which fuses yoga, pilates, strengthening exercises, and barre work to help teachers feel energized and de-stressed. The workshop will also feature strategies that teachers can apply in their own classrooms. Teachers can schedule workshops on Mondays during the 80-minute PD period in their schools. Click here for more information. To reserve training dates or ask questions specific to training, contact Jenny Caruso.

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.