The NYC Leadership Academy invites middle school principals and one staff member to the second in a series of Literacy Workshops with Daria Rigney. This workshop will focus on providing high-quality and rigorous Tier I instruction to support literacy work. The emphasis will be on Independent Reading and how we, as school leaders, can create a book and text filled culture that gives students multiple opportunities to form reading identities and make it an essential part of their lives. Using the current research on independent reading, we will explore the nuts and bolts of how a school creates a rich, literate environment and moves students from reluctant readers to adolescents with well-developed ideas on book/text choice, favorite authors and reading strategies for success. We will discuss specific supports and challenges for both inexperienced and grade-level readers as well as assessing our own schools’ literacy culture and climate. Participants will engage in creating their own tools for assessing the conditions that already exist as well as planning for change. Please note that breakfast will not be served.
The Office of Safety & Youth Development presents a professional development opportunity for NYCDOE Middle School Counselors. Participants will explore a range of resources to enhance their delivery of comprehensive career development programs serving middle school students. Interactive presentations will include: NYS CareerZone, Overcoming Obstacles Curriculum Modules, and NYC DOE College and Career Readiness Benchmarks. Space is limited. With approval from their school principal, middle school participants are invited to register by Thursday, January 9, 2014, by emailing: Participant Name, Title, School Name/DBN #, and Principal’s Name/Contact Information to Margarita Suero-Duran. Please indicate: “Jan 23-Middle School Workshop” on the email subject line.
The new Common Core Learning Standards present a challenge as well as an opportunity to our English language learners (ELL). Meeting this challenge calls for a radical change in how instruction is organized, so that ELLs are given the greatest opportunity to develop a sufficient understanding of underlying mathematical concepts. This six-day series will prepare you to better serve your ELL students while deepening your core knowledge of teaching mathematics. This series is designed for math teachers of ELLs. Network and cluster instructional staff and ESL teachers are welcome to register if accompanied by a math teacher. Participants will have the opportunity to work with Dr. Ann Shannon, who will demonstrate strategies to support ELLs as they engage in a productive struggle with the intrinsic complexities of mathematics. Teams will also have the opportunity to work with Phil Daro, co-author of the CCLS, as well as DOE math/ELL instructional specialists. The first session will be on Friday, October 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at a location in upper Manhattan to be announced. Subsequent sessions will be offered on the following days: November 15, December 6, January 10, February 14, and March 7. Registration is free. Schools can apply to participate by visiting this site.
Spaces for free classes are running out. Book now to bring your students to the 9/11 Tribute Center for a visit with a Tribute Guide. After touring exhibitions, students speak with a Tribute Guide who shares their personal 9/11 experience and inspires an engaging dialogue. Visits are an excellent supplement to the 9/11 Memorial, offering context, interpretation, and information about the construction of the new World Trade Center. Schedule a visit at 10:00 or 11:30a.m., Monday-Friday. Visit the Education Page to learn more.
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 training and experienced volunteer guides and sit on gallery stools to encourage close looking and penetrating exploration of artworks. To request a tour, visit 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 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.
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.
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.
At the core of the 9/12 Generation Project is a Service Activation Kit which contains a documentary film, teacher discussion guides based on the core values in the film, and service-learning project guides which meet Common Core curriculum standards and empower teachers to engage students in six unique volunteer projects focused on disaster relief, community revitalization, and the arts.
The family of Christina-Taylor Green, who was born on September 11, 2001 and died during the Tucson tragedy when Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot, has generously donated the 9/12 Generation Project to every public middle school in New York City and Arizona. Roxanne Green said, "Christina loved to volunteer and this project will help pass that passion to other students for generations."
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.
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.
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.
School staff can receive PD on the DOE’s social media guidelines; see this page on the Intranet for information about the sessions that are available. To schedule PD, please email email@example.com or be in touch with your network.