Middle Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (in chronological order)

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Middle and High Schools: 2014-15 Guided School Visits at The Frick Collection

Event: Ongoing
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 schedule a visit, please click here.


Middle and High Schools: Attend the Free Educator Open House at the 9/11 Tribute Center

Event: October 21, 2014
Contact: Sarah Burroughs

What do your students know about 9/11? Discover how the events of 9/11 connect to variety of subjects areas. Experience how teachers have made it relevant throughout the school year using a variety of disciplines. New teacher materials will be shared and explained. Join us for refreshments, a guest speaker, and the opportunity to connect your students to “those who were there.” Teachers that attend the open house will get free admission for their class during the winter months. The event will be held from 3:30-6:30PM at the 9/11 Tribute Center at 120 Liberty Street, New York. RSVP by emailing your name, school name, grade, and subject area with “Educator Open House” in the subject line.

Middle and High Schools: Memory, Remembrance, and Memorials Educator Workshop

Registration Deadline: October 21, 2014
Event: October 30, 2014
Contact: Elena Cohen

Educators are invited to join the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, Facing History and Ourselves, and Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian for a workshop about historical memory. Participants will explore how traumatic historical events are remembered and memorialized by considering essential questions such as: What are the politics of memory? Who gets to construct these memories and narratives? Representatives from Lower Manhattan museums and cultural institutions will share resources for the classroom that address these issues. For more information and to register, click here.

Middle and High Schools: ArtsConnection’s Student Art Program Call for Art

Application Deadline: October 23, 2014
Event: Exhibitions will take place within Fall/Winter 2014
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. Please visit our website for more information on the Student Art Program.

Middle Schools: History & Theater: 8th Grade Exit Project Strategies

Registration Deadline: October 23, 2014
Event: October 23, 2014
Contact: Leslie Hayes /212-485-9256

Join the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) for this new monthly series of free after-school workshops, offered in partnership with the NYCDOE Office of Arts and Special Projects, for middle school social studies and theater teachers. Link primary sources and theatrical performance to help your students embody a historical figure for their Exit Project oral presentations. In this first session, view highlights from our collection and use them for a series of introductory theatrical exercises. This event will be held on Thursday, October 23 from 4:30 to 6:30PM at N-YHS170 Central Park West. The event is free with RSVP.  Click here to register.

Middle Schools: Ready for College & Career High School Fair

Event: October 24, 2014
Contact: NYCPTECH@schools.nyc.gov

Middle school students and families currently in the High School Admissions process are invited to a special high school fair hosted by the Office of Postsecondary Readiness (OPSR). This high school fair will showcase the six NYC P-TECH and three Expanded Success Initiative high schools, with representatives from each school available to speak with attendees. NYC P-TECH schools are six-year Early College and Career High Schools where students can earn a high school diploma, an Associate degree, and hands-on industry experience. The three new Expanded Success Initiative high schools, located in Queens and Brooklyn, provide students with culturally relevant, personalized learning experiences through work on real-world based challenges. The fair will be held on Friday, October 24 from 5:00 to 7:00PM at Lighthouse International (111 East 59th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues in mid-town Manhattan). Students and families should register here  Information about these schools can be found on the OPSR website.

Middle and High Schools: The Constitution in the Classroom: Women’s Constitutional History with Linda Kerber

Event: October 25, 2014
Contact: Mia Nagawiecki /212-485-9236

Join the New-York Historical Society, NYU, and Professor Linda Kerber as we trace how the rights and obligations laid out in the Constitution have applied to women over our history, and discover how women challenging the status quo have prompted change. Then, join interactive sessions in which we will discuss innovative ways to include these and other constitutional issues and principles throughout the curriculum. This free event will take place at Lipton Hall at NYU Law School (103 West Third Street). Lunch will be served. Advanced registration required.

Middle Schools: A Special Invitation to Become Part of A Poem as Big as the Met

Registration Deadline: November 1, 2014
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Amy Swauger or Jordan Dann at workshops@twc.org /212-675-0171

Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) is working with the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a special project that offers your students the opportunity to explore one of New York City’s treasures—the rich collections of the museum—and then to reflect on that experience in poetry. This program will culminate in publication of A Poem as Big as the Met, an anthology of poetry written by students who participate in the program, and a celebration and reading at the museum in 2015. To register, click here.

Middle and High Schools: 12th National MoneyPOWER Conference for Financial Literacy at McGraw-Hill Conference Center in Midtown Manhattan

Registration Deadline: November 3, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Brian Scios /212-421-2700

The National MoneyPOWER Conference, organized by Working in Support of Education (w!se), helps middle and high school teachers strengthen their knowledge of personal finance and best practices for classroom instruction. The conference includes over 10 workshops on personal finance topics and instructional strategies, a resources fair, complimentary books and financial planning consultations. Participants will receive 6 hours of PD credit. The workshop runs from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Breakfast and lunch are included. Find information and register by clicking here; space is limited.

Elementary and Middle Schools: Register for the Common Core Literacy Series for Non-adopting Schools 

Registration Deadline: November 3, 2104 
Contact: prodev@schools.nyc.gov 

ELA teachers in grades 3 – 8 who have not adopted a Core Curriculum program are invited to attend a two-part professional learning series focused on deepening their understanding of the Common Core State Standards and shifting pedagogy in English Language Arts. On the first day of the series, participants will closely examine selected Common Core Learning Standards in reading and deepen their knowledge of research-based instructional practices. In the second session, the same cohort will return to analyze their implementation of the practices introduced on day one, including through the examination of authentic student work, and refine implementation for future units. Teachers will attend on two dates: November 5th and January 14, November 6th and January 15, November 7 and January 16 or November 14 and January 22. For more information and to register please click here.

Middle and High Schools: Free Science Professional Development - Wildlife Forensics  for Science Teachers Grades 8-12 – Living  Environments

Application Deadline: November 7, 2014
Event: November 15, 22, 2014 and May 23, 2015
Contact: Christine Mazza at ESC@schools.nyc.gov /718-444-6560

During this three-day professional learning, grade 8-12 science teachers learn about molecular genetics and how scientists use DNA as a tool in conservation genetics. This professional learning experience will prepare educators on how to incorporate literacy into a genetics unit and how to reflect and evaluate student work. Educators will learn how to run DNA samples, run labs and analyze the results. Teachers will be given a voucher (at no charge) to return with their class to co-facilitate in ESC's lab or they can rent (at no charge) the portable DNA kits to run the lab in their classroom. For further information and to apply click here.

Middle and High Schools: News Literacy Project Digital Unit

Registration Deadline: November 10, 2014
Event: November 17, 2014
Contact: Tamara Johnson /917-929-3900

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 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, Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Dow Jones Foundation. Learn more or register here.

Middle and High Schools: World Savvy Classrooms

Deadline: November 14, 2014
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Aditi Naik /718-878-6433

World Savvy works with teachers and students during the school year to engage students in project-based learning around a global theme. Throughout the World Savvy program, teachers will be provided with professional development, consulting, and youth engagement activities. World Savvy supports teachers in building students’ global competency by executing a project that is rigorous and engaging, using students’ own lives and communities as a springboard for exploration. Click here for information on World Savvy Classrooms.

Middle Schools: Early Registration for the 2014-2015 Future City Competition

Event: September 2014 through January 2015
Contact: Karen Armfield

This Discover Engineering Foundation program is a hands on activity that shows career potential in STEM fields and engineering. Participating students from grades 6-8 work with a professional engineer who mentors them on designing a city of the future. Students will research and use engineering solutions to improve the quality of life for citizens in their city. This program makes for a great afterschool activity. To find out more and register your school, visit http://www.futurecity.org/. Schools with more than 50% of students receiving free or reduced lunch are eligible to participate free of charge.