Middle school parents across the five boroughs are invited to attend the “Middle School Parents Info Session” with the NYCDOE Office of the Arts and Special Projects. Families will have the opportunity to attend a workshop conveniently located within the borough in which they reside, receive information regarding their child’s preparation for high school auditions, and speak with experts from the Arts and the Enrollment Offices. Please click on the borough for locations and to register: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island. Seats are limited. Families must register to attend!
Summer will be here before you know it. Are you looking for a summer job? Applications for the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) are available now and have a deadline of April 25. SYEP serves New York City residents between the ages of 14 and 24 and is administered by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. The nation’s largest summer youth employment initiative, SYEP provides summer employment and educational experience that capitalize on individual strengths, develop skills and competencies and connect youth with positive adult role models. All applications are placed in a lottery and those youth who are selected will receive up to six weeks of entry-level work experience in a variety of jobs at thousands of worksites across all five boroughs of NYC. Specialized programming for disabled, foster care, runaway/homeless and court-involved young people are also available. Applications are available online at the DYCD website, at a participating community - based organization or by calling DYCD Youth Connect at 1(800) 246-4646 or 311.
The Justice Resource Center (JRC) is offering an introductory professional development session for assistant principals and teachers interested in implementing The Constitution Works (TCW), a law-related/civics programs appropriate for grades 5-12. JRC provides teacher professional development sessions, age-appropriate case materials aligned with Common Core, and an opportunity for students to role-play cases in real court rooms. To attend, RSVP to Carolyn Morway. For more information, visit The Constitution Works.
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.
Encourage your students to apply for one or all of the below opportunities, which are being offered as part of the DOE’s STEM initiative. More information, including eligibility requirements and registration links, can be found on the OELL website.MicroMuseum Program at the American Museum of Natural History: Students will gain a better understanding of life at the microscopic level, including how it affects humans, animals, plants, and minerals. Saltz Internship Program at the American Museum of Natural History: Saltz interns will “think like scientists” as they bring to life the scientific concepts of the Museum’s halls. Eco Rangers Middle School Institute at the American Museum of Natural History: Participants will head out into the field to explore the local environment and get hands-on experience collecting data. After School Program at the American Museum of Natural History: Students may enroll in various programs, including “The Cosmic Perspective,” “Our Concrete Jungle,” “Digging up Our Past,” and “Footprints in Time.” STEM Project Showcase Fair / Opportunity for ELL Students: Students working on science, math, or technology projects will have the opportunity to present and defend their scientific inquiry.
The NYC Center for Space Science Education (NYCCSSE) is excited to offer a special professional development workshop focusing on the engineering design process. Teachers in grades 2-8 will be immersed in activities from the NASA’s BEST (Beginning Engineering Science and Technology) curriculum. Teachers participating in this FREE program will attend a one-day professional development and will receive over $250 worth of materials needed to implement the curriculum in their classroom. For more information and to register, click here. Space is limited. Preference will be given to Title I Priority and Focus schools.
Would you like to engage students in service to develop solutions to hunger in your community and across the nation? This April and May, generationOn is looking to engage middle school classrooms to think critically about issues surrounding hunger and food production/distribution across the United States. Sites will receive mini-grant funding and technical support to assist in the implementation process. A limited number of spots are available for the pilot, contact Laura Rog at lrog@generationOn.org or 917-746-8173 to hear more about it and sign up today.
Schools can win $10,000 to help students achieve their academic goals while improving their school. To win, principals are invited to work with middle and high school students to submit a three-minute video explaining why their school is in need of additional funding and what improvement they can undertake to build a better school. A completed submission form should accompany all video submissions to the address identified on the attached forms by May 9, 2014. The winners will be selected based on the school’s need, the spirit of student collaboration as demonstrated in the video, project creativity and the project’s connection to an academic goal. For more information see attached informational flyer or send inquires to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2014–2015, up to 50 middle and high school ensemble directors will be selected to participate in a yearlong workshop that includes: • monthly interactive workshops (on Saturdays) with top music educators that focus on pedagogy, ensemble leadership, and best teaching practices • attendance at concerts as a guest of Carnegie Hall • classroom observations and feedback from Music Educators Workshop faculty and peers • the opportunity to network with a peer group of New York City music teachers and conductors. Plus, participants have the option to register for professional credit from the NYCDOE. To register, please visit this site.
The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to students ages 13 to 18 from around the globe. It encourages students to change the world through scientific inquiry. They will learn about their chosen topic and develop key skills along the way. Students sign up for the Science Fair with a free Google account at GoogleScienceFair.com. They’ll then carry out a test or experiment on a subject they’re passionate about, and submit their project online. The submissions deadline is May 12, 2014. Visit the website for resources designed to help participants through the competition. After the first round of judging, 90 regional finalists whose will be announced. The top 15 students, or teams, will be invited to the finalist event at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California where they’ll get to present their work to a group of distinguished scientists, tech innovators and Nobel Laureates. Google will honor three age category winners, including a Grand Prize winner, and winners of other special prizes.
Wheelchairs Against Guns (W.A.G.) works to inform inner city youth of the dangers of gun violence. W.A.G. utilizes first-hand experience to paint a real picture of how gun violence can harm students, their families, and everyone in the community. Using their members’ disabilities as the proof, W.A.G. hopes to use their stories to deter students from engaging in gun violence. W.A.G. also works to educate students on the importance of staying in school and focusing on their education. To have W.A.G. visit your school and put on a gun violence prevention assembly, please contact Kareem at WheelchairsAgainstGuns@aol.com.
Middle and high schools can request for classroom speakers and field trips to active court rooms from the Law-Related Education Committee at the New York County Lawyers’ Association, chaired by New York State Supreme Court Justice Richard Lee Price. Over the years, the committee has coordinated several courthouse tours including central booking, the arraignment room, holding cells and courtrooms. The committee has also facilitated attorneys and judges to visit classrooms to speak about the law, covering topics such as conflict resolution, criminal law, immigration law, civil law, family law, commercial law, constitutional law, and the career development as a lawyer and in the legal field. Requests should be sent to Justice Richard Lee Price at email@example.com . For additional questions, contact Debra Lesser.
Registration is now open for spring term workshops on addressing the needs of adolescents who struggle in literacy. Workshops focus on strengthening literacy in ELA and across the disciplines, providing strategies to promote academic recovery, and supporting students who struggle in meeting the rigorous Common Core State Standards. These workshops are suitable for practitioners and administrators. In addition to the listed events, on-demand events are also provided to networks and superintendents across all topics related to literacy interventions and response to intervention (RtI). For a menu of workshop topics, please email NBournasney@schools.nyc.gov. For additional information about RtI, a comprehensive RtI Resource Guide is available here. For additional RtI resources please click here.
Middle and high school teachers are invited to sign up their classes for a free, blended e-learning unit offered by the News Literacy Project (NLP). The project teaches young people to evaluate the credibility of information in the digital age. This weeklong, drop-in unit is suitable for students in grades 7 through 12 and can be done in a computer lab or one-to-one setting, as well as in a regular classroom one-to-many. The unit includes digital videos hosted by familiar local and national journalists and interactive computer-based trainings. It is aligned with the Common Core Standards in ELA and Social Science. NLP provides teacher orientation and flash drives for each student. February is booked, but space is available for our March, April, May and June sessions. More info: Submit inquiries here. To learn more, watch this video.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sandra Lenon (email@example.com). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or be in touch with your network.