Middle Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, June 30, 2015 (in chronological order)

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Middle and High Schools: Teacher Workshop, “What 9/11 Stories Tell”

Event: July 7 & 8, 2015
Contact: Sarah Burroughs

Learn how to assign your students the role of journalists as they explore this contemporary history through the art of interviews. This two day workshop, led by 9/11 Tribute Center, Newseum, and Facing History and Ourselves, will illuminate one of the most challenging issues facing today’s students – how do you discern reliable sources of news in the digital age? Workshops will focus on strategies for deconstructing information encountered online, in print and on TV; professional ethics when interviewing people who have experience catastrophe; and the role of journalists as social activists. Lesson plans and online resources, with accompanying Common Core alignments, will be explored, this workshop is recommended for Middle and High School teachers in ELA, History, and Social Studies. Teachers will receive a Certificate of Attendance valued at 12 hours of PD credit. To register, click here

Elementary and Middle Schools: Join the New York Botanical Garden's Teacher Training: Plant, Learn and Grow: Gardening 201

Registration Deadline: July 10, 2015
Event: July 13-18, 2015
Contact: Judith Hutton/718-817-8140

Strengthen student engagement using your school garden! These workshops are designed to provide classroom teachers of grades 3-8 with practical skills, content knowledge and improved confidence to integrate a garden into the school-learning environment. Participants will learn how to connect planting and maintenance to the learning process. This Institute is crucial for integrating a garden throughout an interdisciplinary curriculum. The workshop will be held Monday though Saturday, July 13-18, from 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. For questions, contact Judith Hutton.

Elementary and Middle Schools: New York City Writing Project Summer Open Institute

Registration Deadline: July 13, 2015
Event: July 13-16, 2015
Contact: Mallory McMahon

The New York City Writing Project (NYCWP) will host a Summer Open Institute for teachers of grades K-8 from July 13-16th, 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. Open Institutes are designed to meet the needs of new teachers, teachers new to Writing Project work, or those interested in learning more about the NYCWP’s student-centered ways of approaching literacy instruction in all subject areas. Focuses include student engagement; support of literacy development; and strategies to develop student strengths, reach strugglers, support those with diverse language needs (ELLs) and motivate reluctant students. There is a $200 fee for the four 6-hour days. To register, click here. Click here for more information.