Middle Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, September 1, 2015 (in chronological order)

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Elementary and Middle Schools: Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) P-Credit Course: Project Based Learning (PBL) in Education for Sustainability Project

Registration Deadline: September 18, 2015
Event: September 19 - December 12, 2015
Contact: Alan Cass/914-462-2352

Participants will develop a thorough understanding of problem-based learning and the principles and practices of Education for Sustainability (EfS). Participants will gain strategies to cultivate environmental literacy and civic responsibility, while encouraging students to think about 21st century problems and solutions. The course provides a unique opportunity for participants to implement PBL approaches in their classroom in between these workshops, allowing for immediate support and feedback. This 36-hour course will be held at the United Nations International School on Saturdays: September 19, October 17, and November 14, 8:30am-4:00pm (22.5 hours). The remaining 13.5 course hours will be conducted online and through in-school visits between November 15 and December 12. Course fee is $200 ($125 to NYCDOE ASPDP; $75 to CELF). Participants must register first online with ASPDP and then make payment to the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation.

Elementary and Middle Schools: Attend the #MetKids Launch Party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Event: September 20, 2015
Contact: Ariel Greene/212-570-3961

Celebrate the launch of #MetKids, the Met's new digital feature made for, with, and by kids! Attend a special screening of films created by #MetKids, learn to animate in our pop-up lab, and create your own works of art inspired by what you see in the Museum. Families with children of all ages are welcome. This event takes place on Sunday, September 20th from 1-4:00pm. Click here for more information.

Elementary and Middle Schools: Leaders and Superheroes Workshop at FDR Four Freedoms Park

Registration Deadline: October 2, 2015
Event: September 8 through December 4, 2015
Contact:  Emily Davidson/646-767-5093

Just across the East River from the United Nations, Four Freedoms Park provides a platform for students to think about democracy, citizenship, and cultural diversity. In our new art-making workshop, Leaders and Superheroes, students will compare and contrast the qualities and superpowers of two leaders from 1941 FDR and Captain America. Discovering connections between real events and fantastic superhero stories, students will analyze FDR’s idea of the Four Freedoms and investigate comic book images from the era. Then, summoning powers of speech and action, students will imagine and illustrate their own superhero alter-ego. Each student will write about their creation and leave with a moveable, paper figure. Aligning with the Common Core State Standards in Social Studies and ELA, this inquiry-based, hands-on workshop can supplement classroom units on human rights and responsibilities. This event takes place on Wednesdays and Thursdays; September 8th through December 4th. The workshop is appropriate for grades 4-6 and lasts 2 hours. Fee: $120/class of 30 students. For further information, click here.

Middle Schools: Apply Now for the Citizen Science Program

Application Deadline: October 5, 2015
Contact: STEMMattersNYC@schools.nyc.gov

Teacher teams consisting of one math teacher and one science teacher are invited to apply for the Citizen Science program! Participating teams will lead an after-school Citizen Science club in which students will take on the role of volunteer citizen scientists; collecting, uploading, analyzing, and communicating data as part of an ongoing research investigation. Teachers will receive instructional materials and resources, and will attend four professional development days that will focus on their selected citizen science research investigations, mathematical analysis of data, and communicating findings and related policy or research recommendations. Students will analyze data and communicate results and related policy recommendations at the STEM Matters NYC Research Symposium in June 2016. Click here to learn more about the Citizen Science Program and to apply.