Middle Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (in chronological order)

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Middle and High Schools: News Literacy Project Digital Unit

Event: Ongoing through June
Contact: Elis Estrada/919-523-9134

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, embedded assessment 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 and the Ford Foundation. Learn more or register here.


Middle and High Schools: Attend the Cornell Team-Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program

Application Deadline: April 6, 2015
Event: July 6-August 14, 2015
Contact: Mark Walsh/607-255-9547

Team-RET provides middle school, high school and community college math and science teachers with an intense, six-week period of in-depth study at the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) laboratories with facility managers, faculty, and graduate students. In the Team-RET program, five select science teachers spend the first five weeks primarily in the CCMR Shared Facilities. They work together as a team to understand how the equipment in the facility works and to solve research problems set out by the facility manager. The sixth week is dedicated to developing a materials science related lesson plan based on their experience in the facilities. Copies of Team-RET alumni lesson plans can be found on our RET Modules page. We will also be offering an Independent-RET program this summer as well. This opportunity is only available to teachers who have completed the CCMR Team-RET program. Click here for registration and information on this program.


Middle and High Schools: Free Webinar: Protecting Wildlife in a Changing Climate

Event: April 7, 2015
Contact: Dhal Anglada

The Wildlife Conservation Society is offering a free webinar, "Protecting Wildlife in a Changing Climate," with Dr. Molly Cross. The webinar will share examples of how wildlife are being affected by changes in climate, and how governmental agencies and conservation organizations are taking action to protect wildlife in a time of rapid and uncertain change. Click here for information and registration - available under “Upcoming Webinars.” PD credits can be earned from this webinar.


Middle Schools: Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp 

Application Deadline: April 17, 2015 
Event: August 3 - August 14, 2015 
Contact: artscount@schools.nyc.gov/212-356-8574 

Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp is a free, two-week arts program for NYCDOE public school students entering grade 8 in September 2015. This intensive program is administered by the NYCDOE’s Office of Arts and Special Projects and will be held at Lincoln Center Education, Manhattan. The camp's goal is to provide equity and access in preparation for screened NYCDOE high school arts schools/programs for middle school students currently enrolled in a Title I school, entering 8th grade in September 2015, and who are interested in auditioning for these screened high school arts programs. This is an intensive ten-session, half-day program for up to 160 students. In its first year, 65% of Boot Camp attendees were accepted into a screened arts school. Admission is by online application and audition. Students may apply and audition for only one studio. The online application can be accessed here. Auditions will be held at LaGuardia High School on May 2 and May 3, 2015.


Middle and High Schools: Afterschool 9/11 Memorial Museum Professional Development Workshop

Registration Deadline: April 23, 2015
Event: April 30, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Lagasse/646-757-5558

The 9/11 Memorial Museum is pleased to invite middle and high school educators to participate in a free two-hour professional development opportunity on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The workshop will focus on teaching about the enduring repercussions of the 9/11 attacks including the War on Terror and the balance between civil liberties and national security. Educators will be introduced to activities that help students understand the complexity of the questions that arose in the aftermath of 9/11. The workshop will feature hands-on activities, group discussion, and time in select exhibitions. All participants will receive free curricular materials at the completion of the program. The workshop is limited to 30 participants. Click here to register.


Elementary and Middle Schools: National Hockey League (NHL®) Hockey Scholar: Teaching STEM Through Sports

Registration Deadline: Ongoing until May 7, 2015
Event: April 23 and May 7, 2015
Contact: Sean Tynan/843-801-5302

The National Hockey League (NHL®), the National Hockey League Players' Association, and the New York Rangers have partnered to launch Future Goals - Hockey ScholarTM, an online learning course for grades 5-7 that brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts to life through the exciting, fast-paced game of hockey. This course, available in summer 2015, is offered to schools in New York City at no cost. Click here to learn more and bring this program to your school.


Middle and High Schools: Fellowship Opportunity for Teachers to Explore Literature through the Arts at Teachers College, Columbia University

Application Deadline: April 24, 2015
Event: July 6–July 24, 2015
Contact: Erick Gordon

Announcing a summer fellowship for secondary teachers and students interested in exploring 21st century literacies through performance and the teaching of literature--open to teachers of all disciplines. Accepted teachers/fellows receive a $600 stipend for full participation. Performance at The Center, a new initiative of the Center for the Professional Education of Teachers (CPET) at Teachers College, will bring twelve teacher fellows together with twelve high school students this summer to create a multimedia stage performance around Kafka’s Metamorphosis. During the third week, after the students depart, teachers will work together to create curriculum to pilot in their classrooms in the fall of 2015. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 24, 2015 at midnight. For more information and to apply, click here.


Middle and High Schools: Innovative Conference for Teachers to Explore Literacy through the Arts at Teachers College, Columbia University

Registration Deadline: April 27, 2015
Event: May 1-2, 2015
Contact: Erick Gordon

This May 1st and 2nd at Teachers College, the Center for the Professional Education of Teachers will host Literacy Unbound: Exploring Text Across Multiple Modes, a hands-on exploration of textual response practices. Dr. Jeff Wilhelm and Dr. Ruth Vinz will be the keynote speakers, and participants will experience two packed days of workshops with classroom teachers, teacher educators, and teaching artists. This promises to be a conference like none other. Over the course of the two days, participants will work together to generate original performance pieces inspired by Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour.” Please note that space is extremely limited. Registration is on a first come, first served basis, and participants will pre-register for workshops. There is a $195 fee for this event. To register, click here.


Middle Schools: New York City Title IIB Math and Science Partnership Project 

Application Deadline: April 30, 2015 
Event: June 2015-June 2016 
Contact: Teneika Benn/212-323-9507 

This opportunity provides middle school science teachers a chance to receive up to 14 free graduate credits in Science Education from City College to use toward a Master’s degree or salary differential. Selected teachers will be asked to participate in the Master Teacher cohort and receive an additional 3 free graduate credits during the summer of 2016. Additionally, building leaders will participate in workshops focused on leadership strategies designed to support science educators. Seats are limited. For more information, an application and/or questions, please contact Teneika Benn.


Elementary and Middle Schools: Register for Connected Math Program 3 (CMP3) Technology Sessions

Registration Deadline: Rolling, 2 days prior to each event
Event: April 10, April 25, May 2
Contact: curriculumpd@schools.nyc.gov or bgassel@schools.nyc.gov

All NYC teachers, coaches and school leaders who are implementing the CMP3 program this year are invited to register for CMP3 Technology Sessions covering the online components of the program. The CMP3 Technology Session will cover the online components of the CMP3 program. This session is designed to support NYC teachers who are implementing CMP3 in using DASH, MathXL and Examview. Facilitated lab time to work on individual projects for your CMP3 classes will be provided during the session. Please speak to your principal for approval to attend this PD. Funding is available through FY15 School Allocation Memorandum (SAM) No. 38. Vacancy circulars (VC) for teachers (VC#577) that cover participation in Core Curriculum PD are posted here. To register, please click here.


Elementary and Middle Schools: Register for Go Math! Technology Sessions

Registration Deadline: Ongoing, 2 days prior to each event
Event: April 6, April 18, May 9, May 16, 2015
Contact: curriculumpd@schools.nyc.gov or bgassel@schools.nyc.gov

All NYC teachers, coaches and school leaders who are implementing the Go Math! program this year are invited to register for Go Math! Technology Sessions covering the online components of the Go Math! program. Beginner participants will learn how to set up a class, add students to a class, navigate features of the “Dashboard,” access tools for help and self-study resources, ePlanner overview, set up basic lesson plans, and explore digital features. Intermediate participants will learn how to search and browse for resources to create daily lesson plans, dive into Soar to Success Math, Destination Math, and Mega Math, examine interactive whiteboard resources, and create customized assessments. Schools are responsible for compensating teachers for these activities. Please speak to your principal for approval to attend this PD.  Funding is available through FY15 School Allocation Memorandum (SAM) No. 38. Vacancy circulars (VC) for teachers (VC#577) that cover participation in Core Curriculum PD are posted here. To register, please click here.


Middle and High Schools: News Literacy Project Digital Unit

Registration: Rolling through June 2015
Event: Offered monthly through June 2015
Contact: Elis Estrada/919-523-9134

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, embedded assessment 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 and the Ford Foundation. Learn more or register here.