Middle Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (in chronological order)

Disclaimer : The NYC Department of Education does not endorse and is not responsible for the policies and practices of external partners.  All work with external partners should be conducted in accordance with the Chancellor's Regulations.

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.


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 and High Schools: Teaching East Asia-NCTA 2015 Summer Institute on Korea 

Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
Event: July 13-17, 2015
Contact: Catherine Ishida/303-735-5115 

The Program for Teaching East Asia, the NCTA National Coordinating Site at the University of Colorado, is accepting applications on rolling-admission basis for its 2015 summer institute on Korea, Korea’s Journey into the 21st Century: Historical Contexts, Contemporary Issues. In this four-day residential summer institute on the University of Colorado Campus, secondary teachers will consider modern and contemporary South Korea’s distinct history, geography, intra-peninsular and international relations, and transnational cultural transmissions (e.g., K-pop, film, and design). Participants will work with specialists to learn about the Korean peninsula beyond the media coverage, drawing on Korean narratives and texts to enrich their teaching about contemporary South Korea in the classroom. Participants will receive travel allowance, room and board, materials, and stipend. Participants’ costs include a $75 non-refundable registration fee and travel expenses beyond the travel stipend parameters. For more information, 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.


Middle and High Schools: Hudson Data Jam Competition for Students in Grades 6-12

Registration Deadline: May 4, 2015
Event: June 13, 2015
Contact: Samantha Root/845-677-7600; ext.179

The Cary Institute’s Hudson Data Jam Competition challenges middle and high school students (grades 6-12) to present a creative and compelling data-based story using Hudson River watershed data. This competition also provides a unique way for teachers to meet Common Core State Standards. The Cary Institute has provided real scientific data on the Data Jam website. Now it's up to students to interpret the data and use their creativity to present their findings to a non-scientist audience through a story, puppet show, sculpture, movie, or other creation. Projects will be judged by a panel of scientists, artists, and educators, with cash prizes (up to $500) awarded to the top middle and high school projects. Winners will be announced at the Hudson Data Jam Expo, to be held at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY on Saturday, June 13th. For more information and to register, please click here.


Middle Schools: NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Science of Smart Cities 

Application Deadline: May 6, 2015
Event: July 6 – July 31, 2015
Contact: Center for K12 STEM Education/718-260-3524

The Center for K12 STEM Education at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering is pleased to announce Science of Smart Cities (SoSC) 2015. Now in its 4th year, this free 4-week summer program is for NYC middle school students who will enter 7th or 8th grade in September 2015. SoSC, developed and taught by our students at our downtown Brooklyn campus, focuses on engineering, technology, sustainability and environmental issues through hands-on STEM-related activities, guest lectures, field trips and service-learning opportunities. Participants will learn new and exciting engineering and technology skills while creating a model of their own sustainable city. The program will accommodate 40-50 motivated students who thrive on teamwork and who will be able to attend full-time. For more information and application instructions, click here.                      

Middle and High Schools: Project ECS@ESC: Introduction to Hydroponics Professional Development Workshop

Registration Deadline: May 15, 2015
Event: July 6, 7 or 8, 2015
Contact: Jacqueline Pilati/718-444-6560

Project ECS@ESC: Encouraging Connections through STEM at the Environmental Study Center (ESC) offers an innovative approach to STEM education combining professional learning, instructional technology, and experiential STEM learning for PreK-12 students and teachers across New York City. Grade 8 and high school teachers can apply to participate in a summer professional development to learn the science of growing food without soil while learning how to infuse hydroponics into science and research classes. Using non-fiction text sets and e-content provided by an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant, participants will learn how to infuse literacy into hands-on science instruction. Participating teachers will receive a mini hydroponic system for classroom use, a trip voucher to ESC for the 2015-2016 school year, access to lessons, digital resources and e-content which supplement the class visit. Teachers should select one of the three session dates to attend. Training rate available. To register, click here.


Middle and High Schools: NYC Student Game Design Challenge: Game Design & Development

Application Deadline: May 15, 2015
Event: August 20, 27 and 28, 2015
Contact: Sara Cornish

Middle and high school teachers can apply to participate in NYC Games for Change Student Challenge, a student-centered game design challenge. Teachers will learn how to use games in their classroom, empower students in applying computer science and design thinking principles, apply knowledge of social issues in a citywide challenge, and learn how to run game creation courses in after-school and in-school programs. Participating teachers will be compensated with a stipend for trainings and for facilitating after school courses. The program is co-hosted by nonprofits Institute of Play (Quest to Learn), Games for Change, and Globaloria in collaboration with the NYCDOE and the Museum of the Moving Image. To apply, please visit this form. For more information, visit http://www.g4cstudentchallenge.org/.


Middle and High Schools: Apply for the second year of a STEM partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Application Deadline: May 22, 2015
Contact: Dave Johnston

Middle and high school principals are invited to apply for a partnership with WCS to implement the innovative new web platform, Visionmaker NYC in their classrooms. In the 2014-2015 school year, we successfully partnered with 11 NYC public schools and are looking to expand with our second cohort. Each school can name a team of 2-6 teachers to work with WCS educators, receiving direct support in integrating cutting edge science and technology across the disciplines through Visionmaker NYC as well as shaping curriculum for dissemination across the nation through the 2015-2016 school year. Interested schools can apply here.