Middle Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (in chronological order)

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Middle Schools: A Special Invitation to Become Part of A Poem as Big as the Met

Registration Deadline: November 1, 2014
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Amy Swauger or Jordan Dann at workshops@twc.org /212-675-0171

Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) is working with the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a special project that offers your students the opportunity to explore one of New York City’s treasures—the rich collections of the museum—and then to reflect on that experience in poetry. This program will culminate in publication of A Poem as Big as the Met, an anthology of poetry written by students who participate in the program, and a celebration and reading at the museum in 2015. To register, click here.

Middle and High Schools: 12th National MoneyPOWER Conference for Financial Literacy at McGraw-Hill Conference Center in Midtown Manhattan

Registration Deadline: November 3, 2014
Event: November 4, 2014
Contact: Brian Scios /212-421-2700

The National MoneyPOWER Conference, organized by Working in Support of Education (w!se), helps middle and high school teachers strengthen their knowledge of personal finance and best practices for classroom instruction. The conference includes over 10 workshops on personal finance topics and instructional strategies, a resources fair, complimentary books and financial planning consultations. Participants will receive 6 hours of PD credit. The workshop runs from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Breakfast and lunch are included. Find information and register by clicking here; space is limited.

Elementary and Middle Schools: Register for the Common Core Literacy Series for Non-adopting Schools 

Registration Deadline: November 3, 2104 
Contact: prodev@schools.nyc.gov 

ELA teachers in grades 3 – 8 who have not adopted a Core Curriculum program are invited to attend a two-part professional learning series focused on deepening their understanding of the Common Core State Standards and shifting pedagogy in English Language Arts. On the first day of the series, participants will closely examine selected Common Core Learning Standards in reading and deepen their knowledge of research-based instructional practices. In the second session, the same cohort will return to analyze their implementation of the practices introduced on day one, including through the examination of authentic student work, and refine implementation for future units. Teachers will attend on two dates: November 5th and January 14, November 6th and January 15, November 7 and January 16 or November 14 and January 22. For more information and to register please click here.

Middle and High Schools: Free Plant Science Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers

Registration Deadline: November 7, 2014
Event: November 8, 2014
Contact: Judith Hutton /718-817-8140

Middle and high school teachers are invited to meet scientist Paola Pedraza, an expert in the blueberry family (Ericaceae), who will share stories from her fascinating research on these plants across Colombia, and provide insights to The New York Botanical Garden’s plant collection. Educators also will lead hands-on sessions on plant structure, with helpful tips on how to introduce inquiry-based science activities into the classroom. Participants will take away a free copy of Glencoe Science’s Forensic Botany Investigations curriculum unit, which features lessons on the relationship between people and plants. This event takes place from 9:00AM-3:00PM on Saturday, November 8.

Middle and High Schools: Free Science Professional Development - Wildlife Forensics  for Science Teachers Grades 8-12 – Living  Environments

Application Deadline: November 7, 2014
Event: November 15, 22, 2014 and May 23, 2015
Contact: Christine Mazza at ESC@schools.nyc.gov /718-444-6560

During this three-day professional learning, grade 8-12 science teachers learn about molecular genetics and how scientists use DNA as a tool in conservation genetics. This professional learning experience will prepare educators on how to incorporate literacy into a genetics unit and how to reflect and evaluate student work. Educators will learn how to run DNA samples, run labs and analyze the results. Teachers will be given a voucher (at no charge) to return with their class to co-facilitate in ESC's lab or they can rent (at no charge) the portable DNA kits to run the lab in their classroom. For further information and to apply click here.

Middle and High Schools: News Literacy Project Digital Unit

Registration Deadline: November 10, 2014
Event: November 17, 2014
Contact: Tamara Johnson /917-929-3900

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 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, Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Dow Jones Foundation. Learn more or register here.

Middle and High Schools: World Savvy Classrooms

Deadline: November 14, 2014
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Aditi Naik /718-878-6433

World Savvy works with teachers and students during the school year to engage students in project-based learning around a global theme. Throughout the World Savvy program, teachers will be provided with professional development, consulting, and youth engagement activities. World Savvy supports teachers in building students’ global competency by executing a project that is rigorous and engaging, using students’ own lives and communities as a springboard for exploration. Click here for information on World Savvy Classrooms.

Middle Schools: Early Registration for the 2014-2015 Future City Competition

Event: September 2014 through January 2015
Contact: Karen Armfield

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.