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High School Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, November 26, 2012

posted Dec 1, 2012, 11:16 AM by Web Master

High Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, November 26, 2012 (in chronological order)

DisclaimerThe 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.

All Schools: Collaborative Lesson Planning to Meet the Citywide Instructional Expectations

Deadline: November 27 for Series #1 or December 21 for Series #2
Contact: Elizabeth Naylor-Gutierrez at or 212-356-8558            

Teacher-librarian collaborative teams refine their Common Core lesson planning skills together in this practical three-session series -- one full day workshop and two three-hour afterschool sessions.  Participants will build solid, Common Core-aligned lessons to meet the Citywide Instructional Expectations and examine student work produced from those lessons. Librarians who are interested in attending are required to attend with a collaborating teacher.

Registration for each series is limited to 12 librarian-teacher pairs for the series. Register here for both series.  Series #1 and Series #2 are identical.  Please do not register for both. 

Additional information may be found on the Library Services website.

All Schools: Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After

Event: November 27 – December 2, 2012
Location: Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Experience Disney at the Barclays Center. Obtain a discount by using the special offer code “disney”. Tickets will be emailed minutes after purchase. Click here to buy tickets now.

All Schools: Free Concerts for Public School Children from Every Borough

Event: November 27, 28, 29 and 30 and March 19, 20 and 21 
Contact: Mark Caruso at 212-594-6100 x103

Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) Arts Education Concerts 2012-2013 presents Spotlight on composer Igor Stravinksy. OSL will perform a theatrical version of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. In the Spring, OSL will perform Stravinsky’s Pulcinella suite with Dance Theater of Harlem, featuring new choreography developed in collaboration with the Jerome Robbins Foundation through their New Essential Works (NEW) program. The Spring concerts will be at the Tribeca PAC. There are two shows a day at 10:15am and 11:45am. Register to attend these performances here.

Middle and High Schools: 5th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest

Deadline: November 30, 2012
Contact: Nicholas Marino at

Students are invited to write an essay, in 500 words or less, on the topic, "Who is a Latino you admire and why?"  The grand Prize for each is a $2,500 Scholarship. Subsequent prizes include the leading tablet computers, laptops and netbooks. For rules and other information, click here.

High Schools: New York City Metro Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Deadline: November 30, 2012
Event: February 10, 2013
Location: York College’s campus in Jamaica, Queens
Contact: Office of Academic Affairs at 718-262-2780

Student delegates will represent the New York City Metropolitan region at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium organized by the Academy of Applied Sciences.

All high school students, grades 9-12, are eligible and invited to participate. To participate, submit a research paper on line by clicking here. Selected students will be invited to make a presentation according to the JSHS guidelines. Qualified high school students will be eligible for awards according to the Academy of Applied Sciences policies.

High Schools: CUNY Month

Event: Now – November 30, 2012
Contact: Matthew Silverman at

November is CUNY Month. Campuses will celebrate by hosting a range of events, from open houses to special workshops, seminars, and performances.  Learn more about CUNY Month events here, and encourage your students to attend.

Middle and High Schools: Enroll in a Semester-long Civics Program

Deadline: December 1, 2012
Contact: Sarah Andes at or 936-419-9036

GenerationCitizen strengthens our nation's democracy by empowering young people to solve problems in their own communities through a rigorous action-civics course in which students learn civics by doing civics. Their semester-long programs are led by a partnership between trained college student Democracy Coaches and classroom teachers who work together to facilitate our Common Core-aligned and National Council on Social Studies-endorsed curriculum. Students practice critical thinking, group collaboration, and written and verbal persuasion as they are empowered through the experience of acting on their opinions and utilizing their skills to affect real change. For more information or to learn how to bring Generation Citizen to your school for the spring semester, contact NYC Program Manager Sarah Andes.

All Schools: Response to Intervention (RtI) Professional Development Workshop Series

Event: December 3, 4, and 5, 2012

Reminder: Response to Intervention (RtI) professional development offerings are ongoing through June 2013. Upcoming workshops will be held on 12/3 (Assessment), 12/4 (Assessment) and 12/5 (Building Fluency). Schools are encouraged to send instructional and student support teams to participate. Please visit the RtI intranet site for school-based teams for more information and to register. Contact your Network RtI point with any questions.

Middle and High Schools: January Regents Distributed Scoring—Per Session Opportunities

Deadline: December 6, 2012
Contact: Marc Bush at

January Regents exams administered at high schools will be scored under a new distributed scoring model.  Under this model, scoring of 7 exams (Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Geometry, Global History & Geography, Physical Setting/Chemistry, Physical Setting/Earth Science, Physical Setting/Physics, and US History and Government) will be completed through centrally administered per session activities.

Per session postings have been published for scorers, content leaders, organizational team members, and scoring site supervisors for these exams.  Please inform your staff about these opportunities - applications must be submitted through the online application portal by 11:59pm December 6. Click here to see the postings.

High Schools: College Access Training

Deadline: December 6, 2012
Contact: Andrea Soonachan at

The NYCDOE is offering comprehensive training to develop college counseling capacity in all high schools. You should invite members of your staff who work with graduating students to register for Effective Postsecondary Planning for upcoming sessions starting December 7. Participation will involve attendance at six sessions and will cover essential content knowledge for developing a postsecondary planning culture, including financial aid, applications, and college-list making. All schools should be working toward a capacity of one trained staff member for every 35 seniors. 

All Schools: Metropolitan Museum of Art Teacher Workshop: Art and the Afterlife—Ancient Egypt

Deadline: December 6, 2012
Event: December 9, 2012 
Contact: Sarah Cooper at

Use observation and evidence-based reasoning to discover how burial objects illuminate the beliefs and values of ancient Egyptians. For further information on this program, click here. Register online. Fee: $25

Common Core State Standards
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words (R.CCR.7)

National Learning Standards
Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines (NA-VA.K-12.6)
Era 2: Early Civilizations and the Emergence of Pastoral Peoples 4000–1000 BCE (NSS-WH.5-12.2)
Era 3: Classical Traditions, Major Religions, and Giant Empires 1000 BCE–300 CE (NSS-WH.5-12.3)  

Middle and High Schools: Violet Richardson Award for Outstanding Girl Teen Volunteer

Deadline:  December 7, 2012 (Deadline extended) 
Contact:  Ms. Kathleen Harnig, Soroptimist International Club of New York City, at or 917-432-5496

Soroptimist International is a global organization of professional women that provide community service through local clubs. Three area clubs – Manhattan, Staten Island and NYC – each present an annual cash award of $200-$1000 to a teenage girl (ages 14-17) who can demonstrate how her volunteer activities have contributed to the community and influenced her life. Only a short essay required. Club winners compete for additional cash prizes. Click here for instructions.

High Schools:  Mentor and Tutor Young Children in East Harlem

Deadline: December 10, 2012
Event: December 15, 2012
Contact: Katherine Soll at

Bring your skills to this K-8 East Harlem school on Saturdays throughout the year and mentor younger students in reading, math, technology, sports and the arts.  A holiday project for storm relief is planned.

For more information and registration forms, click here.

High Schools:  Yorkville Common Pantry Holiday Toy Sort

Deadline:  December 10, 2012
Event: December 15, 2012, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Contact: Katherine Soll at

Join StudentsforService and help New York City's largest community-based food pantry sort thousands of donated holiday toys and gifts for kids in-need. 

For more information and registration forms, click here.

Middle and High Schools: Photography and Archives—An Interdisciplinary Approach

Deadline: December 10, 2012
Event: December 13, 2012
Contact: Nicole Belle DeRise at 212-230-2706 or

Join Brooklyn Connections at the Brooklyn Public Library to learn how to use photography and primary sources to uncover the history of Brooklyn. Joined by renowned Brooklyn-born artist, Jamel Shabazz, explore how photography and archival research can be a powerful teaching tool. Practice using primary sources, learn how to use materials and resources to fulfill Common Core standards in Social Studies and ELA and develop new methods for using local topics to increase student engagement.  Please RSVP

All Schools: Museum of the City of New Free Open House—Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s

Deadline: December 10, 2012
Event: December 12, 2012, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Contact: EY Zipris at

Tens of millions flocked to see the 1930s world’s fairs, which promised a bright future amidst the bleak days of the Great Depression. Educators will receive a curator-led tour of the exhibition, Designing Tomorrow, which explores all six of the 1930s fairs while highlighting the designs and legacy of the 1939/40 New York exposition—the last and largest.

This event will take place at the Museum of the City of New York located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103 Street. RSVP here or visit and choose educator programs.

All Schools: Mentoring Event

Event: December 11, 2012, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Teacher Development Specialists at Cluster at

Encourage your mentors and their beginning teachers to attend a Mentoring event from 4:00-7:00 on December 11th, 2012. Mentors should contact their Cluster's Teacher Development Specialist to register. Refreshments and resources will be provided.

All Grades: Museum of the City of New Free Education Conference: Teaching Social Activism in the Classroom

Deadline: December 14, 2012
Event: March 16 and 17, 2013
Location: 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
Contact: EY Zipris at

The Museum of the City of New York will host Teaching Social Activism in the Classroom. Educators are invited to present and participate in this two-day conference, which will highlight the various tools and techniques used by teachers to engage their students in the history and practice of social change, inspired by the content of the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition, Activist New York. Educators, activists, and historians will present their work to one another and will discuss the best practices for teaching this important subject to children of all ages. Sponsored by the Puffin Foundation, the conference is free. Learn more about the conference, register to attend or download an application to submit a proposal by clicking here.

Middle and High Schools: Project Safe Surrender

Event: December 14 and 15th, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Mount Sion Baptist Church, 325 Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Contact: Anita Alexander at 718-388-3900, Ext. 46

Students are invited to this event to attempt to resolve any outstanding summons warrants, including:  unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of alcohol, consumption of alcohol in public, unlawful possession of handcuffs, littering, riding a bicycle on the sidewalk, making unreasonable noise, spitting, trespass, disorderly conduct, loitering, and failure to comply with posted signs in a park.  

High Schools: Deadline Change – Macauley 2012 Application for CUNY Honors College

Deadline: December 14, 2012
Contact: Enrollment Management Team at 212-729-2929 or                  

Hurricane Sandy has affected the lives of millions of people, many of them students preparing to apply to college. Due to the circumstances of the storm, Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York has extended its application deadline to allow all students sufficient time to submit materials.

Macaulay Honors College is the flagship honors program of the City University of New York. It is recognized as one of the nation's leading honors colleges and attracts some of today's highest-achieving students.

Click here to apply.

High Schools: Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarship Opportunity

Deadline: December 15, 2012
Contact:  Alshante L. Squire at

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the U.S. Army Reserve OfficerTraining Corps invite high achieving African-American high school students to become the next generation of military officers/leaders. This scholarship program offers students the opportunity to pursue higher education, in a variety of concentration areas, from an undergraduate level through to a doctoral level, debt-free, in addition to a monthly stipend. Clickhere to learn more.

High Schools: Essay Contest – Realizing the Dream; Equality for All

Deadline: December 17, 2012 
Contact: Debra Lesser at

The Association of Supreme Court Justices of the State of New York and the New York Law Journal are sponsoring the 12th annual essay for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Students are invited to write a 500 word essay presenting a compelling discussion on the role of the judicial system in “realizing the dream of equality for all.” Ten winners will be selected to intern for one week with a Justice of the Supreme Court, earn a $100 American Express gift card, and be eligible for publications in two premier New York State Law publications.

All Schools: Double the Impact of Your Students' Service This Holiday Season

Deadline: December 18, 2012
Contact: Jonah Durning-Hammond at or 917-746-8160

If your students are serving or volunteering this holiday season, double their impact! For each act of youth service recorded or pledged at, Hasbro will donate a toy to Toys For Tots—up to 100,000 toys for 100,000 acts of service. 

High Schools: Reginald F. Lewis Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: December 21, 2012 
Contact: Arlene Dominguez at or 212-374-6823

The Fund for Public Schools and the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation are pleased to invite applications for the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation Scholarship, which will award college scholarships to outstanding public high school seniors. It was proposed by Mrs. Loida Lewis, wife of the late business leader Reginald F. Lewis, to be a celebration of Mr. Lewis’ life and entrepreneurial spirit, and to provide meaningful support to students who embody Mr. Lewis’ commitment to getting ahead through education. For more information on the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, visit:

Five winners will be chosen, and each will receive a $5,000 scholarship administered directly to the postsecondary institution in which they enroll. Winners will be invited to attend an award reception hosted by the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation on January 18, 2013. For more information please

All Schools: Live Your Dream Art Contest

Deadline:  December 31, 2012

Soroptimist International of the Americas invites students, ages 4-18 to participate in its annual Live Your Dream art contest, which celebrates women and the power of their dreams.  The theme of the art contest is to draw a woman who inspires you.  This woman could be someone from history, fiction, a family member or friend.  Click here for more information.

High Schools: Registration for Young Adult Borough Centers (YABC)

Deadline: Now – January 2013
Contact: Office of Postsecondary Readiness at

All high school counselors are encouraged to meet with students who will be entering their fifth year of high school (or more) to discuss whether a YABC would be a good option for them.  All YABCs are open to register new students the week of August 27th-September 3rd as well as on Tuesday, September 4th and Wednesday, September 5th and will continue throughout the fall semester. 

The YABC program provides students with academic classes and support services including counseling, academic tutoring, post-secondary planning, job and career exploration, work-readiness, and college preparation. 

  • To be eligible to register in a YABC a student must:
  • Be enrolled in a New York City public high school
  • Have completed the school year in which he or she turns 17
  • Have earned at least 17 credits toward high school graduation
  • Be in their fifth year (or more) of high school

To learn more about specific YABC open houses and registration periods, contact a YABC assistant principal.

All Schools: Register for Fall 2012 “P” Courses

Event: Now - January 2013 
Contact: Helaine Schwart at (718) 935-5753 or

The After School Professional Development Program’s Fall 2012 course catalogue is open for registration. Teachers, secretaries, and other school-based personnel are invited to review and register for the “P” courses available this Fall.  The courses are designed to equip educators with the skills and abilities to increase student achievement. Course offerings are high-quality, low-cost alternatives to traditionally-offered college courses. Available across all content areas, courses may be applied toward salary differential requirements and/or to meet the state’s 175-hour professional development requirement.  Please click here to view and register for these opportunities.

Please note:  NEW!  Separate payments and registrations will be required for all non-DOE course providers.  Click on course code to see the details.

High Schools: Scholarship—Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability

Deadline: January 4, 2013 (5pm) 

Inaugurated by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Midler Family Trust, and MillionTreesNYC, this is an annual $10,000 cash award granted to one female and one male New York City public high school senior. The award was established in honor of Dr. Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize (2004), founder of the Green Belt Movement, a tree-planting campaign to promote sustainable development, woman's empowerment, and democracy in Kenya.

Applicants for this award must:

  • Be a senior in NYC public school intending to attend college in fall 2013
  • Demonstrate commitment to and activity in civic engagement
  • Demonstrate commitment to and activity in sustainability projects
  • Provide evidence of having completed a sustainability project in high school that shows evidence of leadership, commitment to sustainability, mobilization of others

The award is intended to be used by the student for their first year of college. Click here to apply.

All Schools: Join the New York Botanical Garden's Teacher Training—Gardening 101

Event: February 18-23, 2013
Contact: Judith Hutton or 718-817-8140

This 6-day institute is designed to help teacher learn all aspects for advocating, planning, preparing and building a school garden. Staff provides methods for using the building process as an educational tool for providing real-life learning opportunities for students. Participants will learn STEM (science technology engineering and math) content directly linked to the NYC Scope & Sequence and practical skills necessary to successfully integrate a garden at their school. The training is $200 including all curriculum materials and reproducible handouts. Three “P” in-service credits from the New York City Department of Education are available (additional fees and requirements apply).

High Schools: Essay Contest – Law-Related Education

Deadline: February 25, 2013 
Contact: Richard Lee Price at

The New York County Lawyers’ Association is sponsoring their annual essay for high school students. Students are invited to write a 750-1000 word essay on the topic, “should a sports team be punished for the improper conduct off of the field of its players or coaches?” Winners will receive prizes of $1000 for first place, $750 for second place, $500 for third place, and $300 for fourth place.

All essays should be typewritten on 8.5 x 11 paper, in a 12 point font, double-spaced, with an inch margin on all sides. Final essays should average three to five pages, with page numbers marked on the bottom. No footnotes or endnotes needed. (If quotes are used, then the source must be cited in the body of the essay.) The student’s name, school, school phone number, and teacher should be clearly typed on the top of the first page of the essay. (No cover page necessary.)

Essays should be email a pdf of the final essay to or mailed to:

Bronx Supreme Court
Justice Richard Lee Price
265 East 161st Street, Chamber 934 
Bronx, NY 10451

All Schools: Join the New York Botanical Garden's Teacher Training—Geology Rocks! Earth Science and Evolution

Event: March 25-30, 2013
Contact: Judith Hutton or 718-817-8140

Participants will explore the importance of the living and non-living aspects of ecosystems in the science curriculum, and larger issues of the earth as a system.  These workshops are designed to provide the classroom teacher with important science content and activities related to earth and life sciences with cross-curriculum connections to math and literacy, including learning for multiple intelligences, ESL students, and special education students.  The training is $200 including all curriculum materials and reproducible handouts. Three “P” in-service credits from the New York City Department of Education are available (additional fees and requirements apply).

All Schools: Join the New York Botanical Garden's Teacher Training: Helping STEM Take Root

Event: April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11, 2013 
Contact: Judith Hutton or 718-817-8140

Bring the world of Citizen Science to your students! Citizen Science refers to organized public participation in science research. It involves activities such as community volunteers collecting water quality data in a local river and other exciting opportunities for students to engage in the process of authentic research. Sessions provide cross-curriculum connections which emphasize the relationship between science, technology, engineering and math while incorporating relevant links to literacy, math and the Common Core Standards. The training is $200 including all curriculum materials and reproducible handouts. Three “P” in-service credits from the New York City Department of Education are available (additional fees and requirements apply).

All Schools: Field Trips & Teacher Training at Materials for the Arts

Deadline: April 30, 2013
Contact: Greg VandeHey at or 718-729-2150

The New York City Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse, and Recycling is sponsoring free programs at Materials for the Arts to encourage schools to participate in its Golden Apple Awards contests. These contests offer 90 cash prizes ranging up to $7,000 for schools in all five boroughs that present the most exemplary recycling, waste reduction, and gardening or beautification projects.

The field trips and teacher trainings offered by MFTA will educate students, teachers, and staff about the 3 R’s - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle - and will introduce classroom applied learning projects and school-wide initiatives that can be submitted to the Golden Apple Awards.

Schools in NYC that participate in free School RRResources programs offered by MFTA must commit to enter at least one of the three Golden Apple Awards contests by April 30, 2013. For more information and to view available field trips and teacher trainings, visit

Middle and High Schools: 3GNY's WEDU Program—Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors Bring Stories to School Classrooms

Events: Now - June 2013
Contact: Leora Klein, WEDU Director, at 917-572-9048 or

3GNY is committed to actively involving educators in teaching this profoundly important history. As grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, they appreciate the vital role teachers play in helping carrying on their grandparents’ legacy, and would like to be a guest speaker in your classroom. Each lesson is tailored to last 45 minutes (or the length of a classroom session). Thus far, they have visited The Beacon School, Forest Hills High School, Livingston High School, Satellite Academy on the Lower East Side, and many others. To learn more, visit

All Schools: Bring the Game of Tennis to Your Students Through Project ACES

Event: Now - June, 2013
Contact: Marty Weinstein at 718-760-6215 or, or Debra Russell at 718-595-2409 or

The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center invites students to participate in it's Project ACES (Alternative Classroom Environment for Students) program. Students will learn the history of the sport of tennis, go on a tour of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, and receive on court tennis instruction. There is a fee of $10.00/per student, and no fee for adult staff and chaperones. Please see this flyer to learn more and find out how to register.

High Schools: Free On-Line Training for Teachers in Your School to Identify Students in Psychological Distress

Contact: Scott Bloom, Director of School Mental Health at or 212-374-6846

The New York City Department of Education, in collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is offering a free on-line training for teaching staff and allied professionals that work directly with youth in NYC DOE managed High Schools. The At-Risk for High School Educators one hour on-line training course will help teachers and staff in your school identify students who are in psychological distress, approach these students, and refer him/her to support services. The on-line learning simulates the classroom environment and allows the user to practice his/her skill on avatars that are emotionally responsive.  Click here to access the course.

Middle and High Schools: Free High-Quality Childcare and Support Services for Student Parents

Contact: LYFE central office at 917-521-3789 or 917-521-3648

The LYFE program is a NYC Department of Education program whose mission is to foster a generational impact which positively influences the life outcomes of student parents and their children by providing high-quality childcare, academic guidance, and social advocacy. To receive LYFE services, student parents must be enrolled in a NYC Department of Education school and have a child between the ages of 8 weeks and 3 years of age. Not only do student parents receive ongoing academic guidance and advocacy services through LYFE, but their children also receive a free high-quality early childhood education, aligned with New York State's Early Learning Guidelines, that prepares them for future academic success. LYFE has 38 sites across the 5 boroughs to meet student parents' needs throughout the DOE. Student parents may enroll at anytime throughout the school year and do not have to attend the same school as the LYFE site in which they enroll their child. Please visit the links below to find out more about enrolling in LYFE and to see a directory of where to find a LYFE site.

LYFE site directory 
LYFE Frequently Asked Questions

All Schools: Space and Aviation Student Programs 

Contact: Peter Giles at or 212-608-6164 x115

All NYC public schools are invited to take advance of the NYC Center for Space Science Education, a NYC Department of Education experiential space and aviation resource center located in downtown Manhattan. Students can take a simulated mission into space in our Challenger Learning Center or learn about how airplanes fly in our NASA Aerospace Education Lab.  Programs are aligned with the NYC Scope and Sequence and High School Core Curriculum. There is a $200 per class fee.

New programs include Astronaut Adventures for 2nd and 3rd graders and 5th grade variables program.  Highlights of our programs include: Rendezvous with a Comet for 4th-12th grade, Mission to Mars for 7th-12th grade, Aeronautics Variables for 5th grade, Aeronautics Weather for 6th-12th grade, Aeronautics Forces and Motion for 6th-12th grade, Toys in Space - Microgravity Training for 3rd-12th grade, and Astronaut Adventures for 2nd-3rd grade.

Teachers can find more information and register online.

All Schools: Webinar Recordings for School Leadership Teams (SLT)

Contact: Division of Family and Community Engagement (FACE), or 212-374-4118

School leadership teams (SLT) are invited to listen to NYC Department of Education’s Two Webinar Recordings for  SLT.  

The Division of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) has provided the “School Leadership Teams” recording, which provides an overview of the history and purpose of SLT, and the “Supporting Title I Programs” recording, which focuses on Title 1 requirements for SLT.  SLT members should view the latter recording as a team or individually to fulfill annual training requirements as outlined in Chancellor Regulation A-655.

Supporting documents are provided with each recording.

All Schools: Archive of Special Education Reform Webinars


The Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners hosted a series of optional Special Education Reform webinars for school-based staff working in general education as well as special education. The topics include: Universal Design for Learning, Developing High-Quality IEPs, and Behavioral Supports. All webinars and materials are archived at the website linked above.

All Schools: One-Stop Information and Registration at New Professional Development Site


The Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners (DSwDELL) is supporting special education initiatives with its new professional development registration site. Sessions are open to all DOE educators, including school leaders, general and special education teachers, paraprofessionals and related service providers.  October offerings include mini-institutes and workshops on collaborative planning, curriculum, literacy, technology, positive behavior supports, and meeting the needs of ELLs with disabilities.

All Schools: Online Video Series on Implementing a Successful RTI Model with English Language Learners

The Office of English Language Learners in collaboration with Dr. Janette Klingner of the University of Colorado, nationally renowned expert in the field of Response to Intervention (RTI) with English language learners, presents this video series on the implementation of a successful RTI model with English language learners.  There are currently 7 videos available in this series which can be viewed at here.  

All Schools: Online Video Series on Implementing a Successful RTI Model with English Language Learners


A video series focusing on the implementation of a successful RTI model with English language learners is available.  There are currently seven videos in the series; view them here.  

For questions, contact your senior ELL CPS.

Statement of Schools Chancellor Walcott on Schools Closure

posted Nov 1, 2012, 1:54 PM by Web Master


Due to Hurricane Sandy, City Schools Will be Closed to Students Until Monday, November 5
"Because of the impact of Hurricane Sandy, all New York City public schools will be closed to students until Monday, November 5. All after-school activities and Public Schools Athletic League events will also be cancelled until next week. Our administrative offices will continue to remain open.

“Teachers and other school-based administrative staff should report to their sites on Friday, November 2, and we will provide more information to our staff, including those who may be required to report to a site other than their school. Thank you to those who continue to report to shelter sites and to those who are volunteering to assist during this time.”

"Please continue to monitor the news and for updates."

Google Docs for Teachers 2012

posted Oct 30, 2012, 4:31 PM by Web Master

Creative Uses for iPads in the Classroom

posted Oct 30, 2012, 4:25 PM by Web Master   [ updated Oct 30, 2012, 4:27 PM ]

This afternoon I Stumbled Upon a good Slideshare presentation from Mike Amantewho I had the pleasure of meeting during ISTE 2010. Mike's presentation Creative Uses for Ipad in the Classroom offers a nice run-down of the apps and examples of using them in the classroom. The presentation includes some QR codes that you can scan to get the lists of apps that Mike recommends. Take a look through the presentation as embedded below and you're likely to find a new app or idea that you can use in your classroom. 

uSpeak HD - A Nice App for Learning Spanish

posted Oct 30, 2012, 4:24 PM by Web Master

uSpeak HD is a free iPad app designed to help beginners learn Spanish. The app matches you with word lists and learning activities based on your current level of knowledge of Spanish. Before you even register on the service you take a quick assessment to match you to the appropriate lists and activities. Once you've registered all of your progress is stored in your uSpeak account.

uSpeak's word lists are organized in webs of related words. Click on any web to reveal the words. Then click on a word to reveal a web of in-context uses of that word, images associated with that word, and synonyms and antonyms for your chosen word.

uSpeak's learning games include matching words to images,  matching translations, and word association games.

Applications for Education
uSpeak HD could be useful in helping students acquire Spanish vocabulary knowledge. The webs and in-context examples could help students get a better understanding of how words fit together. The app advertises sound files of pronunciations but those files weren't working when I tried the app. Hopefully, that feature will be working soon.

Graphic Springs - Create Simple Logos

posted Oct 30, 2012, 4:21 PM by Web Master

Graphic Springs is a free tool for creating your own custom logos. I gave it a try and found it was quite simple to use. To create a custom logo just visit Graphic Springs, select an icon, then enter the text that you want to appear with your logo. You can change the size of your logo and font by simply clicking and dragging them to expand or contract. When you're happy with your logo you can download it from Graphic Springs.

One small issue with Graphic Springs is that in order to download you have to Tweet, Like, Digg, or Tumble the site to get the full-size logo image. Otherwise you can grab the smaller version of the logo.

Applications for Education
If you have students creating individual blogs or websites as digital portfolios, let them customize the look of those pages by using Graphic Springs to create a custom logo for it.

Bibliography Templates for Google Documents

posted Oct 30, 2012, 4:15 PM by Web Master

Tools like EasyBibrefDot, and Citelighter can help students format their bibliographies. One problem with those tools is that students have to install browser extensions, create new accounts, or both in order to use them. If your students already use Google Docs there is an easy-to-access alternative. 

The Google Docs template gallery is a good place to check out before you create your next form or document that requires a lot specific formatting. Chances are someone else may have had a similar need and has already created and published a template that you can use. For example, the Google Docs template gallery has templates for creating bibliographies in APA, MLA, AMA, and Chicago Style.

Applications for Education
The Google Docs bibliography templates could be very useful for any student that needs to create a bibliography. The templates can be embedded into a classroom blog as a model for students to follow even if they don't use Google Docs to create their bibliographies. 

How to Print Posters Using a Standard Printer

posted Sep 9, 2012, 5:47 PM by Web Master

I often run across infographics that could be great posters to hang in a classroom if only there was an easy way to print them poster-sized. Most teachers don't have ready access to printers that can handle poster-sized paper, but do have access to standard letter-size printers. Thanks to a recent blog post by Joyce ValenzaI have discovered a way that you can print posters using a standard inkjet or laser printer.

Block Posters is a web-based tool to which you can upload a high quality graphic then divide it into letter-sized chunks for printing. Print out each section and put them together on a poster board to make your own poster.

Share My Lesson

posted Sep 4, 2012, 4:44 PM by Web Master

Share My Lesson is a place where educators can come together to create and share their very best teaching resources. Developed by teachers for teachers, this free platform gives access to high-quality teaching resources and provides an online community where teachers can collaborate with, encourage and inspire each other. 
Share My Lesson has a significant resource bank for Common Core State Standards, covering all aspects of the standards, from advice and guides to help with dedicated resources that support the standards.
Share My Lesson was developed by the American Federation of Teachers and TES Connect, the largest network of teachers in the world.

Three Ways to Quickly Create Audio Messages for Your Blog

posted May 8, 2012, 6:18 PM by Jennifer Ward

Adding an audio message to your classroom blog or website can be a good way to help deliver important messages to your students and their parents. Having an audio message, even if it's the same as a text announcement, increases the chances that a visitor to your blog will take notice of something important. Adding an audio message to your blog or website is not difficult to do. Here are three ways that you can add an audio message to your blog or website.

Vocaroo is a free service that allows users to create audio recordings without the need to install any software. You don't even have to create an account to use Vocaroo. All you need to provide is a microphone. I used the microphone built into my MacBook to make the recording below. To create a recording just go to, click record, grant Vocaroo access to your mic, and start talking. After completing your recording, Vocaroo gives you the choice to publish it or to scrap it and try again. Vocaroo provides the option to embed the recording anywhere. Vocaroo provides the embed code for you. You can also download your recording, just look for the download link at the bottom of the page (it's small and easily overlooked).

Audio Pal is a free service that allows you to quickly and easily record audio messages to post your blog or website. You can record your Audio Pal message by phone, through your computer's microphone, or by uploading a recording. Messages are limited to sixty seconds so you must be succinct. After you've recorded your message, Audio Pal will play it back to you. If you like the recording, keep it. If you don't like your recording, click re-record. When you have a recording with which you're happy, enter your email address and an embed code will be sent to you almost immediately.

Voki is a service that allows users to create animated audio avatars that they can embed into their wikis, blogs, and websites. Getting started using Voki might take you a little longer than using Audio Pal or Vocaroo, but you get the added benefit of having a talking avatar to draw attention to your message. For teachers interested in having their students use Voki to create messages, Voki does offer an ad-free version of their service for educators.

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