Teacher Times #13
November 25, 2013
Common Core Curricul Professional Development
The NYCDOE is offering the following professional development (PD) and resources on Common Core-aligned curriculum and instruction:
Registration Links for Session 3 and Core Knowledge for Pre-K: See the reminder below.
Online Resources Reminder: The following online resources are available to schools that opted into the Core Curriculum programs below:
§ Code X: You are invited to participate in the next Code X webinar, “Engaging Students in Academic Discourse.” The first half of the webinar will focus on building vocabulary and strategies for scaffolding evidence-based conversations, including facilitating Socratic Seminars. Participants will then discuss strategies for facilitating the “Collaborate and Present” task and for creating a supportive learning environment for rich conversations in their classrooms. All webinars will take place from 4:00–6:00 p.m.; register here: November 21 and November 25.
§ Core Knowledge: Note that the December Core Knowledge office hours, originally scheduled for December 2, have been rescheduled. Office hours will take place on December 9 for educators of grades K–2 and on December 16 for pre-k educators. Both sessions will take places from 3:30–4:30 p.m. Information about the content of the session and how to register will be shared in Principals’ Weekly the week before the sessions.
To see a complete list of online resources for each Core Curriculum program, click here. For questions, email email@example.com.
Distribution of Teacher's Choice Funds
The process by which eligible school staff members receive Teacher’s Choice funds has changed. Last year’s Teacher’s Choice funds were issued as a direct deposit on a non-payday or as a debit card. This year’s Teacher’s Choice funds will be issued to eligible school staff in their paycheck for November 29; these funds are not taxed. Eligible staff who receive these funds are required to spend them on qualifying educational materials (see “Using Teacher’s Choice Funds” on page 3) by February 28 and to submit original receipts by March 3. Please be reminded of these guidelines and participant's responsibilities, which are posted on the Teacher’s Choice website.
For upcoming deadlines regarding the program, you may opt to review the Teacher’s Choice calendar. Additional details, including updated guidelines, FAQs, and forms pertaining to the program, are posted on theTeacher’s Choice website. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-935-4000.
Pic Of The Week
Grant opportunities are posted on the Grants website (you can visit the page on any computer using this link). This week’s highlights include:
§ Fund for Teachers Grants
Professional Development and Student Opportunities
Professional development and student opportunities are posted on the PD and Student Opportunities page. This week’s highlights include:
§ Participate on November 20: Webinar on New York City’s Three-Year Pilot to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism
§ Register by November 20: Curriculum Professional Development: 6-12 Math and Literacy in ELA, Science, and Social Studies
§ Register by November 27: Pre-K: Core Knowledge Curriculum Professional Development
§ Apply by November 30: High Schools: NYC Omega HBCU College Tour
§ Participate in November and December: Common Core Support and Resource Sessions
§ Participate on December 5: Pre-K and Elementary Schools: New ESL Teacher Training – Cohort II
§ Register by December 9: Leadership Academy: Invitation to Effective Data Systems and Structures for Elementary and Middle School Leaders
§ Participate on December 12: Pre-K Non-Attendance Day for Teachers’ Professional Development
§ Register by December 12: Museum of the City of New York History Day "Creating an Entry" Workshops
§ Register by January 17: Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program