Teacher Times #10
November 4, 2013
Professional Development and Student Opportunities
Professional development and student opportunities are posted on the PD and Student Opportunities page. This week’s highlights include:
§ Register by October 31: RTI Institute – Building a Strong Tier 1: The Cornerstone of Effective Reading Instruction for English Language Learners
§ Deadline Extended – Apply by November 1: High School Science Research Pathways Program
§ Participate on November 1 and 2: Addressing the Core of the Common Core: Supporting Social and Academic Language Development Across the Ages
§ Participate on November 2: Old Brooklyn Waterworks Bike Tour
§ Participate on November 5: Green Design Lab from Solar One
§ Participate on November 6: Bilingual Planning Grant Writing Session
§ Register by November 14: Integrating Inquiry–Based Science and Performance Tasks in Grade 6
§ Participate on November 15: NYC Leadership Academy: Invitation to Planning and Supervising with Measures of Student Learning in Mind for High School Leaders
§ Participate on November 18: Workshop #1 for Arts Education Liaisons
§ Participate on November 19: Leadership for Student Achievement featuring Dr. Jeffrey Howard
§ Participate on November 20: Museum of the City of New York Free Open House for Educators: Gilded New York
§ Register by November 20, 27 and December 20: Common Core Curriculum Professional Development: Winter Session
§ Participate on November 21: “From Suffrage to Sex: Women’s Activism in America” Teacher Workshop
§ Participate on November 21, December 5, or December 12: When to Refer ELL Students for Disability Evaluations: What to Do Before Referral
§ Participate on November 21: Museum of the City of New York History Day Informational Workshop
§ Participate on November 22: Workshop #2 for Arts Education Liaisons – Fundraising Strategies for the Arts
§ Register by November 25: Integrating Inquiry–Based Science and Performance Tasks in Grade 8
§ Ongoing through November 30: NYCCollegeLine.org’s Fall Contest for New York City High School Students
§ Participate: Task Force on Chronic Absenteeism–Model School Study Visits
§ Ongoing: Monthly Inquiry–to–Action Team Professional Development
§ Ongoing: Pennies for Patients Community Service Learning Program
Grant opportunities are posted on the Grants website (you can visit the page on any computer using this link). This week’s highlights include:
§ Grants Available for No Impact Weeks in 2014 for NYC Middle and High Schools
Post-informal Feedback Sessions
We are testing the implementation of a system for post-informal feedback sessions.
As soon as you are able after having had an informal observation by Demetri or me during any given week, please go to Annie’s office and sign your name next to a time slot by Thursday close of business at 3:30 pm (sample sheet attached). There is no signing up thereafter for Friday (i.e., Friday morning).
Please DO NOT release students any earlier than 3:10 pm for their bus services.
Students have been released up to 20 minutes earlier unattended in the hallway and cafeteria.
Adjusted Marking Periods
Please be advised that there have been some changes made to our marking period dates.
Term 1; Marking Period 3 ends 1/24
Term 2; MP1 ends 3/21
Term 2; MP2 ends 5/9
Term 2; MP3 ends 6/13
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Common Core Professional Development Opportunities
The NYCDOE is offering the following professional development (PD) and resources on Common Core-aligned curriculum and instruction:
Registration Links for Session 3: The first and second sessions for each PD series listed below have taken place. This overview provides the year-long schedule for each PD series and registration links for the third session of the series, which will take place this winter. Note that educators who participated in a previous curriculum PD session will also receive an email this week from firstname.lastname@example.org with information about how to register for session 3.
§ Register by November 20 for curriculum team sessions for ReadyGen, Go Math!, Code X, and CMP3.
§ Register by November 20 for curriculum team sessions for high schools and middle schools that did not purchase Core Curriculum materials. These sessions will focus on shifting pedagogy in the core content areas.
§ Register by December 20 for general sessions for ReadyGen, Go Math!, Code X, and CMP3.
Additional Guidance and FAQs on Implementation: Additional guidance and answers to FAQs around implementing ReadyGen, Go Math!, Code X, and CMP3 have been posted on the Common Core Library. Note that the information in the guidance was shared with reviewers conducting Quality Reviews and Principal Practice Observations before Quality Reviews began. You are encouraged to share this guidance with teachers; you may opt to share it during professional development sessions on November 5 (Election Day).
Online Resources: The following online resources are available to schools that opted into the Core Curriculum programs below:
§ Code X:
o A recorded version of the first Common Core Code X webinar, “Engaging Students in Close Reading of Complex Texts,” is available here. Use “codex” as the recording password to access the webinar.
o Resources for Code X Unit 2 are available here.
§ Core Knowledge: Teachers and school leaders may register in order to receive login information for the Core Knowledge virtual office hours that will be held from 3:30–4:30 p.m. onNovember 4. These office hours will cover the three pillar model of instruction (Guided Reading and Accountable Independent Reading (GRAIR), Listening and Learning, and Skills) and will focus on GRAIR in more depth; it will also direct participants to online resources that can help them review past training. Note that the office hours session onNovember 4 is best for participants who have not received an initial orientation training on Core Knowledge Language Arts. There will be time for general questions at the end.
To see a complete list of online resources for each Core Curriculum program, click here.
Core Knowledge for Pre-k: Pre-k teachers may register by November 27 for a two-day Core Knowledge professional development session on December 10-11.
For questions, email email@example.com.