Teacher Times #23
February 24, 2014
Welcome Back from Break!
Chancellor Farina is asking to see “lots of evidence of interactive learning, with an emphasis on student-to-student talk and engagement; small group, project-based learning that cuts across subject areas; and effective use of technology”. I believe that with our moving forward with STEAM beginning with the marking period that starts 3/24, we will be doing that and more.
In your physical main office mailboxes, you will find bookmarks to use with Julia Alaverez’s novel IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES, also going up as our last performance of the 2013-14 school year in late May. I am asking all teachers to read the book and make some connection in your classroom and what you do with your students through the content and themes of the book utilized in YOUR academic area. How deep you go is up to you. You can do one lesson, two or more during the 2nd marking period of the 2nd term (3/24 to 5/9). It’s our first foray into STEAM. Imagine the possibilities of backwards planning that is project-based connected via STEAM standards.
We have considerable technology money that I will be looking to spend in the best way for our school. Also, please do get back to me with software choices from the Excel spreadsheet I sent to you earlier.
Thank you for all that you do!
Birthdays of the Week
Amy Silva 3/1
Grant opportunities are posted on the Grants website (you can visit the page on any computer using this link). This week’s highlights include:
§ Studio in a School – Grant Opportunity for Title I Schools
§ Hasbro Community Action Hero Award
Video of the Week
Common Core Professional Development Updates
The NYCDOE is offering the following professional development (PD) and resources on Common Core-aligned curriculum and instruction. This overview provides the year-long schedule for each PD series below.
§ March 3 for Expeditionary Learning (grades 3–8) PD on March 18 (“Going Deeper with Writing”), March 19–20 (“Supporting Learning through Academic Conversations”), and March 21 (“Leading Change for Administrators and Coaches”); note that the session on March 21 will cover the same content as the session on January 23
§ March 7 for Common Core, Inc. PD on March 18–19 (grades K–5) and March 20–21 (grades 6–9)
§ March 7 for PCG (grade 9) session 2 on March 19 or 20 (for teachers) and March 21 (for administrators and coaches) from 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Online Resources: The following online resources are available to schools that opted into the Core Curriculum programs below:
§ Go Math!: Teachers and school leaders may register for Go Math! webinar 6, “ePlanner Basics: Making Think Central Easy,” which will be held from 4:00–5:00 p.m. on February 25. In this webinar, participants will examine the ePlanner, including the print resources and how elements are embedded in the ebook.
§ Code X: Teachers and school leaders may now register for the third Code X webinar, “Engaging Students in Evidence-Based Writing” from 4:00–6:00 p.m. on March 6, March 10, and March 13. This webinar will explore strategies for supporting students in evidence-based writing. The first half will cover the opportunities for daily writing in Code X and the writing process as it relates to the Performance Task. Participants will then learn to facilitate and scaffold the Performance Task and strengthen their use of rubrics to normalize grading.
§ Expeditionary Learning: School leaders who are new to Expeditionary Learning are invited to a webinar on February 13 from 4:00–5:00 p.m. Click here to participate.
To see a complete list of online resources for each Core Curriculum program, click here. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Development and Student Opportunities
Professional development and student opportunities are posted on the PD and Student Opportunities page. This week’s highlights include: All Schools:
§ Register by February 27: Attend the Free Educator Open House at the Rubin Museum of Art
§ Apply by March 1: 28th Annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest
§ Participate on March 8: The American West: K–12 Educator Programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
§ Apply by March 31: Scholarship Opportunity: Clearpool Partner School Program for Environmental Science and Experiential Learning
§ Apply by May 5: Toby Nussbaum Jewish Heritage-NY2014 Writing Contest
§ Register by February 24: Teaching Debate and Argumentation: A Workshop for Middle School Teachers
§ Participate in March: Register for Engaging Students in Evidence-Based Writing, a Code X Webinar on March 6, March 10, or March 13
§ Register by February 14: Queens All Stars High School Music Match-Up
§ Apply by April 4: Nominate Graduating Art Majors for $10,000 Scholarships and $1,000 Awards