Teacher Times #21
February 3, 2014
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.
For upcoming sessions, register by:
§ February 13 for PCG (grade 9) PD on February 18 or 19 (for teachers) and February 20 (for administrators and coaches) for schools implementing NYSED’s grade 9 ELA curriculum modules (extended from the original deadline)
§ February 14 for general session 4 for ReadyGen, Go Math!, Code X, and CMP3 offered on various dates, March 3–28
§ March 3 for Expeditionary Learning (grades 3–8) PD on March 18 (“Going Deeper with Writing”), March 19–20 (“Supporting Learning through Academic Conversations”), andMarch 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 and March 20–21 (grades 6–9)
Online Resources for Go Math!: A recording of Go Math! webinar 5, “Strategies to Create Strong Problem Solvers," is available here. In this webinar, Go Math! author Juli Dixon helped teachers unpack high cognitive demand tasks appropriate for use in developing strong problem solvers.
Common Core Literacy: Teachers with limited familiarity of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) for Literacy and Danielson's Framework for Teaching are invited to the Introduction to Common Core Literacy online course. The course provides teachers with an overview of the CCLS and Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and helps them to articulate practical next steps to improve their practice. It begins February 17 and takes place completely online over a two week period. For more information and to register, clickhere. Register by February 12.
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:
§ Participate on January 30: Pre-K Non-Attendance Day for Teachers’ Professional Development
§ Register by January 31: Staff Development: Growing your online readership & reader engagement in print and online
§ Register by January 31: NYC Leadership Academy: Invitation to Middle School Literacy Workshop
§ Register by January 31: Annual Career & Technical Education Summit: Career Training for the Knowledge Economy
§ Participate in January and February: Professional Development on Literacy and Dyslexia
§ Register by February 3: NYC Leadership Academy: Operational and Technical Webinar
§ Register by February 3: Arts Education Liaison Workshop #4 – Midyear Check-up; Developing Arts Resources and Communications Strategies
§ Register by February 7: New York State Grade 9 ELA Curriculum Modules Professional Development (facilitated by PCG)
§ Participate on February 10: New Computer Science Opportunity for High Schools
§ Apply by February 12: Scholarship Plus 201 – Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors
§ Register by February 12: Introduction to Common Core Literacy (Online Course)
§ Participate the Week of February 17: Join the New York Botanical Garden's Teacher Training: Gardening 101
§ Participate the Week of February 17: Spring 2014 P Credit Courses at the Museum of the City of New York
§ Apply by February 20: New York County Lawyers’ Association Essay Contest
§ Register by February 25: Strengthening Science Practices and Literacy Strategies Through Questioning and Observation with Georgia Heard for Grades K-2
§ Apply by February 28: 2014 School Wellness Poster Contest
§ Apply by March 15: Nominate Students For Summer Travel Scholarships
§ Apply by March 21: Diverse Minds Writing Challenge
§ Participate in March and April: Join the New York Botanical Garden's Teacher Training: Helping STEM Take Root
§ Apply by April 1: Application for Julliard’s Music Advancement Program
§ Apply by April 30: 2014 Milton Fisher Scholarships
§ Ongoing: Does your school Move-to-Improve (MTI)?
§ Ongoing: Free Gun Violence Prevention Assemblies
§ Ongoing: Fitness Challenge 2014 and NYC Parks Recreation Center Memberships
Pic Of The Week
Please make sure to plan ahead and publish all school events in our Community Calendar (read below the procedures).
Several events were submitted in the past but did not specify exact times and location. Mr. Link would like all details to be reflected on the calendar. Please take a minute to visit our website and check that your event is listed with the proper title, location and times.
Please notice a formal invitation should be send to Mr. Link and Ms. Domenech at least 30 days before the event. Administrators would like to invite DOE, Steam, 92Y representatives and the community in general to share our student's work.
All shows, field trips, fairs, rehearsals, sport activities, festivals, fund raises, guests or any events involving students and/or Tapco facilities MUST be listed on the school calendar. In order to make sure all students have a chance to participate and avoid conflicts, do not request permission before verifying availability. Events that are already on the calendar will have priority. Preferably choose days that are not already taken. Having simultaneous trips/events overwhelms students’ schedules and creates CHAOS in terms of logistics and COVERAGES. Students should not be in the position of having to choose between activities (specially when they are directly linked to a final grade or a Test). Keep on mind that I cannot reserve or approve days or spaces for you. I can only place your already approved event (you must have a signed approval or email confirmation). All changes and cancellations must be notified to Mr. Link (please cc Ms. Delpech).
Plan as early as possible and follow these steps:
No later than 35 days before the activity (40 school days for extended/overnight trips):
- Check calendar to verify that students and facilities are available.
* Field trips: Fill out a Trip Approval & Plan Form, attach a list of chaperons (MS 1:10-HS 1-15). Include a list of students, chaperons and an itinerary.
* In-School events: Fill out a Request Form specifying the space and hours (see Ms. Annie). Include a list of participating students and teachers.
- As soon as Mr. Link approves the event you MUST forward/submit the approval to Ms. Delpechjdelpech@schools.nyc.gov (Otherwise your event will not be on the calendar. Mr. Link wants ALL events to appear in it). I CANNOT add anything to the calendar until you forward/submit approval.
No Later than 30 days before the activity:
Sent a Poster/program and a formal invitation to Mr. Link and Leticia Domenech.
No later than 15 days before the activity:
- Distribute permission slips (anytime students are taken out of the building or kept after school hours parents must be notified).
- Request free lunch/snacks (if necessary) by filling out a form directly at the Food service office 1st floor. Submit a list of students and their OSIS numbers.
- Make Bus reservations or fill out Subway passes (One MTA pass per every 30 students).
-Notify all Tapco staff about the activity (Specially: Chaperons, Mr. Nicolopoulos, Mr. Schaudt, Ms. Kecia and Ms. Annie).
3-2 days before the activity:
- Submit all permission slips signed by parents to Ms. Annie (make sure they provide at least one emergency contact number).
- Prepare an attendance list with students’ names, emergency contact numbers, and a space to mark them absent/present. Make 2 copies for each chaperon and specify what students they are in charge of).
The day of the activity:
- Distribute 2 copies of the attendance to each participating chaperon/teacher.
- Ask chaperons to take attendance before leaving the building (both sheets). They should keep one and submit one to you to give to Ms. Annie.
- Give Ms. Annie one copy of each attendance taken.
***Students should NOT leave the building until attendance is taken and submitted to MS. Annie.
***If you are chosen to be a chaperon or participating teacher in any activity that requires to have your classes covered, it is your RESPONSIBILITY to submit printed lesson plans, photocopies handouts if any etc. 24 hours before the event. Leave lesson plans in your own mailbox. Do not email them.
ALL end of the semester shows and celebrations for 2013-2014 MUST BE approved and on the calendar no later than 10/31/13. (This is an extension of the previous deadline: 10/01/13). Additional activities (trips, events, guests or informal performances) can follow the standard regulations above.
As of 10/21/13 the only shows approved and on the calendar are: Thorpe, Sklar & Delpech. All 2013-2014 productions must be planned and scheduled by the end of October.
If you are unsure of how your schedule will be next semester you should assume your schedule would be the same and plan to have sharing/show for each class/grade at some point. If your classes are dissolved or changed I can rename show or erase such dates later when you get your new schedule. If you cancel a show please notify Mr. Link (cc Ms. Delpech). The idea is to have a spot reserved and that it does not conflict with any other activity.