Teacher Times #22
February 9, 2015
Sophia Otonoga 2/18
Teacher's Choice Program Key Dates
The Teacher's Choice Program provides an opportunity for eligible school staff members to purchase instructional materials and supplies for use in their classrooms. Teacher’s Choice funds were issued to program participants in their paycheck beginning November 28.
§ February 28 is the last day for Teacher’s Choice participants to purchase instructional materials and supplies using their Teacher’s Choice funds. If staff members do not spend these funds by February 28, they will be required to reimburse the NYCDOE for unspent funds in accordance with these Teacher’s Choice guidelines.
§ March 2 is the deadline for all participants to submit a Teacher’s Choice Accountability Form and proof of their eligible purchases (i.e. original receipts and/or invoices) to your designee. Your designee must review these materials to ensure that purchases were made in accordance with the Teacher’s Choice guidelines. Note that Absent Teacher Reserve participants who are assigned to your school during the week of March 2 must also submit these materials to your designee by this deadline; for more information, see this Quick Guide: Participants in the Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR).
§ March 2 is also the last day for your designee to report if any remaining eligible staff members did not receive a Teacher’s Choice allocation. If a staff member at your school was in an eligible title on November 1, 2014 and did not receive an allocation, yet s/he made purchases by February 28, your designee should send an email with the staff member’s name and file number to TeachersChoice@schools.nyc.gov; these eligible staff members will receive their Teacher’s Choice allocation during the final distribution in March.
For detailed information related to key dates, forms, and guidelines, see the Teacher’s Choice page. For questions, email email@example.com or call 718-935-4000.
Grant opportunities are posted on the Grants website (you can visit the page on any computer using this link). This week’s highlights include:
§ Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program for Public Libraries & Public Schools
Recruitment for the MOSL Design Team
The NYCDOE is recruiting licensed, experienced teachers who work primarily with District 75 students, English Language Learners, and students in Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) grant-funded schools as well as those who teach non-core subjects such as CTE, arts, physical education, and foreign language to participate in design teams related to Measures of Student Learning (MOSL); applicants who work primarily in core subjects, such as ELA, math, science, and social studies, may also apply. Participants will provide feedback on and best practices for assessing student learning in their grade/subject areas. You may access more information about selection criteria, participant responsibilities, and the application in Per Session Vacancy Circular 233. Interested teachers should email their OP-175 application, cover letter, and resume to PerformanceAssessment@schools.nyc.gov by February 24. Please note that the NYCDOE has not yet made a decision about which performance assessments to offer as Measures of Student Learning for the 2015–16 school year.
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 February 19: Opportunity to Attend a Book Signing and Presentation by Professor Terry Golway
§ Apply by February 23: New York City Writing Project Call for Conference Proposals
§ Register by February 24: Celebrate Black History Month with the Louis Armstrong House Museum
§ Register by February 24: Attend the Workshop for Educators at the Guggenheim Museum
§ Register by February 24: Beauty is Power Educator Workshop at the Jewish Museum
§ Participate on February 24: Pizza & PD at New-York Historical Society: Five Days, Fifty-Four Miles: The 1965 Selma March
§ Register by February 25: NYC Collaborates Presents: The Success Academy Approach to Close Reading
§ Register by February 25: Hands-on Workshop “Reading, Writing, and Documenting the Five Boroughs” at the Museum of the City of New York
§ Register by February 25: Free Historian Lecture on Anti-Slavery Activism in 19th Century New York and Brooklyn at the Museum of the City of New York –
§ Apply by February 27: Summer Teaching Coach Positions
§ Participate on February 28: New Beginnings - Lunar New Year Festival
§ Ongoing through June 26: 9/11 Memorial Museum Student Field Trips
§ Various event dates: Jazz at Lincoln Center: New Teacher Professional Development Credit
Elementary and Middle:
§ Participate on February 28: Girls Inc. of New York City Presents sat•HER•day 2015
§ Register by February 25: Teaching Debate and Argumentation: A Workshop for Middle School Teachers
Middle and High School:
§ Register by February 13: Escalera: Foundational Literacy Support in Spanish (Grades 6-9)
§ Register by February 24: Understanding the Foundations of Transitional Bilingual Education in Middle and High School
§ Ongoing through June: News Literacy Project Digital Unit -
§ Apply by February 25: AP Computer Science Principles Course
§ Apply by March 1: High School Initiative in Remote Sensing of the Earth Systems Science & Engineering– Summer Internship Opportunity for High School Juniors and Seniors
§ Ongoing: Assembly Opportunities to Educate Students about Gun Violence