Teacher Times #33
June 3, 2013
Professional Development Opportunities for the Common Core and Core Curriculum
The following professional development opportunities and resources are available to help your school prepare for Common Core-aligned instruction and curriculum development:
In-person professional development: As noted in the May 14 edition of Principals’ Weekly, the NYCDOE is collaborating with core curriculum vendors to provide professional development on Common Core-aligned curriculum and instruction this summer and over the course of the year. Registration links will be provided in Principals’ Weekly in mid-June; in the meantime, you can share this overview of opportunities and timeframes with your staff. These opportunities include general sessions for teachers implementing core curriculum materials (including Pearson CMP3, Pearson ReadyGen, Scholastic Code X, and Go Math!), sessions for schools with grades K-5 that have purchased core curriculum materials, sessions for schools with grades 6-12 (whether they have purchased core curriculum materials or not), and sessions for schools implementing New York State Education Department (NYSED) curriculum (Core Knowledge, Expeditionary Learning). For questions about these PD opportunities, email Victoria Gonzalez at VGonzalez12@schools.nyc.gov.
Online resources: Additional teacher team activities have been posted on the Resources for Teacher Teams page of the Common Core Library. You and your staff may use these resources on the Chancellor’s Conference day for staff development (June 6) or for other PD opportunities. These activities support teachers in understanding the 2013-14 citywide instructional expectations, examining how the Common Core Instructional Shifts align to competency 1e of the Framework for Teaching, identifying student gaps, understanding the practice of close reading, and exploring how the Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics describe mathematical content differently from prior standards. In addition, a brief video and a guidance document have been posted describing the citywide instructional expectations and related references. For questions about these resources, email Janna Robin at JRobin2@schools.nyc.gov.
Professional Development and Student Opportunities
Professional development and student opportunities are posted on the PD and Student Opportunities page. This week’s highlights include:
§ Free Event: Common Core Workshops and Professional Development
§ Register by June 1: Seminars in Science: Climate Change, Coastal Resiliency, and the Common Core
§ Register by June 2: Local History: Bringing Brooklyn’s Past into the Classroom with Green-Wood Cemetery
§ Participate on June 8: Urban Advantage Science Expo
§ Participate on June 17: Dr. Geneva Gay - Internationally Renowned Multicultural Educator
§ Apply by June 23: State Farm® Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant - $1,500
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