Designing for Disaster PD on 2/5/15 (District 75 STEM)

What: Professional Development Workshop

When: February 5, 2015

Where: District 75 Office / 1st Floor Conference Room, 400 First Ave, New York, NY 10010

Time: 8:30am – 2:40pm

If you would like to participate in the workshop go to and sign up under the Instructional Technology section. If you have any questions please email Lionel Bergeron,

Description: District 75 STEM Department is teaming up with the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. for a unique professional development workshop. The National Curricula Coordinator from the museum will present the Common Core aligned Design for Disaster Educators Kit, which focuses on resilient building. Teachers will learn about the resources and participate in hands on activities. All participants will receive an Educators Kit for the classroom, which will include a curriculum booklet (target grades 7th-9th), lesson plans, reading materials, building materials and a floorood map. The main goals of the Educator’s Kit are Introduce students to the people, processes, and choices involved in designing and constructing disaster resilient buildings and communities. Increase student awareness of the relationship between people and the built environment, including how people affect their surroundings and how their surroundings affect them. Increase student awareness of the relationship between the natural environment and the built environment and how these are interdependent. Introduce forces such as gravity, compression, tension, and shear and how they effect structures. Examine how we assess environmental risks. Examine how we can create policies, plans, and designs which result in safer, more disaster resilient communities.

Notes: The following is a link to the Educators Kit that each participant will receive:

Matter and Energy Links PD on 1/29/15

Make Some Waves Activity

Wave Behaviors

Wave Behavior Interactive Lesson

Chemical and material behavior

Video on every element in the Periodic Table

Periodic Elements Matching Game

Alternate Assessment Curriculum Framework


The District collaborated with a core group of school-based pedagogues to devise a protocol for how teachers and teacher teams might work to enhance and/or revise the Alternate Assessment Curricula Framework disseminated in SY13-14.  Additionally, the team this summer designed several rubric models, one specific to skill level D and several others for skill levels C and B.

The hyperlink below is the latest warehouse of all the module work to date.  (Module 4 will be completed shortly.)

In it you will find:

  • Module 1 – ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies (K-HS)
  • Module 2 – ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies (K-HS)
  • Module 3 – ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies (K-HS)
  • Multiple Resources

Most importantly are the newest uploads:


  • Introduction to the AACF
  • Math Module 2 Revisions 3, 6, HS
  • Lesson Plans


It is critical that these are reviewed before re-engaging with the modules.  They offer strong considerations for how to revise a module and design performance task-specific rubrics with a congruent understanding of a ladder of prompting that leads to a coherent way for evaluating student performance tasks across classrooms.

Seed to Table Camp


Campers will work with Queens Botanical Garden scientists and ESC staff to plant and care for a garden, harvest the crops and prepare healthy and delicious foods with their bounty as they explore design elements that are critical to a garden’s success. This Saturday camp will engage students in selecting appropriate species for the garden as well as planting, maintaining and planning for its future.

DATES: Saturdays, March 28, May 2 and 23, June 13 and 20, 2015 TIME: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
REGISTRATION FEE: $20 for NYC public school students


7151 Avenue T Brooklyn, NY 11234

Registration deadline is Friday, March 6, 2015.

Click for more information and to register.

Email with any questions.

Beyond the School Day Programs for Students!

The Environmental Study Center (ESC) is offering environmental science enrichment programs for NYC public school students on spring weekends and spring break. Registration is now open. Space is limited.


Planet Keepers and Climate Change

Student scientists will learn the principles of environmental learning.
What is a carbon footprint? What is built-in obsolescence? How can we conserve our resources? How do our purchases affect the environment? Meets during Spring Break: April 7, 8, 9, 10, 2015 Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Click to register.

Weapons of the Wild

Poison, armor, camouflage, oh my! Come discover how organisms defend themselves within their environment through hands-on learning and animal encounters at ESC. This program includes a trip to Prospect Park Zoo where student scientists will work with an animal behavior specialist.

Meets Saturdays in May: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 2015 Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Click to register.


Food without a Footprint: Cooking with a Conscience

Student scientists will explore the sustainability and carbon footprint of the food we eat and then practice their kitchen skills while cooking their way through various food groups.

Meets during Spring Break: April 7, 8, 9, 10, 2015 Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Click to register.

Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle!

Student scientists will be introduced to the concept of upcycling. Instead of discarding everyday material, unique and thoughtful items will be created. Throughout the duration of this program, student upcyclers will create a variety of items to
take home. This is an exciting camp for the artistic environmentalist in all of us.

Meets during Spring Break: April 7, 8, 9, 10, 2015 Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Click to register.


7151 Avenue T, Brooklyn, NY 11234

Email with any questions.



Are you interested in molecular genetics and modern biotechnology? Do you wish you had more time in the lab at school? Do you want to learn more about DNA?

Apply now to attend DNA Science Camp at the Harlem DNA Lab!

DNA Science Camp provides extensive lab experience with the basic techniques of recombinant DNA, including DNA restriction and ligation, bacterial transformation and plasmid isolation. Participants perform the entire lab sequence from the popular DNA Science text and will receive their own copy of the text to keep.

Join fellow students for a 5-day DNA Science Camp at the Harlem DNA Lab during the Mid-Winter Recess. Students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 who have successfully completed Living Environment are eligible to apply. This camp is FREE for NYC public school students.

CAMP DATES: Monday, February 16 – Friday, February 20, 2015 TIMES: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Friday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Students selected to participate must attend all five days. Breakfast, lunch and metro cards will be provided.


John S. Roberts Educational Complex (JHS 45) 2351 First Avenue (at the corner of 120th Street) New York, NY 10035

Click to apply. Applications are due by Monday, February 2nd.

Email with any questions.

Educators’ Evening – Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters @AMNH

Join us on Friday, January 30  for an evening celebrating our latest exhibition, Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters.  This is an opportunity for teachers to view the exhibition, hear from curators who worked on the exhibit, network with other educators, and gather resources on how to use the exhibit with their students.

Participants will recieve Educator’s Guides and related activiites that provide tools to align science content with Common Core State Standards in ELA for reading and writing.

From earthquakes and volcanoes to hurricanes and tornadoes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and affect people around the world. Nature’s Fury will uncover the causes of these natural disasters, explore the risks associated with each, and examine how people cope and adapt in their aftermath.

Interactive displays and animations will help visitors understand how natural phenomena work. By monitoring earthquakes around the world in real time, manipulating an earthquake fault, generating a virtual volcano, standing within the center of a roaring tornado, and exploring the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City, visitors will learn how scientists are helping to make better predictions, plan responses, and prepare for future events.

4:00-4:20pm: Sign-In and Reception
4:20-4:45pm: Table Conversations
 4:45-5:45pm: Welcome & Introduction to the Exhibition
5:45-7:00pm: Visit the Exhibition
Table Conversations