NYC SUMMER STEM 2015 FOR STUDENTS

NYC Summer STEM is a new citywide pilot program to provide students who just completed grades 2, 7, and 10 with free, high-quality, engaging STEM instruction. SUMMER STEM 2015 will serve 1,200 total students – 400 from each of the three grades – at 10 sites across the City, one in each of the five boroughs for 2nd-graders and one in each of the five boroughs for 7th and 10th-graders. The program focuses on bringing high-quality STEM education to high-needs students and communities and will run for four weeks for 2nd-graders and five weeks for 7th and 10th-graders.
 
For more information and to apply: http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/Science/NYCSummerSTEM
 
The NYCDOE is pleased to offer a two-day K–5 Mathematics Institute, entitled Introduction to RTI in Mathematics.  With expert Kate Garnett of Hunter College, we will be exploring what RTI in Mathematics is all about and how might it look across elementary schools.  We will also be exploring effective Tier I teaching, grouping, and practices, all through the lens of different math difficulties. Teachers who participate in this institute will have opportunities to build a shared understanding of RTI and will identify strategies that can help them adjust lessons and tasks to support learning of all students.

ENHANCED SCIENCE CURRICULUM FOR GRADES K-5

CHANCELLOR ANNOUNCES ENHANCED SCIENCE CURRICULUM FOR GRADES K-5
 
Innovative Program Developed by DOE to Align with State and National Standards
 
Enhanced Curriculum for Grades 6-12 will be Released This Summer
 
NEW YORK – Chancellor Fariña today unveiled a new Science Scope and Sequence for grades K-5, a framework designed to increase student engagement in science courses and provide teachers with the tools to improve their instruction. By providing a holistic and progressive guide for science integration and instruction in these grades, the Scope and Sequence will improve continuity of science learning for elementary-school students. A new Science Scope and Sequence for grades 6-12 will be released this summer.
 
The new Scope and Sequence, updated for the first time since 2008, aligns with the Common Core Learning Standards, as well as the national Next Generation Science Standards and Excellence in Environmental Education guidelines. The new framework fosters the natural curiosity of students to explore the world around them and engage critically with systems ranging from the human body to the Milky Way. The document also includes guidelines for science units that build students’ skills in recognizing patterns, carrying out investigations, and analyzing data.
 
“Science has always been one of my favorite subjects because it engages students, connects them to their environment, encourages hands-on learning, and inspires outside-the-box thinking,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “This new, cutting-edge curriculum will encourage students to explore, deeply understand, and celebrate science – whether it’s in the classroom or at the beaches, parks, and waterways around our City. I look forward to working with teachers as we use this tool to educate the next generation of scientists, engineers, and great thinkers.”
 
Today we are excited to present schools with a new and enhanced Science Scope and Sequence to ensure a strong foundation in science for all students,” said Deputy Chancellor Phil Weinberg. It provides teachers with a roadmap to help them create engaging science experiences and high-quality instruction, and enable students to think deeply and critically.”
 
“The improved Science Scope and Sequence offers an innovative approach to science education in our classrooms,” said Anna Commitante, Senior Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning. “We are committed to supporting our science educators and helping our students discover their passion for the natural world around them. By engaging in critical scientific exploration, our next generation will be better prepared to be informed and thoughtful citizens.”
 
In developing the resources that support implementation of the Science Scope and Sequence, the DOE will work with local partners, including cultural institutions and universities. As New York City students embrace the discipline and are challenged to think like scientists themselves, the Department will continue to consult these partners to ensure high-quality content and skills education.
 
The Scope and Sequence will be implemented for the 2015-16 school year, with professional development and learning opportunities around the new program throughout this summer and the coming year. Among these opportunities – and reflecting the DOE’s commitment to high-quality STEM professional development – is the intensive three-day STEM Institute being hosted this July. Through funding from the GE Foundation and partnership with several New York City STEM businesses and organizations, over 350 teachers from 100 schools attended the first-ever three-day STEM Institute this April; teachers and school leaders from up to an additional 100 schools will participate in the STEM Institutes this summer and in Spring 2016. Starting in the 2015-16 school year, the new Scope and Sequence will also be integrated into the 80 minutes schools now devote to professional development each Monday.
 
The new K-5 Scope and Sequence signifies a crucial first step in the creation of comprehensive and thorough science resources for teachers that will improve classroom learning as well as students’ critical thinking and scientific literacy. The document is being distributed to schools with guidance via internal communications and by mail. For further information, the Scope and Sequence is available online.

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/949E0441-ADAF-445C-A915-E9F8123E1387/0/K5ScienceScopeandSequence_Updated.pdf

Summer Training Opportunity – DigiFest


Want to enhance digital learning in your school? Join Common Sense and NYSCATE for a day focused on leveraging the opportunities of the digital world for learning. The morning will focus on the fundamentals of digital literacy and citizenship and how to help students think critically, behave safely and participate responsibly with the digital world. We’ll explore lessons that address digital footprints and help you think about how to infuse digital citizenship in your school. In the afternoon we’ll explore how to “tech up” your lessons and evaluate how effective a tool is for learning.

Dates and Locations- all from 8:30-2:30:

July 15 Western Suffolk BOCES Wheatly Heights, NY

July 16 North Eastern Regional Information Center Albany, NY

August 11 Central NY Regional Information Center Syracuse, NY

August 12 Genesee Valley BOCES Leroy, NY

Cost:

FREE for NYSCATE Members (please become a NYSCATE member for free to attend)

Breakfast and Lunch Provided

Materials to Bring:

  • BYOD (bring your own device – preferably tablet or laptop)
  • Headphones (we’ll be doing explorations and many of our materials have video
RSVP here and please share with your networks – here’s the info on NYSCATE.

DigiFest SummerTrainings

Registration for Summer Math & Summer Science Institutes

The NYCDOE is offering a three-day K–12 Summer Mathematics Institute for teachers who are interested exploring the progression of content through the examination of tasks, curriculum, and/or video, while considering the impact of instructional decisions on the learning of mathematics. Teachers who participate in this institute will have opportunities to build a shared understanding of the learning progressions in the CCLS-M and identify how the understanding of these progressions can help them adjust features of tasks to support learning of all students. The Summer Mathematics Institute will take place at Stuyvesant High School from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on July 21-23. Note that teachers who participate will be paid at the per session rate for a total of 15 hours upon completion of this three-day institute. For more information and to register, click here.

http://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0035-0011-0eaf85b939174b1bb04f46b8728f5771


The NYCDOE is offering a three-day K–12 Summer Science Institute for teachers who are interested in integrating the new and enhanced Science Scope & Sequence into their school’s curriculum. Teachers who participate in this institute will have opportunities to learn curriculum writing through the lens of the new Science Scope & Sequence. The Summer Science Institute will take place at Stuyvesant High School from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on July 21-23. Note that teachers who participate will be paid at the per session rate for a total of 15 hours upon completion of this three-day institute. For questions, email Denise McNamara ( dmcnama@schools.nyc.gov ).

Learn Math and Science using Hotwheels

Hot Wheels® Speedometry™ encourages inquiry and real-world, problem-based learning through play, hands-on activities and in-depth lesson plans that support both Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. This education curriculum, co-created with researchers at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, combines Hot Wheels® fun, imagination, and action, as well as toys and track to accelerate learning.


Grade 4 – Unit 1: Speed Ramps

These easy-to-use, play-based lessons and student activities are designed using the 5E Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate) to support students in asking questions and creating experiments to determine the answers. The lessons in this sequence of hands-on activities build upon each other to develop a coherent conceptual understanding of the following:

  1. Potential and Kinetic Energy
  2. Measurement and Distance
  3. How to Represent Data with Charts
  4. How to Present Findings from Research Projects

Prior to starting the Speedometry™ curriculum unit, teachers are advised to watch the unique, unit-specific and lesson-specific videos provided for additional context and guidelines. The following videos are available for Unit 1:

  1. Unit 1 Classroom Intro
  2. 5E Teaching Model
  3. World Record Jump
  4. Engage
  5. Explore
  6. Explain
  7. Elaborate
  8. Evaluate

Grade 4 – Unit 2: Mini Collision Course

Over the course of 6 lessons, students will work in collaborative learning groups to deepen their understanding of potential and kinetic energy by observing, predicting, measuring and exploring the effect that the height of a ramp has on the transfer of energy to Hot Wheels® cars. The same 5E Model is the basis for the lessons in this unit with the purpose of inspiring students to explore further:

  1. Potential and Kinetic Energy
  2. Measurement and Distance
  3. Relationship Between Energy and Force
  4. How to Present Findings from Research Projects

Prior to starting the Speedometry™ curriculum unit, teachers are advised to watch the unique, unit-specific and lesson-specific videos provided for additional context and guidelines. The following videos are available for Unit 2:

  1. Unit 2 Classroom Intro
  2. 5E Teaching Model
  3. Engage
  4. Explore
  5. Explain
  6. Elaborate
  7. Evaluate

For the full link, click here:

http://www.hotwheels.com/en-us/speedometry.html

Zuckerman Institute Invites NYC High School Teachers to Apply for Brain Science Program

Zuckerman Institute Invites NYC High School Teachers to Apply for Brain Science Program 
DEADLINE: June 9, 2015
The Zuckerman Institute of Columbia University hosts the Brain Insight Teacher-Scholar program, a brain science-focused professional development program for high school science teachers. The program combines public lectures about the brain with teacher-only seminars focusing on neuroscience content and the science practices of the Next Generation Science Standards. The program is open to current New York City high school teachers who teach science, and runs on select weekday afternoons from September 2015 to May 2016. Click here for more information and to apply.

Summer Opportunities for Teachers

SUMMER STEM INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS
The 2015 Summer STEM Institute will partner NYCDOE educators with STEM education innovators to support the development of STEM educational programs for all students.  The Institute will serve to support work within and among schools in grades K-12 in collaboration with the STEM education innovators.  As schools initiate partnerships, we will look to support continued efforts during the school day as well as beyond the school day to strengthen the City’s STEM initiative. 
 
During the professional development sessions, teacher teams will have an opportunity to:
●             Develop a shared understanding of the important features of STEM education
●             Develop an awareness of different approaches to STEM education
●             Build their leadership capacity to support and implement STEM education and instructional strategies within their school communities
●             Build an ongoing theme-based collaborative community of schools to support STEM education
 
STEM presenters will be called upon to emphasize how the professional development sessions will enhance the participating educators’ content knowledge and skills leading to increased student learning and engagement towards the support of a STEM-literate society.
 
 
 
The NYCDOE is pleased to offer a two-day K–5 Mathematics Institute, entitled Introduction to RTI in Mathematics.  With expert Kate Garnett of Hunter College, we will be exploring what RTI in Mathematics is all about and how might it look across elementary schools.  We will also be exploring effective Tier I teaching, grouping, and practices, all through the lens of different math difficulties. Teachers who participate in this institute will have opportunities to build a shared understanding of RTI and will identify strategies that can help them adjust lessons and tasks to support learning of all students.
 
Introduction to RTI in Mathematics Institute
This Mathematics Institute will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on June 29th and 30th. Teachers who participate will be paid at the per session rate for a total of 10 hours upon completion of this two-day institute. For more information and to register, please click here: http://bit.ly/Intro2mathRTI