Connect Kids to Parks Transportation Grant Program

The Connect Kids to Parks Transportation Grant Program is available to K-12 classrooms in Title 1 schools across the state to connect New York public school children with nature and New York State history by providing reimbursement grants to public schools for visits to a New York State park, nature center or historic site, a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Education Center or Fish Hatchery, or the SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center in Newcomb.

Classes may participate in special guided programs at some sites, or self-guided tours. Grants will reimburse bus costs, tolls, the fee for bus entry into the facility and any programs fees, up to $750.

The Connect Kids Transportation Grants Program is administered by NYS Parks in cooperation with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office and is funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. To learn more and apply for grants, visit the NYS Parks website.

Connect Kids to Parks Transportation Grant Program

Announcing Upcoming CS4ALL PD Opportunities

The New York City Department of Education’s CS4ALL team announces its upcoming computer science education professional development opportunities for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

If you participated in Computer Science Education Week last week, this is a great way to take the next step in providing computer science education in your school. Teachers of all grade levels, skill levels, and subject areas are encouraged to register to attend CS4ALL opportunities throughout 2017 and/or apply for semester-long and year-long programs for the 2017-18 school year.

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About Our Offerings

Intensive CS4ALL program offerings include the Software Engineering Program Jr. (SEPjr), a year-long program for elementary schools, twoAdvanced Placement Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) programs, and more. These programs are available by application only.

Multi-day opportunities for novice and experienced teachers and everyone in between include the CS Track at the STEM Institute, workshops offered through the Field Support Centers and partner organizations across all five boroughs throughout the spring. Registration is now open and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

One-day opportunities for teachers new to computer science education include workshops offered throughout the spring that will allow teachers to get their feet wet by exploring introductory topics. Registration is now open.

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Teachers and schools that have not yet participated in CS4ALL are strongly encouraged to register and/or apply. Per session or per diem are offered for most opportunities. Please share these opportunities far and wide with your colleagues and friends to help us reach the goal of providing meaningful, high‐quality computer science education at each school level by 2025.

Thank you for all that you do each and every day for the students of New York City.

BioKIDS (Kids’ Inquiry of Diverse Species) Website

Invite students in grades 4-8 to study animal tracks and other clues at this website to learn about biodiversity. For example, in the Critter Catalog, students explore different classifications of creatures, including mammals, birds, fish, insects, and reptiles. In the Tracks and Sign Guide, students examine illustrations of animal artifacts–e.g., bite marks, pawprints, nests, egg cases, and other interesting finds–to determine what animal left that particular imprint behind. In addition, the site includes an Invertebrate Identification Guide featuring organisms commonly found in many schoolyards. The resource was created to highlight invertebrates common to the Michigan area, but many of the invertebrates are found in other locations as well.

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Calling All Classroom Changemakers: Are YOU a PBS Digital Innovator?

Apply today for the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator Program! Applications are accepted now through February 12, 2017.
Who are PBS Digital Innovators? They are a community of PreK-12 educators, who set the bar for thoughtful tech integration in the classroom. They are not defined by the gadgets they use, but by the unique way they approach education. Their bold and enthusiastic perspective sets them apart as changemakers, and unlocks new worlds for their students.

The PBS Digital Innovator program brings together these thought-leaders and classroom changemakers for ongoing professional development and opportunities to share strategies, empower peers, and inspire students.

This year, all selected applicants will travel to San Antonio, TX from June 24-26 for a three-day, all-expenses-paid trip to the PBS Digital Innovators Summit and the ISTE 2017 Conference and Expo.

Why Apply?

PBS will select ONE teacher from each US state, the District of Columbia, and US territories as a 2017 PBS Digital Innovator.

Are YOU a 2017 PBS Digital Innovator? Apply today!


Open to: Middle School Science Teachers.

Opportunity at a Glance: During this two-day professional learning institute at the NYC Center for Space Science Education, 6th grade teachers (or any middle school teacher who teaches a weather unit) will learn how to integrate inquiry based activities and performance tasks into their Weather unit; how to support effective disciplinary literacy practices in the science classroom; how students can authentically use data they collect on field trips; and how to look at student work to evaluate students’ learning and the success of performance tasks. Teachers who participate in this professional development will receive free classroom materials to implement the six-week performance task, one free class trip, and per diem substitute reimbursement for the school. All participants are required to bring at least one class to the NYC Center for Space Science Education for a class trip to collect data for their performance task.

Key dates: Wednesday, December 21, and Tuesday, January 10, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (accepted participants are expected to attend both sessions).

Location: 220 Henry Street, New York, NY 10002.

Deadline: Thursday, December 8.

Take Action: Talk the opportunity over with your principal today, then apply.

For more information: Review the opportunity, or email the NYC Space Center for Science Education.


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NYC Solar Education Program PL Opportunity for all NYCDOE schools

The NYC DOE Office of Sustainability and STEM Department  are partnering to launch the NYC Solar Schools Education Program. You are receiving this email because your school building either currently has a rooftop solar photovoltaic array, or is scheduled to have one installed. DOE is working with the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) on a mayoral initiative to install a combined 100 MW of solar photovoltaic capacity on city-owned buildings, per goals outlined in OneNYC, New York City’s plan for sustainability and resiliency.

A key goal of the program is to connect the solar installations on school buildings to curriculum, allowing teachers to use solar as a tool for students to learn about renewable energy and sustainability, and as a catalyst for STEM learning. As part of this program, teachers will have the opportunity to participate in a 3 day professional development training series with Solar One- a non-profit Green Energy Education organization.

The Solar One PD workshops are interactive, leading teachers through hands-on activities so that they have the opportunity to learn by doing. This program will be delivered FREE to interested teachers; all costs will be paid for by DOE through funding from DCAS. All participating teachers will be provided with the training, curriculum, standards alignment, and other resources they need to integrate solar content and activities into their coursework. Additionally, schools that are receiving a solar installation will also receive a classroom materials toolkit of materials that teachers can use to deliver solar energy and other energy-related lessons.  Toolkits include items such as watt meters, small solar panels, alligator clips, multimeters, small motors, and more. Please register here-


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The NEA Foundation’s Global Learning Fellowship Now Accepting Applications!

Beginning today, for the first time, the NEA Foundation is accepting applications from all active NEA classroom teachers for its 2018 Global Learning Fellowship.

Let the world be your classroom! The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship offers educators 12 months of professional development to support them as they build global competence skills and create their own lesson plans to share with educators around the world. Fellows will also travel to another country in the summer for a nine-day international field study.

  • Learn transformative ways to integrate global competency into classroom instruction and prepare students to thrive in the flattened global age
  • Discover a global, peer-learning community of educators committed to global education advocacy
  • Explore the history, culture, and educational landscape of another country

The deadline to apply is February 28, 2017.

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