Sustainability 101 Training

Are you a new Sustainability Coordinator?

The Office of Sustainability is offering Sustainability 101 to alleviate any concerns you may have in this role, provide important information and plug you into our sustainability network. The training will cover all the necessary information you need to succeed in your new role as well as provide time and guidance for you to complete your school’s required sustainability plan, which is due on October 26! REGISTER by October 5. Teachers may earn CTLE credits for attending this training. Questions? email

Tuesday, October 9 (8am – 3pm)

United Federation of Teachers.

52 Broadway, Manhattan, NY


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Sustainability Trainings

The Office of Sustainability has overhauled their trainings and is excited to offer four new thematic trainings. These trainings are designed for those who want a deep dive into a specific topic. Sustainability trainings are open to anyone in your school community. You do NOT have to be the assigned Sustainability Coordinator – anyone is welcome! Registration is open; Teachers may earn CTLE credits for attending this training.

#WomenInScience Posters

Celebrate women and science with custom posters from TED Talk presenter/ neuroscientist/designer Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya and the Beyond Curie project. The illustrated posters feature six pioneering women—NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, biologist (and DNA photographer) Rosalind Franklin, mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, neuroscience researcher May-Britt Moser, physicist Chien-Shiung Wu, and astronaut Mae Jemison—along with brief descriptions of their notable contributions in their fields. Share the posters in middle and high school classrooms as inspiration for girls and all students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.

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Application for the 2018-19 Citizen Science program – deadline extended to 9/24!

This year’s NYCDOE Department of STEM’s Citizen Science program connects New York City public middle school teachers and students to ongoing research “missions” that focus on preserving and restoring the health of New York City’s estuary ecosystem. Each research mission enables teachers and students to directly participate in an ongoing scientific investigation, while simultaneously exploring ways that they can improve estuary health within their local community through a student-designed service-learning project. Participating schools will receive two free field trips to facilitate their field research, and participating teachers will be eligible for up to 40 hours of per-session compensation and up to 20 hours of CTLE through PD sessions.  The deadline to apply is has been extended to 12:00pm MONDAY,  SEPTEMBER 24; click for more information and to apply.

Additional information about the program can be found in our Citizen Science Teacher FAQs, and our Principal Letter of Acknowledgment and Support, which includes answers to some common questions that administrators have.

If you have any additional questions, please email our team at Feel free to share this opportunity with any NYCDOE colleagues whom you think might be a good fit for this program!


The Citizen Science Program Team

Green Beetz PD course

Green Beetz is teaching a fall 2018 professional development course focused on systems thinking in the classroom through the lens of our curriculum.  Teachers can now register for our course through the Department of Education’s After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP).  ASPDP courses can be credited towards salary differential (+30) requirements as well as the NYS 100 hours of PD requirement, with principal approval.

This course is designed for teachers working with students at the 4th-8th grade level who are currently teaching, have taught or plan to teach Green Beetz in the future. The course is 12 hours total, blended with online asynchronous sessions and one in-person Saturday session, and will earn you 1 P Credit (12 hours of CTLE). 

For more information on the course, to view the full syllabus, and to register, please visit the ASPDP course catalogue.  Registration opens September 17th and closes October 7th.  For any questions please reach out to Kira Cohen-Milo
via the ASPDP website (login using your DOE email/login)
Course code on ASPDP: P228-7441.1F18
Opens: September 17th, 2018
Closes: October 7th, 2018
Course Dates:
First online access: October 8th, 2018
In-person session: Saturday November 10th, 2018 (9:30am – 2pm) in the UES
Complete course by: January 11th, 2019
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The 2018 Youth Garden Grant is an award designed to support the school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. 2018 Youth Garden Grant applications were due on December 8, 2017. Winners will be announced and notified on January 12, 2018.

Upcoming Opportunitie$ | NYC DOE Science Programs, ExpandED, and ZoomIn Data Science Project

To all NYC DOE teachers, here are several upcoming opportunities – many of them paid – that you may be interested in:
1.  Earth Science Data Analysis Project
The Center for Children and Technology are looking for High School Earth Science teachers interested in piloting three modules this school year using Zoom In, an online curriculum platform designed to help students analyze and interpret data as they build their understanding of key earth science concepts. Get paid $600 to try out some of the curricula, more info attached. Contact Megan Silander at or click here for more info.
2. Applications for NYC DOE Citywide Science Programs are now open:
Contact the Citywide Science program team at for more info.
3. Call for Middle School Teachers: STEM Educators Academy
ExpandED is looking for middle school teacher teams to participate in the STEM Educators Academy, a program designed to boost student interest and engagement in science and design-based STEM curriculum. Get paid $1340 per site in addition to material costs to develop projects. More information attached, contact Bentley Kapten ( or Emma Banay ( for more info.

Sam Sternberg: Science Speaks! Free Book Talk and Signing for NYC DOE Educators

Come join us for October’s Science Speaks! book signing and presentation hosted by the NYC DOE STEM Department and the National Archives at NYC. Dr. Samuel H. Sternberg, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University, will talk about the book he co-wrote with Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna, A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution. We will learn about the discovery, development, and applications of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology. Dr. Sternberg’s doctoral research in the laboratory of Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Dr. Jennifer Doudna focused on the mechanism of DNA targeting by RNA-guided bacterial immune systems (CRISPR—Cas9) and on the development of these systems for genome engineering applications. His work has been published in the journals Nature, Science, and Cell, and been covered in The New York Times, Science News, and The Scientist. He was a co-author of an article in Science that proposed a moratorium on editing the human germline until safety and societal implications are broadly discussed. This talk is relevant to teachers of all grade levels. All participants will receive a free copy of A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution.

This event will take place on Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 4:00PM to 6:00PM.

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Priority to school-based teachers and administrators.

Others may register beginning on Friday, Sept. 21, at noon.

Space is limited.

Advance registration is required.

Only one ticket per person.

The Science of Baking

This infographic offers simplified explanations of the science of how and why common baking ingredients transform into cookies, cakes, and other baked goods. The ingredients mentioned are flour, shortening, leavening, eggs, sugars, and salt. Middle level and high school teachers can use this visual guide to help students understand what happens during the baking process.

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Experience Mars 2030

This immersive virtual reality simulation lets students explore the Red Planet. Developed collaboratively by Fusion Media Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and NASA—and available free for K–12 classroom and museum educators—the simulation was designed using real data from NASA’s Mars missions to deliver an authentic experience based on what is known about Mars today. Players hunt across an accurate Martian landscape for samples, analyze findings under a virtual microscope inside their workstation, and communicate discoveries to NASA and family back on Earth. A desktop version also is available for users without virtual reality hardware.

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