Reading to Learn in Science (RTLS)

The mission of the RTLS project is to increase middle-level science content learning by improving students’ ability to interpret science texts. At the website, teachers can access a comprehensive collection of resources to help make that happen, including information about the pedagogical basis for emphasizing literacy development in science education, the unique challenges posed by science texts, and effective classroom strategies to use before, during, and after reading instruction to develop and enhance students’ disciplinary literacy.

Evolutionary Genealogy in the Classroom


Looking for a fresh approach to teaching evolution in middle and high school classrooms? Consider introducing the topic though evolutionary genealogy, or evogeneao. This “family centered” approach to teaching evolution centers on the premise that all living things on Earth are cousins. At the website, teachers can access resources to learn more about the topic and how to effectively present the concept in the classroom. The resources include explanatory text, an introductory video, a Tree of Life Explorer teaching tool, an evogeneao slideshow, and links to additional evolution materials and websites.

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Brooklyn North Winter Sharefest

Join fellow teachers and school leaders at the Brooklyn Winter Sharefest on Wednesday, December 12th for an evening of inspiring presentations, talks and opportunities to explore practices!
Here’s why you should attend!
  • Rapid fire presentations around innovative teaching practices by teachers from 7 high schools.

  • Panel discussion on best practices for schools to create a culture of innovation.

  • Opportunity to participate in exciting breakout groups.

  • Food/drink will be provided!

  • 2 CTLE hours awarded for teachers working on their requirements.

This unique event is a collaborative effort between Supt. Janice Ross’s Brooklyn North district office, the NYCDOE College Access for All initiative, the Brooklyn FSC, and Educate LLC Instructional Technology Coaches.
CLICK HERE FOR THE RSVP LINK (will fill fast, first come first serve)
CLICK HERE FOR A FLYER TO SHARE (share with your colleagues!)
Please reach out to Kyle if you have any questions, and we look forward to engaging with you!
Kyle Liao
Instructional Technology Coach + Director of Community Growth

2018-2019 Sustainability Trainings

Sustainability Trainings


Trainings are open to ALL school-based personnel who are involved in implementing sustainability initiatives at their school (including coordinators, teachers, administration, custodians, green team members, etc.). So put together a team and come learn how you can lead efforts to promote sustainability and affect change, within your school! Get CTLE Credits for attending!



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Attend one or ALL four!



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WORKSHOPS: Each workshop will last for 45-50 mins. Lunch will be provided by the Office of Sustainability.

If you have any questions regarding upcoming trainings, please feel free to contact Nichelle Hudlin via email.

Paths Through Math and Science: Patterns and Relationships in High School Coursetaking

This report examines the sequence of courses that high school graduates take in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through their high school years using data from the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) High School Transcript Study. The 44-page report starts with an executive summary highlighting the report’s key findings and follows with a more detailed analysis of each summary finding. Clearly designed, with informative, easy-to-read graphs and tables, the report provides insight into how students are engaging with different components of STEM throughout school. Access it in PDF format at the website.


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REGISTRATION OPEN: Groundwork/SLC CURB/ NOAA Climate Change Distance Learning Webinar November 8th

Thursday, November 8th – 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Register for this professional development webinar by clicking this link:

Covered in this webinar:

  • Introduction to our organizations and how this program was developed
  • Best practices to teaching about climate science and climate change
  • Biggest challenges and misconceptions about climate change education
  • Orientation on navigating our web-based application containing teacher resources that tie into our climate curriculum
  • How to use our comprehensive climate curriculum in the classroom by unit or a la carte lessons.
  • A demo of some of the classroom activities that were adapted from our programs at the Science Barge, Center for the Urban River at Beczak, and EcoHouse experiential learning sites.
  • Q&A on the web-application, curriculum, and general climate science questions.
This program will be recorded and share-able, but live participation is encouraged so you can follow along.  Prior to the webinar, we will release the curriculum in PDF format as well as the web-app link for you to preview it and be prepared with questions.
We look forward to your participation and feedback!

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