Professional Development

STEM & EdTech PD Opportunities In NYC

Living in NYC gives teachers a distinct advantage in their ability to seek professional development from both inside and outside of the NYC Department of Education regularly partners with great city science, sustainability, and educational technology organizations to improve student learning and professional development. These outside organizations often provide free resources and training, so they are … Continue reading STEM & EdTech PD Opportunities In NYC

An Innovator’s Journey: Part 2-The Application Process and Tips to Succeed

I already shared that the people involved in the Google Innovator process are the most important piece, as is the case in all educational initiatives. That said, the process is also a key component. Google has refined and improved their efforts over time to make it as impactful for educators as possible, even changing the … Continue reading An Innovator’s Journey: Part 2-The Application Process and Tips to Succeed

15 Insights From the NYC Summer STEM Institute

The NYCDOE once again held their summer institute to advance STEM Instruction. Last year, our former chancellor had a heated discussion with Neil DeGrasse-Tyson. It made it clear that we must confront science denial and the reasons why we are failing in math instruction. I strongly believe that hands-on STEM learning is crucial to successfully … Continue reading 15 Insights From the NYC Summer STEM Institute

An Innovator’s Journey: Part 1-The People

This is part of an ongoing series of posts on my experience in becoming a Google Education Certified Innovator. On Innovation I should begin with the idea that I kind of despise the words innovator and innovative. It's not that I don't believe in the concepts, but there seem to be issues when they're applied … Continue reading An Innovator’s Journey: Part 1-The People

What’s New With ISTE?

For those who are uninitiated to the tribe, ISTE is the International Society of Technology Educators. It has long been the preeminent organization for connecting and training teachers to use technology to innovate in their classrooms. Each year they hold a massive multi-day conference along with other smaller events and training throughout the year. This … Continue reading What’s New With ISTE?

The Big 3 In the Classroom: Apple, Google, & Microsoft

You can view the related Office 365 vs. G Suite Smackdown as well. Event Overview New York City schools do things a little differently than most places. Due to the sheer size and complexity of needs, there is no overriding educational technology solution that’s chosen to work across the board. Yes, there is a citywide Office … Continue reading The Big 3 In the Classroom: Apple, Google, & Microsoft

Creating The Perfect Résumé

Part of becoming a great teacher is getting a decent job in the first place. There have been a wake of major strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and elsewhere that only seem to be spreading. This raises the question of why anyone might desire to be an underpaid teacher working in poor conditions without appropriate … Continue reading Creating The Perfect Résumé

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5 STEM Instruction & Partnership Opportunities in NYC

The NYC Department of Education regularly partners with great city science, sustainability, and educational technology organizations to improve student learning and professional development. These outside organizations often provide free resources and training, so they are really worth looking into. These opportunities are only available to NYCDOE teachers with a valid DOE login. Science Scientist In … Continue reading 5 STEM Instruction & Partnership Opportunities in NYC