Urban Advantage Principals’ Breakfast November 19, 2014 Welcome! Overview of the morning 1. Opening remarks by Dr. Linda Curtis-Bey, Executive Director of STEM, NYC DOE 2. Norms for working in groups 3. How UA schools… support class trips 4. How UA schools… connect literacy with science 5. Wrap up: reflection and evaluation Dr. Linda Curtis-Bey Executive Director Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics UA School Administrators • Administrator Breakfasts 2014-2015 • Using the new myUA portal • Our expectations and needs for working productively as a group UA Administrator Breakfast Events 2014-15 • The theme this year is “Learning from each other: Sharing promising practices at UA schools” • Save these Wednesday dates: – February 4, 2015 (Connecting Science with Math) – March 25, 2015 – May 13, 2015 Using the myUA portal This (https://myua.amnh.org) Not this (www.urbanadvantagenyc.org) Using the myUA portal Go to https://myua.amnh.org to log in • If you have NEVER logged in before, and don’t recall your temporary password: – Click “Forgot Password” – Then enter Username—this is your first initial and last name – Then follow instructions Using the myUA portal • If you HAVE logged in before, and don’t recall your password: – Same steps as above but Answer Security Question • If you’re having trouble with the portal, stay after the breakfast to troubleshoot. Using the myUA portal • Features: reports and registration for events • Use the school report feature to: view your teachers’/PC’s use of UA (PD registrations, equipment orders, voucher usage, bus utilization) • Teachers should have received all vouchers and student science journals Using the myUA portal Using the myUA portal Current Year Using the myUA portal Current Year Our expectations and needs as a group UA principals’ responses… (from September 2014 kickoffs) …when asked what they need from their peers to create a positive and collaborative learning community: • • • • • • • • Contribute Ideas and Best Practices Participate and engage in Active Listening Support a Positive and Collegial Environment Engage in Collaboration and Teamwork Be Open Minded Respect Ideas and Others Respect Time Be Accepting of Feedback and Advice Our expectations and needs as a group Our expectations and needs as a group Read list “UA principals’ responses” Discuss with an elbow partner: (3 min) • What the needs mean to you, look like in action. • Are there any needs that: – need clarifying? – should be on list but aren't? (on Post-it) – are the most challenging? Our expectations and needs as a group Discuss at table: (5 min) • Can we agree to be mindful of these ‘expectations’ … during this breakfast and the next ones? • Are there other ‘needs’ or ‘expectations’ that should be included? (Post-it) Whole group check-in: (3 min) • Can we agree to be mindful of these ‘expectations’ (…and work on items we find most challenging?) Our expectations and needs as a group Individual challenge: (1 min) • Choose one ‘expectation’ for yourself this morning. Check in regularly with yourself to see how you’re doing… How UA schools… support class trips • Context: decreasing frequency, end of year • Inter-disciplinary trips • Curriculum-aligned trips during academic year Invited speakers • Chrissy Vissa, The Math Science Exploratory School (K447) • Kamar Samuels, Bronx Writing Academy (X323) Questions for UA schools 1. How does learning outside of the classroom (field trips specifically) support your school’s academic goals and/or vision of how children learn? 2. What challenges has your school/science team encountered and what ways have you addressed them to make content-specific field trips viable at your school? 3. How has UA influenced class trips at your school? (e.g. linking to curriculum, frequency, connection to teachers’ vision of learning, supporting cross-content learning) Common barriers to class trips to UA partner institutions • Teachers required to defer trips until after testing • Hard to meet curricular requirements and take students out of the school building • Teachers required to arrange for their own class coverage during field trips • Teachers required to have a whole grade participate in school trips • Transportation difficult because DOE buses can’t pick up until 9:30 or 10:00 a.m. and then have to be back at school by 1:30 p.m. • Difficultly getting chaperones Questions for UA schools 1. How does learning outside of the classroom support your school’s academic goals and/or vision of how children learn? 2. What challenges has your school/science team encountered and what ways have you addressed them to make content-specific field trips viable at your school? 3. How has UA influenced class trips at your school? Chrissy Vissa, The Math Science Exploratory School (K447) Kamar Samuels, Bronx Writing Academy (X323) Question & Answer Time What would you like to ask our presenters? Reflections and Table discussion Quick write: (2 minutes) • What elements shared by the presenting schools resonated for you? In what way? Table discussion: (5 minutes) • What can you take away from the experiences shared today? What next steps can you take? 5 minute break return at 10:40 How UA schools… connect science with literacy • UA Science and Literacy Project at AMNH – Small number of UA schools and teachers working together to integrate literacy strategies into science instruction – Objective: Literacy in service of science – What have we learned? – How can this be integrated into UA for all schools? Panel • Michael Troy, America’s School of Heroes (Q137) • Jenny Camillieri, Arthur W. Cunningham JHS (K234) • Lisa Nelson, Isaac Newton Middle School for Math & Science (M825) Question & Answer Time What would you like to ask our presenters? Reflections and Table discussion Quick write: (2 minutes) • What aspects of connecting science and literacy that you heard today resonated for you? In what way? Table discussion: (5 minutes) • What can you take away from the experiences shared today? What next steps can you take? Integrating the CCSS for Non-Fiction Reading and Writing into Science Instruction • • • • • • • • Pilot project 2-year grant from New York Community Trust 50 teachers and 16 schools over two years Literacy-focused science PD School-based teams of 2-4 teachers Three days of PD (weekdays over 3 months) Two meetings with principals Applications open December 1st and due by January 15, 2015 Please complete an evaluation Thank you for coming! If you would like to share your school’s strategies and examples of connecting science with math—please let us know! Speak with any UA partner this morning!