​​RACHEL SWABY, author of HEADSTRONG: 52 Women Who Changed Science—and the World and the Middle Grade edition, TRAILBLAZERS: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World

Rachel is a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in Wired, O, The Oprah Magazine, and others. Entertainment Weekly recently mentioned Headstrong in an article titled “11 Books to Read If You Loved Hidden Figures.” To read the article, go to: tiny.cc/headstrong. Rachel Swaby will be taking audience questions and a book signing will follow.



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Save The Date!    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

TOPIC:    Literacy and Science
                      *Hear from the authors and learn about their books.
                      *Look for ways to infuse outside readings in your science class
                      *Improve student’s Common Core literacy skills

                      *Copies of books and teacher guides will be provided.

LOCATION:                                    1745 Broadway (Between 55th-56th St)

Lunch provided by Penguin Random House Publishers
You are welcome to send teacher representatives

RSVP to: ​​HMeisel@schools.nyc.gov

 Professional Development Meetings



ANDY WEIR, author of THE MARTIAN: Classroom Edition (joining us via video conferencing)

Andy is a lifelong space nerd and devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel which has won numerous awards including the ALA Alex Award and School Library Journal “Best Adult Book 4 Teens.”


Penguin Random House Publishers

.Lab Aids

​American Museum of Natural History

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Perfection Learning


Cengage Learning

McGraw Hill​​

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Learn more about NGSS-NY and how these standards connect with the NYS Learning Standards for Science.  

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​​​​​Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the Spring Semester.  Hopefully in the next few weeks we will begin to see real signs of spring. In the interim we hope you enjoy some time off this month with the Mid-Winter Break.

We had 3 exciting meetings this fall season: 

  • Citizen Science Activities at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
  • AMNH –Tools for Preparing for the NGSS and Hands-on Activities for Analyzing Climate Change and the museum exhibit, “Dinosaurs Among Us”.
  • An in-depth roundtable discussion on current Science Supervisory issues.

 We are now preparing for our spring meetings and we are very excited about our upcoming meetings. These 3 events will be some of the best meetings we have ever planned:

  • On March 15 we will meet at Penguin Random House for a discussion on Science and Literacy with a presentation by Andy Weir, author of The Martian, now a hit movie. In addition, we will hear from Rachel Swaby, author of Headstrong: 52 Women Who Have Changed Science and the Wolrd.
  • On April 26 McGraw Hill will be presenting Dinah Zike nationally known author of Foldable Activities. This is a rare opportunity to see Dinah in NYC. You’ll certainly go back to school with great ideas for formative assessment.
  • On May 24 we will end the year with Pearson and Ken Miller co-author of the McCaw Biology text.

We are also participating in the SCONYC Annual Conference on April 8th at Stuyvesant High School. A flyer is attached or you can go to www.sconyc.org.

 We hope you will support these activities by your participation. These activities are open to Lead teachers. EARLY Registration is requested so that we can plan accordingly.

 We can’t overemphasize the importance of the work ahead to prepare for the implementation of the NYSSLS approved as an adaptation of the NGSS by the Board of Regents in December. We have attempted to provide you with on-going programs on the new standards, but now implementation is imminent with a target of July 1, 2017. This represents an important starting date for teachers to learn about the intricacies of the standards that will be fully implemented in the next 4-5 years with new Regents Exams. This break-in period was requested by teachers so that this would be a smooth and beneficial experience for both teachers and students.

 Attending our meetings is your opportunity to stay abreast of important pedagogical and supervisory issues. We hope you will set aside the time now to ensure that you will be able to attend. Once again, your membership dues will help to sustain our activities. In addition, your suggestions are always welcome.


Alan Ascher                                                     Harold Meiselman
Program Coordiantor                                        President

If you forgot to send your MEMBERSHIP DUES ($25), save the postage and bring it with you.

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