Schools who are interested in creating systemic changes to their current teaching and learning environment and recognize the need to better prepare our students with the skills they will need to succeed in the 21st Century workforce, should register to participate. All members of the school community should be willing to participate in workshops and online discussions with colleagues who teach the same grade level and/or content area, face the same challenges, and are willing to participate in teacher and student online global communication and collaborations.

All schools participating in this grant are eligible to participate in unlimited face-to-face and online workshops. Each school will receive a limited amount of money to pay substitutes so that teachers can be released during the school day. The total number of days per school depends on the number of schools who register to participate in the grant. Opportunities will also be available for both public and nonpublic school teachers to receive professional development credits toward salary differentials.

Teachers from participating schools will also be eligible to receive coupons for participation in online discussions, project implementations, lesson plan submissions, site visits, and exemplars of student-directed learning experiences. These coupons can be accumulated and redeemable for laptops, lcd projectors, digital cameras, and other resources to support classroom instruction.

Schools who wish to be considered as a model school must have high speed Internet access, access to laptop carts, a willing administration and staff, who agree to be transparent as to the teaching and learning experiences in their classrooms, willing to participate in online discussions, and welcome visitors to their school. In return,they will receive additional professional development opportunities and resources.

Questions should be directed to tbader@schools.nyc.gov