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New Teacher Launch! Essentials for your first weeks – and years! (ALL)

August 2 @ 9:00 am 3:00 pm

Strategies, systems and supports to ground you in your first years.

Leaders: Kate Macaulay, Sharona Kahn, Pat Bauer and Elissa Levy

Dates: Three-day Workshop, via Zoom and in-person

  • August 2, 2024 | 9:00-3:00pm ET, via Zoom
  • August 5 & 6, 2024 | 9:00-3:00pm In-person at Trinity School


About the Workshop

The New Teacher Launch workshop for new and pre-service teachers offers you insight, resources, and support to help you establish solid routines, systems, and strategies for communication and assessment for your classroom. Join our team of seasoned teacher-laeders for three days of community building and support, while gaining the skills that help your ‘behind the scenes’ work run smoothly so you can get back to teaching! Equip yourself with strategies, systems and supports to set you up for success and grounded learning in your first years. Start the year off right!

Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to (and are subject to change at the discretion of the leaders):


Module 1, Friday Aug 2, 2024 The First Weeks of School

Get ready to start the year off right! Learn to build notebook routines, leverage Open Sci Ed community agreements for norm setting, and use Plickers for interactive norm check-ins. Explore innovative grouping strategies and kickstart your school year with dynamic activities that build community, set a collaborative tone, and ignite scientific curiosity!

  • Norm setting
  • Tone Setting
  • Community Building
  • Thinking like a scientist/engineer
  • Notebook routines
  • Low-floor/High ceiling activities; choice and voice

Module 2, Monday August 5, 2024 – Peer Teaching Strategies & Student Reflection

The best answer to the question, ‘What is the most effective method of teaching?’ is that it depends on the goal, the student, the content, and the teacher. But the next best answer is, ‘Students teaching other students.’ Wilbert J. McKeachie The focus of this portion of the workshop is using whiteboarding to enable the teacher to become the “guide on the side” rather than “the sage on the stage.” We will discuss and practice strategies that are designed to help your students develop their critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills while learning content.

  • Classroom management for student centered work
  • Student reflection tools; Student self assessments
  • Group work (random and asset based)
  • Formative Assessment Strategies

Module 3, Tuesday August 6, 2024 – Additional topics to be covered in Module 3 include but are not limited to:

  • Anchoring phenomenon/storylining: Participants will engage as students in the NGSS learning process, from anchoring phenomenon to driving question board and through the storyline. We’ll discuss the ideas behind NGSS and then participants will have time to collaborate on unit arcs for their particular disciplines.
  • Writing in science and math
  • Frameworks for critical thinking in science and math
  • Grading
  • Movement in the classroom & Brain breaks
  • And more!


Cost: $140-200 (Limited # of tickets!); FREE for preservice teachers. Participants receive CTLE for this workshop.

STEMteachersNYC delivers professional development workshops for teachers, by teachers, about teaching, since 2011. All workshops over 2hrs offer CTLE. CUNY Pre-service teachers may attend for free; Brooklyn College Pre-service teachers receive Field Site hours. Please reach out if your school requires an invoice. We are an NYCDOE MTAC Vendor.


Current CUNY students with valid ID may attend workshops at a discount or for FREE! Please email [email protected] for details.

Email general questions to [email protected]. Note this workshop requires a minimum number of participants. In the event there are not enough participants, the workshop will be cancelled, and a refund will be issued.


Interested in an Invoice/Purchase Order Request?

Teachers! Ask your school to pay for your ticket! All the school needs to do is send us a Purchase Order (PO). Fill out our PO/Invoice survey and we will prepare you an invoice for you to submit to your school/district. Or just copy and paste the information above and let them know the workshop you want to attend. Don’t be afraid to ask. There’s always a chance the money will be available and they’ll say yes, but if you don’t ask, there’s no chance at all.

Districts/Schools, to request an invoice for a STEMteachersNYC Workshop, please fill out a quick invoice survey. This is a required step in order to process your request. Any questions regarding the PO process please contact [email protected]

Please send Purchase Orders (POs) to our Billing Office

Via Email: [email protected]

OR Via US Mail: STEMteachersNYC – Billing Office 245 West 107th Street, Suite 10B New York, NY 10025.


Please read the FAQs section below carefully before registering.



Is STEMteachersNYC an approved NYC DOE CTLE Vendor?

Yes. STEMteachersNYC is a Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) vendor for the New York City Department of Education (#STE-068881). New York State Teachers will receive a CTLE certificate at the end of the workshop. (CTLE ID # 23385)


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Questions about registration or tickets should be addressed to [email protected].

Questions about invoice/PO issues should be addressed to [email protected]

Questions about our programs should be addressed to [email protected]


Is the full workshop fee or the balance of the workshop fee refundable?

Refunds for the balance of the full workshop fee (that is, the full fee minus the reservation fee) must be requested within one (1) week of payment and at least four (4) weeks before the start of the workshop. All such requests must be accompanied by an acceptable, documented explanation. Judgments about acceptability of explanations and documentation, and about whether or not a refund will be issued are at the sole discretion of STEMteachersNYC and are final. Refunds will not include fees charged on the initial payment by Eventbrite, credit cards, and/or banks.


Is my reservation/ticket transferrable?

If your school or organization has made the ticket purchase for you, your credit may be transferable to a school or organization colleague.

Authorization from our team will be required. Please contact the STEMteachersNYC Registrar ([email protected]) if you need to transfer your reservation to a different person/name, or if you wish to transfer your reservation to a different workshop.


Can I update my reservation information?

Yes, you can update your reservation information.


The name on the reservation/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

No, please contact the STEMteachersNYC Registrar ([email protected]) to address this.


Can I receive college level credits?

In-service teachers will receive CTLE hours.

Pre-service teachers whose college is participating in our “field-site hours” program will recieve field site hours or credit depending on that institution’s partnership agreement. Please make sure to include your faculty advisor or course professor’s name and contact when registering.

For more information about either of these, please contact [email protected].


Where can I find more information about STEMteachersNYC?

Visit our website: http://STEMTeachersNYC.org or email [email protected]


How can I join STEMteachersNYC?

Click here – it’s free! http://stemteachersnyc.org/join/

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Please note: We take screenshots, photographs and record video of our workshops in order to publicize a positive image of science teaching, and of STEMteachersNYC – a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – and to support future teacher leaders. If you register, you are agreeing to be photographed and to have your voice and image video-recorded. You are also agreeing to relinquish all your rights to the photographs and video recordings.

If you do not wish to be photographed or video-recorded – you must inform us before the workshop starts. For in-person workshops, we will take one photograph of your face so that we can erase your image if we happen to catch it by chance during the workshop, and we will do our best to avoid you. We would also appreciate your cooperation in positioning yourself at the edge of the group so as to help us avoid you.

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