Resources For Your Classroom

For All Educators


The L-Force Search

Want to inspire love and creativity in your classroom? Searching for fun activities to break up the long school day and create a positive classroom culture? Participate in the L-Force Search, and you could help your students win a grant of up to $1,000 to create positive change in your school or local community. The L-Force Search is an international competition that uses arts activities and a project-based learning model to empower students to believe in themselves and create a world of love. It provides a fun way to promote student leadership and 21st century skills in the classroom, while working towards curriculum goals. You can complete the process in a week, a month, or a semester – it’s completely up to you and how it best fits in your school day!
Here’s how it works:
STEP 1 – Initiation: Introduce the project to your students and create a classroom profile.
STEP 2 – Training: Try out some fun activities that promote creativity & love in your classroom, posting as you go.
STEP 3 – Mission: Complete the artistic challenge & share your world-changing idea by December 1, 2016.

For more information, watch this video and visit projectcreo.com to get started. Here is an example of a video that can be used in the classroom, and also a video example of the activities available.  In order to be eligible to participate, all students must be under 18 years of age and residents of planet earth.


Microsoft Office is now FREE for NYCDOE staff – All employees who have NYC DOE email accounts (Username@schools.nyc.gov) can now download Microsoft Office to their own computers and mobile devices for free. The software includes:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote
  • Outlook
  • Access (PC only)
  • Publisher (PC only)

For instructions on how to download, read the FAQsPlease don’t download the software at school/work. The DOE will roll out Microsoft collaboration tools (OneDrive, Skype for Business) later this year after network infrastructure improvements are completed.


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This is small bundle of resources provides enough information to start talking about growth mindset in your classroom, and includes one strategy from our Growth Mindset Playbook that is meant to be implemented alongside current curriculum.
Join this growth mindset mailing list to get a practical growth mindset resource sent to your mailbox once a week.


SEED SPOT NEXT is a non-profit organization committed to building the next generation of leaders through social entrepreneurship. The program implements a cross-disciplinary curriculum to help students identify social problems they’re passionate about solving and launch a solution to change the world. We’re looking for more talented teachers and schools in New York to implement our program! Contact TFA Alum David Levinson (NYC ’09) at David@seedspotnext.org for more information or apply to bring NEXT to your school here.


REACT to FILM has joined with the Fed Up team and their partners, the San Francisco Film Society, Food Fight and Hot Doc’s Docs for Schools Festival, to create this comprehensive, yet flexible, curriculum guide that can be integrated in grades 4 to 12. Download and use the guides as you plan instruction and consider how to teach with FED UP in your classroom. Enclosed you’ll find suggestions for how to teach FED UP within a day, within a month, within a semester and even more!  Access it here: http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/fed-up-educators-guide


Explorable Places: Looking for a field trip? There are over 200 places in New York City that provide opportunities, but its tough to find the right one. Explorable Places will help you find a field trip related to what you are teaching. Search our curated collection of places by subject, activity, age, price and location to find just what you are looking for.


Stand in Solidarity with our NYC Muslim Community: With the recent rise in Islamophobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric happening across America, we want to support you in standing in solidarity with our NYC Muslim community by sharing resources that can support you in bringing the conversation to your classroom. If you have other resources you’d like to share with the TFA educators community, please email newyorkregion@teachforamerica.org.


Digital Program: Emmett Till Project: For the 60th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture launched a digital commemorative project exploring Till’s legacy and this landmark moment in American history. This website includes a selection of primary sources, podcasts, and commissioned essays that present a narrative connecting Till’s story to the contemporary issues concerning race and the criminalization of black youth in America.

This multimedia platform serves as an aggregate for unpacking this historical case and its impact on America’s race relations today. It aligns with the Schomburg’s mission to foster intellectual enrichment and community engagement through dynamic programming on black life, history, and culture. For more, visit the website and follow @SchomburgLive for updates. #EmmettTillProject


For Middle School Educators


Global Education at United Nations for 6th and 8th grade Social Studies Teachers

As of September 2016, International Cinema Education, an NGO at the U.N., is offering for 6th  and 8th grade Social Studies and ELA classes a new curriculum that aligns with the D.O.E.’s Social Studies Sequence and Scope Units. The curriculum includes:

. The textbook, World Affairs in Foreign Films for Middle School, to be used in classrooms;

. Class visits to United Nations for screenings of foreign films and briefings;

. Edited versions of foreign films for online use;

. Activities that connect to Common Core Curriculum.

Click here to learn more: www.internationalcinemaeducation.org


Race Matters: Free Mini-Unit for Grades 7-12: How does knowing the history of civil rights struggles help in the current moment? How do we know when the media is misleading us? How have artists helped in the struggles for justice and equality? Events surrounding Baltimore, Ferguson and the “Black Lives Matter” movement illuminate the persistence of institutionalized racism and abuse of policing authority in the United States. They have reinvigorated conversations about economic oppression, structural inequality, the school to prison pipeline, white privilege, the criminalization of people of color, the militarization of law enforcement and a constellation of other converging political and social problems that have emerged or persisted since the Civil Rights Movement. REACT to FILM has developed a mini-unit of lesson plans to spotlight these issues and provide methods for how to teach them. Click here for more information and to download your mini-unit today!


Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT: Get free tools and templates to help you communicate the benefits of the PSAT/NMSQT to students and parents. First administration of the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT is October 14. Click here to get PSAT/NMSQT tools.


For High School Educators

FAFSA: The How-To Guide for High School Students *NEW EDITION*: The 2016 edition is now available in English and Spanish. The Center for New York City Affairs has published a 2016 edition of our popular guide for high school students who are applying to college and beginning their all-important quest for financial aid. The guide will be particularly useful for first-generation, immigrant and low-income students. Many are filling out the U.S. Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the first time.

The How-To Guide was written in partnership with New York City college guidance and financial aid professionals. It addresses the most common questions of local students and families. The guide explains how the form works and addresses often-confusing issues around citizenship and how the FAFSA defines parents and households. The guide also explains the FAFSA verification process and includes a large section on how to compare college financial aid offers.

We have created a website for educators and families available at www.understandingfafsa.org. The website features PDFs of the guide in English and Spanish as well as a presentation version suitable for classrooms and large groups.

Limited numbers of free print copies are available while supplies last. Please go to www.freefafsaguide.com to order. Feel free to contact Kim Nauer at nauerk@newschool.edu with any questions or suggestions.


Race matters: Free Mini-Unit for Grades 7-12: How does knowing the history of civil rights struggles help in the current moment? How do we know when the media is misleading us? How have artists helped in the struggles for justice and equality? Events surrounding Baltimore, Ferguson and the “Black Lives Matter” movement illuminate the persistence of institutionalized racism and abuse of policing authority in the United States. They have reinvigorated conversations about economic oppression, structural inequality, the school to prison pipeline, white privilege, the criminalization of people of color, the militarization of law enforcement and a constellation of other converging political and social problems that have emerged or persisted since the Civil Rights Movement. REACT to FILM has developed a mini-unit of lesson plans to spotlight these issues and provide methods for how to teach them. Click here for more information and to download your mini-unit today!


Official SAT Practice on KhanAcademy.org: Make sure your students know how to access thousands of official sample questions, personalized testing tutorials, and full length SAT practice tests for free. Click here for more information.


Colleges Requiring SAT with Essay: Beginning in March 2016, the SAT will be available with or without the essay. Find out which colleges and universities will require the essay to support your students in their college application process. Click here for more information.


Scholarships for DREAMers: TheDream.US, the nations’ largest scholarship program for Dreamers, has opened our Fall Scholarship Round. Our scholarships are for highly motivated DREAMers with DACA/TPS status who, without financial aid, cannot otherwise afford a college education. We offer scholarships of up to $25,000 to both first time college students and community college graduates to attend one of our Partner Colleges. Click here to learn more and encourage your students to apply by February 15, 2016.


National Scholarships and Resources for Undocumented Students


Free Vision Exams For School Through Smart Vision Labs: Smart Vision Labs, as part of its service initiative, brings free vision exams to NYC schools. They bring an optometrist, optometry assistant and vision testing equipment, and set up in the nurse’s office or library for two days. The first day, the doctor and optometry assistant perform visual acuity testing for each student as well as test for vision problems such as color blindness and lazy eye. Any student who does not pass the visual acuity test and is in need of glasses is brought back the second day for a full vision exam with the doctor. After the appointment (each takes 5-7 minutes), the student picks out frames from a selection. Their free pair of new glasses is delivered to the school a few weeks later! Smart Vision Labs is able to provide parent consent forms and information to send home after the exam in both English and Spanish, along with assistance to the school nurse in documenting the visual acuity testing required currently under NY regulation. For an in-depth account with more information on logistics, statistics, and how SVL makes it happen, read here. Interested in bringing Smart Vision Labs to your school? Email maya@smartvisionlabs.com to learn more.

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