• Archive of Opportunities for Staff and Schools for 2015-16

    Baltimore City History Day Contest

    The Baltimore City District History Day Contest will be held on March 12, 2016 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street, Baltimore, MD 21202). Deadlines for submissions is February 22, 2016. For more information please contact RaeLynne Snyder. (Expires: February 22, 2016)

    H&R Block Budget Challenge

    Students can gain the knowledge and confidence to manage their own financial future by learning strong budgeting skills and fiscal discipline early. The free H&R Block Budget Challenge encourages students to learn personal finance in a fun, engaging way while competing against other classrooms and students for $3 million in classroom grants and student scholarships. While taking the challenge, participants encounter real world personal budgeting situations, problem solving, and decision making through an online simulation and accompanying lessons that meet national standards.
    Sessions are available through April. Budget Challenge is open to students 14 years of age or older, enrolled full-time in grades nine through 12. Teachers must register classrooms to play Budget Challenge. Students may play one simulation per semester (Fall and Spring) but they are only eligible for prizes on their first attempt. (Expires: April 21, 2016)

    Hopkins Brain Science Internship

    Student nominations are being accepted for the 2016 Johns Hopkins internship in brain science. The internship begins June 20, 2016 and runs 8 weeks. Schools are encouraged to nominate 1 or 2 juniors or seniors from background who are under-represented in STEM with strong academic records and an interest in science and/or medicine. Applications are due March 11. More information is available in this flyer.(Expires: March 11)

    Early Childhood Grant Opportunity

    Family League of Baltimore, through the Family Literacy Coalition and Baltimore School Climate Collaborative is excited to announce a small grant opportunity to assist Baltimore City Public Schools and their external early childhood partners in improving transitions into pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten.Applications are due February 3 and should be emailed to the Family League. Awards will be announced in mid-February and will range from $1000 - $2,500. Questions may be submitted in advance via email. (Expires: February 3, 2016)

    Early Spring Seedling Distribution and Teacher Workshops at Great Kids Farm

    Great Kids Farm will be holding their early spring seedling giveaway and teacher workshops on Saturday February 27, 2016 from 10 am-2 pm at Great Kids Farm. There will be various herb seedlings, a variety of cool season seeds, and limited quantities of gardening supplies (garden soil, pots, and grow lights) available for use with City Schools’ students. To obtain materials you will be asked to show your City Schools ID and complete a short registration form.

    In addition to the seedling distribution, Great Kids Farm will also offer 2 half hour long workshops for teachers focused on setting up a 4’x4’ raised bed on your school campus. Workshops will be held at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Teachers will receive instruction on site selection, set up, and maintenance of the space as well as the materials and soil for setting up the raised bed. This workshop is ideal for teachers who are beginning their school garden experience. Participants will take the raised bed kit with them at the completion of the workshop and will schedule a soil delivery to their school with the Great Kids Farmer. Space is limited to the first 10 teachers to register per workshop. Please contact Bethany Mathie to register. (Expires: February 27, 2016)

    Hope and Heritage Contest – All Schools

    City Schools’ students have the unique opportunity to have their poetry memorialized in an exciting new artwork to be created and placed outside of City Schools’ Central Office! The theme of this contest is “In Our Lives We Are Whole,” and the focus will be a celebration of life and culture in Baltimore City. The submission deadline for the contest is Friday, April 22, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. For more information and supporting documents including lesson plans, please log onto Office 365 and search “Hope & Heritage”.

    Calling all Science Fair Projects for Morgan State Science Fair

    Students are encouraged to enter their science fair projects in the 36th Annual Mathematics-Science-Engineering Fair at Morgan State University.

    The fair will take place March 18-19, 2016 in the Hill Field House at Morgan State University. Students will have the opportunity to present their research projects in front of judges that include university faculty and STEM professionals.

    The submission dates have been extended to Monday February 22, 2016. If your school needs more time, please call 443-885-3419 to let us know when to expect your student’s body of work, and approximately how many projects you expect to bring. (Expires: March 19, 2016)

    Baltimore City History Day Competition Deadline Updates

    The Baltimore City History Day Competition will be held at the Baltimore Design School at 1500 Barclay Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 on Saturday, March 12, 2016. The deadline to enter the competition is Monday, February 22, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. All websites and papers are due on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. (Expires: March 12, 2016)

    School Survey Deadline Extension

    Due to the inclement weather, the annual School Survey submission deadline has been extended to Monday, March 14, 2016, for students, parents, and staff.
    If staff members need a new survey link, please complete the School Staff Survey Link Request Form. Parents can complete the School Survey on paper or online. Parents can contact their child’s school to request a paper survey or call City Schools at 443-984-2000. Parents can also complete the Parent Survey online by visiting: www.k12insight.com/SchoolSurveyParent. If you have any other questions or concerns, please email survey@bcps.k12.md.us. (Deadline: March 14, 2016)

    Summer Job Opportunities with BCTR

    Baltimore City Teaching Residency (BCTR) seeks summer teacher development coaches and pre-service training instructors to train our newest cohort of teachers at this summer’s pre-service training. Be a part of preparing new teachers to lead Baltimore students while honing a skill set essential for any school or teacher leader. You can learn more about the coach position and instructor position. Please reach out to Mariah Baxter or by phone, 443-642-4151, with any questions or to talk more about this opportunity. (Deadline: April 8, 2016)

    Middle School Science Opportunity for Schools

    The district science office is requesting approval for a 16 school pilot of a new middle school science program. Please carefully review the details to see if your school is interested in this opportunity. Be mindful of the targeted training dates and the financial commitment for next year in the purchase of materials. Principals should contact Joshua Gabrielse to express interest. (Expires: March 23, 2016)

    Health Education Curriculum Expo

    On Wednesday April 6, 2016 the Office of Teaching and Learning will host a Health Education Curriculum Expo in the Central Office Boardroom from 5:30-7:30 for parents, students, teachers, principals and community partners. This expo will showcase new sexual health curricula that will be rolled out to all middle and high schools next school year under the U Choose Project. For more information please see the enclosed flyer or contact Alexia Lotts-McCain at alotts@bcps.k12.md.us (Expires April 6)

    Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap

    The Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap gives away free classroom supplies to anyone who needs them by repurposing supplies that others no longer need. Visit the Swap at 5513 York Road in Baltimore to take what you need from a wide variety of school supplies, curriculum supplements, manipulatives, arts and crafts supplies, classroom decorations, and more. To donate materials you no longer use, you can schedule a pick-up or deliver them to the Swap. Check their website to see when they’re open, directions, and more information. (Expires: December 29, 2016)

    Live From The Sun - An Educator Workshop ($100 stipend)

    Learn about the Sun, its patterns and motions in the sky using the Kent County High School Planetarium. Create models that explain the Sun’s patterns and the reasons for seasons, and model the scale of the Solar System. View the Sun safely through portable solar telescopes and borrow one for your classroom. Hear the latest NASA missions exploring the Sun.
    Kent County High School – Worton, Maryland
    Saturday, April 9, 2016
    9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    This NASA-funded workshop will provide demonstrations of classroom activities, take-home materials provided by NASA, lunch and a $100 stipend for each participating educator. This workshop is presented by the Maryland Science Center and made possible through a grant from NASA. To register, email Jim O’Leary at the Maryland Science Center and provide your name, school name and address, school district, phone number, grade and subject taught. The workshop is open to teachers at all grade levels. (Expires: April 9)

    CHARM: A student literary and art magazine

    CHARM: Voice of Baltimore Youth, a student-led literary and arts magazine that publishes student writing and artwork, is accepting submissions for its third volume . Last year, CHARM published over 80 poems, stories, drawings, and photographs from 18 schools. Submissions can be inspiring, silly, thought provoking, weird, or passionate. Submissions must be received by Friday, April 8. Email CharmLitMag@gmail.com with questions. (Expires: April 8)

    Art Against Violence: Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Violence Prevention Program

    The University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Violence Prevention Program is again accepting submissions for the Art Against Violence initiative, a citywide art gallery show and contest tied to Youth Violence Prevention Week. The deadline to submit visual art pieces is April 1. An awards show and ceremony will be hold on April 6. Please encourage City Schools students to submit their art.

    Great Kids Farm Garden Summit

    The 5th Annual Great Kids Farm Garden Summit for students in grades 3 to 12 will be held on Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 13 at Great Kids Farm. Students will come together to receive instruction and materials to create and maintain a living educational space on their school campus. Day 1 of the event will be held on Tuesday April 12, 2016 from 10:00-1:30 and will include workshops for schools that are just beginning their school garden experience. Day 2 of the event will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 10:00-1:30 and will include more advanced topics for schools that are looking to expand their current growing spaces.

    Interested schools are encouraged to register before close of business on Thursday, March 24. Please note, schools can only register for one date. For additional information, please see the event details or contact Bethany Mathie at bmathie@bcps.k12.md.us or 410-744-1096. (Expires: March 24)

    Summer AU Opportunities for Science Curriculum Writing and Review

    Help shape the future of Baltimore City Public Schools’ science curriculum and earn AUs. The Science Department is looking for dedicated teachers to write, review, and revise science curriculum to align with the Next Generation Science Standards. There are opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Please click on the links below for position details and application information for each of the following positions:

    Elementary science unit review/assessment writing positions
    6th grade science curriculum writing positions
    7th grade science curriculum writing positions
    High school biology curriculum writing positions
    High school chemistry curriculum writing positions

    Applications and completed writing prompts are due on April 15, 2016. For more information, please contact Joshua Gabrielse, Science Coordinator. (Expires: April 15, 2016)


    GreenScape will be held this year at the Baltimore Rowing and Resource Center on Saturday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Transportation is available. All are invited, including students, teachers, parents, and supporters. Participants can try out a kayak, eat a light lunch, learn what school green teams have been doing this year, and talk to green partners. There will also be music, games, art, raffles and fun! More info to follow, but contact Andrea Calderon at the City Office of Sustainability with questions. The Rowing Center is in Cherry Hill on the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River at 3301 Waterview Ave., Baltimore, MD 21230. (Expires: April 23, 2016)

    Teacher Model Pathway Registration

    BTU members currently on the Professional Pathway and interested in participating in the Peer Review Process for movement onto the Model Pathway, should complete this registration survey by Thursday, September 3. Registration is required in order to participate in the fall 2015 cohort. Please note that Alternatively Placed (grandfathered) Models will register at a later date and additional information will be forthcoming. For more information on the teacher pathways, please visit City Schools Inside.

    For questions, please email the Joint Governing Panel. (Expires: September 3, 2015)

    Teacher Appreciation Day at University of Maryland Football

    Teachers are invited to watch the University of Maryland football team play against the University of Richmond on September 5. For $20, teachers will receive a ticket to the game, Maryland t-shirt, video board recognition, and post-game photo on the field. Ticket must be preordered. For additional information, please refer to this flyer  or contact Lara Ceaser, University of Maryland Athletics. (Expires: September 5, 2015

    Bring Robotics to Your School!

    Join over 50 other Baltimore City Public Schools and start a competitive robotics program today! In competitive robotics teachers coach their students after school to create and program a robot to score the most points in a challenge. Materials, training, and ongoing support are provided. Programs are available to students in grades kindergarten through grade 12. Teacher-coaches are eligible for AUs. Registrations are due by Friday, September 4. Contact Catherine Villnave, science enrichment specialist, for more information. (Expires: September 4, 2015)


    Free Admission for Teachers to Reginald F. Lewis Special Exhibit 

    From April 18 until August 30, 2015, the special exhibit Dance Theatre of Harlem: Forty Years of Firsts will be available at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. The exhibit highlights the many accomplishments of African Americans and other minorities who defied stereotypes, and gravity itself, to pursue their passion and pave the way for future generations of artists. When the dancers were told that African American bodies were not built for classical ballet, they mastered classical repertoire like Giselle, then set it in Creole society in Louisiana, to give it a distinctly American twist. The exhibit will be open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon - 5 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 East Pratt Street. General admission is $8. Admission for senior citizens (age 65+), youth (age 7-17), and students (with ID) is $6. Admission for members, children under the age of six, and teachers is free. For more information, visit the museum's website.  (Expires: August 30, 2015)