Announcing the Summer 2014 Teacher Lab
Discovering Classroom Resources with the Brooklyn Public Library
August 11 – 22, 2014
9 AM – 4 PM

In August, the Brooklyn Public Library will be hosting the first-ever Teacher Lab: a free, 2-week course for classroom teachers (grades 4-12) which will take place at the Central Library located at: 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238.   Note:  this professional development opportunity is open to all teachers at no cost and is limited to 25 participants.  The deadline to apply is May 19, 2014.

The Lab will introduce teachers to some of the many excellent (and free) teaching and learning resources available –both what is available to educators through the library and those freely available online. The course will also give strategies for resource use and application in the classroom. Applications for the Lab open this Friday and we will be accepting a class of 25 teachers to attend the course. 60 PD credits are available for teachers who complete the course.

More information, including eligibility and how to apply, may be found at: [ ]

Specifically, the Lab will explore:
•    Free Brooklyn Public Library resources to use in the classroom—books, digital archives, audio & video, primary source collections, and more.
•    The Brooklyn Collection—tools and techniques for researching Brooklyn history.
•    The Child’s Place for Special Needs—strategies and services for teaching to special needs.
•    Effective online searching—how to make the most of tools like Google, Wikipedia, and more.
•    Using fiction and non-fiction books, eBooks and audioBooks to grow student passion for reading and learning.
•    Free online tools for educational use—the New York Times Learning Network, the Digital Public Library of America,, TED talks, and more.
•    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS)—practical applications of the new standards for lesson planning and student engagement.

For further information, contact:

Amy Mikel
Outreach Librarian, MyLibraryNYC
Brooklyn Public Library

Mr. Anthony Biscione
Senior Deputy Superintendent of Schools