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Calling All High School Teachers: Spend Your Summer with ExpandED Options!

Candace Brazier-Thurman

Candace Brazier-Thurman is Program Director of ExpandED Options.


The CrEST program emphasizes hands-on projects that offer learning in electronics, physical computing, robotics and other STEM disciplines.

ExpandED Options is a college and career readiness initiative that connects New York City high school students to field-based learning and real-world employment opportunities. Students (aged 16 and older) spend afternoons and/or weekends in apprenticeships with cultural and science organizations where they learn more than mere skills in that industry; they learn how to teach these skills – whether it’s developing advanced art-making skills with Studio in a School, learning the basics of programming at NYU or becoming familiar with the building blocks of web development at the Richmond Hill Library.  Successful completion of the summer apprenticeship leads to paid internships in the fall working with younger students.

We are looking for certified, high school level (grades 7-12) Department of Education teachers to co-teach the following programs:  

♦ Visual Arts led by Studio in a School at Juan Morel High School 
In this program students will develop advanced visual art skills such as printmaking, painting, drawing and collage.

Program Dates: July 7 – August 16, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Co-teachers will be processed through Juan Morel High School.

♦ Creativity Through Engineering, Science & Technology (CrEST) led by NYU Tandon School of Engineering, downtown Brooklyn campus
In this program students will apply physical computing, mechanical systems and electronics to designing and building interactive devices.

Program Dates: July 11 – August 5, Monday – Friday, 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Co-teachers will be processed through Academy of Urban Planning High School.

♦ Coding X Design at Richmond Hill Library
In this program, students will learn the fundamentals of computer science through designing Scratch and web-based applications of their choosing. Potential projects can include, but are not limited to, creating animations, video games, musical compositions or patternmaking for fashion design. (Note: this program is four days a week, Monday – Thursday, with the exception of one Friday – August 12th.) 

Program Dates: July 25 - August 12, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM and Tuesday, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.  

Co-teachers will be processed through Richmond Hill High School.


Teachers in ExpandED Options ensure students are progressing towards learning goals. Co-teachers can provide input, but would not be responsible for curriculum development or day-to-day lesson plans. An instructional schedule will be determined with the apprenticeship lead instructor. A planning meeting will be held on June 29th with co-teachers and apprenticeship instructors.

If you know teachers who might be interested, please email either Candace Brazier Thurman, Program Director, cthurman@expandedschools.org or Deborah Taylor, Program Manager, dtaylor@expandedschools.org.



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