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WeTeachNYC Classes & Communities provide NYC teachers and school leaders with an online space where they can engage in online classes and blended learning communities with their colleagues. Currently, access to communities is limited to participants in specific NYCDOE programs.

WeTeachNYC Help

About WeTeachNYC

WeTeachNYC is an online space for educators to connect to resources, learning experiences, and colleagues.

NYCDOE and WeTeachNYC

WeTeachNYC was created by the New York City Department of Education to help educators access the latest NYCDOE-aligned resources and professional learning activities all from one place, at any time, from anywhere.

WeTeachNYC partners with NYCDOE school- and central-based teams to create, curate, and share resources and learning experiences that are aligned with NYCDOE standards and priorities.

WeTeachNYC Library

WeTeachNYC provides high-quality resources for educators with a wide range of experience across all subject areas. The NYCDOE works closely with school- and central-based teams to add content that educators find most valuable, in and out of the classroom, and continually update the WeTeachNYC Library.

WeTeachNYC invites you to view new and trending resources on the homepage, to review searching for resources tips, or to submit requests for new resources.

WeTeachNYC Classes & Communities

WeTeachNYC partners with NYCDOE school- and central-based teams to develop customized online classes and blended communities that provide NYCDOE educators with flexible, personalized, and social professional learning experiences.

Get answers to specific questions and How-to Guides in the WeTeachNYC Help Center: Classes & Communities.

NYC's Approach

WeTeachNYC helps NYCDOE educators to keep up with the latest information about NYC teaching and learning including: current curriculum options, instructional practices, ways to support professional learning in schools, and NYC’s Vision for School Improvement resources.

Technical Requirements

WeTeachNYC works best on the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, or Firefox on desktop or mobile devices.

Due to compatibility issues, it is recommended that users do not use Internet Explorer 8 browser and instead use Chrome or another internet browser.

Google Chrome is an approved NYCDOE browser and NYCDOE educators can update to the latest version of Chrome on their NYCDOE classroom computers without administrator approval.

For additional help with browsers or other technical support please call the Service Desk at 212-374-6646.

WeTeachNYC and the Common Core Library

Most of the resources from the Common Core Library have been migrated to WeTeachNYC as of summer 2016 and can be found in the WeTeachNYC Library.  These include Common Core-aligned tasks and units, videos, and professional learning resources for teacher teams.  

Accessing and Logging in to WeTeachNYC

While anyone can search the Library, only NYCDOE employees and partners can log in to access certain proprietary NYCDOE content on WeTeachNYC, which includes certain resources, and all of the content within Classes & Communities.

Partners are selected educators who are not NYCDOE employees but have access to WeTeachNYC through their participation in an NYCDOE program or initiative.

NYCDOE Employee Login

The NYCDOE login is for current New York City Department of Education employees and requires your NYCDOE username and password.

NYCDOE employees can login to WeTeachNYC in three steps:

  1. Select “NYCDOE Login” in the top right corner of any page, which will take you to the NYC Public Schools login page.
  2. Enter your NYCDOE email (without @schools.nyc.gov) and password.
  3. Select “Login.” You will automatically be redirected to the WeTeachNYC homepage as a logged-in user.

If you don’t know your NYCDOE username/password or your password is not working, please follow the NYCDOE password reset process.

For immediate support, please call the Service Desk at 212-374-6646.

You may also download step-by-step instructions for NYCDOE employee login.

Partner Login

The partner login is for selected educators who are not New York City Department of Education employees but have access through their participation in an NYCDOE program or initiative.

Partners can login to WeTeachNYC in three steps:

  1. Select “Partner Login” in the top right corner of any page, which will take you to the WeTeachNYC login page.
  2. Select “Partner Login,” which takes you to the partner login page.
  3. Enter your NYCDOE partner username and pasword and select “Login.” You will automatically be redirected to the WeTeachNYC homepage as a logged-in user.

If you don’t know your NYCDOE partner username/password or your password is not working, please enter your email address here and we’ll email you a link to reset your password immediately.

For immediate support logging in or accessing your account, please call the Service Desk at 212-374-6646.

You may also download step-by-step instructions for NYCDOE partner login.

Contact WeTeachNYC

For more information about WeTeachNYC, email WeTeachNYC@schools.nyc.gov.

If you are having technical trouble, such as logging into your account, please call the Service Desk at 212-374-6646 or review the instructions for Accessing and Logging in to WeTeachNYC.

Request Resources

Can’t find a resource you need? Want to see more of a particular kind of resource? Please let us know and request resources be added to the WeTeachNYC Library.  

While we will make every effort to populate the WeTeachNYC Library with the types of resources educators are looking for, we cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled.

General Feedback

WeTeachNYC is here to support you and welcomes any feedback as we are constantly updating and improving the site. For ideas, concerns, and suggestions, submit feedback here.

Searching for Resources

Use the search bar on the WeTeachNYC homepage to search for resources within the Library.

“Popular search terms” appear above the search bar on the homepage and in the WeTeachNYC Library to indicate the most popular recent searches. Click on a search term to run the same search.

You can also search for resources using the search bar on the Library page, or anywhere you see a “Search the Library” bar throughout WeTeachNYC.

Note that resources within Classes & Communities are attached to specific classes and communities, and therefore not included in general WeTeachNYC search. Visit WeTeachNYC Help Center: Classes & Communities to learn more about accessing and searching classes and communities.

Searching Tips

Filtering

Filters narrow down your search results by only displaying resources that match the selected criteria. Use as many filters as needed, and add or remove filters to instantly change the results listed.  You may also download a step-by-step guide to filtering.

Filter categories include:

  • Grade (Pre-kindergarten through 12th)
  • Subject (mathematics, science, social studies, etc.)
  • Educational use (assessment, curriculum/instruction, professional development)
  • Audience (teacher, administrator, instructional coach, etc.)
  • Resource type (case study, curriculum guide, formative assessment, etc.)
  • Media type (application, document, video, etc.)
  • Program type (Showcase Schools, Transfer Schools Common Core Institute, MSQI, etc.)
  • Standards (Common Core, Danielson Framework for Teaching, Quality Review Indicators.)

Sorting

Click on the green word(s) following “Sort by” to sort results by relevance to search terms, date added to the Library, or most downloaded. 

Collections

Related resources may be grouped into collections if their topics closely align and/or they supplement each other. For example, a collection may include a video and a professional learning activity related to that video, or sequential instructional guides. 

When viewing the details of a collection, you may download all resources within that collection at once, or review the list of included resources to download resources individually.

Accessing a Resource or Collection

While anyone can search the Library, only NYCDOE employees and partners can login to access certain proprietary NYCDOE content on WeTeachNYC.

Some resources may require a login. If so, a window will pop up asking you to login before you may view or download that resource.

If you are an NYCDOE employee:

  1. Click “login” via the pop up window, which will take you to the WeTeachNYC login page
  2. Select “NYCDOE Employee Login,” which will take you to the NYC Public Schools login page.
  3. Enter your NYCDOE email and password, then select “Login.” You will automatically be directed back to the resource, which you will now be able to view or download.

If you are a partner:

  1. Click “login” via the pop up window, which will take you to the WeTeachNYC login page.
  2. Select “Partner Login,” which will take you to the partner login page.
  3. Enter your NYCDOE partner username and pasword and select “Login.” You will automatically be directed back to the resource, which you will now be able to view or download.

Please review the instructions for Accessing and Logging in to WeTeachNYC or call the Service Desk at 212-374-6646 if you are having trouble logging into your account.

Downloading a Resource or Collection

All resources in the WeTeachNYC Library (excluding videos and links) can be downloaded to your computer. In order to download a resource, you must first go to the details page by clicking on the resource in the results list. Once there, click on the circular “View” button at the top of the page.

If the resource is a Word document, PowerPoint, or Excel spreadsheet, it will automatically download and you may select a location on your computer to save it to. 

If the resource is a PDF, it will launch a preview screen.  You may download from the preview screen by clicking the save button (typically in the top or bottom right hand corner).

In order to download all of the resources in a collection (excluding videos and links), you must first go to the details page by clicking on the collection in the results list. Once there, click on the circular "Download All" button at the top of the page.  All of the resources will automatically be downloaded to a zip folder on your computer. 

Can't Find a Resource

Can’t find a resource you need? Want to see more of a particular kind of resource? Please let us know and request resources be added to the WeTeachNYC Library. 

While we will make every effort to populate the WeTeachNYC Library with the types of resources educators are looking for, we cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled.

WeTeachNYC Classes & Communities

WeTeachNYC Classes & Communities provide NYC teachers and school leaders with opportunities to collaborate and communicate with their colleagues online and to share instructional and professional learning resources through taking an online class or participating in a blended learning community.

Who can access WeTeachNYC Classes & Communities

Currently only NYCDOE employees and partners can login to access WeTeachNYC Classes & Communities. Partners are selected educators who are not NYCDOE employees but have been provided access through their participation in an NYCDOE program or initiative.

Once logged in, the Classes & Communities homepage will only display the class/es or community/ties in which you are enrolled as a member. NYCDOE employees and partners are notified of their membership by their specific program or initiative administrator.

If you believe that you should have access to Classes & Communities but are unable to login, please contact your program administrator or email WeTeachNYC@schools.nyc.gov.

Logging into WeTeachNYC Classes & Communities

To log into WeTeachNYC Classes & Communities, hover over “Classes & Communities” in the upper right corner of the WeTeachNYC homepage. Select “View your classes and communities,” which will take you to the Classes & Communities login page. 

If you are an NYCDOE employee:

  1. Click “NYCDOE Employee Login,” which will take you to the NYC Public Schools login page.
  2. Enter your NYCDOE email and password, then select “Login.” You will automatically be redirected to your Classes & Communities home.

If you don’t know your NYCDOE username/password or your password is not working, please follow NYCDOE password reset process or call the Service Desk at 212-374-6646.  

If you are a partner:

  1. Click “Partner Login,” which will take you to the partner login page.
  2. Enter your NYCDOE partner username and password and select “Login.” You will automatically be redirected to your Classes & Communities home.

If you don’t know your NYCDOE partner username/password or your password is not working, please enter your email address here and you will receive an email link to reset your password immediately.

For immediate support logging in or accessing your account, please call the Service Desk at 212-374-6646.

You may also download step-by-step instructions for NYCDOE employee and partner login.

Enrolling/Registering for a Class

WeTeachNYC Classes & Communities offers both classes with limited enrollment and classes with open enrollment for NYCDOE employees and partners. 

If a class has limited enrollment, program administrators will provide NYCDOE employee and partner participants with a registration link via email:

  1. Click on the provided link, which will bring you to a button that says ‘enroll’.
  2. Click on “Enroll,” and a pop-up will appear confirming your registration if program administrator approval is not required. If approval is required, you will receive an email as soon as your program administrator has approved your enrollment in the class. 

All open enrollment classes are listed on the Classes & Communities landing page.   Classes that are currently open for enrollment will have an option following their description to enroll. 

Finding Your Classes

After logging into Classes & Communities, the “My learning” section of your Classes & Communities home will display up to five of your currently enrolled classes.

To view all of the classes you’re enrolled in, select “View all” at the bottom of the “My learning” section.

If you don’t see a class that you believe you should have access to in the “My learning” section, contact your program administrator or email WeTeachNYC@schools.nyc.gov

You may also download step-by-step instructions for finding your classes.  

Viewing Content in a Class

After logging into Classes & Communities, the “My learning” section will list up to five classes you are currently enrolled in. Click “View all” to view all of your classes.

Click on the class title to view the full list of activities related to the class.

Some classes require members to view content in a specific order. If that is the case, you will only see the “Launch” button next to content you are currently allowed to view. 

In order to view content, click the “launch” button next to the content name.  A window will pop up that links directly to your content or a details page offering context about your content.

From the details page, click the “View” button in the upper right corner and the content will open in a separate viewing tab. 

After viewing the content, the status of that content will become a checkmark in your class. You are always welcome to go back and look at content again by clicking the review button. 

You may also download step-by-step instructions for viewing content in a class. 

Finding a Community

After logging into Classes & Communities, the “My groups” section of your Classes & Communities home will list up to five of your communities.

To view all of your communities, click “View all” at the bottom of the “My groups” section, which will take you to the full “My groups” list. Here you can sort your communities by recently added or alphabetically.

You can also view all of your communities by clicking the “Groups” tab in the upper left corner of your Classes & Communities home.

After clicking the “Groups” tab, you will see all communities you are a part of under the “My Groups” section, and all new communities in WeTeachNYC (starting with the newest) under the “New Groups” section. The description will indicate whether a community is open for all WeTeachNYC Classes & Communities members to join. 

You may also download step-by-step instructions for finding a community. 

Discussions

After logging into Classes & Communities, the “My Discussions” section on your Classes & Communities home will list the most recent discussions you have participated in, allowing you to quickly return to the conversation. You can also create a new discussion directly in the “My Discussions” section.

To only view discussions inside a specific community, enter that community and view the “All Discussions” section.

To join a discussion, click on the discussion title to read the entire exchange. You can choose to respond to the initial prompt by clicking “Reply” to the first post, or reply to any of the other participants directly from their replies. 

Thumbs up a response to show that you appreciate the other member’s comments!

You may also download step-by-step instructions for viewing and contributing to discussions. 

Editing Your Profile

After signing into Classes & Communities, to access your profile, click on the “Me” tab in the upper left corner. 

On the left side menu, select “Profile.” There are a number of fields available to edit, including your bio, your preferred email address, and any other online profiles that you’d like to include (such as your LinkedIn profile).

Click “Update picture” to upload your own profile picture.

You may also download step-by-step instructions for accessing and editing your profile. 

Following Others

Classes & Communities members can follow other each other’s activities on Classes & Communities. By following another member you can receive notifications when that member bookmarks public Classes & Communities content, or reviews or contributes public resources to Classes & Communities. 

Control the frequency or opt-out of these notifications by clicking on the drop-down menu under your name in the upper right corner and selecting “Account Preferences.”  

You may also download step-by-step instructions for following others in WeTeachNYC Classes & Communities. 

Enabling and Disabling Notifications

WeTeachNYC Classes & Communities members can enable or disable Classes & Communities notifications to receive email updates on conversations and activities happening in your communities.

Click the drop down button next to your name in the upper right corner of any Classes & Communities page and click “Account Preferences.”

Under the “WeTeachNYC Community” heading, select when to receive email notifications and click “Save” when finished.

To change the email address where you receive notifications, visit your profile under the “Me” tab. 

You may also download step-by-step instructions for enabling and disabling notifications within WeTeachNYC Classes & Communities. 

Sharing Resources

Some communities allow members to share their own resources. If your community allows this, once you enter the community, you will see a section that says “Resources.”

Click on the folder in the “Resources” section to view all the resources it contains.

To add your own resource, select a folder, and click “Add New.” You will be prompted to select either a link, a file, an idea or a discussion.

Select “Disable Sharing” to prevent other community members from sharing this resource outside of the selected community. This is a good choice for sensitive content like lesson plans or student work.

You may also download step-by-step instructions for sharing resources within WeTeachNYC Classes & Communities. 

WeTeachNYC Profiles

Educators can create their own WeTeachNYC Profile, visible only to you, so you can save resources from the WeTeachNYC Library and organize them into lists for easy reference.

You can also share your lists with colleagues. When logged into WeTeachNYC, educators have the option to follow each other’s shared lists. Sharing and following lists can be a helpful way for teacher teams or other groups within schools to share recommended resources with each other. 

You must be logged in to use your WeTeachNYC Profile. To login, click the link in the top right corner and enter your NYCDOE or partner credentials. Visit Accessing and Logging in to WeTeachNYC for more detailed instructions. 

Using your WeTeachNYC Profile

You must be logged in to access your WeTeachNYC Profile. Access your WeTeachNYC Profile by clicking your name in the top right corner of any page and selecting “View your profile.”

Your WeTeachNYC Profile is visible only to you, and has three parts: 

  • Your Saved Resources displays all the resources you saved from the WeTeachNYC Library.
  • Your Lists displays all Lists you have created to categorize your saved resources.
  • Lists You Follow shows the lists from other educators that you have found helpful and decided to follow.

You may also download step-by-step instructions for using your WeTeachNYC Profile.

Saving Resources and Collections

You must be logged in to save resources to your WeTeachNYC Profile. Access your WeTeachNYC Profile by clicking your name in the top right corner and selecting “View your profile.”

To start saving resources, search the WeTeachNYC Library, then hover over the resource you want to save. A gray bookmark icon will pop up with “Save” next to it. Clicking this icon will turn the bookmark green, indicating that the resource has been saved to your WeTeachNYC Profile.

Any time you see a gray bookmark on a resource means that you can add that resource to your Saved Resources in your WeTeachNYC Profile. You can save a resource from both the Library search results page and the resource details page using the same gray bookmark icon.

To see all of your saved resources, return to your profile and select “Saved Resources.” 

If you decide you no longer wish to keep a resource, click the green bookmark. The bookmark will turn back to grey and the resource will fade out. Refreshing the page will make the unsaved resource disappear. If you unsaved accidentally, hover over the resource and click the bookmark again.

You may also download step-by-step instructions for saving resources and collections.

Adding and Saving Lists

You must be logged in to save resources and organize them into lists in your WeTeachNYC Profile. To add a resource to a list, first save the resource to your WeTeachNYC Profile by hovering over the resource clicking on the gray bookmark icon, turning it green.

To the left of the green bookmark, click on “Add to a List” to bring up the ‘Save to a List’ menu. Here, you can either add the resource to an existing list or create a new list:

  • To add to an existing list, simply click the name of the list.
  • To create a new list and add the resource, enter the name of the new list and click “Add.”
  • To view your Lists page, select “View Your Lists.”

To manage your lists, access your WeTeachNYC Profile by clicking your name in the top right corner and selecting “View your profile”:

  • On your Lists page, click on any list’s name to see the resources saved within. You can also edit the name of the list, delete the list, and change the privacy settings of the list.
  • On your Saved Resources page, hover over any saved resource and click “Manage Lists” to view which lists it currently belongs to, as indicated by green checkmarks. By clicking the name of a list, you can add or remove a resource from that list.
  • To remove a resource from all lists, click on the green bookmark icon, which will also show which lists that resource belongs to. Click "Yes, remove" to proceed removing, or click "No, cancel" to return to the Lists page.

You may also download step-by-step instructions for adding and saving lists. 

Sharing Lists

You must be logged in to save resources and organize resources into lists in your WeTeachNYC Profile before you can share your lists with colleagues.

To manage your lists, access your WeTeachNYC Profile by clicking your name in the top right corner and selecting “View your profile,” then clicking on “Your Lists.”

You must set a list’s privacy settings to accessible in order to share with others. By default, lists are set to private when created. To make the list accessible, select “Edit” from the list’s privacy menu and click “Anyone with the link can access,” then click “Save settings.” 

To share your list, click on the “Share” button, then click “Copy” to copy the URL to your clipboard. Now you can paste the URL into an email to send to your colleagues.

You may also download step-by-step instructions for sharing and following lists. 

Following Lists

To follow a list created by a colleague on WeTeachNYC, they need to share their list by changing the list’s privacy settings to accessible and then sending you the URL. When you click on the link, if set to accessible, the list will appear.

Click “Follow This List” to save it to your WeTeachNYC Profile. It will automatically update when the creator makes changes. To stop following or re-follow the list, click “Stop Following this List.” 

To see all of the lists you are following, access your WeTeachNYC Profile by clicking on your name in the top right of any page and selecting “View your profile.” Click on “Lists You Follow” to see all of the lists that you are following. Clicking on a list will show you the creator’s name and all the resources contained within.

You may also download step-by-step instructions for sharing and following lists.