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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 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: 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 Communities

WeTeachNYC 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.

Accessing WeTeachNYC Communities

Currently, access to WeTeachNYC Communities is limited to members of specific NYCDOE programs. 

Access your WeTeachNYC Community from the Communities dropdown menu at the top right of the screen. If you have not logged in, you will be prompted to do so and then be able to see your communities.

You can also download step by step instructions on accessing your WeTeachNYC Communities.

Community Overview

The Community Goal section shares the overall goal and learning objectives for the community and an explanation of how the community will support those objectives.

The Next Steps section provides information about what you need to do in the community. 

The Tags section helps you to more easily find the content you need by grouping discussions, files, and videos using key words. 

The Facilitator section gives you a way to directly email the community facilitator(s).

You can also download step by step instructions about your community overview.

Community Homepage

The most recently replied to discussions will appear on the community homepage.

Resources that have been added recently will also appear on the community homepage. Resources with a star have been uploaded by the community facilitator. 

You can also download step by step instructions about the community homepage.

Community Goal

The Community Goal section shares the overall goal and learning objectives for the community and an explanation of how the community will support those objectives.

The community goal can be found at the top left of your community.

You can also download step by step instructions about the Community Goal.

Next Steps

The Next Steps section helps you to know exactly what you need to do in the community. Next steps clarify and provide reminders to you of what work should be completed between sessions, and they help to connect discussions with corresponding work.

You can also download step by step instructions on next steps.

Tags

What is a tag?

Tags group discussions, files, and videos using key words to help you readily find the content you need.

Click on a tag to access all associated discussions, files, and videos.

Discussions, files, and videos can have one or more tags that can help you in finding the content you need quickly and easily. You will be able to find the content by clicking on any of the tags associated with an individual discussion, file, or video.

 

Replying to Discussions

What is a discussion?

Discussions allow community members and facilitators to communicate with one another before, during, and/or after in-person professional learning sessions.

When replying to discussions, you have two options

You can click ‘REPLY’ to the original discussion prompt.

You can also reply to the original discussion prompt by clicking on the blank text box that appears at the bottom of the discussion thread, writing your response, and selecting ‘POST REPLY’.

To respond to another community member on the thread, click ‘REPLY’ next to the post you want to reply to. This will indent your reply so that other people in the community can clearly see what you’re responding to.

You can also download step by step instructions for replying to discussions.

 

Adding Files and Video to Discussions

Attach a file to your reply by dragging and dropping it into the attachments box just below the text box or by clicking on the words ‘from your computer’, which appears just below the text box.

To add a video, click the text that says ‘add a video’ just below the text box and then paste the URL in the space provided to a publicly viewable video from sites such as Vimeo.

You can also download step by step instructions to attach files and videos to discussion replies.

Editing Replies

To edit a reply you already submitted, click ‘EDIT’ and this will allow you to amend your reply.  

You can also download step by step instructions to edit discusssion replies.

Profiles

As an NYC Educator, you can create your own WeTeachNYC Profile, visible only to you, so you can update preferences for personalized recommendations, 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, you have the option to follow others’ lists that have been shared with you. Sharing and following lists can be a helpful way for teacher teams and 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. 

Personalized Recommendations

NYC Educators can set preferences indicating their professional interests to have library resources recommended to them right on the WeTeachNYC homepage.  Classroom resources are recommended based on grade and subject level preferences, while professional development resources are recommended in alignment with the Danielson Framework for Teaching.  

These preferences are only used to recommend personalized resources on WeTeachNYC and are not shared with anyone.

Receiving Personalized Recommendations

You must be logged in to use your WeTeachNYC Profile and set personalized recommendations. To login, click the link in the top right corner of any WeTeachNYC page and enter your NYCDOE or partner credentials.

After logging in, questions will appear on the homepage. Recommendations are broken out into classroom resources and professional learning resources.

Classroom resources are recommended based on grade and subject level preferences, while professional development resources are recommended in alignment with the Danielson Framework for Teaching.

These preferences are only used to recommend personalized resources on WeTeachNYC and are not shared with anyone.

For each question, click on items to select or deselect them.  You may select more than one answer for each question.  Once all of your interests are selected, click the green button to move on to the next question or to get recommendations.  

You can return to the previous question by clicking on the arrow to the left of “Get personalized recommendations.”

You may also dismiss a question you do not want to answer by clicking on the X to the right of “Get personalized recommendations.”

Once you have answered questions about your preferences for resources, a list of recommended resources will automatically appear.

In order to complete your preferences for professional learning resources, scroll below those recommendations and answer the question about which Danielson Framework for Teaching components most align with your professional goals.

These preferences are only used to recommend personalized resources on WeTeachNYC and are not shared with anyone.

You may also download step-by-step instructions for receiving personalized recommendations.

Viewing Personalized Recommendations

After you have logged in and indicated your preferences, personalized classroom and professional learning recommendations will appear on the WeTeachNYC homepage every time that you log in. 

You may also download step-by-step instructions for viewing your personalized recommendations.

Updating Personalized Recommendations

You can always update your preferences for grade, subject, and Danielson components to ensure you are receiving the most relevant recommendations. 

In order to update your preferences, click on the blue “Manage these preferences” link just above your recommendations or visit your profile from the top navigation bar.

Once in your WeTeachNYC profile, click on the blue pencil next to each preference to open your current preferences.

Click on items to select or deselect them and then click the green save button to save your changes.

You may also download step-by-step instructions for updating your personalized recommendations preferences.