This summer’s teacher professional development at the Museum focuses on learning and teaching aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Each of the workshops below includes the three dimensions of NGSS: science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts in science. These two- and three-day sessions will provide teachers with NGSS-aligned resources and teaching strategies to improve their work with students.
July 8, 2015 - July 9, 2015
In this two-day workshop, participants will engage in three-dimensional learning about animal adaptations using the Hall of Ocean Life and the temporary exhibit Life at the Limits.
July 15, 2015 - July 16, 2015
In this two-day workshop participants will use museum exhibitions and digital resources that focus on the evidence for common ancestry and diversity.
July 20, 2015 - July 21, 2015
In this two-day workshop participants will conduct investigations to develop models that describe energy transfer mechanisms around sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, and landforms.
July 22, 2015 - July 24, 2015
In this three-day workshop participants will learn how scientists use the mapping of earthquake events and other features caused by plate tectonics to look for patterns in plate interactions and make claims about future risk.
July 27, 2015 - July 28, 2015
In this two-day workshop participants will examine the GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) data sets from Greenland and Antarctica to better understand the impact of climate change on ice sheets.
August 3, 2015 - August 14, 2015
A ten-day institute designed to strengthen science teachers' content knowledge of evolution, ecology, and biodiversity and to prepare teachers for using Museum resources and exhibits with their students.
August 4, 2015 - August 6, 2015
In this three-day workshop participants will investigate the effects of the zebra mussel on the Hudson River ecosystem using data collected over a 25-year period by scientists at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
July 28, 2014 - August 8, 2014
Open to K-12 educators working towards certification in earth sciences.