Workshops and Institutes

NYC Teachers Election Day Professional Development 2015

November 3, 2015



Join us on Election Day to learn how Museum resources can support the new Enhanced NYC Science Scope and Sequence that was released last spring from the NYC Department of Education.

We will begin the day with an overview of the Enhanced NYC Science Scope and Sequence, emphasizing the connections to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Breakout sessions will focus on ways to integrate NGSS crosscutting concepts, such as patterns, cause and effect, stability and change, and matter and energy, with teaching core science concepts in Life or Earth Science.

The day will culminate with a keynote presentation by AMNH Research Scientist William Harcourt-Smith, who will share his work on Homo Naledi, a new species in the evolution of humans that was recently discovered in the Dinaledi Chamber of the Rising Star cave system in South Africa.

Cost: $35 per participant includes continental breakfast, lunch and Museum resources.


8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.      Sign-in and Breakfast

9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.      Opening Session

10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Breakout Sessions

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.    Lunch

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.      Scientist Keynote

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.      Free exploration of the Museum

Breakout Session Selections:
(After registering for the program, you will be contacted separately to select one breakout session to attend)

Exploring Patterns in Animal Diversity
This session will explore patterns in animal diversity by looking at structures that help animals grow and survive. 

Using Patterns to Predict Food Webs with Owl Pellets
This session will use patterns as evidence to explain plant and animal interactions through exploring owl pellets.

6-9: Effects of Energy Transfer on Weather Patterns
This session will use energy transfer to investigate cause and effect relationships to predict weather phenomena. 

6-8: Investigating Cause and Effect in Ecosystems
This session will investigate ecological interactions and cause and effect relationships of biotic and abiotic factors in ecosystems.

6-10: Impact of Humans on Fish Populations
This session will analyze data from fisheries to explain and predict the impact caused by humans on fish populations.

Investigating Human Influences on the Environment through Stability and Change
This session will investigate rates of change in ice sheet melting and the stability of ecosystems. 

Energy and Matter in Ecosystems
This session will develop and use models that demonstrate the flow of energy and the cycling of matter in ecosystems.



Support for the Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning
is provided in part by
The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation.


The American Museum of Natural History gratefully acknowledges the
Richard and Karen LeFrak Exhibition and Education Fund.