Workshops and Institutes

NYC Teachers Election Day Professional Development 2016

November 8, 2016

Educators at a professional development event in the Hall of the Universe


This professional day is designed for teachers who want to strengthen their ability to use Museum resources to teach science and social studies.

Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a range of breakout sessions that will utilize the Museum’s digital, print, and exhibition resources to connect with the curriculum in ways that are engaging for students.

The day will culminate with a panel discussion on the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Join Museum Curator Rob DeSalle and a panel of experts as they discuss its transmission, symptoms, risks and the latest plan of attack for dealing with this major disease threat.

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

K-12 Teachers.


8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m.    Sign-in and Breakfast

9:15 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 Panel Discussion

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

*After registering for the program, you will be contacted separately to select one breakout session to attend. 

Breakout Session Offerings:

Grades K-5 Social Studies 
Incorporating Literacy and Social Studies Standards into a Museum Learning Experience
This workshop will provide an introduction to Eastern Woodlands Indians cultures.  Participants will explore how to support Social Studies content using literacy strategies, and demonstrate how to use Museum Halls to make connections between environment and culture.

Grades K-5 Science and NEL
Using scaffolds to teach Science and English to New English Learners in elementary classrooms
This session will use a variety of scaffolds and discuss aspects of language acquisition processes, literacy strategies, and lesson plans based on the 5-E instructional sequence. 


Grades 6-12 Biology and Earth Science
Getting Students Talking in the Science Classroom
Participants will engage in strategies, readings, museum exhibits and objects to develop ways to generate student conversations and to plan how to transfer these strategies into the classroom. Using the work from Ambitious Science Teaching and museum resources, this session is geared for teachers who want to learn and deepen their ability to generate productive classroom conversations in science.

Grades 7-12 Earth Science
Exhibition as a portal to our own backyard: Geology, Biology and Climate History
Participants will use the Warburg Hall of New York State Environment to explore the connections between geology and biology and clues about our climate history. The session will include specimen based classroom activities, a visit to the Hall and a visit to Central Park.

Grades 8-12 Earth Science
Using online data analysis tools to investigate Weather, Climate, and Climate Change
This session will use two free online graphing tools produced by AMNH to analyze and interpret weather and climate data. The Weather and Climate tool allows for an examination and comparison of weather and climate patterns in selected locations across North America. The GRACE tool allow for analysis of satellite ice sheet data from Greenland and Antarctica to investigate patterns of climate change.

Grades 6-10 Biology and Earth Science
Impact of Humans on Fish Populations
This session will analyze data from fisheries about populations and resources to explain the impact caused by humans.