Support After Graduation
During your first two years following graduation you will have unique Professional Development and support opportunities only available to MAT Alumni, formally known as Induction. Supporting our alumni after they graduate is a significant part of our program. Museum educators, who you will know from your formal time in the museum, lead Induction. They visit you in your classroom and help you take advantage of the unique resources and opportunities available to MAT Alumni. MAT Alumni are paid an hourly stipend for every Induction activity in which they participate.
Once a month your Induction leader and your cohort meet together at the museum to discuss your classrooms and your needs as a new educator in a supported space. We find our graduates use this time to talk about lesson planning, classroom management, and to learn about new resources. Cohorts often spend time after monthly meetups together socializing and catching up with their friends.
Classroom visits are an important part of Induction. Induction leaders visit each Induction participant in their classroom more frequently in your first year and twice a year in your second year. During their visits, they observe and conference with alumni within their classrooms, offering support and advice focused on instruction, communicating with parents, and working with administrators and colleagues.
Teaching and Learning Activities
With an average of one a month, there will be Professional Development Opportunities that range from PD events hosted by other museum programs to river trips on the Bronx River. Learn about some of this year’s TLA events below:
- Educators’ Evenings - Educators' Evenings are working receptions. Activities include a catered reception, an introduction to the exhibition by curators and educators, curriculum materials and demonstrations, and resources to support field trips with students.
- Engaging Students in Science Talk - Share, learn and practice some strategies to facilitate student discussion of science activities and practices. What are some way to make public the whole class’s thinking? How can you structure a lesson or unit with students’ thinking at the center?
- Wild in New York - Annual end of the year induction field experience in the city. This year, we adventure on the Bronx River to learn how to sail and find out how this resource can be used with your students.