IB and AMNH: Workshops for Educators

Since 2008, AMNH has provided quality professional development to International Baccalaureate teachers across all programmes. In addition to our online graduate-level courses in Seminars on Science, AMNH is also pleased to provide blended (online and onsite) workshops for MYP and PYP teachers from around the globe.

Our 2013 workshops are listed below. The registration form can be used for MYP or PYP workshop registration.



Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning in the MYP at AMNH (Category 3)

Created for MYP practitioners, this workshop will enable participants to discover how to develop effective and appropriate interdisciplinary units in a museum setting. The workshop will provide background knowledge of the MYP philosophy and principles of interdisciplinary unit design and provide opportunities for teachers to work with colleagues to develop an interdisciplinary unit using the museum environment as a resource.

The workshop will include a focus on student centered learning, interdisciplinary unit planning, and MYP assessment. Participants will have strategies for accessing museums and resources in their local communities to develop relevant and engaging interdisciplinary units.

Three hours of this 15-hour workshop will be held ONLINE in the week before and after the on-site dates. Participants will receive information about accessing and using the online space from their workshop leaders and staff at AMNH. Online participation is required in the form of reading responses and forum discussion.

It is recommended that schools send teams of at least two teachers from different subject groups so work can begin on a unit plan that can be used at their home school. Singletons are also welcome.

Upcoming Workshops:

April 24th - 26th, 2014
Early registration deadline: March 24th, 2014
Early registration fee per person: $850
Regular Registration deadline: April 10th, 2014
Regular registration fee per person: $900


Ocbtober 16th - 18th, 2014
Early registration deadline: September 17th, 2014
Early registration fee per person: $850
Regular Registration deadline: September 27th, 2014
Regular registration fee per person: $900



Science Discoveries: Exciting Ways to Weave Science Into Every Part of the PYP Curriculum (Category 3)

Science and inquiry can be a part of the PYP curriculum every day, and in many ways! This workshop will enable participants to explore the fundamental concepts of PYP science while experiencing the wonder of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. There are three main areas of focus for the workshop:

  • Exploring the fundamentals of inquiry-based teaching and learning, with a focus on understanding what scientists DO
  • Connecting science to every transdisciplinary theme in the PYP, using object-based learning and the Museum to generate creative and innovative ideas for making those connections
  • Bringing tools and resources back to the classroom, including ideas for new hands-on activities, educational websites and childrens' books that focus on the process of science

Participants will use their experiences at AMNH to make connections to museums, parks and resources in their local communities to implement relevant and engaging units and learning experiences for their students, as well as how to engage students in scientific inquiry.

Three hours of this 15-hour workshop will be held ONLINE in the two weeks before the on-site dates. Participants will receive information about accessing and using the online space from their workshop leaders and staff at AMNH. Online participation is required in the form of reading responses and forum discussion.

Upcoming Workshops:

November 13th - 15th, 2014
Early registration deadline: October 7th, 2014
Early registration fee per person: $850
Regular Registration deadline: October 24th, 2014
Regular registration fee per person: $900



Registration

Download the registration form (PDF).

Registrations can be sent by mail or by fax. Please note: if you are registering by fax, your registration will not be considered complete until full payment is received. If we do not receive your payment by the close of registration, your spot may be offered to our waitlist. Early registrations must be postmarked by the early registration deadline in order to receive the discounted rate.




About the Museum

Located in the heart of New York City, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum a leader in education, both formal and informal, and has an extensive educational mission that reaches millions of families, school groups and educators every year.

Seminars on Science, the Museum's online professional development program for science teachers, has been an IB-approved professional development provider since 2008. Now, Seminars on Science is leveraging the unique resources of the Museum to offer onsite workshops for the MYP.

Daily Schedule

Day 1
8:30 | Registration Starts
8:30 - 9:30 | Breakfast
9:30 - 12:30 | Sessions
12:30 - 1:30 | Lunch
1:30 - 4:00 | Sessions

Day 2
8:30 - 9:30 | Breakfast
9:30 - 12:30 | Sessions
12:30 - 1:30 | Lunch
1:30 - 4:00 | Sessions

Day 3
8:30 - 9:30 | Breakfast
9:30 - 12:30 | Session Wrap-up


Workshop Location

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024 USA
Directions to the Museum...

Hotels

Workshop participants should make their own hotel arrangements. There are many hotels in New York City, but AMNH recommends that participants get a hotel that is convenient to the B, C, or 1 subway trains in Manhattan.

Transportation

New York airports:
LaGuardia (LGA)
John F. Kennedy (JFK)
Newark (EWR)

Please do not finalize flight or hotel payments until you have received confirmation that your registration has been received and accepted, and that the workshop has reached the minumum number of attendees. AMNH will contact all participants as soon as the workshop is confirmed.


Payment

Payments and Proof of Payments are accepted in the form of Money Order, Credit Card, Checks, and Purchase Orders. Purchase Orders may be sent via email or fax. AMNH reserves the right to cancel registrations without FULL payment (check, credit card, money order; purchase order does NOT qualify as full payment) within one month of your registration date. All unpaid registrations in the final month before workshop dates are subject to cancellation due to waitlist demands. Paid waitlist participants will be accepted in lieu of unpaid registrations from one month before workshop dates.

Cancellations

All cancellations must be received in writing. Any cancellation will be charged a $50 cancellation fee/person. No refund will be given for a cancellation made after the close of registration. Any applicable cancellation refunds will be processed after the workshop and issued in the form of check regardless of payment type. Refunds are not available if a participant does not attend the workshop. If weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances require the cancellation of a conference or workshop, AMNH will make every effort to reschedule the same event for another date and your registration will be moved. AMNH does not assume financial responsibility for travel expenses incurred by participants due to event cancellation.


Waitlisting

Waitlist requests are processed in the order in which they are received. No cancellation charges apply if you waitlist yourself and cancel your registration PRIOR to accepting a spot should it become available. Notification will be given via phone call or email to participant or IB Coordinator if availability for a subject becomes open. The participant or the IB Coordinator must accept this spot via verbal or written confirmation immediately. If a confirmation is not received within given period as determined by AMNH, the offer becomes null and void. All registration and cancellation policies are applicable upon verbal or written confirmation of accepting a spot off the waitlist.

Contact Us

Daniel Wolff
semadmin@amnh.org
+1-800-649-6715