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NYC Chancellor’s Day Teacher Professional Learning 2019

Part of NYC Professional Learning Days

Chancellors Day 2018

Join us on Chancellor’s Day to strengthen your ability to use the Museum to teach science and social studies.

Breakout sessions will focus on topics that utilize digital, print, and exhibition resources to connect with the science curriculum in ways that are engaging for students.Museum educators will engage teachers in learning how to use these resources to support student learning. Teachers will receive copies of Educator’s Guide for the Museum exhibits they use during the day as well as digital and print resources.


8:30-9:00      Check-in and Breakfast

9:00-12:30     Breakout Sessions

12:30-1:15       Lunch 

1:15-2:15         Scientist Lecture

2:15-3:00       Free exploration of the Museum

Participants will receive 4.5 hours of CTLE credit 

Breakout Sessions

Elementary Offerings 

How do we begin supporting elementary students in making sense of graphical representations of data?
The I-Squared Strategy (Identify and Interpret) can support students in learning to make sense of how data is represented. In this session we will explore the data that can be found through investigating owl pellets and we will look at several types of data representations to determine what the data says, what it does not say and how students can become critical thinkers of data representations. Grades 3-5.

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Teaching about Cultural Representation with the Old New York Diorama
This session will explore how interpretation affects the understanding of history and historical events. Focusing on the 1939 diorama "Old New York," which portrays an encounter between Dutch settlers and Lenape leaders, participants will explore how biases and stereotypes contribute to damaging misrepresentations of Native people by observing the original diorama along with new labels that were added in 2018. Teachers will be introduced to Museum resources incorporating background and discussion prompts that encourage students to think critically about the importance of cultural representation. Grades 3-8.

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Middle and High School Offerings

Analyzing and Interpreting Scientific Data to Determine Earthquake Risk
This session explores the process of scientific investigation into earthquake risk using IRIS data and Museum produced teaching case materials including videos and essays. Participants will receive materials for taking students through the process of assessing earthquake danger. Grades 6-12.

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Meteorites as Evidence for the Earth’s Interior
Use the Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites to engage your students in learning about the Earth’s interior by studying meteorites. Grades 6-12.

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Investigating Coral Bleaching using Real Data
Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. The livelihood of 1 in 15 people depends on them. However, corals are also the canary in the coal mine. Half of coral reefs have been lost in the past three decades. In this session, teachers will use real data to investigate the consequences of rising sea surface temperature on coral reefs. Grades: 6-12.

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Analyze and Interpret Weather Data and Climate Change Using a Web-Based Graphing Tool
Weather and climate patterns are complex and can only be predicted probabilistically. Participants will plan and carry out an investigation to describe these complex patterns in wind, humidity, precipitation, temperature, and barometric pressure and will explore weather and climate data through a free online graphing tool.Grades: 6-12.

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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 trip to Central Park. Grades: 6-12.

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