Professional Learning Opportunities

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The Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning invites you to continue learning, stay engaged, and stay safe this school year by applying for our upcoming teacher professional learning opportunities. 

Please note that all offerings are online, and are conducted over Zoom.  A device and connection that allows you to participate fully is required. All sessions include collaborative learning activities in small groups.  We ask that attendees come prepared to participate actively in these activities to the best of their ability.

All offerings are application based but free and offer CTLE credit upon completion. A response to your application will be sent no sooner than two weeks before the program start date.

2021 Professional Learning Opportunities

COURSE
GRADE LEVEL
DATES & TIMES

Course:
Supporting Learners with a Return to In-Person Learning

As school communities prepare for a full return to school in the fall, learners who are excited to reconnect with friends and staff may also be experiencing some very real feelings of re-entry anxiety. We, as teachers, will also be tasked with figuring out ways to support ourselves and our colleagues with this transition. Join us for a two-day session where we will surface some of our hopes and concerns about fall school reopenings and identify some common themes that we can address as a group. We will explore research articles, videos, and strategies that can help us to approach learners with empathy and compassion while they transition back into a classroom setting. Teachers will leave this session with actionable next steps for working with their peers and welcoming learners back in a responsive and supportive way.

Facilitator: Colleen Owen

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Grade Level:
Grades 5-8 Educator

Dates & Times:
October 4 and 5.
4:30pm–6:00pm

Grades 5-8 Educator

October 4 and 5

4:30pm–6:00pm

Course:
Spotted Lanternfly Invasion: Engaging in Citizen Science and Bringing Natural History into the Classroom

The recent arrival and spread of the invasive and destructive spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) in our region presents a unique teachable moment for educators and students. During this two-day session, participants will learn about spotted lanternfly life cycle, its spread in the U.S., and its interaction with select plant species. We will also introduce techniques for basic spotted lanternfly specimen collecting and preparation. Finally, we will use citizen science observation data to look for trends, and brainstorm how to engage our students and school communities in monitoring and reporting invasive species.

Facilitator: Aga Pierwola

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Grade Level:
Grades K-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
October 6 and 13.
5:00pm–6:30pm

Grades K-12 Educator

October 6 and 13

5:00pm–6:30pm

Course:
Analyze and Interpret Data to Investigate How the Blue Whale Evolved to Be So Large

During this three-day session, we will use curriculum materials designed to facilitate student exploration of data on blue whale feeding behavior. Blue whales are the largest animals that have ever lived. They live by eating massive amounts of small shrimp called krill. Participants will use a set of essays and videos to follow the work of scientists from Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey, California. A web-based graphing tool gives students the ability to analyze and interpret blue whale dive data to look for patterns that can help us understand how an organism so large can survive and evolve to be so large by eating something so small.

Facilitators: Adriana Aquino and Dave Randle

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Grade Level:
Grades 6-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
October 21, 28, and November 4.
4:30pm–6:30pm

Grades 6-12 Educator

October 21, 28, and November 4

4:30pm–6:30pm

Course:
Learning about the Nature of Science from the American Museum of Natural History's Largest Dinosaurs

In this two-day session, participants will be introduced to a variety of paleontology resources to help them create a remote museum learning experience that supports the NGSS Nature of Science standards. While growing their background knowledge, participants will test out online activities that draw on their students' enthusiasm for dinosaurs, featuring two Museum dinosaur stars: Patagotitan mayorum and Tyrannosaurus rex. Time will also be taken for planning and sharing with colleagues, in order to tailor the resources to the needs of students.

Facilitator: Aga Pierwola

The application for this session will open on October 18.

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Grade Level:
Grades K-5 Educator

Dates & Times:
November 30 and December 2.
4:30pm–6:30pm

Grades K-5 Educator

November 30 and December 2

4:30pm–6:30pm

Course:
Astronomy by Sight

In this two-day session, participants will observe shadows using a shadow plot and board, which we will construct using household materials. They will also learn how to use the shadow plot measurements and simple geometry to construct advanced understandings about the Earth’s orbit around the sun, geography, seasons, and the shape and size of the earth. Also, they will learn how to construct and tell time with a sundial using shadows.

Facilitator: Hudson Roditi

The application for this session will open on October 18.

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Grade Level:
Grades 3-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
December 8 and 9.
4:30pm–6:00pm

Grades 3-12 Educator

December 8 and 9

4:30pm–6:00pm

Course:
Science Practices in Darwin’s Garden

Participants will explore science practices and the nature of science as described in the NGSS appendices F and H, through investigations conducted by Charles Darwin. We will utilize primary source documents from the Museum’s Darwin Manuscripts Project and others, and live plant observations. We will explore areas including insectivory in plants. Our focus science concepts will be adaptation and natural selection.

Facilitator: Jay Holmes

The application for this session will open on October 18.

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Grade Level:
Grades 6-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
December 11, 2021
9:30am–12:30pm

Grades 6-12 Educator

December 11, 2021

9:30am–12:30pm

Support for the Museum’s education and evaluation programs is generously provided by a grant from the Bezos Family Foundation.

The Museum’s Education Collection is generously supported by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.