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Professional Learning Opportunities

Part of Professional Learning for Educators

Summer Programs for Teachers

These summer workshops are offered at no cost to participants and include breakfast, lunch and relevant resources.

We are a CTLE Certified provider and participants that complete the workshop will receive a certificate of attendance.

K-12 Professional Learning Opportunities

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Course:
Sounding the Hudson River: Pedagogical Currents

This two-day workshop will deepen teachers’ ability to use the Hudson River as a resource to analyze and interpret data, and to use maps and models to support students’ engagement and learning. Participants will visit the Hudson River to collect and examine water quality data, explore Museum dioramas to better understand the importance of its biological diversity, and learn about the role of activism in protecting the river. 

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Grade Level:
Middle School, High School

Dates & Times:
July 9 and 11, 2019.
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 .p.m.

Middle School, High School

July 9 and 11, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 .p.m.

Course:
Ancient Civilizations of the Andes: The Inca and their Predecessors

This one-day workshop provides an overview of the major pre-Columbian civilizations of Peru, including the Inca and their coastal predecessors (Chavin, Moche, Paracas, Chimu). We will explore geography, resources, and technology, and examine the artistic and cultural achievements of the region. 

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Grade Level:
High School

Dates & Times:
July 10, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

High School

July 10, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

Course:
Global Trends In Biodiversity and their Causes

In this two-day workshop, participants will learn about the causes of environmental changes, why ecosystems, habitats, and species are being lost and how scientists study them. They will also explore potential solutions. Teachers will work with real data sets around deforestation, global climate change, and urbanization that they can use in the classroom to help students understand these challenges. 

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Global Trends In Biodiversity and their Causes is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 03.018.466.4665.3333.546.

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Grade Level:
Middle School, High School

Dates & Times:
July 16, 2019 - July 17, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Middle School, High School

July 16, 2019 - July 17, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Course:
Integrating Protocols into Classroom Practice

In this two-day workshop, teachers will integrate the use of National School Reform Faculty and other protocols into the classroom. Teaching students to use protocols can help manage small and large group discussions, provide supports for groups working on complex tasks, guide students engaging in higher level discourse, and build road maps to deeper community engagement.  Building these systems into your classroom can lead to increased opportunities for learning and building of space for all voices to be heard. 

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Grade Level:
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Dates & Times:
July 16, 2019 - July 17, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

July 16, 2019 - July 17, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Course:
Analyzing rock formation data to determine the geologic history of New York City

During this one-day workshop participants will visit rock formations in Central Park and museum exhibitions to gather data and make inferences about the geologic history of New York City on time scales of tens of thousands of years to hundreds of millions of years. 

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Grade Level:
Middle School, High School

Dates & Times:
July 18, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Middle School, High School

July 18, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Course:
T. rex: The Ultimate Predator

In this one day workshop, teachers will use the Museum’s Fossil Halls and the special exhibition T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator to learn about the tyrannosaur superfamily and the amazing story of the most iconic dinosaur in the world. 

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Major funding for T. rex: The Ultimate Predator provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund.

Generous support also provided by:
Dana and Virginia Randt
Chase Private Client
Virtual reality experience created in collaboration with HTC VIVE.

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Grade Level:
Middle School, High School

Dates & Times:
July 23, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Middle School, High School

July 23, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Course:
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 that encourage students to think critically about the importance of cultural representation. 

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Grade Level:
Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Dates & Times:
July 24, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

July 24, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Course:
How do we begin supporting elementary students in making sense of graphical representations of data?

The I-Strategy (Identify and Interpret) can support students in learning to make sense of how data is represented.
In this session, we will explore climate and climate change data, including some displayed in the Hall of Planet Earth, 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.

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Grade Level:
Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5

Dates & Times:
July 25, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5

July 25, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Course:
TRUST Institute 2019: Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity

Taught by a team of museum scientists and science educators, the Teacher Renewal for Urban Science Teachers (TRUST) Summer Institute in Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity is designed to provide an intensive science content-rich experience for pre-service and in-service science teachers. The Summer Institute is designed to actively engage teachers in scientific practices and deepen your understanding of the core ideas in evolution and ecology and the connections to biodiversity. The ten day TRUST Summer Institute is organized around essential questions. The exploration of these questions includes lectures by museum scientists; investigations in museum exhibitions, and biodiversity surveys in Central Park. Teachers will engage in learning activities suitable for students at a variety of grade levels and will reflect on how these activities can be used in their classrooms. Strategies related to the Next Generation Science Standards, and Common Core reading and writing instruction will be modeled.

The institute fee is $500 which includes all materials, books, breakfast, and lunch each day. Scholarships are available for NYC teachers.

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Grade Level:
Educator

Dates & Times:
July 29, 2019 - August 9, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Educator

July 29, 2019 - August 9, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Course:
Global Trends In Biodiversity and their Causes

In this two-day workshop, participants will learn about the causes of environmental changes, why ecosystems, habitats, and species are being lost and how scientists study them. They will also explore potential solutions. Teachers will work with real data sets around deforestation, global climate change, and urbanization that they can use in the classroom to help students understand these challenges. 

Apply here

 

Global Trends In Biodiversity and their Causes is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 03.018.466.4665.3333.546.

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Grade Level:
Middle School, High School

Dates & Times:
August 14, 2019 - August 15, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Middle School, High School

August 14, 2019 - August 15, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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 paralleling those conducted by Charles Darwin. We will utilize the outdoors, primary source documents from the Museum’s Darwin Manuscripts Project and others, and live plant observations. We will explore areas including insectivory in plants, and plant movement. 

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Grade Level:
Middle School, High School

Dates & Times:
August 21, 2019 - August 22, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Middle School, High School

August 21, 2019 - August 22, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.