Professional Learning Opportunities

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The David S. and Ruth L. Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning invites you to continue learning and stay engaged this fall year by applying for our upcoming teacher professional learning opportunities.

Please note that some offerings are fully online and conducted over Zoom, while others are partially ("hybrid") or fully on-site. See individual session listings for details. For virtual and hybrid sessions, a device and connection that allows you to participate fully is required.

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.

2022 Professional Learning Opportunities

COURSE
GRADE LEVEL
DATES & TIMES

Course:
Student Science at Sea!

ONLINE

The JOIDES Resolution is a research vessel that drills into the ocean floor to collect core samples that scientists analyze to learn more about geology, Earth's history, and climate change. Join the JR's Onboard Outreach Officer to find out how you and your students can get involved in cutting-edge ocean science. In this session, you will experience a tour of the ship and learn how to schedule a live ship-to-shore broadcast for your classroom, speak to scientists as they work, and get an introduction to the vast library of free classroom resources available on the JOIDES Resolution website.

Teacher Facilitator: Maya Pincus

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Grade Level:
Grades K-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
September 28, 2022
4:30 pm–6 pm

Grades K-12 Educator

September 28, 2022

4:30 pm–6 pm

Course:
Incorporating Student Ideas into the Study of Earth Science with Curriculum Topic Study

ONLINE

In this two-day online session, teachers will examine research on teaching and learning related to the theory of plate tectonics using a systematic approach called Curriculum Topic Study (CTS). CTS focuses on how curriculum, instruction, and assessment are organized around a coherent set of concepts, ideas, and practices. Through examining research and engaging in sense-making with colleagues, teachers will improve their own understanding of the theory of plate tectonics while learning how to work with commonly held ideas students bring to their learning. Teachers will also have an opportunity to utilize virtual and onsite museum resources to plan a field trip that integrates and values the ideas that learners bring into a learning experience.

Museum Facilitators: Colleen Owen and Candyce Johnson

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Grade Level:
Grades K-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
October 12 and 13.
5 pm–7:30 pm

Grades K-12 Educator

October 12 and 13

5 pm–7:30 pm

Course:
Science Practices in Darwin’s Garden

ONLINE

In this three-hour online session, 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.

Museum Facilitators: Jay Holmes and John Sapida

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Grade Level:
Grades 6-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
October 15, 2022
9:30 am–12:30 pm

Grades 6-12 Educator

October 15, 2022

9:30 am–12:30 pm

Course:
Learning to Question Through Picture Books

ONLINE

In this two-day online session, we learn how picture books can provide opportunities and support for asking questions and defining problems. We will learn about why we ask questions, how we ask questions, and who asks the questions all through the lenses of science, picture books, and the museum. We will spend time sharing with peers and planning for implementation. You will walk away with the tools and resources to continue thinking about how to incorporate this work into your practice.

Museum Facilitators: Bridget Murray and Lauren Tecosky

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Grade Level:
Grades K-5 Educator

Dates & Times:
October 18 and 19.
5 pm–6:30 pm

Grades K-5 Educator

October 18 and 19

5 pm–6:30 pm

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

ONLINE

During this two-day online 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.

Museum Facilitators: Adriana Aquino and Dave Randle

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Grade Level:
Grades 6-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
October 20 and 27.
4:30 pm–7 pm

Grades 6-12 Educator

October 20 and 27

4:30 pm–7 pm

Course:
Teaching Geology in NYC: From the Classroom to the Field

IN PERSON AT THE MUSEUM

During this one-day in-person workshop, we will explore Central Park geology to learn field techniques for making observations of local rock formations. Teachers will analyze and interpret these observations to make inferences about the geologic origins of Central Park rocks. We will share our new teachers guide for Central Park, produced by the Museum in conjunction with the Geological Society of America, which provides location information and student-facing materials for high school Earth Science class field trips to Central Park. The workshop will start in a museum classroom where we will become familiar with the types of rocks found in and around New York City. Then we will move into Central Park to practice making observations on rock outcrops. The field portion of this workshop requires some strenuous activity, so wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes and shoes for walking two to four miles through the park.

Museum Facilitators: Steven Jaret and Dave Randle

Teacher Facilitators: Emmett DiPadova (High School of Art and Design), Lynsey Spaeth (Bronx Early College Academy), and Vicky Yuan (Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School )

Grade Level:
Grades 9-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
October 22, 2022
9 am–3 pm

Grades 9-12 Educator

October 22, 2022

9 am–3 pm

Course:
Studying the Sun-Earth System Using Shadows

ONLINE

In this two-day online session, participants will observe shadows and plot them on paper using a shadow board constructed using household materials. They will learn how to make quantitative measurements of shadows and use simple geometry to construct understandings about the Earth’s orbit around the sun, geography, seasons, and the even shape and size of the earth. If time allows, we will construct a paper sundial and use sundial shadows to tell time.

Museum Facilitator: Hudson Roditi

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Grade Level:
Grades 3-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
November 1 and 4.
4:30 pm–6:30 pm

Grades 3-12 Educator

November 1 and 4

4:30 pm–6:30 pm

Course:
Local Memories: Using New York State Fossils to Unearth Past Environments

IN PERSON AT THE MUSEUM

In this workshop, teachers will engage with New York State geological history. Participants will use Museum exhibits and New York State Devonian fossils to uncover evidence of past environments. Activities will focus on analysis and interpretation of data, with the objective of supporting science students’ development of a critical lens in science learning. This workshop is open to K-12 teachers.

Museum Facilitators: Cristina Trowbridge

Teacher Facilitators: Emmett DiPadova (High School of Art and Design), Rae Donofrio (HS for Telecommunications Arts and Technology), and Leslie Liang (Innovation Charter High School).

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Grade Level:
Grades K-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
November 11, 2022
9 am–12 pm

Grades K-12 Educator

November 11, 2022

9 am–12 pm

Course:
Analyzing and Interpreting Data to Determine the Efficacy of a COVID-19 Vaccine

ONLINE

During this two-day online workshop, we will use curriculum materials designed to facilitate student exploration of clinical trial data to determine efficacy and safety for the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine. Participants will use a set of essays and videos that follow the work of scientists from Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute of Health to produce a COVID-19 vaccine in response to the global pandemic. We will explore what we are learning about the reproductive cycle of the SARS-Cov-2 virus and how it transmits, infects cells, and causes disease. We will examine how mRNA vaccines work, and the ethical considerations involved in vaccine development and distribution, as well as public health implications for disadvantaged communities. A main focus will be how clinical trials are designed so that students can perform their own analysis of the clinical trial data.

Museum Facilitators: Adriana Aquino and David Randle

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Generous support for the COVID-19 Resource Hub and its related teacher professional development programs has been provided by the Irma and Paul Milstein Family.

Grade Level:
Grades 6-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
November 29 and December 6.
4:30 pm–7 pm

Grades 6-12 Educator

November 29 and December 6

4:30 pm–7 pm

Course:
Building Connections Through Storytelling

IN PERSON AT THE MUSEUM

In this in-person session, we will explore various forms of storytelling from different cultures. We will make connections between storytelling, who we are, and the world around us. Using museum exhibits and New York City resources, we will discuss how to incorporate storytelling into your lessons and content. We will spend time examining resources, planning, and sharing ideas for implementation.

Museum Facilitators: Sonia Bueno and Bridget Murray

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Grade Level:
Grades K-5 Educator

Dates & Times:
December 11, 2022
9 am–12 pm

Grades K-5 Educator

December 11, 2022

9 am–12 pm

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 and Elysabeth Kleinhans.