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.

2022 Professional Learning Opportunities

COURSE
GRADE LEVEL
DATES & TIMES

Course:
Perspective Taking: Museum Dioramas

In this two-day workshop, teachers will broaden their skills to engage students, bringing their own experience, cultural backgrounds, and perspectives while observing Museum dioramas. The workshop is guided by the New York State Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework. Participants will be given a reading and puzzle to do between classes. This session includes independent work in addition to course time.

Museum Facilitator: Cristina Trowbridge
Teacher Facilitator: Carmen Andino (The Washington Market School) and Leslie Liang (Innovation Charter High School)

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Grade Level:
Grades K-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
February 21 and 22.
9:30am–11:00am

Grades K-12 Educator

February 21 and 22

9:30am–11:00am

Course:
Nature Journaling & Culturally Expansive Learning

How can we transition “doing science” beyond the classroom? Are you looking for an outdoor idea to get your students engaged in their communities as scientists? Nature journaling can be a creative and culturally inclusive tool for inspiring your class to investigate their community and beyond. In this two-day workshop, we will discuss how working in a nature journal can build on students’ ideas and experiences while identifying as part of our scientific community. Participants will engage, conceptualize, and experience how nature journaling ties into the Next Generation Science Standard’s sensemaking practices. We encourage participants to bring their favorite art tool and a notebook on this journey of combining science, creativity, and pedagogy.

Museum Facilitators: Gabi Thompson and John Sapida

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Grade Level:
Grades K-5 Educator

Dates & Times:
February 24 and 25.
3:30pm–5:00pm

Grades K-5 Educator

February 24 and 25

3:30pm–5:00pm

Course:
GIS and Conservation

Join us as we explore the history of conservation in New York City, the role of the Museum, and efforts happening today! Participants will explore how conservation in New York City developed, where it is going, and how school communities can be a part of the story. We will explore citizen science and digital tools, like geographic information systems (GIS), that can be used to engage with the local ecology and current conservation efforts. The session will model strategies for working with spatial data and organizing a field study of a location. Sign up to engage in meaningful conversations about our history, neighborhood, and conservation efforts.

Museum Facilitators: Gabi Thompson and Ashley Privett

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Grade Level:
Grades 6-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
March 10, 2022
4:30pm–6:30pm

Grades 6-12 Educator

March 10, 2022

4:30pm–6:30pm

Course:
Teaching about the Evolution of Sharks in the Context of the Nature of Science

During this two-day workshop, we will examine some of the content featured in the exhibition Sharks, which is open through August 2023 at the Museum. Teachers will participate in activities that explore how recent fossil discoveries and the use of new imaging technology hone our understanding of where sharks and their relatives sit on the tree of life of vertebrates. Teachers will be introduced to the fundamental rules of cladistics and tree thinking in order to understand how new findings change evolutionary hypotheses. Teachers will discuss how research on sharks can be used to highlight key elements of the nature of scientific knowledge.

Museum Facilitators: Dave Randle and Adriana Aquino

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Grade Level:
Grades 6-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
March 29 and 31.
4:30pm–6:30pm

Grades 6-12 Educator

March 29 and 31

4:30pm–6:30pm

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.