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.

2023 Professional Learning Opportunities

CLASS
AGE GROUP
DATES & TIMES

Class:
Exploring Digital Interactives and Media at the Museum: The Climate Change Wall

IN PERSON AT THE MUSEUM

Museum interactives allow visitors of all ages to engage in science content and practices in an exciting way. In this session, participants will explore how Museum interactives are designed and how they can be used in classrooms and also during onsite field trips to the American Museum of Natural History. This session will focus on using the Climate Change Wall in the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth.

Museum Facilitator: John Sapida

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Age Group:
Grades 6-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
March 5, 2023
9:30 am–12:30 pm

Grades 6-12 Educator

March 5, 2023

9:30 am–12:30 pm

Class:
Surfacing Phenomena in the Museum Halls: A Collaborative Inquiry Approach

IN PERSON AT THE MUSEUM

In this session, collaborative groups will surface phenomena in Museum halls to support classroom learning objectives. Groups will share curricular links, field trip designs, and grade band/specialty foci.

Museum Facilitator: Lauren Tecosky

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Age Group:
Grades K-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
March 11, 2023
9 am– 12 pm

Grades K-12 Educator

March 11, 2023

9 am– 12 pm

Class:
Studying the Sun-Earth System Using Shadows

IN PERSON AT THE MUSEUM

In this two-part session, we will observe shadows and plot them on paper using a shadow board, which can be constructed using household materials. We will learn how to make quantitative measurements of shadows and use simple geometry to determine the position of the sun relative to Earth. We will use this data to construct understandings about Earth’s axis, Earth’s orbit around the sun, geography, and seasons. We will learn how shadows are used to calculate the circumference of Earth and to prove Earth is a sphere. We will also touch upon how insects use information about the sun’s position as a reference to navigate and orient themselves.

Museum Facilitator: Hudson Roditi

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Age Group:
Grades 3-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
March 28 and 31.
4:30 pm–6:30pm

Grades 3-12 Educator

March 28 and 31

4:30 pm–6:30pm

Class:
Panel by Panel: Helping Students Understand Science Concepts using Graphic Novels

IN PERSON AT THE MUSEUM

Graphic novels have become tools that help students engage in visual, critical, and creative thinking. In this session, participants will discuss the potential of science-themed graphic novels in helping students explore, understand, and remember various science concepts and practices. Participants will discuss science literacy, sequential art, and visual storytelling, visit the Museum halls to practice close observation, as well as view and analyze various titles provided by the instructors. Participants do not need any experience with drawing to participate in this session. All are welcome!

Museum Facilitators: Jay Holmes and John Sapida

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Age Group:
Grades 6-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
April 2, 2023
10 am–1 pm

Grades 6-12 Educator

April 2, 2023

10 am–1 pm

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

IN PERSON AT THE MUSEUM

During this one-day onsite session, we will use curriculum materials designed to facilitate student exploration of data on blue whale feeding behavior. Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have 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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Age Group:
Grades 6-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
April 11, 2023
9 am–3:30 pm

Grades 6-12 Educator

April 11, 2023

9 am–3:30 pm

Class:
Utilizing AMNH for Earth Science Regent’s Review

IN PERSON AT THE MUSEUM

Are you trying to figure out ways to engage students in Regent’s review? This workshop will support teachers to use the Earth science reference table with specific exhibits to reinforce student learning. The workshop will focus on how to use 3-dimensional models, video interactives, and other educational exhibits to review core ideas and concepts in astronomy, geological history, and Earth’s interior.

Museum Facilitator: Cristina Trowbridge 
Teacher Facilitators: Rae Donofrio ( High School of Telecommunication Arts & Technology) and Emmett DiPadova (High School for Art and Design)

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Age Group:
Grades 6-8 Educator, Grades 9-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
April 19, 2023
4:30 pm–6:30 pm

Grades 6-8 Educator, Grades 9-12 Educator

April 19, 2023

4:30 pm–6:30 pm

Class:
The Pedagogy of Place: Connecting Perspective, Location, & Experience

IN PERSON AT THE MUSEUM

This session will use a critical pedagogy of place to explore how perspective, location, and experience can shape our definition of what "place" really means. Participants will use experiences both inside and outside the Museum to reflect on how these three concepts might and should be leveraged to provide layered discussion about ecosystem dynamics for all students.

Museum Facilitator: Candyce Johnson

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Age Group:
Grades 6-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
April 22, 2023
9 am–2 pm

Grades 6-12 Educator

April 22, 2023

9 am–2 pm

Class:
Student Science at Sea

HYBRID

The research vessel JOIDES Resolution (JR) drills into the ocean floor to collect core samples of sediment and rock, which scientists analyze to better understand climate change, geology, and Earth’s history. During this two-part session, you will collaborate with other educators to engage your students in authentic science through (1) access to hundreds of free classroom materials that will involve students in the science of previous JR expeditions, (2) opportunities for students to interact in real time with scientists aboard the JR, and (3) connections to the Museum exhibits to augment your curriculum through place-based learning.

Museum Facilitator: Alison Sheehan
Teacher Facilitator: Maya Pincus (International Ocean Discovery Program)

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Age Group:
Grades 6-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
April 26 (virtual from 4:30 pm–6:30 pm) and April 30 (In person at the Museum from 9 am–12 pm).

Grades 6-12 Educator

April 26 (virtual from 4:30 pm–6:30 pm) and April 30 (In person at the Museum from 9 am–12 pm)

Class:
Wonder and Curiosity in the Collections

IN PERSON AT THE MUSEUM

Students enter classrooms with a variety of interests. Collections provide the perfect opportunity to delve into them. Together we will explore the new Collections Core and Research Library to learn more about how they can help us better understand the world and tap into our innate curiosity. We will focus on the practices of obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information in ways that inspire wonder and spark interest. We will discuss how these skills translate to the K-5 classroom and plan on how to use these Museum resources with students.

Museum Facilitator: Bridget Murray

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Age Group:
Grades K-5 Educator

Dates & Times:
May 7, 2023
9 am–12 pm

Grades K-5 Educator

May 7, 2023

9 am–12 pm

Class:
Journeys into the insect world

IN PERSON AT THE MUSEUM

Natural sciences often involve journeys into new places or new perspectives. We will go on a few journeys together, inside and outside the Museum, and through 300-year-old books in the Museum’s Rare Books collection. Our journeys will be to the amazingly diverse world of insects. We will use our own eyes to explore our neighborhood today, then we will travel back in time with Maria Sibylla Merian in Suriname in the late 1600s, Mary Treat in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey in the 1870s, and back to today in the new insect exhibitions in the Museum’s Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation. Through this process we will reflect on the nature of science and Science Practices of NGSS as we navigate the worlds of growth and development of organisms (LS1.B), and adaptation and interdependent relationships in ecosystems (LS2.A).

Museum Facilitator: Jay Holmes

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Age Group:
Grades 3-8 Educator

Dates & Times:
May 9, 2023
10 am–1 pm

Grades 3-8 Educator

May 9, 2023

10 am–1 pm

Class:
Taking the Scenic Route: The Benefits of "Slow Looking" on Museum Field Trips

IN PERSON AT THE MUSEUM

Research indicates that on average, museum visitors spend 30 seconds in front of an exhibit. In this session, teachers will participate in an immersive experience in the new Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation focused on helping learners slow down on Museum field trips as a means of building descriptive language, practicing empathy, and connecting with themselves and their peers.

Museum Facilitator: Colleen Owen

Teacher Facilitators: Rachelle Travis (The Shirley Tanyhill) and Aimee Malin (Edward R Byrne)

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Age Group:
Grades K-12 Educator

Dates & Times:
May 16, 2023
9 am–2 pm

Grades K-12 Educator

May 16, 2023

9 am–2 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.