Workshops and Institutes

NYC Chancellor’s Day Teacher Professional Learning 2018

June 7, 2018

Join us on Chancellor’s Day to strengthen your ability to use the Museum to teach science.

Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization at the Museum, will kick of the event with an immersive tour of Mars in the Hayden Planetarium.  Dr. Emmart will be joined by graduate and undergraduate students working to reconstruct the Martian surface using OpenSpace, an open source software that supports integration of multiple data sets to support exploration of the growing streams of data generated from NASA missions and other researchers around the globe.

Breakout sessions will focus on topics that utilize digital, print, and exhibition resources to connect with the science curriculum in ways that are engaging for students.Museum educators will engage teachers in learning how to use these resources to support student learning. Teachers will receive copies of Educator’s Guide for the Museum exhibits they use during the day as well as digital and print resources.

The day will culminate with a keynote presentation by spider expert and Museum curator Cheryl Y. Hayashi, Leon Hess Director of Comparative Biology Research, as she discusses her research into spider silk, why it’s an exciting time to be a biologist, and why natural history museums are so important to the future of science.


8:15-8:45      Check-in and Breakfast

9:00-10:00     Dome Presentation

10:00-12:30   Breakout Sessions

12:30-1:15     Lunch 

1:15-2:15       Scientist Lecture

2:15-3:00       Free exploration of the Museum

Participants will receive 4.5 hours of CTLE credit 


Breakout Sessions

Elementary Offerings 

Using Educator’s Guides to Design Museum Learning Experiences for Science Concepts in AMNH’s Permanent Exhibition Halls In this session, teachers will walk through using the Essential Questions from the Educator’s Guides from AMNH’s permanent life science exhibitions to create a field trip experience for their students that aligns with both their curricular goals and Science Standards.  While the session will focus on one or two Educator’s Guides, the techniques demonstrated will be easily adaptable to other Halls and areas of focus. Grades K-5


 Elementary Data Analysis: Looking at Data Using ‘I Squared’ How do we begin supporting elementary students in making sense of graphical representations of data?  The I-Squared Strategy (Identify and Interpret) can support students in learning to make sense of how data is represented. In this session we will explore the data that can be found through investigating owl pellets 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. Grades 3-5


Let’s Read, Watch, Listen and Learn!  Using Science Trade Books and Museum Exhibits in the Elementary Classroom
In this session, teachers will participate in a learning sequence that blends interactive read aloud of a science trade book with a museum exhibit visit, demonstrating how a multimedia learning sequence can deepen students’ engagement with and understanding of the content. Grades 3-5


Middle and High School Offerings

Exhibition as a portal to our own backyard: Geology, Biology and Climate History Participants will use the Warburg Hall of New York State Environment to explore the connections between geology and biology and clues about our climate history. The session will include specimen based classroom activities, a visit to the Hall and a visit to Central Park. Grades 6-12


Using ice sheet and water storage data to teach about climate change This session explores video, text, and data resources for teaching about NASA’s GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) mission. In addition to examining global patterns of water storage, the session focuses on ice mass loss in the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Grades 6-12


Exploring Color Perception
This session will explore the physics and physiology of color perception by engaging in a hands-on investigation based on the phenomenon featured in the vision experience section of the Our Senses exhibit. Participants will also be introduced to the cellular level processes that allow the brain to perceive color. Grades 6-12.