Workshops and Institutes

NYC Teachers Election Day Professional Development 2017

November 7, 2017

This professional day is designed for teachers who want to strengthen their ability to use Museum resources to teach science.

Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a range of breakout sessions that will utilize the Museum’s digital, print, and exhibition resources to connect with the curriculum in ways that are engaging for students.

Cost: $35 per participant includes continental breakfast, lunch and Museum resources.

K-12 Teachers.

Participants will be awarded 4.5 CTLE hours. 


8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m.     Sign-in and Breakfast

9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.   Breakout Sessions

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.   Lunch

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.     Scientist Presentation

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.     Free exploration of the Museum


Breakout Session Options: 

Grades K-5
Designing a Museum Learning Experience: Ocean Life
Participants will learn how to use Museum resources and literacy strategies—in conjunction with a trip to the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life—to create a learning experience that aligns with reading, writing, and science standards while also supporting their own teaching goals around ocean environments and marine life.


Grades 3-8
Integrating Protocols into Classroom Practice
This session will help teachers 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 engaged in multi-step tasks that require check in points, help students engage in higher level discourse and provide road maps to community engagement, leading to increased opportunities for learning and building of space for all voices to be heard.


Grades 6-12
Designing a Museum Learning Experience: Inside You 
This session will use the exhibit Inside You and related resources to strengthen participant understanding of how microbes interact with and affect our bodies.


Grades 6-12
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 trip to Central Park.


Grades 6-12
Planning Your Earth Science Unit 
This session is designed for science teachers seeking to strengthen an Earth science unit plan. Participants will learn how to use Museum resources to strengthen their ability to surface and use student ideas. Participants are asked to bring Astronomy and/or Earth history unit plan(s) and a digital device.


Grades 9-12
Human Genetics and Adaptation Investigation 
This session will introduce educators to the Sackler Educational Laboratory for Comparative Genomics and Human Origins. Emphasis is placed on developing laboratory skills and knowledge including gel electrophoresis, microscopy and enzyme activity experiments. Teachers will explore how humans have adapted to different environments throughout the world. and focus on the genetic basis and geographic distributions of dietary adaptations, disease susceptibility, and skin color variation.