Workshops and Institutes

TRUST Summer Institute 2015: Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity

August 3, 2015 - August 14, 2015


Taught by a team of museum scientists and science educators, the TRUST Summer Institute in Evolution and Biodiversity is designed to provide an intensive science content-rich experience for pre-service and in-service science teachers. The Summer Institute is designed to actively engage teachers in scientific practices and deepen understanding of evolution, ecology and biodiversity while providing practical ways to teach core ideas associated with these topics.

The two-week TRUST Summer Institute is organized around essential questions. The exploration of these questions includes  lectures by a museum scientists; investigations in museum exhibitions, biodiversity surveys in Central Park and labs in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins.

Teachers will engage in learning activities suitable for students at a variety of grade levels and will reflect on how these activities can be used in their classrooms. Strategies related to the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core reading and writing strategies will be modeled.

The course is available for credit for matriculated students from Brooklyn College or for interested teachers through an online application.