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Our graduates have deep knowledge of Earth and space science content and pedagogy, classroom experience, and an ongoing support network, anchored by a renowned research and educational institution.
During the Induction period, MAT alumni receive unique professional development and support opportunities. Alumni can expect educational workshops and occasional classroom visits from the Museum educators they’ve worked with. And alumni are paid an hourly stipend for every Induction activity in which they participate.
Once a month, your Induction leader and cohort meet at the Museum to hold a supportive discussion about your needs as a new educator. We find our graduates use this time to talk about lesson planning and classroom management, and to learn about new resources. Cohorts often spend time together after monthly meetups, socializing and catching up with their friends.
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Classroom visits are an essential part of Induction. Induction leaders visit classrooms to observe and confer with alumni, offering support and advice focused on instruction, communicating with parents, and working with administrators and colleagues. Alumni in their first year as science teachers receive more frequent visits than those in their second year.
About once a month, we offer alumni professional development opportunities that range from events and workshops hosted by other Museum programs to trips on the Bronx River. Learn about some of this year’s events below:
At these networking events, teachers are treated to a catered reception and introduced to the Museum’s latest exhibitions by curators and educators. Teachers also receive teaching resources to support class field trips, including curriculum materials and demonstrations.
At these events, teachers share, learn, and practice some strategies to facilitate student discussion of science activities and practices. What are some ways to make public the whole class’s thinking? How can you structure a lesson or unit with students’ thinking at the center?
This is our annual end-of-year induction field experience in the city. This year, we adventure on the Bronx River to learn how to sail and find out how to use the river as a resource with students.
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