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Education :: Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Workshop participants gain access to real-world applications, authentic research, and thoughtful lessons that accelerate an understanding of the natural sciences. Since 2001, our PhD-level researches have provided excellent educational opportunities for teachers. To learn more about research at the Museum, please go to Museum Research, http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/research_collections/research.html.

    Teacher workshops at the Museum:
  • Are aligned with New York State and Common Core Learning Standards;
  • Are led by leading science and history research professionals;
  • Encourage hands-on and inquiry-based training opportunities;
  • Assist teachers in renewing educational material with current content; and
  • Provide Professional Development Credits.


Upcoming Workshops:

Evolution Workshop Evolution Workshop:  The Making of the Fittest
Adaptation and Natural Selection
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)
This one-day workshop (8 contact hours) is designed for high school and middle school science teachers and addresses Common Core and NY State Learning Standards for teaching evolution. Teachers will learn about current evolutionary theory, recent discoveries, and resources and ideas for effective classroom exercises.
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Earth Science Workshop The DH Cadwell Earth Science Workshop
July 8-11, 2014 (Tuesday-Friday)
Three and a half-day workshop (24 contact hours) designed by geologists at the State Museum, helps Earth Science teachers improve student test scores by increasing their familiarity with the geologic environment and geologic history of New York State.
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Archaeology Workshop Archaeology for the Classroom!
July 22-24, 2014 (Tuesday-Thursday)
This three-day workshop provides educators with classroom lessons, activities, and projects designed to expose students to the excitement of archaeology that are stand-alone or connect to other curricula. Information about the advantages of object-based learning, using a museum as an educational resource, and applications to the State Learning and Common Core Standards will also be presented. The workshop is open to all teachers although content is particularly geared toward teachers in grades 2-8.
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