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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,

    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:

Archaeology Workshop Archaeology for the Classroom Workshop
July 21 - 23, 2015

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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Deadline: July 15, 2015

Dutch Colonial Workshop Teaching Dutch Colonial History with the New York State Social Studies Frameworks
Three-part workshop: Saturday, August 8 (full-day workshop) & Thursday, October 1 and Thursday, December 10 (evening workshops)

This three-part workshop, offered by the New Netherland Institute in conjunction with the New York State Museum, the New York State Archives and the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center, aims to give fourth and seventh grade teachers a thorough grounding in the history of New Netherland and best practices for teaching it to students. Registration is free, but participants must sign up through the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center. Max class size is 30 teachers.
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Evolution Workshop Evolution Workshop
October 24, 2015

This one-day Saturday workshop (8 contact hours) is designed for high school and middle school science teachers and addresses Common Core and NY State Science Learning Standards. Teachers will learn about current evolutionary theory, recent discoveries, and resources and ideas for effective classroom exercises.
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Deadline: October 2, 2015

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