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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:

Earth Science Workshop The DH Cadwell Earth Science Workshop
May 7, 2016

This one-day Saturday workshop will consist of lectures and a State Museum collections tour. Lectures and activities will cover topics on geologic time, evolution and fossils, plate tectonics, rock and mineral identification, economic geology of NY, climate change and glacial geology, extinction of Pleistocene mega fauna, and geologic hazards. This workshop is ideal for earth science teachers.
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Earth Science Workshop

Religious Revivals, Utopian Societies, and the Shaker Experience in America
Session 1: June 19 – 25, 2016
Session 2: June 26 – July 2, 2016
Siena College, Loudonville, New York

This workshop is organized by Siena College. A workshop site visit will be held at the New York State Museum.

This workshop invites K-12 teachers and librarians to explore the history of the Shakers. Participants will learn about the Shaker model of communalism and understand the Shaker version of gender equality in the context of changing ideas about the family and gender roles. Participants will also learn about art, architecture, and Shaker material culture. Common assumptions —or myths— about the Shakers will be discussed as well as the consequences, both positive and negative, of romanticizing the Shaker past. Scholars and experts in Shaker religion, history and material culture will provide talks. Participants will also meet with a social studies teacher who has established an educational partnership with contemporary Shakers at Sabbathday Lake, Maine.

Selected participants will receive a $1200 stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Applications are due March 1. For more information about the workshop, eligibility, and how to apply, go to:

Evolution Workshop

Evolution Workshop
Fall 2016
This one-day workshop is designed for high school and middle school science teachers and addresses the New York State Science Learning Standards. Teachers will learn about current evolutionary theory, recent discoveries, and resources and ideas for effective classroom exercises.
More information, including registration information, to be announced.

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