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Teacher Professional Learning

Courses cover a variety of Science Practices and follow a “Science Immersion Model for Professional Learning.” Teachers engage in hands-on activities that align with current science standards, the NGSS, and Common Core Literacy and Math. QBG’s Professional Learning courses equip teachers with skills and lessons to enliven their classrooms and engage their students. Depending on topic, workshops run 1/2 day to over 5 days in length. Work with our professional development staff to customize a program best suited to the needs of your staff.

Learning Opportunities for Individual Teachers
“Explore the World of Trees!”
November 3, 2015 for K-3 Teachers; $25 per person
Learn about tree structure, function, and identification as you engage in various activities that are modifiable for your classroom. This Professional Learning experience is aligned to city, state, and national standards as well as to the common core.
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“Bridging the Indoors and Outdoors for Learning”
June 9, 2016 for K-6 Teachers; $25 per person
View various areas of Queens Botanical Garden and discover how these garden spaces can be related to English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies. Complete various outdoor and indoor activities that are applicable to the classroom.
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P-Credit Course (36 hrs — 3 P credits)
“Using Plants to Teach”
July 11–16, 2016 for K-8 Teachers; $200 QBG fee; additional fee for P-Credits.

Enjoy the wonders of the garden this summer! During this six-day, hands-on course, explore concepts in botany and ecology via inquiry and project based learning. Increase your science content knowledge and reflect upon the pedagogical models used within the course to better your own teaching practice. Registration opens in May.

Customized Workshops Available for Groups of EducatorsOur educators provide custom programs for your educators’ needs. Sample topics include:

Half Day or Full Day Workshops
• Easy and Exciting Classroom Gardening
• Trees
• Observations with Plants—How do Scientists Think?
• Exploring Botany and Ecology
• The Waste Stream
• Using the Garden to Teach Math and ELA (day or multiple sessions)

Multiple Session Workshops
• Ecology in the Urban Environment—from microbes to macrobes
• Sustainability in the Community
• Urban School Gardening

For more information or to schedule a training email or call 718.886.3800 ext 371.


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